Marketing Ideas For Vitamins And Supplements Business

With people becoming more health-conscious, the market for vitamins and dietary supplements has increased significantly. Customers are given an exciting array of choices, with many different brands competing with each other and offering better products at fairer rates.

People use vitamins and supplements to lead healthy lives, with greater energy and vitality, improved memory and strength, and improved nutritional quality. Nearly everyone makes use of vitamins and supplements these days.

Manufacturers of vitamins and supplements face stiff competition because there are so many firms offering various combinations of products for the target customers. It is imperative that your advertisements be unique and informative, inducing customers to buy and use your vitamins and supplements. The advertisements have to be consistent and convey the message intended to the customers to choose your brand over others. You can do this by listing the benefits of using your brand and may attract customers by offering freebies that are useful.

Some Marketing Ideas for Vitamins and Supplements

  • Infomercials on TV, which if implemented correctly, can have a great ROI. It helps people become familiar with your brand and will help them choose your brand the next time they buy vitamin or supplements.
  • Having advertisements appear in health-oriented magazines as well as other magazines. They have to be frequent, as repetition is the essential ingredient to advertising success.
  • You can have brochures of your vitamins and supplements be made available in the local gyms and beauty parlors and spas, clinics, and supermarkets, etc.
  • Forming partnerships with pharmacies is another marketing idea. Having signboards and fliers advertising your products and brand name can influence many customers.
  • Using medical representatives to entice practicing doctors to prescribe your brand of vitamins to patients.
  • Using celebrities to endorse the vitamins and supplements. This has a very high ROI, as many fans will follow through.
  • Organizing health camps and awareness camps and offering the services of doctors for free can be very effective ways of marketing your products.
  • Using trade shows to promote your brand name and products.
  • Giving out educational leaflets in schools and colleges can influence some customers to try your products.
  • Using MLM to sell your products can be successful, too.
  • Develop catch phrases that will stay in the minds of customers and bring uniqueness to your products.
  • Opting to have referral programs with affiliate services. This may be very advantageous. You may have a website to promote your products, too.
  • These are a few marketing ideas for vitamins and supplements. There are firms that offer services as well as products to help run a successful business.

    Pioneers in Christian Counseling – An Interview With Grace Ketterman

    Warm, genuine, a delightful lady, dedicated to excellence these are all adjectives that describe child psychiatrist and author Grace Ketterman, M.D. The daughter of pioneering parents, she grew up on the plains of Kansas, distinguished herself as a physician in a field dominated by men, established a unique psychiatric treatment center for adolescent girls, led in the development of a statewide support system for the families of prison inmates, and rose above the pain of personal and family tragedy. In all of this, Dr. Ketterman has never deviated from allowing her commitment to Christ to penetrate every aspect of her life, practice, and writing. Still practicing psychiatry at age 72, Grace Ketterman is a quiet, humble, inspiring pioneer in Christian counseling whose life and dedication can be a model to us all.

    Tell us about your background, home life, and how you got into the field of psychiatry.

    GK: I was the sixth of seven children born to a farm family who had migrated to Kansas from Pennsylvania; they were Mennonite people, very staunch, hard working, good values kind of family. My grandmother, however, had been converted to the Wesleyan Methodist faith by her husband my grandfather, whom I never knew. He was a circuit rider on the Kansas plains. So I have a very fascinating family background. We lived on a farm out-side a small town of Newton, Kansas, and went to a one room country school, where there were 20-25 students with one teacher. All eight grades were represented and I was the only one in my grade for eight years. Then I went to a high school where I was one of 200 in my class one of the major transitions of my life. The value of work was high on my list from early in my life. During the distresses of the Great Depression, every family member was needed to help make a living, We were truly a team. When I was only 12, I worked for a neighbor. We worked hard at cooking for their farm hands, gardening, cleaning, and a list of chores. For some eight hours, I received the magnificent sum of $1.00 total. But I felt rich!

    During high school, I worked in a laundry, served as a cashier at a restaurant, and kept my grades high. I remained active in my church as well under the ministry of the best pastor I have ever known. I did well in school, went to a church college for two years, then transferred to Kansas University just as World War II veterans were all coming back again, a transition from a very small school to a very huge number of people. In college, I served as housemaid, worked in a ladies clothing store, graded papers for a professor, worked in the bacteriology department and the school cafeteria. I was ready to apply for med school in my senior year, but I thought I might not be accepted because so many veterans were applying, and they deserved preferential acceptance. Women were not popular as doctors in those days. The Dean of our medical school interviewed me to determine whether I was a fit candidate. He was an austere man, and I was scared to death of him. He asked me about my work history, and I reviewed the jobs I have just listed. To my surprise, he smiled warmly and said, I see you are not afraid of hard work. And I suspect you have become acquainted with a wide range of people.

    That will help you to be a good doctor! Gratefully I was one of five women accepted to med school at KU where I spent four years in rigorous training. After medical school, I did an internship in a Jewish hospital, Menorah Medical Center in Kansas City. My husband and I were married in my junior year in med school. During my internship, our first child was born, a tiny daughter who has grown up to become a wonderful psychologist. After my internship, I worked for two years in public health. There I gained my liberal education! I examined indigents, people in jail, and the prostitutes who were brought in. We had a huge VD clinic. After my husband finished school and was able to earn a living, I went back into a pediatrics residency at General Hospital in Kansas City, practiced pediatrics for six long, busy, wonderful years. I soon realized why I was always tired when I counted how many hours a week I was spending at work one week it was 100 hours. So I knew I had to make some changes. I was offered a fellowship in child psychiatry, and that enabled me to limit my practice. I have been in psychiatry ever since.

    In those days when you were beginning your practice, was child psychiatry primarily a male profession?

    GK: Medicine was very much dominated by men there were five women in my medical school class of about 75. In my residency, I was the only female in all fields of medicine in our hospital, and for many, many years, women were very much in the minority. That began to change probably in the late 70s, and now there is an equal number of women maybe more. So it has changed a lot.

    What was it like being a Christian in this kind of secular environment a Christian, child psychiatrist, female? This sounds like an unusual combination.

    GK: When I started to think about going into psychiatry, my younger sister, who is a registered nurse, warned me that psychiatry was pretty secular and in fact, she believed, atheistic. She was really concerned lest I be dissuaded from my faith. So I was very cautious and spent a great deal of time in prayer, in communication with the Lord, and in spiritual fellowship in my church and Christian groups throughout my training. God really helped me avoid those pitfalls of doubts and has helped me to coordinate Christian principles and biblical truth with my psychiatric training. Its been a wonderful walk.

    Describe some of your early years at the Florence Crittenton Home for unwed mothers.

    GK: After my two-year fellowship in child psychiatry, I stayed on staff at the hospital and, again with guidance and help, did the lion’s share of the work in developing the first inpatient program for adolescents at Western Missouri Mental Health Centera wonderfully growing, learning experience for me. Then the state mental health system became unbearable to work with and most of us in the Child Psychiatry Department who had grown together over those four years left. I needed more time with my family by then three children. I took a position with a maternity home, the Florence Crittenton Home, and worked with unmarried mothers, most of them teenagers. It was perfect for me. I had pediatrics experience so I could take care of babies. I had my training in psychiatry so I could help with the mother’s problems. I had some experience by then with families, so it was a great job time limited, crisis oriented, lots of time for my family it was a good era of time.

    After about three years of that, I encountered an incredibly rapid change in the unwed mother scene. Teenage moms either got abortions or they kept their babies, and the need for the shelter of a maternity home became negligible. In three months, we went from thinking of adding on to our building because there were so many unwed mothers applying for shelter to so few applicants that we could not pay our bills. We researched what the needs of our community were and found there was no treatment center for emotionally troubled adolescent girls. There were treatment centers for boys and younger kids, but not girls. In my ignorance, I decided to move toward developing a residential care center for adolescent girls. God helped us get that program going, and as I realized how massive the need was, I helped raise about six million dollars over a couple of years to build a wonderful, 100-bed children psychiatric hospital on 150 acres of land. With our administrator, we developed a very unique, successful program, very scripturally oriented, very definitely faith oriented. After about 15 years of very good success with this program, the health insurance business took a turn for the worse, and the ability to keep kids long enough to do the kind of definitive work they needed just dissipated our efforts. We went from about three month’s average stay in the residential program to about three weeks maximum. That’s now diminished to about five days. So the entire program that we had built had to be changed and unfortunately has never been restored to the good quality of its earlier years.

    How have you managed to integrate your faith and practice?

    GK: I think the main thing is the absolute certainty I have that Gods truth is The Truth. Whatever seems to conflict with his truth has got to be understood and explained. Sometimes its a matter of understanding and explaining; sometimes it’s a matter of saying Hey, I just have to disagree with that I can understand that theory or technique, but I do not really agree with it. God has honored my commitment, and I think the Holy Spirit really is the bearer of truth. He is the spirit of truth, he really guides us, and knowing that certainly helped me stay truthfully committed to my faith in practice.

    Give us an example of when your Christian faith has had a significant role in your work in child psychiatry.

    GK: In my training days, I remember working under supervision with a Christian family. I was taught very emphatically not to talk about religion, but I dared to differ with that, and when I felt really guided, prompted by the Lord to talk about faith, I did. This particular family had a good church background but they’d walked away from it and were not very involved in any church. Through the problem they had with their son, the pare nots realized they needed help, and they were very willing to talk about their faith, where they’d lost it, and how they wanted to get it back. My mentor at that time was kind of an out-of-touch Christian, who since has come back to a marvelous walk with God. He has told me that he thinks a lot of depression really is due to the fact that people, like this family, have lost touch with their faith. They go through a grieving experience grief and depression can be so similar and I have thought about that a lot as I have worked with people.

    How have you seen the field of child psychiatry change over the years?

    GK: Well, its moved from more of a Freudian, developmental kind of specialty to a very permissive specialty. A lot of respect is shown to children, and I believe in showing respect. But showing respect has taken precedence over teaching the children respect. So much respect is given to them, but they are not taught to give that back. Grace (1st row) in a field dominated by men! In the psychiatric field, we have gone from counseling and family guidance, family therapy, and pare not guidance to a lot of medication. I fought that as long as I could, but as more discoveries came along showing how much physiological change there really is, I have had to say that medication is a gift from God, just as penicillin is for strep throat. So I use psychiatric medications, but that’s kind of an adjunct to the insight, supportive, guiding kind of work that I do.

    What other kinds of changes have you seen over the years in terms of treatment, especially of children with psychiatric problems?

    GK: With the changes in managed care, our goals shifted from finding reasonably complete healing of the child and family that enable a child to go back home and live successfully with his or her family. At one point, for five to seven years, we had 75% to 80% success with our kids, in terms of not having recurrent hospitalizations, not having legal problems, and their being able to adjust in their homes and communities. We went from that success rate to being unable to measure change. And from doing good counseling, we went to being able only to offer kind of a cooling-off period for families in crisis, a chance to medicate the patient, and hopefully line the child up with an outpatient aftercare program.

    How is Crittenton treating most children today?

    GK: They are getting very brief inpatient care, and then they still have what we developed as a day program a very special, wonderful school where kids have academic success, some ongoing counseling, and some recreation therapy. They have continued to focus on very intense family therapy, which is key in making any progress at all.

    Would you say then that the insurance industry and managed care are setting the direction for Christian counseling?

    GK: To some degree, and in a horrifying way, yes they are. When I reached the age of 65, I realized that I needed to retire from the heavy load that Id carried. So a new medical director was hired, and I tried to stay on as an adjunct and a mentor. Unfortunately, the new director was not interested in my mentoring or any Christian approach. I no longer had an influence in hiring staff, so as I saw things deteriorate, I offered everything I could to salvage the spiritual values, and finally I knew I could not handle the grief over the awful loss of so many good things, so I retired about five years ago.

    What have you been doing since your retirement?

    GK: I do half-time private practice, which is very different, very rewarding. I love my private patients, and I have continued to do a little writing. I have some time for my grandchildren, and I really have a great life.

    How did you get started in your writing career?

    GK: You know, that was a really fun story. I began telling patients who had unique experiences that I wished they would write about them, because those experiences are similar to others and they could be very helpful. A patient finally said to me, You’re always telling me to Write why do not you write? So I said, Well, I do not have time. Someday, if I break a leg, I will write. A couple of years later, guess what? I broke my right ankle, and while I was laid up in bed, I had two invitations to write. One was from a little Christian Sunday school periodical, and it was agony to write only 200 words! But a friend then decided to write a book on teenaged rebellion and thought that I could help with that, so I wrote Teenage Rebellion with him. The publisher must have liked my style or what I had to say, so I had more and more invitations to write. I have never had to go through the horror of having a manuscript rejected, because I have written at the request of publishers.

    Are there any of your books that you have felt especially good about?

    GK: A little book called Understanding Your Child’s Problems is my favorite. I had a spiritual growth spurt during the writing of it, and I did a lot of Scripture research. It may still be in print. That’s probably my favorite but not the best seller. The most successful book has been a little paperback called When You Feel Like Screaming that I wrote in conjunction with Pat Holt, a teacher from California. That book has had a long and vigorous career. Only recently, it has been translated into Spanish.

    What are you working on now?

    GK: I have just sent in a second revision of a manuscript on a book on forgiveness, relating some of the real tragedies of my life and how I learned so much about forgiving through those experiences. Its with the editor now, and I assume it will go to print soon.

    Tell us a little bit about how tragedy has influenced your life and your work.

    GK: Well, I have been through some difficult times as you can imagine. In pediatrics, I have lost patients. In personal relationships, I have had betrayals and a lot of sad times. A horrible tragedy hit my family in 1984 when I found that my husband was in jail. We had had some difficulties, and I just could not reach him anymore. There were a lot of difficult financial stresses and debts, as well as a number of losses and grief. I tried to comfort and help but could not. I suspected he was having an affair, so finally I filed for a separation and eventually for divorce.

    About three months later, we went out to dinner one Sunday evening and he was berating me for this divorce, because he really wanted to make our marriage work. I said I’d like nothing better, and if he could change, I was certainly willing to change. Still he berated me, and I could see that he was not really making the spiritual and relational changes that he needed to make. Less than 48 hours later, he called me from jail. He had only a minute to talk, just enough to give me a piece or two of information that I had no knowledge of. He had become involved with a woman patient, who had used her teen aged daughter as kind of a seduction-bait. I do not know what else to call it. Now he was accused of child sexual molestation. After almost a year of devastation, he was sent to prison, but on that first phone call, I received incredible insight. The information he gave enabled me to understand what had been going on and how devastating it was. Yet somehow I was able to say, I see, I understand, I can forgive you, and the kids and I will stand by you and help you through this. I still had no idea of ever getting back together with him, but at least I wanted to support him through this. It was a nightmare a terrible time for him, for all of us, but somehow I was able to keep going. At one point, I began to see it was Gods tough love that was teaching my husband how to come back to fellowship with him.

    I went to visit him almost every week with a friend whose husband was also in prison. My friend and I developed a prison support group for families and inmates that is very active throughout the state of Kansas (in every prison we have an outreach to families). After four years and a few months in prison, Herb was released. Two years after Herb was discharged from prison, we felt that we knew each other again well enough that we could remarry. We have had a wonderful marriage, but it certainly took a lot of grace, a lot of understanding, and a lot of forgiving to provide healing and the healing is a complete process at this point. Because of the publicity, people have known about this situation in my life. Wherever I go to speak pastors groups, counseling groups, teachers have found audience members who approach me with, If you could do this, then I can do it. So I think God has, in fact, used the tragedy in my life in a very wonderful way.

    In what ways have you thought of yourself as a pioneer?

    GK: I see myself as the daughter and granddaughter of pioneers. My grandfather was the first family member to come to Kansas from Pennsylvania leaving behind his whole community of people. In my grandmothers day, to have left Pennsylvania and come to Kansas on a train alone to marry someone she knew for only two weeks was certainly pioneering. I have great respect and admiration for my grandparents and their kind pioneer spirit is in my blood. For a farmer, my father’s beliefs were rare in valuing education. He wanted to be a physician but had no opportunity. So he urged all of his seven children to go into medicine. I was the first one with whom he was successful. I think my applying for medical school, even aspiring to such a career, was quite pioneering in its end. Women in medicine were thought of as pioneers in that day. To continue working even after I had children which perhaps I would not have done, had I had hind sight was also pioneering.

    What observations do you have for people who may be considering working with children?

    GK: Working with children is hard work, not very good in its pay. When you see people for an hour, you cannot charge the large fees that even family doctors charge for a quick emergency a few stitches and a big fee. If you are altruistic enough to give up caring so much about money and more about preventive work, you will be able to work with children. As a twig is bent, so grows the tree. If we can help parents with a troubled child, we help the entire family. And if we can help that child before he or she is I immersed in difficulties that will result in crimes and Imprisonment, what a huge economic advantage it offers our culture, and what a wonderful personal joy it is to see that kind of work!

    What observations do you have on the state of Christian counseling?

    GK: I think Christian counseling sometimes gets a little superficial. In our community, there isn’t enough of the family approach, not enough group therapy. I was trained thoroughly in group therapy back in the 70s, but even I do not use it now because its difficult, very hard work. Find a counselor for suggestions.

    So, how do we keep Christian counseling from becoming superficial?

    GK: I think by the kinds of thing that AACC does: by conferences, by emphasizing academic responsibility, by insisting on good training, by being well read and up-to-date with current knowledge and research.

    Perhaps we all should do more research and more sharing of research. I think this is where Christian counseling has an edge. The best thing I offer my patients is a caring heart. When they know that they are important enough that I can shed tears sometimes with them, I can laugh with them, be angry with them it does something that I think no techniques in the world can do. That’s what God wants to do through his followers in counseling!

    Traditional Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture Points and Charts

    What Are the Acupuncture Points?

    The English translation of ‘acupuncture points’ is not very accurate. Acupuncture is one of the many healing methods used in traditional Chinese Medicine. It inserts fine needles into the sensitive points on the body to stimulate Jingluos (meridians) to cure diseases. These sensitive points are called ‘Shuxue’ or ‘Xuewei’ in Chinese Medicine, meaning ‘the transmitting points’. However, this name has been so widely used, there is no point to change it now for our discussion.

    Acupuncture points are the responsive points or sensitive points on the meridians and other parts of the body. They are the special locations where energy is transmitted between the inner structures and the surface of the body. These spots can reflect disease or unhealthy conditions by giving forth painful sensations when touched or pressed. These points are (but not limited to) where the therapists apply treatments. When the body is deficient of positive energy, negative or harmful energy will be able to invade the body through these spots, causing illness. Stimulating the related points can boost and mobilize the positive energy, balance Yin/Yang energy and cure the disease. There are three types of points:

    1. 14-main-meridian points

    2. Extraordinary points

    3.’Yes’ points.

    The 14-main-meridian points are the spots on the 12 main meridians plus the spots on the governor and conception vessels. Each spot has a unique name and a fixed location. They are the main acupuncture points. The extraordinary points are the points that have names and fixed locations. These locations are not on a particular meridian. ‘Yes’ points are also called pain points, but they don’t have names or fixed locations. They are the sensitive points related to the diseases. The ‘yes ‘name came from a story. When treating a patient, the doctor pressed a spot unintentionally, and the patient uttered ‘oh yes’.

    There are approximately 360 acupuncture points in total on the human body. With so many tiny points to remember, one can easily be intimidated. As a matter of fact, for self -healing and caring purposes, we don’t have to memorize all these points. We only need to remember roughly 20 most used and effective points. If you need to use more points, just look for them using the meridian and acupuncture point charts. Each point has a unique and meaningful name, which gives some key information about this particular point, such as main function, usage, location, or other. In English, the English spelling of the Chinese names are directly used. For people who don’t understand Chinese, it is hard to comprehend the significance of each name and, therefore hard to remember all the foreign sounding names.The format of the international symbols for acupuncture points is fairly easy. Since most of the points belong to one specific meridian (Jing), it only makes sense that their symbols are associated with those meridians. You can take two abbreviation letters of that meridian’s name and number all the points along the way, from the starting point to the end point. For example: the name of the Xue-hai point means ‘the sea of blood’ in Chinese and can be used for blood-related issues. Its English symbol is SP10, because it belongs to the spleen meridian and is the 10thpoint from the start.

    How to Find an Acupuncture Point?

    When considering an acupuncture point as a tiny point, it might be really difficult to find it. However, if you think of it as a small precise area, it becomes quite easy. To locate a subject on a 2D plane, you need 2 coordinates. To locate an sensitive point, we use a reference point and a distance. The reference point is a known location on the body, such as ‘the tip of the nose’, ‘the highest point of the ankle bone’ etc. The distance is measured by your own hand. The unit is ‘cun’. The width of your thumb at the mid joint is one ‘cun’, the width of middle three fingers at the mid joints is two ‘cun’, the width of the four fingers (without the thumb) at mid joints is three ‘cun’. How do you know if you have found the right point? When you press on it, if you feel kind of sore and sense a little pain (acute pain means you are not well somewhere), then you are on the right spot. Every main meridian has a primary point. That is the point where the primary energy of this meridian originates. Stimulating this point is one of the most effective ways to boost the positive energy found in this meridian.

    Yeast Infection During Pregnancy and How to Treat It Naturally

    Yeast naturally exists in the vagina and our intestinal tract and occurs when you have an overgrowth and ultimately the yeast takes over causing an imbalance which then results in yeast infection. Pregnant women are even more prone to this because their bodies are producing extra estrogen and other hormonal changes are taking place. If you have diabetes or high blood sugar or if you have taken antibiotics, then that exasperates the situation even more.

    Please do not take any oral anti fungal medications over the counter or prescribed. They are generally not safe for pregnant women. Consult your doctor on what is safe and use some tips below to help treat it naturally.

    Ways you can treat yeast infections during pregnancy naturally.

    1. Wear only cotton underwear, avoid taking baths, only use natural unscented personal care products, and avoid sugars and refined foods.

    2. Eat foods rich in Lactobacillus acidophilus, a friendly bacteria that exists naturally in our body and helps fight excess yeast among other benefits. L. Acidophillus boosts the immune system, provides the correct balance in your gastrointestinal tract, helps with urinary tract infections, reduces chances of ulcers, and helps balance cholesterol. It is a great supplement to take even if you are not pregnant. Foods rich in this friendly bacteria are yogurt, fermented pickles like sauerkraut and kimchi, miso soup, tempeh, kefir, and fermented cheese. Kefir, traditionally popular in certain regions of Europe is quickly gaining popularity in the US. It is basically fermented milk and has stronger beneficial bacteria then yogurt. You can also make or buy kefir made from coconut water or juice.

    3. In addition to eating foods rich in L. Acidophillus, taking a probiotic supplement is very beneficial especially if you have been on antibiotics. You can also use a liquid form of a probiotic and use it as a suppository to naturally help treat vaginal yeast. Saturate a light tampon with the liquid probiotic, insert and leave it in for 2-3 hours. This is completely safe for pregnant women as a means to treat vaginal yeast during pregnancy. I do not recommend douching with commercial products but you can do a douche with dissolving powder form of probiotic in water.

    4. Using anti-fungal extracts and oils to use as natural suppositories can also be very helpful. Tea tree oil and grapefruit seed extract are powerful and effective. Make sure you do dilute it in water. You can add about 10-20 drops of oil/extract to 2 cups of water.

    5. One midwife has treated many of her pregnant patients with hydrogen peroxide. It safely kills the pathogenic organisms that exists in the vagina. You can buy 3% hydrogen peroxide at any drug store, it comes in a dark brown bottle. Place small quantity in a small cup and fill a syringe with it. You can dilute the hydrogen peroxide with 1 or 2 parts water if you are experiencing extreme irritation, otherwise no need to dilute. In a shower or over the toilet, take your time slowly and gently to insert the hydrogen peroxide into the vagina. You can do this safely once a day for a week.

    If some of the natural therapies are not working for you (some women have deep rooted issues like diabetes and other health problems where recurrence continues despite many natural effective therapies), then i highly recommend working with a naturopathic doctor to come up with a natural solution.

    If you found this article helpful or have something to add, please take a moment to leave some comments and suggestions.

    Multiple Sclerosis – Dizziness – One of the Classic Symptoms of MS

    While dizziness is often considered to be one of the first symptoms of MS there is a lot of confusion when it comes to differentiating between the term dizziness and vertigo. The big problem here is that people tend to describe the feelings they have in a very subjective way and the feelings that one person is describing under these generic thoughts may not be the same as another person and in fact may not relate to dizziness in multiple sclerosis.

    Indications

    While dizziness in MS is definitely not the only symptom it is considered to be one of the most common symptoms and the most frequently recurring. As multiple sclerosis is the demyelinating of the tissue that surrounds and protects the brain and spinal cord the symptoms that accompany it tend alternate between exacerbations and remissions, the severity of the exacerbations also tends to vary with each episode.

    While only some 5% of all patients show signs of dizziness in the early stage of diagnosis, more than 50% of all MS patients will complain of the feelings of dizziness and vertigo at some point during the disease. At the same time approximately 10% of patients experience hearing loss further exacerbating problems such as vertigo and overall feelings of dizziness.

    In the patient with multiple sclerosis, dizziness is described as a feeling of lightheadedness or of feeling faint, whereas vertigo is more of a feeling that the ground is spinning or rushing up to meet you. Dizziness in multiple sclerosis is fairly common where vertigo is relatively rare in patients with MS, according to one particular study less than 20% of all MS patients suffer from vertigo.

    Treatments

    There are several different ways to approach treating dizziness in multiple sclerosis patients, some of which involves the use of different medications. The most common medication prescribed is Dramamine (Meclizine) the same medication given to those who suffer from motion sickness. Others like Scopoderm (a scopolamine or hyoscine) are generally administered in the form of a patch that is placed behind the ear. For those suffering with extreme levels of multiple sclerosis dizziness a course of corticosteroids may be recommended.

    The most popular non drug treatment for multiple sclerosis dizziness is VRT or Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy in which the therapist works with the patient to retrain the way their brain interprets and processes the information that it receives from the vestibular system along with the sight proprioception so that the brain no is no longer affected. This particular treatment is often successful enough to enable the patient to no longer need any medical intervention to overcome their dizziness once and for all.

    Cancer Man in Love – Are You the Girl to Win His Heart?

    Have you going out with your man for some time and you believe you might have a Cancer Man in love? Do you not know the Sign of Cancer very well, and are having trouble figuring him out? Does he seem like he’s interested in you, but you don’t know enough about the Cancer sign to properly work out his signals?

    For relationship girl looking for a genuine and committed relationship, finding the love of a Cancer Man can be a great achievement. Romantic and monogamous, these men are a great support for a woman. Are you the right kind of woman to attract such a man? Here’s how to know.

    Indecision

    If you are a woman who is a bit flaky – flighty, can’t make decisions – you’ll have difficulty keeping this man. Cancer Man doesn’t want a girl who’s in love with him one minute, then has disappeared the next.

    If you capture his heart, you must be ready to love him as he loves you.

    Praise

    He may appear confident and self-assured, but Cancer Man often does have a lot of doubt about himself. He will be unlikely to admit this, so you must be sure to give him lots of praise whenever possible.

    Just a small comment of praise can be sufficient. Just be sure that your praise is genuine.

    Good heart

    If you enjoy getting special treatment, Cancer Man could be the man for you. A trait of the Cancer sign is generosity, and they love giving happiness.. Cancer men go all-out for the women they love.

    Although, if you are the kind of woman who takes and expects too much, this might put Cancer Man off. As huge as his heart is, he’ll run if he thinks he’s being used.

    Good memory

    If you cause this man hurt, he’ll have a long memory about it. Take care in the way in which you treat him, and be sure to be prepared for the consequences if you do him wrong. He won’t forgive and forget easily.

    He’ll make you work hard to get back on his good side, because he will have suffered a lot of hurt.

    Laughter

    Cancer Man can be serious one moment, then happy and laughing the next. What Cancer Man wants is a girl who can bring lightness to any moment by making a joke or doing something funny. Entertain him with your jokes, and you’ll be sure to capture his heart.

    So, is Cancer Man in love with you?

    How Positive Affirmations Help Children With Learning Disabilities

    One of the best ways to make a positive change in anyone’s life is through stating positive affirmations. While these affirmations can be successfully used for all ages, they are particularly effective with children. These simple statements have the powerful ability to reprogram the subconscious. When used at an early age, this tool has even more ability to change thoughts before negative patterns have truly set in. Additionally, positive affirmations have been shown to be remarkably effective at assisting children with a variety of learning disorders including kids with autism, Asperger’s syndrome, ADD, Down’s syndrome, and other developmental disabilities.

    An affirmation is a positive statement that is repeated over and over. Through repetition, the designated words trigger the subconscious mind to change in a positive direction. Parents have found that children who are exposed to positive affirmations become stronger and more confident in their abilities.

    Various disabilities that hold children back from reading, thinking and concentrating can be improved through positive affirmations. For example, to heal attention deficit disorder, the affirmations may be statements such as “It is easy to focus,” and “I enjoy focusing on just one task.” Positive affirmations allow kids to understand what they are capable of achieving and it allows them to get in touch with capabilities that they weren’t previously able to access.

    The Power of Positive Intentions

    Part of the power behind affirmations is the fact that they set a positive intention. These intentions allow kids to focus on what they want to achieve instead of negative emotions like what they lack. Another benefit to positive affirmations is that parents find that changes can take place quickly. Usually they can begin to work in just minutes a day. In addition to helping with learning, positive affirmations can influence other areas of a child’s life as well. For example, they can improve social skills, communication skills and coping techniques.

    The Science Behind Affirmations

    Research that has been conducted on the power of positive affirmations has indicated that it can be quite valuable to people suffering from a spectrum of issues including everything from trauma to cancer. For example, in one study those who had been exposed to combat during wartime and natural disasters successfully used positive affirmations to avoid getting post traumatic stress disorder.

    One of the founders of the positive psychology movement that advocates affirmations is Martin Seligman who is a professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He was also the president of the American Psychological Association and founding editor of Prevention and Treatment Magazine. Seligman’s research has explored the tremendous value of positive thinking. He has stated that a positive attitude “allows people to rise to life’s challenges, overcome adversity, resist illness and depression and lead happier, more successful lives.”

    Barbara Fredrickson is another researcher who has done work studying the power of positivity. One of her main hypothesis states, “Discrete positive emotions broaden the scopes of attention and cognition and lead to a widened array of thoughts and action impulses in the mind. A corollary to this hypothesis is that negative emotions shrink these same arrays. Several recent studies from our lab provide converging support for this hypothesis.” As you can see from Fredrickson’s hypothesis, positive thinking can improve the state and functionality of a child.’

    Another benefit of positive affirmations is that they allow children to have more confidence in their abilities to learn. When the subconscious has negative associations with learning, learning becomes more difficult. The wonderful thing about positive affirmations is that they work to restructure these beliefs. As a result, learning can become easier and more pleasurable.

    Good Self Esteem is the Key

    In the book What to Say When You Talk to Yourself, Shad Helmstetter PhD pointed out that according to research, 77% of what we think about is negative and serves to work against us. No matter who you might be, poor self-esteem can take a tremendous toll and cause feelings of inferiority and despair. Because children with learning disabilities don’t always live up to their peers, they end up learning to struggle. Instead of being proud of themselves for their accomplishments, this struggle often leads to frustration.

    Children with learning disabilities like autism, ADD, Down’s syndrome typically have a great deal of trouble with their self-esteem. Not only do they feel as though they are constantly trying to live up to their peers, they also spend a great deal of time at the doctors undergoing various tests. Being bullied and picked on by other children are also very negative experiences. These experiences leave children feeling as though they are less than perfect and need to be improved. As a result, their self-esteem levels can plummet.

    Positive affirmation statements like “I am loveable” can make a big difference in improving self-esteem and also allow kids to heal from negative experiences. The end result is that positive affirmations will allow kids with learning disorders to achieve everything from learning more quickly and easily, to socializing.

    The Pros and Cons of Medical Aid Schemes

    As you explore the pros and cons of medical aid schemes, you will come to realize they are a necessary evil. Even though amount of money that you pay for premiums can be upsetting, it is simply too risky to be out there without any coverage. You can get hurt one time or have one medical problem but end up spending all your savings to pay for it. If you don’t have any savings, you may end up paying for years to get those bills all squared away.

    Pros:

    The more competition there is the more you are going to find a great deal. Your goal should be to find great coverage and a decent price. This allows you to find the most benefit from medical aid schemes. It doesn’t make sense to pay for crappy coverage but that can occur if you don’t compare offers. You can do this by getting free quotes from providers you call or looking around online.

    Peace of mind is important to have in your life, and you can get it with a medical aid scheme in place. There is no way to know for sure when you may need to see a doctor or be admitted to the hospital. You don’t need the additional stress of worrying about how you will pay for it. Any help you can get from your plan is going to mean less you pay out of pocket.

    Better medical care is also available to those medical aid. They tend to be able to see the better doctors and stay at the more expensive hospitals with the latest technology. They can afford to go see specialists that help them get to the core of what ails them. They also have the opportunity to get help paying for medicine that can help them to get better as well.

    Cons:

    There is usually a waiting period with any new medical aid scheme. That period of time is usually 3 months but it can vary based on the coverage provider. It can be tough to swallow if you end up with medical bills during that period of time. What is even more upsetting is that you do have to pay your premium during this period of time.

    Your coverage likely isn’t going to cover everything. Therefore, even if you have medial aid you may still end up with co-pays, deductibles, and overages that you are responsible for. There could be procedures and medications that your coverage won’t pay at all. For those elements, you have to pay all of it on your own. If you need ongoing medicine the cost can add up for you over time.

    It can be tough to be able to keep those premiums paid. Yet if they don’t get paid then coverage can lapse. It can be hard to get the coverage again and that means you would be out there with nothing. With the cost of everything increasing many people simply don’t have enough funds in their budget for it all.

    Down Syndrome

    Dr. John Langdon Down, born in 1828 and died in 1896, was the medical superintendent of the Royal Earlswood Asylum for Idiots in London. He studied what he termed Mongolian idiocy which was based on the measurements of the head and palate. This became a racial stereotype in that Asian descendants were called Mongoloids, but they are not directly related to Mongolian idiocy, now termed Down Syndrome or Trisomy 21 (Ward, 2004).

    More than six thousand babies with Down syndrome are born in the United States each year. Down syndrome occurs in all races, ethnic groups, socioeconomic classes, and nationalities. Genetics play a major role in Down syndrome. A person without Down syndrome has forty-six chromosomes, while a person with Down syndrome has forty-seven. These results from cell division, which is how the chromosomes divide between the sperm and egg, usually twenty-three for each. Down syndrome is determined by looking at a karyotype or a picture of chromosomes after cell division is complete. Chromosomes can be taken through amniotic fluid, usually done by an amniocentesis. Down syndrome is characterized by looking at the twenty-first chromosome which has three chromosomes instead of two, so called Trisomy 21 (Stray-Gundersen, 1995). Persons with Down syndrome have many different physical characteristics, such as low muscle tone, small facial features, a protruding tongue, smaller head circumference, short stature, and small, webbed hands and feet.

    My research is based on the social-conflict theory because society fears what they do not understand, therefore, conflict arises within the socialization of a person with Down syndrome. My hypothesis is that society has a negative perspective of individuals with Down syndrome. For my research, I distributed twenty open-ended questions to ten males and ten females of an all Caucasian population. The total population had ages ranged from twenty years to sixty years. Approximately one-third of the population studied came from Peoria, Illinois. Close to one-third of the population stayed in cities south of Peoria, Illinois and roughly another third of the population I chose lived just north of Peoria, Illinois. The majority of my subjects had some college education, while a portion had a high school diploma and a few had a college degree. Annual household incomes ranged from zero to twenty-five thousand dollars to more than sixty-five thousand dollars with the major awareness over sixty-five thousands dollars a year. Of the twenty subjects, there were various religions reported, such as Methodist, Catholic, Presbyterian, and Lutheran, nondenominational Christian. I did not find any correlations between the residence, education, income, or religion of my subjects and Down Syndrome. Over half of the subjects studied one or more people with Sown syndrome, while seven said they did not know anyone with Down syndrome.

    I did discover that the majority of females tend to be more passive and positive about Down syndrome, whereas most of the males had more realistically, yet negative comments related to Down syndrome. Age did play a factor in my research in that subjects, age twenty to forty-five, have less knowledge about Down syndrome. Eleven people said that the maternal age of a newborn with Down syndrome is over thirty-five years. I found that the more personal experience an individual has with Down syndrome, the more knowledge they have about this defect. The frequency of babies born with Down syndrome is based on the mother's age at delivery. At the age of twenty-two, the estimated risk is 1/1065. At the age of thirty-five, the risk is 1/274. This does not mean that only women thirty-five and older have babies with Down syndrome. In fact, seventy percent of babies with Down syndrome are born to mothers under thirty-five. This is because women under age thirty-five have more babies than women over thirty-five (Stray-Gundersen).

    Fourteen individuals reported that a person with Down syndrome should live with their family because the family is where the support and love are. On the other hand, six of the fourteen also stated only if the parents give the person with Down syndrome love, or only if at all possible, or only if the parents want to care for the child with Down syndrome. Overall, the results were eighteen out of twenty people surveyed that did not feel that a person with Down syndrome could live independently.

    I asked all twenty subjects if they had heard of any stereotypes related to Down syndrome. Nine, who were mostly females, said no to this question. Eleven persons cave detailed stereotypes and discriminatory words that refer to Down syndrome individuals, such as stupid, retarded, handicap, dumb, ugly, weird, slow, mongoloid, and dependent. They also stated that they all look alike, they have smaller brains, and they have shorter life spans. More than half of the subjects said that a person with Down syndrome is equal to them instead of slower. Individuals with Down syndrome have mental retardation. This means that they learn slower than the average person. Intelligence is measured by using standardized tests that result in a score often computed into a measurement called an intelligence quotient or IQ. Among the general population, there is a wide range of measured intelligence. 95 percent of the population have a normal intelligence with IQs ranging from 70-130. Two and a half percent of the population have superior intelligence with IQs ranging over 130. And two and a half percent have an IQ of less than 70 or below the normal intelligence. There are three different degrees of mental retardation. A person with severe mental retardation has an IQ range of 25-40. Moderate mental retardation means his IQ si between 40-55 and mild mental retardation has an IQ that falls in the 55-70 range. Most people with Down syndrome score in the moderate to mild range of intelligence (Buckley, 2004).

    I asked the subjects how they feel about working with a person with Down syndrome. My results were fairly equal in both positive and negative aspects. Eleven subjects stated they would be fine, while nine explained that it would be alright as long as the person with Down syndrome is capable of performing the job requirements. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities, such as Down syndrome, and operates that same as other federal laws that forbid racial, religious, age, and sex discrimination. The ADA declares that no employer can discriminate against a qualified individual solely because of a disability. This does not mean that employers are required to hire people with disabilities
    (Buckley, 2004).

    I found that fourteen people, mostly females, explained that a special education program would benefit a child with Down syndrome because they are able to learn at their own speed where in a regular bedroom a child must learn rather quickly. Until the middle of the nineteenth century, children with Down syndrome were excluded from public schools and sent away to institutions. In the 1960's, federal, state and local governments provided educational opportunities to children with Down syndrome. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), enacted in 1975, improved educational opportunities the most for children with Down syndrome. This act allows a "free" appropriate public education which includes all states. "Free" means that all parts of the child's special education programs will be provided at the public's expense, regardless of the guardian or parents ability to pay. The IDEA requires that children with disabilities be educated in the least restrictive environment to the maximum extent appropriate. The IDEA also requires all states to begin special education services at age three. A diagnosis of Down syndrome is enough to establish eligibility for IDEA. To qualify for this program, there must be a medical diagnosis or a 30 percent or more delay in one of the developmental stages. Mainstream and Inclusion are terms used for the practice of involving children with Down syndrome in regular school and preschool environments as if they did not have a disability. Early intervention provides therapies and other specialized services to lower the effects of Down syndrome that can delay early childhood development. Some examples of professionals that help families of Down Syndrome children are physical therapists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists, and mental health professionals (Stray-Gundersen, 1995).

    I found that almost all of the subjects said that a newborn with Down syndrome should be able to receive health and life insurance because of health related medical concerns. A few people stated that because of the shorter life expectancy, life insurance should not be denied because the family of a person with Down syndrome would need that money for expenses after that person dies. On the other hand there were two subjects that agree with the reason behind health and life insurance denial for persons with Down syndrome. They stated that it would not be profitable to society because money runs the world. Insurance is a major concern of families who have a member with Down syndrome. Finding and maintaining health insurance is difficult due to medical concerns at birth and during adulthood. In the past, medical problems associated with Down syndromes ruled in short life spans and premature deaths. Some medical concerns that may occur in conjunction with Down syndrome are heart defects, digestive problems, vision, hearing, orthopedic, and dental concerns, seizures, and leukemia. Approximately forty to forty-five percent of babies with Down syndrome have heart defects. Ten to twelve percent have some type of congenital malformation of the digestive system. Seventy percent of children have some form of vision problem that requires correction. Forty to sixty percent of children with Down syndrome acquire a hearing loss. Ten percent of children and adults have a orthopedic condition called atlantoaxial instability, which causes the upper vertebrae to bend the spinal cord causing serious injury. Leukemia occurs fifteen to twenty times more in a Down syndrome person than in the average person. Medicare, a federal health insurance program, and Medicaid, a state funded program may be available to help with medical costs for those who qualify. In the early 1930's, the estimated life expectancy of a person with Down syndrome was nine years mainly because of heart defects that could not be cured. By 1990, medical care had improved which increased the average life expectancy to thirty years. Today, people with Down syndrome are expected to live a healthy, fulfilling life beyond fifty years of age (Charbonneau, 2002).

    Could a person with Down syndrome become president of the United States of America? Two-thirds answered no. The following were some of their explanations: a person with Down syndrome would not understand what goes on in the world; Society is much too critical; This person would not have enough support to run for office; No one would vote for him / her; Te average person could not become president; They are incapable of performing the job requirements; And it would be too stressful and too much for them to handle.

    Should a person with Down syndrome be able to receive social security income? Ten people said yes because they need it for medical needs and to put up their future living expenses. Six people stated yes, only if the person has contributed to the collection of social security. Two people said yes if they are disabled and not able to work, otherwise they should receive it like everyone else. The current social security system works like this: when you work, you pay taxes into social security. The tax money is used to pay benefits to people who already have retired, people who are disabled, dependents of beneficiaries, and survivors of workers who have died. The money paid in taxes is not held in a personal account. Any unused money goes into the social security trust funds. A wide variety of federal, state, and local programs offer financial assistance. These programs are provided by the Social Security Administration. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) pays monthly checks, based on assets and income to children and adults with serious disabilities. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) pays a monthly check to adults disabled from work and who disability began before age eighteen (Stray-Gundersen, 1995).

    Should a male and female, both with Down syndrome, have children together? Thirteen responses were yes, but these answers included restrictions, such as the following: if they are capable; If they are in love; Depends on the severity of the Down syndrome; If they live on their own; If they understand the consequences; And chances are they will have a normal child. Six individuals said they were neutral about the situation and one person reported that from her experience, males can not produce offspring. The fact is that males with Down syndrome can not have children of their own due to lack of or low sperm count. Most women with Down syndrome are fertile, but their eggs are likely to carry the Trisomy 21 chromosome (Stray-
    Gundersen, 2004).

    In conclusion, I am confident that my hypothesis succeeded and hold true. My research indicates that an individual will associate with a person with Down syndrome if necessary or required. The majority of individuals studied explained that a person with Down syndrome is isolated from society caused by stereotypes, family protection, and limited knowledge about Down syndrome. Although in many countries, the lives of children and adults with Down syndrome are slowly changing, we still deny equality for those with disabilities.

    If I would have had a few more months to research and interview, I believe I would have more positive and negative results. Maybe I would have been able to observe children with Down syndrome in a school setting or child care center. It would be great to participate in a harmless study.

    References

    Buckley, Sue. 1996-2004. Living with Down Syndrome. Portsmouth, UK: The Down Syndrome Educational Trust.

    Charbonneau, Nicolle. March 2002. Down Syndrome Life Expectancy Doubles.
    Health Scout News.

    Stray-Gundersen, Karen. 1995. Babies with Down Syndrome: A New Parents' Guide. 2d ed. Bethesda, Maryland: Woodbine House, Inc.

    Ward, O'Conor. 1996-2004. John Langdon Down: The Man and the Message. Dublin, Ireland: The Down Syndrome Educational Trust.

    Model Cars – How To Display and Care For Your Diecast Car Collection

    Collecting Diecast Model Cars can become addictive. So if you are spending large sums of money on diecast model cars it is important that you protect your investment. You could leave the cars in their boxes hidden up in your attic this would protect them but as some of these models are feats of miniature engineering they deserve to be out on show and admired by all.

    Displaying Your Diecast Model Cars

    If you are just getting started in the world of model car collecting then a quick way to display your model is to buy ready made 1:18 scale display case. These consist of a base in either wood or plastic and a clear Perspex top which forms the lid. You need to unscrew your car from its original packaging and place it on the display case’s plinth. There are no screw holes in the plinth so the display case needs to sit on a flat surface and you can use a small amount of double sided tape under the tyre to stop the model from rolling about if your display case is knocked. All you have to do now is simply place the lid on to the base. Your model is now protected from being bashed and from becoming dusty.

    As you collection of model cars grows a cabinet may become a good idea to hold your investment. Some of the model manufactures like AutoArt produce a variety of wall mounted units with sliding doors. Some of these cabinets have mirrored shelves and backs to give a different view of your model without having to touch the car.

    If you need even more space for your model car collection you maybe in the market for a custom made unit. Remember large cabinets with multiple shelves may need lights to make your models shine. LED lights are always a good choice as they do not have the heat of a tungsten spot light so you won’t risk melting your car collection.

    It is important to place your cabinet out of direct sunlight as it can cause the paint on your model to fade.

    Cleaning Your Diecast Model Cars

    If you keep your diecast model is in a display case you will avoid the worst of the dust but from time to time you will need to clean your models. Avoid washing your models to clean them as they are difficult to dry properly. Instead the best way to clean them is to use a compressed air canister and a modelers paint brush. The seats can be wiped down with a damp cloth. If the paintwork appears a little flat using a car detailing wax on a soft microfibre cloth will add an extra little shine. Be careful not to rub the model to hard especially around the stickers and badges.

    Hopefully by taking these simple steps will keep your diecast model cars in excellent condition and still be able to enjoy your collection.

    Please see further information on our website about caring for your Diecast Model Car Collection.

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    Enlarged Liver in Children – Causes

    What are the causes of enlarged liver in children? There are over hundred different liver diseases that can affect children as well as adults. As I said earlier, hepatomegaly or an enlarged liver is the indication of some underlying medical condition. It is more a symptom than a disorder. The liver begins to enlarge gradually as it becomes inflamed from the various diseases. The primary conditions associated with an enlarged liver in children include viral infections of the liver such as hepatitis A, hepatitis B, hepatitis C and hepatoblastoma, which is a form of liver cancer that usually occurs in infants. Alagille syndrome, a genetic disorder characterized by the deterioration of bile ducts and Reye’s syndrome, a condition that causes fat build up in the liver and is generally associated with the use of aspirin can also result in abnormal enlargement of the liver. Other causes of an enlarged liver in children include heart diseases, metabolic disorders and obesity. Sometimes, enlargement of the liver is accompanied by enlargement of the spleen and the condition is referred to as hepatosplenomegaly. An Enlarged spleen and liver are mostly associated with diseases that harm the kidneys, liver or the red blood cells in the body. Like an enlarged liver, an enlarged spleen in children can be considered as a symptom of some other medical condition. Now, that you know the various causes of hepatomegaly, let us move on to the symptoms of an enlarged liver in children.

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    Enlarged Liver in Children – Symptoms

    A slightly enlarged liver in children often shows no signs and symptoms. However, as the condition progresses and the liver continues to enlarge, the child may experience pain in the abdomen. Abdominal pain can be moderate to severe, depending on the intensity of the condition. Severe cases of liver damage can result in jaundice, which is characterized by yellowing of the skin and eyes.

    Enlarged Liver in Children – Treatment

    The condition is confirmed by means of palpation, X-ray, ultra sound, CT scan or blood tests. The treatment primarily involves dealing with the specific cause of liver enlargement. Treating the disease that has caused the liver to enlarge can repair the liver damage signs and hence it is very important to determine the exact cause of the condition. Mild cases can be cured by certain medications to reduce the inflammation of the liver. However, severe cases of liver damage may require a liver transplant.

    This was all about enlarged liver in children. Early diagnosis of liver enlargement in children can help in effective treatment of the condition and prevent further complications. Hope you found this information useful!

    Birth Control: Side Effects Of The Pill

    Birth control pills are being commonly used these days in order to control the family size and being able to raise the kids effectively. The old age concepts of larger families are now obsolete as many people tend to prefer only one or two kids. In order to control birth, women use many forms of contraceptive methods in which the most common ones are the birth control pill. However, the birth control side effects are sometimes quite unknown to these women.

    Some side effects that need to be monitored while usage are in particular the headaches, nausea, bleeding other than periods, decreased libido and tenderness of the breasts. The pills basically function by having estrogen that enables one to not conceive the child. However, the effects of this estrogen can be adverse on a woman’s health as it tends to raise the chances of blood clots, causing women to develop emboli and thus, cardiac problems. Women, who in particularly smoke and use alcohol are at a further increased risk of getting hypertension, cardiac problems and may face even grace consequences such as strokes due to the emboli formation.

    Other than this, birth control side effects also include severe migraine attacks and a greater risk of breast cancer. These pills tend to cause increased mutations, thus being quite dangerous to even those who already have breast cancer.

    Because these pills tend to alter the hormone level of the body, they do tend to have certain endocrinal effects. The hormones of the body are altered which can also cause depression and moodiness in many women. A lot of women do not feel like continuing their sexual relations as a result of the effect of these pills. A lot of research has been conducted about the safety and other concerns regarding the birth control pills. It is also found that due to the hormone altering effect of these pills, women also tend to have problems in lactation after child birth. They tend to produce less milk due to the hormone altering effects of the pills. Many women also find it difficult to conceive a child after the discontinuation of these pills, as the effect of its chemicals remains on the hormones for quite some time.

    Some women also feel a change in their metabolic patterns of the body and tend to gain weight, have increased appetite and an increased food craving because of the pills.

    Despite having some long lasting hormonal effects, contraceptive pills are known to be one of the safest methods of birth control. However, one needs to have proper consultation and guidance from the doctor before taking any sort of birth control pill.

    Hair Growth And Meditation: Can Meditation Actually Help Your Hair Grow?

    Recently there has been a serious emphasis on organic or alternative solutions because of the not so pleasant side effects of pharmaceutical prescription drugs. It’s well known that meditation can have positive effects on our overall well-being, however can this type of therapy assist in the treatment hair loss?

    Some state it definitely can, but how?

    Meditation has been around for hundreds of years and has evolved into a structured practice that men and women use every day. It is well documented that meditation is effective in reducing high blood pressure and strengthens the heart as well as reducing stress and quite possibly cholesterol levels. But how can this at the same time aid in hair growth?

    Though there have not been any direct scientific studies to date on the effect of meditation and hair growth we can still take a look at various scientific studies and see just how it might possibly be a benefit to one’s locks.

    In research conducted by R. Jevning, AF, Wilson and JM Davidson in 1978 it was demonstrated that Plasma cortisol decreased substantially for long term practitioners of meditation and it even showed a slight decline of plasma cortisol in beginning practitioners.

    Cortisol is a hormone created by the adrenal gland. Cortisol aids in a range of metabolic functions. Levels of cortisol are able to fluctuate over the course of the day, with afternoon quantities typically being about half those in found in the morning. High levels of cortisol can be triggered by an ailment such as Cushing’s disease, or Addison’s disease. Increased levels may also be a barometer of stress. Stress filled incidents can elevate cortisol levels in the blood for extended periods.

    Stress has long been considered to be a factor in hair loss. One telling report that can be found is in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology (2004) tiled Burden of Hair Loss: Stress and the Underestimated Psychosocial Impact of Telogen Effluvium and Androgenetic Alopecia. This article shows many studies that reveal that stress does in fact possess a negative impact on hair growth.

    Furthermore, stress can also cause insomnia, poor eating habits, and disorders as well as contributing to a tendency to partake in not so healthy habits such as cigarette smoking and alcohol consumption, all of which tend to be not only harmful to your general well being but, also can affect the health of your hair, skin and nails.

    The impact of meditation on hair health doesn’t stop at stress.

    In a study published in the Journal of the Israeli Medical Association, researchers documented a sizable drop in total cholesterol in individuals who practice Meditation.

    The research workers selected 23 patients, all with elevated cholesterol; all participants were of comparable age, body weight, diet choices, and physical exercise routines. Twelve of the patients were trained in Meditation, and performed it for 11 months; the other eleven were control subjects that did not meditate. The meditating group exhibited a marked decrease in cholesterol levels, from an average of 255 to 225; there was no significant decrease observed in the control group.

    An independent analysis done by the same research workers showed comparable reductions, and in addition revealed that a boosted cholesterol reading inside of the average range can be reduced

    But exactly how does this help in hair loss?

    Recent research discovered that excessive cholesterol and androgenetic hair loss could be correlated, although the exact causes remains unclear.

    Clinical conclusions implied that the majority of males who are affected with high cholesterol also suffer from androgenetic alopecia. Studies conducted on nearly twenty-two thousand volunteers spanning over 11 years starting from 1982 noticeably illustrated that men with hair loss also have a higher threat of experiencing heart attacks. Further research only made this finding more powerful in both men and women but additional research is still in progress to authenticate this particular hypothesis.

    Another way to comprehend this finding is that people who currently possess a genetic predisposition to hair loss can find that a rise in cholesterol will result in producing an increase in production of ‘androgen’ which is a hormone. This in turn will increase the production of a hormone called DHT which causes loss of hair.

    Another school of thought is that DHT causes an increase in cholesterol. This also may be the reason for why women are less afflicted with hair loss or heart conditions in spite of producing androgen hormone almost 20 times lesser than men.

    Cholesterol is also believed to mix with sebum and causes its solidification thus obstructing the hair follicles and impacting hair growth by causing the shaft of hair to reduce in dimension in every successive growth phase.

    Even though much more research is needed, meditation may help in hair loss. So, why not take some time out of your busy, stressful day to maybe lower your cholesterol and your stress.

    This will not only enhance your overall health, but your hair as well.

    How To Increase Penis Girth Using 5 Techniques That Will Get You Huge Results

    Today you will learn how to increase penis girth using some techniques that may be new to you. You have probably heard about Jelqing and Kegel exercises which helps to increase your penis length and control your ejaculation. But, these exercises are geared to give you thickness.

    Here is a list of the penis girth exercises you will be doing:

    1. Clamped Horse squeezes

    2. Clamped Edging

    3. Clamped Jelqing

    4. Helishakes

    5. Light Jelq

    Before you get started with these penis girth enlargement exercises you have to warm up.

    It is very important that you get the blood flowing to your penis to improve the blood circulation. You do this to prevent injuries to your manhood. So, what you want to do is warm-up for about 10 to 15 minutes with a hot towel, simply warp it around your penis.

    This session will consist of 3 methods for getting a thicker penis. You will do this three times for 10 minutes while resting for two minutes in between them.

    Clamped Jelqs is for your penis health and it is the perfect mass producer and it helps to get the blood flowing.

    Clamped Horses helps build your thickness to tightly focused areas on your penis and it is a real intense exercise. This is the best penis girth exercise for girth.

    Clamped Edging is what you will be doing to enhance everything you have done in the other exercises above and it helps the overall penis growth. This technique will also help your performance in the sack.

    Here is the penis girth routine you will be doing:

    Do the clamped jelqing exercise one time for 10 minutes and rest.

    Do the clamped horses exercise one time for 10 minutes and rest.

    Do the clamped edging exercise one time for 10 minutes and rest

    After you have completed this you want to do what is called the helishakes. Grab your penis at the base and shake it like a helicopter. This is done to get the blood flowing.

    Next, you are going to do the light jelqs. Your penis does not have to be hard because a soft hard on will work. Do this for about two to five minutes and warm down.

    You can do these penis girth exercises for two weeks. You need to do them like this; two days on and one day off, this is how to increase penis girth safely. As you get use to this technique there are some more intense exercises you can perform.

    Lower Your High Blood Pressure With ion eXtra: A Review on the New Approach of Hypertension Cure

    Statistic on American Heart Association said about one in three person have hypertension or high blood pressure. In 2006 alone, 74.5 million people in the United States age 20 and older have high blood pressure. This condition will kill a lot of them yet 33 percent of the sufferers didn’t know that they even have high blood pressure.

    Normal Hypertension Medicine Just Don’t Cut It

    Even if you’re one of the two-thirds that know you have hypertension and are dealing with it with medicines, there are more bad news. Conventional hypertension medicine or treatment doesn’t solve the problem, they just keep it under control. Let me tell you why.

    Here is a simple way of describing what is happening. Imagine that you have a hose in your garden connected to a water tap. If you stand on the hose, the pressure in it will build up and the hose may burst or the tap explodes. The traditional way of dealing with this problem was to turn the tap down (beta-blockers), to make a small hole in the hose to let some of the water out (diuretics) or apply a chemical treatment to make the hose spongier (ACE inhibitors). None of these remedies got the foot off the hose! Now imagine that the hose is connected to millions of garden sprinklers and, instead of having your foot on the hose you start to block up some of the holes in the sprinklers; one or two at first and then hundreds and then thousands; eventually you will get the same effect as the foot on the hose. This is what happens in the human body when millions of capillaries, the very small blood vessels closest to the surface of the skin, get destroyed.

    So what destroys the capillaries? All living cells employ a process called osmosis to control their chemical make-up and to thrive. This is the process by which cells balance their liquid content in relation to solids and, if one cell is more solid than its neighbour, they will exchange fluid until they are in equilibrium. In the human body, the principle solid content of the water circulating between our cells is sodium. If the sodium levels get too high then blockages occur that cause leaks from the perspiration system that then squash and kill capillaries. As they die, blood pressure goes up.

    Let me give simple example of this process at work – and put an old myth to bed. It is usually thought that there is some magic substance in red wine which lowers blood pressure. In fact, a little alcohol thins the blood which is a good thing because most people have blood which is slightly too thick because of an excess of sugar. So, a little alcohol gets blood back to normal and is helpful in reducing blood pressure. If more and more alcohol is drunk then there is more alcohol in the blood now making it much thinner than normal. To correct this, the body adds lots of salt (a thickener) to the blood. The process is called osmosis and it works to keep the body in balance. This excess salt now raises blood pressure. So little and often alcohol is beneficial, bingeing is not. And why is only red wine beneficial and not white? White wine usually contains plenty of sugar so the sugar in a small amount of white wine cancels out the beneficial effect of the small amount of alcohol. Drinking lots of white wine on the other hand will increase blood pressure faster than red.

    Unfortunately, drinking alcohol is not the long-term answer to solving hypertension. The average human being has something like four million sweat glands. In a hypertensive person, a million or more of these are blocked and the surrounding capillaries are under stress and this is what causes the problem.

    Benefits of ion eXtra

    This is where ion eXtra comes along. ion eXtra is a capsule containing specially formulated natural electrolytes that are sealed in so that they cannot dissolve while passing through the body but which the body can detect and react to. ion eXtra acts on the metabolism to restore natural innate immunity. Basically it opens up the sweat glands hence lowering pressure. It’s a new and exciting approach on hypertension treatment.