Saturday, December 23, 2006


How to Lower Blood Pressure Before Testing

When asked how to lower blood pressure before testing, I have the sure-fire answer.

And, it's backed up by science.

There are no quick fixes or gimmicks. So put away the leaches. We’re not going to experiment on you with anything weird.

Let's start with basics and then move on to other tactics.

First of all, if you smoke, stop. Scientists are adamant that smoking is just about the worst thing you can do to your body.

And if you’re really serious about lowering blood pressure, you need to take a look at everything you’re putting into your body. Switch to a diet of whole grains, lean meat, low-fat dairy, lots of vegetables (without cheese and butter) and fresh fruit.

Completely stop or cut way back on alcohol, caffeine and sweets.

You've heard all this before, but now's the time to really do it.

Start a regular exercise program. Exercise improves muscle tone, strength, endurance and circulation. You can begin slowly by taking short walks and gradually increase as you get stronger.

Eventually, it's a good idea to add light strength training.

While you're at it, learn to relax – and I mean really relax. Let your problems drop away like water off a duck’s back.

Find projects you enjoy. When you're focused on something pleasing, you’re less likely to worry. Stay away from negative people and situations. They can bring you down and your blood pressure up.

Finally, start supplementing your diet with the nutrients proven to help lower blood pressure. Here's a crash course on what and why.

Vitamin E is great for improving the viscosity of blood. Thick blood is harder to force through arteries causing higher blood pressure. Vitamin E is known to thin blood and improve circulation.

Vitamin C, preferably made from whole foods, is responsible for strong healthy collagen and collagen increases the elasticity of arteries and veins allowing blood to flow more freely.

Research also shows that supplementing with specific essential fatty acids, especially when combined with exercise, helps to lower blood pressure. Fatty acids from whole grains and fatty fish work best. So stay away from flaxseed, borage and primrose oils.

As a matter of fact, find a fish oil supplement that contains ETA because ETA is known to improve the elasticity of your arterial walls and more elasticity means lower blood pressure.

Last but not least is garlic. Garlic tablets, especially taken at night, have been shown to reduce spikes in blood pressure.

Look for a brand that’s NOT deodorized, since deodorized garlic is just a marketing gimmick. It’s the allicin in garlic that causes odor and is also responsible for all the health benefits. Enteric coated garlic eliminates odor problems and actually works better too.

That’s it – how to lower your blood pressure before testing.

If you get started today, give yourself one to three months before going back for your next test. And generally that’s all it takes.

Over the past 18 years, Michael Byrd has helped thousands of people all around the world to look younger, feel better and have more natural energy. Trained as a Physical Therapist, he discovered how to use special omega 3 formulas and other nutrients to easily create optimum nutrition and health for his clients. To get your free educational CD, visit his site at

Saturday, December 09, 2006


Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002 (Asbestos Surveys)

(The New Regulation 4; Duty to Manage Asbestos)

The Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations (CAWR) 2002 place a legal duty on anyone with responsibility for the maintenance and repair of non-domestic premises and common areas of rented domestic premises to:-

1) Establish whether asbestos is present and where it is located 2) Assume that asbestos is present unless proved otherwise 3) Record all findings and assumptions 4) Monitor the condition of any asbestos 5) Implement plans to manage the risk from any asbestos 6) Provide information to those in contact with Asbestos

FAQs How does asbestos affect my business?

Commercial buildings built before 1999 are recommended to have an asbestos survey. If you own or occupy any non-domestic premises (including all commercial, public or industrial buildings) or domestic premises that have communal parts (e.g. stairwells, liftshafts, corridors), you need to establish and maintain a register of any asbestos containing materials (ACMS).

Do I need to remove any asbestos containing materials (ACMs)? No, not necessarily. The duty is to manage any risk - in many cases it is often left in situ and it's condition is recorded, monitored and managed.

What was the main use of Asbestos in buildings? SPRAYED COATINGS; on steel works, concrete walls and ceilings, for fire protection & insulation. LAGGING; insulation on pipework boilers & ducts INSULATION BOARDS; in partitions, fire doors & ceiling tiles ASBESTOS CEMENT PRODUCTS; sheeting on walls and roofs, tiles, cold water tanks, gutters, pipes & decorative plaster finishes.

Who is at risk?

Anyone who undertakes work on your behalf at your premises such as plumbers, electricians, carpenters, painters and decorators. Even worker's wifes are at risk when cleaning soiled work clothes. "Breathing in Asbestos dust can lead to Asbestos related - diseases" What types of Asbestos are dangerous?

All types of Asbestos have potential to cause lung cancer.

IT ONLY TAKES ONE FIBRE TO KILL so if you require any further information on Asbestos Surveys or any other health and safety issue for free to visit the

Thursday, December 07, 2006


The Many Benefits Of Being A Lawyer

People of a certain generation tended to view the profession of law with a certain degree of awe and respect. Take the example of my father who was an avid fan of Perry Mason; he was fascinated by the idea that his daughter could one day become a lawyer one and unmask the criminals in the court of law. What is it about being a lawyer that attracts the best and the brightest talent?

The Legal Profession Pushes You To Your Full Potential

A common mis-perception towards lawyers in general, not just in the USA but also all over the world, is that younger lawyers are usually not to be trusted with complicated cases. We often tend to gravitate towards older lawyers because we see them as more experienced. People will typically start trusting a young lawyer as he starts earning some credibility from winning some cases. Thus a newbie in the legal profession may proceed a bit slow in the beginning of his career, but after a few success and wins, his career starts gathering momentum

Great Earning Potential

As a beginner in the world of law, you may need to work as an apprentice in a law firm for a few years, or you can also run your own private practice. Whatever may be the case, the remuneration you earn at this stage is not much.

But do not get discouraged; to emerge as a successful lawyer you need time to grasp the law and get to know the inner workings of the law to help you solve the most complicated of cases. Once you have gained more experience and earned a solid reputation for winning cases, you can charge a much higher fee. Working as a corporate lawyer also earns a decent salary starting out at approximately $125000 a year.

Earn Prestige As A Lawyer

You can enter into the government service as a lawyer in three levels: local, state and federal. Among these three, the federal lawyers naturally earn more money and prestige.

Contribute To Society By Bringing Criminals To Justice

As long as society exists, there are bound to be crimes and criminals. The good thing about practicing as a lawyer is that you will never be out of work. Your law degree will always help you find work, or you could always be your own boss. It is also a profession that allows you to enrich your professional as well as personal experiences. Above all, as a lawyer, you have the capability to contribute a great deal to society, and perform great social service by bringing offenders to justice and helping the innocent find justice.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006


Recognizing Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a disease that usually occurs in young people for no reason at all. The cause of the illness is unknown. It affects the person's thinking, feeling, movement and behavior. The brain regulates all these things. The brain functioning is disturbed in several ways. These three ways are through Positive Symptoms, Negative Symptoms and Cognitive Symptoms.

Positive Symptoms

A person's thought processes with this illness can be disrupted so that one does not directly relate their previous thoughts. Also there are delusions that are beliefs that are untrue. There are four types of delusions: paranoid delusions-in that a person believes that people are trying to harm him even though it isn't true. A second delusion is a delusion of reference that occurs when things in the environment seem to be directly related to the person even though they aren't. A third delusion is a somatic delusion in which there are erroneous beliefs about the body. The last delusion is a delusion of grandeur, which occurs when a person believes that he/she is very special or have special powers or abilities.

The next positive symptom is hallucinations. There are five of these. The first type is auditory in that the person hears things that other people do not hear. The second type is visual in that a person sees things that other people do not see. The third type is olfactory in which the person smells things that other people don't smell. Fourth and next is tactile in which the person feels like something is touching his skin even though there is nothing touching it. Fifth and last is gustatory in which the person tastes something that is really not there.

The person's behavior is also affected. There movement is also affected. They may move faster or slower.

Negative Symptoms

These symptoms include: inability to enjoy activity as much as before, low energy, a blank blunted facial expression or having less lively facial movements, or physical movement, low motivation, difficulty initiating activities and an inability to make friends, or keep friends, or not wanting to have any friends around.

Cognitive Symptoms

These symptoms affect concentration or memory. They are as follows: disorganized thinking, slow thinking, difficulty understanding others, poor concentration, poor memory, difficulty expressing thoughts and difficulty integrating thoughts, feelings and behavior.

If a person has some or all of these symptoms they should contact their doctor. He/she can explain them to the person affected.

Psychosis is a general term used to describe psychotic symptoms. Schizophrenia is a type of psychosis. The symptoms of psychosis include: confusion, inability to think clearly, difficulty putting thoughts together, rapid thoughts that are hard to follow, inability to pay attention or to concentrate, confused speech, disorganized behavior, auditory, olfactory, visual and tactile hallucinations.

There are four types of Schizophrenia. They are as follows: paranoid type -- frequent hallucinations with delusions, disorganized type-disorganized behavior and flat affect, catatonic type-inappropriate behavior, immobility and speech problems, undifferentiated type-meets criteria for general category. But doesn't fall into any of the other types.

Taken in part from: "Diagnosis-Schizophrenia" by Rachel Miller and Susan E. Mason

Monday, November 20, 2006


Cheap Health Insurance

Lets face it, just about everything we need or want is expensive. We all want to save money, yet still get the best value for our purchases. It's no different when we are shopping for health insurance. When searching for cheap health insurance, the best thing we can do for ourselves is to take our time, and look for cost effective methods of saving money on our health insurance. The following information will provide some ideas on saving money on health insurance that you might not be familiar with.

Buying Cheap Health Insurance Through An Association

Consider purchasing the insurance through an association. This is one of the top ways to obtain cheap health insurance. There are many associations such as social responsibility groups, political action groups, trade groups, professional groups, or any other organization that offers their members cheap health insurance. Why is this type of insurance less expensive? The answer is simple, individual coverage generally costs more than group coverage.

When applying for health insurance coverage, you should be prepared to answer any health questions asked regarding yourself, and your family. In order for group coverage to work, every member of the group must first gain approval. However, you may find that some health insurance policies may make an exclusion, or limit the amount of coverage for some chronic and serious conditions.

There may also be some disadvantages to be aware of when obtaining health insurance through an association. For example, your policy may one day be cancelled. This could happen for any number of reasons. While your association will look for another insurance company, there is no quaranty that the new company will insure all of the people who previously participated. Typically, this is not a problem, but the possibility exists. On the other hand, individual policies are rarely cancelled. So before purchasing, make sure you take a good look at both the advantages, and the disadvantages before making your decision.

Five Cheap Health Insurance Tips

1. Try to find an HMO that offers individual coverage. An HMO will usually only provide coverage for groups. However, you might just be lucky enough to find one that offers cheap individual coverage.

2. Comparison shop! This is important, and you just might want to get the assistance of an insurance agent. Why the agent? In most cases, companies such as HMO's, Blue Cross, or State Farm will only sell their policies through agents. Even when looking for a cheap health plan, it is important to consider quality over price.

3. Eliminate your bad habits. Bad lifestyle habits, such as smoking, can really have a negative affect on the price you pay for health insurance. Typically, you will find that non-smokers will pay a lower insurance premium. So, if you are a smoker, by quitting you will not only save money, but you will also dramatically improve the quality of your life. If you want cheap health insurance, quit smoking.

4. Raise your deductible to lower your premium. Just like car insurance, the more you are willing to pay out of your pocket, the less in premiums you will have to pay. Typically, individual health insurance policies in some areas will carry a deductible of $2,500 or more. You may want to consider only coverage for catastrophes. This will help should you, or any member of your family ever become seriously ill.

5. Take care of your yourself. You can obtain cheap health insurance simply by taking care of yourself. Before applying, make sure you improve your health. Quit smoking, lose that extra weight, and you will find that in the eyes of the insurance company you have helped to reduce your category of risks. What does this mean? Lower health insurance premiums.

Just like anything else, when you are looking to get the best value for your dollar spent, you will need to do a little research, and shop around. Finding cheap health insurance is not impossible!

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