Saturday, January 28, 2017

Old Wives Tales About Pregnancy

Every woman who has ever been pregnant or is currently pregnant finds herself at one time or another being the recipient of advice from well meaning people. Some of this advice has been passed down through generations and are commonly referred to as old wives tales. Old wives tales have been around for so long that they are often regarded as fact. Some of these tales contain dire warnings about activities that should be avoided at all cost by pregnant women, for fear that they will harm their unborn child. Like urban myths, old wives tales are often personalized by the teller who knows for certain that her cousin’s boyfriend’s sister or some other distant relative failed to follow the advice and suffered dire consequences.

I worked with some very caring older women during my first pregnancy and out of their deep desire to help me navigate my way to mother hood, offered endless pieces of advice about what I should and shouldn’t do while pregnant. Some advice, like drinking plenty of water was sound and given whole hearted approval from my doctor.
Drinking plenty of water is a good habit at any time, but especially when you are expecting. Water can help you avoid constipation and dehydration. One reason that I read: that you should drink plenty of water so your baby won’t get dirty inside the amniotic fluid definitely fell into the category of old wives tale.

Another popular old wives tale concerns the mother to be raising her hands over her head and causing the umbilical cord to wrap around neck of the unborn baby, causing strangulation. It is true that sometimes the cord will find its way around the infant, but that is caused by the natural movements of the baby in the uterus. Nothing the mother does causes the cord to wrap around the baby. Besides, if it were true, how would you get dressed? If there were any truth to this rumor, there would be no maternity clothing designed to go over the head. And how would you reach items in the grocery store? Obviously there is no truth to this story.

Pregnant women have enough to focus on, making sure that they have a healthy baby. Old wives tales may be good for a laugh but any serious advice should come from medical professionals. They know how to ensure the health and safety of both mother and baby.

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NYC Fashion is at the Center of Cool

Here’s an interesting twist on the “Kevin Bacon Game” for you: what is the connection between NYC Fashion and the reign of the 16th-Century Russian Czar known to history as Ivan The Terrible?

You may never have heard of Roman Petrovich Tyrtov, but if you enjoy old movie musicals from the 30s or are a devotee of early Broadway theatre, you know him by his initials, “R.T.” – or as it was pronounced in French, “Erte.”

Czar Ivan IV (who was probably no more or less “terrible” than any of his contemporaries) was notable for transforming Russia from a small medieval kingdom into a vast, multi-ethnic empire; Erte’s earliest known ancestors were part of this ruler’s court and inner circle. Erte’s father, Pyotr Ivanovich, was a Russian Fleet admiral and headed the Russian Ministry of the Navy under Czar Nikolai Romanov just prior to the Russo-Japanese War.

It was into this remarkable family that a boy who would grow up to define NYC fashion during the Art Deco period was born in St. Petersburg on 23 November 1892.

As you might imagine, Erte’s father had other ambitions for him than that of a fashion designer. However, the young man named Roman had no desire to pursue a naval career, and left home at the age of 18 to go to Paris and become a designer of fine women’s clothing. Nonetheless, sensitive to his father’s pride and his family’s military tradition, he started going by his initials in order to spare the Tyrtov family any embarassment.

Erte’s influence on NYC Fashion was soon to be felt; in 1915, only twenty-three years old, he was hired by the first American fashion magazine, Harper’s Bazaar – a publication which still reports anything and everything you want to know about NYC fashion.

Although first hired by Hollywood, prominent New York producers Florenz Ziefield and George White soon took note of Erte’s designs. Erte was the creator of the lavish, Art-Deco themed costumes that adorned Ziegfield’s girls in his Follies of 1923 as well as George White’s Scandals.

Sadly, Erte’s contribution to NYC fashion over the course of his 97-year lifespan is largely forgotten today; in fact, the largest collection of Erte’s work is to be found not in New York, but in Tokyo. Nonetheless, Erte’s sleek designs continue to influence the world of NYC fashion well into the 21st century. And for modern women who feel pressured to measure up to a corporate definition of beauty in a commercialized world, here is some advice from the master himself: “A resourceful woman who is almost downright plain can achieve the reputation of a beauty simply by announcing to everybody she meets that she is one.”
That could be one philosophy behind NYC Fashion.

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Mobile Veterinary X-Ray Solutions

Both large and small-animal veterinary practices add additional value to the services they provide by offering mobile veterinary units in vans or trucks. Sometimes this is the only way to see your animal patients, but it can be challenging because you essentially need to bring all of the basics that would be provided at your office on the road with you. This also includes Veterinary x-ray equipment. Many vets choose to use Veterinary Digital X-ray solutions to meet this challenge. These can be sized to fit in a vehicle, and will provide you the information your need to offer excellent patient care even away from your main office.

Veterinarians can choose from Veterinary CR or Veterinary DR systems. These are digital imaging systems, both of which can be used in a mobile environment. Both CR and DR imagers will take digital x-rays that will be converted to the dicom format used for medical digital images. Both types of image capture systems are available in mobile models that can be easily rolled about on hand carts with wheels, so that you can move the equipment into place around your patient. Mobile systems are also lightweight, making them more convenient to move and load into your vehicle. Systems will take on a compact form for ease of getting the equipment into your mobile unit as well. CR systems have the advantage of being the most cost-effective digital imaging solution currently available, and they have the added advantage of offering you the flexibility to retrofit existing film imaging systems so that they can also take digital images. DR imaging systems offer the highest resolution imagers on the medical market today.

For even more versatility while out on the road, you can also use a mobile Veterinary digital x-ray system in conjunction with a Veterinary PACS software and hardware unit running on a laptop computer. The PACS system will then allow you to view the digital medical images you take out in the field, giving you speedy results and diagnoses. Digital images in dicom format may then also be sent via a wireless Internet connection back to your main office for further study and storage. PACS systems can be used on workstations to enhance the digital images through the contrast, brightness, zoom and crop features built in.

When working in a mobile environment, a veterinarian might never know exactly what types of services he or she will need to be able to offer on a moment’s notice, but with a digital x-ray unit on board you will have a major system in place for gaining valuable patient information.

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"One Day at a Time, Sweet Jean Size . . . . . ."

I started training about a year ago in three months I lost nearly two stone and went from a size 14 to a between a size 6 and 8. I loved training, adored it, but, never had the figure that was my ideal, even when I got down to a size 6!!!

Then I met my new partner who had been into fitness all his life, but when we started living together, training stopped and loved upness began, and, believe you and me I have no regrets.

The thing is that the loved upness didn’t stop, and still hasn’t, but the size 6 has receded back and realising my new clothes were no longer fitting AT ALL I decided to go back into training. So got the picture of the body I wanted in my mind, even off pulled one off the internet so I would have something to properly aim for and off I set.

Week 1 gave up, kept looking in the mirror size 8 never mind 6 was still far into the future. Then I became totally fed up and very down and dismal on myself about how I had sunk back into not training again. Told myself and my partner I would restart next week, then, next week came I would start then give up, same old reason.

Looking in the mirror seeing the spare tyre just made me so despondent. My partner, due to the fact he has trained his body all his life can put on weight then, within a couple of weeks shift the whole bloody lot, this didn’t help, it just made me more fed up and toe curlingly jealous.

Then whilst looking through an abs building site it dawned on me that there are two groups of people. The first gauges their progress against how near they are to attaining some kind of an ideal goal. The second group measures their progress from the place where they started.

Measuring your progress against an ideal is like trying to travel to the horizon. You can never get there because no matter how much you move toward it, the horizon will always be a long distance off, as it was with me, no matter how fit or slim I became it was never enough, so my goal always seemed to be an equal distance away from where I was when I started.

People that use this strategy in deciding whether or not they are making progress are always frustrated because it seems that they are making no progress.

The second group of people are those that note where they were when they started. When they look back, it is obvious that they have made progress – even if it is just a little progress.

The problem that I encountered, and have since recognised, is that I did not stop to celebrate my success. Instead I kept looking at where I was and where I wanted to go and felt a sense of disappointment when I should have been celebrating my progress of how far I had travelled.

So for anyone and everyone who is trying to do anything. Learn to measure your progress from where you started. If you measure your progress any other way – you will always feel deflated and despondent. You ARE making progress. Make sure you celebrate even the smallest success. If you are trying to make go of a new business venture celebrate anything even down to just one person looking at your site/shop/etc. If you are on a weight losing journey celebrate the small things ie giving up sugar in coffee, an ounce of weight loss anything and everything. If you will just do this one small thing, you will notice that more success will come to you faster.

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An Overview of Drug Addiction

Dependence on a drug is influenced by the personality of the drug-taker, circumstances, and the drug itself. Certain kinds of personality, especially the psychopathic, the immature and the unstable, readily become addicted to drugs and will use any drug that is available, indicating that the nature of the person is more significant than the nature of the drug. If one drug becomes difficult to obtain the addict will just use another drug.

A drug may be used simply because it is easily accessible. For example, in certain occupations there is frequent exposure to certain kinds of drugs. In some cases people become addicted to sleeping tablets first given to them in hospital as a sedative.

A drug itself may have certain attractions, and produce certain desired effects. For example, alcohol may be used to reduce inhibitions, morphine to kill pain, and barbiturates to produce ‘highs’. Also some drugs are more likely to lead to dependence than others. There is considerably greater psychological dependence on heroin, morphine, cocaine, and amphetamine than on marijuana, and there is greater physical dependence on heroin and morphine than on barbiturates, alcohol and amphetamine, and physical dependence is even less on cocaine and marijuana.

The most common addictive drugs are the opiates or narcotics such as heroin or morphine. Morphine can be prescribed to relieve pain without fear of addiction, though if taken often enough it will lead to addiction. Heroin, which is a derivative of morphine, is even more likely to cause addiction. If heroin is withdrawn from the addict he will experience restlessness and sweating.

Physical dependence is a state of addiction which develops from taking increasing amounts of the drug as tolerance increases. Eventually it is impossible to withdraw the drug without severe withdrawal symptoms, in some cases leading to death. The need to relieve these symptoms is a feature of physical addiction.

Psychological dependence is the formation of a habit involving milder forms of addictive drugs such as tobacco, alcohol, and amphetamines. A person develops a habit of taking a particular drug because it produces a certain effect or change in mood. The habit is established when the individual takes the drug irrespective of mood. This indicates the psychological need and the individual becomes disturbed if the drug is not available when needed.

Addiction of tobacco nicotine is more psychological than physical. The withdrawal symptoms include craving for a cigarette, sleeplessness, coughing, and increase in appetite. The dependence on alcohol, which has been described as a liquid barbiturate, is less likely than dependence on other barbiturates such as amphetamines. The use of solid barbiturates has now been largely replaced by the use of tranquilizers such as diazepam and oxazepam.

Drug addiction is responsible for thousands of deaths by suicide and accidental overdose, for considerable private suffering, for reduced working efficiency and for the loss of millions of working hours.

The eventual effects on the individual vary with the drug. In the case of cigarette smoking there may be damage to the lungs and arteries, and in case of alcoholism, brain damage.

Illegal drug-taking can lead to conflict with the legal authorities and to danger from association with criminals. A heroin addict risks being sold a sample of indeterminate strength, with the consequent dangers of over dosage.

Treatment of addiction is extremely difficult. Psychotherapy is often used, though it is seldom successful. Alcoholics can be helped by Alcoholics Anonymous. Dependency on cocaine or amphetamine is treated by withdrawal of the drug. Heroin addicts may need a steady supply of a drug: in Australia methadone is provided, in Britain the registered addict is maintained on a legal supply of heroin. Some argue that heroin addiction should be treated as an infectious disease and that addicts should be isolated, otherwise they will spread the habit.

The spread of drugs in Western societies continues despite attempts to prevent it, and the problems of drug dependence are still controversial.


Drug Abuse and Addiction: Understanding Signs, Symptoms, Effects;, Deborah Cutter, Psy.D., Ellen Jaffe-Gill, M.A, Robert Segal, M.A. and Jeanne Segal PhD, Feb, 2008

Drug Addiction, California State University, Northridge, David Allen Deans, 1997

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Peanut Butter M & M Oatmeal Cookies in a Jar

Layer as follows in a wide mouth quart jar:

2 c. oatmeal-not quick oatmeal

1 c. brown sugar

1/2 c. baking M & M’s

1/3 c. granulated sugar

1/2 tsp soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 c. mini chocolate chips

layer the ingredients in your quart size canning jar, starting with the oatmeal

For a gift place a round piece of printed material over top of jar and tie a bow around the jar! Add A little homemade card with the baking instructions on it.


Baking Instructions

Creams together:

1/4 c. butter or margarine

1/2 c. peanut butter

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla

Slowly add dry ingredients and mix well. Spoon into one inch balls on a greased cookie sheet. Flatten cookies with a glass dipped in sugar. Bake at 375 for 11 to 12 minutes. Let stand for a minute or two. Remove from cookie sheet and cool. Makes 3 to 4 dozen!

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Online Clep Study Makes it Easier to Pass Your Exam

If you have a computer with an Internet connection, you can study for your College Level Examination Program, or clep, test. Clep testing could be for you if you need to speed up the time it takes to earn your college degree. By taking a clep exam, you can earn anywhere from three to twelve college credits that can be applied to your degree program. Although there are thirty-four exams offered by the College Board, not every college offers credit for every exam, so you will need to check with your college or university about this. However, if they do offer credit, you can save both time and money through clep testing.

Online clep study can be the clep prep you need to help you achieve a passing score. Clep study can take several forms; finding the one or ones that work best for you may take a little experimentation.

One online place to start for specific information about what to expect on your clep exam is the website for the College Board. Here they offer a description of each exam, as well as suggestions for what to study in order to succeed.

After this, as part of your clep prep you will want to check out a clep study guide. Several are available, offered by InstantCert, Peterson’s, the College Board and others. Which you choose can depend on your grasp of the subject and how comfortable you are with taking exams. Many students find that a combination of several guides is the best way for them to excel at clep study.

Online clep study is available through InstantCert. Offering a series of online flashcards with questions and answers, this program offers a quick and useful review of a subject that takes little time but results in improved test scores.

Another online clep study aid are timed practice tests, available from Peterson’s and others. Practice tests give you a chance to see how questions are phrased, and even though you will have different questions for your actual exam, it helps you prepare by helping you think through it in advance, thus saving your valuable time on test day. The practice tests also give a great review of the material, another benefit that comes from this type of clep study guide.

Websites and discussion forums also offer another form of online clep study help. Here you can talk to people who have recently taken clep exams, and learn from their experiences. You might also learn some different ways of studying for your particular subject area test that can be helpful in your quest for a passing grade on the clep.

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