Let’s Have a Party!

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Any reason for a party is a good reason. Whether you’re celebrating a very special affair such as wedding or anniversary in grand style,  or simply in the mood for sharing a good time with those you care about, having a party is one of the best way to socialize and enjoy life. The art of entertaining well depends on planning and experience. If you’re a first-time party giver, you’ll probably have few doubts in organizational ability.

The art of entertaining well depends on planning and experience. If you’re a first-time party giver, you’ll probably have few doubts in organizational ability. Don’t fret, simply opt for an easy party outdoors such as a picnic or a barbecue. which involve a minimum fuss and bother. Each time you entertain, you’ll gain more confidence until you can branch out into something more complicated. The experienced host much like more of a challenge, such as a fancy cocktail party or a formal dinner dance.

WHAT SORT OF PARTY CAN YOU AFFORD?

As with most things in life, the type and size of your party depend on your finances. When you set down your party budget, list all the expensive items such as food, drink, decorations and flowers, invitations, equipment rentals (chairs, glassware, cutlery, lighting, etc.) and proceed to eliminate those you can. If your mother, sister, or next door neighboor has particularly splendid garden full of blooms, they ay let you select a few for decorative purposes, and you’ll probably be able to borrow extra seating from friends and family.

Drawing up a guest list to suit your budget can be difficult. How do you possibly not invite one couple when you decided not to invite others? This is always a personal dilemma but if you’re tactful and graceful, you shouldn’t harm to many friendships. Consider scaling down other areas of expense in order to accommodate an extra guest or two… often. It’s the only real solution.

THE RIGHT MIX OF PEOPLE

What makes some parties buzz with excitement and fun while others tend to fizz out in unfulfilled expectations? Mostly, it’s blend of the people that determines the life of the party. Too many talkers and not enough listeners can result in a loud and obnoxious group who are continually fighting for center stage, while a thoughtful bunch of philosophers will mostly like to spend the night mumbling into their beards! interests, lifestyle, and age groups till you have a marvelous medley in all walks of life- then watch the conversation crackle!

If you’re an inexperienced host, do yourself a favor and avoid a large gathering; invite only those friends and family you feel comfortable with. If disaster does strike (and one day, dear reader, it will), at least with a team of friendly faces around you, you will be able to grin and bear it!

INVITATIONS

An informal party calls for a little more than a quick telephone call or a casual mention at your next encounter. More formal occasions-weddings, engagement, and christenings, for example, will always call for a letter or an invitation card. You can make these yourself if you have the time and creativity; your guests will be pleased with your extra thoughtfulness and find it an invitation hard to refuse. Make sure you specify all the vital information: date, time, address, time, type of the party, attire (formal, informal, fancy dress, or ‘come as you are’), telephone number, reply address, and a RSVP date. If you hold your party in an unusual venue that may be unfamiliar to the guests, it is always wise to include a map or directions. Try to issue mailed and telephone invitations on the same day, so that no one may feel they’re an afterthought. And if you do suddenly remember someone you had left off the list, don’t try to make excuses; just issue a casual ‘Are you free on such-and-such for a little get-together I’m having? Don’t make a fuss and you’ll be saved from embarrassment.

CHILDREN

Always be prepared for entertaining children. They usually don’t want to be part of the adult’s party so try to give them something amusing of their own. Videos and popcorns can be very useful.

If you have children of your own, ask friends to bring theirs along- this way you don’t have to worry about your brood getting bored and your guests will save on the babysitting costs.

Babies should be in a convenient bedroom away from the noise but near the parents, who’ll probably spend all night popping in and out to check on them.

NEIGHBORS

People and parties inevitably mean noise- sometimes more noise than you have anticipated! Show your neighbor some consideration by observing noise pollution curfews if they apply in your neighborhood. Ask rowdy guests to move inside the house where more noise can be absorbed; issue guests with parking suggestions if street parking is a problem, and make sure they don’t encroach on your neighbor’s property. The best neighbor-taming method is to invite you immediate neighbors to join in-they may decline the invitation but appreciate it anyway.

CONSIDER A THEME

Consider special effects for both formal and casual occasions; you can go all the way and ask your guests to dress up appropriately, or simply use the theme as a way of linking food, music, lighting, and venue. Possible themes might be Sixties, gangster, Western, jazz, any nationalities, color (black and white), buffet, formal, beach, or picnic. If holding a costume party, make sure you give your guests plenty of time to invent their costumes. Remember, a theme gives people something to focus on; it can make planning easier for you and the party much more unusual exciting for your guests.

MENU PLANNING

There’s no need to spend hours in the kitchen in order to provide spectacular fare: all you need is the right mixed of food and a little care in its presentation. Visualize the food and drink you intend to serve as a painting- look for balance and harmony in color, taste, and texture. Choose exciting and different ways to garnish plates and serving dishes as this can make all the differences to give the ‘eye appeal’ of the food, no matter how tasty it is.

Your main guidelines for menu planning should be based on the occasion itself; what’s good fare for one party may be inappropriate for another. Never experiment with new dishes on the day and night of the party- always stick with tried and true successes (but not the same dish over and over to the same guests,please!) or have a test run a week before.

Combine interesting flavors and colors, and watch for too much soft or too much hard food served together.

PLAN AHEAD

Do try to make things easy for yourself by doing as much preparation ahead of time as possible. All-important mood setters like lighting and music should be thought about well in advance, leaving no room for a last minute panic. Decorations such as flowers can be arranged the day before. Easy-to-prepare-and serve foods will leave the host more relaxed and able to enjoy the occasion just much as the guests. Many dishes can be frozen successfully, leaving only garnishes be added. The better the planning, the greater your enjoyment will be.

The Three Great Kinds of Rocks

Wherever you may be as you read this, you are almost certain to be surrounded by rock. The soil in your garden is made up of tiny grains of rock and rests on a bed of solid rock. Bricks and concrete are also made from grains of rock. Even if you are reading this on board a ship or by the seaside, rock is still not far away. The water on which you may be sailing covers a huge basin of rock, and the sand on the beach is made up of tiny grains of rock.

Rock comes in all shapes and sizes, from soil and sand, through stones and pebbles to mountains, which are huge pieces of rock. In fact, the earth is a great ball of rock. If we could weigh our planet, it would tip the scales at 6,600,000,000,000,000,000,000 tons.

COLLECT YOUR OWN ROCKS

You will find that collecting rocks can be an interesting hobby, especially when you live near hills or mountains, where many different kinds can be found. Stones and pebbles have many different patterns and colors. You can make them look more than attractive by polishing them in a tumbler. This is a little machine that rubs them with a special powder. Some stones and pebbles may be so hard that you may have to polish them for weeks. Others may be so soft that they break up into powder in a tumbler.

As your collection grows, you will want to group, or classify, your finds in some way. You could do this by arranging the stones into groups of different colors, or perhaps into those with bands and those without bands. You could also classify them according to the places where you found the stones.

But a geologist (a scientist who studies the earth) would find that these ways of classifying rocks do not tell him very much about them. He would prefer to group the rocks according to the minerals they contain or the ways in which they form.

THE BIG THREE

Minerals are the chemical substances of which rocks are made. There are many different minerals and some rocks are mixtures of minerals. You will need many small groups to classify rocks by their minerals. So it is better to classify rocks according to the way they form because there are only three kinds of rock formations. They are igneous, sedimentary, and metamorphic rocks. Every rock you handle whether it is a heavy stone, a pebble or a handful of sand or soil-belongs to one of these three groups.

Igneous rocks are those that form when hot molten rock rises from the earth’s interior, then cools and hardens. Igneous is a good name for this kind because it means ‘fiery’. Sedimentary rocks grow from layers of sediment– deposit of sand, mud, clay, minerals and even animal or plant remains. The layers build up and slowly harden into rock. Metamorphic rocks form when a great heat of pressure underground acts on existing rocks and changes them into new rocks. Metamorphic means ‘changed’. Although they form underground, these rocks may later come to the surface. Sedimentary rocks are the most common of these three great classes. They cover two-thirds of the earth’s solid surface, including the ocean floors. Most of the remaining rock is igneous, and igneous rock always lies beneath a sedimentary rock. It forms the bases of continents and cores of mountains and supports the sedimentary rock ocean floor.

Red sandstone: sandstone is a sedimentary rock. It is formed from small grains of rock which change, under great pressure, into hard layers. Sandstone is sometimes used in the construction of buildings.
Red sandstone: sandstone is a sedimentary rock. It is formed from small grains of rock which change, under great pressure, into hard layers. Sandstone is sometimes used in the construction of buildings.
Marble is a metamorphic rock that is formed from limestone. It has great beauty and strength.
Marble is a metamorphic rock that is formed from limestone. It has great beauty and strength.
This igneous rock basalt was once a molten rock. It is often crushed and used to make roads.
This igneous rock basalt was once a molten rock. It is often crushed and used to make roads.

Igneous Rock-Hot and Cold

Round the earth’s solid inner core is an outer core of rock which is molten. Other rocks inside the earth are hot enough to melt, but the great pressure of cold rock on the surface keeps it solid. Where the pressure is lessened, such as in a passage opening toward’s the earth surface, the rock can melt. This molten rock is called magma. It rises slowly towards the surface. If it reaches the surface, it spouts from volcanoes in fiery rivers of molten rock that is called lava. Eventually, the lava cools and hardens to produce the igneous rock. Sometimes the magma does not get as far as the surface but cools and hardens beneath. The surface rocks may then gradually weather away to show the mass of igneous rock beneath. Igneous rocks that form at the surface is called extrusive rocks, and those that form below are called intrusive rocks.

There are many different types of igneous rocks, depending on the minerals in the lava or magma and on how fast it cools and hardens. If the cooling is very rapid, the result is a natural black glass called obsidian. The broken edges of obsidian, like those of any glass, are very sharp. American Indians made arrowheads, spear points and knives out of obsidian chips.

Most igneous rocks are made of masses of small grains or crystals. The crystals form as a molten rock cools and hardens. The slower the cooling, the larger the crystals. Glassy rocks form when the cooling is so rapid that there is no time for crystals to grow. Lava cools more quickly than the magma because it is open to the air at the earth’s surface. It usually forms a fine- grained rock called basalt. Basalt may be crushed and used in a road building. Sometimes basalt produces long columns of rock with several straight, flat sides. The steps of the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland are the tops of basalt columns. This outcrop of rock sticks out into the sea towards Scotland. According to the legend, it was the beginning of the giant’s roadway across the water.

The grains in basalt are so small that they cannot be seen without the unaided eye. Another common igneous rock is granite, which has larger grains or crystals. This is because granite is an intrusive rock. It forms when magma cools underground. Being underground, away from the cold air, a magma cools slowly thus allowing large crystals to grow.  Granite and basalt are made up of several minerals. Each mineral forms as a liquid crystals as the liquid rocks cools. In granite, those crystals are large enough to be seen. They make up grainy patterns of pink and grey in rock.

Whole mountains of granite, once the cores of bigger mountains, lie exposed the earth;s surface. Parts of the Highlands in Scotland are made up of granite. The rock is very hard, and when polished, the grains produce a beautiful shine. Granite is often used for making roads and in large public buildings.

Much lava contains bubbles of gas. When the lava cools, it hardens into a kind of solid froth called pumice. The bubbles, which are trapped inside, make the pumice so light that it floats on the water. Pumice is often ground into fine powder and used as a polisher.

Cliff made of long columns of basalt.
Cliff made of long columns of basalt.
Magma, or molten rock, slowly rises towards the earth's surface. The magma may cool before it reaches the surface, forming a rock called granite.
Magma, or molten rock, slowly rises towards the earth’s surface. The magma may cool before it reaches the surface, forming a rock called granite.
Limestone is made from the shells of millions of tiny sea creatures.
Limestone is made from the shells of millions of tiny sea creatures.
Granite is made up of different minerals which forms separate crystals.
Granite is made up of different minerals which form separate crystals.

Shaping Sedimentary Rocks

Everything in our world us continually being down. Rocks are worn away by wind and ice, minerals turn into liquid by water, and all living things die. But our world is also ever-challenging, and these materials and remains are not lost but are used again to form sedimentary rocks.

Grains of rocks produced by the erosion (wearing away) of rock masses eventually settle in layers on beds of seas, lakes and rivers. As these layers get thicker and heavier, the lower ones are pressed down. They may also be squeezed by rock movements, and minerals left in them by water may cement the grains together. In ways, over a period of hundreds of thousands of years, the sediments become layers of hard rock.

Sandstone is one example of this kind of sedimentary rock. The layers that make it up can often be seen in sandstone cliffs. Sandstone maybe strong enough to be used as building stone. Shale is a similar sedimentary rock formed from tiny bits of mud and clay. The rocks can easily be split into layers, and is crushed to make tiles, bricks and cement. Shale is the most common in sedimentary rocks.

Certain minerals can be dissolved by water. This happens when water flows over rocks containing those minerals. That is how the sea become salty. In some places, water containing mineral in its dissolved state may be trapped in a pool. If a water evaporates (changes into vapour or gas) with the heat of the sun, the mineral is left as a layer in the ground where the pool was. A rock slowly builds up if this occur many times. Rock salt is one kind of a sedimentary rock that forms this way.

Limestone is a well-known sedimentary rock that forms from the remains of animals. It begins as tiny shells of dead sea animals settle in layers on the ocean floor. Gradually it hardens into rocks. Some of the shells are large enough for their remains to be seen in pieces of limestone. Lime- a substance used in glass, and in mortar for joining bricks and stones-is produced from limestone.

Coal is sedimentary rock. It comes from peat, which is formed from layers of the dead plants. Sometimes the outline of a leaf can be seen in a piece of coal. In fact, fossils (preserved remains) can be found only in sedimentary rocks. In other rocks, the heat that made them destroys any remain of plants and animals. Sedimentary rocks, therefore, are like books in which scientists can read the story of life on earth.

Metamorphic Rocks: All Change

There are always movements going all over the earth’s surface and inside it. These movements sometimes put a great strain on the rocks. Masses of hot igneous rock may rise towards the surface and heat other rocks in their path. Great movements may squeeze, fold and twist the rocks. Because of this, rocks change. Sedimentary and igneous rocks became metamorphic rocks, and existing metamorphic rocks may change to new metamorphic rocks. Shale becomes slate; the thin layers of soft shale change into the hard layers of slate that are sometimes used for making roofs. Limestone become marble, another metamorphic rock.

Pure marble is white, but small amounts of other minerals and rocks. Marble is sometimes used to make buildings look more beautiful, and many of the world’s finest statues are made up of white marble. Quartzite is a metamorphic rock formed from sandstone. The sand grain in a sandstone joined together, producing a very hard rock. Schist and gneiss are general names for two kinds of metamorphic rocks. A schist is made up of thin layers of minerals, and a gneiss contains light and dark bands.

When you look at the rocks, remember that new rocks like them are being formed all the time. The rocks you see will eventually be destroyed, their remains new rocks will be formed. Rocks are hard and last for a long time, but even they are a part of nature’s ever changing pattern.

The Importance of Oxidation- Reduction

OBJECTIVES:

To understand the significance of the oxidation and reduction

To balance the oxidation-reduction reactions

To become familiar with some breath tests

Oxidation Numbers

For ionic compounds, the oxidation number, sometimes called the charge of an element, is equal to the number of electrons lost or gained and, therefore, is the same as the charge on the ion. That is, in sodium chloride, Na+CI‾, the oxidation number of sodium is +1 and that of chlorine is -1. In the compound MgBr², where the magnesium ion has a charge of 2+ and each bromide ion a charge of 1-, the oxidation number of magnesium is +2 and that of each bromine -1.

For covalent compounds, where electrons are shared and not transferred, oxidation numbers are assigned to elements using the following rules.

All elements in their free state have an oxidation numbers of zero.

The oxidation number of oxygen is -2 (except in peroxides, where it is -1).

The oxidation number of hydrogen is +1 (except in metal hybrids, where it is -1).

The sum oxidation numbers in all compounds must equal to zero. (That is, all compounds are electrically neutral.)

All elements in group IA have an oxidation number of +1.

All elements in group llA have an oxidation number +2.

Reduction

Oxidation is defined as a loss of electrons and also as an increase in oxidation number. Reduction is the opposite of oxidation- the gain of electrons, and, therefore, a decrease in oxidation number. Oxidization can never take place without the reduction because something must be able to pick up electrons lost by the oxidized atom, ion, or compound. Free electrons cannot exist by themselves for very long.

Antiseptic Effects

Because they are oxidizing agents, many *antiseptics have the property of killing bacteria. Among these is chlorine, which oxidizes organic matter and bacteria and so is used in the treatment of water to make it potable. Calcium hypochlorite, Ca (OCI)², another commonly used the oxidizing agent and bleaching powder, is used as a disinfectant with for clothes and hospital beds.

Formaldehyde and sulfur dioxide are two reducing agents used in disinfecting rooms formerly occupied by patients with contagious diseases.

Effects on Hair Protein

Oxidizing and reducing agents denature protein by affecting the disulfide bonds of the amino acid cysteine. Use is made of this effect in “home permanents.” Hair protein is primarily keratin, and keratin contains the large amount of the cysteine. During the treatment, a reducing agent is used first. This substance breaks the disulfide bonds in the hair protein. The hair is then shaped with rollers. The new shape is “set” by an oxidizing agent, which forms new disulfide bonds in the desired places. The hair will retain its new shape only until new hair grows out. The entire process has to be repeated.

Black and White Photography

In black and white photography (as in making of x-ray films), oxidation-reduction reactions occur.

Photographic film has an emulsion containing silver bromide (AgBr), which is highly sensitive to light. Exposure to light (or radiation) activates some of the silver ions to the emulsion.

When the film is developed, the activated silver ions react with the developers, hydroquinone, which is a reducing agent. The activated silver ions are reduced to black metallic silver.

Ag+ → Ag↓

The next step in the process, called fixing, sodium uses thiosulfate (Na²S²O³) to dissolve the inactivated silver bromide. If the remaining AgBr were not removed, it would gradually darken when later exposed to the light.

After washing and drying, the negative is ready for use. Areas of the film that were exposed to the greatest amount of light (or radiation) are darkest, whereas those exposed to the least amount of light are the lightest.

That is, in, a negative, the dark and light areas of the object are reversed.

A print, called positive, is made by shining light through the negative onto a piece photographic paper containing a silver bromide emulsion. The same processes as in developing negatives are used. But this time, the dark areas of the negative (which come from the light area of the object) appear light and the light areas on the negative appear dark

Breath-Alcohol Analyzer

Reactions involving the oxidation-reduction are used to measure the amount of alcohol in the driver’s breath. A sample of the driver’s breath is blown through an orange colored solution of acidified potassium dichromate.

The chromic sulfate thus produces is green. The greater the amount of alcohol in a driver’s breath can be determined by comparing the color produced with that of the standardized chart.

Other Breath Tests

Analysis of human breath has confirmed the presence of nearly 400 gaseous compounds. One of these tests, for alcohol, as indicated, in the previous paragraph, has been widely used. However, the detection of the other gases in the breath can be of diagnostic value.

The detection of acetone on the breath is an indication of uncontrolled diabetes mellitus.

Some breath analysis tests require an individual to consume large quantities of a specific precursor to a volatile compound. The disease may reveal itself by the presence of a certain breakdown products that appear in the breath.

In the test of malabsorption syndrome, a patient is given an oral dose of xylose, a carbohydrate. The appearance of large quantities of hydrogen in the breath in the succeeding few hours is the confirmation of this syndrome.

Damage to the pancreas can be detected by the administration of the rich starch orally, and then testing the breath for hydrogen.

Pancreatic disease can be detected by using the radioactive carbon. The amount of the radioactive carbon dioxide can be an indication of pancreatic malfunction.

The use of the galactose can be used to test for a liver damage by testing for the amount of the level of the carbon dioxide.

Another test for the liver disease involves the presence of the dimethyl sulfide in the breath.

How to Treat Insomnia by Acupuncture

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The first impression in using the pointed objects to cure insomnia is widely known as dysfunctional, but according to the research, the first impression is wrong. Treatment of insomnia using Acupuncture for sleep disorder is proven as the most effective relief. The practice of Acupuncture is to place a very thin needle through the skin of the identified locations in the body to heal and cast the symptoms of insomnia. This practice is prevalent as a Chinese Traditional Medicine and has utilized several hundred years ago. Nowadays, the acupuncture is combined with more interventions like applying a small current of electric to the needles or burning the herbs through the acupuncture points. This is called Moxibustion (burning of floss or herbs applied to the skin).

People who are enduring insomnia may only take six or a shorter time to sleep for three nights or more over a month and may encounter 30 minutes of the wait before getting drowsy. The specific symptoms may include the hardness of sleep in the evening, waking up in the middle of the night, waking up too early, not feeling relaxed or rested after a night sleep, weariness and drowsiness in the daytime, irritable, depressed, and anxious, hardness on concentrating small or big tasks and difficulty in remembering, increases mishaps and errors, headache, gastrointestinal tract, keep worrying to strive a deep sleep.

Since insomnia is the most common sleep problem, applying acupuncture should be performed not tomorrow, but now because it may increase the risk of anxiety, depression, and heart failure if not treated early. This may also double the risk of diabetes and cognitive heart disease or even death according to the study.

Nowadays, more and more generalizations can be performed concerning the aging stage and sleep qualities of a person. It is proven that the elder people are tending to overcome less total of the nighttime slumber than the younger people. The elderly people have more night-time activities and arousal that often push them in waking up in the late evening hours. When they experience the daytime drowsiness, it is because of the effect of failing to sleep in the night. Therefore, the sleep-wake period to the elders may be fragmented, with the interrupted evening slumber and the day awakening prevented by sleeps. The hollow periods of the non-REM nap are diminished or unreal to the elders; however, REM nap tends to be preserved. Although a moderate degeneration in slumber condition may be common throughout the aging system, an aged patient’s malady of significantly disturbed the midnight sleep or reduced the daytime functioning as of extreme sleepiness needs to be evaluated.

Acupuncture Treatments to Various Kinds of Diseases

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The study said that it is widely recognized that the emotional distress lead to immune practice impairment and the treatment, however, could bring to rebuild the immune response. Furthermore, the purpose of the current work is to find out the results or effect of an acupuncture therapy, designed transparently to cure the emotional symptoms from the anxiety, on many functions such as adherence, basal, chemotaxis, stimulated superoxide anion levels, phagocytosis, lymphocyte proliferation in response to phytohemagglutinin A (PHA), additionally, the natural killer (NK) activity) of the leukocytes (neutrophils and lymphocytes) from the anxious women.

According to the result, it appears 72 hours after the single sitting and endures a month at the edge of the final treatment. The damaged immune functions to the anxious women (phagocytosis, chemotaxis, NK activity, and lymph proliferation) were significantly amplified by the acupuncture, and increased the immune parameters (lymph proliferation superoxide anion and the levels of a patient group whose price is expensive) were notably reduced. Acupuncture implements the parameters to evaluate intimately to people of their strong controls, exercising a modulatory influence to every patient’s immune system.

For a thousand years ago, acupuncture therapy has been the most effective treatment for the people that enduring neurological diseases. According to the study, the needling of acupuncture point may initiate the afferent tissues including the peripheral nerves used to elicit De-Qi consciousness, then sprout essentially through to the ventrolateral funicular which control pain as well as the heat and cold consciousness up to the particular brain functions and signals, and stimulate the ant nociceptive practice involving the specific brain nuclei, the modulators or opioid peptides, and neurotransmitters, into the declined inhibitory pathway, rising in analgesia. Acupuncture has also been used to cure the cardiovascular symptoms and applied to treat a cardiovascular disease like cardiac arrhythmia, high blood pressure, and hypotension. Acupuncture can also accentuate the patient’s immune function and treat sorts of woman’s reproductive issues like infertility, premenopausal syndrome, and PCOS by the neuro-endocrine-immune system.

The acupuncture clinical study at Neiguan was organized on the foundation of the prosperous therapy of a patient that was enduring angina pectoris as well as the acute myocardial infarct. The efficient ratings of 91.3% had been proven to be excellent to the isosorbide dinitrate, as well as the nifedipine. The laboratory analysis of the vertebrate specimens had illustrated that the electro-acupuncture can effectively reduce the eminent ST portion throughout the ECGs and decrease the infarct location affected by the coronary ligation.

Another practical study found at the 6th European Breast Cancer Conference (EBCC-6) in Berlin that acupuncture is the lengthy process to cure women that have experienced hot flushes and obtain the tamoxifen after the procedure of the breast cancer surgery. Acupuncture does not cost high price of expense and no side- effects to manage the hot flushes. These are the acupuncture’s advantages that people should have known.

Procedure

The medical advice to perform the acupuncture procedure is the acupuncturist should sterilize the disposable needles before handling in the body because they don’t cause any harm if they are inserted in the skin. The acupuncturist will mark the area that requires stimulation and implant the estimated numbers of the needles to hit the certain organs.

Six Self-Care Tasks after the Treatment

  1. Rest well. Resting well authorizes the patient’s physical and emotional restoration that acupuncture sets in motion to continue.
  2. Try to walk at the day after the treatment of acupuncture.
  3. Do not use ice to relieve the pain after the treatment, but heat.
  4. Alcohol and coffee should be avoided to stay hydrated because they may provide toxins that will released to the system.
  5. Avoid watching TV.
  6. Consume healthy foods.

Tips to Strengthen the Immune System

The answer to a question being asked by fewer people is, “if Acupuncture can boost the Immune System”. As always, it’s amazingly “YES.”

Stress and depression may lower the immunity of the body although the patient has a healthy body.

To increase the immune system in the body, some certain activities should be performed.

  • Taking a cold shower once a day.
  • Go out and exercise whether the weather is hot or cold.
  • Eat healthy foods at the right amounts.
  • Do not drift off to sleep late, do it regularly.
  • Control your stress and manage your time in working.
  • Do not take anti-biotic, sinusitis medications, and antihistamine tablets.
  • Rest well when ill and apply herbs or natural plants to fight the infection in a natural way.

Qigong is the other way to prevent the risk after the therapy because it influences the flow of a person’s vital energy in the body. A deep breathing, relaxation strategies and a wide concentration are called as the internal Qigong. However, the External Qigong is performed by the “Qigong masters” only who are well-known to cure the various diseases through the use of their fingers. The scientific investigators in China ended up with the wrong impression that Qigong masters are using their supernatural powers to cure a patient effectively.

The Advantages Use of Acupuncture

Acupuncture causes the various helpful health improvements to the lives of many people and is proven from the top studies. In every chronic condition, nausea, and great pain, acupuncture is universally associated as one of the best treatment. This is being applied to the army physicians recently in USA. It is also the most influential therapy to reduce the emotional stress as well as a psychological problem that a person is experiencing.

Acupuncture is not just globally proven the effectiveness to heal the various diseases, but the other advantages are the cheaper pricing and using the non-invasive analysis. This treatment is suitable to all ages and the physical qualities of the patient. Its greatest success is it tries its best to heal the causes of the pain by the energy flow fix.  Several healing practices or drugs desire unreasonably to slow down the symptoms that the patient is experiencing without making the entire resolution. This can be harmful and may lead to a long-term healing instead of achieving a short-term healing.

Why Acupuncture is Getting Popular?

This therapeutic meditation has been practiced widely in America. Based on the result of the survey in 2007 conducted by the National Health Interview Survey, there are various adults in 3.1 million undergo for this treatment and 150,000 children annually. The popularity of this healing is surmounting every time, based on the similar survey. The main reasons are people used to experience the procedure painless and no harm even if it is inevitable that there are sensitive patients undergo the treatment. The needles are stimulated by the manual manipulation, electricity and heat depending on the practitioner. Because of its effectiveness to heal various kinds of diseases, the practitioners and scientists came to predict that acupuncture has a bright future as it serves the economic procedure for medical care. Indeed, the legislators are finding methods for political advantage to become part of acupuncture.

The Advices for Patients before Experiencing the Acupuncture

Everyone shouldn’t think the scarier things when undergoing this treatment the fact that the needles used by the acupuncturists are safe and not painful compared to the common needles. The acupuncture needles are thin and small like the strand of our hairs. During the process, pain is not a big problem.

However, a patient must avoid eating an inadequate amount of meal before experiencing the treatment. It doesn’t need to consume lots of snacks much because it is difficult to lay the stomach when a person is full.

Information when a patient is yet fearful to undergo the treatment because of the needles, laser acupuncture is the best fit. The laser therapy is continuously using light to set the tension on most areas in the body. It is proven that no harm and pain are involved as stated by many people who are uncertain in needles.

Remember to wear comfy clothing before enduring the treatment like wearing loose t-shirt since the acupuncturist may determine it accessible to attack the target.

A patient needs to avoid in taking vitamins and supplements or ask the physician first before taking the appointment. Use vitamins and food supplements may decrease the factor of effective treatment.

Radioactivity and its Type to Produce During Radioactive Decay

Summary:

The sources of radiation are the body receives a radiation externally from the three principal sources: natural background radiation, medical radiation, and the radioactive wastes.

Objectives:

To balance nuclear reactions

To be aware of the units of radiation and of the methods used to detect radiation

The Discovery of Radioactivity

In 1896 a French physicist, Henry Becquerel (1852-1908), found that uranium crystals had the property of “fogging” a photographic place that had been placed near those crystals. This fogging took place even though the photographic plate was wrapped in black paper. By placing crystals of uranium on a photographic plate covered with black paper and then developing the plate, he obtained a self-picture of the crystals. Becquerel concluded that the uranium gave off some kind of radiation of rays that affected the photographic plate.

Sometimes like uranium that spontaneously gives off radiation are said to be radioactive. Radioactivity is the property that causes the element to emit radiation. This radiation comes from the nucleus of the atom.

Types of Radiation Produced by a Radioactive Substance

The following experiment was performed to study the radiation and produced by a radioactive element. A piece of radium was placed at the bottom of a thick lead well. The purpose all the lead was to absorb all the radiation except that going directly upward. The escaping radiation was allowed to fall on a photographic plate. When the radiation was passed through a strong electrostatic field, three different areas showed up on the photographic plate. This indicated that were actually three different kinds of radiation. These were called alpha, beta, and gamma.

Alpha Particles

Alpha particles (α particle) are attracted toward the negative electrostic field, which indicates that they are positively charged. Alpha particles consist of positively charge of helium nuclei; that is, they consist of the nuclei of helium atoms (each of which contains two protons and two neutrons) and so they have a charge of +2. Alpha particles have a very low penetrating power. They can be stopped by a piece of paper or by a thin sheet of aluminum foil. Alpha particles are relatively harmless when they strike the body because they do not penetrate the outer layer of the skin. However, if the source of alpha particles is inhaled or ingested or gets into the body through an open wound, then those particles can cause damage to the cells and to the internal organs.

Alpha particles result from the radioactive decay of heavy elements such as uranium and radium.

Beta Particles

Beta particles (β particles) are attracted toward the positive electrostatic field, which indicates that they consist negatively charged particles. Beta particles consist of high-speed electrons that travel in excess of 100,000 miles per second. Note that beta particles (electrons) are produced in the nucleus by the transformation of the neutron into a proton and an electron. The electron is emitted as a beta particle and a proton remains in the nucleus. Beta particles (electrons) have a charge of -1.

Beta particles have a slight penetrating power. They pass through a sheet of paper but can be stopped by heavy clothing. When beta particles strike the body, they penetrate only a few millimeters and do not reach any vital organs. If a source of beta particles should be inhaled or ingested, those particles could only cause the internal damage to the body cells and the organs.

Beta particles are deflected by the electrostatic field to a much greater extent than are the alpha particles. This indicates that the beta particles have much smaller mass than the alpha particles.

Gamma Rays

Gamma rays (γ rays) are not affected by the electrostatic field because they have no charge. They are not particles at all; they have no mass. Gamma rays are the form of electromagnetic radiation similar to x-rays. Gamma rays are very penetrating; they will pass through the body, causing cellular damage as they travel through. Gamma rays are often emitted along with alpha or beta particles. Gamma rays are originated from unstable atoms releasing energy to gain stability. The “gamma knife” focuses a dose of gamma radiation to a precise target point to the brain. It is used to treat deep-seated brain tumors that were previously considered inoperable. There is no incision in the scalp and no need for general anesthesia.

Other Types of Radiation

X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation usually produced by machines, whereas gamma rays are emitted by radioactive substances.

Neutrons are released from elements that undergo spontaneous fission. Their relatively large mass gives them great energy, and because they have no charge they readily penetrate the body. Neutrons are used in the treatment of cancer.

Units of Radiation

Radiation is measured in terms of several different units, depending on whether the measurement relates to a physical or a biological effect.

The physical unit of radiation is a measure of the number of nuclear disintegrations occurring per second in a radioactive source. The standard unit is the *curie, which is defined as the number of the nuclear disintegrations occurring per second in 1 g of radium; 1 curie (1 Ci) equals 37 billion disintegration per second. Smaller units are the mill curie (1 mCi=37 million disintegrations per second) and the micro curie (1 μCi= 37,000 disintegrations per second). These smaller units are frequently used in describing the amount of radioactive fallout. The curie is not useful in biologic work because it simply indicates the number of disintegrations per second regardless of the type of radiation and regardless of the effect of that radiation upon tissue.

The *roentgen (abbreviated R) is a unit of radiation generally applied to x-rays and gamma rays only. X-rays and gamma rays produce ionization in the air and also in tissue. The roentgen is defined as the intensity of X-rays or gamma rays that produces 2 billion ion pairs in 1 mL of air. This is not the same of tissue as it is for air so that the roentgen does not accurately indicate the amount of radiation on tissue.

The *rad (radiation absorbed dose) refers to the amount of radiation energy absorbed by the tissue that has been radiated. One rad corresponds to the absorption of 100 ergs of energy per gram of tissue. An erg is a very small unit of energy. More than 40 million ergs are required to the equal 1 cal. However, even if the erg is an extremely small unit of energy, the effect of 1 rad (100 ergs per gram) is important because of the ionization that the radiation produces in the cells. The Sl unit for the absorbed dosage of radiation is the gray.

Different types of radiation cause different biological damage to the cells. This difference in biologic effectiveness may be expressed in terms of the relative biologic effectiveness (RBE) of radiation.

The standard for RBEs is the gamma radiation from Cobalt 60.

Detection and Measurement of Radiation

The problem of detecting and measuring radiation is very important in medical work, particularly in the protection of personnel. One device used to detect radiation is the Geiger counter. This device consists of a glass tube containing a glass at low pressure through which runs a wire connected to a high-voltage power supply. When the device is brought close to a radioactive substance, the radiation causes a momentary current to flow through the tube. A speaker is usually placed in the cirl counting device is connected to the tube to indicate the amount of radiation.

Scanners use another type of device, called a crystal of sodium iodide containing a small amount of thallium iodide. When the crystal is hit by radiation, it gives off a flash of light, scintillations, and the result is produced a “scan.”

X-ray technicians and others who work around radiation usually are required to wear film badges. These badges indicate the accumulated amount of radiation to which they have been exposed. They contain a piece of photographic.

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How to End Shyness

The Dark Days of My Life

I was bearing a shyness character from my primary education continuously the high schools days in my life. I never possessed many colleagues and was very anxious. Every time my teacher summoned me to report in front, my classmates kept jeering at me because they recognized the cold sweats in my brows and my voice became fast and unnatural. They also noticed my mouth shivering as well as my hands. I seldom thought I was abnormal for encountering that behavior. I ought to fear in facing many people and to go out daily as I kept comparing myself to others who look great and was apprehensive about the people’s impression in my appearance. During school activities, I prefer to absent since I knew all of the students are not wearing uniforms. I invariably assumed that they look better than me with their outfits. My grades were low in my extra-curricular and Physical education, but I usually retrieved my grades through the other subjects. My teachers told me I am smarter among of the students in the classroom. The wrong thing about me was I am the shyest student in the campus. I can draw and paint though. They kept referring me as the contender in a drawing competitions against the other schools, but I never brought home the beacon which was a big frustration because the shyness behavior. I was crying loud after that and confused why I ought that sort of attitude. After the graduation in high school, I determined to take a break for one year and fix my predicament possibly instead of continuing my path for college. I am bamboozled what to apply primarily to myself to transform into a different me before studying college because I knew I will face more judgemental people in that stage than the people I met in my primary school and high school.

I collected many books until I found helpful tips to say “Good Bye Shyness!”

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The 8 Shyness Therapy

1. Reminisce the shyest times you encountered and attain a realistic goal to change yourself better.

“Never say, I wish someone to want me too,” according to Gerald Phillips, Ph.D., one who have founded the Penn State shyness program. “It must be something that you can change. Such as, ‘Next time I go to the party I would like to perform a 5 minutes conversation or more than that with everyone.’ ”

Maybe you want to be able to speak in front of a large group at a conference, or wish you wouldn’t get so flustered when you talk to the boss. Begin a conversation which is a very simple task to your three friends on a familiar subject or just speak “hi” to the boss in the hall. If you are comfortable with the steps provided, start a task that is you think very challenging like praising your boss when he is passing such as, “The employees enjoyed your report earlier and I am one of them. Because of your advice, I immediately solved the issue I was facing with the clients.” (Make sure to say that it’s more than idle flattery.) When your boss sees you are making an effort to become friendly, he or she will be more likely to make an opening remark the next time you meet, which will further loosen up the situation. At the beginning stage, start with a pre-planned comment to ensure that you don’t nervous and say something flip.

2. Attain a performance planning for implementing the goal.

In a party situation, which is the quintessential social-anxiety source, imagine how you will look in the door, how you will pick out someone to talk to, what you will talk about. Write such as a plan if it makes you feel in control of the situation. When you walk into a social gathering, “do not approach a popular group. Find someone who is standing alone. Chances are, he/she feels the same way you do. Also, try approaching someone on the same-sex first. There’s less tension that way.” Breaking the ice is the hardest part of a shy person, so think about the conversation openers. You may want to compliment a person on what he/she is wearing. It is better to be specific than general. To say, “The amethyst in your necklace is gorgeous” shows a little more thought than simply saying, “I love your necklace!” And be sure to find and comment on something you genuinely admire instead of being false, which can create more anxiety. Other good openers including asking how the person knows the host, making some comment about the food and decor at the party (“I see you like the salmon, too,” or, “Aren’t the drawings on this Oriental screen beautiful?”). And you should feel free to resort to a statement about the weather since even experienced conversationalists do so. Just try to make it an interesting observation, such as: “That was a quiet storm this afternoon, wasn’t it?” Did you see all the skeletons of umbrellas strewn the streets afterward?”

You may also want to plan some options for closing a discussion, which can sometimes be difficult as starting one: For example, excusing yourself to find the host or to freshen your drink are discreet ways of bowing out. (Choose a drink that is non-alcoholic, since you want to stay in control.)

3. Rehearse

You can practice in front of the mirror- as I did- or in front of your friend or family until you feel comfortable saying the words. I spent a lot of time to talk my mirror just to make sure that I look natural when I speak. I even taped myself once to make sure my voice sounded all right. Then I went to my new male friend and talked to him although I was about to die inside. It was a great experience for me the fact that it was my first time to talk with a guy.

4. Play a role

To put structure into uncomfortable and unfamiliar situations. it may help to adopt a part of yourself. In a conversation, take a role of an interviewer, this is suggested by Warren Jones, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at the University of Tulsa. Joan Kaganoff of Westfield, New Jersey, who has recently been divorced, says that, when she goes out of the date, she pretends she’s Diane Sawyer. “I’m not used to go out of the dates. They make me very uncomfortable, so I really force myself to think that dating is a job -my job is to find out more about this guy as much as I can,” she says. “I ask questions as if I were doing a profile on him. You know, ‘ What made you decided to go to the neurosurgery?” or, “What would you have done differently in your life?’ It really makes it fun.” Says jones: “People like nothing better than to be asked questions about themselves. It almost always leads to reciprocation.”

5. Imitate

Take note of how an accomplished conversationalist conducts himself/herself. Adopt some of her opener on her tactics for keeping a conversation going. Study her admirable characteristics and try to incorporate them into your own style. Do not, of course, try to exaggerate yourself into someone you’re not. Use only the techniques and the characteristics that can be modified to suit your own personality. For example, maybe one hostess greets her guests with flamboyant kiss each cheek and says loudly, “Darling, the last time I saw you, we were having a grand time drinking soda and reminiscing at Maude’s pool party.”

This does not mean that you try to imitate her style. The hint here is to greet someone with a fond memory of when you last met.

6. Make your strengths your advantage

Shy people come out of the shells most when we talk about the subject we know well or deeply feel about. Like the 45 years old Sandra Lucca of Sheman Oaks, California, says she was never able to speak effectively in front of a group until she was at the meeting of the local organization for the homeless. “I felt so strongly about helping the homeless that I was actually able to get up and speak,” she says. “And I was so excited afterward because I sounded pretty good.”

Lucca has become very active in the group, often giving speeches in her area (“I’m not scared because I have so much to say”), and reports that these experiences have allowed her to pen up in her job and her personal conversations.

When a 32-year-old Catherine Goerge moved to Chicago, she turned to her favorite subject- books- to help her make friends, “For years, I had hidden behind books, but now, living away from my hometown for the first time in my life, I knew I couldn’t do that. I had to meet people. So joined a book club in YMCA. Books are my passion, and I found I was more comfortable talking about them with these strangers. So much has come out of the sessions. I’ve met people who share my interests, and I’ve loosened up. I am not totally over my shyness, but I feel better about talking in front of the people. And just this fall, I became a group leader, a big step for me.”

7. Take your mind off yourself

Shy people are usually preoccupied with what their conversation partner is thinking about them and they don’t hear what he/she is saying. In fact, shy people spend about 40 to 50% of the time they are engaged in conversation thinking about themselves, opposed to 20% for those who are not shy. Instead of listening to the other person, a shy person may be worrying, “How am I coming across? ” .Often, shy people lose the train of thought or can’t ask a follow-up question since they haven’t heard what the speaker has just said.

Discovering this tendency to over focus on myself was a turning point in me in my transition from shy to self -assured. I was shy earlier, until the late of college when I joined a church sponsored children’s theater group for handicaps. They needed people to perform, so they asked me. Even though the thought of getting up in front of the audience made me shake inside, I knew it was for a good cause. For the first play, I rehearsed the lines over and over. I go out of the stage, and I was so nervous what everyone was thinking about met that I forgot my lines two or three times. I think I really started to change when I saw myself on a videotape of the performance and realized how stupid I looked when I was nervous.

Now, I am performing both children’s and adult theater and think that I am finally licked my shyness. I am still soft-spoken and would probably not be considered an extrovert, but I can now get up in the front of the group without falling apart. I am now preparing my business conferences as if I were going onstage. I’ve got my comments and ideas written beforehand and have studied my part. And I know that, if I’m going to do well, I have to relax and stop worrying about what people are thinking about me.

8. Develop yourself gradually

Do not try to change yourself overnight. After you’ve mastered your first small goal, such as having a five time conversations at the party, move on to a bigger one, such as engaging in 35 minute conversations, then to ask a new acquaintance to lunch. Set up a schedule for achieving your goals, and reward yourself when you’ve accomplished them. If you expect to be a hit in one night, you’re going to be disappointed and may withdraw more. Taking slow steps is the only way to go.