How to Treat Glaucoma With Acupuncture

Glaucoma is a condition of the eye in which if not treated early can lead to blindness. Since there is no pain or other symptoms, it usually remains undetected until vision is impaired. Peripheral vision is lost when the optic nerve gets damaged due to the increase in IOP or intraocular pressure. Eye drops and laser surgery can be used to control eye pressure. Laser surgery can help lower eye pressure for a certain percentage of patients, but patients need more surgery after a few years if the root cause of glaucoma is not addressed. If a patient has had more than two surgeries, usually scar tissue builds up and the pressure cannot be lowered by surgery easily. So many people prefer to try a non-invasive procedure at first, especially if eye pressure is not very high. One of these methods is acupuncture for glaucoma, which is a traditional and ancient form of Chinese medicine.

How Acupuncture Lowers Eye Pressure

If the patient has been diagnosed with glaucoma in its early stages, then acupuncture and acupressure can be very effective. In the later stages of glaucoma, it is better to combine eye drops with acupuncture and acupressure. The insertion of fine needles improves circulation of fluids around the eye without causing dry eyes or infection, if done by an experienced acupuncturist. Especially when patients already have a few laser surgeries and eye pressure is still very high, then acupuncture two to three times a week may be the best choice.

Acupuncture Takes Care of Overall Health of the Eye

Acupuncture also helps to improve vision and slow down degeneration of the optic nerve. Acupuncture for glaucoma supports the function and integrity of the optic nerve. The optic nerve usually is damaged because blood flow to the eyes decreases. Acupuncture increases retrobulbar circulation which helps not only in decreasing intraocular pressure but also speeding up fluid circulation in and out of the eyes. Researchers have found that even the visual acuity in people suffering from glaucoma can be improved when at least a couple of sessions of acupuncture are done every week.

Acupuncture and Acupressure with Medicines Offer Faster and Better Results

Most experts recommend those patients suffering from glaucoma consider going for a few sessions of acupuncture every month, because eye drops can cause severe dryness and reduce fluid circulation around the eyes. Clinically, when patients go to see an acupuncturist at least once a week and practice acupressure every day once or twice, they can lower the eye drop dosage to prevent dryness and infection in their eyes. Furthermore, patients reported vision acuity improved by combing glaucoma acupuncture and eye drops. The needles that are inserted are retained for about 30 minutes around eyes, neck, hands and feet, and the depth of the insertion is about 3-10mm.

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.

Eye Doctors Have Genetic Tests For Glaucoma – What Is Available For Your Eye Exam and Diagnosis

Glaucoma is a complex disease caused by multiple factors. In plain English, that means it is not one disease and not caused by one factor only. Recent knowledge has made us acutely aware that eye pressure is not the determining factor in the diagnosis of glaucoma. When the pressure inside the eye was above 21 in the past glaucoma was thought to be present. Today we know that some individuals will never develop glaucoma even though their eye pressure readings may stay in the 30's while other patients can not tolerate normal pressures without sustaining sight loss. Glaucoma is more of a vascular disease of the optic nerve of the eye. When the auto-regulation of the blood supply starts to fail, vision begins degrating. High eye pressures do cause compression of the blood vessels supplying the nerve, but healthy blood vessels with good auto-regulation mechanisms can sustain very high pressures. Eye pressure is not static and can vary throughout the day. When we read it once when we are at the optometrists office it is only a thin slice of what your pressure range could be over a 24 hour period.

The Human Genome Project mapped the human gene structure and was an intensive undertaking completed in 2003 taking 13 years and sequencing over 3 billion codes of base pair information. This has opened the doors to tremendous future strides in treating all diseases. There is a chromosome with a gene that codes for the production of a protein that makes up part of the structure of the mesh work in the anterior chamber of the eye .. This mesh work is responsible for keeping the fluid balance in check by allowing continual drainage. When something goes awry with the drain the pressure goes up increasing your risk for developing glaucoma. One company has developed a test for defects in the gene that makes this protein. Unfortunately, this gene is only responsible for about 4% of the cases of glaucoma. It can be useful when there is a suspected family history since patients with this genetic marker tend to have rapidly developing glaucoma and should be treated more aggressively. It also tends to be more commonly associated with glaucoma under the age of 40. One other glaucoma gene has also had mutations that appear to be associated with open angle glaucoma, the form that is responsible for 95% of the cases of glaucoma. One other gene has reportedly been associated with an increased incidence of glaucoma in patients with normal pressures. An uncommon form of glaucoma know as exfoliation has also seen the development of a genetic marker test, but due to the rarity of this condition it is not widely used.

All together, probably less than 10% of glaucoma has a direct genetic cause, and due to the expense of genetic testing it is rarely utilized. The complexity of testing is compounded by the fact that numerous defects at each gene can occur, and sometimes it may take two or more genes with flaws to create glaucoma. Even the most accepted genetic factor may cause glaucoma from defects in areas other than the mesh work. It is very early in the age of genomics. Perhaps the greatest benefits will not be in diagnosing glaucoma but in tailoring treatment and actually curing some forms of glaucoma in the future.

General health issues are the most important risk factors, and some you can control. Smoking and cardiovascular diseases are high risk factors for developing glaucoma. Make sure you stay fit and have well controlled blood pressure. Keep preventative appointment and regular eye exams to monitor the eye pressure. Age is a risk factor but consider it a good one. A longer life is usually better all things considered! Most vision insurance plans like Vision Service Plan, Medicare, and many others cover preventative annual eye examinations.

Low Back Pain And Sciatica – Functional Limitations

The problem with low back pain and sciatica, is that the lower back itself and surrounding area is so important with regards to any movement or activity you become involved in. It is not like when you have injured an arm or a leg, where you can rest the arm in a sling or use some crutches for your leg in order to allow healing to take place, with low back pain you are not afforded that luxury.

With regards to functional activities, the first thing which needs to be addressed is to divide them into two categories:

i) Those which cause or aggravate your low back pain or sciatica.

ii) Those which cause you no pain or do not increase your pain at all.

The chances are that there is a common factor linking the components of each of these two groups.

For example, let’s say sitting down aggravates your low back pain yet keeping upright and a small amount of walking eases your pain. We are going to be thinking along the lines of flexion activities being the aggravating factor for your low back pain and extension type activities being the easing factor.

With this above example, first and foremost we need to modify or temporarily avoid the aggravating factor i.e. sitting down. Now I am not suggesting you do not sit down at all during the day, but rather you try and sit in a more upright chair, with say a rolled up towel for some support for your lower back. In addition to this, I would also recommend that you spend no longer than a maximum of 15-20 minutes sitting down without break i.e. getting up out of the chair.

Moving on to encouraging the easing factors, and once again using the above example, I would suggest you try to have a little walk a few times during the day. This can be anything from a few minutes to say 20 or 30 minutes, depending upon the severity of your pain. The important thing is your low back likes this activity and therefore it is important to provide it with it, as it will be providing you low back with the optimum conditions for it to heal itself.

NB. You can get too much of a good thing, therefore do not just walk for the sake of it. For example, if your low back pain eases after 5 minutes walking, but becomes aggravated after 10 minutes, feel free to walk for 5 minutes, but not too much longer (otherwise you will be simply interfering with the healing process again).

With regards to aggravating and easing factors, it is important to be as specific as possible. Therefore,using the example I have just given, walking for 5 minutes is an easing factor, yet walking for 10 minutes is an aggravating factor.

The main principle is little and often throughout the day. Tying in the above two, the logical thing to do with regards to sitting, is every 15 minutes or so stand yourself up and have a walk up and down the living room. By taking on board the above principle, it will result in less stress being placed across the structures responsible for your low back pain and therefore give your body a chance to heal itself. As healing takes place, the structures responsible for your pain will become stronger, and if they are stronger you will find you can begin to do more and more.

A positive cycle will now result, whereby encouraging the easing factors will promote more healing, which itself will result in your low back becoming stronger and therefore less easily aggravated. If it is less aggravated, it means more healing will take place and therefore you can become more active and your back will become stronger…. and so on.

Sound too simple?

Well there is no doubt I have simplified things a little just to highlight a point. However, it is not too difficult either as the underlying principle is the same. The all important aspect is firstly analysing your day-to-day activities and then dividing them into aggravating and easing ones. When you have established this, begin by temporarily avoiding/modifying the aggravating activities and encouraging the easing ones. As you do this, your low back pain or sciatica will begin to ease and you will be able to become more active.

At this stage, it will be important to consider addressing any muscle imbalances which are present (as it will almost be certain there are some). A simple but effective exercise programme to strengthen any weak muscles and stretch any tight ones will soon have you performing those functional activities you are finding difficult at the moment pain-free…

Health is Wealth – Do You Agree?

I agree whole-heartedly with the saying “Health Is Wealth”. If a person is not healthy then he or she will find it very difficult or even impossible to enjoy life, even though he or she may be very rich.

If I am asked to choose one from two of the following things, which will I prefer: health without wealth, or, wealth without health? Without hesitation I will choose the former. There is no doubt.

Wealth is generally associated with how much money a person has, that is, how rich he is. An uncle of mine is very rich. He has just about everything anyone can hope for, and some things no one dares to hope for. That is how rich he is. He lives in a huge mansion guarded by huge dobermans and sophisticated burglar alarms. He has expensive cars, furniture, paintings and other rich man’s toys. Well, he has everything except good health.

Everywhere he goes he carries with him a bag of medicine. He has to take pills everyday for his weak heart, diabetes and hypertension. He is about sixty years old and has spent his life accumulating wealth. Without doubt he has succeeded in becoming very rich. However he has also succeeded in becoming very unhealthy too. He laments about his lack of health and says that how he wished that he was young and healthy again. Unfortunately, he cannot regain his health again.

This example of wealth without health is not what I want to follow. It is ridiculous to have so much material wealth but being unable to enjoy it. What is the use of money when one has to take so much medicine everyday just to stay alive? How can one enjoy life when one’s body is weakened by disease and pain? No wonder my uncle laments so.

Health without wealth is far better. That is what I have now. I do not have to worry even a bit about what I can eat or do. I eat and do what I like because my body is healthy. Of course I do not abuse it by taking drugs or overexerting myself. I take good care of my body. In that way I stay healthy.

With health I can go about my work with joy. If I become rich, then that is fine. Then again, I may lose my riches, but that is all right too. I can always do the things I enjoy whether I am rich or not. I can play games, swim in the sea, climb hills, eat delicious fruits and appreciate the things of this beautiful Earth. This is indeed wealth – to be healthy and joyous.

Some Like It Hot, Some Cold – Understanding When To Use Hot and Cold Therapy For Injury

When To Use Hot Or Cold Therapy

It can really get confusing when one has a muscle strain, sprained ankle and other similar maladies and is told to use “cold therapy” and “heat therapy”. The mantras are “only use cold”, “use cold for first 24-48 hours”, “don’t use cold use warm moist heat to stop your pain”. How is one to know what to do?

Often lost in the determination is what is the condition of the patient at the time of choosing a hot or cold modality. Because one broke an ankle, tore a ligament, or suffered an injury months ago does not mean the condition is “chronic” since it happened months ago. Often the process of healing makes many situations “acute” to the moment.

Let’s examine whether to use hot or cold, but more importantly, why to use the hot or cold therapy.

Generally speaking immediately following acute injury the body goes into what is called an “inflammatory response” and the area gets red, gets hot and swells. During this time you don’t want to inflame an inflammatory reaction and make it worse so the general rule is use cold therapy (cryotherapy). The cold actually:

  • reduces the edema,
  • lessens the pain,
  • cools the temperature of the injured area, and
  • stops the inflammatory response.

The inflammatory response is natural and helpful but it can cause more injury especially in cases such as spinal cord damage, or brain injury where the swelling causes additional injury to healthy tissues.

After the swelling has stopped, the pain subsided some, and the area cooled down, then warm, moist heat is indicated ( not dry heat ) and that occurs generally when a patient is trying to regain motion, function. As the patient tries to regain full range of motion pain inhibits it and it is now that heat helps:

  • reduce pain
  • increase blood flow for faster healing
  • helps extend range of motion when used complementary with exercise.

Now here’s the “sleight of hand” that is often confusing to injured patients. Each time a patient goes through an exercise routine then new/old tissues are actually re-injured. That in and of itself re-excites the body’s inflammatory response so in essence the patient now has a “new injury” brought on by the rehabilitation process. So immediately after exercising it’s best to use cold therapy, not warm moist, as the area being exercised is now in a new “acute” injury process. Hot & Cold therapy is an example of ” complementary ” medicine to improve patient outcomes.

Treating Otitis Media (Middle Ear Inflammation) With Nasal Irrigation

In the evening of the Lantern Festival, the street outside the clinic was crowded with cheerful people and beautiful lanterns. Winnie, a five-year-old sat quietly on the clinic chair, her dad waited nervously for me to disclose the result. As always, I first checked Winnie’s ears with otoscope, both of her eardrums turned back to the normal gray color; I then picked up the otitis media checker to check her middle ear pressure, as the normal pressure green light turned on, the dad finally relaxed and said: “great! we are finally relieved.” Rest assured, I believe they will have a wonderful festive evening.

Before Winnie came to the clinic, she had already been treated with antibiotics for her chronic sinusitis for over six months. In addition, she also had otitis media with effusion. Since her parents did not want her to have a ventilation tube placement surgery to treat the effusion, I suggested her to try pulsating nasal irrigation with warm saline and additional drugs to treat her chronic sinusitis and effusion. After one month of therapy treatment, her thick yellow-greenish pus symptoms of chronic sinusitis had shown great improvement. However, the progress of her middle ear effusion was not ideal. Her ear drums were still amberish and slightly depressed. The other two children who started the treatment about the same time had already been cured, so I jokingly told her that the others have graduated, and you still have to continue your effort. I suggested her to continue using nasal irrigation for two to three weeks before returning for diagnosis, and finally she graduated too.

Whenever I saw middle ear effusion or acute otitis media patients, I would carefully examine their nose. In addition to taking the appropriate medication on time, I often recommend the patients not to blow their nose too hard, but to frequently use saline nasal spray or nasal irrigation to rinse the nose instead. Patients often feel strange, and some patients even reminded me that their children are here to examine their ears.

In fact, otitis media in children is a complication of common cold and/or sinusitis. The complication has a very high probability of occurrence. According to research statistics, 1/3 of children at the age of three have had three or more otitis media. It is in fact the second most common complication (after upper respiratory tract infection) seen in the clinic. The main cause of otitis media is due to the nasal cavity bacteria travel through the eustachian tube (connecting the nasopharynx and middle ear cavity tube) to the middle ear cavity. Therefore, the real cause of the otitis media or otitis media with effusion is in the nasal cavity. If your rhinitis is treated, nasal passage is clear, eustachian tube is functioning well, then your middle ear effusion will be cured.

After appropriate treatment of acute otitis media, most can be cured within two weeks, but there is still a small number of patients who show no sign of improvement; and the condition worsens and middle ear effusion pus becomes thicker. The color of the eardrum turns amber and depressed. If the child’s middle ear effusion lasts more than a month and pus thickens, it is usually caused by sinusitis or nasopharyngeal adenoidal thickening (adenoidalhypertrophy). At this time, one should be focusing on the sinusitis treatment, which often solves otitis media effusion subsequently. If the middle ear effusion continues after three months of treatment with no improvement, it is usually recommended to insert the ventilation tube to restore hearing and avoid affecting the children’s ability to learn and interact with others.

Many patients often find it very strange, when a child obviously has ear pain, hearing issues, but the ENTs (otolaryngologists) keep asking if the child has nasal congestion, streaming yellow pus and spend a lot of time doing the local treatment of nasal and seemed to forget prescription of ear medications. In fact, for general acute otitis media, if the eardrum has no perforated hole and pus leaking out, using ear medication has no effect in treating otitis media (because the medication will only be in the ear canal but does not go through the eardrum into the middle ear intact.) So when I suggest patients with otitis media to use nasal spray to spray the nose, or use the pulsating nasal irrigation to rinse the nasal cavity, the patients often wonder if the saline water is going into the nose or to the ears. After a detailed explanation, many patients then realize that blowing your nose too hard may affect the middle ear, and using nasal irrigation with saline water is one way of treating otitis media with effusion.

Little Known Facts About Our Favorite Icons Of Horror Films – They Were Human!

Which "monster" was a decorated World War I veteran who was wounded three times and saved the lives of his fellow soldiers? Why, that was Bela Blasko, who achieved worldwide fame when he portrayed the vampire count in Universal's 1931 epic "Dracula". Of course, by that time, he had changed his last name to "Lugosi", which was derived from his hometown of Lugos, Hungary. He also never learned to drive a car.

I grow up an addict of "Creature Features" on Channel 44, WTOG-TV, out of St.. Petersburg, Florida, and loved watching all of the classic horror films they screened. The host was a certain Dr. Paul Bearer (real name Dick Bennick). With so many years of regular Saturday afternoon and evenings spent with the good doctor, my brain became addled with facts and figures about all of these heroes of the dark.

Lon Chaney Sr., the retired silent star which most famous roles include "The Phantom of the Opera" and "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", learned his acting skills in part from his deaf mute parents. He had to learn pantomime in order to communicate, a talent that greatly improved his on-screen intensity. He also was an all-around good guy, frequently helping out fellow players and film crew without seeking any credit. Once, Chaney saw an arriving actor named William Henry Pratt walking home from the studios andave him a ride. So what, you say? Well, Pratt's stage name was Boris Karloff, who went on to portray the Frankenstein monster and the original Mummy. Chaney cave Karloff observable advice about what he should do to make his own career improve … advice which he heeded. Karloff later co-founded the Screen Actors Guild, and was the narrator of "How The Grinch Stole Christmas", a beloved holiday cartoon.

Lon's son Creighton Chaney would go on to become Lon Chaney, Jr., and also carve his name in the horror legend book. His most famous role was that of "The Wolf Man", but he ever played nearly every major horror character that had been created up to that point. Lon Jr. was known as a big-hearted guy, like his father, who helped anyone and everyone he could. This help even went beyond the grave. He donated his body to the University of Southern California for medical research.

Peter Lorre was well-known for a wide variety of roles, but mostly those with a dark twist, including the films "M" and "Mad Love". He fled Hungary and Nazi Germany for Hollywood, later to be invited by Adolf Hitler to return to Germany and be part of their film community. With so many roles as killers in the movies, Lorre shot back a letter to the Nazis to inform them that they did not need his talents since they already had so many murderers in their ranks. In earlier years, Lorre studied under Dr. Sigmund Freud, which may explain his understanding of characters with, shall we say, "character flaws."

Vincent Price was a St. Vincent Louis native, although many people still believe him to be at least partly English. His grandfather invented the first cream of tarter sauce, and his father was president of the National Candy Company. Vincent was a connoisseur of all fine things, including art and cooking. He educated Americans about fine art, selling more than 50,000 items through Sears Roebuck as part of his "Vincent Price Collection", and publishing a variety of gourmet cookbooks. With his famous films including "House of Wax" and "The House on Haunted Hill", he also expanded into popular music. Price's voice can be heard on Alice Cooper's "Devil's Food / The Black Widow" and Michael Jackson's "Thriller".

Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee enjoyed years of work together for Hammer Films in England, becoming best friends. Cushing is best known as the gaunt Dr. Frankenstein and Professor Van Helsing in the Hammer remakes of many Universal classics. Other roles for Cushing included Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Who, but despite his favorite role was as husband to his beloved Helen. Her 1971 death haunted him for the rest of his life, and he consistently looked forward to the day he would rejoin her. His love for his wife was commemorated in the "Helen Cushing Rose", a special strain of flower created in 1986.

Christopher Lee has remained the longest purveyor of the classic horror genre, still appearing in films even into his 90's. Best known in recent years for his roles in "The Lord of the Rings" and "Star Wars" films, Lee's deep voice has also graced a variety of theater, musical, and record productions. He is related through his family to James Bond creator Ian Fleming, and appeared in Fleming's "The Man With the Golden Gun." Lee is also a World War II veteran, and was knighted by the Queen of England. He speaks English, Italian, French, Spanish, German, Swedish, Russian, and Greek.

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The author is a writer, musician, film producer, record producer, and musical arranger who was born in Somerville, New Jersey and grew up in Melbourne, Florida. greg@gregvadimsky.com

Creating Focal Points In Your Retail Display

Retail business owners and managers are always looking for the best possible means to promote items in their stores. But it is not enough to simply place the items into the retail display. Retail store owners need to create attractive looking displays that garner attention. By getting the customer’s attention, they will be more likely to linger, shop longer and buy more items. Focal Points Help Your Customers A key factor in creating an attractive retail display is to create a focal point. Having a focal point is a place that people’s eyes will immediately focus on when they first look at the display. Do not worry, a fancy degree in Marketing or understand lots of unusual terms is not required to create a great looking display that works.

It is far more important to use some general common sense to help you find an ideal focal point.

“But I want customers to notice everything. Not just one area or a focal point!” Some retail store owners and managers may argue. It is completely understandable that you want customers to notice everything. By creating an attractive display you will take the most important step of all, getting their attention. Thereafter, the customer’s eyes will wander and eventually notice each and every item in the retail display. Think of the focal point as a well-dressed woman’s favorite accessory. If a well-dressed woman wears a colorful scarf around her neck and you notice this first, this is her focal point. Then you might notice her attractive loafers or her lovely earrings.

Your retail display needs to be created with the same careful thought and attention to detail. Products May Be Different: Focal Points Are the Same Every retail store is different, with different types of products. A great way to create a focal point is to think of several factors: what product do customers look for frequently and what product is priced to render a sufficient premium for your store? If you are an auto parts store, and you sell a lot of windshield wipers, then this could be a nice focal point for your display. You would simply add other items of relevance around the focal point in the display. Many retail store owners may wonder exactly where the focal point is located. They think it is some sort of magical location that they will never find. Fortunately it is a lot easier than you may think. There are essentially two primary focal points to consider. The first is a focal point from outside the store which attracts the customers attention, to pique their interest and gain their presence within your establishment. What you are looking for is the customer’s comfortable eye level. Walk around your store and notice what part of your retail displays your eye catches first. To help you re-arrange your displays gently put a little sticker on the area where your eye hits. Make sure you can easily pull the sticker off; you are just marking the area so you will know where it is while you are working. Now that you have obtained this focal point, be certain to give your best selling items front and center placement. Use signs to help convey your message about pricing and sales. Once the customers have entered your store it is very important to develop a focal point in your retail display. There are many ways to do this, and it is fair to say that there is no wrong answer. You must experiment to learn, for your specific product line, what works and what needs further adjustment. One of the most common methods of creating a focal point in your retail display is using riser pads, or varying levels of dimension. Most regularly the item in the center or an item which is closest to you will be your focal point. Another popular method of creating a powerful focal point in your display case is the utilization of lights. Combine this with risers to create a stunning visual effect. You can create a “glowing” effect by lighting a product from below, or a “spot light” effect, by shining a direct beam from above. Creating a focal point will easily help your customers shop comfortably in your store. You will notice a subtle difference in sales rather quickly. Customers may even remark how much easier it is to find items in your store.

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.

Whirlpool Use and Whirlpool Temperatures for Physical Therapy

In physical therapy, whirlpool refers to a special kind of bathtub used in water baths or hydrotherapy. Whirlpools generate air bubbles and water from pumps placed at strategic points allowing the flow of air and water to massage specific muscles of the body. The intensity of circulation of air and water provides either gentle or deep massage. Whirlpools can be either cold or hot with adjustable whirlpool temperatures for physical therapy.

There are different types of whirlpools. They can be permanent fixtures or portable sets. Some whirlpool designs allow full body submersion and others are made for treatment of extremities only. There are cold whirlpools, which is often for treatment of single parts of the body, and warm whirlpools, for full body therapy.

Usually, cold whirlpool temperatures for physical therapy are set at a range of 50º F to 70º F while warm whirlpool temperatures for physical therapy ranges from 100º F to 110º F. Depending on the temperature, whirlpool treatments can last from 10 minutes up to 30 minutes.

Whirlpools are ideal for improving circulation and performing range of movement exercises. In addition, wound care is one of the common uses of whirlpools in physical therapy. Warm whirlpool temperatures for physical therapy wound treatment cleanse wounds; increases blood circulation in the wounded area as well as relieve pain. It also helps soften necrotic tissues and reduce wound infections.

Physical therapists follow a guide for the administration of whirlpool treatment for wound care. Typically, patients undergo whirlpool treatment once to twice every day for 20 minutes. Depending on your wound, whirlpool treatment may include the use of an antiseptic. After whirlpool, the therapist rinses the wound with water to remove any residues.

Therapists closely monitor whirlpool temperatures for physical therapy. Usually, therapists keep the water temperature at 92 °F to 96 °F and not exceeding 38 °C for patients with cardiopulmonary disease. The higher the temperature of the water the greater is the blood circulation.

Health care clinics and facilities have strict policies when it comes to sanitation in whirlpool or water therapy. Personnel must properly clean whirlpool tanks and use disinfectants to prevent infections.

Whirlpool treatment is not for all wound patients. There are also only certain types of wounds that can really benefit from this treatment. Some wounds may even become worse with this method of care. Your therapist will evaluate if whirlpool treatment is suitable to your health condition and type of wound.

Canaloplasty – A Surgical Alternative For Glaucoma

Our eyesight is precious to us. Every day we rely on seeing the very things we take for granted.

Our language is littered with expressions like; “Look over there”, “Did you see that”, “In our field of vision” and similar expressions related to seeing.

The rise in eye pressure or intraocular eye pressure (IOP), puts pressure on the optic nerve at the back of the eye. This pressure on the optic nerve increases the likelihood of permanent damage to this vital nerve. When this occurs our peripheral vision is reduced – permanently. We see less and less around the edge of our area of vision, ultimately leading to a condition called tunnel vision and in severe cases blindness. It is because of this gradual decline in our vision that glaucoma is often referred to as the silent thief.

Traditionally, glaucoma has been treated with medications usually, in the form of eye drops. Do you forget doses? Do you find applying eye drops fiddly? Frustrated, with the on-going cost of these medications? With the advances in micro surgery, there are now viable surgical alternatives, which may reduce the need for eye drops and in many cases eliminate the need for eye drops altogether.

The usual method of surgery to lower eye pressure is trabeculectomy. This creates a hole in the sclera to let the aqueous fluid drain into the outer cyst or bleb. Trabeculectomy is still the surgical standard, but there are risks of complications such as infection, leakage, and irritation.

Another surgical option is Canaloplasty. This utilises a very small tube placed in the Canal of Schlemm (a small channel around the iris for draining eye-fluid or aqueous humor) to enlarge the drainage canal, allowing the fluid to drain more freely, thereby relieving pressure inside the eye. This has been a successful method of reducing the eye pressure causing glaucoma.

Canaloplasty is a valuable minimally invasive surgical option in patients with open angle glaucoma, particularly in patients at high risk from infection or bleeding.

Canaloplasty is a safe and new procedure taking advantage of the normal drainage system of the eye to safely treat increased pressure in people with glaucoma. A tiny incision is made to gain access to the eye. A microcatheter is inserted into the canal to enlarge the main drainage channel by injecting a sterile gel-like material called viscoelastic.

After the drainage channel is made larger, the microcatheter is removed and a suture is placed within the canal and tightened to make sure that it stays open. By opening the canal, it will drain correctly, and the pressure inside the eye will be relieved.

Some points to remember about Canaloplasty

* Can safely lower eye pressure (IOP) by up to 40%

* Reduces or eliminates the need for eye-drops

* Less risk of complications after surgery

* Glaucoma now under control.

Only your doctor can decide if canaloplasty is right for you – talk to your doctor.

Imagine waking up in the morning and not having to puts drops into your eyes or like me having to remember to apply eye drops three times a day. Memory is such a fickle thing with age!

Various Preventive Measures for Tetanus

1. Vaccination is the key for the prevention of this disease. Therefore, a strict vaccination schedule must be followed. Tetanus usually occurs among those persons who are either not vaccinated at all, or to whom proper dosages have not been given.

Therefore, all children should be immunized and this immunization should be maintained throughout life by administering booster dosages of tetanus vaccine at regular intervals. Also, all pregnant mothers should get a cover of vaccination. If the mother is already vaccinated, booster dosages must be administered.

In addition to the above, in all cases of injury or wounds, vaccination must be done as a preventive measure, even if the injury is small. Besides injuries, tetanus vaccination is also indicated in the case of ear discharge (otitis media), as these cases are likely to get tetanus through perforations in their ear-drums.

Tetanus vaccination is essential as a preventive measure before minor/major operations. At the same time, a precise regimen of sterilization must be practiced so as to avoid the incidence of tetanus in operated cases, as is noticed occasionally.

Since an attack of tetanus does not give immunity to the patient against tetanus, therefore, those cases of tetanus that recover from the disease need to be administered tetanus vaccine for future prevention.

2. The second most important step in the prevention of tetanus is immediate care of the wound. Roadside injuries should be given very careful attention as accidental wounds are almost always contaminated with tetanus spores and are likely to cause tetanus. Apart from a thorough cleaning of the wound, all foreign bodies; debris, etc. must be carefully removed, and if need be, even the whole wound may be surgically excised under anesthesia so that the wound becomes thoroughly sterile. This is especially required when the wound is mutilated one. If this little step, though of very high importance, regarding treatment of the wound is kept in mind, it will serve as a very helpful measure in the prevention of tetanus.

3. Hygienic conditions must be maintained both at home and outside. One should not walk barefoot even in one’s house. All types of injury have to be avoided as far as possible, especially in the case of children.

4. Early warning signals of tetanus must always be kept in mind, especially ‘lockjaw’, so that even if tetanus occurs, early urgent preventive/therapeutic steps can be taken, so that the disease is prevented from proceeding to an advanced stage, and the life of the patient is saved.

It may be concluded that it is only by following the above preventive measures religiously that one can succeed in overcoming this deadly disease in all respects. And for that a prophylactic strategy is the urgent need at the national level.

Homeopathic Cures For Common Ailments – The Sore Throat

How many times have you gotten a sore throat as a kid? Do you remember what your mom or dad did to help you get over it? Let's first start with what a sore throat is. The medical term for a sore throat is called Pharyngitis. According to Wikipedia, Pharyngitis is a painful inflammation of the pharynx which may also lead to the infection of the tonsils (tonsillitis) and / or larynx (laryngitis) at the same time. For those of you who have never had Pharyngitis, laryngitis, or tonsillitis, let me give you a brief description of it from my own first-hand experience.

When I was younger, I had streptococcal Pharyngitis several times (aka: strep throat). It was most unpleasant. A few years later, I went on to have tonsillitis, another unpleasing infection. In both instances, I felt like my throat was about ten times the size of my head and also had the sensation that it was increasingly difficult to swallow. When I was able to swallow, I found it incredibly painful to do so. There was also a white film on my tongue and my tonsils were inflamed and red. When I had tonsillitis, the infection was so bad that I remembered the doctor telling my mother that he would have to monitor it over the week and if it did not get better with the antibiotics, I would have to have my tonsils removed. I took the antibiotics and within a couple of weeks, I was all better. However, there are some people out there who would rather take a more homeopathic approach when it comes to medicine.

The most popular cure for a sore throat for those who wish to go the natural route is cayenne pepper. It is usually left up to the person's discretion, but take a small amount of cayenne pepper (no more than 1 / 8th teaspoon) and mix it in some warm water. Take this mixture and gargle with the cayenne pepper and water for a few minutes every fifteen minutes or so. Afterwards, if you need some relief from the burning pepper feeling, pour a little bit of salt into one hand and wet the index finger of the other hand. With that same index finger, dip it into the salt and place the salt under your tongue (not ON the underside of the tongue). This will usually provide immediate relief.

There are a lot of homeopathic remedies for curing common ills. However, a lot of people tend to rely strictly on current medicines to fix their problems. In an overmedicated society, this can be good and bad. However, there is nothing wrong with all natural remedies. Cayenne pepper is also shown to have other positive effects on the body such as curing ulcers, aiding with arthritis relief, regulating blood sugar levels, lowering cholesterol, acting as a natural blood thinner, improving circulation, and stopping blood loss. If all else fails, you can even use cayenne pepper to clear up your sinuses! Whatever your preference, keep cayenne pepper in the house-just in case!

Deafness Is Not A Disability

At the outset of this article I must state that I am a hearing person. I have no qualifications in deaf culture. I feel compelled to write this article in response to a funeral I recently attended. I was embarrassed by the false claims held by many of the other hearing people who attended the funeral. The aim of this article is to broaden cultural understanding of deafness.

Many people are born deaf. Others become deaf at a very young age, due to measurements, meningitis or other illnesses. They grow up with their own language, customs, culture and pride. It is these people this article refer to, not those that lose their hearing some time after birth.

I am privileged to have friendships with a number of deaf people. I talk with them using Auslan (Australian Sign Language). I have learned that there are vast differences between hearing and deaf communities and cultures. I know that many hearing people have a lack of understanding of deafness. My aim is to increase understanding.

The funeral was for a deaf friend of mine. I will call him Kurnai. He was born deaf and proud to be deaf. He was known and respected in both the deaf and the hearing communities. Both deaf and hearing people took part in his eology. A sign language interpreter was present. He interpreted for the hearing people. He did this by translating the visual sign language into spoken English. He also interpreted for the deaf people. He did this by translating the spoken language into Auslan.

Kurnai's deaf friends spoke about his love of sport. They praised his football prowess. They talked of times long past when they played tricks at school. They talked of his smile and his love of having fun. None of them mentioned the fact that he was deaf. The hearing people also talked of some of the personal exercises of Kurnai. However they focused so much on the 'dreadful disability' he had. They told stories of how well he had done in spite of his disability. They talked about how sad it was that he could not talk. When the truth was that he could talk. His language, Auslan, is a rich an expressive language.

One loving relative marveled that Kurnai danced with his deaf friend. She had no concept that deaf people can 'feel' music through vibrations in the floor. Another brave thanks that now he had passed to the other life he would be able to 'talk'. Another joked that Kurnai had told him he was glad he was deaf. The gathered hearing community laughed in disbelief. The gathered deaf community smiled and nodded in agreement.

Kurnai had a terminal illness. He spent much time consulting with the medical profession. Their disability was that they did not know his language. In their arrogance they did not think it necessary to have an interpreter present at all appointments. Everyone has the right to know what is being said. Even if it is just a simple appointment. "Is my temperature, blood pressure normal". Surely it is the patients' right to be able to ask these questions. The medical profession would benefit from being able to ask the patient "How do you feel? Do you have any pain"? Without an interpreter present, these simple questions can not be given an accurate response. Too many hearing people assume that deaf people can fully understand written English and can lip read. In fact lip reading is a very difficult skill. Those who master it well can understand about 30% of the conversation. Written English uses very different grammar and syntax to Auslan. Therefore it is very easy for deaf people to mis-interpret what has been written. Often smile, or nod in response. Otherwise they take a 50/50 bet and reply either "yes" or "no".

When you are trying to communicate with a deaf person, follow their lead. Generally gesture and mime is more effective than written communication. Surely you would never attempt to communicate with a person whose language was not English by using written English? The same applies when communicating with deaf people. Their language is not English.

Kurnai was a very dear friend. The comments that his hearing friends made at his funeral would not have upset him. As a deaf person, he would have smiled and accepted the fact that no harm was intended. This is another example of the differences in our cultures. While listening to the stories of his life I was upset by the mis-understandings. I was embarrassed by the 'politically incorrect' statements that hearing people were making. I was upset and felt the need to defend Kurnai's statement that "Deafness is not a Disability".