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Free Waterproof Survival Match

Free Waterproof Survival Match

Survival Life is giving away it's Everstryke waterproof survival Match for free for a limited time. Survival in the wilderness can be tough. But know that it is possible. One of the first lessons to survival is learning how to make a fire under most any conditions. Creating a fire can make the difference between life and death in many outdoor survival situations, for this reason, it is a good skill to master or have the Everstryke Waterproof Survival Match.

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Making a fire is extremely important for a number of reasons. Fire is important to keep flying insects and dangerous animals away. Cooking, purifying water, and bandage sterilization is possible with a fire. It is also a tool for signaling help in a survival situation out in the wilderness.

To make a fire, you must have three things: air, heat, and fuel. Without these three components, fire is not possible and the rate of survival, in many instances, is decreased.

First, begin making a fire by selecting the best location. It depends what you are planning to do with the fire, to determine the best location. Keep your fire near your shelter for convenience. Also, in signaling situations, you will want your fire to be highly visible. Choose the area wisely before you begin the process of making a fire.

A campfire must start with small pieces of wood and then progress to larger timbers. Avoid collecting wood directly from the earth because it is probably damp. Damp wood will not work well to start a fire. Your efforts will be futile.

To begin a fire, you will need tender. Tender is absolutely dry material that requires only a spark to ignite. Paper, if you have some available, will work well. Dry leaves, bark, and grass also make great tender to start a fire.

Once you get the fire started, progress from the tender to kindling. Kindling is dry sticks and twigs that are readily combustible. When placed on a small flame, kindling should start burning quickly and easily.

Once the fire has begun burning, you can begin adding larger pieces of wood to the area. The fire can continue to burn well with proper maintenance and attention.

Your outdoor survival kit should include items to start the fire such as tender, a candle, and waterproof matches. A flint striker is another method to make a fire. This method provides a spark that will get the flame to burn.

The finer and drier the tender, the easier it is to start the fire. Fluff the tender well to simplify the fire making process. If the outdoor survival kit doesn’t have tender, use your knife to cut and chop dry sticks and bark to create tender. Remember the smaller the pieces the better. Place the flint striker at the tender and strike to create sparks. The sparks should make the tender catch fire. Sheltering the fire area from the wind when first making the sparks can be helpful.

Practice using these survival skills before an emergency to best be prepared. Making a fire is extremely important to survival. Learning the skill to making a fire will be extremely beneficial if you are ever placed in an outdoor survival situation.

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Herpes

Herpes

Herpes while pregnant

As any pregnant woman knows, protecting your baby is top priority. For women infected with the herpes virus, this becomes even more of a concern. While the chances of a woman with  passing the virus onto her baby are slim, there is still a possibility that the child could become infected with at the time of birth. Talking openly with your doctor and educating yourself on herpes and pregnancy and how it can affect your pregnancy and baby are your best tools to protect yourself and your child. Following are some questions that you may have if you are experiencing herpes and pregnancy.

Can my baby get the virus from me?

Yes. While neonatal herpes occurs very rarely, there is a small chance (less than one percent) that your baby will contract the virus from you at the time of birth. In 90 percent of the cases, herpes is passed from mother to baby via an outbreak in the birth canal. In some instances, the virus can be spread even if there are no herpes sores because herpes can be passed asymptomatically, meaning that it has reactivated but there are no symptoms (sores) to indicate it.

I was just recently diagnosed with herpes. Is my baby at less risk?

No. Actually, pregnant women who were just recently diagnosed with the virus before becoming pregnant or during pregnancy pose slightly more of a risk for passing the herpes on to their baby. This is because a woman who hasn't had the disease for a longer period of time has not had as much of a chance to build antibodies to the virus that can be passed on to her unborn child. However, the risk of transmitting herpes is only slightly increased in newly diagnosed women, and women that get the disease during the first and second trimesters should still be able to provide enough antibodies to their babies.

Can I still have my baby naturally?

Yes. unless you are having an outbreak with active lesions, most doctors and obstetricians will recommend a vaginal birth as the risks associated with a Caesarean section far outweigh the risk of your baby becoming infected with herpes. Because of the antibodies you have passed to your baby during the pregnancy, your child will be protected against the virus and there is only a minimal chance (less than one percent) of the disease being passed on.

What if I get an outbreak right before I deliver?

The most important thing you can do if you notice an outbreak before delivery is to tell your doctor, it’s always best to be honest and let your OB know as soon as possible that you have active lesions. This is the best thing you can do to protect your baby because your doctor can then determine which is the safest route to take for delivery.

How can I protect my baby from getting this virus?

When trying to control this virus during pregnancy, the best way to protect your baby is to educate yourself and take precautionary and preventative measures to lessen your chance of having an outbreak, and discuss your condition frankly with your doctor.

 

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Credit Repair Agency

Credit Repair

Self Credit Repair vs Credit Repair Agency

A credit repair agency advertises that it can help you repair bad credit so that you will qualify for that loan you need to buy a new car or take a vacation. However, you do have to be careful when engaging the services of one of these agencies because many of them will not provide you with any information. In fact, that is all you can hope for with a credit repair agency because you are the only one that can repair your bad credit.

If you contact a credit counselling agency, you will get valuable advice. However, you should not have to pay for this service. There is a wealth of information available on the Internet to help you with your credit problems and even workbooks that you can download for free. Instead of spending your hard earned money paying for advice from a credit repair agency, there are many tips and techniques that you can get free.

The main advice you about helping you to repair your credit is that you do need to request a free copy of your credit report. There are three major credit agencies that have a file on you and your borrowing habits. By law you are entitled to one free report a year and everyone should review his/her credit report at least once a year to make sure there are no mistakes. When you contact a credit repair agency, you may get a free report, but you might also have to sign up and pay for credit counselling services.

If you are having a difficult time keeping your credit in check and find yourself in over your head, then you might benefit from the services of a credit counselling agency. If you are contemplating bankruptcy, the people at these agencies can come up with ways to help you prevent this. The counselling agencies have people trained in dealing with creditors and will negotiate with them to take a lower amount of payment. They can also help you negotiate a debt consolidation loan, which will pay off your outstanding accounts. Just keep in mind that this type of credit repair agency cannot wipe any items from your credit report.

You can take charge of doing your own credit repair without having to resort to using a credit repair agency. If you are really determined to bring up your credit scores, you can start by making a conscientious effort to make all your payments on time. Maybe a consolidation loan is the route you should take. If you are just being remiss with sending in your payments and are not having any financial difficulty, you will just be wasting your money with a credit repair agency. Once you start taking charge of your finances, your credit rating will soon start to rise.

Do you really need a commercial credit repair agency? Probably not.

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Can’t Sleep?

Can't Sleep?

“Is Your iPad Causing Insomnia?”

By Dave From Paleohacks
Creator of the Paleohacks Cookbook

Recently revealed: What the blue light from our screens really does to our bodies…

Do you leave your PC, Mac or TV on in the bedroom, as you drift off to sleep each night? 

Millions of people do–without understanding the dramatic health consequences…

These wonderful devices changing our lives are all the rage.

Yet, they all do something which causes harm in humans. The blue light they emit impairs restful sleep.

How? Exposure prevents the release of melatonin–an essential hormone associated with sleep.

Unfortunately, blue light not only suppresses melatonin production and sleep…

  • It’s considered “carcinogenic pollution”–a recent murine study shows blue light correlates with higher cancer rates…
  • A lack of melatonin is linked to higher rates of breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers, while blocking blue rays with amber glasses is linked to lower cancer rates…
 

Not only is sleep impacted…

  • It also negatively influences thermoregulation, blood pressure and glucose homeostasis…
  • Exposure significantly impacts your own mood…
  • Lower melatonin in mice is linked with higher rates of depression…
  • And blue light exposure may be playing a role in the higher incidence of cataracts and macular degeneration seen today…

How Your Sleep is Compromised

Ordinarily, the pineal gland, a pea-size organ in the brain, begins to release melatonin a couple of hours before your regular bedtime. The hormone is no sleeping pill, but it does reduce alertness, making sleep more inviting.

However, light — particularly of the blue variety — can keep the pineal gland from releasing melatonin, thus warding off sleepiness.

You don’t have to be staring directly at a television or computer screen: If enough blue light hits the eye, the gland can stop releasing melatonin.

The Health Consequences Can 
Be Chronic and Terminal

Not only does this impact melatonin, a growing body of evidence suggests that a desynchronization of circadian rhythms plays significant role in various tumoral diseases, diabetes, obesity, and depression.

So light serves as a cue, but how?

It has long been known that the retina contains two types of photoreceptors, or light sensors: rods and cones. The cones allow us to see colors, while the ultra-sensitive rods are used for night vision, motion detection and peripheral vision.

Surprisingly, neither of them is the body’s primary tool for detecting light and darkness and synchronizing our circadian clocks.

There’s a third kind of sensor in our eyes, officially discovered in 2002. Called intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells, or ipRGCs, these relatively crude sensors are unable to pick up on low levels of light — from a dim night light, for example — but sluggishly signal light (to read more, click here)

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The Paleo Diet

By Dave From Paleohacks
Creator of the Paleohacks Cookbook

Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the last couple years, I'm sure you've heard of the "Paleo Diet."

I hate to even call it a "diet", because it's really just the REAL way that humans have eaten for almost 1.9 million years, as opposed to the modern day processed food diet full of grains, sugars, and processed vegetable oils.

Whether you have or not, what you probably DON’T realize is that it’s the fastest growing “diet” in the world right now. From celebrities, chefs, elite athletes… even fitness experts–everyone is eager to try it or adopt it.

And for good reason! Because no other diet or eating plan provides so many benefits so fast:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Increased Energy

  • Clearer Skin

  • Lean, Muscular Body

  • Enhanced Libido

  • Greater Mental Clarity

  • All Day Stamina

  • Better Workouts

  • And More

The list goes on and on. Talk to anyone who’s actually eaten Paleo for even a full month and chances are, they’ll rave about the changes they started seeing in their body.

– See more at: http://paleorecipeteam.com/paleo-problem/index.html#sthash.isx27FjV.dpuf

By Dave From Paleohacks
Creator of the Paleohacks Cookbook

Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the last couple years, I'm sure you've heard of the "Paleo Diet."

I hate to even call it a "diet", because it's really just the REAL way that humans have eaten for almost 1.9 million years, as opposed to the modern day processed food diet full of grains, sugars, and processed vegetable oils.

Whether you have or not, what you probably DON’T realize is that it’s the fastest growing “diet” in the world right now. From celebrities, chefs, elite athletes… even fitness experts–everyone is eager to try it or adopt it.

And for good reason! Because no other diet or eating plan provides so many benefits so fast:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Increased Energy

  • Clearer Skin

  • Lean, Muscular Body

  • Enhanced Libido

  • Greater Mental Clarity

  • All Day Stamina

  • Better Workouts

  • And More

The list goes on and on. Talk to anyone who’s actually eaten Paleo for even a full month and chances are, they’ll rave about the changes they started seeing in their body.

– See more at: http://paleorecipeteam.com/paleo-problem/index.html#sthash.isx27FjV.dpuf

By Dave From Paleohacks
Creator of the Paleohacks Cookbook

Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the last couple years, I'm sure you've heard of the "Paleo Diet."

I hate to even call it a "diet", because it's really just the REAL way that humans have eaten for almost 1.9 million years, as opposed to the modern day processed food diet full of grains, sugars, and processed vegetable oils.

Whether you have or not, what you probably DON’T realize is that it’s the fastest growing “diet” in the world right now. From celebrities, chefs, elite athletes… even fitness experts–everyone is eager to try it or adopt it.

And for good reason! Because no other diet or eating plan provides so many benefits so fast:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Increased Energy

  • Clearer Skin

  • Lean, Muscular Body

  • Enhanced Libido

  • Greater Mental Clarity

  • All Day Stamina

  • Better Workouts

  • And More

The list goes on and on. Talk to anyone who’s actually eaten Paleo for even a full month and chances are, they’ll rave about the changes they started seeing in their body.

– See more at: http://paleorecipeteam.com/paleo-problem/index.html#sthash.isx27FjV.dpuf

that humans have eaten for almost 1.9 million years, as opposed to the modern day processed food diet full of grains, sugars, and processed vegetable oils.

Whether you have or not, what you probably DON’T realize is that it’s the fastest growing “diet” in the world right now. From celebrities, chefs, elite athletes… even fitness experts–everyone is eager to try it or adopt it.

And for good reason! Because no other diet or eating plan provides so many benefits so fast:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Increased Energy

  • Clearer Skin

  • Lean, Muscular Body

  • Enhanced Libido

  • Greater Mental Clarity

  • All Day Stamina

  • Better Workouts

  • And More

The list goes on and on. Talk to anyone who’s actually eaten Paleo for even a full month and chances are, they’ll rave about the changes they started seeing in their body.

– See more at: http://paleorecipeteam.com/paleo-problem/index.html#sthash.isx27FjV.dpuf

I hate to even call it a "diet", because it's really just the REAL wa – See more at: http://paleorecipeteam.com/paleo-problem/index.html#sthash.isx27FjV.dpuf

The Paleo Diet

The #1 Problem With The World’s Fastest-Growing Diet…

By Dave From Paleohacks

Creator of the Paleohacks Cookbook

Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the last couple years, I'm sure you've heard of the "Paleo Diet."

I hate to even call it a "diet", because it's really just the REAL way that humans have eaten for almost 1.9 million years, as opposed to the modern day processed food diet full of grains, sugars, and processed vegetable oils.

Whether you have or not, what you probably DON’T realize is that it’s the fastest growing “diet” in the world right now. From celebrities, chefs, elite athletes… even fitness experts–everyone is eager to try it or adopt it.

And for good reason! Because no other diet or eating plan provides so many benefits so fast:

  • Increased Energy
  • Clearer Skin
  • Lean, Muscular Body
  • Enhanced Libido
  • Greater Mental Clarity
  • All Day Stamina
  • Better Workouts
  • And More

The list goes on and on. Talk to anyone who’s actually eaten Paleo for even a full month and chances are, they’ll rave about the changes they started seeing in their click here to read more

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How to Select a Numismatic Coin Dealer

How to Select a Numismatic Coin Dealer

Why do I Need a Numismatic Coin Dealer?

It is very difficult to build a collection of rare coins without a connection to a good coin dealer. If you are an investor hoping to make a profit with your collection of rare coins, building relationships with good coin dealers is vital to your success. If you are interested in making the highest profits possible with your coin collection, you will need to find a merchant partner who is experienced in the specific rare coins that interest you, and who will sell them to you at a good price. Most numismatic coin dealers will charge a lower premium on the sale of coins to their best customers. After all, it makes good business sense to get the most profit possible from a person who will do business with you only once. If you have a long-term relationship, however, the margin does not need to be as high for the coin dealer to make a good profit.

Because numismatic coin dealers are experts in their chosen fields, they will also have better connections than individuals who buy coins on their own will. Finding the right vendor or wholesaler can be a long and difficult task for someone new to the coin collecting trade. Coin dealers will also be more likely to recognize a counterfeit coin, have a higher chance of hearing about the sale of the specific rare coins that interest you, and will recognize an asking price that is over- or undervalued. As an investor, these are all critically important points for your success.

Building a long-term relationship with a knowledgeable numismatic coin dealer is the best way to protect the money that you invest into rare coins. All too often, new coin collectors who try to go it on their own without professional help end up being scammed out of hundreds or thousands of dollars.

What Do I Look For in a Numismatic Coin Dealer?

All numismatic coin dealers are not created equal, and it is nearly impossible to specialize in every area when it comes to collecting rare coins. Therefore, it's important to know what to look for before you select a professional for your coin collecting needs.

The first vital piece of information that you'll need when considering coin dealers is his or her professional qualifications. Some important questions to ask include, does the coin dealer belong to any professional groups? How long has he or she been in business? Can the coin merchant provide references from other satisfied customers? One of the best indications that a vendor has a high level of professionalism is a membership in the Professional Numismatists Guild (PNG). This group includes the most reputable coin dealers in the business thanks to an emphasis on ethics.

The second most important question to put to a prospective coin dealer is the area in which he or she specializes. There are so many different kinds of rare coins to collect, ranging from gold bullion coins to ancient Roman coins, that it is impossible to be a true expert in all of them. You'll want to find a merchant that specializes in the particular area that is of interest to you. A trader might be able to recognize every rare American coin at a glance, but that won't do you a lot of good if you really want to collect legal tender from medieval times.

Finally, you should consider the motivation of the numismatic coin dealers you are considering. A highly motivated coin merchant will go to shows and retailer auctions, keep abreast of current prices and trends, and will generally keep up-to-date with the current coin market. Any investor will recognize the impact of current information on profit levels. A coin trader who is highly motivated will also be more likely to provide you with excellent service and the best rare coins.

Once you have selected a coin dealer, it is important to reward him or her with your loyalty. You are likely to get the best prices and service from coin dealers who know that you are working exclusively with them.

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Sweet Potato Pie

 

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Oh my goodness it is almost Thanksgiving. I dread the preparations of cooking all that food. I hate the day before Thanksgiving. You have to spend all day preparing stuff so everything will be ready for the holiday. My way to relieve the stress of holiday cooking overload is to start early; like for instance making the pies. I start making the pies for Thanksgiving and freezing them. Then the day of Thanksgiving I put the pies in the oven and bake. If you premade your pies it's less work for you especially if you are the main one cooking which looks like this year I will be the culinary chef. One of my favorite pie recipes is sweet potato pie and closely behind that is pumpkin. Here I am sharing my sweet potato pie recipe.

Ingredients

6 sweet potatoes

1 ½ cups brown sugar

5 tbsp butter

1 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

1 tsp ginger

1 tsp vanilla

2 eggs

¼ cup milk

Salt and pepper to taste

1 graham cracker pie crust

Grab about 6 sweet potatoes and rinse them off. Put them in a sauce pan and cover with salted water. Boil the potatoes for about 30 minutes or long enough for the skin to peel off. Remove the skin from the potatoes. The potatoes will be extremely soft and mushy and need very little mashing. Put the potatoes in the bowl. Melt the 5 tbsp of butter in the microwave. Add the milk, butter and brown sugar to the bowl. Mix well. Add the cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg and stir. Add in the vanilla extract. Crack the two eggs into the mixture and stir. Season the potatoes with salt and pepper to your taste. Mix all the ingredients well. Use a premade graham cracker crust. If you are feeling like a baker then make your pie crust from scratch. Using a store-bought crust saves time. Pre heat the oven to the temperature of 350 degrees. Pour the sweet potato mixture into the ready-made pie crust. Bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes. Remove pie from oven and cool. Serve with cool whip. If you want to save yourself from the burden of baking, prepare the pie and cover with the lid and freeze flat in the freezer. Take out of the freezer and into the oven to bake as above. I have made these in advance as early as Halloween.

 

 

 

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Identity Theft

Identity Theft

The Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act, known commonly as FACTA, was put into law in the United States to help to protect consumers from identity theft and to help in its prevention. FACTA ensures that all citizens are treated fairly when they apply for a mortgage or other form of credit and it entitles them to a free annual credit report to verify its accuracy.

Becoming a major epidemic, Identity Theft occurs when a criminal uses another person's personal information to take on that person's identity. Identity theft includes the misuse of a Social Security number, credit cards, mail fraud, scam, schemes, frauds, or any other form of misuse or abuse of a victim’s identity.

There is no guarantee that you will never be a victim; however, there are steps you can take to minimize your risk. Here is a list of 14 steps you can take to prevent or at least minimize its occurrence:


1. Manage your personal information cautiously and with a new awareness that identity theft can occur anytime anywhere and when you least expect it.

2. Ask about security procedures in your workplace, doctor's office, or other business or organization that routinely collects relevant and personal identifying information as part of doing business or providing a service. Find out who has access to your personal information and verify that it is handled securely. Inquire about their disposal procedures and if your information will be shared with anyone else (namely third parties such as mailing list companies, marketing and survey companies, etc.).

3. Instead of giving your Social Security Number, inquire if you can use other types of identification. Use your Social Security Number with caution and only when absolutely necessary.

"Your Chances of becoming victimized by some form of identity theft is one in ten," according to the Federal Trade Commission.

4. If you find that you have been victimized, immediately file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC maintains a database of identity theft cases used by law enforcement agencies for investigations. Filing a complaint helps the FTC learn more about identity theft and the problems victims are having. This knowledge helps them to assist you better.

5. Carry only the identification and the number of credit and debit cards that you will actually use. Leave extra cards in a safe place at home, in a safety deposit box, or any other secured location.

6. Avoid giving out personal information on the phone, through the mail, or on the internet unless you are absolutely sure you know and can trust with whom you are communicating. Caution: Before you share personal information, be sure you are dealing with a legitimate business or organization. (If you are unsure about an online communication, check the organization’s website by typing its URL in the address line. Most large companies post alerts on their sites when they are aware of a scam when their name is used improperly.)

Identity thieves usually pose as representatives of banks, lotteries, sweepstakes, internet service providers, or some other officially-sounding-entity. They will use any means possible to try to get you to reveal your valuable information.

7. Call the Customer Service Department of companies or organizations with whom you do business using the number listed on your account statement or in the telephone book.

8. Do not place passwords on your credit card, bank, or telephone accounts.

9. When choosing a password, avoid using obvious information like your mother's maiden name, your birth date, a series of consecutive numbers, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number or your phone number.

10. Pay attention to your billing cycles. A missing bill could mean an identity thief has gotten their hands on it.

"9.9 million people were victims of identity theft in 2002", according to the Federal Trade Commission. Don't wait until it happens to you.

11. Be wary of promotional scams or phony offers to get you to give them your personal information such as lottery and sweepstakes’ that you have never entered and ones asking for an "administration" fee.

12. If your job requires you to suit up in special clothing at work, never leave your purse or wallet in your personal clothes. Always keep them in a safe and secured place.

13. When reordering checks, pick them up at the bank instead of having them sent to your mailbox.

14. Obtain a current credit report by contacting any of these major credit bureaus:

Equifax: P.O. Box 740241 Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
For Fraud Alerts, call: 800-525-6285

Experian: P.O. Box 2002 Allen TX 75013
For Fraud Alerts, call: 888-EXPERIAN (397-3742)

Trans Union: P.O. Box 1000, Chester, PA 19022
For Fraud Alerts, call: 800-680-7289

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Acne

Acne

You breezed through your teenage years with a zit or two and never thought about it. Now you look into the mirror in horror. What happened? How is it possible to develop acne in your mid 30's, isn't this supposed to happen to teenagers? You find yourself embarrassed and confused.

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The unfair fact is that adult acne will affect 25% of men and 50% of women in their adult lives. We know that teenage acne is due to hormonal changes which causes an increase in oil production. The causes of adult acne aren't as clear. There isn't just one cause. Acne in adult women can be linked to cosmetic use and some hair products. It can be brought on by the hormonal fluctuations associated with pregnancy. Certain types of prescription medications can cause adult acne. Acne vulgaris which is the type of acne that affects adults generally doesn't happen after the age of 40. Unlike teenage acne that starts on the forehead and cheek area adult acne tends to show more on your chin, jaw and neck area.

The treatment you receive for your acne will be based on the severity of the acne outbreak. Mild acne outbreaks can be treated with topical and over the counter products that contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid or glycolic acid, the same creams that teenagers use. If you acne is more severe your dermatologist may prescribe oral antibiotics. These antibiotics treat the bacteria causes of acne.

Micro dermabrasion and acid peels can be used to help diminish any scarring that might occur with adult acne.

Acne is a complex condition that is triggered by several underlying factors. The only way to neutralize your acne condition is to tackle all these acne-contributing factors-holistically. Since the wrong diet is only one of these acne-triggering factors, in most cases no special diet can cure acne.

 

There is a however, a tight connection between diet and acne formation. Dietary factors can trigger and aggravate your existing acne. Avoiding the wrong foods such as milk, sugar and hydrogenated oils, and eating cleansing and hormonal balancing foods such as green leafy vegetables and essential fatty acids, can help your skin heal itself from the inside out and dramatically reduce your acne symptoms.

There are also several important dietary principals that you must understand and follow if you ever want to cure your acne for good.

Taking responsibility over your body and adhering to these dietary principals along with taking the necessary steps to tackle all acne contributing factors, holistically, will not only cure your acne permanently and give you the flawless acne free skin you deserve, following these principals will also significantly improve your overall health, mental well-being, look and feel.

 

Mike Walden is a certified nutritionist, independent medical researcher, natural health consultant and author of the #1 best-selling e-book, "Acne No More- Open The Door To An Acne Free Life." Mike has written dozens of holistic health articles and has been featured in ezines and print magazines, as well as on hundreds of websites worldwide. For information on Mike's Holistic Clear Skin program, visit:  WWW.acnenomore.com

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Wedding Gift Ideas

Wedding Gift Ideas

A marriage is a joyous moment in the life of two individuals. A couple shares this beautiful personal moment with their near and dear ones, who rejoice in their happiness. A wedding gift is a tangible depiction of the feelings of the giver for the couple. A gift has to be carefully chosen, keeping the couple’s individual tastes, likes and dislikes in mind, if it is intended to serve its purpose. Nothing is more distasteful and insulting than an inconsiderately given gift. A gift’s value is not determined by its monetary value, but it must communicate the giver’s thought appropriately and adequately.

While the market abounds in numerous gift options and alternatives, selecting the right gift for the couple can be a challenge sometimes. While one can overhaul the market, surf the net and burn a hole in the purse, choosing the perfect gift requires some thinking and a little homework. A giver should always strive to give something unique and different.

Personalized gifts always stand out and make a personal statement on behalf of the giver. A special memento, decorative crystal, or a paired watch with the couple’s names engraved in it along with the wedding date is something memorable for the wedding couple.

For very close relatives, a hand-made scrapbook complete with family pictures, or a family tree platter with hand-painted pictures of family members along with their names, signature photo quilts, or customized ceramic plates with the couples pictures and wedding dates etched on it are a few ideal gift options.

In case of a hard-core golf fan, one can give a golf set with the couple’s names engraved on it. A Bible with the couple’s names and wedding dates engraved on it is an ideal gift for a spiritually inclined couple. It is necessary to be aware and informed about a couple’s interests, hobbies, tastes and the like. A gift can be given based on this kind of information. Romantic gifts like photo pillows with the couple’s portraits on it can also be given. One can also give gift certificates, home décor items, classic gift items like crystal and silverware, or various wedding mementos like a polymer clay image or metal candles, just right for the mantel and keepsakes.

The choice of exchanging gifts for each other rests on the bride and the groom. Couples can exchange framed love poems, engraved jewelry or even unconventional items like a vintage car, for those who can afford it. A thoughtful gift certificate to a relaxing spa or a recreational resort is just the right way for the bride or bridegroom to express their gratitude and love for their parents. It is the thought that matters, and mere framed poetry or a handwritten letter to the parent is also as valuable, if not more.

Parents can give bridal showers, a party to acquaint the couple to the family, or some personalized gift items, including gift certificates. Thank-you gifts need not be expensive, but should cater to individual taste. It should be given according to the kind of relationship one shares with the guests.

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