Simple Solutions For Healthy Eyes

Published on July 3, 2013 by Direct Sight in Eye Care, General


Your eyesight is a precious gift and something that can easily be taken for granted. It is only when your eyesight begins to fail or you have problems with it that you realize what you have and what you have lost.

Although all of us will experience deterioration in our vision as we age, there are certain things we can do to prevent losing or damaging our vision.

Stop Smoking For Your Sight’s Sake

Smoking is not only bad for your heart, your lungs, your circulation (and your finances) but it is also very bad for your vision. Studies have shown that people who smoke have seven times more risk of vision loss. So stop smoking (there’s plenty of help available today with hypnotherapy, nicotine patches, counseling) and you’ll be doing your eyes a big favor.

Eat Healthily For Your Eyes

Take a good look at your diet and consider what you are eating. Try to have a diet that is rich in vitamin A, zinc and minerals. This type of diet has been shown to delay age related macular degeneration and will improve your general health too.

Eye trauma through accident is far more common than it needs to be. Don’t think it won’t happen to me’. Ensure that you wear the necessary eye protection whenever you are participating in activities and sports that could damage your eyes. If you are carrying out DIY, wear protective goggles. If you are road biking, skiing, playing squash wear the recommended eye protection for that particular activity and look after yourself.

Long-term exposure to ultra violet rays without eye protection can cause cataracts and eye damage so make sure that you wear UV protective lenses when you are out in bright sunlight and your eyes will thank you for it.

If you are a diabetic, on strong medication or have problems with blood pressure, make sure that you go for regular check-ups with your optician or ophthalmologist so that you can be confident.

Rest Your Eyes

Give your eyes a break! If you use a computer, take a rest every 10 minutes or so and look away from the screen, stretch, stand up and blink a few times.  Give your eyes a treat sometimes by putting slices of cucumber on them and lying down for a break. They’ll thank you for it and look more sparkly and vibrant.

Only use eye drops that have been recommended by your optician or pharmacist and remember not to use any that have been open for a long time or are past their sell by date as this could create problems.

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Alternative Healing Practices:Can They Help Depression?

Published on April 15, 2010 by Donna23 in General

Alternative Healing Practices:Can They Help Depression?

Depression is a serious condition that affects millions of people. It is a painful physical and mental state that can be debilitating. Whether a person is suffering from a mild form of depression or a full blown clinical depression, it should never be dismissed as unimportant. Depression deserves to be addressed and treated. Anyone who has suffered through an episode of depression will agree. Alternative healing practices for depression can be a very helpful and significant form of treatment.

The mistake many people make is thinking that depression is just a case of the blues. Sometimes it is but often it is not. It is actually a situation in which a persons nervous system is not working properly. It is more than just a state of mind; it is a physical condition as well. If left untreated, a low grade depression can turn into a more serious clinical depression and a more serious, more painful condition. Treating depression is very important.

However, most treatments for depression involve the use of psychotropic drugs. But, are these drugs really necessary? Does one have to be on psychiatric medicine in order to overcome depression? While in some cases the answer is yes, there are many alternative healing practices for depression.

Alternative healing practices for depression take many forms. This is a good thing because variety in the methodology employed means there is no reason to assume a cure can only be found in one source. Since there is such variety, it is possible to explore multiple methods and mix and match what is needed to improve a state of mind. So, lets take a look at some of the common methods that are employed.

Without a doubt, exercise is a great way to alleviate depression. When you take part in your favorite exercise, a certain rush can come over you. You will feel invigorated and oxygenated. This will have a major impact on a depressed state of mind and it can reverse it.

Yoga and meditation is commonly employed to help reverse the onset of depression. These alternative healing practices have the ability to restore proper breathing patterns and a calmness of the mind. Of course, there are also many physical benefits to these exercises but the positive psychological impact is certainly helpful as well.

Alternative healing practices like the BodyTalk System use energy therapy to reverse depression. This modality is able to clear out old, hidden blocks in your subconscious. These blocks may be the thing holding you in a drepressive pattern.

Listening to uplifting music or watching an uplifting movie is also another alternative healing practice for treating depression. This is a very simple easy form of treatment that can work very well for some people.

When considering alternative healing practices for depression, it is helpful to realize that anything that lifts your spirits is also helping treat depression. Using these practices on a regular basis may be a better alternative than medication for treating some forms of depression.

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The Healing Power of Far Infrared Heat

Published on November 12, 2009 by TheHealthyVillage in General


Ice and heat are both well known for their ability to treat pain by breaking the pain-spasm cycle. So are many rub on treatments which provide a cooling or warming sensation.

The problem with most heating remedies is they only provide superficial relief. The heat only penetrates a few millimeters at best meaning it doesn’t provide full benefit to deeper muscle aches and pains.

One increasingly popular option in recent years is the use of far infrared heating pads. Originally found primarily in alternative healthcare practitioner offices, the technology has now matured. Individuals can now purchase affordable far infrared heating pads for home use.

What is far infrared heat?

Think of walking outside on a sunny day. The air temperature is constant, but you immediately feel cooler when you walk into the shade. This is because the sun’s infrared rays directly penetrates and heats your body.

Don’t confuse far infrared heat (FIR) with the skin damaging ultraviolet light also provided by the sun. FIR is completely safe. Many hospitals now use infrared heating systems to keep babies warm in their neonatal units.

What does far infrared heat do?

Exposure to FIR allows heat to penetrate as far as 3 inches deep. This deep penetrating heat gently causes an artificial “fever” without the unpleasant side effect of actually being sick. As a result, blood circulation is improved to the treated area bringing more healing oxygen to joints and extremities and speeding healing of injuries. FIR stimulates the blood vessels to expand which allows the improved blood circulation without increasing blood pressure.

Another impact of far infrared heat is the breakdown of toxin filled large water molecules. The increased circulation and warmth then causes the body to rid itself of toxins and wastes through perspiration.

Here are some other known benefits of far infrared heat:

* Improves circulation
* Relieves muscle cramps
* Helps induce restful sleep
* Helps improve vision
* Helps clear up skin problems and ulcers
* Relieves symptoms of sciatica and back pain
* Reduces high blood pressure
* Improves oxygen supply to the brain
* Helps fight cancer cells and help generate healthy cells
* Helps remove mucous, congestion, fermentation, and inflammation in the digestive tract
* Helps eliminate fluid buildup in extremities
* Helps stimulate body’s energy system

Clearly far infrared heat has the ability to significantly improve almost anyone’s health and it’s something worth exploring.

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Jesse Cannone is co-founder of the Healthy Back Institute and author of “The 7 Day Back Pain Cure”. Get the facts on what’s realling causing your pain here

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Take Charge Of Your Diabetes

Published on October 12, 2009 by diabetes in General


You must understand that its up to you to take charge and keep your diabetes under control Monitoring your blood glucose is so important it allows you make decisions about and manage Your diabetes how about this, you wouldn’t want to guess which road to take on a car trip would You? then why guess about how much insulin you should take or how much food you should eat when you keep check of Your blood glucose it can act as your road map in telling you which turns you Should take.

Another thing you should keep in mind is that if your blood glucose levels should get to hign or too Low during the course of the day you could develop some serous problems. Some of these problems Can be risky in the short term and could result in a life-threatening crisis. Here is an example if your Blood glucose levels drop too low and you don’t treat it you could become unconscious.

High blood sugar may not cause an immediate emergency but may lead to serious and severe Complication over time. Often people with a history of chronic high blood glucose levels can develop Debilitating eye disease, kidney disease, circulation problems and nerve disease.

We would have to say that the best way to lead a healthy life is to take charge of your diabetes. You do this by, number one managing your glucose levels with food, exercise,and Medication and if you mind me saying this the single most important thing you can do for yourself is to keep track of the amount of Glucose in your blood on a regular basis.

Instead of saying “I feel great or I feel Bad” take measurements Daily and Keep records.These records will tell you how well your diabetes plan is Working. Remember monitoring is the only way to know how your body is responding to food, insulin, and stress. Understand that without knowing this,you can not make changes in your diabetes care plan.

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Protective Properties Of Calcium D-Glucarate

Published on August 4, 2008 by TheHealthyVillage in General


Studies have found that D-glucarate has therapeutic actions; among these are cancer prevention and serum cholesterol reduction. However, its most impressive property could be its ability to quickly detoxify the body of both artificial and natural toxins which can be potentially harmful. These toxins can be neutralized in many ways, with glucuronidation being one those ways. The process of glucuronidation involves using the liver to neutralize chemical carcinogens and steroidal hormones including estrogen. Once a toxin has been glucuronidated in the liver, it goes to the bile and is eventually eliminated from the body in the stool.

Beta-glucuronidase is an enzyme that is produced in the gut by unfriendly bacteria which can actually inhibit this process by chemically splitting a glucuronidated toxin before it is able to be eliminated in the stool. This unbound toxin can come into contact with the bowel lining where it can be reabsorbed and the whole process will be repeated. When a situation like this happens, cells are exposed, once again, to the chemical and the liver can become overworked. Thankfully, if D-glucarate is present, beta-glucuronidase is inhibited, resulting in a flawless glucuronidation in the body.

These findings suggest that taking D-glucarate orally as a supplement can provide us with the increased ability to efficiently and rapidly rid our bodies of toxins through problem-free glucuronidation. Additionally, D-glucarate does not work like an antioxidant, which neutralizes free radicals, but instead actually forms a type of bond with harmful compounds to enhance their rapid removal from the body. Some of the organs that can be especially toxin-sensitive are the breast, prostate, liver, lung, and kidney, therefore, they can greatly benefit from this process. These organs can be most damaged by the continued exposure to poisons and carcinogens.

Because our generation, more than that of any other, is exposure to a great number of potentially harmful environmental pollutants, our contact with carcinogens increased exponentially. Just some of the cancer-causing agents include cigarette smoke, pesticides, radon, hormonally-fattened meats, diagnostic and therapeutic x-rays, gamma radiation, trans-fatty acids, alcohol, poor diets, xeno-estrogen, herbicides, smog, car exhaust, certain prescription drugs, ultra-violet light, rancid foods, saturated / hydrogenated fats, some food/water supplies, and food preservatives. Although a lot of us have taken necessary measures to protect ourselves from exposure to the substances listed, it is inevitable that we will consistently take chemicals that can prompt the growth of cancer into our bodies.

Additionally, our own hormones can be a threat if they are not efficiently metabolized and excreted from our body. One study found that Glucarate supplementation amplifies the process by which carcinogens and hormones are removed from the body, while D-glucarate can exert a positive effect on different stages of the carcinogenic process. It has been found that lower cancer rates in some populations could be attributed to their consumptions of foods that are rich in D-glucaric acid, self-medicated with D-glucarate, or combine D-glucarate supplementation with other chemopreventive agents.

Either way, the protective function of glucarate in the body’s natural cancer prevention mechanisms has been established for long periods of time, while other recent studies have indicated that the use of glucarate could potentially present a fifty percent decrease in tumor incidence.

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Is the Herb Damiana for Men or Women?

Published on June 7, 2008 by TheHealthyVillage in General


Damiana can be used by both men and women. It is known to have restorative effects on reproductive organs in both sexes.


For men, Damiana is known to raise levels of testosterone. It is also helpful in treating premature ejaculation and impotence. For women, it helps to induce delayed menstrual periods and ease the symptoms of painful menstruation. It also treats the headaches women sometimes get due to menstruation.

This herb has been widely advertised and used in Mexico as an aphrodisiac. The ancient Mayans used it as a sexual stimulant and people in Central America still use it in this way today. This use is controversial due to lack of scientific evidence to support the claim.

One study found some of the plant’s compounds to be similar to those found in progesterone. More than 150 herbs have been tested for their ability to bind with the progesterone and estrogen receptors found in breast cancer cells. Damiana was one of the highest progesterone-binding herbs tested.

The herbal properties of Damiana have a life enhancing and stimulating effect on the body and mind. The herb works well on nervous exhaustion and to restore the body after periods of high stress.

Other Uses:

Damiana’s stimulating action is considered very valuable to people who suffer from mild depression. Herbalists will typically recommend remedies that contain this herb. Damiana is very strong and aromatic, and has a slightly bitter taste. It can be found in different forms such as capsule, liquid extract and tea. Its leaves are used as a substitute for tea leaves in some countries. In other countries, it is used as flavoring in a variety of liqueurs.

Damiana acts as an antiseptic and tonic for the body. It is also a restorative agent for nervous system functions. Damiana is used for other conditions as well, although no scientific proof of its effectiveness exists. These conditions include:

* Asthma
* Anxiety
* Depression
* Headache
* Menstrual disorders

Damiana has been known to cause mild indigestion for some users. It also contains a compound called arbutin, which, in the urinary tract, converts into the chemical hydroquinone. Larger amounts can cause serious side effects such as:

* Convulsions
* Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
* Nausea
* Vomiting
* Possible collapse and death

A maximum safe dosage of Damiana has not yet been determined. Also, the safety of using this herb has not been established in children or pregnant and nursing women. People with liver or kidney disease should use extra caution because their ability to safely use this herb is unknown as well.

In people using higher doses of Damiana, it is believed that they experience a mild euphoric sensation. In some cases, consumption of Damiana leaves has been known to act as a mild laxative. The more leaves consumed, the more prominent the laxative effect.

Damiana is native to parts of southern California and the Gulf of Mexico. It can also be found growing wild in some areas of the northern Caribbean Islands and Namibia. It is widely cultivated in these areas. Its preferred habitat has a hot and humid climate. It flowers in the summer and this is when the leaves are harvested. The leaves of the Damiana plant are the only part used for cultivation.

The herb can be taken in the form of a tea. Some people even smoke it like tobacco. The herb will bring about a relaxed state of mind for the user. It is said to induce a subtle high if smoked.

Damiana possesses many properties that are useful to both men and women. Research continues in an attempt to either prove or disprove claims of its benefits to humans.

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D-Ribose Preserves Heart Function

Published on October 12, 2007 by TheHealthyVillage in General


D-Ribose is a simple five-carbon sugar that has been shown to delay the progression of congestive heart failure in many people who have had a heart attack at some point in the past. Congestive heart failure is a condition that can occur as a result of any structural or functional cardiac disorder which impairs the ability of the heart to fill with and pump a sufficient amount of blood throughout the body. Since not all patients experience volume overload at the initial evaluation, this disease is most commonly referred to as heart failure, rather than congestive heart failure. This disease is often under-diagnosed because of a universally agreed upon definition does not exist and there are difficulties with diagnosis, especially in those with a mild condition. Even with the best care and therapy, heart failure has an associated mortality rate of ten percent and is the leading cause of hospitalization in people above the age of sixty-five.

Many studies have been done and presented at the Second Annual Academic Surgical Congress, which is sponsored by the Association for Academic Surgery and Society of University Surgeons. Heart attacks often lead to the progressive onset of congestive heart failure. After a heart attack, the portion of the heart that hasn’t been damaged must work harder to compensate for the functional loss of the tissue that is damaged. The heart will eventually begin to fail, causing the chambers of the heart to enlarge and waken, which in turn causes the heart to lose its ability to pump blood effectively.

A study, which was conducted by the University of Minnesota, led by Dr. John Foker and his team, determined that administering D-Ribose will significantly improve heart function after a heart attack. The study also showed that the progression of heart failure after a heart attack begins with the fall of energy levels. D-Ribose is very unique, it serves as a foundation for many important compounds such as DNA, RNA, and ATP (the energy of cells). ATP is very important to health and for maintaining normal energy-dependent body functions. Hearts that are stressed, muscles, and other tissue lack the metabolic machinery that is needed to quickly make D-Ribose and overcome progressive energy depletion. D-Ribose has been shown to significantly increase energy formation in those tissues that are stressed. The energy level of the heart tissue that is not damaged by the heart attack is in control of the beginning events of heart failure. When ATP starts to decrease, function will worsen, which sets the progression of chronic cardiac failure in motion. Supplementing with D-Ribose is known to increase energy in stressed hearts, which slows the progression of heart failure and in some cases even prevents it altogether. Although the study is in its early stages of investigation, Dr. Foker is positive about the results. By treating hearts with D-Ribose, ATP concentration of the heart can be improved and loss of energy can be prevented, which is known to be the major contributor to this disease’s progression.

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Benefits of Wheelchair Maintenance

Published on September 15, 2007 by TheHealthyVillage in General


Maintenance of personal mobility products is beneficial, but wheelchairs are particularly important to maintain and keep in proper working condition, especially if the wheelchair is a vital component for mobility in your life. Proper care and long term maintenance of a wheelchair will help keep it working safely for years, and reduce the risk of injury or the need to replace the chair earlier than needed. The cost of replacing wheelchair parts or accessories can also be reduced, thus saving you money.

Wheelchairs can be expensive, so it’s important to care for and protect your investment. You will most likely be the first to notice any problems with your wheelchair, so make sure you know who to call in case parts need fixing or replacing. Automatic wheelchairs may need professional care, where as manual wheelchairs are often times easier to maintain with common household tools.

Develop a regular preventative maintenance routine, which includes cleaning, inspecting, and adjusting the critical components of the wheelchair. Wipe down the chair with a clean rag regularly. You can even apply car wax to the frame to make cleaning easier. Also, check to make sure all the bolts and nuts are tight, at least once a month. If upper body mobility is limited, ask for help from a family member or caregiver. Also, check to make sure any automatic wheelchair brakes or anti rollback devices are functioning properly.

Always refer to the owner’s manual when performing maintenance on your own wheelchair. The manual has crucial information regarding warranties, how to take care of your specific wheelchair, which tools are necessary to maintain the chair, and sometimes offer options for wheelchair parts and accessories that are compatible with your chair.

Tools are a good investment that can save money over time too. A bag or container to hold essentials like an Allen wrench set, adjustable wrench, spoke wrench, screwdrivers, and tire repair kit can be very useful. They could also be very helpful in case of an emergency.

Also, performing maintenance on your own wheelchair can provide a sense of confidence and reliance on the safety and performance of your chair. Thorough inspections will help in many situations, but also make sure to have the wheelchair serviced by a professional as well. While many routine maintenance tasks can be safely performed at home, the wheelchair can also benefit from periodic check-ups at an authorized service center, as recommended in the owner’s manual.

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DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction Following Mastectomy

Published on August 18, 2007 by drchrysopoulo in General


The DIEP flap represents the new gold standard in breast reconstruction.The DIEP flap procedure was first described in the early 1990’s and uses a patient’s own abdominal tissue to reconstruct the breast after mastectomy without the sacrifice of any of the abdominal muscles.

This procedure is similar to the free TRAM flap but only requires the removal of skin and fat. However, unlike with the TRAM procedure NO MUSCLE is sacrificed. The blood vessels required to keep the tissue alive lay just beneath or within the abdominal muscle. Therefore, a small incision is made in the abdominal muscle in order to access the vessels.

After the skin, tissues and blood vessels (collectively known as the “flap”) have been dissected, the flap is transplanted and connected to the patient’s chest using microsurgery. The surgeons then shape the flap to create the new breast. Remember, even though an incision is made in the abdominal muscle NO abdominal muscle is removed or transferred to the breast. As a result, patients experience less pain postoperatively, enjoy a faster recovery, and maintain their abdominal strength long-term.

Many women who undergo this form of reconstruction enjoy the added benefit of a flatter abdomen, with results that mimic a “tummy tuck” procedure. The risk of abdominal bulging and hernia is also very small, much smaller than with the TRAM flap method of breast reconstruction.

Travel may be involved for some women seeking DIEP flap reconstruction as only a handful of plastic surgeons offer the procedure. Patients still need to be encouraged to research this option however due to the overwhelming benefits it provides over the alternative techniques. Some insurance companies may still cover the procedure for out-of-network physicians following the appropriate pre-authorization process.

Minas T Chrysopoulo, MD
Plastic, Reconstructive & Microsurgical Associates (PRMA)
9635 Huebner Road
San Antonio, TX 78240

Tel: (210) 692-1181
Fax: (210) 692-7584

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Energy Cysts: Burried Trauma In The Body

Published on June 17, 2007 by TheHealthyVillage in General


My client Carol couldn’t stop thinking about her mother’s funeral which had taken place a month earlier. Sadly feeling that the burden of holding the family together had now shifted to her, she decided to do some gardening to distract her from her feelings of grief and resentment. As she lifted a large container of planter mix, she suddenly felt a sharp pain in her lower back. This was the beginning of a year and a half of chronic back problems. Carol tried regular chiropractic adjustments for her back pain but these only brought her temporary relief.

Our bodies often retain the emotional imprint of a physical trauma. These imprints are caused by especially intense feelings such as grief, anger, fear, or resentment that we may have experienced at the time of an injury. These emotional imprints can leave residues in the body at the injury site. The residues are referred to by CranioSacral therapists as ‘energy cysts’. A trained CranioSacral therapist can treat and expell this emotional trauma from the body.

Our bodies have the ability to adapt to ‘energy cysts’, but if the buried emotional trauma is not released, time passes and the body’s energy pathways become blocked by the cyst. Then the body must change the way it adapts by trying to re-route its natural energy flow past the ‘cyst’. As years pass and the body becomes more and more stressed, it can lose its ability to adapt so that painful physical symptoms and dysfunctions begin to appear that we simply cannot ignore.

By the time Carol came to me for treatment, she ws desperate for relief from the back pain that had disrupted her life. I directed Carol to lay down on my treatment table and then I gently placed my hands over the area of her pain. I started by asking Carol to tell me about what was going on in her life when she first began having problems with her back. Carol recalled the events which led to her initial back injury as I applied manual therapy and gently guided her through therapeutic visualizations and dialoguing to help her release the pain. As we spoke, I felt Carol’s tissues relax along her entire spine. An hour later, when Carol got up from the treatment table, she said that most of her pain had disappeared and she felt as though a large burden had been lifted from her. The next morning Carol felt even better and was able to get dressed with no pain for the first time in several months. Since her therapy session, Carol has been able to return to her normal activities without pain.

During therapy to release ‘energy cysts’ from the body, a CranioSacral therapist engages in imaging and dialoguing techniques that can gently and painlessly guide the client through a release of long held negative emotions. As this occurs, the therapist can feel the tissues of the body relax as the energy cyst is expelled. Then the client’s body is able to return to its optimal levels of functioning.

Gloria Flores LMT,CST,HHP is an A.A.D.P. Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and an Upledger Institute Certified CranioSacral Therapist. She has a private practice in Burbank, CA and is a volunteer therapist at Wellness Works Holistic Health Center in Glendale, CA. Her practitioner profile can be found at

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Do You Feel Life Is Stretching You Like A Rubberband?

Published on April 5, 2007 by TheHealthyVillage in General, Self Improvement


The Principle of the Rubber Band:

This principle explains that being stretched can turn out to be very positive. Imagine you hold one end of a rubber band in one hand while stretching the opposite end with your other hand. The more you stretch the rubber band, the more it wants you to let go of it so it can come back to its original position. It just wants to return to its place of comfort.

Yet if we continue stretching it, that rubber band will eventually grow into a new size. When we let go of it now, it will come back some, but not the entire distance. In essence, it has developed a new dimension.

Now imagine that you dip this original rubber band into hot wax and remove it quickly. You then allow the wax to dry. At this point, if you repeat the stretching exercise you’ll notice that the wax caked around it cracks and crumbles, as you extend the rubber band. Then it falls off.

The same dynamic occurs with humans. We don’t want to get stretched, because it will involve letting go of some external layers. We are comfortable within those layers, and they may even seem to be protecting us. Yet, in fact, they are getting in the way of the new, evolving being who we already are on the inside. They are an impediment to our growth.

Like that rubber band, we must temporarily experience being uncomfortable when we stretch and grow. In the process of becoming the butterfly we were metaphorically meant to be, we are outgrowing a cocoon. The butterfly doesn’t snip off its wings and re-enter the cocoon. It knows of no such thing. But we, as human beings, have a tendency to snip our own new-grown wings so we can retreat to the cocoon that represents our old zone of comfort. Unfortunately, the zone of comfort is seldom the territory of fulfillment. The butterfly has no choice.

As human beings we have the ability to make choices. The next time you are feeling stretched and uncomfortable, pat yourself on the back and say “Good for me. I must be growing!” In fact, if you are not stretching, growing, and evolving, then you
are probably too attached to being comfortable. A true lesson of life and a new level of wisdom will both arrive when you instead respect The Principle of the Rubber Band.

It is absolutely crucial that you must not judge, criticize, and compare yourself to others while you are being stretched. To do so will only make you feel stuck. You will focus on the pain of stretching, and want to go back to your old cocoon. Instead, treat yourself as compassionately as you would a child who is learning to ride a bicycle without training wheels. Give yourself extra nurturing. Drink a cup of hot tea, go for a walk, read a book, take a few deep breaths, and above all be patient. Training wheels have allowed that child to develop a sense of balance, to know how the bicycle is ultimately going to feel under their control. But if that child doesn’t eventually ride without training wheels, they will never experience how fast they can truly go, how sharply they can maneuver around obstacles, and how self-confident they can feel.

Therefore, always strive for the courage to take the extra wheels off. And one day you will do it. Because you realize that remaining in the “training wheel zone” will prevent you from reaching a new level in life of manifestation and creation.

Now imagine that you are a gardener who tends a rose bush. You notice a new green bud that appears, but as the days go by it remains closed. It’s afraid of opening up. It is resisting the processes of blossoming, changing, and stretching.

Alongside it there is another new bud, one that has decided to open up and – in spite of the possibility of cold rain, tornadoes, and hurricanes – it has further decided to blossom. Once it has opened, people passing by are inspired to notice its beauty, smell its fragrance, and touch its silky pedals.

When eventually that rose dies, it’s petals fall all round. People who walk close by notice the pedals on the ground, and they know that a fully blossomed rose once existed. Meanwhile, the unopened bud also dies. It shrivels, crumbles, and falls away.
No one but the gardener ever noticed that it was alive or even notices now that it has gone.

Ellie Drake Savvy businesswoman, doctor, in-demand motivational speaker,mother and an inspiration to men and women around the globe. She maintains a demanding schedule of personal appearances as well as a series of web sites, each offering insights and products designed to help individuals achieve their personal best Ellie Drake is down to earth and funny! Visit Be a Millionaire Success

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How To Treat Annoying Allergies Effectively

Published on March 27, 2007 by TheHealthyVillage in General


Allergies happen as a result of your bodies immune system reacting the wrong way to some sort of foreign ingredient. Your immune system will notice pollen or mold as a toxic element to your body and react accordingly. The end result can be sneezing, watery eyes, itching, hives, and even difficulty breathing in the course of more severe reactions. For many, the reaction will be slight and may require small or no medical intercession. During an severe allergic reaction, called anaphylaxis, you may initially feel itching which will quickly progress to swelling, pain and vomiting. Anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening ailment that requires prompt medical care.

Most allergies can be governed with the help of your medical practitioner, by using antihistamines, decongestants and nasal mists. There are also daily regime changes that you can make to help minimize your exposure to your allergen, such as keeping dogs and cats out of the home or keeping up a dust-free environment. If your allergies start to get in the way of your everyday life, your physician may also suggest immunotherapy, also known as allergy innoculations, for treatment your allergies and assist you to have allergy free days. The lovely news with allergies is that there are many options for controlling them properly. If you assume that you are suffering from some type of reaction to a certain matter, talk to your physician about your choices in allergy treatment.

Allergies disturb more than twenty percent of the adults and children in the United States, which means that millions of people are afflicted each year by various allergies. Allergies can affect people at different times of life, and during different seasons, subject on the cause of the reaction. There are a number of distinct perpetrators that can cause an allergic reaction in people, including pollen, dust mites, mold and foods. If you come to realize that you are suffering from allergies, you might want to make an appointment with your local allergist or your family physician to find out what you are allergic to and what your best alternative in treatment plans are.

Allergies are largely inherited, which means that if one or both of your parents suffer from allergies, you have a good possibility of aquiring them also. The allergen can vary however, so you cannot think that because your mom is allergic to dust, you will be also. You may instead develop a reaction to pollen or mold. The inherited link is plainly in whether or not you are susceptible to developing an allergy. Another possible reason for developing a reaction to a individual material is introduction to that substance when your immune system has been debilitated. For case in point, many people can develop a allergic reaction after a virus-related infection or even during pregnancy.

For more helpful allergy tips try visiting, a popular health website that provides quality information and articles on various health topics, such as diseases ,remedies, and news on the latest health breakthroughs.

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Acupuncture Certification FAQs

Published on March 23, 2007 by TheHealthyVillage in General


Find acupuncture certification programs in the United States and Canada. Acupuncture certification is an important step in practicing this alternative healing art. Students interested in earning the valuable credential of acupuncture certification must first complete required coursework and successfully graduate from one of several acupuncture schools.

In general, acupuncture certification programs extended through one of many Oriental medicine schools or acupuncture schools will include three or four-year studies to help students gain the necessary skills and knowledge to practice acupuncture. In addition to acupuncture needling techniques, students will learn about Chinese Medicine, principles, and philosophies; and will gain practical clinical and classroom training. In many cases, students who aspire to earn acupuncture certification will discover that many acupuncture schools will combine education in acupuncture with Oriental medicine, including courses in Tui Na, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and medical Chinese terminology; and associated education in anatomy, physiology, and other respective subjects of study.

While there are several styles of acupuncture, including 5-element acupuncture and Kiiko Matsumoto style (among others), acupuncture certification programs are not intended for any one specific style, but for acupuncture practitioners who desire to improve their professional outlook.

Typically, acupuncture certification is attained by taking a certification examination through the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). Eligibility for candidates who desire to gain acupuncture certification and earn the title of Diplomate (Dipl. Ac.), must have acquired a formal education in acupuncture and must have met all accreditation requirements.

Consequently, if graduates have received their acupuncture degrees, but have not obtained all necessary coursework for acupuncture certification can earn and present supplemental education through an ACAOM-accredited or candidate school. Furthermore, practitioners who have earned their acupuncture certification must acquire a minimum of 60 PDA (Professional Development Activity) points for recertification.

If you are interested in finding your dream job, let education within fast-growing industries like massage therapy, cosmetology, acupuncture, oriental medicine, Reiki, and others get you started! Explore career school programs near you now!

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Law of Attraction: A Summary

Published on March 10, 2007 by TheHealthyVillage in General, Self Improvement


In its elementary, most uncomplicated form, Law of Attraction (LOA) insists on the soundness of one deeply embedded saying: like attracts like. The thing is that the matters on which you set most of your interests, most of your attention are the ones that will be instantly drawn into your life. These are all important aspects that will guide your life. Whether they will tyrannize it or favorably manage it, this is one consequence that only depends on your attitude. However, we could easily wonder why then we aren’t all happy, wealthy and healthy. Aren’t all people focusing on these issues?

To be true, the answer to this question is NO, unfortunately. Most of us don’t really concentrate on the best things in our lives. On the contrary, we tend to only see what’s most unfortunate or sad. If something wrong is going on, we barely think of something else but to that unhappy situation, instead of focusing on the potential solutions. Apparently this is deep-rooted in our human nature and it takes quite some practice to change this habit.

Consider this: is it difficult for you to accept the fact that just by thinking – really thinking – about it you could be happy? Well, if you cannot accept this, you have a long way to go to settle things down with LOA. If you think that it is impossible to get rich, to be healthy, to be loved, to keep fit, to love, the immediate consequence delivered by virtue of LOA is that you will not be rich, healthy, loved, fit or loving. In other words, thinking in terms of impossibility attracts the impossibility of all the things you desire, but don’t feel confident enough that you can get. In this manner, you are summoning only the negative aspects of LOA.

If you want to call forth the positive attainments of LOA, you need to focus on the things you want. Don’t over-exaggerate with the idea that you don’t have them. On the contrary, allow your mind to picture them, dream them up, and anticipate just how it feels to have them. You need to be confident that you will obtain all those things you envisage. This is how LOA will suggest to you the best possible means of getting what you need. Indeed, LOA will not make happiness fall from the clear blue skies: it will offer you the best approaches that will facilitate your road towards happiness.

In the end, it is all a matter of positive vibrations. Of course, some work will have to be done; LOA is not a magic wand or the fairy godmother that will make you thin in a second or bring you wealth at a clap of hands. On the contrary, in order to have access to the proper mechanisms that will lead your way to attaining what you wish for, you need to grow aware of the influence that LOA has on the fortunate or unfortunate development of your enterprises. So prepare your mind to accept the positive things in your life and positive outcomes will not fail to turn visible.
David Hooper is founder of the Guide for Living Institute, a think tank designed to help people enjoy life. His new book on Law of Attraction is available at or can be downloaded free of charge at

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Think Pool Safety While Booking Your Summer Holiday

Published on March 7, 2007 by TheHealthyVillage in Family, General


Swimming is a fantastic sport and leisure activity which many adults and especially, children love. Try keeping an energetic child out of a swimming pool if it is available, regardless of how blue their lips are with cold!

Even within the confines of a public swimming pool with other swimmers nearby and all Health and Safety standards/government legislation adhered to, including life-guards, drowning does occur.

With private/home pools, children are at the highest risk, younger children who escape supervision for a moment and fall in and older children who deliberately access the pool area whilst unsupervised are most at risk. However adults who are under the influence of drink or drugs are also at risk.

Indeed, concern is such that some countries have introduced legislation to ensure that home pools are fenced. French and Australian legislation states a minimum of 1.1 meter high fence with vertical rails of no more than 500mm apart must be installed. Any gate/access points should have a child-proof latch or lock and a self-closing mechanism.

Should a door from the house open directly onto the pool area, then this should be kept locked when the pool area is unsupervised. While these measures should ensure that toddlers cannot gain access to the pool, they will not stop a determined older child from accessing the pool but they may act as a deterrent.

Pool covers can operate as a safety feature, depending on the type of cover installed, however, soft covers, whose purpose is to prevent heat loss and exclude debris, will not offer any protection from drowning and may in fact exacerbate the problem. Someone falling into a pool with a soft pool cover may slip beneath the cover making it more difficult to get out and less likely that they will be detected.

Steps which can be taken to reduce the risk of a tragedy in a private/home swimming pool:-

• Fence the pool area and ensure that entry points are installed with locks which are either childproof or at adult height
• Warn children of the dangers of a swimming pool and the need to have an adult present
• Teaching children to swim will help however, it does not fully eliminate the risk (even children who could swim have been drowning victims)
• Always make visitors aware of the pool (particularly those with children)
• Install suitable and sufficient lifesaving devices
• Lock pool plant room and balance tank access points
• Learn rescue techniques, basic first aid and know who to phone in an emergency.
• Discourage swimming after a heavy meal, alcohol or drugs

Whilst fences and covers can offer some protection against children drowning in pools, there is no substitute for active and constant supervision, particularly of children.

If you remember only one thing from this article, consider that more children from the UK drown in hotel and villa pools abroad than drown in public pools at home. When booking accommodation for your holiday be sure to ask about pool safety from the owner or agent.
The author owns a Cyprus holiday villa equipped with perimeter fencing to the newest standards and locking entry gates.
Esentepe Seaside Villa

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