18
Dec

As work-at-home parents, we’re due some time to reflect on how we can thrive in our businesses and continue to be good parents, too. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the work. It’s easy to tell our children “Wait a minute” or “As soon as I finish this,” and then before we know it the day is gone.

The reason we’re working at home in the first place is so we can be with our children, so it’s absolutely necessary that we not only make time for them but that we enjoy them each and every day. Independent play is an important skill to learn, and our children can develop that during the parts of the day when we’re working. But…this CANNOT be the entire day. They need direct interaction and affection from their parents.

So…how do we fit it all in? Well, preparing a schedule is essential. What else can we do to make sure we spend enough time with our children?

Here are some fun and easy ways:

1. Let them “cook” with you. As you cook, have your children there with you in the kitchen. Give them their cooking utensils and TALK with them about what they’re preparing as you’re making dinner. Encourage them to “feed” their stuffed friends. Show them the steps of what you’re doing…let them see the steamy vegetables cooking to know that they’re hot, narrate what you’re doing. Ask them to help you stir; they love that! Then, make sure to ask if you can taste what they’ve made. That will make your children feel very special. :o)

2. Brush your teeth together. Yes, this is a simple thing, but if you make a game out of it your children will not only value the time with you but will learn to love brushing their teeth. Take turns “helping” each other. Put your hand on their toothbrush and guide them, and then let them put their hand on yours to help you. If you have room, I’d suggest letting your child sit up on the bathroom counter so he or she can spit directly into the sink. Directing them to spit is such fun, since this is really the only time that spitting is allowed. Make sure to show them the mirror after you’re both finished so you can look at your teeth and see how SHINY they are.

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Categories : Fitness
16
Dec

Hi. My name is Ryan, and I was 25 when I sought help. I had a lump in my left breast (a doughnut-like shape around and behind my slightly puffier-than-the-other nipple) and it was uncomfortable (painful) to lay down on my chest and put pressure on the area. I never told anyone about it before, and it was there since I was in my late teens. Only around 25 did I start reading things online. I read that gynecomastia can usually go away up to two years naturally. That was not the case. So I was super nervous and went to my parents finally at 25 years old…

I sat down with my parents and told them “I have a lump” and pointed to my chest. They took it really well and we talked a bit about it. The next day we made an appointment with our GP. I went to him and he didn’t even touch the area. He made an appointment with a specialist near us in Stroudsburg, PA. Man boob surgery was on the table.

The specialist had a tiny office and worked mostly with women. I found out he had done over a thousand surgeries which was impressive. He was nearly retired and I felt that I could trust him. So that first appointment he felt around with my arms raised. I could tell he could feel the shape of it. It was kind of like a hard mass of tissue. I thought it was painful because it was just extra tissue. He said it was probably nothing to worry about and knew I wanted it removed.

It was scientifically named asymmetrical gynecomastia or unilateral gynecomastia. We discussed the man boob surgery and what it would entail, costs, insurance, etcetera. Since my lump was a hard mass, the surgeon asked if it was okay that the incision had to be the length of the diameter of the tissue mass. Soft tissue can be sucked out, but a hard mass needs the same diameter incision to be pulled out. He just wanted to know I accept that my scar might be quite large.

So about cost, it was gonna be expensive. Looking back on it, I would’ve should’ve tried all these other things you can buy, like books and exercise programs, maybe even cream or hormone balancing pills. In the end it cost us over $8,000! I bet for some of you it would cost over $10k easily. Yea man boob surgery isn’t cheap

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Categories : Cosmetic Surgery
11
Dec

If you have taken prescription drugs you know that they are pretty expensive. The good side is that there are a number of things that you can do to reduce the cost of the medications. Here are some of the things that you can do:

Avoid unnecessary medications

You should eliminate any unnecessary medications. To do this you have to know the reason as to why you are taking the medications and how long you are supposed to take them.

If the drug does not give you results within the expected time, you should talk to your health care provider so that you can plan on how you can discontinue or change the medication.

Go generic

Generic drugs are usually cheaper than brand name drugs. The good news is that generic medications are as effective as their brand name counterparts; therefore, you should always consider taking generics whenever your health care provider prescribes drugs to you.

Take a combination of drugs

A good number of pharmaceutical companies manufacture drugs that are a combination of two of the frequently used medications.

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Categories : Article
8
Dec

Can a person be both fit and fat? With a national obesity rate of nearly 30 percent, this is a question that needs to be answered. People do not seem to be actively looking for ways to be thin, and just because a person is thin does not mean they are fit either. So who, really, has a healthy and fit body and how can we get there from where we are?

First of all, most people think you have to hit the gym in order to be the healthiest you can be, and this is just not true. Although exercise does nothing but enhance your health, fitness is not the only answer. It is not always about how you look. It is not always about how you eat. Just like everything else, having a healthy and fit body has many components.

Here are 7 Tips to know, once and for all, if you have a healthy and fit body!

Healthy and Fit Body Tips #1: Proper Nutrition

Providing your body with the right food and liquid is the most important component to your health. If you struggling with weight loss and the inability to get yourself fit, start with a change in your diet. Eating right does not mean eating less. A soy-based meal replacement once a day works for me, along with a few targeted supplements you can not find in food.

Even people who exercise all the time can not be totally fit if they grab a bag of potato chips over an apple. No matter what you look like on the outside, your inside is what matters the most. If your body is not getting right nutrition, you can not expect it to look and feel good. You are what you eat. Never forget that.

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Categories : Body and Fitness
3
Dec

Dysautonomia – What Is It?

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Dysautonomia

It’s a big word – dysautonomia. And one that still seems to have more questions behind it than answers.

Dysautonomia is a class of disorders that affects the autonomic nervous system. This is the system that regulates what our body does naturally – breathing, heart rate, blood pressure, digestion. In patients with dysautonomia there is a breakdown of this naturally occurring process that typically presents itself in several different ways, one of which is called Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS).

Many patients with dysautonomia have blood vessels that are found to be too “relaxed”. A normal, healthy person upon standing will find that the blood vessels in their feet and calves contract to help push the blood up, fighting the natural flow of gravity. With dysautonomia this contraction doesn’t happen and blood pools in their feet and hands.

The blood pooling can be very painful. You’ll notice hands and feet turning purple. Other symptoms of this condition include extreme fatigue, joint pain, dizziness/lightheadedness, inability to regulate body temperature, muscle weakness, heart palpitations and stomach pain.

Most patients diagnosed with dysautonomia tend to also have another chronic condition. Some may suffer from Crohn’s, Lupus or Celiac disease. It is thought that dysautonomia develops from a severe illness or virus, such as Lyme disease.

Though there is no cure for dysautonomia right now, there are many things you can do to help alleviate symptoms.

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Categories : Article