Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing!
Acne is a pain in the butt. It is the bane of teenagers everywhere. Here we will try and give you an idea of how to get rid of acne and pimples, with a particular focus on the validity of apple cider vinegar as a non-medical supplement. We’ll try and go through some of the basic causes and biology behind acne, and see how does it really work to affect that. So read on, and learn more about both of these topics.
What is Acne?
Acne is basically a skin affliction (disease seems too harsh a word) that is common among teenagers and anyone in the midst of major hormonal imbalances, like in puberty, pregnancy, menstruation, or menopause. What is basically happening when you have acne scars is that your pores are clogging up. The surface of the skin over the entire body – with a few exceptions, notably being your nails, the palms of your hand, and the bottom of your feet – is made up of a bunch of little pores which have tiny hairs sticking out of them. Some of the hairs are translucent or so small you can’t actually see them, and others are totally visible. These pores are basically little pockets directly underneath the surface of the skin where the hair follicle rests. The follicle is where the hair is formed. Now, most of the time, there is a hole for the hair to get out of without trouble. But your skin is covered in oils and dead skin and all sorts of other things, and these other materials on your skin can get lodged in the hole of the pore out to the surface, and this can cause problems. Basically, when your pores get clogged up, bacteria inside the pores builds up since it can’t be washed or pushed out. These bacterium form very small infections, which the body then recognizes, and attacks. This causes an inflammation of the pore, which makes it turn red. Pus may form. When it does, it forms a zit.
If this happens in just one pore, it’s a zit. If it forms in several, it starts to become acne. Generally, because acne is caused by greasiness and oil, it forms in large parts of the skin, and notably, on the face. If you have acne, you are likely to have it on the face, though it is very possible it could show up on other parts of your body, especially the upper body.
How is it Treated?
There are a lot of different treatments for acne. The concept itself is relatively simple: you have to remove the stimulus which is causing the acne, which is likely greasy skin, oily lotions, sweat, or other things of that sort. Anything that could be clogging pores, including dirt. The simplest cause is to shower more often, and shower after working out – sweating after times of heavy exertion is usually a big change for the adolescent – or after coming into contact with something that could cause acne. It also means cutting out the use of greasy lotions. When you wash areas over acne, you need to do so lightly. Don’t gouge it, just rub over it lightly. Do not pop zits, this can cause scarring. If you want this to be a temporary problem rather than a permanent problem, you’ve got to go easy on it.
What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
It is an acidic type of vinegar that is often used as an herbal supplement. This herbal supplement, like most herbal supplements, is still not necessarily a fool proof way of getting rid of acne. Apple cider and vinegar are both pretty acidic materials, so when they are together, they are pretty rough. Generally, it is taken one of two ways: orally, or it’s just rubbed on the skin.
To be honest, I haven’t found any particularly reputable sources that say you should try this as a remedy. Part of the problem is that apple cider vinegar is extremely acidic, so you can get chemical burns from it. There are stories of people burning their skin and their esophagus with it, and then there are stories of wild successes with this home remedy. For example, if you mix the apple cider vinegar with water or juice, it will be a lot safer to take, generally. So my recommendation is that if you do use it, DILUTE IT. Take this supplement at your own risk. And really, I’d suggest trying a number of other things to remove acne before trying the cider vinegar. It can cause heart palpitations and general agitation.
The sources I’ve read say that it changes the pH of the skin, but I’m not sure how much I believe this, as I couldn’t find a source I trusted to confirm this. From what I’ve learned, you can cause some damage to your skin using cider vinegar, and for that reason, you should use it only if you are desperate and know what you are doing.
We should add a disclaimer here: If you are planning on taking this vinegar diet, you should probably talk to a dermatologist first. This is really what you should do anyway to take care of acne. Sure, it’s a little bit more expensive, but really, who cares? It’s safer and will likely cause less damage to your skin. We are NOT doctors here, and as such, absolutely nothing of what we have written should be taken as medical advice. If you want to get medical advice, do not check the internet, ask an actual doctor.
Ultimately, the best call when it comes to something like acne is to start with light treatments. First, just wash your face more often, use face washes that are advertised as being able to get rid of acne, and check out some of the over-the-counter options at your local pharmacy. There are a bunch of options as far as this goes, and it’s good to try remedies where, if something were to go wrong, you’d have a corporation that was liable for the problem, rather than an herbal supplement, which is basically just on you.
Perhaps the most popular barbecue item is the all-American hamburger. Unfortunately, ground beef is one of the happy-hunting grounds of illness-causing bacteria, most notably the dreaded E. coli O157:H7, or “hamburger disease” bug. Each year, this dangerous germ sickens an estimated 20,000 Americans, and approximately 500 die. Indeed, hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS), a potential complication of E. coli O157:H7 infection, is now the leading cause of acute kidney failure in children.
How can you make sure that your cookout doesn’t devolve into a medical disaster for you or your guests? One way is to follow this “recipe” for cooking the world’s safest hamburger:
- Keep it cool. Before grocery shopping, put a cooler containing an ice pack in your car or trunk.
- Be prepared. Purchase a quick-read digital meat thermometer, if you don’t already own one. According to a recent survey of 1,002 adults commissioned by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), a mere 2 percent of Americans said they regularly use an instant-read thermometer to determine proper doneness.
- Be timely. Select your package of ground beef close to the end of your shopping excursion, certainly after you’ve gotten all your canned goods, paper products, and fresh produce.
- Reach out. Select a package of ground beef or hamburger patties from the back of the refrigerated case and from the bottom of the stack, where the temperature is lowest. Make sure the “sell by” date is not expired.
- Be picky, not sticky. If the package is wet or sticky, don’t buy it. Better yet, report the situation to the meat department manager.
- Bag it. Put your package of ground beef into a plastic bag, and close it with a twist-tie. Many stores have begun to provide these bags in the meat section. If yours doesn’t, take a bag from the produce section.
- Separate it. Place meat in an area of your shopping cart that is physically separated from fresh produce, partially bagged Italian bread, or anything else that is to be eaten uncooked.
- Wash up. Wash your hands with soap and warm water if a bathroom is conveniently located, or use a waterless hand sanitizer, such as Purell.
- Bag separately. Ground beef and other raw animal products should be bagged together, with no other groceries, especially fruits and vegetables. (Remember to put the bag containing the ground beef into the cooler you had placed in your car.)
- Drive directly home. Don’t run errands en route. If your ground beef warms up for a long enough period of time, any germs that may be present will have time to multiply.
- Refrigerate promptly. Place the meat into your refrigerator as soon as you get home.
- Defrost carefully. If you are freezing the hamburger, be sure to put it back in the ‘fridge to defrost 24 to 48 hours before you are planning to use it. NEVER defrost at room temperature. If you forgot to defrost the meat, defrost it in the microwave then prepare and cook it immediately afterward.
- Heat up. Fire up the barbecue grill so it’s nice and hot when the hamburgers are ready to cook.
- Wash up. Before making the hamburger patties, wash your hands with regular (non-antibacterial) soap and warm water for 20 seconds then dry with a paper towel before handling your ground beef.
- Spice it up. Season your ground beef with garlic, onion, oregano, pepper, parsley, basil, or other spices that you like, or throw in some salsa or hot sauce. Studies have shown that many spices are excellent bacteria killers. Form hamburger patties and put on a clean plate to be taken to the grill.
- Wash up. Wash your hands again.
- Cook simultaneously. Using clean hands or a clean spatula, place as many patties as possible onto the hot grill. Close grill cover.
- Avoid cross-contamination. Put the plate that had held the raw patties into the dishwasher, and put a clean serving platter near the grill. Wash your hands or the spatula that came into contact with the raw patties. Use your clean spatula to flip the partially cooked patties, then wash spatula again, or get a second, clean spatula that will be used to remove the burgers from grill when they are done.
- Take the temperature. When the burgers appear done, place your digital meat thermometer about 1/4 inch into one of the patties and wait 15 seconds. If the patty is thin, insert the thermometer horizontally. If the internal temperature is 160 degrees F. or greater, the burger is safe; any bacteria that were in the burger previously are now dead and harmless. If the temperature is under 160, leave the burger on the grill and wash the tip of your thermometer with dish soap and water. As the temperature of each burger reaches 160 degrees or higher, transfer to the clean serving platter using your clean spatula.
- Keep raw and cooked patties separate. Do not begin cooking any remaining raw patties until you have removed all the cooked patties from the grill.
- Wash your hands again. Contaminated hands can transfer food-borne germs to hamburger buns or other food items.
- Get ’em while they’re hot. Encourage your guests to eat the burgers while they’re still hot.
A note about hot dogs
Because they are cured and vacuum packed, frankfurters are generally considered safe. However, a recent, serious illness outbreak caused by Listeria monocytogenes traced to hot dogs and cold cuts demonstrates that virtually any food is vulnerable to bacterial contamination. Be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before and after touching uncooked hot dogs. On the grill, don’t let the dogs come into contact with other foods, such as burgers or chicken. Allow hot dogs to cook until their internal temperature is 160 degrees F. And use only clean utensils to remove them from the grill.
Following all the steps above may seem arduous at first. But once you begin to increase your food-safety knowledge, they will become second nature. And don’t be surprised if you find yourself supervising the chef when you are invited to someone else’s cookout.
If you haven’t read them yet, take a look at the previous articles in this series:
Blood pressure is the force with which blood flows along the arteries, when being pumped from the heart. The heart transports blood to the rest of the body through the help of the arteries. Clogging of the arteries causes the heart to work harder to push the blood through narrower tubes, in order to supply the necessary amounts of blood to the body. The extra work done by the heart causes strain and, as a result, may cause a heart attack or stroke. Hypertension occurs when the blood pressure remains at an elevated state in a continued basis. This can be extremely detrimental to both the heart and also the kidneys. Untreated high blood pressure is one of the primary causes of death among people world over.
Symptoms of High Blood Pressure
Hypertension is referred to as the “silent killer”. This is because there are remarkably few symptoms associated with the disease that is overtly observable. Most individuals will not detect high blood pressure until they have a heart attack or stroke. However, markedly elevated blood pressure levels may provide some symptoms. These include headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, nausea and vomiting, shortness of breath and chest pain. Frequent pressure monitoring is required to detect high blood pressure levels in order to alleviate the risk of hypertension.
Blood pressure is measured in millimetres of mercury (mmHg). The readings consist of two numbers. These are the systolic and diastolic numbers. The number on top is the systolic number. This is the number read when the heart is beating. The number at the bottom is the diastolic number. This is the number read between heart beats. Ideally a blood pressure reading below 120 over 80 (120/80) indicates good health. This lessens the risk of heart disease and stroke. A reading from 120/80 to 140/90 indicates a tendency for high blood pressure. This requires medical intervention to bring down the blood pressure to acceptable levels.
Effects of High Blood Pressure
There are other repercussions of high blood pressure, in addition to the increased risk of a heart attack or stroke. For example, hypertension causes blood vessels in the eyes to burst or bleed. This can result in vision impairment. Hypertension also causes the hardening of the arteries in the heart, brain and kidneys. This causes the heart and kidneys to work overtime. The narrowing and thickening of the blood vessels in the kidneys causes it to filter less fluid. This causes a waste build-up in the blood. Over time, the kidneys may fail to function.
Ways to Lower Hypertension
Certain factors contribute to hypertension. For example, an unhealthy lifestyle increases the risk of hypertension. As salt is one of the main components that raise blood pressure, eating a diet with less salt is recommended. Eating healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains etc and avoiding foods high in Transfats and saturated fats helps avoid clogging of arteries and keeping blood pressure levels even. Obesity is another cause of hypertension. Eating low-calorie foods and exercising as often as possible is the key to a healthy life. Alcohol and smoking are also major contributors to high blood pressure, heart attack and other diseases. Reducing alcohol intake and stopping smoking can significantly lowers the risk of hypertension.
Medications for Hypertension
Sometimes, lifestyle changes along cannot help in lowering high blood pressure. In these instances, doctors may prescribe medications to lower blood pressure. Medications should be taken as per strict medical advice and dosage adjustments or discontinuation should be done only as per a doctor’s prescriptions. Medication for hypertension belongs to various groups. These are ACE inhibitors, angiotensin receptor blockers, calcium channel blockers and thiazide diuretics. A doctor will prescribe the most suitable medication for the patient depending on the severity of the condition and other factors.
Monitoring Blood Pressure Regularly
Individuals at risk of elevated blood pressure levels must ensure blood pressure is monitored on a daily basis. Therefore, they will be benefited by purchasing a home blood pressure monitor. This saves time waiting at the doctor’s office for a check-up. As you need to have the right monitor to obtain an accurate reading, a doctor may offer advice on the device to be purchased. In addition, all users should ensure their blood pressure monitor is clinically validated.
Hypertension is a fatal disease that can be avoided with early detection, lifestyle changes and medication. With regular monitoring, hypertension can be detected to avoid any complications.
There are many benefits for cranberry juice, as an antioxidant, firstly it can prevent cancer especially breast cancer for women. In addition, it can also be beneficial in dental health since carnberries can stop the bacteria from growing so as to help prevent some conditions such as cavities and periodontal disease. As well as respiratory infections. For those who have got heart diseases, it is good for decreasing the heart attack from some studies, because polyphenols which is included in cranberry juice is a good substance for adjusting the cholestrol levels. Besides above of benefits, there are also a few other advantages as below:
Fight Urinary Tract Infections
Many people have heard about cranberry juice’s ability to cure urinary tract infections but do you know why it works? There are four explanations for the effectiveness of this cure. The first has to do with how this juice raises the acidity of your urine and the others have more to do with the biology of the bacteria which causes the infection.
The easiest explanation for being urinary tract infections treatment is that it raises the acidity of your urine due to the citric acid in the cranberry itself. The bacteria which cause the infection need an alkaline environment to survive and with the high acid levels they are unable to stick to the bladder walls and are passed on when you urinate.
As we mentioned earlier the other reasons have more to do with the biology of the bacteria. Interestingly cranberries have a compound in them called proanthocyanidins which disrupts communication between the bacteria’s cells.
So how do you treat a urinary tract infection with this juice? Simply drink 3-4 glasses (or a juice mixture which contains at least 30% cranberry juice) with plenty of water every day for 2-3 months and you should be cured. Still not convinced that this will work for you? Here are the results of a study on the effectiveness of this cure:
Two groups of women participated in a study which studied the effects on their urinary tract. One group of women was given a placebo which looked and tasted like cranberry juice while the other group was given pure one. Over the course of 6 months the researchers found that the group who drank the pure juice had 58% less infections than the other group.
So what is this detox diet and what is it good for? This is a diet that takes 2 1/2 to 3 weeks and involves drinking a detox drink made of cranberry juice and eating only whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. The purpose of the diet is to cleanse your bowels, kidneys and lymphatic system of harmful toxins.
What ingredients do I need and how does the diet work? There’s a few things you’ll need that you may not already have in your cabinets. For the detox drink you’ll need pure 100% unsweetened cranberry juice (we like Mountain Sun which you can find at Amazon or if you want to go organic Lakewood Organic is even better,) psyllium fiber (Metamucil works but a natural brand is preferred,) apple pectin, and distilled water. You’ll also need astragalus capsules, dandelion leaf capsules, fruit, vegetables, and whole grains.
Once you’ve gathered all of the ingredients you’re ready to begin. To make the detox drink you’re going to need to mix 1 part cranberry juice with 4 parts water (at least 12 ounces total,) a teaspoon of psyllium fiber, and a teaspoon of apple pectin. Stir the ingredients up and drink twice a day, 10 minutes before a meal for the 1st week. Take 2 capsules of the dandelion leaf 2-3 times per day and remember not to eat any meat, dairy, or processed foods. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains only! Snack on apples throughout the day for extra pectin to help flush out the toxins.
During week 2 follow the same steps minus the dandelion leaf and substitute with the astragalus capsules. During week 3 remove the psyllium fiber and pectin from the detox drink and slowly introduce meat and dairy back into your diet but make sure to eat only lean meat and low-fat dairy.
That’s it, you’re done! You should be thoroughly detoxed after the second week and should already be feeling the benefits of this diet.
Organic Cranberry Juice
If you’re looking for it for your health, for a detox diet, or just because you think buying organic is socially responsible then you are on the right track. We are firm believers in the power that it has on your health…especially organic.
The juice is an essential part of your diet along with other fruit and vegetable juices and drinking the organic version may or may not have additional health benefits but we choose organic because often times the growers use sustainable methods for growing the cranberries and other ingredients which we feel is socially responsible.
It is said that certain fruits that are grown organically have higher concentrations of antioxidants so that could be one reason to choose the organic version of this wonderful juice. Whatever your reason there are a few great options out there.
Our favorite just based on taste and price is Lakewood Organic. You can find it online at Amazon (we buy it in bulk to save) or at your local health food store. Smaller health food grocery stores may not have it but if you have a Whole Foods nearby you might find it there.
Another great option is R.W. Knudsen which is well known for their organic soda and juices. The taste is great but you’ll pay a bit more for their name. If price isn’t an issue then R.W. Knudsen is a great choice.
Rounding out our top 3 is Mountain Sun. The price is somewhere in the middle depending on where you buy it and it is unsweetened with no additional juices such as apple for taste.
If you are considering losing weight and is wondering does Lipozene work? Then you come to the right place to get in-depth information and facts. Lipozene is an all natural supplement used for weight loss. Ingredients include green tea, Kola nut, various vitamins including B6 and B12. The main active ingredient is Glucomannan. Green tea is known to be a natural appetite suppressant and Kola nut offer some energy boosting effects. While these 2 ingredients are good to add to one’s diet, neither has been effectively proven to help in losing weight. As a whole, all of these ingredients do suggest that they could be effective in helping someone lose weight. Now read on details as below.
What is Lipozene?
The rise of weight related problems among people and the controversial nature pertaining to Lipozene and its usage necessitates the need to know what the ingredient is. Lipozene is actually is a weight loss supplement made from Glucomannan, which is an active fiber found in the roots of an Asian Amorphophallus konjac plant. Glucomannan is a water soluble fiber which is basically a polysaccharide comprising of glucose and sugar mannose. Glucomannan is instrumental in lowering cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Next, it is imperative to have an idea that what is Lipozene’s role in the human body. Glucomannan absorbs fluid in the intestines which slows down the emptying of stomach. This is beneficial in increasing feelings of fullness and results in decreased intake of calories by the human body. Glucomannan activity reduces the absorption of carbohydrates and fats which not only facilitate the reduction of extra pounds in the body but also reduce the cholesterol and triglyceride levels of human body.
Majority of the people opting for Lipozene are eager in finding out what is the expected weight loss limit, as they are provided with a lot many alternatives in the market. Lipozene advertisements and manufacturers claim an average weight loss of 3.86lbs over a period of eight weeks and the fact that 78% of the lost weight attributes to pure fat present in human body.
Does Lipozene Really Work
One of the main ingredients includes glucomannan, which is a natural fiber supplement. Obesity research shows that the main problem in losing weight is that people will eat a meal without even feeling hunger. Sometimes they eat out of boredom or anxiety. This is something that no amount of exercise can solve. The only solution is taking weight loss capsules, such as the Lipozene product, which contain glucomannan ingredients. Glucomannan is a natural fiber supplement that helps speed up losing weight.
According to a national research institute, Glucomannan comes from the konjac root, an Asian plant that dissolves in water but does not break down until it passes through your stomach. With these ingredients, you feel full and are less likely to eat an unnecessary meal while on a diet. Lipozene diet pills are clinically proven to decrease your calorie intake, as well as burn your body fat, leaving you feeling healthy and fit.
How Does Lipozene Ingredients Work
Several other natural ingredients included by the Lipozene company include vitamins, green tea and koala nut, on top of the glucomannan. These ingredients work together with the active ingredient glucomannan to help people feel less hungry and shrink the body fat away from the stomach area.
Weight loss success can be a difficult struggle for many individuals, who may turn to exercise and diet pills to help burn and combat body fat. Obesity research proves the key to successfully losing weight is to eliminate a meal from the diet. The best way to accomplish this is to use diet pills that are a clinically proven weight reduction product. Lipozene ingredients have limited side effects since they are natural, such as glucomannan, and are a trusted weight reduction supplement used by many people.
How to Use
The active ingredient, Glucomannan is a fiber supplement that gives you a false sense of fullness and is common in other diet supplements. Glucomannan is generally used in the treatment of constipation, high cholesterol levels and obesity. It does not burn fat as the Lipozene website suggests. It contains only 750mg per capsule. Various professionals of dietary and nutritional sciences say you would need approximately 20 to 30 grams in order to see any significant weight loss. If taking it at the suggested dosage (2 pills, 3 times a day before meals) any one customer is only receiving 4.5 grams per day. Consuming this amount of Lipozene to aid in losing weight will only offer a loss of about 3 pounds in a months time and is no more effective than aiding high fiber foods, such as prunes or bran muffins, to your diet.
Moreover, consumers are also keen in finding out what is Lipozene’s core weakness as they want to aware themselves with side effects pertaining to this drug. Since it is a fiber based pill, it needs to be taken with eight oz. of fluid in order to avoid choking problems. Furthermore, inclusion of natural fiber resources in diet along with this pill can yield more effective results.
Lipozene is claimed to be an effective herbal supplement aimed at substantial and rapid weight loss without the need for any changes in diet or exercise. It works by creating feelings of fullness within human body through the use of Glucomannan. Although the manufacturers claim it to be safe option, yet the consumers must consult a physician before incorporating its use in their weight loss plans.
Reportedly there has been various Lipozene side effects. Common side effects reported include gas, nausea, vomiting, an uncomfortable fullness feeling, cramps, diarrhea and bloating. Severe side effects have also been reported and include difficulty breathing, changes in blood sugar levels, dizziness, difficulty swallowing, rashes/hives, severe diarrhea, swelling of the mouth, tongue and face. Lipozene may cause dependency as your digestive tract relies on it to pass waste. Should you experience any of these severe side effects, seek medical attention. Some users also stated that while using Lipozene they saw an increase in bowel movements and some dehydration as well. It is recommended to increase water intake while using the drug.
Is Lipozene worth the Cost?
Does it really work? While not proving it’s effectiveness, the cost of Lipozene also begs one to wonder if it is really worth what you’re charged. You can get One 60 pill bottle of Lipozene currently at $20 to $29.95 on Amazon (Lipozene’s website currently offers the product for the highest cost listed) depending on which retailer you choose to purchase from. As Glucomannan is the only active ingredient in Lipozene, you could easily add Glucomannan by itself to your current diet and see the same results. Most health food stores offer bulk amount of Glucomannan for prices ranging from $5 to $20. In doing an online search, one retailer offers a 100ct bottle of 600mg capsules for under $10.
Since childhood we have all learned that it is good for you despite the fact that it is disgusting. In addition, the benefits have been demonstrated by clinical studies carried out by American Heart Association. From their research, it was summarized that fish oil supplements can greatly reduce the rate of cardiovascular disease. It was also shown to decrease bad cholesterol levels, while increasing good cholesterol in your blood.
The results of the research studies have revealed that it may be helpful in treatment such medical conditions, as macular degeneration, eye diseases, diabetes, depression, arthritis, inflammation, and even cancer. It is available in certain fish only, such as: trout, salmon, mackerel, sardines, tuna and anchovies. Regular consumption of fish may supply your body with necessary Omega-3 fats, which cannot be yielded by the human body itself. Therefore, the American Heart Association suggests eating fish twice a week or receiving the supplements.
Flax Seed Oil
The vegetarians, who are against eating fish claim that it may provide the same benefits for people’s health. It is natural oil, commonly used to keep the whole body in a good health and shape. It is also rich in omega 3 fats and may supply your body with the essential fats which are required for optimal functioning and strong health of your body.
In addition to omega 3 fats found in fish oil, flax seed oil has omega 6 and omega 9 fats. Moreover, it provides 50% more omega-3 fats than the former. That is why most dietitians and ordinary people debate about which oil is better. Both types of oil are great courses of Omega-3 fats and both have demonstrated the same anti-inflammatory effects. Note that inflammation is supposed to be one of the possible causes of cancer and heart disease. Omega-3 fats may help prevent death of healthy cells. In addition, Omega-3 helps to maintain healthy cells, and as a result prevents diseases caused by cellular damage.
The major problem of flaxseed oil is that it has the fatty acid ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). As we take the oil the ALA is transformed into Omega 3 by our bodies. Opposed to this oil, the fish oil contains pure Omega 3. Why is it a problem? Well, some people with poor health may have difficulties in transforming the ALA to Omega-3. Therefore, they may not really benefit from flaxseed oil. In such cases, the latter is the best choice.
On the other hand, there is also a problem with the fish oil, such as pollution. The manufacturers get the oil from the fish that may swim in polluted areas of the seas and rivers. Therefore, it may contain some really harmful elements. Some manufacturers use molecular distillations to purify the oil completely, but others do not. Find a trustworthy company, which will deliver you the best pure and fresh oil and you will be healthy for long years to come. Otherwise, you may run risks of taking heavy metals found in this oil of poor manufacturers, who provide the products of low quality. If you are still concerned about pollution, then flax seed oil will be the right choice for you, since it is completely natural and safe.
So, comparing both oil it is really difficult to say which one is better. But knowing the pros and cons of the two you are ready to make an informed decision about which one to use.
Maureen Palmer’s new documentary, How to Divorce and Not Wreck the Kids, follows three separated couples as they employ different methods of divorce – a do-it-yourself kit, mediation, and collaborative law – in an attempt to minimize the trauma and disruption in both theirs and their children’s lives. Here, Palmer talks about the breakup of her own marriage, putting the kids first and the long-term benefits for the whole family of a low-conflict divorce.
Q: What are you hoping to communicate to people with this documentary?
A: We probably have about 30 years of carnage from high-conflict divorce, including a whole generation of kids who grew up and are now young parents. Their marriages are breaking up and they’re adamant that they’re not going to do to their kids what their parents did. The General Social Survey, which is done by Stats Canada, says that two million people got divorced in Canada between 2001 and 2006, and the vast majority of them did not go to a lawyer. There’s a quiet grassroots revolution going on where people are working out relationships that actually keep them away from conflict.
Q: What are parents worst fears related to the kids when they divorce?
A: I think the fears are different from female and male perspectives. I think for women there’s a fear of poverty, and that they’re going to be raising their kids with a really different standard of living. I think for men it’s a fear that they’re going to lose contact with their children, and that the relationships are going to be fractured forever. On both sides, I think parents fear that their kids are going to grow up with anxiety and insecurity. Kids are filled with enormous anxiety when a family breaks up, and most of us don’t really talk about it. You’re so immersed in your own anger, fear, frustration, grief, etc. that it’s hard to put the needs of the kids first.
Q: You have personal experience with this issue. How long ago did you get divorced and what were the circumstances?
A: That was 1996. I think it died a natural death. It was completely unanimous; we both wanted to split up. From the beginning, it was unorthodox. We rented the house that was kitty corner from ours [in Edmonton] and then took turns living in it so that the girls didn’t have to leave the family home. Then, about six months later, I ended up taking a job in Vancouver. We decided, instead of pulling the girls out of school and bringing them to live with me, that they would stay in the family home and I would fly back to Edmonton every second weekend. He let me stay in the basement in a new bedroom. So, for three or four nights every two weeks I got to be mum – cooked, cleaned, did homework together. We spent every Christmas, birthday and Thanksgiving together, even with new partners. I think it was an enormous exercise in being mature for both of us. Overall, we kept our eye on the long-term prize. When we were really angry or upset or frustrated, we took ourselves out of the moment and asked what kind of relationship do I want to have with my children and the father of my children when I’m 60? You want to be grandparents together. You want to all show up at the hospital together when a baby’s born. You don’t want your kids to have to worry about scheduling the grandparents.
Q: What method of divorce did you choose?
A: We ended up going to a mediator. We really didn’t want to spend a lot of money fighting. We didn’t have a lot of money back then, and I knew that if I was going to be a mother in a different city, we wanted to make sure we had money to invest in our kids. We found a mediator and she had us do a really great exercise at the very beginning. She had us sit separately and figure out what our true cost of living was. We both realized that we were in a deficit by the end of the month living singly instead of as a couple. We knew that, no matter what, circumstances were going to change so we wanted to figure out how best to put that money into creating a home that’s good for the kids in both places.
Q: What’s the difference between mediation and a collaborative divorce?
A: In mediation, there is one professional, who can be a lawyer or a psychotherapist or counselor. Mediators can draw up the agreement to separate, but a lawyer still has to draft it. In a collaborative law situation there’s two lawyers and everybody in that room signs a contract not to go to court. It can still be fairly expensive if there’s a lot of assets and a lot of meetings, but it’s much more effective. People don’t get mean in that room. The lawyers actively work to dissipate the tension, as opposed to ramping it up – which is what traditional adversarial lawyers do. It’s most commonly for couples with children and couples with a lot of assets. The best thing about collaborative divorce is that it works even for high-conflict couples. The lawyers are specially trained in dealing with conflict.
Q: How do you think the outcome would have been different if you’d gone through the court system?
A: I would say, bare minimum, $25,000 each. The mediator cost us $700 in total, but by law we each had to take that agreement to a different lawyer and have that lawyer advise us on our rights and where we could be endangering our emotional and financial wellbeing. So soon we started wracking up the bills. My lawyer would phone and say, you need to be aware of this, this and this. And his lawyer would phone and say, you need to be aware of this, this and this. We started fighting. At one point, [my ex-husband] said, you’re not going to screw me and I’m not going to screw you so let’s just stop this. So we had a $700 mediation bill and a $2,500 each legal bill to get advice on how not to fight – which started us fighting. It was a microcosm of the worst-case scenario.
Q: Do you think that if you’d gone through the conventional courtroom scenario you would have ended the process on terms as friendly as they now are?
A: No way. You’re forced to be adversarial. You’re forced to lay out the circumstances under which you’re the best parent and the other person is not so good. There’s no way that kids can come out first in that scenario because both parents are left feeling that they have to defend themselves and their kids. But kids are a product of both of you, and they love both of you. If both parents are dumping on the other, kids feel an enormous burden. And using kids as the conduit to dump on each other is very bad. It’s incumbent upon us, as mature adults, to make choices. And every day you make choices about how you’re going to interact with your ex. Even if that person is in a race to the bottom of the pool, it doesn’t mean you have to join them. If we actually think about our kids every time we open our mouths, we’ll have healthier kids.
Author by Sarah Treleaven
Most of us think of complaining as a fault – that we would be happier if we could just bite our tongues and keep moving instead of dwelling on the things that don’t go our way. But Karla McLaren, author of The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings are Trying to Tell You, suggests that learning to complain the right way can help us better understand our problems and actually make us happier.
Q: What is conscious complaining and how can it be helpful?
A: Conscious complaining is one of the five empathic skills I developed to help people learn from their emotions. Conscious Complaining gives you permission to complain (which you almost never get!), but it places clear boundaries around your complaining so that you can maintain your privacy and your peace of mind. What’s fascinating is that once you’re allowed to complain and you have some guidelines, you don’t just sit around whining and grousing. Instead, your complaining becomes focused and useful because it gives a voice to your emotions so you can hear what they’re trying to tell you! When you allow your emotions to help you understand your problems, you can find really creative solutions!
Q: What do you mean when you say that we can’t be happy unless we complain?
A: When you have the emotional skills you need to deal with really difficult situations, you tend to feel proud of yourself, and happy! Conscious complaining helps you tune into your emotions and deepen your understanding of yourself — which leads directly to happiness, contentment, and often joy. However, this happiness doesn’t occur because you ignore all of your other emotions. When you try to avoid deeper emotions (such as anger, fear,or sadness), you tend to lose your ability to feel other emotions, including happiness. If you can give yourself permission to feel exactly how you feel (in a conscious way, of course!), you’ll increase your intelligence, your empathy, and your happiness.
Q: What is the difference between constructive and destructive complaining? Can you give me an example of each?
A: Constructive complaining is complaining with a clear purpose and real emotions: You feel angry because of this; You feel sad because of that; You feel worried about this. When you complain constructively, your emotions can help you learn amazing things and find the skills to solve the troubles you face. On the other hand, destructive complaining is unclear and emotionally chaotic, and it tends to drag you and other people into discomfort because it’s miserable to be around. In destructive complaining, you’re a helpless victim; you focus outside of yourself and blame the world for all of your troubles. In constructive complaining, you’re a resourceful problem-solver; you focus on yourself so that you can learn how to deal with all of your troubles.
Q: So how can we complain more consciously?
A: The first trick is to know that you are complaining, and to turn it into a practice with a clear beginning and a clear end. This way, your emotions can teach you about what’s going on, and you can use their information to create solutions. If you can just take the simple step of announcing, “I’m complaining now!” you (and the people around you) will be alerted to what’s going on. This is much better than just barreling in to a list of complaints. It’s also very helpful to let people know when you need to verbalize all of your issues without help, and when you need them to help you find a solution. That way, you’re not just dumping your unexamined issues onto some poor soul and expecting them to deal with it! It’s also a wonderful idea to end your complaining session once you’ve come to a solution or voiced all of your complaints (you’ll be amazed at how quickly this works). When you can clearly state, “Thanks, I’m done complaining now,” you can integrate what you’ve learned from your complaining session and go on with your day!
McLaren’s Five Tips for Complaining Consciously:
1. Find a private place. Complain to furniture, walls, trees, sky, or to whatever strikes your fancy. For ace complainers, create a complaining shrine with pictures of grumpy cats, greedy politicians, or whatever spurs you on. (Note: McLaren strongly recommends that you do not complain to other people since complaining is uncomfortable for most to listen to; they want to stop the litany, fix it or help.)
2. Start your complaining with a phrase like, “I’m complaining now!”
3. Let yourself go! Give voice to your dejected, hopeless, sarcastic, nasty, and bratty self.
4. When you run out of things to say, thank the furniture, walls, the ground, etc. for listening and end your conscious complaining session by bowing or shaking off.
5. Do it often. Just like meditation, conscious complaining is highly effective as a regular practice.
BV, abbreviation for Bacterial Vaginosis, occurs when unfriendly bacteria overtook the normal bacteria found in the vagina. In other words, the unusual bacteria start to appear in there causing an imbalance. You might not have heard about such condition but this is truly not an uncommon problem among females of childbearing age. And for those who have heard about such medical problem will probably have find out the ways to prevent and cure BV.
What Causes Bacterial Vaginosis
If you are asking what causes BV, you are probably one of the millions of women who are unfortunate to suffer from the condition. Bacterial vaginosis is a type of genital infection in women. It is a very common topic but it is secretly being discussed in small group talks and internet forum. Although it is not fully understood why women suffer from the condition, there are theories proposed about them. Here are the possible explanations on the causes of BV.
Disruption in the pH balance
One of the major reasons why the “bad” bacteria start to proliferate down there is because of the change in the normal pH of the vagina. Normally, the female genital is slightly acidic in nature. The acidity is maintained by the live lactobacilli which are considered as the good bacteria. When the activities of the bacteria are disrupted, the bad bacteria begin to proliferate and cause the vaginosis. Most health experts say that douching is one cause of disruption in the pH balance. When you become infected with the bacteria, you will begin to feel the itching and start to smell foul odor from the genitalia.
Personal hygiene practices
Incorrect personal hygiene is another cause of BV. Improper wiping after bowel movements may lead to future problems. At the start of the puberty years, it is important that you wipe from front to back and not vice versa. Other possible reasons for the problem include wearing of tight panties, thong and tight jeans. You must also make it a habit to wash your genitals right after sexual intercourse. This will lessen your chance for sexually transmitted infection.
Another possible reason is sexual practice. New research shows that lesbian partners are more prone to the infection because of the exchange of vaginal fluids. Women with multiple partners and those who are sexually active are also at risk for the infection. The use of condom has proven to be effective in reducing your risk from the problem including other sexually transmitted infections.
If you suspect that you have bacterial vaginosis, it is important to see your doctor. The condition may also resemble other sexually transmitted diseases and getting the advice of medical experts is the key in dealing with your condition.
Bacterial Vaginosis Symptoms
The BV symptoms you may be experiencing are not very rare. They affect millions of other women worldwide. The condition is caused by infection with Gardnerella vaginalis. The bad bacteria rule when the population of good bacteria goes down. Doctors often diagnose the condition through the demonstration of the symptoms. If you notice any of the following signs, you should see your doctor at once.
Foul Vaginal Odor
The most common sign to look for is the foul vaginal odor. Bacterial vaginosis leads to noticeable fishy scent that is very difficult to ignore. The odor is even more intense right after sexual intercourse. The scent becomes stronger because of the mixture with the seminal fluid. This can be totally embarrassing especially when your sexual partner smells the awful scent. But aside from BV, other sexually transmitted infection may also lead to a fishy like odor in the genitalia.
Another possible symptom you may be experiencing is increased vaginal discharge. You may notice the “wet feeling” throughout the day. The whitish or grayish thin secretion stains your underwear which will require you to change more often.
Itching and Burning Sensation
Itching and burning sensation are not very common symptoms of bacterial vaginosis. When they occur, your doctor may even suspect other sexually transmitted infections. The discomforts are actually not very typical from the condition but there are some women who claim them. Some patients even report of pain during urination and sexual intercourse.
You do not need to experience all these symptoms at one time to make the diagnosis. In fact, there are many women who suffer from the condition but do not manifest the aforementioned signs. The intensity of the symptoms also varies from one person to another. They are reported mild, moderate and severe cases.
The symptoms you may be experiencing should be confirmed by your doctor. This is because there are other health problems that will lead to the same problem. For example, yeast infection, trichomonas, chlamydia and gonorrhea also have the same symptoms. To ensure that you are targeting the right cause, your medical provider can help you distinguish one from the other.
How to Identify BV
Many women have mistaken BV as simply a yeast infection and as such, they are getting the real treatment to cure bacterial vaginosis. Unfortunately, they will not be treating the real problem that is affecting them both emotionally and physically. According to the medical data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in every four hundred and twenty-four females has reported to have BV. However, there might be more women suffering from such health condition because there are cases which are not diagnosed or even misdiagnosed.
As mentioned earlier, any females of childbearing age can get affected by BV, hence it is always best to learn something about such medical issue. It is a misunderstanding that only women who are active in usual sexual activities will be at risk. In some cases, women caught BV even if they are not sexually active.
It is advisable at least learn the symptoms of BV and the causes of it. Below are some of the basic ways you can identify BV.
- While urinating, a person affected by BV will feel a kind of burning and painful sensation though such symptoms can be cause by other urinary tract infection.
- The burning and itching in the vaginal area.
- Vaginal discharge which is thicker than normal and produce a fishy odor.
- Vaginal discharge which is also white or gray in color and can last longer than usual.
It is best to seek for doctor’s advice and treatments if you have identified one or more of such symptoms. Although there are symptoms to show and recognize BV, some women with chronic condition do not have the above mentioned symptoms. Notwithstanding the fact that they do not have to bother with physical pain, the consequence can be devastating of left untreated. To play safe, do a thorough body check up annually.
Is Bacterial Vaginosis Contagious
Can you get BV by taking to an infected person? Perhaps you’ve heard from someone saying that you could get affected by sitting on wet sand at the beach, using a toilet seat which was previously used by an affected person, relaxing too long in a hot bubble bath, coming into contact with objects used by an infected person or even failing to dry yourself completely after a bath.
The above stated causes sound a little scary, aren’t they? Well, those are just myths and not scientifically proven. Generally, BV can be transmitted from one person to another via sexual contact although there are other causes like the use of antibiotics and vaginal douching. And what this means is that a woman who has never been sexually active and remain abstinent rarely get affected by this medical condition.
You do not have put up with the suffering because you mistakenly think that BV link with some unusual sexual activities and find it embarrass to disclose it to a doctor. This is not some unusual medical problem so there is truly no reason why you should not be seeing a doctor and get treatment to cure bacterial vaginosis. Get cured and get comfortable.
Natural Cures For Bacterial Vaginosis
Natural treatments to cure BV are known to work very effectively and many women have, after going through several different over the counter products and antibiotics, found them to be the only remedy that actually worked.
Physicians treatment, complete with consultation and antibiotics can cost hundreds of dollars. If you were guaranteed a relief from your condition this might be an acceptable price but the problem is that though the antibiotics might initially seem to have cured the condition. More often than not it will return again with a vengeance within a few weeks.
There are several home cures for BV which are called Natural cure, where the primary focus will be on rebalancing the vaginal flora, and once that has taken place, then the likelihood of a relapse is very low.
Natural Cures are such things as:
Yogurt, Eating yogurt can greatly restore the vaginal acidic balance of the vagina area.
Vinegar Douche – In order to get rid of Bacterial Vaginosis, the vagina needs to be acidified with a boric acid douche so that pH balance of the patient vagina is rectified. A natural cure for BV is a home-made vinegar douche where one tablespoon of vinegar is added to a quart of warm water and used as a douche.
Beta-dine and Gentian Violet: Although some women may be allergic these, and although both treatments leave stains and are messy to use, they are very effective, natural cures for BV. Beta-dine being an iodine solution which is also an antiseptic can be used if the patient is not pregnant. Gentian violet is very effective and used as an anti-fungal stain.
Homeopathy: Many over-the-counter homeopathic treatments are used to treat BV where the common ingredients are Sepia and Pusatilla.
Natural Treatment or Naturopathic Treatment: Treatment by use of herbs that can also support the immune system is used very effectively, which in turn will be able to fight the infection. Goldenseal is an herbal therapeutic which can be taken orally or as a vaginal suppository.
Vitamins: Such vitamins as B complex and A, C, D and E are very effective in the treatment of BV. A topical application of vitamin E as a cream can relieve the itching around the vaginal area.
Diet: Foods on which yeast can thrive such as cheese, sugar, fruits, chocolate and vinegar should be totally avoided by those who have been infected with BV.
Baths & Cold Compresses: A short term warm bath can be soothing to the irritated area, and cold compresses can help with the itching.