How often have you heard that weight loss surgery is the easy way out? I know I have heard this opinion many times in conversation about weight loss surgery. The people who make this statement, of course, are those who have never undergone this procedure themselves. My reply to this is “The easy way out of what?”. This gets their attention right away.
Is this the easy way out? Not a chance! Yes, the weight loss is rapid and encouraging early on, but it is not an easy way out by any means. We put our very lives on the line when we go in for this surgery. We risk suffering from several different complications during and after surgery. With having major surgery, we face a recovery period, that can be tough. But this is just the beginning. We must change what and how we eat, when we eat, and why we eat amp; we must be sure to get in a minimum of 64 oz of water daily. It is important that we make several major
lifestyle changes during our rapid loss period, if we are to succeed in the long term. What’s easy about this? Oh sure, we may be very sloppy about following the rules and making the changes, and still lose 100 lbs or more. But, what happens after our “honeymoon” (rapid loss) phase ends? If we have not made the necessary changes to our eating, water intake, activity levels, our relationship with food and other lifestyle habits, we can, and likely will regain part if not all of our lost weight.
There too, are the challenges with possible nutritional deficiencies, as a direct result of the surgery. Aside from the Gastric Banding procedure, weight loss surgery is a procedure that creates malabsorptive issues. While this malabsorption is part of why this surgery works so well, it can also contribute to health issues later, if the patient and doctor do not take the necessary steps to ensure that nutritional deficiency doesn’t occur. The surgical weight loss patient must take several nutritional supplements, have regular lab work done to monitor nutritional levels, and follow up with their doctor for the rest of their lives.
Most people who undergo weight loss surgery do so, because all other methods of weight loss has failed them, even when followed in earnest. Most face many severe comorbidities and other health issues related to their obesity as well. The risks of remaining obese, outweigh the risks of undergoing a weight loss surgery procedure. Most severely obese people will tell you, they have little to no “quality of life”. The decision to undergo one of these procedures, is not usually made because one wants the easy way out. It is made because they have tried for so long without success. This is seen as their last hope.
One of the keys to making the necessary changes, and staying on track after weight loss surgery, is a good solid and uplifting support system. It’s so easy to get off track when life is happening. Having a solid support system in place to encourage us, hold us accountable, and share experiences will help us stay on track and allow us to help others as well, with the lessons we have learned during the course of our own personal journey’s.
The majority of patients present to my office with back pain, sometimes the direct result of an activity, but more often than not the onset of the pain is insidious; meaning that they don’t know what brought it on. In order to understand what causes back/neck pain, it is important to first understand your spine and how it works.
The spine consists of 24 freely moveable vertebrae which articulate at the bottom with the sacrum and at the top with the occiput, which is the base of the skull. Each vertebra is separated from the next by a disc, which is a shock absorbing cushion that provides the surface for each vertebra to move upon the next; hence they are “freely movable” upon one another. When we consider how two vertebrae move in relation to one another, we refer to movement of a joint. Thus, a spinal joint consists of two bones and the disc in between them. There are specific normal ranges of movement for these joints which often become compromised or dysfunctional long before the onset of pain. Insidious back pain is most commonly the result of long standing spinal joint dysfunction which goes undetected and unmanaged until the pain actually presents.
The spine is classified into three regions and the individual vertebrae are identified numerically within each region. The cervical region refers to the neck and consists of seven vertebrae positioned so that they form what is called a lordosis. Lordosis is the description of how the vertebrae align themselves into a c-shaped curvature when you look on a lateral (side-view) x-ray. For example, the third vertebra in the cervical region is identified as “C3”
Below the cervical region, the next twelve vertebrae comprise the thoracic region. Each thoracic vertebra articulates with a rib on both sides and the alignment in this region forms a kyphosis, or backwards c-shaped curvature. Similarly, the fifth vertebra here is referred to as “T5”, or thoracic vertebra number five.
The final 5 vertebra make up what is considered the lumbar region; the lower back, which like the cervical region is aligned as a lordosis. “L5”, the fifth and final vertebra of the lumbar spine articulates with the sacrum, which is the large triangular shaped bone at the base of the back. This joint is also separated by a disc and is what we refer to as the lumbosacral joint. Dysfunction in this joint is the most common source of debilitating lower back pain, as by natural design it is anatomically vulnerable to injury. Finally, the sacrum articulates with the ilium, the large pelvic bone on either side of the sacrum, forming the right and left sacroiliac joints. These joints are important weightbearing joints for the pelvis and they move back and forth with walking and running. Ultimately, the sacrum meets with the coccyx at its base and forms the last spinal joint, the sacrococcygeal joint.
Based upon this detailed anatomical design, we can see how the body works like a machine. There is an optimal degree of function obtained when structures are aligned properly and a less optimal degree of function when changes occur, leading to spinal joint dysfunction and pain. The best and most simple analogy is to think about driving a car without rotating the tires. The car will continue to move when the tires are unbalanced, but eventually one tire will wear out because of the prolonged stress placed upon it. So it is with back pain and functional pathology.
The first step in understanding back pain and how to manage it is to understand how the spine works. This overview of the spine explains the general concepts of normal spinal structure and function and introduces the concept that changes from the normal structure affect spinal function and contribute to dysfunction, deconditioning and degradation of a joint over time. This process predisposes to injury and ultimately results in pain. At the time that pain presents, there has often been long standing dysfunction which has caused irreversible damage to the spine itself. Therefore, addressing the dysfunction before the pain presents is an important tool in spinal health.
Advertising has evolved in the past ten or twenty years. There is a new medium in town, and it’s the internet. With just one video, millions of people worldwide can suddenly know of your business overnight. Many businesses have bought into this ideal, and have taken their advertising online. Facebook is just one of the many ways that a business can advertise online, and here are the top ten small businesses that also have a Facebook fan page.
Many of Blendtec’s fans will likely be a fan due to the ‘Will it Blend?’ series. Easily found on Youtube, these videos demonstrate the power of Blendtec blenders by blending various objects, such as iPod touches, glowsticks, and golfballs.
Folgers has benefited from its great online advertising along with advertising on other mediums. With this, it has made a large Facebook fan base.
Orbit has established itself as a ‘big’ gum company, largely due to its great advertising. Now it has a big fan base on Facebook, and that allows it to expand even further.
The smallest business on this list, DieHard Batteries may just have a future in itself due to its online advertising. Its viral advertising has gotten on their feet; now they are attempting to use their Facebook fans to grow bigger.
Who hasn’t seen the viral advertisement series from Old Spice? That alone has built up a strong fan base for Old Spice on Facebook, and is a company that is continually growing.
Hell Pizza has launched its Facebook fan page with its own online advertisement. Now, it’s not any regular advertisement, it’s actually more of an interactive game. You choose you own adventure of delivering a pizza in a zombie-ridden world, quite a clever way of getting a message across. Since then, its fan base has grown, and is certainly one restaurant to keep an eye on.
Steam is one of the premier game clients on the market, and has developed its fan base through its availability of games. It is continually growing, largely due to its large influx of new games.
Mafia Wars? Zynga Poker? Farmville? If you’ve been on Facebook at all, then you would’ve surely received an invitation to play a Facebook game, one that is likely developed by Zynga. Zynga has then used advertising and paid perks to fund its growing business.
There are several game developers on Facebook, and one of the more successful ones is indeed Playfish. They have made several interactive games on Facebook that has made their fan page a popular one.
The creator of many addictive Facebook games, HitGrab operates much like that of Zynga and Playfish. It has developed its fan base steadily through these games, such as Mousehunt, and has generated revenue through advertising and paid perks.
Many businesses today have a fan page on Facebook. Why? It’s just another free way to get the word out about your business. It’s a growing trend, and the businesses listed above have gotten the idea as well.
The cost of college tuition is ridiculous and to make matters worse, it’s rising every year. Debt is the only option when you’re trying to go to college, unless you settle for community college. Getting ready for a 4-year college means that you’re getting ready for a lifetime of college loans. Even though it might sound crazy, college can be the biggest waist of your life, since you’re not even promised a job in your field of study.
Debt is the worst issue when trying to get into a 4-year college. Let’s do some math. The average college tuition for one semester is about $30,000. Financial Aid helps, but not enough. They cover about $12,000, which leaves the balance of $18,000 behind. Let’s say you have about $5,000 in Grants and your parents give you $5,000. That leaves you with a balance of $8,000. Of course you don’t have the cash on hand or in the bank, unless you’re a Hilton, (which in that case you wouldn’t even be thinking of college anyway). So, what are your choices? Well, first you can see if anyone you know can give you the money. You could play the lottery and hope for a win. You could work full time and go to school at the same time and not learn half of what you paid for. Or you could just get a student loan.
A student loan is hard to get. I know you’ve seen those advertisements on television that say you can get $40,000 per year for college. But what they don’t tell you is that you have to have a co-signer. If that co-signers credit hasn’t been perfect for the last two years, your loan will never exist.
Now you’re all set for your first semester of college. When that’s over, then what? Yes, that’s right. You have to go through the whole process again. What are you’re chances of getting a loan of $8,000 each semester? Not good. Even if you do, the interest rate may be high or you may even end up with one of those loans where the cash goes straight to the college. Then you’ll have the buy your own books and any software you might need with cash out of your own pocket!
So, at the end of those 8 long, hard, semesters you get a big reward, a degree! You also get a tuition bill for $64,000, not including interest! Well that’s expensive, but at least you got your education that’ll help you get that job you want. But, you forgot one thing, there’s a 75% chance you won’t get the job you’ve been learning about for 4 years. What happens when six months pass and you still don’t have that job? You end up returning to your summer job at Food Lion to pay the bill. Your salary at Food Lion will probably be between $6 and $8 an hour. How are your going to pay $100 per month on college bills, buy a house, pay utility bills and buy food? You can’t!
In conclusion, I’m not telling you not to go to college. I am telling you to plan your life the smart way. Don’t go to Medical school to be a day-side stocker at Target. It’s a waist of time and money. Search for good schools with good prices, not schools that have a reputation for being majority white or black or the best party throwers. If you know what you want, by all means go for it, but don’t get in $64,000 of debt doing so.
St. Francis College is a private four year college located in the Brooklyn Heights section of Brooklyn, minutes away from Manhattan. Recently it has been rated as one of the best baccalaureate colleges in the North and named by www.Forbes.com to its America’s Best College list. Students who attend St. Francis College have the option of commuting to the college or living on campus in the dormitory halls which have renovated recently.
St. Francis College was founded more than 150 years ago by the Franciscan Brothers. The Franciscan tradition of the college guarantees an educational environment that is supportive of the student. For 150 years the mission of St. Francis College has been provide its students with an affordable, quality education in a comfortable atmosphere.
With a student to faculty ratio of 17:1 students are given personalized attention by professors, many of whom hold the highest degrees, in small classes who know each student individually. From the personalized experienced to the variety of research opportunities, internships, and study abroad programs. St. Francis College will send students on the path to success in your personal and professional life.
The core curriculum at St. Francis College offers a substantial liberal arts program with majors and programs including Management, Communication Arts, Psychology, Education, Criminal Justice, Biology and Sports Management. There is also a 5 year combined Bachelor and Masters program in Accounting. At St. Francis College there is an Honors program that offers a interdisciplinary approach in a relaxed seminar environment that includes trips and other activities building toward a senior thesis.
Many of the classrooms at St. Francis College are “Smart” classrooms that contain wireless Internet access and multi-media technology. There is also an up-to-date library that features advanced technology for research, new reading rooms, classrooms and expanded areas for group study. St. Francis College has a theater that presents small theatrical productions and a lecture hall for community activities and educational conferences. St. Francis College also has a high definition TV studio and a newly renovated state of the art student center cafe with wireless Internet access and a lounge for students to relax in.
Nearly 30% of St. Francis College students move on to graduate school after 4 years. There are also several study abroad programs offered at the college enabling students to get the college experience while embracing new cultures.
St. Francis College offers its students an excellent comprehensive four year education with fine scholarship opportunities. It also offers reasonable tuition rates and flexible payment plans. Admission to St. Francis College is competitive and is based on student’s overall accomplishments. Students who wish to attend can apply online at www.sfc.edu . If you apply online the application fee is waived.
I would have never normally purchased this razor. I, like so many other woman, HATE shaving. Because of the ultra fine hair I have, I don’t have to shave often. But you know yourself, every once in a while the need does arise where you either feel like shaving or you are going to a “doctors” appointment and just have to shave.
I ran my first 5k this past June in Hartford, CT. It was the Susan G. Komen race for the Cure. My running partner and I got there early and they literally threw products at us! Several days after the run I sifted through my bag and found a Schick Intuition package that had some extra cartridges in it.. I of course tossed it aside because I had shaved before the run! It was probably a week later that I finally looked at it.
I opened the box and inspected it. The first thing I noticed was the soap attached to the top. It peaked my interest and I removed everything from the package and placed it all near the tub so I could use it the next time I took a shower. I grabbed the razor and began shaving. Amazingly the 3 blades did well with my fine hair and I was shocked that it worked so well. The razor is a little gimmicky and I thought that the soap part that surrounded the razors would not work at all.
I was so pleased with the results. I did not cut myself, did not mess with any kind of gel or shaving cream and it worked so well, making a very soft lather as I shaved away. I was so pleased with how it worked that I told everyone I came in contact with. Very few times have I come across a product such as this that honestly thrills me.
I have looked in the store and the price set me back a step because one of those packs of $2 disposable razors could last me months. Quickly I remembered how wonderful that razor was and I realized that once in a while you do find something like that which you will spend money on!
When looking into the Schick Intuition I found out that they are a supporter of the Starlight Starbright Children’s foundation. This is a wonderful non-profit organization who brightens the lives of seriously ill children and their families providing in-hospital and out patient programs to enhance their ability to cope with the stress of the illness. Schick was a huge supporter for the Komen race and I thought that was wonderful.
So, not only is this the best razor that I have ever used, they support the same kind of programs that I do. If you have never used one of these razors before, look for a coupon on line and then go pick one up! I assure you, you won’t be disappointed in it and it will take some of the stress out of shaving if your like me and HATE to shave!
You finally received your bachelor degree, applied to different law schools, got accepted to one of the law schools, and are now trying to figure out how you are going to afford law school tuition. Believe it or not, but this should not be your main concern. You look at your classes online or through an early syllabus handout and realize there are reading assignments due on the first day!
What did you get yourself into?
The truth is that law school is different than anything you will ever do. You usually only have one test for your semester grade and there is no extra credit or homework to pad your grade.
I want you to take a deep breath and exhale. You can get through this, but you must first realize what to expect. Law school is not like undergraduate universities. Your undergrad classes probably had a professor that lectured the class. In law school YOU are the lecturer. The professor will call on you and you must discuss one of the assigned cases. Your professor will throw all types of questions at you. This is called the Socratic teaching method, which will test your case briefing skills. So, what exactly is a case brief? The best way to explain the case brief is to tell you that you must be ready to answer the following questions about the case:
“What are the facts of the case?”
“What is/are the issue(s) presented in the case?”
“What is/are the holding(s) of the court?”
“Are there any applicable precedents or statutes that pertain to this case?”
“What is the court’s rationale? What are the concurring opinions? What are the dissenting opinions?”
“What is your opinion of the court’s treatment of the issue?”
Now imagine you have to prepare for these questions for many cases for one single law school day. The idea of this prospect can seem daunting. The truth is that your law school professor assigns a handful of cases and you have no idea if you will be called on or what case you will have to discuss. The best solution is to prepare for all of the cases as though you will be called on for every single one.
If you are afraid of the professor then I ask you to get tough. Law professors have an uncanny ability to smell fear in their students. Also, please realize that everybody needs help, and you should not be ashamed to ask for help.
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We’ve all heard the theory that a lot of pets look like their owners. Now more than ever this can be attained – through animal plastic surgery! Yes, our society is becoming so obsessed with appearances that apparently even pets can’t be allowed to look like “a dog” anymore. Maybe you’ve had a few things “done” and now your pet’s look just can’t keep up. Make an appointment with the local pet plastic surgeon for a little surgical makeover for your furry friend.
A Brazilian surgeon who specializes in animal plastic surgery has a special way to justify his pet practice. Dr. Edgado Brito says that the animal’s health comes first but that if the owner thinks that their pet is attractive they will have a better relationship. “Good symmetry is very important. All that is not symmetric we don’t like.” Excuse me, but who said everything has to match perfectly? It’s nice when things look balanced, but what’s unbalanced is this out of control need for absolute perfection in ourselves and now our pets. I thought one of the great things about having a pet was their unconditional love. They love us and respond to us no matter what we look like, can’t we return the favor? Isn’t it possible to have a good relationship with someone, or some animal, who is less than perfect? Is it possible that only the world’s most beautiful people and animals can be truly happy? Judging from the news headlines I would have to say no.
It’s true that the reason most animals undergo plastic surgery is health related. A lot of breeds have skin fold problems or other malformed body parts that can cause chronic infection. Many who own purebreds or show dogs wouldn’t want their pets to have any cosmetic changes made because it would change the look of the breed. In fact the American Kennel club forbids any appearance altering surgeries for show dogs, unless it’s something that is breed related, such as ear or tail cropping. Yet Dr. Brito admits he performed a mammary tightening operation (boob job) on a couple of dogs after they gave birth because the owners wanted to show them. I wonder if the other dogs whispered behind their backs, catty sotto voice, “You just know they’re fake, I mean really, she just gave birth like, what, a month ago? I know my nipples dragged the floor for at least two months.”
There are cases where pets have had liposuction, tummy tucks, botox injections, and more. Some pet owners have given their neutered dogs testicle implants. One man said that he did it because, “It’s my issue. I wanted him to be whole in my mind, and that was the decision I was going to make.” It sounds to me like he would have benefited more by spending that money for a few hours on the psychiatrist’s couch. But at least his dog still has some balls to lick.
Animals cannot consent to cosmetic surgery. They give us all of their love and in return we should give them some consideration. It’s one thing when our pets need a surgical procedure, but it’s another when we inflict unnecessary pain and risk on them for the sake of their appearance. Every surgery can have bad side effects and there is always the risk of complications and even death. I suppose if someone is wealthy and crazy enough to put their pet through plastic surgery than there’s no law against it – yet. I just think Fido would be happier with an extra walk every day, a few hugs, and a big juicy steak every once in a while. Animals are much happier with love than liposuction.
We always hear exciting travel stories with friends. With less time spent with families and more time focused on work or rather spent socializing with friends, it is nice to plan a trip with family, parents in particular, for a change.
You can still have a grand time just the same when going on adventures with friends. Though traveling with parents, especially folks of more advanced years, requires a slower pace, it doesn’t mean that fun and excitement are out of your itinerary. Here are some ideas to serve as reminders as well when going on a trip with your mom and dad:
Plan a suitable itinerary
Save your bungee jumping and kayaking plans with your friends or siblings. Remember, your parents brought you to this world and raised you…so it is an obvious fact that they are much older. Their energy is not at the same level as yours, so plan activities that are well-suited to their physical capabilities.
Be considerate enough not to have tiring activities. As much as possible, make your trip relaxing and enjoyable. Simple sight-seeing or group tours can work well for your folks. They should be taking their sweet time, not running breathlessly from one place to another. A hectic schedule is for today’s generation. Don’t punish your parents with modern days’ insanity.
Make rest a priority
That’s why you guys are on a trip, right? Unless your parents are accompanying you to your business trip and escorting you to your never-ending appointments and meetings, this trip equals real vacation. No stress and no worries.
It’s nice to see as many places as possible, but remember, your parents are not the young couple they used to be. Older people get tired more easily and they require more rest. Don’t ignore signs of fatigue. You wouldn’t want them to be sick or too tired to enjoy their trip. Make sure that your day ends early enough for them. If you wish to go clubbing, plan on your own. Your parents need to be at the hotel resting at least after dinner time.
Don’t forget their medications
This is crucial, especially if you’re traveling overseas. Bring their doctor’s prescriptions and keep a list of the medicines they need to take. Monitor their schedule and ensure that they take their meds on time.
For those suffering from diabetes, asthma and hypertension, accurate dosage and right time are important to follow. Remind your parents about their medicines, and be thoughtful to help them especially if they need to take some medications in the middle of the night.
It doesn’t mean that because you’re on vacation you will disregard proper diet. For you, perhaps it is acceptable. Who wouldn’t want to satisfy cravings for specialty desserts or spend the day slurping fruit shakes? But with your parents, especially if they have chronic ailments that entail careful selection of foods, eating right is very important. Avoid ordering dishes that are high in salt, sugar and oil. Make your parents’ vacation fun and healthy!
Pack your First-Aid kit
If there’s one thing you should prepare first, it’s your first-aid kit. Bring necessary materials like gauze, ointments, band-aids, bandage, adhesive tape, thermometer, and antiseptic wipes for any unforeseen events that would need such things. It’s better to be prepared than be in a panic mode when something unfortunate happens. In this case, you will also be saving some dough if you have your own medical supplies.
Have emergency numbers on hand
This is also true for your parents. All of you should have copies of emergency contact numbers of the place you are visiting such as the hospital ER, police or rescue hotline, and even of the taxi service. Include too the number of your embassy when traveling abroad. You can put your parents’ minds at ease when they’re aware that you know where to ask for assistance for any eventualities.
This doesn’t need much explaining. With all the reminders you have to bear in mind, having fun is one of them. Make the trip with your parents a memorable time for all of you. Savor each moment and enjoy your time with them. You may not be doing the usual things you do on vacation, but wouldn’t it be nice too to go slow this time, and smell the roses? And wouldn’t it be so sweet to take care of your parents’ needs even away from home?
Take lots of pictures and give an album of your trip to your parents when you get home. They will surely appreciate it.
We’ve all had moments where what we felt was the total opposite to what we know. A lot of people think of the business world as a place where there is no room for following your intuition, but is it really? It might surprise you that a lot of shrewd and analytical people listen to their gut when they make decisions. Such people tend to be very successful and avoid pitfalls that people who only look at numbers stumble blindly into.
Let’s take a look at how following your gut can be another weapon in your business arsenal and how to develop this weapon to it’s best effectiveness:
First, we need to look at what people mean when they talk about intuition. If you’re someone who’s into new-age concepts, you’ll probably think of intuition as some guiding force from outside yourself, some spirit guide who’s there to steer you in the right direction. A very religious person has a similar concept of intuition. Whether it’s your god, spirits, angels, or vibrations in the air, it all boils down to something out there giving you a nudge in the right direction. On the other hand, a very analytical person thinks of intuition as your subconscious seeing patterns your conscious mind doesn’t. This pattern recognition can give you a good or bad feeling about a business plan or deal that you feel strongly about, but just can’t explain why. The beauty of intuition is that it doesn’t matter where you think it comes from. Outside force, or a person’s own mind – whatever the source, intuition can be used as a valuable addition to your decision-making process.
Learning to follow your gut can come from several techniques. Self-hypnosis can give you a great boost when it comes to getting your conscious mind in sync with your subconscious mind. For those who don’t want the rigid structure of a hypnosis program, simple meditation can help you reap great benefits. Whichever way you go, the object of either exercise is to let go of irrational fears that get between you and those “gut feelings”. Someone who’s afraid to take any risks at all won’t be able to find a great deal of success, regardless of how talented or prepared they are. Someone who’s phobic about flying will always have this fear talking to them when they think about airplanes. Similarly, unreasonable fear of risk can cripple someone who seeks success in any endeavor.
Once you’ve learned to let go of irrational fears, it’s time to start learning to listen to your intuition. After fear, the greatest hurdle to overcome is the tendency to discredit what you’re feeling. Too many people simply don’t believe that intuition has anything valuable to tell them. They fall for scams because the numbers (provided by the scammer) look good enough that they simply ignore that feeling that something’s wrong. Once you’ve let go of irrational fears, you intuition can be an invaluable guide that helps you avoid bad decisions, you just need to learn to listen to what it’s telling you. The best way to do this is to learn to trust your first impressions. Don’t let yourself be persuaded to make a decision that’s not in your best interest.
Following your gut is really an easy thing to do. Once you trust yourself, you will learn to simply avoid deals that don’t feel right. When your gut and the numbers both agree with something, you can throw all your talent behind the decision and take yourself to the best success possible.
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