Swine Flu Pandemic – Why I Changed My Mind About the Danger

I kind of think that for most folks, their concern and fears about swine flu probably peaked that day when the World Health Organization raised the threat level of the H1N1 virus up to level 6 and declared it a full pandemic and started talking about shortages in available vaccinations. While this sounded an alarm in most people's minds, it has not resolved in the world meltdown or some other world level disaster. As a result, it splashed onto the scene, and then disappeared into the chaos of the news cycle.

As time has passed since that original pronunciation that we have a CDC pandemic on our hands, it has proven to be less than an all-consuming virus that's spreading non-stop across the globe. Yes, some people have died of H1N1 virus complications; however, it's been less than originally forecast. In the United States, the number of people who have died as of October 2009 has just passed the 1000 mark. So, I felt that, like most people, it was more hype than reality.

I felt that way until I started reading an eBook on the swine flu pandemic. It went into how to protect yourself and your family from what is called "novel strains of Influenza", which is exactly what Swine Flu is categorized as. While pandemics like H1N1 seem to start out slow, they can eventually end killing about 100 million people before it's run its course.

1918 Pandemic Flu

In the span of time, it has not been that long since the last pandemic hit the world. The year 1918 comes to mind, and that's a little over a century ago, and while medicine has come an incredible way since that original outbreak of H1N1, it came out of now around the same time of year, disappeared for a little over two months and returned in the fall.

And, when it returned, it had changed. The mutated virus ran through the population dropping folks like flies. People turned blue and shortly died to a point where the cities did not even have adequate coffins to bury the dead. As a result they had to stack the corps and dig mass graves to hold them.

2009 Pandemic Flu

While there are obvious similarities between the 1918 strain and the 2009 one, we have progressed in the way that we deal with it. There is also evidence that this is not the first incarnation of a virirent strain of influenza. This is just one of the surprising facts I learned in Survive Pandemic Flu. I can also guarantee that those officials that we all laughed at early on for raising the alarm with nothing happening, were not quite the idiots we first thought them to be.

Usually when someone reviews a book, they say that this is the most important book you'l read this year, which we all know is just so much hype to make sales. So, I will not lay it on you about Survive Flu Pandemic. Make up your own mind based on the way things are unfolding on the news. Is this going to be the most important book you'll read in 2009? If you find it to be true, thank me later for pointing you in the right direction.

How to Treat Traction Alopecia Naturally

Traction alopecia is not caused by changes in the body’s hormones as other forms of hair loss are. Traction alopecia, on the other hand, is mechanically induced and is a form of hair loss that can not only be successfully treated if it is caught soon enough, but it can also be prevented. This form of hair loss occurs often around the crown of the head and the hair line. These are both areas that tend to suffer much pressure from tight hairstyles. It’s worth mentioning that traction alopecia can also lead to hair thinning in other areas, especially those areas where hair extensions have been used constantly through the years.

There is no surprise consumers become upset when their hair does not begin to grow back because there are many hair products on the market whose labels claim that the product boosts hair growth. When hair is lost to traction alopecia, make sure you maintain dedication and patience as re-growing your hair will be tedious but does not require a lot of hair products that won’t work anyway.

Hair can be compared to a plant that grows in soil, which in hair’s case is actually the scalp. For the plant to grow healthy and strong it requires soil that supplies it with essential nutrients. In this case, you must first care for your scalp when trying to re-grow hair that was lost to traction alopecia. If your scalp is unhealthy, it will have very little to no change at all of producing new hair, much less healthy hair. If you repeatedly pull on your hair and place stress on your hair follicles, it will eventually result in traction alopecia as damage will be caused to the follicles. For this reason, before you begin any treatment plan, make sure you stop the pulling. In other words, you will need to alter the way you style your hair so you do not apply any pressure to the hair follicles.

Once the pulling has been stopped, you must care for the scalp so it will become healthy. If you use chemical colorants or relaxers on a regular basis, you will only further aggravate your traction alopecia. These harsh chemicals will not only irritate your already delicate scalp, but it will also often end in inflammation as the scalp attempts to protect itself from other abuse.

Infection is indicated by scalp conditions such as dandruff. Dandruff is easily treated but mainly caused by bacteria. There are many natural products you can use to treat dandruff including tea tree oil, rosemary, and neem leaves. You can find neem oil from trustworthy herbalists and they can be massaged right into the scalp. On the other hand, tea tree oil and rosemary must be mixed into carrier oils before going on the scalp. One highly recommended type of carrier oil is coconut oil because it is easily absorbed in the skin as it does not sit atop the scalp and block the follicles. You will find it is best to massage these oils into the scalp the night before you shampoo your hair in order to let the treatment work.

Washing your scalp and hair regularly is very important to remove bacteria, dirt, and grease. Make sure you wash your hair at least twice per week. If your hair is dry you should shampoo only once per week with a shampoo that is sulfate free, followed by a conditioner that is an eco wash. Fish oil supplements or consuming nuts such as almonds or macadamia will also help rid you of a dry scalp or skin conditions.

Have you ever heard the phrase ‘beauty is from within’? Well, nutrition is a key player in hair growth. For your scalp to produce healthy hairs, the scalp needs to receive the proper amounts of nutrition in the form of minerals and vitamins. The body does not view supplying the scalp nutrients as a priority like it would use them for primary functions; this is why you need to consume enough to have leftovers for other use. Keep in mind foods that are processed do not offer an adequate amount of nutrients. Therefore, it is important to increase your consumption of vegetables and fruits to achieve the required amounts. You should not stick to only one type of vegetable or fruit; instead you should eat a variety regularly. Make sure you include foods such as papaya, spinach, apples, broccoli, carrots, parsley, kale, peas, prunes, green beans, sweet peppers, kidney beans, and cabbage in your diet to make sure you are getting plenty of vitamins and minerals.

Since your hair is made up of so much protein, it is important to eat lean protein to assist the scalp in producing healthy hair. Lean sources of protein include seafood, chicken, fish, and turkey. Other sources of protein that have high amount of bio availability are eggs, cottage cheese, and other dairy products. If you are a vegetarian, forms of protein for you are found in seeds, soy, nuts, and beans.

Once you have your body receiving the proper amounts of nutrition, make sure it reaches the scalp. This will be achieved by doing neck exercises to boost circulation and massaging the scalp.

How to Treat Baldness?

What is baldness? In medical terms baldness is known as Alopecia. Baldness is the loss of hair and the scalp becomes visible. This condition is more prevalent in men than women. Hair loss is mainly due to age, illness, heredity, changes in hormones etc.

In male pattern baldness the loss of hair is on the front portion of the head, which is known as the crown. Some men lose all their hair on the head too. In female pattern baldness too, the hair gets thin all over the head or mainly in the crown and front position. In female pattern baldness, it is very rare to see fully bald women.

How to treat baldness? The doctor takes into account the age, heath condition, family history, tolerance for certain medicines etc. There is no treatment for baldness but hair replacement surgery can be done to fix some hair in the bald spot on the head. This is a little painful process. 99% of baldness has no cure through medications. There are lots of medications available over the counter for alopecia, but most of them are of no use. The baldness in men starts in the shape of "M" and the hair becomes very thin and small. Baldness could lead to low self-confidence and low self-esteem.

Shiny top on the head is always something, that could make a person lose his self-esteem. Though slowdown in the process of hair loss can be achieved, hair growth is not possible. If baldness is detected early then certain precautions can be taken to prevent further falling of hair.

Treating a Canine Stroke

Introduction

Stroke in dogs is a condition that requires immediate veterinarian treatment. Once a stroke has been diagnosed the treatments will begin as soon as possible. The treatment protocol for stroke in dogs depends on what type of stroke has occurred, and why the dog has experienced a stroke. Early diagnosis and treatment will drastically increase the outlook for a full recovery. If your dog displays any signs of symptoms of stroke, take your dog to a veterinarian or emergency clinic immediately.

There are two types of strokes that can occur in dogs: ischemic strokes and hemorrhagic strokes. Ischemic strokes occur when the blood supply to the brain has been reduced and the brain becomes oxygen starved. Hemorrhagic strokes occur when a vessel in the brain bursts and bleeding in the brain occurs. While strokes in dogs are not common, there are a variety of disorders and conditions that can cause a stroke to occur.

Treating a Stroke in Dogs

Treatment for a stroke in dogs focuses on supporting care, and addressing the cause of the stroke. If the stroke has been caused by an underlying medical condition such as diabetes or Cushing's disease, the underlying medical condition must be brought under control in order for the stroke to be treated. If the stroke has been caused by an injury to the brain, or infection of the brain, support care and medicines are administered.

Medication which may help to reduce any permanent effects of a stroke include anti-inflammatory treatments such as corticosteroids to control the swelling in the brain and anti-seizure medicines. Intravenous fluid therapies are also provided to help combat shock.

Recovery from a stroke can take days, to weeks, to months. It all depends on how much damaged occurred and how quickly treatments were begun. Pet owners may also need to provide support care at home for the recovery period. Fortunately, most dogs that have experienced a stroke have a good prognosis.

Things to Do If a Loved One Has a Stroke

For someone who is at risk for a stroke or who has had a stroke you will want to make sure that they understand exactly what a stroke is. It is very important that you know all of the warning signs of a stroke. You will see that a lot of the symptoms will occur quickly so you will want to call 9-1-1 or get your loved one medical help as quickly as possible. Even thought some of the people who have the symptoms are not having a stroke. It is important to recognize all of the symptoms, but you should also act quickly so that you can minimize the damage.

If you experience a sudden numbness in the face, arm and leg you will want to get immediate attention. A stroke may occur on both sides of the body or it may just be one side. It all depends what side of the brain was affected. There are times when the body is only affected on one side. You may also notice that the person may have problems with their speech and may have a difficult time understanding others. Also, they may be experiencing, dizziness, tiredness, and loss of coordination as a sign too. You will want to get emergency care quickly so that your friend can have a better chance. There are people who do die from a stroke.

For these reasons you take the time to write down all valuable information and leave it next to the phone. Make sure you have all the numbers that you could possibly ever need to help you for emergency problems. You may also want to enter the same information in a cell phone or write it down and carry it with you in your pocket, purse, or wallet for any occasion that you might be out and need to get emergency help.

You have to treat every stroke as an emergency. It is very important you think about getting help as if you new someone was taking a heart attack. You will also find that timing is very important. Early treatment can help you save your friends life. You will want to make sure to get treated within three hours of showing signs. You will be given medications to dissolve blood clots and you will also find that your doctor or the hospital will try to do all that they can to minimize the damage.

After a stroke you will need to give the person some time for rehabilitation. They may take several months off and learn the basics all over again. Most people are unable to do things like walking, talking, or even associating with those that they love. Sometimes it is best that you spend as much time with a person who has had a stroke so that they know that they are loved and make a good recovery.

Eight Reasons Why Dogs Chew Their Tails

Unlike tail chasing phenomenon which is quite harmless, tail chewing can prove to be a little dangerous for your four-legged friend. Hence as a dog owner should you see this behaviour repeatedly in your dogs try to stop him by using methods best suited to both you and your dog.

Although there could be various reasons why a dog is chewing on him tail some of the common ones are listed below.

1. Skin infections

This is the most common reason why your dog is chewing on his tail. Skin infections can cause discomfort and itching sensation on the tails hence to relieve that discomfort a dog will chew on his tail. Take your dog to a vet for proper examination of the tail and get the infection treated.

2. Wound/Injury

Sometimes while playing a dog might injure himself which becomes a cause of irritation and discomfort to him and to get rid of that pain the dog will either lick his tail or chew on it. This will worsen the situation, hence if you find your dog chewing his tail, talk to him in a soothing voice to calm his nerves, and then try to see what the cause of tail chewing is. If it is a wound clean it with lukewarm water and cotton and take your dog to the vet for treatment.

3. Docked tail

Tail docking is a procedure whereby groomers or vets cut the nip of the tail of the purebred dogs to conform to a breed standard. However, sometimes what happens is that while tail docking some of the nerves is also cut which induces pain in that area thus causing discomfort to the dog and thus making him gnaw his tail. Talk to the vet for the best possible advice on this.

4. Fleas/ticks

Fleas or ticks are another reason that your dog is chewing its tail. Examine the tail and watch out for fleas and ticks and spray some anti-ticks powder after thorough grooming of your dog. This will soothe his irritation and he will not chew on his tail.

5. Fractured tail

Tail fractures are very common in dogs, especially in dogs with big tails. Tail fractures happen when a tail gets stuck in a door, or someone steps on it accidentally. It is another very common reason why dogs chew on their tails. Take your dog to the vet for a treatment before it becomes bad.

6. Hunting instinct

Dogs are born hunters and it is this instinct which makes them chase their tails and if and when they finally catch hold of it to chew on their tails. However, as a pet owner you should remember that while tail chasing is not dangerous for your dog but chewing his tail is. So make efforts to stop this behaviour by getting your dog to wear a collar.

7. Compulsive behaviour

Some breeds of dogs are prone to tail chasing and tail chewing. The result is a vicious circle wherein a dog chews on his tail to get rid of irritation, however, chewing results in more irritation, and thus increased chewing. You can talk to the vet regarding it and put a collar so that he is not able to chew on his tail.

8. Previous trauma

Another reason why your dog is chewing his tail could be because of some previous trauma or wound he suffered on his tail. Sometimes the wounds heal but the pain remains and it could be this pain that causes your four-legged friend to chew on his tail. If you have just bought a puppy inquire about any trauma or wound that the dog has suffered so that you are better equipped to deal with his tail chewing phenomenon.

In all these above mentioned reasons the common thing is irritation in the tail. So if your dog is chewing on his tail remember that there is some irritation or pain that your dog is trying to get relieved off. So now that you know it is the irritation that causes your dog to chew his tail the next step should be to identify the cause of that irritation.

Epileptic Seizure Solution

Being a very unpredictable disease, epilepsy frequently rules the lives of those attacked by it. The solitary way to maintain control over symptoms is by using assorted combinations of anti-convulsive drugs and developing a well-balanced style of living that keeps excesses of all sorts away.

Mysoline, is an anti-convulsive drug that stops seizures triggered by epilepsy. This form of long-term treatment can be taken for an indefinite period of time. However long you keep taking it, be absolutely sure a close contact with your doctor is maintained for a professional monitoring of your condition.

Treatment Specifics

This medication should be administered as suspension or capsules, and quantity depends on the intensity of the problem, body weight and age. If you choose Mysoline in liquid form, keep it in a dark location and vigorously shake the bottle prior to every usage to ascertain you get the accurate amount.

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. If it is within 1 hour of your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Warnings

The only health circumstance that is totally mismated is porphyria, an inherited metabolic disorder.

At the conclusion of treatment, never discontinue taking this medication abruptly, as this may contribute to stronger seizures than you've experienced previously. Withdrawal must be a gradual process.

Taking into consideration the fact that this drug is, for the most part, administrated for an eminently
long period of time, intermittent blood tests are imperative to maintain an accurate view of your health condition, and to inhibit any possible system decline in quality.

Beware of drug interactions

Prior to beginning any new drug therapy, make sure it does not interject with this medication.Or you risk to jeopardize the effectiveness of either. Medications that are susceptible to Mysoline incumbrance include: estrogen based oral contraceptives, certain antibiotics, blood-thinning drugs, anti-depressants and steroidal drugs

On that account, try to abstain from all alcoholic drinks while using this medication. In order to circumvent possible unwanted side effects, it is important to inform your health care provider on the use of this drug.

There are an abundance of other drugs that can be safely mixed with Mysoline without triggering any negative effects. Your doctor is the most qualified person to talk to when needing to interpret other asserted health problems that inevitably appear.

Use this medication exactly as prescribed. Do not change from one manufacturer's product to another without consulting your doctor.

Continue taking Mysoline even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.

Mysoline gives you the effectiveness of phenobarbital plus additional protection. A patient who seizures have not been controlled by phenobarbital may have better results from Mysoline.

study in children-which also included Depakote (valproate) -focused on the rate of side effects. Only 8% of the children who were given Mysoline had to stop taking it because of side effects. Phenobarbital, which can be an excellent medication, often is avoided in children because of the possibility of mental slowing. By using Mysoline alone, children can enjoy many of the same benefits while avoiding this problem because the amount of phenobarbital produced by breaking down the Mysoline is low.

It is important to remember that no single combination of antiepileptic medications is perfect for everyone. Sometimes, a series of combinations must be tried before finding what is best for the individual patient.

Health and Its Dimensions

The most common theme of most cultures is fitness but there are different concepts of health as a part of their culture. Earlier health was considered as “absence of disease” which is not true. Health is not only the absence of disease it has various aspects. According to the latest definition wellbeing is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely an absence of disease or infirmity.

Healthiness is a process of continuous adjustment to the changing demands of living and of the changing meanings we give to the life. It helps people live well, work well and enjoy themselves.

New philosophy of health regard health as a fundamental right, it is an essence of productive life, it is an integral part of development and it is the central to the concept of quality of life and is a world wide social goal.

There are various dimensions of fitness it is not only physical factor corresponding to strength other factor included are mental, social, spiritual, emotional and vocational.

Physical dimensions imply the notion of perfect functioning of body. Good complexion a clean skin, bright eyes, lustrous hair, firm body, sweet breath, good appetite, sound sleep, regular activity of bowels and bladder, smooth, easy and well coordinating bodily movements.

Mental dimension does not only include absence of mental illness. Good mental health is the ability to respond to various aspects of life of varying experiences with flexibility and a good sense of well understanding.

Social well-being implies harmony and a good relation of an individual with the family members and the society. The interpersonal ties of a person and the involvement with the society are known as social well-being.

Spiritual dimension includes the search of an individual to find himself and to find the ultimate faith. Once a person has attained that ultimate faith it gives him a sense of fulfillment and satisfaction.

Emotional dimension includes the feelings and emotions and if a person is emotionally strong and satisfied he is safe from stress, depression and the person can perform all the roles of his life well.

Vocational dimension includes the work. It is believed that working is good for physical condition and work is sometimes fruitful in maintain both mental and physical condition of a human.

Effects of Myopia on Our Lives

Some years ago, my friends and I were sitting in a lecture when out of the blues one of them noticed how much I was squinting just to read the PowerPoint slides. I brushed her comment as thought thoughtlessly and carried on paying attention to the lecture. It was not until recently that I got into a car accident which opened my eyes to this visual defect I possessed called 'Myopia'. Sure, I sat the driving test four years ago which was accompanied by a vision examination and I past with flying colors, yet many people like myself are unaware that vision can change quickly over a short period of time. This article is simply written to define myopia and explain how it arises. Hope you enjoy and understand it

What is Myopia? Myopia is simply defined as' short sightedness or 'near sightedness'. As the term implies, people are not able to see distant objects because the images appear blurry and fuzzy so their eyes are only capable of seeing objects up close. The retina is a structure of the eye which is analogous to a movie screen since everything we perceive in the real world falls on this anatomy. Anything which falls in front or behind the retina (movie screen) will not be in focus therefore in the case of myopia; parallel light rays from distant objects come to focus in front of the retina producing blurred images. To compensate for this condition wearing negative power contact lenses or glasses allow people to reach '20/20 acuity' or 'normal vision'.

How does myopia arise? Myopia arises from a mismatched between the refractive power of the eye and its axial length or its abnormal cornea curvature. The length of the eyeball is too long for its eye's power or the cornea (the transparent outermost structure of the eye) is too flat and has lost its correct curvature. It has been heavily debated for years whether its cause is of 'nature or nurture'. Strong supporting evidence show that myopia can have a genetic constituent or occur as a result of environmental influences. If short-sightedness arises during infancy or preschool years of a child then this proves that there is a strong heretitary component but if myopia presents itself later on in life then there is a greater possibility of an environment influence on this condition since the greater opportunity for preventive measure.

Kill Your Stutter – Stop Stammering Today

Although it isn’t usually an issue that affects every body – stuttering is a horrible problem for school children, teenagers and grown ups today. A stammer can cause even the most confident person to avoid conversations with colleagues and family as well as interactions with other people they know due to a fear of being mocked. Whether you like it or not, a stammer can truly wreck any person’s whole life.

Although being cursed with a stammer absolutely is a massive problem and a lot of the time a greatly complicated ailment, the good news is, it is easily possible to stop stuttering. Truth is, it is completely possible to entirely quit stammering and say goodbye to stammering for good.

It’s likely that you could be thinking that this really seems too good to even remotely be true. Actually, believe it or not the the whole truth (and nothing but the truth) is, stuttering is a deep-rooted psychological affliction and a psychological problem that can very easily be removed as long as the base of the problem is discovered.

Even though it more than likely does seem like this, you’re not by yourself with the stutter. According to the stats somewhere near 1 percent of the population (of the Western World) has a stutter but the sad truth is but a tiny of this number will genuinely attempt to kill their stammering affliction.

While that tiny minority of stutter sufferers who who really make the decision to end their stutter will go on to live better off, fulfilled lives, the majority of those who don’t kill their stutter will pass further into the shadows, keeping off as much social interaction as possible.

Is the solution stuttering therapy and speech correction classes?

In reality, therapy is the remedy – however this does not mean paid for professional counselling. Stuttering can be fixed in under an hour however as professional counsellors are paid by the hour, this is not by any means cost effective for them. Of course, this is not to state that professional counsellors are actually avoiding trying to cure stutter sufferers in an actual attempt to to put fancier bread on the table but, it must be said, there is an actual element of truth to this idea. More importantly why throw away several thousand for private paid-for therapy when you genuinely can remove your stutter yourself.

Knee Replacement and Reversing Muscle Atrophy After Surgery

Once your knee replacement surgery or knee surgery in general is completed and you have gone through your physical rehabilitation program, you are encouraged to continue some sort of exercise program. For many this will consist of everything from strength training at a local gym to walking around the block. To get the most productivity out of your surgery, it is recommended you incorporate weight training as well as other exercises if you wish to keep the muscles around your knee strong to help you improve your quality of life and, to protect the prosthesis that has been implanted.

I recommend my patients and clients to work on an assortment of exercises depending on their age, prior level of function and, expectations. Today, with many younger adults having knees replaced, many of them are expecting to get back into enjoying their prior activities within reason as soon as possible.

The exercises to reverse the muscle wasting process I include in the exercise routine are leg presses, leg extensions, hamstring curls and calf raises. These are exercise I use and continue to use to keep my knee replacement running and operating at a high level. Use a weight that you can initially get between 15-20 repetitions to start with. You first want to build endurance in the muscle. Working with weight that is too heavy will cause a considerable amount of muscle soreness and discomfort and swelling if you are not careful. You start slowly and increase your resistance as you get stronger and more confident with the exercises.

What I instruct patients that are pursuing post rehabilitation strengthening is to start by warming up on a stationary bike for 10 to 15 minutes at a slow pace to loosen the muscle and surrounding soft tissue around the knee. Follow the stationary bike with two sets of leg presses for 20 repetitions using slow controlled movements. Do not take your knees past the 90 degree mark at this time. Follow leg presses with seated leg extensions for 15 -20 repetitions. Then you go to hamstring curls which can be done either seated or in the prone position for the same amount of repetitions. These exercises should be done for two sets each to start with.

As you get stronger in the months ahead you can of course increase your workload as tolerated. Avoid using very heavy weights that might stress the prosthesis. Heavy weights will not be needed to rebuild your leg or legs to get them to an ideal level. Remember after joint replacement surgery, your rehabilitation should really never end.

Also to be sure that you are taking in a good quality protein to help in reversing muscle atrophy and after knee surgery. Taking in quality protein such as skinless chicken breasts, salmon, ground turkey breast and egg whites are just some of the ways to help you increase your protein intake during the recovery phase.

Taking a good quality protein powder supplement also is the key in making sure you are getting the fuel your body needs to help in building stronger muscles not only in your legs but also by reversing the atrophy process throughout your entire body.

Health and Numerology – Problems to Guard Against for Your Life Path

Your health is your most precious commodity. If you new you had a predisposition to certain health problems, wouldn’t you take steps to guard your good health? Numerology can predict certain health problems that you may encounter.

People with a particular Life Path tend to have tendencies for certain kinds of health problems. By calculating your Life Path number, you can learn these potential problems and be on guard for them. And as in many things in Life, forewarned is forearmed.

Life Path Calculation

Your Life Path is your primary number in Numerology. It’s equivalent to your Sun sign in Astrology. You calculate your Life Path by adding together all the digits of your full date of birth, and then repeating the process until you get a single digit. This process is called fadic addition.

For example, actor Johnny Deep was born on June 9th, 1963, so his Life Path is a (7) as shown below.

06-09-1963 = (0 + 6 + 0 + 9 + 1 + 9 + 6 + 3) = (34) = (3 + 4) = (7)

Life Path (1) – Leaders

People with this life path are so driven and ambitious that they tend to ignore their physical health. Stress can be a major problem for them. They need to incorporate physical exercise into their lives as a coping mechanism to deal with high stress levels.

Life Path (2) – Cooperators

People with this life path tend to be great worriers. They need to guard against anxiety and the physical symptoms that come with it. Meditation is the ideal natural coping mechanism for these people. Medication may be necessary in extreme cases.

Life Path (3) – Entertainers

People with this life path tend to be generally healthy due to their sunny outlook on life. They need to guard against over indulgence in life’s pleasures. If they party too much, they don’t get enough rest and tire easily. Some self discipline on managing their time is in order.

Life Path (4) – Builders

People with this life path tend to work too hard and have a tendency to have problems sleeping. They need to learn to pace themselves and put their work aside at a reasonable hour. A caring spouse or friend can provide a needed reminder now and then to quit working and relax more.

Life Path (5) – Sellers

People with this life path tend to be easily annoyed by distractions or frustrating situations. They must learn to remain calm and avoid becoming angry or over-stressed. Learning anger management techniques, and turning to things that make them laugh are highly recommended.

Life Path (6) – Teachers

People with this life path tend to be more concerned for others than themselves. They frequently forget the basics of a healthy lifestyle when it comes to their own needs. Reminders from friends and family about the importance of taking care of themselves is useful.

Life Path (7) – Loners

People with this life path tend to live in tune with their bodies, and have few health problems. They have a strong intuition about what they need in terms of diet and exercise to keep themselves in top condition.

Life Path (8) – Warriors

People with this life path tend to be very strong and have great stamina; however the rigors of their combative nature can cause them to over-exert themselves in times of stress at work or play. They need to maintain a well balanced diet to keep their stores of energy up.

Life Path (9) – Humanitarian

People with this life path are very unselfish and tend to neglect their own welfare when those around them need their care. They need to remember to stay well and care for themselves so that they will always be there for others.

Flu Prevention and the Gym Member

Health officials' warning this month of a potentially harsh flu season should be a red flag to avid aerobic-bunnies and gym-jocks alike. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warn that the flu is transmitted when flu virus in the air is inhaled after an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. Transmission also occurs when a person touches a surface that has flu virus on it and then touches his or her nose or mouth. Those familiar with the typical health club milieu, then, can easily liken a workout in the gym to sitting in a veritable Petry dish …

Heavy-breathing members on closely-enclosed cardiovascular machines and in crowded group fitness classes, hundreds of sorts of shared equipment from dumbbells and weight plates to public restrooms and the corner water fountain provide countless opportunities for contact with the flu virus. So, short of ditching our fitness goals until mid-Spring, it would do us well to learn more about the flu, it's prevention, and what we can do about it.

What is the flu?

The flu, or influenza, is a contagious disease caused by the influenza virus. It attacks the respiratory tract in humans (nose, throat, and lungs). The flu is different from a cold; it usually comes on suddenly and may include these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Tiredness (can be extreme)
  • Dry cough
  • Sore Throat
  • Nasal congestion
  • Body aches

About 10% to 20% of US residents will get the flu each year. Among these persons infected, an average of 36,000 will die, and 114,000 will be hospitalized. Although the CDC claims it is not possible to accurately predict the severity of the flu season, this year's early incidence of Type A flu strain is historically associated with a more severe flu season, including higher numbers of related hospitals and deaths. To make the outlook more grim, an epidemiological assessment by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) already reports "widespread" influenza activity in over 10 US states.

Who is at risk?

Although anyone can get the flu, including individuals who are healthy, there are various groups who are at higher risk for complications. These high risk groups include:

  • people aged> 50 years;
  • residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities that house persons of any age who have long-term illnesses;
  • adults and children> 6 months of age who have chronic heart or lung conditions, including asthma;
  • adults and children> 6 months of age who need regular medical care or had to be in a hospital because of metabolic diseases (like diabetes), chronic kidney disease, or weakened immune system (including immune system problems caused by medicine or infection with human immunodeficiency virus [HIV / AIDS]);
  • children and teenagers (aged 6 months to 18 years) who are on long-term aspirin therapy and there before could develop Reye Syndrome after the flu; and
  • women who will be more than 3 months pregnant during the flu season.

How to Prevent Getting the Flu

Health officials are encouraging people, particularly those in high-risk groups to obtain a flu shot. The CDC states that an annual flu shot is the best way to reduce the chances that you will get the flu.

The best time to get a flu shot is from October through November, although you can still benefit from getting the vaccine after November, even if the flu is present in your community. Be aware that it takes about two weeks after the vaccine for antibodies to develop in the body to provide protection.

Obtaining the vaccine does not guarantee a flu-free season, however. Influenza viruses are constantly changing, and vaccine effectiveness depends on the match between vaccine strains and circulating viruses and the age and health status of the person getting the shot. Although the strain in this year's flu vaccine is different from the circulating strain, the CDC states that studies indicate that the vaccine should provide some cross-protection against the circulating A strain.

Some people resist getting the flu shot because of the belief that they will get different side effects, or even the flu itself, from the vaccine. The viruses in the vaccine are inactivated, so you can not get the flu from a flu shot. Certain side effects are possible, such as soreness, redness, or swilling where the shot was given, fever (low grade), and aches.

Chances that the shot will cause serious harm, or death, is very small and allergic reactions to the vaccine, though possible, are rare, states the CDC. Most people who get the vaccine have no serious problems with it. However, the following groups should not get a flu shot before talking with their doctor:

  • People with an allergy to hens' eggs.
  • People who have had a severe reaction to a flu shot in the past.
  • People who have developed Guillian-Barre Syndrome in the 6 weeks following a flu shot.

Since obtaining vaccination does not necessitate guarantee immunity against the flu, it is wise to add common sense to our prevention efforts while we are busy pumping iron at the health club. Old fashioned hand-hygiene can go a long way in helping to prevent flu transmission. Although you do not want to spend your entire workout running to the restroom to wash your hands after every set, it's certainly advisable to make sure your hands are clean before and after the workout. Refrain from touching your nose and mouth during the workout to avoid obtaining the virus. Use of hand-antiseptics which include alcohol can also help to prevent transmission of the flu virus.

What to do if you get the flu

So what if you obtain a flu shot, practice stellar hand-hygiene and manage to contract the flu anyway? Since it is impossible to tell if you have the flu based on symptoms alone, visit your doctor. Tests can be performed in the first few days of the illness to determine the diagnosis. Since influenza is caused by a virus, antibiotics will not work to cure it. You need to rest, drink plenty of fluids, avoid using alcohol and tobacco, and possibly take medication to treat symptoms.

The CDC warns never to give aspirin to children or teenagers who have flu-like symptoms, particularly fever, without speaking to your doctor. Doing so can cause a rare but serious illness called Reye syndrome.

By all accounts, we may be in store for a particularly harsh flood season this year. Take precaution to reduce the likelihood of getting the flu, particularly if you are an avid gym-goer. Preventative measures may not only help to avoid the flu, but also interrupting hard earned progress on your fitness goals.

For more information about the flu, it's transmission, prevention and treatment, check out the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/diseases/flu/

Obstructive Sleep Apnea & Tonsils – What Are the Choices?

Obstructive sleep apnea in children that our normal is almost always caused by swollen tonsils (hypertrophic). These youngsters will usually show the regular sleeping patterns of sleep apnea. They have very loud snoring, frequent pauses with breathing at night, nightmares, restless sleep, frequent awakening from sleep and bedwetting (enuresis). During daytime hours, these kids are what's called mouth breathers along with the possibility of sleeping excessively, but still having daytime sleepiness, and bad school performance.

The following would have some of the different, but more uncommon causes of sleep apnea can include any congenital (present from birth) or acquired cause of upper airway obstructions.
Treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is most commonly directed to the root cause of the obstruction.

As we talked about above, the vast majority of these cases having to do with obstructive sleep apnea in kids can be directly linked to enlarged tonsils. Surgical interventions are therefore always directed to what is causing the obstruction. If caused by enlarged tonsils a tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy is most often successful in alleviating the problem. When the root of the problem is not the adenoids and tonsils, the cause of the obstruction must be established. For example, surgery of the jaw could be necessary. In some cases, even a tracheotomy is required. Non-surgical therapies include oral prostheses (difficult in children), medications (stimulants, steroids), and weight reduction.

In just about every case of obstructive sleep apnea in children who do not have unique anatomic problems, tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy is a safe and effective treatment, and is highly recommended by almost everyone in the medical field recommended.

Female Hair Loss Types and Causes

There are four main categories of hair loss that affect women. These include androgenetic alopecia, alopecia areata, telogen effluvium and cicatricial alopecia. Cicatricial alopecia is the only type of hair loss that is permanent and irreversible. Cicatricial alopecia only accounts for three percent of all hair loss cases. For the other 97 percent there is potential for improvement.

Hair loss only becomes permanent if the underlying follicle has atrophied or been damaged. Usually this happens slowly and progressively, allowing time for intervention. The best opportunity for re-growth occurs when hair loss issues are addressed and treated promptly.

Identifying the cause of hair loss is the first step in taking the necessary steps to re-establish healthy growth. Each type of hair loss has identifying characteristics.

Cicatricial Alopecia

Cicatricial alopecia, also known as "scarring alopecia," refers to a wide variety of hair disorders in which patches of hair follicles are damaged or destroyed and replaced by scar tissue. Once the follicle is destroyed and scarring has occurred, hair loss becomes permanent. It is important to seek treatment immediately to halt the inflammatory process and to prevent further irreversible follicular damage. Although the hair that was lost will never grow back, treatment may help stop the progression. . There are many types of cicatricial alopecia. Combined, they only make up three percent of hair loss cases.

Androgenetic Alopecia

Androgenetic alopecia is also known as female pattern baldness. With this condition the hair does not actually fall out. The hairs in certain areas become thinner and weaker, resulting in less scalp coverage thereby giving the appearance of hair loss.

Only certain pre-determined follicles are affected. These follicles begin to shrink as a substance called DHT mixes with sebum and travels to the susceptible follicles. With each new hair cycle the follicles shrink a little more. Sometimes they may atrophy. If this happens the follicles will cease to produce hair. As long as the follicle has not atrophied, the follicle-shrinking action can be decreed and improvements may be achieved.

A person who has inherited the genes for this condition can delay the sunset and minimize the effects by keeping the scalp clean, healthy, and free of excess sebum. Extreme care may keep a person with this genetic tendency from ever exhibiting symptoms. Applying essential oil formulas to the scalp can help keep the follicles healthy and functioning by increasing circulation, oxygen, cellular regeneration and providing nutrients to the hair follicles.

Any hormonal imbalance can trigger the onset, or exacerbate the effects of androgenetic alopecia. An anti-inflammatory diet may help hormonal function.

Alopecia Areata

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune condition which causes hair to fall out in patches. Alopecia areata can progress to alopecia totalis – total loss of scalp hair, or alopecia universalis – loss of all scalp and body hair. With alopecia areata the affected hair follicles lie dormant but remain alive. People with this condition have been known to re-grow hair in patches that have been bald up to ten years.

The activation of alopecia areata requires a trigger. Common triggers include viral or bacterial infection, illness, allergens, toxins and emotional stress. Identifying and controlling triggers can deter progress or recurrence episodes.

Anti-inflammatory diets are proving to be helpful in autoimmune conditions. Natural therapies such as scalp massage with aromatherapy or ayurvedic oils have been successful methods to re-grow hair.

Telogen Effluvium

Telogen effluvium is also known as diffuse hair loss because the hair loss occurs evenly from all over the scalp instead of in localized areas. Telogen effluvium is caused by a disturbance to the body. The disturbance may be minor and easy to correct; or it may involve a more serious physical condition requiring medical attention.

Hair loss from telogen effluvium may grow back on its own once the problem is identified and corrected. It is important to pinpoint the cause in order to implement the proper treatment.

The condition of one's hair is an indication of one's total physical and emotional well-being. Hair loss is never an isolated problem. All systems must be working synergistically in order for healthy hair to be produced. Taking optimal care of one's total health can greatly improve the quality and quantity of one's hair.

Understanding female hair loss is the first step to recovery. Learning about the types, causes, solutions and methods of prevention help enable women to understand and take charge of their own hair loss condition.