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Discover How Life Coaching Can Help You

Have you seen everything in your life is falling apart? Do you think you are not at the right direction? Perhaps, you need guidance and life coaching can be best for you. You might be thinking why you need to have a life coach. A life coach is a person who is expert in helping people improve their lives like their careers, relationships, health, weight, and others. A life coach will help you manage your goals, stress, time, and other parts of your life that need balance and improvement.

The advantages of Life coaching

  1. It gives you specific goals of what you really want in your life.
    Sometimes, one of the reasons why you are not successful in your life is you don’t know what you actually want. Like for instance, you keep on changing your careers and you get easily discourage. As a result, you will grow tired without any achievement. Life coaching will help you find out your purpose about living.
  2. It reduces stress.
    In today’s modern generation, there are plenty of stresses. As you all know, stress is not good to peoples’ lives. It can contribute sickness and diseases. In life coaching, you will be able to learn about managing your stress and on how to prevent it from ruling over you.
  3. It helps you to become more organize.
    In life coaching, you will learn on how to prioritize things that you need from the things that you want. There is difference between needs and wants. Needs are the things that you can’t live without like food, shelter and clothing; while wants are the things that you can live without like extra shoes, extra bags, and other luxury materials. Sometimes, people tend to interchange the two words.
  4. It aids you to improve your relationship with others.
    Life coaching will help you forget and forgive the mistakes which are done by other people to you in the past. All of these negative feelings and experiences can be the hindrances of not attaining true peace and success. It will help you understand other people and develop your communication skills so that you can mingle well with others.
  5. It gives you inspiration and motivation to pursue your dreams.
    There are times when you lose hope and the will to carry all of your trials. However, in life coaching, you will be able to see the positive sides of your life. You will find inspiration and motivation that will strengthen your beliefs and principles. Your life coach will support, encourage, and train you to become confident so that you can surpass your challenges and be successful.
  6. It can open your mind and it can let you see the works of God. Because of the hustle and bustle of life, sometimes, people forget to pray to God. Spiritual guidance is important. There are questions and issues about life that can’t be answered by any books or websites. Your life coach will help you have an open mind about the will and the words of God. He will let you see the wonderful things that God has made and is going to do in your life.

Energy Efficient Home Remodeling

Go Green With Your Next Home Remodeling Project

Everyone knows the importance of choosing reliable contractors and products when completing exterior home remodels, but perhaps just as important is making sure you’re limiting environmental impact. The construction industry has a poor history of completing projects and damaging mother nature in the process, but homeowners today have far superior options when it comes to preserving our planet.

Eco-Friendly Roofing, Siding, and More!

For any home remodeling projects you may be considering, elect to choose a contractor willing to utilize green installation methods and products. Today’s eco-friendly products are just as reliable as other products you may be familiar with, but cut down on waste and environmental impact. Choose energy efficient roofing and siding, which helps better insulate your home, cutting down on your electricity usage. Opt to install green options like rain barrels, solar panels, and skylights that offer massive energy savings and help preserve the natural beauty around us. There are a ton of ways you can make a difference when picking the products and features you would like installed on your home – choose contractors who are green-certified and make environmental impact a top concern when taking care of your remodeling projects.

Helpful Hints for the Home Handyman

With over 35 years of experience in the construction field, I have picked up some helpful hints for doing jobs, making jobs easier, and simple ways of fixing something that looked as if it might not be fixable under ordinary conditions. These hints have made many jobs easier and less aggravating. If nothing else, they are downright helpful. Lots of times they are things like, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Most are just good old common sense…something that we all need to be reminded of from time to time.

Some may be related to choosing a person or company to do your repairs. Some will be from personal experiences. Not all will be related to home repair and building. From time to time they will be on some totally unrelated topic, but rest assured, all will be helpful. These are not things that you will need a $5,000.00 table saw/planer system for. They will be things for the typical handyman with a few tools and a project that needs their attention.

Hopefully you will be helped, enlightened and at times entertained by what you read here. Remember, I won’t write it if I haven’t tried it first.

If you can laugh at yourself and your situation, you are already at the halfway point to completing the job. Proverbs 17:22 says, “A merry heart does good like a medicine…”. So relax, read on and get some joy in your heart and some hints in your head.

Hammer Time

One of the most common problems experienced by both seasoned carpenters and the home handyman alike is that of the “slipping” hammer. When you are driving a nail, it seems as if you are not hitting it squarely and you wind up making “moons” on the wood you are securing. The problem is not with you or the nail. It is your hammer. Look at the head. Feel the face. It will be mirror shiny and just as smooth. That’s the problem. How do we remedy that? Very simple. Take a piece of coarse sandpaper, and using moderate pressure, scuff the face of the head. Just three or four times up and down, then three or four times side to side (depending on the coarseness of the sandpaper). No sandpaper available? Then just scrape the face on the concrete to scuff it up alittle. You will be surprised at the difference this little tip will make. Go ahead…try it.

There are dozens of types and styles of hammers out there to choose from. From the itty bitty tack hammer variety to the huge framing hammer. Basically it is a matter of personal preference. From my observations over the years let me share some experiences with you that may help you in your selection.

The framing hammer was definitely invented by a man who never had to swing one all day. They are long, heavy and cumbersome. I worked alongside of carpenters that carried these long handled things and most of them had to “choke up” on the handle. It was too big and heavy to be held near the bottom of the handle. These fellows worked hard at their job and it only took them about three blows to drive a 12 penny nail home once they had it started. Then I noticed something else. My hammer. For 90% of my construction career I used a normal everyday run of the mill 16 ounce hammer (I preferred a straight claw for framing). I held the hammer near the bottom of the handle and could drive a nail just as fast as they could. The benefits? It cost a whole lot less to buy and at the end of the day I wasn’t nearly as tired as I would have been after throwing a 24 ounce hammer at every nail.

It’s a matter of personal preference, I know. But part of being a builder or a do-it-yourselfer is to work smart, not hard!

Source: Chicago Handyman

Acupuncture and Pain Relief: Clinical Trials and Biological Basis

Acupuncture is a popular invasive pain relief application. Acupuncturists insert specialized needles under the patient’s skin (in proximity to the site of pain) and either electrically or manually stimulate the needles. The popularity of acupuncture soared in the US in 1971, when a member of Nixon’s press corps reported the effectiveness of the Oriental system of pain relief using fine needles. Since then, a plethora of clinical trails were conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of acupuncture in pain relief. In the US, the National Institutes of Health recognizes acupuncture as complementary and alternative medicine.

Acupuncture Pain Relief Clinical Trials

The effectiveness of acupuncture as a pain reliever is a subject of debate. There are acupuncture enthusiasts and opponents, and the verdict on the effectiveness of acupuncture as a painkiller depends on their own interpretation. Clinical trails both persuade and dissuade patients on the effectiveness of acupuncture as a pain relief therapy. In clinical trials, in order to establish whether an agent is effective or not, appropriate controls are essential. The results of clinical trails that fail to include appropriate controls are quite misleading. Experts dispute whether the controls used in all acupuncture clinical trials are scientifically valid or not.

There is something called “placebo effect” in clinical trials, which means the beneficial effects observed in a study is not specifically attributable to the agent of interest (in this case, acupuncture). Nonspecific effect is a misleading factor in clinical trials. Proponents of acupuncture usually ignore nonspecific effects and opponents make it a point to underline them. In recent years, in order to reduce the placebo effect, non-penetrating sham-acupuncture devices were developed to use as placebo in acupuncture clinical trials. Most clinical trials using these devices as controls fail to establish an overwhelming effect of acupuncture on pain. However, those who look for a simple and nontoxic means of pain relief would go for a test session.

Biological Basis of Acupuncture Pain Relief

Apart from clinical trials, biological studies looking at the molecular level are also in progress to address how acupuncture relieves pain. Research shows that upon activation by acupuncture needles, the central nervous system releases various signaling molecules such as opioid peptides, glutamate, 5-hydroxytryptamine, and cholecystokinin octapeptide. Among these, the opioid peptides act as key pain modulators of acupuncture.

The quality and quantity of opioid peptides release depends on the frequency of electric impulse exerted on acupuncture needles. For example, at a frequency of 2Hz enkephalin, beta-endorphin and endomorphin are released. At higher frequency of 100Hz dynorphin is released. A combination of two frequencies simultaneously releases all four opioid peptides enabling maximum therapeutic effect of acupuncture pain relief.

Acupuncture Pain Relief and Adenosine

A recent study on mice reports, adenosine, a neuromodulator known to reduce pain, does the trick for acupuncture. The researchers inserted acupuncture needles near the “Zusanli point” in mice, and rotated the needles every five minutes for 30 minutes, and analyzed local release of adenosine.

The authors report in the Nature Neuroscience journal that acupuncture pressure increases the level of adenosine 24-fold. They also report that synthetic drugs that act like adenosine (agonists), faithfully mimic the effects of acupuncture. These experiments were conducted in mice. It needs to be seen how significant this phenomenon is in humans. If further studies reproduce these results and verify that acupuncture pressure releases adenosine, and modulates pain in humans, then new avenues will open for acupuncture therapy.

Acupuncture and Acupressure: How Effective are these two Aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine?

From its beginnings in China several thousand years ago traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has spread around the world. Although Chinese herbal remedies are becoming popular in the West, the branch of TCM that most people are familiar with is acupuncture and its needle-less counterpart, acupressure.

There are basically two models for explaining and practicing acupuncture and acupressure. The traditional model proposes that by placing needles in appropriate points on the body (or applying pressure), energy flow throughout the body can be regulated. Acupuncture points have been likened to lock gates controlling the flow of water through canals (the canals being the meridians – hypothetical channels through which the energy flows). Since disease is seen as the result of a blockage of or an imbalance in energy, then regulating or re-balancing the energy should improve the patient’s condition.

Western theories of acupuncture and acupressure are based on current understanding of physiology and empirical evidence. One theory suggests that stimulation of acupoints results in the production of endorphins in the brain. These are the body’s own pain killers and relaxants (they act in a similar way to morphine). It has also been found that stimulation of acupoints encourages muscle relaxation and the production of anti-inflammatory compounds in tissue local to the acupoint.

What is Acupuncture (and Acupressure) Useful for?

There have been claims that acupuncture can cure almost any ailment. Needless to say this isn’t true. However there is growing evidence for its effectiveness in a number of conditions. Some of these have been subject to scrutiny by the Cochrane Collaboration. This is an international non – profit making organization that examines scientific studies in attempt to determine the most effective healthcare treatments.

Back Pain

In a review of thirty five randomized controlled trials on low back pain by AD Furlan et al (1999) for Cochrane, the authors found that acupuncture and dry-needling (inserting needles into trigger points), were more effective than no treatment. Both were also found to be useful in combination with other therapies.

Nausea and Vomiting

Another review for Cochrane looked at the effects of acupressure in early pregnancy nausea and vomiting. The authors found that acupressure wrist bands may well be helpful in providing relief. A separate study of twenty six trials found that wrist acupuncture was effective in relieving post – operative nausea and vomiting.


A German study by F. Flachskamp reported in heartwire ( June 2007) found that acupuncture had some effect in mild to moderate hypertension. However another study for the Stop Hypertension by Acupuncture Research Program by E A Macklin in 2007, suggested that acupuncture was no more effective than sham acupuncture. Clearly more research is needed.

Acupuncture and acupressure are said to be effective for numerous painful conditions and some whose main symptom is not pain such as irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety, and some skin problems. The big problem is that although there are many studies on acupuncture, there are too few well conducted trials with many conditions to say conclusively whether it works or not. The anecdotal evidence is interesting, and given that acupuncture is safe and has very few side-effects, there are likely to be many more studies looking at the efficacy of this branch of TCM.

This article is intended for information only. If you have any health concerns you should consult the appropriate professional.