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Best Reviews for Firefly Vaporizer

I have been looking for a good portable vaporizer for awhile now, and it has been hard for me to find one that I really like. But my friend told me about a model that he has been using, and apparently it is pretty good. I want to check out a review of the Firefly portable vaporizer @Vapor Domain to see what other people are saying about this model. If it is as good as other people are saying, then it sounds like it is going to be good for me. Of course, I can only learn so much from reviews. To really know if I am going to like it or not, then I am going to have to try it for myself and to see how it works.

One of the things that I value the most in a vaporizer is efficiency. So it needs to burn the herbs as efficiently as possible, without getting too hot, and it really needs to have even heating, I think, in order to accomplish that. I also want something that is highly portable and easy to conceal.

It is not like I am worried about the law or anything, because I do not have that problem around here. But I still don’t want everyone in my business, so I would like to keep it concealed. Anyway, another good thing to have in a good vaporizer would be for it to have a good battery life. I like to take vaporizers out with me when I go mountain biking on the trails and there is no place to plug in and charge something out there. So I would need a good battery life to take it with me. I had one before I liked a bit but it broke and now I want a better one.

The Best E Liquid Refills on the Market Include the Ability to Taper off of Nicotine

I am on my way to quitting nicotine altogether. The really great thing is that I have not had a real cigarette in over a month. I am tapering myself off of nicotine I get by vaping. I know there is controversy about e-cigarettes, but I just know that I used it to quit lighting up. I bought one of those high end e-cigs that give you a good full draw that mimics real smoking much better. Then I found the best e liquid refills on the market. I needed to find a place that sold the liquid that tasted like the brand of cigarette I smoked. I did not want any candy flavors. I wanted full-bodied tobacco flavor in my vaping device.

Finding an e liquid that I can taper off the nicotine dose is the thing I needed to reach my goal.

How to handle Emotional Tension

Emotional tension is something most people deal with, on some level, on a daily basis.  You cannot always control tense situations that provoke you to lose your temper or become distraught. Things happen to everyone that are out of our control.

It is not the actual situation that is the problem, or the fact that you are experiencing emotional tension, it is how we handle it that matters most.  Emotional tension is inevitable, but not impossible to handle.
There are many tips for dealing with emotional tension.  The very first one is the easiest tip to follow and will benefit your health, as well.  It is as simple as taking a deep breath.  You will need to repeat the process a few times and in a manner that will benefit your body.
It is not just as simple as breathing.  You will need to adopt correct exercises that are focused on breathing and performed consciously.  While you are busy with your daily routine, take time to pause and repeat easy breathing exercises.
You will need to focus on how to take in a deep breath so it will help eliminate stress.  Opening up the blocks to your consciousness will help clear your mind and make you more aware so you can improve tense and emotional situations.
Not only will it put your mind in a tranquil state, but it will increase your learning ability and imagination.  This alone can improve any emotional tension, lead you to a relaxed physical state, and help you deal with the stresses of daily life.
When you direct your body to take a deep breath during times of stress and tension, you are telling your body to relax.
Focus on taking a deep breath from you abdomen, then deeply inhale from your nose for five seconds.  You have just supplied oxygen to your brain and blood which in turn will allow your body to relax and become calm.  Hold that breath for twenty seconds.  This will cleanse your blood and allow your immune system to kick in.  You are purifying your lungs and expelling oxygen to every part of your physique.
To fully feel the benefits of deep breathing, exhale the breath you have held for ten seconds, through your mouth.  This allows your body to release carbon monoxide, as well as other toxins.  For the best results, it is recommended that you find the perfect number of seconds you can hold with ease.  Once you have this figured out, you can begin implementing this technique when you feel emotionally tense.
Just keep in mind that it is best to hold your breath as long as you can in a comfortable state, and exhale twice the amount of time that you took your breath in. This is a safe and healthy way of dealing with emotional tension.  It is easy to do, doesn’t cost you any money, and can be done virtually anywhere.  Replace your stress and strain with deep breathing and find out how happy and relaxing your life can be.

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The Causes of Feeling Down

Feeling down is an obvious reaction to life’s disappointments, impediments, and day to day struggles. A substantial number of people refer to this kind of feeling as depression or sadness. When people are depressed they feel down, empty, apathetic, inpatient, irritated, and in some cases even violent.

Feeling down affects your day to day activities includinginterfering with your eating habits, your studies, your sleep, and your capacity to work. There are many ways in which you can tell whether you are down or if you are depressed.

It is important to pay attention to the sighs, and to seek help if the problem becomes severe. When you cannot sleep for a longer period of time, or is you sleep excessively, then you may be suffering from depression. Feeling helpless or worthless is another sign. Sometimes it may even become difficult for you not to take control over your thoughts regardless of how much you try.

Some people who feel down or depressed lack appetite altogether, or cannot stop eating, because they find comfort in food. For those who consume alcohol, they may find themselves drinking excessively or engaging in strange behaviours.

Some become very bad-tempered, and more aggressive than usual. Another symptom is when you find that you have a very difficult timeconcentrating with normal everyday activities. These are symptoms associated with depression only if they occur for a prolonged period of time.

Feeling low has been attributed to a number of causes. One of the major causes is loneliness, when a person is lonely; they have a very low feeling of self-worth.

Other causes of feeling low or depressed include being short of money, being separated from family members, the death of a loved one, or anything that adversely affects the person’s life that is having the low feelings.

It is also common for people who lack social support to experience such feelings. Socialization is something that everyone needs in their life to feel that they are worthy. Marital problems can always be the onset of depression problems.

Another cause could be the weather. As strange at that may sound, studies have shown that the winter blues bring people down mentally.

Unemployment is also another factor that can cause people grief. This is especially true for people who are middle aged, and lose their job to outsourcing or to younger people entering the job market. This is seen every day in the news all over the United States.

Bad health can also cause depression issues, especially if the issue causes the person to be terminal. When you suffer from chronic diseases that seem as if they just won’t heal, you feel lifeless and depressed.

Many people who suffer from long-term diseases lack hope in life, and in most cases some of them have feelings of wanting to die. This is when a specialist should be contacted right away, to prevent suicidal thoughts.

Drug and alcohol abuse can also contribute to depression. It typically drains financial resources, and causes drastic changes in a person. It not only ruins the person, but also their loved ones around them. Whatever people may think, there is hope and help. They just have to realize that they have a problem and seek help.

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How Long Can It Take To Start Your Period After Stopping Birth Control

Should You Be Concerned if Your Period Stops after Birth Control

One of the most common symptoms after stopping birth control is the absence of menstruation. It is a term referred to as post-pill amenorrhea and is the act of the body restoring hormone levels. Hormones will regulate ovulation and determine menstrual cycles in women.

Hormone pills or birth control will have women on a regular and predictable cycle with medical control and stopping the birth control will actually replace this responsibility back to the body’s natural functions. Everyone may not respond the same and it can take a varied amount of time for the body to return to its normal function.

On average most women will respond within 4 to 6 weeks as their bodies cycle once without the aid of the medical hormones used in birth control. Some women may typically wait to up to 3 months without worry or concern. It is important to calculate and monitor when one quits the birth control and the active cycle resumes.

Every woman and their bodies can respond differently and it may also be determined by the type or strength of the birth control that will affect the cycles return. A stronger form may cause the body to take longer than a smaller dosage as the body will have to adjust and correct a larger gap of hormone replacement. Many birth controls can have information that can help determine the expected wait for a menstrual cycle to return. One can check this information online or with a health professional such as a doctor or pharmacist.

If you think it has been too long then it may be necessary to perform an at home pregnancy test to determine if one could actually have reason for not having a menstrual cycle. It could be safe precaution to check for pregnancy as soon as one quits birth control to help determine ovulation and chances of pregnancy and cycle of the pregnancy.

To monitor for possible pregnancy it may be necessary to perform a pregnancy test every week to 2 weeks until the menstrual cycle returns, this will help in also determining the time of conception and date of pregnancy.  It is not uncommon for a woman to become pregnant soon after stopping birth control while some may take longer than normal to become pregnant. This is not only determined by the woman and her natural hormone levels but also by the types of birth control and their strengths.

There are some health factors that could be present if it has been longer than 6 months that could cause alarm and may require a visit to a gynecologist. There are tests that can be performed to insure that hormone levels are current and the body is not suffering from any type of disease or cancers. Although it is not uncommon for a woman to not return to normal for that long and even up to a year without complication.

Some women who suffer from stress or low weight can see longer delays in their cycles return as their bodies will have a harder time in restoring natural functions. It is important to monitor your body and its changes and to seek professional aid if questions or concerns may arise.

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Mental & Physical Health

Most people today would agree that health is not a one-dimensional experience. Commonly accepted definitions of health, such as that put forward by the World Health Organisation, incorporate physical, mental and social aspects of health. It follows that being healthy does not just mean being physically fit. Being of sound mind is also important, as is social wellness or the ability to form and maintain a network of friends and associates. Some would add spiritual health as another aspect of wellbeing. But what is the relationship between these components of health, and what is the implication of being strong in one area and/or lacking in another. In particular, what is the connection between mental and physical health and what does “healthy body, healthy mind” really mean ?

It is common to consider aspects of health as interdependent; that is, each element influences the other. Practitioners using this type of health model would look at the balance between aspects of health when assessing wellbeing. They may suggest activity in one realm to offset an over-emphasis in another. For example, someone who is working long hours in an office expending much mental energy and heading toward “burnout” may be advised to incorporate more physical exercise into his/her lifestyle in order to bring the wellness system into balance. This may seem like a simple remedy, but the implications can be quite profound. Making even a small effort in a (previously) neglected realm often results in a much more balanced perspective. By taking some time out to work on the physical aspect of health the mind gets a well-earned break and would most likely return to work refreshed and invigorated. Within this framework a balance of the health components is advocated and over-attention to one component of health is not.

It is generally accepted that there is a relationship between physical and mental health. Many athletes would agree that it takes a great deal of mental effort to sustain physical performance. You need only think of a momentary lapse in concentration, say in a game of tennis; to see how closely related the mental and physical aspects of sporting performance are. Although the impact of the mind on physical performance is generally accepted the influence of physical activity on mental health is not as widely acknowledged or understood. There has, however, been research supporting the notion that physical activity has the capacity to enhance mental health. Physical activity had been linked to a host of outcomes including positive mood, lower levels of depression and elevated alertness and concentration. Many would attribute these associations to chemical changes occurring within the body when physical exercise is performed. Other explanations are less direct and implicate factors such as the social aspects of exercise or the sense of mastery achieved in participating in sport. Although there is definitely some relationship between physical health and mental health, the pathways between the two are not yet fully understood.

It is important to keep in mind that the positive impact of physical exercise on mental health or wellbeing is relevant for mental health but not necessary mental ill-health. It would be unlikely that someone suffering from a mental illness, such as schizophrenia, would be prescribed exercise as a remedy. If it was as simple as physical health = mental health, there would be little need for psychologists. However, most health practitioners would agree that physical exercise is often a useful adjunct to therapy for mild mental conditions where physical exercise has been linked to positive treatment outcomes.

Protect your Mental Health

Protect your Mental Health

Mental and emotional health is a vital part of wellbeing. ‘There is no health without mental health”, says Professor Jane Fisher, the Jean Hailes Professor of Women’s Health at Monash University. ‘Take the time to focus on the positive and the things you can do to boost your mental health and sense of wellbeing.”

Close relationships are one of the most important protective factors for mental health, says Prof Fisher. “Nourish good relationships, be committed to them, and get professional help to address destructive or negative relationships if necessary.”

To build new connections with people who share your interests, you could contribute to activities and projects in your local community or join a voluntary organisation, choir, mother’s group, etc.

Poor physical health or ongoing health conditions can limit your ability to do things, and can affect your mental health. Have regular health checks, and try to be as physically active as you can – There are many free or low cost activities that can keep you active, such as walking groups and community gardens, and these can also give you a break from everyday worries.

Every day, try to find something that gives you a sense of reward or achievement. It might be a simple thing like preparing an evening meal, putting a new plant in the garden, or contributing to a project at work.

If you have any concerns about your mood, mental health or physical wellbeing, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Share with a friend, or seek professional help.

Prof Fisher will talk about the importance of mental health at midlife in the free webcast event -Fifty Shades of Midlife – menopause, mood & more’ on 31 October. Book now at

Published with the permission of the Jean Hailes Foundation for Women’s Health

Tollfree number 1800 151 441 for women seeking further health information

Exercise Effective Remedy For Depression

Exercise Effective Remedy For Depression

With approximately one million Australians currently suffering from depression and this figure expected to grow even further in future years, it’s no surprise medical practitioners, researchers and people with depression are looking to natural remedies like exercise to treat the illness.

A recent systematic review published in the Journal of Science in Medicine and Sport has affirmed regular exercise is likely to be effective in the treatment of depression symptoms.

Central Queensland University Researcher and Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) Spokesperson Robert Stanton said with the prevalence of antidepressant medication dispensed within Australia having increased by more than 95 per cent within the last decade, it had been critical to pinpoint the appropriate dose of exercise for treating depression symptoms most effectively.

‘Understanding the appropriate exercise dosage for people with depression will provide accredited exercise physiologists with a framework that may be adopted in clinical practice to improve quality of life, possibly without the use of medication,” Mr Stanton said.

‘My research partner, Associate Professor Peter Reaburn, and I found exercise programs that comprise moderate-intensity, supervised aerobic sessions that last for 30-40 minutes and are undertaken three to four times weekly over a period of at least nine weeks are likely to be most effective in the treatment of depression symptoms.”

‘In fact, some studies show exercise to be equally as effective as medication or psychological interventions in reducing symptoms of depression.”

Mr Stanton said the research also suggested an affect-regulated approach to exercise – that is, where the intensity of an exercise session is determined by how the patient feels during the bout of exercise – may have the potential to increase short and long term adherence to exercise programs for people with depression.

‘For some participants, exercising at a physiologically determined -moderate’ intensity may not always be perceived as pleasant,” Mr Stanton said.

‘Where motivation to commence and maintain exercise is low, it may be valuable to change the session’s intensity to a level that the participant feels is more acceptable.”

Depression research and information body The Black Dog Institute points out regular exercise can be used to alleviate a number of symptoms of depression by increasing energy levels, improving sleep, distracting the sufferer from worries and inspiring a sense of control and self-esteem.

Mr Stanton said exercising in a group also had the potential to provide people with depression with social support and reduce loneliness.

‘We’ve really just scratched the tip of the iceberg with this research, and it would be interesting to delve even deeper into the best exercise modes for people with depression, whether solo or group exercise sessions are more beneficial and what the best model for exercise progression may be,” Mr Stanton said.

‘People with depression carry a significantly greater risk of chronic disease and premature mortality risk compared to those without depression, so it’s crucial that appropriate steps are taken to treat the illness,” Mr Stanton said.

Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) is the peak professional body for exercise and sports science in Australia and provides national leadership and advocacy on key issues.  It supports its 3,500+ members and the community through fostering excellence in professional practice, education, training and research.

When Your Friends Do Not Understand Your Mental Health Condition

You are just diagnosed with a mental health condition such as depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, addiction, OCD, or some other mental health disorder. You go see a counselor to get help. Eventually your relatives and closest friends find out your condition. The problem is that some of them get on your case and do not understand what you are going through. Here are four ways to deal with this situation.

1. Listen To The Professionals And Not Your Friend: Your friends may mean well, but when it comes down to it, the professionals know your situation more than anyone. They know what you are going through and are trained to deal with your situation. Your friends do not have the answers to your medical condition. When you have questions about your mental health situation consult with your counselor or other mental health professional. Listen to them and follow their advice and not your friends.

2. Your Goal Is To Get Better: Your goal is to get better, period. Don’t waste your time arguing with your friends or relatives who are giving you a difficult time. This isn’t a public relations event where you need to get everyone’s approval. This is your life and you’re the one suffering. Your main focus is for you to get better. This is the number one thing.

3. Tell Your Friends To Learn About Your Condition: Tell your friends and relatives that the best way for them to help you is to learn about your condition. They could talk to a counselor, they could do family therapy, they could read some good books or join you at a support group to learn about your condition. They won’t know exactly the pain your suffering but they will have some idea of what you are going through. If some of your friends won’t do this, then stay away from them. They will only make things worse.

4. Distance Yourself From People Who Give You A Hard Time: This may seem cruel but if some of your friends or relatives are hindering your progress in getting better, then kindly tell them to follow step Three or else tell them to stay away and go bother someone else. Distance yourself from those people who won’t make an effort to help understand what you are going through. You need to surround yourself with positive and supportive people. Again, if you have problems or issues with a particular person, you can always ask your counselor for advice on how to deal with them.

Take advantage of the help that is available around you. If possible, talk to a professional who can help you manage your depression and anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional advice and insights on how to deal with your current problem. By talking to a professional, a person will be helping themselves in the long run because they will become better able to deal with their problems in the future.

Remember your goal is to get better. Treat your mental health issues as a medical condition. If you have a medical condition, you go see a doctor to help treat it. Same thing applies to your mental health issues. Go see a professional and focus on getting better. Don’t try to get everyone’s approval.

Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods” – an easy to read book that presents a general overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to:

The Role of Family & Friends in Treating Drug Addiction

When you are addicted to drugs, one of the first things you lose is your family. That’s because your need to get high becomes more important than anything else in your life. You lose sight of the other things that used to be important to you, such as your career, your finances, and your health. While all of these things are bad to lose, destroying your relationship with your family is by far the worst.


Drug addiction usually isn’t an instant process. You don’t automatically become addicted to meth or cocaine the first time you try it. Despite the way it is portrayed in popular culture, even heroin isn’t usually instantly addictive. Most people use heroin and other drugs recreationally, at least at first. They don’t need to use these drugs, they choose to take them because they are fun, euphoric, and they make other people and life more interesting.

Eventually, however, taking dangerous drugs becomes less of a fun pastime and more of a physical need. Over time, the body builds a physical dependency on the chemicals contained in controlled substances, as well as a psychological dependency. Some drugs that aren’t physically addictive – such as marijuana – can cause a mental addiction that can feel just as strong and binding.

What Happens to the Family

When you get to the point where you are addicted to drugs physically or psychologically – or both – your prime objective is to get more drugs. Most people who reach this stage of addiction will do anything at all as long as it results in getting what they need.

That means they will lie, deceive and even steal from family members in order to feed their addiction. Bank accounts will be cleared out. Property will be sold, even if it doesn’t belong to you. Savings will be stolen. Stories will be concocted to justify the money you need to buy more drugs.

The End of Trust

Eventually, however, you will be discovered. You can’t keep this type of deception up forever, or even for very long. And when your wife, your parents, your siblings and other family and friends find out that you have been lying to them in order to support your drug addiction, they are no longer going to trust you.

That means they won’t believe your lies any longer. They won’t be willing to lend or give you money, even if you genuinely need it for other things such as rent, bail money, or food. In time, they may even cut off their contact with you altogether. It is a painful thing to do, but in their minds it is better not to know you at all than to see you struggle with your addiction and lose every time.

Your Support System

You may not realize it until it is too late, but nobody can make it on their own. You need other people to survive, especially the people you love. So when they turn your back on you and leave you all alone to face the problems caused by your addiction, the results can be devastating.

Homelessness, mental illness, violence, crime and other issues you may have thought you would never have to face suddenly become real possibilities for you. Even if it’s not you who is getting into trouble, just being around other people who are abusing drugs is a dangerous place to be. And worst of all, without the support of your family and friends, it may seem as if there is no way out.

This downward spiral doesn’t have to end in your death or imprisonment, however. There’s always still time to pull out of it. All you need to do is stop, ask for help, and put yourself at the mercy of others.

Families Forgive

Regardless of how bad you treated them in the throes of your addiction, if you genuinely ask them for help and show that you are sincere in your intentions, anything is possible. It’s your family, after all. Blood is thicker than water. Love can build a bridge.

Just don’t expect them to greet you with open arms right away. It probably took you a long time to sabotage their trust in you. So it’s going to take even longer to build it back up. But you can do it if you take it one step at a time.

Next Steps

The best way to show you are sincere about kicking your drug addiction is to get professional help. This is probably the only way you will be able to get clean and begin your rehabilitative process. If you try to stop taking drugs on your own, you are almost certainly likely to fail. And then you are right back where you started in the eyes of your family and friends.

Getting straight is possible. You just have to be fully committed to it and not expect miracles.


Author Bio – This article is written by Paul Smith on behalf of The Cabin Sydney, a sought after and affordable drug rehab centre in Sydney.

Significance of medical detox

Nowadays, the significance of the medical detox treatment offered by the habit recovery focuses is expanding by a wide margin. It is on the grounds that, the earth of these focuses is only perfect to look for the help. This is the reason, numerous addicts decide to leave their present areas, which may serve as the updates for their compulsion and begin the recovery handle in a more suitable and new atmosphere known for health and the outside exercises all around the year. The drug abuse hotline assumes a noteworthy part here.

Subtle elements of the medical detox

At the point when the detoxification project goes before a liquor or drug recovery program, the aggregate system incredibly improves the probability of individuals staying off the drugs and alcohols. To put it plainly, this procedure lives up to expectations by cleaning the poisons, which have got aggregated in the body from the liquor or drug abuse, this procedure expels the things securely from your framework. Thus, if your objective is to begin a superior life towards recuperation, then the detoxification procedure will be the obligatory step towards it. Without the assistance of detox, the probability and the achievement rate of staying off the addictive substances will diminish significantly at this very moment parts of compulsion ought to be tended to and the body likewise should be recouped, considering what a substantial toll the liquor and the drugs can tackle the soundness of any individual.

Why People Opt For Medical Detox?

Detoxification, otherwise called medical detox is thought to be the most secure system to wash down the assemblage of the liquor and drug poisons as this is fundamentally done in a securely observed environment as opposed to doing alone that can be exceptionally risky if not done under legitimate medical consideration. With the assistance of fitting detox solutions and under the right supervision, the agonizing manifestations of withdrawal can be decreased incredibly furthermore the drug recovery technique can likewise be begun appropriately.


Presently leave lingering poisons in the body that contributes a considerable measure to the post withdrawal manifestations like tension, drug desires, crabbiness, dejection and weariness, along these lines it is truly critical that anybody searching for the enslavement treatment ought to enter a detox office first to get clean. Detox not just permits a man to recuperate from the withdrawal indications securely, yet here the patients likewise take in the prerequisites of eating all right great eating regimen is thought to be a successful approach to dispose of the collection of poisons. You can get more data about this procedure at the drug abuse hotline.

The estimation of the masters

There are various cases, when you may need to see pros rather than the general dentists Richmond Hill. The orthodontists have some expertise in diagnosing and treating teeth and jaw arrangement issues. Along these lines, in the event that you are encountering dental issues in these ranges, then you must see the pro orthodontists.

Aside from tackling distinctive sorts of dental issues, the dentists additionally offer some extra coursework. All the more regularly, on the off chance that you require methods or medicines outside the extent of routine of any dental specialist, then you ought to visit the experts rehearsing in any specific Richmond Hill dental clinic.

Should You Visit A Dentist Or An Orthodontist?

It is a typical inquiry among numerous whether to see a dental practitioner or an orthodontist while confronting any dental issue. The response to this inquiry is that it completely relies on upon the sort of treatment that the individual needs. When all is said in done, both the dentists and the orthodontists assume imperative parts in keeping the teeth lovely and sound. In various cases, both the orthodontists and general dentists Richmond Hill cooperate to give all encompassing treatment to the patients.

Along these lines, on the off chance that your family dental practitioner feels that you require an orthodontic treatment, he/she will allude you to the authority. Then again, in the event that you require a tooth extraction, restorative or general dental administration alongside the orthodontic treatment, then your orthodontist will allude to the general dental practitioner.

Does your oral issue require a dental practitioner or orthodontist?

Presently dentists and orthodontists need to experience broad training before beginning the practice, so you will doubtlessly get some extraordinary administrations regardless of whichever Richmond Hill dental clinic you visit. Yet, how to choose whether you require a dental practitioner or an orthodontist for managing your dental issues?

By and large, a general dental supplier is equipped for diagnosing, treating and dealing with the aggregate oral strength of individuals. Plus, now and again, the general dentists additionally perform some uncommon issues like repairing or uprooting tricky teeth make models for dentures and fill holes. Then again, the orthodontists are known for offering specific dental issues that need more serious treatment like as the realignment of teeth.


Thus, whether you have minor dental issues or a noteworthy update, you ought not take the oral wellbeing softly. Keep in mind one thing that your mouth functions as a door to your general wellbeing. In addition, remember to eat sound nourishments to keep up your dental wellbeing.

Running My Brain

I hope you are all well today. I was sitting in my doctors office and he is one of those doctors that does not believe in giving me good stuff to read and entertain me while I wait, the reading materials are all about health. So, instead of banging my head on the wall next to me, since that may draw negative attention, I picked up one of those health magazines.

Something caught my eye, jogging is something that tends to pop into my life from time to time. I do not enjoy jogging, I do not find it to be a fun exercise. I have jogged inside and outside, I don’t like either. Recently, I have come to a happy balance in a effort to lose weight. I recognize that, with my body, jogging does increase the amount and speed of weight loss. So, I do a jogging, walking combination on my treadmill. I set a number in my mind jog to it, when I have met my goal, I walk, and I repeat the process, It works for me.

So, as I am reading this article about jogging, It has the same old stuff in it, good for my body, yea yea yea. But it mentions one I had not heard of, good for my brain. Brain? It seems they did a study and the people who could walk at a brisk pace or run as the treadmill became gradually steeper, also did the best completing long term memory exercises. They taught them related words and tested them on those words, the fittest people did the best.

So I guess I need to try to be fit for my body and my brain. I do tease my kids about someday being an old lady sitting in my rocking chair, flubbing my lips because they all sent me over the edge. But I do have to admit, it is a much nicer thought, to think about being somebody who is sharp in my old age.

I hope you all Have a beautiful day!

How to fight bad breath

Specialists say that the first treatment
The problem is identified, and the first thing you should know is whether the person breath smell good or bad, most people have a fetid smell of breath, but they do not know it, because the brain adapts to the smell of one’s personal.
There is a means of self-diagnosis of the first test of the tongue, and find out what is the color? If the rosy brilliant, it refers to the same well, but the white tongue and peeling in its appearance indicates smelly mouth, according to Harold Katz, a doctor and founder of bacteria breathe, California clinic.
The second test, according to Katz, is licking the back of the hand, and left to dry for a few seconds, and then try to smell the same place.
He said Katz, “It is important to remember that bad breath is usually not a sign of dental health Palestinian corrupt make bad breath .. and the same for the San,” pointing out that “it was found more than 600 species of bacteria in the mouth of the average person. ”
But what is the best way to fight the bacteria that cause bad breath? According to experts, the dry mouth is the most important reason to target the bacteria, so it does not need to be a lot of fluids.
Katz says, “where oxygen saliva, making it the natural enemy of the foul-smelling bacteria, they can not live in the presence of oxygen, drinking water and even chewing sugar-free gum can produce saliva and naturally get rid of bad breath.”
There were sugar-free mints or mouthwash pills, a solution he says Katz It’s not bad, but it is only temporary treatments, and will mask the odor, but does not kill the bacteria that cause odor.
Katz says that “Green tea has anti-bacterial properties that cause odor, and cinnamon contain essential oils that kill many types of oral bacteria.”
Also, eating fruits and vegetables, such as apples or celery, offers dual benefits of bad breath. And chewing more of them produces more saliva in the mouth, according to Katz, the watermelon and berries help.

8 Reasons Why Smoking Marijuana Is “Bad” For You

Society’s preconception that “weed is bad” has slowly been changing over the years. We’ve seen evidence of changing attitudes towards weed to the south, with US states legalizing marijuana, in the growing merit of marijuana as a treatment of diseases, and the relaxed attitude towards cannabis in our own community, though that isn’t exactly new. With the much more positive light modernly shed on marijuana, you’d think the green stuff was truly good for you. One collection of research seeks to prove otherwise.

Wayne Hall, a researcher who studied the adverse effects of cannabis on the human body in 1993, wished to see how things have changed in the last 20 years, after many more studies have been carried out on the topic. Compiling research over two decades, including studies from New Zealand, Germany, and the Netherlands, his findings won’t be pleasing to smokers.

According to Hall, over the past 20 years, research on smoking marijuana has shown that:

-1 in 10 people who regularly smoke marijuana will develop a dependence
-Driving while high will double the risk of a car crash
-Teenagers who regularly smoke are twice as likely to drop out of school
-Chronic use of cannabis as a teenager and into adulthood increases the likelihood of cognitive impairment (though the exact reason why is unknown)
-Regular smokers have double the risk of developing mental disorder like schizophrenia, especially if there is a family history and they started smoking in adolescence
-Marijuana smokers are more likely to develop chronic bronchitis
-Those who smoke marijuana as a teenager are much more likely to use harder illegal drugs
-A strong link exists between smoking weed and the development of cardiovascular diseases in middle-aged adults.

A very depressing mix of findings, especially, if like many of us in Montreal, you’ve been smoking weed since high school. Not all is lost though, as many academics believe many of the aforementioned adverse effects can be cased by many different factors, and not solely due to smoking weed. One example would be the likelihood of doing other drugs. It isn’t the marijuana forcing the person to try other substances, it is the environment and persons (like a drug dealer) you encounter when smoking weed that increase the chances.

A Sleep Study Huh? Sign Me Up

So I was listening to the radio today and I heard an advertisement for a medical group that is conducting a study and is looking for participants who are willing to be subjected to tests while they sleep.

They were pretty vague with exactly what types of studies would be done, but I am going to assume that you are just hooked up to some machine somehow.

It does seem a little creepy, but at the same time it would be interesting to find out if there is something that I do not know about the way I sleep.

I am sure that we have all questioned whether or not we sleep well, and maybe this is the way to tell.

I won’t do it just due to laziness probably, but if the opportunity ever presents itself it might be kind of cool.

Rule of Thumb: Getting Involved

In some ways college students are more connected than ever. Social media has provided multiple methods of staying in touch with friends and sharing information and content. Gaming has also provided a venue of being connected with others and having fun at the same time.

But in other ways many students are not connected at all, and they struggle with “face-time” that is real and not just virtual. Many living environments are both heavily wired and private; if one chooses one may isolate for huge chunks of time and “communicate” widely, yet not actually interact with anyone at all. This is a recipe for diminishing mental health.

So here is a rule of thumb to protect against that deterioration: at least twice a week, get involved in something that takes you out of your living environment, puts you in physical contact with others, and has nothing to do with class, work, or partying. This simple strategy incorporates crucial skill sets which, once learned, will benefit you for a lifetime. The skills also promote good mental health and are also related to retention and academic success.

So what kinds of things can you do? Most students had interests and hobbies in middle and high school, but they may have drifted from them in the excitement of starting college. Consider returning to them, or perhaps be more adventurous and take up new ones. Psychologists believe that learning new skills every five years or so is actually protective of brain health, so it will be good for you on that score as well. On most campuses there are dozens if not hundreds of student organizations, covering topics such as sport, politics or advocacy, environmental awareness, outdoor recreation, art, and so on. If you can’t find one that suits you, start your own. You can also see some ideas on this listThere is really no excuse not to try something.

On the other hand, there is no need to get over-involved, as this can lead to meaningless activity and burnout. Trying new activities also does not have to lead to long-term commitment. Simply try some and if they don’t feel like a good fit, move on and try another. Frankly, what you pick does not matter. What matters is that you pick something in the first place, and that you expand your skills and relationships. This is part of the recipe for feeling satisfied and in good emotional health, and generally your grades will improve too. That’s hard to beat!

By the Sea, By the Sea, By the Beautiful Sea

This is where I spent part of my morning today. That is the Pacific Ocean to the left and Dana Point, California down below. I love walking here. The temperature was a mild 73°F/22°C. The sun was shining, and there was a lovely breeze coming onshore.

Although there are people of all ages walking or jogging here, on a Thursday morning, it is quiet and uncrowded. Most weekday mornings are like that. At times, there are surfers in the parking lot preparing to walk down the 140+ steps to the water below. Sometimes, I stop at the green wrought iron fence and watch them as they ride the waves.

It is on days like this that I am most grateful that my sister badgered me into moving back to South Orange County. I was living in Hawaii for a short period of time, but I really don’t care for the feel of the air in the tropics. I really prefer the fresh air on this side of the Pacific.

I took my Fitbit for a spin here for the first time today. I have some statistics to report. I did only one lap of the walking/view park this morning. That added 1,714 steps to my day. I was hungry and left after only one lap to catch lunch. I’ll make sure to go earlier next time, so I can walk two laps without my stomach giving me an excuse to leave. This was only a seventeen minute walk. It’s silly to stay for such a short period of time. I adore spending time here.

Notice in the photograph above, that the city painted colorful waves on the concrete path. At regular intervals there are small patios hanging over the side of the cliff, where they constructed two or three concrete tables and benches so people can rest, read, picnic or just enjoy the view. Opposite these spots, there are wide steps up into the parking lot. The sides of the stairways are bordered with raised planters containing colorful flowering plants. But the cutest thing is that bronze starfish have been embedded into them, so that they look like they washed ashore on the waves.

There are also colorful mosaic fish laid into the patios of the picnic areas. The palm trees that you see on the right of the photo appear here and there adding a little shade. But they don’t add too much. People who come here do so for the air and the sun. We also stop and look at the enormous majestic mansions that are being constructed in tiers along the sand. Although many people stop to stare, few are really jealous. Some have made comments about a possible tsunami and the damage it would cause the homes.

I would be more concerned about the probability that a full moon, high tide and a storm off the coast would cause large damaging waves. This is a cove. The force of higher than normal waves could rip apart the homes closest to the sea. Then the debris would be pushed into the next tier up and so forth. If this happens, actually, when this happens, the walkway here will be full of people with cameras. Unless there is an science fiction sized tidal wave, the path is much higher than any water could reach.

This is due to the topography of the California coastline. There is a steep drop off along the coast called the California Incline. It is rare that homes or businesses are actually built at sea level. Most of California, even the famous Pacific Coast Highway is higher than that. There are some sections of the beach which can be reached by driving down a steep road or climbing down an unsafe hill. You have probably heard about houses falling into the sea, or landslides along the highway. This is part of the deal when you live in California.

It is best to live on higher ground and enjoy the coast the way I do. I either admire it from my living room window a mile or so away, or drive down to a lovely manicured path like this one for a walk. It is possible to walk along the sand itself, but I will wait until the funicular is running. Let the young ones hike the 140+ stair treads in both directions. I will admire it from this path until I can ride down below. I can be patient.

People are wrong when they say that tide and time wait for no one. When you are retired, you have the time to wait until the city turns on the funicular and the tide is out.

Is where you walk as lovely as this?

Polycystic Kidney Disease and Natural Healing

A friend I have made on the Internet has found that her mother was just diagnosed with this disease. Since they are in the UK the National Health Service is making her mother wait two weeks until they “decide what to do”. I have done this research to try to help. This could be an ongoing story for awhile.

Polycystic Kidney Disease, also known as PKD, is an illness characterized by cysts growing on the kidneys. This disease is known to have heredity as a causal factor. With PKD the kidneys lose their ability to function.

I actually cured myself of a pilonidal cyst without surgery. Pilonidal cysts have a hereditary factor to them as well. When I first got one the doctor told me that I had a congenital tendency to get them. That first time I had it surgically removed. This is a draining cyst that excretes blood and water. If left untreated it will eventually grow cancerous. He told me that I could get another one later in life and if I did it would probably grow back in the same general area. He was mainly right except that it grew on the other side of my body in my abdominal area on my belt line. This made it very uncomfortable.

When I realized I had another pilonidal cyst I reasoned that since it is something that could turn into a tumor and become cancerous that my body’s immune system would see it as an infection and try to fight it. Since I knew about the power of shiitake mushrooms to boost the immune system I decided to use them. Shiitake mushrooms are culinary mushrooms that are delicious in cooking but are not tasty or easily digestible eaten raw. Shiitake is the Japanese name. In Chinese restaurants they are on the menu as black mushrooms. I had Shiitake mushrooms in my meals four to five times a week for an entire month. The cyst went away. I continued to have shiitake mushrooms three to five times a week in my meals for the next month and the cyst never came back. Since polycystic kidney disease means that there are many cysts in the kidneys surgery would be out of the question except for a kidney transplant. The cysts could however come back. I recommend trying the shiitake mushrooms as well as eating other foods that boost the immune system such as garlic, salmon and tuna. Flax seed oil is very helpful because it is anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. It is the shiitake mushrooms however that I have to stress if someone really wants to boost the immune system. The fish is important for the vitamin B12. The iodine in the fish is important to help the thyroid gland to produce the hormones for proper metabolism.

Meanwhile in order to improve kidney function there is much that can be done with the right nutrition. Do not use salt because the inability of the kidneys to pass salt will cause fluid build up. Avoid processed sugar. Reduce or avoid animal protein. Animal protein will cause stress to the kidneys. Shiitake mushrooms contain all of the essential amino acids a person needs in their diet which is better for a person in this condition than animal protein. Vegetable sources of protein such as beans, legumes and whole grains are fine. Avoid beet greens, chocolate, eggs, rhubarb, spinach, Swiss chard and caffeinated tea. Avoid dairy products except cultured dairy products such as low-fat yogurt, buttermilk and cottage cheese.

Celery and parsley seeds will improve kidney function and reduce levels of uric acid in the blood. Natural, unsweetened cranberry juice will reduce bacterial build up and heal the bladder. Dandelion root will help the kidneys to excrete waste material. Herbs that help include goldenrod tea, juniper berries, parsley, marshmallow root, nettle, red clover and watermelon seed tea.

It is good to have a diet of mainly raw foods. Include asparagus, bananas, celery, cucumbers, garlic, papaya, potatoes and watercress. Legumes, seeds and soybeans contain the amino acid, arginine, which is good for the kidneys.

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I just got home from the dentist. I can’t feel my face.

I had some work done at the dentist. The shots they put in my mouth didn’t work at first so they ended up putting more in me! It was awful. My heart started racing and I was shaking a lot. They had me walk around the office until it stopped.

I’m happy to get the work done though. If you don’t take care of your teeth it ends up even worse in the long run. I have to take care of myself the best that I can since I’m still quite young. I don’t want any major problems when I’m older so I’m going to stay on top of things now.

I Want OFF my Blood Pressure Medicine!

I have finally figured out what is causing the vast majority of my tinnitus – my blood pressure medication! I’ve never been really good about taking it every day, mostly because my blood pressure is not THAT high, but my doctor put me on it anyway.

A few nights ago, I woke up with such bad ringing in my ears that I was afraid something else was wrong. I didn’t have any other symptoms, like a headache or anything, so I finally just took an anxiety pill (I rarely take those anymore) and sat up for awhile until it seemed like the ringing got less loud.

The more I thought about it, the more I realized that my tinnitus has really gotten a lot worse since I’ve been better about taking my blood pressure meds. So I’ve decided to try to do some things that might allow me to get off the meds, like eating healthier foods that are high in potassium, magnesium and calcium, exercising more, losing weight, etc.

Sure hope it works!

Chocolate Cravings-Are There Medications to Help You Stop Them

From time to time, a good number of people experience cravings, especially for sugary food.  Chocolate cravingsare on the top of the list for many people.  Biologically, it happens when there is a low sugar level in the body.

The body therefore, sends a message to the brain leading to sugar cravings. Most of the people who are victims, have found it hard when dealing with it. Nevertheless, one can curb the cravings through a combination of healthy exercises and dietary changes.
There are so many ways that can help you stop chocolate cravings. First, you can do substitution. This means you can take a healthy food, and eat it in the place of chocolate.  For instance, you can eat tasty fruits such as pineapple, strawberries and watermelon.
Fruits contain fewer calories, and are more beneficially recommended than chocolate.  The fact that water has no calories, and is vital for your health; it is a remedy to chocolate cravings. When the feeling hits you drink a glass of cold water.
 It is also advisable that you reduce over indulgence of sugar in your diet.  Eating too much of a sugary food can lead to addiction.  Sugary items such as chocolate enhance the growth of certain bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, which will have your body wanting sugary food all the time.
Chocolate cravings can be healed by fulfilling it with other options.  Your body may be lacking an essential nutrient such as magnesium, in which chocolate is one of its sources. It is essential that your diet has enough magnesium to lower the cravings.
Regular eating is another remedy to your cravings. When you skip meals it may lead to more extreme cravings. This is because during starvation, you experience low sugar, and you respond with cravings for something sugary to elevate your sugar level.
Healthy exercise helps your brain generate the same chemicals that are created when you eat chocolate. Besides, you can consume something that is totally different from the chocolate that you are craving.  This automatically triggers your taste buds, and as a result cools down the feeling.  For example you can eat a snack full of spices and nutrients. Small portionsof darkchocolate can remove the craving also.
It is also possible to stop chocolate cravings by waiting it out. It is evident that cravings for any kind of food collapse after 15-20 minutes. You can consequently keep your self busy doing other tasks, and wait for it to disappear. Most people have emphasised that when they are distracted they forget, and the cravings disappear. Changing environments that tempt people with cravings eases the craving as well.
Most people boost their mood by consuming a chocolate which has contributed to their addiction.  You should involve yourself in other lifting activities besides chocolate.
With the information in hand, you can easily do away with chocolate cravings. Though, the procedure might be hard, and it seeks commitment. It is also advisable that you seek more information from a qualified physician. There is really no medication on the market that can cure a chocolate craving.

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