Edit, Edit or Edit? — Writing your first novel-Things you should know

I saw an article in Writers Digest recently titled Understanding The Types Of Editing. Well my first thought was, What do they mean types? Editing is when somebody goes into your manuscript and tears it apart, correcting all the grammatical and structural errors, right? Well that is true, but it’s only one type of editing, and there are three different […]

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Festive Lamb Salad — Bunny Eats Design

Hope everyone had a delicious Christmas! We’ve just spent four nights at a bach (kiwi for holiday home) for some family time. We were just a short downhill walk to the centre of Akaroa, a sleepy French harbourside settlement surrounded by dramatic hills. There were barbecues, lots of salads, a glazed ham, whitebait fritters, chocolates, […]

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Twittering Tales #10 – 27 December 2016 — like mercury colliding…

About the challenge: Each Tuesday I will provide a prompt, and your mission, if you choose to play along, is to tell a story based on that prompt in 140 characters or less. If you accept the challenge, be sure to let me know in the comments with a link to your tale. A final […]

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Planning Your Own Workout Program

When it comes to getting fit or losing weight, having a long-term workout program planned out for months at a time, with goals to achieve along the way, will help you to stick with it. To come up with your program, you need to start with the basics to come up with something that suits your needs.


Are you trying to lose weight? Are you trying to improve your overall fitness? Are you trying to tone or to bulk up? Having a clear grasp of what you’re aiming to do in the long-run will help to guide your plan and keep you motivated too.


Now it’s time to think about how often you will work out. If you’re new to workout programs, or are not particularly fit, you may need to go easy to start with. Plan to do some light training on one or two days each week until you start getting used to physical exertion and recovery. Too much too soon could be overwhelming and put you off.


After easing yourself in, you can increase the intensity of the workout and add an extra one or two workout days to your program. Try for three days each week, or maybe four if you’re feeling really energetic. However, it’s as important to include rest and recovery days in your schedule as it is to include workout days.


The amount of time you allow for a workout session will dictate the variety and kinds of exercise you can carry out. For lots of variety, you’ll need a longer session, and for endurance exercise you’ll also need more time.


You need to have an idea of the exercises you need to do in your program. Think about which areas of your body you’d like to focus on the most. Do you want to drop weight off your stomach? Do you want to increase the endurance in your legs? Perhaps you want to bulk up your biceps? You can plan each session with these focal points in mind.


Build your program up bit by bit. Start off by deciding on your general aims, then figure out how much time you’ll have available or want to spend exercising. With a range of possible exercises in mind, plan what you’d like to cover in each session. See if you can cover everything in a one- or two-week exercise cycle.


After you’ve begun the actual workouts, you’ll have a better idea of which exercises work for you, and how long it all takes. You can then adjust your program to match what you learn. With this knowledge, you can then set yourself longer-term goals – like increasing the number of reps or sets you do in a session, or running further in the same amount of time.


Considerations Before You Detox

Do you want to cleanse or detoxify your body?

If you are the one of the many Americans who has heard that you may be carrying up to 20 pounds of excess waste and toxins due to buildup, you may be ready to take action.  Before you start with a cleanse, it is important to determine if you are the right candidate.  Factors that can help you determine if you are ready for a body detox or cleanse include:  Your health.

Are you healthy?  Do you suffer from any medical conditions, such as diabetes or a thyroid condition?

If so, you should not start a body detox or cleanse without first speaking to your doctor.  The are many cleansing programs available, including water fasting, juice fasting, and making the switch to all-natural, organic foods.  There should be at least one cleanse that is right for you, but others could lead to serious health problems.  In keeping with your health, if you are female, it is important to make sure you are not pregnant.  When water fasting, your body will be robbed of needed nutrients.  These nutrients are not only important for your body, but they are vital to unborn babies.

Women who are pregnant or even breastfeeding should never try a water fast.  Juice fasting and the detox supplements do provide you with some nutrients, but not enough.  Speak to your doctor, but the only safe ways to detoxify your body while pregnant is with exercise and healthy eating.  Your daily and weekly schedule.  If you opt for a detox product, you will see that 10-days is the recommended length of detoxification.

Throughout those 10-days, you will experience a number of side effects, as well as make multiple trips to the bathroom.  Although many are able to continue to work or go about their daily routine on a detox diet, others find it difficult to do so.  You may have to slightly modify your schedule or start a detox diet on the weekend.  Your weight.  If you are overweight, a detox is recommended.  As previously stated, our bodies can store up to 20 pounds of toxins and waste.  Those who are at normal weight have some buildup, but it is significantly less.  If you have tried different exercise plans, as well as healthy eating and still were met with defeat, it may be time for a cleanse.

Although a detox is not recommended simply just for weight loss, the end results can improve your health in the long run.  Your ability to stay focused and on task.  If you opt for waster fasting, juice fasting, or a detox product, solid foods will be eliminated from your diet.  Whether you cleanse for 3 days or for 13, you will experience severe hunger pains.  These pains will be accompanied with discomfort, nausea, vomiting, and headaches.  Right away, you may wish to give-up.  That is okay, but your ability to stay focused, on task, and avoid solid foods will result in success.  If you do not believe you can go without food for 5 to 10 days, examine other options of detoxifying your body.  Simple steps such as increasing water consumption, fiber consumption, and exercising can improve your health too.

Unless you have health complications, no harm can come from at least trying a body detox or cleanse.  With that said, always listen to your body.  Any pain and discomfort you experience should pass within one to two days.  If not, seek medical attention.


Can Homeopathy Help People With Mental and/or Behavior Problems (Autism, ADHD, Depression)?

From its very beginnings, homeopathy has helped and cured people with mental and psychiatric problems. In 1792, 4 years before the founder of homeopathy Samuel Hahnemann, MD, published his findings on homeopathy, he cured the insane man Klockenbrink and had him live with him in his own house.

At that time, mentally ill and insane persons were chained in asylums when they were raging. Hahnemann had come up with plans for a psychiatric hospital in 1790!

So there is a long history of homeopathic cure of mental and behavioral problems. Homeopathy is still effective with mental and behavior problems today.

In our day, the homeopathic Swiss pediatrician Dr. Heiner Frei, MD, has fine-tuned the treatment of ADHD in children, and when done with the right homeopathic methods, the success rate is around 70% – without any side effects for the child.

Dr. Heiner Frei has conducted the now famous Berne ADS/ADHS Double Blind Study from 2000 to 2005. The study was consistent with strict standards of conventional medicine and has proven the efficiency of homeopathy as a scientific method.

Homeopathy is reported to be effective in the treatment of autism too. You can find many case stories on the internet for details. The treatment of autism takes a lot longer than the treatment of ADHS.


Which Mental Illnesses Can be Treated with Homeopathy?

According to Dr. Carlos N. Cámpora MD, (Argentina), homeopathy can cure or palliate nearly every mental illness.

In general, fears, phobias including social phobias, obsessional neuroses, disturbances in learning, ADHS in children, depression and many other mental illnesses respond well to homeopathic treatment.



Why do Mentally Ill Persons Choose Homeopathy?

Like many other patients, they opt for homeopathy because conventional treatment is not effective and comes with side effects.

In most cases, homeopathy can completely replace pharmaceutical drugs. However, sometimes both conventional and homeopathic therapy are needed temporarily. Examples for this need are the initial phase of homeopathic treatment when the curative remedy is being sought, or when a person has been on psychopharmaca or psychiatric drugs. Those drugs must be reduced gradually before they are no longer needed.

Psychiatric drugs can be addictive which makes it hard to withdraw. Homeopathy helps to avoid or reduce the typical symptoms of relapse and withdrawal once the drug is stopped. It also improves the general well-being of an individual, which makes the transition easier.

Homeopathic remedies are not addictive.


Where are the Limits of Homeopathy?

This question is hard to answer. Experience shows that the limits of homeopathy are found in the individual case. Of course, homeopathy cannot cure a dementia which has been caused by an illness of blood vessels because destroyed tissue cannot be cured. However, frequently a general improvement and a slowdown of the progression of the illness can be achieved.

On the other hand, schizophrenics, mentally retarded and endogen depression have been completely cured by experienced homeopathic psychiatrists.


Diverticulitis Treatment Options


Diverticulitis is a common digestive disease characterized by pouches that develop within the bowel wall. Although its primary cause still remains a mystery, most doctors believe that people who are over 40 and those who eat very little fiber are more susceptible to this disease.


According to statistics, at least half of Americans ages 60 to 80 are suffering from diverticulosis. This condition can be very painful especially when the patient coughs or moves. The pain and discomfort may last from a few hours to a couple of days or more. Diverticulitis is diagnosed with blood tests, CT scan and X-ray.


A diet that has adequate fiber will produce a stool that is bulky and can move easily through the colon.  If a diet is low in fiber, the colon must exert more pressure than usual to move the small hard stool.


Medications are often used to stop infection and to control symptoms of diverticulitis.  Antibiotics, such as metronidazole and ciprofloxacin are given to treat the infection that triggered the attack.  Prescription pain relievers are sometimes needed if over-the-counter pain relievers do not work in relieving the pain.


To date, there are no medications that can prevent future attacks of diverticulitis.  As far as prevention is concerned, a diverticulitis patient is advised to incorporate fiber into their diet.


Treatment for diverticulitis focuses on clearing up the infection and inflammation, resting the colon and preventing or minimizing complications. An attack without complications may respond to antibiotics within a few days if treated early.


To help the colon rest, the doctor may recommend bed rest and a liquid diet along with a pain reliever to control muscle spasms in the colon.  An acute attack with severe pain or severe infection may require admittance to the hospital.


The antibiotics will be given via injection into a vein. However, if the attacks are frequent and the pain is severe, your doctor may advise you to undergo surgery.


Colon resection is done to remove the affected part of the colon. The remaining sections of the colon will then be rejoined. This surgery is supposed to prevent future bouts of diverticulitis as well as complications. You may also require surgery if you have fistula complications or intestinal obstruction.


If your test results show that you have a large abscess, peritonitis, perforation in the colon and non stop bleeding, an emergency surgery needs to be done. Emergency surgery usually requires two operations: clear the infected abdominal cavity and remove the affected part of the colon, and rejoin the ends of the colon.