How Do I Know If I Am In An Abusive Relationship?

Pregnancy and the hope of a new life can be heartwarming and a wonderful time. However, pregnant women living in domestic violence situations, pregnancy can be filled with fear, uncertainty and insecurity.

Domestic violence, also known as intimate partner violence, is often physical but can also be economic, emotional, verbal, sexual and even stalking. It can happen to anyone. Domestic violence knows no boundaries. It happens to students, stay-at-home moms, cashiers and corporate executives. Women of all ages, ethnicities, faiths, economic status and levels of education can find themselves in an environment where their intimate partner, or former partner, is abusing them. It is more common than people believe. According to the Domestic Violence Intervention Program, as much as 35% of women experience some form of intimate partner violence. That is equivalent to 1 in 3 women.

How do I know if I am in an abusive relationship?

If you are not sure what the signs of intimate partner abuse are, you are not alone. Abuse comes in many forms. Below, less well-known forms of abuse are listed first.

Economic: Preventing you from going to work; not allowing you a say in how money you earned is spent; blocking access to your income; withholding money for basic needs; stealing money from you.

Emotional: Blaming you for things you have not done; shaming; neglect; coercion (i.e. forcing you to do something against your will including use of drugs, alcohol, or smoking); humiliating you; name-calling; continual criticism; putting you down.

Psychological: Stalking; threats; intimidation; trying to control what you can or cannot do; isolating you from friends, family, co-workers.

Sexual: Forcing you to have sex or perform sexual acts you do not want to engage in; refusing to use condoms; preventing you from using your choice of birth control.

Medical: Preventing you from going to medical appointments or seeking medical care for injuries; causing you to not take prescription medications (i.e. hiding, throwing away, not allowing you to fill prescriptions); demanding to attend all medical appointments with you and/or to be in the exam room.

Physical violence: Pushing; slapping; punching; kicking; biting; use of weapons including knives or guns.

Click for the Domestic Violence Intervention Program’s detailed list on signs that indicate you may be experiencing intimate partner violence.

Hotline Phone Numbers:

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 TTY

W.O.M.A.N., Inc., San Francisco Bay Area 24-Hour Hotline: 415-864-4722

The Next Step in Medical Technology – Bio Identical Hormone Replacement

What is Bio identical hormone replacement therapy?

It is the use of supplemental dosage of hormones that have a chemical configuration matching to the hormones that the human body naturally produces. By the use of compounds that have exactly the identical chemical and molecular configuration as the key hormones physically found in the human body, this therapy aids to recover an individual’s life’s worth, verve and well-being. In addition, this therapy also contributes to slowing the ageing process of the individual recipient. The working of the therapy is quite straightforward. After a doctor concludes that a patient is in hormonal decline, a static dosing will be administered. The hormone levels are approximated and a patient is prescribed equal amounts of recommended hormones every day of the month.

Are you rightly eligible for the therapy?

One question which importantly stands out amongst others is the fact that is the individual really eligible for taking the Bio identical hormone replacement therapy? The therapy is advisable for individuals who are suffering from the following

  1. A loss of libido
  2. Instances of fatigue
  3. Reduced bone mass
  4. Premature Menopause
  5. Depression and mood swings associated with Menopause
  6. Insufficient concentration levels
  7. Poor skin collagen

The Support

There are many who stand in support with the Bio identical hormone replacement therapy. As individuals age, the levels of some chief hormones in the body go lesser. These generally comprise oestrogens, testosterone and progesterone. The loss of these key hormones may cause problems. One common problem associated with women is Menopause. Other common effects of low hormones comprise hot flashes, loss of energy, memory loss, sleeping problems, fatigue, weight gain, or even night sweats. This treatment is thus vital to replace the hormones that have been otherwise lost in the body. As a result of the treatment, hormone levels will boost and symptoms will progress. As of now, national societies and expert suggestions present that the dangers and benefits of this therapy are still debatable.

The Criticism

Where there is support, you also have criticism. There are definite side effects observed for men and women who have taken the Bio identical hormone replacement therapy. Individuals have reported increased assertiveness, or even acne and irritability during the early phases of testosterone hormone therapy. Yet, these issues are normally resolved as levels become balanced. Accordingly, side effects may occur when a dose of the therapy is first given. The human body is not really used to the new intensity of hormones. The dose can also be altered in such a case.

All in all, many doctors who use bio identical hormones have maintained that they are safer than standard hormone replacement therapy. Bio identical hormones reduce risks of problems and side effects that were observed in the standard hormone therapy. The benefits associated are several with the side effects being temporary and negligible.

Four Catch-22s in America You Are Not Supposed to See

America has a way of proclaiming to be the opposite of what it really is as a form of diversion from the truth and mind control technique to keep you from perceiving reality. The intellectual author Noam Chomsky notes this about the “liberal media myth”, that in reality the media is very conservative and tightly aligned with business interests, which is clear from the evidence, yet they continually propagate the myth that it is liberal as though it were a given fact of common knowledge.

Likewise, there are many Catch-22’s in America that you are conditioned not to see which are polar opposites in claims vs. reality. They serve the purpose of inducing a “happy slave” mentality in the populace while subduing freedom of thought, a necessary illusion to maintain conformity to the business culture of America.

I will point out and describe a few:

1) You are taught that freedom is the epitome of human life, that it’s worth dying for even, hence Patrick Henry’s legendary quote “Give me liberty or give me death”. Freedom is your “inalienable right”, which is declared in the US Constitution.

Yet on the other hand, you are also taught that one MUST submit to corporate slavery, aka employment, in order to make a living. Without a job, your life has no purpose and you are labeled as lazy and idle. You are basically obligated to a lifetime of servitude to a corporation or public organization, which is a hierarchical dictatorship, in which there is no freedom or democracy. By doing so, you give your life away to the economy, and become a robot in a private dictatorship, in order to “make a living” and receive material rewards. Otherwise, you become a bum and are punished with deprivation of your material needs.

A few are able to run their own business and live off it, or generate an easy source of residual income. But most are not, and must submit to corporate slavery, giving their lives away to servitude.

There is definitely no freedom in that, for true freedom means you are free of any and all bondage and can do and think whatever you want, at least most of the time. Becoming a corporate drone obviously, is the antithesis of that.

The ideal citizen in America is a “happy slave”, one that pays lip service to his/her freedom, but not actually BEING free, instead living a life of servitude and slavery to higher authorities.

2) You are expected to mind your own business, not need others, and leave other people alone. You are expected to be strong and independent, and to never get lonely. And you are taught not to talk to strangers, but to be paranoid of them. Normal means that you keep social interaction confined within closed social cliques, established usually early on in life in high school or college. Communication with strangers is usually business related.

In your culture, people live in a bubble, neighbors don’t usually know each other, and every man is an island. There is an ice barrier between strangers. Hence people are not comfortable meeting new people and trying to do so feels awkward and tight. Even in extracurricular activities, people only meet for convenience and then go their separate ways afterward. It’s a very isolating culture, and thus connecting and bonding with others does NOT come natural at all.

Yet on the other hand, if you go to places and public events alone, you are seen as a loser, like there’s something wrong with you. It’s a Catch-22, putting you between a “rock and a hard place” and unfairly blaming YOU for it.

If you complain about loneliness or having no friends or dates, then people will down you and claim that you must have a horrible personality or no social skills, in order to make themselves feel better than you. By giving them a target to ostracize (you), you give them a temporary feeling of “belonging to the pack” which has kicked you out. It’s a very dysfunctional victim blaming mentality. Thus it’s a taboo to ever admit that you’re lonely and have no social life, one that is punishable with blame and ridicule.

Furthermore, the media and movies portray the image that everyone is friendly in America, and that friends and dates are easy to get, so when they aren’t, you blame yourself and assume something must be wrong with you. The cultural mythos says that “people are very friendly and if you were a person with great qualities, then everyone would want to hang out with you, and you’d have a lot of friends, so if you don’t, then your personality and social skills must be lacking.”

This myth and assumption ignores the fact that America is in reality a very nonsocial and segregated culture designed for business, not social connection or healthy relationships. This is evidenced by the fact that most lonely people in America report a far better social life when they go overseas to more open and passionate cultures. And it’s also confirmed by the fact that loneliness and mental illness are silent epidemics which are more prevalent in America than in other nations.

Therefore, logically, in an antisocial culture where people do not like to bond or befriend others, where communication is usually business related, wouldn’t it be more normal and natural to not have good friends and social life?

Thus the problem is due to the social culture, not with you (assuming that you are a decent social person with no major personality defects). Yet society has programmed you to see it backwards, that the problem is you and not the culture.

That is wrong and deceitful. But then again, America is not about truth, but about conforming to whatever consensus the media and government give you.

3) You are told that you live in a free country with free speech, that your culture is the epitome of freedom and democracy, envied by all other countries (which is BS). This means you are free to say, think and do whatever you want, as long as you don’t intrude on the rights of others.

Yet if you don’t believe whatever you are told by authority (government), your corporate media, and the engineered social consensus in your culture, then you are ridiculed and condemned for not following the herd. This means that you have a patriotic and civic duty to support every Godless evil murderous war that America gets involved in as well, even if it is in the wrong.

Nevermind the fact that innocent civilians, including women and children, die in America’s wars that serve corporate greed, power and control. None of that should outrage you, because your leaders support it and therefore you have a patriotic duty to do so as well. You must OBEY and CONFORM!

For to you, truth is whatever authority and consensus tell you, not whatever the actual truth really is. And your duty is to conform to that, not challenge it. After all, if the mainstream media doesn’t challenge it, then who are you to?!

In other words, you can pay lip service to freedom and free speech, as long as you CONFORM to authority and consensus. This means that it’s OK to be a hypocrite, but not a nonconformist! It’s one of the BIGGEST LIES imaginable.

Yet you aren’t supposed to see this discrepancy and Catch-22, which in Orwellian terms is a form of “double think” in which the government says one thing and does another, yet programs you not to see the discrepancy.

It’s the ultimate form of mind control. And it makes me sick.

4) You are told by many patriotic God fearing Americans that “America is the land of the free and the epitome of freedom” yet that it is also “a Christian nation” or at least based on Christian ethics and values.

Though there is debate over whether the Founding Fathers were Christians or Deists, America is still seen by many as being founded on Christian principles and ideals, which are ingrained in our culture, ethics and morals.

Yet the slightest cursory glance at the Bible and Christian faith reveals that it is inherently fascist in nature. The Bible teaches that if you do whatever you want or live your life however you want, you are living in sin and rebellion against God. Throughout the Bible, the message is that if you don’t obey God and follow his commandments, you will be punished and damned. The Christian message is that freedom is evil, while obedience and giving your life and will to God is good. Likewise, in fascist Nazi Germany, anyone who didn’t obey was shot or imprisoned. Dissension was not allowed. Fear of punishment was the motivator. Therefore, Christianity is essentially a “fascist religion”.

Christianity and Fascism share the following core attributes:

a) Obey or be punished.

b) No independent thoughts. Must think with the hive.

c) No tolerance for dissension or free speech.

d) Your God or dictator is to be feared, for fear keeps you in line and protects authority.

e) The use of fear and guilt as psychological control mechanisms.

f) The view that the individual is weak and powerless, and his/her life is without purpose, unless aligned to serve a “higher power” (e.g. God, tyrant or dictator).

Now this isn’t to say that Jesus himself was a fascist. Assuming he existed (which is not a proven fact), he could very well have been a well meaning person spreading a good spiritual message to help people. It’s what the Church and elite power structure DID with his name and the religion around him that they established that turned Christianity into a fundamentalist religion and a fascist form of control over others.

So anyway, how can you believe in religious fascism and a “land of the free” at the same time?! How can you deem freedom as the highest value yet preach a religion where freedom is considered evil and obedience to God is the only good? How can you claim the right of free speech yet support a religion that doesn’t allow dissension? You can’t. It’s a total contradiction. Yet they preach it nonetheless. It’s another example of Orwellian “double think”. Therefore, living with the ideals of freedom and fascism at the same time is a Catch-22.

This is just the tip of the iceberg. When you look deeper, the contradictions become even more numerous.

For example, how can you support the American value of individualism and at the same time the Christian belief that the individual is nothing unless he/she submits to the Christian God and obeys him? If you truly believed in individual free will, you cannot endorse the punishment of individuals who freely choose not to surrender to the “hive mentality” of the Christian Church. There’s no way around it if you think about it. (but then again you are not meant to think about it, only to obey all that you are told)

Furthermore, as the Apostle Paul said in his Epistles (Romans 6), we are “slaves to sin” before accepting Christ. But once you accept Christ and start following God’s commandments, you are “set free” from sin and become “slaves to righteousness” as Paul put it. In other words, when you are free, you are “slaves to sin”, but when you submit your will to God and give up your freedom, then you are “set free from sin”! How can you be “set free” by submitting to fascism?! What could be more ridiculous than that?! Golly. The mind control here couldn’t be more obvious.

Also, how can you preach the “love of God” and the “fear of God” at the same time? You can’t love and fear something at the same time. Love and fear are totally different vibrations of energy that are not compatible. Fear operates on a lower denser vibration while love is on a higher faster more dynamic frequency.

Moreover, these same “religious patriots” also declare Capitalism to be based on the Christian values and principles of hard work and virtuous labor. Yet Capitalism teaches that greed and the accumulation of wealth is a GOOD thing, and encourages self-interest as a primary motivator of the free enterprise system. But on the other hand, the Bible teaches that greed is a BAD thing and leads to sin and destruction, which is taught in many examples and parables in the Bible. As Jesus said, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”

Though Bible verses can be interpreted in different ways, there is no question that greed is taught to be a bad thing in the Bible. So again we have two mutually exclusive values. Yet these religious patriots don’t see it or reconcile it. They are under mass mind control too, and are not as free as they think they are.

Here’s another oddity. We are taught in schools that man arouse from Evolution and random mutations of nature. Yet we have “In God We Trust” on the dollar bill, the swearing of Bibles in the courtroom, the words “one nation under God” in the pledge of allegiance, and virtually all politicians and US Presidents professing to believe in God (since Atheists can’t get elected). And good citizens are expected to go to church too. Another Orwellian double think?

You gotta remember that religion was set up not to free you, but to contain you. And authority is set up to control people, not to serve them. This is why fascist religions like Christianity and Islam constantly seek to convert and dominate others, both in their homeland and abroad, for that is the inherent nature of fascism and tyranny. It’s all about control and conquest, not just of lives, but of minds as well.

Religion limits and closes your mind into a rigid belief system that EDITS OUT any new information that doesn’t fit into it. It restricts you from seeing reality and others the way they are, removing objectivity and clarity of thought. Yet you are sold the opposite, that religion will “free you”. If that isn’t mind control and brainwashing, then I don’t know what is.

Learn to free your mind, and you will recognize anything in disguise that tries to enslave and control you, and see through their lies.

For more on how Christianity and other fascist religions are used as mass mind control, listen to David Icke’s dissertation on it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8zohMUaUog

Considering a Reverse Mortgage? Top 10 Questions Every Senior Or Retiree Wants Answered

Are You Considering a Reverse Mortgages as a Part of a Retirement Plan?

Make Sure You Know the Answers to These 10 Common Questions:

As the global financial and credit crisis worsens, many seniors today are turning to federally insured reverse mortgages to tap into their home equity and, in some cases, to prevent foreclosure.

As the name implies, reverse mortgages enables a person who is age 62 or older to convert their home equity into an income stream without selling their home or losing ownership. The older the person is, and the larger the value of the equity in the home, the more money they can borrow.

Even though this market is a small portion of the overall credit market, demand for these types of mortgages among seniors and retirees has been steadily increasing. Many seniors and retirees who thought their retirement plan was on auto-pilot are now finding out they might not have the resources to weather this “perfect financial storm”.

It should come as no surprise since the credit market has dried up, the economy is in a deep recession, unemployment is rapidly approaching 10%, inflation is on the rise, and the stock and bond markets have caused the large majority of retirement savings plans to drop 40-60%.

However, even more surprisingly, this strategy is becoming increasingly common among the wealthy homeowners…and often times for good reason. Instead of letting this equity sit in their home and provide no tangible value while the real estate market plunges, even the wealthy homeowners have found a variety of reasons to use this equity and cash. Sound and common strategies for the wealthy include using their home equity to pay the taxes due on converting a Traditional IRA into a Roth IRA, purchasing second homes, distributing assets for estate planning purposes, gifting, purchasing insurance policies, funding grandchildren’s college savings plans, or using the extra cash to travel, spend, and enjoy their retirement years more freely.

Although this can often be a sound strategy for many types of seniors and retirees, there are also some key issues to be aware of and possibly avoid. For example, because the fees are usually much higher than regular loans, this strategy should not be used unless there are plans to stay in the home for at least several years. Other big mistakes to avoid when using a reverse mortgage are spending the money too quickly or misusing the cash by investing the money into risky or illiquid investments.

Below are among the ten best things I believe financial professionals should know and consider before using a reverse mortgage strategy:

1. Who owns the home?

Even though you are taking out a loan and cash from your house, because you are still the homeowner you will continue to maintain ownership and full control of your home. In fact, the title will always remain in your name, and you can always choose to sell the home any time you wish.

2. Can you lose the home?

As the homeowner, you can never be forced to move out of your home simply because you have a reverse mortgage. Of course, you must still make sure your property taxes and homeowners insurance are satisfied, and the house must also be your primary residence at all times. However, you do not have to repay this loan as long as you live in it.

3. Can you get a reverse mortgage if there is an existing loan?

Provide the amount you can borrow is equal to or greater than the existing loan on your home, you can qualify for a reverse mortgage. In fact, using the equity or cash to pay off your existing mortgage is one of the most common uses of a reverse mortgage.

4. Can you end up owing more than the home is worth?

There are several safeguards for reverse mortgages, mainly the fact that these loans are always non-recourse loans. This means that a homeowner can never owe more than their home could sell for, and both FHA and Fannie Mae guarantee these reverse mortgage products.

5. Are there restrictions on how the money can be used?

Absolutely not! Many of the common strategies for using a reverse mortgage include:

• Paying off an existing mortgage

• Paying off credit card debt

• Paying for long-term care

• Paying for healthcare

• Providing a security cushion

• Home repairs and improvements

• Purchasing a new car, boat, or second home

• Living a more comfortable lifestyle

• Help your children with a down payment on their home

• Give to your church, university, or favorite charity

• Take more vacations

• Help children and grandchildren through gifting, college planning, etc.

6. What are the tax consequences?

One of the most attractive benefits of a reverse mortgage is that the proceeds are always received on a tax-free basis. The reason this is the case is simply because you are using the equity in your home to pay yourself now versus later.

7. Do you need a certain level of income or credit rating to qualify?

There are absolutely no income, asset, credit, or employment requirement qualifications when applying for a reverse mortgage. The reason this is the case is because there are never any repayments due on any portion of this loan as long as there is at least one homeowner, age 62 or older, living in the home.

8. How will this affect your spouse, family, and inheritance?

As long as both spouses are age 62 or older, listed on the deed of the home, and part of the reverse mortgage, there will never be a change in this program even if one spouse should pass. The reverse mortgage only becomes due one all borrowers permanently leave the home, sell the home, or pass. Your family and/or your heirs will receive 100% of the value of the home minus the value of the reverse mortgage balance at that time.

9. How much money can you receive?

The amount of money that is available to you depends on your age, the value of your home, and the current interest rate. Generally, the older you are, the lower the interest rate, and the higher the value of the home, the more money you can receive.

10. What options do I have to receive the cash?

A reverse mortgage provides many choices and options for receiving your money, such as a:

• Single lump sum cash payment

• Line of credit or a specific dollar amount

• Monthly payment for a specified period of time

• Monthly payment for as long as you live in your home

• Combination of these options above.

Also, payment options may also be changed upon request to reflect your changing needs. And remember, all of these options listed above provide you the cash on a tax-free basis. Other advantage of a reverse mortgages include the fact that you cannot lose your home, you can always pay off this debt any time you want to, and it does not affect you Social Security or Medicare in any way. Like any strategy, it is not right for everyone, and you must be very careful with your choices with the cash. Also, you required to discuss, either by phone or in person, a counselor from a government-approved non-profit counseling agency.

Assuming this is the right fit, and the money is used properly, this can be both an effective and safe strategy for seniors and retirees to consider. By using a reverse mortgage, you always remain the homeowner with full control of your home, as well as have the ability to protect yourself against potential future housing market declines. Also, it is safe because the Federal Government stands behind this program and guarantees that you will receive all of your scheduled payments on a tax-free basis. Certainly food for thought in my opinion.

Testicle Massage! How to Boost Testosterone, Increase Sperm Count, & Improve Your Erections!

If you’re looking for an article about sex tricks, you’re in for a disappointment. This is a serious medical article about men’s health. Specifically, about how a regular self-preformed testicle massage can improve a man’s virility, fertility, and general health.

Regular massages help with the following health concerns:

  • Low Testosterone
  • Erectile Dysfunction
  • Sexual Performance
  • Poor Fertility

How does it work??

First, it helps your testicles improve their testosterone production. Normal, healthy testicles generate about four to seven milligrams of testosterone a day. If you have a low testosterone count (only one or two milligrams a day), a daily massage may improve your testosterone production.

Second, a massage helps your testicles generate more sperm, increasing your sperm count and ejaculation volume. If you and your partner are having a difficult time conceiving, performing regular testicle massage may improve your chances.

Finally, increased blood flow to the testicles (combined with more testosterone) helps improve blood flow to the penis. If you are having trouble maintaining an erection, a e massage may help.

How Do I Perform a Testicle Massage?

First, wrap a hot towel around your testicle for a few minutes. This will relax and loosen your scrotum enough to perform the testicle massage.

Second, stretch out your testicle skin thoroughly.

Third, using your thumb and forefinger, grab around the base of you scrotum, right under the penis, and gently pull down and squeeze until your testicles are pressed tightly together at the bottom of your scrotum. This is basically to immobilize your testicles, so that they don’t roll around while you’re trying to massage them (which can be frustrating).

Fourth, with the palm of your other hand, apply gentle pressure on top of your testicles and massage them in a circular motion. While doing this, gently tug downward on your scrotum and testicles. If you feel any pain, reduce the pressure immediately. Continue with this massage, without stopping, for between three to five minutes.

When you are done with the massage, your testicles should appear stretched out and seem to be hanging lower than normal. They may also appear larger than usual. This is because they are slightly swollen due to the increased blood flow. This is nothing to worry about-in fact, it’s a good sign. It means you achieved the goal of the testicle massage.

How Often Should I Massage My Testicles?

The average healthy man should perform a e massage about three times a week. If you are using testicle massage to combat physical ailments, such as erectile or fertility problems, then you should perform a testicle massage daily.

Types of Dental Bridges: Pros and Cons

Whether you have gaps between your teeth or you have lost a tooth due to decay, infection or accident, you can replace missing or gapped teeth with natural looking prosthetic device, called dental bridges.

Dental bridges are the latest and best solution for replacing teeth that are missing or that need to be removed. Fused between two porcelain crowns, a dental bridge not only helps you obtain a perfect and complete smile but also restores your ability to eat and look normal.

Gone are the days when people with the poor dental structure and unattractive smile did not have any solutions and they have to live with stained, chipped, misaligned or spaced teeth. Today, a wide variety of aesthetic dental treatments are available that can correct everything from minor flaws in the smile to tooth discoloration, missing or cracked teeth, and unevenly spaced teeth.

From implants, porcelain veneers and bridges to tooth-colored fillings, patients can choose from a plethora of dental solutions to restore the vitality of their smile and overall oral health.

What are Dental Bridges?

Dental Bridges are referred to as a false tooth or teeth (pontic) to create a beautiful, healthy and a more aesthetically pleasing smile. These prosthetics are used in cosmetic dentistry to “bridge” the gaps where a tooth or teeth are missing or removed.

Made of two caps, known as crowns, and an artificial tooth, a dental bridge is permanently fixed to abutment teeth that are on each side of the false tooth.

Over the last few years, this cosmetic dental appliance has undergone a transformation, thanks to cutting-edge dental technology, including the computerized x-rays and the revolutionary 3D imagery & CAD-CAM system.

Cosmetic dental experts now are able to quickly create accurate dental restorations, including abutments, full crowns, dental bars, implant bridges and inlays / onlays, that are stronger and has a more natural and pleasant appearance.

Types

There are three main types of dental bridges:

Traditional bridges: Made of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal, these prosthetics are fixed and unlike removable partial dentures you cannot take them out of your mouth.

Cantilever bridges: This form of bridges is used when only one abutment tooth surrounds the open space.

Maryland bonded bridges: Also called a resin-bonded bridge, this bridge is primarily used for your front teeth. It is a good choice when the abutment teeth are healthy, strong and don’t have large fillings.

Advantages

With latest advancements in dental technology and cosmetic dentistry, installing a bridge is a simple procedure now.

It is a time-saving procedure, requiring only two visits to the dentist.

Bridges are natural in appearance.

They help maintain your facial tone and prevent facial musculature changes.

If you maintain good oral hygiene, bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease and prevent the tooth from shifting, tilting, or drifting into the empty space.

They give you a healthy, beautiful, well-aligned smile as well as help correct bite issues and even improve your ability to speak properly.

Your chewing efficiency is increased as the forces in your bite are equally distributed after installation of bridges.

Bridges are less invasive and less expensive when compared to dental implants or any other restorative dental procedure.

Your fixed bridge should last as many as ten years or more, albeit it requires commitment to serious oral hygiene.

Disadvantages

It is likely that your teeth become sensitive to extreme temperatures, hot and cold, for a few weeks after the treatment.

Acidic food may lead to build up of bacteria on your teeth and gums can become infected in the absence of proper oral hygiene.

Smoking may cause complications, as it harbors bacterial growth.

Poor oral hygiene can aggravate failure of dental bridges.

Cemented bridge may become loose or collapse.

A dental bridge requires removal of natural tooth structure from the two anchor teeth.

5 Reasons Why You Should Teach Your Child to Be Helpful

As a parent, you have the responsibility of teaching your child important life skills they will need later in life. One such important skill every child needs to learn is how to be helpful. Lots of parents either don’t recognize the need to teach their children this lesson, or they don’t want to bother with it because they are too busy. If you don’t think it’s important, here are five points to consider:

1. They learn how to do things on their own. When a child is required to help, they begin to learn how to do things on their own. It is imperative that every child begin to gain their independence at some point, and by teaching them at an early age how to help, they start to figure out how to do things on their own.

2. They learn how to do things for others. As your child starts becoming helpful, they not only learn how to do things on their own, but they also learn the importance of doing things for others as well. Remember to share with your child the importance of giving to others, but not giving beyond their means. You don’t want them to become doormats to others, but you do want them to know the importance of helping others.

3. They learn the importance and reason for being helpful. As your child becomes helpful at home, they will quickly grasp the importance of helping out. Being a good helper makes Mom’s afternoon less stressful. Helping Dad with the yard work means they’ll get that Saturday morning fishing trip they’ve been wanting to go own with Dad.

4. They understand how helping others creates a more positive environment for everyone. As stated above, helping around the house means a lot less stress for everyone, and a lot more fun for everyone, too. By being helpful, they will come to understand the give-and-take of daily life.

5. They will use this experience to build upon as they grow older, as they learn how to become self-sufficient and helpful in more areas of their life. When you teach your child how to help out at home, even if it is something as simple as setting the dinner table, this is something they can build on as they grow. Letting your kids help out in the kitchen will eventually lead to them learning how to cook their own meals. Life skills like this one are essential to living a full life as an adult.

Paleo Diet Plan For Vibrant Health and Weight Loss

The Paleo Plan is your new regime, the new discipline to guide you along the road to a better lifestyle. Initially this may sound serious and inhibiting but in fact it is not, it is a whole lot of fun. A new way of eating, dieting, shopping and cooking. One could say that the caveman did not have a fitted out kitchen BUT he did have fire and his own way. Fortunately for you you are not expected to cook caveman style but only to follow his plan of eating.

The following is the basic diet plan for you to follow, wherever possible organic, free range or wild product should be used:

Allowed Foods:

  1. Protein from lean and fat off beef, lamb, pork, poultry (no skin), eggs, fish, shellfish and game meats;
  2. Fruit of all varieties especially lots of berries (very good anti-oxidants)
  3. Vegetables of all varieties. However there is some controversy over the root vegetables but we recommend you use your discretion here. It is believed that in the paleolithic era the caveman ate the leaves of what we call root vegetables and others believe the root veg was also included in their eating plan.
  4. Nuts and seeds as available.
  5. Fats and oils such as avocado oil, olive oil and nut oils and of course there will be a small portion of animal fat from the meats consumed. Here again there is some controversy as some believe ghee is acceptable and others argue that it is dairy and therefore is not allowed. However there is a little give and take in the plan but do not take advantage of it.

Totally Excluded Foods:

  1. All grain products ie breads, pastry, pasta, crackers any foods containing grains.
  2. All dairy ie milk, yoghurt, cheeses and butter any products containing dairy.

Contrary to your possible initial impression of woe of the Paleo Plan there is an amazing array of foods available to experiment with giving you the ability to create meals that are flavoursome, wholesome and healthy. This plan could just be your opportunity of showing your family and friends your artistic and creative imagination in surprising them with the serving of the most tasty, wholesome and healthy meals. Friends will be impressed, amazed and in awe. For sure they will be asking when the next dinner party is going to be!

This Plan does not restrict your menu in any way. There are endless possibilities in food combinations. There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, supper, dessert, snacks, celebratory meals and even barbecues. Absolutely no reason to feel deprived! The whole idea of the Paleo Plan is to embrace a lifestyle of eating the correct way for the human body to best ensure general well being, increased vitality and certain weight loss. Genetically we are still 99.9% the same as our caveman ancestors who were certainly of a robust disposition.

**Your Paleo Plan is the beginning of the rest of your healthy, slim and energetic new life!!!**

How to Make Your Penis Rock Hard Naturally

A vast majority of men face erectile problems throughout the world. Getting hard and firm erections is a prerequisite to a satisfactory sexual intercourse and if you get weaker or softer erections or no erections at all, it is but natural for you to be looking for products to help you improve your sexual health.

The first step that you need to take to improve your sexual health is stop worrying and feeling embarrassed about it. Erectile problems are highly common and you are not alone. There are millions of men around the world who experience this problem and it is definitely not a death sentence. Erectile dysfunction can be cured but what you need is correct information about the procedures and products so that you can get hard and firm erections without any side effects.

I am sure Viagra is the fist thing that must have occurred to you but drugs like Viagra, Cialis and Levtira as well as their generic versions come with a whole lot of side effects.

There can be some natural alternatives as well.

The best thing about such natural remedies is that they do not have side effects and not just ensure rock hard erections but result in overall sexual enhancement coupled with greater sex drive or libido, increased and improved ejaculatory control and semen production so that you are not only able to please your woman in bed but are also able to enjoy intense orgasms yourself.

These natural products include herbal pills and patches. While pills are quite popular, patches are becoming the latest trend since they are comparatively easy to use.

Check out more on How to Make Penis Hard As a Rock naturally and without drugs.

How To Choose Proper Shoe Insoles And Maintenance Tips

You may be a fan of outdoor activities and enjoy being engaged in activities which keep you on your feet for long periods of time. But due to some physical conditions there may be pain caused which hinders your ability to stay lead the active lifestyle you desire. There may be various reasons causing discomfort but there are many insoles which provide relief to such painful conditions and sometime provide therapeutic benefits. There are various types of shoe inserts which range from arch support insoles to heel inserts but choosing the right support is key to getting the relief you need.

Types Of Shoe Insoles

Firstly, there are comfort insoles which have shock-absorbing properties designed to provide relief when standing or walking on hard surfaces for prolonged periods of time. The sizes range from full length, ¾ length, or separate arch or heel inserts. Most basic types of discomfort generally find relief with this variety but if the pain still persists it would be ideal to consider support type insoles. They are made of harder material and are designed to provide structural support and more stability. Support insoles are recommended for conditions such as structural misalignment, plantar fasciitis, and supination or over-pronation.

Another type of insert is that for those suffering from low or collapsed arches. These individuals generally require arch support insoles. In some occasions a supportive insole would also be helpful. This works by stimulating the foot arch muscles to become active. By stabilizing the heel area it distributes pressure across the foot without allowing it to be concentrated at the foot arch. This is an alternative method used when direct arch support adds more discomfort by inhibiting normal flexing movements of the foot.

Caring For Your Shoe Inserts

The following steps are recommended to ensure you shoe inserts are properly maintained and avoid any unwanted side effects from occurring.

  • The normal lifespan of insoles are about 12 month following daily or regular use. It is important to follow the prescribed use time by manufacturers. If you use them rarely or alternating with other pairs this duration may increase.
  • Remove shoe inserts regularly from shoes and dry them out if you experience sweaty or wet feet.
  • Washing insoles with mild detergents and air drying completely before use is also recommended for hygienic purposes.
  • Inspect your insoles on a regular basis for signs of wear and tear and replace accordingly.