If you don't want to stop smoking for your own health, you might have an incentive to stop smoking if you learn just how your smoking affects those around your smoke such as your family and other loved ones. What's really worse about second hand smoke than the damage smokers bring on themselves is that so many of the "second hand smoke" victims are children - those unable to make the decision to avoid the harmful effects of the smoke for themselves. These little folks who depend on your for their health care are the ones most adversely affected because you won't stop smoking. Second hand smoke is also known as environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). It is a combination of the smoke that comes from the burning end of your cigarette or other tobacco product, which is called the sidestream smoke and the smoke that is exhaled by the smoker, called mainstream smoke. Over 400 chemicals are part of the mix in secondhand smoke. Over 50 of these chemicals are proven or probable as cancer causing agents in humans. The term for these is carcinogens. Second hand smoke is everywhere - whether you are home in the presence of a smoker, or in the workplace (though this is becoming increasingly uncommon) and in public places such as restaurants, bars, casinos and bowling alleys. While many U.S. states have begin to outlaw public smoking it's generally for restaurants where those under 18 are present. Bars are still prime places for secondhand smoke, as are bowling alleys and casinos. If you don't stop smoking those who smoke along with you second hand will have an increased lung cancer and heart disease risk. Children will be the ones most negatively affected by this second hand smoke. Kids have lungs that aren't completely developed as yet and because of this they are far more susceptible to secondhand smoke and it's negative ramifications. They are also the ones that have absolutely no control of the environment in which you've placed their health. Children and infants who are exposed to second hand smokes suffer from sudden infant death syndromes (SIDS), bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma far more often than those who have non-smoking parents and adult family members. In the U.S. alone 3000 people succumb to lung cancer as a result of secondhand smoke, even though are people who never smoked or stopped smoking. Death by coronary heart disease thanks to second hand smoke occur in 35,000 Americans each year. Children develop asthma as a result of secondhand smoke at the rate of 8000 to 26,000 each year. Bronchitis numbers are even worse - 150,000-300,000 - and these are children younger than 18 months, up to 15,000 of whom will have to be hospitalized. Only 40 percent of those who don't smoke or stop smoking have no evidence of bodily harm due to secondhand smoke. The most disturbing fact about how your failure to stop smoking effects small children is that the median state figure for children in each state affected by secondhand smoke. The highest percentage is found in Kentucky, where more than a third of children are harmed.
Eastern healers believe the body is energetic. According to them, the flesh and blood that is "us" is innervated by an invisible membrane; a fiber network which is also an energetic blueprint of the physical body. At the helm of this creative vehicle is our thoughts. Thoughts create the energy that will eventually manifest into matter and will determine the fate of our bodies.As you may have guessed, I believe in this idea of energy to matter manifestation. I also believe this energetic support surrounds the body. You've undoubtedly heard of or have seen the "aura," I imagine everyone has. It's is my theory that the body responds to this aura and the purity of it; thus responding to the purity of our thoughts. Easterners, on the other hand, call the energy surrounding the body "chi." In the same way, energetic healing to Easterners happens when chi is cleansed and purified. It is in this state that the body is more inclined to be disease free. I agree wholeheartedly.So how then to cleanse your chi? Here's three of my favorite, simple ways.MeditationWhat does meditation do? Meditation asks you to move to a deeper spiritual level challenging you to be open to your subconscious mind. In this state you can remove the mental "debris," creating an image of peace, health and wellness. Meditation has allowed many ill people to become well again. It has also helped heal cancer and many other seemingly terminal illnesses.How do you meditate? There are as many ways to meditate as you can imagine. And to get the to the root of subconscious there is no one right way. What matters is that you embrace meditation and learn to practice daily for just a few minutes. It is as easy as sitting quietly, then following the breath. This removes focus from your thoughts and places the focus into the vastness of yourself and your healing energy.Healing Touch: Reiki Energy MedicineWhat is Reiki? Reiki is more than a modality, it is an experience. Although the result of Reiki is unique for everyone, most report the feeling of deep physical and mental relaxation during and after treatment. Reiki is administered through a light touch of the hands on various body parts. During treatment, the recipient rests in a reclined position, fully clothed.What does Reiki do? Reiki, through its powerful universal energy, accelerates healing of injury, discomfort and disease. It also promotes the healing of emotional and spiritual issues, as well. After a session many report a heightened awareness of new thoughts and understanding. A Reiki practitioner must first be trained by a Reiki Master to both learn how to channel the healing energy of the universe and unlock his or her individual power. Once this is done, a practitioner can perform Reiki on oneself. It also provides the practitioner a gift and a tool that lasts throughout the lifetime.QigongWhat is Qigong? Qigong (pronounced "chee gung") is an ancient exercise and healing system. Originally an ancient Chinese system of healthcare, it focuses on the Qi, or "chi," meaning "breath" and "energy," and "gong," meaning "exercise." The history of Qigong dates back to, 500 B.C. It is the foundation of Tai Chi and martial arts, combining the two disciplines to create what Garri Garripoli, Qigong master, calls in his book "Qigong: Essence of the Healing Dance," a "moving meditation." Many benefits of Qigong are associated with the balancing of the body with the mind and spirit. It has been proven to increase immune function and decrease blood pressure. Moreover, Qigong has helped eliminate chronic pain and can reduce stress. It does this by breaking up blockages of energy that surround the body.How to do it? Qigong uses slow, controlled, stretching-type movements which allow a person to connect to their source. It does this through deep breathing and guided breath work. Each person is unique and each must trust their own body with this process. When performing Qigong, seek you own unique "balance." Qigong has also become a low-cost healthcare strategy in China. Its foundation is rooted in the regulation of breath, therefore, attention is placed on posture and relaxation of the mind. For Qigong videos check out www.livingarts.com or enjoy the Qigong exercise program I've given you in my book Spiritual Fitness: The 7-Steps to Living Well.Regardless of what you choose to believe about chi, this much is true: Deep breathing and relaxation will bring you balance and peace. Therefore, by using meditation, Reiki, Qigong or a combination of all three, you can stimulate the body to naturally connect to your inner nature and purify your state of mind.
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Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is a very common problem affecting your hands and wrists. Many believe that computers are a major cause for such kind of a problem. But Before this problem was already in existence due to the kind of work we used to do. Computers do add to the risk of the syndrome but, is not termed as a main culprit. There are other reasons for suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome such like knitting, wood carving, minute work or detailed work, excessive use of vibrating machines and driving for a long time.Carpal tunnel lies in the wrist and the very important nerve called the median nerve is also present there. This nerve helps in controlling some of the muscles which help in movement of the thumb. Problem occurs when too much pressure is applied on the median nerve. This pressure leads to the swelling of the tendons which squeezes the carpal tunnel leading to carpal tunnel syndrome.Anyone can be affected by this syndrome. Age is not a barrier. It is being noted that women are affected more by this syndrome, in comparison to men. The worst affected areas are the thumb, middle finger and index finger. You can experience continuous pain, tingling sensation or numbness. The pain can be very severe as it might wake you up in the middle of the night. Do not ignore the symptoms as it may be one of the most serious things which could always cause problems to your hands, arms, shoulders and wrists.Reasons for Carpel Tunnel Syndrome-Rheumatoid Arthritis-Pregnancy-Osteoarthritis-Diabetes-Amyloidosis-Hypothyroidism-Tumors and similar conditions-Fluid retention-Swelling or inflammation of the tendonsSome of the things which you can do to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome-Regular exercise for your wrists and hand-Avoiding too much stress on your hands and wrists-Follow a proper posture while sitting on your computer-Usage of acupuncture or osteopathy-Get your arms, wrists massaged-Avoid pressures on your wrists. Use your elbows and shoulders instead-Take short breaks during work-Warm up before you start your work-Avoid sleeping on your hands-If you are a regular user of the computer you can set your keyboard in a flat position rather than a slanting position-Do not rest your wrists on the keyboard -Try using a mouse pad and avoid resting it on the desk-Type softly-Sleep in an upright position to avoid pressure on your nerves-Don't tie the hand bandage very tightlySome simple remedies for Carpel Tunnel Syndrome-You can apply ice pack for relieve-Usage of acupuncture or osteopathy-Get your arms, wrists massaged
Recently in the news across the USA there have been several reports of parents leaving their children locked in their cars, while the parents sit in a casino and gamble.A great way to stop this from happening would be to legalize online gambling so that parents that can not afford a baby sitter will not do something as stupid as locking a small child in a car alone for several hours.Another solution would be for the casino industry to take responsibility of the people they lure in with promises of riches beyond belief. If the casinos all offered 24 hour free daycare for all casino players those parents who are so far gone in their addiction will not have to make the decision of what to do with their children, they can just take them to the casino and let them be watched after in the casinos daycare centers.As well as making sure children are not being neglected by their parents or legal guardians, the children in their care can be checked for signs of abuse and any parent that brings a child regularly to the casino can be talked to about gambling addiction.Please do not get me wrong I feel the parents should be the ones taking responsibility for their kids, but gambling addiction is a disease, and at least this would provide a way for the government to monitor parents gambling habits, and to provide them with help if they need it.Besides being the right move for the casinos to make for its own civic duty, it also makes good business sense. If the casinos offer such a service they also open themselves up to single parents that could use a little time for some adult fun, and by making the day care 24 hours a day there is no reason why a parent would leave their kid at home instead of at the casinos free daycare.The parents could relax and have a little fun with the knowledge that their kids are being taken good care of.This is not a new concept there are several casinos in Las Vegas that offer day care. These centers offer children of different ages fun things to do, such as all the popular videos, and games fro kids. This will appeal to people with kids. The parents get to gamble and have some adult fun and the kids get to do fun kid stuff. By doing this the casinos will get more business and they are doing the responsible thing for their customers with gambling problems. I understand that the casinos are a business, but they should make sure that some of their less responsible gamblers do not put their children's lives in danger just to make an extra few dollars in a multi billion dollar a year industry If enough people recommend this to their local casinos and state officials, casinos could be required by law to provide child care when they are open.