Swine Flu – Enough's Enough

Are you one of the scared or one of the tired of hearing about it? It seems most people now fall into one of these categories when the topic of the swine flu comes up.

I am not one of the scared.

It was after reading a newsletter from Dr. Julian Whitaker, MD, that I decided to follow his footsteps and put in my two cents (and common sense) as well by writing this article.

As the global pandemic alert levels continue to climb, media jumps to find the most shocking pieces to report and government protect itself by taking strong action. Despite the fact that there has only been one reported death in the United States, a toddler brought in from Mexico, Governments around the world are declaring states of public emergency. Countries are cutting flights to Mexico. President Obama is requesting billions of dollars to be spent on monitoring the disease, stocking up on medicines, and to help other countries. Countries are baking pork products. Stores are running out of surgical masks. The World Health Organization is warning countries not to lower their guard.

Some perspective:

  • "Nearly all infections outside of Mexico have been mild and only a handful of patients have needed hospital treatment."
  • According to research conducted at the World Influenza Center in the UK, "Preliminary analysis of the swine flu virus suggests it is a fairly mild strain, scientists say."
  • "Common seasonal flu kills 250,000 to 500,000 people every year worldwide, far more than the current outbreak of swine flu."

Some Traditional Chinese Medicine solutions:

I can not predict the future. I do know, however, that the best way to not get the swine flu is to not get sick. 🙂 So, how do you avoid getting sick? Or, at least, how do you not get too sick? You support your whole body, including your immune system.

Written 2000 years ago, the book Su Wen ("Plain Questions"), a TCM classic, states that "If 'zheng Qi' [the functioning of the body] remains strong, 'xie Qi' [viruses, bacteria, parasites, etc .] can not invade the body. 'Zheng Qi' must be weak for the invasion of 'xie Qi' to take place.

Part of that is certainly to strengthen your immune system, which TCM referes to as 'wei Qi' or defensive Qi. Herbs such as huang qi (astralagus), ling zhi (reishi mushroom), and dong chong xia cao (cordyceps) are powerful immune stimulants. Herbs that help kill a virus or bacteria include ban lan gen (isatis root), lian qiao (forsythia fruit), and jie geng (balloon flower rhizome). One challenge is that because each virus and bacteria can have very different properties, and because each herb affects the body differently, you are best to talk with a qualified TCM herbalist or TCM doctor to determine what will work for you if you come down with a flu.

In addition, because all your body's systems are interconnected, you will want to make sure that your digestive system, cardiovascular system, reproductive system, respiratory system, and nervous system are also addressed. Injured? Take care of that so that your body can focus on other health issues. And, I did not even mention your emotional wellness-feeling down can make you more susceptible to illness.

Acupuncture can also be used to build your defenses and balance to your whole body, not to mention the major reason why people come to see me-to relieve stress.

Stuff You Can Do:

  • Get enough sleep
  • Wash your hands (just use regular soap; let's not keep creating more superbugs with all the chemical antibacterial products out there; wash your hands while singing "Happy Birthday" in your head so that you know that you've washed long enough)
  • De-stress (meditate, breathe, find a hobby)
  • Eat healthy (more veggies, less sugar; more whole foods, less processed foods)
  • Listen to your body. If you feel the beginning of a cold or flu, slow down, take some immune boosting supplements listed below, get more sleep, and try to avoid infecting others (stay home and maybe do as the Japanese do and wear a mask when you're sick so that all others do not have to)
  • Take vitamin C, essential fatty acids (fish oils, flax oil, hemp oil, etc.), probiotics (good bacteria have been shown to stimulate the immune system)
  • If you start to succumb, find a good herbal immune product. I have my favorites-FluStop, manuka honey, oregano oil, and customized TCM herbal formulas.
  • And, above all, do not panic. Panic and stress stimulate your adrenal glands to pump out adrenaline which will send you into a state of fight or flight. That brings blood away from "non-vital" systems for your immediate survival-immune system included-and to your heart to pump more blood and your muscles to get ready to move! Continued stress causes your body to release cortisol which further weakens your immune system.

What is Swine Flu?

Swine flu or swine influenza is a disease common in swine, with normal flu-like symptoms, but caused by any strain of the swine influenza virus (SIV – virus endemic in pigs). Although rare in humans, individuals with greater exposure to swine could contract swine influenza if the swine are carrying the particular rare strain of the SIV that is capable of affecting humans. Even then, it is a rare occurrence for the strain to be able to pass from human to human. This could occur if the SIV is able to mutate into a form that can easily be transmitted among humans.

The swine flu outbreak of 2009 is believed to be caused by such a mutated strain of the SIV. The current outbreak is called swine flu only because one of the surface proteins of the tested virus is similar to the one which infects pigs. It is still unknown if this is currently infecting pigs though it's clearly spreading among people, leading the World Health Organization to raise the Phase 4 pandemic alert. This new strain responsible for the outbreak has been found to be a re-assortment of strains of the influenza A virus subtype H1N1. These strains are separately endemic in humans and in swine.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Tamiflu (oseltamivir) and Relenza (zanamivir) would help in treatment and prevention. Antiviral drugs, if started within two days of the manifestation of symptoms, succeed in reducing the severity of the symptoms, preventing further complications, and hastening cure. The most effective method of prevention is to wash hands frequently with soap or with a foam or alcohol-based gel hand wash that helps wipe away bacteria and viruses. Vaccines against the 2009 H1N1 strain outbreak are in the development stage and are expected to be ready by June 2009.

Infections of a Surgical Wound

Wounds typically break the continuity of the skin and permit organizations to have access to tissues and cause infection.

The first thing that you might want answered is what are wound infections? By definition a wound infection is a surgical site infection or SSI. There are the following varieties of a surgical site infection or SSI.

– A superficial incisional SSI. This is an infection that involves only skin and subcutaneous tissue.

– A deep incisional SSI. This is an infection that involves deep tissues, such as facial and muscle layers.

– An organ / space SSI. This is an infection that involves a part of the body in organs and spaces other than the incision that was opened or manipulated during an operation.

This, as you can see, is a definition of wound infection which is restricted to infections as a result of a surgical incision. If you take a broader view a more general definition would be infection of a wound which was caused by physical injury of the skin as a result of penetrating trauma from plants, animals, guns, knives or other objects.

In a hospital one of the most commonly acquired infections are infections forming in surgical wounds. These are also known to be a cause of morbidity and mortality.

The next question that might come to your mind is what causes wound infections?

In simple terms an infection in a wound is the result of deposition and multiplication of microorganisms in the surgical site of a suspect host. There are various ways in which microorganisms can find their way into wounds. These include:

– Through direct contact. Here germs are transferred from surgical equipments or the hands of the surgeons or nurses to the wound.

– Via airborne dispersal. Micro organisms are deposited by the surrounding contaminated air.

– Self-pollution. This is a result of migration of the patient's own endogenous flora. These are present on the skin, mucous membranes or gastrointestinal tract to the surgical site.

The organisms that are mostly most commonly associated with wound infections include Staphylococcus aureus / MRSA, Streptococcus pyogenes, Enterococci and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

To be categorized as a surgical wound infection some symptoms are as follows:

– Infection should occur within thirty days of the operation.

– There is purulent discharge from the site of the surgery.

– There is a purulent discharge from the wound or from the drain placed in wound.

– There are organizations found in the aseptically acquired wound culture.

Full Cranial Prosthesis Aka Full Lace Wigs – A Solution to Alopecia!

Full Cranial Prosthesis aka Full Lace wigs are the latest development in hair replacement units, and are designed to meet the specific needs of any women suffering from long term, or permanent hair loss to medical conditions. Androgenic alopecia and traumatic alopecia are one of the most common medical cause of hair loss in women.

– Androgenic alopecia is an hereditary hair thinning, and occurs in both men and women.

However, it is the most common form of alopecia in women. It can begin as early as in the 20s. By age 40, 40% of these women have noticeable hair thinning due to this condition. By age 50, 60% of them have severe signs of hair loss. When this type of hair loss occurs, women usually do not develop true baldness in the patterns that occur in men, as the areas affected are in the difficulties and the crown of the head, while the front hairline is usually preserved.

– Traumatic alopecia is a form of hair loss due to scarring of the scalp area. This form of hair loss frequently occurs in African-American women.

Traumatic alopecia is divided into three categories: traction, chemical and follicular alopecia.

Traction alopecia:

Hair loss associated with persistent use of tight braids, hair rollers, weaves, twist, locks, or cornrows. The first sign of traction alopecia is thinning above the ears and the forehead. This hair loss is often seen in young girls. Partial or complete regrowth of hair can follow, but permanent loss of hair can occur when the roots of the hairs are severely damaged.

Chemical alopecia:

Damage to the scalp and hair shaft caused by commercial chemical products, like relaxers. It resemble hair thinning resulting from hereditary causes, but also include scarring of the scalp, which can irreversibly damage the hair follicles.

Follicular alopecia:

Gradual destruction of hair follicles by the excessive use of pomades with a hot comb or iron. Thinning usually begins at the crown and then spreads evenly through the head. It is an irreversible condition.

Full Cranial Prosthesis aka Full Lace Wigs are an excellent solution to restore self confidence in women suffering from any type of Alopecia, as they are designed and constructed to be the closest thing to one own real hair.

It is the most beautiful, natural hair replacement system imaginable. They are actually undetectable because they are constructed with a gauze-like lace material which makes it comfortable for extended wear. The hairline is secured with skin liquid adhesive or / and tape. When the lace is bonded to one own hairline, it creates an invisible hairline, making it look as though the hair is growing out of one own scalp. The hair of those unit are usually made of a 100% human hair, tied one strand at a time into that lace base. The gauze-like lace fabric used for the cap construction of that hair system is very sheer, so that it takes on, the approximate color of the wearer own natural scalp, provides proper ventilation while worn, and eliminates heat and moisture build-up.

Full Cranial Prosthesis aka Full Lace Wigs, are lightweight, ultra comfortable and undetectable! They look so natural, that even from a few inches away, it seems that the hair is growing out of one own scalp. This new and revolutionary hair replacement system can be worn for days or even weeks at a time. the hair can be colored, permed, washed, blown-dry, curled with a curling iron and style any way one like. They are so versatile, that they can be parted anywhere on the head, worn in a high ponytail, braided in cornrows, worn in an up do or any style chosen.

How to Stop Stammering – 5 Fast Facts

If you have a stammering condition, and want to know how to stop stammering, it's best to consider first a few facts:

1. Stammering can affect almost anyone – In America alone, there are over 3 million people who stutter. But it does not matter where in the world you live, how safe your environment is, or what kind of family background you have. Stammering affects a great deal of people from all walks of life. However, it is often common in young children who are still learning to speak. And usually, these children are able to stop stuttering as they grow older. Only a small percentage of adults stutter (around 1%).

2. Stammering affects a larger proportion of males than females – approximately three to four times more. The reason for this is uncertain, but research is getting closer to finding out probable causes why this disability often hits men.

3. There is a progressive progress in preventing stammering in children – this is due to the fact that the fields of genetics, child development, neurophysiology, and even family dynamics have come up with new research on the possible causes of stammering and how to stop it.

4. There is no instant cure for stammering – you're well likely to encounter a number of people who would offer a miracle cure for stammering, but quite frankly, the "cure" there are usually consists of methods that require ongoing practice. And by definition, that is not a "cure", but … it definitely helps you manage your stuttering, even to a point where it is hardly noticeable at all.

5. There are many famous people who stammer but have achieved success and significance – Winston Churchill, Bill Walton, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Love, King George VI are just some of the big time persona who had to deal with stammering. You as an individual should not let stammering affect you, or determine the election and life that you will live. There are many individuals who have made a difference with their lives and have impacted society in a great way, even though they found it hard to stop their stuttering.

Fungus Treatment – Get Rid of Yellow Toenails

If you have been suffering from yellow toenails, you have probably spent some time online searching for the best fungus treatment.

The first thing you need to realize is that some people think they have a nail fungus infection simply because their nails are yellow, brittle, or thick when it could be another skin problem like psoriasis or even some type of nail trauma.

It's important to make sure that you figure out via your doctor if you do in fact have a nail fungus infection and that will make your treatment more successful.

If you are one of those people that prefer not to use traditional drugs, or can not afford the thousands of dollars some oral medicines cost, there are some viable natural options that may help you.

Many of the natural formulas to fight toenail fungus involve a mixture of various oils like tea tree oil, oregano, clove oil, and others that may be effective in fighting toenail fungus. Undecylenic acid, which is produced from castor oil cracked under pressure is another natural ingredient that may give you some relief.

Outside of various liquid topical solutions, there are some other home type remedies that are believed to be effective but there is little evidence to support yes or no on things like apple cider soaks and Listerine soaks. In the case of apple cider vinegar, the active ingredient of acetin acid is believed to have some impact on fungus growth.

Another very popular home remedy is Vicks vaporub. Vicks is used primarily for congestion and colds but does contain thymol and camphor, both of which are said to have antifungal or antibacterial properties.

My Penis Is So Big, Whenever I Get An Erection I Pass Out!

Have you ever heard that joke before? You know, the one where guys are sitting around, bragging about how “big” they are, and one guy states that, “I’m so big that I pass out whenever I get an erection!”

Of course, that makes us all laugh, as we know we’re just having a bit of fun. Guys like to make jokes like this. I remember hearing about this joke when I was younger, but I didn’t really understand what it meant. Really, how could a man pass out from just his member going from the soft phase to the hard phase?

The answer to that is also the answer to how the penile-growth system works for us. I thought I’d bring this up to help men understand what all is going on with their sexual system. And understanding this will also help men get the best results from their enhancement program. This is because we start to become educated on all that is going on with our private parts.

A man’s fishing rod is a pretty neat device. It’s neat because it doesn’t have a bone. That’s right. Most other animals have a bone that is hiding up inside of them. When they get stimulated, this little bone moves out from inside of him and slides into his willy. This is what makes his pole erect and ready for fishing.

But men don’t have this bone. This means we need some other way to stand up-right, tall, and proud. This is done by your heart and blood system. It’s really simple. A man gets aroused and all this blood starts getting pumped into his member. The gates close off and this traps the blood inside of his member. As more fluid gets pumped in, the harder and bigger his fishing pole becomes. This allows him the ability to penetrate the vagina. After the man has his orgasm, then this liquid stops getting pumped in, the gates open up, and he becomes flaccid again.

What this means in relation to our joke, is that it is blood that gives a man an erection. If we go back to the joke, now we can understand what it is saying. The guy is saying that his fishing pole is so huge (and can hold so much blood), that if he does get aroused, all the serum in his body will be channeled into his tackle. When this happens, he will become unconscious, because of the lack of this fluid to his brain.

Anyway, that’s what that tale is about. When we can grasp this concept it tells us a lot about penis enlargement. Meaning that you want to have a way to get more of that liquid into your tackle, and that you want to find a way to help your tackle hold more of this red liquid. Once we understand this, then we can go about doing exercises to accomplish this goal.

Penile enhancement isn’t rocket science at all. It’s actually really simple.

A book on penile exercising that helped me and stands a good chance of helping you, too, is Iron Man Penis.

Billy “Blackjack” Carson

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/

How to Clean a Cats Infected Wound?

I think my cat has been in a fight. I could see little scab marks but everything looked fine. Then suddenly a few weeks later I noticed that he had a lump, a swinging on the side of his hip. He had started limping and not being so agile.

I inspected this lump, there was a real foul smell but I could not see an open wound, directed up wound or scab, so I knew that he would need to visit the vets but I would keep a close eye on him till the vets opened as it was out of hours. I kept inspecting the lump and on this occasion saw what looked like a little dried blood but could not see where it had come from. I got some cotton wool and warm water and bathed the area but could still not find any opening where this blood was coming from.

Again the next morning, I went to find the cat straight away and there he was sitting on his favorite chair. I could not see the lump sticking out, but could see a wet slick patch of fur. On closer inspection there were a couple of small holes and blood around them. He had been attaching to this himself, and must have made an opening. There was still a little pus slowing seeping out, and still quite a foul smell.

So what do I do now. The vets are still not open. The first thing was I knew I had to clean this area. He had been cleaning it but his mouth etc would not be very clean and could possibly introduce more infection. So how was I going to clean it. Yes, I could get cotton wool and use some warm salted water to clean the area but was this the best and right course of action to take.

I then realized that I needed to like wash and flush the wound out to remove any residual pus, dirt and debris. So I put the cat in the bath and needed some assistance and someone to keep him in the bath. Then luckily, I had an old syringe to insert liquid into his mouth from a previous illness but a small water bottle would probably do the trick. By using one of these methods pushing the warm water solution out with some force on, above and around the area, should force and wash the area removing any pus, infection, dirt and debris away and less likely to move around any infection to a different area. The cat did not particularly like this, which is why I needed someone to hold him still, but it was probably quicker and caused less pain to the sensitive damaged tissue area which was now on show than actually touching or dabbing the area. The next important thing is to keep this clean.

Now the abscess and pus seemed to have disbursed, it was now not causing my cat so much discomfort and did not seem to be bothering him. He did not seem to be trying to keep cleaning the area himself. However, for added protection, I continued to wash the area in this way regularly to ensure that the area was kept clean until the next morning when I can ring the vets and get an appointment. This lump had been an abscess, from a very small puncture wound when he had been fighting but had left no mark.

At the time I did not know it needed attention and he was infected inside but at least I found a way to look after when it did become clear.

What is an Antitoxin?

A toxin is a poison produced in our bodies by germs or bacteria that cause certain kinds of disease. An antitoxin is something that works against this kind of poison. Diphtheria, cholera, scarlet fever and tetanus (lockjaw) are among the diseases caused by toxins produced by germs. Our bodies manufacture sources to fight off these toxins and make them harmless. These substances are called antitoxins. Enough antitoxin is usually manufactured by our bodies when we have a mild case of a disease that is caused by a toxin.

Sometimes there is too much toxin present and our bodies need help. Doctors give this help by injecting antitoxin into us when we need it. The antitoxin comes from the blood of an animal that has been given the disease. The animal is ill for a short time and soon recovers. After recovery the animal's blood contains a large amount of antitoxin. The antitoxins taken from the blood of such an animal are used to help people who have that particular disease. Diphtheria germs are injected into horses. The horses' bodies build up antitoxins to fight off the diphtheria toxin.

The antitoxins in their blood are injected into people who have diphtheria, and also to help people avoid catching diphtheria. A person who has received an injection of antitoxin will rarely catch the disease and be made sick by it. The antitoxin attacks the toxins of the disease as soon as they enter the body and renders them harmless before sickness sets in. The modern medical way of avoiding disease is to use something called toxin-antitoxin. The toxin injected into our bodies in this mixture makes it possible for our bodies to start manufacturing antitoxin. The antitoxin injected in this mixture makes sure that the toxin does not become so strong in our bodies that it will make us sick.

How to Display Pictures Well

Everyone wants an attractive comfortable home, but with a lot of possessions to store or display it can be a balancing act between a cluttered look and the "just right" feeling. Good storage is important to help you stay organized and your household running efficiently. However, storage does not just mean tuck items out of sight. A good storage option is to show items that will offer your room personality, whether it's functional or purely for show, like a jeweled picture frame.

As far as storage methods go, everyone has different needs. The same thing does not work for everyone, but there are still a few guidelines that just about anyone can discover to be useful. Possibly the most important tip to get into your head is that you need to declutter. If there's something that you really never use, then you should throw it out so that the things you really must have can be organized well. This means going through everything you have and giving away, donating, or even selling those things you simply do not use. The happy feeling you get when you do this just might surprise you. If you really like it, keep it, but if you are not sure about it, get rid of it.

Everybody's taste in design is different, just like everyone's storage needs. Your display bought to reflect your personality and likes and dislikes, so go with your intuition when arranging your display. Try and think of a display that you typically liked. What was its arrangement? In all probability it considered of repeated themes and things that related to each other. Displaying odd amounts of items together is more pleasing to the eye. When you display items like square gallery picture frames that match in a series, it shows a theme and adds appealing to your arrangement of pictures.

If you simply put things randomly around your room or carelessly suspend pictures on your wall it will not be nearly attractive as it would be if you look at your presentation with the perspective of an artist. One classic theme to go with is arranging things together by color or shape. If you have a big wall space then the perfect thing to fill it with is picture shelves as well as floating shelves. You might even consider bookcases and leave open shelves for picture frames and other favorite objects. These kinds of displays are wonderful because whatever you choose to do right now can be changed in the future to indicate your current mood or new interests.

Make a display on your wall from gallery photos to display your family. You could either use a wide range of styles and shades of picture frames, or you could use the exact same style and color of picture frame for each picture. Make sure you connect them with some kind of similarity though so that they look like they all work well together well. Installing your frames in a random arrangement will allow you to easily add to your display. There are numerous eye pleasing arrangements for wall photo displays and you can create a colorful and creative arrangement with your selection of matting and frame material.

If you'd rather not create a wall display, you can arrange your photo gallery on a table using picture frames that have easel back stands. If you are short on table space, basic double picture frames and triple picture frames are fantastic for creating a picture gallery in limited space. Another excellent option for presenting your photos is a "coffee table" arrangement. Share your photos with all of your loved ones by putting either a beautiful photo album or an embellished box of photos on the table.

Keep in mind that protecting your framed photos by keeping them out of moisture and harsh sunlight is very critical. You may also make sure your photos will not stick to the frame's glass by using acid free mats that are good museum quality.

Put these suggestions into action when you decorate and you're sure to love the results.

Shingles Treatment – Oxygen Therapy

Shingles is an infection caused by the varicella zoster virus, a member of the herpes family and the same virus that causes chickenpox. The characteristic symptom is a rash of painful blisters. Shingles can appear anywhere on the body. If it occurs on the forehead near the eyes or on the tip of the nose, the eyes are likely to become involved, and damage to the cornea can occur. Taking the proper supplements when blisters first appear can make the blisters dry up quickly, and the discomfort may be alleviated.

Another important and powerful shingles treatment that was forgotten is the self- administration of oxygen therapy as offered by the “The Cure Within One Minute”. The cure within one minute was research by a person named Madison Cavanaugh. He discovered that oxygen therapy was one of the best alternative therapy that could treat and cure cold shingles including all forms of cancer, STD’s and eventually all diseases. Madison discovered the potency of this therapy.

People right now are well informed about the dynamic effects of oxygen therapy, especially the widely known hyperbaric oxygen therapy. They are informed that and oxygen-rich body cannot be inhabited by diseases, then they believe that the solution to destroy the disease seems simple enough. Just give the body and abundant supply of oxygen, right? The answer is, plain wrong! It’s not as simple as that. Here’s the reason behind it: “Oxygen Cannot Treat and Cure Shingles Unless It’s Delivered to the Cells and Tissues of the Body”. Many people are not able to get enough amounts of oxygen in the cells and tissues of their bodies due mainly to poor air quality, poor breathing habits and oxygen-depriving activities. One important thing to remember is that the body is not always able to deliver oxygen to the cells and tissues.

For oxygen to destroy the disease, it must be delivered not just to the lungs — and not just to the bloodstream – the most important is, it must be supplied to the cells and tissues. That’s the reason why other oxygen therapies, such as oxygenated water, oxygen-rich foods or supplements and treatments that release oxygen into the bloodstream — are not always potent and efficient in treating all diseases. While they may supply to the body with oxygen, they don’t always have an effective mechanism for breaking the oxygen free from the hemoglobin molecule, which means the oxygen is not supplied to the cells and tissues of our bodies. Such oxygen-based therapies, therefore, are not always effective in shingles treatment.

The shingles treatment – oxygen therapy you’re about to know, that can heal not only shingles but eventually all diseases, which hundreds if not by the thousands of people all over the world are calling “the world’s greatest healing miracle of all time,” is the ONLY ONE that uses a Natural Oxygenating substance which activates and stimulates the movement of oxygen atoms from the bloodstream to the cells to a radical degree than is usually reached by other ways.

Loosing My Hair – Could it Be Alopecia?

There are a lot of factors that cause hair loss. In males, it may be associated with hereditary conditions and male pattern baldness. It may also be stress induced or it could be a side effect of medication. It could also be Alopecia. Alopecia is a medical condition that can affect anyone. It is not contagious. Symptoms usually start early and gradually progress and get worse as the patient gets older. However, there have been rare cases in which the symptom will eventually decrease and disappear.

Causes of Alopecia

At present, there is no known cause of Alopecia. It is speculated that the disease may be hereditary since most people who have it, have relatives who also suffer from the condition. It is also believed to be a form of autoimmune disease. How so? Well, that's because Alopecia occurs when the body's immune system rejects its own hair follicles – that, causing hair to fall out. It has also been observed that Alopecia affects patients with other autoimmune disorders such as SLE (Lupus), Thyroid problems, ulcerative colitis, rheumatoid arthritis and others.

Who is at Risk for Alopecia?

Both men and women suffer from Alopecia. It can affect people from every race and nationality. The disease can also strike at any age – but, most of the time symptoms present themselves in the teenage years. As mentioned, there is evidence that the disease is hereditary. That is why individuals who have relatives with Alopecia are at risk for developing the disease. People who previously suffer from autoimmune conditions also have a chance of developing Alopecia.

Signs / Symptoms and Patterns of Alopecia

Hair loss is the general symptom of Alopecia. The different patterns of hair loss determine what type of alopecia a person has. Alopecia Areata, is a form of Alopecia wherein the patient develops bald spots on the scalp. That is the reason why it is also referred to as Spot Baldness. Diffuse Alopecia on the other hand presents with an even degree of hair loss all over the scalp. Alopecia Barbe referers to spot baldness on beard region and Alopecia Universalis is when a person looses all bodily hair. Early symptoms of Alopecia often include tendness (pain to touch) on the bald spots.

How is Alopecia Diagnosed

Diagnosis of Alopecia often involves a biopsy of the affected scalp tissue. This will determine if the hair fall has been really caused by Alopecia and not by other causes. Another telltale sign of Alopecia is referred to as – Exclamation Point Hair. It means that the strands of the affected hair taper off toward the roots.

Treatment

Since there is no known cause for Alopecia, it has become very difficult to cure. To this day, there is no known cure for the condition. All a patient can do is alleviate the symptoms and help to reverse the hair loss. In this case, common hair loss treatments may be used to re-grow hair. But, a patient must remember that despite the fact that hair is growing back, the treatments can never stop new bald spots from developing. New 'experimental' treatments for alopecia include drugs that subdue the autoimmune system.

The Effects of Lupus at Ocular Level

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is a very complex disease that can affect multiple regions of the body, causing a wide range of symptoms. Although the systemic form of lupus can affect virtually any organ system of the human body, the disease commonly involves impairments of the eye. In patients with lupus, the ocular globe itself (eyeball) is affected more often than the ocular orbit (eye socket). When the ocular orbit is also affected, lupus leads to serious inflammation of the conjunctive membrane, soft tissue that covers the eyeball and interior lid. The lids may also become swollen and this type of ocular disease often involves the occurrence of local edema.

Lupus commonly determinates the occurrence of "cotton wool spots" at the level of the retina. The spots are actually edematous regions of the retina, occurring as a result of inappropriate blood flow and thus, poor oxygenation of the eye. Despite the fact that the occurrence of "cotton wool spots" on the retina is not a direct indicator of lupus in middle-aged and older patients, it clearly reveals the presence of the disease in young patients. Other eye affections characteristic to lupus involve accumulation and deposition of fat cells at the level of the retina, decrease in the arteriolar blood flow and even pronounced obstruction of the eye blood vessels, which often determines loss of visual acuity or temporary blindness.

Patients diagnosed with systemic lupus are often confronted with keratoconjunctivitis sicca as well (also known as the dry eye syndrome), eye disorder that predominately inflates individuals with autoimmune diseases. This type of eye disorder generates symptoms such as pronounced discomfort, inflammation, itching and burning at ocular level, and often leads to impairments of the lacrimal glands, resulting in reduced tears. On the promises of eye dryness and inappropriate blood circulation, the eye rapidly becomes inflamed and irritated, also increasing the risks of infections.

When keratoconjunctivitis sicca is accompanied by arthritis and symptoms such as dryness of the mucosal linings in the mouth and nose, the disease is referred to as Siogren's Syndrome. When systemic lupus determinates impairments at brain level, the disease causes deterioration of the optic nerve, nystagus (uncontrolled movements of the eye) and even complete blindness. In order to prevent the development of such complications and to reverse the effects of lupus at ocular level, it is imperative to administer the appropriate treatment as soon as possible.

Commonly used medications in treating the ocular complications produced by systemic lupus are salicylates (aspirin-based medications), antimalarials (commonly used medicines include chloroquine-aralen, plaquenil and resochin), antibiotics and steroids. Steroid medications are extensively used in treating eye disorders characteristic to lupus, cortisone drugs being considered an efficient form of treatment at present. However, steroids can produce serious side-effects in patients with lupus, and so such forms of treatment are not recommended for long-term use.

Stuttering Anguish

Not many disorders can be as annoying as stuttering, rather known as a specific case of speech disorder. This speech disorder cannot be termed as a disability but it is simply a case of non-fluent speaking where people suffering from it tend to stammer while pronouncing certain words or syllables. In most cases, stutterers stumble while pronouncing difficult words or elongate the vowels. Though stuttering can be mentioned as a simple case of speech disorder, the trauma undergone by the stutterers is not something which is easy to get over. Also not knowing the cause of the problem and not having a prescribed cure for it doesn’t help the cause of stutterers much.

The problems faced by stutterers in their day to day life are innumerable. The first problem faced by the stutterers is within them. Stutterers find that they are not able to communicate as fast as their minds think and this leads them to feel the frustration and anger over themselves. Though they want to get over their disorder and get on with life, it becomes impossible for them to do so with their recurring stuttering problem.

But the major problem faced by stutterers is in the form of their society and the environment they live in. The society doesn’t understand the difficulties faced by stutterers and considers them only as a piece of joke. The society doesn’t realize the psychological and emotional suffering undergone by the stutterers. In most places, a stutterer is just made fun of, ridiculed or imitated and it is expected of the stutterer to take all of that in a sense of jest. The anguish of the stutterers is not understood by many and not many know that the ridiculing and teasing can completely change the personality of the stutterer.

Most stutterers tend to keep to themselves or develop a reserved nature to avoid communication with others. Some other stutterers develop a short temper which makes them unfriendly and are even more teased in their surroundings. The society must try and identify with the anguish of the stutterers and help them in every way possible to help them overcome the problem. There can be enormous hidden potential in a stutterer which may not have come out due to the taunting he/she had experienced in earlier years. With the right amount of encouragement and support, stutterers will be able to get rid of their problem and get along well in the society.