Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa are more commonly known as anorexia and bulimia. The two disorders can be difficult to distinguish from each other because they have similar characteristics: With both anorexia and bulimia, the person will have a distorted image of his or her body. That person will seem to be obsessed with what he or she eats.
Both bulimia.htm">anorexia and bulimia tend to affect girls more than guys, but 10% of the people with Eating disorders are guys. And, because we typically think of eating disorders as only affecting girls, they often go unrecognized in guys. Guys with eating disorders also tend to focus more on athletic appearance or success than on just looking thin.
People with anorexia have an intense fear of being fat. When a person has anorexia, he or she hardly eats at all — and the small amount of food that is eaten becomes an obsession. A person with anorexia may weigh food before Eating it or compulsively count the calories of everything. It is not unusual for a person with anorexia to also exercise excessively in an attempt to lose weight.
A unique feature of anorexia is not only the strong desire to be very thin, but also the altered body perception that goes with it. Even though they might be shedding pounds at a dangerous rate, people with anorexia don't see themselves as thin. A person with the condition can look in the mirror and actually see a fat person.
bulimiais a bit different from anorexia because the person with bulimia doesn't avoid eating. Instead, he or she eats a large amount of food then gets rid of it quickly by vomiting or taking laxatives. This is commonly known as "binge and purge" behavior. Like anorexia, bulimia tends to affect girls and young women more than guys. Unlike anorexia, you can't always tell by looking whether a person has bulimia. In fact, someone with bulimia may appear average or even above average in weight.
So how can you tell if a person has anorexia or bulimia? You can't only tell by looking, of course — someone who loses a lot of weight may have another health condition. But if you know of someone who fits the patterns described below, you may want to try to help your friend.
drops weight to about 20% below normal
denies feeling hungry
withdraws from social activities
makes excuses to go to the bathroom immediately after meals
eats huge amounts of food, but doesn't gain weight
uses laxatives or diuretics
withdraws from social activities
What Causes Anorexia and Bulimia?
No one is really sure what causes Eating disorders, although there are many theories as to why people develop them. Most people who develop an eating disorder are between the ages of 14 and 18 (although they can develop even earlier in some people). At this time in their lives, many teens don't feel as though they have much control over anything. The physical and emotional changes that go along with puberty can make it easy for even the most confident person to feel a bit out of control. By controlling their own bodies, people with Eating disorders feel as though they can regain some control — even if it is done in an unhealthy way.
For girls, even though it's completely normal (and necessary) to gain some additional body fat during puberty, some respond to this change by becoming very fearful of their new weight and feel compelled to get rid of it any way they can. It's easy to see why people may develop a fear of any weight gain, even if it's healthy and temporary: We're overloaded by images of thin celebrities — people who often weigh far less than their healthy weight. When you combine the pressure to be like these role models with a changing body, it's not hard to see why some teens develop a distorted body image.
Some individuals who develop eating disorders can also be Depressed or anxious. Experts also think that some people with eating disorders may have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Their anorexia or bulimia gives them a way to handle the stresses and anxieties of being a teen and allows them to have control and impose order in their lives.
There is also evidence that Eating disorders may run in families. Our parents influence our values and priorities, of course, including those toward food — which may be one reason eating disorders seem to run in families. But there also is a suggestion that there may be a genetic component to certain behaviors, and Eating disorders could be one such behavior.
Sports and Eating Disorders
Some girls might be more apt to develop an eating disorder depending on the sport they choose. Gymnasts, ice-skaters, and ballerinas often operate in a culture where weight loss is important, and even runners might be encouraged to go on a diet. But in an effort to make their bodies perfect and please those around them, these athletes can end up with eating disorders.
Though it's unusual for guys to have anorexia or bulimia, it can occur, especially with the demands of certain sports. A sport like wrestling, for example, has specific weight categories that can lead some guys to develop an Eating disorder. In some cases, eating disorders in male athletes are even unintentionally encouraged; they are taught that winning is the most important thing.
But the truth is that an Eating disorder does much more harm than good. Athletes with eating disorders, whether girls or boys, may find that because of a lack of energy and nutrients, their athletic performance deteriorates and they become injured more often.
Effects of Eating Disorders
Whatever the cause of an eating disorder, the effects can be damaging — if not downright devastating and life threatening. People who weigh at least 15% less than the normal weight for their height may not have enough body fat to keep their organs and other body parts healthy.
A person with anorexia can do damage to the heart, liver, and kidneys by not eating enough. The body slows everything down as if it were starving, causing a drop in blood pressure, pulse, and breathing rate. (For girls, this starvation mode may mean they stop getting their periods.) Lack of energy can lead people with anorexia to feel light-headed and unable to concentrate. Anemia (lack of red blood cells) and swollen joints are common in people with anorexia, as are brittle bones. Anorexia can cause a person's hair to fall out, fingernails to break off, and a soft hair called lanugo to grow all over the skin. In severe cases, eating disorders can lead to severe malnutrition and even death.
People with bulimia often have constant stomach pain. In fact, bulimia can actually damage a person's stomach and kidneys as a result of constant vomiting. bulimia can also cause a person's teeth to decay because of the acids that come up into the mouth while vomiting. The person may also develop "chipmunk cheeks," which occur when the salivary glands permanently expand from throwing up so often. Like girls with anorexia, girls with bulimia may stop getting their periods. And, most dangerous of all, the constant purging can lead to a loss of the mineral potassium, which can contribute to heart problems and even death.
The emotional pain of an eating disorder can take its toll, too. When a person becomes obessed with weight, it's hard to concentrate on much else. Many times people with eating disorders become withdrawn and less social. Teens with anorexia can't join in on snacks and meals with their friends or families, and they often don't want to break from their intense exercise routine to have fun. Individuals with bulimia often spend a lot of mental energy on planning their next binge, spend a lot of their money on food, and hide in the bathroom for a long time after meals.
Eating disorders are not fun. Both anorexia and bulimia can lead to feelings of guilt and depression. Some individuals with eating disorders begin using drugs or other substances to help mask their feelings, which only makes the situation worse.
Treatment for Eating Disorders
Fortunately, people with Eating disorders can get well and gradually learn to eat normally again. Because anorexia and bulimia involve both the mind and body, medical doctors, mental health professionals, and dietitians will often be involved in a person's treatment and recovery.
Therapy or counseling is a critical part of treating Eating disorders — in many cases, family therapy is one of the keys to eating healthily again. Parents and other family members are important in helping a person see that his or her normal body shape is perfectly fine and that being thin doesn't make anyone happy.
The most critical thing about treating eating disorders is to recognize and address the problem as soon as possible — like all bad habits, unhealthy Eating patterns become harder to break the longer a person takes part in them. If you have an eating disorder, don't wait to get help — anorexia and bulimia can do a lot of damage to the body and mind if left untreated. At worst, eating disorders can kill, and at best, they leave a person feeling and looking terrible.
If you want to talk to someone about eating disorders and you don't feel as though you can approach a parent, try talking to a teacher, a neighbor, your doctor, or another trusted adult. Remember that Eating disorders are common among teens, and more importantly, that treatment is out there.
Sunday, September 30, 2007
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Saturday, September 29, 2007
Obsessions are thoughts, images, or impulses that occur over and over again and feel out of your control. The person does not want to have these ideas. He finds them disturbing and intrusive, and usually recognizes that they don't really make sense. People with OCD worry excessively about dirt and germs and become obsessed with the idea that they are contaminated or contaminate others. They may have Obessive fears of having inadvertently harmed someone else even though they usually know this is not realistic. Obessions are accompanied by uncomfortable feelings, such as fear, disgust, doubt, or a sensation that things have to be done in a way that is "just so."
People with OCD try to make their Obessions go away by performing compulsions. Compulsions are acts the person performs over and over again, often according to certain "rules." People with an obsession may wash constantly to the point their hands become raw and inflamed. A person may repeatedly check that she has turned off the stove or iron because of an Obessive fear of burning the house down. OCD compulsions do not give the person pleasure. Rather, the rituals are performed to obtain relief from the discomfort caused by the Obessions.
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Friday, September 28, 2007
Welcome to the game of BlogShares, the addicting and fast-growing web-based experience! Take the time to pop into our Forums and introduce yourself to the friendliest community on the Internet. Get involved! From documentation and support to game logic and coding, BlogShares depends on the amazing volunteer spirit of its players to improve and grow. BlogShares is more than a game—it's an addiction. Keep reading to get in on the fun!
WHAT IS BLOGSHARES?
BlogShares is a fantasy stock market where weblogs are the companies. Players invest fictional dollars on shares in blogs. Blogs are valued by their incoming links and add value to other blogs by linking to them. Prices can go up or down based on trading and the underlying value of the blog. No actual ownership of blogs is transfered. BlogShares is purely a fictional marketplace.
WHAT IS A BLOG?
Weblogs, called Blogs for short, are generally online journals of some sort and can be used for an unlimited range of subjects and purposes.
Blogs run from individual diaries to arms of political campaigns, media programs, and corporations, and from one occasional author to large communities of writers. The totality of weblogs or Blog-related webs is usually called the Blogosphere.
The format of Blogs varies nearly limitlessly, individual weblog entries are almost always dated and time-stamped, with the newest post at the top of the page. Because links are so important to weblogs, most Blogs have a way of archiving older entries and generating a static address for individual entries; this static link is referred to as a permalink. The latest headlines, with hyperlinks and summaries, are offered in weblogs in the RSS XML-format, to be read with a RSS feedreader.
It is difficult to know just what is and what is not a blog suitable for inclusion in BlogShares. For the purposes of this game, blogs have the following characteristics:
* The site is authored by a clearly defined blogger (whether a specific individual, group
of individuals, or a specific organization).
* Posts appear in reverse-chronological order, or at the very least, the most recent post
* Posts are individual, dated, often with timestamps.
* Past posts are available in some sort of archive in the blog.
* Commenting and/or trackback capability is often enabled, but not a requirement.
* Blogs can feature any subject, be personal, non-personal, or business-related, and offer
content unique to the Blog with each new post.
* Blogs must be human edited or in some way not maintained by an automated script or
aggregator. Such 'linkfarms' are considered spam.
* Blogs, for the purposes of this index, are only the main, 'home' page for the Blog, and not
its link pages, archives, individual posts, intros, summary pages, or profiles.
Sites which simply repost or copy the exact posts or materials from another site are often considered either 1) spam, 2) non-Blog (website), or 3) a 'version' of the other blog (perhaps differening only by template).
Read more about blogs and their role at BlogShares on the Blogs page.
WHY PLAY BLOGSHARES?
Addictive Fun: The most obvious reason. Whether you like building your fortune, immersing yourself in multiple game play strategies, voting Blog categories, or simply need a place to get away from the hustle and bustle of life, BlogShares offers you a game play experience that you will not soon forget.
Find New Blogs: Blogs are a great Internet phenomenon! They're changing the way some of us connect, reflect, and do business. If you are interested in a particular subject, feel free to browse our Industry page which has over 4900 different Industries (categories) to peruse. You can utilize the search feature (quick lookup) in the upper right hand corner to search by keyword, blog title, or Blog address (URL). You may even find your own!
See Your Own Blog In Action: That's right, you can add your own Blog to our system and gain special controls over your blog in the BlogShares world. You even get 1K shares in your own blog just for taking the time to claim it!
Amazing Community: Not only do we have an excellent group of people in the forums, we also have a great group of gals and guys in our IRC channels. Feel free to join in the conversation, add a haiku to the monthly contests, or join any one of a dozen other contests held constantly. Take part in this community. BlogShares includes many player-volunteers in developing game algorithms, handling support, and even writing this intro.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF BLOGSHARES
BlogShares was written in early 2003 by Seyed Razavi in his free time. The overall objective of BlogShares is the exploration of an emerging social network while providing an addictive and fun environment for bloggers to join and help add to the worth of the social network. Another one of the purposes of this site was to prove the Power Law theory. Part of this theory is based on the fact that 20% of the population holds 80% of the wealth. This can also be attributed to weblogs, 20% of the blogs contain 80% of all incoming links. BlogShares hits a home run with this theory.
The BlogShares project took off rather quickly and was considered a personal success. The site, however, was a success that would not last. BlogShares suffered from a few serious coding issues that severely hampered the site's growth and expansion, as well as its speed. At this point, BlogShares was tracking 400K blogs and links. Eventually these took their toll on the BlogShares hard drives and a catastrophic system failure ground BlogShares to a halt. That, bundled with personal reasons, caused Seyed to choose to leave the game.
At this time, BlogShares was taken over by its current owner: Jay Campbell, and co-adminned by C. Suburban Wolf (AKA Rob/SubWolf) was brought on almost immediately to help recode the entire site. Once BlogShares was taken out of the beta stages its popularity sky-rocketed. It did have its ups and downs however.
The BlogShares team made some changes to certain aspects of the game. Originally, Ideas only produced twice a day and were worth a couple dollars each. Some players even held on to millions upon millions of Ideas. When changes were implemented the prices soared, making many people instant billionaires and trillionaires. Some of the users bailed out at that point, fearing a market crash. Others chose to hold on to their Ideas in hopes that the market could sustain its rapid growth a bit longer. Ultimately this was not the case. Further changes caused the market to crash in a matter of hours, nearly bankrupting some of the richest players in the game. There were some bitter words from some, solace from others. In the end it all worked out for the best.
They also added in a new item: Chips. These items were an answer to the growing number of votes clogging the system, and they revolutionized the way many trades were handled. Today, Chips are the most valuable asset in the game, because with enough of them you can buy anything, win raffles, and purchase text ads for advertising your blog, your philosophy, your politics, your humor ... whatever. Some players even offer to purchase a Premium Membership for others in exchange for Chips.
Black Friday (November 25, 2005) brought dramatic revaluation (1 to 10,000) of Idea prices and cash value, with no change to share values. While there were legit concerns and complaints about the changes, it completely changed the nature of daily game play from one dominated by Ideas to one fully-inclusive of share trading.
In early 2006, an Ideas Math Summit solicited player input toward a new pricing model for Ideas, as well as announced a new Game Improvement Committee (GIC), which works to improve the game and its community, and to ensure that both remain fun and enjoyable for the players. After testing by the GIC, a premium feature, the Chips Market came online July 24, 2006. The new math was unveiled in late August 2006, adding a new dynamic to the ways players bought and sold ideas.
Today, BlogShares has become the most immersive online Stock Market simulation available, as well as the most popular with over 40K active users. Over 17K blogs have been claimed by their owners. Even more amazing is the sheer number of blogs currently tracked: 7.3 million.
To this day, BlogShares continues to grow and add new features. The admin and coders work hand-in-hand on a daily basis to keep this site alive, add new features, and improve functionality. BlogShares truly is a success.
Posted by Terry Freeman at 11:44 AM
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Don't let this list of symptoms scare you. Treatments and therapies are available to help with the symptoms of Depression.
Causes of Depression
There's no simple explanation why people experience Depression. It's a complex disease that may develop for a variety of reasons. It can affect anyone at any age, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or income level.
Some people become Depressed after a major life change—the death of a loved one, a divorce, the loss of a job or a move. Even seemingly happy events, such as becoming a parent or getting married, can trigger Depression. Or, even a smaller change can sometimes trigger depression.
Some risk factors for Depression include:
A family history of Depression
Death or illness of a loved one
Stressful conflicts, such as fights with family members or disputes at work
Physical, sexual, or emotional abuse
Major life events, such as moving, graduating from college, changing jobs, getting married or divorced, becoming a new parent, or retiring
It is important to seek help if you think you are Depressed.
Get tips on talking to your doctor about depression.
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Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Worker's Compensation issues
There is a reason for this,
Legal limitations and restrictions as to how much an injuried worker may recover
result in many Workers' recieving inadequate benefits.
Unfortunately, the workers Compensation system
was not designed primarily to benefit the injuried worker.
Instead, it was created to protect employers and Workers' Compensation insurance companies
by limiting their liability and obligations. Despite these negatives,
workers compensation has evolved over the years to include some fairly decent workers protections
Although many of these are buried in hard-to-understand rules and procedures,
informed workers are willing to assert their rights have a good chance of being treated fairly.
Sadly, most Workers' have little, if any, knowledge about their workers compensation rights.
Wouldnt you like to know your rights with Workers' Compensation?
It would be nice if we could handle your own Worker's Compensation case
or filing a claim on someone else's behalf,
such as a minor. ( In legal terms, this is referring to as acting in the capacity of a guardian ad Litem,
where you file a Workers' Compensation procedures and understand the important decisions you'll need to make.
In few places on earth will find a system that uses more confusing, contradictory, and just plain batty terminology.
you will simply have to master a number of confusing terms and acronyms used in the Worker's Compensation system,
or you won't understand how to handle your claim.
Whenever you hit a mind-bloggling term, take a moment to learn what it means.
In no time at all, you'll be talking with ease about your TTD, VRMA, QME, P&S, and QRR.
The Workers' Compensation system is sometimes described as a "no-fault" system of give and take.
The injuried employee gives up the right to sue an employer in court.
In return, the employee recieves Compensation without having to prove that the employer caused the injury.
In exchange for the employer's liablity is limited to benefits specified in the California Labor Code.
Not surprisingly less than what might be available if employees could sue in court.
For the vast majority of cases,
the rule that all work-related injuries must go through the Worker's Compensation system is a fact of life.
(There are a few situtations where an injuried employee is not covered by Workers' Compensation and may sue an employer in the glance, a no fault system sounds like fair deal- workers who are hurt are taken care of without having to go through a costly peocess of assigning blame.
Unfortunately, the existing system is complicated and hard to understand.
It has evolved into what too often becomes a bureaucatic nightmare that commonly intimidates and hinders people with valid claims.
But perhaps the worst aspect of the California Workers' Compensation system is that it doesn't deliver on its fundamental promise to cover all injuried workers on "no-fault basis.
The employer and its Workers' Compensation insurance company will often fight an employee's perfectly legitimate claim every step of the way.
Enough about the problems with Workers' Compensation laws. If you've been injuried on the job, you probably want to know how you'll be compensated.
California Workers' Compensation laws provide a limited number of benefits (mostly money payments.) Workers' Compensation benefits are tax exempt; in other words, they are not considered income for income tax purposes.
Posted by Terry Freeman at 4:12 PM
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
It has been said that Beingness is the highest form of existence. And this is true. But what leads to Beingness? Action. That is why You have been placed into the Physical. For it is in moving around the energy that you would call "physical" that Beingness is most profoundly demonstrated.
It is the purpose of Life to BE Who You Really Are.
It is the function of Life to provide You with opportunities to experience that. It is the process of Life to move you into that expression and experience.
Here is how the process works. First, you decide Who You Are Next Going to Be. This is a spiritual undertaking and a spiritual function. It is an invitation to the soul from The Soul; to the Little Self from the Big Self; to the Individuation from the Unification. It is the next idea from the Divine. It is what creates Growth. It is the fuel of Evolution.
Once you "get" this Idea, you can never let it go, and it will not "let go of you", until it is fully expressed. This may take many lifetimes. But it does not have to.
What You are "up to", what You are engaged in, is a process by which you seek to make this new idea of the Self "real" This is called Self Realization.
The mechanism by which you produce Self Realization is called Experience. Experience is the device, or the tool, through which you turn Knowing into Being. This is a physical undertaking and a physical function. It is why physicality exists.
Once you Experience who you Know your Self to Be, you move into Beingness. The State of Being into which you move is neither physical nor spiritual, but a third state altogether which is both, and therefore neither. It is when you Know and Experience simultaneously. In this state there is no Time, only simultaneosity. Everything occurs sequentaneously.
This Third State is the apex of the Holy Triangle. It is Complete Awareness and Total Expression of the Pure Essence of Who You Are. It is bliss. It is nirvana. It is heaven. It is Unification. It is Self Realization.
This Complete Awareness and Total Expression can occur at any "moment" during the process that you call Life. Indeed, it is occurring at every "moment," because there is no such thing as Time. It is occurring sequentaneously. It is Always Occurring, and you simply do not Know it. Because you do not Know it, you do not Experience it.
Therefore, Self Realization is not a process of accomplishing, it is a process of awakening to what has already been accomplished. It is not something You achieve, it is something you become aware that you have already achieved. Indeed, at the highest level it is clear that this is not even something that you have "achieved," for achievement implies that there was something you had to "do" to Become this -- and there is not. You ARE this, and always were this, for the Idea and the Expression of it is and always will be Simultaneous. It is Full Awareness which reveals this to You.
When you pray, you are asking God for this Full Awareness. You may not think of it this way consciously, but that is what you are doing, whether you know it or not, whether you call it that or not.
Yet your life as you live it is the process by which you turn what you Know of your Self into what you Experience of your Self, thus producing what you are Being Now. Therefore, all the words that you put into your fervent prayer do not have half the power of what you do when you get up off your knees. How you behave between visits to the Temple is how you Be-Have the Experience of what you Know about your Self.
Action is the highest form of prayer.
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I love all of you and miss you !!! Have a great week !!! HUGS !!!
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Friday, September 14, 2007
Posted by Terry Freeman at 2:14 PM
Well who the hell is John Carleton,
after 25 years as a notorious successful and outrageously high paid, freelance copywriter , and marketing consultant, John is firmly at the red-hot center of marketing world , both online and off-line. This career arc is legendary: partnering with Gary Halbert for a decade... being a " go-to" writer for the largest mailers in the world (including Rodale, where he currently has several controls)... pioneering online advertising tactics (most top Web marketers follow his early revolutionary blueprints)... and starring as the feature speaker at major marketing seminars, including: the infamous " under achievers" event in Australia (with Frank Kern , and Ed Dale)...Armanda Morin's " Big seminar" in Los Angeles... Dan Kennedy's " copywriting boot camp" in Cleveland... Carl Galletti's "information marketing seminar" in Las Vegas...Kilstein and David Garfinkel... and over 30 other main lines events.
John's home workshop seminars on copy writing and marketing sellout at $5,000 per attendee.
Posted by Terry Freeman at 9:13 AM
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
According to the news in Analysis by PC Magazine, the top 100 classic web sites are as follows.
Number one top 100 classic web sites is called http://www.about.com/. This web site falls in the category of reference & information. Number one of the top classic web site category. This web site covers many channels, everything from autos, education, entertainment, computing & technology, to even videogames, religion, parenting and family and shopping. Opening of the page is mellow and not to godey. Arthur Levin greets you and will guide you through theme parks . one of the hundreds of topics covered in this website called "about.com."
Number 2 top 100 classic web sites , top off in the Lifestyles category. This web site called "belief-net" is the number one classic web site in the lifestyles category. belief-net site is the largest multi-faith community on the Web, with sections for every faith: Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, even Scientology in China's Falun Gong. (Sorry, Jedis. Try Star Wars.com) but more importantly, what makes us all the same-like our love of our kids, Harry Potter, and "The Simpsons". If you're not sure what you are spiritually, ask the belief-o-Matic to tell you.
This web site covers faiths and practices, inspiration, health, entertainment, comfort and support, family and home, relationships, and is a web site for every one to come together as one and share their thoughts of religion, but not only is it about religion , but what's happening with the world around us.
Special topics include recipes , which beats most of the religions, top favorite angel songs, topics about how to get more from God. You can develop a web site within this web site beliefnet.com. You can blogs and exchange thoughts, ideas, and even your talents.
It does amaze me that I would never guess that religion would be one of the top web sites in the search engine.
The number one leading web site is information and reference. Money comes next , in the top third hundred classic web sites. Then music, news, politics and government, reading and listening, science and nature, search, shopping and travel, social networking, sports, and technology. I would have thought or guessed that relationships would be the number one leading web site. I will be posting in the next few days on links with to these top web sites.
Running in the third position of the top 100 classic web sites, category is money. Number one leading web site in the money category is bloomberg.com. bloomberg is a web site that records news, marketing data, investment tools , and then last TV and radio. opening page is the Breaking News, " Waite surpasses nine dollars a bushel for the first time on Australian harvest outlook". This web site gives you quotes on stocks and other investment , and symbols.
Most of these web site advertisement with ads, and web pages, blogs and other interesting facts and news.
Posted by Terry Freeman at 10:31 PM
Monday, September 10, 2007
In certain cases, you may treat Anxiety at home without the involvement of a doctor. These are limited to anxiety attacks of short duration in which you know the cause, the anxiety is short, it goes away by itself, and the cause can be eliminated. For example, you may be anxious over an upcoming public performance, a final exam, or a pending job interview. In such circumstances, stress may be relieved by such actions as these:
Picturing yourself successfully facing and conquering the specific fear
Talking with a supportive person
Taking a long, warm bath
Resting in a dark room
Treatment depends on the cause of the anxiety.
When the cause of Anxiety is a physical ailment, treatment is directed toward eliminating that ailment. For example, if your thyroid gland were overactive and causing anxiety, the treatment might involve surgery and various thyroid-regulating medications.
When the cause is psychological, the underlying cause needs to be discovered and, if possible, eliminated or controlled. For example, if the cause is difficulty in a marriage, the doctor may suggest marital counseling. Withdrawal from a substance of abuse is often addressed with drug-abuse treatment.
Sometimes, the cause cannot be identified. In such cases, the only treatment option is control of symptoms.
In the past, Anxiety was treated with drugs in a class known as benzodiazepines. This class of medications is currently used much less often to treat anxiety due to the possibility of addiction. Examples of medications from this group include:
Another anti-anxiety drug that is not a benzodiazepine is buspirone (BuSpar).
Neurontin is an antiseizure medication that has been found to be helpful in treating anxiety for some people, but little organized research has indicated whether or not it is effective in addressing anxiety disorders.
Drugs of the SSRI class (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors that are also used to treat depression) are sometimes prescribed and include the following:
Venlafaxine (Effexor): This medication has chemical properties of the SSRI class as well as blocking the reuptake of norepinephrine, another neurotransmitter.
In addition, psychotherapy may be useful. Helping the Anxiety sufferer combat whatever unrealistic beliefs that may underlie the anxiety (cognitive therapy) or developing ways to manage worries (behavioral therapy) are psychotherapeutic approaches that are often used.
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Sunday, September 9, 2007
According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, evil, "in a large sense, may be described as the sum of the opposition, which experience shows to exist in the universe, to the desires and needs of individuals; whence arises, among humans beings at least, the sufferings in which life abounds. Thus evil, from the point of view of human welfare, is what ought not to exist."
"According to the Bible, evil is the result of an ongoing war in the spiritual realm. Satan was a great and beautiful angel; considered the most beautiful of them all. Eventually, filled with self-pride, he set himself out to take hold of the throne of God. But his rebellion was crushed, and he was cast out of heaven together with a third of all the angels."
"We know that evil demonstrates itself through behavior which troubles us. We tend as a society to think of evil almost as a physical entity, as we think of a knife or gun. Our western culture portrays evil as a red-skinned satanic creature with two horns holding a pitchfork and waving a spiked tail. The concept is that this character compels us to destructive behavior, though most think of this creature as a cultural myth."
Since the events of September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush and members of the Bush administration have presented the world with an unrelenting repetition of the concept of absolutely good versus absolutely evil terrorists and evil-doers engaged in a war on freedom.
The terrorists, and those associated with them, are addressed as evil-doers and the evil ones. "Evil" is to be found everywhere and anywhere because evil knows no borders, no boundaries. Nearly every act and every motive attributed to these "evil ones" is painted with deliberate evil intentions. For example, the "evil ones" come from a cult of evil and are armed with the designs and power of evil. These "evil ones" represent a clear and present danger and are the enemies of freedom and a danger to civilization.
However, these "evil ones" are apparently not embued with self-direction. They have been described as the instruments of evil, motivated by hate. In these "evil ones," evil has found a willing servant.
In the ancient battle between good and evil, the "evil ones" have struck the innocent victims of September 11, 2001. America, as a compassionate nation of freedom-loving people, cannot comprehend these hateful actions and are alleged to frequently ask why do they hate us?
America's preliminary battle against evil resulted in Operation Enduring Freedom designed to locate and destroy Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda forces in Afghanistan. Next, since it was necessary to expand against the Axis of evil engaged in the war on freedom, late in 2002 and early 2003, a coalition of the willing was enlisted in the fight against evil in Iraq, i.e. Operation Iraqi Freedom, to combat terrorism now said to be promoted by Saddam Hussein. In particular, Saddam was hiding weapons of mass destruction which threatened the United States. The numerous countries which formed the coalition were presented with the scenario of us versus them in a challenge by President Bush who demanded that they were either with us or against us.
President Bush has expressed that out of evil comes good, since the "evil" terrorists, to include al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein, are being conquered.
President Bush is not the first U.S. President to attempt to affiliate America's enemies with evil. President Ronald Reagan, in depicting the former Soviet Union as an "evil empire," implored that there was a moral foundation to his efforts to contain and even defeat the former Soviet Union. Ironically, the same figures that the Bush administration regards as "evildoers" come from the same mujahideen guerrilla movement in Afghanistan that the Reagan administration supported as "freedom fighters" in the battle against the Soviets.
One source for the theological bent of Bush's speeches can be attributed to White House speechwriter Michael J. Gerson.
"Fritz Ritsch, pastor of Bethesda Presbyterian Church, in a Washington suburb, notes that the President will not meet with representatives of mainstream Christian denominations, while he uses the 'bully pulpit,' acting like 'theologian in chief.'
"Ritsch's column, titled, 'Of God, and Man, in the Oval Office,' gives a detailed and theological critique of Bush's rhetoric, and that of the so-called religious drive for war and empire.
"While Ritsch does not take up explicitly, the matter of the role of Bush's lead speech-writer, Michael J. Gerson, the Elmer Gantry-type who wrote the President's Oct. 7, 2002, Cincinnati speech on Iraq, Ritsch does specify and denounce specific words and phrases, which are the typical 'secret-meaning' fundamentalist clap-trap Gerson specializes in."
"Ritsch writes, 'Contrary to popular opinion, the religion that this group [Bush's religious supporters] espouses is Triumphalism, not Christianity. Theirs is a zealous form of nationalism, baptized with Christian language. The German theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who was martyred by the Nazis, foresaw the rise of a similar view in his country, which he labeled, 'joyous secularism.' .... If, as I believe, this worldview is really American triumphalism, Christianity has taken a backseat to joyous secularism [i.e. Nazism].'
"Bush, Ritsch says, 'asserts a worldview that most Christian denominations reject outright as heresy: the myth of redemptive violence, which posits a war between good and evil ... God [versus] ... Satan.... Christians have held this view to be heretical since at least the third century.... In contrast [to the 'fundamentalists'], the Judeo-Christian worldview is that of redemption. ...'
"Ritsch points to ways that the ignorant Bush misuses received religion. For example, 'The President used the words of a hymn There's Power in the Blood, to strengthen the religious rhetoric of his State of the Union 2003 speech. He spoke of the 'power, wonder-working power' of 'the goodness and idealism and faith of the American people.'
"'The original words of the hymn refer to the 'wonder-working power' of 'the precious blood of the lamb' -- Jesus Christ. The unspoken but apparently deliberate parallel between Americans and Jesus is disturbing, to say the least.'"
Posted by Terry Freeman at 9:37 AM
Saturday, September 8, 2007
The Opel Flextreme concept is GM's European answer to the Chevy Volt, and it's destined to be one of the stars of this year's very green-tinged Frankfurt Motor Show. The vehicle's name was leaked in a Financial Times article published on August 31, and this evening, several photos and more information about the concept were published online. We happily share what's available so far.
The Flextreme sports a Euro-friendly hatchback/crossover-style body as opposed to Volt's US-targeted sedan duds, which allows for an area in which a pair Segways can be stored and charged by the car's onboard electrical system. It's also got a glass panoramic roof, rear suicide doors, and rearview cameras in lieu of traditional mirrors.
Under the skin, the Flextreme and Volt are largely the same save for the engine supplying power to the car's onboard generator. The Flextreme utilizes a 1.3-liter Ecotec turbodiesel instead of the 1-liter 3-cylinder turbo E85/flex-fuel unit featured in the Volt. A lithium-ion battery pack provides the juice for the car's front-mounted electric motor. Battery-only range on a full charge is 40 miles, and when battery power has been exhausted, the diesel will kick in to start replenishing it. It's a PHEV, so it can also be charged by being plugged into an electrical outlet.
The gang headed to Germany will bring us all plenty of live shots and first-person coverage next week.
Posted by Terry Freeman at 12:32 AM
Friday, September 7, 2007
Posted by Terry Freeman at 9:03 PM
Thursday, September 6, 2007
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
This letter is to Salty & Pauline Salado,
I don't expect you to sympathize with me on my condition of being continually late on the rent. I would like to make a truce, I guess that I didn't realize how serious the process is. As you know, that I mentioned before, my income has drastically changed. Workers compensation, temporary disability, and permanent disability , have been messed up. I have applied for SSI, welfare, food stamps, and loans. It would not seem to you that I have been trying with coming up with any amount of money to get caught up on the rent. I have offered to pay anything to get caught up, a week ago. I know that I am two a half months behind owing the amount of $750 , and now tacked on to the amount attorney fees also of $750.
I know that you have heard every excuse there is on being late paying rent. Communication has never been something I've done in the past, but living here means a lot to me and I know that you do not want to hear my sad story. If we could meet in a meeting between John Parker and the both of you to discuss canceling this eviction . but only on terms that I come up with the total amount due, I would appreciate it.
My diagnosis is two bulging discs in my neck , which causes a chronic pain issues. There isn't too many things I am capable of doing. I am on four different medications , all the time to control my pain. My case , to workers compensation is still open . and they are determining whether or not . I am capable of being retrained. I still have three surgeries that I will be having, within three years. They are also giving me , physical therapy , and other treatments.
I minimized my bills, reduced them extremely, mentioning the loss of my cell phone, the loss of my car, and not buying cigarettes. The savings of reducing my bills and miscellaneous come to $595. I didn't realize how much I could save by reducing, canceling and the purchase of miscellaneous items.
I've come to realize that having a roof over my head is more important than these items I've mentioned above. I now will always , make sure that my rent will be the first thing to pay. If there is anything I can do to remain in this apartment besides paying , what is owed please let me know.
The both of you , including John Parker have always been so patient with me on paying the rent or my apartment. You can contact me by my home phone at 530 --894 --31 53, I am available to speak to an early mornings.
Posted by Terry Freeman at 4:06 PM
Missing pieces of my heart
my soul aches
a part of me is missing
making me feel empty
I think of you every day
wondering if you're going to stay
I think of you as too far away
wish you were near
your bravery is something I admire
your strength and courage
your ability to function in new environments
this is written by a mother that is proud
of her daughter strength and courage
just letting you know I miss you
I know you don't think so
but I miss your presence
your awesome laugh,
your beautiful smile,
and your personality
my heart is hurting
but it's better because I know your safe
the distance between us
so far , and yet , you will always know
through this letter
that you are part of my heart
I love you
Posted by Terry Freeman at 12:06 AM
Monday, September 3, 2007
This letter I am writing to my Attorney, Worker's Comp., and many of my doctors regarding all deinal of medications. which they say are not due to my injury. I know it needs some editing and add on and such, but hust take a moment and read how all these health issues lead to the orginal injury. I will be posting another one that will have been edited, please have some patiences, and thank you for stopping by, feel free to click onto any ad posted on my website, it took me awhile to post them, thanks and have a great day !!!
To Whom It May Concern,
This letter is regarding a recent letter that has denied certain medications that to me, are related to my original injury. I would like to point out how these certain medications that you denied. I have drawn a diagram that will simplify what I'm trying to make you understand. As you notice, at the very top of the diagram, I list my original injury. First comes pain , which I was placed on pain medication . starting off with vicodine 5.7, and then it wasn't working , had to increase to the vicodine 10. After certain point, they were working either. My pain medication was changed to a different pain medication, Norco's .5's, and it eventually increased to 10's. During this time I was taking another pain medication, I was also taking Soma 350 three time a day with ibuprofen . 800 mg. I was working during these changes of the certain medications mentioned above for a whole year.
The pain got to be too extreme, so I had to stop working, and as you look on the diagram . that is one of the things that come next, adding depression from loss of job because of original injury. So I would think that an antidepressant should be included into my medication. Next, would be the change of income, and due this, would add more depression which leads to anxiety, so an anti-anxiety medication should be prescribed. As you look on my diagram again , you will notice that stress leads to anxiety, stress also leads to more pain so I would need a breakthrough medication , which you denied , called Perocet, because of the tension. Along the line from after loss a job comes loss of appetite , food never becomes an issue when you're in pain. So the only thing that I can think of, to gain my appetite back and make me hungry, would be the a prescription for marijuana. Nausea comes off and on, so I would think that a prescription for nausea would be necessary. Nausea came from stress, anxiety, depression and which leads to the original injury. The loss of income and change, not knowing where your money comes from, or from who, leads to most of the symptoms mentioned above , which leads to the original injury. Loss of income , weight loss , pain, stress, depression, loss of job, loss of appetite, leads to thoughts of self-destruction. Everything mentioned above , makes complete sense that this all came from the original injury.
I didn't have depression, I had a job, working more than 40 hours a week. I was'nt depressed , because I knew I had an income and I was able to pay my bills. I didn't have a lot of stress with my job , just normal stress that comes with being employed. I didn't have a loss of appetite, ate rather well or weight loss. I didn't have pain , which causes stress and cause more pain, which causes loss a job, which causes depression, which causes loss of appetite and then comes weight loss, stress leads to more pain. All that is mentioned, combined, leads to thoughts of self-destruction, change of income led to all above, the loss of my job and all came from the original injury. I feel your responsible for all of my health issues that led to the original injury.
I truly believe that all of my health issues led to the injury. All of this is a combination that led from my injury. So I would like you to carefully review . the diagram , I have drawn , and think about how all of these health issues that led to the original injury.
Posted by Terry Freeman at 10:25 AM