Four Popular Natural Therapies for Dealing with Chronic Pain

Suffering from chronic pain is never a nice experience. Chronic pain can be brought on by several different reasons, including historic injuries or conditions such as fibromyalgia or arthritis. If you suffer from chronic pain, then you might be forgiven for thinking that you must choose between either taking medication, or try to deal with it on your own. However, more and more doctors are turning to prescribing more natural methods of pain relief to help their patients deal with chronic pain. In fact, this condition is quickly becoming one of the main reasons why an increasing number of Americans are turning to alternative medicine. If you are currently struggling with chronic pain, here are some of the top natural methods for getting relief. 

#1. Hemp and CBD:

Since medical marijuana was made legal in several states, more and more people are exploring the benefits of using it for chronic pain. However, if you don’t want to get the ‘head high’ that comes with taking medical marijuana, then you might be wondering if there is a similar alternative to turn to. The good news is that you are in luck – CBD oil and hemp oil are derived from the marijuana plant and provide a number of health benefits without the side effects of getting high. Vaping with Cloud 9 Hemp oil can provide pain relief and promote relaxation while allowing you to get on with your day easily. 

#2. Massage:

A relaxing massage is always an enjoyable experience, but for those who are suffering from chronic pain, it can be a great method of pain relief. Massage promotes full body relaxation and helps to relieve tension, soothing painful joints and muscles while helping you to cope with the stress and anxiety that comes with suffering from chronic pain daily. Massage has been proven to give your body’s levels of serotonin and endorphin a boost; these are well-known as natural painkillers and mood regulators. In addition, patients with conditions that cause inflammation can benefit from massage therapy, since it can work at the molecular level by turning off the genes associated with inflammation. 

#3. Acupuncture:

In recent times, acupuncture has become an increasingly more popular method of treatment for those suffering from chronic pain. It is an ancient practice that is popular in Chinese medicine, using tiny needles which are inserted into specific pressure points in the body, to correct imbalances, known as qi and chi. Although there is currently little scientific evidence to back up the effectiveness of acupuncture, this hasn’t stopped many patients from giving it a go and reporting excellent results.

#4. Meditation:

Another ancient practice with deep roots in Buddhism, meditation has seen a surge in the West in recent times. Although it is mainly used to help patients cope with mental health issues such as anxiety or depression, meditation can also be used to relieve chronic pain with excellent results. Meditation requires deep, controlled breathing, which in turn helps patients to mentally deal with chronic pain by promoting relaxation, which increases the production of serotonin and endorphins in the body to provide pain and stress relief. 

Have you tried any natural therapies for dealing with chronic pain? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

Different Generations Under One Roof: Should you Remodel your Home to Cope?

A very noticeable aspect of modern living trends is how many multigenerational households there now are as families try to find a solution to grown-up kids who can’t afford a place of their own and grandparents need look after by their loved ones.

Coping with so many different needs and people under the one roof is inevitably going to put your home under a certain amount of strain, which is why it might require a remodel to make the most of the space you have available.

Here is a look at some of the demands of trying to create a living space that is suitable for different generations, including how to decide if remodeling is right for your home, pointers on how to make the most of your basement, plus some other remodeling tips to help you make the most of the situation.

Coping with boomerang kids and aging parents

There are an estimated fifty million people currently living in multigenerational households and that number is expected to rise rapidly over the next few years.

It takes more than an adjustment to your home to cope with the prospect of housing your adult children who find themselves unable to afford their own accommodation and welcoming a parent into your home when you haven’t lived with them for years.

Aside from the emotional impact of this situation, the big question is what changes need to be made to your home to give everyone the space and privacy that they need and you want them to have?

Start with the basement

If you have a basement that you haven’t got round to finishing properly up to now or is used mainly for storage, this is a great place to start if you have decided to try and make the best of the situation you find yourself in.

An elderly parent would be a good candidate for a basement provided the access is easy for them, or alternatively, you could invite your grown-up child to take up residence so that they can enjoy their own space.

Think about installing a basement bathroom as a must-have remodeling requirement so you are not having to share existing facilities, and see if you can make space for a kitchen area and some appliances for self-sufficiency.

If the budget will stretch to it, consider soundproofing the ceiling for maximum privacy and minimum disruption to the rest of the family residents.

Make some changes to the main floor

You can never really have enough bathroom options when it comes to designing a home that can cope with the demands of a multigenerational household and it is always worth taking a look to see how you might be able to squeeze another one into your layout.

A good move would be to consider installing a full bath to your washroom facilities on the main floor of your home, as this gives you the chance to age in place and cope with older residents who could struggle to use upper-floor facilities if they have mobility issues.

It is always a good idea to discuss expectations and responsibilities when considering the idea of accommodating different generations under the one roof, as well as working out how you are going to remodel your home to meet those demands.

I Stand With Planned Parenthood #StandWithPP

This post is made possible with support from the Mission List. All opinions are my own. 

Have you ever wondered what direction your life would have taken if you would have chosen a different path? I just watched a powerful video by Joss Whedon about how different people's lives would be without Planned Parenthood and felt compelled to share my story.

I had just gone through a bad breakup when I was 19 years old, so like a responsible sexually active teenager, I chose to visit a Planned Parenthood for a low-cost STD test to make sure that everything was ok in that department. While I was there, I opted for a Pap smear, HIV test... the works. I wanted to make sure that I was ok.

Two weeks later I got a call from them. 

"Jamie? We're going to need you to come back in to discuss your test results."


I knew that that bad boy I just had to be with gave me some kind of funky gonoherpesyphalitis or something and I was scared to death to go back in. "Please be something that penicillin will cure," I thought to myself as I walked back into the waiting room.

The results weren't exactly what I was expecting. Although I did have an STD, it wasn't like I was imagining. The doctor found "abnormal" cells in my cervix from my Pap smear and I informed me that I had HPV. They ran the genetic typing and discovered it was HPV-16, the one that causes cancer. Not exactly how I wanted to kick off my summer.

Because of Planned Parenthood, I knew to continue getting regular Pap smears. At 20 years old, I had my first colposcopy. "Cervical changes," is what the doctor said, but not to worry. After having my son at 22, I received scarier results from a second colposcopy: I had carcinoma in situ. 

The doctor called it "pre-cancer" and told me that if not treated soon that it could pass through the membrane and become actual cancer. I asked for a hysterectomy since I already had my son and was convinced that he was my one and only. He talked me out of it, saying that I didn't need such drastic measures and that he would perform a cone biopsy to remove the carcinoma in situ cells.

The surgery was successful and all of the pre-cancer cells were removed. Two years later, we welcomed my baby girl into our family. 

How would my life have been without Planned Parenthood? That I can't say for sure, but I would imagine I wouldn't have caught the HPV before it turned into cervical cancer. Maybe then I would have found out in time to have a hysterectomy and cancer removed, but maybe not before it metastasized into something else. I probably wouldn't have my beautiful daughter. I might've not even had the chance to see my son grow into the wonderful man that I know he's going to be. 

That's why I stand with Planned Parenthood.

If you don't know by now, legislation to “defund” Planned Parenthood will hit  people who rely on federal insurance and public health programs. Planned Parenthood isn't just an abortion clinic - they do so much more for men and women.

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Healthy Meal Replacement Shakes

The main purpose of most meal replacement shakes is to provide essential nutrients to the user’s body. For this reason, shakes are usually used for weight management, since they suppress hunger. However, not all meal replacement products are so useful for losing weight. The main points that deserve particular attention are the content of protein, fat, sugar, fiber, as well as caloric content.

The quality of ingredients is also an essential feature. The main ingredient of any MR shake is protein. There is a huge variety of options for protein sources. Some products provide plant-based protein only. It is important to avoid soy protein, which is rather harmful to health. The best protein source is whey. Most brands try to use a mixture of protein sources in order to decrease the price of the product.

Sugar and fat are the key elements to consider when you need a meal replacement to lose weight. The content of fat and sugar should be as low as possible. It is also recommended to avoid artificial sources of sugar and trans fats.

So, if the product consists of mostly natural ingredients, it can be called healthy meal replacement shakes. Look at the following healthy options in our opinion.

Isagenix IsaLean

This product is free of allergic or harmful ingredients. The only concern about this shake is fructose. This source of sugar may rarely cause side effects. The other components of IsaLean Shake are safe and rather qualitative. The protein comes from whey and milk protein concentrate. Such mixture of protein sources provides 24 grams of this component in each serving. It is a huge amount enough for effective appetite suppression. The energy value of the shake is 240 calories. The product is really good to replace a meal, however, taking into account high caloric content and high amount of sugar, this shake is not intended for losing weight purposes.

Yoli YES Shake

The content of the shake by Yoli consists of two patented formulas. The first formula includes extracts of fruit and vegetables, while the second formula provides protein. The protein source is whey that is a great solution. However, the amount of protein in each serving is not big enough– 12 grams only. The caloric content of YES shake is 90. The total quality of the shake is satisfactory. Besides, the shake contains no artificial components. The efficiency of the shake is not an issue since the shake is good for both replacing a meal and losing weight.

18 Shake

This meal replacement product holds a title of the best shake in 2017. 18 Shake consists of only natural components. The users are completely satisfied with its quality and taste. The product can be used for weight management since its energy value is optimum – 90 calories. In addition, each serving supplies 15 grams of whey protein. The customers admit not only the high efficiency of the shake but also a perfect price-quality ratio. It is also worth mentioning that 18 Shake is a great appetite suppressant regardless of not high caloric content.

4 Kids’ Craft Ideas for a Rainy Weekend

The early years are some of our most creative, so it’s no surprise that many children enjoy taking part in arts and crafts. At the weekend, or during school break, creative activities can be some of the best for your little ones to take part in at home, both to ward off boredom and give them something to do to exercise their brain and flex their creative juices outside of the classroom. There are many different crafting activities that your child can do or learn how to do, several of which are excellent for aiding the development of motor skills, attention to detail, and more. I’ve listed some of the best crafting activities for your child to try at home. 

#1. Greeting Card Making:

A greetings card is the perfect way to say, ‘happy birthday’, ‘thank you’, ‘congratulations’, and much more! Whether your child wants to make a greetings card for you, a friend, a teacher, or somebody else that they interact with in their daily lives, this can be the perfect way to pass the time indoors at the weekend. Rather than going out and buying a card from the store, your child can create a unique, priceless gift using a free card maker tool and their imagination. 

#2. Drawing Pictures:

Children love to draw, and the artwork that they portray can be a wonderful way of getting an insight into their psyche. Whether your child enjoys creating real-life scenes of family outings or themselves with their friends from school, magical scenes with mythical creatures or characters from their favorite TV show, it’s a great way to keep them entertained for hours on end and who knows – they could even end up being a renowned artist in the future! Drawing is one of the simplest crafting activities for your child to do; all they’ll need is some paper and colored pencils, crayons, felt tips or paint. 

#3. Soap Making:

Soap making can be a little complicated, so it’s best to only let your child do this if you can be sure you’ll be there to provide supervision and guidance. To make soap, you will need pure glycerin soap, various colors of soap dyes, and plastic soap molds, which you can find in a great assortment of kid-friendly shapes and sizes. Your child can even make fun soap bars by adding body glitter or even a small toy that’s placed inside the soap whilst it hardens. 

#4. Sewing and Textiles:

When it comes to textiles, there are plenty of child-friendly kits out there, from sewing to knitting to cross-stitch pictures. Needlework is a great way to help your little one develop his or her motor skills and coordination, and with plastic kid’s safety needles available for them to use, there’s no need to worry about them accidentally hurting themselves. Knitting a simple scarf is a great activity for kids, especially if they get to wear it later! Or, they can sew patches and embellishments onto old clothes to recycle them. 

Which crafting activities do you recommend for kids? I'd love to hear from you in the comments.

4 Signs Your Relationship is in Trouble

Relationships have their difficulties. There will be times when you stare adoringly into each other’s eyes over the dinner table and other times when you cannot stand being in the same room as your partner. This is perfectly normal. 

Couples counseling with a marriage counselor Cincinnati might help you see where you both went wrong, but both parties have to be willing to try. 

Most couples experience issues at some point, so you shouldn’t panic each time you two have a silly argument. However, relationships, like most things in life, are hard work, and unless you work at your relationship, it will die. To help you save your relationship, here are four signs you are heading for trouble.

One of You Is Overly Critical 

When one partner constantly snipes, nags, and bitches, it causes a huge amount of resentment. If your partner criticizes everything about you, such as your appearance or the way you load the dishwasher, it won’t be long before your self-confidence is in shreds. This makes you vulnerable to flattery from a third person, and we all know how that one ends. 

You Don’t Talk Any More

Have you ever sat in a restaurant and observed a couple sitting in silence for the duration of their meal? Having nothing to talk about is not a good sign. Often, co-parenting is all some couples have in common. They pour their energies into raising kids but forget about nurturing their relationship. 

Relationships are a two-way process, so try to organize a date night at least once a week. Pick a topic to discuss and try to resurrect the spark that brought you together in the first place.

No Intimacy

When was the last time you had sex - last week or last year? A lack of sex is a major factor in many relationship breakups. It isn’t a problem if you are both on the same page, but if one of you wants sex and is continually pursuing the other – and being rejected – resentment will build. 

Communication is essential. Instead of stonewalling your partner, sit down and have an adult conversation about sex. Try and compromise about how often and when you have sex. Sex releases oxytocin, the cuddle hormone, which is the glue that holds couples together. Remember, you don’t need to have intercourse – affectionate touching without sex is just as important. 

Your Conflict Resolution Technique Sucks

Do your arguments go round in circles, or do you prefer the passive-aggressive approach to conflict? Neither strategy is effective. Learn to argue constructively. Do not show contempt or stonewall your partner. Sit down and discuss an issue, calmly and rationally. If you let resentment build up, it will destroy your relationship. 

Not all people notice the danger signs when a relationship is in trouble. It is only when their partner walks out or files for divorce that they read the writing on the wall. It is possible to save a relationship when it reaches this stage, but you need to act fast.

How to fool your brain: 7 tips that may come in handy

To this day, scientists keep studying our brain’s work, especially such functions, as memory, sleep, and meditation. Our subconscious mind can handle a lot of things, but it can also surprise us, forcing us to believe in something that doesn’t exist or feel sick suddenly. You can control your brain, and here are seven most interesting ways to do it. Guys from know everything about psychology and dating! Don’t hesitate to try it out.

Feel refreshed after 2 hours of sleep

Dense work schedules and daily house chores can be exhausting, and it's no wonder that sometimes we manage to sleep only a couple of hours. One simple trick can change everything. If you want to look fresh and feel rested, you don’t need to sleep 8 hours in a row. Try to switch to so-called polyphasic sleep and maximize the benefits of such short-term rest periods.

If your work day lasts a long time, we recommend taking a nap at the end of the day or shortly after returning home. So, for example, when falling asleep at 7 pm, you should get up half an hour later. Have supper, do something, and fall asleep again by 11 pm. The phase of fast sleep is the only real stage of sleep, which charges you with energy. By concentrating and getting used to such a system, you will ultimately double the amount of sleep.

Predict your dreams

There are times when we get the feeling of complete control over our dreams when we sleep. Understanding that you’re sleeping allows you to control your dreams, and there are certain tricks for triggering a conscious dream. First, immediately after awakening, write down everything that happened in a dream in detail; secondly, plan what you want to see in a dream in advance; third, repeat: "I’ll know that I'm asleep" as soon as you start to sink into the first phase of sleep. It’s known that the clearest dreams come to us right before awakening or when we fall asleep again soon after waking up.

Filter thoughts in your head

In everyday life, we’re all easily annoyed, and, in the end, we connect the sources of our frustration with negative feelings. Instead of reacting negatively to people and situations, next time, try to find something positive in what seems to be bad. This will help you train your brain, and you’ll approach complex situations with a positive and not negative attitude.

Train your memory

When you meet someone for the first time, try to pronounce this person’s name more than once. Your name should also be pronounced twice or more, which is quite easy if you say: "Hi, it's nice to meet you, my name’s (your name)." Such simple trick improves your attention and helps you save new information.

Relieve pain by focusing on it

This sounds suspicious and implausible, but in fact, by focusing on the source of pain, you can reduce both chronic and fleeting seizures. People, who perceive pain consciously, overcome such moments more easily. Besides, you can resort to a meditation technique called "controlled imagination," when you need to close your eyes and sit in silence, imagining yourself in a beautiful and peaceful place.

Become more focused

You can become more productive if you start to rest more. Studies have proved that rest is the most important condition for consolidating memory when the acquired knowledge and skills can be "stored" in the head for a long time. Take breaks, let your mind rest, and then you’ll reduce the number of mistakes and improve your efficiency.

Feel happy in an instant

Science has proved that the time spent with friends and family, helping other people, and even smiling without a reason can improve a person's mood. Find a little space for something positive in your head, returning to pleasant thoughts and memories again and again. They will overcome the negative ones and help you look at the world in a new way.

How To Become a Business-savvy Role Model for Your Children

As a mom, it is important that you can show your kids how you can be a self-sufficient and independent woman. A business education will help you develop your career and also make you a positive example for your children. While you pursue career success, keep your kids in the loop about all the strategic, creative and beneficial moves you make. Show your children how you’ve taken the initiative to enhance your knowledge, stay committed to your work and use creativity to problem solve. You should also share anecdotal stories about your experiences and involve them in small ways. Here are some tips that will help you be a business-savvy woman and also a good role model for your kids:

Enhance Your Knowledge

Show your kids that it is never too late to get an education. Make use of business classes that will teach you the ins and outs of marketing, customer relations, entrepreneurship and general business logistics. You can get a business education through Amway and share what you’ve learned with your children. These classes help you follow your passion for business, through a digital platform. Their online educational program allows for flexibility so you won’t have to sacrifice any family time. The more knowledge you have, the better you will be at your job; and you will have greater agency within your career.

Stay Committed

Stay on track with your business aspirations. If you give up on your dreams, your children may follow your lead and fall into habits of thought that make them lose motivation and dedication to reach their goals. Rather than avoid or quit your work, persevere and troubleshoot any tension or issues that blockade your success. A disposition that holds you accountable and keeps you aligned with your aspirations will be great for your children to see. Use tools around you that will hold you accountable — i.e., your smartphone alarms and organizational apps, an organized schedule and a community that promotes self-care.

Be Creative

Within your career or career education, unexpected issues will emerge and throw you off your game. These unforeseen scenarios aren’t a hindrance to your work, but rather, a chance for you to shine. Make use of these opportunities to be creative through your problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Solving problems through strategic solutions is an excellent example for your children, as they will see how creativity and ingenuity are valuable skills. These skills are required in many jobs and will help you perform in your current role, as well as prepare your kids for their future careers. Check out Global Digital Citizen Foundation’s website for more reasons why critical thinking is an important skill that you and your children should learn and exercise.

Share Your Stories

Share anecdotes with your children about your career. If they don’t know what is going on, then there will be a disconnect between how they interpret you as a business woman. Choose anecdotes that will help them see how you engage with your work and how your core values come into play. For example, tell them about a time you had to work very hard to problem solve a situation to benefit yourself and your client. Talk to them about how you have to consider and prioritize many things in order to be successful. Also, talk with them about everything you are learning about business and entrepreneurship, so they have a head start on developing their own business-savvy mindset.

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I not always your stereotypical "woman", but when it come to fashion I can't deny it: I love shoes! I also love to find great deals on shoes. That's why I have to tell you guys all about Clarks.  

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How organic products improve your health: a few facts to know

Often we point at the harm ordinary products do to our body, but at the same time, we forget to mention the benefits of organic ones. And these benefits are pretty considerable.

1) Scientists have proved that products, which don’t contain chemical additives and are made according to all eco-standards, strengthen the immune system and are much more beneficial than multivitamin medicines due to their pure composition. Without poisoning the body with GMOs, pesticides, nitrates, food coloring, and other additives, organic food only promotes the production of protective cells, thereby strengthening immunity and protecting against viruses.

2) Eco-products, which, unlike traditional ones, don’t contain unnatural additives, provoke allergic reactions much less often.

3) Also, organic products contribute to the proper functioning of the gastrointestinal tract. Such food is absorbed better and easier, not burdening the body and not disturbing the intestinal microflora.

4) If a nursing mother consumes only natural food, her child has a reduced risk of developing digestive disorders and allergy symptoms.

The advantages of organic products

If the main goal of ordinary products’ production is to prolong their shelf life, organics cares primarily about food’s composition and its nutritional value.

1) A lot of organic vegetables and fruits, including citrus fruits, apples, cabbage, and tomatoes, contain 25-30% more vitamin C than their ordinary counterparts.

2) Green salad contains 25% more antioxidants much needed for proper immune system’s work.

3) Beta-carotene, which can be found in carrots and plays an essential role in improving our sight, is increased by 12% in organic vegetables.

4) There are three times more Omega-3 fatty acids that improve memory, concentration, and mental activity in general, in natural milk than in modified one.

5) Cereals and legumes without chemical additives contain an increased amount of minerals, vitamins, and amino acids. For example, organic cereals have more vitamins and minerals (Ca, Mg, Fe, etc.) than non-organic ones due to the specifics of its production. And the organic nature of cereals without chemicals and pesticides makes them even more delicious.

So we can see that the benefits of organic products are undeniable. Perhaps it's time to think about switching to natural food?

How to choose organic products

Usually, the product of organic origin has a special marking. And each country has its own one. In some countries, though, such markings don’t exist yet.

Examine the product composition. It would be nice to have a table of food additives with E-index to find out what category this or that additive belongs to.

Also, pay attention to the shelf life of products: organic milk can’t be stored for several weeks, and certain summer apples don’t stay fresh for longer than 10-15 days.

It’s best to choose organic products in specialized eco-shops.

Organic food requires a special kind of production to ensure its quality and benefit. So there’s no surprise that some companies put a huge price tag on their products. A number of manufacturers argue that this is due to production technology (the better the approach, the higher the costs). Some experts say the opposite: organic products, grown without the use of herbicides and pesticides, have a lower cost price, and yields are higher than the use of chemicals can provide. In any case, the price for such products will always be much higher than the cost of conventional ones. Unless you marry a Russian girl and move to Russia, where organic vegetables are sold in any market. But isn’t this a too big price for a wish to become healthier?