Is Testing Or Programming a Good Career Option?

Software Tester or Software Quality Assurance Engineer profession came into existence in early nineties. There was no job in the IT industry for software testing prior to early nineties, but now the new jobs are steadily emerging all across the globe.

The graph for the software testing professionals has soared much higher than anyone can guess. It is interesting to know that there is no undergraduate degree course for the software testing in the accredited colleges. Hence, if you want to get trained in this field, then there are just few small vocational schools available in some areas. And, these non-accredited schools fill the vacuum of thousands of the professionals in demand by the top-notch software companies. Among the software testers working for the big software giants, there is a major ratio of the professionals, who do not have a degree either in computer science or related fields, such as Mathematics or Electronics. The reason behind this is that one can be an excellent tester even if he or she has a professional or educational background in subjects such as languages, biology, health sciences, mechanical sciences, music, accounting, psychology or economics and so on. If you have done a short-term programming course, your chances of getting higher salaries increase manifolds. The companies prefer the candidates with knowledge of programming because a software tester with basic programming skills helps the companies to save time and efforts on re-programming.

Do you know why software testing has become so attractive to the aspirants from all other fields, striving to enter the computer industry? Here are the reasons:

The knowledge and professional experience in the subject

People with background in microbiology, pharmaceuticals, medicine, and biochemistry fields made the best software testers for companies operating as software for pharmaceutical, healthcare, and medical research companies. Hence, a working knowledge of professional area in the subject will produce a better tester than a computer professional, who has in-depth knowledge and skills of computer programming. To become a better software tester, the programming skills do not count as much as the professional skills and good knowledge of the subject does. You will find hundreds of software testers with experience of accountancy, banking, finance, statistics, or economics employed in the companies producing financial software.

It is easy to learn the profession

What all required to be a good professional software tester is hard work and determination to learn the required skills. People with good aptitude and understanding can learn it with 100 to 150 hours of training. Although, there are thousands of professional software testers in the market, who have not even taken a formal professional training of software testing. You are required to have sound knowledge of your chosen subject and the basic computer skills to perfect yourself in the profession of software testing. However, a short-term course in programming will help you to find the errors and rectify them yourself will help the company to save its productive time and efforts.

Age is not a factor of much concern

The age is not a bar to enter the field of software testing. If a pharmacist in the age of his fifties wants to join the programming or testing job after taking some classes in programming, there are good chances for him to get a suitable job with a software company. Already, it has been witnessed that many people have successfully got a job in software testing after doing the required professional training.

Good salaries are paid to software testers

Though, the testers get the salaries lesser than the programmers but if you have good marketing strategy, you can even get an amount as much as $100,000 per year with in few years of experience. The beginners with a college degree in subjects (not necessarily the computer science) can easily get more than $40,000 per year at the entry level.

Companies are offering sponsorship to software testers

The companies are offering to sponsor H – 1B visas for the foreign nationals in the field of software testing. There is large number of foreign nationals entering the software testing profession, whose spouses are already working in the United States and hold the H4 visas. These people are highly educated and are willing to work.

So, there is a good scope in the field of software testing. The industry is growing at a good pace and every day new opportunities are emerging. You just need to be a hard worker and passionate about working, you will have good remuneration and a nice working environment.



Source by Sam Kristen

Evidence Based Method to Improve Medical Care – Online Patient Education

Current medical profession challenges that hinder patient education:

time constraints
insurance carriers
low reimbursement rates
medical malpractice risk
need to market
growing competition
time consuming education seminars
heavy schedules
increasing demand on staff

and more.

These pressures affect patient care and treatment outcomes. Patient Education Systems were developed to overcome these challenges and help health care specialists provide better care for their patients.

Research studies assert the need of convenient and effective web-based educational platforms for patients

Health specialists need methods to provide education to their patients. The best proven solution is a web-based educational platform that produces consistently high levels of learning retention. Listed below are just a few research excerpts that demonstrate the advantages of using this advanced educational approach.

Computer-based patient education has been shown to be very effective in improving knowledge and clinical outcomes.

Lewis, D. Computers in Patient Education, Computers , Informatics, Nursing 21(2):88-96, 2003

50% of research participants reported that using the internet made them feel more satisfied with their treatments.

Leaffer, T, Gonda, B. The Internet: An underutilized tool in patient education. Comput Nurs 1996; 14:235-238

69% of patients admitted to not reading the consent form before signing it.

Lavelle-Jones, C. Factors affecting quality of informed consent. BMJ 1993;306:885-890

50% of U.S. adults or 90 million Americans have difficulty understanding health information.

The Institute of Health’s statistics

Four rock solid benefits of online patient education

Save money and time: requires minimal staff time, allows reallocation of valuable resources, reduces the frequency of marketing seminars, decreases the first office visit length, reduces the number of patient revisits

Enhance patient satisfaction: serves your patients well, engages your patients into the health process, provides tailored, comprehensive educational courses, better manages your rapidly increasing number of patient records

Improve risk management: reduces exposure to frivolous litigation, assesses patient comprehension, tracks patient participation, enhances informed consent process

Expand business reach: captures new patients from a wider geographic area, qualifies your prospective patients, personalizes and deliver your marketing messages, promotes your services online, optimizes the competitiveness of your website

Who can benefit?

Surgical practices of single and multiple surgeons, medical groups, hospitals, insurance carriers, and other entities in the medical field.



Source by Marina Enachi

A Bird’s Eye View Of Roman Architecture

The Romans fabricated two kinds of houses, the domus and the insula. The first was the privilege of the affluent, the latter was an apartment building for the working class. The domus consisted of a few rooms built around an atrium. Often more rooms were added at the back around a court with columns, the peristyle. The atrium was an oblong room with an open roof. The atrium with the surrounding chambers was purely built in Roman style. The peristyle was drawn up in Greek or Middle Eastern fashion.

The common activities of the family took place in the atrium. The chambers around it were meant for relaxation and conversation. It could be reached from the street through the prothyrum, an entrance with corridor. Between the atrium and the peristyle there was the tablinum, an open living room that could be closed with a curtain. A broad walkway, the fauces, was situated at the side of the tablinum to provide easy access to the peristyle. The peristyle, such as in the domus of Vettii at Pompeji, encompassed the family living room. Around the court of columns were situated the oecus (reception), the cubicula (sleeping rooms), the alae (niches for private conversations), the triclinia (dining rooms). In the domus of Pansa at Pompeji the triclini possess three couches for nine persons to lie on (as was customary for Romans); nine persons being the accepted number of guests for a Roman party. The latter domus also possessed an upper storey built both around the atrium and the peristyle.

The second kind of building, the insula (lit. ‘island’), was the apartment building. The insula provided cheap or affordable housing for workers in places where space was expensive and the population numerous. The insula was fabricated with stones or bricks and covered with concrete and often had five or more stories; despite legislation that stipulated against structures higher than 21 meters, or 18 meters in the time of Trajan. The ground floors were usually reserved for different kinds of stores and craftsmen.

Most insulae were fitted with wooden or concrete balconies. Pumps were used to transport water up, but did not reach above the lower stories. Renters in the higher flats had to make do with public sanitation and water facilities. The insulae were designed for maximum use of space. Light came in from the outside windows and the courtyard. Cheap construction and a shortage of water caused numerous collapses and fires. Excavations at Ostia, practically a suburb of Rome, attest to these things. Moreover mention is made of these buildings by Roman authors.

Romans possessed a tremendous technique in the way of city planning. When a new city was laid out, its function, climate and geographical location were taken into account. Characteristic of a Roman town (probably developed from earlier Italic towns in combination with the occupation of building an army camp) was its square layout. Roads and streets ran on parallels and met in the center, comparable with New York.

In, or close to, the center lay the so-called forum, the hub of Roman culture. Gradually around this other buildings were erected for specific civil, trade and religious activities. In the time of the Caesars it was customary to make the forum as large as possible, to provide space for all sorts of events. In a great and ancient city as Rome itself there were different forums; each with its own objective, such as administration, justice, commerce and finance. Also there were forums especially for the sale of meat or vegetables. For the latter purpose the macellum was developed, a market building with shops all around a pillared court.

Long established communities, which had grown more haphazardly than by plan, in time were influenced by Roman designs as described above. Often, however, also at Rome, the situation hindered a logical application. Usually rows of pillars were made on both sides of important streets. Water was conducted to spectacular fountains and basins for practical use.

Water was transported through aqueducts to large reservoirs (if the climate did not prescribe wells). Sewer systems collected the superfluous water from the streets and from private quarters. One saying about the sewer became famous: pecunia non olet (money does not smell).

Building codes were drawn up and implemented. The design of an entire town can clearly be seen in some places in North Africa, such as at Timgad, Tébessa and Thuburbo Majus. In these towns little or none at all was added and the original planning is still intact..

From about 200 B.C. till 50 A.D. the many encounters with Greek culture, as well as the fact that Rome developed as a republic, caused temples to be constructed conform Greek style. Both sculpture and spatial effects imitated Greek designs. Greek influence on Roman culture was summed up in the saying: Graeca capta Romam cepit (Conquered Greece conquered Rome).

However in the time of Caesar Augustus Roman temples took on a more Italic spatial look. Also new forms, particularly with floral arrangements and detailed friezes, were invented. In this time above all in secular buildings an architectural style was developed totally owned by Roman influences. Also it was in this time that Roman culture started exercising its influence in foreign countries, for instance in the construction of theaters and amphitheaters.

Romans had a predilection for spatial compositions worked out in the organ- ization of lines, surfaces, mass and voluminous parts. In this they differed from their predecessors in those times around the Mediterranean. No matter how much they adopted the elements of previous styles, they did this in their own fashion.

One can distinguish five different Roman styles of building, adopted from Greek culture, but used in their own unique ways. These were the Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Toscan and mixed architectonic styles. On the average Roman proportional styles were more tempered, but with more flair for detail. Columns and pillars were often smooth, but the architrave, frieze and cornice were embellished.

Towards the end of the republic the so-called balneae (baths) had become a recognized characteristic of the Roman way of life. Particularly during the empire they were very popular. The Stabian Baths at Pompeii have been preserved best.

Imperial thermae were more than baths alone. They were extremely large complexes for all kinds of physical exercise and housed halls where philosophers, poets and orators addressed the public.

Roman theaters differed from those of the Greeks in various ways. The auditorium was not dug out and the walls encompassing both the stage and the seats, were continuous. The entrance to the dancing stage was formed by vaulted passages. The choir did not play a role in Roman theater. The dancing section therefore was part of the auditorium. The wall behind the stage was decorated lavishly.

Amphitheaters were arenas where plays and various shows were staged. The most important one was the Colosseum at Rome, built in about 70-82 A.D. It occupied an area of about two to three hectares and offered seats to fifty thousand spectators. Eighty exits allowed the public to leave quickly. The entire structure was made of concrete; the outside was covered with calcareous sinter and the inside with costly marble.

The circus was mainly a racing track with seats to the sides. One end was round and the other straight to allow access for the wagons. In the middle there was a line of demarcation where arbiters could perform their functions. Since it was the largest facility for viewing a spectacle, it was also used for other activities. The circuses became infamous because of the burning of Christians in the time of Nero.

Arches of triumph were sometimes erected to commemorate an important event or military campagne. Most of the time they sat by themselves and did not serve as a passage. They were decorated with reliefs and fitted out with statues.

Roman temples differed in many important details from their Greek predecessors. Greek temples had three steps round about, but the Roman temple had a high platform, or stage, with a staircase that served as entrance. Greek temples almost always looked out to the East or West, but the position of the Roman temples depended on the surrounding buildings.

The Romans often built round temples, of which the most important one survives as the Pantheon at Rome till today. It consists of a rotunda with a diameter of almost fifty meters and surrounded by concrete walls seven meters thick. A central opening at the top with a nine meter diameter lets the light in. This is called the oculus (eye), situated in the dome. The rotunda and the dome are examples of Roman expertise in working with concrete.

The Roman tomb consisted of a knoll of earth, the tumulus. It was surrounded by a ring of cement usually of considerable height. Only a few of such tombs remain; particularly the tomb of Hadrianus, now called Castel Sant’Ange lo.

The basilica was a large covered hall used by the judiciary and also by bankers and merchants. The largest such basilica was constructed in seven years, begun by Maxentius and completed by Constantine in about 313 A.D. One can still find the vaults of the salient rooms at the North side. They prove the quality of the mixture and durability of Roman reinforced (with stones, not iron) concrete. For after all these years they still hang there without support.

The construction of bridges and aqueducts also belonged to Roman expertise. The most famous examples of surviving aqueducts are the Pont du Gard at Nîmes and at Segovia in Spain. The best example of a bridge is found at Rimini. It was built by Augustus and Tiberius. The most impressive one is perhaps at Alcántara in Spain.

Private homes and even palaces usually were styled with inner courts and gardens instead of an impressive facade. This tradition was maintained, as far as possible, in the settlements in the North of Europe and in England. Also elaborated provisions for heating had to be taken care of there. In the climate of the Mediterranean, however, a tendency towards light and open construction prevailed instead of a compact and imposing one.

Also in the layout of imperial palaces at Rome the emphasis lay on gardening. The buildings themselves, as far as their function was concerned, were not very monumental and they were spread over the Palatine hill as it were randomly. Augustus himself bought and enlarged the home known as the House of Livia, still in existence today. Very little remains of Nero’s famous Golden Palace, occupying once a territory of more than 120 hectares. One can find the baths of Titus there now, the Colosseum and the Basilica of Maxentius.

The Villa of Hadrianus at Tivoli, started in about 123 A.D., was a luxurious residence with parks and gardens laid out on a grand scale. Because of the unequal terrain terraces and staircases were constructed. There still remain enormous stones and concrete fabrications. All the buildings are in Roman style, but with Greek names. The Latin word villa denoted an estate, complete with a home, terrains and precincts and dependent facilities. Around Pompeii relatively simple villa’s were found. Descriptions known in literature, such as of Pliny the Younger who describes his villa at Laurentum, and remains of the Palatial residence at Piazza Armerina in Sicily, represented the upper class. The villa of Hadrianus is too elaborate and detailed to be called a typical villa.



Source by Chris Bouter

SoBe Lifewater Review

The newest natural sweetener, from a plant called Stevia, is hitting the supermarkets soon in different bottled drinks like teas and juices.  There are a few new sweeteners that are made from stevia: The PepsiCo version is called Purevia and is derived from rebiana, a derivative of the stevia plant leaves.  Rebiana has been studied and found not to contribute calories.  Another positive characteristic is it does not affect the blood sugar of people who have type 2 diabetes.

About the only thing left to know, then, is how does it taste?  Well I had the opportunity to try the new SoBe Lifewater with Purevia .  The bottles are large and colorful and advertise a “Lizard Grip” (which means there are grooves in it,: all the better to hold it with, my dear). The drinks come in stimulating flavors and have additives to give you extra benefits.  Pomegranate contains ginger and dandelion extracts; Fuji Apple-Pear contains ginseng; and Black-and-Blue Berry has grape seed extracts.

All of them taste delicious!  They are sweet without being too sweet; juicy instead of watery.  They do a great job of quenching your thirst (which is why you usually choose to drink!).  And best of all, there is no detectable aftertaste.  The no aftertaste is what sold me, because I am sensitive to virtually every artificial sweetener I’ve ever tried.

As far as the additives (like grape seed extract or dandelion) there aren’t any claims made for exactly what these do for you in the amounts found in a bottle of SoBe water.  If they are good for you in any amount, at least you are getting more in one of these drinks than you would in plain water or a regular sports drink.

As a registered dietitian I would recommend these to my clients for the following reasons: 

1.  They taste good, and that is always important

2. They hydrate you as well as water, and each bottle contributes over two 8-oz cups (20 oz per bottle) to your daily water intake

3. They don’t affect your blood sugar, and this is important for people who have type 2 diabetes

4. Don’t forget that sugar causes cavities, too, and sugar free products are better for dental hygiene

5. Finally, a sugar-free sweetened drink with no aftertaste!

I hear they are being showcased during the Super Bowl commercials, so look for SoBe 0-cal Lifewater soon.



Source by Laurie Beebe

Is Testing Or Programming a Good Career Option?

Software Tester or Software Quality Assurance Engineer profession came into existence in early nineties. There was no job in the IT industry for software testing prior to early nineties, but now the new jobs are steadily emerging all across the globe.

The graph for the software testing professionals has soared much higher than anyone can guess. It is interesting to know that there is no undergraduate degree course for the software testing in the accredited colleges. Hence, if you want to get trained in this field, then there are just few small vocational schools available in some areas. And, these non-accredited schools fill the vacuum of thousands of the professionals in demand by the top-notch software companies. Among the software testers working for the big software giants, there is a major ratio of the professionals, who do not have a degree either in computer science or related fields, such as Mathematics or Electronics. The reason behind this is that one can be an excellent tester even if he or she has a professional or educational background in subjects such as languages, biology, health sciences, mechanical sciences, music, accounting, psychology or economics and so on. If you have done a short-term programming course, your chances of getting higher salaries increase manifolds. The companies prefer the candidates with knowledge of programming because a software tester with basic programming skills helps the companies to save time and efforts on re-programming.

Do you know why software testing has become so attractive to the aspirants from all other fields, striving to enter the computer industry? Here are the reasons:

The knowledge and professional experience in the subject

People with background in microbiology, pharmaceuticals, medicine, and biochemistry fields made the best software testers for companies operating as software for pharmaceutical, healthcare, and medical research companies. Hence, a working knowledge of professional area in the subject will produce a better tester than a computer professional, who has in-depth knowledge and skills of computer programming. To become a better software tester, the programming skills do not count as much as the professional skills and good knowledge of the subject does. You will find hundreds of software testers with experience of accountancy, banking, finance, statistics, or economics employed in the companies producing financial software.

It is easy to learn the profession

What all required to be a good professional software tester is hard work and determination to learn the required skills. People with good aptitude and understanding can learn it with 100 to 150 hours of training. Although, there are thousands of professional software testers in the market, who have not even taken a formal professional training of software testing. You are required to have sound knowledge of your chosen subject and the basic computer skills to perfect yourself in the profession of software testing. However, a short-term course in programming will help you to find the errors and rectify them yourself will help the company to save its productive time and efforts.

Age is not a factor of much concern

The age is not a bar to enter the field of software testing. If a pharmacist in the age of his fifties wants to join the programming or testing job after taking some classes in programming, there are good chances for him to get a suitable job with a software company. Already, it has been witnessed that many people have successfully got a job in software testing after doing the required professional training.

Good salaries are paid to software testers

Though, the testers get the salaries lesser than the programmers but if you have good marketing strategy, you can even get an amount as much as $100,000 per year with in few years of experience. The beginners with a college degree in subjects (not necessarily the computer science) can easily get more than $40,000 per year at the entry level.

Companies are offering sponsorship to software testers

The companies are offering to sponsor H – 1B visas for the foreign nationals in the field of software testing. There is large number of foreign nationals entering the software testing profession, whose spouses are already working in the United States and hold the H4 visas. These people are highly educated and are willing to work.

So, there is a good scope in the field of software testing. The industry is growing at a good pace and every day new opportunities are emerging. You just need to be a hard worker and passionate about working, you will have good remuneration and a nice working environment.



Source by Sam Kristen

Hope and Help For People Suffering From Neuropathy – Integrative Neurology

Sometimes my waiting room looks like a bad B-Movie. There are all sorts of poor souls, barely able to walk. Glazed look on their faces from the heavy doses of medications they use to try to quell their nerve pain. My office is most often the last stop on the train for these folks. To say they have been everywhere and tried everything is not an overstatement. Their medical records are typically thicker than the Phoenix Metro phone book. They are desperate and cynical. You can’t blame them, however, because the best medical care available has done little to help them. They have the unenviable choice between horrific pain in their feet and legs or a zombie-like drug induced stupor. Not much of a choice, that’s why they come to see me. For one more “last chance” to get their life back. They are hoping for one more option beside constant unrelenting pain and the fog of powerful drugs. Their hopes have been raised and dashed many times before, yet they are willing to try one more thing to find some relief. They suffer from peripheral neuropathy.

What is neuropathy?

The literal translation of neuropathy means: neuro = pertaining to the nerves and pathy = sickness. So, neuropathy then means “sick nerves”. When nerves get sick people have big problems. The nervous system controls and coordinates all functions of the body. It is the communication system that carries information from one part of the body to another. It is what allows organs to communicate and react to changes both inside the body and in the external environment in which the body must function.

When nerves are damaged, they either send signals when they are not supposed to, or don’t send signals when they should. This plays havoc with the complex command and control systems of the body by knocking out proper communications between various organs and tissues.

So anything that interferes with the normal communications process within the body has far reaching negative affects on a person. To put it simply, sick nerves mean a sick person.

Neuropathy can occur anywhere in the body, but is common in the lower extremities and in particular the feet. Often the feet are affected first and the symptoms progress up the body. The hands are also commonly affected. Clinically the classic sign of neuropathy is pain and or numbness in a “glove and stocking” pattern. Meaning the patient has troubles in their hands and feet.

In severe cases of neuropathy the nerves that control the stomach, heart or other organs can become damaged. This causes all sorts of secondary signs and symptoms, depending on which nerves are damaged and the organs that are controlled by those nerves.

Even when the nerves are starting to regenerate, troublesome symptoms may appear. As nerves are damaged, they repair by sprouting. These immature nerve sprouts, called rootlets, are very sensitive. They send signals spontaneously and are very sensitive to stimulation. Even a patient’s clothes touching the skin in the area of these immature rootlets can cause pain. For a patient to obtain good relief, it is essential to help these immature rootlets develop and mature to reduce their mechanical sensitivity.

Neuropathy is one of the most common affiliations of the nervous system. Despite the fact that the condition affects so many people, the typical approach to treatment is usually inadequate.

I would like to share with you the stories of two of my patients. They are actual patients, and have agreed to allow me to discuss their cases, but I will nevertheless change their names, to protect their privacy.

They represent the typical kind of cases of neuropathy treated in our office. Norb is a spry full-of-life 90 year old. He has suffered from diabetes for years. He has kept his diabetes under control and is in remarkable health and good spirits. He still drives and is very active in the community. That was until he developed stinging and burning pain in his feet. Over the next few months his toes turned flaming red. He experienced burning pain at night that he rated as a 10 over 10 on a pain scale. Then several of his toes developed small sores. Needless to say Norb went to every type of doctor imaginable. His condition deteriorated until one day he received a dire prognosis from his diabetes specialist. Norb’s toes would have to be amputated. Norb as you could imagine was devastated.

Norb was also lucky, because he relayed his story to a dental hygienist who happened to be a patient in our office. She told him how we used a simple little red laser light to help her with her foot problems. Norb scheduled an appointment for an evaluation in a last ditch effort to save his toes.

When I met Norb, he could barely stand because of the pain in his feet. He had several sores known as diabetic ulcers on this toes and a few more on his shin. The stack of medical records he brought with him was so large that his wife had to carry it. He admitted to me that he had tried so many other treatments and had seen so many other doctors; he had little hope that anything could help him. This is an admission I’ve heard time-and time again from our neuropathy patients.

I told Norb that I couldn’t promise him anything, but that I could offer him several types of treatment that were unlike anything he had tried before. I was going to try to reverse Norb’s neuropathy using a 2000 year old treatment, acupuncture and a 21st century treatment, low level laser therapy. I also started him on an herb called Centellia Asiatica that studies have shown may help nerve tissue to regenerate.

We had less than a month to make enough change in Norb’s feet to convince the surgeon not to amputate his toes. Four silver needles were inserted into Norb’s legs at acupuncture points that were described thousands of years ago. The ulcers in Norb’s toes were “painted” with low level laser light. We treated Norb daily and by the end of the first week, something remarkable happened. The angry flaming red tissue in Norb’s feet changed to a healthy pink color. The ulcers scabbed over. By the end of the second week Norb’s feet looked as healthy as a 40 year old. His 10 over 10 pain rating dropped to zero. His surgeon while bewildered happily canceled his amputation.

It has been over a year now and Norb has had his neuropathy rear its ugly head several times. Each and every time, four silver needles as fine as a hair and a simple red light have tamed the nasty beast.

Neuropathy doesn’t choose the aged and infirm. It doesn’t spare the young and healthy. I’d like to tell you about Joan (again name changed). Joan was a very successful executive secretary in her late forties. One day her legs started to ache. It was an annoyance at first. But rapidly progressed to pain in her feet and legs so horrific she was incapacitated. The burning and weakness in her legs became so bad she was bed ridden. Like all of our neuropathy patients, she had been to every type of doctor imaginable. She was quickly diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy. Unlike Norb whose neuropathy was secondary to diabetes, the cause of Joan’s neuropathy could not be determined. She is one of a large group of patients diagnosed with idiopathic neuropathy. Or neuropathy of unknown cause or origin. Despite standard medical care, she spiraled downward. She became totally disabled, lost her job and was given a grim prognosis. There was no identifiable reason for her neuropathy, she was not responding to standard medical treatment and she would likely keep deteriorating. She was told to consider the possibility that she would be a wheelchair before she reached her 50th birthday. The specialist she was seeing told her that there was really nothing he or anyone could do for her and there was no need for her to reschedule an appointment with him.

When I first saw Joan she wasn’t in a wheelchair, but she should have been. She absolutely could not stand without holding on to someone or something. It took her forever to walk from our waiting room to the treatment room. She was on all sorts of powerful drugs that made it difficult for her to concentrate or to even carry on a conversation. She as is typical, had a stack of medical records testifying to the futility of previous medical treatments. Neuropathy had taken her from an independent lady with a high paying job to total disability.

She could not work, she could not interact with her family, she could barely walk, and all the specialists she consulted gave her grim prognosis after grim prognosis.

I told her about a 2000 year old remedy from China that recent studies suggest can enhance nerve regeneration. She had heard about the good results our other neuropathy patients had obtained with the low level laser therapy and acupuncture. She realized that standard medical care had nothing left to offer her and she was willing to give these and other forms of alternative medicine a try. She acknowledged she had nothing left to lose.

Joan’s neuropathy was severe; we gave her a series of natural substances including specific amino acids, Elk Antler Velvet and other nerve growth promoting factors. We used acupuncture and laser and ultrasound and electrical stimulation to stimulate the nerves in her legs. She was very dedicated and we treated her for over four months.

You should she see her today. She is not cured, but she walks quite normally. She goes weeks without severe pain and has been able to stop or reduce many of her pain medications. She plays with her grandchildren and is, as she describes, “more close to normal than anyone could have imagined”.

These cases represent what is possible with the integration of alternative medicine with standard medical care. Do all neuropathy patients respond this way? Unfortunately the answer is no. But alternative medicine and integrative neurology offer tremendous promise to those patients who have exhausted all hope offered from standard medical care.

What’s more is that modern scientific studies on many alternative interventions are documenting their effectiveness. Offering help and hope for patients suffering from peripheral neuropathy, like Norb and Joan.



Source by George Kukurin D.C.

Economical Aid For Folks With Cerebral Palsy

Youngsters with cerebral palsy are suitable for a selection of federal and point out gain courses — from Social Security and Medicaid to lowered hire and minimal-fascination loans for know-how devices to assist them. Dealing with cerebral palsy can be hard for households, specially given that the kid will need so a lot of services, this sort of as physicians, surgeons, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dental hygienists and mental well being counselors. The good news is, enable is just all around the corner.

Your very first halt for economic aid for your cerebral palsy little one must be to use for Social Protection gains. If you or your child has develop into disabled in advance of the age of 22, then you are eligible for Grownup Baby Social Stability advantages. If your youngster is below 18, you can implement for Supplemental Stability Cash flow benefits through your community Social Safety workplace.

Kids with cerebral palsy are admitted easily to this governing administration assist method, which is created for persons with existence-extensive disabilities or who are as well aged to get the job done any for a longer time. Often Medicaid wellness insurance policies coverage immediately arrives with SSI, but other moments you have to utilize separately for these benefits. Be confident to question your SSI representative what your state’s regulations are.

There are other sources for individuals with cerebral palsy. For instance, the United Cerebral Palsy Local community Source Funds provide emergency funds for dwelling charges and technological wants. The Usa TechGuide web page offers lower-curiosity, engineering loans and point out grants to support little ones with spastic cerebral palsy get the required healthcare gadgets they want.

New mothers who have to have to choose time off from operate to treatment for their kid are eligible for supplemental money (fifty-sixty% of their conventional salary) from Non permanent Disability Insurance for up to twelve months. The moment your kid reaches college age, the Particular person Instruction Prepare (via the People today with Disabilities Act) can supply your boy or girl with a crew of therapists and educators, as very well as the proper products to ensure your youngster learns all he/she can.

Afterwards in life, as the boy or girl with this disability grows into an adult, he or she may perhaps determine to live on his/her possess. Via Segment 8 HUD, clients with this disability can get housing assistance vouchers and lowered lease based mostly on their income and demonstrated need. By means of the Krysti Bingham Cerebral Palsy Foundation, qualified residents will only fork out 30% of their living bills, with the rest funded by a authorities grant.

According to the Basis, “Far too typically, persons in the prime of lifetime have been forced to reside in nursing households, rehabilitation facilities and hospitals, or at dwelling with getting older mom and dad. The KBCPF ‘Hope Houses’ transforms the way of life of all those with this disability from a single of social isolation and dependency to 1 of dignity, shared encounters and group involvement.”



Source by Mike Ramidden

Dentists Hate You and They Are Probably Aliens

Dentists hate you. But I suppose it is really ok to have an mindset if your overall profession revolved close to agony, radiation, tooth decay, gingivitis, poor breath, blood and drool.

You dread the take a look at to the dentist all day lengthy. You park your car and stroll into the dentist’s business fifteen minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time in get to sit in their waiting around room for an hour and a half. They educate the receptionist how to organize these kinds of a plan in Dental Receptionist College or university. In Dental Receptionist Higher education all learners are essential to slight in How to Create Big Inconveniences for your Sufferers. They know that we could complain about the wait, but we are trapped there and have no option. Our problems are taped by key microphones and played back throughout business office events.

When you are there you get to sit down in the well-heated and stuffy waiting home. You can even observe Tv, but you are not allowed to touch it. You have to observe whatsoever the dental receptionist wishes to check out game demonstrates, soap operas and Oprah. This is the beginning of their sensory deprivation method that will make it easier for them to perform alien experiments on your entire body. If you you should not really feel like seeing Television set they have a collection of two-three calendar year previous magazines for you. They know that old information will aid calm you. If you continue to have any wherewithal still left right after thumbing via the journals, your eyes will be hypnotized by the apathetic fish in the aquarium. Hear to the bubbling aquarium filter. Emotion sleepy? Listen to the alien new music playing on the intercom. It is Celine Dion. She is the only alien to ever crack the leading forty pop music marketplace.

In the back again of your now dulled condition of mind you listen to a voice calling. It is the hygienist. All of a unexpected, following waiting ninety minutes, your appointment has a sense of urgency to it. They want to end you up and go dwelling. Now lie down in the cozy chair. That chair has special alien gravity powers that hold you down with no straps. Have you at any time tried out to get up immediately from the dental chair?

Let the blood pool in your head as you stare into the vivid light-weight. The a lot more blood in your head, the a lot more quiet you are and the much more blood they can just take from you and use for evil. See the sterile area you are in. Won’t it resemble the spaceship operating home that is usually described by hypnotized alien abductees? Now place on the protection goggles so that bone chips and broken drill bits do not fly out of your mouth and lodge in your eyeball. Glance at the hygienist. She has a mask and goggles. Is it the same human being who led you into the home? Probably she is a sufferer of alien entire body snatching. Now gargle with the secret fluid. It kills the germs in your mouth that may perhaps infect the alien inhabitants.

Dental industry experts want to converse to you when they have applications and fingers in your mouth. The odd seems that you make is in fact the alien’s native language. You really don’t recognize that you are talking alien and you quickly get discouraged at the clear lack of interaction. Then you vacation resort to just nodding at whatsoever they are saying. This is okay as well because they have alien intellect studying powers.

The hygienist now goes to work on you. They do not enable you see the applications that they are sticking in your mouth. They acquire magician and gambling courses in dental university and are deft at the sleight-of-hand. You will find a reason they never want you to see the equipment. You would hope alien equipment to be house-aged tools. But they usually are not. The aliens are sadistic and want to inflict soreness on you. They have been applying the exact same dental surgical procedures equipment because the Civil War. If you attempt to fight their gravity chair and peek at the software desk, they will shock your exposed nerves with a blast of cold h2o or cold air.

How sadistic are dental professionals? Did you know that the US Army Reserve unit that got into trouble for abusing prisoners at Abu Graib was a dental unit? There was a snafu at the assignment workplace and this reserve dental device from West Virginia was mistakenly despatched to alleviate a departing army police business at the jail. These dental experts ended up just carrying out what they ended up taught to do. Torturing and humiliating men and women.

After the hygienist is performed scraping each individual uncovered nerve in your jaw she phone calls for the dentist. He likes the drill. The drill hurts but there are worse matters. He was drilling on 1 of my teeth one day and we fell into a program with each other. He would drill a little. Prevent. Tears would nicely up in my eyes. Drill, stop, tears. Drill, stop, tears. This cycle repeated alone about four additional times when he lastly questioned, “Why do you wince and tear-up when I halt drilling?” I explained, “Doc, it truly is that music! Each time you quit I can listen to Celine Dion participating in! Please hold drilling!”

The dentist is very good at utilizing euphemisms. “You are heading to experience a minor strain,” usually means, “It is going to sense like a yellow jacket stung you on your tonsil.” “You are likely to feel a pinch” usually means, “It will feel like this needle pierced the roof of your mouth and penetrated your eyeball.”

They speak in a key code to the hygienist much too. “Suction,” means, “Get rid of that quart of blood that is pooling in the back of his throat.” They even assign a top secret numbering program to the dental resources. “Give me a # three, or a # four, or a # eight,” is shorthand for “the gum eviscerator, “the uncooked dangling nerve pincer,” and “the bone pulverizer.”

Now it is time for an x-ray. There is nothing more unearthly than radiation. Do you genuinely think that a human invented the x-ray machine in the 1890s? That was rather a leap in health care science heading from barber-surgeons and bloodletting to x-ray devices. Whoever invented the x-ray machine had some alien aid. I truly won’t be able to describe what this machine does to you. They jam a thing into your mouth (a GPS?), immobilize you with a direct blanket, and then shoot unusual rays at you.

Prior to you depart they inform you to floss. They want you to get a nylon wire and rub it in among your enamel until eventually your gums bleed. This is the same theory as getting a linoleum knife and functioning it again and forth in amongst your toes. The final matter they convey to you just before you depart is not to consume or drink anything for the following 96 hrs.

As you exit the making and wander out to your car in the parking lot you feeling a unusual sensation. However you used the overall afternoon at the dentist office it has only felt like five minutes given that you initially arrived and acquired out of your motor vehicle. This is referred to as “misplaced time” or “lacking time” and it is the exact phenomenon that alien abductees practical experience. Coincidence?



Source by Jason Hastings

Dental Follow Management Accomplishment For Small City Dentists

Small City Dentists Do not Have to Settle for Large Tension, Low Profits

Fifteen years ago I went again to my hometown to buy a 20-calendar year-previous rural dental exercise from a retiring dentist. I had analyzed dentistry being aware of that I desired to come again to my dwelling and provide in my modest-city farming group of 8,000 people today.

Even even though I was a hometown girl, I confronted several challenges as I took over the rural exercise. It was a time of large stress concentrations and lower earnings… the similar troubles most rural dentists encounter. I was functioning in a small-town observe administration frame of mind as I worked really hard to acquire the believe in of the very long-time individuals in the city, even men and women who watched me improve up. I also had to combat the notion that is held by several men and women dwelling in rural communities: that little city dentistry suggests sub-standard care.

Your rural practice is likely a great deal like mine utilized to be. I was paying out the vast majority of my days with basic patch and filling patients, products and services that web a small earnings. It was frustrating to get the job done so challenging and not have any revenue left just after spending my expenditures. It just did not appear suitable that I was shelling out the twenty-year-aged hygienist — who I experienced – much more than I was producing myself.

I was in the commencing stages of my rural exercise management and I failed to want to settle for this superior tension, minimal profit lifestyle. I wasn’t having to get pleasure from the rewards of modest-town residing… the full reason why I moved back to a house with animals and a excellent check out. I didn’t want to stick to the market consultant’s guidance to participate in traditional rural dental marketing and advertising tactics. Distributing discount codes or acknowledge lower-shelling out insurance policy delivers in much more people, but it nevertheless delivers in small earnings. I did not want to settle for regular advice that I would have to wait seven-years for my rural dental practice to grow to be worthwhile. That is 7 yrs of my daily life!

***I am sad to know that numerous rural dentists however locate the 7-yr split-even rule as an acceptable consequence commencing stages of rural apply management. I know that the function in difficult and the fork out is lower when you stick to the conventional approach. And I know that following a handful of several years, several tiny city dentists start off to speculate if they’ve manufactured the correct selection. As they are pushing by years five and 6, it turns into extremely tough for numerous rural dentists to push via the challenging instances… specifically when they notice they are missing out on so many of the rewards of tiny city residing.

***The good reasons small town dentists give for moving to a lot less populated parts are ordinarily anything but the wish for cash. Rural dentists could have a passion for serving in their hometown, elevating their children in a smaller sized local community, or just really like the outside and the peace that will come from observing the unobstructed look at of a sunset at the conclude of the working day. But when the stress turns into superior and work several hours are lengthy, a lot of give up on their tiny-town goals. Some commence to crave totally free-time. Other folks start to dream of obtaining a significant-tech apply with complicated strategies… executing all the thrilling things they had been experienced to do.

I have a enthusiasm for my hometown. I have a passion for raising my children in a rural group. I like to walk the land each and every night and search at my animals and view the sunset. I also have a passion that rural dentistry can be something substantially various than what most people today anticipate for it to be. When I acquired fatigued of undertaking factors the way they experienced usually been finished, I investigated best procedures in bigger cities to variety a new product of rural dentistry promoting. The outcome? I created a small-tension, high-tech, and higher-financial gain way of accomplishing small business that is both good for me and fantastic for my people.

As soon as I adjusted my mindset that my rural dental exercise could be different, I however had to train my team and educate my patients. Over the yrs, I have put with each other what I look at to be a dream-team staff. Now, as an alternative of just fixing the dental difficulties offered to us, my employees and I concentrate on attracting non-value-delicate sufferers and maximizing the earning prospective in wellness treatment — via cleanliness creation providers.

My rural dental apply does not seem like a conventional smaller-city practice any extra. And my pressure ranges and financial gain margins usually are not what they utilised to be both. I’d appreciate to share additional with you about how this rural dentist in a city of eight,000 people stopped struggling to make finishes satisfy, and started out dwelling the most excellent smaller-city dream I could have ever imagined.

***If you would like to spend additional time with your spouse and children and lessen your worry stage, if you would like to apply the high-tech dentistry and sophisticated treatments you had been educated to do, I invite you to check out my web-site. You do not have to trade your goals of compact-city residing to have an fascinating, higher-tech, substantial-income practice. I’m happy I didn’t sacrifice my hometown values or shift my young children to the major city in purchase to observe dentistry the way it can be done in hugely populated parts. I figured out how to keep suitable wherever I was and have the dental practice of my desires.



Source by Ginger Bratzel

The Significance of Dental Continuing Training

The pursuit of lifelong studying-no matter whether to enrich our lives, adhere to a new aspiration, or merely problem ourselves, is unquestionably some thing that appeals to several of us. For some pros, nonetheless, ongoing instruction in their fields of abilities is additional important than for many others. Persons doing the job in the healthcare and dental fields are entrusted with the safety and ease and comfort of some others on a day-to-day foundation. Need to they opt for to count upon their original training indefinitely, disregarding ongoing developments and technological improvements, they would be placing their tactics at legal possibility and jeopardizing the wellness and welfare of their people. In these fields, it’s simply just not an selection to presume that there is nothing at all a lot more to learn.

Dental continuing training is important for everyone operating in the dental field. As in the health care area, technological improvements in the area occur at a fast-fireplace pace, and staying abreast of the latest exploration, equipment and treatment method procedures is important. Ongoing instruction for dental experts is so significant that most states demand that dentists and hygienists complete a particular range of dental continuing schooling functions each individual calendar year in order to continue being licensed to exercise. These necessities range from point out to state, and in some conditions also utilize to dental assistants.

Pursuing ongoing instruction in the dental industry can be useful in several strategies. For a dentist who is presently in exercise, ongoing continuing schooling makes sure that his or her patients have entry to the most current diagnostic, preventative and remedy procedures. For an unique just beginning a profession in the dental subject, dental continuing education can open new job pathways, present possibilities for development and boost earning power.

A vast wide variety of dental continuing education activities are accessible for both working and non-doing the job individuals. If your intention is merely to keep knowledgeable about new research results and updated marketplace best tactics, there are a great deal of reduced-cost, self-paced on the internet programs that can assist you to meet your state’s continuing education needs and increase your potential to execute your present-day work position. If you are fascinated in furthering your official schooling, however, in buy to progress your vocation in the dental industry, you might want to pursue a diploma or certificate method. For case in point, a dental assistant might find out that she is interested in pursuing a occupation as a hygienist-irrespective of whether to receive a increased salary or only to experience far more individual success in her work purpose. In this case, she would want a degree from an accredited dental cleanliness university in order to obtain her license.

Irrespective of the pathway you pick out, as a dental skilled you really should take into consideration your pursuit of training to be a lifelong endeavor. Performing so will not only superior place you to progress inside of your picked field it will also make sure that you’re ready to supply the finest doable care for your patients.



Source by Gust Lenglet