Generalized Anxiety Treatment – Looking at Ways to Get Your Life Back

Anxiety is good for us! Well, we need anxiety in short sharp bursts so that we can be alert to dangerous situations and use our 'flight or flight' response which is essential for human survival. That grisly bear about to attack us will know nothing about benzodiazepines as one solution for generalized anxiety treatment!

That is the physical situation but psychologically, we also need anxiety to help us plan and deal with everyday problems which range from finance, relationships, work problems and so on. We are always on the alert and a little anxious about how to deal with these. I know very few people indeed who are not.

The problems arise when this state of fear or worry becomes almost permanent and interferees with the joy of living and loving. That is when generalized anxiety treatment is called for because we will have to face how to resolve the situation sooner rather than later.

GAD or generalized anxiety disorder is even worse in a way because that means the anxiety never leaves us and is ever present. Any anxiety will cause physical symptoms and the most common are palpitations, sweating, trembling, diarrhoea, nausea, dizziness and chest pains.

But the psychological symptoms are no less alarming and we can find it really difficult to concentrate, we can be irritable, sleep badly and depression may also set in.

So what does generalized anxiety treatment consist of? Are the benzodiazepines and anti depressants such as Celexa and Lexapro enough or just inadequate? The answer, I am afraid is the latter. They kindly help us to relate some of the symptoms. In addition the benzodiazepines can become addictive in as little as one month of continuous treatment!

Lots of self help options that can help.
Exercise, therapy and diet all have their place in a generalized anxiety treatment program and each individual can find one which suits him or her. There is now a computer based cognitive behavior CBT program available where you can go through all the games and activities. It is called Fearfighter and is useful for GAD but especially for panic and phobias.

Are herbal remedies useful in generalized anxiety treatment?
There are several possibilities available. The better known ones are valerian, which really helps anxious people get to sleep. Others are lemon balm and kava. The latter is banned in the UK because it could have been toxic for the liver.

There is one herb although which we have not mentioned and which has done extremely well in all the tests and trials and has an enviable safety record in the field of herbal medicine. Why not click through to my site to see what it is and why it is considered ideal for generalized anxiety treatment.

An Example of Healing with HealerGeorge

Healing through a visualization meditation and hands-on-healing; A visual experience to understand the roll of the energy body, the aura, to help bring balance and healing to the physical body.

A young couple visited my Healing Center. The young man, Neil, was suffering from Hepatitis C, leaving him with a failing liver. The doctors only cave him six months to live. When the couple arrived Neil was looking stoney faced, as though he was carrying all the problems of his life and the world on his shoulders.

I thought the best way to proceed was to try to relieve some of the tension first before administrating him healing. I suggested that we do a visualization meditation, balancing his aura energy that surrounds the physical body.

We began the meditation and, as I usually do, I started by taking the attention inward. First by becoming aware of the feet on the ground, checking for tension in the muscles, then working through the rest of the body relieving tension and relaxing the muscles. I then made the couple aware of their breathing by noticing the life energy coming in with each inbreath and the stale energy leaving the body with each outbreath.

By this time the silence had descended on the room, leaving it filled with love and light. I brought their attention to this silence and described some of its magnetic qualities. I got them to try to find the boundaries of this silence. Was it only inside the body or did it extend beyond? I invited them to notice that despite this silence is silent, it seems to have liveliness to it, a kind of grain. We played about with this love and light that we all felt deep within our hearts. I then took their attention back to their feet and started to grow roots out of their feet to connect their energy field to the center of the earth. I opened each of the energy centers in the body – the seven chakras – washing the aura despite each colored light in turn.

By this time the energies were really starting to develop. I continued to describe my understanding of how the body worked. I got them to visualize the forever-magical life process. An egg or cell in the mother's womb being fertilized; The egg dividing again and again, producing many cells from within itself. As the number of cells increases, seeing them start to specialize in all the various components of the body. Some form the skin, some the bone, some the organs of the body. I then drew an analogy between a piece of paper with iron filings on it and the cells in the body. The iron filings are all random until a magnet is bought underneath. Then the life force of the magnet holds all the iron filings in place in a balanced and harmonious way. In the same way the life force in that growing baby holds and co-ordinates all the cells to grow in a balanced and harmonious way.

It is only the stress of living life that upsets the natural balance of the human system. In the case of Neil he appeared to be carrying more than his fair share of life's burdens with him. So I got him to forgive all those people that had wronged him in his life. I got him also to forgive himself for all the people he had wronged, and asked him to visualize all that stale energy leaving him, returning to the roots deep within the earth. Again we washed the aura with the light from the chakras, visualizing each energy body being repaired. In this visualization we also included his rents and tears; This light was mending all his wounds. The energy bodies being left in perfect balance and perfect harmony one inside the other. In this way forming the energy field that holds every cell in the body in perfect harmony and perfect balance, performing its natural duty in an effortless, natural way.

But the real magic of this visualization meditation came when I started to focus in on his physical problem of the liver.

As soon as I mentioned the word 'liver' there was such a presence in the room. Every cell of my body started to tingle and I felt that we had some very powerful healing helper come in from the spirit world to help in this process of healing Neil's liver. We started the healing in the meditation by thanking all the cells in Neil's body for all the hard work they had done over the years in keeping the body going and maintaining the peace and harmony that exists within him.

We focused down on the liver itself and thanked all the healthy cells for all the extra hard work they were doing to keep the liver functioning. You could almost hear the waves of appreciation received back from them for this loving thought. With the energy field repaired and the help of all the healthy cells in Neil's liver, I then asked for all the cells that were not healthy to leave and be replaced with healthy normal ones. I asked for some of the cells to be sent out as scouts to try to find spare material in the body to carry out the repairs needed.

I then started to close the chakras and continue balancing the energy fields in the body. I slowly got the couple to be aware of their surroundings again and gradually became fully conscious of their physical body and their surroundings. We then went on to do the physical hands-on healing and channel the universal energy in the normal way.

The Difference Between Straight and Angled Finish Nailers

Everyone has their preferences – summer, winter, chocolate, vanilla, breakfast, dinner, and of course, the list goes on and on. When it comes to angled and straight finish nailers, though, the dividing lines are not so cut and dry, nor are the rivalries so playful or pedestrian. Instead, they are a far more serious matter involving blood, sweat, and concrete loyalty. Before you decide which finish nailer you’ll fight for, let me lay down a few bona fide facts about straight and angled pneumatic finish nailers.

You might be wondering, “what are the real differences between straight and angled finish nailers, and will those differences really effect the quality of my work?” Well, the answer in a nutshell is “plenty” and “yes.” In another nutshell, the terms “angled” and “straight” refer to the angle of the tool’s nail magazine. Angled guns have better access into small areas, they are generally more accurate, more expensive, and shoot a thicker nail. Straight guns are less expensive, are generally more bulky, and shoot a thinner nail.

Outside of that nutshell, and a bit more comprehensively, we’ll begin again with angled guns. The angled finish nailer is perhaps most well known for its uncanny and superior access into tight spaces and corners. Having a smaller front end, the nailer provides greater access for trimming and any other nailing application where especially tight spaces are a factor. This sleek, angled design also provides more accurate and simpler nail placement. The angled driver of the angled nailer has the ability to focus your shots more acutely, and it’s more “D” shaped nail heads are arguably more secure than the more “T” shaped heads of the straight nailer (it’s up for debate which fastener type is actually more effective, but it’s a fact that the “D” shaped fastener is more popular and simpler to find). The biggest downfall of the angled gun, though, is its fat nails. The 15ga nails in the angled gun are thicker than those of the typically 16ga straight nailer’s nails. Not only are these thicker nails more expensive, but they also pose a problem for more delicate finishing jobs. These thicker nails may split smaller, more delicate trim or other fine projects, and they also leave a larger hole behind them. This means, at least in the cases of your most delicate procedures, that with an angled gun, you risk material splitting, and will certainly have a larger nail hole to fill.

On another hand, the straight finish nailer, although sworn by by a mountain of professional craftsman, is a bit more bulky and cumbersome than its angled counterpart. They don’t offer the same access into tight spaces and therefore lack the generally superior accuracy and agility of the angled nailer. Of course, though, there are some benefits to using a straight nailer, mainly, their thinner nails leave smaller holes behind them, they leave far more delicate entrance wounds in fragile projects, and their price tags are substantially smaller. Both the straight nailer and their straight, thin nails are far less expensive than the more specialized angled guns and nails. Ultimately, although it seems clear to me that the benefits of the angled finish nailer outweigh the costs (and outweigh the benefits of the straight nailer as well), the finish nailer you choose is a matter of personal style, preference, loyalty, and necessity. Choose wisely, and happy crafting!

Entertaining Without Stress

Let's face it. If you are stressed, agitated and flitting about, your guests will be uncomfortable and will not be able to relax. Here is an easy test of how well you are doing. How many times do your guests ask if there is anything they can do to help? It is reasonable that guests may ask when they first come but if you hear the question over and over again, you are doing something wrong.

The Dinner Party:

Do you become a shrinking violet at the mere thought of hosting a dinner party? Here are some quick and easy tips on how to host a successful party and not be too wiped out to enjoy the effort.

  1. Plan it out on paper. Use the basic Who? What? Where? When? How?
  2. Do not over compensate. Your guests will not be impressed by 10 appetizers, 3 entrees and a dessert cart for a sit down dinner party. If you are doing a buffet that is a different situation.
  3. Balance Colors. Bad move: all of the food in a neutral color. This not only indicates that your food choices are boring but are also lacking in nutrition. Good move: Lots of color!
  4. Use the foods of the season. For example: Do not plan a menu using strawberries in the middle of winter as it may be difficult to find any that are top quality. Do use apples, pumpkin, and squash in your fall dinner menus.
  5. Dress to impress … the food that is. Plan a menu that looks elegant, but does not consume three days to prepare. It is all in the presentation. The simplest dish can look exquisite.
  6. Have everything stagnated and ready to go in advance. Your guests will be uncomfortable if you are flitting in and out of the kitchen.
  7. Practice, practice, practice. Use your family for regular practice runs. Always set the table with matching cutlery and dishes and put food in serving dishes. This way you know what you have and are not floundering to figure out how to present your meals to guests.

Here is a quick plan for a holiday / winter dinner party:

Make a list of 6 of your closest friends and invite them over for an evening dinner. If you are in a panic just thinking about dinner for 8, you need to register for our Entertaining Workshop but for an immediate fix, read our tips below:

Prepare a simple menu that does not require a lot of ingredients and a lot of stove watching (bird watching is easy in comparison).

For red meat:

  • Salad with vinaigrette dressing, cranberries and nut of choice (pecans, walnuts, almonds)
  • A lamb or beef roast with red potatoes, baby carrots, onions and seasonings
  • A red wine with dinner. We are partial to Breaux Vineyards Lafayette if you want a local Virginia wine.
  • Cheese and grapes for dessert
  • Port or Dessert Wine with dessert

For chicken:

  • Salad with vinaigrette dressing, cranberries and nut of choice (pecans, walnuts, almonds)
  • Champagne Chicken (contact us if you want the recipe)
  • Saffron Rice
  • Steamed Asparagus or Broccoli
  • A white wine with dinner. We are partial to Breaux Vineyards Vidal Blanc if you want a local Virginia wine.
  • Cheese and grapes for dessert
  • Cherry or Dessert Wine with dessert

Notice we did not offer a heavy dessert or a lot of food choices. During the holidays we all tend to overeat and a simple but elegant meal is a welcome change.

Larger Parties:

If you feel that you have the small dinner party under control and are ready to branch out to large group entertaining, here are the basic steps to making a gathering a success:

  1. Decide what type of party you are going to have. Cocktail hour, dinner buffet or hors d'oeuvres. This will drive your menu as well as your cost and party supplies.
  2. Determine the area in your house where you want to have the party.
  • How many people can stand or sit comfortably in this area? This is not a crowded bar / night club. Having to say "excuse me" and bumping into people loses its charm very quickly.
  • Check your room arrangement. Is it an open floor plan if you intend for people to stand? Move the furniture out of the way. Bruised shins from coffee tables are no fun. Is it conducive to conversation if you are using your seating areas? Rearrange furniture into conversation areas.
  • Are there places for people to set drinks? Nervous nelly coaster girl / guy is not attractive. If you want your guests to use coasters, have them strategically placed throughout the area ahead of time.
  • Ventilation: Keep the temperature a little lower than normal in an area that is going to be full of people. It will heat up fast when everyone gets in the room. If you are using candles for ambiance, remember that they add heat to a room.
  • The "Bar": If you are having a cocktail hour, then a fully stocked bar is more essential than if you are having a dinner buffet. Keep these facts in mind.
    • Bars are very expensive to stock because there are essentials you must have to satisfy the drink needs of your guests.
    • A bartender is essential if you have a full bar. It does not have to be a professionally hired bartender but it needs to be someone who knows his / her way around a bar and the drink menu.
    • If you are having a dinner buffet where the focus is food rather than drink, then make choose signature drinks. Have one or two specialty drinks for your guests that you can make in advance, serve in pitchers or decanters and have on a min self-serve bar. Again there are essentials you must have like an ice bucket but you do not need a fully stocked bar and a bartender in these situations.
    • The placement of the bar is key. It needs to be in an open, accessible area.
  • The Menu. We could write a whole article on your menu so here are a few key reminders.
    • Have a theme. That does not mean you have to don a sombrero for Mexican or throw plates for Greek food but you need to have some commonality for your menu or you will end up with a hodge podge of random items and probably too many of them to boot. Your theme does not have to be an international food either. It could be "winter foods" or "seafood" for example.
    • Keep diet and religious restrictions of your guests in mind.
    • If having a cocktail hour, keep the menu to a few appetizers no more.
    • If having a buffet buffet, keep the menu balanced. Appetizers should not overpower main course or dessert.

    An Alternative to a Dinner Party – A Wine Party

    Check out our ezine article on throwing the perfect wine tasting party

    We hope that all of these voters will convince you that you too can entertain without a lot of stress. Entertaining is meant to bring a group of friends together for relaxation and fun and it should do just that.

    Tips to Avoid Pet Health Hazards in Fall

    Fall is one of the favorite seasons for furry pals due to its crisp air, colorful foliage and sweet aroma of the seasonal plants lingering in the environment. Though the season is welcoming, it has potential health hazards for your furry pals, about which you may not be knowing. It is essential to learn about these dangers and protect your pet from the unconditional situations.

    Let us look into some of the major things that you need to take care of in Fall.

    Less Hours Of Daylight

    Shorter days mean fewer hours of daylight and we have to cut-short some of our day activities when visibility is poor. Dog owners have to take their furry pal on walks either during the dusk or dawn. This brings in the added risks of accidents due to low visibility.

    During winters, when taking your furry pals on walks in the darkness of early morning or evening, it is crucial to be careful of your pet. Reduced light means it is challenging for drivers to see animals, which may lead to accidents at times. Therefore, it is crucial to keep a close observation on your pooch on a walk and control by having a leash and collar or chest harness. Make him wear reflective collars as well as a tag with a microchip for a safe return in case of missing incident.

    Leaves – A Catastrophe to Handle

    It’s a pleasure to just move around and listen to that rumbling sound coming out of the dried leaves. Dogs love to run about the foliage and have fun time. But the furry animals are not aware of the danger of this debris. These dried leaves are the source of toxicity if your fur pal lick any substance from the ground or their paws.

    There may be fleas, ticks as well as bacteria and mold growth on these leaves. And, if your pet ingests any of these micro-organisms, it would be creating dangerous condition including vomiting, diarrhea, sickness or even tapeworm infection.

    It is better to remove the foliage and cut short the dried grass in the lawn to keep away those nasty parasites. Moreover, ensure that your pet remains indoors, separate from the yard work.

    Plants and Mushrooms

    Mushrooms and other toxic plants are seasonal plants of the Fall and they are wildly found during this time. Your furry pal may succumb to toxicity if any of the part – leaves, stem or flower, any of these is ingested by them. Mushrooms are wildly found in yards. Though most of the wild mushrooms are non-toxic, there are a few which are highly toxic, and when ingested cause challenging situations.

    Therefore, try to remove any unwanted plants and mushrooms from your yard and avoid your pet from moving around in the yard until you remove it.

    Fatality due to Rodenticides

    Falling temperatures drive rodents out of their shell in search of shelter for cold into your homes. People mostly use rodenticides to kill these creatures and keep them away from their homes. However, at times your dog or cat are likely to feast on these chemicals, and may encounter grave danger. Rodenticides cause critical conditions like hemorrhages, uncontrolled bleeding, and blood in vomit.

    If you suspect that your cat or a dog has ingested rodenticides and find any toxicities, immediately contact your vet or poison emergency center for immediate help.

    Before your dog or a cat fall to any of the dangers of the season fall, ensure all the care and take precautions to avoid any unfaithful circumstances.

    Living Abundance Through Living Food

    In studying Universal Laws of Abundance, it is vital to take care to not neglect the health and wellness aspect of the law. When individuals choose to study Divine Laws such as, the Law of Giving, the Law Attraction, the Law of Abundance, an eagerness to see the manifestation of the material aspect of wealth is usually the driving force. But how many realize that if one fails to achieve good health or neglects to understand the importance of having an alkaline living food diet, then the abundance and enjoyment of money will be short lived? Becoming holistic encompasses the "whole" self uniting in harmony with each part-body, mind, and spirit.

    Think of your body the way a farmer tills the soil. Your body, just like the soil of the earth, extracts nutrients from the food it's given. Enzymes, which are found in (living and raw) foods, aid in the process of digestion (transporting nutrients to the cells). By choosing alkaline rich foods, (foods with a ph level of 7.0 or higher), these foods contain vital and living enzymes which aid in the digestion and the absorption of nutrients. These nutrients are extracted from the food by the body through the process of assimilation. If the food is alive, then the process of digestion is easier. The nutrients are then attributed to the cells and then the healing of the body begins.

    "Let thy food be thy medicine" is a proverb that has been used in indigenous cultures all over the world for thousands of years. But if the food is void of nutrition, then the healing process is compromised. According to Wellness Educator, Carmellita Brown:

    "For the average person, 80% percent of what we eat has no nutritional value. About 40% of the foods we consume are meats and animal products such as milk, cheese, butter, which have nutrients, but these nutrients do not assimilate well In the Human body. We eat it because we enjoy the way it tastes and because it gives us a temporary sense of fullness. The other 40% is processed foods such as pastas, breads, canned foods, and frozen foods. Of what we eat is actually raw fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts and seeds. This ratio not only promotes anaerobic pathogens, it also causes obesity, nerve damage, allergies, and stress. "

    Making simple dietary changes need not be painful. For many of us, there is a very real fear of becoming socially isolated and deprived of good tasting food because of changes in dietary choices. Taste is important and does not have to be discarded when making a selection of good healthy foods. The days of the Scarsdale Diet are over. You do not have to eat bland, tasteless, putrid looking foods in order to achieve optimal health. Here is a recipe that includes a few key foods that can be incorporated into any diet:

    1 head of red leaf lettuce

    1 cucumber

    2 whole tomatoes

    1 clove of garlic

    2 avocados

    1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar

    2 teaspoons of Cold Press Extra Virgin Olive Oil

    Dash of mustard

    Season to taste with dill weed, sea salt, and basil (dry or fresh)

    Dash of Celtic "gray" Sea Salt to taste

    Chop lettuce, tomatoes, and cucumber. Finely mince garlic and mix together. Slice avocados into strips and add vinegar and mustard. Add seasonings and toss all ingredients together. Enjoy

    The dill mixed with the avocado will give a rich, creamy, and buttery type taste to the salad. Enjoy the many therapeutic proprieties of the food such as, apple cider vinegar (rising metabolism, cutting appetite), tomatoes (cancer fighting agent) and garlic (reduces high blood pressure).

    There's no need to be in conflict when choosing good, healthy foods. Here are a few tips to keep in mind. When incorporating spiritual foods into the diet always:

    1. Remember when choosing foods, do not be afraid of Green.

    Green is associated with prosperity and growth. Romaine Lettuce, Kale, Spinach, Bok Choy are enzyme rich, low calorie foods that can be the base of any salad. Imagine the leafy leaves of lettuce flushing away toxins.

    2. Do not let too much brown hang around

    Without it's brown because it's a raw nut, seed, or grain, more than likely the thing you are looking at is a "dead" processed or fried food. Remember processed foods have "0" nutritional value; Meaning that over time it physically wears and tears down the body.

    3. If the label is too long, put it down

    Additives and foreign agents are usually included in foods with lengthy labels. The body will not recognize those chemicals and therefore will not be able to digest them.

    4. Add fruit for breakfast

    Do not be afraid to experiment. Nature has given humanity thousands of exotic fruits to choose from. Apples, oranges, and bananas are fine, but Mangos, Bosc Pears, black plums, passion fruit, and papayas are a great way to start off any day.

    Making small steps towards optimal health need not be taxing or painful. The earth is plentiful. And as you begin to take steps towards your health, Abundance of the mind, body, and Spirit will be achieved.

    ** The statements above have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are the opinions of the writer and are for educational purposes only. The author of this article congratulates all to independently research all information given.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Acne

    Frequently Asked Questions About Acne

    Acne is a very common disease. People who have it tend to have similar kinds of questions about it and its treatment. This section addresses some of the common questions asked by people with acne. Please remember that your dermatologist is always the best source of specific information about your individual health issues, including acne.

    Questions and Answer does follows:

    1. What causes acne?

    The causes of acne are linked to the changes that take place as young people mature from childhood to adolescence (puberty). The hormones that cause physical maturation also cause the sebaceous (oil) glands of the skin to produce more sebum (oil). The hormones with the greatest effect on sebaceous glands are androgens (male hormones), which are present in females as well as males, but in higher amounts in males.

    Sebaceous glands are found together with a hair shaft in a unit called a sebaceous follicle. During puberty, the cells of the skin that line the follicle begin to shed more rapidly. In people who develop acne, cells shed and stick together more so than in people who do not develop acne. When cells mix with the increased amount of sebum being produced, they can plug the opening of the follicle. Meanwhile, the sebaceous glands continue to produce sebum, and the follicle swells up with sebum.

    In addition, a normal skin bacteria called P. acnes, begins to multiply rapidly in the clogged hair follicle. In the process, these bacteria produce irritating substances that can cause inflammation. Sometimes, the wall of the follicle bursts, spreading inflammation to the surrounding skin. This is the process by which acne lesions, from blackheads to pimples to nodules, are formed.

    2. I wash my face several times a day. Why do I still get acne?

    Many people still believe that acne is caused by dirty skin. The truth is, washing alone will not clear up or prevent acne. Washing does, however, help remove excess surface oils and dead skin cells. Many people use all kinds of products, including alcohol-based cleansers, and scrub vigorously, only to irritate the skin further and worsen their acne. Washing the skin twice a day gently with water and a mild soap is usually all that is required. However, acne is actually caused by a variety of biologic factors that are beyond the control of washing. For that reason, you should use appropriate acne treatments for the acne.

    3. Does stress cause acne?

    Stress is commonly blamed for the development of acne. Stress can have many physiologic effects on the body, including changes in hormones that may theoretically lead to acne. In some cases the stress may actually be caused by the acne lesions, not the other way around! If the acne is being treated effectively, stress is not likely to have much impact on the majority of people.

    4. I never had acne as a teenager. Why am I now getting acne as an adult?

    Usually, acne begins at puberty and is gone by the early 20s. In some cases, acne may persist into adulthood. Such types of acne include severe forms that affect the body as well as the face (which afflict males more than females) and acne associated with the menstrual cycle in women. In other cases, acne may not present itself until adulthood. Such acne is more likely to affect females than males.

    There are several reasons for this. As females get older, the pattern of changes in hormones may itself change, disposing sebaceous glands to develop acne. Ovarian cysts and pregnancy may also cause hormonal changes that lead to acne. Some women get acne when they discontinue birth control pills that have been keeping acne at bay. Sometimes young women may wear cosmetics that are comedogenic-that is, they can set up conditions that cause comedones to form.

    5. What role does diet play in acne?

    Acne is not caused by food. Following a strict diet will not, clear your skin. While some people feel that their acne is aggravated by certain foods, particularly chocolate, colas, peanuts, shellfish and some fatty foods, there is no scientific evidence that suggests food causes or influences acne. Avoid any foods which seem to worsen your acne and, for your overall health, eat a balanced diet-but diet shouldn’t really matter if the acne is being appropriately treated.

    6. Does the sun help acne?

    Many patients feel that sunlight improves their acne lesions and go to great lengths to find sources of ultraviolet light. There is no proven effect of sunlight on acne. In addition, ultraviolet light in sunlight increases the risk of skin cancer and early aging of the skin. It is, therefore, not a recommended technique of acne management, especially since there are many other proven forms of treatment for acne. Moreover, many acne treatments increase the skin’s sensitivity to ultraviolet light, making the risk of ultraviolet light exposure all the worse.

    7. What is the best way to treat acne?

    Everyone’s acne must be treated individually. If you have not gotten good results from the acne products you have tried, consider seeing a dermatologist. Your dermatologist will decide which treatments are best for you. For more information about the types of acne treatments that are available, and for basic acne treatment guidelines, please see Acne Treatments in the main part of AcneNet.

    8. What kind of cosmetics and cleansers can an acne patient use?

    Look for “noncomedogenic” cosmetics and toiletries. These products have been formulated so that they will not cause acne.

    Some acne medications cause irritation or pronounced dryness particularly during the early weeks of therapy, and some cosmetics and cleansers can actually worsen this effect. The choice of cosmetics and cleansers should be made with your dermatologist or pharmacist.

    Heavy foundation makeup should be avoided. Most acne patients should select powder blushes and eye shadow over cream products because they are less irritating and noncomedogenic. Camouflaging techniques can be used effectively by applying a green undercover cosmetic over red acne lesions to promote color blending.

    9. Is it harmful to squeeze my blemishes?

    Yes. In general, acne lesions should not be picked or squeezed by the patient. In particular, inflammatory acne lesions should never be squeezed. Squeezing forces infected material deeper into the skin, causing additional inflammation and possible scarring.

    1. Can anything be done about scarring caused by acne?

    Scarring is best prevented by getting rid of the acne. Dermatologists can use various methods to improve the scarring caused by acne. The treatment must always be individualized for the specific patient. Chemical peels may be used in some patients, while dermabrasion or laser abrasion may benefit others. It is important that the acne be well controlled before any procedure is used to alleviate scarring.

    2. How long before I see a visible result from using my acne medication?

    The time for improvement depends upon the product being used, but in almost all cases it is more a matter of weeks or months instead of days. Most dermatologists would recommend the use of a medication or combination of medications daily for 4 to 8 weeks before they would change the treatment. It is very important for patients to be aware of this time frame so they do not become discouraged and discontinue their medications. Conversely, if you see no change whatsoever, you might want to check with your dermatologist regarding the need to change treatments.

    3. Would using my medication more frequently than prescribed speed up the clearing of my acne?

    No-always use your medication exactly as your dermatologist instructed. Using topical medications more often than prescribed may actually induce more irritation of the skin, redness and follicular plugging, which can delay clearing time. If oral medications are taken more frequently than prescribed, they won’t work any better, but there is a greater chance of side effects.

    4. My topical treatment seems to work on the spots I treat, but I keep getting new acne blemishes. What should I do?

    Topical acne medications are made to be used on all acne-prone areas, not just individual lesions. Part of the goal is to treat the skin before lesions can form and to prevent formation, not just to treat existing lesions. Patients are generally advised to treat all of the areas (forehead, cheeks, chin and nose) that tend to break out rather than just individual lesions.

    5. My face is clear! Can I stop taking my medication now?

    If your dermatologist says you can stop, then stop-but follow your dermatologist’s instructions. Many times patients will stop their medication suddenly only to have their acne flare up several weeks later. If you are using multiple products, it may be advisable to discontinue one medication at a time and judge results before discontinuing them all at once. Ask your dermatologist before you stop using any of your medications.

    6. Does it matter what time I use my medication?

    Check with your dermatologist or pharmacist. If you were taking one dose a day of an antibiotic, you could probably take it in the morning, at midday or in the evening, although you should pick one time of day and stay with it throughout your treatment. With oral medications prescribed twice a day or three times a day, you should try your best to spread out the doses evenly. Some antibiotics should be taken on an empty or nearly empty stomach. For optimal results with topical treatments, you should strictly follow your dermatologist’s recommendations. For example, if instructed to apply benzoyl peroxide in the morning and a topical retinoid at bedtime, it is important to follow these directions strictly. If the two were applied together at bedtime, for example, you could decrease the efficacy of the treatment because of chemical reactions that make them less effective.

    7. I have trouble remembering to take my oral medication every day. What’s a good way to remember? What should I do if I forget a dose?

    This is a common problem. Many patients try to associate taking their medication with a routine daily event such as brushing teeth or applying makeup. It also helps to keep the medication close to the area where the reminder activity is carried out.

    In most cases, if you miss a day of your oral treatment, do not double up the next day; rather, get back to your daily regimen as soon as possible-but there may be different instructions for different oral medications. Ask your dermatologist or pharmacist about what to do if you miss a dose of your particular medication.

    8. I have been using topical benzoyl peroxide and an oral antibiotic for my acne and have noticed blue-black and brown marks developing on my face and some discoloration on my body. The marks are especially noticeable around acne scars and recently healed lesions. Is this a side effect of medication and is it permanent?

    It is not possible to make general statements about side effects of medications that apply to individual cases. A dermatologist should be consulted. The facial marks and body discoloration described by the patient in this case do fall within the range of side effects of some antibiotics.

    Unique patterns of pigmentation are sometimes seen in acne patients treated with certain oral antibiotics-particularly minocycline. The pigmentation patterns that appear may include:

    * Localized blue-black or brown marks in and around acne scars and in areas of previous acne inflammation

    * A “muddy skin” appearance that may cover much of the body

    * Diffuse brownish pigmentation of the feet and lower legs.

    The pigmentation side effect gradually disappears after the therapy is discontinued.

    Any side effect of a medication should be noted by the patient and brought to the attention of the physician. While most side effects are temporary they should be discussed with the physician and monitored.

    1. My doctor is prescribing a topical retinoid for my acne. He said a retinoid is a substance related to vitamin A. If the drug is related to vitamin A, shouldn’t vitamin A dietary supplements be helpful in getting rid of acne?

    Dietary vitamin A is essential to good health, especially vision. It has healthful effects in the skin. Large doses of vitamin A for the treatment of acne is not recommended on grounds of safety. The retinoids and retinoid-like substances used as topical treatments for acne are prepared especially for their potent effect on the shedding of cell lining in the sebaceous follicle. Their use should be monitored by a dermatologist.

    Dietary vitamin A has multiple health effects in the human body. Vitamin A is essential for good vision. Extreme vitamin A deficiency can result in blindness, usually accompanied by dry, scaly skin. Vitamin A overdose that far exceeds the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of 5,000 IU can have effects nearly as catastrophic. Extreme vitamin A overdose can cause the skin to blister and peel-an effect first seen in early North Pole explorers who nearly died after eating polar bear liver that has an extraordinarily high vitamin A content.

    Topical retinoids are usually prescribed as a treatment for moderate to severe acne. Side effects are chiefly dermatologic, including redness, scaling and dryness of the skin, itching and burning. These side effects can usually be managed by adjustment of the amount and timing of retinoid applied to the skin. Dose adjustment must be discussed with the dermatologist who prescribed the treatment.

    2. Are there any acne treatments specifically for people with dark skin? Are there any treatments specifically harmful to dark skin?

    There are no acne treatments specifically for use on dark skin. Acne treatments are generally as safe and effective on dark skin as on light skin. Some treatments for acne scars may cause temporary lightening of dark skin.

    Acne is a common skin disease that has the same causes and follows the same course in all colors of skin.

    Very dark or black skin may be less well-moisturized than lighter skin. Topical anti-acne agents such as benzoyl peroxide that have a drying effect on the skin should be used under the supervision of a dermatologist. Benzoyl peroxide also is a strong bleach and therefore must be applied carefully to avoid inadvertent decolorization of a patch of hair, towels or clothing.

    Darker skin has a tendency to develop post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (excessive skin darkening at places where the skin was inflamed). Severe inflammatory acne may result in dark spots. The spots resolve over time; a dermatologist may be able to recommend cosmetic measures to make the spots less apparent until they resolve. Some acne treatments, such as topical retinoids and azelaic acid, may also help fade the discoloration.

    Removal of acne scars by dermabrasion or chemical peeling may cause temporary lightening or darkening of dark skin in the areas of treatment. Scar treatment should be discussed with a dermatologist or dermatologic surgeon before it is undertaken.

    Alterations of melanin (dark pigments that give the skin its color) pigmentation such as vitiligo and melasma are not related to acne, but they may be present simultaneously with acne. The diagnosis and treatment of melanin pigmentation disorders such as vitiligo requires a dermatologist with knowledge and experience in treating these conditions.

    3. Is acne that appears for the first time in adulthood different from acne that appears in adolescence?

    Acne has a specific definition as a disease of sebaceous follicles. This definition applies to acne that occurs at any age. However, it may be important to look for an underlying cause of acne that occurs for the first time in adulthood.

    Current understanding of the causes of acne vulgaris is described in the Main Text section Why and how acne happens. In brief summary, acne vulgaris develops when excessive sebum production and abnormal growth and death of cells in the sebaceous follicle result in plugging of follicles with a mixture of sebum and cellular debris and formation of comedones (blackheads and whiteheads). Bacteria in the follicles-chiefly Propionibacterium acnes, the most common bacterial colonist of sebaceous follicles-may contribute to the inflammation of acne by release of metabolic products that cause inflammatory reaction. The pathogenic events, which cause disease, in the sebaceous follicle are believed to be due in large degree to changes in levels of androgenic (male) hormones in the body-a circumstance usually associated with growth and development between ages 12 and

    4. Some acne investigators believe that although this understanding is generally correct, there is more yet to be learned about the causes of acne vulgaris.

    Acne that appears after the age of 25-30 years is (1) a recurrence of acne that cleared up after adolescence, (2) a flare-up of acne after a period of relative quiet-for example, during pregnancy, or (3) acne that occurs for the first time in a person who had never previously had acne.

    Acne that occurs in adulthood may be difficult to treat if there are multiple recurrences. Some patients with severe recurrent acne have undergone repeated courses of treatment with the potent systemic drug isotretinoin.

    Acne flares in association with pregnancy or menstruation are due to changes in hormonal patterns.

    Acne that appears for the first time in adulthood should be investigated for any underlying cause. Drugs that can induce acne include anabolic steroids (sometimes used illegally by athletes to “bulk up”), some anti-epileptic drugs, the anti-tuberculosis drugs isoniazid and rifampin, lithium, and iodine-containing drugs. Chlorinated industrial chemicals may induce the occupational skin disorder known as chloracne. Chronic physical pressure on the skin-for example, by a backpack and its straps, or a violin tucked against the angle of the jaw and chin-may induce so-called acne mechanica. Some metabolic conditions may cause changes in hormonal balance that can induce acne.

    Some lesions that appear to be acne may be another skin disorder such as folliculitis-infection and inflammation of hair follicles-that require different treatment than acne. Acne that appears for the first time in adulthood should be examined and treated by a dermatologist.

    5. My 15-year-old daughter has what I would describe as a very mild case of acne. She has made it much worse by constant picking and squeezing. She looks in the mirror for hours, looking for some blackhead or blemish she can pick or squeeze. Does she need psychological counseling?

    Excessive picking and squeezing of otherwise mild acne is a condition called excoriated acne, seen most often in young women. A dermatologist may provide effective counseling.

    The typical person with excoriated acne is a person-often a young women-who is so distressed with her appearance due to acne that she literally tries to “squeeze the acne out of existence.” The acne is often very mild, but the person’s face may constantly be covered with red marks from squeezing, and open sores where lesions have been picked open.

    The word excoriate means to scratch or abrade the skin. Excoriated acne is a medically recognized condition that should be discussed with a dermatologist. Occasionally giving in to a temptation to squeeze a blackhead is not defined as excoriated acne. Hours in front of a mirror, squeezing and picking every blemish, is a definition of excoriated acne. A dermatologist may be able to counsel the patient regarding a course of treatment in which the patient can participate, but keep “hands off.”

    6. Can the rate of secretion or the composition of sebum be altered by diet? If it can, shouldn’t alteration of diet be considered a treatment for acne?

    Diet has never been proven to have a role in the cause or treatment of acne. Dietary manipulation may have a role in the treatment of some scaling diseases of the skin, but not in the treatment of acne.

    Dietary cause is one of the most persistent myths about acne. Foods, such as chocolate or greasy foods, do not cause acne, but certain foods seem to make some people’s acne worse. The following can bring on or worsen it:

    *Hereditary factors

    *An increase in male hormones found in both males and females

    *Menstruation

    *Emotional stress

    *Oil and grease from cosmetics, work environment

    No food has been shown to be effective in preventing or treating acne. A healthy diet is, of course, necessary for good general health.

    7. Shouldn’t I just try to eliminate sebum from my body?

    No. When it isn’t blocked in your pores, sebum helps keep your skin healthy.

    8. Why does acne usually start at puberty?

    No one knows for certain. What is known is that the sebaceous glands that produce sebum get much larger at puberty than they were before.

    9. Why does the skin around a pimple turn red?

    This redness is caused by the body’s inflammatory response. Inflammation is a sign that your immune system is working to fight an infection. However, the inflammatory response doesn’t always work perfectly, and can even be the cause of scarring.

    10. If my skin turns red, does that mean that I’m going to have scars?

    Usually, no. Even when there will be no permanent scar, the aftereffects of the inflammatory response can leave the skin red for months, sometimes for more than a year.

    11. What are free radicals?

    Free radicals are byproducts of oxidation in your body. We all need oxidation to occur as part of our life process, but there is concern that the buildup of unrecycled free radicals contributes to many conditions, including skin damage. Antioxidants, including several of the active ingredients in Acuzine, help prevent the buildup of free radicals.

    SWINE FLU HOMEOPATHY TREATMENT

    Swine Flu Symptoms

    The symptoms of swine flu in people are expected to be similar to the symptoms of regular human seasonal influenza and include fever, lethargy, lack of appetite and coughing. Some people with swine flu also have reported runny nose, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Symptoms of Swine flu may including all or some of the following:

    • Fever
    • Muscle aches
    • Lethargy
    • Coughing
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Runny nose
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Lack of appetite

    Complications Of Swine Flu

    Those at higher risk of catching influenza in general include those with the following:

    * Age of 65 years or older
    * Chronic health problems (such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease)
    * Pregnant women
    * Young children

    But the past epidemics and pandemics of flu have shown that during pandemics most people that are affected are healthy young adults.

    Complications of Swine Flu can include:

    * Pneumonia
    * Bronchitis
    * Sinus infections
    * Ear infections
    * Death

    Transmission of Swine Flu (How is Swine Flu spread?)

    As with other flu like illnesses, Swine flu is spread as follows:

    • Coughing
    • Sneezing
    • Kissing
    • Touching infected objects
    • Touching nose, mouth and/or eyes with infected hands
    • Swine flu does not spread by eating pork.

    Treatment of Swine Flu

    Swine Flu Vaccination / Swine Flu Shot

    The protective ability of influenza vaccines depends primarily on the closeness of the match between the vaccine virus and the epidemic virus, so the presence of non reactive H3N2 SIV variants suggests that current commercial vaccines might not effectively protect pigs from infection with a majority of H3N2 viruses. The current vaccine against the seasonal influenza strain H1N1 is thought unlikely to provide protection. The director of CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases said that the United States’ cases were found to be made up of genetic elements from four different flu viruses—North American swine influenza, North American avian influenza, human influenza A virus subtype H1N1, and swine influenza virus typically found in Asia and Europe.

    Gelsemium. [Gels]

    This remedy corresponds to the commencement of the trouble, when the patient is weak, tired and aches throughout the body. It removes speedily the intense aching and muscular soreness. There is constant chilliness and the patient hugs the fire; the fever is less acute than that of Aconite, and the cough is hard and painful. There are paroxysms of sneezing with excoriating discharge, and great torpor and apathy. An extensive experience with this remedy in the great Epidemic of 1918 proved its usefulness. Simple cases were speedily cured. Aconite will sometimes prove the better remedy for children, but the drug will never be a prominent one in influenza. Still it may be prescribed when indicated; it will, perhaps, soothe and moderate the subsequent attack, but its action is not quick here as in simple fevers, as we have to do with a blood affection.

    #Baptisia.
    Influenza with marked gastro-intestinal symptoms may need this remedy, especially when there are present putrid diarrhoea stools. Clarke considers this remedy the nearest specific for the disease; he prefers the 30th potency. Hughes also praises it, but uses it in the 1x and 2x dilutions, which seem to have more extensive testimony as to their efficacy.

    #Eupatorium perfoliatum.
    This remedy has much soreness and aching of the entire body; hoarseness and cough, with great soreness of the larynx and upper respiratory tract. Coryza with thirst and drinking causes vomiting. The cough is a very shattering one, hurts the head and chest, and as in Drosera, the patient holds the chest with the hands. The breakbone pains are characteristic of the remedy. Add to these symptoms acute bilious derangements, and it is all the more indicated. Many physicians rely on this remedy in influenza / flu almost exclusively in the early stages.

    #Sabadilla. [Sabad]
    Sneezing is the great keynote of this remedy. Sneezing and lachrymation on going into the open air. The throat is swollen and the pain is worse on empty swallowing; the sneezing is excessive, shaking the whole body. Shudderings, with gooseflesh chills creeping upwards, are also prominent symptoms. Frontal headache, dryness of mouth, without thirst and cough, worse on lying down, are additional symptoms. It suits well many cases of the catarrhal form of flu; other remedies having sneezing are Cyclamen and Euphorbia.

    #Arsenicum. [Ars]
    This remedy covers more phases of flu than perhaps any other remedy. Hughes believes that it will cut short an attack, especially when there is a copious flow, prostration and paroxysmal coryza. Its periodicity makes it suitable to epidemics, and it suits the early symptoms when the affection is in the upper portion of the respiratory tract. The burning dryness and copious watery excoriating secretion and the involvement of the conjunctiva are unmistakable indications. Langour and prostration are prominent symptoms.

    #Arsenicum iodide.
    Chills, flushes of heat and severe fluent coryza, discharge irritating and corrosive, sneezing and prostration. It corresponds to true influenza and is highly recommended by Hale. Sanguinaria nitrate is especially valuable when the trachea and larynx are affected. Phytolacca. Specific when the throat is inflamed and spotty, with great hardness and tenderness of the glands.

    #Dulcamara. [Dulc]
    This is one of our best remedies in the acute form; the eyes are suffused, the throat is sore and the cough hurts because of the muscular soreness. If brought on by damp, cold changes in the weather, so much the surer is Dulcamara indicated.

    #Bryonia.
    The trouble here is largely bronchial and going down. When a person is very grumpy and feels miserable with the flu, wanting only to lie still and be left alone, this remedy is likely to be useful. Headache, muscle aches, and cough or stomach pain may be the major symptoms. Everything feels worse from even the slightest motion. The person’s mouth usually is dry, with a thirst for long cold drinks.

    #Phosphorus may be indicated, especially when the trouble moves towards the chest. It is a very useful remedy for the debility following la grippe, as it is usually of the pure nervous type. It is the great post-influenza “tonic.”

    #Rhus toxicodendron. [Rhus-t]
    Influenza, with severe aching in all the bones, sneezing and coughing. The cough is worse evenings and is caused by a tickling behind the upper part of the sternum. Especially is it useful in cases brought on by exposure to dampness. There is much prostration and depression, and the patient may have some symptoms which are suspicious as pointing towards typhoid fever, such as burning tongue, stupor and delirium. Aching pains, nightly restlessness are keynotes symptoms. Causticum, like both Rhus and Eupatorium, has a tired, sore, bruised sensation all over the body and soreness in the chest when coughing, but it has in addition involuntary urination when coughing.

    #Allium cepa. [All-c]
    Profuse catarrhal coryza; the nose runs freely, there is sneezing, irritability cough, the face is swollen and looks inflamed. Camphora. This remedy is often sufficient at the outset to cut short an attack, or at least modify the severity.

    #Sticta. [Stict]
    Nasal catarrh; headache, thirst, nightly expectoration, great watering of eyes,running at nose, hoarseness of voice, frontal headache and depression of whole system. Tuberculous subjects attacked by influenza. “There is no better remedy,” says Dr. Fornias,”for the incessant wearing, racking cough of this class of patients.” Tuberculinum is an excellent prevention of recurring attacks of influenza /flu in those who have annual attacks.

    #Ipecac
    Adapted to cases where the gastric symptoms predominate; tongue clean or slightly coated. Nausea: with profuse saliva; vomiting of white, glairy mucus in large quantities, without relief; sleepy afterwards; worse from stooping. Low thirst. Cough: dry spasmodic, constricted, asthmatic. Difficult breathing from least exercise; violent dyspnoea, with wheezing and anxiety about the stomach. Cough, with rattling of mucus in bronchi when inspiring; threatened suffocation from mucus. Pains as if bones were all torn to pieces.

    #Veratrum album
    Adapted to diseases with rapid sinking of the vital forces; complete prostration; collapse. Cold perspiration on the forehead (over entire body, Tab. ); with nearly all complaints. Thirst: intense, unquenchable, for large quantities of very cold water and acid drinks; wants everything cold. Diarrhoea: frequent, greenish, watery, gushing: mixed with flakes: cutting colic, with cramps commencing in hands and feet and spreading all over; prostrating, after fright; < least movement; with vomiting, cold sweat on forehead during and prostration after. Vomiting: excessive with nausea and great prostration: < by drinking ( Ars. ); by least motion ( Tab. ); great weakness after.

    The Core10 Growth Principles For Maximizing Individual And Organizational Success

    We propose that companies do not want to change, they want to grow. Think about this for a moment. If you were to ask a group of executives, how many of you would rather change or how many of you would rather grow? What would you propose their response would be to this question? We have literally asked thousands of executives this very same question and have received a unanimous response – they want to grow!

    Unfortunately, that process cannot be accomplished without change. The key here is that we are talking about positive change. The Core10 Growth Principles offer a structured process to create growth (positive change) in individuals and organizations.

    Envision

    To Envision is to create a mental image of possibilities, grounded in reality awareness and nurtured by meaningful purpose.

    Envision is to have a mental image of what can be. Great leaders have this ability. They are often described as having discernment, perception, or intelligent foresight. They see possibilities. As desirable as it is for a leader to have such ability, it is not enough. If an organization is to grow, everyone within it must share the vision and see the possibilities.

    In many organizations an attempt is made to mobilize the collective effort by defining the vision or publishing the dreaded mission statement. When these efforts are conducted only by the leader or by a selected committee, the results are always less than satisfying. We have all seen the impressive looking plaques that read, “The Acme Company will be the global leader in blah, blah, blah…” These are usually hung in every office of the company, yet if you ask the employees to tell you how it impacts their daily job, you are likely to experience an awkward moment of silence. A great vision is one that is mutually created and implemented by the people that will do the actual work to make it happen. In terms of organizational growth, the only worthwhile vision is a shared vision.

    Even if the vision is considered ground-breaking, or appears to be “unreachable”, that’s why the second step exists in Envision. It takes conceptual creativity to create that mental image of possibilities. The whole idea behind Envision is to have that grand idea that everyone can embrace. When we accomplish that, and follow the subsequent core10 growth principles, we will find that we have given others that meaningful purpose, which is a catalyst for having the motivation to take continued action along the core10 process.

    Enlist

    To Enlist is to surround yourself with a network of strength by inviting and committing the involvement of the right people.

    A network of strength is defined as a core group of interpersonal connections that positively impact your sense of self, complement your skill-set, or provide some other form of added value to your life. How would you like to feel if you could truly say that you had a network of strength? Would this lead to added self-confidence? Would this have a direct impact on your ability to create personal and professional results? Would this network of strength change your personal or professional reputation? The obvious answer to these questions is YES! Having a network of strength is an added value benefit to life in general. This is constant with us throughout all life stages. For instance, new babies need to fill the comfort of loving parents, children need to fill the acceptance of peers as they go to school, teenagers are heavily influenced by their peer group as they go through adolescent years, and then as adults get into their careers the network of strength becomes ever so important in establishing a solid foundation professionally.

    A powerful benefit of surrounding yourself with a network of strength is the addition of beneficial skills. I’m sure you know somebody that in the case of getting a leak in a faucet in their home are very quick to pick up their cell phone and call a person they know that can quickly and easily (and at no cost) fix the leaky faucet. This is a valuable resource – almost like having a toolbox full of people who each possess skill and knowledge that exceeds your own. You might also know a person who seems to have a personal contact for any situation. For instance, when they have a complex printing job, they simply call their “printing guy,” when they need a new car, they call their “car guy,” or if they want to cater a lunch in their office they simply call their friend who happens to own one of the most popular restaurants in town.

    Communicate

    To Communicate is to convey ideas that instill conviction and establish relationships of trust.

    In considering the importance of Communicate, we must maintain the essence of conveying an idea. Otherwise, why call it communicate? The purpose of Communicate is exactly that – to transfer information. However, to Communicate in such a way that creates growth, one must focus on the delivery, not just on the content. In other words, it is to convey ideas in such a way that the very exchange is able to instill conviction. To instill conviction is to somehow transfer the passion, the belief, and the commitment that one possesses to another person or group.

    This conveying of ideas is also critical in delivering the vision to those that have been enlisted. Increased information flow is a key element of managing change and many other organizational processes. So just how well is management doing in this regard? Not so well! Just 15% of the US workforce report that senior management provides a clear picture of where their organization is headed (2007 Growth Survey). Why is it that management is safeguarding their vision, future plans and priorities? By keeping people in the loop, the chance of getting buy-in, commitment, and solid performance from employees is exponentially higher.

    Every business today is a relationship business. The quality and impact of your work, and the profitability of your business, depend upon relationships — with customers, co-workers, and competitors; with suppliers, distributors, and support services; with direct reports, senior managers, and boards.

    Clarify

    To Clarify is to attain focus by identifying priorities and converging efforts toward a specific direction.

    Clarify is more complex than it seems. It requires a process. There are four important components: feedback, collaboration, prioritization, and articulation.

    – Feedback

    An essential part of Clarify is to ask for feedback. Employees want to give their opinions. They want to share their expertise. They want to use their experience as a yardstick against which they can measure the new ideas of the leaders. They want to invest in the growth of the company. But in many organizations such opportunities are rare. Employees often feel that the top people are in a very small watchtower, on a high perch, drastically removed from the day to day realities.

    – Collaboration

    Another component of the Clarify process is collaboration. The underpinnings of collaboration are discussion and analysis. It is a genuine opportunity to involve people. It allows a forum for bringing together the feedback from multiple sources. We tend to believe that the skills necessary to collaborate are intuitive. Unfortunately, they are not. Collaboration is a skill that must be learned if the organization is to move forward.

    – Prioritization

    One of the outcomes of collaboration will be the determination of what ideas should be embraced and those that should be abandoned. Of those that are retained, they cannot all be accomplished at one time. Therefore, the process of clarification requires a determination of priority. This provides a direction and a sequence of action that mobilizes the workforce. It gives order to chaos and turns the workers toward achievable goals rather than random acts or trivial pursuits.

    – Articulation

    After feedback has been received and priorities have been identified through collaboration, the results of these efforts need to be clearly communicated. This is the time to articulate. To articulate is to vocalize clearly. There may be clearly stated written goals, and there may be well-defined lists of tasks. But these are not enough. The clarification process helps employees to express the vision and the priorities.

    Strategize

    To Strategize is to use insight for considering options that will lead to the achievement of projected results and a position of advantage.

    Strategize allows for selection and creativity. It is a think tank opportunity. It is the time to place choices on the menu of potential courses of action. It is the process of analyzing those choices and debating their likelihood of success. It is a time when “devil’s advocates”, can take upon themselves a “saintly” role, questioning and challenging and confronting the ideas being considered. It is a sorting and a sifting process. It is an essential precursor to Design.

    It should be noted that because the term Strategize is so often linked with the term, “strategic plan”, people often confuse the product with the process. The process produces options for consideration. The product or plan is part of the Design.

    Design

    To Design is to prepare a blueprint of action that assigns responsibility and provides structure, while allowing for innovative flexibility.

    Have you ever attended a strategic planning meeting? Increasingly, such a meeting is viewed as a necessity, the emerging panacea for all organizational ills. The plans that are produced from such meetings are often detailed and complex. The pages are usually bound and labeled. They make a lovely placeholder on high unreachable shelves. This is often the Design product that is supposed to guide the organization’s growth. Is it any wonder that many organizations fail to grow?

    Why are such Design efforts so ineffective? First, the process that precedes the development of the plan is often short-sighted. We live in a world characterized by the “instant soup” mentality. Just boil the water, pour the contents of the package into the water, and the soup is ready! Strategize is an essential pre-requisite, often rushed and frequently avoided. Second, there is generally no assigned responsibility to accompany the Design. Without such designation, the Design becomes a victim of its own ambiguities.

    A “blueprint of action” is the term we use for effective Design. The erection of a building is dependent on a blueprint. The architect must finally use all of his personal expertise and all of the input he receives from others to specify what is to be built. Even after everyone agrees on a design for the building, there will inevitably be changes, based on cost or preferences.

    Organizations need architects, skilled professionals that listen to all stakeholders as they contribute to the Design. They analyze the input and then frame the Design in terms of actions, specific and measurable. These components provide necessary structure.

    Implement

    To Implement is to activate the design in a manner that is consistent with the defined vision.

    Some people have said before that a good idea and a quarter will buy you a cup of coffee. What they’re trying to say is that a good idea, in essence a good vision, is worthless without having the capability to do something about it. Implement is about the day-to-day activities that will create the basis for growth. It is the execution of everything before it, and the catalyst for everything after it.

    You will spend more time in the Implement stage than any other, and you never really ever leave it. When you go through the previous stages of the core10 growth principles, you are preparing for Implement, and the subsequent stages of the core10 help you revisit the things you have already implemented. If there was a keystone to the core10, Implement is it.

    The Growth Principles Company has found that only 40% of US workers reports that they think their organization practices their core values (2007 Growth Survey). What they are really say here is that few people are practicing what they preach. It’s not difficult to walk into almost any corporations building, and see signs, posters, buttons, banners, and other items that publicize what their vision, mission statement, or goals are. What is difficult however, is to find companies that actually Implement and have a system to put those visions and missions into place.

    It is probably becoming increasingly clear how absolutely fundamental each one of the core10 growth principles is to a person or organization. At first glance, someone may say, “well why would Implement be so far down the list? Isn’t business about simply getting things done?” Here’s the bottom line, if you are having difficulty with Implement, and it’s not happening as well as you had hoped it would have, then you have to go back to one of the other core10 growth principles. Did you not Enlist the right type of people? Did you not Clarify what people’s roles were well enough to give them the ability to Implement with ownership? When the previous core10 growth principles have been well addressed, Implement should be a natural and a smooth stage, for the individuals as well as the organization.

    Evaluate

    To Evaluate is to appraise the significance of progress and identify opportunities for improvement through a formal assessment of predefined benchmarks.

    Identifying opportunities for improvement can only come, in a valid way, through a formal assessment of predefined benchmarks. These benchmarks must be predefined and not created at the time of performing the evaluation. Peter Drucker once said “If you don’t know where you’re headed, any old plan will do.” Evaluate must be based on exactly what you’ve defined as where you’re headed and the plan that has been implemented. Evaluations can take either a qualitative or quantitative approach.

    Qualitative approaches are based on the significance of the outcomes more than on whether or not predefined benchmarks are reached. Consider for example a department that is unrolling a new program that aimed at improving customer service. So, the bottom-line goal of the new program is to increase customer service ratings from a 4.2 to a 4.5 average rating by customers on a five-point scale. After three months of implementing the program, customer satisfaction is formally evaluated and the outcome is a 4.35 average. Quantitatively speaking, the department did not achieve their goal. Complete failure, right? Not so fast! When you speak to customers they seem more content, more loyal, and on a more significant level, SALES ARE UP! So could it be that qualitatively speaking, the new program actually did reach its goal? In other words the significance of the progress and the outcomes of the new program are positive. The decision should be made in this case to continue on with the program even though the 4.5 average rating by customers was not met.

    On a less structured note, Evaluate is the process of discovering new opportunities to become just a little bit better, more efficient, or more profitable.

    Adjust

    To Adjust is to refine a course of action in response to identified needs in an environment of expected positive change.

    China’s most famous teacher and philosopher Confucius once said, “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” To Adjust is to be willing to make changes in our efforts to reach our vision, however drastic they may be. The reason that these two principles, Evaluate and Adjust are separate however, is because sometimes people may be willing to Evaluate and take an outside look at their efforts, but be unwilling to actually Adjust and change. Business is full of examples of companies that failed to adjust and adapt to the changing trends that affected them, and therefore failed completely. Some changes and adjustments may be minor, and sometimes we have to have the strength, capacity, and willingness to adjust our efforts or goals.

    There are two key elements to Adjust. The first is to identify, and the second is to measure. After the process of Evaluate, we should have the ability to see what is working and what is not. Unfortunately, just because a company may Evaluate and know that their 3rd quarter numbers are down compared to the previous year, that doesn’t mean that they have identified what needs to be adjusted. Too often, companies or managers will try to make wholesale changes to a department or a program, and they end up “throwing the baby out with the bathwater”. It is important to have the patience enough, and the leadership that allows you to Evaluate individual areas, and individual programs or efforts which may be affecting the undesired results. One of the greatest things a company can do is to have the humility to actually be able to go to their consumer base and say, “We know that this latest version of our product failed to meet your expectations. Why?” That single step alone can save endless time and frustration trying to identify on your own what needs to be adjusted.

    The next key element in the process of adjust is to measure. After we have identified what needs to be adjusted, we need to measure how much adjusting needs to be done. Once again, as established earlier, we are not trying to change simply for the sake of change; we want to know how much we need to change, and in what direction. Many people have experienced those moments in the shower when they want to change the water temperature, realize that the slightest adjustment of the handle can have a dramatic affect on the temperature. So it is with business. We don’t often times have to Adjust to the degree that we “over-correct” our vehicle. Before we Adjust, we need to measure what impact those sometimes slight changes may cause. But when those changes are drastic, we need to have the fortitude and leadership to bring that to fruition. That’s when the core10 growth principles can be applied specifically to the area of Adjust in order to take your company or organization into a new direction.

    Increase

    To Increase is to embrace continuous improvement by exploring new ideas that expand the vision.

    To increase is to never quit the process of growth. Although it is important to find satisfaction and happiness in the things we accomplish; it is also important to remember that much of our happiness comes from being anxiously engaged in the process of growth and success. Increasing is simply about saying, “What’s next?” This creates the spherical nature of the growth principles because when we ask what the next steps are and where we can go from here, it causes us to go back to the beginning and pursue the visions and principles that got us to where we are now, and where we can be. The more we accomplish, the more we realize our natural ability to continuously grow.

    The Japanese have a concept called “kaizen” which is translated as “continuous improvement”. The term was made famous in 1986 by Masaaki Imai, in his best-selling book Kaizen: The Key to Japan’s Competitive Success. Kaizen is a good way to understand what the step of increase is, because it creates a culture of continued growth. Increase helps companies avoid the “plateau” that often stagnates new visions and ideas. Many companies simply get to the point where they are using all their resources and efforts just to keep up and maintain.

    Many organizations like to think that they have a culture that allows for the cultivation of new ideas, which is certainly admirable. The key to Increase however, is to have a system to actually do something with those ideas. This is where the whole core10 process returns to the beginning and gives individuals, managers, or organizations the ability to ask “What’s next?” The answer to that question becomes the new Envision process.

    The great benefit to this strategy is that it helps those within the organization to maintain what we like to call a Kaizen Focus. Most individuals, and therefore departments have a limited amount of time where they can focus energies and passions before it simply becomes too routine to evoke any significant effort. It also helps companies to avoid the negative thought process of changing “for no reason at all”. When people look at their favorite sports teams towards the beginning of a season, they certainly expect and many times welcome with open arms the steps their team is taking to ensure victory. That is the same mentality that Increase can help to instill within your organization, that leadership, management, and employees are anxiously engaged in the process of growth and success.

    Through the process of the Kaizen Focus, individuals and organizations will soon look at Increase not as an end to a project or program, but the beginnings of the next successful stages the company will embark upon to find their continual growth.

    Why I Love the Chinese Army

    I love the Chinese Army, but why? I am a Quaker, so am a pacifist who actively dislikes military engagement and military thinking. Collaboration is the way. Is it that I am biased in some way? Perhaps. I love Tai Chi, Chi Gung and Chinese medicine, but that surely is not enough?

    Ah, then again I have my eldest son; now that strikes nearer the heart. My first wife was Thai, but ethnically Chinese, so I have blood that is Chinese, and he has three children, so that’s an even deeper level of commitment. But to love the Chinese Army? What have they ever done for me?

    To be precise: nothing. You see it’s like this. Two years ago I went into hospital with a near fatal cancer. I had at the time a terrible dream where I was trapped and being dragged down to my doom – and when I suddenly awoke I knew something bad was happening or going to happen to me. In hospital they cut the tumour out but it was malignant. But what has this got to do with the Chinese Army?

    Well, the other night I had another strange dream, only this felt very different. I dreamt I was in a large square, or rather grand rectangular area, like one in a city centre (Tiananmen? I have no idea) and there were hundreds, maybe thousands of people, and I was one of them. Suddenly I became aware of this massive and aggressive disruption. As I looked I could see these strangely dressed Chinese people, but in large overcoats and furred hats, and the coats had a strong bluish tint and the tail-ends were reddish. They were causing mayhem and they seemed to have weapons, although in the dream I could not make out what the weapons were.

    I knew I was in danger myself, certainly I if were to approach near to them, so I hid back amongst the crowd of other panicking bystanders who were rushing off in all directions. Then all might have been lost, but out of nowhere an army appeared, a Chinese army. And they were all in order, phalanxed and disciplined. They faced the disrupters and called out for them to surrender; but they weren’t going to. However, the presence of the soldiers seemed to inhibit them; they neither seemed so numerous or so dangerous now. The phalanxes surrounded them – their number, their order, their sense of purpose intimidating and curtailing the excess in front of them.

    Then, as one, the army paused, or seemed to pause, but simply placed their rifles vertically and attached bayonets. I knew what they were going to do, but was not permitted to see it in the dream. Without words, they closed in and bayoneted the rioters to death – they went in and in, jabbing and doing their grisly business relentlessly till it was done. And I watched them from afar.

    Somehow I had to hold back and not rush in to see the carnage, which I knew was there, but I knew in my heart of hearts that the job was done. The Chinese Army had entirely destroyed these looters, these freeloaders, these rioters, this rabble of destruction and I awoke and was so glad. This was necessary. This was not like the dream before.

    For I realised at some deeper level what this dream was about. The Chinese Army is my – and your – immune system. And mine had been sluggish and ineffective for far too long. Now it had been activated and it had spotted those tumour cells – those rogue anarchists who seek to undermine the realm, the kingdom of myself. But the army – millions of them – were now back in action and they were deadly, as they should be. What were these tumours compared with the Red Army, my red army?

    So as I go forward into 2014 I bless the Chinese Army, confident in the belief that my tumours are dead, and that this metaphor is a lesson for us all. We need to mobilise or own inner resources, and powerful metaphors are a key.

    Iris Mirrored Chest

    The Iris Mirrored Chest is a beautiful piece of mirrored furniture at a fair price relative to that of other comparable pieces. The quick report is it's definitely worth it if you have the matching home settings and fall within a $ 500 budget.

    Why Consider The Iris Mirrored Chest?

    One of the best reasons to consider this beautiful mirrored chest is the way it may look in your home. The chest has a unique and interesting look that could make any spot in the home look great. Correspondingly, many decorative items and furniture pieces will work well both on top of this piece and on the side.

    What Does The Iris Chest Cost?

    This piece is actually priced very well considering how expensive mirrored furniture can be and in comparison to other pieces of similar size and quality. When pricing mirrored furniture, you will probably spend around $ 500 after taxes for the piece. It may also be on sale if you catch the item at the right time and are able to spend the money on the shipping of the item. Another option for lowering costs is to have it shipped to a local retailer or outlet and have the store bear the burden of shipping.

    Compared to other mirrored pieces of the same size and options, this is a very nice option and could really make a home look great. If you know you want to shake things up with your decor, you can not go wrong with this piece of furniture as long as you have the theme to match.

    How To Cuckold My Husband? Easy Steps

    You ask: How to cuckold my husband? What follows are very easy steps that have proven to work time and time again for thousands of women like yourself.

    Confrontation

    You should know that almost every man WANTS to be cuckolded. You just need to break through his male ego. Beneath the surface your husband will probably wish to submit himself to your dominance.

    Begin by confronting him. Tell him that you want to cuckold him and tell him that you want him to at least TRY to go along with it (to see if he likes it… which he probably will).

    Rules

    Your new relationship needs new rules. Make it very clear than if he follows rules he gets rewarded; if he breaks them, he gets punished. The rules imposed should be designed to remind him of your dominance in the relationship. Start with just a few rules (so he can get used to it) and then build them up and up. Common first-time rules are as follows: he must do whatever you tell him, he cannot orgasm without permission, he cannot ask for sexual interactions with you, he must address you as Mistress or Goddess to show your dominant role.

    Manliness

    It is your goal to get your husband to gradually relinquish his manliness. Give him a boyish or a feminine name. For example, if he is called Christian, you could rename him Chrissy or Christine. You should command him to begin wearing female clothing too. He can start by wearing female underwear. Let him know, constantly, that you no longer view him as a real man, more of a girl. His “manhood” is too small to make him a real man. Therefore, you no longer allow him to have sexual relations with you. The most you let him do is, perhaps, perform oral – as a woman would.

    Sexual Abstinence

    The greatest power you wield over your husband is your sexuality. When you take sexual relations away from him, he will want it all the more. To make him want it even more, you can dress sexy, work out, and act in a more sexual manner, and flirt with other men to remind your husband of your sexuality and his position in the relationship. As rewards for good behavior, you can reward your husband with treats of a sexual nature, but never allow him penetrative interactions.

    Strictness

    It is imperative for you to be strict. Never weaken your positive by giving in to demands. Take away all of the things in life that give your husband pleasure and ONLY return some of them when he earns them. And, thus, take them away as punishments. Be strict in all your interactions. Do not be afraid to shout at him or put him over your knee for a spanking.

    You asked yourself “how to cuckold my husband” and these are the most common steps to doing just that.

    How to Get Your Ex Girlfriend Back by Being Distant!

    Have you been recently dumped? Do not fret too much – it is not the end of the world! You most certainly CAN get your ex girlfriend back! See this as just another fight and work towards making up with her. And believe this or not, any amount of hard work counts and works, in most cases. If she strode out not wanting to hear from you again she did not really mean that. Look at it this way – if you have been together 24 hours a day until you broke up, she is going to miss not being with you. Won’t you miss her? But you were the one wearing the pants in this relationship you have to do something about it. Be a man and woo your woman back!

    When you have reached closure, you will begin to think clearly, so will she. It is not advisable to make a move before the closure happens. When you get over the bitterness or awkwardness of the whole thing, you can start thinking about the ways on how you can get your ex girlfriend back. Woman, as a matter of fact, are more emotional and you need to make the best of that! We do not suggest playing with her emotions but make her see the new side of you. She will not be prepared for this.

    First things first – clean up good! You have done it before, now do better. Hit the gym and burn that moping fat! When you take good care of yourself, it means you are trying to look presentable and approachable, quite obviously to women. When she finds out that you have moved on with your life, she will want what she does not have. It is human psychology – if you are not in a happy place, you will selfishly wish that your ex was just as miserable as you are. Seeing you in a normal situation will get her thinking about you more and make her find out about you from your friends. Soon she may even approach you. You see how working out benefits you in ways more than one?

    And if you are ready to seek out new women, she is not going to stand it. No self-respecting woman can face her ex boyfriend even flirting with another woman! This is your chance right here! Let her know somehow that you are ‘available’ and considering dating again. You are bound to make her jealous. She is going to stop and think why she left you again. After she does her analysis, be rest assured that she will call. She may not call and beg you to take her back, but it is a beginning. Is that not what we were trying to get at?

    All this is going to take time to actually happen and get your ex girlfriend back. Just remember to be patient and not to get carried away. By being distant, you are trying to draw her towards you not push her further away.

    Marketing Food to Children Obesity

    Obesity is both an individual clinical condition and is increasingly viewed as a serious public health problem. Obesity means having too much body fat. It is different from being overweight, which means weighing too much. The weight may come from muscle, bone, fat and/or body water. Obesity occurs over time when you eat more calories than you use. The balance between calories-in and calories-out differs for each person. Factors that might tip the balance include your genetic makeup, overeating, eating high-fat foods and not being physically active. Obesity can run in families, but just how much is due to genes is hard to determine. Many families eat the same foods, have the same habits (like snacking in front of the TV), and tend to think alike when it comes to weight issues. In most cases, weight problems arise from a combination of habits and genetic factors. Certain illnesses, like thyroid gland problems or unusual genetic disorders, are uncommon causes for people gaining weight.

    Let’s take a look at 8 key areas:

    #1 Encourage children to eat regularly

    Make sure you’re offering 3 meals, and 2-3 healthy snacks every day, from a wide variety of different healthy foods.

    #2 Encourage children to eat fruits and vegetables

    Although some children aren’t fussed on fruits and vegetables, they are packed with essential nutrients. So, try serve at least one fruit, or vegetable with each meal and snack offered.

    #3 Encourage children to avoid unhealthy breakfast cereals

    While many breakfast cereals are marketed to children, they are far from suitable. Many breakfast cereal, cereal bars, and granola bars are so high in sugar they are no better than a candy bar.

    Instead go for cereals that are whole grain, low sugar, low fat, and low in salt.

    #4 Encourage children to eat dairy products

    Children under 2 years of age should be consuming full fat milk. However, above this age, lower fat milk, yoghurt, cheese, and sour cream varieties are suitable.

    #5 Encourage children to limit sweet drinks

    Although children have a preference for soft drinks, squash, and fruit juices, they are extremely sweet, and provide practically zero nutritional value.

    Try to limit these to special occasions, and serve mainly water or milk. Whole fruit juice is fine at breakfast.

    #6 Encourage children to reduce their sugar intake

    Most kids these days eat excessive amounts of sugary foods, such as cookies, candy, and donuts. But, this type of food is not healthy for children, and should be limited to infrequent treats, and always in smaller portions.

    #7 Encourage children to limit their fast food intake

    Fast food does not have to be a way of life for your children. It contains very little in terms of nutritional content, and a lot of fat, salt, sugar, and calories.

    Teach your children while they are still young how to make healthy food choices, rather than filling them with fast food, and setting them on the fast-track to an unhealthy lifestyle.

    #8 Don’t encourage children to overeat

    Emphasize that they should only eat when they feel hungry, and stop when they begin to feel full. Also, never bribe or reward your children with food, such as using dessert as the prize for eating all of their dinner.

    The Health Benefits of Beer

    At this point in life, most of us have heard from non-drinkers about how bad beer is for you. You've heard 'em, it's the same crowd that decries beer, and actually claim this adult beverages leads the unsuspecting drinker down the road to alcoholism. Well, the truth is, beer is no more a gateway drink to alcoholism than aspirin is a gateway drug to being a drug addict. Moderation is the key here, like it is in everything else we eat, enjoy or look forward to. And next to water, beer is the best thirst quencher ever invented. Fact is, there is ample medical evidence to actually support moderate beer drinking, in order to get the many health benefits of beer.

    Did you know there is a Spanish study showing that beer may be better at hydrating the body than water alone, if you're sweating in the great outdoors? Beer is 95% water, plus this ale provides a natural list of anti-oxidants like flavanoids and other natural ingredients that replenish the body in a positive way. After all, beer is brewed using a variety of plants including barley, oats, rye and hops, and should probably be marked as the original, ultimate vegetarian drink.

    Health benefits of beer have been around a long, long time

    As far as alcoholic beverages go, beer is the oldest and is referenced back thousands of years to our earliest cultures. Today, beer is widly enjoyed and is in fact the third most popular beverage on the planet, just behind water and tea. People around the globe enjoy its natural fermentation, as well as the huge variety of ingredients used to influence and change the taste of different beers. In moderation, people have learned that the health benefits of beer can provide many things, naturally.

    The medical health benefits of beer

    Did you know that if men drink up to two beers a day, they can lower their risk of stroke and heart disease by 20%? Women can get the same benefit by limiting themselves to one brew a day. How does beer do this? A study at Harvard reports that moderate beer drinking increases your HDL (your good cholesterol), which helps prevent platelet build-up in your arteries, and can help prevent blood clotting. Plus, beer contains B6, which lowers homocysteine ​​levels, a major risk factor of heart disease. Another study, conducted by Italy's Fondazion di Ricerca e Cura, pointing towards more health benefits of beer, finding that people who drank about a pint of beer daily had a 31% reduced risk of heart disease.

    As mentioned, the natural nutrients in beer are abundant, and contain B2 and a host of other B vitamins, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and flavanoids that help nourish the body. Flavanoids are natural anti-oxidants, and help fight the free radicals in the body that create illness and disease. Health benefits of beer even include a reduction in the incidence of kidney stones, help you relax and sleep better, even reduce your blood pressure. A little moderate beer drinking will not hurt you, but will actually help you immensely, naturally.

    Health benefits of beer include strengthening your bones

    In a study provided to us by UC Davis, we learn that beer contains silicon, a natural element your body needs that stimulates collagen. Collegen is the protein that gives your bones their strength. The UC Davis study has linked moderate beer drinking with higher-bone density! The silicon in the beer will make your skeletal structure, stronger. But just a word of caution here. Health benefits of beer have limits, because the study also showed that more than 2 beers a day increased risk for fractures.

    Of course, with any alcoholic beverage, moderation is your key to enjoying the drink. The consumption of excessive amounts of alcohol is irresponsible in any form, and can give you every ailment, that moderate drinking can help you avoid. Life's a balance, right? So just be your responsible self. Guys, limit your brewski's to a couple a day. Ladies, you get just one. But looking at the positive positive evidence of moderate, responsible beer drinking, it's nice to report that the health benefits of beer are there for you to drink and enjoy.