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Psychologist James Dobson wrote a book entitled Parenting Isn’t for Cowards. In that book, he explains how it’s important, as a parent, to choose your battles wisely when dealing with your child’s behavior or misbehavior.

When a child is born into a family, the parents will want to discuss ideas about discipline and training their child. They’ll want to decide upon which behaviors are absolutely forbidden and which ones will simply be tolerated. Each family will choose for themselves, but the following are commonly considered battle offenses among many families:

* Lying is one thing not tolerated by many parents. In fact, parents want their children to learn to be honest in all areas of their lives. Honesty and trust go hand-in-hand; if your child can’t be honest with you, it will erode your trust in them which will adversely affect your relationship with them.

* Stealing is another no-no that most parents try to teach their children about. Not only does stealing, no matter how small the item, affect a child’s relationship with the person they’ve stolen from, it could begin a life-long bad habit with possible legal ramifications.

Joints, Bones & Muscles »

After the acute phase of tendonitis is over and healing has started there are other therapies, follow-up and prevention that needs to be done in order to keep the tendon healthy and to prevent tendonitis from reoccurring.

Your doctor may order extracorporeal shock wave therapy if you have calcific tendonitis (calcium deposits). This therapy is currently still being studied for its effectiveness.

During physical therapy ultrasound therapy may be used as it helps to loosen up the joint and promote greater range of motion during therapy.

Your doctor may recommend that you follow-up with other specialists and physical therapists in order to maintain tendon function.

In order to prevent tendonitis from occurring again you should learn proper technique during sports participation or when doing occupational activities that may put stress on your joints. Remember to warm-up and cool-down and be determined not to overuse when participating in exercise programs or sports training. It is also important to be aware of repetitive motion in work and sports and how you can avoid injury. You should immediately stop any activity as soon as you notice pain.

Nutrition »

Healthy nutritional guidelines for vegetarians are much the same as they are for people who eat meat. The real difference is that the vegetarians are more likely to eat all of the fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds that are recommended in the guidelines.

Interestingly the US government produced a new food pyramid in 2005 but retracted their promotion in the face of huge opposition from the beef, dairy, sugar and food-processing industries. The new recommendations cut the amount of beef, dairy and sugar back from what was recommended previously. It also recommends that people eat more fruits, vegetables, drink more water and use less caffeine than before.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and the Harvard School of Public Health thought that this new pyramid didnt go far enough. Both published and released a new healthy eating guidelines that were plant-based to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity, colon cancer, breast cancer, and osteoporosis. Plant based diets have been shown to have the most protection against common degenerative disorders.

Herbs For Health, Contagious Diseases, Detox, Immunity, Infection, Health and Vitality »

It’s that time of the year when those of you who live in the Northern Hemisphere will be starting to see the early signs of winter. For some of you this can mean periods of misery, not just from unpleasant weather but from colds, sniffles and flu’s.

Colds and sniffles are unpleasant for everyone, not only yourself but co-workers as well. On the other hand they are not serious like flu’s particularly if you are getting on in years as flu may lead to pneumonia. In a effort to try to avoid the flu, millions of people every year line up to have their flu ‘jab’. This has been an annual event for many since 2002 when the World Health Organization (WHO) suggested that having the flu vaccine, “would reduce the risk of serious complications or of death by 70 to 85 per cent in the elderly”.

Most governments have supported this assertion by promoting the ‘benefits’ of the flu shots widely! As a result millions of people believe that the annual vaccine will protect them, and become somewhat panicky if for some reason they cannot get it.

Respiratory Conditions »

What Part of the Respiratory System Does Asthma Affect?Asthma is a chronic condition that affects 10s of thousands of people across the world. Although it isn’t curable it is controllable. Asthma is the Greek word for pant or to breath hard. The Greeks named it asthma because the wheezing sound is diagnostic of the condition.

Asthma is a chronic respiratory condition that arises from allergies and is characterized by sudden attacks of labored breathing, chest constriction and coughing. So what part of the respiratory system does asthma affect?

The respiratory system supports the oxygen needs of the body by taking in air, removing the oxygen at the level of the alveoli (air sacs) and delivering the oxygen to the blood, which transports the life supporting oxygen around the body. This is a continual system. The air is exchanged constantly not just when you take air in. There are thousands of tiny air sacs that store the air and oxygen for use. The air is exchanged with each pass of the blood through the pulmonary system.

Joints, Bones & Muscles »

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritisOsteoarthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis diagnosed in the United States today. In fact, the Arthritis Foundation estimates that nearly 60% of the diagnoses of arthritis can be attributed to osteoarthritis. This is a disease of the joints and not systemic like other forms of arthritis, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.

The most common symptom is that the joints become painful and sore after repetitive use and is usually worse at the end of the day. Individuals can also experience swelling, warmth and creaking during use. The joint also becomes painful after long periods of inactivity such as sleep all night or sitting for long periods.

The actual symptoms will vary from person to person. Some can become completely debilitated while others may suffer remarkably few symptoms in spite of dramatic changes on their x-rays.

Osteoarthritis is more common in the weight bearing and working joints such as the hip, knees, feet and hands but can also occur in the elbow and shoulder. The risk of developing osteoarthritis (OA) will increase as an individual ages. However, some injuries can also lead to OA in young people, such a shoulder dislocation.

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