Author: Anna Selner

Is your vision going? How to identify bad eyesight

Some 20 million Brits are risking avoidable sight loss because they do not take regular eye tests, according to charity the Eyecare Trust. Despite medical wisdom advising that everybody takes an eye exam at least once every two years, and once a year for over-70s and children under nine, one in ten adults in Britain have never had an eye test, the Trust has warned. Vision loss can be an indicator of many conditions, some of which are temporary and others permanent. Although changes to our eyesight may seem easy to detect, the symptoms are often so gradual that we do not notice them until they become severe. There are a few warning signs to watch out for: Holding books or magazines closer to your face to read, or needing to move closer to the television Difficulty in recognising people’s faces Having trouble walking on bumpy surfaces Brushing against walls while walking Needing brighter lighting to carry out everyday tasks Difficulty distinguishing colours If you have any of these symptoms, you should arrange to have an eye test as soon as possible. Although vision loss is commonly considered a natural part of getting older, this is not entirely true: it’s more accurate to say that there are a variety of eye conditions that become more common in your later years. Many are treatable if they are discovered early. Age-related...

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The Psychology of Happiness: Why It Is Dependent On Choice

By Krisca Te What Is Happiness? Of course happiness is a very subjective issue. An individual’s happiness depends on a number of things: Age. Timing. Personality. Culture. To name a few. Some say happiness is a feeling of peace and contentment. Others say it’s a matter of exciting fulfillment. Circumstance and situation must play a heavy part. Could perhaps death, rather than long and excruciating torture, be seen as invoking happiness? Linking happiness and choice brings up other interesting questions. Can we choose to be happy? If one has many choices rather than just one or two, does that variety of choice itself make for a better chance at happiness? Timeless Questions, Many Outlooks What was happiness to the first human, hunter-gatherer philosopher? Since then countless questions and philosophies ranging from the simple to the divine have been devoted to human happiness. Surprisingly, old Aristotle reflects many of today’s happiness gurus: “Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot.” More recently, Sigmund Freud had a rather sour outlook: “The intention that man should be happy is not in the plan of Creation.” Nowadays, happiness and choice are often linked in two ways: Choosing to be happy and, the other, choosing amongst ways to be happy. The first is a mental or spiritual exercise. The second holds some peril. Choosing to Be Happy A few years...

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Health Care During Pregnancy

By Soniya Gupta Conception Trucom How much weight women should gain during pregnancy? What would be the ideal diet? What care of your body would be fundamental? First of all, every woman who wants to become pregnant and is excess body fat should be encouraged to lose weight following a healthy diet and conscious. Women who smoke, drink alcohol to excess or use any other type of drug should stop. In fact, the ideal would be that the parents (mother and father) decided to stop such bad habits when planning the child’s conception, because its harmful effects can affect the genetic quality of eggs and sperm. But what the ideal weight of the mother during late gestation? This is an issue that all pregnant women are curious to know. In the first half of the 20th century, due to blood pressure problems generated by excessive maternal weight, the recommendations were not winning more than 9 kg. However, when we see babies born with low birth weight and its consequent complications, the expected weight gain during pregnancy has been released. In 1990, the U.S. Institute of Medicine (IOM) published an important study that recommended weight gain according to Body Mass Index (BMI) in pre-pregnancy. The effects of alcohol and cigarettes during pregnancy Cigarettes and alcohol have to go miles away to a pregnant woman. Both are highly toxic and are...

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Succeed Through Personal Development

By Scott Wright We all strive for success throughout our lives, but many people find that the success they hope for remains elusive, no matter how hard they try. You will never succeed by just sitting around and waiting for good things to happen. Nevertheless, there are things you can do to improve yourself and therefore improve your chances of achieving your goals and turning your dreams into a reality. Keep reading to learn more about these effective techniques. Success is 99% perspiration Thomas Edison said that genius was ninety-nine percent perspiration, and this is true even for those of us who are not geniuses. It may sound simple, but it is still true that success is almost always the result of hard work. Not everyone who works hard will succeed to the same extent, but staying dedicated and being willing to put plenty of time and effort into a task will dramatically improve your chances of enjoying success in the end. Try to work on developing a capacity for hard work and the ability to remain focused on a particular task until it has been completed. Life has no meaning without integrity Without your integrity, all of the success in the world will mean nothing. Staying true to yourself and your deepest beliefs and principles will make all of your achievements far more meaningful. When you are able...

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Do You Take Your Daily Vitamins? You Should Know What is In the Bottle

By Carl Hruza When I started my health business in 1998 I took a fairly conventional approach to product formulation. I had an idea for a potentially beneficial vitamin supplement formula which I’d researched extensively, and was at the stage where it was ready for manufacture. Most new supplement companies start out by sourcing a contract manufacturer with a lab facility and a good reputation. They pay for testing, reformulating, manufacture, bottling, labeling and in some cases, product fulfillment. My approach was no different and it seemed a fairly logical and straightforward process. However, during my first month of working with my chosen manufacturer, I discovered a serious problem. Most eGMP supplement manufacturers issue something called a ‘Certificate of Analysis’. It’s basically an in-house lab test on the supplement which details things like purity, it’s level of contamination, it’s projected shelf-life, etc. What it did not detail, nor by law is it necessary to include, is the processes used for taking the raw materials from source to the manufacturer. Most vitamin supplement manufacturers buy the raw ingredients and they arrive with a spec sheet from the supplier. The details of this spec sheet are not reprinted on the manufacturers C of A so the purchaser (in this case me) does not get to see the first stage of the process where the product is collected, harvested etc and processed...

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