I’m Worried That I Won’t Regrow Normal Hair After My Telogen Effluvium Ends: Insights To Help

I sometimes hear from people who have been suffering from telogen effluvium hair loss who worry that their hair follicles have been damaged and, as the result, will be unable to produce healthy or normal hairs once again.

Common comments are things like: “I’ve had hair loss for over a year. During that time, my regrowth was thin and it kept falling out so that it never had the chance to regrow normally. Now, the shedding seems to have stopped. But I’m worried about my regrowth. Will my follicles be able to produce normal and healthy hair again? Or, have they been damaged from this process? I have an awful feeling that I’m going to regrow thin, sickly, flyaway hairs.”

I’m certainly not a medical expert, but in my own experience and observation, as long as the triggers that kicked off the shedding in the first place have been removed and you have no other scalp or hair loss issues, then normal hair cycles (including regrowth) should eventually resume. Sometimes, people worry that their scalp or ability to regrow hair has been negatively affected because they see their new hair fall out or they notices that it looks thin early after recovery. Sometimes, the new hair has to grow a few inches in length before it begins to reach a normal diameter. Also, it is possible to need a couple of shedding cycles before your normal hair cycles resume.

If your hair is a couple of inches long or you’re still seeing things that worry you for a couple of months after recovery, then there are a couple of other possibilities. The first is that the original trigger has returned or a new trigger has come up. If your hair loss is due to medical issues, then it’s possible that they are not completely resolved. Another possibility is the inflammatory process. Rapid and drastic hair shedding and regrowth can sometimes cause an inflammation process in your scalp your can affect your regrowth. If this is the case though, you’ll often see a reddish or pink scalp that feels tight or itches.

If you’ve ruled these things out, ask yourself if it’s possible that the telogen effluvium was instead an androgen driven process. Androgen driven hair loss or androgenetic alopecia is the most common form of hair loss, even for women. And one of the symptoms of this type of hair loss is a scalp and hair follicles that struggle to regrow and maintain healthy hair because of the excess androgens (or your body’s reaction to normal androgens.) So if you’ve given your regrowth plenty of time and you’re still seeing things that make you worry, then it might be a good idea to explore if your hair loss is androgen driven. Also, some hair loss starts out as an effluvium and eventually turns into androgen driven loss as soon as the person reaches the age where the androgenetic alopecia would have begun in the first place.

So to answer the question posed, it’s my experience that the follicles are not negatively affected by shedding in the long term. While it’s possible for hair to look different when it is still short and it’s not uncommon to have a few abnormal cycles before normal patterns resume, follicles should behave normally several months after the shedding is over. If they aren’t, then it’s important to see if there are any other possibilities (like inflammation, medical issues, or androgens) that need to be addressed.

Attire to Get Hired – Summer 2009

Spring and summer brings to mind images of love, vacations, walks on the beach and evenings by the pool. But you need to get a job in an office. Or you already have a job and you want to move up the ladder of success. What to wear? Contrary to the popular myth, unless you are in a glamor or very artistic industry there is no such thing as summer work casual. You can, though, fine tune your attire for the summer season though. Here are a few ideas.

Shirts

First, unless you are a pediatrician, a chemist or a barber – ban short sleeve shirts from your spring and Summer wardrobe. Long sleeves are the only acceptable style. A variety of fabrics and colors are acceptable. Pure cotton shirts are best (I prefer pima cotton but oxford cloth and poplin are popular too). Polyester can get warm. The collar is more a function of formality and style. English spread collar is the most formal. The American straight collar in the next most formal. The button-down collar is the least formal. Tab and collar pin styles are traditional but on again – off again styles. As for colors – white and pale blue are best. A fine mute blue or gray stripe is next best. Pale yellow and pink are best left to preppy outfits such as law firms and white shoe Wall Street enclaves. French cuffs are best left to the more senior executives and the power brokers.

Ties

Every spring men put on a whole rain forest of bright splashy ties. Avoid the trend. Go with small patterns (neat diamonds or circles) or regularly spaced wide stripes (regimental or old school) in natural colors. While darker colors are more popular in fall and winter, spring and summer open the door to: yellows, purples, reds (vs. burgundy), sky blue (vs. navy) and salmon or pink. Big tropical prints, words, graphics or pictures (with the horsy exception of very small snaffles or stirrups) and heavy fabrics are OUT for spring and summer. Think light weight silk and cotton madras vs. Wools and heavy drapery fabric silk. Now that MSNBC's Tucker Carlson has shunned bow ties – as have the leadership of Nation of Islam – perhaps you should take a wait and see attitude on the classic too.

Suits

The cut for spring and summer suits are the same as for fall and winter suits. The wools should be lighter weight. The colors are the same: medium gray, gray pinstripe, navy blue and blue chalk stripe. Stay away from plaids and more fancy stripes unless you have at least six basic suits in the combinations noted above. The suits should be either two or three button depending on your build. Trousers can be either pleated or flat front depending on build but must be properly hemmed with cuffs. No spring or summer vests. Cotton suits of tan, olive and navy are acceptable once you are in the work force. The question of seersucker should be based on observation of those around you at least one level above on the corporate ladder. Most likely they will fit in on Wall Street or at preppy law firms. Finally, the blazer and trousers is not the spring and summer replacement for the suit. Keep them for the country club and dinner parties.

Shoes

There is no such thing as fall and winter vs. Spring and summer shoes for men. Sometimes there should be but there is not. No white shoes except for classic bucks to wear to the club or parties. No sandals with suits and no woven leather shoes – ever. They are just too tacky for words. The classics are for year-round wear: cap toed lacced shoes in black and dark brown, tassel loafers (expensive dress ones – not the outlet store types) in black and dark brown, expensive dress loafers of either the penny or snaffle style or the European-styled monk strap shoe in black and dark brown with the buckle on the side (very popular with non-Asian businessmen in Asia by the way). Shoes should be well maintained and polished at all times. No clunky shoes, no flip flops, no sandals, no boat shoes and no white plastic loafers – regardless of what the salesmen say. And if your shoes look more like running shoes than dress shoes then they are wrong for both interviews and work without you aspire to a career in law enforcement.

Belts

Two belts for suits. Classic leather, thin with brass or silver metal small buckles in black and dark brown to match the shoes. Period. No white. No cute logo belts. And always wear a belt (except you choose to wear classic braces also called suspenders – and never clip on ones and never with a belt).

Underwear

You are a grown-up now. Pick your own underwear. But in the spring and summer you must wear a white tee shirt under you shirt. No one wants to see your nipples or you sweat stains. As for socks – wear dark ones. They should be black or navy blue or dark gray depending on your suit. No white or tan or creatively colored socks. And unless you are a genius or you work for the most preppy of Wall Street law firms – socks are required at all times.

Putting it all together

We wear a crisp cotton shirt, a spring toned but traditional tie, a classic suit in light weight fabric, traditional shoes and belt and the right underwear will not necessarily get you hired or get promoted once you are employed. But it will not hurt you either. Follow these steps on spring and summer attire and you will have an advantage over 90% of men wherever you want to get hired or be considered for the big promotion.

Some Common Earache Remedies

Earaches can be a very painful situation to handle, for both adults and children. The most common occurrence for ear pain is because of fluid or infection in the middle ear. It is necessary to have an ear doctor to have a look at your ear to clean it professionally. It is also important to clean your ears with a small and soft cotton bud, and not use any sharp objects to clean the ears. This might lead to infection or bacterial growth in the ear. Cleaning the ear is very important because infection will not only lead to a painful earache, but in severe conditions it many also lead to swelling, irritation and in some condition to hearing loss.

Some of the causes of earaches are –

1. Cold

2. Excess wax in the ear

3. Injuries to the ear

4. Sinus problems

5. Other allergies

6. If any substance is stuck in the ear

Although it is a good idea to visit the doctor so that it can be treated in the correct manner, but here are some homemade remedies as well. These homemade remedies will give the person an immediate relief and help them relax. Have a look at these effective earache remedies –

1. Castor oil –

Castor oil is one of the most effective remedies for earache. Dip a cotton ball in castor oil and pour a few drops into the ear. This will draw out the infection from your ears; this is an easy and effective remedy.

2. A warm and moist towel –

A warm and moist towel can work wonders for an earache. Just place the towel on top of your ears, and this will give a soothing effect to your ears.

3. Hot air –

With the help of a blow drier, you can try blowing hot air into the aching ear. Not only will this sooth the ear but it may also melt the wax inside it. It is very important to make sure the hair drier is kept away from the ear and that the air is not too hot.

1. Olive oil –

When half a clove of garlic is lightly heated and is added to olive oil, it makes a very good home remedy. With the help of a cotton ball, which is dipped in the oil you can pour a few drops into the ear. And after a gap of ten minutes you can pour the oil into the next ear. Before pouring the oil into your ears, make sure the oil is not too hot by checking it on the back of your hand.

2. Sesame oil –

Repeat the same process with a teaspoonful of sesame oil, by adding half a clove of garlic to it. And then heating it on a low flame or popping it in the microwave till it becomes a little warm. Pour a few drops of the oil in one ear, and after ten minutes pour the oil in the other ear. Garlic is often preferred because it has antibiotic properties that will kill the bacteria.

Aircraft Structural Components

The major aircraft structures are wings, fuselage, and empennage. The primary flight control surfaces, located on the wings and empennage, are ailerons, elevators, and rudder. These parts are connected by seams, called joints.

All joints constructed using rivets, bolts, or special fasteners are lap joints. Fasteners cannot be used on joints in which the materials to be joined do not overlap – for example, butt, tee and edge joints. A fayed edge is a type of lap joint made when two metal surfaces are butted up against one another in such a way as to overlap.

Internal aircraft parts are manufactured in four ways: Milling, stamping, bending, and extruding. The metal of a milled part is transformed from cast to wrought by first shaping and then either chemically etching or grinding it. A stamped part is annealed, placed in a forming press, and then re-heat treated.

Bent parts are made by sheet metal mechanics using the bend allowance and layout procedures. An extrusion is an aircraft part which is formed by forcing metal through a preshaped die. The resulting wrought forms are used as spars, stringers, longerons, or channels. In order for metal to be extruded, bent, or formed, it must first be made malleable and ductile by annealing. After the forming operation, the metal is re-heat treated and age hardened.

Airbus Wings

Here in the UK and in particular at the Airbus facility in North Wales, our expertise is in the manufacture of aircraft wings. Aircraft wings have to be strong enough to withstand the positive forces of flight as well as the negative forces of landing. Metal wings are of two types: Semicantilever and full cantilever. Semicantilever, or braced, wings are used on light aircraft. They are externally supported by struts or flying wires which connect the wing spar to the fuselage. A full cantilever wing is usually made of stronger metal. It requires no external bracing or support. The skin carries part of the wing stress. Parts common to both wing designs are spars, compression ribs, former ribs, stringers, stress plates, gussets. wing tips and wing skins.

Airbus at Broughton employs more than 5,000 people, mostly in manufacturing, but also in engineering and support functions such as procurement and finance.

Wing Spars

Two or more spars are used in the construction of a wing. They carry the main longitudinal -butt to tip – load of the wing. Both the spar and a compression rib connect the wing to the fuselage.

Compression Ribs

Compression ribs carry the main load in the direction of flight, from leading edge to trailing edge. On some aircraft the compression rib is a structural piece of tubing separating two main spars. The main function of the compression rib is to absorb the force applied to the spar when the aircraft is in flight.

Former Ribs

A former rib, which is made from light metal, attaches to the stringers and wing skins to give the wing its aerodynamic shape. Former ribs can be classified as nose ribs, trailing edge ribs, and mid ribs running fore and aft between the front and rear spar on the wing. Formers are not considered primary structural members.

Stringers

Stringers are made of thin sheets of preformed extruded or hand-formed aluminum alloy. They run front to back along the fuselage and from wing butt to wing tip. Riveting the wing skin to both the stringer and the ribs gives the wing additional strength.

Stress Plates

Stress plates are used on wings to support the weight of the fuel tank. Some stress plates are made of thick metal and some are of thin metal corrugated for strength. Stress plates are usually held in place by long rows of machine screws, with self-locking nuts, that thread into specially mounted channels. The stress-plate channeling is riveted to the spars and compression ribs.

Gussets

Gussets, or gusset plates, are used on aircraft to join and reinforce intersecting structural members. Gussets are used to transfer stresses from one member to another at the point where the members join.

Wing Tips

The wing tip, the outboard end of the wing, has two purposes: To aerodynamically smooth out the wing tip air flow and to give the wing a finished look.

Wing Skins

Wing skins cover the internal parts and provide for a smooth air flow over the surface of the wing. On full cantilever wings, the skins carry stress. However, all wing skins are to be treated as primary structures whether they are on braced or full cantilever surfaces.

Fuselage Assemblies.

The largest of the aircraft structural components, there are two types of metal aircraft fuselages: Full monocoque and semimonocoque. The full monocoque fuselage has fewer internal parts and a more highly stressed skin than the semimonocoque fuselage, which uses internal bracing to obtain its strength.

The full monocoque fuselage is generally used on smaller aircraft, because the stressed skin eliminates the need for stringers, former rings, and other types of internal bracing, thus lightening the aircraft structure.

The semimonocoque fuselage derives its strength from the following internal parts: Bulkheads, longerons, keel beams, drag struts, body supports, former rings, and stringers.

Bulkheads

A bulkhead is a structural partition, usually located in the fuselage, which normally runs perpendicular to the keel beam or longerons. A few examples of bulkhead locations are where the wing spars connect into the fuselage, where the cabin pressurization domes are secured to the fuselage structure, and at cockpit passenger or cargo entry doors.

Longerons And Keel Beams

Longerons and keel beams perform the same function in an aircraft fuselage. They both carry the bulk of the load traveling fore and aft. The keel beam and longerons, the strongest sections of the airframe, tie its weight to other aircraft parts, such as powerplants, fuel cells, and the landing gears.

Drag Struts And Other Fittings

Drag struts and body support fittings are other primary structural members. Drag struts are used on large jet aircraft to tie the wing to the fuselage center section. Body support fittings are used to support the structures which make up bulkhead or floor truss sections.

Former rings and fuselage stringers are not primary structural members. Former rings are used to give shape to the fuselage. Fuselage stringers running fore and aft are used to tie in the bulkheads and

former rings.

Aircraft Empennage Section

The empennage is the tail section of an aircraft. It consists of a horizontal stabilizer, elevator, vertical stabilizer and rudder. The conventional empennage section contains the same kind of parts used in the construction of a wing. The internal parts of the stabilizers and their flight controls are made with spars, ribs, stringers and skins.

Also, tail sections, like wings, can be externally or internally braced.

Horizontal Stabilizer And Elevator

The horizontal stabilizer is connected to a primary control surface, i.e., the elevator. The elevator causes the nose of the aircraft to pitch up or down. Together, the horizontal stabilizer and elevator provide stability about the horizontal axis of the aircraft. On some aircraft the horizontal stabilizer is made movable by a screw jack assembly which allows the pilot to trim the aircraft during flight.

Vertical Stabilizer And Rudder

The vertical stabilizer is connected to the aft end of the fuselage and gives the aircraft stability about the vertical axis. Connected to the vertical stabilizer is the rudder, the purpose of which is to turn the aircraft about its vertical axis.

Ailerons

Elevators and rudders are primary flight controls in the tail section. Ailerons are primary flight controls connected to the wings. Located on the outboard portion of the wing, they allow the aircraft to turn about the longitudinal axis.

When the right aileron is moved upward, the left one goes down, thus causing the aircraft to roll to the right. Because this action creates a tremendous force, the ailerons must be constructed in such a way as to withstand it.

Flight controls other than the three primary ones are needed on high-performance aircraft. On the wings of a wide-body jet, for example, there are as many as thirteen flight controls, including high and low-speed ailerons, flaps, and spoilers.

Flaps And Spoilers

Wing flaps increase the lift for take-off and landing. Inboard and outboard flaps, on the trailing edge of the wing, travel from full up, which is neutral aerodynamic flow position, to full down, causing air to pile up and create lift. Leading edge flaps – Krueger flaps and variable-camber flaps – increase the wing chord size and thus allow the aircraft to take off or land on a shorter runway. Spoilers, located in the center section span-wise, serve two purposes. They assist the high-speed ailerons in turning the aircraft during flight, and they are used to kill the aerodynamic lift during landing by spreading open on touchdown.

Trim Tabs

Connected to the primary flight controls are devices called trim tabs. They are used to make fine adjustments to the flight path of an aircraft. Trim tabs are constructed like wings or ailerons, but are

considerably smaller.

Phobia Symptoms You Need To Know

Fear is a completely natural feeling in response to objects or situations deemed threatening. Some scream at the sight of spiders. Some refuse to go under water for fear of drowning. And some sweat a lot when speaking in front of an audience. Most people experience minor fears every now and then. But for some people, such fears get out of hand, causing intense anxiety and affecting day-to-day life. Extreme and irrational fear, which occurs even if there’s little or no real threat, is more popularly known as phobia. About 19 million people in the United States have phobia.
Are you afraid that you have phobia? If you think you have it, the first thing you must do is to know the different phobia symptoms. When exposed to frightening objects or situations, people who have phobias suffer from an array of symptoms that are associated with anxiety, ranging from mild nervousness to a severe panic attack. 
The main phobia symptoms include anxiety, severe and irrational fear, and avoidance behavior. People with phobia experience intense anxiety immediately after exposure to things or events that they are afraid of. Usually, anxiety escalates when you sense that it is hard to escape from it. Also, anxiety becomes more intense if the object you are scared of is closer to you. Several changes in the body occur because of intense anxiety, which include blushing, excessive sweating, diarrhea, stomach discomfort, palpitation, and muscle tension. 
Severe and irrational fear happens when people with phobia anticipate or face a certain object, person, or situation that poses little or no danger. For instance, if you have acrophobia or fear of heights, you dread going to an elevated place because you might fall from it.
Avoidance behavior is also one of the major phobia symptoms. People with phobia avoid on purpose the objects or situations that they fear. They believe that avoiding those things can help keep the anxiety from happening.
The following is a list of other common phobia symptoms:
– Increased heart rate or palpitations- Sweating- Trembling- Discomfort in the chest area- Dizziness- Difficulty breathing- Feeling of choking- Hot or cold flashes- Loss of sensations- Fear of passing out- Fear of dying
People with blood-injection-injury phobia have different phobia symptoms from others. Aside from fear, you would also be disgusted at the sight of a needle or blood if you have this type of phobia. Blood pressure and heart rate increases like in other phobia types. However, dizziness, passing out, and nausea occur after the increase in blood pressure and heart rate.
Phobia is no cause for worry if it does not affect your day-to-day life that much. For example, if you have a dog phobia, then there will be no problem if you live in an area where you’re not likely to encounter dogs. But if the symptoms of phobia disrupts your normal life or prevents you from doing things that you enjoy, then you might need to seek professional help.

Yorkie Eye Problems And Preventing Loss Of Vision In These Dogs

It’s important to monitor your pets vision because there are certain Yorkie eye problems that can develop in this breed of dog. When a Yorkshire Terrier loses its eye sight, it’s often a distressing situation for both the dog and its owner. It also restricts what your Yorkie can do, and in some cases it can be dangerous to leave your Yorkie on its own because it cannot see potential hazards. To minimize the likely hood of sight problems in your pet, it’s always wise to frequently visit your veterinarian for checkups that include eye checks.

The main eye disorders common to this breed of dog include Cataracts, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) degeneration, Keratoconjuctivitis Sicca and Entropion.

Cataract formation

Yorkie owners sometimes face the problem of cataract formation. This disease affects the lens of a dog’s eye. The lens losses transparency and will often become white in color. This often results in your dog becoming blind. There are 3 different classifications of this disease and they include the following:

  • Congenital – Yorkshire Terrier are born with this problem and its normally hereditary.
  • Juvenile – This type of cataract disease affects Yorkies aged 5 years and younger.
  • Senile – Dogs older than five years develop this problem in their eyes.

There are many causes of canine cataracts. This disease can be hereditary or acquired as a Yorkshire Terrier gets older. Some causes of the disease include toxins, inflammations, trauma and other defects. Congenital cataracts are hereditary, while juvenile and senile cataracts can be hereditary or acquired. It is a disease that often requires surgery to avoid blindness.

Entropion

This canine eye disorder is associated with a dog’s eyelid. The disease causes inward rolling of the eye. The eye lashes tear the surface of a dog’s eye-ball and sometimes results in more serious damage to your pets eye if it’s not looked after.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) Degeneration

Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA) is an eye disease which normally happens to Yorkies aged four years or older. It can even happen to younger Yorkies. This problem occurs because of the recessive autosomal gene in canines. With PRA, a dogs vision gradually gets worse over time, until it goes blind. Early signs of PRA include widely diluted pupils that become unresponsive to light.

Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS) or Dry Eye Syndrome (DES)

Keratoconjunctivitis Sicca (KCS) also known as Dry Eye Syndrome (DES) is a disorder that can affect your Yorkie. Tear production reduced in a dog’s eye reduces, and the eye becomes irritated and itchy. This problem can become serious if untreated, and lead to impaired vision and even permanent blindness.

Vision is important for most pets including Yorkshire Terriers. Once a dog’s eye sight is impaired, it affects the quality of life the have, but regular visits to your veterinarian and checks by yourself can prevent many Yorkie eye problems.

Analysis of Tintern Abbey – A Poem Written by William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth, one of the greatest romantic poets that the world has ever seen, pioneered the movement of deliberately breaking away from the established customs. The magic of words that poems weave was previously employed to venerate great heroes or a grand love. The poets preceding Wordsworth often exposed the evils of the higher classes of people. It was Wordsworth who distanced himself from this tradition and began to study ordinary people such as farmers and shepherds. More importantly he was generous in studying and interpreting Nature and daffodils or linnets instead of dealing on the society. The poet’s personal views and feelings also began to impact his poems more strongly than they had done to the earlier versifiers and his lyric genius commenced to come to the fore.

The poem Tintern Abbey clearly testifies to Wordsworth’s love for Nature. From the time of his boyhood, Wordsworth had established a strong bond with Nature and with the passing time the relationship witnessed transformations, maturing his poetic abilities. As a lad he was enamoured by ‘glad animal movements’ while frolicking in the lap of Nature but with the coming of youth, he fell in love with the lovely colour and sounds of the natural scenery of the heavenly Lake district in England. The liaison seemed to pause there for some time. However, more was to come and with his growing older when he equated Nature with God Himself. In other words, both his heart and soul begin to draw sustenance from this tool of God from this point. By particularising Nature with the definite article ‘the’, Wordsworth implies the exclusivity of his guardian angel in the sense that it is her who protects him from the harsh cruelties of other people and strengthens the moral fabric of his character as well. The poet solemnly utters that unlike human beings, Nature never betrays the heart who loves her. Again it is the sublime face of Nature which has taught him how to go closer to human beings. The sad melody of humanity is heard clearly by the poet at this juncture. Being physically present by the side of a beautiful river from where he can see the distant snow-capped mountain tops, his spirit spreads wings and soars into impossible heights, having never been experienced by him before. Going into a trance, the poet feels transported to another world where everything in the universe seems to get connected.

The language of the poem is not very simple because of the deep and enigmatic musing that Wordsworth is engaging in this poem. The poet’s love for Nature as well as his fondness for his sister has both been clearly conveyed in the poem. We are simply won over by the indisputable sentiments articulated in the poem. The negative phrases such as “has not been to me as is a landscape to a blind man’s eye”, “not unborrowed from the eyes” etc. have added vigour and a sense of conviction to the poet’s uttering. The vivid imageries like those of water falling with an “inland murmur” and smoke rising from a vagrant dweller’s hut capture the soft sound made by the river and the smoke that was unexpected in the woods.

The use of diverse figures of speech like alliteration (Still sad music of humanity), metaphor (Half-extinguished thoughts), simile (The sounding cataract haunted me like a passion), and imagery (Green to the very door) have made what the poem is, an unforgettable lyrical verse capable of setting the indeterminate perturbations of the human heart to rest.

Food Additives Exposed – What’s in Frozen Pizzas

Cheap Pizza

Ferrous Sulfate:

Is a waste product of steel after being washed with sulfuric acid. It was given to slaves in the 18th and 19th century to “cure” them of aliments. Many slaves died from this practice, its also used in Inks and Wool Dyes.

Ferrous Sulfate is used to treat iron-deficiency anemia, people after treatment felt nausea & epigrastric (Epigastric problems may cause tension with Asthma)

Mozzarella Cheese Subtitute:

Is made with (See hydrogenated oils) partially hydrogenated oils.

Sodium Aluminum Phosphate:

Autopsies on a large amount of people who have died of Alzheimer’s disease showed accumulations of up to four times the normal amount of aluminum in the nerve cells in the brain, especially in the hippo campus which plays a central role in memory. Also increased aluminum can cause low **reproduction development of the ovarian lesions.

Aluminum in the body can cause kidney damage this is because it can interfere with phosphate metabolism.

Things to look out for in Aluminum based products

Antacids (There is some without check the labels) Antidiarrheal Products (There is some without check labels)

Buffered Aspirin (Regular Aspirin does not have aluminum)

Containers (Aluminum coated waxed containers, used especially for orange and pineapple juices, causes juices inside to absorb aluminum. Beer and SOFT drinks that are stored in aluminum cans also absorb small quantities of aluminum. Bottled beverages are better.

Deodorants (Natural Deodorants do not add Aluminum) Douches (Natural Douches do not add aluminum you can also use vinegar and water)

Food Additives (Like The processed cheeses used on cheese burgers at fast food restaurants, which contain aluminum, which is added to make the cheese melt better. To self-rising dough and processed cheese food.)

Shampoos (Some add aluminum some don’t check labels to make sure)

Potassium Chloride:

The chemical compound potassium chloride (KCl) is a metal halide salt composed of potassium and chlorine. In its pure state it is odorless. It has a white or colorless vitreous crystal, with a crystal structure that cleaves easily in three directions. Potassium chloride crystals are face-centered cubic. Potassium chloride is also commonly known as “Muriate of Potash”.

Potash varies in color from pink or red to white depending on the mining and recovery process used. White potash, sometimes referred to as soluble potash, is usually higher in analysis and is used primarily for making liquid starter fertilizers. KCl is used in medicine, scientific applications, food processing and in judicial execution through lethal injection.

You can also find Potassium Chloride in waters as well, although Potassium Chloride is a used substance in the human body, consume it naturally!

From personal experience potassium chloride in my water caused irregular heart beat when I worked out, it also caused retained ear-pressure.

Sodium Benzoate:

Benzene in soft drinks (and food additives) has received some scrutiny because benzene is a carcinogen, or cancer-causing agent. Its levels are regulated in drinking water nationally and internationally, and in bottled water in the United

States, but only informally in soft drinks. Within recent years, some soft drinks have been found to contain high levels of benzene. Benzene contamination of soft drinks is a public health concern and has caused significant outcry among environmental and health advocates.

In combination with ascorbic acid (vitamin C, E300), sodium benzoate and potassium benzoate may form benzene, a known carcinogen. Heat, light and shelf life can affect the rate at which benzene is formed. Other factors that affect the formation of benzene are heat and light. Storing soft drinks in warm conditions speeds up the formation of benzene.

Sodium Phosphate:

Some foods contain phosphate but are not labeled as such (i.e. dehydrated onions). Other symptoms of phosphate intolerance may include severe and sudden diarrhea, vomiting, skin eruptions, bladder infection, bloating and abdominal cramping.

(common)

Phosphate additives have also been linked to ADD in children in Australia.

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Wikipedia

Titanium Dioxide:

Used as a white food colouring it also acts as a pigment to provide whiteness and opacity to products such as paints, coatings, plastics, papers, inks, foods, medicines (i.e. pills and tablets) as well as most toothpastes.

Its also used in sunscreens & if you are not aware most cases of skin cancer are formed from the Sunscreen we use in combination of not being able to absorb energy from the Sun which is very important, recently I heard there is more suicides in the winter because there is a lack of sunlight and the energy is like a anti-depressant so to say keeps your psychically and mentally healthy, so if you ingest Titanium Dioxide it could settle in your skin and you be putting on a shield against your Sun energy (which I believe is a certain vitamin D).

Magnesium Oxide:

May cause irritation in eyes or respiratory tract May lead to muscle weakness, lethargy and confusion. This is in its real form why would you want to eat this?

Sodium Nitrite:

Recently, sodium nitrite has been found to be an effective means to increase blood flow by dilating blood vessels, acting as a vasodilator. While this chemical will prevent the growth of bacteria, it can be toxic for mammals. A principal concern is the formation of carcinogenic N-nitrosamines by the reaction of sodium nitrite with amino acids in the presence of heat in an acidic environment. Sodium nitrite has also been linked to triggering migraines.

Recent studies have found a link between high processed meat consumption and colon cancer, possibly due to preservatives such as sodium nitrite. On top of this I believe Sodium Nitrite acts as a catalyst (from the dilation is does to your veins) which aids in all these other nasty ingredients to hurry themselves through your body just like Cayenne pepper and other foods with sculville units in them (hotness).

BHA, BHT & TBHQ:

In high doses, it has some negative health effects on lab animals, such as precursors to stomach tumors and damage to DNA. A number of studies have shown that prolonged exposure to TBHQ may induce carcinogenicity. Other studies, however, have shown protective effects for TBHQ and other phenolic antioxidants.

BHA, BHT & TBHQ are petroleum based that’s why it keeps food preserved (it will preserve your body which is bad times).

Partially Hydrogenate Oils:

Trans fats are neither essential nor salubrious (useful) and, in fact, the consumption of trans fats increase one’s risk of coronary heart disease by raising levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol and lowering levels of “good” HDL cholesterol. 1 gram of trans fat a day has been linked to a 33% higher chance of catching the coronary heart disease. A 6 piece of chicken nuggets has 6 grams of trans fat, fries have 4 grams of trans fat.

Its common name is monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fat.

The human lipase enzyme is ineffective with the trans configuration, so trans fat remains in the blood stream for a much longer period of time and is more prone to arterial deposition and subsequent plaque formation. While the mechanisms through which trans fats contribute to coronary heart disease are fairly well understood, the mechanism for trans fat’s effect on diabetes is going to find that it increases symptoms.

Monocalcium Phosphate:

Calcium dihydrogen phosphate (also called mono-calcium orthophosphate) Ca(H2PO4)2 is a chemical compound. It is commonly found as the dihydrate, Ca(H2PO4)2·H2O, which releases a water molecule before it melts at 109 °C. It decomposes at 203 °C.

Phosphorus is an important nutrient and so is a common component of fertilizers Calcium dihydrogen phosphate is also used in the food industry as a leavening agent to cause baked goods to rise. Because it is acidic, when combined with an alkali ingredient – commonly sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) or potassium bicarbonate

– it reacts to produce carbon dioxide and a salt.

Xanthan Gum:

(Allergy Warning)

Some people are allergic to xanthan gum, with symptoms of intestinal gripes and diarrhea. Workers exposed to xanthan gum dust exhibit nose and throat irritation as well as work-related illness, with symptoms becoming more prevalent with increasing exposure.

Also, since xanthan gum is produced by a bacterium that is fed corn to grow, some people allergic to corn will also react to it.

MSG/Natural Flavors:

The 1987 Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization placed mono sodium glutamate in the safest category of food ingredients.

A 1991 report by the European Community’s (EC) Scientific Committee for Foods reaffirmed mono sodium glutamate safety and classified its “acceptable daily intake” as “not specified”, the most favorable designation for a food ingredient. In addition, the EC Committee said, “Infants, including premature, have been shown to metabolize glutamate as efficiently as adults and therefore do not display any special susceptibility to elevated oral intakes of glutamate.”

A 1992 report from the Council on Scientific Affairs of the American Medical Association stated that glutamate in any form has not been shown to be a “significant health hazard”.

A 1995 FDA-commissioned report acknowledged that “An unknown percentage of the population may react to mono sodium glutamate and develop mono sodium glutamate symptom complex, a condition characterized by one or more of the following symptoms:

Burning sensation in the back of the neck, forearms and chest Numbness in the back of the neck, radiating to the arms and back Tingling, warmth and weakness in the face, temples, upper back, neck and arms Facial pressure or tightness,Chest pain, Headache, Nausea, Rapid heartbeat, Broncho spasm (difficulty breathing), Drowsiness, Weakness Sweating.

A 2002 report from researchers at Hirosaki University in Japan found rats fed on diets very high in glutamate (up to 20%) suffered eye damage. Lead researcher Hiroshi Ohguro said the findings might explain why, in eastern Asia, there is a high rate of normal-tension glaucoma.

Monosodium glutamate has been shown to indirectly cause obesity in lab rats by down regulating hypothalamic appetite suppression and, thus, increasing the amount of food the lab rats consumed Because glutamate is absorbed very quickly in the gastrointestinal tract (unlike glutamic acid-containing proteins in foods), glutamate could spike blood plasma levels of glutamate.

Glutamic acid is in a class of chemicals known as excitotoxins, high levels of which have been shown in animal studies to cause damage to areas of the brain unprotected by the blood-brain barrier and that a variety of chronic diseases can arise out of this neurotoxicity.

The debate among scientists on the significance of these findings has been raging since the early 1970s, when Dr. John Olney found that high levels of glutamic acid caused damage to the brains of infant mice.

Updated Information 04/02/09:

Keep in mind that the MSG/excitotoxins also contribute to addictive behaviors (gambling, overeating, violence, mood swings, depression, etc.) since the excitotoxins stimulate other hormones in the brain. when they’re stimulated, your dopamine and other hormone levels go haywire.

changing your diet is all it takes to snap out of it. its amazing how simple it is, but so many are hooked on junk food and processed foods.

Sorbitan monostearate (also known as Span 60):

Is an ester of sorbitan (a sorbitol derivative) and stearic acid and is sometimes referred to as a synthetic wax. It is primarily used for emulsifying water and oils together. Sorbitan monostearate is used in manufacture of food and health care products, and is a nonionic surfactant with emulsifying, dispersing, and wetting properties.

It is also employed to create synthetic fibers, metal machining fluid, brighteners in the leather industry, as an emulsifier in coatings, in pesticides, and various applications for the plastic, food and cosmetics industries.

Board and Batten Siding is an Inexpensive Yet Durable Siding Option

People say that there is no single thing that can define a nation. It is certainly true. It would really be too myopic to say that hamburgers define the American nation. Likewise, it is simply foolish to equate the United States with Hollywood. Yet there is no denying the fact that nations like America can be known for some things.

For instance, the US is known for its huge farmlands and its iconic barns. What makes an American barn unique from other barns across the globe is its siding. American barn sidings are not just made of regular planks. Instead, they are made of board and batten siding.

One of the simplest and common types of sidings, board and batten is made by alternating wide boards and narrow wooden strips, otherwise known as battens. The usual width of boards is about one foot. On the other hand, battens are typically one and a half foot wide. Boards are placed either vertically or horizontally while battens are put in between the seams of the boards.

Advantages of Board and Batten

Affordable:

Siding made from wood is known for its somewhat expensive price tag. Log siding, for instance, is a costly siding option. However, this is not always true. Not all wooden siding is expensive. One particular example of an affordable wooden siding is the board and batten variety. Because it is relatively easy to make, this siding is not expensive as red cedar shake siding.

Durability:

One of the things that homeowners look for when buying a siding material is durability. No homeowner wants to get a siding material that would need to be replaced after 10 years. What homeowners are looking for is a durable siding material.

When it comes to durability, wooden siding, such as board and batten, is still one of the best options on the market. In recent years, wood has been unfairly criticized as a somewhat obsolete siding option. Some critics say that wood siding is prone to insect and mildew damage and would not really last long. That certainly is purely unsubstantiated talk.

It is a fact that wood can be damaged by termites and mildew, but that only happens if it is not treated properly. With proper application anti-termite or anti-mildew chemical, a wooden siding can certainly last a long time. A board and batten material, for example, can easily reach 30 years without serious damage.

Aesthetically Superior:

One of the top concerns of homeowners is the appearance of their properties. A house is an investment. You can never predict it, but there might come a time when you will need to sell off your property. So it is really important for a homeowner to do everything to make his property look beautiful. An elegant-looking house would have a higher price tag compared to a mediocre one.

A house’s siding can certainly enhance its appearance and raise its value. When it comes to aesthetics, wooden siding is far superior compared to other siding options. Therefore, investing in board and batten siding can really pay off.

Mom and Baby at 34 Weeks Pregnant

BABY DEVELOPMENT

Your baby is quickly reaching his/her birth weight and height! At pregnancy week 34, he/she is just shy of 18 inches long from head to heel, and he/she weighs 4.7 pounds – almost 5 pounds!

(Keep in mind that the weight and length presented in these newsletters are only estimates. Some babies will be heavier, and others lighter. Likewise, some babies may be longer or shorter. Every baby is unique.)

* Your baby continues to grow and fill out this week. The fat layers underneath the skin, which will regulate your baby’s body temperature after birth, are giving him/her a rounder appearance.

* The central nervous system and your baby’s lungs are maturing this week. The lungs will not be fully functional until after your baby is full-term (after 37 weeks).

* By week 34 of pregnancy, your baby has settled into his/her birth position. The occiput anterior position (baby’s head down and slightly turned to the side) is the best position for a vaginal delivery. If your baby is in a breech or transverse position, your doctor may try to manually rotate the baby.

* Your baby’s digestive system is now fully functional. If your baby were born this week, he/she would be able to digest food.

Fun Fact:

If you were to go into premature labor at 34 weeks pregnant, your doctor would give you a steroid injection to speed up the maturity of your baby’s lungs to prevent breathing problems after birth.

MOM’S CHANGES

Your baby’s due date is creeping up on you. Only about six weeks left to go! If you are pregnant with twins, you should expect them to arrive any day now. Though the ideal length of a twin pregnancy is between 38 and 40 weeks, over 50 percent of twins are born premature, or before 37 weeks.

At 34 weeks pregnant, your uterus is about five or six inches from the top of your belly button. And you may have gained anywhere between 25 and 30 pounds, though some women gain more and others less.

Fatigue will continue to haunt you this week. It may not be the same coma-like exhaustion that you experienced in the first trimester, but it is still draining nonetheless. Unfortunately, your fatigue is also accompanied by other physical discomforts, such as back pain, pelvic aches, and hip pain.

Though you are feeling increasingly uncomfortable at 34 weeks pregnant, just keep in mind that these discomforts won’t last forever. They will go away once your baby is born. It’s important that you try to get as much rest as you can. You need to save your energy for the “big day” and for the weeks and months that follow. (Taking care of a newborn is hard, exhausting work!)

Have you noticed that you need to pee more often than before? The frequent need to urinate comes back in the third trimester, thanks to your growing uterus and the pressure of your baby’s head on your bladder.

If you need to go to the bathroom and you’ve been sitting or lying down for a while, don’t immediately jump to your feet. This may cause blood to pool in your feet and legs, leading to a temporary drop in your blood pressure. This can make you feel dizzy or light-headed. So take your time getting up.

At pregnancy week 34, you may start to wonder when your baby will “drop” into your pelvis. If this is your first pregnancy, this descent into your pelvis, a process called “lightning,” typically occurs several weeks before labor begins, though for women, it can occur days before labor. (In future pregnancies, lightning often doesn’t happen before labor starts.)

Because every pregnancy is unique, it is hard to pinpoint what week this “drop” might occur. For some women, it may happen this week. For others, it might occur next week, or the one after that.

After your baby drops into your pelvis, you may notice that your baby is resting lower in your abdomen. You may feel some pressure in the vagina. If the pressure is excessive, or if you feel that your baby is “pushing down,” call your doctor so that he/she can evaluate you for preterm labor.

Fun Fact:

Once lightning occurs, you will find that it’s easier to breathe now. You might get relief from heartburn, and with less pressure on your stomach, you can eat more without feeling uncomfortably full.

PREGNANCY 411

An Overview of the Stages of Labor and Delivery

With your baby’s arrival just around the corner, you should take some time this week and learn about the stages of labor and delivery. The process of childbirth is divided into three stages.

Stage 1: Early and Active Labor – During early labor, you will feel regular contractions that come every five to twenty minutes, and they last anywhere between 30 and 60 seconds. As you have contractions, your cervix gradually effaces (thins out) and dilates (opens up). You may have a bloody show (vaginal discharge that is tinged with blood) during early labor.

Early labor can last anywhere from a few days to a few hours. You typically stay home during this part of labor. When you are 4 centimeters dilated, you move into active labor. You will need to go to the hospital during active labor.

Once you are in active labor, your contractions will grow stronger, last longer, and they will get closer together. You will no longer be able to talk through your contractions. You will feel pressure in your lower back. If you desire pain relief, you will receive your epidural or spinal block during active labor.

The last part of active labor, when your cervix dilates from 8 to 10 centimeters, is called “transition.” When you reach 10 centimeters dilated, you move out of active labor into the second stage of childbirth: the birth of your baby.

Active labor typically lasts four to eight hours for a first baby. But if you receive oxytocin (Pitocin), active labor may progress even quicker.

Stage 2: The Birth of Your Baby – When you are fully dilated (10 centimeters), you will feel pressure on your rectum as your baby’s head moves through the birth canal. You will have a strong urge to push. You may receive an episiotomy at this point, though most women don’t need one.

Once your baby head shows (called crowning), your doctor or healthcare provider will guide the baby out. The umbilical cord will be cut, and your baby will be cleaned up.

The second stage can last anywhere from a couple of hours to a few minutes. If you are a first-time mom, it may take longer for you to push out your baby.

Stage 3: The Delivery of the Placenta (Afterbirth) – As you are bonding with your newborn baby, your uterus will contract again as the placenta separates from the wall of your uterus. You may be asked to gently push to expel the placenta from your body. This stage typically occurs less than 30 minutes after your baby is born.

Fashion and Modern Shoes

Fashion in the common term refers to style and custom prevailing at a given time which will be constantly changing through out the world. It not only refers to dress and costume but it also includes everything even foot wears. Foot wears comes in all styles, shapes and colors where we can find out the perfect shoes according to our tastes and preferences. The shoes are not purchased daily as it will be bought once in a while or when the old one is torn out or fashioned out.

All the people will buy their shoes by keenly watching the latest trends and quality as the shoes are a great way to personalize your style and look. Most of them prefer big brand shoes as they believe that these shoes will have good materials which go along with quality. All the big brands will use best and modern materials which brings good long lasting quality. If we compare the shoes of big and local brands, the shoes of good brands will be lasts for long period of time than the shoes of local brands.

Some modern big brands will offer fashioned shoes which cater the needs of all class of people. The designs may have attractive colors and it may be priced high because of the rareness and demand of the design. They deserve such high price because of their high quality material used and peculiar design which will be more comfortable as it is the main thing you must consider while buying shoes and it add worth to their purchase of modern branded shoes. When we buy the local shoes most of them do not provide comfort as modern branded shoes. By using these modern shoes you can never feel pain or strain on legs as they are manufactured with the latest precision equipments and designing technology.

Expert designers are modeling the modern shoes as they are aware of the recent trends and they are able to design with good aesthetics.  By expressing their talent and artistic skill they will create good fashion for shoes by keeping in mind the purpose for which the customer is  purchasing them. These modern shoes will suit everyone including boys, girls, professionals and ladies which will appreciate their style and personality in the modern fashion world.

Modern branded shoe companies will have good designers to design their shoes which suits best for all generations. Modern shoes have aesthetic designs and they will be great in fashion and looks too. No sprain or pain in the feet and legs as they more comfortable for wearing constantly. Even though these high quality shoes are priced high, it is worth for such a high price as they are creatively created by using quality and branded products.  Modern shoes which are of high quality are the more fashioned one available in the fashionable world. To conclude if you are interested in buying shoes which long for longer period along with comfort and quality then modern shoes will be the best option which you can purchase without any doubt.

Polarity Therapy, Healing and Sexuality

So – What do sexuality, polarity therapy and healing have in common? The immediate misconception is that our sexuality (sexual behavior, sexual thoughts, internal visual images, sexual partner preference and choice, body-concept, arousal pattern, level of desire, etc.) can be separated from who we are, how we think and what is going on physiologically in our body. The second misconception is that healing happens piecemeal, that we can “heal” or change one body part or one aspect of our mind-body-spirit without affecting every other part. Our body is a hologram, every part affects and reflects every other part. The third misconception is that healing equals perfection (perfect health, perfect relationship, perfect finances, a perfect life). Our body is a metaphor, a physical representation of our thoughts, actions and responses, revealing to us what we need to pay attention to, change or learn. I remember hearing about AIDS patients, on their deathbed, claiming that they were “healing.” They were not healing their physical bodies because they were dying. Yet they were healing something – perhaps their relationships, perhaps their accepting the love that was always there, perhaps realizing their own loving potential, or perhaps healing or letting go of their sense of control and superiority as a mere mortal being.

Touch Heals.

Touch is the first sense to develop and one of the last to fade. Touch triggers the release of endorphins, hormones that help to suppress pain and make us feel good. In fact, there is one gene in our body, ornithisnecoborulase, that is only turned on through touch.

Numerous studies about the healing effects of massage, conducted by the Touch Research Institute in Miami, Florida and other locations, by psychologist Tiffany Field, Ph.D. and her colleagues, indicate that touch lowers stress hormones and increases levels of serotonin, which is just what many anti-depression drugs do. Massaging touch (15 minutes, 3 times per week, for 5 weeks) has been shown to relieve and manage pain, improve circulation and breathing, lower heart rate and blood pressure, decrease anxiety and stress, enhance flexibility, relaxation, energy, and body awareness, elevate mood, and even improve performance of mathematical calculations. Studies at The Upledger Craniosacral Institute in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, have indicated that craniosacral therapy can help clients to heal from post traumatic stress disorder, autism, migraines, and many other physical and psychological ailments.

Sexuality Heals.

In 1994, the 14th World Congress of Sexology adopted The Declaration of Sexual Rights, which declared: “Sexual pleasure, including autoeroticism, is a source of physical, psychological, intellectual and spiritual well-being.” (WAS, 1994. The Health Benefits of Sexual Expression, White Paper. April 2003. Published by Katharine Dexter McCormick Library, Planned Parenthood Foundation of American). Regular sexual activity has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress, increase fitness and brain stimulation, lower blood pressure, relieve pain, improve sleep, enhance immunity, increase longevity, and promote peak spiritual experiences.

Normal sexual response depends on the interplay of sensual stimulation (sight, sound, smell, taste and touch) and vascular and neuromuscular activities, precipitated and mediated by hormones and neurotransmitters. Sexual attraction, desire, arousal, orgasm and tendency toward bonding result from a delicate and fragile combination of events.

Sexual desire is a mental-emotional-sensational event which may operate separately from our natural sexual functioning. In other words, our body may be able to perform sexually without our feeling desire or we may feel sexual desire without becoming

physiologically aroused.

The significant hormones in the sexual response cycle are:

Attraction, Sexual Desire and Tendency Toward Bonding

o DHEA – androgen precursor to testosterone, estrogen and pheromones which stimulates limbic arousal in men and women

o Dopamine – located in the mesolimbic “pleasure center,” presumed to enhance sexual response, bonding and monogamy

o Vasopressin – a peptide hormone, released in the brain during sexual response, increases pair bonding and aggression by males toward other males

Arousal

o Estrogen – keeps vaginal ph lower, increases number of lactobacillus (good bacteria, and increases blood flow but increased estrogen can decrease sexual desire

o Progesterone – balances estrogen so that oxytocin can be high but may also

inhibit testosterone

o Testosterone – androgen, a threshold level is needed for sexual arousal

o Choline – precursor of neurotransmitter acetylcholine, essential for memory, muscle control and cardiovascular health, it transfers the sexual arousal messages to the genital arteries and releases nitrous oxide (necessary for

penile erection and clitoral swelling

o Epinephrine and Norepinephrine – stress hormones, increase during sexual activity

Orgasm and Post-Orgasm Tendency Toward Bonding

o PEA – amphetamine-like stimulant whose levels spike at orgasm and ovulation and mediate feelings of romance and love

o Oxytocin – the cuddle hormone, spikes at orgasm leading to post orgasm inertia facilitating attraction, touch sensation and bonding

*Note – Effect increased by estrogen and yohimbine and decreased by alcohol

o Prolaction – released after orgasm to give the body a rest, it inhibits appetite as well as sexual desire, arousal and orgasm,

o Serotonins – creates relaxing, dreamy, after-sex glow and sleeping better

*Note – serotonin can inhibit release of dopamine, decreasing sexual response

Drugs that increase serotonin are associated with anorgasmia and delayed ejaculation

o Endorphins – feel good hormones, relieve pain, stimulate immune system

Healthy sexual functioning involves adequate neural signals from the central nervous system and an optimum balance within the autonomic nervous system, fluctuating between the stress response (activation of the sympathetic nervous system) and the relaxation response (activation of the parasympathetic nervous system).

Sexual arousal (vaginal lubrication and penile erection) is a neuro-vascular event mediated by the autonomic nervous system. Adequate central nervous system stimulation triggers the male erection reflex at spinal cord segments S2, S3, and S4. Adequate parasympathetic stimulation triggers the relaxation of smooth muscles and blood flow within the penis as well as female vaginal tissue engorgement and lubrication.

Orgasm and ejaculation are neuromuscular events. They require adequate central nervous system stimulation to trigger the male ejaculation reflex at multiple spinal cord levels, receptors in the skin of the penis, firing of the pudendal nerve causing compression of the penile urethra and rhythmic smooth muscle contractions and vascular constriction as well as female orgasmic response, a similar but more diffuse response that may be mediated by the vagus nerve.

Polarity Therapy Heals

Dr. Randolph Stone developed a comprehensive system of healing, Polarity Therapy, that assists us to recognize, understand and implement the healing process from the inside out and the outside in. Dr. Stone travelled the world, gathering research and information about healing. He studied theories and practices of chiropractic, naturopathy, osteopathy, homeopathy, ayurvedic, Traditional Chinese Medicine, energy healing including meridians and chakras, astrology, Vedic scriptures, ancient Hermetic philosophy, and other esoteric teachings and perspectives.

Dr. Stone saw the body with all its aches and pains and physical problems as a manifestation of our thoughts and beliefs, “As we think, so we are.” He viewed health as freely flowing, uninterrupted life energy and disease as imbalance and blockage of energetic flow. He saw our bodies and our lives, in fact the entire universe, as a hologram, interconnected and mirroring, “As above, so below; as within, so without.” Dr. Stone taught that healing occurs when the necessary changes and transformations have occurred, first in the subconscious mind and in the most subtle and least dense aspect of the energetic field and then gradually, slowly stepping down into the dense tissues of the body and its organ systems. He taught about the profound effects and psychological meanings of the five tattvas or elements (ether, air, fire, water and earth).

Dr. Stone discovered that the human energy field is affected by everything that affects our senses (touch, sight, sounds, taste and smell) as well as the ways that we move or restrict our physical bodies and the ways that we interact with our environment and everything in it (plants, animals, and people). He also emphasized the continual expansion and contraction, yin and yang, manifested cyclically throughout the universe, within our own bodies and in our interactions with the world and the people in it.

As polarity therapy practitioners we know that our hands are energy conductors, that as we touch our clients’ bodies they respond to our touch and also to our consciousness, and that our clients’ mind-body-spirit has its own intelligence and self-regulating capacity. Our clients’ systems already know what they need in order for healing to occur. As practitioners, our task is to facilitate the unfolding of this exquisite knowing.

How Can Polarity Therapy Assist Clients With Relationship and Sexual Problems?

This article began with some comments about the profoundly negative effect researchers and therapists are finding as more and more people, especially men, become compulsively attached to internet pornography. Instead of dealing with current life problems, images of scantily clad bodies temporarily pacify the angst, restless mind, insecurities and anxieties, acting as a stimulus as strong as the most addictive drugs. At the same time, relationships are being neglected and undermined. Another epidemic in this country is the use of properly prescribed prescription drugs for almost everything, from relief of pain to reducing anxiety, to alleviating restless leg syndrome. For sexual arousal difficulties, men now have a host of little pills to take in addition to such paraphernalia as a vacuum pump and papavarine injections into the penis (regardless of the man’s state of emotional and physical health, the quality of his movement or the contents of his diet). Women are being offered surgeries for vaginal vestibulitis (vaginal inflammation) and the possibility of a new pill to improve sexual desire (regardless of the functioning of her body or the dynamics of her relationships).

Polarity therapy practitioners can have a profound and life transforming effect on clients who present with sexual and relationship issues. These clients usually do not understand the holographic interconnection among their thoughts, feelings, physical activities, dietary habits, emotional state and relationships. Beginning with observation of the body, the postural presentation, the tone of voice, facial expression, muscular tension patterns as well as the emotional content of the client’s story, the polarity therapist already has some understanding of the possible underlying energetic blockages. Following his or her intuitive knowing, the polarity therapist can begin the process of touching the client and allowing the energy to unwind and flow. This process will naturally allow the pituitary gland to reinstate a balanced flow of hormones and neurotransmitters as needed.

During this process, the client may reveal some significant past life or earlier in this life emotional or physical traumas, confusions or unresolved dilemmas. The therapist can discover which tattva is most out of balance or which chakra is blocked. By listening with full attention and honest intention to assist the healing process, the therapist can engender trust and openness in the client.

Sexual issues are very personal, private and often reveal a sense of embarrassment, shame, humiliation, distortion, cognitive dissonance or complete denial. I highly recommend investing in a few consultation sessions with a certified and qualified sex therapist to get a more comprehensive understanding of the depth of a client’s issues and how they can be handled. As a polarity therapist, you can also work in conjunction with a sex therapist, providing insight into the emotional and energetic underpinnings and assisting the client to open up enough in your sessions so that he or she can bring that newly uncovered material into a psychotherapy session for greater illumination.

Sex therapists usually do not utilize touch with their clients. They may encourage their clients to do some touching homework assignments with their sexual partners in the privacy of their own bedroom, but the touch is usually focused on sensual and sexual arousal. The touch utilized by polarity therapists has a different purpose and focus. Polarity therapists touch clients to assist the energetic flow throughout the client’s body. There is no agenda that this or that should happen. There is only touch, observation and allowing, sometimes encouraging, the energy to move and flow where it needs to go.

Eating Well While Working Swing Shifts

Shift work often requires eating at night, a time when the stomach and digestive system are normally at rest. Shift workers are highly susceptible to stomach and digestive issues as a result of irregular eating habits. 30-45% of shift workers report chronic digestive problems due to the kinds of foods eaten during work and before bed. Eating a large meal, especially one that includes greasy, spicy or heavy protein foods can lead to sluggishness while on the job.

Nutrition

Eating well when your timetable is so backward can be difficult. It is vital you adjust your meal routine around your schedule. Here are some important nutrition tips to follow:

  • Do not skip meals
  • Take a healthy meal to work with you. Vending machine choices are often high in fat, sodium and simple carbohydrates, making them less than ideal.
  • Avoid eating a large meal at the end of your shift. You may have trouble digesting and sleep could be disrupted. Eat larger meals when you are most active and require more calories.
  • Drink plenty of water throughout your shift. This will help to keep your energy level up and help to prevent cravings.
  • Choose foods high in fiber and lean protein. These foods will satisfy longer. Foods high in sugar and simple carbohydrate may provide you with a quick burst of energy, but will not sustain you.

Time your meals and activities to match your “day”.

Establish a normal meal schedule regardless of your work hours. Try to eat three meals a day spaced at consistent intervals. Be consistent when on any one schedule.

Try to schedule at least one meal a day with your family.

Avoid food and beverages containing caffeine within four hours of bedtime. If your drink coffee, choose decaffeinated.

Meal Suggestions

Eating during evening and night hours requires special considerations. Our digestive tract’s daily rhythm is not “set” for digestion at night. However, this does not mean you should skip eating when working these schedules. No matter what schedule you work, plan well-balanced meals for your shifts.

Protein – Your first meal after sleep should contain protein. Heavier proteins should be used sparingly, and eaten several hours before work or bedtime. Heavy proteins take longer to digest, so it is best to choose from lighter sources of protein right before and during work. Avoid frying during meal preparation. Here are examples of different proteins.

Heavy Proteins – Beef, Pork, Tube Meats, Eggs with Yolks, High-fat cheeses

Light Proteins – Chicken, Turkey, Fish, Egg Whites, Low-fat dairy products, Legumes (beans, peas and lentils)

Afternoon and Evening Work

Breakfast (about 8-10am)- Regardless of when you get up, breakfast is important. Eat soon after rising. This will help stimulate your metabolism, signaling the beginning of your “day”. Suggestions: Protein, whole-grain breads or high-fiber cereals, low-fat dairy products, fresh fruit.

Main Meal (about 1-2pm)- Light protein, some fat (preferably plant-based, 15-20 grams), complex carbohydrates such as vegetables, fruits, whole-grain pasta or bread, rice, potato. Caffeine OK.

Work Meal Break (7-8pm)- Choose foods easy to digest. Poultry, fish, vegetables, fruit, whole grains and high-fiver cereals are good choices. Reduce intake of high fat foods or spicy foods. Keep this meal light and small. No caffeine.

Night Work – Follow the same suggestions as afternoon and evening work, only change the times of the meals eaten. Working at night requires eating lighter, easy to digest foods. Again, avoid fats and spicy foods while at work.

Breakfast (about 5-7 pm)- This is time for the traditional “dinner” type foods if you plan to have them. If you are planning on going back to sleep prior to work, make this meal smaller and lighter. Consume protein, fats (preferably plant-based, 15-20 grams), complex carbohydrates and low-fat dairy products.

Work Meal Break – Follow suggestions for afternoon and evening work meal break. No caffeine during second half of shift.

Snack Supplements (before or after work)

Fruit, vegetables with low-fat dip, high-fiber cereals, pretzels, granola bars, dried fruit, low-fat dairy products, low-fat popcorn, nuts or seeds, high-fiber crackers

Additional Suggestions

If you sleep soon after work, keep bedtime snacks small and light. If you do not sleep until later, the meal can be larger, but not heavier.

Avoid alcohol near bedtime, it can disrupt sleep cycles.

Have a sleep ritual. Go to sleep as soon as you can after work. Avoid getting caught up in chores or errands. Sleep deprivation can lead to food cravings.

Exercise boosts alertness and will create better daytime sleep. If you have a break where you can get a few minutes of activity in, take advantage! Avoid exercise right before going to sleep.

Weight Loss After Miscarriage Tips – How to Start Shaping Up!

Weight loss after miscarriage is probably at the very last of your priorities right now since you just lost your precious one. But sooner or later, you will have to face this problem.

The thing is, many women notice they have gained more weight right after miscarriage even if they miscarried during the first or early second trimester. This is most likely because your body is already preparing for the growing baby. Also, hormonal imbalance is one major culprit to weight gain.

Step 1: The best thing to do in order to stabilize hormonal production is to exercise. Make sure you have ample exercise right after recovering from miscarriage. When your body is active, it sends out feel-good hormones such as endorphin. This will not only help you curb comfort eating, it will also help ward off depression.

Step 2: Start with a simple exercise first. Walking around the park every morning for about 30 to 60 minutes helps heaps. Low-impact activities burn more calories from fat and this will enable you to exercise for a longer period of time. Walking close to nature is also a balm to your spirit.

Step 3: When you are ready to take on a more difficult exercise routine, update it with something a little more challenging such as yoga. This helps tone the body in addition to helping the mind get rid of stress. You can safely recover from your ideal. What is even better about exercising is that it can make your next pregnancy safer. When your body is toned and healthy, you have bigger chances of having a safe pregnancy.

Step 4: Make the right food choices. If you are not a picky eater, it is time to be one. As we get older, our body accumulates toxins and fat from the food we are eating. We are more prone to diseases such as cardiovascular problems and diabetes. Refrain from eating too-salty foods. Eat lean meat. Make sure you have a bigger portion of vegetables and fruits.

Step 5: Make sure your family members know what you are going through. People who have a support system around them are more likely to surpass the challenges of weight loss after miscarriage.

It is never too late to have a healthy and active lifestyle. Once you are ready to start your weight loss after miscarriage plans, keep these tips and steps in mind for a more successful weight loss program.

Warning – Becoming a Trustee Can Seriously Damage Your Wealth

This is a true story that happened in Aotearoa (New Zealand), with its roots stretching back to the 50’s.

In the 1950’s, two totally independent occurrences took place. At the time, nobody would have foreseen how these two isolated events would intertwine with such power and passion into the next century.

The first event took place around Christmastime, 1953, in a small town in Aeoteora, where a son called Charles Hohepa was born to a well-respected Maori family, who had been Chiefs since time immemorial. In fact, when Charles’s great grandfather died in 1907, thousands of Maori were in mourning, such was the respect for the Hohepa iwi.

The second event took place some 6 years later, in Auckland, where Reverend William Antaeus Bloomfield and his wife Aldyth Isabel Bloomfield, set up the Peoples Worship in Freedom (PWF) Mission, as an Outreach//First Aid Post facility to pick up people who were in crisis, or facing potential crisis or were victims of casualty and crisis situations.

Reverend Bloomfield had very definite ideas on how his Mission should be operated. It was not set up as a ‘church’ per say, but an organisation that although following Christian beliefs, would go out into the community, and try and rescue people who had fallen off the tracks, and would not necessarily respond to the more formal approach of an established church environment.

So successful was he in his Mission, that by the early 60’s, the Reverend Bloomfield had managed (by selling one brick at a time to his supporters), to raise a deposit to enable him to purchase the small house he was using as his base in Auckland. Within three years he had also managed to pay off the mortgage completely.

Also, due to his good works, his Mission was chosen to help with the then young Queen Elizabeth on her visit in 1963.

However, towards the end of the ’70’s a number of the congregation were being wooed by another religion group, the ‘Jesus Only’ cult, popular in The States at that time. Now, one of the planks of the Rev Bloomfield’s successes was his ability to appeal to anybody in a distressed state, regardless of race, creed, colour, or religion.

There then started a series of infighting between the original Trustees of the PWF Mission, and this alternative group, which eventually formed itself into the Eden Refuge Mission, and this feud was to continue up to the present day.

Following the death of Reverend Bloomfield in 1973, this rival group used just about any form of underhand, and in some cases, violent ways to achieve their aims. Hardly the manner in which a supposed caring group should operate. However, the remaining Trustees stood firm to the original concepts of the PWF Mission.

In 1984, the two original 50’s based occurrences came together, as it was in this year that the then young Chief Charles Hohepa, who had been a regular follower of the PWF Mission, was invited by the surviving Trustees to join them on the Board. The surviving Trustees needed more understanding of the legal processes, as the Eden Refuge Trust was now beginning to use every available trick it could conjure up, in an attempt to wrest the PWF Mission’s assets, and direction, from the original Mission.

This began a struggle by Chief Charles to maintain and uphold the original wishes of the Mission, which was to last for over 25 more years.

To paint a picture of the opposition to the PWF, at one Sunday meeting, a newly elected Pastor, Pastor Ray Crossland, was forcibly removed from the pulpit by the leaders of the Eden Refuge Group, and on many occasions, staunch followers of the PWF Mission were manhandled out of the building.

At one point, in 1985, Chief Charles, now the sole remaining Trustee for the PWF, had the locks changed on the building. Some weeks later, the leaders of the Eden Refuge Trust smashed their way into the building, and changed the locks. Chief Charles summoned the local police, who when shown the Chief’s authorisation as sole trustee, had the Eden people evicted under duress of trespass.

So began a vigil by one man for many years, to keep the faith as the sole remaining Trustee with the original aims of the PWF Mission, in the face of overwhelming aggravation. Many other men would have walked away from such a situation, but Chief Charles stood resolutely firm.

However, by early 2000 it became apparent that the only real way to overcome this continuous harassment of the PWF and its loyal congregation, was to dispose of the building entirely, and look for bigger, more suitable premises.

After a lot more legal hassle, when the Eden Trust tried to issue caveats on the building, Chief Charles succeeded in disposing of this now dilapidated and condemned building for just NZ$350,000 in 2002. As the original building had become far too small, as well as being condemned by the local council due to underpinning issues, and there was insufficient funds from the sale proceeds, the idea of Chief Charles was to take the small proceeds of the sale, sign a Bond of Debt to the Trustees, and he invested these funds in a European venture. This was to enable him to acquire sufficient funds so that new, bigger and more suitable premises could be found. This would also totally distance the PWF from the ambitions of the Eden Refuge Trust whose owner now included a string of Night Clubs in their portfolio.

Problem solved…? Read on.

Because of The Chief’s very apparent strength of character, in 2008 he was elected to be the Executive Director of Resource Mobilisation of a UN-recognised non-governmental organisation, the World For World Organisation. Here, Chief Charles was in control of massive humanitarian funds.

Likewise, in 2006, while Chief Charles was living in Spain, the Maori Confederation of Chiefs bestowed on him the greatest honour of the Maori nation – he was selected to be the first Sovereign Mandate – the Sole Protector of the Maori nation.

At about the same time, because there were still rumblings from the Eden Refuge Trust, an 18 page Affidavit was written by The Chief, and witnessed at the New Zealand Embassy in Madrid, as a complete audit as to what had happened while The Chief was Trustee at the PWF Mission. Interestingly that the people running the Word For World Organisation, and the Confederation of Chiefs were all fully aware of Chief Charles’s struggle, and in spite of the rumours, they still elected him to high office in their organisations.

Imagine the surprise therefore, when the Eden Refuge Trust, purporting to be representing the PWF, took out a Court case against Chief Charles in 2006.

A clear cut case of ‘no case to answer?’ Yes, if the evidence as stated in The Chief’s Affidavit had been accepted by the Court. And also, if The Chief, who by now was suffering very poor health, had been permitted to present his case by video link.

So, some big questions must be asked now.

How was it that none of The Chief’s evidence was admitted to the Court, resulting in him being found guilty of all of the trumped up charges brought about by the Eden Refuge Trust?

The story does not end here, and justice – unpolluted and unbiased – with all the relevant facts, will prevail.

The warning is very stark. If you are the sort of person that will not be swayed against your moral convictions, then being a Trustee can indeed seriously damage your wealth.