Muffins

Apple Carrot Muffins


Apple Carrot Muffins are ideal for getting your children to eat for fruits and vegetables. This fool proof recipe below will leave your children asking for more.

These muffins are great for various times during the day. They can be eaten at breakfast, for children’s lunches, as a snack after school or even after diner.

This recipe yields 12 large muffins. You can also make mini muffins, since they appeal more to children. These muffins can be frozen for later.

What you will need :

–          150 g of plain wholemeal flour

–          50 g of granulated sugar

–          25 g dried skimmed milk powder

–          1 ½ teaspoon of baking powder

–          ½ teaspoon of cinnamon

–          ½ teaspoon of ground ginger

–          ¼ teaspoon of salt

–          125ml of vegetable oil

–          60ml of honey

–          60ml of maple syrup

–          2 eggs, lightly beaten

–          ½ teaspoon of vanilla essence

–          1 large apple

–          75g of carrots

–          75g of raisins

Instructions :

1. Take the large apple and carrots, peel them and grate them. If your child normally doesn’t like apples and carrots, you could use apple and carrot puree with the same weight.

2. Pre-heat the oven to 180C ( 350F/ Gas 4 ).

3. Take a large bowl and mix together the following ingredients: flour, skimmed milk powder, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and ginger.

4. In another bowl, mix together the honey, maple syrup, eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla essence. Beat with a whisk until blended.

5. Add the apple, carrots and raisons to the second bowl and stir until just combined.

6. Combine wet and dry ingredients and fold together gently.

7. Take a muffin tray and fill each cup until two-thirds full.

8. Bake for 20 to 25 minuets, until golden brown.

9. Allow to cool before serving.

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4 Reasons I’m FOR the Happy Meal


While I’m not out marching to re-instate the Meal that is Happy I’m also (to my friends’ & readers’ shock & dismay) not out campaigning to spread the ban from San Francisco across the nation.

Allow me to share with you why:

1.       The Happy Meal is a teaching tool.  My child is on the receiving end if myriad NOs! even at the young age of 4 1/2.  That said, each NO she receives is fodder for an age appropriate discussion about why.  We visit our local McDonalds a couple of times a month for some playscape-time & a snack of apples and milk.  I deliberately choose this fast food emporium because of the conversations & opportunities it provides me to parent.  Which leads me to…

 2.       The Happy Meal is only the first of many.  Given my tattoos and quirky clothing choices people often assume I am a permissive parent. Hello cover not indicative of the book!  Sure I’d be all in if we could ban Happy Meals, age inappropriate skimpy clothing, R rated movies viewed by tweens, a few certain trashy pre-teen book series etc etc—-but we cannot.  In my eyes the Happy Meal is only the first of many realizations my child will have that other kids can do things/eat things she cannot.  At the age of 4 ½ she already can carry on her *own* conversation with regards to this:  Why can she have ____ and I can’t? (dramatic pause) I know, Mama. Because she’s not your girl (exceedingly long melodramatic sigh).

3.       One girl’s Happy Meal is another Mom’s Pop-tart.  We may not consume Happy Meals in this family, but we do have our share of junk in the house.  The ban caused me to realize while I scoffed! & was horrified! anyone would choose to feed a child a Happy Meal my affinity for the Pop-tarts (insert your junk food of choice here)  isn’t really all that different.  I wasn’t the most popular mom on the block when I pointed out to friends we don’t always practice the healthy eating we preach and we seem to be doing ok—-but it appears to be true.  Do I eat junk food daily? No.  Do I have me some chocolate brown sugar cinnamon occasionally? I have to say yes.  And I’m still pretty healthy 80% of the time and don’t want my Pop-tarts banned.

4.      (All of the above said I’m painfully aware:) It takes a village.  Of course I want all of our kids to eat healthy, non-hormone laden, organic foods.  Yes I’m all too aware 15% of American children are overweight putting them at risk for developing heart disease, diabetes and cancer.  Yes it breaks my heart that, in some states, childhood obesity is over 30 percent.  I simply do not believe a ban is the answer—I believe education is.  I’m grateful for the access I have to information others may not and spend hours a week writing & filming videos about this stuff for free.  Teaching, in this woman’s opinion, beats the proverbial pants off a ban any day as the more I’m told I cannot have something the more ALLURING that something becomes.  Teach me why I do NOT WANT IT & I’ll make different choices willingly.

The Editor’s Review:

Not all parents are as awesome as you are with knowing, teaching, balancing.

The laws are not banning Happy Meals, just the practicing of giving a toy with meals marketed to kids that don’t meet certain (minimal) nutrition guidelines. I see that as an extension of the FCC rules that prevent the marketing of junk food using kids cartoon characters.

I am not a junk-food vigilante, but I have learned about nutrition over the years. My kids are past Happy Meal stage. When they were younger I had no clue about nutrition and regularly bought them Happy Meals. I teased my son that he wasn’t really “mine” because he didn’t like the fries. My teenage son left me a grocery list note: “If my [sister] gets Toaster Strudel, I get Pop Tarts.” Now, my daughter calls me from college to ask for her favorite Cooking Light recipes. I just had a Fudgy Pumpkin Brownie for breakfast – but it was a healthy fitblog recipe and the cocoa is a good source of anti-oxidants. 😉

I generally support these laws. The food industry is like the tobacco industry with their insidious ways of getting us to eat cr@p (adding salt, sugar, fat, etc. to foods where we least expect it because our bodies are hard-wired to want those foods). They resist providing nutrition information, and don’t make it easily accessible (I’ve had to email McDs to get info on their oatmeal and smoothies- its not on their websites).

They price unhealthy choices much cheaper than the healthy ones. (A Happy Meal is cheaper than a grilled chicken sandwich or salad.) They actively market unhealthy food to kids!

If only getting a toy when you get a meal with milk and apple slices/carrots instead of soda and fries encourages parents to think twice about what they are ordering for their kids, I don’t see the harm. Yes, it is Big Brother-ish, but given the manipulative ways of the food industry, I guess I am willing to put up with the government intrusion to help with the imbalance of power/information.

Hhhm, would I support a law that bans giving a toy inside sugary cereal boxes? Probably.

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Lithium Toxicity Symptoms

How to Prevent Lithium Toxicity


Lithium is a prescription medication that is used in the treatment of bipolar disorder type I and type II.  The specific FDA approved indications for lithium includes its use as a maintenance treatment of mania in people with bipolar disorder (also known as manic-depression) in order to prevent or diminish the intensity of future manic episodes.

Additionally, there are “off label” investigational uses of lithium which include using lithium for it’s potential to augment the effects of antidepressants, as well as the use of lithium in the treatment of aggression, post-traumatic stress disorder and conduct disorder in children.

There are numerous brand names for lithium in the United States and Canada.  It is crucial that an individual who is on a brand name formulation understand that their medication poses the same inherent risks as generic lithium.  There is one brand name of lithium in the United States, Lithobid®, and there are numerous Canadian brand names including: Apo-Lithium® Carbonate; Apo-Lithium® Carbonate SR; Carbolith™; Duralith®; Euro-Lithium; Lithane™; PMS-Lithium Carbonate; and PMS-Lithium Citrate.

Lithium has the potential to be very toxic at relatively low levels.  A drug with this potential is said to have a low therapeutic index.  With all medications, but particularly those with a low therapeutic index, patients should follow the dosage instructions precisely and take their medication exactly as directed.  Individuals on lithium should never increase or decrease their dosage without first consulting their physician.

The extended release tablets or capsules of lithium should not be crushed or chewed.  Damaging the lithium pills in this way will alter the delivery of the medication and can easily result in toxic levels of lithium.

In order to avoid lithium side effects, it is essential for lithium users to stay adequately hydrated, particularly in the summer when insensible losses of body water are increased from sweating.  Likewise, people taking lithium should avoid sudden changes in the sodium content of their diet.  The amount of sodium an individual consumes directly affects the amount of water their body retains.  A low sodium diet, while useful for lowering blood pressure, can be dangerous in lithium users by increasing lithium toxicity.

It is also important for patients on lithium to limit their intake of caffeine via coffee, teas and energy drinks.  Caffeine induces diuresis (fluid loss from the kidneys) which can increase the toxicity of lithium.  On a similar note, individuals who are being treated for hypertension with diuretic medications should make sure that their physician is aware that they are on lithium.

People taking lithium should contact a health care provider without delay if they experience unresolved diarrhea, sudden changes in weight, muscular tremors or lack of coordination, fever, or any noticeable changes in their urinary volume.  Lithium has significant potential for harmful toxic effects.  However, patients on lithium can minimize their risk by following the guidelines above.

Reference:
Causes and Symptoms of Lithium toxicity: Act For Libraries
Introduce of Lithium: Drugs.com

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When to see a Doctor for Cough


You need not be alarmed at every little cough, but you need to understand a cough happens for a reason. It is a symptom that something is interfering with you respiratory system. If you smoke there a good chance you will have a chronic cough; although you probably already know and this and have accepted it; otherwise you would have stopped smoking. In most cases when one stops smoking the cough will gradually cease, and, in time, system will repair itself, somewhat.

Exactly what is a cough? It is a noisy sound produced when by the trachea, (commonly known as the windpipe) or the lungs, attempt to dislodge a foreign object or to react against an irritation. A cough is to the mouth what a sneeze is to the nose. The difference is a sneeze reacts to invading irritations from outside the nostrils; while a cough is a reaction from some internal affliction.

Although objects destined for the stomach such as food can lodge in the trachea. Coughing is a natural means of dislodging the foreign object and clearing the air passageways. (The very effective Heimlich maneuver has saved many lives by the intervention of quick actions by another person. If you are unaware of this maneuver, learn more about it.)

What causes coughs and when should you see a doctor?

If you have the first symptoms of a cold, you probably will also have at the onset, or will in a few days, develop a cough. There is nothing to be alarmed at here as long as the cough subsides along with the other symptoms of the cold. The cough, in most cases, will be the last cold symptom to disappear; the reasoning being the bronchial congestion takes a little longer to dissipate. The mucous you bring up with the lingering cough after a chest cold, will be a pale yellow in color.

If, however, you suddenly start chilling and running a temperature and if you cough up yellowish green mucus, see your doctor. Your cold has evolved into a bronchitis and is in danger of becoming a more serious pneumonia. When this happens you should not delay in getting help and some much needed antibiotics.

If while coughing your are short of breath and your mucous is frothy and pinkish in color, you could be having pulmonary edema, or more commonly known as fluid in the lungs. See your doctor.

If while coughing you wheeze, and you are short of breath, see your doctor. Asthma is a serious condition that needs to be treated by a professional and delaying treatment is not recommended. It is possible this is only associated with this one cold or illness, but don’t count on it. It could be the triggering agent causing a chronic asthma.

If you have heart problems, swelling of the feet and legs and are short of breath, see your doctor. The diagnosis could be congestive heart failure. This is a chronic condition that needs treatment. There will be fluid in the lungs and in fact all your body will be somewhat edematous. This will not get better on its own. You need immediate attention.

With sharp chest pains, shortness of breath, a speed-ed up heart rate while coughing up blood, suspect a pulmonary embolus. Get to the emergency room of the nearest hospital quickly. This means you have blood clot that broke away from elsewhere in your body and is now attempting to circulate through your body. It is blocking your airways.

Tuberculosis also has a cough often with bloody sputum. With this pulmonary condition, however, there are a couple of distinguishing symptoms that are nearly always present: Night sweats and chills. There is usually chest pain when coughing. There is an effective treatment for this now, unlike olden times when nearly all wasted away’ in a few years. In fact, it is a law that all diagnosed tubercular cases be treated.

Cancer too causes coughing and along with it a gradual weight loss. The coughing is caused by the carcinoma interfering with how the pulmonary functions. Of course you will see your doctor if you should expect this. Hopefully the cough will alert to this danger in time for effective treatment.

Coughing, pain, dizziness, burning sensations, etc., are all symptoms telling us something is not right in our bodies. Seen in this way they are messages telling our physicians what is going on in our bodies. We too can learn to decipher these tell-tale signs of our bodies. We do this so we can better describe our symptoms to our health care professionals, not that we are diagnosing our illness, or worse, trying some home remedy. Effective health care is three-fold; doctors and patients, and pharmaceutical companies all work together for the health of all.

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Main Reasons and Causes for Hair Loss in Females

It’s very common for a woman to maintain some focus on her body hair. Style and removal are often topics associated with them. However, when it comes to hair loss women seem to be the less likely candidates for conversation. Unfortunately, it’s not a foreign subject amongst them. For various reasons women often have concern with hair loss. Although women experience hair loss differently than men it doesn’t make it any less of a concern. Fortunately, for women, loss for them doesn’t seem to be as intense and luckily it’s likely to spread evenly as opposed to significant areas of balding to which men have generally dealt with.

One of the main causes of hair loss in women is quite similar to that in men. It’s more than likely hereditary and associated with a deficiency which causes certain hormones to convert into DHT. DHT shrinks and damages hair follicles thus causing female hair loss. It’s not yet known whether estrogen is significant in treating this problem. However, it is often prescribed as a resource for treatment.

Hair loss in women can also be connected to several various medical conditions. Many of these occurrences are obstetric or gynelogical such as pregnancy and menopause. This doesn’t mean if you become pregnant or reach menopause that you’re going to lose your hair, it simply means thinning hair is possible. Anemia is often associated with hair loss because of the decrease of iron in the body. Iron serves to support many necessary functions in the body. Thyroid disease, Lupus (or other connective tissue diseases), and nutrition deficiencies also may contribute to women’s hair loss. Stress can also play a role in this condition which is referred to as telogen effluvium or general thinning of hair. Chronic or consistent stress restricts the normal hair growth cycle.

The side effects of various prescription drugs may also support hair loss in women. Oral contraceptives quite often contribute to this effect. Thyroid medications, anti-inflammatory, blood thinners, blood pressure regulators, seizure medications, and mood altering medications are some of the most common drugs which are likely to contain this side effect. Although hair loss isn’t medically damaging, it’s best to know the side effects associated with any medications you may be taking. Rogaine appears to be the only FDA approved treatment specifically designed for hair loss. However, anti-androgens are believed to help prevent further hair loss and Minoxidil Is proven to be a stimulant to hair growth.

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Beware of Second Degree Sunburns

First degree and second degree sunburns can occur when you are exposed to the sun’s UV rays. This usually happens if you don’t apply any sunscreen to your body or you might not have put enough on. It’s always a good idea to try and prevent sunburns before they even happen as that is the easiest way to keep your skin safe.

Exposure to Ultraviolet Rays

Unless you are a hermit, it’s impossible to not be exposed to the sun. Most people are prepared when going outside, but there are times when the sun suddenly comes out and you can’t help it. Even when there are clouds in the sky you can still get sunburned.

Certain individuals who are more vulnerable to the sun’s rays include people with fair complexion, anyone that has a lot of freckles, red haired individuals and people with lighter color eyes. Those people probably already know that they are more prone to getting sunburns and it is a good idea for them to apply a higher SPF or sun proof factor with a value of 30 or higher. If you don’t put on any sun protection at all, your skin can burn within minutes.

Why Do You Need to Suffer Through Second Degree Sunburn?

Many people throughout their lifetime have been exposed to the sun for a little too long and develop first degree sunburns. When this happens, your skin gets irritated and starts to redden. The pain and redness may not show up for a few hours, but fortunately the symptoms for this type of burn will go away within a couple of days.

Unfortunately, those who are exposed to second degree sunburns are not quite as lucky. It is very harmful for your skin and can cause long-term damage. The damage caused can show up almost right away and includes the following symptoms:

  • Extreme redness of the skin
  • Warmness permeating from the surface of the skin
  • Severe sting if anything touches your skin
  • Blisters that may ooze out thick fluids
  • Swelling might occur around the skin where the sunburn occurred
  • Peeling of the skin when the sunburn starts to heal

This type of sunburn is also called “particle thickness” damage and is especially painful because the damage has reached your nerve endings under your skin. In some extreme cases of second degree sunburns, the person might experience symptoms such as a fever, wanting to vomit, dehydration, and a secondary infection. If you develop this type of burn, try not to contact the skin too much with any materials. This is especially important if you have blisters because they can pop very easily and you need to make sure to wash out the area when that happens. Otherwise you can develop more problems than just the sunburn. Some people who experience second degree sunburn might need to visit the hospital to help with the pain. If you are dehydrated you should also go to the hospital so they can put fluids in your system.

How to Treat by Yourself

Most people after being burned will not need to go to the hospital. There are things that you can do to help with the pain, but you just have to wait till it goes away. Make sure you cool the skin where the burn occurred. You can do this with a cool bath or shower. Never put the skin under cold water as this can cause more damage and it will probably hurt a lot as well. Local drug stores do offer soothing products to ease the pain. Calamine lotion is popular and used with second degree sunburns. If your skin is broken or have blisters, do not apply lotion there. Be sure to drink a good amount of water to rehydrate yourself. Try to take anti-inflammatory without steroids in it to help with the pain. Check with your doctor if you are unsure about which one to take. As I said earlier, never break open a blister. It will go away by itself by letting fluids ooze out slowly and the skin will heal itself over a period of time.

Best Way

The best thing you can do to not be exposed to second degree sunburn is to avoid the sun altogether. You can take precautions easily when going out in the sun. I don’t think that getting a tan is worth the pain you might have to endure.

Make sure you choose the right level of SPF protection for your skin complexion. Anyone that has a fair complexion or freckles needs to use the highest SPF lotion you can buy. Only those people from the Mediterranean or have darker skin can use the lowest sun protection. Be sure to reapply the sun lotion every couple of hours unless you go swimming or sweat a lot.

Be aware that prolonged exposure to sun rays can also develop skin cancer. This should be a warning to those who have fairer skin and don’t protect themselves from the UV rays.

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Tips on how to construct a Crohn’s diet chart


There is no standard, fixed diet for all crones patients. To make a diet chart each individual patient has to go through trial and error method and find out which food does not cause any irritation in their GI (gastrointestinal) tract and which food initiates symptoms like bowel cramp, gas production and diarrhea or increases chances of flare-up of Crohn’s disease. Crohn’s disease symptoms are mainly related to the intestine and it is this part of the digestive tract that is mostly infected in Crohn’s disease. In Crohn’s disease it is observed that certain portions of the small intestine become inflamed, preventing it to carry out its normal function properly. This leads to other Crohn’s disease symptoms like malabsorption, malnutrition and even dehydration.

Intestines (especially the small intestine) are where foods are broken down (hydrolyzed) from large molecules (macromolecules) into smaller, water soluble particles with the help of enzymes (biological catalysts). Some of the enzymes are secreted from the walls of the small intestine and plays a major role in digesting proteins, fats and carbohydrates. Minerals and vitamins like iron, calcium and vitamin D are absorbed through the small intestine and these are essential for normal bone formation and hemoglobin (a protein found in red blood cell and is responsible to carry oxygen around the body) production.

In order to get cured of the disease the infected area needs to be healed and healing is only possible when the body gets proper balanced diet and the intestine is in optimum working condition. So crohn’s patients should choose foods which enables healing without causing any irritation in digestive tract. Some tips on preparing a suitable Crohn’s diet are discussed below.

Identifying foods that trigger symptoms:

Each patient has their own types of food that makes symptom to surface and upset the GI tract. Some common foods that aggravate Crohn’s disease symptoms in most of the patients include high fiber food, raw fruits and vegetables, red meat, beverages (coffee and tea), carbonated drinks, fast foods, spicy foods, chocolate, alcohol and also milk in case of patients who have lactose intolerance. Avoiding these foods enables a patient to skip flare-ups or recurrence of the disease. You should keep in mind that if you ate something for example a banana and within or after ten minutes you face stomach or abdominal pain it is not for the banana. The pain might be for something you took three or more hours before.

Maintain a dairy:

Once you have figured out which foods are beneficial and does not aggravate or initiate Crohn’s symptoms and which foods activates the symptoms, make a note of it. Write down in your food diary all the foods that you take and what symptoms you face everyday so that next time when you visit a dietitian this record will assist him or her to help you in making a personalized, nutritional and healthy diet chart.

Recognize and make a note of symptoms:

Understand which types of food encourage activation of Crohn’s symptoms like bowel cramp and diarrhea. For example in patients who are intolarent towards lactose will have symptoms like stomach pain, indigestion and mild diarrhea and even nausea and vomiting. Make a note of what food you take everyday and the symptoms that occur in details. Just jolt down the details in your food diary at the end of everyday. This will come as a major help when you and your dietitian try to figure out how eating and drinking affects your health and what changes to make so as to draw the perfect balanced Crohn’s diet for you.

Measure food:

As discussed previously maintaining a dairy where information is present about food intake and symptoms comes in handy. So why not add more details to this information. Instead of writing “ate vegetables and meat and juice” it could be more precisely written like “ate half cup cauliflower, 2 ounces of roasted chicken and 1 glass of orange juice”. Since amount of food you take can affect Crohn’s disease symptoms you should get into the habit of measuring what food u eat or drink.

Supplements and liquid diet

: For patients who are suffering from fistulas or bowel obstruction or have undergone resection of small intestine, they may have problem absorbing nutrients from food. So it is better if they switch to liquid diet and/or ask for minerals and vitamin supplements from their doctors.

There are many evidences that show that after spending lots of money on medications patients became fed up and finally took the initiative to simply change their diet plan. They were surprised to find that by simply constructing a personalized diet plan gave them quiet a control over their disease. Preparing a well balanced nutritional Crohn’s diet not only helps in healing of the inflamed intestinal walls but also enables the patient to effectively manage the disease by avoiding flare-ups caused by “trigger foods”.

A dietitian or a doctor will tell you to figure out which food is GI tract friendly food to you. There is no point in visiting a dietitian if you don’t have the basic idea about which foods causes discomfort in your GI tract. After collecting details on what food is good for your system and which food aggravates symptoms the guidance of a dietitian is absolutely necessary while making the ultimate diet chart. Or otherwise you may exclude a food item which does not need to be eliminated from the chart or you might end up planning a diet that does not include a balanced diet and may suffer from nutritional deficiency. Once a personalized diet chart is made for you make sure that you stick to it.

Crohn’s diet: What food to avoid

Food that may trigger or even aggravate Crohn’s disease symptoms vary from person to person. So in order to keep the Crohn’s disease symptoms under control, it is essential to figure out which particular foods are harmful for an individual Crohn’s patient and then to construct a Crohn’s diet plan accordingly.

Possible foods that may trigger Crohn’s disease symptoms or flare-ups are as follows:

  • Alcohol (such as beer, wine and whiskey): Alcohol can increase inflammation of the bowel.
  • Oils, butter, mayonnaise, margarine
  • Beverages (coffee and tea): Intake of beverages can cause increased inflammation and to some extent gas and can even make diarrhea worse.
  • Chocolate
  • Carbonated drinks: These drinks can cause gas production in the stomach.
  • Corn husks, whole grains and bran
  • Dairy products (if lactose intolerant) like milk, cake, pudding: Lactose intolerance is common in Crohn’s patients and intake of lactose can result in distressing Crohn’s disease symptoms like bowel pain, gas, cramps and diarrhea.
  • Fatty foods (fried foods or fast foods): Crohn’s patients are often unable to absorb fat through their intestine and this increases fat content in the stool which worsens diarrhea.
  • High fibre containing foods: During a flare up or when Crohn’s disease symptoms are active high fiber food should be avoided as much as possible. Fibrous diet increases the secretion and contraction of intestine (both small and large) and thus painful abdominal spasms (contractions) can occur in Crohn’s patients.
  • Gas-producing foods: cabbage-family vegetables (like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower and Brussels), dried peas, beans and lentils, onions and chives should be avoided as these cause gas in the stomach and intestines.
  • Nuts and seeds (peanut butter, other nut butters)
  • Raw fruits and vegetables: Not all vegetables and fruits should be avoided rather only those that aggravate or initiate Crohn’s disease symptoms should be restricted. For Crohn’s patients, whose bowel have become very narrow due to inflammation, fruits and vegetables should be absolutely avoided.
  • Red meat and pork
  • Spicy foods: Spicy foods tend to aggravate inflammation and can even cause heartburn.

Crohn’s diet during a flare-up and activated stage of Crohn’s disease in quite different that when the Crohn’s patient is going through remission (cure) or an inactive stage of Crohn’s disease.

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How To Use A Vibrator

Every woman is different; therefore each and every woman wants different ways in terms of how to get pleasured or how to finger yourself. There really is no standard or “right” way to get an orgasm using a vibrator. You may have the best vibrator out there but you would still need to work with it and get to know it and your body for you to achieve climax.

It is important that you are sexually aroused when you start to learn how to use a vibrator, as climax for women are as much in the mind as it is in the body.

Get comfortable with your toy, know how it works first and practice using it in different ways and trying out its features. Do not be afraid to experiment, be creative and find a style that work for you and your vibrator.

If you have a vibrator that can be inserted, try using it internally as well as externally. Try this technique:

Hold the base facing upwards (to yourself) and use the tip to touch your clitoris, let it vibrate there for a while varying the stimulation style, then add lubrication and get ready to insert the shaft. From the tip, slide the shaft downwards between your labia and insert the vibrator in a sliding motion into you vagina. Slide back up and repeat.

Try using the Lelo Iris Personal Massager as it has two motors, on the base and at the tip. You will get vibrating stimulation on the way down and all the way back up from tip to base, assuring your clitoris and internal vagina adequate stimulation simultaneously.

The Lelo Iris is a smooth insertable vibrator so you can change it up or use it both ways depending on your mode. It also has five different types of stimulation that will give you a more variety depending on what style you like. It’s great that the Lelo Iris is a vibrating shaft because you can use it externally or internally, depending on what gets you off.

So I hope this little guide helped you a little for how to use a vibrator.

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3 Reasons to Have Your Air Conditioner Cleaned and Tuned Up in Atlanta

Our central air conditioners get a workout here in Atlanta and surrounding areas. Like anything mechanical (cars, computers, lawn mowers), they need proper cleaning and maintenance to deliver the best performance and durability.

Here are 3 reasons it is absolutely essential that you have your central air conditioning system – the outside condensing unit and the inside air handler or furnace – checked, cleaned and tuned up on a regular basis by an HVAC professional.

*See your owner’s manual for the time frame in which you should have this done. Some manufacturers even require it for the warranty to remain in full effect, which is just another reason to have your air conditioner cleaned and tuned up!

Cleaning and tuning the air conditioner will reduce mechanical problems

No Hot-Lanta area resident wants their central air conditioner to fail on one of our lovely 95 degree, 90% humidity days, right? Mechanical problems are the result of maintenance issues adding up. These include low refrigerant due to use or leaks, dirty coils, moving parts that need to be lubricated to prevent undue wear, partially plugged drain lines, components like the blower fan that are out of adjustment, and more. Regular cleaning and maintenance will help fix these problems as well as the hassle and expense they produce!

A tuned up, clean central air conditioner will give you the best efficiency.

Many of us buy high-efficiency central air conditioners in order to keep our monthly energy bills under control. An improperly maintained unit will suffer from reduced efficiency. If you have a 16 SEER central air conditioner that is only performing at 8 SEER – a distinct possibility if there are multiple maintenance issues – then you are paying twice as much to cool your home as you should be.

It is easy to see how having a qualified Atlanta HVAC contractor service your system will pay for itself many times over! This is especially true when you consider the last of the 3 reasons to have your central air conditioner cleaned and tuned.

An improperly tuned or dirty air conditioner will fail prematurely

You paid good money for that central air conditioner or heat pump, and repairs or replacement are expensive! A well-tuned and maintained central air conditioner should last for 15 years or more, even when workhorse duty is demanded of it here in metro Atlanta! Having to replace the unit in 8 or 9 years instead of 15 to 20 will hit your wallet hard. Even a unit that is under warranty when it breaks will be costly because most warranties do not cover labor costs after 1 year, and labor is often the largest part of the expense!

Things You Can Do on your Own!

Between maintenance and cleaning visits from the Atlanta HVAC contractor, you can do a few things to help.

  • Hose the dust and debris off your outside condensing unit every couple of weeks, or after each lawn mowing.
  • If it has a filter that needs to be washed or changed, do it as often as the manual suggests.
  • Keep clutter away from the unit that may restrict air flow and cause it to overheat.

Ask the HVAC pro what other steps you can do. And always remember, in the event that your central air conditioner does need repair, be sure to get at least 3 estimates from qualified contractors to make sure you are getting the most competitive prices available.

These 3 reasons to clean and tune up your air conditioner provide motivation enough to have it done on a regular basis. An ounce of prevention here is worth a pound of cure!

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Guidelines to Treat MRSA Carrier

MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) is generally distinguished from other major bacteria by its strong resistance to withstand most of the powerful antibiotics including cephalosporins and penicillins.

MRSA can influence people in many different ways, and quite a number of people carry this bacterium staph infection in the nose or even on the skin without displaying any kind of disease symptoms, which is normally referred to as MRSA Colonization.

This bacterium can cause several infections including wound infections, boils, and pneumonia. All these diseases are very severe as the bacteria can spread easily just by direct contact from person to person. Let’s talk about the common MRSA carrier treatment procedures in the following sections.

Identification of MRSA Carrier

Staphylococcus Aureus (S. aureus) colonization of the rectum, nares or skin can be easily identified by culturing all the affected area. Clinical infection resulted by S. Aureus can be recognized by cultures of sputum, blood, urine, or surgically acquired specimens.

After identifying the presence of S. Aureus, antibiotic susceptibilities must be carried on. Oxacillin susceptibility examining is the best method to identify the MRSA carrier.

Treatment of MRSA Carrier

Nasal carriage of S. Aureus is one of the notable risk factors for MRSA infections. Presently, Mupirocin nasal ointment has been used as the best treatment of choice for decolonizing the frontal nares. But, latest clinical tests proved that Mupirocin has only limited benefits due to (re)colonization of S. Aureus from extra-nasal carriage sites.

The typical antibiotic therapy that is used for the treatment of the injections caused by the MRSA carrier is intravenous Vancomycin. But, it has been reported that the usage of Vancomycin for curing MRSA carrier injections can result in some serious side effects, particularly in elder persons.

The major side effects of using Vancomycin could include Ototoxicity (auditory damage), allergic reactions including rash and fever, and even Nephrotoxicity (i.e. damage to the renal system). So, the medical professional should assess the MRSA carrier site condition vigilantly, and then go for an effective treatment procedure to execute the decolonization of the MRSA carriers.

Living in the House with Someone with MRSA Staph

The most talked about MRSA infection in the European countries is hitting new moms like epidemic. The nursing homes, where these women give birth to their babies have become the perfect place for the staph infections. Living with MRSA patient, in the same house can be fairly difficult!

Every year 20,000 women in US get infected by MRSA in the health care facilities itself while giving birth to their babies. This condition has become so worse that people have started to question the legitimacy of the proper cleanliness maintained by these health facilities in the court of law.

These infections if somehow reach the bloodstream, can spread in to entire body within hours and are capable of completely devastating the patient’s health.

The worse part is yet to come, this bacteria has already evolved twice to beat today’s antibiotics. Penicillin or its enhanced form methicillin can eradicate the staph bacteria. Doctors use combination of various antibiotics to beat the staph infection.

The major symptoms of MSRA are red swelling boils that have itching effect. These boils match with spider bites but don’t underestimate this infection with spider bites. It has to be put off as soon as possible so that minimum damage is exerted on the body.

So, if you’re living in the house with someone with MRSA Staph then you must be careful not to use infected towel, utensils, and any items that may be infected!

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