Sample By: Lisa Delsanno
For thousands of years, people have looked to Mother Nature to cure what ails them. Before there was such a thing as pharmaceutical medicine, or even doctors, entire communities could be cured from illnesses by simply venturing into the woods to collect herbs, plants, and berries. Now that pharmaceuticals have become mainstream, most of these remedies have been long forgotten, or considered to be "Old Wives' Tales", written off as superstitious beliefs from a simpler time. However, if we look into these remedies and dare to ask ourselves why they were used, it becomes apparent that there actually is a certain science to it. These very same ideas can still be utilized today, usually without the harmful side effects that we see with pharmaceuticals. A lot of these remedies are incredibly easy to make, and most of the ingredients can be obtained with a quick trip to the grocery store. In fact, they may even be in your kitchen already! A few good examples include: honey, ginger, and cinnamon.
Honey has long been considered one of nature's most versatile remedies. It can be used to treat and/or cure hundreds of ailments, including acne, cuts/scrapes, sore throat, and insomnia. A mixture of warm milk and honey can be just the thing to help you fall asleep, and swallowing a teaspoon of honey when you have a cold will soothe a scratchy throat almost instantly. It can also be applied directly to an open cut to act as a natural antibiotic.
For people suffering from arthritis, fresh ginger may very well be one of the simplest, yet most effective forms of relief. It can be eaten, however ginger has a strong taste and some may find it hard to handle. The easiest way to use ginger to relieve arthritis pain is to grind it in a food processor, add enough boiling water to form a paste, put the warm paste into a piece of cheese cloth, and apply as a compress to the affected area.
Some diabetics use cinnamon as a means to control blood sugar spikes. It can be eaten or taken in capsule form, and when taken daily may help to regulate high blood sugar.
It goes without saying that any illness, or treatment thereof, should always be discussed with a medical professional. Most medical professionals would agree however that a natural alternative to traditional medications is safe, providing you have no known allergies. An open minded doctor may even encourage it! Modern medicine is all about experimentation and finding out what works best for the individual. This can be accomplished much more easily when harmful side effects are no longer a concern. With most herbal remedies, there are no side effects, and they can be experimented with safely.
Sample By: Deana Clark
To have a healthy, happy, solid marriage you need to have great communication skills, healthy sex and intimacy. Most importantly you both need to have fun. But there are some things that can ruin a marriage. It is important to know what they are, how to avoid them and how to correct them.
1. Jealous- Jealousy will kill any happy marriage. It is okay to be a little jealous but don’t overdo it. If you yourself in a place where you are so jealous that you need to control your partner, then things are definitely out of control. You need to have trust in order for your marriage to work.
2. Resentment- Do you find yourself picking on everything your partner does like leaving socks on the floor or not doing the dirty dishes in the sink? You really should try to accept your partner for the way they are, faults and all. Not everyone is perfect.
3. No communication- Having good communication is vital to any marriage. If you have an issue with your partner, talk to them about it. Don’t accuse or blame them, but communicate your feelings.
4. Unrealistic expectations- We all have our ideas of what our partner should be like. But you really can’t change someone either. You can expect certain things like your partner being faithful to you but expecting them to pick up after themselves every time is totally unrealistic. Let your partner be themselves and love them for who they are.
5. Not making time- If you both have full time jobs as well as kids, it is hard to find time for your partner. If you don’t spend time together, you will more than likely drift apart. Find the time by hiring a babysitter and spending time just the two of you.
6. No affection- If there is no affection in a marriage, the marriage will crumble and fall. Even if everything else is going good, if there is no affection, there is no marriage. Even just hugging your partner once a day goes a long ways.
7. No gratitude- You don’t have to praise everything your partner does but not showing any gratitude at all may make your partner feel like they are not appreciated or being taken for granted. Give your partner a compliment for helping with the dishes or cooking dinner when you have to work late.
These little things will help you marriage stay strong!
Sample by: Shelly Luban
Chinchillas are cute, soft and fluffy, but is a chinchilla the right pet for you? There are some important factors to consider when deciding whether to adopt a chinchilla for your family pet.
While chinchillas are rodents, they have one huge difference from most rodents. They have a very long lifespan compared to other pet rodents. The average lifespan of a pet chinchilla is 10-15 years, but if the chinchilla was bred properly and taken good care of, he or she could live as long as 20+ years. A chinchilla is a long term commitment.
Chinchillas are much like toddlers. They lose interest in everything very quickly and they move rapidly from one thing to the next. They get into anything and everything and are avid chewers. It is important to allow your chinchillas outside of their cage for exercise a couple hours per day, but you must always keep your eye on them at all times. Pens are a good idea to keep them contained in smaller areas. They are not much of a cuddly pet and they don’t enjoy being held, but some of them will easily form bonds with their human owners and will groom them or “talk” with them.
Chinchillas require a cool climate. In the wild, chinchillas live in the Andes Mountains in Peru and Chile. Their bodies require cool temperatures and can succumb to heat stroke very quickly in temperatures as low as 80 degrees. Therefore, household air conditioning is very important and should be kept within the 70’s to keep your chinchilla sufficiently cooled. Chinchillas are nocturnal animals and do enjoy sleeping in the daytime. Cage placement should be in a household area that will receive less traffic during the day. Sleep pockets and covered houses in their cages can help maintain the quiet and security they need. Chinchillas lacking sleep will quickly decline in health which can result in fur biting or digestive upset. Chinchillas also require very large, tall cages so they are able to leap from ledge to ledge for exercise. A small cage, like the ones sold in pet stores, will result in a very unhappy and unhealthy chinchilla.
Chinchillas have very sensitive digestive systems and require their owners to have a vast knowledge of what is safe for them to consume. Strictly hay and good quality pellets are their main diets. Small amounts of treats in the form of oats, apple wood sticks, cheerios, and rose hips are also safe for them. Unlike other pet rodents, fresh fruits and vegetables should not be given to chinchillas.
It is very important to always buy from a reputable breeder that can provide back ground information for your chinchilla’s genetic history. They are prone to genetic disorders if there is any cross breeding in their family history. A good breeder will know this and will be able to provide several generations worth of your pet’s family tree. Do not think it is a good idea to breed your pet with someone else’s chinchilla. Without knowing exactly how each of their genes affects the other, the results could be disastrous and cruel to the offspring.
When you are searching for a pet for your family, always make sure you do your research and choose one that is suitable for your household. When it comes to chinchillas, extra research is highly suggested and careful thought should be put into the decision.
This is a sample from Sarah Yergin
Depression is a feeling that many people struggle with at some point in their lives and does not discriminate. It can affect everyone no matter their age, race, or gender and can be hard to fight at times. Some of the most common ways that people fight this depression is by seeing their physician and being put on an anti-depressant such as Zoloft or Citalopram. For many this works but for others it might not due to either not liking the thought of being on pharmaceutical medicines or just having a natural resistance to them.
It is because of that people have found alternate ways to combat the overwhelming feelings that come along with depression. One of the more popular alternatives to fighting depression is exercise due to the release of endorphins and norepinephrine from the physical exertion. These natural chemicals are responsible for boosting our immune systems and make us feel good by reducing our perceptions on pain. Another is increasing your intake of magnesium by eating foods rich in this mineral such as; nuts of all kinds, beans, leafy greens, and whole grains. One of the greens that can help is an herb called ginko biloba because it is known for helping boost serotonin levels much like prescription meds that doctors use. Through guided meditation and image therapy is also a popular way to reduce depression do to being separated from stress and other triggers by finding a quiet place to relax and focus on deep breathing exercises.
To conclude, by simply changing some of the foods that you eat, adding minerals and vitamins, exercising thirty to sixty minutes a day, and taking some quiet time to yourself to just breathe and to forget about the stress around you, you can fight the symptoms of depression without taking pills.
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One common misconception about writing is that it’s easy work. All you have to do is put together a half-way coherent sentence and, ta-da: you have writing! Right?
The truth is, writing is a lot more complicated than just putting words to paper – or in our digital world, into a computer. Writing actually involves quite a bit of planning and research. While there are plenty of writers who know a lot of different things about a lot of different subjects, most will still find that they need to do some research before they feel confident enough to write an entire piece on how to remove a computer virus, how to choose bed linens or how to solve for x in 3x + yi = 5x + 1 + 3i.
Another important aspect of writing is understanding the audience. A middle-aged man doing research on prostate cancer is going to expect an article that takes on a serious, informational tone whereas new parents who are wanting to learn the best way to clean a baby’s bottle will feel more comfortable with an article that is written with a more conversational tone. A good writer will be able to recognize who will be reading the article and determine how to best cater to them.
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Written by: Cassandra
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