Infertility: A Quick Natural Solution

Infertility and early menopausal symptoms (or the sudden absence of your period) can be due to some form of hormonal imbalance. For example, your estrogen vs progesterone levels can be out of sink and ovulation can be halted because of it. Without ovulation, of course, you cannot be fertile. This may well be OK with you, but a healthy production of estrogen (and progesterone in the 2nd part of the menstrual cycle) are very important for women and provide a natural protection against an array of diseases.

If you find you are infertile and your periods are missing, and you are too young to be ‘accepting’ menopause as a natural stage (roughly speaking menopausal symptoms usually begin in the late forties or early fifties), you may want to carry out some tests to make sure you know the cause of these problems. But when you know you are only suffering from some form of hormonal imbalances, or you are deficient in ovulation-stimulating hormones (for example), you will be faced with a few choices: pharmaceutical treatments and natural alternatives; I was very impressed at how, a simple homeopathic treatment immediately restored my menstrual cycle when no other supplement (including Vitex) could.

If you are infertile but still have a menstrual cycle, a homeopath may prescribe Folliculinum 3x once or twice a day, depending on your specific condition, to be taken on the 1st day of your period for 14 days. If you do not have a menstrual cycle, start any day and take it for 14 days.

After that, on the 15th day, you may be prescribed either (Homeopathic) Progesterone (3x or 6c, depending on your specific symptoms) once a day or Sepia (30c) once a day, for 14 days, thus imitating the menstrual cycle (14 days of estrogen-based ‘stimulation’ + 14 days of progesterone-based stimulation [or, in the case of Sepia, rectifying other imbalances if your physical condition so require] = 28 days).

In my case only after a few soft tablets of folliculinum 3x, I immediately started to ovulate and, from that point onwards, my whole menstrual cycle was restored. I was delighted that something so simple made such a difference in my life.

At the same time, not only did I restore my menstrual cycle and forgot all about some unexplained early menopause (ridiculously early!), but my skin, hair and overall body looked and felt better.

Homeopathic remedies come in many dosages; understanding the right dose is essential for an effective treatment. If you use the wrong dose, your treatment will not work.

Fight Bad Cholesterol – Try Lipitor

Overweight bodies have generally high blood cholesterol contents which frequently invite heart attack to the person by blocking the blood flow through veins and arteries. Use of diet pills for reducing body weight may not be effective to avoid risk of life in these cases.

We have some guidance for you if you have high cholesterol, which may be a reason for heart disease. This will be important and useful information to help you manage your heart health.

Possibility of having high blood cholesterol increases if someone in your family has high blood cholesterol.

There is simple remedy to tackle high blood cholesterol if it is detected at early stage.

Balanced diet and regular exercise are the best way to fight high cholesterol in blood.

As much the body is strained by regular exercise, there will be more chance of melting fat in your body lowering the bad cholesterol content in your blood. Balanced and low cholesterol diet will prevent you from depositing excess fat in the body which increases cholesterol content in blood.

However, if the situation becomes acute, then diet, exercise, and even diet pills, may not be enough to lower your blood cholesterol level.

In such a situation, you require some special treatment along with your exercise and balance diet. Fist action will be to visit a doctor and try the medicinal help as per his instructions.

Most of the experienced doctors generally recommend Lipitor along with diet and exercise in cases of high blood cholesterol which may initiate a heart attack.

Lipitor has proved itself a suitable oral medicine effective for lowering blood cholesterol which also reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke in people.

The medicine is equally helpful for the persons suffering from multiple risk factors for heart disease like high blood pressure, family history of high cholesterol, vulnerable age for heart attack, low content of good cholesterol in blood etc. Remember that there is “good cholesterol” also which is favorable to body and also there is “bad cholesterol” which is the culprit and harmful to the body.

Let us discuss some points about Lipitor and its effectiveness for its fight against heart attack.

The medical name of Lipitor is Atorvastatin Calcium, which is a member of the class of medicine known as statins . The medicine is marketed in the US by Pfizer in the name of Lipitor.

The medicine has different names in different countries. Lipitor is the largest selling drug in the world with $12.2 Billions US sales figure in 2005.

This medicine inhibits cholesterol synthesis in the body, which lowers the amount of cholesterol produced and thus lowering the total amount of LDL cholesterol which is the so called bad cholesterol inviting heart attack.

With 2005 sales of US$12.2 billion under the brand name Lipitor, it is the largest selling drug in the world.

However, there are a few Lipitor side effects, and let me place it briefly as below:

Most common side effects are the liver problem and in rare cases there may be muscle problems. The medicine is not fit for pregnant or breast feeding mothers. Also the medicine may not match with continuing with habit of drinking.

The other Lipitor side effects are headache, insomnia and dizziness etc. While you are under treatment with Lipitor, and are affected by any of the above side effects, immediately consult your doctor.

However, in spite of its side effects, which can easily be tackled by an experienced doctor, Lipitor is the most effective medicine to fight bad cholesterol in your body. You just judge the sales figures of last year!

So, if your problem is acute, visit a doctor and try Lipitor.

World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) Vs International Taekwondo Federation (ITF)

WTF fighters are "sloppy", "lack control", "fight with their hands down", "focus too much on the sport", "never punch", "unrealistic", etc, etc, etc. Then what do you hear about ITF? Nothing! Is that because ITF is a perfect system? No, it's because most World Taekwondo Federation practitioners have not seen an international Taekwondo Federation match. The ITF is not practiced as much as the WTF, so not giving it the same exposure.

I can tell you the downsides to ITF, not because I'm pro WTF, but because I hold multiple Black Belts in both styles. I currently own 2 dojangs and they are WTF. I will reveal later why our school has chosen to be associated with the World Taekwondo Federation over the International Taekwondo Federation.

First and foremost, I am pro Taekwondo, not pro WTF. I read a blog comment somewhere and the gentleman said that it's ALL Taekwondo anyhow. I believe it takes a mature mind to truly understand and believe that. The World Taekwondo Federation is essentially a mutated version of International Taekwondo Federation. If you recall, one was created from the other.

We all know of Gen. Hong Hi Choi. If you're a WTF practitioner, chances are, you've never heard of him. The reason you may have never heard of him was because he was viewed as a traitor by the South Korean government. Korea adopted a new system of Taekwondo after Gen. Hong Hi Choi was excommunicated from the country which is why we have two large federations today- WTF & ITF. Interestingly enough, Gen. Choi is not mentioned by the WTF.

WTF or not, Gen. Choi is the father of Taekwondo and is responsible for helping coin the name Taekwondo, and should always be remembered for that. Why he was excommunicated is an entirely different subject and will not be discussed in this article.

Most of the techniques that were created by Gen. Choi are practiced in all Taekwondo, whether it's WTF, ITF, or even ATA. World Taekwondo Federation practitioners evolved into a mutated version, as I stated earlier. It's important to understand that the WTF did not create what you see today. The competitors created it. Specific rules created it. The masters and grandmasters of the World Taekwondo Federation APPROVED of it, but they did not create what we see today.

The traditional roundhouse kick was no longer good enough. The powerful sidekick became ineffective in an Olympic style competition. Punching … well, that's just plain frustrating to a lot of people, WTF or ITF. I'll get back to that. Please, do not say, "I could use an effective roundhouse kick or sidekick." I thought the same thing as a point style fighter in the ITF. I determined that I wanted to take a shot at Olympic style competition (WTF). I was successful at a local level, when I competed in my first WTF tournament, so I went to the US National Championships.

I'll admit, I had my opponent confused, but that did not last long. Here is what I found out quickly. WTF practitioners can cover several meters in a split second, in any direction. My kicks were too short, imagine that … I'm 6'3 ", and I did not have the footwork or training to move across the mat fast enough to ever hit my opponent. Sidekicks. I could sit on my back leg and snap multiple kicks to the body and head like no other.

If you think about it, the ring in an official WTF match is 12 meters square. That is nearly 40 feet wide, and that ring does get used. Here I am, a highly successful point style fighter, winning first place in practice every tournament I competed in. Then, at nationals, in San Jose, California, I'm knocked out with a swift roundhouse kick to the ribs.

The WTF roundhouse kick has several variations to be more effective. Why raise your knee straight up and turn all the way over when you can cut your distance and time by going diagonal. The kick has less power this way, but it hits your opponent much quicker. The other plus is that it sets your opponent up for another kick in which you might turn your roundhouse kick all the way over. Other stylists view this practice as being sloppy. WTF practitioners deem it as being effective.

Think of WTF competition like boxing. It's exactly the same, just with your feet. In the WTF, we throw many "Fast Kicks" or "Quick Kicks". In the ITF, the closest version would be a "Skipping Roundhouse Kick". It's a very quick motion forward, usually generated from a skip, then followed immediately with a front leg roundhouse kick. These roundhouse kicks, and 45 degree kicks are similar to a boxers jab. They're not meant to knockout the opponent, just meant to setup for another attack.

In the World Taekwondo Federation, you'll find other variations of the roundhouse kick, like the bada chagi (counter roundhouse kick) or the ahp bal chagi (front leg kick- typically front leg roundhouse kick). Then there's lateral bada chagi's, and later ahp bal chagi's. Then there's double roundhouse kicks, and triples and "quads". Most of these kicks make ITF practitioners want to vomit when they see them. I know, the first time I saw a double kick, I thought it was a joke.

The double kick is actually a highly powerful kick that requires strength, timing, and balance. Note- the WTF is double with alternating legs in a continuous fashion. It's effective in competition, and that's it! If I were attacked today, the double or triple kick is the last thing I'm going to do. Why practice it then? Are you ready for my answer? Because it's FUN! People do not do fencing competitions because they want to learn how to defend themselves. They do it because it's an art form to master and it's fun. I do not know of any WTF competitor that does competition so they can become better at self defense.

I've been studying martial arts for over 30 years now and I'm to the point where I do not need to Pretend or convince myself or others that WTF competition is a great self defense practice. I'm also mature enough to know that any competition is not good self defense practice, and that includes the UFC.

Heck, punching should be in your arsenal if you were ever attacked on the street. In WTF competition, we do not punch, and it's not because we do not know how. It's because the dang judges will not EVER score them. Why throw them, and waste energy? It's unfortunate, but that is part of the game, and that's what sparring is. Sparring is a game.

In ITF & WTF, a sparring match is nothing more than a game of tag, with kicks and punches. I do disagree that ITF is more realistic than WTF. For the record, they are both unrealistic, in competition, in their own ways. The WTF practitioners learns to feel what a devastating blow is like. The strikes are real and they hurt, and if you're careless, you'll be going home with severe injuries.

On the other hand, we typically keep our hands lower, and sometimes down. By the way, when your arms are down, your body is more relaxed and you can accelerate your body and kicks better. Instead of blocking with our arms, and risk having them break, we just use footwork to move away or jam our opponent.

In an ITF match, the practitioners will fight with more care and precision, usually because they are not wearing gear or have limited protection. A misplaced kick will jam your toe in a hurry. I liked how we alternated between kicking and punching in ITF competition. I also enjoyed the precision and control over my kicks that I gained.

On the other hand, the constant starting and stopping of the match to award the point would break the momentum of a match and would not allow for further strategies to be developed. It also allowed you and your opponent to catch their breath- not likely to happen in a real situation.

All competition stuff side, the WTF and ITF are wonderful systems. They have great practitioners, masters, and grandmasters. The WTF is the most practiced style in the world, therefore, you're going to find flaws in the character of athletes just from the sheer number of people competitiveness. You're going to find dojangs that have completely lost the meaning of Taekwondo and martial arts as a whole. I've seen dojangs that have lost 100% of their etiquette and respect to martial arts.

Bear in mind, I've also seen Karate schools and Kenpo schools that have lost the same elements. You rarely see it, because those styles are not in the Olympics and get less exposure.

So, why are we WTF and not ITF? Years ago, I became heavily involved in competition. I had a dream to one day go to the Olympics and the only way I was going to have a chance was to switch over to the WTF. I would like to think I came close. I made it to the quarter finals at the US National Championships. I lost to an outstanding fighter and individual, Michael Tang. Michael Tang was a US Team member at that time, and was basically my only obstacle from making it to the US Team Trials that year. The match was close, very close! On the other hand, Michael had a dream too!

I had started my competition career late as a WTF competitor, since I had been a part of the ITF for so long. It was essentially my one shot, before my priorities shifted to raising a family. I understand that it's not the style of Taekwondo or style of martial arts you practice, but rather the experience you gain from it.

In our academy, we do not train like Olympic Taekwondo competitors. We do teach students how to punch. We even teach our students how to box and grapple as well. We also teach them practical self defense maneuvers, as opposed to rehearsed 3 step fighting patterns.

Those students that are looking for competition, train separately in class geared to prepare them for Olympic style competition. I continue to stay associated with the WTF because of the opportunity it provides for athletes to dream, especially young athletes who have the opportunity to train for the Junior Olympics, an exciting event for kids.

WTF or ITF, it does not matter. How the curriculum is presented as well as the additional insight to martial arts you're providing to students is what's important.

Dog Heart Murmurs and Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs

This can be caused by a change in the heart valves and their function, or a number of other potential causes. Dog heart murmur symptoms may be caused by an abnormal communication between the left side and the right side of the heart. There are a number of things that may cause this, as they may be congenital or present from birth, or acquired which means the heart was affected after birth because of age or disease. There are two types of heart murmurs in dogs, benign murmurs which do not concern the health of the dog, and much more serious heart murmurs which may indicate the development of congestive heart failure in dogs.

Dog heart murmur symptoms may include the following: coughing, bluish tinge to the tongue or gums, fainting, poor exercise ability and labored breathing. Some of these symptoms are suggestive to other health issues that your dog may have. However, the symptoms are similar between benign heart murmurs and the more severe kinds. If you are concerned about your dog’s health in the least you should consult your veterinarian. A few of these symptoms may be missed which includes a bluish tinge to the gums and poor exercise ability. If you suspect that your dog has any dog heart murmur symptoms, development of congestive heart failure or canine heart disease, contact your vet right away for an accurate diagnosis.

There are certain symptoms that indicate your dog may have serious health problems. The best way to identify the source and severity of a dog’s heart murmur is to have your dog thoroughly checked out by a veterinarian. However, additional testing may be necessary which may include a heart ultrasound, EKG, blood testing and chest x-rays. The ultrasound may be particularly beneficial because your veterinarian can measure the extent of your dog’s heart murmur. It will define whatever the cause of the underlying heart disease may be. It is vitally important to have the cause of your dog’s heart condition diagnosed because there are some cases where heart murmurs are treatable either by medication or surgery. Of course, you have to find out beforehand just how expensive various treatments may be so you won’t be surprised by an abnormally high vet bill. You may be surprised at the prices some vets may charge.

If your canine has a congenital heart murmur, then surgery may be necessary. On the other hand, you may have to give your pooch certain types of medication as non-congenital heart murmurs are often an underlying symptom of congestive heart failure in dogs. You will not be sure exactly what to do until you have consulted with the right veterinarian and have been given advice as to your dog’s health. You should not leave symptoms like these unchecked due to the fact that not every heart murmur is benign and there could be serious changes occurring in your dog’s heart.

It is important to share any questions or concerns that you have with your veterinarian, especially when it comes to your dog’s lifestyle and physical condition. If you do not feel comfortable with a diagnosis from your general veterinarian, consider seeking out an opinion from a veterinary cardiologist or internist, as these specialized veterinarians have special training and expertise in these and similar problems.

Do not Give Up on Your Joints and They Will not Give Up on You – Joint Pain Natural Remedies

Prescription drugs are not the only choice when it comes to healing your joints of pain and stiffness. Did you know that it's possible to address most, if not all, of your joint concerns with a statute that consist exclusively of natural supplements and holistic medicine? It's true. Here are a few of the joint friendly supplements available today and some information on the reasons they work.

The natural remedy called "horse chestnut" is one of several successful joint health remedies that do not require a prescription. Horse chestnut contains a compound we call aescin that has anti-inflammatory properties and will reduce swelling and edema in the joints (as well as other areas of the body). It is available in a gel form that contains a mere two percent of the active ingredient. When this topical gel is applied to the joints, it aids to reduce swelling in a short matter of time, even taking into account the low concentration of horse chestnut. This product is usually applied every two hours and is particularly popular in Germany where it is commonly used to treat minor sports injuries.

Many health care practitioners, who are in support of alternative medicine, consider Arnica to be one of the most effective 'healing' herbs on the market. Arnica can be both ingested and used as a topical treatment for painful joints. A mixture of one tablespoon of arnica to five hundred milliliters of water will make a great topical treatment for the joints. It is recommended that you soak a rag or gauze in the mixture and apply it to the joints in fifteen minute increments four five times per day.

Another all natural remedy for injured joints, Comfrey is widely used as a topical treatment for joint swelling. A recent study indicates that applying a comfrey ointment to inflated joints four times per day provided as much relief, if not more relief than did a leading topical anti-inflammatory. A comfrey ointment is generally comprated of thirty five percent of the active ingredient.

There are lots of other great holistic remedies for your joint pain. If you've never considered the holistic approach, you should take some time to investigate the testimonials of people who have had great success without ever taking prescription medication.

Do not give up on your joints and they will not give up on you!

Cigna Grows China Connection

Six years after establishing a foothold in China, health insurer Cigna will begin offering its first comprehensive health care product in that country as the company seeks to expand its international business amid a backdrop of uncertainty in the U.S. market.

The full health care plan will be offered through Cigna & CMC Life Insurance Company Limited, a joint venture between Cigna and its Asian partner, China Merchants Group.

The Philadelphia-based insurer with major operations in Bloomfield will initially target Chinese employers seeking coverage for members of their work force, including expatriates working in other countries, foreign employees working in China, employees returning to China from assignment in other countries, and senior managers.

“The launch of the health care product is the next phase in the evolution of the strong partnership between Cigna and China Merchants Group,” said David M. Cordani, president and chief operating officer of Cigna and the company’s incoming chief executive officer.

With declining enrollments and increasing medical costs in the U.S., and uncertainties surrounding health care reform on Capitol Hill, health insurance companies like Cigna are looking to international markets for future growth opportunities.

If Congress passes legislation that adopts a public option to compete with private insurers, it’s likely to increase the pursuit of new business beyond United States’ borders by domestic health insurers.

China in particular has been on the radar screen of U.S. health insurers in recent years because of its growing middle class and its initiatives to promote universal health care. In 2008, for example, Aetna opened an office in Shanghai. In January, the Hartford health insurer created a fully owned health benefits service company in the same city.

Going Global

At the company’s annual investor conference last week, Cordani said Cigna sees itself as an international company, rather than just a United States insurer. Offering a full health insurance plan in the People’s Republic in China furthers Cigna’s global initiative, he said.

Cigna officials say that they have offices in 27 countries and a global network of more than 600,000 physicians, medical professionals and hospitals in every country.

“International has been the fastest growing division for a few years and became more relevant even before health care reform initiatives started in the U.S.,” said Mike Ross, chief marketing officer of Cigna International.

Cigna’s international division includes supplemental insurance products to individuals, coverage for expatriate employees of multinational companies, and health care and medical care management services to workplace markets.

Ross said Cigna is looking for international growth in four main countries, including China, Brazil, India and Russia.

Economists at Goldman Sachs have previously predicted those four countries could have the largest economies by 2050.

In India, Cigna is actively searching for a company to partner with so it can begin to develop products for that region as well.

“In the future, those are the four countries that will matter the most,” Ross said. “They all have big economies, which will create huge opportunities.”

Besides looking at new markets, Ross said the company will also go deeper into places that they are already in. Their latest expansion into China represents one of those cases.

Cigna originally entered China in 2003 when it started a joint venture with an affiliate of the China Merchant Group to sell life, personal accident and hospital indemnity insurance.

Regulatory Restraint

Ross said that in order for a foreign insurer to enter the Chinese market, they must partner with a local company in which they get no more than a 50 percent stake in the joint venture.

The process for insurers to expand in China can be lengthy, however, as they have to get a new license for each city they enter. They also have to deal with a strict regulatory environment, including waiting two years after they establish a presence before they can actually start offering policies.

Since 2003, Cigna’s presence in China has grown from 40 employees to 2,400 workers operating in 10 offices, and about 630,000 policies in force, Ross said.

The company sees further growth opportunities in Asia because of the region’s rapidly growing middle class, as well as an effort by the Chinese government to expand health care coverage.

Earlier this year, for example, China unveiled a three-year, $124 million plan on health care reform that aims for universal access to basic health insurance and improved primary health care facilities.

China does already provide government-sponsored health insurance on a province-by-province basis, which covers the majority of its citizens.

But Ross said employers look to the private insurance market to purchase more expansive coverage for their workers, especially since the state-run plan only allows citizens to use state-run hospitals, which are oftentimes overcrowded and “tough.”

Private insurance allows Chinese citizens to use private clinics, or roomier, more comfortable “VIP wards” within the state-run hospitals, Ross said.

The expatriate market that Cigna will initially concentrate on is expansive, and there is little in the way of competition, Ross said.

He estimates that there are 600,000 locally hired foreigners in China, as well as 500,000 people who work for Chinese companies but are actually located in other parts of the world.

Argan Oil And Cactus Oil Are The Two New Revolutionary Natural Skincare And Haircare Products

Organic Argan Oil from Morocco

It is obtained from the nuts of Argan tree.

The argan tree’s low cultivation region of 700,000-800,000 hectares in the South Western part of Morocco makes it a unidentified class to many individuals. The Argan tree’s nuts are crushed to receive very useful oil. The leftover part is used for uses like oxen feed and for warming.

Berber women of the district have been producing and using argan oil since centuries for eating as well as Moroccan medication purposes.

Citizens abroad are more and more interested in this oil either for its cosmetic and nutritional qualities. The argan tree has reasonably a long life of about 150 to 200 years due to its resistive property. The Argan tree has very well modified itself to thrive and outlast in the hot and dry conditions of the South Western regions of Morocco. In order to search for water Argan plant’s roots penetrate quite deep within the ground to look for water which in a way in rather beneficial to keep the soil intact, check soil erosion and restrict the progress in the desert area. Argan tree not only maintains the proportion of the nature but also help the people financially. In 1999, UNESCO added the argan tree to the World Heritage List.

More than a third of the Argan trees have vanished in less than 100 years. The Argan tree have fruits that are green in semblance. They look like an olive but are bigger and rounder. There is a stiff shell nut between the fruit which is about one fourth of the flesh yield weight. The argan fruit nut may have a utmost of three kernels which is the source of Organic Argan Oil

The process involved in producing argan oil are very grueling and time consuming since they are done manually by man. The processes involved are to get the nut of the fruit and then break the hard shell to gather kernels. The kernels are roasted by heating them mildly and then grounded in a stone circular quern.

Subsequently the kernels were hand-mixed with mild water to form a dough. It was from the dough that had been extracted that the oil would be obtained by hand. Currently mechanical presses are being introduced to pull argan oil. The purpose of mechanized presses alternatively of manual job has saved a lot of time in producing 1 litre of oil. The mechanical presses are deployed to do abrasion and extraction once the kernels are roasted. The storage life of the obtained oil is much longer as water is not added to the dough and also extra oil is extracted. Cracking the nuts, the procedure which takes a elongated time is still performed manually. No heat or solvent is used during the extraction of the oil. The Moroccan Argan oil is slightly darker than olive oil and has a fruity flavor.

Moroccan Argan Oil

Moroccan oil is processed from the fruit of Argan tree which grows solely at very few places in the earth. This tree is native to Morocco. The advantages of this oil for skin maintenance have been known to the female from Morocco as tree originates in Morocco. Nowadays, research reports have also established that argan oil is rightly. Benefits of Argan oil for skin:

The normal use of argan oil makes the skin softer and at the same time eliminates number of skin problems. The use of it offers number of benefits and some are highlighted below:

It has components such as polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin E which are antioxidants. The oxygenation of the cells aided by the components in argan oil helps shrink importantly the impact of free radicals. The components within the Argan oil acts as a level to look after the skin resulting into the nutrients for the skin come back into the cells.

It is a very much good skin moisturiser. Argan oil, as a moisturizer, is known to be more advantageous than other items such as oilve oil and shea butter. it behaves this way since no cholesterol is present in the oil. Wonderful measure of fatty acids are there in argan oil.

Moroccan oil is proficient of controlling the process of sebum, an oily element released by the oil glands present under the skin. Sebum can increase greasiness of the skin and this can be unpleasant to humans with oily skin. it can reduce this oily look of the oily skin.

For acne related ailments, argan oil is known to be reasonably effective as it has disinfectant properties. The application of Organic Argan Oil

decreases skin redness and soreness. It has qualities for curing skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis and others.

It is efficient in maintaining the balanced pH level for the skin. It can also protect the skin from the sun, pollution, tension, smoking; all of which have bad effects on the skin.

it is beneficial in masking the gross scars caused by skin disorders such as acne, chicken pox, and in a few cases scars left after burns.

Aging has the effect of making skin firm and generating wrinkles on the outside surface of the skin. Skin gets rehrdrated with the repeated use of argan oil and that effects into fewer wrinkles, more supple and firmer skin. Because of its anti-aging compounds, it works for filling skin deficiencies and at the same time get rid of wrinkles.

Throughout maternity, extend marks appear on the stomach as the skin loose its real flexible characteristics due to over stretching of the skin. Throughout pregnancy, the use of argan can make skin more supple hence reducing stretch marks on the skin surface.

Mineral makeup incline to dry up the skin with usual Utilization of such a merchandise. Such a difficulty can be prevented with the help of argan oil. All you have to do is to utilise one or two drops of argan oil on the skin 5 minutes before utilization of mineral makeup. Argan oil will keep the skin hydrous and no more dry skin.

In addition to its utility for skin, Moroccan Argan oil is also helpful for hairs and nails. Fragile nails can get back their effectivity with the use of argan oil. It helps to withdraw dandruff and forbid hair loss.

Argan Oil Info

It comes from the nuts of the Argan tree (Argania spinosa).

Since Argan tree is simply discovered in Morocco’s South Western part,very few persons are conscious about this tree. The nuts of the Argan tree are broken to get a oil with a lot of advantages. The remaining is used to feed the oxen and nuts shells for warming.

For centuries, Berber women of this area have produced argan oil which was used for their ingestion and traditional Moroccan medication.

People abroad are more and more concerned in this oil either for its decorative and nutritional properties. The argan tree is very resistant in nature and hence can inhabit for roughly 200 years. It is absolutely adapted to the fruitlessness of the South Western regions of Morocco. Argan tree has roots that can go deep-seated inside the soil for search of water which stops soil erosion and stops the progression of the desert. Argan tree plays a key function in keeping the bionomical balance and the economic state of the people. The World Heritage List also has the Argan tree, added to its records in 1999 by UNESCO.

A large number of the Argan tree population has already vanished in less than a 100 years. The fruits of the Argan tree are green. The Argan tree has large and circular fruits. Inside, there is a stiff shell nut which represents nearly one quarter of the flesh yield weight. The Organic Argan Oil is obtained from the kernels which are formed within the nut. The process involved in the argan oil making is a very tough and a toilsome process realised by hand. The steps involved are to get the nut of the fruit and then separate the hard shell to collect kernels. The kernels are roasted by warming them in a meek flame, cooled and crushed in a stone rotary quern.

A dough is then formed by mixing the roasted kernels with water. Man can then extract argan oil from this mixture manually. Recently preset presses have been introduced to derive argan oil. This has substantially reduced the amount of time required to derive 1 litre of oil. Once the kernels are roasted, the mechanical press takes care of the abrasion and extraction. The quantity of the obtained oil has increased somewhat considerably by adding no water to the dough and the oil can be stocked for an lengthy time period. The most overwhelming time of the process, cracking the nuts, is still accomplished by hand. Neither solvent nor heat is used for this oil extraction. The obtained Moroccan Argan oil tastes like nuts and has a darker color than olives.

History of the argan tree

« Argania Spinosa », better known as the Argan tree, is a wild, rustic and resistant species of tree with small thorny branches, which grows exclusively in South West Morocco, in the Berber region encompassing the cities of Essaouira, Agadir, Taroudant and Tafraout.

Its origins can be traced back to approximately 80 millions years ago when the dinosaurs still roamed the earth. The argan tree covers an area of about 3,000 square miles (approximately 20 million trees).

Because it faces extinction, the argan tree has been classified as part of the world’s universal heritage by UNESCO and is being actively protected to preserve the unique and extraordinary virtues of this national emblem.

Indeed, the argan tree can be used in various ways. Each piece or by-product of the tree can be utilized as a source of revenue or food. The tree has incredible ecological and physiological properties which make it practically the only species adapted to survive in these arid and semiarid regions.

When it comes to soil and grazing-land conservation, and the fight against erosion and desertification, it is nigh irrepleacable.

Thanks to its roots, which can grow several meters long, this priceless tree has a key role in preserving the soil, which it enriches with organic matter from its falling leaves. Researchers have catalogued up to 100 different varieties of plants under a single argan tree, and their survival can be solely explained by its protective shelter.

The argan tree isn’t sensitive to heat and requires very little water. Its roots can grow up to 30 metres long in order to reach deep underground water. In case of a drought, the argan tree will shed its leaves to resist the evaporation process and will enter « sleep mode ». When the humidity level rises, it suddenly comes back to life.

However, it is important to note that an argan tree can only produce between 10 and 30 kilos of fruits per year, and to produce one liter of argan oil, 38 kilos of fruits are required, or 2,6 kilos of the kernels.

The argan tree has survived for thousands of years and its history is deeply enmeshed with that of Morocco’s. Thus, It has become the treasure of the Berber regions of Southern Morocco.

Argan oil and its virtues

100% natural argan oil is extracted from the oleaginous kernel of the argan tree.

The biological and nutritional qualities of this oil are excellent, and it posesses multiple cosmetological, dietary and pharmacological virtues.

For centuries, Berber women have been producing it to provide for the dietary needs of the local population. Traditionally, they’ve also used it for their everyday beauty needs.

The natural virtues of Argan oil have been proven through several scientific studies performed in Morocco, Europe and other continents.

Its major biochemical components are recognized for their health benefits.

Argan oil is one of the rarest and costliest oil on the planet. It has been proven as being the most effective beauty oil on the market, for all facial, hair, nail and body care.

Argan oil is a rare and unique natural treasure. Rich in vitamin E, it is especially recommended for dry or aging skins.

It is without a doubt the best solution for revitalizing your skin. The efficacy of its beauty secrets have been proven time and again throughout the centuries.

An oriental elixir with priceless virtues, argan oil offers relaxation, beauty and well being.

It is a rare and precious treasure that has become much sought after. Rich in vitamin E, it nourishes the skin and preserves its elasticity.

It works wonders on wrinkles and dry skins, and diminishes considerably visible acne scars.

It is rich in natural ingredients that play an important role in cellular renewal.

In the traditional Moroccan materia medica, argan oil is used to counter the negative effects of age and the climate on the body.

It promotes the eradication of acne, chicken pox, pimples and other various skin irritations such as stretch marks, chaps and burns.

It is also used for hair care, by promoting shine and lustre. It nourishes brittle and dull hair in depth, and strengthens their growth, giving them added resistance.

Argan oil has no equal when it comes to treating brittle and fragile nails.

And finally, it relieves joint pains and is valued for body massages

We offer two brands of Argan oil: Dietary argan oil and cosmetic argan oil.

Dietary argan oil undergoes a roasting process which differentiates it from cosmetic argan oil. Its delicious hazelnut and grilled almond taste, which gives it its deeper tint and tempting odour, is very distinctive. It possesses outstanding physiological qualities.

Cosmetic argan oil, on the other hand, doesn’t have a strong odour. It is almost odourless and its colour is lighter than dietary argan oil.

The virtues of argan oil:

♦ Argan oil stabilizes hypercholesterolemia by reducing the levels of bad cholesterol and increasing the levels of good cholesterol.

♦ It reduces hypertension.

♦ It possesses appetite-suppressant properties that combat obesity (when consumed during the morning meal).

♦ It acts positively on liver function.

♦ It neutralizes free radicals and protects connective tissues.

♦ It revives and stimulates cellular transfers and oxygenation by improving the quality of intercellular cement.

• It works to mitigate the drying and physiological aging of the skin (anti-wrinkle properties) by restoring the hydrolipidic film and by increasing nutritive contributions at the cellular level. It also contains Schottenol, which has been found to have anti-cancerous properties.

• it is used to treat chronic deafness and ear aches.

• It is used to reduce risks of myocardial infarction and cardio-vascular problems.

♦ It is recommended when risks of atherosclerosis are present.

♦ It is used for rhumatisms and joint pains (osteoarthritis).

♦ It is recommended in cases of sterility (azoospermia) and when there are risks of miscarriages (general medecine uses).

♦ It stimulates and develops cerebral functions.

♦ It is also used to massage newborns and infants.

2.4 Biochemical composition of argan oil

Research studies conducted on the argan tree have been widely reported on these past few years. In this chapter we aim to show you the interesting nutritional, cosmetic and therapeutic properties of argan oil.

Its chemical composition is interesting: it’s (99%) glyceric acid and (1%) non-saponifiable.

80% of the fatty acids in argan oil are unsaturated acids. Respectively, the oleic and linoleic acids make up 45% and 35% of the total, which gives the oil excellent dietary qualities. Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid, because it cannot be synthesized by the body. Food intake is the only source. Recent studies performed by nutritionists have shown that essential fatty acids (linoleic, linolenic, etc…) are biological precursors of prostaglandins, intracellular hormones. These play a fundamental role regulating different cellular systems, especially cellular membrane exchanges.

Essential fatty acids play a role in the permeability and in the barrier function of the skin. A deficiency in fatty acids, which becomes inevitable with age, causes skin aging, which translates into dryness and the loss of cutaneous elasticity and enables the appearance of wrinkles. Reversing the deficiency in essential fatty acids slows down the cutaneous aging process.

The non-saponifiable substances contain hydrocarbons, 37.5% of carotenes, 7.5% of tocopherols, 20% of triterpene, 20% of methyl sterols and sterols, and 6.5% of xantophyll.

The search for provitamin A, in the form of trans-carotene, in argan oil was negative.

It is rich in tocopherols: 620 mg/kg (olive oil: 320mg/kg). Vitamin E is known for its eutrophic properties. It contributes to a normal nutritional balance and the steady development of the entire organism.

The triterpenic fraction is made up of Tirucallol, of Amyrine and Butyrospermol. The sterolic fraction is primarily made up of Spinasterol and Schottenol. These sterols can rarely be found in vegetable oils. According to certain authors, Schottenol is active in a particular plant (Agyratum conyzoides) whose sap is used in India to treat various skin ailments. In the case of the Ipomopsis aggregata species, the Schottenol glucoside has been found to have anti-cancerous properties.

The chemical composition of argan oil that we have just described has fueled well targeted research on its intrinsic qualities. In terms of preservation, the works of Chimi et al. (1994) have shown that it resists the autooxydation process much better than olive oil, thanks to its polyphenol (56mg/kg) and tocopherol (620mg/kg) contents.

The nutritional study was performed in vivo by Belcadi (1994).This study has shown that:

– The intake of argan oil leads to a modifiaction of the membranous PUFAs comparable to that caused by peanut oil.

– This oil, which is relatively rich in Vitamin E, elicits the stimulation of enzymatic activity linked to the detoxification and antioxidant defense of cells. This results in a reduction of the membranous susceptibility to peroxydation which is, according to some authors, the cause of aging. [Sohal and Allen,1990; Ames and Shigenega 1992; Harman 1992].

The traditional use of argan oil to treat cutaneous dryness and the physiological aging of the skin has motivated some French laboratories to incorporate it in cosmetic products. It is currently being used by Galenique (Argan line), Yves Rocher (Acaciane line) and by Colgate Palmolive (dermatological soap ‘Antinea’).

Conclusion:

Virgin argan oil stands out thanks to its specific chemical composition characterized by:

♦ A significant unsaturation due to high levels of oleic and linoleic acids. This essential fatty acid (from the omega 6 series) must be complemented by omega 3 fatty acids to improve the nutritional value of argan oil.

♦ A wealth of tocopherols which helps with the preservation of the oil during storage and throughout the culinary processes, and insures a good dietary contribution of antioxidants.

♦ A sterolic fraction giving the oil potentially sizable therapeutic and anti-cancerous virtues.

♦ A fraction of Triterpen alcohols containing lupeol, endowed with well-established anti-inflammatory properties.

Healing Hearts with Yoga

Coronary Artery Disease, CAD as referred to in the medical community, is running rampant in our country and is the leading cause of death. Yearly, about 500,000 people die, 600,000 have heart attacks, and 800,000 folks suffer from angina (chest pain caused by blockage or constriction of the coronary arteries.) The incidence of heart disease is increasing and the age at which it occurs is decreasing. The statistics are pretty frightening. Medical intervention techniques are expensive, invasive, and not very effective in the long term. Treating the symptoms is only a stop-gap measure; treating the cause is the real cure.

CAD can be prevented and can be reversed ! We’re talking about a paradigm shift in consciousness here, not just a new medical technique. If we truly understand the cause, we can embrace the cure. And what’s the cause? We’ve heard this all before, high cholesterol, smoking, caffeine, lack of exercise, “Type A” or “workaholic” personality, stress and anxiety. These issues basically represent a disconnection from our innate knowledge of ourselves. If we honor and nurture ourselves, we will eat a healthy diet, exercise, relax, meditate, do yoga, and have deep, meaningful relationships. These self- honoring priorities are the answer to reversing CAD.

In June, a select group of 43 yoga teachers collectively representing over 400 years of yoga experience, gathered with Nischala Devi, one of the developers, and the Director of Stress Management for the hospital-based Dr. Dean Ornish Program for Reversing Heart Disease. In an intense 8 day course, Nischala instructed us in the first Cardiac Teacher Training for yoga teachers. Yoga to reverse Cardiac Disease? Yes!…And it works!

We know that yoga relaxes us and reduces stress. We know that a vegetarian diet is healthier. We know we’re more relaxed and effective if we take time to meditate. We know we need a bit of aerobic exercise daily, and that sharing our lives with friends and family in deep and meaningful ways is of great value for emotional and psychological wellbeing. What we’re discovering, scientifically, is that all of these positive activities combined with yoga heals our hearts.

The program for reversing and preventing Coronary Artery Disease is really very simple, however it takes a steadfast dedication and is actually a lifestyle change for most people. Given the choice of having “open heart bypass” surgery, which is a temporary intervention, or doing yoga and eating vegetables, which is prevention and regression of the disease, which would you choose?

Based on the elements of a healthy lifestyle, you can create more awareness to enable you to make choices that will keep your heart, and the rest of your body, mind and spirit healthy as well. This scientifically proven program consists of four elements: a vegetarian low fat diet, yoga, exercise, and a support group.

Begin with a vegetarian or vegetable based diet Fat is the culprit. Cholesterol, found in animal fats, sticks to the walls of coronary arteries creating plaque. This constricts or shuts down the flow of blood to the heart which starves the heart for oxygen causing “angina” (chest pain,) shortness of breath, and heart damage. The arteries also constrict causing high blood pressure. Sometimes there are no symptoms at all, but heart attack and death are the result. Medically, an angiogram can determine the location of the blockage of the artery. And medically, angioplasty can break up the blockage. Both procedures are very invasive and don’t eliminate the cause of the blockage. From a yogic perspective, a change of diet will address the cause. For reversal of cholesterol blockages eat a vegetarian diet with only 10% fat. For prevention, allow only 20% fat in your diet.

Yoga! The yoga portion of the program is the foundation for success Yoga for cardiac health is a stress management technique, not to be confused with a fitness training. It allows the body to reabsorb the hardened cholesterol, and is effective in healing at a very basic level. One hour and 15 minutes of this yoga program has been shown to be effective. Cardiac yoga has five aspects, all of which are equally important: “asana” or poses, deep relaxation, visualization, breathing, and meditation.

Asana. The “asana” part of the program consists of the poses through which the body stretches, squeezing out the physical tension. The poses free our muscles from tightness, massage our internal organs and sensitize us to become more and more conscious of our bodies. Be gentle with yourself. Tune into your body and stretch only to the level that is comfortable for you. Here is a sampling of some simple poses you can practice:

Neck Stretches. Sitting comfortably in a chair, spine straight, drop your ear toward your right shoulder. Keep your chin slightly tucked toward your throat and your face forward. Feel the stretch on the left side of your neck. As you exhale, gently drop your left shoulder. Now bring your head to the left side and stretch the right side of your neck. Hold for 10 to 15 seconds.

Thigh toward Chest. Sitting in a chair, spine straight, grasp your right leg behind your knee and draw it toward your chest. Be sure to keep your back flat and exhale as you bring your thigh a bit closer. Hold for a few seconds and release. Then do the pose with the left leg.

Cobra Pose. Lie on your stomach with your hands directly under your shoulders, palms flat on the floor, fingers pointing forward. Keep your elbows close to your ribcage as you gently raise your head and chest off the floor. Breathe normally, hold for a few seconds and release.

Forward Bend. Sitting on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you, raise your arms overhead and lift your chest, flattening your back. As you exhale, reach forward stretching toward your toes. Keep your back flat and allow your hands to rest on your legs at a comfortable position. Relax and breathe into the pose. As you come up inhale and raise your arms overhead, then slowly lower them as you exhale.

Deep Relaxation. Deep calming relaxation can release the tensions and stress of everyday life. Its a conscious withdrawal of energy from the physical body and into a place of calm and connection within our deepest self. Most cardiac patients are hard-driving, full power dynamos who have forgotten how to relax, and they’re not alone. Our culture encourages pushing in the fast lane and certainly doesn’t encourage relaxation. For a healthy heart, and to be even more effective in our lives, we must learn to relax. To be at peace in the world we must learn to periodically withdraw from it.

There are a multitude of benefits of Deep Relaxation. It lowers blood pressure and heart rate, lowers cholesterol, reduces angina, reduces anxiety and the need for medication, releases anxiety and improves sleep. It produces the “Relaxation Response” in the parasympathetic nervous system which recharges the nervous system, relaxes the heart and the digestive system.

Here’s how to relax:

Lie down or sit in a comfortable position making sure that all parts of your body are supported.

Close your eyes and scan your body with your mind. Do you feel a tightness or tension anywhere? Is one shoulder tighter than the other? Is your neck tense? Do you feel pain anywhere?

Adjust your body to be even more comfortable.

Bring your attention to your right leg. Stretch it out from your hip, hugging the muscles toward the bones. Raise your leg a little off the floor, and relax it back down again. Roll it from side to side and relax. Then do the other leg.

Bring your attention to your right arm, stretch it out to the side, hugging the muscles to the bones and stretching your hand as wide as possible, make a fist, and release it to your side. Then follow the same process with your left arm.

Squeeze your buttocks, feel your body lift, and then relax down.

Press your belly out as you inhale deeply, and release with a relaxing exhalation. Allow your belly to be soft.

Inhale deeply and allow your ribcage to expand as wide as possible, expanding your lungs. Exhale and let go. Relax.

Draw your shoulders up around your ears. Squeeze them tightly. Roll them back and down, releasing any tension in your neck and shoulders. Roll your head gently from side to side, letting it come to rest at center.

Squeeze your face, pucker your lips, close your jaw, squeeze your eyelids tightly shut and draw your whole face toward your nose. Then release and relax.

Focus your breath. Taking long deep breaths, and as you exhale send the breath through your mind to each of the parts of your body that you just relaxed. Send your breath as a healing balm, searching out the more subtle tensions and releasing them with your exhalation.

Inhale deeply and fill your entire body with relaxation. Bring your attention to your heart and inhale, filling it with peace, centeredness and calm. Realize that this feeling of stillness is your essential self, the place of peace within you from which you may live.

Visualization and imagery. Our minds are incredibly powerful, and our bodies hear and respond to everything we think. Worry and anxiety are the result of imagery. Most of the time we worry about things that never happen, causing physical stress, increased blood pressure and heart rate, lowered immunity, and mental anguish. If our bodies respond to worry, they’ll also respond to positive images and the physical result is healing. Concentrate your attention on an area of your body that needs healing or relaxation. Imagine or visualize it the way it will look to you, seeing it healthy. For example, visualize your heart. Pink, healthy tissue, blood flowing freely through clear, strong arteries, rich red blood flowing out of your heart, through your arteries to feed every cell in your body. Create as graphic an image as you can. Remember, your image is to create healing and your body will believe what you tell it.

Breathing. We can live without food, water, and shelter, for a time, but how long can we live without breathing? Our first inhalation meant life, and our last exhalation will mean death. The way we breathe affects our thoughts, our minds and our emotions. Chronic stress and tension cause shallow breathing, starving our bodies for oxygen and constantly pushing our nervous systems to the edge of a panic response. Control of our breath gives us control of our responses. We’ve all heard “If you’re angry, take a deep breath.” That breath gives pause. It slows us down to give us time to think a different thought, to choose again. Putting space between our thoughts creates relaxation and can be controlled by putting space between our breaths. Begin by noticing your breathing pattern. Are your breaths shallow or deep? Are you breathing only with the tops of your lungs or are you bringing your breath all the way down to your belly? Deep full breathing oxygenates the body, relaxing it, cleansing it and slowing down our emotional reactions.

You can practice controlling your breath with “alternate nostril breathing.” Close your right nostril and deeply through your left nostril. Then close off your left nostril and exhale completely through your right nostril. Take full deep breaths and exhale completely. Alternate as often as you feel comfortable, building up to about 3 minutes. Close your eyes and notice how you feel.

Meditation. When life becomes hectic and stressful its important to have a stress management tool to help us to stay calm. Meditation is a path to creating and maintaining that place of peace and stillness within. When we’re calm and our minds are clear, we’re able to respond to life’s inevitable challenges from a realistic and positive perspective; we have the space in our minds to choose to act appropriately. In a medical study at Duke University, it was shown that people who did stress management after their first heart attack were less likely to have a second.

There are probably thousands and thousands of meditation techniques. The point is to calm the mind and find a technique that you enjoy doing. When you begin to try to calm the mind, it will rebel. Thoughts will be constantly pushing their way in. Be patient, start with short sessions, even just a few minutes at a time and build up to 30 minutes gradually.

To meditate, just begin:

Set up a consistent time and place to meditate. Create the atmosphere, light a candle, use your favorite cushion, light incense; whatever “gets you in the mood.”

Sit up in a comfortable position.

Choose a meditation technique that works for you. Try a few, choose one and stick with it. Meditating on a candle, on your breath, on a word. Writing, walking, meditating on a tone, on the point between your eyebrows. There are many books and tapes on meditation techniques.

As your mind tries to distract you keep bringing it back to your point of focus. If necessary, write down the important thoughts that are coming between you and your calm mind.

Physical aerobic exercise is important. It can be gentle and should very definitely be enjoyable so you’ll do it; about a half an hour a day is effective. Exercise at a comfortable rate so that you can carry on a conversation while you’re doing it. You’ll be exercising your entire body as you walk and talk and share with a friend. Integrate your exercise into your day, climb a few flights of stairs instead of taking the elevator, get a dog to walk with or walk to work with a friend. Sunset is a great time to stroll briskly and relax from the day. The more you walk, the faster you’ll enjoy the benefits of better cardiovascular circulation, overall fitness, stronger respiration, and of course, a healthier heart.

Participate in a support group. Emotional, psychological and spiritual support is valuable for all of us, and especially critical for those who are challenged with a major lifestyle change. The value of interpersonal support systems has been demonstrated in 12 Step Programs, and that type of support is just as valuable for those changing their lifestyle for a healthier heart. Sharing with others opens our hearts, supporting each other heals them.

The medical paradigm is changing. Many medical facilities and insurance companies are embracing stress reduction approaches to healing hearts. We are empowering ourselves, taking responsibility for our health and realizing the importance of loving ourselves and caring about each other. When we heal our hearts in this way, we inevitably heal the world around us. We bring calm, peace and healing wherever we go.

How to Give Your Child a Good Health Start

Not very long ago, we used to think that the dreaded diseases that struck adults – heart attack, stroke and cancer – where the inevitable fallout of aging. Today we know better. Many of these adult afflictions have their origins in wrong habits and lifestyle practices inculcated in children.

So, if we want our children to grow up into healthy adults, we have to get them off to a good start early in life. The basic maxims are spelled out in the three big E’s

  1. Eat Right
  2. Exercise regularly
  3. Eschew unhealthy habits like smoking and drinking in excess.

Heredity places some children at greater risk than others. This is why it’s important to alert your pediatrician to your family’s medical history. But early testing and monitoring, combined with proper preventive measures, can help keep even at-risk children from falling victim to chronic diseases later in life. Here it is, then: your child’s prescription for a healthy life.

Obesity:

If your child is over weight, he runs a much greater risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and a host of other ills. But the consequences of obesity aren’t just physical. Overweight children risk rejection by peer and, at times, by teachers and other authority figures. They may be viewed as weak and lacking in self control and, in part because of their social problems, may not achieve their full potential in school. Furthermore, because and overweight child is less likely to participate in games and sports, he may fill be hind his peers in the development of motor skills, which in turn, perpetuates the cycle of obesity.

Although there’s definitely a hereditary component to obesity (if you and your family are over weight, your child is more likely to follow suite than if you don’t have that history), the fact remains that obesity is moms caused by overeating and lack of activity. These are two aspects of your child’s behavior you can do something about to help him lose weight now and to thwart the possibility of his having to be on and off diets for the rest of his live.

Recommendations: If you think your child is overweight, discuss the problem with the pediatrician. Never put a very young child on diet yourself, you may harm his growth by excluding necessary foods. There’s a small chance that a chemical imbalance or other physical condition may be at fault.

If, as it more likely, the problem is a result of overeating, have your pediatrician recommend an eating plan. Then take steps to normalize your child’s eating habits, which may mean making changes i9n the whole family’s eating patterns. Don’t nag your child about weight problem or make him feel as if he is being punished for being overweight. Here are some positive steps to take:

  • Become aware of what and when your child eats. If he’s snacking on too much high calorie, high fat foods, keep a variety of more nutritious snacks on hand. If he tends to eat junk food while watching television, limit TV watching time and suggest that he play outdoors.
  • Try to determine whether there are underlying psychological reasons for your child’s overeating (consulting with a professional may help). Is your child using food comfort? Does he eat when he’s anxious or upset? You may have to help ways to express his needs and feelings.
  • Prepare meals that aren’t heavy on fried foods, swimming in cream souses or topped by rich desserts.

High Blood Pressure

People with high blood pressure are more likely to develop diseases of the heart and blood vessels and high blood pressure is a leading cause of death. Although there is genetic factor involved – high blood pressure tend to run in families – stress and obesity are two other risk factors that you can control to reduce your child’s chances of developing this serious condition.

Your pediatrician should regularly check your child’s blood pressure starting at age four (younger, if there is a family history of high blood pressure). If your child does have high blood pressure, your doctor will probably take blood and urine samples to determine whether there’s a specific medical cause such as kidney problem. If there’s no apparent medical reason, he or she may suggest changes similar to those proposed for adults (diet, exercise, stress reduction)

Recommendations: Although some experts believe there is “no conclusive evidence” that high sodium in take causes high blood pressure, there is enough information suggesting a relationship between salt consumption and high blood pressure in adults to warrant prudence and moderation in childhood. It’s also important to realize that many adults, having acquired a taste for salty food early in life, suffer from bloating, water retention and weight gain. Salt intake for youngsters should be limited to no more than 5 grams daily (about 2½ teaspoons). Here are ways to cut back.

  • Cook without salt and don’t bring the salt shaker to the dinner table.
  • Season your food with other spices such as curry powder, garlic and onion.
  • Read package labels and serve fewer salty foods and snacks.
  • When eating out avoid dishes that feature high sodium flavor enhancers, such as soy sauce and monosodium glutamate (ajinomoto – a staple in Chinese cooking)

Heart Disease:

What your child eats today may come back to help or haunt him in adulthood. A diet high in cholesterol and saturated fat may make him susceptible to heart disease and stroke later in life.

The body needs a certain amount of cholesterol for cell production, but the amount manufactured by the liver is usually sufficient. Excess cholesterol from food, along with saturated fat, builds up in the arteries to form plaques. These plaques clog the blood vessels making it difficult for oxygen rich blood to reach vital organs.

There’s no question that atherosclerotic plaques start building in early childhood. To help prevent this buildup, you can make dietary changes that will help your child – and other family members – stay healthier now, while setting the stage for healthful eating in adulthood.

Recommendations: Many foods high in cholesterol are also good sources of protein and other nutrients that are important during your child’s growing years, so you won’t want to cut them out completely. Moreover, children – especially those under two years old – need some fat in order to grow. How can you safely keep your child’s cholesterol level in check? Here are some guidelines:

  • Be sure that foods containing complex carbohydrates – grains, cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables – make up approximately 50 percent of your child’s diet.
  • Keep fat consumption down to about 30 percent of his diet, with no more tan 10 percent in the form of saturated fats.
  • He should get no more than 300 milligrams of cholesterols from the foods he eats (all foods from animals contain some cholesterol). Some vegetable oils like palm and coconut oil have a high content of saturated fats which are converted in the body to cholesterol.
  • Be sure your child exercises regularly. And try to match his calorie in take with his calorie expenditure so he doesn’t become over weight.
  • If your child is more than two years of age and you have a family history of high cholesterol and/or a history or premature heart attack, you should have your child cholesterol level tested. Children whose cholesterol count consistently exceeds 176 mg/dl require nutritional counseling plus dietary changes.

Constipation

Constipation is a common problem in childhood. Some experts believe chronic constipation can lead to hemorrhoids and intestinal disorders such as diverticulitis, in adulthood.

The immediate problem can be relieved by adding fiber to the diet (more fresh fruits and vegetables and grains). Avoid castor oil and other purgatives as routine rituals for children. They can affect bowel tone, and lead to life long constipation. If these measures are not successful, consult your pediatrician, who may prescribe a mild laxative. However many children have problems for as much as several months after a bout of constipation, because of the fear and pain they experienced. Talking to your child will reassure him that he can attain regularity. Continue the regimen of fiber containing foods to avoid the risk of recurring constipation. Make sure your child gets enough opportunity for play your child gets enough opportunity for playful activity. In activity promotes constipation.

Cancer

Many people believe cancer is like going bald – there’s not much you can do about it. But that belief is wrong. Though there is a tendency to inherit some forms of cancer, many are caused by the way we live: smoking (or exposure to second hand smoke), the time we spend I the sun and the food we eat. It’s never too early to instill the right cancer preventing life styles habits in your children.

Recommendations: It’s now clear that exposing your child to secondhand smoke is dangerous; secondhand smoke actually contains more of some cancer causing chemicals than smoke that’s inhaled directly, moreover, children whose parents smoke are hospitalized more frequently during their first year of life for bronchitis and pneumonia than children of non smoker. Quit smoking and guard your children from exposure to secondhand smoke from others.

A recent report from the National Research Council in the U.S. supports the theory that “what we eat during our lifetime strongly influences the possibility of developing certain types of cancer.” According to the American Cancer Society, diets low in fat, high in fiber, with plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and cereal may reduce the chances of developing several forms of cancer. Here are ways to improve your child’s diet:

  • Reduce the amount of fat in your family diet to lower the risk of developing breast thyroid and prostate cancer. A low fat diet also combats obesity and helps prevent heart disease and stroke.
  • Serve your family lots of green and yellow vegetables, which contain substances called carotenoids, to lower the risk of developing lung cancer.
  • Serve a minimum of five half cup serving of fresh vegetables and citrus fruits daily; the Vitamin A and C, selenium and fiber they contain can help prevent all types of cancers, especially colon and rectal.
  • Be sure your child eats plenty of complex carbohydrates whole grains, beans and dried peas, fruits and vegetables. The fiber in them moves potentially harmful substances through the intestine quickly so they spend less time in the body.

Cavities

Few of us escaped childhood without at least one cavity; most of us had many more. But with fluoride-based toothpastes today, plus major advances in dentistry, your kids have a good chance of staying cavity-free.

Avoid giving your child too many sticky foods like sweets, jams, cakes and toffees and make twice daily brushing a life habit. In addition, make sure your child has regular dental checkups, starting at year old.

Weak Bones

Osteoporosis is a condition in which decreased bone mass leads to increased susceptibility to hip and wrist factures, poor posture and loss of height (because the vertebrae in the spine are weak). Although osteoporosis occurs mainly in women after age 45, there’s evidence that good diet and exercise habits, practiced from young age, may prevent the condition from developing in adulthood.

Good strong bones early in life set the foundation for later years. Children need to exercise and get the right nutrients for strong bones, rather than waiting until bones start weakening in adulthood.

Recommendations: Be sure your child gets plenty of calcium. Recent research from the U.S. Confirms that bone mineral health is better in children who consume 1000 milligram of calcium – the amount found in approximately three glasses of milk – than in those who get less calcium. Good sources include low-fat or skim milk (after age two), yogurt, cheeses (preferably from skim milk), fish with bones, pudding and custards. Do not give your child calcium tablets.

The same research also revels that physical activity affects bone health in children (and at any age). Regular weight bearing exercise – walking, skipping, doing cart wheel and running, for example – can help your child build strong bones and stay in shape.

Stress

Emotional stress can have a powerful effect on your child’s wellbeing, just as it does for adults. School phobia, peer pressure and family problems such as divorce are just a few of the factors that can cause your child to experience stress. How he copes with his feelings now can set the pattern for a lifetime.

By helping your child learn to reduce his anxiety level, you will be teaching him how to combat many of the potentially harmful effects of stress – high blood pressure, headache, backache later in life.

Personality traits that make adults susceptible to heart disease appear in children as young as nursery school age, say experts. These traits may include a low capacity for tolerating stress and frustration, a tendency to create internal anxiety (for example, excessive worry about performance in school) and an overblown sense of responsibility (a child who is too quick to take on family responsibilities such as caring for sibling or doing household chores).

But it’s important to distinguish between these traits and the kind of hard-driving behavior that comes from high motivation and joyful involvement in activities. How can you tell the difference? One key is whether your child feels compelled to work most of the time or whether he is willing to “hang out” and relax. Children must have some sense of childhood. This means creating a balance between work and play. Your child should also be flexible enough to “shift gears” from play time on weekends to school work on Monday morning. Too much rigidity – extreme fearfulness every Sunday night, for instance, may be a sigh that your child needs help.

Recommendations: Your child’s natural temperament to some extent determines how rigid or flexible he is, whether he’s persistent, stubborn, striving or easygoing. And though you can’t change every aspect of his behavior you can work with your child to help him allay anxiety and have more fun. Here are some suggestions:

  • Encourage your child to express his fears, no matter how silly they may seem to him, rather than allowing them to churn him up inside.
  • If he’s anxious about doing well in school, review the difficult skills or lessons with him in “practice sessions”, keeping the tone light.
  • Encourage your child to play with friends, read and engage in other activities that provide pleasure for their down sake.
  • Don’t turn piano lessons, dancing classes and the like into chores by insisting on heavy practice and achievement.

Set a good example by making play and relaxation a priority in your life. Let your child knows you value this time as much as time spent working.

The Proper Bronchitis Treatment

If you are diagnosed by the doctor with bronchitis the best thing to do is to get the best treatment for bronchitis, in order to avoid any complications. There are many treatments available for bronchitis. The main concern when suffering from bronchitis is the problems you have breathing. This disease, bronchitis is a respiratory system condition, so coughing and shortness of breath are a big problem when having bronchitis.

In order to make your breathing a lot easier when you have bronchitis, here are some tricks for you to follow. First of all, when suffering from bronchitis, you must drink a lot of fluids. Try drinking at least nine galsses of water every day. This is very beneficial if you have bronchitis, because it helps to keep the mucus produced thin. Another thing to remember is to avoid any dairy products or sugar if you have bronchitis. They only weaken your immune system. Furthermore, the production of mucus will be increased by the use of these products, if you have bronchitis.

The second useful trick when having bronchitis is not to take any cough suppressants. It is the first impulse that somebody has when suffering from bronchitis. This is not good, because when you cough, your body eliminates the mucus that is produced when you have bronchitis. If you take any drugs that are meant to suppress cough, the mucus may buildup. This can lead to serious complications of bronchitis, like pneumonia. Other drugs you should avoid in case of bronchitis are decongestants and antihistamines. Instead of helping you with your bronchitis, these drugs can make things worse. If you take them when you have
bronchitis, there is a big chance your airways will dry and the mucus will become thicker, which is very bad if you have bronchitis.

The third thing to do in case of bronchitis is to use humidifiers or vaporizers. In cases of bronchitis, it will be a relief for you to have your airways moist. This two do just that. A hot bath of shower is also another great way to relief some of the bronchitis symptoms. Because when you have bronchitis, your airways are the ones that must be taken care of, be sure to avoid any irritants. Dust, chemicals or paint may irritate you airways even more and make your bronchitis worse. If you use aerosols or insecticides, try to stop that as long as you have bronchitis. They will only make the bronchitis worse.

For more resources about bronchitis or especially about bronchitis symptoms please visit http://www.bronchitis-guide.com/bronchitis-symptoms.htm

My Local Hero of the Defence of Rorke’s Drift

On 22 January 1879, a garrison of British soldiers successfully defended the storehouse and field hospital which had been established at Rorke’s Drift against an army of Zulu warriors. This heroic stand has been written about extensively and inspired the epic film ‘Zulu!’ This is a biographical tribute to Private William Jones, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his gallantry that fateful day, and eventually settled with his family in Manchester, England, which is in my home county.

According to his family descendants, William Jones was born on 16 August 1839, at 5 Lucas Street, Castle Precinct in Bristol. He was the son of a stonemason named William Jones, and his wife, Mary Ann (late Martin, formerly Lancastle). The Wesleyan Methodist Chapel at Coleford in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, records the baptism of William and James Jones, on 22 March 1840, and the 1851 census records a family living in East Dean, near Ross-on-Wye, which may be them. William served an apprenticeship as a shoemaker before entering the army, and there are records of a shoemaker named Jones who lived in Cowell Street at Evesham, Worcestershire, who may have been William.

He enlisted into the British army at Birmingham on 21 December 1858, and as 593 Private W Jones he was posted to the 2nd Battalion, 24th Regiment. He was described as being five feet five inches tall, with a sallow complexion, dark brown eyes and brown hair. While serving at Mauritius he was promoted corporal on 1 September 1859, but he was reduced to private in the following year. He re-engaged at Rangoon in 1868, to complete 21 years service, and he also served in India. He married Elizabeth Goddard at the Wesleyan Methodist Chapel in Farnham, on 25 May 1875. He was posted to Dover, where a child named William was born on 15 November 1876, who was sent to live with his grand-parents in Farnham.

Tension between British authority and various factions in South Africa had been building up for years prior to 1879; especially concerning the independent-minded Boer farmers and the warrior nation of the Zulu. Because of this, many British army units were in South Africa taking part in the ninth of a series of Cape Frontier Wars, and the 2nd Battalion, 24th Regiment had embarked on the troopship Himalaya on 1 February 1878, for active service at the Colony. This campaign consisted mainly of sweeping skirmishes to flush rebel natives out of the bush, which gave the British some experience of fighting on the veldt, and the rebel leaders were captured and dealt with by mid-1878.

However, the main threat to stability in the region came from the highly-disciplined army of fearless Zulu warriors, and the British government knew that they had to be subdued before there could be any progress towards a united nation under one flag, which would be easier for administration. In order to deal with the Zulu threat the British issued a deliberately unworkable ultimatum to the Zulu king, Cetshwayo, and British forces began to build up at strategic places along the border with Zululand even before Cetshwayo had responded. The 3rd (Central) Column marched towards a commandeered mission-station known as Rorke’s Drift. The main bulk of this section of the invasion force was made up of soldiers of the 24th Regiment. Private Jones sailed to the Cape with his unit, and his wife went with him, but she died of tuberculosis on 11 October 1878.

When hostilities with the Zulus began and the British invaded Zululand, Private Jones and his ‘B’ Company remained behind to guard the hospital and store at Rorke’s Drift. When the Zulus attacked the depot he was posted in the doorway of a room in the hospital building which contained six patients, and had to keep warriors out single-handed until he was joined by Private Robert Jones. Later, Privates Henry Hook and John Williams broke through a wall and entered the room with more patients, and together they fought back the Zulus while the patients were helped out through a small window. He made his own escape from the burning building, and spent the rest of the night with his comrades in the inner entrenchment, before a relief force arrived on the following morning. For his service he was mentioned in dispatches, and his award of Victoria Cross was announced in the London Gazette on 2 May 1879. He also received the South Africa Medal with 1877-8-9 clasp. He was decorated by Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle on 13 January 1880. He was examined by a medical board at Pietermaritzburg on 3 September 1879, which found that he was suffering from chronic rheumatism. He was sent to Netley Military Hospital, and on 2 February 1880, he was discharged as ‘unfit for further service due to chronic rheumatism of the joints.’ He was in possession of three good conduct badges.

His intended place of residence was 174 Lupin Street, Birmingham, and by 1881 he was named as a warehouseman visiting Charles and Elizabeth Goddard at Court 3, 6 Love Lane, Duddeston, Aston, Birmingham. A child named Albert Ulundi (Frodsham) was born there on 12 May 1881, and Elizabeth (Frodsham) was born on 19 June 1883, at 7 Holt Street, Duddeston, Aston, Birmingham. Albert’s unusual name suggests that he may have been fathered by William, and he and Elizabeth are the only two children who had their names changed to Jones. By 1891 the family home was 8 Luxton Street, Duddleston, Aston. Charles had moved out and William was recorded as a boarder.

He moved to Rutland Street in Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, and by 1901 lived at 7 Ash Street, Miles Platting. He toured with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show when it came to Lancashire, and he appeared at Hamilton’s Pansterorama in Rochdale to recite his account of the defence. However, he could not get regular employment because of his health, and he was forced to pawn his VC to provide for his family. It is now with the regimental museum. William was aged 61 when he married Elizabeth, at St Augustine’s Church in Newton Heath, Manchester, on 16 July 1901. In 1912 they were living at 72 Sanderson Street, Collyhurst, Manchester, when William was found wandering the streets in an ‘impoverished’ condition and his wife had to collect him from Bridge Street Workhouse in Salford.

William Jones died at his daughter’s home, 6 Brompton Street, Ardwick, Manchester, on 15 April 1913, aged 73, and he was buried in a paupers grave with military honours at Philips Park Cemetery, Manchester. A ceremony was held at the cemetery in 2007, to commemorate the unveiling of a new headstone for the grave.

The New Marketing Research Tool – Twitter

Conducting marketing research is very important for any business. The key to success of any online business is the profitability of the niche market you select. First and foremost though should be the determination of market demand. Without the demand the probability of generating any profit is zip. With that said our consideration will turn to a reliably new way to conduct market research that will enable you to unforgettable those niche markets with plenty demand and profit potential.

Twitter, the fast growing micro blogging social network site offers you the opportunity to tap into a real time search engine containing valuable search information.

If you're looking for online business ideas around which to build an income Twitter could be your answer.

Let's look at a simple 3 step process you can use to help you generate potential niche marketing opportunities by using Twitter.

Determine Popular Topics First

Firstly you want to see what everyone is talking about by looking at 'trending topics' which is located on the right hand side of the page. Being Twitter is a highly populated social network site you can assume trends found here reflect most of what you may find across the internet.

Under trending topics you'll find separate 'discussions' being held on various topics. The topics or keywords of these individual discussions are precluded by a hash mark (#). Choose a topic of interest to you and join the conversation.

Focusing on conversations that interest you is very important!

Two other methods you can use to locate popular topics on Twitter are visiting hashtags dot org and stufftotweet dot com.

Find the Conversations

Track down these conversations on Twitter by entering the appropriate keywords into the search box.
Plug into conversations as this will be your market research.

Start to follow some of the participants since once once you follow someone they'll follow you back. This allows you to stay up with and view these conversations as they occur from day to day.

Plug Into & Follow the Conversations

Now that you've located these conversations you of course will contribute where you can but you definitely want to listen and take notes. You are looking for trends, common problems, angles, or other ideas to explore. If possible unforgettable a common problem and develop a solution for it. This could be the basis of your niche.

Throughout the course of these discussions various ideas, opinions, or preferences will be offered so take note of this. Focus in on the more prevalent and consistent 'sub-topics' to help you' narrow 'your search'.

By following these conversations over an extended period of time you'll be validating the thinking popularity or interest of the topic you're 'researching'.

This process will be connected over a period of time and the information you collect can then be used to further explore with other market research tools. You'll want to do this to insure your hunch / finds possess the market potential you are looking for.

Marketing research can be very time consuming and boring but it is a necessary evil for any online business. The key to your success will the profit potential of the niche market you select as the core of your business. Determining the market demand is your first step when considering the potential of any number of niche markets. The accuracy of your market research is crucial and if done correctly will lead to profitable online business ideas for you. Knowing how to efficiently use the real time search engine that Twitter should enable you to speed up the research process. Just following the current trends and the conversations surrounding them should supply you with very insightful data. It is then up to you to put this information to work as you apply it to your niche marketing efforts. The end results should be rewarding.

Anxiety and Stress Symptoms: A Comparison

In a moment we will see how the anxiety and stress symptoms are very similar. This is very evident if we look at anxiety physical symptoms and look at the same category of symptoms in stress.

Stress is seen by many as one of the causes of anxiety. Although we did note read this statement during our research, but I guess we will be safe if we said that among the most common anxiety causes is stress.

Therefore, we if we are able decipher the stress code through understanding its signs and symptoms we might be able to control anxiety or even prevent it. The logic goes as follows:

If we are living a stressful situation without knowing that it is stressing us, which is very normal and common as stress can creep into our lives without us noticing, the stress signs and symptoms can give us an early warning before it develops and later cause anxiety.

If we are able to notice the stress symptoms, then we will have the chance to work on controlling them and overcoming them. When we succeed doing that then we would prevent it from developing anxiety.

If we already suffer from anxiety, then – as some practitioners actually suggest – we can try and work on the stress symptoms which will significantly reduce anxiety.

Now let us look at the Stress symptoms first. Those symptoms have been divided into four groups as follows:

1- Cognitive Symptoms

– Memory problems
– Inability to concentrate
– Poor Judgment
– Seeing only the negative
– Anxious or racing thoughts
– Constant Worrying

2- Emotional Symptoms

– Moodiness
– Irritability or short temper
– Agitation, inability to relax
– Feeling overwhelmed
– Sense of loneliness and isolation
– Depression or general unhappiness

3- Physical Symptoms

– Aches and pains
– Diarrhea or constipation
– Nausea and/or dizziness
– Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
– Loss of sex drive
– Frequent colds

4- Behavioral Symptoms

– Eating more or less than usual
– Sleeping too much or too little
– Isolation from others
– Procrastination or neglecting responsibilities
– Using alcohol, cigarettes, or drugs to relax
– Nervous habits (e.g. nail biting, pacing)

Now let us take a look at anxiety physical symptoms:

– Palpitations – Heart Beating Hard and/or Fast or Pounding
– Sweating – Perspiration
– Trembling or Shaking
– Shortness of Breath – Breathlessness – Difficulty Breathing
– Difficulty Swallowing
– Sharp Pains in the Chest or Chest Discomfort
– Abdominal Pain – Stomach Pain
– Nausea and Vomiting
– Dizziness – Lightheadedness – Faintness
– Hot or Cold Flashes

We will list here now just the stress physical symptoms for a comparison:

– Aches and pains
– Diarrhea or constipation
– Nausea and/or dizziness
– Chest pain, rapid heartbeat
– Loss of sex drive
– Frequent colds

We hope that you find this information useful, but we must stress the fact that no diagnosis should be self made and once you are in doubt you should seek professional consultation for a proper diagnosis before moving into any recovery plan.

An Overview of Seat-Belts

For safety reasons, modern car manufacturers also install plenty of security features including anti-lock brake system, cruise control, rear view cameras, satellite navigation, traction control, and airbags. Without all of those features, you can still drive a car indeed, but it is a traffic law violation if you drive without wearing seat-belts. It is probably the minimum safety requirement to prevent you from suffering fatal injuries in case your car crashes into something.

There are some different types of seat-belts based on the models and safety features. Current models in production cars include lap, sash, and 3-point harness. Racing cars usually have a 5-point and 6-point harness. Each of them is described as follows.

1. Lap Belts

A lap belt is the most outdated model in production cars. The design is very simple with only one strap tightened around your waist. This is uncommon in modern vehicles, but you probably can still see one in an SUV with 5 or 7 passengers capacity. In such vehicles, lap belt is sometimes used for the passenger who sits in the middle of a row. This is not the safest type since the belt only covers the waist area of a passenger.

2. Sash Belts

This belt only has one strap going across the chest diagonally on a passenger. This adjustable strap is buckled on the vehicle’s center closest to the hip. In the past, a sash belt is sold separately to upgrade a lap belt. It is not considered safe nowadays since vehicle’s occupant can easily slip out of the belt.

3. Three-point Harness

It is a combination of a lap belt and sash belt. A single strap pulled across waist and chest to the vehicle’s center closest to the hip. It is fastened using a buckle. There are three points of the belt connected to the vehicle’s frame, and it is therefore called three-point harness. This is the standard seat-belt installed in most modern cars since 1960’s.

4. Five-point Harness

Five-point harness seat-belt uses a strap for each shoulder, a lap/waist belt, and another between the legs. Each is connected to the center, usually below the chest area. Besides commonly used in racing cars, the five-point harness is also used for children. This type of seat-belt is safe but restrictive; it also takes time to use it correctly.

5. Six-Point Harness

It is similar to five-point harness except for the additional strap between the legs.

Safety Tips

As mentioned earlier, car manufacturers install numerous safety features in modern vehicles, but seat-belt will always be the outdated safety equipment. The main idea is that it prevents your body from crashing toward the dashboard or steering wheel in an accident. When used well, this equipment should not distract your concentration while driving. Some safety tips are listed below.

1. Placement

Always use the seat properly as instructed by car manufacturers or manual instructions. When using three-point harness seat-belt, please make sure that the chest strap goes comfortably across the chest. Ideally, it goes from the midpoint of the shoulder across the midpoint of the chest to the waist area. The lap belt is only slightly above the legs. In a crash, the seat-belt will help to spread energy or momentum to bounce back the forward movement force of your body. This prevents you from hitting the dashboard or steering wheel. It should not be too tight that it restricts movements or breathing.

2. Airbags

Some people may think that airbags are enough to prevent you from hitting the dashboard. It probably is, but the seat-belt is still an important part since it keeps you exactly in the impact area of the airbag. When the airbag is deployed, it will be useless if you are not in front of it. As a matter of fact, the airbag can be dangerous, and it can cause serious injury when you are in the wrong position. Furthermore, seat-belt is always on your body during driving, meaning you can check for possible flaws or incorrect use. You know when it is correctly equipped. However, an airbag is not visible; a malfunction can happen anytime preventing it from functioning properly.

Overcoming Bronchitis And Its Health Effects

What is Bronchitis anyway?

Bronchitis is something you are likely to have in your lifetime at least once. Since it usually follows a cold or other respiratory condition, most people will develop it in the course of their lifetime.

Your chest is throbbing in pain. You are coughing and it hurts to do so. These are the first symptoms of bronchitis. Although it is a common condition that many face, for some it is even worse. That’s because for some people bronchitis is disabling and more frequent.

The good news is that you can do just that. Bronchitis doesn’t have to be a condition that you can’t shake.

Before you can actually deal with bronchitis, you need to know what it is and how it affects your body. Having an education in this information puts you at the forefront of spotting symptoms and taking action before you become ill further or even lessening the effect that bronchitis can have on your daily life.

Bronchitis happens in your lungs. In fact, it is a condition that affects the inner walls in your air passage ways of your lungs. There, bronchitis causes the lining to become infected and inflamed, causing you the symptoms of fevers, chills, coughing and a pain in your chest.

These are the symptoms of acute bronchitis, something that many people will get after they have had a respiratory infection.

On the other hand, bronchitis that comes back time and time again is something to be concerned about. Bronchitis can lead to more serious conditions such as emphysema, asthma or even chronic bronchitis. These need medical attention as soon as possible.

If you are someone that smokes, your chances of getting chronic bronchitis are often much more severe than those that are likely to get acute bronchitis.

Symptoms To Look For:

The main sign of this condition is that of a yellow/gray or even green colored mucus that comes up when you are coughing. This mucus is called sputum. The mucus should be a sign to you that something is wrong, especially with this type of coloring.

Some people don’t have a large accumulation of the product in their throats and therefore do not cough it up. For this reason, you should realize that you can have bronchitis without having any mucus.

There are additional signs that you should pay attention to in order to tell if you have bronchitis.

• A pain in your chest that makes you feel constricted
• A burning sensation in your chest, soreness there
• Congestion
• A sore throat
• The feeling of not being able to catch your breath
• Wheezing, coughing
• Fever, which should not be too elevated. If so, contact your doctor as soon as possible.
• Chills

When you experience any of these, especially a combination of them with mucus, you could be suffering from a bronchitis infection.

Causes Of Chronic Bronchitis

The causes of chronic bronchitis are often a bit more drastic. If you have this condition, the walls of your bronchial tubes have become thickened and they are inflamed to such a degree that it is considered nearly permanent. When this happens, chronic bronchitis is evident.

Most with this condition must cough at least some time during each day to clear their throat. This is especially true of those that have chronic bronchitis due to their smoking habits.

Those that suffer from chronic symptoms of bronchitis often develop asthma because of it. This is caused by the long term inflammation of your air passageways, it is essential that you get help from your doctor in dealing with your condition.

Are You At Risk, Then?

Since anyone can get acute bronchitis from a cold that they have, it is not difficult to imagine that virtually everyone is at risk for developing this condition. Yet, there are some additional reasons why this condition can effect you more often or even just more severely than it will effect other people.

Those that are living in conditions where bronchitis is likely, such as a smoking home, will also have increased risks of developing pneumonia, colds, respiratory infections, asthma and ear infections.

In some cases, such as those that revolve around occupational bronchitis, just removing the irritants from your lifestyle will ultimately improve your quality of life and reduce the occurrences and health risks associated with bronchitis.

Do You Need A Doctor?

This question is one that you’ll have to answer yourself, depending on the type and severity of the condition you are in. For most people, the need for a doctor is not there, because they are suffering from acute bronchitis, which will likely go away on its own within just a few days to a week.

In order to help this to happen, get as much rest as you can and get lots of fluids. Keep your home’s air moist as well. Treat bronchitis in the same basic way you would treat a cold to see improvement.

Those that have a fever, which is to be expected in most cases, should contact their doctor if there temperature reaches higher than 101 degrees F. If you are coughing up blood, yellow mucus, green mucus or you can’t catch your breath, call on a doctor as soon as possible because your condition may have progressed.

When bronchitis progresses, it ends up being that of pneumonia, a very serious condition that can be fatal if not treated properly. In addition to this, you should seek the help of your doctor if you find that your bronchitis has not gone away within six weeks. Those that face chronic bronchitis can develop additional conditions like asthma when their air passageways remain inflamed.

Certain people should seek the help of their doctor sooner. If you have chronic health problems such as chronic lung problems, congestive heart failure, emphysema, or asthma, then you need to see your doctor as soon as you feel an episode of bronchitis coming on.

To find out more detail about the condition you must read this grate eBook that you can download in the next 10 minutes. It has all there is to know. There are lots of interesting facts and cures, the author has spent weeks researching the subject and compiled an ease to understand eBook in plain English.