Birds of a Feather

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Weight loss and lifestyle change are challenging, even for the best of us. However, both of these things are accessible to those who want it bad enough and who are willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen. One issue that is critical to success for lifestyle change has to do with the support and encouragement that you get from those around you. If they are supportive and always encouraging you to make healthy choices, your odds for success are very good. On the other hand, if those around you are not supportive and are constantly trying to take you off track at every turn, well, good luck! Simply put, and as that old saying so aptly states, “Birds of a feather flock together.” My point here is this: If it’s weight loss and healthy living you’re working on, you have a much better chance of succeeding if you surround yourself with like-minded birds…I mean people!

Take drinking for example. If you are trying to stop drinking alcohol, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to hang around with people who go to bars and drink a lot as a form of recreation. Their influence may be a little too powerful to resist. It might be necessary to bring some new people into your life… new people, that is, who embrace healthy living. The more time you spend with those who share your goals, the more likely you are to achieve them. I’m not suggesting you toss all of your current friends overboard. What I am suggesting, however, is that you take a good hard look at the personalities you surround yourself with and make some judgments regarding where it’s best for you to spend most of your time. When all is said and done, birds of a feather do tend to flock together!

iLasik - It's Fast and Virtually Painless

In today's world , everything is pretty modern. We uses advance technology. Let's talk about a human eyes. Anywhere you go, you see people either wearing the actual glasses or contact lenses. They had to wear them just because of incorrect vision, either they have 20/20, farsighted, nearsighted vision or hard for them to see at all.

For this eye problem , there is one solution like LASIK technology . Modern LASIK, known as the iLASIK Procedure, uses two lasers instead of one, as in earlier versions of the procedure. In the first stage of iLASIK, wave-front technology maps the unique characteristics of the individual’s eyes. Then, an ultrafast, computer-guided laser creates a corneal flap. This laser replaces the handheld microkeratome blade used in older forms of LASIK and makes the procedure exceptionally safe. After the flap is created, the wave-front mapping data guides a second laser for vision correction. The combination of these advanced laser technologies creates a custom-fit procedure clinically proven to provide excellent safety and visual results.

iLasik procedure is not complicated — it's fast and virtually painless. Lasik has increase usage for all the man in uniforms. iLasik is been use for years and very safe.The iLASIK procedure only takes minutes. It reshapes your cornea to correct the refractive imperfections in your eye (these imperfections are essentially the reason you are nearsighted, farsighted . You get an extensive exam by an iLASIK surgeon. Computers/software are used to make an individual blueprint of your eyes; this blueprint is used to drive your laser correction and is what gives you a truly customized result. A laser is used to make a thin flap in your cornea. You'll be given numbing drops so you won't feel pain. This flap enables the surgeon to make the iLASIK correctio. A second laser is used to make the correction to your cornea, based on your unique vision/eye characteristics. This correction is completely computer driven. It's safe,2 fast and virtually painless. You can have great vision without glasses or contacts. To get more LASIK information , just visit the click above.


Cold and Flu Prevention

Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.

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Get enough sleep.
During sleep, your body's immune system goes into high gear to protect you from illness. Lack of sleep can reduce immune functioning making you susceptible to sickness.

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Drink more water.
In the fall and winter, it is easy to overlook your thirst and get dehydrated. Make sure you consume 8 glasses a day.

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Wash your hands frequently to keep cold and flu germs from spreading.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Your kids need to wash their hands for at least 30 seconds to effectively kill germs. Kids can measure the time by singing "Happy Birthday" song twice.

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Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Teach your children to avoid spreading cold and flu viruses by coughing into the crux of their elbows, instead of into their hands.

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Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.

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Disinfect commonly used surfaces in your home.
From the faucet to the doorknob to the toys your kids play with, the surfaces they touch are often breeding grounds for colds and flu germs. One of the most important ways to protect your family and stop viruses dead in their tracks is to disinfect commonly touched surfaces with a disinfectant spray or wipe, such as those made by LYSOL.

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Consult with a doctor.
If you're running a fever, please visit your doctor. Talk to the doctor before your family gets sick. He or she can advise you whether to get a flu shot and which over-the-counter medicines to have on-hand should someone start to feel sick.

Fend Off Cold and Flu

Help Keep Your Family Healthy This Winter

Runny noses, sore throats, sleepless nights — they may all seem inescapable this cold and flu season. While you can't run and hide, you can take the right steps to help keep your family healthy. You just have to be prepared. First, know the difference between a cold or flu, then learn how to stop them in their tracks.

Help Spot & Prevent the Cold and Flu

Got these symptoms?

* Runny or stuffy nose
* Sore throat
* Coughing
* Sneezing
* Low fever or chills (occasionally)

Help Stop the COLD

* Drink lots of liquids (hot or cold) to keep nose and throat from drying out
* Ensure lots of bed rest
* Use saline nose drops

Got these symptoms?

* Sudden fever (101 or higher)
* Cough (sometimes dry)
* Achy muscles
* Headache
* Sore throat
* Chills
* Fatigue

Help Stop the FLU

* Give a fever reducer/ pain reliever (acetaminophen or ibuprofen)
* Drink lots of liquids (hot or cold) to keep nose and throat from drying out
* Ensure lots of bed rest

Fact check: Candidates again twist truth

Budget numbers don't add up; sheen of distortion colors oil issues.

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Facts went astray on tax cuts, negative campaign advertising and oil exports when Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain engaged Wednesday in their third and final presidential debate.

Some examples:
McCAIN: Claimed that Obama has spent more money on negative ads than any other presidential candidate. That's probably true — given that Obama will have raised and spent more than any other candidate.

THE FACTS: By one measure, however, McCain was wrong when he said that 100 percent of his ads weren't negative. According to one study, by the University of Wisconsin Advertising Project, 100 percent of McCain's ads have been negative.

The McCain campaign sent out an e-mail with a CMAG comparison (covering Sept. 12-Oct. 11) of how much money the two campaigns have spent on negative and positive advertising. It does back up McCain's statements that Obama is spending more than $40 million on negative advertising, but it also shows that he's spending nearly $30 million on positive advertising. According to this release, McCain is spending more than $27 million on negative ads and only $5 million on positive ads. McCain is only running 11,471 positive ads compared to nearly 60,000 negative ads, according to the release. Comparatively, Obama is running 48,729 positive ads and more than 80,000 negative ads.

So, yes, Obama is spending lots of money on negative ads, but he's also spending much more money on ads as a whole. But percentage wise — according to the CMAG numbers — McCain is spending nearly 85 percent of his total advertising budget on negative advertising. Obama is spending roughly 60 percent of his total advertising budget on negative advertising.

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