Check Out Your Herbal Supplement Before Buying It

Herbal supplements are not all made the same. You need to do a little research into what you might be taking before you commit to consuming it. The funny thing about human beings is that we find out about a remedy or new health solution and we assume that if we know the name of the herb or the medicine we are on the right track. However, not all herbal medicines are the same, as there are many different ways to prepare them. Check out your herbal supplement before buying it, is my sage advice on this important point.

Most Herbal Medicines Are Made from Extracts

Unfortunately, many herbal supplements mainly contain extracts not plants. When you examine the label of a herbal supplement in a store, look for the words, “Extract, Standardised Extract, or Extract Equivalent.” When you see that on a label, this means the product has been made in a factory, rather than from a plant. “Just eat the plant!”, this has been the catchcry of Pharma Botanica founders, Paul and Melissa Gribble, for more than 21 years. Pharma Botanica is the only Australian manufacturer that exclusively uses 100% plants in all of their health formulations. Even their capsules are made from healthy kale.

Do You Know What You Are Actually Getting?

Another issue pertaining to extracts, is that if particular chemicals or constituents in a botanical are the only items of interest, then, the botanical source might be immaterial. If all you want is the alkaloid caffeine, for example, it can be extracted from coffee, tea, Yerba mate, guarana, or, even, synthesised. With an extract, you cannot really know what you are actually consuming.

Whole Herbs Are Best

Whole herbs, which is the Pharma Botanica way, are pretty much what they sound like. The herb in natural form – leaves, stems and/or roots – is dried, then, cut and sifted, and, then, milled into a powder. Powders are, either, packed inside a capsule or sold loose, so, that you can add them easily to a juice or smoothie. “Since you are consuming the medicinal plant, you are getting its full spectrum of plant chemicals, called phytochemicals,” says Paul. “That’s a good thing, because the herb’s phytochemicals work in synergy together, and we don’t always know how a single plant chemical will perform on its own. We share DNA with the plants, so, your body recognises it and can absorb it effectively. Powdered extracts are made by soaking the herb in a solvent that is later evaporated. What’s left behind is a concentrated powder of one or some of the plant chemicals. Some companies use harsh chemicals in the soaking solvent, which can be found in residual amounts remaining in the extract.”





Developing Your Personal Style: The Beginning of Personal Development

Personal style used to be reserved for metrosexuals and celebrities. These days, however, we are all being encouraged to recognise our personal brand. Are you a designer label or, more, black and gold? Australians used to be famous for their bullshit detectors, but, now, many of us are as bad as the Yanks. Personal blogs and Facebook pages have made millions of Aussies, tacky diarists of the worst possible kind. Banality on display in a hundred thousand different, but taste the same, flavours. Neighbourhood pets have been launched to digital, Andy Warhol like 15 minutes of fame.

Developing Your Personal Style: The Beginning of Personal Development

So, what does it take to develop your own personal style? Is it as simple as stopping shopping at Target and K-Mart? Is it buying a new European made car or 4WD? Is it, finally, getting those snaggly teeth done by a cosmetic dentist? How about walking upright and posture correction? In the modern era, smiling a thousand times a day is par for the course. Every moment of your life is being digitally recorded by someone or something, somewhere.  To craft a winning smile is personal development 101 in 2017.

Tempering your inclination to drink until you pass out and/or vomit, can be a further step along the ladder to real personal development. Less becomes more, the older you get, as youthful members of the community. Inane chattering should be put to bed before you turn 19. Understanding personal space is another of those secret body language lores. Don’t get too close to me. Personal hygiene is another important factor, especially in urban settings. Buses and elevators are all places where fresh breath confidence is a plus. Refraining from violence and sexual abuse, is another principle worth adhering to in the twenty first century.

Asking yourself, whether you are a giver or a taker, is another useful orientation technique to employ. Be clear upon the basis of your life mission, and you will talk the talk and walk the walk. Discovering your own personal aesthetics, is an integral part of developing your personal style.  We are not all beautiful or ugly in the same way. We all have a different vibration; if you want to get all metaphysical about this. No two persons are completely alike, unless they are identical twins. Even then, there are slight, but distinctive differences.


How Correct Posture Affects Long Term Health

Correct Posture Affects Long Term HealthThere are literally thousands of things we can do to promote a healthy lifestyle. Examples are avoiding to stay up late, drinking plenty of water, eating nutritious foods, doing some exercises on a daily basis, and so much more! That said, most of these routines take a lot of time and effort. Fortunately, there is one thing you can do right now that demands zero effort at all! It is time that you practice proper posture day and night. Did you know that correct posture affects long term health? If there’s a problem with your posture, you should visit a chiropractic clinic. They offer services such as posture realignment for men and women.

How Correct Posture Affects Long Term Health

A good posture is known to be vital in reducing the strain on our muscles, joints, and bones. In addition, it can improve one’s confidence and mood. Standing up straight or sitting in correct posture will probably take some time before it becomes a habit of yours. However, the physical, mental and emotional benefits of a good posture are all worth it.

As per recent studies, there is more to how correct posture affects long term health of a person. As a matter of fact, our body language, which includes the way we present ourselves through posture, influences how others perceive us. Not to mention our moods and habits. In a 2003 research by scientists from the Ohio State University, our posture has an effect to our hormones. For instance, standing tall makes us powerful.

Posture and Combatting Stress and Depression

A research from the University of Francisco showed that practicing correct posture will keep us from depression and stress. In fact, the way we carry ourselves affects our mood and energy levels. Although there are other factors that helped combat depression, a correct posture can come to our aid in our fight against depression.

Another findings from Harvard University and Columbia University illustrated that a bad posture increases our stress levels. Sitting or standing in a slouched position increases the cortisol, which is the hormone associated with stress. In addition, bad posture has an effect on our breathing. A shallow chest breathing puts a strain to our lungs, which then results to overworking our heart.

Safe Sex In An Age Of Sexual Freedom

Safe Sex In An Age Of Sexual Freedom

We now live in a progressive time that allows us to freely express our sexual desires. Asserting our sexual freedom is basically wielding our fundamental right as humans. Having said that, there are still those who think the idea behind sexual freedom is morally wrong and revolting. This is because they do not grasp the point at issue. Sexual liberation is about feeling confident and at ease in expressing one’s self to others in their own accord. However, one should not forget that safe sex in an age of sexual freedom is still befitting.

Safe Sex in an Age of Sexual Freedom

Holding back any of your sexual penchants can be pernicious, especially to your growth as a person. This is why the stress on freely exploring your sexual freedom is of great import. That said, we tend to forget the gravity of safe sex in an age of sexual freedom. It is a good thing that the country’s education system includes sex education, and the practice of safe sex in general, on their learning outcomes. Even adult venues that protect the health of their sex workers promote the practice of safe sex.

Basically, safe sex pertains to any sexual activity that does not entail an exchange in bodily fluids. In this age of sexual freedom, adolescents and young adults should be the first ones to learn about these safe practices. But the problem with this is that adults are always reckoned that they know how to have safe sex. In reality, they need the same attention as much as their younger counterparts.

There’s an unwritten rule in our society that tells us that adults should know the ins and outs about sex. However, a lot of them are prone to making high-risk decisions. For instance, U.S. data shows that three-fourths of the pregnancies in single women aged 20 to 29 were unplanned; whereas, unintended pregnancies among teens have reduced over the years. Another instance is that sexually active, single, American adults don’t use condoms when having oral sex despite science backing that sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can be passed on orally.

According to health experts, safe sex in an age of sexual freedom may not be possible because of cultural taboos that surround sex. As long as the sex remains as an off limits topic, there will be people who are reluctant in discussing or consulting what they don’t know about practicing safe sex, even in the age of sexual freedom.

Mindfulness and the power of the body to heal itself through physical excercise

Exercise is very good for the brain. As a personal trainer I am always emphasising the benefits of physical exercise to mood and brain functioning. People are used to balancing; standing on one leg, walking up steps, or even standing on a ladder we balance our bodies without even thinking. However, just balancing the body requires large amounts of brain power. One study suggested that balancing our bodies through complicated movements required as much brain power as learning a second language. It is the intensity of brain activity generated during exercise which seems to be so good for the brain, very similar to exercising the muscles. However, there are ways to gain even greater benefits for the brain from exercise.

A personal trainer has a responsibility to ensure that the client is doing the appropriate exercises correctly, but the personal trainer must also be aware that the client is fully engaged with the exercises. This means that the client is fully concentrating on the exercises, the client is not thinking about work, what they are going to do after training, in short they need to be mindful. Mindfulness is about being fully focussed on what you are doing now and, by implication, being aware to a level that is not usually obtained. An example helps. Often we can operate on automatic pilot, you might be driving a car and be completely oblivious of changing gears or changing lanes. As an exercise in mindfulness I will ask people to eat an apple and describe not only the taste, but the texture of the apple, the smell and the sound of biting into the apple, to fully focus on the eating of the apple.

When someone is exercising it is a little bit harder for them not to conscious of what they are doing, however extraneous thoughts can still intrude. So as a personal trainer I ask people to concentrate on all aspects of their experience, if they are running the feel of the wind on their skin, the rhythm of their breathing etc. This is mindfulness.

The final stage is called flow. In a state of the flow the person is completely oblivious of time and their surroundings; they are fully committed to the exercise and are performing at their maximum. Now it is difficult to obtain flow and remain in flow. However once a person has achieved flow it is a wonderful experience.

The advantage of mindfulness obtained through exercise is that once a person understands the concept of mindfulness it can be applied to many aspects of daily living.

Sex Workers & Sexual Diseases

Sex workers must maintain high levels of sexual health. In the same way, that taxi drivers, or owners of taxis, must keep their vehicles well maintained and on the road if they are to stay in business. If a call girl is carrying an infectious disease and she spreads the infection to her clients, then the chain of infections can damage the health of innocent parties like wives and girlfriends. The result of this would be calamitous for brothel owners, clients and the girls themselves.

Which is why all, well run, brothels have always had a strong relationship with a local doctor who can check the sexual health of their girls on a weekly basis. If an escort is an independent operator then she needs to establish a weekly check up protocol for herself with a medical centre or specialist doctor. I would confidently say that the sexual health of prostitutes in a professionally run establishment would be better than that of the general population of sexually active young women. Those in the business are kicking the tires every week; their business depends upon it.

Sex workers, also, regularly, visibly check the genitals of their potential clients for tell tale signs of sexual disease. Since the AIDS crisis there would still be a large number of sex workers insisting on the use of condoms, which obviously reduces the instance of the transference of sexual disease by some considerable margin. Of course, there are brothels and massage parlours at the lower end of the market, especially illegal establishment using sex slaves, who do not conform to these industry safety standards. As in any industry you get what you pay for and if you frequent dodgy joints you make take home some unwanted extras; in the form of a sexual disease.

There have been a number of arrests made by Australian police forces in Melbourne and Sydney of brothel owners, who have been found guilty of exploiting newly arrived migrants from countries like Korea and China. The sexual slavery market is, unfortunately, alive and well among certain sections of our multicultural society. If you are looking to maintain your sexual health and you partake of the services of the sex industry, do yourself a favour and steer clear of these types of establishments. As a consumer please feel free to ask the management about the sexual health protocols of their business; it hurts less to ask first.

Can Peace of Mind Assist With Longevity?

An old Sufi saying is, “Trust in Allah but tether your camel first”, which means it may be impossible to control everything in life but it pays to take care of your basic needs. Doing what is within your means to do, in terms of securing your existence, is still the best policy when it comes to peace of mind and longevity. You don’t know what your fate really is but you work with what knowledge and expectation you have in life. If possible you do not want to wake up in the desert and find that your camel has wandered off because you didn’t properly secure him or her (actually, according to the great TE Lawrence the female camel is by far the superior riding beast).

Deserts, like our lives, can span great distances and we are best served by securing our essential requirements when journeying through time and space. We all know that a worry free trip is a much more enjoyable one. There is nothing worse than being on holiday, or away from home for work, and being anxious about something. Worry can eat away at you over time and the old wives’ tale tells us that it causes grey hairs. Traumatic experiences have been known to send the hair of even youngish people grey, seemingly overnight.

What does the camel represent in our modern lives? I would say our ability to look after ourselves, and our families, for those with dependents. For some that may mean property accrued or savings, like superannuation, the investments we have worked hard for in our lives. Have we planned well for the future? If we utilise the best of our knowledge and abilities to strategically provide for our retirement, and families, we can create that peace of mind. Self-managing your superannuation funds can assist with achieving this outcome.

Peace of mind, due to financial security, can assist with longevity because we are happy and happier people want to stick around for longer. We cannot control everything in our lives, unforeseen tragedies can strike, but we can be as prepared as we possibly can. We can find that balance in our lives by putting away some funds for tomorrow, not everything, we still want to be able to enjoy things today. A big part of living a long life is planning for one, making sure that you will have enough funds to pay for a wonderful retirement. Is that camel securely tied up?

Client Relationship Management For Health Clinics

Is there anything as important as our clients, or customers, in the health services industry? I would be prepared to put client relationship management at number one, in terms of running a successful health clinic. How we communicate and service our clients is, quite simply, the make or break element of this business. Of course we all start out in the industry with this proposition clearly at the forefront of our awareness, but over time, and with a growing client base this becomes more challenging. In fact, success, in terms of the number of clients attracted to your health clinic, or clinics, can pose a major obstacle in itself.

Do you have the necessary protocols and supporting technology in place to adequately service your customer base and manage the relationships therein formed? Do you have a properly structured approach to client relationship management or are you making things up on the run, so to speak? Are you analysing your data with a view to maximising sales and servicing of your client base? Customer Relationship Management (CRS) software can track client account history, allowing you to see where servicing is happening and where it is not. Opportunities for value added sales and better servicing for the client’s health can be identified through this technology.

It is a maxim of business that it is far more expensive to attract a new client than it is to increase sales revenue from an existing client. Attentive servicing also increases customer loyalty, in that the client experiences greater satisfaction by being more intensively looked after; caring is the name of the game after all. Microsoft Dynamic CRM provides a technological system which can optimise your effectiveness in this sphere. It is a far more social world that we now live in, especially in terms of our businesses, and having a highly responsive platform is vital when operating in this realm.

The pace of technological advancements in our modern world is breathtakingly rapid and the service industries are at the forefront of these advancements. Up to date informed advice in this area is a prerequisite for success. If you are not managing your client relationships at an optimal level your clients will be enticed elsewhere by those health clinics that are. Customer expectation is on a razor sharp and steep upward trend. Sitting still and doing nothing in this sphere is not a possibility.

12 Health Marketing Videos Getting the Message Across

  1. Embrace Life – Always Wear Your Seat Belt

This seatbelt campaign for Sussex Safer Roads is very effective in conveying its message to its viewers. Even without having any actual dialogue, this ad is still able to perfectly show how important seatbelts are by showing how a father’s life was saved with a seatbelt that is created in an image of his family.

  1. Our Song Commercial | UnitedHealthcare

Quite a funny ad to view that shows a couple dancing together having a merry time with each other. The wife suddenly jumps over the husband only for him to fail in catching her as they fall which definitely came out of nowhere and happened in a lighthearted and humorous manner. The ad ends by introducing simple health care system through United Healthcare.

  1. “Unsung Hero” (Official HD) : TVC Thai Life Insurance 2014

Thailand has a knack in making thought provoking and ads that are full of emotions. This is one crucial principle in marketing communications. This one in particular starts with a young man who goes the extra mile to help people around him. Even though he is not getting any profit out of the good deed, what he gets however, is something money simply can’t buy and that is happiness that is showed throughout the video. Thai Life Insurance then shows up encouraging its viewers to believe in good.

  1. Make Health Last. What will your last 10 years look like?

The same person is shown in this ad in a side comparison showing how his life is greatly determined by his health while at the same time giving its viewers the power to change their fate.

  1. The Scarecrow

This a powerful advert encouraging people to look outside of the box and find a better alternative with regards to their health choices. The animation is colorful and superb making it great for kids and adults alike.

  1. Girls Don’t Poop –

Women take high regards of their health and hygiene. This ad revolves around a woman who is using the toilet and how this can negatively affect their presence. She sits in the toilet seat for almost the entire time making it an ad that you will remember for quite some time.

  1. The Camp Gyno

This ad starts with young girl who started having her period and is teaching other girls how to handle it. She is very convincing in her role making it really funny as she imposes her authority over the other girls but is taken away from her with Hello Flo.

  1. Dove Real Beauty Sketches | You’re more beautiful than you think

Some women do not think highly of themselves. This ad from Dove shows how more beautiful they are than they think boosting their confidence as well as the confidence of women all over the world.

  1. Evian Baby & Me

Ads that include babies are considered to be an instant hit. This one in particular shows grown men and women with their baby counterparts dancing merrily which is quite a sight to behold.

  1. We Wish – CVS Health TV Commercial 2014

This ad shares in the efforts of wishing people good health by designing a program to help smokers quit the habit. It’s short, sweet and evocative.

  1. Snotty Doctor Health Insurance Commercial

A young girl mimics how a lady talks as she complains about her snotty doctor which leads to Trigon, the health company of choice, giving patients the option to get the doctors they like.

  1. – Our Blades Are F***ing Great

Short, humorous, prank and direct to the point. This ad gets its viewers pumped and ready to order some razors online.

All of these effective health marketing videos were made possible through the shared efforts of marketing communications and their clients. Create a timely ad today!



Furniture Injuries: What Are The Most Common & How Can We Make Furniture Safer?

Furniture is intended to bring beauty and a huge amount of convenience to household owners all around the world. They are indeed a sight to behold making the overall vibe and theme of a home distinct, unique and authentic. With that being said, just like any other product, furniture needs to be handled greatly with care as there have been countless of cases that were reported in which homeowners got injured with their furniture. The same can also be said to children as they are quite prone to accidentally hurting themselves with furniture. Let us consider the most common furniture injuries and ways on how we can make furniture safer.

One of the most common furniture injuries are the accidental bumps. These can happen without any warning and can really hurt a lot depending on the angle of impact. The most common culprit for accidental bumps are dining tables especially the heavy ones.

Homeowners can try and install soft cushions on the edges of their furniture. When accidental bumps do occur, these soft cushions will make a noticeable difference by lessening the pain.

Furniture can fall or tip-over and is also a common scenario to a huge number of homeowners. This is mostly due to them having a relatively weak foundation from where they have been setup. For instance, television and other electronics devices should be installed low to the ground and pushed back as far to the back of the stand as possible. In addition, installing straps or attaching them to the wall can help them become more stable.

Cabinets or tables are also at risk of tipping-over and it is ideal to look for ones that have a solid base and wide legs to keep them well balanced. You should test them before your buy while you are in the shop. Simply apply a little pressure to see if they are stable. Teaching your kids to never climb drawers or never hang on to them is essential to avoid future furniture injuries. Also, they may like the practice of swinging back and forth on their chairs while eating but this is never and will not result to a good outcome. Lastly, avoid giving overweight or big people flimsy chairs to sit as this will only hurt them in the future.

Furniture is what makes a home look and feel complete. Make sure to supply your household with adequate amounts of furniture while at the same time, keep them relatively safe for your family, relatives, friends as well as yourself. Keep in mind, that furniture by their own, are practically harmless and safe and it is the owner’s job to always keep them that way until their have outlived their uses. Parents should always be mindful of their child’s activities especially with regards to furniture as they are often unpredictable. Hopefully, the safety precautions and tips that are discussed here will provide homeowners with the right amount of information to keep their furniture away from harm.