Deviated Septum- Think Twice About an Operation

The first of my two sinus operations was to correct a deviated septum. The operation, or more precisely, the post-operative recovery period, was very painful. I had splints in my nose to help support it since the septum had been rebuilt, and my nose was “packed”. This means that a large amount of gauze was pressed into the nose to stop bleeding.

Since no air can pass through the nostrils for the week or so that the packing is in place, things like eating became a challenge. You cannot eat and breathe at the same time, so small bites and lots of soups and other liquids are favored. The splints were awful. When I tried to lie down normally in bed, the pressure on either side was very painful, and I couldn’t sleep normally. My doctor suggested I get a Lazy Boy chair which reclined somewhat and sleep on that. In fact I did this, but sleep was difficult, and it was a long week.

Actually it was only about 5 days, as I begged my doctor to take out the splints and packing because the pain was so bad. One reason for this was that I had developed an infection as a result of the surgery and then had to deal with that as well. As for taking out the packing gauze, my surgeon said “This will feel like I’m pulling your brains out through your nose”. He was right.

Normally I would be willing to suffer for a while in order to “fix” whatever problem was being addressed once and for all. The problem with operations for a deviated septum is that oftentimes it simply does not work for very long and people continue to come down with sinus infections after about six months or so. That is exactly what happened to me, and then I also had a second sinus operation, by a different surgeon, about 18 months after the first. He told me my septum had been straightened out, so there must have been other things causing my sinusitis. In other words, all the pain I went through the first time was for nothing.

Therein lies the problem. There are many reasons for the onset of sinus infections. There could be allergies, yeast infections causing candida, blockage by polyps, rhinitis or chronic rhinitis, etc. Ongoing research is looking at other causes as well, and new treatments such as antifungal therapy are being developed, along with new medications to implement them. There are also new and less invasive operations being done, like sinuplasty.

Some people are lucky and respond well to standard treatments and medication. Many people, myself included, have tried all the standard treatments, medications and even operations, and still keep coming down with sinus infections. Something else is obviously in the mix.

It is said that 80% of the population has a deviated septum to some degree. There are about 300,000 sinus operations performed each year in the U.S., and a good number of these are to fix a deviated septum. I’m sure that some of these have cured sinusitis in a number of people, but personally I’ve never met anyone who has said the operation “worked” for them. Another downside to this operation is that surgeons will sometimes also cut out some of the turbinates in the nose to help clear the nasal cavities and ostensibly make drainage easier. In the past it was felt that removing some or most of the turbinates had no harmful effects. Surgeons and especially patients who have had this done are now finding out that this can be a catastrophic after about 5 years or so. The condition is now referred to as ENS, or Empty Nose Syndrome. This condition is irreversible, since the turbinate and cilia-bearing tissue which has been cut away cannot grow back or be transplanted from elsewhere in the body. If your mucosal/cilia system ceases to function, you are in big trouble. In extreme cases some patients with ENS were so miserable and depressed with their lives that they committed suicide!!

I’m sure my first and second surgeons meant well and thought they were helping me by recommending surgery for a deviated septum and for other reasons. The fact is, however, that the operations simply didn’t produce good results, as I kept coming down with sinus infections not long after both of them. What has helped me since then is pulsating sinus irrigation, and I have addressed that in other articles.

If your ENT specialist is recommending surgery to fix your deviated septum, I would recommend caution and skepticism. You need to educate yourself thoroughly and understand precisely what tissue will be cut or more importantly removed from your nose. Don’t just trust the word of someone else, even if he is a specialist. Learn about new operations being developed, like sinuplasty, and the research that is going on with antifungal therapy. This treatment is not widespread as yet since it is new, but you may not need to correct your deviated septum. Remember, your deviated septum has probably been there for years before your sinus problems became an issue, so maybe that isn’t the real cause of your problems. In any event, don’t let a surgeon cut out your turbinates or mucosal tissue. If you need convincing about that issue, just go to the web site of the ENS Symposium and read some forum entries by people who have had this done to them.

Steel Toe Work Boots – You Are Most Likely Wearing the Wrong Boots

I have been doing a lot of reading about steel toe work boots of late. What I have found to be quite interesting is that choosing the right boot is almost as difficult as choosing a life partner.

In both cases, to find the best match for yourself, you need to be analyzing your own life style, your wants and needs, and prioritizing them. If this sounds a little bizarre to you, read on, and I promise to prove the point.

Lifestyle is probably the biggest factor, and the question really comes down to what type of work you do. If you think about it, our time at work, from the time we leave home until the time we return, makes up usually about half of our waking hours. Of the 17 hours a day that the average person is up and about, most of us will spend about 9 hours dressed in our work clothes.

For those that work in an industrial line of work, steel toe work boots are often a requirement of the job, and are therefore worn at least 9 hours a day. Those in other lines of work may only require a steel toe work boot for the odd chore around the home.

Those that want to wear work boots as a style statement, have no need for a steel toe and can chose from the hundreds of soft toe versions.

Now, if your need for a work boot is industrial related, not only will you need the steel toe, but chances are that your job will require you to be on your feet all day long. Wearing a boot with an improper fit could actually create a crippling effect over the long term.

What does “proper fit” actually represent?

  • Most important is arch support. Without proper arch support you are headed towards fallen arches, which can be extremely painful and debilitating.
  • Heel support is number two on the list. Because of the sturdy soles found on a typical work boot, walking usually creates a pounding effect on the heel. Without proper heel support it is more than likely that you would develop heel splints, another painful prospect.
  • Next on the list is proper width. If your boot is too narrow, it will obviously squeeze your feet. What this does is to reduce the effectiveness of any built in arch support system in the boot. A squeezed foot doesn’t sit properly in the arch area and therefore doesn’t take full advantage of the arch support.
  • A boot that is too wide for your feet, although comfortable when standing still, will tend to give you blisters as you walk about.
  • The weight of your steel toe work boot comes next on the list. If you are walking all day in your boots, a heavier work boot will put more strain on your ankles, calves and knees. This can cause muscle cramps, tendonitis, problems with your achilles and eventually knee problems as well, as you adjust your walking style to accommodate the various aches and pains.
  • Last, but not least is the thickness or durability of the soles on your steel toe work boots. The amount of walking you do each day on the job, and the types of ground cover that you walk on, makes a huge difference on the type of sole you will need. The more you walk each day and the rougher the terrain, the more important a thicker or highly durable boot sole is to your choice. Otherwise you will be replacing your boots every six months or so.

Comfort is the number one demand for any steel toe work boot, no matter what the purpose. The big question becomes whether we should give a little on the comfort side in order to gain on the durability side?

My advice is that you should never yield on the comfort side. Keep searching until you can find all the qualities that you need in your steel toe work boots and a fit that is comfortable as well.

Their are literally hundreds of work boots to chose from. You should start your search by writing down the most important needs that must be accommodated in priority order. Then go online and find the most popular boots. Most websites will provide you with customer reviews, which in my opinion is the best information. Customers will talk about comfort, durability, any issues they found, and so on. Read through these reviews and find the general theme. If most are strong recommendations, then you have found a winner. The not so strong reviews should provide you with cautions that you would need to address when purchasing.

Based on all the reading and research that I have done, I created a website that reflects the top two most popular steel toe work boots, their selling features, a collection of customer reviews from multiple websites, and a monthly price comparison for these boots from the most popular online work boot stores.

My final advice is that you should never buy a work boot because it looks good. Educate yourself on the key factors that make a steel toe work boot the right one for you. Then buy them based on you complete needs. I promise you that you will be much happier with your choice.

The Importance Of Reading Reviews Before Buying Convertible Car Seats

Convertible car seats are one of the most sought after baby travel gear by many parents. Several parents invest in these specialized car seats to cater to their growing child’s safety and comfort needs inside a moving vehicle. Convertible car seats are for bigger babies and kids who are in between 30-70 pounds heavy and have a standing height of 50 inches and below. When your baby no longer fit the requirements for him to remain in his infant seat, it is likely recommended to switch him into a convertible seat. Convertible seats are initially used as rear-facing seats and later on can be converted into a forward-facing seat. This type of car seat can keep your child in his five-point harness throughout his toddler years until he is ready for a booster seat. Keeping your child in a five-point harness seat is necessary as children of this age and size have soft bones and small bodies that cannot in any way stand a crash force which can possibly result to serious injuries and early deaths.

This purchase can be confusing and difficult for many parents especially to first time parents. However, it is important for parents to take note of the importance of keeping their children on appropriate car seats during car travel. To avoid any confusion and dilemma, reading consumer reviews before buying can be of great help. In the recent studies, several consumers rely on product reviews before availing any service or buying a product. You can instantly search for the best convertible seat reviews online and read consumer feedbacks and reviews regarding the various brands of convertible seats. Below are some reasons why reading product reviews prior to an impending purchase is important:

  • Reading reviews and recommendations from previous consumers can avoid panic and impulsive buys. As we all know most impulsive buys can lead to big regrets and loss of hard earned money. This is great way to make sure that you are able to get the best deal for your money.
  • Reading the best convertible seat reviews can prevent you from making the most common mistakes by many parents when buying one.
  • One of the benefits of reading reviews is for you to avoid impulse buying. Human as we are, we have a tendency to buy something without looking at it closely. With the reviews, you can see the pros and cons of the product.
  • This also allows you to avoid the mistakes committed by others who have bought the wrong one for their kids.
  • When you read reviews, you can avoid making mistakes of choosing the wrong type for your child. Aside from that, you can avoid buying based on your impulse or gut feeling.
  • The reviews can also make you avoid committing the common mistakes of most buyers who have not thought about the pros and cons of the product.

Reading the best convertible car seat reviews can really help you in purchasing the best for your child.

Trash the Thrush, Yeast Infection of the Mouth

A lot of us have already heard about vaginal yeast infection caused by fungus called candida. There are other infections caused by this fungus and that is thrush, a yeast infection of the mouth. Thrush mostly affects babies and toddlers, older people and those with weak immune systems. Candida fungus is actually present in the mouth, digestive tract and skin in smaller quantity and is normally controlled by other bacteria in the body.

And what causes thrush?

Illnesses such as diabetes, HIV infection, cancer and dry mouth can lead to the growth of yeast. Stress is one of the factors too. Certain medications that causes imbalance to the candida fungus are corticosteroids, antibiotics and contraceptive pills. Additionally, infection will develop for those with uncontrolled diseases or those who are pregnant. Smokers are not spared with this infection of the mouth, as well as those who wear dentures that don’t fit correctly. Moreover, babies can develop thrush but can be treated immediately; however, it may turn out to be persistent for a longer period.

Do you know the oral yeast infection symptoms?

One common symptom of thrush is the existence of white and creamy protruding lesions in the mouth, roof of the mouth, tongue or inner cheeks, gums, tonsils, or back of your throat. The lesions are very painful and bleed when you try to scrape them or when brushing your teeth. In severe cases, the lesions may spread into your esophagus that may cause pain or difficulty in swallowing and even cause fever. Yeast can infect the lungs, liver and skin for those with low immune system because of cancer, HIV and the like.

How doctors diagnosed oral yeast infections?

Dentist will examine those white lesions in your mouth, tongue and cheeks then he can make his diagnosis. For infection that spreads to the esophagus, a throat culture is done to be used for laboratory test or conduct endoscopy of the esophagus, stomach and small intestines.

How do we treat oral yeast infection?

There are antifungal medicines prescribed to be taken for 10 to 14 days to treat the thrush. These are available in tablets, lozenges or in liquid form. Your dentist will make precise treatment method based on age and the cause of the infection. He will also recommend the patient to consult a physician for further tests because this infection might be a symptom of other medical problems to ensure they are treated properly.

How de we prevent thrush?

We can always prevent yeast infection of the mouth by practicing proper oral hygiene. That means you need to brush your teeth two to three times everyday. Mouthwash and oral sprays may cause imbalance to the microorganism in your mouth, so try to minimize or avoid using them. Have a regular dental check up if you have diabetes or wearing dentures. Minimize the consumption of sugar and foods that triggers the growth of yeast. Avoid smoking or if you are, start quitting the habit so to avoid thrush.

By and large, we have learned that thrush can be prevented and controlled. Except of course for those who have special medical conditions, extra care must be given. By being aware of its causes, symptoms and diagnosis, treatment of yeast infection of the mouth is very easy.

The Qualities of Good Endocrinology Doctors

Endocrinology is considered to be the science involved with the functions of the numerous hormones in a human being’s body as well as the endocrine glands and the tissues that can produce them. It is such a complex branch in medical science that has been thoroughly studied and specified. It is one branch that has posed lots of challenges on its medical practitioners who are aptly called in the world of medicine as endocrinology doctors.

It is also this specific field that lacks excellent endocrinology doctors because not a lot of physicians want to specialize in the said science for endocrinology is tough work and requires a doctor to have the patience of a saint so as to diagnose with precision the hormonal imbalances or dysfunctions that a patient is afflicted with. So for your concerns related to endocrine glands, look for a credible endocrinologist for you to remedy any kind of endocrine-related ailment you have.

The following are therefore the qualities of excellent endocrinology doctors to consider:

• Check if one’s physician has the level of confidence of a individual who knows what he is doing, what he is looking at, and looks one in the eyes when the situation calls for it. Patients feel at peace and confident if the medical practitioner whom he is consulting is confident enough. Confidence matters in medical practice.

• A great doctor is emphatic. He could understand the feelings and experiences of his patients as if it were he who is suffering from the illness. The very best test of an emphatic physician is in the level of sensitivity he gives his communication with his patients. He should be sensitive enough to sense that a patient is feeling uncomfortable or in pain.

• A great endocrinology doctor humanely treats his patients. He is not only kind in actions and in words but is also very thoughtful and caring. He is likely to spend more time and share his expertise only to help a patient in his suffering.

• He is the type who would like to know more his patients more than what is needed in his medical practice. In other words, he gets personal with his patients, interacts with them both on a professional and a personal level, and remembers their names not just for their diseases or their respective hospital room numbers.

• A good medical physician is one who is sincere in his dealings with his patients. He does not dilly-dally nor speak to a patient as though he was hiding something. He is one who would tell his patients what they really want to know, suggests the most efficient and safest medical procedures, and makes known his opinions in a manner that doesn’t scare the patient.

• Finally, great endocrinology doctors are respectful and thorough in the conduct of their exams. They are ones who do not leave any stone unturned. They want their patients to be treated properly.

Top 20 Four Tops Hits

In the early 1950's, four Detroit high school students played at a local birthday party. After that, these four students stayed together as one of R & B's largest groups for over four decades.

Levi Stubbs (brother of The Falcon's Joe Stubbs and cousin of Jackie Wilson), Abdul "Duke" Fakir, Renaldo "Obie" Benson and Lawrence Payton called themselves The Four Aims.

The Four Aims signed with Chess Records in 1956 and changed their name to The Four Tops, so they would not be confused with the pop family group, The Ames Brothers.

Recording with four different record labels and no hits, The Four Tops came to the attention of Motown Records executive, Berry Gordy Jr. In 1963, they signed with Motown and initially did backup work for other Motown artists. They can be heard on The Supremes' "Run, Run, Run."

In 1964, songwriting team, Holland-Dozier-Holland came up with a tune perfectly fitted for the quartert. "Baby I Need Your Loving" became their first of many Billboard top 20 hits.

On the charts, The Four Tops had twenty-five Top 40 hits, two went to number one. Here's a look at The Four Tops twenty biggest hits, according to Billboard's Top 40 charts:

1. I Can not Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) – 1965 – Their biggest single went to number one for two weeks and has been covered by The Supremes, Donnie Elbert (who took it to # 22) and Dolly Parton. It was also used in Kellogg's Honey Smacks and Duncan Hines brownie mix commercials.

2. Reach Out, I'll Be There – 1966 – Their only other number one song was also the # 3 song for the year of 1966.

3. Is not No Woman (Like the One I've Got) – 1973 – In 1972, The Four Tops left Motown, when the label moved to LA, and signed with the ABC / Dunhill label. This song, originally recorded by Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds, would be the Four Tops largest single after leaving Motown. It was included in their "Keeper of the Castle" album.

4. Bernadette – 1967 – From the album "Reach Out" this song was included in the soundtrack of "Zodiac." On the CBS-TV sitcom, "The Big Bang Theory," character Howard Wolowitz uses the song as his ringtone for his girlfriend.

5. It's The Same Old Song – 1965 – The follow up to "I Can not Help Myself" features the same chords. It has been covered by Jonathan King, KC and the Sunshine Band and the Tops appeared in a Velveeta commercial singing "It's The Same Old Side."

6. Standing In The Shadows Of Love – 1967 – Also from the "Reach Out" album. In 1990, Aerosmith used a riff in their single "The Other Side" that sounded similar to this song. Aerosmith's lawyers, in an attempt to avoid a lawsuit, gave Holland-Dozier-Holland credit for the Aerosmith single.

7. Keeper of the Castle – 1972 – Their first single after leaving Motown went to # 10 on the weekly charts. It's from the album of the same name.

8. When She Was My Girl – 1981 – It had been eight years since the group had a top 40 hit and after signing with Casablanca Records they did just that. It would also be their last top 40 hit for seven more years.

9. Baby I Need Your Loving – 1964 – Their very first hit went to # 11 on the weekly charts. Cover versions have been many, including those by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Gene Pitney and Johnny Rivers, who took his version to # 3 on the weekly charts.

10. Still Water (Love) – 1970 – Written by Smokey Robinson and Frank Wilson, this silky tune is a departure from the hard rocking songs that the Tops had been doing. From the "Still Waters Run Deep" album, this single featured Marv Tarplin, of the Miracles, on guitar.

11. River Deep – Mountain High – 1971 – Written by Phil Spector for Ike & Tina Turner in 1966, it was later covered by Eric Burdon and the Animals in 1968. The most successful cover version was by The Four Tops, when they teamed up With The Supremes, sans Diana Ross, and took it Top 20.

12. 7 Rooms Of Gloom – 1967 – Also covered by Blondie and Pat Benetar, the Four Tops did not like this song and never performed it in concert. The B-side, "I'll Turn to Stone" was also released, but only made it to # 76 on the charts.

13. Walk Away Renee – 1968 – Originally recorded by The Left Banke in 1966 going to # 5, The Four Tops have the most successful cover version of this song. Renee was an infatuation of Left Banke keyboardist, Michael Brown, who wrote the song about bassist Tom Finn's girlfriend.

14. Are You Man Enough? – 1973 – This song was featured on the album soundtrack and in the film, "Shaft In Africa" ​​starring Richard Roundtree.

15. Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over) – 1966 – Poor Levi Stubbs can not believe his wife is leaving him for another man. But she does, in this top 20 hit that has also been covered by Barbra Streisand, The Supremes and Shaun Cassidy.

16. Something About You – 1965 – Their follow up to "It's The Same Old Song" this song barely cracked the top 20. It is not to be confused with the Level 42 song of the same name.

17. You Keep Running Away – 1967 – From their "Greatest Hits" album, this song, like most of their singles, had backup vocals by The Adantes, who did backup work for many Motown artists.

18. If I Were A Carpenter – 1968 – Written by Tim Hardin and originally recorded by Bobby Darin in 1966, The Four Tops covered it in 1968 and went top 20 with it.

19. It's All In The Game – 1970 – Another cover version of a great standard, originally recorded by Tommy Edwards in 1958, the Four Tops soulful sound stands out in this top 30 hit for them.

20. Ask The Lonely – 1965 – Their third single for Motown was written by longtime staffer, Mickey Stevenson and Ivy Joe Hunter.

The Four Tops last Top 40 hit was "Indestructible" in 1988.

The quartet also did some movie work singing a song in the 1982 film, "Grease 2." Levi Stubbs provided the voice of the voracious vegetation, Audrey II, in the 1986 film musical, "Little Shop of Horrors."

Running late from a recording session in December 1988, the group missed their flight home from their European tour. It turned out to be Pan Am flight 103, which crashed in Lockerbie, Scotland, when a terrorist bomb was detonated onboard.

In 1997, after 44 years without ever changing personnel, Lawrence Payton died of lung cancer. "Obie" Benson also died of lung cancer eight years later. Lead singer, Levi Stubbs, died in his home in Detroit in 2008. "Duke" Fakir is the only surviving original member, who still fulfills with three other members as The Four Tops.

The Four Tops were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.
In 2009, they received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Their song, "Reach Out, I'll Be There" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.

Catering Equipment to Blend Food for Babies

Mothers of young babies have only one main concern and that is the health of their babies. Healthy babies are strong and happy babies. When a baby reaches the stage where they are able to start eating solid foods, mothers look to provide their young ones with the best vitamin rich foods. Generally vegetables and fruits are the first types of solid foods that a baby will eat due to its high nutritional content. In order for a baby to ingest vegetables and fruits, you will need to blend or puree it so that it can be fresh, chewable and digestible.

A food blender is a great piece of catering equipment for mothers. It gives you the freedom to create your own recipes for your young one. You could choose different vegetable flavour combinations such as potato and carrot, or sweet potato and peas. Or you could choose fruit combinations such as apple and banana or strawberry and mango.

The Hamilton Beach Food Blender makes blending and mixing vegetables and fruits a breeze. It is a good idea to cook the vegetables first. Peel it and boil it until it is soft. Thereafter, you can place it in the Hamilton Beach Food Blender. The 3HP motor which is the maximum output power lets you easily puree vegetables to a smooth consistency. The economical design is such that it keeps the ingredients circulating through the blades which ensure that vegetables or fruit contents are well emulsified. Mothers will appreciate the adjustable speed dial that offers you variable speed options. Whether you need too slowly or quickly blend the vegetables, you can do so at your discretion.

With this daily task you do tend to wonder whether this catering equipment will be able to handle the daily blending. This unit has a jar pad sensor that helps to prevent wear and tear. Plus the temperature gauge alerts you if the motor overheats in order to prevent unnecessary burnout. So you can go ahead and use it every day.

As a mother you can get creative with the Hamilton Beach Food Blender and invent your own recipes. You could blend carrots, pumpkin and butternut for vitamin A rich meal. Blending strawberries with pineapple and orange juice will give you a vitamin C rich dessert. If you make a lot of a particular mixture you can store it in the freezer in ice cube trays for another day. You can serve your baby delicious pureed meals that are freshly prepared at home for the maximum nutritional benefit.

The Best Food to Feed a Bearded Dragon

Bearded dragons make wonderful pets. They are active during the day, and when adult are large enough to be allowed to roam around the house for limited periods (that is, until they start getting cold) without any fears of them disappearing in small hiding places – obviously they need to be Supervised at all times. They also have the advantage of almost being born tame and are happy to sit on their owner and will put up with a cuddle.

They are attractive and have great personalities, and make excellent pets for people who are allergic to fur and can not have any of the more common warm blooded pets. In captivity with the correct husbandry they should live for up to 10 years or even more. The oldest I'm currently aware of is 12. To reach their potential live span they need to be fed the correct foods.

I am often contacted by people who would like to own a bearded dragon, and who wants to know if there is any alternative to feeding them live food. The answer is a very definite NO. Although many pet shops stock dried food which is supposedly to be bearded dragons, I have never heard of one that actually will eat this. I've tried to feed it to mine but I think they would rather starve!

The amount and type of live food they need changes as they grow from hatchling to adult. When first hatched they are almost totally carnivorous. When adult they are 80% vegetarian. At all stages of their lives they should have the correct balance of vegetables / fruit and live food.

When a juvenile is purchased and bought home from the breeder or pet shop it is important to always offer finely chopped vegetables / fruit. The rule of thumb when feeding bearded dragons is to make sure no food offered is larger than the gap between their eyes. This goes for the size of live food offered, as well as the green stuff. If a juvenile has been properly fed from hatching it will be used to always have a bowl of veg in its enclosure, which it will peck at if there's nothing better on offer. Juvenile bearded dragons are often similar to human toddlers – seemingly allergic to anything green! But if they've been used to it they'll often continue to munch on salad and vegetables through their growing period. Some beardies refuse to touch vegetables – some (including mine!) Have been known never to eat it when their owners are watching as if by pretending they are starving they'll be offered something more tasty. But historically they all succumb and eat it and, when adult, it will be their staple diet.

If you have a juvenile who will not touch the stuff, do not worry. He'll get there in time, and though it's disappointing to spend your time chopping food that's not eaten, you must persevere. It's best to try and variety of different vegetables and fruit – some beardies like some things, others do not. Cabbage, mixed salad leaves, curly kale, peppers, sweet potato, grapes, apples, carrots are all foods which might appeal to a beardie. Experiment with items that you eat and see what yours likes.

Bearded dragons should never be fed avocado, and avoid items with a high moisture content such as iceburg lettuce, cucumber or tomatoes which will cause diarrhoea.

These reptiles have an astonishing rate of growth – they grow 4000 times in size from hatching to adult, and should reach full size between 12 and 18 months. To support this tremendous growth rate they have to have copious amounts of protein which can only be delivered by a main diet of live food. When deciding whether this is the pet for you, you need to factor in the cost of their food. During their first year of live they cost as much as a cat and some dogs to feed. There is also the problem of obtaining live food – but if you do not live near a suitably stocked pet shop mail order is very efficient, and you can set up a regular order with most online suppliers.

The basic live food diet is crickets. These come in two types – brown, and black. Black are supposedly silent, but you'll still get the odd one that will chirp all night. Both are nutritious. Crickets, as other insects, come in various sizes called instars. As a cricket grows it sheds its skin. First instar crickets are the smallest, and then they increase in size through various sheds until they reach adult size. Do not feed crickets which are too big for your bearded dragon (remember the gap between the eyes rule), but conversely, if you try and offer crickets that are too small he might not be interested in them.

All live food should be gut fed – this simply means feeding them the same vegetables that you are offering your beardie. Here even if he is not keen on vegetables, he'll be getting the goodness by eating the crickets.

When growing quickly they should be fed live food 3 times a day up until the age of about 4 months – as many as they can eat in a 10 minute session each time. This can be reduced to 2 feeds, and then to 1 when the beardie is a good size – around 6 to 8 months. It is difficult to give any definite ages as all bearded dragons grow at different rates. As they are such voracious eaters crickets are recommended as they are the cheapest to buy.

Bearded dragons need calcium supplement – daily until they are adult, and then about weekly thereafter. Calcium powder is sprinkled on their food. Without extra calcium they are likely to develop Metabolic Bone Disease (MBD) which causes deformities in their bone growth, and is often fatal. Prevention is far better than trying to cure it.

It is perfectly possible to feed crickets and dust them with calcium powder without having to touch them by using a Cricket Keeper. You empty the crickets from the tub they arrive in into the keeper, and put vegetables and water into it. Pots of water are not recommended as the crickets are likely to drown in it, instead you can buy Bug Gel, or simply put in cotton wool balls soaked in water. Cricket Keepers have four black tubes. The crickets go up the tubes as they like being in the dark. When it's feeding time you simply lift out one of the tubes, spinkle some calcium supplement down the tube, put something over the top and shake vigorously. This coats the crickets evenly with calcium powder, and also slightly stuns them which makes them slower and easier for the beardie to catch. You can also slow down crickets by putting them in the fridge for a few minutes before feeding. Most beardies can catch them anyway, but some have difficulty at first, so slow moving crickets can be beneficial.

As beardies grow they can move on to locusts or routes. A roach colony can be kept at home, and so you can breed your own live food and make feeding much cheaper though not everyone wants to do this. Locusts are much more tasty to a bearded dragon, and also more expensive to buy. If you start feeding these too early you may find he will not go back to eating crickets, and hence it will be far more expensive. For that reason I recommend staying with crickets as long as possible. As adults they will only need livefood two or three times a week. Once they are fully grown too much protein will overload their internal organs so if you overfeed you will be killing them with kindness.

Meal worms should not be given to bearded dragons. They do like them, but their skins are high in chitin which is hard to digest, and they are not as nutritious as crickets or locusts. Morio worms are a good substitute, but I still stick with crickets as a staple diet. Silk worms can also be fed daily, but again are more expensive. Wax worms are only to be given as a treat as they are very rich. They do love them in the way we like chocolate!

Remember, feeding your bearded dragon the correct food for each stage of its life is important, but equally so is having your vivarium set up correctly. The basking temperature should be right as it helps them digest their food properly, and a strong UVB light is necessary so they get sufficient vitamins.

Fed correctly and kept in the right conditions, your bearded dragon should live to a ripe old age and be your companion for many years to come.

Sexual Alchemy: How to Convert the 'Lead' of Sex Into The 'Gold' of Sex Through Energy Transmutation

Desire for physical sexual contact is creative potency seeking expression or outlet. That same creative energy projecting as intense sexual desire can become Money energy, Intellectual, Political, Professional, Business, Sports or Spiritual energy; Or whatever type of energy you need at any point in time.

Unfortunately, many men being unaware of this fact continue to dissipate their essence, and thus fail to avail themselves of that minority but exceptional creative stimuli generated by their abundant sex drive; And this is one primary cause of mediocrity.

Sex is Nature's primary modus for pro-creation. However, the creative power of sex goes beyond 'making babies'. Sex is much more than mere physical union between couples; It is an act of great responsibility that also has mental, emotional and spiritual implications.

Sex is the creative energy of Life, and not just for making babies, but also for any other things you want to achieve or accomplish in life. It can empower you with great Health, endless Wealth, eternal Youth and creative Genius, if correctly instituted in.

A very basic, yet overlooked factor that can greatly enhance your relationships and enjoyment of sex is your knowledge, understanding and application of these sexual secrets.

Indeed, Sex is a mighty urge to action, but its forces need control and direction. The possession possession of a high sex drive is not enough; It must be controlled, reined-in and transmitted. To transmute is to change in nature or form; To alter in essence, usually from something of a lower value to one of a higher value. Ancient Alchemists tried to convert Lead into Gold through chemical processes in their secret hideouts.

And now, through sex energy transmutation , you can convert the "lead" of sex into the "Gold" of sex, by channeling this creative potency inwards and upwards to nourish and energize the power centers of your body, especially the Brain.

Yes, you can naturally and easily activate your eternal Youth, dependable Intuition, creative Imagination, endless Wealth and matchless Genius through proper and harmonious engagement and enjoyment of sex!

Fortunate indeed are couples with high sex drive, who have also learned the art of sex energy transmutation, for "In the source of every vital power lie the sources of endless wealth." – Napoleon Hill.

When properly harnessed, the raw potent powers of sex and its creative essence that initiate all earthly existence, can be used to achieve anything you want!

Garage Door

If you've ever driven through Levittown, Long Island, you've seen the paradigm of post-World War II housing. Designed for the young parents who were giving birth to the baby boom generation, Levittown homes were built in accordance with the principles of pre-fabricated housing constructed for servicemen, but they incorporated the "must-haves" of post-war life: big yards , Modern appliances, a television antenna, and other conveniences. Promotional photos for Levittown over a period of years show that the evolution of the garage followed major trends in the changing American lifestyle.

The earliest house plans from the 1940s show boxy, Cape Cod-style homes with a living room, dining room, bath, and two bedrooms. There were no driveways: the single car owned by most families was parked on the street. By 1950, the company brochure offered five homes in a modified Cape Cod / Ranch style, each with a driveway leading to a single attached carport. And in the sister suburb of Levittown, PA, in 1954, the developers presented a variety of homes that incorporated the latest essential in home design – an enclosed garage.

Today, if you drive through even the most moderate suburban neighborhood, you're likely to see a gaping, two-or three-garage garage opening directly onto the street, with living quarters sprawling behind and above. The garage has become the façade of the modern American home.

The growth in the importance of the garage has coincided with the presence of more and more cars in the typical American family. When Henry Ford lowered the price of his model T so that "the workers who build them can afford to buy them," the option of owning an automobile became a reality for families of modest means, and through the decades from 1910 to 1930 car ownership Grow steadily.

Auto sales fell as World War II limited both income and the availability of raw materials, but millions more women learned to drive as they filled jobs previously held by servicemen. By the time the subdivision building boom began shortly after the war, almost any young couple could afford a house for $ 8,000 and an $ 800-dollar station wagon. Typically, after driving her husband to the commuter train station, the housewife used the car to shop and run errands. (African American and other minority families, including Jews in many suburbs, were shut out of housing opportunities by restrictive covenants in the North and Jim Crow laws in the South. But that's another story.)

Soon, though, a single car was not enough: Dad wanted the family car, and Mom needed her own. By the 1960s, it was not uncommon for a teen to get a vehicle – often a grandparent's old car – for his 16th birthday. Instead of parking on the street or under a single carport, a family now needed at least a double garage plus room to park a third or even fourth vehicle. Today, in addition to a garage for two cars (or, more likely, one car plus an attic's worth of clutter), many suburban and rural homes include an additional, oversized garage for the RV.

Garage doors have changed, too. The earliest ones in the late 19th century were simply barn doors that allowed a farmer to bring a horse-drawn buggy into the garage for loading and unloading or storage out of the weather. They hinged outward or rolled sideways on steel tracks like a sliding closet door and were used for mechanized vehicles – tractors, cars, and trucks – as they came into wider use. Carriage homes, originally built by the wealthy for horses and carriages, also began to hold automobiles.

By the early 1920s, as more and more middle-class families could afford Model Ts, a modified version of the garage appeared. Usually a small shed (often only eight or ten feet wide), the garage was not quite enough for a sliding door. A single hinged door would be too heavy and ungainly to move, so a split, hinged door, each half three or four feet wide and seven to eight feet tall, was used instead. These old wooden doors can still be seen in rural areas; They often look home, with small windowpanes and one-by-six-inch diagonal cross-braces across the front. But their weight put great stress on hinges, screws, and the frame, and, when there was snow on the ground, it had to be shoveled out of the way before the doors could swing open.

The invention of the articulated (folding) door was the first real innovation in garage doors. A door split into hinged vertical sections could slide or roll back into the garage itself. In 1921, Mr. CG Johnson designed an overhead garage door with horizontal articulation. Lifted from the bottom, the door roled up and out of the way, each section leveling out as it followed the curve of parallel steel tracks. Five years later Johnson invented the electric opener, to assist people without the strength to raise the heavy door. Johnson's company became the Overhead Door Corporation, still a leading manufacturer of garage doors.

Later developments included the slab door raised on a strong track, and doors using lightweight materials, like Styrofoam-insulated steel, and steel alloys and fiberglass that roll into a compact space – the roll-down security doors seen at many businesses today.

Along with changes in technology came changes in style. As garages were gradually incorporated into houses – that is, going from a separate building to an attached one to part of the structure itself – the look and palette of garage doors evolved. No longer limited to the red-stained barn-door model or the white paint of early 20th-century design, they began to echo French Provincial, English Manor, Colonial, and California Ranch homes, among other popular architectural styles.

The modern garage, far from being an outbuilding or an afterthought, is as much a part of the typical American home as a family room and kitchen. And, in accordance with that status, garage doors today come in all the materials and styles favored by homeowners: traditional wood – with or without glass inserts and with or without resin impregnation – articulated steel and alloys, fiberglass, vinyl coatings, and aluminum.