Recently I spent more money than I intended to on a new computer. The sale went beautifully. The salesperson made me feel comfortable, the salesperson created trust, and I quickly realized that my salesperson indeed had the answers I needed to pick the right computer. The one I chose was perfect; it would be delivered to my house early the following week. Shortly after the sale was all said and done, a strange feeling of loss crept up on me. The feeling grows in strength as I stared at the only tangible remnants of my expensive decision – a crinkled credit card receipt. What more did I expect? Probably some cuddling. I mean, come on, that was a lot of money. I would not even get to play with it for another week. Remembering the smile and handshake I received from my competent salesperson did little to stop my feeling of wanting from turning into a full-blown self-interrogation about why I spent so much on a computer. What began as a tickle of grief was now a well-developed case of buyer's remorse. This buyer's remorse was due due to the fact that I had nothing to show for my purchase. Sure, I would have it all installed within a week or so, but that did not make my current situation any less, well, remorseful.
Buyer's remorse can destroy many seemingly successful sales. Lack of referrals, talking bad about the company, and outright canceling the order are all symptoms of buyer's remorse. It only takes a few extra steps and a head full of brains to stop its development within your customer. The magical antidote to the dangerous ailment of buyer's remorse is the Thank You Packet. The Thank You Packet shows your customer gratitude for their business, or even just the opportunity to earn their business. It reinforces the relationship with your customer and validates their decision to buy from you. You will also develop new relationships with complimentary businesses, who will supply these items to promote their own business within your targeted audience. By partnering with noncompeting business, you can give your customers items like a free appetizer at a fancy restaurant, a free car wash, an engaging mini-book, or a T-shirt. While your Thank You Packet can become as complex or remain as simple as you would like, there are a few basic guidelines to make and use it successfully. You must partner with companies that your customers patronize and include only items that will be perceived as valuable. Giving your customers items that they will not use will only diminish the significance and purpose of your Thank You Packet. You must also give your Thank You Packet to your customers as true gifts, without expecting anything in return. After all, the magic of the Thank You Packet is in how the customer receives this type of promotion.
This type of promotion is, as it should be, received as a gift, not as an advertisement. Giving your customers …Read More
Inevitably, as you grow older, the color of your teeth changes, slowly but surely. When you are young you can eat what you want and it has no affect affect. The truth though is that it does.
From the moment you take your first drink and eat your first piece of food your teeth are under constant attack and no matter what you do it is fighting a losing battle. Unless you take action and get your teeth white again.
Tea, coffee, alcohol, sugary drinks and food all attack the enamel on your teeth, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and cutting down on these will keep your teeth whiter for longer.
Everyone is concerned with their teeth and their smile and one of the first things you notice about someone, even if you do not realize it, is their teeth. It is only when you see someone with yellow and badly stained teeth that you really sit up and take notice.
It is possible to get whiter teeth at home though, even if they are yellowed and stained and there are plenty of products willing to help you to do this. Finding the right product can be confusing and difficult as you are overloaded with choices and conflicting advice.
Here are the methods that home kits use.
o Whitening trays. Probably the most effective and most well known product. The tray goes over your teeth with the whitener in it and cleans and whitens your teeth.
o Whitening strips. These are what they say. Strips that you place across your teeth. These have varying degrees of effectiveness and if they do not fit across your teeth even you are going to see some strange results with some teeth whiter than others.
o Whitening pens. These use a pen to release the whitener onto your teeth. If you are going to use this a good tip is to get someone else to do it for you and ensure each and every tooth is covered properly.
Out of all these methods the one that gives the most consistent, effective and quickest results for whiter teeth at home is usually the whitening tray. The manufacturers of many home kits that use trays usually give away free trials from time to time to let you see how effective and safe they are. …Read More
These days there seems to be a whole lot of pressure on women who have recently given birth to snap back into shape immediately. It seems that every time I open a newspaper or magazine, there are photos of 'celebrity' mothers who have obviously 'lost all their baby fat' in record time. Do not let these over-hyped stories persuade you to go on any sort of diet or exercise period until you have fully recovered.
Giving birth and coping with a newborn are exhausting activities and your priority should be to rest and recuperate. Many of the changes which pregnancy produces in your body continue for a period of about six weeks after giving birth. Do not be tempted to resume an exercise rule that you followed before you became pregnant, until you're body is quite well enough to cope. This article contains some sensible advice about the types of gentle exercise that would be beneficial to post-natal women. Above all, please remember always to seek professional medical advice before starting a new exercise program.
o If you have not exercised for a long time, start off with low intensity exercise and aim to progress gradually.
o Exercise periods should incorporate a thorough warm up and cool down time.
o Stretching should be kept gentle and always be careful not push to the point of maximum resistance.
o Do not strain yourself and keep all exercise to a mild – moderate intensity.
o Vigorous activity is not recommended and especially not in hot, humid conditions.
o Learn how to monitor your heart rate.
o Move from a lying down position to a standing position slowly as changes in blood pressure can cause dizziness.
o Try to exercise to a regular schedule of three – five times per week.
o If you enjoy competitive sports, give your body time to recover from childbirth before you start playing again.
o All movements should be controlled and any exercise that requires force over a full range of movement should be approached gently.
o If you start to feel tired, stop exercising.
o Avoid exercises that produce stress on the abdominal area.
o Exercise can produce lactic acid in your breast milk which can taste unpleasant to your baby, so do not exercise in the half hour before you feed your child.
o Wear loose fitting clothes and take frequent sips of water or an isotonic drink through the exercise period.
o If you experience any unusual symptoms during or after exercising, be sure to consult your doctor. …
Wrinkles are the most dreaded signs of aging. A lot of people, most especially women, can not stand to see fine lines forming in their faces. As far as they're concerned, these lines reduce their outer beauty and physical appeal.
It's a good thing that vitamins can easily treat wrinkles these days. There are a lot of specialized creams with high vitamin content that can get rid of wrinkles in no time. The primary vitamin used for treating wrinkles is Vitamin A.
When the skin is subjected to the harsh sun, Vitamin A deficiency occurs. Vitamin A is usually applied on the skin to treat wrinkles. Retinol, retinaldehyde, and retinoids are examples of Vitamin A products that have long been used to address wrinkles.
Retin-A, a Vitamin A compound, is a widely used remedy for skin aging. While it can not iron out deep skin lines, it can definitely erase the finer lines, crinkling, and crow's feet caused by the sun and the normal aging process.
Aside from Vitamin A, Vitamin C is also a good defense system against wrinkles.
Vitamin C is ascorbic acid. Ascorbic acid is a very powerful antioxidant.
Sufficient amounts of Vitamin C in the body could reduce incidence of skin boiling that is very evident in wrinkled skins.
It also promotes the production of collagen necessary in maintain the youthfulness of the skin.
Vitamin E is also a good treatment procedure for wrinkles.
Vitamin E, when applied to the skin, is known to reduce skin roughness. One's facial lines as well as the depth of their wrinkles are addressed as well. Currently, experts are studying the potency of Vitamin E to treat skin cancer.
The role of Vitamin E is on free radicals. These bad elements found inside the body has to be flushed out so that the cells will not get damaged. Aside from being a good antioxidant, Vitamin E can also prevent skin aging caused by overexposure to the sun. However, users have to keep in mind that they bought to apply Vitamin E on their skin during the night or after going out in the sun.
Studies had shown that Vitamin D supplements allow the skin to regain its lost moisture.
Vitamin D deficiency may cause withheld skin. Vitamin D is synthesized by the morning sunlight. It can also be found on fortified foods such as fish and dairy products. About 200 IU to 600 IU of Vitamin D a day is usually prescribed.
The most common reason why the skin ages precedently is the sun. The sun's ultraviolet rays can damage the skin inside out. The rays would attack the epidermis and damage the layers of skin cells. When that happens, the skin would look leathery and unhealthy. After the epidermis has been damaged, the inner layer, which is the dermis, gets affected too. The elastin fibers and collagen of the skin breaks down, causing sagging or drooping of the skin.
Prevention is still better than cure. If you are in …Read More
Fexofenadine is a new non-sedating antihistamine. It is the active metabolite of terfenadine which has been withdrawn from the market in some countries. Fexofenadine is a safer alternative with similar efficacy in relieving symptoms associated with seasonal allergic-rhinitis or urticaria.
Seasonal allergic rhinitis or hay fever has a significant impact on a patient's quality of life, particularly if their sleep is disturbed. Severe symptoms can lead to lost time from work or school or impaired daily activities. A careful history is the most important part of clinical assessment. If symptoms are seasonal, pollen allergy is most likely where perennial symptoms suggest an allergy to dust mites, molds or household pets. Antihistamines (H1-receptor antagonists) provide symptomatic relief (eg from runny nose, sneezing, itchy / watery eyes). How-ever, they are ineffective for the relief of nasal congestion, in contrast intranasal corticosteroids are effective in this regard.
The newer anthistamines terfenadine, loratadine and astemizole were developed to reduce the side effects of drowsiness and dry mouth seen with the older anthistamines. Here these newer anthistamines are preferred when such side effects are a significant problem (ie. When alertness and motor coordination are required). When drugs are in wide clinical use, rare but serious adverse events are sometimes detected. Terfenadine has been withdrawn from the market in some countries because of serious and sometimes fatal cardiac rhythm disorders (ie torsades de pointes). These were due to high plasma levels resulting from coadministration with ketoconazale and erythromycin or, in some patients, liver disease. Terfenadine is also contraindicated with other drugs such as HIV protease inhibitors, serotonin reuptake inhibitors, zileutin, cisapride and sparfloxacin. Similar contraindications are noted with astemizole.
Fexofenadine is the active acid metabolite. As fexofenadine requires no metabolic transformation, rare cardiac adverse events and other drug interactions should be minimized. Fexofenadine is indicated for the symptomatic relief of seasonal allergic rhinitis and urticaria in adults and children older than 12. If antihistamines are to be taken then they should be used regularly and not sporadically.
Placebo-controlled studies in large groups of patients (n = 545 and n = 861) with allergic rhinitis have demonstrated the effectiveness of fexofenadine administrated for 2 weeks at twice-daily doses of 60 mg and once-daily doses of 120 or 180 mg.
At the meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, two placebo-controlled studies were presented demonstrating significant improvement in symptoms and quality of life. Patients with moderate to severe rhinitis received fexofenadine as a twice-daily dose of 60 mg or as a once-daily dose 120 or 18 mg.
When compared with cetirizine in a double-blind trial, once-daily fexofenadine 120 or 180 mg was as effective in controlling rhinitis symptoms. The efficiency of fexofenadine also appears comparable with that of loratadine. Two double-blind studies have been presented showing that loratadine 10 mg once daily worked faster than fexofenadine 60 mg twice daily in 836 patients, and that patients who did not respond to fexofenadine had a better response to loratadine and that loratadine was …Read More
I know that most people have negative opinions of not only drug addicts but their families too. When a family member insists they did not know their son, their daughter, their brother, their wife, or anyone else was using drugs, a lot of people find it hard to believe. The signs had to be there, right? Well, I can tell you that is simply not true. When my son nearly overdosed, I was as shocked as anyone. I knew I had to sort through my own feelings, but first I did some research on Abbeycare rehab clinics because I knew that his needs had to come first.
I had heard of these rehab clinics, but I did not know the first thing about them because, well, why would I? Those places are for people who have problems, not for people who come from good families. My entire view of drug addiction has changed, and Abbeycare has played a huge role in that. My husband and I got our son admitted there within a day of his near overdose. We were not playing around with this, because he means the world to us. We knew he needed help with his addiction, and we knew that this was the place to do it.
Their website gave us a wealth of information, and the people we talked to during the intake process gave us even more valuable information. We were told exactly the process that our son would go through, which was distressing to hear as a mother. I knew he had to go through this though to get better, and that is exactly what happened. This changed all of our lives, and it opened up our eyes to just how problematic addiction is. Our son is now a counselor helping other people who have addiction issues, and he knows that he owes Abbeycare everything for this second chance at life. We all do!…Read More
Certain alternative or complementary therapies are gaining credence among doctors as well as patients. But how much do you know about acupuncture and aromatherapy … etc
Acupuncture And Other Techniques
Practitioners believe a type of body energy flows along channels called meridians. Therapists therefore work on certain points of the body to increase, release or calm the flow. They use needles (acupuncture); fingers (acupressure); electric current (electro-acupuncture); a laser beam or magnet; colored light (color acupuncture) or a burning herb (moxibustion). Auriculo-therapy means that only the ear is worked on. Acu technique may help conditions such as back pain, nausea, fibromyalgia and migraine.
This uses various exercises, manoeuvrings and practical tips to re-educate movement and posture. The aim is to avoid unnecessary muscle tension, which saps energy and encourages illnesses, such as depression, anxiety, headaches, backache, indigestion and high blood pressure.
This uses aromatic plant oils, such as lavender, ylang-ylang, geranium, neroli and rose. It can lift spirits, encourage relaxation, boost energy and head illness. Apply essential oil (diluted if necessary) to the skin, add it to bath water or inhale its vapor. Particularly good for stress.
Using shapes, colors, lightness, and darkness when creating pictures or sculptures, for example, can symbolize the way you are feeling, and release emotions in a non-destructive way. Helps heal depression, stress and addictive behaviors, such as eating disorders, drinking too much or being a workaholic.
Anger Management And Assertion Training
Special group workshops or one to one therapy training can help people understand their anger and use it positively, in ways that do not damage themselves or others. People can learn skills to help them be assertive rather than passive and / or aggressive. Boosts well being by relieving mental strain.
Involves exercises and advice to relieve eye strain and improve sight. Exercises used in this program include frequently looking up from close work to focus on something far away; screwing up your eyes or blinking; covering the eyes with the palms of the hands and splashing the eyes with warm and cold water.
Electrical devices that register muscle tension, sweating or brainwaves help you recognize signs or stress. You can then focus on using relaxation exercise whenever necessary. With practice, this counteracts stress related illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure and migraine.
These are rhythmical variations in the body's energy, appetite, sexuality and fertility, mainly due to regular exposure to light and darkness, which effects the production of hormones and neurotransmitters (nerve message carries). Going out in bright daylight for at least half an hour each day and getting enough sleep in a darkened room at night can normalize biorhythms. This helps combat winter fatigue and depression, sleep and fertility problems, shift work disruption, jet lag and Alzheimer's disease. …
Menstruation is the term used for the natural monthly cycle of periods in the female body. Periods are when the unfertilized eggs are ejected out of the reproductive system along with blood and several other tissue cells. This flow happens once a month. The flow is profuse on one particular day of the month. However the discomfort of the periods could generally last for three days.
The female reproductive system is indeed marvelous. Every month the ovaries produce one egg which is deposited in the fallopian tube. The uterine wall known as the endometrium thickens and there is increased blood circulation in the entire reproductive system. This is all in preparation of a pregnancy. However, if the woman does not get pregnant, then all these things need to be expelled from the body. This is known as the period. Once the expulsion is done, the ovaries produce a new egg and the cycle continues for another month.
Women may face several difficulties during their menstrual flow. There is increased moistness in the vaginal area, and there could be infections. Women could have fevers, extreme pain in the groin area, giddiness, nausea and vomiting, etc. In some women the effects are more aggressive than others. And the most worrisome thing is that the symptoms could recur month after month. The biological term for menstrual problems is dysmenorrhea.
In Ayurveda, menses (i.e. the flow of the menstrual period) is considered to be the excess pitta which flows out of the body. It is called as Raja. Hence the menstrual flow is also called as Raja Pravritti. Though menstruation is a typically pitta phenomenon, effects on the vata and the kapha are also seen. Some women have insomnia and mood swings during their periods. This is vata vitiation. Some women gain weight. This is kapha vitiation.
(1) Useful Herbs in the Treatment of Menstruation
b) Asafetida (Ferula fetida)
Asafetida is known to increase the secretion of the female hormone, progesterone. Thus it facilitates menstruation. Using asafetida gum fried in ghee and mixed with goat’s milk and a spoonful of honey for a month can reduce the pains during menstruation and also make the flow reduced.
c) Asoka (Saraca indica)
The bark of the asoka tree is given to women who experience extreme blood loss during menstruation due to leucorrhea or uterine fibroids. The plant has a stimulating effect on the uterine wall and the mucus layer in the reproductive tract.
d) Bamboo (Bambusa bambos)
Bamboo acts as an emmenagogue which stimulates menstruation. Its leaves are prescribed for this purpose. Regular consumption of the leaves of the bamboo is prescribed to promote and regulate the menstrual flow.
e) Bloodwort (Achillea millefolium)
The hot infusion of leaves of the bloodwort is taken as an emmenagogue. A decoction of the herb can correct irregular periods. The herb also yields an oil which can be used in the treatment of female reproductive disorders.
f) Chicory (Chichorium intybus)
Seeds of chicory are prepared into a decoction to treat …Read More
While many consider podiatry to be an exclusive realm of all things below the ankle, the truth is that treatment of injuries and other problems of the feet affect the whole body. When the biomechanics of walking are misaligned by damage to the feet, it can cause overarching issues in the legs, knees, hips, and back. Chronic pain can reduce the desire to exercise, leading to lethargy and depression.
Help with toe pain
Toes are made up of multiple small bones, ligaments, and muscles. When something in these complicated constructs gets out of place, injured, or torn, the pain can be debilitating. A patient suffering from bunions or hammer toe should seek treatment sooner rather than later. Addressing toe pain earlier on can reduce the need for invasive treatments, and this may make treatment more effective in the long run.
Tendonitis and heel pain
Although tendonitis can happen in several places from the ankles to the toes, it’s most commonly diagnosed in the Achilles tendon. This inflammation can cause moderate to severe pain and make even light exercise difficult. It is most often treated with physical therapy, but other treatments can become necessary if the pain is severe. The normal causes are repetitive stress or not taking enough time to stretch before working out.
Leg, knee and back pain
Most people seek out podiatry treatment only after first consulting an orthopedic surgeon about their knee, back, or hip pain. Many patients don’t realize that the pain in their lower body may be caused by problems in their feet. Balance, movement, and articulation can be affected by injury or malformation of the feet. By treating the source of the problem, these kinds of injuries can be addressed more effectively than by treating the symptoms with painkillers or antidepressants.
Many patients seeking out the care of a podiatry specialist expect surgery to be a part of their treatment plan. While some issues must be dealt with surgically, many can be addressed through less invasive means. X-rays can help pinpoint a diagnosis, and they are often necessary in devising a long-term treatment plan. The options for treatment may range from education about appropriate footwear, to physical therapy, to specialized orthotic inserts.
Preventing podiatry problems
Many patients don’t realize that feet change in shape and size long after puberty, unlike most parts of the body. Many podiatry problems can be avoided simply by having the feet measured when buying shoes, and wearing shoes that fit properly, especially for exercise. When there are problems with the shape of the feet, or an injury that causes problems with walking, custom-created orthopedic inserts may correct balance and other issues.
Seeking out orthopedic treatment at the first sign of pain or strain often prevents further injury. Foot injuries should be treated promptly to reduce the recovery time and help ensure the fullest possible recovery. Wearing the correct shoes for activity and exercise, and taking the time to stretch and warm up before exercise help prevent injuries.…Read More