Hepatitis A – Symptoms, causes and treatment

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. The virus causes inflammation that affects your liver’s ability to function. You’re most likely to contract it from contaminated food or water or from close contact with someone who’s already infected. Most people who are infected mildly do not require treatment and recover completely with no permanent liver damage.There are five hepatitis viruses: A, B, C, D, and E. There are also other viruses that can cause liver inflammation, like Epstein-Barr virus and cytomegalovirus, but these viruses are not called hepatitis viruses.


The symptoms typically don’t appear until you’ve had the virus for a few weeks.

• Fatigue

• Nausea and vomiting

• Abdominal pain or discomfort, especially in the area of your liver on your right side beneath your lower ribs

• Loss of appetite

• Low-grade fever

• Dark urine

• Muscle pain

• Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)


It is caused by infection with the virus. The virus is usually spread when a person ingests tiny amounts of contaminated fecal matter. It infects the liver cells and causes inflammation. The inflammation can damage liver function and cause other signs and symptoms of hepatitis A.

It can be transmitted in number of ways such as:

• When someone with the virus manipulates the food you eat without first carefully washing his or her hands after using the toilet.

• Drinking contaminated water

• If you eat raw shellfish from polluted water

• If a person is in close contact with a person who is infected — even if that person has no signs or symptoms

• If person has sex with someone who has the virus

Risk factor:

• Work or travel in regions with high rates of hepatitis A

• A person who has sexual contact with other men

• Are HIV positive

• Use noninjected or injected illicit drugs

• Live with another person who has it

• Receive clotting-factor concentrates for medical condition or hemophilia


No specific treatment exists for it. Your body will clear the virus on its own. In most cases of it, the liver heals completely in a month or two with no lasting damage.

• Expect to have less energy. Many people with this infection feel tired and have less energy to carry out their daily tasks. Rest when you feel tired or when you need to. You may feel sick and tired for a few months.

• Ways to cope with nausea. Nausea can make it hard to eat. Find ways to make food more attractive. Rather than three large meals eat small snacks throughout the day.

Cricket Bowling Tips and Hints

When bowling in cricket there are many possible cricket tips or hints that can help improve your bowling.

In bowling, a combination of natural ability, good technique and practice is the recipe for good bowling, whether it is fast, slow or spin.

Here are some tips that will help your bowling and when implemented correctly your bowling speed:

The basic grip to hold the ball is to keep the seam vertical and to hold the ball with your index finger and middle finger either side of the seam with the side of your thumb resting on the seam underneath the ball.

In your approach/run in, try to stay:

  • Smooth,
  • Balanced,
  • Economical,
  • Rhythmical,
  • Consistent and stay relaxed and try not to tense up.
  • During your approach and action, your head position is very important. Make sure that as you approach the wicket you are running at a steady, consistent speed, and increase strides. Aim to keep your head as steady and level as possible, looking towards your target.

    Pull your front arm down and through the target area, making sure you complete the delivery with a full follow through.

    Try to keep everything in the same direction, towards your target, keep your hips and shoulders parallel/in-line, and follow through the delivery in the direction where you intend the ball to go.

    Also as a bowler it is very important to stay in great shape, as you’ll enjoy the game more and perform better in the latter stages if you have good stamina. So incorporating some light weight sessions in to your training is important.

    Also aim to try and run 3 times a week to keep your cardiovascular system in top condition and to improve your stamina. South African fast bowler Makhaya Ntini, is well know for running 10Km every morning, even on match days!

    But make sure you consult your coach/doctor/gym instructor before starting any sessions.

    Weight Loss – Do You Surround Yourself With The "Right" Foods?

    Anyone starting on a diet may already be at a disadvantage unknowingly. If you are surrounded by the “wrong” foods, you are making it harder for yourself. The point of a diet is to achieve a particular goal which helps to improve your health. If the food options you have available are not conducive to your goal, you will have unnecessary obstacles to navigate.

    If you want to lose weight, you ought to concentrate on regulating your overall food intake. But failing to prepare beforehand is getting ready to fail. You must pay attention to all the details often overlooked if you are to succeed with your weight loss plan. To be more specific, what foods do you have in your pantry or refrigerator? Are they foods likely to help with weight loss? As an example, having a wide variety of carbohydrates is needless if you are aiming to reduce your blood sugar and overall weight. It could even be harmful as it may encourage temptations you will find difficult to keep under control: especially if you need to be strict with your carbohydrate intake.

    On the other hand, surrounding yourself with the “right” foods offers many potential benefits. Having only what you plan to include in your healthy eating plan with few exceptions, limits your options. It is hard to consume above your carb limit when all you have to choose from are sound sources. Junk food cravings are what derail many people, and if you have no unhealthy food around, you have just made your task a little easier.

    Be very careful with the foods you surround yourself with. Stick to the 80/20 rule – make sure at least 80% of what you have available are healthy foods. Determine your staples, and build your meals around them…

    • for carbs, this will be complex sources, like whole-grains, fruits, and vegetables.
    • for proteins, this will include lean meats, eggs, and plain or Greek yogurt.
    • as for fats, it can be tricky to consume the best sources strictly, but you will be fine as long as you control your portion sizes. You can’t go wrong with a handful of mixed nuts a couple of times a day to get your essential fats.

    Also, make sure you always do your grocery shopping after having one of your regular meals. You are much more likely to purchase what you do not need to include in your “healthy” meal plan if you are shopping on an empty stomach. You have probably noticed this already.

    Never allow a few poor choices to undermine your progress. If you are on a diet or trying to improve your health, it is as simple as surrounding yourself with the “right” foods.

    Computer Gaming Online Role-Playing

    Computer gaming online role-playing is quite a fun spin on the old favorite of role-playing games that have been sold in comic shops for years. In a way, this is consistent with the expanding world of were our leisure activities are going as computers become more and more ingrained in our society and culture.

    Role-playing games started in the 1970’s with Dungeons and Dragons and quickly grew to include virtually any type of game or scenario one could imagine including games that revolved around action-adventure, science fiction, espionage, horror, sports and a ton of other genres.

    The Computer Version Of Role-Playing Games

    Role-playing games eliminated the traditional cause effect method that board games utilized and turned games into an improvisational exercise that proved intriguing. In time, people started to use computer gaming online to expand how role playing games can be conducted. In the computer gaming online variant of role-playing, players will write/type their ‘scenarios’ and submit them via email to the person running the game. The game master then weighs all the emails from the various players to decide how these scenarios play off against each other in order to further the game. Sounds fun, huh?

    So How Do The Role Playing Game Producers Feel About This?

    Now, while one would assume that the role-playing game companies would love the fact that there are computer gaming online means of playing the games and expanding their customer base, some role-playing game companies have some misgivings about this computer gaming online expansion.

    In a way, the computer gaming online role-playing has hurt sales of game packages because people no longer have the need for a role-playing set as they are not playing in a room together and are connected electronically from all over the globe. It would be doubtful that the bottom will fall out on many of these game producing companies as the product that they offer is still very popular, but there have been some dollars lost due to the free competition that the computer gaming online role-playing provides.

    Granted, many of these companies offer their own free online role-playing services as a means of promoting their product. They have also offered fee based subscription online role-playing games so the internet provides a solid revenue stream for the companies. There is a paradoxical relationship between the role-playing game companies and the internet, but ultimately, the internet has been good to these companies and will continue to benefit them provided the companies evolve accordingly.

    Weighing In and Results – When Is The Right Time To Check My Weight?

    Today I finished Day 50 of the Chalean Extreme and Turbofire hybrid with Push Circuit 2. This workout consist of squats, one-legged squats, bicep curls, v bicep curls, overhead tricep extensions, and tricep extensions to name a few. I really love the weightlifting aspect of this hybrid! I used 20 lb. Weights for the squats and 12.5 for the bicep curls. I then completed the triceps with 7.5 lbs and 20 lb. Weights for the overhead tricep extensions. It felt great after I completed it and I pushed really hard and to failure on all the reps. For the push circuit exercises you do 6 to 8 repetitions of each particular move to failure. Failure means your muscles could not lift one more time. This is why you must lift heavy during the push circuit aspect of this program. Then after going to failure in 6 to 8 reps you "get extreme". This consists of three more reps with the same weight, but this time it is 3 super slow reps with the targeted muscle group. This is where you get your results. These extreme exercises break down the muscle fiber which causes the muscle to rebuild and thus create the lean, toned look I am looking for.

    Most people are under the impression that lifting weights and especially heavy weights will cause you to become very muscular and bulky. This is true for men since they have more testosterone than us women. However, lifting heavy for women in this manner will cause sleek toned muscle and not bulk. This addition of muscle to your body also speeds up your metabolism which is fantastic for those wanting to lose weight. I think that a hybrid program designed like this is so much more effective for those wanting to lose weight compared to a typical cardio program. Do not get me wrong though cardio is still necessary for burning calories and is basically a rest for those days you are lifting. I recommend anyone wanting to lose weight quickly to pick a program such as Turbofire and Chalean Extreme for the best results. Total body workouts like P90X and Insanity are also fantastic programs for a quickly weight loss goal. Understand that quick does not necessarily mean overnight!

    I did not start seeing real changes in my body until day 30. This did not mean that I had none either. When you are first starting your program do not be a slave to the scale. Find an old pair of jeans you do not fit in and use those as a tool for your results for a while before jumping on the scale. I also take measurements of my arms, thighs, chest and waist on day 1, 30, 60 and 90 days. I also jump on the scale as well. I would suggest not doing these measurements until each of these scheduled days along with a picture too. Doing them too often may hurt your motivation and ego if you are not seeing a change every week.

    Anyways, after my recovery drink I then had a blueberry protein smoothie and Greek shrimp orzo salad for lunch !! Yummy !!! Now to play with my son and mow lawn! What a beautiful day here in Chicago !!

    Executive Coaching India: Brain Based Coaching

    Brain Based Coaching


    Brain based coaching: Neuroscience and coaching

    The Orange Academy (www.executivecoachingindia.com) is one of the front runners of executive coaching and life coaching in India. The organization has in its fold world class coaches with sizeable experience and insights at the leadership levels. Their expertise gives The Orange Academy an edge to provide the best of coaching results. The academy endeavors to bring about positive behavioral changes in as many individuals as possible, thereby assisting in their overall growth. This in turn would contribute significantly to the growth of the organization.

    The Orange Academy offers executive coaching, life coaching and cross cultural coaching in India and abroad. It also assists budding coaching professionals refine their skills through a coach mentoring program brought by accredited coaches of international repute.


    Coaching as a process is to a large extent relates to the changes one desires for oneself. An “inside- outside” approach is what defines the way coaching functions. For this, the most pivotal aspect is for the coached to understand and feel the need for change. For neuroscience, change is a new experience, a new connection in the brain. There are several theories about the brain being slow and not able to take up any newer and livelier tasks after a certain age due to the element of stagnation. 

    Latest research in neuroscience has shown that the brain has extraordinary capacity to change at all ages. A capability now named neuroplasticity; it has validated that the brain is programmed to change at all ages. New experience, focused attention and conscious effort can help the process of change.

    Coaching is all about rhythmically moving towards insights which makes one a better individual and then hardwiring them for self progress. Studies have authenticated that coaching helps an individual create positive connections (read insights) for better growth and also assist in hardwiring them so that it becomes the most valuable long term asset. 

    Remarkable insights happen when one goes through the process of exploring and experiencing. Coaching helps one gain those valuable insights in the areas of their choice. Hardwiring as a process is the result of self integrity, focused attention and repetitive action. That is why majority of our coaching sessions are about “combat”! During the process of evolving, as we (the coached and the coach) get new insights, we convert them into action which helps hardwire the insight!

    Contact The Orange Academy

    For further information and understanding on brain based coaching and our coaching process please do feel free to contact us at vaishally@executivecoachingindia.com or visit us at www.executivecoachingindia.com

    Bowling – The Basics (The Game)

    Bowling is a fairly simple game. There are 10 pins and you knock them down on two balls per frame. Here is some basic information about how the game.

    The Game

    So what comprises a game you ask?

    10 Frames (actually 12, but we will cover that later)

    So what is a frame you ask?

    One or two balls, depending on what happens on your first shot, except the 10th when you may throw three balls.

    OK, so 10 frames of 1 or 2 shots, this should be easy right? Nowadays with the electronic scorekeepers it is, but it wasn’t always that way. I actually used to keep score manually for tournaments bowlers, and get paid to do it!


    There are 10 frames in a game of bowling, with one caveat. If you get a strike or a spare in the 10th frame, you get another shot. So, up to 3 shots can be thrown in the 10th frame of a game. At the risk of making this more confusing, if you get a spare, you get one extra shot (you have already thrown the ball twice this frame), but if you get a strike, you get 2 extra balls, thus you get 3 balls in the 10th frame if you get a mark (a strike or a spare).

    Strikes and Spares

    What are those words that you hear pouring out of bowlers mouths like “I got 6 strikes, 3 spares and missed a ten pin for an open!”? Strikes, Spares, Splits, and Opens are the fundamental results of throwing the ball down the lane.

    Basically a “strike” is when you get all 10 pins down on the first ball. A “spare” is when you get all 10 pins down on two balls in the same frame. An “open” is when you don’t get all 10 pins down on two balls in the same frame. When you “pick up” a spare, you were able to knock down the rest of the pins on the second ball in the frame (you never “pick up” a strike).

    A “Split” is a little more complicated. A split is when you leave at least two pins that are separated by where another pin would have been (see diagram above). So, if you leave the 4 and 5 pins (the 4 -5 split), you would have a split. The worst of the splits is the 7 – 10 split. These are the two pins that are farthest from each other on the lane and is almost impossible to hit.

    Keep bowling and having fun!

    Five Strength Training "Don'ts"

    Time to get going on your fitness program! If you're thinking about lifting some weights at home or getting back into the gym, take note of a few strength training "Do not's", beginning with "Do not wait to get started!"

    1) Do not start off too fast or increase too soon because you'll risk muscle soreness and strain.

    Do start easy and increase the amount of weight gradually. Your muscles need to adjust to the new demands and starting gradually helps to minimize any muscle soreness. In addition, the tissue that connotes muscles and bones (tendons and ligaments) needs time to adapt. Even if you are naturally strong and capable of lifting heavy weights, you need to protect your joints by building up gradually.

    2) Do not set unrealistic goals. People often become disillusioned and quit exercising when they can not meet the goals they've set.

    Do start with a simple exercise plan on which you can build, and which will provide incentive for progressing. Choose between eight and ten exercises and do them consistently for two to three weeks. Once you have established your routine, then you can add or change the exercises in order to continue to stimulate the muscles.

    3) Do not only use stored weight machines that support your body, since they allow the core muscles to be a little "lazy."

    Do incorporate free weights into your program, since they require you to stabilize using your own core strength. They also challenge your co-ordination and highlight imbalances in the body, so that you become aware of which arm or leg is stronger and more stable. Free weights can be an effective tool for correcting these imbalances and for bringing the body into alignment.

    4) Do not imitate other people in the gym, assuming that they know what they're doing because they do not!

    Do get some professional advice regarding how to properly perform strength training exercises. Take advantage of a free orientation in the gym or hire a personal trainer for a consultation to set you up on a program and teach you proper form.

    5) Do not use the scale to gauge the changes in your body because the scale can not differiate between fat pounds and muscle pounds.

    Do measure yourself by the way your clothing fits – a favorite pair of jeans can be the perfect gauge. Changes that occur with weight training are reflected in your body composition, which is the quality of your weight as opposed to the quantity of your weight. As you develop lean body mass and shape up, your contours may literally be shaving even though the needle on the scale does not move.

    Mario Kart 8

    Another quarter in the fiscal year, and another powerhouse Nintendo release. Just this past month, Nintendo unleashed Mario Kart 8 for the struggling Wii U. With sharp visuals, tight gameplay and an impressive coat of polish, could this be the system seller Nintendo has been looking for since the launch of the system? Not only is this a must own for hardcore gamers, Mario Kart 8 is a must-have title for literally anyone with electricity surging in their house.

    The Mario Kart franchise first screeched onto the scene with the Super Nintendo back in the early 1990’s, the gameplay was solid, fast, and most of all invigorating for any racing fan. It was easy to play but hard to master. Sequels came and went and usually added more to the overall package. With Mario Kart 8, there’s plenty of new ideas but the basic fundamental kart racing game we all know and love, still shines through.

    What Mario Kart 8 adds to the formula are anti-gravity sections littered throughout the race track. When I first tested the game at last year’s E3, I wasn’t impressed with the new feature. It just didn’t add anything unique or special to the racing. It felt unnecessary. Boy, what a difference a year makes to development time. Now these portions are the most exciting parts of the track. Your kart’s wheels will transform into their wall-scaling counterparts and when you bump into another racer, both of you will get a burst of speed. It fundamentally changes the gameplay of classic Mario Kart. You are no longer avoiding other racers but actively trying to slam into them during these sections.

    A highlight to every new Mario Kart game is the additional items they add. With this iteration, they added an item that counters the dreaded Blue Shell; called the Super Horn. If you time it just right, the horn’s sound wave will crumble the demonic projectile. Granted, the Super Horn is a rare item to get but it adds more defensive depth. Another new item that’s sure to be a favorite at parties is the Piranha Plant. Once you activate it, the plant will automatically try its luck at snapping fellow racers and spinning them out. You can also manually control the plant, and use it as a poor man’s mushroom speed boost. They also included a new boomerang weapon, which is extremely powerful and acts just like you would expect. Along with the new items all of the classics are back too, giving Mario Kart 8 one of the biggest arsenals of the franchise.

    Of course, you can’t forget about the insanely detailed tracks you’ll be racing around in. With Mario Kart 8, they added some of the best speedways since Mario Kart 64. Thanks to the anti-gravity sections, the courses never lack in variety. You’ll be racing on the side of a candy mountain that seems straight out of Wreck-It-Ralph, as well as familiar feeling beach courses that will take you underwater. Also, just like in Mario Kart 7, you’ll also find sections in the course that will launch you high into the atmosphere and will activate your kart’s hang glider. Of course, the infamous Rainbow Road is back as well and is every bit as challenging as it ever was.

    This has been the only game that truly shows off the graphical ability of the Wii U. There were times during gameplay that the visuals matched something you’d see on a PlayStation 4 or an Xbox One title. The graphics look that stunning. Obviously, the better your TV the more impressive it’s going to look. Do yourself a favor and play on a 1080p television. Mario Kart Wii made it difficult to follow your racer during a local four player splitscreen match but Nintendo seems to have fixed this problem. Thankfully, it’s easy for everyone to get a grasp on the action.

    If there was one downside of Mario Kart 8, it has to be the online capabilities. Nintendo happens to be light years behind Microsoft and Sony with their online features. Racing in matches with randomly selected players is easy to do but that’s about it. The game just feels too limited in this aspect and with no real microphone to trash talk in, why not just play with someone in your own living room? Nintendo needs to get with the program and hopefully the Wii U version of Super Smash Brothers solves this problem. Just a shame that Nintendo’s marque racing franchise’s online is just so bland. Also, when racing with your friends, don’t bother with the battle mode. They changed the classic formula and has everyone in a much too large track, trying to pop each other’s balloons. The game seems to go on forever and felt like it was just added at the last second.

    With Mario Kart 8, you’re getting plenty of racing goodness. There’s an insane amount of characters and karts to unlock, tracks to try out and did I mention it has one of the best theater modes in gaming? Just look at Luigi’s death stares mid race and try not to laugh. The only negative thing with the game is again Nintendo’s online functions. Mario Kart 8 is another smash-hit for the kart racing series and is an absolute must own for the system. For those of you who haven’t picked up a WiiU yet, there is a bundle available that includes the console, a copy of Mario Kart 8, a Mario stylized Remote Plus, and a steering wheel, all for $329.99. Come into your local Slackers and pick it up today.

    Starving for Intimacy

    Some are seeking love in a bottle. Others look for it on the streets and many are trying to find it in their food.

    Most of our food is grown on acres of land, sprayed by airplanes, cut by machines, moved by trucks or boats to plants adjusted to grind, package and ship. It is sent to stores where in bright colored wrappers; We are sold by seduction the richness of this product. We take it home open the can, package or jar one at a time to "feed" ourselves and maybe our family. The goal is often speed as we have or have had other obligations in the day. TV may be our entertainment as we consume this meal intended to nurture us.

    This food is also sold to a distribution plant where it is sent to food chains across the country to feed a growing segment of the population. They take the food, mix it to their formula in large vats, package it in measured amounts, ship it by trucks to their outlets to be prepared quickly by workers for their breakfast lunch and dinner crowds. In these restaurants or at drive through windows food is dispersed in plastics or paper with speed as the goal so each of us can meet deadlines, time limits and multiple obligations. Some of us eat in our cars as we drive to other destinations or eat at our desk. What would happen if each day we had a pause in the day's occupation as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said in his poem The Children's Hour

    Between the dark and the daylight,

    When the night is beginning to lower,

    Comes a pause in the day's occupations,

    That is known as the Children's Hour.

    Every day we hear on TV or read in newspapers and magazines of this new disease – obesity impacting all ages, cultures and communities. Is it any wonder for we are starving for intelligence and are trying to feed that need.

    There is a growing market these days for organic and slow cooking and is it any wonder. We are coming to the realization of how to meet our needs as we feed ourselves each day .. Organic farmers know their soil is the foundation for their crop production. They have prepared it to meet the needs of each seed they plant. They walk their fields observing the soils' needs and the challenges and the requirements of each crop The food may be picked by family or they will run the machines. Their cows or chickens may have names and they raise their family in this true home-based business. This food is usually sold at a farmers market or sent to the co-op or health food stores who buy from regional suppliers. The food bought this way is taken home and prepared as a meal served at the table feeding one or a large number as they gather to share and laugh together.

    There is a growing trend with chefs to buy from these farmers and they often ask for specialty foods for their demanding customers. These customers are people who dine out in a relaxed atmosphere and get fed food prepared by inspired hands.

    We can find a similar commitment to feed their customers in the Mom and Pop restaurants. They may specialize in grits and eggs or chili and stews and they prepare it from their recipes and often times with food from local sources.

    There is a saying "A bitter cook bakes a bitter bread". Is it then not true there is a missing link in our food chain; That of caring. Caring for the food that feeds us. Caring for the food as it is prepared. Is love not the missing ingredient in much of our food supply today. Is that not why many of us are staring for intimacy. Would not love in growing, love in preparing and joy in eating change the way we look and feel. Food, in order to feed our body and our souls must be grown, prepared and ateen with an intention of caring, of love.

    Sophia Loren said the most vital ingredient in any recipe is love. Would it not be wise to add love to every dish we make, serve and eat.
    Save some of those candy hearts and serve them with each meal as a reminder of the love in your food and the joy in your life. I think it might be the best diet you will find for the next year.

    © 2004 Susan Bacon Trumpfheller

    Fungal Infections Symptoms in Humans And Treatment

    What are fungal infections

    Fungal infection occurs because of some kind of fungus in the body or on the skin. This kind of infection is generally not serious and does not spread easily from person to person. An infection further within our human body may be more serious. Various kinds of yeast infections that are found in humans are:

    • Athlete’s foot
    • Jock itch
    • Mouth infection
    • Vagina infection
    • Ringworm etc.

    Fungal infections symptoms

    Symptoms of yeast attacks change with regards to the type and harshness of the illness, the area of the body impacted and individual factors.
    Symptoms of athlete’s foot are as follows :

    • Itching of the feet
    • Thick, yellowish toenails that disengage from the nail beds if the toenails is infected by fungus
    • Scaling and flaking of the skin of the feet

    Symptoms of jock itch

    Symptoms of jock itch mainly occur in men:

    • Red, scaly rash in the groin area
    • Itching of the groin area

    Symptoms of ringworm

    Symptoms of ringworm are as follows:

    • Red, inflamed area on the scalp.
    • Hair loss from the infested area of the scalp.

    Symptoms mouth infection

    Symptoms of mouth infection are as follows :

    • Scratches that are elevated, are white-yellow in color, and appear in spots in the mouth, tongue or on the throat.
    • Painful, bleeding gums.
    • Patches that become painful, that makes eating or swallowing difficult.

    Symptoms vagina infection

    Symptoms of vagina infection are as follows :

    • Thick, white discharge from vagina
    • Vaginal itching and irritation
    • Burning with urination

    Symptoms of digestive track infection

    Symptoms of digestive tract infection are as follows :

    • Diarrhea
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting

    Recurrent Candida attacks can be a manifestation of a more serious condition, such as HIV/AIDS or diabetes. It is important to seek immediate health care for recurring Candida attacks, such as recurring genital attacks or oral Candida infection.

    Antifungal medication for fungal infection

    An anti-fungal medication is a treatment used to cure yeast attacks such as sportsman’s feet, candidiasis, ringworm, infection (thrush), cryptococcal meningitis, and others. Such medication is usually acquired by a prescription or bought over-the-counter. Some effective medicines for fungal infection are :

    Generic lamisil (terbinafine): is an anti-fungal drug used to cure yeast attacks of the fingernails or claws. It is also used to cure ringworm, athlete feet and jock scratch. This drug avoids the development of infection. It is found in tablet and ointment form.Some side effects which this drug may cause are stinging, itching, redness or burning sensation. It can also cause heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhea, headache, sore throat, and tiredness.

    Note: do consult your physician and follow his instruction while using this medicine.

    Generic Mycelex cream (clotrimazole cream): is a relevant anti-fungal drug used to treat fungal infections of the vagina; mouth and skin for example body ringworm, athlete’s foot and jock itch. This drug is found in cream form.This can also cause side effects such as peeling , itching, redness, skin irritation ,swelling ,severe blistering and dryness.

    Note: Do consult your physician and follow his instruction totally while taking this medication.

    How Many Calories Do You Burn by Swimming?

    How many calories you burn while swimming depends on your stroke, effort, speed, distance, duration, gender, weight and skill. Because most people swim a mix of strokes at various intensities, computing your exact calorie count is difficult.

    For example, a 150 pound athlete burns about 272 calories by swimming 1500 yards in 30 minutes; swimming butterfly for 30 minutes burns 38 percent more calories, breaststroke burns 25 percent more and backstroke 12 percent less. Compare that with a 120 pound athlete who burns only 218 calories swimming the same 1500 yard workout (60 lengths in a 25 yard pool).

    Generally, the faster an athlete swims, the more calories he burns in an hour. For example, if the 150 pound swimmer above swims one more length per minute, he burns 102 more calories in the same 30 minute period, but it works out to nearly half a calorie LESS per length. This anomaly occurs because he swims more efficiently.

    The table below lists the approximate calories burned per hour for a person weighing 150 pounds:

    Swimming moderate effort 272 calories

    Swimming ocean, river, lake 408 calories

    Swimming none-lap, leisure 408 calories

    Swimming laps, moderate to light effort 476 calories

    Swimming backstroke 476 calories

    Swimming crawl/freestyle, 50 yards per minute 544 calories

    Swimming sidestroke 544 calories

    Swimming synchronized 544 calories

    Swimming fast, vigorous effort 680 calories

    Swimming breaststroke 680 calories

    Swimming butterfly 748 calories

    Swimming crawl/freestyle, vigorous effort, fast 748 calories

    Your weight affects the number of calories burned, with heavier people expending more than lighter ones when doing the same exercise. For example, a 100 pound person burns 1/3 fewer calories, so multiply the above numbers by 0.7; a 200-pound person burns 1/3 more so multiply by 1.3.

    Because most people are unable to do butterfly continuously, crawl or freestyle is the most effective swim stroke, burning between 540 and 750 calories per hour.

    Inexplicably, elite swimmers have an average of 5% more body fat than their equivalent running counterparts, despite burning the same and sometimes even more calories with their high intensity interval training which the steadier pace of distance running lacks.

    Interestingly too, women, regardless of their skill level and weight, typically use fewer calories per mile than men because of their higher body fat percentage. They naturally stay afloat without having to burn calories doing so.

    Swimming nonstop for half an hour is realistic for a beginner but strive for an hour. Vary your strokes. For example, warm up by doing 4 lengths freestyle, 4 lengths breast stroke, then get your heart rate up by swimming 4-6 lengths freestyle at a faster pace. When you feel tired or out of breath, switch to breast stroke or back stroke or even use the kicker board, and when you catch your breath, go back to freestyle.

    If you can, incorporate butterfly. Flip turns too; they ensure a continuous workout without you needing to pause between lengths.

    If swimming appeals to you but you are not strong enough to swim for an hour, consider using flippers together with the kicker board which you hold out in front of you. Because your head is above water the entire time, breathing is not an issue; while your legs and butt get a fabulous workout.

    Despite being surrounded by water, you sweat when you swim. Be sure to stave off dehydration by drinking water before and after your session, even if you do not feel thirsty.

    Swimming is an excellent aerobic workout, using a large number of muscle groups and burning as many calories per hour as running or cycling at the same intensity. It increases your heart rate for the full duration, you breathe harder and work your entire body.

    Swimming strengthens your heart muscles thereby improving the delivery of oxygen to all parts of your body, it improves your physique, flexibility, stamina and balance. If you do other exercise, swimming serves as a great cross-trainer, lengthening and strengthening your muscles.

    Mentally it relaxes you and frees you of tension; socially you can enjoy it with friends and family to develop a spirit of competitive camaraderie.

    Swimming poses no strain on connective tissue or joints, so is safe for the overweight, elderly, people with lower back and leg problems, and those whose joints cannot handle high-impact sports. Because water supports the body, swimming is recommended as a rehabilitation exercise.

    Ideal for pregnant women, swimming strengthens both abdominal and back muscles, enabling them to better carry their extra weight. High blood pressure, joint stiffness and discomfort commonly associated with pregnancy can all be eased by exercising gently in water, although you may want to consult with your doctor beforehand.

    Whether you splash around burning 400 calories an hour, or expend 748 calories per hour perfecting your butterfly stroke for hard-core competition, any swimming burns calories. In fact which ever sport you enjoy is the one which will burn the most calories for you in the long run.

    Crocheting Benefits: Why People Love To Crochet

    There are many reasons why people love to crochet.

    For one, crocheting is therapeutic. Because of its calming, rhythmic movements, many studies have shown positive results for people suffering from chronic depression, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and schizophrenia. Crocheting is also for common ordinary people who simply enjoy the feeling of accomplishing something with their after-work, idle time. Crocheting relieves stress and muscle tensions after a hard day at the office as crocheting easily takes your mind off from work and draws you deeper into a solitary hobby where you can collect your thoughts as you let your fingers and the crochet hook do their work.

    Yarn colors also have positive effects on the eyes too. Colors in soft, fuzzy materials provide a diversion to the cold, hard and glaring screens of your office computers that you have been staring at for the whole day.

    Aside from the psychological and emotional benefits of crocheting, it also provides material benefits. I have known three housewives who have gone into crocheting, first as a hobby, and then into business, making sweatshirts, shawls and pillowcases in different designs and different colors. Of course, the income may not be as high as when you sell hotdogs during baseball season but it does add a considerable amount of cash into the household income, not to mention the personal satisfaction of having been able to consign and sell your own handiwork in small, local shops. Other items that can be made by crocheting are cellular phone cases, fashion bag parts, tablecloth, and coasters.

    Crocheting can also bond people. It provides a healthy venue for women and even young girls to come together to share thoughts and exchange views while exchanging crocheting patterns. It is both a social as well as a solitary hobby. While some people like to meet friends through this common interest, some people are also more comfortable working independently on their crochet and their work comes out just as fine.

    Most of all, people who are into crocheting simply enjoys the fact that crocheting tools are small and handy and can be easily kept in purses to take out when a good crocheting diversion is called for.

    The Definition, Perspective and Principles of Yoga Therapy

    Yoga therapy is hard to define within a few sentences, because of the range and depth of tradition itself, just like yoga, the benefits of yoga therapy can be approached in various ways. It is important to have a rational and fair-minded definition to those people who are not accustomed to yoga, yet still justifiable to those people steeped in this practice as well as philosophy.

    Yoga therapy is a special type of therapy that includes different yoga poses, breathing practices, meditation as well as guided imagery to enhance the physical and mental well-being. The main focus of this therapy inspires the unification of body, mind and spirit. This special therapy is the use of yoga where there is a particular health need.

    What Are The Applications of Yoga Therapy?

    The main application of yoga therapy is from one or more than one standpoints:

    (1) The practice of yoga to develop the power of senses, the power of muscles, the power of concentration, gain the power of difficult poses and the ability to work over extended period of time. This is sometimes called the application of Shakti Karma.

    (2) The use of yoga and yoga therapy to heal the particular problems, such as reducing impurities from the organs called Dosha or energy centers called Chakras or Channels of the body. This is called Chikitsa Karma.

    • If illness is present, it should be cured, called Chikitsa.
    • If illness is not present, prevention is necessary, called Rakshana.
    • If illness is not present and an individual learnt how to protect himself, then practice is necessary with the help of a trainer, called Shikshana.

    (3) The use of yoga postures to go beyond the physical and mental to know or understand what are beyond the limited senses of self, to understand one’s real self untransformed witnessing existence – called Purusha of all which is transforming – called Prakriti. This is sometimes known as the application of Adhyatmik Karma in Sanskrit, and in English called liberation from Maya and Karma, recognizing and worshiping the Lord.

    The main ideas of yoga therapy are:

    • Teach the exact things to the person.
    • Variations in various people should be respected.
    • Teaching should consider the place from which pupils come.
    • Each pupil should be taught in accordance with his or her principles, age etc.
    • The way of teaching depends on the time.
    • Depending on the occupation of the pupils, he or she should be taught various things. For instance, a sportsman should be taught in a different way than a scholar.
    • One needs to know the capability of the pupil, how much ability, memory and time to practice.
    • The teaching should conform to the direction of mind.

    Benefits of Yoga Therapy

    It is amazing to see millions of people these days include yoga in their day-to-day lives. Yoga therapy too is getting favour in the mainstream of emotional well-being, as it focuses on healing the whole body, mind and spirit. It strengthens heart as well as cardiovascular system, body muscles, lungs and nervous system. It improves digestive issues; helps the digestive system function properly and improves oxygen delivery to the body’s tissues.

    Additionally, an important thing of this therapy is that it can easily adjust about to any form and style, or the level of individual, for instance old people may find more benefits of yoga therapy practicing Chair Yoga. Despite the fact that yoga therapy is a new form of treatment, it hails from an ancient practice. Because of its clinically proven benefits, these days, most of the physicians are eager to suggest this therapy to their patients. It helps treat a large number of health issues, like anxiety, headache, back pain, depression, insomnia or sleeplessness and much, much more.

    Jock Itch Treatment- Treatment for Ringworm

    Jock itch is one of the types of ringworm infection commonly found in men. This infection occurs due to the extra tight pants worn by men and the excessive sweating of the area, which doesn’t dry up quickly. Jock itch treatment is commonly found in men all over the world. There are numerous cures for this and other types of ringworm infection.

    Ringworm Treatment- Over-The-Counter Drugs

    The ringworm infection can be cured by numerous topical and oral drugs. The oral drugs should not be taken without the doctors’ consultation. The oral drug is harmful to the kidney and liver, if taken more than six months at a stretch. The doctor will fix the dose of the oral drug. Other than the oral pills one can apply topical creams in the infected area. The topical creams are available as over-the-counter drugs. One needs no prescription to buy the over-the-counter tropical drugs from stores.

    Jock Itch Treatment- Home Remedies

    Though the jock itch treatment is done through the drugs, some significant changes in the routine are required to prevent it from recurring. The person suffering from jock itch must completely leave the habit of wearing the tight clothes, especially tight jeans and trousers. The infected area must be allowed to “breath”. This cuts down the favorable condition for the growth of the fungus in the area. Many topical creams are available in the market. One needs to clean the area with warm water, dry it properly and then apply the medicated cream to the infected area. Keeping the area dry and clean is mandatory to prevent the recurring of the disease. Yogurt and kerif should be included in the daily diet as these increase the good bacteria in the body and they together fight off the fungus from within the body. Other than that a paste of mustard seed applied in the area is also found to prevent the growth of the ringworm infection.

    Online Ringworm Treatment

    You can now buy all the drugs for treating the disease through online agencies at heavily discounted price. For more information kindly search the net.