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If a woman was asked to talk about what she thinks holds women back in life, she may say that it is themselves. What this might then show is that she has an internal locus of control.
On the other hand, another woman could be asked the same question, and she could say that it is men. As a result of this, it is likely to show that he has an external locus of control.
When it comes to the first woman, there is the chance that he will see herself as an individual, as opposed to being part of a group or a movement. Said another way, she will be a women but, first and foremost, she will be a human being.
However, when it comes to the second woman, there is the chance that she will be a ‘feminist’. Being part of this movement can then take precedence, and it might not even occur to her she is an individual.
The Main Thing
Consequently, she is going to be part of the human race, but first and foremost, she will be a woman. It can then be as though she is part of a different species, with this species being women.
Her main concern is going to be to do what they can to make life better for herself and her fellow women, and not what she can do to assist humanity as a whole. It can be as if women live in their own bubble and, the only way to assist them will be focus purely on their concerns.
Shinning the Light
At the same time, a woman could have an internal locus on control and still be a feminist, but if this is the case, she is unlikely to behave in the same way as a feminist that has an external locus of control. Having an internal locus of control will allow someone to feel as though they have control over their life, whereas an external locus of control won’t.
With this in mind, if a woman has an external locus of control, it is not going to be a surprise for her to believe that men are in control of her life. She will feel completely powerless, so there will be absolutely nothing that she can do directly to change her life.
A Power Struggle
Through feeling so powerless, it is to be expected that she will be part of a movement; this will allow her to avoid how she feels. If she was to stand as an individual, for instance, this wouldn’t happen.
The power that she experiences, through being part of this movement, will be attained by having power over others. She can then call herself a ‘feminist’ and look virtuous, but she can be no different to someone who controls others.
But while there will be people who will see that she needs to develop an internal locus of control, she is unlikely to realise this. There is a strong chance that she is not even aware of how she perceives life.
This could just be seen as the truth, meaning that she will have every right to control men; with the help of other women and men. It will be black and white, with women being the oppressed and men being the oppressors.
A woman like this will be wearing invisible glasses that cause her to see everything through the lens of gender. It won’t matter that there are moments in every man and woman’s life when they have good and bad moments, or that there are women on this planet who are far more ‘privileged’ than many men.
Yet, if her mind has been heavily propagandised by the education system and/or the media, for instance, it is not going to be a surprise for her to see life in this way. After all, human beings don’t see with their eyes; they see with their mind.
In order for a woman to believe that all men have it easy and that all women are oppressed/victims, it is going to be necessary for her to put men on a pedestal. Through seeing men in this way, it is then normal for her to believe that they have it easy.
When something like this takes place, it is usually a sign that someone is trying to avoid how they feel. The reason for this is that this is a defence mechanism, which is something that the mind uses to disconnect from the emotional pain that arises from the body.
It doesn’t take much effort to see that a woman will suffer if she believes that she has no control over her life. Subsequently, she is likely to be carrying a lot of pain within her that needs to be avoided.
Through having this outlook and carrying this pain, she is going to have a victim energy about her, and this is going to cause her to attract things that validate what she believes. But as she is attached to what is taking place within her and unable to observe her inner world and, therefore, to see how her inner world is affecting her outer world, what she experiences will just be seen as more evidence that what she believes is the truth.
She will be nothing more than an observer of her reality and the onus will be on men to change. One of the big problems here is that this kind of behaviour is supported by mainstream society.
Not only are people in general not encouraged to take responsibility for their own life; it is socially acceptable for a woman to blame men for all her problems. Men are then so ‘privileged’ that they have to put up with being constantly attacked and seen as the root of all problems.
A Deeper Look
If a woman has an external locus of control, there is the chance that there was a time in her life when she felt extremely powerless and helpless. This moment, or a number of moments, would then have caused her to believe that she has no effect on the external world.
The fact that she has an issue with all men can show that it was a man who made her feel this way. What took place with one man would then have gone on to define how she perceived all men.
This could be something that took place when she was a young child; maybe her father abused her in some way. How she feels as an adult will then be how she felt as a child, and her beliefs about men will also have been formed during this time.
Ergo, through identifying with what happened all those years ago, it is not possible for her to live in the present. That time in her life is long gone, but she is keeping it alive by not working through the pain and the beliefs that were formed.
If we lived in a society that encouraged self-awareness and taking responsibility for our own issues, there would be no reason for a grown woman to have an external locus of control. There is nothing empowering about being this way, and the fact that feminism often encourages women to see themselves as victims is surely a clear sign that it is not necessarily there to benefit them.
Taking this into account, if a woman does feel powerless and as though she has no control over her life, it might be a good idea for her to work with a therapist or a healer. By dealing with the trauma that is within her, she will be taking the steps to be able to be an empowered individual.
Source by Oliver JR Cooper
Comments Off on Making Friends With the Help of Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Making friends can be hard to do. This is especially true for the wide range of people that suffer from social anxiety symptoms that can range from facial blushing to a constant battle with the thoughts of their own mind. For too many, being insecure or having preconceived notions about what others are thinking hinders their ability to make long and lasting friendships in life. Sadly, comfortable and supportive relationships can be the building blocks of a life well lived. If you have trouble making friends or keeping friends, you may find that CBT therapy by a trained professional can help.
When you meet someone new there is a such thing as a first impression. For you, your first impression may also include lots of accepted belief patterns and thoughts about how you think other people are thinking. Unfortunately, it is impossible to know what other people are thinking. Most of the time, these thoughts such as ‘she would never want to be friends with me because I don’t make a lot of money,’ or ‘this person is better than me or she is a snob because she drives a BMW,’ and even ‘He is my boss which means he is better than me,’ and ‘I will never have a reliable friend’ serve only to sever the friendship before it can begin. Chances are you have spent your lifetime witnessing other people have broken friendships or seeing other people betrayed by friends which only helps to make you feel righteous in your beliefs. However, what if it is those beliefs that are keeping you from a host of friends just waiting to fill your life with joy?
One of the reasons CBT is such a perfect match for those suffering from social fears is because you will first be able to identify with your belief patterns and thoughts. It may be difficult at first to pull these things from your mind, but once they are out in the open you have the opportunity to rationalize them. What you most likely will find is that little of how and what you think is based on actual experiences. You may have had one bad friendship in your life that forced you to erect a wall of beliefs that you feel are protecting you now. CBT can help you decide whether those walls or more hindering than helpful and whether or not your preconceived notions are based on rationale.
As humans become accustomed to thinking a certain way, the brain begins to move on auto-pilot. This means that instead of analyzing your own thoughts and what goes through your mind as you meet a potential friend you immediately revert back to your comfort zone. This can be a difficult habit to break without tools that help you to cope. CBT equips you with the tools you need to stop, think, question and react differently than you ever have in the past. It can also put a succinct end to the mindless chatter that puts a heavy weight on all facets of your life. A good therapist, for example one of the many anxiety therapists in Huntington Beach, can help you accomplish your social goals.
When you are able to recognize, rationalize and rethink your thoughts and belief system you are given freedom to a world that never existed before. This world includes friendships that are healthy and empowering and that you deserve. CBT is not an overnight cure nor does it involve medication. However, it does involve changing your life for the better by using your most valuable asset to health and happiness…your mind and beliefs.
Source by Suzanne Welsh
Comments Off on Cold Laser Therapy Can Do The Trick
Several ailments send us to the chiropractor – everything from back pain to arthritis to a muscle strain. Alignments can cure some issues, while others are not affected by alignments. What some people need is more extensive therapy to cure the bigger issue.
In recent years, therapy by lasers has grown and technology has evolved. Doctors and chiropractors alike are integrating lasers more into treatment because they prove to be effective and instantaneous. In the chiropractic world, cold laser therapy has taken off because it provides non-invasive treatment to a multitude of issues.
Since it has gained so much popularity among chiropractors, it's important to note what exactly it does for patients. Cold laser therapy targets dead or irritated cells within the body. These cells may be located in muscles, bones, tissues, or ligaments. In each of these areas, cells need to be revived so the body can become healthy again. Lasers enter the body through light wavelengths, which provide energy for the cells. Once cells are targeted and light penetrates cells, they become energized and are now able to return to a healthy state.
So, is it a quick, one time fix? No, therapies are never a quick fix. To get the most from a therapy, you need to have several treatments for the therapy to help the body regain strength and return to a healthy state. Some may require more treatments than others, but it depends on the severity of the issue. Cold laser therapy will prove effective over time, so make sure you provide the necessary time to receive treatment.
The benefit of cold laser therapy is that it's proven to heal damaged parts of the body. Not only does it heal the body, but it does not require any intensive recovery that surgery would. Patients can come get their treatment, improve over time and maintain their lives. It's not invasive and it does not take away from the patient. It only provides the health they need.
Surgery costs can also skyrocket to high prices, which no one is ready to pay. The difference with cold laser therapy is that it's affordable, which is a great alternative to surgery. Also, you can check with your insurance provider to see if they can cover any of the costs. Even if they do not cover all of the costs, they might cover a few, which will keep you from paying more than you should.
It's time to discover the relief and health cold laser therapy can bring.
Source by Thom Michaels
Comments Off on Low Listener Counts and Teleseminar Strategies Considered
The other day, I was listening in on a teleconference and teleseminar that had to do with nanotechnology for aerospace materials. It was rather in-depth and discussed the future of fuselage construction, and the capabilities of these new materials which would be 250 times stronger than steel, and 50 times lighter. I didn’t realize it at the time, but there were only 15 people listening in on the web-assisted phone call teleseminar. I assumed by the way it was marketed that there would be 300 or more people from all over the world listening in – but that wasn’t the case.
Today, I was talking with a fellow think tanker about that situation over coffee. He indicated that this was quite common, and he even explained some of the tricks that people do to go out of their way so no one knows there is no one else on the line. He told me that he had been giving teleseminars previously, which their marketing department did a very poor job with, and there were only two or three people on the line. They didn’t tell anyone, and they made it sound as if there were many more people. He explained some of the strategies they used to hide that fact.
One thing he explained to me was that it was very easy to ask those listening to send in their questions via e-mail, since everyone was already on the line watching a PowerPoint Presentation at the same time. Then, if the two or three people each had two questions, they made it look like everyone was asking lots of questions, and the people asking the questions were quite happy to have their particular questions answered. He indicated to me that it was important to over-complement the individual on what a great question they’d asked, and that he needed time to sort through all the questions that came in.
And he also told me that he would make an excuse that he had to go somewhere else and his time is very valuable and that he was so sorry he couldn’t spend more time with everyone. And those are a couple of the strategies he explained that are typically used during Low listener Counts. I thought to myself that it almost seemed like misrepresentation, but no one lied to the listeners. And perhaps if the listeners realized that no one else was interested, they might not be tuning in either, and therefore they would miss the information.
In explaining all this to me he said that it’s much easier to give the teleseminar when there are very few people listening, even though all the equipment handles it. He said he felt less stressed knowing there were only a few people listening, then if he knew there were 500 people on the line. He said one time there were 172 people on one of his conference calls, and he admitted to me that he was quite nervous knowing this fact.
And he suggested that people who are new to teleconferencing, and giving teleseminars, should start out with lower listener Counts until they felt more confident. Indeed I hope you’ll please consider all this and think on it. Perhaps you have some stories to tell or find interest in this ethical debate in the sector?
Source by Lance Winslow
Comments Off on How Laser Therapy Can Treat Your Acne
Acne is those painful, red lesions that appear on your skin usually at the worst possible moment. Acne is formed due to blocked oil glands in the skin that became inflamed and the gland or hair follicle ruptures. There are a lot of treatments available for acne, OTC, prescriptions, creams, and medications, oral and topical. For the many who see results, there are plenty who see inadequate results and are still struggling with acne. However, those people may be in luck, because a new acne treatment is available, laser therapy for acne. Although laser and light based acne treatments have been around for over 10 years, it has just begun to gain popularity. That's because it's faster, safer, and has no side effects.
Laser acne treatments, as the title already states, uses laser therapy to prevent, control and cure acne. Laser acne removal is safe and effective, which is something not all topical and oral prescription acne treatments can say. Acne laser therapy can be used to treat mild to moderate inflammatory acne vulgaris and prevent everyday pimples, zits, papules and pustules. It's less effective on non-inflammatory acne such as whiteheads, blackheads, cysts and nodules.
Laser acne therapy works in two different ways. The laser therapy heats up the tissue surrounding the sebaceous glands, which excites compounds, which live inside acne bacteria. When these compounds become excited they damage the bacterial wall effectively killing the bacteria within the glands. Secondly the laser shrinks the sebaceous gland, making it smaller so it can not produce as much oil. This highly effective approach makes laser acne treatment on of the best acne removal systems.
The types of laser used for acne treatment include blue-light, infrared, diode, pulsed dye, KTP, fractional, pulsed light and heat energy, Isolaz, photodynamic treatment (PDT), and CO2. In addition to the laser treatment, some doctors will apply an ALA solution to the skin prior to treatment. This makes the skin more sensitive to the light. The most common laser acne treatment is blue-light therapy. Photodynamic treatment is the laser therapy used in severe acne cases. The CO2 laser is used for deep acne scars and lesions and is more invasive than other acne laser treatment.
Laser therapy for acne is preformed in a doctor's office. Your skin will be cleansed and a topical anesthetic may be applied to the skin for up to 30 minutes then removed. Both the patient and doctor will ear protective eyewear, to protect them from the laser light. The laser will then be passed over the affected areas of skin. A treatment can take a few minutes or up to an hour depending upon the size of the affected area. Several treatments may necessary depending upon the severity of conditions condition. Some people may experience slight discomfort during treatment, however the topical anesthetic and cooling technology incorporated into the laser therapy help to diminish pain. There is no downtime after acne laser therapy except with PDT treatment where one can experience redness for 2-4 days then peeling. Avoid direct sun exposure for 48 hours after laser acne therapy. Follow your doctor's recommendation about follow up treatment and skin care. Normal recommendation is 3 treatments about 1 month apart, however additional treatment more frequently may be suggested.
Laser treatment to cure acne can cost anywhere from $ 300 to $ 500 with PDT averaging $ 1500 to $ 3000 and CO2 $ 4000 and up. Most people use laser acne treatment as a last resort after they have tried all other acne treatment with no results. Although laser acne treatment looks steep it's a small price to pay when OTC and prescription medications do not work. Plus laser and light therapies do not have the added side effects. Laser acne treatment may be exactly what you need to get rid of your acne and acne scars for good.
Source by Sarah Labdar
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In Bless Me, Ultima Rudolfo Anaya tells a classic coming of age story by interweaving ancient world symbolism, particularly nature archetypes, with the ritualistic traditions of the Catholic Church in a New Mexico village near the end of World War II. These symbols connect to each other with such historic strength that together they give depth to a tale that becomes not only Antonio Marez’s story of growing up in the Southwest in 1944 but also one that reaches back to the beginning of time and becomes universally an archetypal motif for humanity.
The Sun and the Moon
Although all of the characters contribute to the cohesiveness of the novel, the story belongs to Antonio, who is seven years old when the story opens, and Ultima, the curandera who was present at Antonio’s birth and who has now come to live with his family in her remaining years. While Antonio, or Tony, has two older sisters at home, he also has three brothers who have been serving their country overseas in the war and return home. Tony’s father is a Marez, a man whose traditions cling to the earth, the llano, the large grassy, almost treeless plain where a man can ride his horse and enjoy the camaraderie of his wandering friends, seeking freedom in this open country. His wife is a Luna, a family of farmers who love the rich soil by the river, roots, and the tradition of living by the moon’s cycles. The sun and the moon have come together, but is it a sacred marriage of heaven and earth?
Influence of the Feminine Principle
Tony’s father wants him to take up the Marez ways, but his mother prays every day that Tony will become a farmer-priest and continue the path set by the Luna family. His mother, Maria Luna, embodies the feminine principle associated with her name, holding onto the power of cyclic time, and her source of strength comes from that lunar Queen of Heaven, the Virgin de Guadalupe, whose statue she kneels before every day. The Virgin is the Moon Goddess, the weaver and spinner of the thread of destiny, and it is she whom Maria implores for her son’s destiny in the Catholic Church. It is no coincidence that Saint Anthony is the patron saint of poor people, for Maria Luna prays that her son Tony’s destiny will also be worthy of sainthood, a priest beyond praise. The matriarchal influence that surrounds Tony grows even stronger when Ultima arrives.
Questioning the Matriarchal World
Antonio develops a bond with Ultima the moment she enters their house, addressing her by her first name rather than the respectful Grande, and his mother scolds him for this breach. But Ultima recognizes this connection between them and takes Tony with her every day to gather the plants and herbs she will use in her cures. He learns from her as she speaks gently to the plants she takes, explaining to them why she must take their roots from the earth. She teaches him that all of nature has a spiritual life, a presence. While Tony thrives in this matriarchal world of his mother, the Virgin de Guadalupe, and Ultima, he begins to question the spiritual beliefs of his mother as well as those of Ultima, torn between which one is the true belief, and then he discovers the spiritual presence of the golden carp from his friend Samuel.
The Golden Carp
It is bad luck to fish for the big carp that summer floods wash downstream. Like the big fish fighting their way back upstream to regain their abode and not be trapped, Tony struggles for his own evolution of the spirit. Samuel tells Tony the story of an ancient god who loved the people of the earth so much he turned them into carp instead of killing them for their sins. As the story evolves into a parallel of his own Catholicism, he learns that the god who loved the people turned himself into a fish, the golden carp, so he could take care of his people. Tony is confused about who is right-God, the Virgin, or the golden carp.
As Tony witnesses Ultima healing his family with her magic cures, he wonders if she is also stronger than the church and her saints. When Maria’s brother Lucas suddenly becomes very ill, feared to have been cursed by one of Tenorio Trementina’s daughters for stumbling onto her witchcraft, the family asks Ultima to use her power as a curandera to heal him. Medicine and the Catholic Church have not been successful. They accept Ultima’s condition: When anybody tampers with fate, a chain of events is set into motion over which they will not have control. They must be willing to accept this reality. They do and the grandfather pays Ultima $40 in silver-silver typifying once more the lunar feminine principle, to cure his son Lucas.
Good Is Stronger Than Evil
Ultima’s requests for supplies and quiet are met, but she also requires Tony’s assistance because, he says, his first name is Juan-John as in Saint John and John the Baptist-whose name means graced by God. Tony watches her rituals, the bathing of his dying uncle, the burning of incense, the ingesting of the potion of herbs, and the long hours of waiting. He knows he is in the midst of evil but he is not afraid. Ultima calms his fears, “Good is always stronger than evil. The smallest bit of good can stand against all the powers of evil in the world and it will emerge triumphant.” Tony will strengthen the good she can do because he is graced by God, a concept that is in alignment with his Catholicism.
Before Ultima forces the cure down Lucas’s throat, she sculpts three dolls from her magic oils and fresh black clay. She dresses them and lets Lucas breathe on them, and then she dips three pins in oil and sticks them into the dolls. Tony does not fully understand what Ultima has done until later when two of the Trementina daughters die. He is confused by her power that seems to be one with and yet greater than God’s.
Narciso, Dionysian Life and Death
Tony’s friend Samuel tells Cico about the golden carp. When Samuel leaves to herd sheep with his father, Cico takes Tony to see the coming of the golden carp, but on their way, they stop at the house of Narciso, a Dionysian figure who gets drunk in the spring and plants at night in the moonlight. When he is away and the two boys slip into his hidden garden, Tony understands what Cico means when he says, “The garden is like Narciso-it is drunk.” Tony is awestricken by the fruitfulness of this garden nurtured in moonlight, but in fear or perhaps superstition he will not partake of the bounty.
Narciso tries to warn Ultima of Tenorio’s intention to kill her in retribution for the alleged curse she has put on his second daughter who is dying. Tony, returning home in the snow from rehearsing the school Christmas pageant, secretly follows him. When Tony’s brother Andrew cannot break away from Rosie’s house of ill repute to help, the aging Narciso must go himself and Tony continues to follow him. Tenorio shoots Narciso, who lies dying under the juniper tree. Even though Tony is confused about his role in the Catholic Church, he makes the sign of the cross over Narciso and takes his confession, acting as the priest his family expects him to become. Succumbing to pneumonia, Tony dreams of the omnipresence of evil in his village as everything in it dies a violent death and is burned while the golden carp swallows all and glows as brilliant as a new sun.
Emptiness: Where Is God?
It is now time for Tony to study his catechism with the other boys at the church in preparation for his first communion, yet he still wonders if the golden carp is more powerful than the God of his Catholic Church. He wonders if the Virgin Mary or the golden carp rules in God’s absence. On Easter Sunday as Tony takes the wafer for the first time, he prays for answers to his question: why is there evil and death and torture? He feels only emptiness. He thinks, “The God I so eagerly sought was not there,” and he later confides to his teacher that growing up is not easy. He tells her, “Ultima says a man’s destiny must unfold itself like a flower.”
Again Tony is witness to Ultima’s power to cure as she performs rituals to lift a curse from Tony’s father’s friend Tellez. That night Tony still has received no communication from God. He asks, what really is God’s power? Cico tells him he must choose between the God of the church and the golden carp. As they watch the majesty of the God-like carp swimming in the creek, they decide that their friend Florence, one who could not take his first communion because he would not confess his nonexistent sins, has earned the right to witness the golden carp for himself. When they go to find him, however, they discover he has drowned in a swimming accident below the Blue Lake.
Tony dreams again, and in this dream everything he believes in dies-even Ultima and the golden carp. Distraught, he is sent to his uncles in Los Puerto to learn about farming. Before he goes, Ultima says, “Life is filled with sadness when a boy grows to be a man.” Tony asks his father if a new religion could be made. Tony’s father Gabriel Marez explains to his son that understanding does not come from God. It comes from experiencing life, and it takes a lifetime to acquire this understanding. He realizes Tony’s confusion about religion and healing, in particular, and he tells him that Ultima has no fear because “she has sympathy for people, so complete that she can touch their souls and cure them.” Tony grows stronger that summer from everything that has happened to him.
Ultima and the Owl: The Blessing of Antonio
But Tenorio’s second daughter dies and in his insanity, he first tries to kill Tony, who escapes him, and then goes to Guadalupe to find and kill Ultima. Instead Tenorio shoots the owl and, as he points the rifle at Tony, Pedro, who is Tony’s uncle, kills him with his pistol. Ultima, whose life is connected to the life of the owl, is dying. She whispers to Tony that she is like the owl, “winging its way to a new place, a new time.” Before she dies, he asks for her blessing. “Her hand touched my forehead and her last words were, ‘I bless you in the name of all that is good and strong and beautiful, Antonio. Love life, and if despair enters your heart, look for me in the evenings when the wind is gentle and the owls sing in the hills. I shall be with you-“
Tony buries the owl under the juniper tree in the moonlight, symbol of his mother’s family. He covers the owl with the earth of the llano, the home and symbol of his father. Whether or not Tony has the maturity to comprehend the totality of the blessings as well as the evil accompanying his rites of passage, he nevertheless has been touched deeply by the feminine archetypes of the moon, the three fates, the river and the fish, the owl and the juniper, and the cyclic changes around him so that he will recall Ultima’s advice with greater understanding and wisdom as he grows into a man: “Take life’s experiences and build strength from them, not weakness.”
Source by Susan O’Connor
Comments Off on Physical Therapy – Strengthens the Muscles
Muscle contracts allow the body to move, stretch, extend and respond to external stimulus. As one ages, the tissues tend to become weaker and if left untreated, it can cause serious concerns in the future. Certain diseases and injuries of the spinal and joints can also affect muscles, making it practically impossible for some to function independently. Physical therapy strengthens the muscles and makes the body more resistant.
Increase Muscle Strength and Endurance
Physiotherapists are highly trained specialists who understand the body's motor function very well. They undertake one-on-one sessions with their patients and help them perform general conditioning exercises for encouraging muscle activity. These exercises are proven to reduce the intensity of pain, increase muscle strength and gradually improve the patient's range of motion. It is all the more effective for patients who are recovering from surgery, stroke or suffering from imbalance from a fall or accident.
The licensed practitioners also educate patients on various home exercise techniques that would not only keep their body flexible and aligned but also ensure proper blood circulation. The most common of these are stretching exercises that enhance the strength and eases stiffness of muscles and joints. It is important to perform the exercises regularly as per the directions of the physiotherapists. They would not only show how it is to be done but also monitor the performance of the patients to ensure that they do not adopt the wrong technique, which may worsen the condition.
Physical therapy rehabilitation and treatment for various musculoskeletal disorders is for all ages. It is quite effective for patients who suffer from debilitating pain, limited motor functioning or both. It is considered crucible to achieve complete recovery.
Physical Therapy for All Ages
An age old therapy, physical therapy has continued to develop and improve its techniques for restoring the body's functional independence by building endurance and strengthening the muscles. Most hospitals, clinics and healthcare centers undertake a multidisciplinary approach where neurologists, pain management specialists, orthopedists, and chiropractors work together to provide fast and effective treatment for patients.
Source by James Smith S
Comments Off on Networking Online and at Chamber Mixers
Most people have heard about networking to attract new business and develop long-term relationships to increase referrals and increase sales in their businesses. Indeed it is a lot of fun to do business this way and it is much easier too. Networking events such as chamber of commerce mixers and social business type gatherings make a perfect place for such things. For those who are a little unsure of them selves there is another way.
Consider if you will the online networking type sites like MySpace and the similar sites set up for small online businesses and professionals, which work much the same way. Indeed both of these venues are very similar, one is face to face and the other is keyboard to keyboard. Both require almost the exact same skills to participate and if one is shy or an introvert they may find good practice with networking online.
For those who like to network in the real life it is an obvious and worthy transition to do the same or similar online using peer-to-peer online networking websites. The number of similarities to Networking Online and at Chamber of Commerce Mixers is astounding and the obvious transition means you can be good at both if you find yourself with success at one. Consider all this in 2006.
Source by Lance Winslow
Comments Off on Facts About Kenya Top Bar and Langstroth Beehives
Kenya Top Bar and Langstroth beehives are among the most common structures in which domesticated honeybees live. Undomesticated honeybee colonies live in natural beehives. Men have been plundering natural beehives for hundreds of years to obtain honey, bee larvae and beeswax. Nowadays, the word beehive generally refers to artificial hives made by man as opposed to the natural ‘nests’ inhabited by undomesticated honeybee colonies.
Modern beehives are divided into two basic hive types: “Langstroth hives”, which have enclosed frames to hold the honeycomb and the “The Kenya Top Bar Hive (KTBH)”, which only have a top-bar to support the comb.
Top Bar Hive
Use of the Kenya Top Bar Hive increased in Kenya in the 1970’s. Since it is a movable-comb hive, it acts as a rational middle step between fixed-comb hives and movable-frame (Langstroth) hives.” This hive is a middle technology hive which is more accessible technologically and more feasible economically, than the Langstroth -type hives. The combs in the hive can be removed and replaced without being destroyed, as in traditional fixed-frame hives. This makes it capable to control crowding and to employ basic queen-rearing techniques to enhance colonies.
The frames of Top Bar Hives have only a top bar, and the bees make the comb so it suspends below from the top bar. This makes it possible for the bees to store honey separately from the areas where they are raising the brood, and the brood can survive harvesting. Honey production is relatively high because the bees have to rebuild the comb after each harvest. Honey is harvested from newly built combs, so it is of higher quality than the honey harvested from traditional fixed-frame hives.
The two main drawbacks of Top Bar Hives are that it is difficult to move the colonies without breaking the combs and that the bee colony can only expand horizontally (since the combs are attached to the top bar of the hive). Although this may limit the increase of the brood, it should not greatly affect small-scale beekeeping projects. Top Bar Hives are trendy in a lot of developing countries, and they are as well used by small-scale apiarists in the U.S. and in other countries.
The American Reverend Lorenzo Langstroth, who invented and patented his design in 1860, named it as The Langstroth beehive. Langstroth style beehives are generally accepted standard all over the developed world – except Britain, where the British Modified National Hive and the WBC hives are the most widely used kinds of beehives.
All the above mentioned beehives are movable-frame beehives, used in current, technically superior beekeeping. They let the bees to make honeycomb in frames, which includes a piece of beeswax stamped on both sides with a model of honeybee cells that serves as a base to guarantee straight, centered combs in the frames. The main differences in different movable-frame beehives are in sizes of the hives and quantity of frames they hold.
A basic feature of this kind of beehive is that its structure offers bee space between the frames and between the frames and the box holding them, which is the same as the space bees naturally keep between their combs. This bee space lets bees to move and enable them to use several boxes of frames in a lone hive.
The movable frames on which the bees create their honey are positioned within rectangular, standard size topless or bottomless boxes. The boxes are loaded up in piles. The lower boxes, called “hive bodies”, are used to keep the young bees (brood chamber). The boxes stacked on top are known as ‘supers’, and that is where the honey is stored. The boxes may be made of wood or Styrofoam and the frames are suspended parallel to one another within the boxes. Movable frame style beehives make it possible to interchange both frames and boxes without killing the bees – a system that permits a high level of beekeeping management.
The advantages of movable-frame, Langstroth-style hives are:
o Combs can be easily removed, inspected, and interchanged
o Combs with honey are removed for harvesting, honey is separated from combs by centrifuges, and the bare combs are then returned.
o The bees don’t need to rebuild new combs and this increases honey production. Honey quality is also enhanced because only combs containing pure honey are removed and extracted.
o Because honeycombs are securely attached to the frame, bee colonies can be moved with limited comb breakage, meaning that bee colonies can easily be moved to areas where nectar flow is better, for example.
Source by Anna Bak
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Black cohosh is being used by women as an alternative remedy for hot flashes and other menopause symptoms.
But a recent study has cast doubts on the effectiveness of black cohosh in relieving the symptoms.
Looking back, native Americans were known to have black cohosh to treat rheumatism, malaise, malaria, colds, constipation and hives. According to the National Institutes of Health's website, this was also prescribed for lung and neurological conditions as well as labor pain, infertility and threatened miscarriage during the 19th century.
The number one brand of black cohosh supplement is Remifemin, manufactured by a German company, Schaper & Bruemmer.
Last year, Australia and some European countries required all supplements labels to indicate a warning about liver toxicity. This was due to reports of many hepatitis cases in black cohosh users.
The authorities in those countries believe that the contributing factor to the problem is the fact that treatments of menopause symptoms has not undergone intensive studies. This includes black cohosh. They said that only estrogen was widely studied and its uses and risks were clearly identified.
Another complicating issue is the regulation of black cohosh under foods, not drugs, by the Food and Drug Administration, which is why there are many black cohosh brands in the market, it being a dietary supplement.
The contents of a dietary supplement, unlike drugs, can always be modified without changing labels. According to physician Adriane Fugh-Berman, professor in the complementary and alternative medicine master's program at Georgetown University's School of Medicine, "Remifemin" sold in table form today, is used to be a liquid.
Last month's issue of Annals of Internal Medicine published the results of a year-long study of 351 women administrated with a daily dose of 160 milligrams of black cohosh. According to the publication, the trial showed that black cohosh "was no more effective than a sugar pill."
Dr. Tieraona Low Dog, director of education for the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences, doubles whether the scientists who made the latest study cave the right dose.
"The dose for black cohosh may be much higher than that used in this trial," Low Dog says. "Imagine if we did a trial on ibuprofen administering 40 milligrams every six hours for arthritis pain." If it did not work any better than placebo, one would conclude it was ineffective.
Another question on the study was the use of a different type of alcohol on the black cohosh than what is used in Remifemin. Fredi Kronenberg, a Columbia University scientist and director of the Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Center for Supplemental and Alternative Medicine, notes that "no one knows whether that might boost or inhibit its effectiveness."
Makers of Remifemin, Schaper & Bruemmer, in defense, reiterates that it is a "safe and effective intervention for the relief of hot flashes and other vasomotor symptoms associated with menopause."
Many women have sworn the effectiveness of Remifemin and other black cohosh supplements. But Low Dog observed that "those who think that herbal medicine is ineffective, the study provides further confirmation." But, for those who believe in it, the study is an example of how researchers were incorrect, she added.
Source by Roma Agsalud