Six Factors That Affect Our Body’s Immune System

The rainy season is identical with the arrival of various diseases, particularly influenza. Some people appear more immune to the flu virus, while others are frequently sneezing, coughing, and with runny nose.

According to experts, our body’s immune system was affected by various unforeseen habits, for example, how much sugar is consumed. Let us find out the factors that affect our immune system.

1. Sugar consumption

Eating too much sugar was not only causing fat deposits. The study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition mention, when you consume 100 grams of sugar (about 3 cans of soda) the ability of white blood cells in killing bacteria during the next 5 hours will be reduced.

2. Less drinking

Our bodies need water to remove toxins. More or less water should we drink each individual differently, depending on the activity and the environment. To find out if we drink enough, consider the color of urine. If the color is clear yellow, it means you have enough to drink.

3. Weight loss

Losing weight is too much is bad for the heart, brain, and immune system. Excessive weight will cause a disturbed hormone balance and disrupt the ability of inflammatory immune cells fight infection.

4. Often dry nose

Mucus / mucous in the nose serves to catch the virus and prevent entry into the body. If your nostrils are often dry, the viruses and bacteria will be free to enter.

5. Often stress

No coincidence that you suddenly got the flu after completing the important work deadlines. According to a study published in the American Psychological Association, prolonged stress weakens the immune system response. Stress will also make flu symptoms worse.

6. Frequent colds

The average adult will have a cold as much as one to three times a year. If you often have the flu, it means your immune system does not work optimally. Good quality sleep, exercise, and consumption of nutritious foods to boost your body immunity.

Dangers of Half Rep Training

The half rep is a technique of doing a push or pulling exercise using only partial range of motion for a particular muscle group. While they can be beneficial, most are done for the wrong reasons.

First, to clear up any misinformation, lets go over what exactly a half rep does that is beneficial, and what it is actually used for. These lifts are a training technique used by more advanced lifters to get them past sticking points in their lift, basically, to target areas of weakness in each lift.

Most of the time half reps are done incorrectly simply so that some over egoistic person in the gym can convince themselves that they are lifting more weight than they can actually handle. For example: Have you ever seen someone in the gym load way to much weight on the bench press and then maybe bring the weight down 25% before pushing it back up (usually with a lot of noise to make sure everyone sees them lifting heavy)? They call this a lift but unfortunately this does nothing for the development of chest size or strength. Another example would be this same egoistic person putting hundreds of pounds too much on a squat rack and squatting down only a few inches. This defeats their entire purpose and unfortunately most people, including personal trainers that I see perform these incorrectly and for the wrong reasons.

Over time, performing these lifts incorrectly does two things. First, it decreases the range of motion in which the muscle is viable. Second, the weaker parts of the muscle are not developed, they are left to atrophy and get weaker still. This inevitably leads to injury when a part of the body suddenly finds itself beyond the half rep training motion.

The correct way to do a half rep is to work the hardest part of the movement only, usually the lower part of the movement. (sorry gym rats but going 25% of the way down is pointless) Then stop 1/2 way up and go back down and do another 1/2 rep in the hard part of the movement range. DO NOT BOUNCE THE WEIGHT! Pause at the end of the movement for a split second and then press the weight back up, pausing at the top as well. Using momentum by bouncing the weight is just another way glorify the ego, and does not help in building real strength.

For example: A bench press lift would begin with the bar resting on your chest, go 40%-60% of the way up, pause, and return the bar to your chest. Pause again before performing another rep and do not bounce the bar off your chest. A squat would require you to go all the way into a deep squat, legs bent more than 90 degrees. Move from that position upward until the legs are parallel to the floor, then pause before returning to the bottom. A pull-up can be done in whatever area you are weaker, either from hanging with straight arms up to 40%-60% range of motion, or from half way up to chin above the bar. The idea again is to get you past your weak points.

So the question is; Should I do half reps? I would say no. Focus on developing strength throughout your full range of motion. If you must use them, use the correct technique and use it for the right reasons, to get past a weak point. Do not make it part of your every day lifting and do not use it to add more weight than you can safely handle.

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Ferret Eye Problems That You Need to Know About

If you own a ferret you will be quite aware of the ferret eye problems that cause you to be concerned about. The unlucky ferret is not blessed with good eyesight which is why its smelling senses are so developed. Also, due to poor sight they are often prone to many kinds of complications and problems of the eyes.

Ferrets are curious and playful naturally and their active nature is prone to accidents to their eyes, the most sensitive of all their organs. Fighting with cats or a hard hit can cause damage to their eyes. Even a rush of excitement can cause bulging of their eyes and make them blind.

I would well advise to keep your ferret safely in a place where there are lesser possibilities of injuries to the head and accidents. However, eye complications in ferrets can well be inherent where if the mother had cataract or glaucoma you will find its presence in the ferret pup. Then, it may be a case of diabetes causing the disabilities. Where diagnosis is quite impossible, the ferret may lose its eyesight or even die within a short time.

Another disease that attacks most ferrets is retinal atrophy which is a progressive complication of ferret eye type. The eyes lose moisture and become hard and dilated with age. This is a slow killer since the eyes lose sight or visibility over a period of time. It is caused when the pet has a deficiency of an amino acid substance called Taurine.

When there is an injury or trauma to your ferret, Uveitis is yet another infection which the pet is susceptible to. It is however curable and treatment requires application of an anti-inflammatory ointment like cortisone. If left untreated, it may cause painful destruction of the retina and subsequent blindness

Sometimes a tumor behind the eyeballs can cause Lymphoma (where the eyes bulge out) or Lymphosarcoma. If diagnosed with it, the ferret needs to be treated with chemotherapy. Such lymphoma is then treated with surgery and is known as retro bulbar lymphoma.

It is important to have regular checkups for your pet to avoid progression of any of these diseases. It is advisable to take the pet to an experienced and established vet for periodical examination to avoid afflictions to the ferret with minor or major eye ailments.

The Pros and Cons of Using Aloe Vera Supplements

Aloe vera supplements are taken to alleviate a number of ailments including constipation, digestive disorders, stomach inflammation and ulcers. Aloe vera uses also include immune system improvement and easing arthritis symptoms. It has also been shown to balance the blood sugar level and decrease body odor. The plant contains many substances such as enzymes, fatty acids, minerals and vitamins among others.

Even though only the leaves of the plant are used for medicinal purposes, the leaves are used for many different purposes. For instance, aloe vera gel is commonly integrated into creams, lotions and ointments and used to treat minor burns and cuts and to soothe lesions and rashes. Not only is it believed to speed the healing process of irritations such as these and insect bites, but it also relieves dandruff and itching. Aloe vera juice has been used as a laxative substance. The supplement has also been made into chunks, liquids and powders and is often made into soothing dairy-based beverages.

Aloe vera supplements may have various side effects. For example, when used as a topical treatment for itching or rashes, one can have an allergic reaction. Overusing the juice can cause imbalances in the electrolytes leading to diarrhea or severe intestinal cramps. People taking arrhythmia medication, diuretics, drugs causing potassium loss and oral or topical steroids should not take the substance. Furthermore, aloe in the form of latex rather than the gel can be dangerous, especially when taken orally.

Still, some may try oral dosages of aloe latex to treat asthma, bleeding, colds, colitis, constipation, depression, diabetes, epilepsy, hemorrhoids, missed menstrual periods, multiple sclerosis, osteoarthritis, varicose veins and vision problems such as glaucoma. However, aloe latex in high doses has been linked to cancer and kidney disease, so those who may want to try the substance should speak with a health professional first to discuss its safety.

How Fast Does A Cataract Grow?

A cataract as some people think is not a tissue growth or a tumor that grows over the eye lens. It is actually the clouding of the eye lens and generally develops in front of the pupil and the iris. It causes fogging and loss of lens clarity and can lead to partial or total cloudy vision. In worse condition, it can cause temporary blindness which can only be remedied through surgery.

There are many causes why cataracts develop. The pace of cataract progression may also vary from every individual. There are people who develop their cataracts in their younger years while some may have it during their old ages. The most possible causes of cataracts are prolong exposure to UV light, diabetes, use of medications that can alter the body’s immune system, vitamin deficiencies and eye illnesses like iritis, glaucoma or eye trauma. If the person already has cataract and regularly exposed to such conditions, progression may be quicker. Basically, people who are over 65 years old are most prone to develop cataracts so presumably cataracts are part of our aging process. Fortunately, only 10 percent of those who have it do require eye surgery to correct their vision.

Cause of Progression of Cataracts

Previously, doctors advised their patients to wait for their cataracts to reach full stage before eye surgery is advised. But with today’s technology, doctors can now treat cataracts even it is in its early development stage. Talking about the pace of the development of cataracts, many people are asking how fast a cataract can grow. According to some eye experts, there are certain types of cataracts that can grow rapidly and cause blurry vision to the sufferer in such a short time while there are also cataracts that do not progress at all or if ever it progresses, the person is truly in his later stage of life. Incidentally, the case of cataract progression can be influenced by the person’s health condition. Like if the person has a weak immune system or has a history of eye illnesses that makes his eye vulnerable to eye disorder, the development of eye cataract can be faster.

Especially people who have diabetes or suffering from autoimmune diseases like AIDS or Lupus, the rate of cataract development is more accelerated. Cataracts, like other diseases can also be inherited though it may come at a later stage. On the other hand, not all cataracts will require surgery. Most of the times, cataracts only require maintenance so that it would not advance that it may require surgery while some doctors advise their patients not to mind their cataracts as long as it is not causing discomfort, problems with vision and risk to their everyday lives.

What Must Be Done?

People who have cataracts must visit their eye doctors on regular basis because their doctors must know the progression of their cataract growth. If the cataract grows rapidly, the doctors can advise their patients to undergo intensive medical check-up because as we have said the growth and development of cataracts can be influenced by many health issues. Wearing glasses cannot actually help in preventing the development of cataracts but only medical procedures and the doctors’ intervention. The patient may be advised to change his or her lifestyle or get away from sources that contribute to the rapid development of the cataract.

Quick Short Facts About Bifocal Reading Glasses

Recently, more and more people at a young age suffer from impaired vision. As a result, the demand for bifocal reading glasses is high. Spectacles together with contact lenses are considered some of the most innovative products today. Their function is quite valuable as they are tools for helping people to see much clearly and conveniently. Compare to contact lenses, spectacles offer more convenience to people age 40 and up.

Origin of Bifocals

As their name implies, spectacles are eyeglasses with two distinct optical powers. They are designed for individuals with symptoms myopia or astigmatism. The eyeglasses were invented way back around 1760. They are first developed or used by Benjamin Franklin, an American statesman and investor. During this time, Benjamin suffered from presbyopia and nearsightedness. This inspired him to create his own eyeglasses.

The Benefits of Bifocals

Spectacles are designed to allow the user to improve his focus on a certain object either far or near him. Presbyopia is a condition where in a person suffers from the difficulty of focusing objects that are far and near. The spectacles provide an ease of transition from focusing onto far objects to near objects. They have two sections on each lens. The upper section is expected to aid in distance vision while the lower section magnifies objects. With this kind of lens, you do not need two sets of eyeglasses as the spectacles provide everything you need.

Styles and Designs

Spectacles can come in wide variety of styles and designs and they can be bought in high-end fashion stores, local eye care center and even online. These eyeglasses are available for both men and women. They can have classy feminine frames or thick metal frames. The styles vary from retro to modern style. One great example is the tinted reading glasses that are bifocal. Basically, they are sold in four distinctive designs depending on the method use for embedding the lenses.

Improve Your Eye Health With Natural Remedies

Eye diseases like cataract, glaucoma, detached retina or myopia all come from weakness and inflammation in the tissues that compose and surround the eye. Most doctors don’t really know what to say to you on how to improve your eye health. They don’t know how you can strengthen and protect your eyes from becoming disease or if you have an eye disease how to improve your condition.

In 1985, I developed detached retina in my right eye and my left eye had weakness.

The day I went to the eye specialist in Palo Alto to see why part of my vision was dark, I didn’t go home for 3 day. The very moment the doctor examine my eyes, he said “You need to go to the hospital right now and have surgery tonight.” Was I scared? Definitely!

Was the surgery a success? Yes it was. But not until I went through a 5 hour laser surgery procedure, had a needle pushed into my eye as I looked straight at it, and had an in house laser procedure of 50 pulses.

Months later I asked my eye doctor what I could do to improve my eye health and to keep them strong. There was silence and my question was never answered. He just didn’t know.

Since that time, I become a nutritionist and have learn many things about keeping eyes healthy and I plan to write an e-report so that I can pass that information on to many of you that want to avoid losing your good eye sight as you become older.

Right now I want to give you only one thing you can do for your eye health. I want to give you a formula on how you can make your own eye drops made out of MSM. As you recall in the last newsletter, I mentioned MSM eye drops that you can use it in your ears to keep them flexible. Well, MSM eye drops are the best drops you can use in your eyes to:

– strengthen them

– prevent glaucoma

– prevent cataract,

– keep them young

– dissolve mucus accumulation

– keep your eyes moist

– correct dryness

– relieve strain

– relieve red eye

– clear up pink eye

– clear up sties

– clears up eye infections

– tie up free damaging free radical

– tie up destructive proteins

The best part about MSM eye drops is that they are not addictive like many of the eye drops that you find at the drug store.

Look, can you ask any more of this eye drop solution? Yes you can. The second best part about MSM eye drops is that they are really cheap. You can buy it already make for around $5. Of course, you only get one ounce. The shipping cost more than the product.

Here’s what I buy when I make it myself:

– a 2 or 4 ounce brown eye dropper bottle

– torpedo MSM tablets of 1000 mg per tablet

– saline solution that I use for my contact lens and that’s it.

Here’s how to make it:

– Boil the eye dropper bottle with stem and rubber top for 10 minute

– After boiling, rinse out the inside of the bottle, stem, and rubber cap with distilled water.

– Fill the bottle with 80% saline solution.

– Add two to four MSM torpedoes making it 2000 to 4000 mg.

– Let the MSM dissolve and it’s ready for use.

Only one warning, just start with only two torpedoes. Then test it on your eye by dropping one drop into your eye. You will feel a little bit of a sting. Keep adding a torpedo until the sting is not too severe or to slight. I use 4 torpedoes since I am use to the sting. I also add a drop of 98% Aloe Vera gel, since aloe has an antibacterial property and it promotes cell regeneration. Of course, adding aloe makes it sting more but this will not damage your eye. Just go slow and add mall amount of aloe until you get the effect you can live with.

This is a real nice eye drop and excellent for your eye health. It is best to make it yourself, since it can be done when ever you need it. I use it all the time before I put my contacts lens, when I have my contacts on, and after I take them off. Have fun doing this and if you have children show them what you are doing.

How to Cure Cold and Flu Naturally and Fast?

Every year, millions of people world-wide get sick with the flu and cold. A person may suffer from a common cold and flu several times in a year. They are more likely to strike when a person’s immune system is low.

Colds and flu are caused by viruses which are infectious agents that rely on a living host for survival. There are more than 200 viruses that are responsible for cause of common cold and flu. Its intensity, however, depends upon the state of health of the person and environmental factors.

Symptoms of a cold and Flu include sore throat, blocked or runny nose, cough, watery eyes, fatigue headache. These symptoms will typically last anywhere from 3 to 10 days. But if your symptoms have lasted longer than that and start to change, you may be suffering from a secondary infection. These common complications of the cold and flu can leave you feeling pretty miserable.

Here are some home remedies that may help you feel better along the way.

1. Honey: Excellent for sore throats and coughs. You can take it plain, one teaspoonful at a time or mix it with some hot water and lemon.

2. Eat Chicken soup. Chicken soup may be frequently taken because it has been found that the intake of chicken soup helps in stimulation of the immune system of an individual and hence, the concerned person will have concrete disease resistance. chicken soup may be taken in hot condition and perhaps, the steam arising from the hot soup will help in relieving the congestion found in nasal passages and thereby leading to immediate relief from the cold condition.

3. Get extra rest. Even taking adequate rest helps in relieving the cold because resting activities help to minimize the chances of additional infections from multiple sources. It will also help you avoid spreading the virus to others.

4. Drink lots of fluids like water, fruit juices and clear soups. Fluids help loosen mucus.eight glasses of water, clear juice, tea, and other mostly clear liquids are advised. Staying hydrated helps moisturize the lining of the nose and throat, which makes mucus easier to clear. But be sure to avoid caffeinated or alcoholic drinks, as they can cause dehydration. Avoid alcohol, coffee and caffeinated sodas, which make dehydration worse

5. Drink hot hiquids. Hot liquids relieve nasal congestion, help prevent dehydration, and can soothe the uncomfortably inflamed membranes that line your nose and throat.

6. Gargle . Gargling can moisten a sore throat and bring temporary relief. Take 1/2 teaspoon salt dissolved in an 8-ounce glass of warm water. Thus, prepare the saturated solution and use it as a home remedy for cold and flu. Then by using an ink-filler like application, place two or three drops of the filtered salt solution into each nose and do this for two to three times in a day.

7. Use a salve under your nose. A small dab of mentholated salve under your nose can open breathing passages and help soothe the irritated skin at the base of the nose. Menthol, eucalyptus and camphor all have mild numbing ingredients that may help relieve the pain of a nose rubbed raw.

8. Take hot water in a bowl and put some Vicks vaporub. Place your nose over the vapors and inhale, covering yourself with a towel. This remedy is good for your blocked nose.

9. Take a Steamy Shower. Steamy showers moisturize your nasal passages and relax you. If you’re dizzy from the flu, run a steamy shower while you sit on a chair nearby and take a sponge bath.

10. Take vitamin C. It’s up there with chicken soup as far as legendary cold remedies go, and there might be some truth to vitamin C being helpful as well. Some evidence shows that it can reduce the duration and severity of a common cold. . Taking vitamin C every day seems to reduce the length of a cold once you get it; however, taking big doses of vitamin C after you already have a cold gets mixed results.

11. Sleep with an extra pillow under your head. This will help with the drainage of nasal passages. If the angle is too awkward, try placing the pillows between the mattress and the box springs to create a more gradual slope.

12. Apply hot or cold Packs around your congested sinuses. Either temperature may help you feel more comfortable. You can buy reusable hot or cold packs at a drugstore. Or make your own. Take a damp washcloth and heat it for 55 seconds in a microwave (test the temperature first to make sure it’s right for you.) Or take a small bag of frozen peas to use as a cold pack.

13. Keep washing your hands! Those nasty germs won’t be able to find their way into your bod if you keep washing them away.

14. Zinc: is another wonder thing for cold that can cut colds short. While early studies showed that zinc could help fight off a cold more quickly, the latest consensus seems to be that zinc has a minimal benefit at best.

15 It’s important to blow your nose regularly when you have a cold rather than sniffling mucus back into your head. But when you blow hard, pressure can carry germ-carrying phlegm back into your ear passages, causing earache. The best way to blow your nose: Press a finger over one nostril while you blow gently to clear the other. Wash your hands after blowing your nose.

Premature Ejaculation, Solving the Problem – Part 1

Premature ejaculation is not life-threatening and does not prevent conception. It therefore receives little attention in the public and medical literature. It is however widely accepted to be the most common form of male sexual dysfunction. This is the first in a series of articles on ‘coming too quickly.”

What options do men have when they suffer with premature ejaculation?

Option 1. They can explore the internet, magazines or sex shops for an answer. Sadly men have been taken advantage of by rip-off “cures” which are sold at outrageous prices. These men who simply want to improve their sexual experience and provide more satisfying experiences for their partners have been preyed upon by unscrupulous ‘entrepreneurs’ with no credentials. They have been exploited by unfulfilled promises that sprays, lotions, creams, vitamins, herbs, dietary supplements and useless techniques will solve their problem. When these gimmicks fail to do so the men are left feeling frustrated, angry and worst of all, hopeless about finding a solution. Which is even worse than taking their money.

Option 2. They can resort to medications that may slow ejaculation. Antidepressants are most commonly used. While approximately 1/3 of men do respond, they must continue to take the drug indefinitely and there are many potential side-effects, some extremely dangerous. Aggression and suicide are the most serious, and these occur most commonly in young people, the very group that is most likely to have this problem. Unfortunately more doctors are prescribing these drugs largely because they do not have time in their busy practices to address the problem otherwise.

Today, a new threat lies on the horizon.

A new drug is in clinical trials in the USA and Canada. The manufacturer plans to market it specifically for premature ejaculation. They claim that its shorter half-life will eliminate side-effects but that has not been proven. If doctors begin to prescribe this drug in response to demands from patients, the impact will be dramatic, since estimates of the occurrence of premature ejaculation. in young men range up to 70%.

When the pharmaceutical company starts to pour millions of dollars into advertising, as has been done with erectile dysfunction, countless young men will start using this drug. Many will never stop. The number of men suffering with premature ejaculation is five times larger than the number with erectile dysfunction. One can only imagine the resources that will be committed to advertising to an audience of this size.

The ultimate tragedy in following either of the two options mentioned above is that the solution to premature ejaculation lies with neither of them. Premature ejaculation can not be cured by medication, nor can it be resolved by any of the expensive gimmicks offered online.

I am writing this article because of the growing number of websites peddling trash plus the growing threat of widespread antidepressant use. Men should not be seduced into buying useless products or using potentially harmful drugs that do not address the root of the problem. This could lead to a generation of men who are dependent on a drug that has been created for the sole purpose of establishing a very profitable market for the pharmaceutical company. If that comes to pass it would be a monumental tragedy because it is absolutely unnecessary.

In Part 2 of this series we will look at the third option, the one that is recognized by experts to be the right approach to solving the problem of premature ejaculation.

Synthetic Wig Care – Professional Secrets

Synthetic wigs are very easy to care for. You don’t need to restyle your wig after each washing, like you would with a human-hair wig. However, it is important to point out that human-hair shampoos and other care products are unsuitable for synthetic wigs. Even the mildest shampoo that you might use on your own hair is too strong for the synthetic fibers used in a wig. The same can be said about hair styling mousses, sprays and gels – don’t attempt to use them on your synthetic wig.

Instead, use shampoos, conditioners and hairsprays specially formulated for synthetic wigs. Raquel Welch, Revlon, and Tress Allure produce wide ranges of wig care products, and all of these brands work well with any synthetic wig. Most websites that sell wigs offer wig accessories, too, so it is smart to pick a wig shampoo, conditioner and spray when you order your wig.

Another thing to remember is that synthetic wigs cannot be styled with curling irons, hot rollers or blow dryers. In fact, any heat can destroy your wig, so be careful to keep it away from lamps, ovens, etc. Most synthetic wigs are already prestyled but, if you want to add a bit of personality to it, you can use a mousse that is specially formulated for synthetic wigs and style it with your fingers.

Washing synthetic wigs – step by step

A synthetic wig doesn’t need to be washed very often – after 10 or 12 wears is usually enough. Still, you might have to wash your wig more often if you use a lot of spray or mousse on it. Every washing shortens the life of your wig, so our advice is try not to use excessive styling products on it, and don’t wash your wig until it looks like it needs to be washed.

1. Remove tangles with your fingers and gently brush your wig. The only exception is wigs that are very curly – don’t attempt to brush them

2. Fill a basin with cool water (hot water can damage your wig), mix a little bit of synthetic wig shampoo into it and place your wig in the water. Leave it to soak for about 5 minutes.

3. Swirl your wig around in the water, but don’t rub the fibers

4. Rinse your wig under running water

5. Shake excess water off your wig and spread it on a towel to dry. Alternatively, you can put it on a wig stand. If you have wig conditioner, put it on the wig and gently work it through the strands with your fingers. Remember you can’t use blow dryer on a synthetic wig, so place your wig in a warm room with good ventilation and let it dry naturally

6. Brush your wig when it is completely dry and it is ready to wear again. Again, don’t brush wigs that are very curly.

As you can see, caring for a synthetic wig is really easy. And having a wig or several differently styled wigs can really help you to change your look in an instant.


1)      Health-wise some diseases were indicated. In addition, Saturn in Aries represents disease which proceeds from cold and obstructions – melancholy, epilepsy, black jaundice, toothache, fistulas, dropsy, leprosy and so on.

2)      As is known that each sign of the body and the placement of Saturn would indication which portion of the body will be more sensitive to diseases resulting from poor circulation including in connection with excretory functions. In Aries, Saturn indicates sensitizes of the head including deafness in some cases. In Taurus, Saturn may indicate tonsillitis, glandular swelling etc. In Gemini, the danger may be because of brochila tubes, chest lungs etc. since the present write-up is only for Saturn in Aries, Astrologers may easily determine the threat to the body (health) with reference to affliction by Saturn.

3)      From 11th June, 1998 Saturn was in Aswini-3 (6.40 to 10.00 degrees). Practically it remained in this pada of Nakshtra including in its Retrograde motion upto 22nd October, 1998- therefore the effect of this portion were felt more severely as Saturn affected previous houses when in retrograde motion.

4)      From 11th June, 1998 to 15th August, 1998, Saturn remained in its direct motion and transited Aswini-3. The Planets involved were Mars, Saturn and Ketu. Natives born in Aswinin-3 with Saturn were found to be clever in their business and traveled extensively for business purposes. Normally, they kept cordial relations with their employees and were interested in their welfare. Most of them were found to be ambitious but short-tempered.

5)      Practical knowledge about Saturn in Aswini-3 is provided by the horoscope of N. V. Godse who is known for the murder of the National – Mahatma Gandhi. Mars in Lagna also become the lord of house of injuries (6th house) and the native apparently became crueler with Ketu ruling Aswini getting to 6th house. Malefic Saturn happens to be in 11th House- Aswini-3. Practically same degrees of Lagna and Mars and influence of cruelty including on account of Saturn and Ketu – apparently brain become thoroughly violent. The Moon-controller of mind is not free from the influence of Mars or from the Moon as Ascendant. Even when the Sun is taken as Ascendant, it comes under the influence of Ketu adding to the violent thinking.

6)      For Saturn benefic signs are 3,6 and 11 and malefic signs are 1,2,4,5,7,8,9,10 and 12. Aries is malefic sign for Saturn. Here a word about the transit of Saturn is inevitable. Though the position of planets at birth is fixed but there is no stoppage of planetary movement (transit – ‘Gochar’). Gochar (transit) means the passage of plants through certain angular positions from the natal Moon (Rasi). Gochar results should never be interpreted without reference to ruling Dasha/Antra/Prantara of the native. Gochar records the effects of the changes in the positions and movements of the planets on individuals and nations for any particular time, Mark the position of natal Moon and position of other planets and then read the combined transiting influences. Regarding Saturn’s transit in 12th, 1st and 2nd house from the Natal Moon goes under the technical name ‘Sada-Sati’ -7 and half years cycle. This particular period of 2 and half years in one sign is dreaded by many as ‘highly malefic’ though it may not be so as there may be improvement from the position of other planets and the ruling Dasha/Antra/Pratantra. If all the circumstances i.e. strength of the planets, prevalent Dasha etc. Are bad and malefic, results have to be very bad such as quarrels, misunderstandings, implication and entanglement in litigation, failure of business, restlessness of mind, change of place, sickness of self and in the family and mental worry on various count. One having longevity, sade-sati period may but thrice in life, first time, the result may be bad, in the second time, there may be no evil effects and in the third time, physical health may suffer inducing death unless longevity is given by other planets and combinations.

Practice Profitability and Staff Compensation Strategies for Physical Therapy Clinics

“It’s ten minutes past eleven at night…Where is Peter?” Alicia asked herself as she woke up from dozing in front of the TV with their daughter, Jessica. She was pleased to hear the sounds of an unlocking door and Peter walking in. He looked exhausted but was happy to carry Jessica to bed. After all, it was a Saturday and he should have had the day off.

Alicia was proud or her husband. He worked tirelessly without counting hours, evenings and weekends, so that he could accomplish his goal of owning his own practice and giving Alicia the freedom to dedicate herself to raising their two children and continue pursuing her MBA.

Peter opened his practice two years ago and built his business from the ground up. Referrals were growing rapidly and he was now seeing 100 patient visits per week. He recently hired a PTA in addition to his administrative staff to help him with his growing case load. His passion was treating patients but his current priority was building his practice. Peter was telling Alicia that in a year or two, he could pull in more than $600,000 a year, perhaps making $6,000,000 over ten years.

“Pete, Jessica was really upset that you missed her soccer game again. All of the other Dads were there.” Alicia said disapprovingly. Peter worked every evening and weekend over the past 3 months. “I don’t understand why you spend every night and weekend in the office,” she said. “Isn’t your staff supposed to be doing most of this work while you are treating? Do they stay late to help you?” she asked.

“I really don’t need this extra stress right now,” he replied. “I can’t pay them overtime to help, and I really can’t sit there and watch what they’re doing all day.”

“You know, Peter,” pressed on Alicia, “It’s clear to me that you’re not managing your staff properly.”

Peter felt like he was punched in the stomach. He wasn’t going to challenge Alicia. For the past two years, she managed to take care of Jessica while pursuing her MBA. Peter started getting a headache.

“You are heads down all day treating patients and not paying attention to what is going on with your staff.” she added. “Last month, you had to replace both your front office person and two months ago, you replaced your biller.”

“You’re paying your administrative staff $12 and hour and you just hired a PTA for $45,000 a year but you’re doing most of the work anyway.” Alicia continued, getting more agitated. “You have to be losing money because of the turnover and salaries and on top of that, you’re never home anymore. If you are going to see 100 patients a week and then spend every night and weekend doing business administration, why have staff at all?” Alicia asked.

“Good question, I don’t know” Peter reluctantly replied.

“Katherine called the other day.” Alicia said.

Peter went to college with Katherine. They graduated together and were good friends. Katherine opened her practice 4 years ago and was in the process of opening her fourth location. She was averaging 800 visits a week.

“We didn’t speak for long because she was about to take her golfing lesson but in the few minutes we spoke, I thought of an idea,” said Alicia.

“I couldn’t even consider taking a day off to golf,” thought Peter to himself. “OK Alicia, what did you come up with?” Peter relented.

“You know, she pays her staff based on performance. Let’s start with some facts. Employee salaries vary in three ways: type of service, years of experience, and location.

There are four kinds of basic compensation: hourly, monthly, base salary plus performance bonus, and profit sharing or pure commission,” said Alicia, handing the table to Peter. “Employee compensation is a cost of doing business. If you had no employees, you would eliminate that cost but if you spend time greeting patients and chasing insurance claims, you have no time to treat patient and manage referral relationships. So to grow, you need help. “

“So, you hire staff to treat patients, to greet them and schedule their visits, and to chase insurance payments. The problem is motivation. Can you tell me what are the costs of unmotivated front office staff?”

“Well, Alicia,” said Peter, “A careless front office person might get patients upset, forget to collect co-pays, not follow up on a missed appointment. They could also get other office staff upset because they would not work together as a team. The cost of unmotivated front office person could be increased patient attrition, impact cash-flow, and the bottom line ultimately. The cost of an unmotivated hire is much more expensive than a few more dollars per hour…”

“So, Alicia,” Peter sparked up in spite of the late hour, “Should we look for more qualified front office staff and pay $15, or maybe, $18 per hour?”

“Not so fast.” said Alicia. “If you pay more per hour, you will reduce turnover because fewer practices around will compete with your compensation, but you will still have the same motivation problems, regardless if you pay $12 or $20 per hour. Tell me, what’s the problem with paying hourly wages to staff that needs people interaction skills? What is the ultimate goal that your font office staff must meet?”

“I get it now!” Peter didn’t notice his voice rising. “The front office staff is responsible for patient loyalty and referrals. Working with people requires attention to detail and interest in their problems. Especially when you work with injured or sick people. It’s hard work, people feel burnt out. So, compensation and incentives must acknowledge their results, such as new referrals, fewer missed appointments, fewer missed co-pays. I could structure the front office salary so that they get minimal pay for standard work and a percentage of collections to give them incentive to grow referrals and keep patients compliant with their plan of care. Since more referrals, fewer missed appointments, efficient collection of cop-pays and balances increases collections, they could work more and make more than the best paid staff around!

“Right,” said Alicia, “and not every person will be ready for this kind of compensation. But that’s OK too: why waste time hiring a wrong person for the job and then discovering that they lack the skills and motivation to do the hard work?”

“So, what about the PTA? Should I also pay him a bonus? but for what?” asked Peter.

“Sure, you do not want to pay him for idle hours during no-shows, and you do want to pay him proportionally to the number of patients he sees and for better plans of care. That’s called profit sharing,” said Alicia.

“…or commission,” continued Peter her thought. “OK, I get it – commission and bonus helps people focus on the result of their work and not on its difficulty. The compensation structure helps motivating my staff and improve teamwork, avoiding problems and contributing more to my bottom line.”

“So, why don’t we move all of my staff on commission?” asked Peter.

“That’s the right business approach,” responded Alicia, “except most people do not have self-confidence and productivity to work on pure commission. For instance, would your biller agree to work on 100% commission of your insurance collections? Most likely, she wouldn’t, because she needs to pay her mortgage and other fixed costs and she cannot make her income dependent on your patient flow and the insurance companies. She expects a steady check regardless of your revenue, which depends on her performance. Actually, do you have ways to measure her performance? If you discovered under-performance, what would you do?”

“Today, I pay her regardless of her or my practice performance. That’s not a healthy relationship,” lamented Peter, “It’s hurting the business.”

“The good news is that, like Katherine’s office, there are companies that work on commission-only arrangement,” said Alicia, “outsourcing your billing would make more sense because a specialized billing company would have processes to manage their employee performance, including correct incentive methods. Actually, if you talk to an outsourcing company, always ask them how do they compensate their employees? Are they all on commission? If not, then you will end up with the same problem with even less control.”

“Actually, no matter how big or small my practice is, all of its parts must work together to succeed. If administrative staff allows too many cancellations and doesn’t help with referrals, patient visits will suffer and the revenue will decline,” said Peter.

“A Pay-for-Performance pay scale rewards the staff who produce and penalizes those who don’t. As a practice owner, I am always on Pay-for-Performance pay scale. You pay yourself less when the company’s revenue is down. Why shouldn’t the staff’s income be on the same path? Tomorrow, I will change my compensation setup for my employees,” Peter sounded really excited.

“Slow down, Peter,” said Alicia. “Before you make any changes, review them with a Human Resource and Compliance specialist to get sound advice,” warned Alicia. “We don’t need a lawsuit because we missed a legal requirement to make the changes we want.”

What do you think? Is Alicia right in her reasoning?

Do you know of a PT-specific staffing system that could make Alicia’s and Peter’s dreams come true?

Sperm Taste – 10 Simple Tips For Better Tasting Semen

Sperm taste is affected by what you eat, as are all secretions from the body.

It is a fact that your sperms taste can be improved and making your semen taste better, can be done with a few simple diet changes.

Diet has A major influence on sperm taste as it’s a secretion from the body like any other.

Just as your sweat can smell strongly after eating a heavily spiced meal your sperm will also reflect the spices in its taste.

The make up of sperm

Semen is made up of ninety percent (90%) seminal fluids including fructose (sugar) protein, and various trace minerals and nutrients.

The PH of semen is 7 and scientifically neutral, yet it tastes slightly acidic. Let’s take a look at the actual ingredients of semen.

A man’s ejaculate is actually only 1% sperm.

The rest is composed of various proteins, vitamins, sugars, salts, cholesterol, and water. All the extras are what protect, feeds, fuels the sperm in its journey.

As you can see in terms of semen’s composition, it’s fairly obvious that what you eat will make it taste better or worse!

Getting a sweeter taste

With sperm taste, the aim is to make it taste sweeter.

All men have a semen taste that is exclusive to them, but the major complaint on sperm taste is normally always the same:

It tastes bitter or salty; let’s look at how to make semen taste sweeter

10 Tips for better semen taste

Here then are 10 simple do’s and don’ts to improve the taste of your sperm and make your semen taste better and sweeter:

1. Cut out alcohol, caffeine, recreational drugs and nicotine- they’re all pollutants.

2. Drink lots of water 1 – 2 liters a day to flush out body toxins.

3. Fruit get plenty each day and sweeten your sperm taste

Pineapple, papaya cranberry, melons, mangos, apples grapes are all good choices. These fruits are high in natural sugars and offset the bitter taste.

4. Eat plenty of vegetables which are generally good for improving sperm taste.

5. While it is true vegetarians generally have better tasting sperm there are vegetables to avoid:

Any vegetables from the cabbage family big offenders also include Cauliflower, broccoli, or asparagus:

5. Cut red meat consumption this is one pf the main offenders when it comes to making sperm taste salty. Dairy produce such as milk and cheese also make sperm taste salty.

Make sure when you eat protein you get good quality lean protein such as chicken and turkey.

Fish is claimed by some to be an offender in terms of taste, but this seems to vary between individuals. Try it and see the affects before cutting it out, fish is a major part of a healthy diet, so don’t cut it out!

6. Avoid heavy spices such as Garlic and onions, they’re big offenders when it comes to sperm taste, as they have a high sulfur content.

7. Do not buy products that claim to make your semen taste better there is no evidence that they work.

Your semen can be made to taste better by overall changes in diet and lifestyle, it’s a complex formula and a good healthy diet has the biggest affect.

8. Parsley, wheatgrass, and celery are particularly recommended for sweeter semen taste, because of their high chlorophyll content.

9. Cinnamon, cardamom, peppermint and lemon are particularly recommended for making semen taste sweeter.

10. Avoid junk food, they’re loaded with chemicals and preservatives that pollute your body and your semen’s taste.

Try and eat food “from the earth” i.e. as naturally as possible. Also consider taking a zinc and selenium supplement, both are needed for healthy sperm and can make the taste better.

Finally, strong smelling semen may indicate an infection, so if your semen taste doesn’t change when you change your diet, you should consider a visit to the doctor.

Your aim with your diet is to eat one that helps your overall health and the above recommendations will not only make your semen taste better you will also feel fitter and healthier as well.

Keep in mind that you can eat some of the foods we don’t recommend for sperm taste.

You can enjoy red meat and the occasional spiced curry just keep in mind the following when considering sperm taste:

What you put into your body takes between 12 and 24 hours to secrete out and you should simply keep this in mind before eating and deciding whether you want a better sperm taste on that particular day or not!

Benefits of Venison – A Natural Fat Burning Food!

Discover the incredible weight loss benefits of venison, how to best prepare it and how much you should eat to get maximum benefit from venison – one of nature’s amazing fat burning foods.

Venison or game meat encompasses elk and moose as well as deer. While they are harder to find, caribou and antelope are also forms of venison.

Venison is hard to come by if you are not a hunter, but you might find it in a specialty market. If you have a hunter in the family, this could also be a source of venison. You may at least get to enjoy a meal or two featuring this meat that is both delicious and nutritious and great support for your fat burning regimen.

Deer meat has a deep, full flavor and a tender, yet supple, texture. Deer can be hunted wild, or they may be raised on a farm. The flavor of the meat depends upon the diet of the animal. A deer that has foraged will taste different than a domestic deer. In any case, deer meat has an awesome flavor.

Fat Burning Benefits of Venison

Venison is incredibly low fat. It is very low in saturated fat, and it is also low in calories.

A 3-ounce serving of venison has about 134 calories, 3 grams of fat, and 1 gram of saturated fat. A similar serving of elk meat will yield 124 calories and 2 fat grams – one of those saturated fat. Moose meat contains 114 calories and 1 gram fat, but not any saturated fats.

Here are the benefits you will derive from venison: It is a great source of vitamins B12, B2, B6, and niacin. It also contains the minerals: zinc, selenium, iron, phosphorous, and copper. It is an excellent source of high-quality protein.

Venison contains iron, which is a building block of hemoglobin. This is what makes it possible for your blood to transport oxygen from your lungs throughout your body. Additionally, hemoglobin is an essential part of the enzyme systems that regulate metabolism and the production of energy.

Venison contains B vitamins (that is, B12 and B6), which assist in keeping homocysteine levels from becoming unhealthily high.

Here are the dangers of high levels of homocysteine:
The worsening of diabetic heart disease or atherosclerosis.
Damage to blood vessels that can lead to a heart attack or a stroke.

Osteoporosis and colon cancer may be prevented with the consumption of vitamin B12, which works to protect the colon against carcinogens.

Venison contains a good supply of Vitamin B2 (riboflavin). This vitamin helps with promoting a steady supply of oxygen based energy to your body. This is especially useful for the heart and muscles of the body. The protein like antioxidant molecule known as glutathione must be recycled constantly. Riboflavin helps to protect this delicate molecule.

Venison contains niacin to combat the incidence of osteoporosis. It also produces starch in the liver and muscles that can converted into energy.

Preparing Venison

When you choose your venison (deer meat) try to find meat from younger deer. It should be dark with flesh that is finely grained and fat that is clean and white. Fat is the source of the real taste. Look at the recommended sell-by date to find fresh venison in stores. Venison can be purchased in the freezer section or as fresh meat.

You’ll need to trim any fat off the deer, elk, or moose before you grill or broil it.

Venison is very vulnerable and perishable, thus it is vital to place it in the coldest section of your fridge right away. When you plan to use it within a couple days, keep it in its wrapper to reduce handling. If you can’t use it right away, be sure to wrap it properly for the freezer (using aluminum foil or freezer paper) and freeze it promptly. It won’t spoil for a minimum of three to six months.

Exercise caution as you handle raw venison, being sure to rinse any utensils completely. When you marinate your venison, be sure to keep it in the refrigerator. If you leave it out, it is sure to spoil, as it is very heat sensitive. Frozen venison should be thawed out in the fridge.

One excellent way to enjoy venison is simply as a steak or on kabobs. You can also make venison jerky. It can be substituted for many other meats such as turkey or beef in stew or lasagna.

Here are some ways to enjoy elk meat: Chili, meat loaf, roast, stew, burgers, barbecue, or slow cooked in the crock pot.

Here are some ways to enjoy moose meat: Kabobs, hoagies, roast, meatballs, stroganoff, or stew.

Recommended Serving Size

A typical portion of venison is about 3 or 4 ounces per person.

Effective Communication Skills During Grief and Mourning Following a Family Or Relationship Death

Staying Calm When Disaster Strikes

My mom called me that her husband (my Stepdad) was about to pass away. This is what she had heard from the doctor at the emergency room. (He did a few days later.) She was distraught as you can imagine and needing support. As I heard this news, I also lost my calm. It was painful to hear, also confusing, what am I going to do for her? How can I fix her?

We learn in Proactive Communication that fixing is not helpful, the focus in fixing is for me, to dilute the pain I feel. I was in a lot of pain and confusion seeing my mom in pain, so I want to fix her with suggestions, sympathy, and education. What my mom really wanted was to be understood how difficult a time this is for her, for an empathic connection. I realized I was going into an old way of communicating and stopped myself. I went from wanting to fix her into offering self empathy to myself.

Are you surprised? Remember in the airplane the oxygen mask technique, take care of yourself and give yourself oxygen first, then help the others. Same thing in my situation, I needed to become calm, functional and balanced instead of making decisions in a dysfunctional state. I gave myself first aid empathy and was then able to offer the understanding and calm that my mom needed. No way I could have done this in a dysfunctional state.

So before you start helping others or making decisions, become calm and balanced. Decisions and suggestions will be easier and more effective. Here are the steps for first aid empathy. It will be helpful to write this out.

1: Express all your judgments, all the shoulds from the situation. This is a time to be honest and let everything you are thinking negative out. Don’t worry, we will go beyond this in a moment. It can be a paragraph or pages.

2: As you write if any emotions develop, write them down. Feelings may be sadness, grief, lonely,exhausted, etc.

3: Also write any values or needs that are not being met. This step is the healing step as you identify the values, The emotional pain will disappear. It will help you to become calmer so you can be supportive. We call it a sweet sadness. You will want to sigh at this point. It is a good sign to sigh as you are releasing the grief. It is also the beginning of your mourning period.

Our values are important to identify as they are life energy, our spirit. During mourning we want to identify these values as it gives us an understanding why our energy level is low. When someone passes away the values that they met also leaves. We must grieve these needs or values. Some of these values are love, security, understanding, integrity. As you do this exercise you will feel the energy come back, all by identifying these values. Mourning is a value that we all have and this step must be processed. It could take a few days or a few years. But whenever you have depressed feelings, identify the needs that are not being met.

In a way we are celebrating this passing as we list the values that they met of ours. We try to be grateful and we feel a sweet sadness, not a depressed sadness. For example my stepdad who was in a concentration camp and who loved me as his own son met many needs for me as I was growing up. He met values of integrity, strength, love for my mom and me, trust, stability, many many needs. As I list these needs I again feel that sweet sadness and now more energy.

This is a powerful technique to regain the energy needed to help others through their grief. You may ask the grieving what needs this person met to them or even try to guess for them. Watch their energy appear as they honor this person.