What To Do If You Have Perioral Dermatitis

COMBATING PERIORAL DERMATITIS

I suffered from a skin problem for a couple of years before finding out that it had a name. I’d get these ugly bumps around my mouth, under my nose and at the outer corners of my eyes. I’d put hydrocortisone on the irritation and it would go away briefly, then reappear a day or two later. Eventually it got to the point where I was using hydrocortisone cream almost daily.

It wasn’t until I began reading a book by a dermatologist named Dr. Jessica Wu called FEED YOUR FACE that I realized this condition had the name perioral dermatitis. In the book, she describes this condition and it matched my symptoms exactly.

To my horror, one of the causes of perioral dermatitis is the one thing that seemed to combat it: hydrocortisone cream! Ugh. I did some research and found that using hydrocortisone cream on the face is not recommended for a couple of reasons. One– it thins the skin. Another reason, is that it can cause perioral dermatitis, which is a chronic condition.â�¨Unfortunately, if you keep using hydrocortisone cream, it will become a terrible cycle and the rash will reappear, again and again, becoming worse over time.

This was particularly distressing to learn, because the hydrocortisone cream seemed to be the only thing I could find that would help calm my skin so I could look normal.

Even MORE horrifying in my opinion is that according to Dr. Wu another cause of perioral dermatitis is the DEMODEX MITE. Apparently, this mite lives on our skin-even healthy skin, but with perioral dermatitis it’s worse. According to PubMed one study found that the mites occurred in greater numbers in skin that had been exposed to topical steroids (hydrocortisone). Eek! If thinning skin and a rash wasn’t enough to get me off the stuff, the idea of skin mites certainly was. I have not put hydrocortisone cream on my face since, and I don’t plan to. Ever.

Years ago, a well-intentioned doctor, an internist, recommended that I use hydrocortisone on my acne. This doctor was not a dermatologist, however, so she apparently wasn’t aware that hydrocortisone thins the skin, and can cause the proliferation of skin mites. In that doctor’s defense, though, even my dermatologist has recommended hydrocortisone, in rare occasions, on the face. There’s a laser procedure that removes red spots on the skin and when I’ve had this procedure, my dermatologist has given me a small sample of hydrocortisone to soothe the redness. She did not tell me to use it on pimples, and she never recommended using it for extended periods of time, nor did she warn me of the potential risks of extended use, though.

I did use it for long periods of time, because the internist had recommended it and I erroneously assumed it was safe.

When I stopped using the hydrocortisone, the condition became overwhelming and unbearable. I looked so bad I didn’t want anyone to see me.

I went to my dermatologist and told her what I’d learned in Dr Wu’s book. She looked at my face and said that I did, indeed, have perioral dermatitis and that it was a chronic condition. She told me that the medicines she’d prescribe would probably work, but that they wouldn’t “cure” the condition; it would likely flare up periodically. Great.

She prescribed Minocyline, an oral antibiotic, and Protopic a topical antibiotic. Protopic is very expensive. My insurance didn’t cover it and it cost over $100 per tube.

I filled both prescriptions, but worried about the side effects and decided not to use them right away. Instead, I kept them as a last resort and did some internet scouring to find a few “natural” alternatives. I prefer not to take antibiotics unless absolutely necessary, because they kill the good bacteria that keep candida (yeast) in check. If you’ve ever had a yeast infection you certainly never want one again.

So, I tried just about everything suggested in the articles and on the forums dedicated to perioral dermatitis. Some of the recommendations were: stop using toothpaste with Floride, stop using anything with Sodium Laurel Sulphate, stop eating sugar and other high glycemic foods, and take omega 3s.

So, I brushed my teeth with baking soda. I washed my hair with vinegar and baking soda, because most shampoos have SLS and I used “natural” soap. I was already eating a low-glycemic diet, but I stopped allowing myself the occasional bit of raw honey or coconut sugar.

I also tried some non-toxic topical remedies I read about, including aloe vera gel directly from the plant, and apple cider vinegar applied to the rash. I also drank a bit of the vinegar in water a few times a day, which was also suggested.

The results were only so-so. The ACV applied directly onto the rash did help, but not reliably. Sometimes the rash would respond well and disappear after using it, and sometimes it wouldn’t’.

After three weeks of resisting the medications from the dermatologist, I finally did go ahead and try the Minocycline and Protopic. I ate lots of plain yogurt to avert a yeast infection. The Minocycline knocked the rash out within a few days and my skin looked amazing.

The Protopic also seemed to be effective, but did not like it at all. It’s oily and I found it messy. Also, it created a burning sensation on my skin. There was no actual burn. It was just an uncomfortable sensation that occurred after using the product. This burning would persist after the mediation had been removed, and was exacerbated by sunlight.

So, the bad news is that I did need the internal antibiotic. The good news is that in two years I have not had to repeat the antibiotic. The condition has flared up again, however, never as severely as was when I stopped using hydrocortisone to treat it.

I find that when I begin to get a few bumps from perioral dermatitis I can combat it if I drink ALOE VERA JUICE, which kills bad bacteria in the digestive system. I recommend pure aloe vera juice, the kind without added sugar. You don’t need that much, about 4 oz added to a glass of water (6 to 8 ounces) every other day seems to keep it in check for me. The juice does not taste very good, I’m sorry to say, but the results are good. If you have acne as well as perioral dermatitis you may find that the juice helps with pimples also. You can buy the aloe vera juice in a jug at Trader Joe’s. They also sell jugs of it at Wallmart, in the pharmacy section.

Another thing that seems to help keep the condition in check is a tiny amount of 5% benzoyl peroxide applied to the rash. In the past, I’ve avoided benzoyl peroxide and favored tea tree oil for acne, but I don’t find the tea tree oil as effective on perioral dermatitis. Dr. Wu cautions that acne medications exacerbate perioral dermatitis, but this has not been my experience with the benzoyl peroxide. It’s is a topical antibiotic and dermatologists are going to prescribe some kind of topical antibiotic for the condition, but it will likely be stronger and more expensive than benzoyl peroxide. If you’re reading this prior to visiting a doctor, you might try the aloe juice and a little benzoyl peroxide to see if that helps you first. For me, smallest amount, of benzoyl peroxide spread thinly on the rash works very well. And if I drink a bit of aloe juice every other day, I seem to avoid flare ups altogether.

I should also mention that I’m able to use toothpaste, shampoo and regular soap, without a problem. I’m not convinced that floride or SLS are causes of perioral dermatitis. They may, but it isn’t known for sure what actually causes the condition. It is, however, known that hydrocortisone makes it worse.

If you’ve got this condition I sincerely hope my recommendations are helpful. I know how miserable it is to have a rash on your face that doesn’t seem to get better. While I’m not an advocate of medicine, especially antibiotics, having gone through this, I do recommend that if your flare up is unmanageable, and your doctor prescribes it, take it and knock it out. Then maintain your clear skin as I’ve suggested. Hopefully, you won’t need to take the antibiotic again.

Source by Toni Ann Johnson

Mayoral Duties: Why Your City Mayor Has An Important Job

Although you might not really realize it if your city is actually run efficiently, the duties of your local mayor are quite vital to the well-being of you and your neighbors. Although local government usually doesn’t affect the lives of its residents much, the fact of the matter is that your elected mayor is the lead person in charge of making sure that your utilities, streets, and other government services are in tip-top shape.

That’s one of the reasons why it’s always so important to make sure that you choose the most professional, experienced candidate for the Mayor’s office whenever there is an election. In most cities and towns, the mayor has a four-year term, which means he or she will be up for re-election every four election cycles. Make sure that you do as much research as you can about the qualifications and temperament of the candidates who are running before you make a decision.

A lot of residents don’t fully understand the duties and relationships that exist between a mayor and the members of the city council. City council is a legislative body, and it makes decisions on passing new city ordinances, changing existing ordinances, approving new city hires, the handling of City accounts, etc. The mayor, on the other hand, is an administrator, and it is his or her duty to administer the current city ordinances and make sure that the city runs effectively day-to-day.

The mayor also often is in charge of appointing members of his administration (with the final approval of the city council). In some cities, the mayor can appoint a safety service director, a law director, an auditor and a treasurer. In still other cities, those positions are not appointed, but elected by a vote of the populace.

Source by Paul R Turner

Tips for Solving Cross Cultural Communication Breakdowns in Business

Online trainings are getting more and more popular as they have a whole hand of features which makes them economical and essential in getting groups of people together at short notices to attend meetings or trainings. Board meetings, impromptu meetings can be scheduled at a mouse click. Irrespective of where participants are located, all they need is a computer, internet access, webcam and microphone. They will be provided with Log-in details enabling them to enter the meeting room. Companies are cutting travelling and accommodation costs by introducing online trainings as means of communicating with their customers and employees. Organizers make critical mistakes with preparing to send invitations to participants both locally and internationally to attend the sessions. These trainings are important as they are one of the ways in which participants are able to acquire training skills. Being a member of many groups on Facebook, I receive plenty of invitations to attend sessions. Most of these invitations have omitted to include the time zones: international times (24 hour) which are relevant for the participants to decide whether they will be able to attend or not. For example, an event scheduled for Wednesday at 8pm in the USA (EST) will be Thursday 3 am in Europe (-1 GMT). Here are some important tips to consider when sending invitations to international audience:

  1. Time Zone: This has to be indicated clearly using international time format (24 hour system). Include a link to time zone converter and if you use Outlook, then you have the possibility of sending confirmation via Outlook which then automatically converts the participants local time zone. I prefer to link my event with Outlook as this will not only be saved using my local time and set the reminder so that participants get event alerts from the Outlook calendar.
  2. International Audience: If you have international participants, remember to speak clearly and slowly enough for all them to understand. It would be advisable either to leave the chat on or ask at regularly intervals if everybody is able to follow the training session.
  3. Humor: Apply humor with utmost care. In some cultures humor are seen as a sign of weakness, in other cultures as a sign or appreciate or pity.
  4. Using jargons and abbreviations: Using jargons and abbreviations is acceptable, but can also be tricky. No everybody will be familiar with your local jargons and abbreviations may not necessarily be familiar to everybody. I always try to avoid using them. If you have to use abbreviations it may be appropriate to first write out the words in full and continue with using the abbreviations.
  5. How to address participants: If you are going to have an interactive session, it may be appropriate let everybody know that you will be using the informal first name form and not surname. In some cultures it is not appropriate to address people with their first names.
  6. Record training sessions: It is recommended that you offer the participants’ links to the recorded training session, a way of getting feedback. To conclude, poor cross cultural awareness will have lots of consequences, some serious, others very funny! Nonetheless it is imperative that in the global economy cross cultural awareness is seen as a necessary investment to avoid blunders.

Source by Elizabeth Horlemann

Reiki Dos and Don’ts

If you practise Reiki long enough you are bound to bump into a bunch of big don’ts.

Don’t Reiki the people with jewellery on.

Don’t Reiki the crown of the head.

Don’t Reiki women who are pregnant.

Don’t Reiki the spine etc.

Sometimes they get even more silly, like ‘Don’t Reiki anyone if you are wearing red’.

As ridiculous as some of these don’ts sounds, they are usually backed up with just enough rational explanation to make you wonder.

Red, for instance, is the color of the root chakra and – according to some – giving it Reiki might inadvertently get the Kundalini energy (lying at the base of the spine) to rise up when a person isn’t ready for it.

Since this, genuinely, can cause people problems if their body isn’t energetically prepared, then you begin to wonder whether the theory – no matter how crazy it sounds – might not have some validity.

Fortunately, almost every don’t in Reiki is actually short-circuited by a very simple point: that it is the recipient who determines how much energy flows – and not the giver.

Think of the recipient like someone sucking on an ‘energetic straw’. If they suck hard, a lot of energy will flow. If they suck gently, not much will flow.

It is all up to them and the only thing a Reiki healer can do is provide the opportunity for energy to flow. And the better the healer, the greater the possibility of a higher energy flow.

What this means is that there is a safety valve built into the system, because an individual will only ever take in as much energy as is healthy for him or her. Taking in more would be like pushing a dagger into your flesh – not something you are likely to do.

If you are talking to someone who can’t accept this line of logic, you might like to get them to define ‘Reiki’. If they know anything about the origin of the word they will tell you that the most literal translation (that makes sense) is ‘spiritual’ (Rei) ‘energy’ (ki). Does it make much sense for this ‘spiritual energy’ to be a destructive force?

I think not.

So next time you are anxious about giving someone Reiki, remember that it can never hurt them.

It might not be the right time to give them energy. It might never be the right time to give them energy. But if an accidental Reiki drop fell their way, I wouldn’t lose any sleep.

If a drop fell, they summoned it.

(Note: While Reiki can’t harm anyone, it can certainly produce a ‘healing crisis’. This can bring on emotional upheaval, physical distress and other things; but ultimately it is good for the individual. Think of it as something like the cleansing process that takes place when someone undergoes a fast. They might get headaches, pimples, rashes and all sorts of other unpleasant things; but once the cleansing is done they feel better than ever before. Likewise with Reiki.)

Copyright 2011, Jeremy O’Carroll

Source by Jeremy O’Carroll

History of the Trikke – Who Invented the Trikke and Why?

Undoubtedly the newest rising star in the field of human powered vehicles, the Trikke scooter never fails to amaze anyone who watches its riders zoom gracefully along.

Pedestrians will even stop the Trikke riders in order to satisfy their curiosity. “What makes that thing run?” is the most frequent question.

And as soon as someone steps onto the Trikke and experiences its innovative three-point cambering vehicle (“3CV”) technology for him/herself, he is usually unable to stop commenting on the Trikke’s many benefits. “A revolutionary sports, fun and fitness machine…” “…absolutely addicting…” “…closest thing to skiing on pavement” and “…compact maintenance-free machine that fits into every aspect of one’s lifestyle” are among the common compliments bandied about as people applaud the innovation and fun of the Trikke scooters. But did you know that the Trikke was developed because of one man’s desire to experience the fun of ‘carving’ on a more stable and safer device? This is how the Trikke scooter painstakingly evolved into the fun and fitness machine it is now.

During the late 1980’s, Brazilian inventor Gildo Beleski tried to learn skateboarding or roller skating, but to his frustration, he kept falling and had a hard time keeping his balance.

As an engineering graduate from the Brazilian Institute of Technology, Beleski remained undaunted and instead used his technical background in designing and manufacturing suspension parts and power trains for compact vehicles to create a three-wheeled vehicle for riding downhill.

In 1988, he finished his first Trikke prototype that combines the stability of three wheels and brakes with a contemporary frame designed to enhance the Trikke rider’s ability to lean or camber. He called it Trikke (pronounced ‘trik), similar to a bike, only with three wheels. When he tested the Trikke, he discovered that it continued to move forward on flat ground beyond the bottom of the hill as long as he kept turning and leaning.

In 1990, Gildo marketed his first version of the Trikke scooter. However, much to his disappointment, the Trikke failed to find favor among his countrymen and he was forced to give up on the initial Trikke’s design after garnering only moderate sales in 1992.

When he went to the U.S. in the late 1990’s on a business trip, he realized that the place was ripe for the introduction of a new cambering device while watching many people trail the Miami beach paths with their human powered vehicles (HPV). So he resumed work on his design and opened Trikke Tech in Buellton, California in 2000. That same year, he filed the patents for his Trikke cambering system, getting two of them accepted in 2001.

Year 2000 proved to be a fruitful year for Beleski with a chance meeting of entrepreneur trend-setter John Simpson. Simpson became interested in the Trikke scooters when he saw Beleski riding his earlier version of the Trikke scooter as he was exiting his favorite sushi bar in Santa Monica. Simpson admitted that at first, he thought the Trikke looked ungainly and ridiculous but when he saw it move easily without any propellers, he chased down Beleski and his Trikke scooter. He became a great supporter of the Trikke after experiencing for himself the fun and fitness aspects. As a true entrepreneur, Simpson saw the Trikke’s potential and became an investor in Trikke Tech that same year. Beleski later asked him to become Trikke Tech’s president in 2002. And they successfully launched the scooter to the American public soon after.

Since its unveiling, the Trikke has rapidly gained popularity, gaining attention from the international media after it bagged Time Magazine’s “Coolest New Inventions of 2002” title.

Hollywood celebrity’s acceptance and support further bolstered its popularity as Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt, Jim Belushi, Jim Carey, and Ben Affleck were seen riding their Trikke scooters as part of their exercise regimen, as an inter-studio vehicle, and on screen.

From less than $1 million in annual sales in 2002, Trikke’s popularity was reflected by its booming sales of $10 million in 2003, and about $50 million in 2004. With a plethora of extremely talented executives recruited by John Simpson, Trikke Tech aims to establish a brand with numerous innovations that will become a mainstay among the recreational transport devices for many years to come. They also aim to establish the Trikke scooter as a serious platform for competition.

Presently, the Trikke scooter’s market has already expanded to include Canada, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, as well as nearly every major country in Europe. Trikke Tech continues to refine its product’s performance to meet the requirements of all age groups from all walks of life as seen by the version 2 introduced in the fall of 2003 and the appearance of more products in the ensuing years. The Trikke is now rapidly gaining fame and acceptance, and you’d be well-advised to check it out for yourself as one of the more innovative and exciting human powered vehicles that maintains an advantage in safety, stability and ease of use over other HPVs like skateboards, rollerblades and the like.

Source by Jae Winters

Galileo Italian Digital Pianos Vs. Name Brands

I’m not only a pianist, but I had the wonderful opportunity to sell the KR division of Roland digital pianos, for a retail piano store. I still love this brand for many reasons! Perhaps it is the 9-foot Steinway concert grand recording, or the weighted keys with the same resistance as Steinway? The KR division is the most expensive for Roland, and often more expensive than their competitors. But there came a time I made a switch from this fantastic company to the Italian Manufacturer, Galileo Music!

Sure, Roland may have more “bells and whistles”, as well as Kawaii and Yamaha in comparison to Galileo; yet there are some subtle facts that are quite interesting to know, that may inspire you to choose the Italian brand over the Japanese. The 1st is the quality of the stands. I can testify that Roland uses particle board which breaks very easily. Galileo stands are solid, and it gives reassurance for moving your digital long distances or just a few feet. Also, the European Union has higher environmental standards than the rest of the world, so the small parts on the inside of your instrument, are high quality. Many similar features of the upper end models will entail USB, MIDI Ports, and even MP3 docking stations. So regarding the extra “bells and whistles” that Roland offers, I can assure you that you won’t use even half! They are loaded with tons of “cool” features for sure. But really, before you make a decision to buy based on these, asses what you are actually going to use. Most of my customers didn’t end up using those features that won them over in the sales pitch. They could have saved a few thousand in the process if they chose a different brand or model!

The quality of touch on the upper end Roland models and the upper end Galileo, should be the same! Why? Because they both use an action purchased from an Italian manufacturer called Fatar. These actions have the weight of a Hamburg Steinway concert grand, and the electronics are both programmed with Steinway sound as the default piano setting. Neither Roland nor Galileo make acoustic pianos. This is what sets them apart from Yamaha and Kawaii. Those two model their digital pianos after their very own acoustic ones. So essentially, when you ask yourself the question, “Which digital piano should I buy?” you should realize that you are comparing Yamaha and Kawaii to Steinway. I realize that there are strong opinions as to which acoustic piano is best. Asian pianos tend to have a much lighter touch than European. Therefore, if you know for certain you like more resistance on the touch and a deeper tone quality, then Roland and Galileo are your choices. But remember, if your main goal is for pure piano sound that you don’t have to tune over and over again, you will get the same quality sound and expression from Galileo upper end digital models! And not only will you save a ton of money, but you’ll even feel like your dollars went a lot further, due to the quality of parts. And like I mentioned before, the durable stands are standard for Galileo (no pun intended).

Source by Ryan D Dwyer

Dick Clark on the Day America Lost JFK

Dick Clark – the very pronunciation of his name, especially for Greatest Generationites and Baby Boomers with cherished memories of “American Bandstand,” stimulates a precious age of innocence many typically define as the ‘good old days.’

Yet another idol for the countless millions old enough to remember that politically unpolarized era was President John F. Kennedy. And although the minimum voting age during the early 1960s was still 21, a large segment of America’s youth were inspired by the idealistic president who confidently proclaimed: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

On Friday, November 22, 1963, one of the most compellingly fateful days in American history, Dick Clark and his Caravan of Stars arrived in Dallas, Texas. Traveling by bus, the Caravan comprised a flock of hit pop music artists on a national tour of one-night stands. By late morning, performers including Bobby Rydell, Dale and Grace, and Brian Hyland joined Dick on the steps of their Main Street hotel in anticipation of viewing President Kennedy’s passing motorcade. Before long they were enthusiastically waving at the charismatic young president and his wife Jackie, the glamorous First Lady adorned in pink with a matching pillbox hat.

Proceeding to his room for an early afternoon nap, Dick was later awakened by an ABC programming exec, calling from New York.

“You’re in Dallas?” the voice on the line asked.

“Yes,” Dick groggily replied. “It’s a long way from home – not a great place to be.”

“You’re right,” the network bigwig replied. “What’s happened down there?”

Confused, Dick said, “I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

“You mean to tell me you don’t know President Kennedy’s been shot?”

Dick was stunned. He switched on the television and was shocked to learn that JFK had been assassinated only three blocks from his hotel. Conferring with his road manager and several Caravan performers, some weeping over the loss of the beloved president, the program scheduled that evening in Dallas was cancelled.

Two decades later, in the early 1980s, Dick Clark compellingly reflected on the effect of John Kennedy’s assassination on our nation’s youth during those early years of rock and roll. “Things weren’t quite the same after his death,” America’s oldest teenager candidly attested. “Although I’m a strong believer in moving on with our lives following personal and national tragedies, losing President Kennedy was especially disheartening for our young people – and ultimately demoralizing.”

Dick Clark was always passionate about music and its positive affects on others. When he learned that President Kennedy’s favorite song happened to be the old Irish ballad “Danny Boy,” he responded with a tone of authority: “Now that’s a relaxing tune.”

Like John Kennedy, Dick Clark exhilarated young and old alike. He kept one generation rockin’ while spinning hits from the legendary likes of Elvis, the Supremes, the Beach Boys, Chubby Checker, and the Beatles; entertained yet another offspring as a memorable host of great game shows and musical specials; and delighted one and all by ringing in decades of New Year’s Eve celebrations in style.

It hurts to lose Dick Clark. Despite serious ailments over recent years, his omnipresent persona of eternal youth seemed to have transcended the toll which passing time inevitably imposes upon each of us.

If there is a bandstand in heaven, you can guarantee this everlasting icon is already there.

Source by John Burke Jovich

Differences Between Home Trade And Foreign Trade Along With Their Complexities

Without trade, it is impossible for raw materials to reach the manufacturers either at home or abroad and for the finished goods to reach the final consumer because there will no one to arrange for their transfer. In simple words, home trade takes places within a country where as in foreign trade; goods are exported out of the country. Surely there are some complexities which a trader has to face in both the home trade and foreign trade.

Higher cost of transport and insurance owing to longer distances between markets

In home trade, goods are moved from one part of a country to another. Usually, it is not necessary to move the goods over large stretches of water, unless of course it is a nation made up many islands like Indonesia and Philippines. Sometimes, it may be necessary to use rivers. Thus, the usual mode is by road, rail, river or canals. Normally, the distance travelled is shorter than foreign trade. In foreign trade, goods travel a greater distance, sometimes overseas. This means higher transport as well as storage costs and insurance costs due to increased risks. The usual mode of transport for goods in foreign trade is by sea or air.

National Boundaries

Home trade takes place within a single political entity where there is uniformity in the banking, legal and fiscal systems. Foreign trade takes places when people from different political entities who do not share the same banking, legal and fiscal systems. Each nation would normally act in its own self-interest.

Custom duties, quotas and more complex documentation

When goods move across safe boundaries within a country, they are not subject to customs duties or quotas. However, they may be subject to excise duties. When goods are moved across national boundaries as in foreign trade, they are liable to custom duties, quota restrictions and exchange control restrictions. Details of the exports and imports would have to be declared in the customs declaration forms. They will then have to be verified by means of documents such as consular invoice, certificate of origin, bill of lading, etc. the goods will also have to be packed and marked in accordance with the customs requirements of the importing countries concerned. Finally the goods will have to be cleared by the customs and arrangements will have to be made to store them in bonded warehouses. As a whole, these are not such very serious complexities if one has decided to trade.

Source by Julie Staz

Are Ghosts Harmful?

We get asked all the time whether or not ghosts are harmful and whether or not it is safe to live with a ghosts? The simple answer is an astounding YES to the first question and a definite NO to the second one. Ghosts (we’ll use that term generally to refer to all non-living beings, but you learn the different types of ghosts look at our other articles) are definitely not safe to live with and if you believe you do live with ghosts or other spiritual entities you should definitely not try to ignore it or gut it out.

Today ghosts are often popular and some people may even consider living with a ghost to be “cool” or comforting, thinking that dear Uncle Gary is hanging around you, looking over you and keeping you safe, they are actually very harmful. Most people with ghosts report living in a constant state of fear, which is, of course, very harmful to your health and mental well-being. So even if the ghost simply hangs around and does nothing that appears outwardly harmful it will draw energy from you leading to stress related problems.

The big problem that living with a ghost causes is that they draw energy from you. While you are living you draw your energy from an infinite supply but a ghost does not have that ability and therefore to survive it has to draw energy from you. The ghost may follow you and siphon off small amounts of energy here and there, or it may fully attach to you and draw as much as it wants.

When a ghost or other entity draws our energy it can lead to feeling run down, lazy, confused, disorganized, erratic, short tempered, and even very ill. If you live with a ghost sooner or later it will compromise your mental or physical health.

Lastly, living with a ghost is also harmful to the ghost. The natural order of things is for spirits to move on to other planes of existence after death and continue their journey. A ghost is often stuck and unable to move further; left alone the ghost will only forget more and more that it was every anything more than a ghost and become more and more lost. Helping the ghost “cross-over” to the next level of existence is not only good for you but it is an act of kindness towards them.

Source by Mary Schafer

Can Glow in the Dark Paints Be Environmentally Friendly?

More than 12 months of research and development by a leading scientist specialising in glow paint technology has resulted in a new eco-friendly glow in the dark paint called Superstarz.

By directly addressing the major worldwide concerns about the levels of VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) contained in paints the new glow paint contains zero VOC’s which is a first for a paint of this type!

VOC’s emitted from paints as gasses in the application stage and up to 5 years following application are a major contributor to low-level pollution, global warming and short to long term health problems.

The new Superstarz range of paints have been submitted for rigorous testing at a UK accredited testing laboratory and have been confirmed as totally compliant with EU Toy Safety Regulations EN71-3 and have been certified as being 100% VOC Free.

This makes them particularly safe for children to use as well as adults. They are of particular benefit to sufferers of asthma and allergies.

The new paints are suitable for both domestic and commercial applications. Glow paints have been used on a large scale in high rise buildings following 9/11 as safety markings for corridors and stairwells in the event of total loss of lighting. These new high tech paints meet the necessary requirements in terms of brightness and afterglow and now offer an additional advantage by being VOC Free.

The paints are daytime invisible and are available in four colours – Green, Blue, Aqua and Violet.

The new environmentally friendly paints are a major step forward in glow paint technology.

Source by Mark Watts