Remedies for Ovarian Cysts – Laura Madison

Some women even suffer from recurring ovarian cysts which can be not only stressful, but very painful and hard to treat.  There are many remedies for ovarian cysts ranging from medications and surgery to the natural remedies.

Most people that are interested in remedies for ovarian cysts want them cured for good, not just for the short term.  That’s why surgery isn’t always the best option for those that are serious about long term relief.  Surgery can only take care of the cysts that are already formed, it can’t do anything to prevent future cysts from developing

Medications have similar limitations.  Many times oral contraceptives are prescribed to women that have ovarian cysts, but this isn’t a good long term solution.  The pills contain both male and female hormones, and the pills prevent an egg from being released every month.  So basically, it’s just postponing the ovarian cysts that will occur anyway.

Natural remedies are the most successful in terms remedies for ovarian cysts.  Since most cysts will go away naturally the best thing a woman can do for herself is try to prevent future cysts from forming.  Some of the easiest ways to get started are by taking the right multi-vitamin, increasing fiber and water intake, and overall living a healthy lifestyle. 

Since there are so many factors that can contribute to ovarian cysts, the natural approach is the best way to get long term relief.  By treating overall health and wellbeing it’s much easier to achieve the best results.  Natural remedies for ovarian cysts are a realistic treatment option all women with the condition should consider.

When I had my own problems with my cysts, I was desperate to find a natural cure and get rid of the terrible pain. You can free yourself from the pain and get a natural cure to help you feel better right now.

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7 Reasons Why The Saxophone Is So Popular

It seems that everyone loves the sax. People tell me constantly how much they love the sax. (You probably do, too, or you wouldn’t be reading this.)

But why? What is it about the sax that’s so wonderfully cool? And why does it effect so many people so strongly? Here are my thoughts on the subject:

  1. Sax music makes you feel good. The very sound of the sax does something to you. It touches you. It tickles your nervous system, in a good way. The very vibration of the instrument changes your vibration as you hear it.
  2. The saxophone sounds great anytime, in just about any kind of music, and makes almost any band more fun to listen to, even lousy bands. Even country music. Even polkas!
  3. Saxophones create great ambiance. The sax sounds hip, sophisticated, relaxed, sensuous and romantic, and always creates great atmosphere no matter where its played.
  4. The sax looks cool. Even just the look of the instrument itself is artistic and fun. Even just having a sax laying around the room creates a hip ambiance. Having a saxophone in a room will always inspire interesting conversation.
  5. Sax music takes you there. A good player can really take you places like no other instrument. Sure, guitar players would argue with that, but its true!
  6. Sax players are cool people. Almost universally, saxophone players are hip and interesting people. And I know a lot of them.
  7. Sax & Sex. And I think you know what I mean. Need I say more?

No matter where you here it, or in what context, the saxophone always sounds great, looks great, and creates great ambiance. And it makes you feel good when you hear it. That’s why so many people love the saxophone!

Fitness And Wellness Principles – Part 2 – Exercise And Fitness

Being physically fit provides a foundation for overall health and well being (Health and Fitness Principles). We can define physical fitness as, the physical attributes and skills that one has that allows them to perform the tasks of daily living effectively and alertly, while leaving an adequate amount of energy in reserve for recreational and/or emergency activities (Health and Fitness Principles). When we hear the term, physical fitness, we typically think of activities such as running, jumping, or lifting weights. But, fitness involves much more than how much you can “lift”, how fast you can run, or how high you can jump (Physical Activity and Health).

Practically speaking, it has more to do with your ability to easily and effectively carry out common activities like shoveling snow, back packing, mowing grass, or playing with your children.

What can exercise do for me?

Regular physical activity has been associated with decreased risk for many illnesses. According to the American Heart Association, regular, moderate exercise has been shown to provide the following benefits:

o Decreased risk of heart disease

o Decreased risk of heart attack

o Lower total cholesterol

o Lower blood pressure

o Decreased risk of being overweight or obese

o Decreased risk of stroke

o Lower stress levels

o Improved sleep

o Improved physical appearance

o Increased energy and strength

o Stronger heart, lungs, bones, and muscles

(Why Should I be Physically Active, AHA)

As with other components of wellness, the transition to becoming more physically fit requires lifestyle changes. In order to reap the benefits of regular physical activity you must be able to make a lifelong commitment to your program (Fitness Fundamentals). It isn’t necessary to have any special equipment, or to join a health club or gym. It only requires that you participate consistently in some type of moderate – vigorous physical activity. Again, this does not need to be limited to traditional health club style exercises. Use your imagination, and select activities that you can enjoy. For example, rock climbing, hiking, rowing, or dancing would be excellent alternatives to the typical exercise program.

Physical Assessment

Regardless of your current health or physical condition, it is always a good idea to have a physical examination before undertaking any exercise or nutrition program. This is especially true if you are over the age of 35 and have been inactive for several years (Fitness Fundamentals). There are several other indications that would also suggest the need to consult with your physician before starting:

o High blood pressure

o History of heart disease

o Dizzy spells

o Difficulty breathing after mild exertion

o Arthritis or other bone ailment

o Muscle, ligament, or tendon problems

o Known or suspected disease

o If you smoke

(Fitness Fundamentals)

Although there are some small risks that go along with exercise, it has been well documented that the risks associated with inactivity, and/or being overweight are much, much greater (Fitness Fundamentals).

A properly designed fitness program should always focus on balance. In other words, a program should address each component of fitness. According to The Aerobics Fitness Association of America, there are five components of fitness (Yoke, et al).

1. Muscular Strength

2. Muscular Endurance

3. Cardio-respiratory endurance

4. Flexibility

5. Body Composition

In addition to including balance in your routine, you should always begin the program development process by establishing a set of realistic goals. It is unfortunate that the majority of information about cardio and strength training that people hold as true are nothing more than “urban legend”. I have listed below several of my favorite fitness and exercise myths:

Popular Exercise Myths

1. “If you stop weight training the muscle that you have built will turn to fat.” As bodybuilding legend, Franco Colombu once said, “That would be like saying that an apple can turn to an orange.” Muscle and fat are two completely unique types of tissue. Therefore, it is impossible for fat to “turn into” muscle. Likewise, it is not possible for muscle to “turn into” fat.

2. “Weight training makes women have a masculine appearance.” Proper weight training will help almost anyone to look healthier by improving body composition and making the body look more tight and firm. The huge muscles that are seen in the professional women’s bodybuilding ranks are produced by very large quantities of anabolic/androgenic steroids, not simply by strength training alone.

3. “You need to spend a great deal of money on dietary supplements to be successful.” The foundation of any exercise program is built upon the combination of a balanced diet, plenty of rest, and a well designed exercise regimen. Supplements are definitely not necessary for strength trainers or endurance trainers regardless of their fitness level.

4. “It takes expensive machines and workout equipment to build a quality physique.” Although it is desirable to have a few basic pieces of equipment at your disposal, it is very possible to design an effective workout routine with no equipment at all. There is a great deal of research that has demonstrated a number of advantages to “low tech” functional strength training programs. This doesn’t mean that you should avoid the fancy weight machines. But, you should keep in mind that some of the greatest physiques in history were developed with little or no exercise equipment at all.

5. “Weight training will make you muscle bound and stiff.” Actually, research has demonstrated that when resistance exercises are performed through their full range of motion, flexibility increases. Weight training stretches opposing muscle groups.

Designing Your Program

As you begin putting together your program, it is helpful to use what is known as the FITT formula.

F.I.T.T. =

F = Frequency (how often you exercise)

I = Intensity (how hard you are working when exercising)

T = Type (what type of exercise is being done?)

T = Time (how much time is spent exercising)

The American College of Sports Medicine has established specific guidelines concerning the FITT formulas for both cardio-respiratory training and strength training. The guidelines for Cardio training are as follows:

Cardio Guidelines:

o Frequency = three – five times per week

o Intensity = 55 – 90% of max heart rate

o Time (or duration) = from 20 – 60 minutes

o Type = Common forms of cardio training: walking, cycling, jogging, swimming, stair climbing, and dancing

o Beginners = Start by working at approximately 55 – 70% of max heart rate

o Hydration = be certain that your body is adequately hydrated before and after exercise Approximately ½ – 1 cup of fluids per 15 minutes of vigorous activity

o Warm Up = an exercise session should always begin with a brief warm up period of about five minutes. Warming up consists of light activity such as walking or cycling

o Cool Down = Always slow down your pace during the last several minutes of your exercise session in order to allow your heart rate and core body temperature to gradually return to normal

o Over exertion can be hazardous to your health. Be certain that you are training at an intensity that is appropriate relative to your age, fitness level, and personal health condition.

Intensity Level

It is extremely important that you are exercising at an appropriate level of intensity. There are several methods that can be used to measure how hard you are working. The method that you choose will depend on what type of equipment that you have at your disposal. The two most common measures of intensity are heart rate, and the talk test.

As mentioned earlier, your training heart rate should be from 55 – 90% of maximum heart rate, depending on your current fitness level and goals. (Consult with your physician to determine if this range is appropriate for your personal condition). You can use the following formula to approximate your target heart rate.

220 – Age = Max Heart Rate

Max Heart Rate x .55 = beginners level training heart rate

Max Heart Rate x .70 = Intermediate level training heart rate

Max heart rate x .90 = advanced level training heart rate

The most common measure of intensity, however, is “The Talk Test”.

Basically, if you can speak conversationally (but not get enough air to sing), while performing your aerobic exercise you are probably somewhere between the desired range of 55 – 90 % of MHR. If speech becomes broken, you are exceeding the desired range.

Next we will discuss strength training. There are many health benefits associated with strength training that are often overlooked by recreational exercisers. A few of the benefits include:

o Increased motor performance

o Increased bone density

o Decreased risk of injury

o Increased metabolic rate

o Increased capacity to perform work

Strength Training guidelines

o Frequency = Two – Three non-consecutive days for beginners

o Intensity = Perform each movement to muscular fatigue or near muscular failure

o Type = The most common forms of resistance training include weight lifting, pushups, pull-ups, crunches, resistance bands.

o Time (or volume) = Beginners perform one – three sets of eight – fifteen repetitions per exercise.

o Progression = Increase weight by approximately 5% when you are able to reach your repetition target on two consecutive training sessions.

o Exercise Order = It is most desirable to work from largest muscle group to smallest muscle group.

o For example, Squats, Pushups, Chin Ups, Calf Raise, Crunches

o Breathing = Always exhale on the positive (concentric) portion of the movement. In other words, exhale when you exert force. NEVER hold your breath when strength training.

o Tempo = Move the weight in a slow and controlled manner. Many popular methods recommend two seconds for the positive phase, followed by four seconds for the negative phase of the lift.

o In my opinion, it isn’t necessary to count your tempo. Just embrace the concept of slow and controlled movement.

o Overload = You must challenge you body to work at increasingly higher levels to bring about ongoing improvement

o Regularity = you must work out consistently to benefit from strength training. At least two non-consecutive sessions per week are required on a consistent basis.

As with cardio training, it is necessary to begin all strength-training sessions with a brief, five minute warm up period. At the conclusion of your strength routine, you should conclude with a short cool down, followed by static (non-bouncing) stretching of the major muscle groups.

Tips for finding time

1. Wake up an extra 30 – 60 minutes early to exercise before your workday starts.

2. Take a brisk walk on your lunch break.

3. Begin your workout immediately upon arriving home from work.

4. Incorporate exercise into family time. Take everyone out for a 30-minute walk after dinner, or go to the park for a game of basketball or soccer.

5. Split your exercise into two separate sessions, fifteen minutes in the morning and fifteen minutes in the evening.

6. Schedule your exercise just like you would any other appointment. Put it in your Palm Pilot, Day Planner, or Outlook Calendar.

Developing a realistic plan of action before adding exercise to your schedule is necessary to ensure your long-term success. Making any change to your lifestyle requires commitment to change. Identifying potential roadblocks to your success will help you to make more realistic plans. The number one reason that people site for failing to exercise is “lack of time”.


you should examine your daily work and activity schedule thoroughly to determine where you can fit exercise in to the mix. For more detailed information about developing an effective training routine it may be helpful to consult with a professional personal trainer. There are also a number of qualified personal trainers that offer online coaching for those who don’t have the time to work with a trainer in person.

As mentioned earlier, regardless of your current health or physical condition, it is always a good idea to have a physical examination before undertaking any physical exercise or nutrition program.


YMCA of the USA. YMCA Personal Trainer Instructor Manual. Champaign: Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc, 2000.

(YMCA of the USA)

Yoke, Mary, and Laura Gladwin. A Guide to Personal Fitness. Sherman Oaks: Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, 2003.

(Yoke et al.)

“Fitness Fundamentals.” Guidelines to Personal Exercise Programs. President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Sept 2005 .

(Fitness Fundamentals)

YMCA of the USA. Principles of Health and Fitness. 3rd ed. Champaign: Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc., 1999.

(YMCA of the USA)

“Why Should I be Physically Active”. American Heart Association., 2004

(Why Should I be Physically Active)

American Council on Exercise. Personal Trainer Manual 2nd ed. San Diego: ACE Publications, 1996

Kidney Diseases – Trouble In The Drainage System

Know the structure of this bean shaped vital organ called the kidney!

The kidney is a vital organ; it not only removes the waste products from the body in the form of urine but performs many other functions as well. The kidneys have plenty of spare capacity, yet they can be damaged to the extent that their replacement in the form of either dialysis or transplantation becomes essential. Kidney diseases affect everyone, right from children to the old people. Fortunately, our knowledge and technology has advanced considerably and now it is possible to cure people of many a disease of the kidney which used to be fatal. It is also now possible to salvage a kidney from a very hopeless situation, and even in the event of total failure we can keep the person alive for many years.

It is unfortunate that there are not very many symptoms in early stages of kidney diseases, and this is perhaps the cause for the delay in the institution of the treatment. Most of the chronic problem of the kidney are insidious and take a long time before they exhibit frank symptoms. Therefore, it is essential that people should know the early symptoms and act promptly to save the kidneys.

Normal considerations: Kidneys are paired organs situated in the back of either side of the vertebral column, just underneath the lower ribs. They are bean shaped organs, and each weight about 150 grams. There are minute tubular units in the kidney which filter urea, creatinine and the other waste products from the body round the clock. In 24 hours, approximately 200 liters of fluid are filtered in the kidneys, but only 1½ liters of urine is discharged out of the body. The rest is absorbed back into the blood. The kidneys are connected to the urinary bladder by two tubes knows as ureters where the urine is stored. From here it is periodically urinated through another tube called the urethra.

Besides producing urine, the kidneys help in controlling the blood pressure and they also help in production of red blood cells. It activates natural vitamin D into its active form. Usually, one kidney is enough to maintain life properly and it is only when ore than 95% of the kidney tissue is damaged that the patient needs assistance with dialysis or transplantation for survival.

The Main Diseases

There can be defects in the kidneys during the development in the mother’s womb. They are called congenital defects like Polycystic Kidneys. The commonest affections of the kidney are infections. These infections could be acute or they could be slow and chronic. Acute infection like pyclitis, pyclonephritis etc are quite common. Chronic infections include chronic phclonephritis, tuberculosis, nephritic syndrome etc. Diabetes and high blood pressure damage the kidney in the long run. As a matter of fact, a damaged kidney does cause high blood pressure. Tumors of the kidney are also quite common. Besides cancer, there should benign tumors also that can arise in the kidneys. At times, allergic reaction to drugs and other chemicals may cause kidney damage. Stones are also well known for causing kidney damage.

All these common diseases of the kidney slowly destroy the kidney tissues and finally result in kidney failure called uremia. This is the time when extra help is required to survive.

Common Symptoms

Out of the few symptoms that manifest themselves when a significant amount of kidney functions are impaired (more than 75%) the main signs and symptoms are related to urine. There may be increased frequency of maturation with burning as in the case of infection. Pain may or may not be there. Stones may be silent or may cause pain, depending on the site of stones. If it is in the kidney, the pain is usually located in the back of the affected site. This is usually colicky in nature, and it may travel in front. A stone in the ureter causes pain in the flank which may travel down towards the testicles or thigh. A stone in the bladder may case pain in the lowermost part of the abdomen. In chronic infections, the pain is not usually severe and it may be a dull ache. In some cases of stones, tuberculosis and tumors, the patient may pass blood in the urine called hematuria. This may be a prominent symptom in the bladder problem.

Besides, there are generalize symptoms which are vaguer and cannot be specifically attributed kidney diseases, but they, in correlation with other specific kidney symptoms may help in reaching a diagnosis. Excessive fatigue, anemia, impaired appetite, vomiting, tiredness, difficulty in breathing particularly on excretion, ankle swelling etc are few of the symptoms. In nephritic syndrome puffiness of the face is quite characteristic.

Hematuria may be painless and in such events people ignore it because it is pain that usually compels them to seek medical advice. Blood in the urine may signify infection and stones, but without pain it may indicate serious disease like cancer and tuberculosis. Therefore, it may be very dangerous to ignore blood in the urine. It should be investigated immediately.

Kidney Infections

Kidneys can be infected in the conventional way by a variety of germs which may reach them either by the blood, or the germs may ascend up the urinary treat to the kidneys. These infections could be acute if the organisms have the upper hand or the defense is low. It also depends on the type of organism that affects the kidneys. Infections like tuberculosis develop slowly and run a chronic course. Obstructions play a major role in the causation and development of infection it is a well known fact that even stagnant water gets dirty, likewise, any slackening or stoppage in the flow of urine will obviously encourage infection, and that is why stones and infections are complementary to each other.

Besides the conventional method, there is another way of kidney damage. The body defense system under uncommon circumstances, start destroying the kidney tissues resulting in auto immune disease of the kidneys.

Glomerulo nephritis is an example of such process. The net result of all these processes is kidney destructions and finally kidney failure. Besides the kidney, the bladder is the next common site of infection. Infection in the bladder is called cystitis. This could be acute or chronic.

Stones and Infections

We live in a hot climate, and here, if we do not drink enough water, we produce concentrated urine. If obstruction is added to these already concentrated urines, stones precipitate rapidly. In about 5% of the patients, stones can result from diseases of other organs of the body like parathyroid tumor or gout. In the rest of the 95% of the patients, there is no definite cause, but this combination of infection, obstructions and other factors work. Because of the stones lodging at the narrow outlet of the kidney, (pelviureteric junction) the flow of the urine is back pressure and damage to the renal tissues. In the initial stages, the kidneys try to push the stones down, thus explaining the pain. The cessation of pain may indicate of an exhausted kidney. Therefore it should not lure the patient into a false sense of security. As long as pain exists, one can assume, in most of the cases that the kidney is functioning.

Management of Infections and Stones

Before giving antibiotics for infections, it is essential that we know the types of organisms and their sensitivity. For this, urine examination and culture, and sensitivity should be done. To know the working of the kidneys and the damage already caused there, intravenous pyclogram and estimation of blood urea are helpful.

Proper antibiotics, given in proper doses, under medical supervision, for an adequate length of time, control the infections. During the therapy, the patient is encouraged to take plenty of liquids. If one kidney is totally damaged and there is no function in it while other kidney is normal, the useless kidney can easily be removed. The fear that life will be miserable after removal of a kidney is baseless. One can easily survive normally on one kidney.

For stones, the only available method at present is surgery. If the stone is very small and can negotiate the narrow urinary passage then we can wait and expect it to be passed out. However, if it is causing damage it should be removed immediately. In case of multiple stones lodged in one part of the kidney that half can be removed my surgery called partial nephrectomy. There may be claims that there is a known solution that will dissolve stones and would leave the normal tissues intact. Those who claim such miracles only deceive people and people should not fall prey to such quacks.

High Blood Pressure and Diabetes

High blood pressure and kidney disease are inter related. Persistent high blood pressure can cause irreversible kidney damage. At the same time, if the kidneys are diseased and their blood supply is restricted, then such ischemic kidneys can cause high blood pressure. This is known as renal hypertension. Many of these cases of renal hypertension are amenable to surgery.

Diabetes, over a period of years, when not managed properly, can cause kidney damage and this again is permanent damage. Therefore, diabetes should always be treated properly.

Tumors of the Kidney

Painless hematuria, (blood in urine) abdominal tumor or kidney failure can be the symptoms of tumor. It is unfortunate that cancer of the kidneys grows slowly and silently and valuable time is lost before the patient reaches for medical help. It is here that the importance of regular check ups can be emphasize, as during these checkups we can diagnose such serious ailments in the early stages.

The treatment is only removal of that kidney. If it is diagnosed in the early stages, then the operation is easy and patient can survive for many years.

All these diseases, if left unattended, finally culminate in kidney failure called uracmia. The patient can still survive, provided the waste products of this day to day body activities can be removed from the blood.

These people used to die, but now they can live for years on an artificial kidney. The other method of substitution kidney is to transplant them I.e a donor kidney in the patient’s body.

Something about Dialysis

With the advancement of sophisticated machines, the patient’s blood is purified by passing it on one side of cellophane membrane, on the other side of a solution is passed. This solution is constituted in such a way that it attracts the impurities by process of osmosis, and the waste products pass through the membrane from the blood into the solution. The purified blood is then returned into the patient’s body. This has to be done at lest 3 times a week, and each time it takes about 6 to 8 hours.

Another method of purifying the blood is by passing a solution into the peritoneal cavity (abdomen) and leaving it there for some time, so that the impurities can pass into this solution. This is them removed. It is not an affective as blood dialysis, and there are chances of complications. This is a method that does not require an elaborate apparatus and can be done at any hospital.

Kidney Transplant

The replacement of diseased, worn out or injured tissues and organs with sound parts has stimulated the imagination of main for many centuries, and kidney transplantation is a sequel of such thoughts. Among the major organs, kidney transplantation is the most successful and is most commonly done. This is, perhaps, because the patient can be maintained on dialysis prior to the surgery, and the technique of transplantation is not very difficult. The most important aspect of this organ transplant is that a healthy human can donate one kidney without suffering from any damage or serious consequences.

The main obstacle to successful implantation of tissues from one person to another is the rejection phenomenon. Our body normally refuses to accept any foreign tissue and it fights its entry. Slowly and gradually with research, we are overcoming this problem but it still poses a big threat. Rejection is less severe and less frequent if the transplanted kidney matches closely with the patient’s tissues, for example, kidney from blood relatives. In such cases, the success rate is very high.

Before the transplantation is done, the tissues of the donor and the recipient are matched and then only the kidney is accepted for transplantation. Therefore, it is obvious that blood relatives who are in absolutely good health should donate a kidney to the ailing relative. We always make sure that the donor’s health is not jeopardized in any way. No doubt the donor has to undergo a major surgical procedure when his kidney is removed, but it is worth when somebody’s life is at stake.

Once the kidney transplant is accepted, the quality of life for the patient improves dramatically and he resumes his normal life style.

Nature has given plenty of reserve in our kidney. It is mainly through our ignorance and negligence that we push ourselves to the brink of kidney failure. Most of the kidney dieses are now manageable, and even after kidney failure there is hope in the form of dialysis and transplantation.

The Secrets Hidden in Braid

Tim has screwed up big time. A mistake so bad that now he has to rescue his princess from an evil monster. But of course he has to traverse many different worlds, risking life and limb for the sake of his love. Once you have completed a world new, worlds open up. The story, told through a series of books as sort of story pusher before each of the six worlds, relays Tim’s inner thoughts and struggle eating away at him.

In the Xbox Arcade game Braid you play as this saddened but ever true hero Tim. In this primarily puzzle action game there are many puzzles that are just as hard to implement as they are to solve.

Most of these games don’t have cheat codes because as soon as you figure out how the puzzle works a new puzzle forms in how you plan to execute getting through it. But there are things you can do to see more of the story.

Unlock World 1 and the Epilogue

In the house in the beginning of the game where the level select area is, there is a broken ladder that leads to the attic. This needs be fixed. To repair this ladder, you must find all 60 puzzle pieces that await you in each level, and assemble each world’s jigsaw puzzle in the puzzle mini-game. Once this is done, the ladder will be restored. Now you can climb up. When you go through the door to you will be in World 1. Beat World 1, and you will be taken directly to the Epilogue. You can now return to at any time after its finished by walking left from the title screen, into an off-screen alcove.

Unlock Final Star and secret ending

Throughout the game, there are 7 secret stars. If you collect them all, the 8th and final star will appear in the last level; when this happens, some of the switches in the level will become immune to time manipulation, allowing you to reach the star as well as changing the outcome of the chase.

Hidden Texts in Epilogue

Aside from the last, each room in the Epilogue has at least one object that you can stand behind. If you have the red book on that screen open and the text of it is displayed in the air, standing behind these objects in the proper location will cause a sound to play and the text to change, revealing more information. If you open a green book, the red book will close and the text will disappear, so you will need to use time manipulation to see all 4 of these secret writings.

Now that you know what you need to do and want to find out how to go through the game, and suggestions of how to get all of the puzzle pieces, or how to find all of the secret stars to access the secret ending, but you can find walkthroughs, forums and other hints at: xboxcheatcodes.

What Every Woman Should Know About Breast Cancer

Why do women fear breast cancer more than any other disease? Because each year thousands of women develop breast cancer in our society and as scary as it sounds the percentage of breast cancer continues to rise. This type of cancer is very common in our society. Neverheless, with the help of medical technologies breast cancer is now 90% curable when diagnosed early.

We do not know what causes breast cancer, although we do know that certain risk factors may put you at higher risk of developing it. A person's age, genetic factors, personal health history and diet all contribute to breast cancer risk.

Before I go any further, we need to start at square one. We may know what breast cancer is, but do we really know the entire factors (details) behind the disease? Let us ask ourselves, "What is breast cancer?"

Breast cancer is when the cells in a woman's body begin to grow and reproduce out of control, which creates a collection of tissue called a tumor. However, just because you have a tumor in the breast does not mean it has to be cancerous.
If the cells that are growing out of control are normal cells, the tumor is not cancerous. However, if the cells that are growing out of control are abnormal and does not function like the body's normal cells, the tumor is cancerous.
Cancer are named after the part of the body from which they originate. Breast cancer originates in the breast tissue. Like other cancers, breast cancer can infect and grow into the tissue surrounding the breast. It can also pass through to other parts of the body and form new tumors. This course of action is called metastasis.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, after nonmelanoma skin cancer. Over the past 50 years, the number of women diagnosed with the disease has increased each year.
Today, approximately one in almost every eight women (13.4%) will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. Breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer death in women after lung cancer. It is the leading cause of cancer death among women ages 35 to 54.

The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2005, approximately 211,240 women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer and approximately 40,410 will die. Although these numbers may sound frightening, research tells us that the death rate could decrease by 30% if all women age 50 and older who need a mammogram had one.

Only 5-10% of breast cancers occur in women with a clearly defined genetic predisposition for the disease. The majority of breast cancer is not related to their family history. The risk for developing breast cancer increases as a woman ages.

Below I listed the warning signs of breast cancer. It is important to understand what the disease is and to know the symptoms, so you can get medical attention if necessary.

Look for:

O Lump or thickening in, near the breast, or in the underarm that persists through the menstrual cycle.

O A mass or lump, which may feel as small as a seed.

O A change in the size, shape or contour of the breast.

O A bloodstained or clear fluid discharge from the nipple.

O A change in the feel or appearance of the skin on the breast or nipple (dimpled, puckered, scaly or inflamed).

O Redness of the skin on the breast or nipple.

O An area that is distinctly different from any other area on either breast.

O A marble-like hardened area under the skin.
These changes may be found when performing monthly breast self-exams. By performing breast self-exams, you can become familiar with the normal monthly changes in your breasts. All doctors stress the importance of breast examinations. The problem is that most women do not know how to give a breast examination to them and instead wait until they see their doctor. By then it could be too late. This is why it is important to learn how to give you a breast examination.

Breast self-examination should be performed at the same time each month, three to five days after your menstrual period ends. If you have stopped menstruating, perform the exam on the same day of the month. To perform a breast self-exam, follow the steps described below.

In the mirror:

1. Stand undressed from the waist up in front of a large mirror in a well-lit room. Look at your breasts. Do not be alarmed if they do not look equal in size or shape. Most women's breasts are not. With your arms relaxed by your sides, look for any changes in size, shape or position, or any changes to the skin of the breasts. Look for any skin puckering, dimpling, sores or discoloration. Inspect your nipples and look for any sores, peeling or change in the direction of the nipples.

2. Next, place your hands on your hips and press down firmly to tighten the chest muscles benefit your breasts. Turn from side to side so you can inspect the outer part of your breasts.

3. Then bend forward toward the mirror. Roll your shoulders and elbows forward to tighten your chest muscles. Your breasts will fall forward. Look for any changes in the shape or contour of your breasts.

4. Now, clasp your hands behind your head and press your hands forward. Again, turn from side to side to inspect your breasts' outer portions. Remember to inspect the border underneath your breasts. You may need to lift your breasts with your hand to see this area.

5. Check your nipples for discharge (fluid). Place your thumb and forefinger on the tissue surrounding the nipple and pull outward toward the end of the nipple. Look for any discharge. Repeat on your other breast.
In the shower
6. Now, it is time to feel for changes in the breast. It is helpful to have your hands slippery with soap and water. Check for any lumps or thickening in your underarm area. Place your left hand on your hip and reach with your right hand to feel in the left armpit. Repeat on the other side.

7. Check both sides for lumps or thickenings above and below your collarbone.

8. With hands soapy, raise one arm behind your head to spread out the breast tissue. Use the flat part of your fingers from the other hand to press gently into the breast. Follow an up-and-down pattern along the breast, moving from bra line to collarbone. Continue the pattern until you have covered the entire breast. Repeat on the other side.

Lying down

9. Next, lie down and place a small pillow or folded towel under your right shoulder. Put your right hand behind your head. Place your left hand on the upper portion of your right breast with fingers together and flat. Body lotion may help to make this part of the exam easier.

10. Think of your breast as a face on a clock. Start at 12 o'clock and move toward 1 o'clock in small circular motions. Continue around the entire circle until you reach 12 o'clock again. Keep your fingers flat and in constant contact with your breast. When the circle is complete, move in one inch toward the nipple and complete another circle around the clock. Continue in this pattern until you have felt the entire breast. Make sure to feel the upper outer areas that extend into your armpit.

11. Place your fingers flat and directly on top of your nipple. Feel beneath the nipple for any changes. Gently press your nipple inward. It should move easily.
Repeat steps 9, 10 and 11 on your other breast.
Cancerous tumors are more likely to be found in certain parts of the breast over others. If you divide the breast into 4 sections, the approximate percentage of breast cancers found in each area are (in clockwise pattern):

O 41% upper, outer quadrant

O 14% upper, inner quadrant

O 5% lower, inner quadrant

O 6% lower, outer quadrant

O 34% in the area behind the nipple

Almost half occurs in the upper outer quadrant of the breast, towards the armpit. Some doctors refer to this region as the "tail" of the breast and encourage women to examine it closely.

See your doctor if you discover any new breast changes, changes that continue after your menstrual cycle, or other changes that you are concerned about such as:

O An area that is distinctly different from any other area on either breast.

O A lump or thickening in, near the breast, or in the underarm that persists through the menstrual cycle.

O A change in the size, shape or contour of the breast.

O A mass or lump, which may feel as small as a seed.

O A marble-like area under the skin.

O A change in the feel or appearance of the skin on the breast or nipple (dimpled, puckered, scaly or inflamed).

O Bloody or clear fluid discharge from the nipples.

O Redness of the skin on the breast or nipple.

If you go to your doctor and your doctor finds cancer, you and your doctor will develop a treatment plan to eliminate the breast cancer, to reduce the chance of cancer returning in the breast, as well as to reduce the chance of the cancer traveling to A location outside of the breast. Treatment generally follows within a few weeks after the diagnosis.

The type of treatment recommended will depend on the size and location of the tumor in the breast, the results of lab tests done on the cancer cells and the stage or extent of the disease. Your doctor usually considers your age and general health as well as your feelings about the treatment options.

Breast cancer treatments are local or systemic.

O Local treatments are used to remove, destroy or control the cancer cells in a specific area, such as the breast. Surgery and radiation treatment are local treatments.

O Systemic treatments are used to destroy or control cancer cells all over the body. Chemotherapy and hormone therapy such as tamoxifen, and biologic therapies like Herceptin, are systemic treatments. A patient may have just one form of treatment or a combination, depending on her needs.

Following local breast cancer treatment, the treatment team will determine the likelihood that the cancer will recur outside the breast. This team usually includes a medical oncologist, a specialist trained in using medicines to treat breast cancer. The medical oncologist, who works with the surgeon, may advise the use of tamoxifen or possibly chemotherapy. These treatments are used in addition to, but not in place of, local breast cancer treatment with surgery and / or radiation therapy.

Remember get a mammogram. You should have a baseline mammogram at age 35 and a screening mammogram every year after age 40. Mammograms are an important part of your health history. If you go to another healthcare provider, or move, take the film (mammogram) with you.

Examine your breasts each month after age 20. You will become familiar with the contours and feel of your breasts and will be more alert to changes.

Have your breast examined by a healthcare provider at least once every three years after age 20, and every year after age 40. Clinical breast exams can detect lumps that may not be detected by mammogram. Never be afraid to ask questions. Contact your American Cancer Society that can answer your questions or lead you to the person that can answer your questions.

Doggy Odor in Labrador Retrievers

Doggy Odor in Your Labrador

Why does a Labrador have doggy odor?

Like any other animal, dogs will walk, run, and play in areas that might result in their gathering dirt, disease, or odor. The Labrador retriever may begin to produce odor due to a number of factors, such as oily skin, dirt accumulation, ear or anal infections, and dental/plaque buildup. Not only can odor be offensive, it can be a sign of an unhealthy retriever. If a Labrador retriever is not monitored, and the sources of doggy odor are not removed, the Labrador retriever will develop chronic physical problems.

What to do About Doggy Odor?

When a Labrador retriever begins to emit doggy odor, closely inspect the dog from head to tail. Check the retriever’s ears for debris, red skin, and odor. If an ear infection is present, it could be the result of the dog’s ears not being properly ventilated. Ear infections are common in dogs with ears that are floppy or folded over. If the dog’s ears are not properly ventilated, the inside becomes moist and warm, and infection can easily result.

Look in the dog’s mouth for plaque buildup on the teeth, and for discolored or missing teeth. In addition to the well-known “dog breath,” additional odor may be coming from the dog’s mouth as a result of food buildup and poor oral hygiene. Check the retriever’s feet; there may be a cut or infection on the dog’s foot pads. This type of injury should be immediately cleaned and bandaged. Run your fingers through the dog’s coat, and make sure you inspect all sides of the coat. There may be a concealed skin injury underneath the Labrador’s fur. Also, check for an oily or greasy texture appearing on the retriever’s coat. The coat might be producing dandruff or the skin may be flaky.

One of the most prominent areas for odor generation is the retriever’s backside. There could be anal infection, a buildup of feces on the dog’s coat, or the Labrador might be constipated or have diarrhea, both of which will produce significant odor.

As you are inspecting the retriever’s body, take detailed notes on what you see, smell, feel, and hear. These notes will become valuable when you take the dog to a veterinarian. Also, it will document signs or symptoms that you might forget to tell the veterinarian.

If your dog is exhibiting odor and is found to have an infection or illness, take proactive measures to protect your Labrador retriever. Take action and make a dog-care schedule for your Labrador.

Dogs need to be kept clean, but caution must be taken not to give the Labrador too many baths. If the dog is bathed every week, the retriever’s coat is deprived of natural oils. As a result, over- bathing a Labrador can increase odor. A dog should be bathed once a month.

Part of maintaining a clean home includes washing animal bedding, play toys, and the dog’s collar. After washing the Labrador’s bedding, make sure that the bedding is completely dry before allowing the dog to sleep on it. If the bedding has been removed from the dryer or brought in from a clothes line, vacuum the bedding with a small hand vacuum; this will remove any debris that was left by the dryer.

A Labrador retriever should be monitored when it goes outside, especially if your home is in a rural and/or wooded area. The dog might be picking up odors from discarded garbage or a dead animal carcass. Odors from rotting food or meat are extremely pungent. Also, they can induce vomiting if eaten. If your Labrador is allowed to go into wooded areas or alleys, follow the dog to see if he is eating carrion or miscellaneous garbage.

When dogs have odor emitting from their teeth or gums, it can be treated with a professional brushing which can include removing plaque from the dog’s mouth. Ask the vet about dog treats that are designed to help keep teeth and gums clean. Make teeth inspection a regular part of your dog’s cleaning schedule.

When your retriever has been playing in dirt or mud, keep two or three old towels ready to clean the dog’s coat. One towel can be put in water and used to clean the dog’s coat, and the other towel can remain dry and used to dry the dog’s coat. Dogs enjoy physical attention and respond well to having their coats cleaned.

Brushing the retriever on a daily basis helps to reduce smell, remove excess fur, and stimulate new hair growth.

Finally, ask your veterinarian about changing the Labrador’s diet. Dog food that contains solid meat promotes healthy skin, teeth, gums, and stools. High-quality food is available through a veterinarian or at large-scale pet shops. When shopping at a pet store, ask the store staff for recommendations.

Animal odors can result from a number of different sources. To make sure that your Labrador retriever is free of odor, it is necessary to perform regular visual checkups. The doggy odor will be removed when the dog’s body is inspected thoroughly, cleaned regularly, and taken to the veterinarian for regular checkups.

For more information, refer to
Labrador Retriever Facts and Information

Selling Tip: Use Social Dynamics to Control Sales Appointments

Many areas of selling that I’ve studied and taught to others are rarely, if ever, known and used in the world of professional selling. One of those is the science of social dynamics – before I ever began learning it myself and including it in my training, I’d never before seen it used in sales.

Social dynamics is the science of using nonverbal sub-communication to influence others. What does this include? The primary elements of our nonverbal sub-communication are body language, vocal tone, inflection and volume, eye contact, movement and carriage of the body, and other subtle but important elements.

The consequences of not using proper social dynamics in your sales interactions are severe, and most of us don’t even know we’re doing anything wrong because we haven’t been taught. The situation is much like cold calling – salespeople who cold call only do so because they don’t know any alternatives. However, by not paying attention to our social dynamics, we unknowingly give our power away to prospects, let them have control of sales appointments, create an impression that we are not successful, give prospects the “gut feeling” that they should not buy from us … all unknowingly.

So, that said, what can we do to make sure we don’t short-circuit all of our efforts by using improper social dynamics? Following is a brief and very basic – but highly effective – checklist of things you need to watch out for while selling:

1. Body language. (This isn’t easy to explain without pictures so bear with me!) Be careful not to lean in to prospects when talking with them. Leaning in sub-communicates weakness and submission. Lean back when you are in front of prospects. This sub-communicates that you are the leader, are in control, and will cause prospects to be more willing to follow your lead and buy. In addition, you should never face a prospect more than they are facing you. In other words, if a prospect is not facing you straight-on while sitting or standing, you should be turned away just a degree more than the prospect is turned away from you. It is okay to face a prospect straight-on only after they have fully turned to face you directly. If you face them directly before they do so to you, you are sub-communicating neediness and submission. However, by allowing the prospect to do so first, they are automatically placed in the submissive role and will be much easier to close.

2. If you cannot hear a prospect, never lean in directly when they repeat themselves. Instead, turn sideways, so that your ear is facing the prospect, but your face is turned away. This allows you to hear the prospect better but without taking a weak stance.

3. Your voice. The single most important thing you can do to be a more effective salesperson is to have a powerful, commanding voice. Like a firm handshake, an impressive vocal presence sub-communicates power and leadership and will cause prospects to be much more willing to buy from you. Practice speaking louder in your everyday communications. You don’t want to yell or strain; instead, focus on speaking from your core, your abdomen, which will result in the commanding voice you need to have to be effective.

Imagine a general who speaks powerfully, but without yelling or straining. This is what you should strive for. I achieved this by simply talking that way all the time. An added benefit is that you will automatically become an excellent public speaker by having this talent, which you can then leverage into more sales by volunteering to speak at networking events, chamber of commerce meetings, and other “target-rich” environments. It will also be a necessary skill should you wish to go into sales training or public speaking later in your career, a choice that is available to all successful salespeople.

4. Your presence. This is closely related to body language, but has more to do with posture than with positioning yourself in front of prospects. For example, weak people are afraid of infringing on others’ personal space, so they keep a small presence. Avoid this by standing with your feet at least a foot apart, leaning back slightly, and having your shoulders back and chin up. This is a powerful stance that sub-communicates leadership and confidence. The same rules hold true while sitting – keep your feet flat on the floor (no crossed legs), with your arms spread wide rather than holding them close together. Unless you are sitting with your arms on the desk, lean back in your chair while speaking. Again, you’re demonstrating command of the situation by doing so.

What about pacing the movements of your prospect? Don’t do it. This is one of those “old, right answers” from the old school of selling that is now wrong. Most prospects can pick up on this because it’s been done to them so many times before, and, what’s worse, why would you want to pace your prospects’ mannerisms when you run the risk of reflecting their own weak body language? In addition, it shows a lack of independence, which is the biggest killer of the powerful, confident persona you want to demonstrate in appointments.

Finally, remember that this is not a competition. These suggestions are not given with the intent to rule your prospects. They simply allow you to present yourself as a powerful leader whose advice should be taken, and the end result is that prospects will feel extremely comfortable with entrusting their business to you. Follow these tips, and your close rates will suddenly explode!

Dyslexia – An Amazing Discovery

Reading and writing are a great passion for me, and if I had $ 10 for every time other accomplished or aspiring writers have said "I always wanted to write", I'd be laughing all the way to the bank. Voracious readers, they'll have many happy childhood hours creating stories. So how come I avoided reading whenever I could and I never wrote anything down without I absolutely had to? Despite the fact that I have a fertile imagination and have always loved a good story, all my life reading and writing have been associated with feelings of guilt, shame, confusion and humiliation. But all this changed when I discovered something that made me feel like I was walking into the light from a long tunnel for the very first time. I was euphoric as I realized I'm not lazy, I'm not dim or stupid … I'm dyslexic! I was 46 and the weight of the world began lifting from my shoulders. A crucial piece of life's puzzle puzzle fell gently into place as my brain freed itself to feel the passion. But how could it have taken so long?

As a child at school, my parents were told I was vivid and intelligent but had poor concentration. I was slow in learning to read and in number work but teachers never raised concerns about my ability. They said I was lazy – so I believed them. As I grew older, my parents' frustration with my lack of academic progress was palpable. My school reports used the same old clichés: "Jacqui must try harder"; "… not focusing on her work," invoking the same old cold, clammy feeling down my back.

Pages that should have contained my writing remained steadfastly empty and I found it difficult to express myself, verbally, without emotional outbursts of unintelligible nonsense. I could not find the words to explain that I had tried my hardest but for some reason I simply could not take in what my teachers wanted me to learn.

I left school and went to train as a dance teacher. I married and spent many happy years bringing up my children; But although I always encouraged my children to read, I felt a fraud. The house was full of books but I could not bring myself to read them. I was conditioned to think of this as laziness and told myself that I was just too busy to read.

I discovered I had a flair for management but as I took on jobs with more and more responsibility, I had a monkey on my back as my constant companion. If anyone passed me something to read I would mumble something about looking at it later. My embarrassment and humiliation were so powerful, I was simply incapacitated of reading anything when someone was watching me.

It was not long before I encountered the proverbial glass ceiling and realized that I would have to get an academic qualification, so I took a deep breath and started a Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA). Because of the excessive work load and time commitment needed, we were advised that everything else in our lives should be stable. No changing jobs or moving house. Me? Oh, I went through a divorce and remarriage, two changes of job and moved house three times. But, I managed to scrape through, got my Masters and basked in the glory of having finally done something with my brain.

MBA under my belt, I resumed my rise through management; But I still felt that monkey on my back. I could not expose myself to the ridicule of admitting I had problems understanding written texts or dealing with numbers; And the elaborate masquerade continued. Until, that is, I came across a book titled "The Gift of Dyslexia". I was intrigued because I had always thought of dyslexia as a learning disability but as I began to read, I discovered a complete and accurate description of … me. Lights were flicking on in my brain as the realization dawned. I no longer had to search for excuses because I had an explanation. Not only was I not stupid, I was a genius for getting this far. I had developed complex and effective coping strategies that had allowed me to function. I had positively thrived, against all the odds. There's nothing wrong with my brain, it's just wired differently. Information has to be reprocessed into a form that I can understand.

This exciting and liberating moment heralded a change in my whole outlook. I heaved the monkey off my back and began the slow climb out of the world of guilt and shame. I discovered that Albert Einstein and Winston Churchill had been dyslexic. I discovered that many successful entrepreneurs and business leaders, such as Richard Branson, are dyslexic. They tend to be maverick. They do not conform.

So, why is dyslexia a gift? Because a person with dyslexia is strong, resilient, resourceful, insightful, empathic, intuitive, perceptive and creative. We see the world from a different perspective to most, and that makes us more rounded and better able to cope with life. I have succeeded, against all the odds but can see why it causes behavioral problems. As a child I was shouting in the wind. I simply did not understand information because of the way it was presented. Charged with passion and emotion, but unable to express it in a way others could understand. It's a simple step from there for a child, or an adult, to vent their frustration.

Now, I no longer feel the need to prove myself to anyone, least of all, myself. I understand why I do not understand. I have discovered the joy of writing. Finally, I am able to express myself, creatively and without fear of humiliation. I have written my story for others to discover, share and dispel myths and misinformation about this all too common condition. Life has given me a gift and now I feel the freedom to express myself … and am doing so.

Ice Cold Water not good for Health, says Ayurveda

The ancient science of Ayurveda provides a wealth of information on how people can take care of their health using natural ways. According to Ayurveda, ice cold water or drinks hinder the process of digestion and slow down the Jatharagni (digestive fire). As a result, food is not digested properly, leading to the formation of sticky toxic material (ama) in the small intestine. Other effects include under nourishment and blockage of body’s channels (srotas), which can further lead to hundreds of diseases.

Ice cold water is very bad for patients because their digestive fire is already weak due to low levels of immunity. In fact, you will be shocked to see cold water and drinks being served to patients in many hospitals across the world. We may have been trained to drink cold water from childhood or our tongue may enjoy a sip from the ice cold drink, but it is totally useless for the body.

Ayurveda says do not put anything useless in your body. It is like putting diesel or kerosene oil in a petrol car. It won’t do any good, but will cause trouble in the engine and the car will ultimately break down. Using the wrong thing at the wrong place does no good to anyone.  Fortunately, we can buy another car, but we can not buy another body. Therefore, it is important that you do not destroy your body and take care of it by serving it with the right food items.

According to Ayurveda, you should always drink water at normal room temperature. If you live in very hot climate, you can drink slightly cool water. And the best is to drink lukewarm water. It helps in enhancing the process of digestion, clears the accumulated toxins, opens up the blocked channels, and balances Vata and Kapha (Ayurvedic humours representing Air and Water). If you are suffering from Pitta diseases (such as skin rashes, burning sensation, hyperacidity, etc.), you should boil the water properly and then let it cool down naturally to room temperature. This water is extremely beneficial for people who have Pitta-related problems.

Finally, it is important that you maintain the requisite water levels in your body. Seventy percent of our body is made up of water and we lose a lot of it through breathing and perspiration everyday. Therefore, it is imperative that you drink at least eight glasses of water everyday. Do not replace water with black tea, coffee, alcohol, or cold fizzy drinks. According to Ayurveda, if you keep your body well-hydrated and supply it with the right amount and kind of water, you will be able to keep yourself healthy throughout the year.

Power Ab Workout – Isolation Training

The harder you train your abs is more important than how long you train them. Go for "the burn" occasional, but if your stomach muscles feel uncomfortable for more than a couple of days, you probably have gone too far.

If you find yourself in a confined position and you only have a few minutes to train your abs, it is a good idea to try this quick, 15 seconds ab-toning circuit. Circuit training is moving from one exercise to the next as quickly as possible. Hold each position for 3 seconds.

Lean back until you stomach muscles contract, but do not touch the back of your chair. Then, without rest, bring your right foot off the floor and you right knee towards your chest. Do the same with your left leg. For the final exercise, press your right forearms into your right armrest. Do the same with your left forearms.

In 15 seconds, you have worked all of your ab muscles. If you have more time, simply do another circuit of the same routine. Three sets would be perfect.

Perform 3 ab isolation exercises 3 times a week. Target each muscle with a specific exercise. Do 3 exercises per workout – one for your front abs, one for your side abs, and one that targets all of your stomach muscles simultaneously. Mix and match your ab workouts to fully facilitate your workout. Your abs love to be challenged from different angles and intensities. Always emphasize perfect form to maximize your progress and minimize soreness.

If you are a person who extremely lacks time, put our ab isolation exercises together into a floor circuit workout when you are at home or in the gym. This method of training keeps your heart rate up so that you tone your abs and lose belly fat simultaniously.

Lie on your back and do a set of ten perfect crunches. Then, without any rest, do a set of ten reverse crunches. Turn over on your stomach and hold a plank for 10 seconds. By now you might need a breath, so take a thirty seconds break and a sip of water. Then lie down on your side and hold a side plank for ten seconds. Switch to your other side and hold a plank for ten seconds.

Just as you get bored doing the same things over and over, your abs do get bored too. When you do not add anything new to your ab-isolation exercises, do not expect to see any visible improvements. Adding one new ab-isolation exercise each month will ignite your progress.

5 Amazing Ways to Stop Underarm Sweating

Underarm sweating is an embarrassing condition for any excess sweating sufferer. Usually people sweat when they're hot, working out, trying to get rid of excess salt in there system. This is not the case for sufferers of excessive sweating. They sweat excessively because they have over active sweat glands. It seems that they sweat for no reason whatever, they can be watching TV and they'll sweat! They're sweat even more in social situations too, because they get anxious. They think other people around them can notice their sweat problem – so they'll sweat more. It's an embarrassing condition that can lead to serious issues such as social anxiety. Sufferers will often lead a poorer quality of life compared to an average person. They'll avoid all sorts of situations where they know they'll sweat excessively.

5 Amazing Ways To Stop Underarm Sweating

It's essential that as a sufferer you know how to treat excess underarm sweating. It's very depressing to let a condition such as this, effect ones social life. Consider these methods below to stop underarm sweating.

1. Use an aluminium chloride based anti-perspirant. The aluminum chloride in these solutions actually block up the over active sweat glands! You can find these at any local pharmacy for around $ 15 USD. With these type of solutions, it's best to apply them before you go to bed and wash off in the morning. Please be aware that these anti-perspirants may cause irritation under the arms, so I advise you to stop using them if such events occur.

2. Lose weight and avoid certain foods! It's only natural for people who are over weight to sweat more. Exercising daily will ensure you stay under weight. Along with exercise you need to eat the right foods and avoid foods such as; Spices, caffiene, alcohol.

3. Endoscopic Thoracic Sympathectomy (ETS). I never recommend surgery to any sufferer, only as a last resort. But if it comes to this. ETS is one of the best in treating excess underarm sweating.

4. Talcum power. You should be using this after you have a shower, it will ensure your skin stays dry throughout the day. It does not really make that much of a difference, but it can certainly help your sweat problems.

5. Natural methods with no side effects! Sounds too good to be true? It's not. There is a book floating around the Internet entitled Stop sweating, start living by Mike Ramsey. He provides you with a natural method to cure excess sweating in just two weeks. The system has a 96% succes rate, so it may be worth checking out!

Learning to be Assertive Despite the Fatigue of Illness

I had just received the third pink slip in two weeks from the lab that said my payment was passed due. Over three times I had called and my insurance company had assured me that the lab work was covered and that they would mail out a check that afternoon. This time, when I finally got a representative on the telephone, I was polite but firm. I said that I wanted the problem taken care of immediately, and I wrote down her name and the supervisor's name. It was time to get even more assertive.

Has assertiveness gotten a bad rap, however, among the chronically ill? Is it assumed that we will not have the energy or stamina to fight all of the battles that we will face? When we do talk to someone in customer service, we are rarely taken absolutely seriously. After all, is not it just the drugs that make us impatient and nit-picky about all of this insurance stuff? Has anyone ever brushed off your assertiveness simply by assuming, "She does not have anything else to think about all day, so no wonder she's upset!"? Or "She's just taking her frustrations out on me because she has a chronic illness."

When you imagine an assertive person, what comes to mind? Webster's Dictionary says that assertiveness is "positive; affirming confidently; affirmative." Too often we confuse assertiveness with aggression which is defined as "making assaults and unjustly attacking." Most of us have had moments when we have slid into an aggressive mode, but assertiveness is based on one's ability to confidently step forward. Rather than becoming aggressive, I believe that the chronically ill often become burnt out on fighting and we simply avoid any conflict. Who has the energy to fight for our rights? Next time a situation arises where you may need to be a bit assertive, here are some things in which to remember.

I have the right to say no without feeling guilty.

For those of us with chronic illness, this is a big one! We must say, "no, thanks," or "I'll pass," much more often than we would prefer. Even when we master the ability to say no, the guilt continues to sit with us for days. Let it go! You know your abilities and limitations and what is best for your own health and your family's well being.

I have the right to state my opinion, even if I change my mind.

Have you ever been on a jury and you had to state your decision up-front, but than the deliberations continued, you changed your mind about the verdict? You have the right to say what you think, but it's best to think before you speak. Is what you say going to hurt someone's feelings? Are your comments going to help the situation?

I have the right to take risks and try new things.

Just because you have a chronic condition does not mean you have to eat at the same restaurant the rest of your life. Try new things! You may find a new hobby or a new activity that you are able to easily do, in which you would have never thought about. "When I started taking photos it was on one of those cardboard cameras," says Darcie. "But then I found that I really loved it and I was not half bad. So I bought a real camera. It's been fun. I've had an excuse to go to events that I could not participate in before, like boat Races, because I am 'the photographer.' "

I have the right to be heard.

Whatever you are having a conversation with a medical professional or your mother, you do have the right to be heard. Too many of us fall into the habit of talking all of the time, however, and forgetting that we also have the responsibility to listen. Know your boundaries and what you are willing to listen to and not. When a man approached me after a health fair and said, "I can cure you in 30 days," I replied, "You have sixty seconds to tell me why I should talk with you further about your product." I listened … and no, he did not convince me. He felt okay about it though, and I got out of an uncomfortable thirty-minute sales pitch.

So be assertive – practice in front of the mirror if you must. As you step out and share your opinion, it may feel awkward at first, but then you will gain more confidence and it will become simpler the next time the opportunity arises. Even studies have shown that assertive people are more likely to have personal and professional relationships that are based on honesty and mutual respect.

Genetic Disease In The German Shorthaired Pointer

Both humans and canines may be genetically predisposed to develop similar diseases. One of these diseases that may even sound familiar to you is lymphedema. We have all heard that we have lymph glands that are important for our bodies to function as a healthy unit. The German Shorthaired Pointer also has lymph glands. Lymph is a clear fluid that is taken from the tissues of the body and the space between the tissues. Typically, lymph is filled with protein and is returned to the blood through the lymph glands. However, it sometimes occurs that there is excess of fluid between the body tissues which results in swelling (edema), and the result is referred to as “lymphedema.” The question that arises is “what causes lymphedema?”

The fluids apparently build up because there is some type of abnormal interference with the routine lymph flow. When lymphedema occurs it can be either primary (inherited) or secondary lymphedema. If a German Shorthaired Pointer has primary lymphedema is inherited and, with this type, the lymph vessels are abnormal or possibly absent. When the breed develops the secondary type of this disease, the lymph vessels are likely to be blocked by a number of things including tumors, and inflammation. Because the German Shorthaired Pointer has the genetic predisposition for primary lymphedema, there may be swelling noticed at birth or shortly thereafter.

It should be mentioned that, in both primary and secondary lymphedema, the swelling is likely to be observed in the areas of the hind legs, ears, midsection and even the front legs. Any time the skin is stretched with swelling, the chance of developing a bacterial infection increases and longer healing time from any injury may be present. The dog won’t look too bad, can be otherwise healthy, but might have sort of spongy feel when touched.

When, and if your German Shorthaired Pointer seems to have swelling, it is wise to take the dog to the veterinarian for evaluation. It may be helpful to know that swelling from lymphedema may start in the dog’s feet and travel to the body. You may notice that your dog seems to be in pain and perhaps have difficulty moving. Lymphedema is a serious condition which can result in infections under the skin. The lymph vessels can also become infected. The vet will do a thorough examination, blood work, skin biopsy. There is also a test called lymphangiography in which a dye is injected and x rays are taken. The treatment for lymphedema ranges from none to drugs to surgery depending on the severity of the disease.

What Really Causes Autism?

Autism is a disorder that generally is noticed in children around the age of three. For some unknown reason, autism is four times more frequent in boys than in girls. The disorder manifests itself in varying degrees in each child, but generally, the child has few interactive skills with other children, does not talk, does not make eye contact, may throw tantrums, and may act deaf when he or she has normal Hearing. These are just a few of the symptoms.

It is generally accepted that autism is brought about by abnormalities in the structure of the brain or some kind of malfunctioning of the brain. It is considered a neurological disorder. As of yet, we do not know what causes this malfunctioning. There are several theories. One is environmental factors such as toxins in the air, viruses or exposure to chemicals such as mercury. Another is that autism is hereditary, as it does seem to run in families. However; They have not been able to isolate a gene that causes it. In addition, there is evidence that the potential to develop autism also runs in families.

A less popular theory is that the mother may have had problems during pregnancy or delivery, which included digesting a harmful substance. Other theories have included mothers having babies later on in life; Having premature babies, and having babies born in the breech position. Studies on these factors have not come up with anything decent and have left the medical disciplines unconvinced. There have even been theories that the measles vaccine may have caused some children to have autism. More research would have to be done for this to be conclusive.

One thing is agreed on in the medical fields surrounding autism; It is not a mental disorder. It is not caused by psychological problems of the parents or the child. Children are born with the disorder, or they are born with the potential to have it. Early diagnosis can help tremendously. Corrective behavior can be learned and a certain amount of independence can be established if the problem is done early. Living with an autistic child is certainly not an easy task, but it can be easier, armed with knowledge of the disorder and taking advantage of the professional services available. There are many support groups as well. It is thought that 1.5 million people in the US may have some form of autism.