Swine Flu – Myth and Realities

As with any epidemic that affects millions of people all over the world there are bound to be myths and realities associated with the condition and this further creates a fear psychosis. Governments which are already stretched with all their resources have the additional responsibility of trying to control any sort of rumor that could create a panic situation. Death caused by reasons other than the H1N1 virus is also attributed to have been caused by the virus and this raises the calamity figures substantially. It leads to people putting additional pressure on the testing centers as more number of people want to get tested for symptoms other than those specified for the virus. There are also a number of treatments been touted as the ultimate cure for the flu. Eating a particular herb or yoga and other forms of alternative medicines have all been widely discussed as a possible cure to stop the spread of the virus. There is no scientific proof as to whether these alternative forms of treatments work or not.
Fear drives people to try any sort of treatment advocated to fight the flu. A number of pills and medicines claiming to prevent and control the spread of the virus have been advertised and sold over the internet. As far as the guidelines issued by the WHO (World Health Organization) there is only one medicine recognized, tested, tried and proved to be effective against fighting the flu and it is known as Tamiflu. Any other form of treatment is not recommended as there is no concrete research to prove that the alternate forms work. There is also a myth that eating a particular type of food will help you to either avoid the virus or aggravate its spread. Nothing can be further away from the truth.
It is recommended that you eat good quality of foods high in vitamins and antioxidants which will help you boast your immune system. Consumption of nuts, fruits and food rich in carbohydrates have been found to improve one’s health. A healthy body stands a better chance to fight the virus and this is the reason these food types are suggested but there is hardly any scientific evidence to support any food group preventing you from getting the swine flu. One of the biggest myths that has in a way affected an entire industry is that swine flu is caused by the consumption of ham or pork. Sausage industry which is hugely dependent on ham is badly affected.
Pork has earned a bad reputation but there is no scientific evidence to prove that consumption of ham causes swine flu. H1N1 virus is a respiratory disease and spreads from people to people contact and the poor swine has nothing to do with it but still continues to take the blame. The other myth is that one should lock oneself totally from social contact so as to prevent its spread. You can indulge in social activities with adequate precautions and there is no need to put your life on hold till the virus subsides which could take anywhere from six months to a year.
Yoga gives you the winning mantra which will help you keep swine flu at bay and also recover faster in case you do get it unfortunately. You can learn about the various asanas and their benefits through the expert teachings in this wonderful DVD.

Endometriosis and Infertility – Does it Affect Me?

Endometriosis is a condition and a common cause of infertility in which the endometrium, or lining of the uterus, is experiencing irregular growth. Typically, the lining, which should be grown inside the uterus, is growing outside on the fallopian tubes, ovaries, or even on tissues lining your pelvis.While the lining may not be developing where it should be, it dutifully repeats its function: the lining will thicken, break down and shed every month during the menstrual cycle. As the menstrual “bleeding” is trapped inside the body, the adjacent tissues are affected, causing pain and forming cysts, scar tissues and even abnormal issues binding organs together.Is Endometriosis Common At All?You bet! There are approximately 5.5 million women and girls in North America suffering from varying degrees of Endometriosis, plus millions of women worldwide.Endometriosis CausesThe medical community has yet to find out the answers for this disease. However, there are several theories on the causes of Endometriosis:
Possibly because of problems in the hormonal balance or immune system, the lining tissue gradually back up in the fallopian tubes and begins to grow;
The lymph system or blood system is responsible for carrying these lining tissues to the adjacent organs;
An intriguing theory: the tissue is actually the remnants of tissue left in the woman’s body when she herself was an embryo, thus these tissue remains its embryonic properties;
Or, it is simply a disorder passed down by the genes.
Endometriosis SymptomsAs in other disorders, women suffering from Endometriosis may experience pain and other symptoms in varying degrees. Typical signs of Endometriosis include:

Painful Periods (Dysmenorrhea). Yes, many women suffer menstrual cramps during their period, and normally there is nothing to worry about. However, if you have pain even before or after your period, it may be a potential endometriosis symptom.

Pelvic Pain. If your pelvic area is constantly feeling painful and uncomfortable, especially at times other than your period (e.g. during intercourse, urination and bowel movement), it could also be a sign of Endometriosis.

Excessive Bleeding. Heavy period (Menorrhagia), or bleeding between periods (Menometrorrhagia) may also indicate Endometriosis.
Endometriosis In StagesThe medical community has classified Endometriosis in four stages based on the location, size and amount of the Endometrial implant:
Stage I – minimal
Stage II – mild
Stage III – moderate
Stage IV – severe
It is believed that women with Stage I and Stage II Endometriosis still have a good chance of getting pregnant after receiving treatment. Therefore, seeking medical advice promptly can be critical.What Is Your Next Step?As you can imagine, Endometriosis tends to worsen as time goes by, because the shed linings will accumulate and form irregular tissues all around the reproductive organs. If you have experienced symptoms mentioned above, it would be wise to go for a fertility checkup and get treatment without further delay.

The Road to Performing Arts

It takes courage to pursue a career in the performing arts. These days, there are many ways a person can become involved in the performing arts. It just takes creativity and unlimited ambition to land your dream career in the performing arts.If you are still in college, then consider applying to the theatrical school or division of your college. Many large Universities host an entirely separate school devoted to the study of performing arts. While you may feel this type of education is a risky investment, in the end it pays to follow your heart. Pursue studies in a field that you will be passionate about in 5, 10, or even 20 years from your collegiate career. In addition, there are many opportunities open to undergraduates in a theatre program that are not open to people trying to make it in the “real world.”Another idea to further a career in the performing arts is by joining online agencies. Usually, this is much less expensive than trying to hire a personal agent. An online agency may allow you to upload a photograph, video, and biography. This information can then be viewed by television companies and movie companies. Usually a casting agent will contact you directly if he or she likes what they see.The key to being successful in performing arts is to not shy away from attention and get your name out there. With the internet, effective marketing no longer has to rely on hiring an agent. Instead, you can create videos and content from the comfort of your own home. The more people that view your content and videos, the more chances you have to land your dream career in a film or television series or even on Broadway. Instead of paying thousands of dollars for someone else to market your talents, why not try marketing your talents yourself?Making an online video with interesting props is a great way to capture the attention of powerful people that may be hiring you. Try including a fire pit and performing a dramatic monologue that uses the fire pit as a cauldron or source of power in an online video. These types of tactics will get people to value your creativity. Creating a weekly video (much like a television mini series) can also be a great way that you capture the attention of your audience.These are a few ideas to get you started in the performing arts. Remember to go out of your way to include interesting props like fire pits, and you may ultimately star in your dream movie some day!