4 Steps to Correcting Mallet Toe

Mallet toe and hammertoes are deformities of the joints. They form for a number of reasons. Identifying that reason and treating it is usually necessary to prevent the deformity from progressing further. Reversing it may require surgical correction, if it is not caught in time.

So, if you are starting to see changes in the joints of your toes, it is time to take action. Here’s what to do.

Identify the Reason

What is causing the joint change? Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis cause damage to the joints. Although, past treatments for arthritis focused on pain management, other courses of action are now recommended, included regular physical activity and weight bearing exercises.

The length of your toes and your general foot health could be the cause of the joint changes. For example, if your second toe is longer than your big toe, it could be in a constantly cramped position due to poor fitting shoes, a tight toe-box or hard shoe materials. Bunions and plantar warts can also cause the toe’s tendon to shorten and eventually produce the deformity.

High arches and flat feet can eventually cause the joint changes. Wearing shoes with no arch support can eventually cause the problems, too.

In addition to arthritis, other diseases can cause mallet toe and hammertoes. Or, at least, the condition is more common in people that have diseases like diabetes. A stroke can be a contributing factor. Joint changes are classic symptoms of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.

Correct the Cause

If none of the above causes seem to apply, then you are not wearing friendly shoes. You need to face that fact, before you proceed. Our feet should be cared for in the same way that we care for the rest of our bodies. Fashion designers have made it difficult for people, especially women, to stand and walk in comfort.

If the cause of your mallet toe is an underlying disease, a trip to the podiatrist is in order. Unlike your regular family doctor, a podiatrist specializes in treating foot problems. Diabetics should visit a podiatrist regularly.

For high arches, custom orthotics is the solution. Orthotic inserts are also helpful for people that suffer from Charcot foot.

For flat feet, arch supports are the answer. In fact, anyone will benefit from good arch support.

Exercise Your Toes

Physical therapy for the toes might seem like an unusual idea, but some exercises will help to stretch the tendons and strengthen the joints. For example, curling up a newspaper with your toes or gently stretching them manually may help reverse mallet toe.

Use Straighteners and Separators

Straighteners, separators and caps combined with practical shoes that have a large deep toe box are helpful for anyone, regardless of the cause of the problem. Even if they cannot reverse the condition completely, they will help prevent it from worsening.

When you choose shoes, make sure that there is plenty of room to wiggle your toes. If not, then the shoes are too tight. Surgery is sometimes necessary to correct mallet toe. It’s best to avoid that option, if at all possible.

Brick Stains – Mold (Darkening Of The Masonry)

I'll bet most people will never notice if they have mold in their masonry wall system of their home until it is too late. Why? Well the effect is so gradual and occurs over such a long period of time, that most people will never notice the change occurring.

However to the trained professional this problem is usually obvious and can cause damage to your masonry walls which lead to un-necessary repairs. If you can identify this problem before it causes damage to your wall system, you may save yourself some hard earned cash!

This is how to identify if there is mold in the masonry walls of your home and what to do about it.

Stand back from the wall in question maybe 50 'to 75'. Now very casually begin to scan the wall. Do not focus on any given area but just look at the entire wall. You will notice the over all tonal quality to your masonry, in terms of light and color. Every wall is different depending on its location, whether it faces the winning winds or not and if the wall gets plenty of sunshine, so you must look at each wall individually.

Ok. Now that you have the over all color tone in your mind eye let's take a little closer look. Notice the top portion of the wall in particular or where adjoining walls meet this wall. What you are looking for is a graduating darkening of the wall from the top down usually. It may not be obvious so you want to look for darker areas within the tonal range of the wall. If you identify an area that has this darkening effect, then step a little closer for a good visual and to see if you can figure out why that area is darker.

You will notice that directly above the darker portion of the wall will be a shed point of water, such as a termination point for an adjoining wall, roof, masonry or flashing materials. You have to look close and use your 'inspector' glasses because sometimes it may not be obvious. One thing is for sure. The wall would not be darker if there was no mold present.

Remember that mold spores are always present in the air that we breathe. When these spores find damp locations they settle in and begin to multiply. They will not grow without water present. As rain water absorbs into a wall over a period of time then conditions become ripe for a mold bloom.

That is your key to knowing that excess water is entering into your wall system. Once you have identified the mold areas and the probable cause of the water infiltration then it's a simple matter to fix the problem.

Many different repairs could be required depending on the cause, the location and the severity of the problem. Usually it will be flashing, a simple pointing of missing mortar joints, replacing a chimney crown or rebuilding portion of a damaged area.

As you can see there is no 'one fix' for any given mold problem. If the problem seems larger than you want to tackle then contact your local masonry repair expert for his advice, on how to prevent mold build up in your masonry walls.

Is It My Roof or Gutters That Is Leaking?

Do you have water dripping from your eaves and you need to find out how to stop it before it causes damage to the lumber and compromises the eaves structural integrity? Should you call a gutter contractor? Will he come look at it just to refer it to a roofer that will turn you back to the gutter guy to solve the leak? In this blog, I will give you a near fail-safe way to determine the cause.

First you need to know the components that usually make up an eave. Eaves are made up of: Fascia (the vertical component that the gutters would fasten to, and Soffit (the bottom of the eave.) There are two main types of Soffit and fascia eaves. 1) Aluminum Soffit and fascia (this is maintenance free , paint clad aluminum that covers the lumber that is used to build the eaves) and 2) Open Soffit Eaves (exposed rafters visible from standing under the eaves and looking straight up). If you are reading this blog, it is probably safe to say you can identify the rain gutters as they fasten into the fascia and collect water run off.

Next, you need to study the eaves when they are leaking. If you do not want to wait for rain, you can put a sprinkler on the garden hose and place it on the roof to simulate rainfall. Once you see it dripping through the eaves, study the nature of the drip with the following information in mind:

  1. If the water drip is coming from between the gutter and aluminum fascia, it is almost always because the back of the gutter was not installed up under the drip metal flashing (located under the first course of shingles). Below is an example of drip metal that does not flash into the gutter properly. You can see the white drip metal just above the gutters, does not flash down into the gutters. This allows water to get behind the gutters and run down, dripping between the gutter and fascia.
  2. If the water is dripping between the fascia and soffit, or from the soffit alone, it is most likely coming from the roof.
  3. If the dripping is coming from the gutters end caps, miters, or downspouts, it is a gutter issue.

Exceptions to these rules do exist, however, they are rare. This will give you an opportunity to call a contractor to fix the problem. This brings up the next challenge: calling the right contractor. I can not tell you how often eave problems are misdiagnosed, even by professional contractors. I recently visited a home where the home owner was thoroughly and completely frustrated. In an effort to correct an eave leak, she had put a complete new roof on. When it did not stop the leak, the roofing contractor who was paid to put on the new roof, told her to contact a gutter contractor.

When the gutter contractor charged her a significant sum to repair the gutters, you can guess she felt trapped and at a dead end when it continued to leak. The two contractors blamed each other and so she called us. My estimator looked at it and new immediately it was not a gutter issue because it was leaking through the soffit and there was a roofing detail that was done wrong. He told her to contact the roofing contractor who installed the roof and give him the list of instructions we provided to fix the roof.

Many times a contractor is more excited about winning a bid than really taking the time to diagnose the problem. Knowing the steps outlined above, you will be able to be educated and feel confident in the solution.

Apply Rosin to Your Bow

Basically, violin bow rosin is tree sap. You can buy different roses that are produced from diverse trees. (For example, oak, cedar, pine, etc.) I recommend purchasing the pine tree rosin. (Dark green color) In my opinion, (and the opinion of most violinists) it works better and is far superior to any other violin bow rosin out there. Pine tree rosin helps to create a much improved sound.

The horse hair of the bow has very fine hooks not visible to the naked eye all through the hair follicle. Sound is produced when these tiny hooks "pluck" the string. These small hooks need violin bow rosin to keep their "bite". I suggest applying rosin every time you play your instrument.

Before applying the violin bow rosin, make sure you have tightened the bow to the appropriate tension. With the rosin in your left hand and bow in your right, set the hair on the rosin at the base in front of the frog. With light pressure, steadily and evenly move the violin bow rosin along the entire length of the bow hair to the tip. Then move back down to the frog, to the tip again, and so on until you are sure there is enough rosin on the hair.

There are two methods to do this. You can hold the bow still and move the rosin, or of course, the opposite; hold your rosin still as you move the bow. Either way is fine, but I suggest getting in the habit of moving the bow, not the rosin. With the rosin still, it is applied more evenly and is more efficient overall.

Note: Because rosin is being applied to the bow hair, it is going to end up on the violin strings and the wood of the violin as well. After each time you play, it is very important to remove the violin bow rosin from the strings with a cloth. This creates a loud obnoxious noise, but you'll learn to like it! The rosin will cause damage to the strings if it is not cleaned. It is the same concept for the violin itself. The rosin will eat through the stain and varnish of the wood and create a permanent gray spot. So do your violin a favor, and clean it often.

It is very important to tighten and loosen your violin bow hairs using the tension screw at the base of the violin bow. You need to make it tight enough so there is hardly enough room to fit your pinkie finger amid the wood and the bow hair. Each time you are done playing, it is essential to your bow that you relax the hairs to avoid causing damage. If it is left tightened for too long, the bow will deform. The violin bow is made up of over a dozen parts and is put under a large amount of pressure while the bow hairs are tightened. In most cases, bows are made from "Brazil Wood," which is very strong for this very reason. Even the sturdiest wood can warp, so always be aware of that.

Outdoor Fireplace Accessories, Rustic Fireplace Tools, Fireplace Mantles

In the chilling winter evenings, having a warm get together with family and friends can become most enjoyable only if you possess a beautiful fireplace in your lawn or garden which can provide you with its cozy warmth to make your night comfortable and pleasant. Apart from the utility factor, it would also be absolutely true to say that the fireplace these days are not only considered necessary during the winters but also as an element which can add value to the interior or the exterior of your house. Fireplaces these days come in a large variety ranging from the cheap to the very expensive ones and with simple to the classy and dashing looks.

Although getting an outdoor fireplace to make your garden beautiful is an extremely creative idea, because it will give you the opportunity of sitting in your backyard with a bunch of friends and roast marshmallows during the winters. But your gathering can not become very memorable if you just possess a simple fireplace with no utility and good looks. Rather what can make your hearth highly functional, attractive and eye catchy are the outdoor fireplace accessories.

The consider increase increase in the demand of outdoor fireplaces these days, have led to the emergence of a wide range of outdoor fireplace accessories too. This huge collection of the best fireplace tools includes the fireplace screens, tools, tongs, pokers, mantels and the fireplace inserts. But among this big list of the fireplace accessories, which when used will avoid any kind of risk, difficulty or accident that might be caused; the most common are the Rustic fireplace tools, Fireplace mantles

Beautiful decorating items such as the rustic fireplace tools and mantels can make your gas, electric, wood or even the real fireplace more functional, apart from adding a class and style to it and thus making it capable of catching the attention of others. These gorgeous arrays of rustic tools are made of iron and are basically the pieces of art, which are made to fit any size of fireplace and can be paired with any other accessory conveniently.

Bricklayers Insurance is Important If You Are Self-Employed

One of the first things you should think about when going self employed as a Bricklayer or starting your own business is insurance. Bricklayers Insurance is an important cover for you to have, it means that you are protected for accidents that might happen because you could cause you to be claimed against.

You will know that being a self-employed Bricklayer means that you are responsible for your own business and you now do not have an employer to insure you. This is important because if an accident happens and you are not covered by insurance you will have to pay for the cost of the claim yourself.

The main part of your Bricklayers Insurance will be Public Liability Insurance. This will cover you if your business accidentally causes injury or damage to another person or their property. It's a cover that is essential to your business so that it can keep operating if something goes wrong.

Employers Liability Insurance is another cover that you need to have. As a business it is important to have cover for your employees because if they are injured or fall ill while at work, they may make a claim against you which could be a problem for your business. In the UK if you have employees, Employers Liability Insurance is a legal requirement. It's there to protect both you and your employees.

If you want to save money on your business insurance the best thing to do is to shop around to find the best deal.

Can I Run a Race Without Registering For It?

I often have athletes that I coach decide that they want to run a race in training to help them prepare for their up-coming goal race. Sometimes they either want to use the race to simulate the conditions for their goal race, or they want to get in a long run while having the company of other runners and the help of aid stations.

Many times my clients ask me if they must register and pay for the race or can they just run it and not take the medal as your cross the finish line. I always tell my clients that they need to register and pay the fee. This is the same information I pass on to you. I recommend this for many reasons.

Running a race without registering and paying the entry fee is very common. It is called being a bandit. The first reason to register for a race is to be allowed to be on the course. I most cases races do not want unregistered runners on the course. They can be a liability to both the race and the other runners. They put an additional burden on race officials and they can cause someone else or themselves to get hurt in some way.

The second reason is to think about the other runners. Use the 2007 Chicago Marathon as an example. Both years the weather was warmer than usual for that time of year. There were even reports of aid stations that had run out of water or Gatorade. Imagine yourself in the marathon that year. The temperature is in the low 90’s and you are approaching mile 20. As we all know mile 20 seems to be where everyone falls apart in the marathon. As you approach the aid station you feel like a glass of water or Gatorade is essential to helping you make it to the finish line. As you reach the aid station you see a volunteer hand out the last cup of water to a runner without a bib on. You decide to move on to the Gatorade just to discover that it too has run out. Now you have to run another mile hoping that the next aid station has fluids all the while know that the glass of liquid you paid for when registering for the race was just stolen by the bandit just in front of you who did not pay the entry fee. How would you feel?

The third reason is for safety purposes to you. You have decided to bandit a 25 kilometer trail race. The trail takes you through a very remote section of the wilderness that consists of steep hills that you must negotiate. You think that the race will make an ideal situation for you to get in a long run and hill training to prepare you for an up-coming hilly marathon. About mid-race your reach the top of a hill and you are headed down the other side of it. Suddenly you toe catches a rock and you are tumbling down the hill. Sometime during your slide down the hill you hit your head. Now you are unconscious. A race official is notified of your position and emergency personnel are summoned. The only problem now is that they have no idea who you are because you have no identification and no bib number to match up with registration information. The emergency personnel have no idea what medication you may or may not be allergic to or what your past medical history may include that could help them treat you.

These are just three reasons why it is important to register and pay the entry fee anytime you run a race. Being a bandit can seem like a cheap way to get into a race it should be avoided. Do yourself and all your fellow runners a favor and pay that entry fee.

Interior Design Ideas to Make Your House Modern and Fashionable

Want to give your home spaces a fresh and trendy feel? Well, you first need to search for relevant interior design ideas suiting your structure and its geometry in a perfect manner. More importantly, the design you search has to enhance the feel of the house and inject a breath of fresh life into it. You just can’t go ahead and choose any furniture and decorations hoping them to transform the spaces into modern and trendy. Rather, you have to find a real design that blends aesthetics and functionality together to do the trick to the spaces.

Here are interior design ideas to make the house modern and fashionable –

Choose the cool color scheme

Colors will have a huge role to play in making a house look modern, or old, as you select. So, the focus should be selecting the color scheme that is cool. Only a right color can let you get the right décor for the interior. You can’t choose the white and expect to make the interiors fashionable as it won’t. Rather, you have to choose a color that matches well with the style and appearance of the furniture. Modern decors mostly use toned down colors and this mantra has to be adopted for sure.

Minimalism with texture and fabric

For homeowners, it’s important to not mistake with the texture and fabric used in the décor. In fact, the texture for the furniture will be vital as it for other items and accessories around the house. The fabric and texture has to be chosen to blend effortlessly into the background. Similarly, it’d great to choose fabrics that are neutral and that don’t look so obvious to the eyes. The focus should be on keeping the feel of the interior simplistic as this is only possible when an approach of minimalism is followed by the fabric.

Avoid lavish decorations and accessories

The thumb rule in designing a modern and fashionable interior is to cut back on lavish and colorful decorations. Home owners should say no to any accessories that put strain on the eyes. Rather, the focus should be using items made of see-through materials or of metals to create a calm atmosphere in the décor. The décor has to be minimalist at best so that a modern and elegant feel in the décor can be achieved. Similarly, it’s good to use items that are less to grab attention and more to lend an order in the house.

Use more of natural and greener materials

Design ideas for modern homes are more about using natural and greener materials and less about gravitating to flashy items or accessories. The goal is to get a shade of nature in the house and this can only be possible with a sensible design idea. For example, more wooden accessories and furniture are used than ever before, and the classical green carpets are back into reckoning all over again. Metal items are more in demand and furniture are getting customized like never before.

Dagstuhl Seminar End – User Software Engineering

I have been reading this abstracts paper from the Dagstuhl Seminar End-User Software Engineering and it has lots of interesting points to make.

It is stated that "The number of end users creating software is far larger than the number of professional programs. These end users are using various languages , dynamic web applications, and scientific simulations. This software needs to be sufficient dependable, but substantial evidence suggests that it is not. " This point refers to that of (Ko) (Carnegie Mellon University) who explains that the goals of end-users may be unrelated to production of code, but instead they are interested in their domain problem, this means that they perceive programming barriers as distractions. Ko explains that end-user programs must be allowed to focus on their goals, and an important part of the solution is to visualize the whole program execution not just the output. A further problem outlined by Ko is that of programs which were intended to be temporary and owned by a particular person becoming central to a company, this often occurs with spreadsheets.

(Henry Lieberman) of MIT Media Laboratory requests "Why is it so much harder to program a computer than simply to use a computer application? arcane programming languages ​​and mystically complex software development techniques. We can do much better. " He argues that researchers should use program transformation, and visualization to make the end-user programming process as automatic as possible. In order that people can become End-User Software Engineers without their even realizing it. This needs to involve interdisciplinary research to combine different research approaches. (Blackwell) also argues the need for interdisciplinary research on the end-user programming problem to identify techniques within software engineering that can assist with this problem.

(Coutaz) explains how Model Driven Engineering and Service Oriented Architecture can be combined. Coutaz also explains that "An interactive system is a graph of models related by mappings and transformations." This would fit in well with the structure of RDF (Resource Description Framework) a Semantic Web standard, which is also a graph structure. Alexander Repenning of University of Lugano explains the need for enhancements to UML (Unified Modeling Language) to aid end-user programming. (Engels) of University of Paderborn also explains that UML should be extended to allow development of user interfaces in order to assist end-users to program. (Repenning) also argues that "Visual programming languages ​​using drag and drop mechanisms as programming approach make it virtually impossible to create syntactic errors." So "With the syntactic challenge being – more or less – out of the way we can focus on the semantic level of end-user programming." (Rosson) of Pennsylvania State University also explains about creation of a web based drag and drop interface. Abraham and (Erwig) Oregon State University integrate spreadsheet modeling to the UML modeling process. (Gerhard Fischer) of University of Colorado explores the concept of meta-design as aimed at creating infrastructures for collaborative design incorporating future uses and problems that can not be fully comprehended during the development of a system. (Dittrich) of University of Copenhagen argues that more research is needed into the software lifecycle and methods and tools needed for end-user developers, especially when they are collaborating. These end-users often need to adjust old software for new purposes. (Costabile and Piccinno) also explain that new methodologies and environments are required for supporting end-user collaborative development

(De Souza) argues that the goal of human-computer interaction (HCI) will evolve from making systems easy to use to making systems that are easy to develop. Lieberman also argues that HCI experts have concentrated on ease of use and should examine ease of programming. (Begel) of Microsoft Research explains that if programming is left only to programmers rather than allowing domain experts to be involved the program becomes a black box and the domain expert can not trust or verify the results. He explains that text based computer languages ​​are often too obscure for end-user programs. Begel also explains that end-users may lack an engineering mindset to form mental models of how to make the computer do what they want. Segal of the Open University argues that professional engineers have a history of programming so can be distinguished from other end-user programs as having fewer problems with coding. (Fischer) explains that it is the mismatches between end-users needs and software support that enables new understandings. Fischer also argues that software development can never be completely delegated to software professionals because domain experts are the only people that fully understand the domain specific tasks that must be performed. He also argues for an approach to enabling end-user programming that makes it interesting to end-users. He explains that often the problem is that end-users find programming boring rather than that they find it hard. (Spahn et al.) Explains that end-users of ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems are domain experts not IT professionals, and this is forcing them to communicate their needs to IT developers. Spahn et algue for the empowerment of users to customize software by providing an abstraction layer to hide technical details and allow for concentrating on business needs.

(Clarke) of Microsoft examines the characteristics of end-user developers in order to assist with meeting their needs. (Fischer) hypothesises that this emphasis on end-user development also changes the emphasis on testing "Software testing is conducted differently. Because domain expert developers these are the primary users, complete testing is not as important as in the case when the developers are not the users. "


End-User Software Engineering – Dagstuhl Seminar – Summary – http://www.dagstuhl.de/en/program/calendar/semhp/?semnr=2007081 – PDF Abstracts and links to papers – http://eusesconsortium.org/docs /dagstuhl_2007.pdf – Margaret M. Burnett, Gregor Engels, Brad A. Myers and Gregg Rothermel – From 18.01.07 to 23.02.07, the Dagstuhl Seminar 07081 End-User Software Engineering was held in the International Conference and Research Center (IBFI) ), Schloss Dagstuhl. During the seminar, several participants presented their current research, and ongoing work and open problems were discussed.

Abraham, R., Erwig, M., 2007. Exploiting Domain-Specific Structures For End-User Programming Support Tools. In: End-User Software Engineering Dagstuhl Seminar.

Begel, A., 2007. End User Programming for Scientists: Modeling Complex Systems. In: End-User Software Engineering Dagstuhl Seminar.

Blackwell, A., 2007. Interdisciplinary Design Research for End-User Software Engineering. In: End-User Software Engineering Dagstuhl Seminar.

Burnett, MM, Engels, G, Myers, BA, Rothermel, G., 2007. End-User Software Engineering Dagstuhl Seminar.

Clarke, S., 2007. What is an End User Software Engineer ?. In: End-User Software Engineering Dagstuhl Seminar.

Costabile, MF, Piccinno, A., 2007. Software environments for supporting End-User Development. In: End-User Software Engineering Dagstuhl Seminar.

Coutaz, J., 2007. Meta-User Interfaces for Ambient Spaces: Can Model-Driven-Engineering Help ?. In: End-User Software Engineering Dagstuhl Seminar.

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Dittrich, Y., 2007. Rethinking the Software Life Cycle: About the Interlace of Different Design and Development Activities. In: End-User Software Engineering Dagstuhl Seminar.

Engels, G., 2007. Model-Driven Development for End-Users, too !? In: End-User Software Engineering Dagstuhl Seminar.

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Ko, AJ, 2007. Barriers to Successful End-User Programming. In: End-User Software Engineering Dagstuhl Seminar.

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Emotional Detachment And How To Overcome It

Emotional detachment can be referred to an individual who cannot connect find or connect emotionally with others or themselves. Such individuals cannot perform in a social gathering and might eventually sink into a nervous breakdown. It is very important for an individual to get professional help in order of overcoming this emotional condition. There are quite a number of therapies out there that have been conjured to help individuals overcome such; most of these therapies come as personal development cures. Emotional detachment is often linked to some or all of these signs


Anger can be a very difficult vice to kick out. Individuals who have had previous problems which have led them to this state will always tend to isolate themselves from other people. This is because they are able to react differently to even small issues like jokes. They may be emotionally detached as they do not know how to handle their anger.


Grief can be a difficult issue to deal with especially when has lost someone they were really close to. They may not know how to deal with their loss and they may find themselves keeping to themselves. However for individuals who go through this state their friends and family can take note of this and recommend better options for them to take like dealing with experts who can teach them how to let go and move on with their lives.

Stress And Depression

Individuals who have stress may find themselves emotionally detached in the long run. This is because they are so immersed in their own problems that they cannot find time to socialize well with others. This at severe situations will cause depression. Once depression sets in they might find themselves getting an emotional breakdown.

Loss Of A Job

If an individual loses there source of income it may lead them to a state of emotional detachment. An individual may be confused and be out of options. This can be more difficult if they have responsibilities they need to take care of. These signs are easy to detect. When an individual is getting emotionally detachment they should seek the help of a professional before they get an emotional breakdown.

People who overcome emotional detachment must find in themselves ways to forge ahead with their lives. Accepting life situations however hard they may be is often a big step in emotional cure. It is also very important to understand influences of the brain when seeking for any therapy; successful individuals note that the brain is the central controlling organ of each and every activity in the human body. Looking for therapies which influence the strength of the human brain in affecting cure to emotional detachment is the only permanent way of getting rid of the sickness. There are quite a number of places where you can get good information about how to cure emotional detachment, when seeking more information on these always make sure that you get information from good reputable sites which have a reputation of displaying factual information.

Foam Board Insulation

Foam board insulation is the perfect solution for insulating walls and attic's. You can find it in three different types – polystyrene, polyisocyanurate and polyurethane. You will need to learn about the use for each of these types before you buy just any. Attics are often suffer from moisture issues, which is why it is so important that you choose the right type of foam board in order to properly protect against water vapor.

When you are looking to purchase any type of insulation you must know the safety regulations that are required for the area. For example various areas through your home will require fireproof or flame resistant material. Installing the wrong type of material could result in problems somewhere down the road. Learning this before you begin your project is extremely important.

Polystyrene insulation is often the most expensive of the three, and also the strongest. There are so many different types of insulation that you can use through your home, and choosing just one to install in your home can be overwhelming. You want the best in your home, but at the same time you do not want to spend a large amount of money on it either. This is where the difficulty comes in.

You can find many websites that will help you to remember the best form of insulation that will also be affordable. Some of the other types include reflective foil, radiant barrier, and mineral wool insulation is just a few of the many choices that you have. There are some very important factors that you must consider, such as the amount of the moisture in the area you will be insulating. Basements and attics often have moisture, and choosing one that can not handle this situation will result in mold damage. Black mold can be extremely harmful to your health. You will also need to check with your local codes to determine whether you will need to put in specific type of insulation such as fireproof insulation. Many states have specific codes. You can learn this online by searching for insulation requirements in Michigan or which ever state that you live in. This is important and these codes are in place for a reason.

Putting fireproof insulation is extremely important for attics, and around duct work. You can find more information about this searching online. Fireproof and fire resistant insulation will prevent a fire from moving quickly through your home.

Healing Your Adult Acne

Adult acne is a condition that plagues thousands of people across the globe. It is a great beauty concern and causes quite a lot of pain and distress, both physical and otherwise. Acne is the result of dirt and dead cell accumulation in the pores of the skin.

Dirt and oil, along with dead cells accumulate in pores or hair follicles and form small blackheads, which go on to become white heads and pustules when inflated, and eventually turn into pimples. Severe acne can be very painful as it completely reddens skin, causes severe itching, cracked skin, and scars.

The exact causes have not yet identified yet that lead to adult acne, but stress, unhealthy lifestyle, use of bad cosmetics, hormonal imbalance etc have been linked to adult acne. About 25% of all adult men and 50% of all adult women reported suffer from adult acne. Many over the counter medications are available for treating acne.

They generally contain benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, etc which sometimes do cure acne but often have grave side effects. These include excessive dryness of the skin, cracking, itching, scarring etc. Salicylic acid has also been linked to other serious disorders such as hearing and memory impairment etc. Here are 5 natural treatments for adult acne that can cure acne without any harmful side effects.

1. Fruits and vegetables can be used to cure adult acne. Raid your fridge for these easily available natural remedies for acne. Applying lemon cubes on the acne-affected areas works wonders for clearing skin of acne. Applying the lemon juice to the affected area and allowing the skin to absorb it for 15 minutes, wash it after after 15 minutes with lukewarm water.

Tomato and cucumber juice can also be applied to acne to reduce symptoms. These juices absorb the excess oil from skin and leave it hydrated and dryer. They also tighten pores and reduce the possibility of future acne. Citric acid in lemons and tomatoes is great to dry up pustules and to reduce white heads.

2. Proper hydration is a key to clear skin. Toxins, bacteria and other harmful substances accumulate in the pores and cause harmful fungal infection, adult acne is also caused in a similar way. Drinking lots of fluids and water through the day helps cleans the body internally of all excess toxins and impurities.

It keeps the body's circulation active and helps skin to avoid build-ups. Drinking at least 6 liters of water everyday helps the toxins to leave the body. Exercising is also a good way to clear the pores of the skin. When we sweat, a large part of the toxins and germs that have accumulated in the pores leave the body.

Therefore, exercise not only helps the body but also the skin. Eating right is also an important step towards the treatment of acne. Eating healthy foods such as fruits, green vegetables etc and cutting back on the cholesterol and oil consumption will help reduce symptoms of acne and reduce the oil accumulation that causes adult acne.

3. Many face masks and face packs are available that can be naturally made at home and have great results on acne affected skin. Most of these masks are extremely simple and the ingredients used are easily available.

The first of these involves mixing baking soda and water together and applying it to the face. The mask will absorb oil and dirt from pores and clarify skin. Leave it on for 20 minutes and then wash off. Another great mask for adult acne is the honey apple mask.

It requires 4 tablespoons full of honey and one grown apple, mashed and mixed together and then applied to affected area. This mask not only clears acne but also tones the skin and visibly reduces sebum accumulation that causes acne.

Before using any of these masks, proper cleansing of the face is important. Use a clear or foamy cleanser that has deep pore cleansing properties. Cleansing is the first step towards acne free skin. Apply these simple tasks after that and follow a moisturizing routine after that to keep skin soft and supple. Clay masks and masks made of sea salt are also very helpful for treating adult acne.

4. Getting oil massages is a great way to boost the circulation of the skin. Oil helps hydrate the skin and massaging acne affected skin with specific oils helps reduce acne and clear the skin. Coconut oil is good for softening skin.

If you are using heavy medication for acne that has left scabs and scars on your face and has left your skin dry, massaging your face with honey and coconut oil will do you good. Tea tree oil is a great substance for fighting adult acne. It has unique anti-acne properties and is often used in herbal anti acne medicines.

Bacteria are one of the main causes of acne and tea tree oil is known for its anti bacterial properties. Using tea tree oil in its proper, diluted quantity as massage oil is extremely helpful for clearing adult acne. It hydrates skin and sucks out impurities and fights Acne causing bacteria and fungus.

If you can not manage massages then opt for herbal acne medicines that contain tea tree oil as one of its primary ingredients. Massaging also improves blood circulation and helps rid of the body of impurities and dirt.

5. Proper diet is extremely important for clearing acne. What you eat greatly affects your skin's condition. If you have adult acne and nothing else works, try eating the right things. Try consuming more lean proteins rather than simple carbohydrates as the former help prevent breakouts.

Consumption of probiotics also helps to reduce acne. Probiotics or acidophilus improve the digestive system, which can be beneficial for healthy skin. Herbal teas are extremely helpful for the liver, which if inflamed, can cause sever acne flares. Drinking tea made of red clover, dandelion greens, burdock roots, thistle, etc can soothe the liver and contain inflammation.

Following these simple tips can help you fight adult acne without any harmful side effects whatever, and leave you with naturally beautiful glowing skin.

The 25 Top Heart Healthy Foods Help Fight Heart Disease

Heart disease is the # 1 leading cause of death in the Unites States. Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease, killing almost 380,000 people annually.

In the United States, a heart attack occurs every 34 seconds. Every 60 seconds, someone dies from a heart disease-related event. Heart disease kills 1 in 3 women, more than breast cancer and all forms of cancer combined.

71 million American adults, 33.5% of the population have high cholesterol; a major contributing risk factor for heart disease and only 1 out of every 3 adults have the condition under control.

The Role Of Diet In Heart Disease

Diet and exercise are the main ways to prevent heart disease, ensure long-term health, and prevent chronic disease. Heart healthy foods deliver power-packed phytonutrients that help to prevent and repair cellular damage and valuable macro and micronutrients to ensure optimal heart health.

Many foods also aid in preventing high cholesterol and clogging of heart arteries that can lead to the need for bypass surgery or premature death from heart attack.

Olive oil has been shown to reduce heart disease and is one of the main staples of the Mediterranean diet that a recent study showed to reduce heart disease by 30% in high-risk patients and by 9% in healthy individuals.

In addition, here are 25 more foods that are chock full of heart-healthy nutrients, which can aid in the protection of your cardiovascular system.

1. Salmon

According to the American Heart Association, omega-3 fatty acids are heart healthy fats that fall under the category of polyunsaturated fats. Regular intake of these healthy fats helps to lower the risk of heart arrhythmias that often result in sudden death, slow plaque buildup in the heart and lower triglyceride levels.

2. Flaxseed

Flaxseed provides omega-3 fatty acids, along with fiber and phytoestrogens that help to lower bad LDL cholesterol while increasing good HDL cholesterol.

Ground flaxseed can be added to cereals, yogurt, homemade muffins, and to steamed vegetables for a nutty flavor.

3. Oatmeal

Many studies have confirmed that soluble dietary fiber intake greatly reduces the risk for developing heart disease. A–cup serving of steel cut oats provides 15% of the US Department of Agriculture's recommended daily allowance of fiber. Hot oatmeal and fresh berries is a treat for you and your heart.

4. Beans

Beans are very high in both soluble and insoluble fiber that helps control cholesterol, and they are a great source of lean protein as opposed to animal protein that is much higher in saturated fat that can clog heart arteries.

Beans also provide:


B-complex vitamins



Omega-3 fatty acids


5. Blueberries

Blueberries are high in fiber and low in sugar and offer essential carotenoids, the flavonoid, anthocyanin, Ellagic acid, vitamin C, calcium, and potassium.

6. Tofu

Tofu is a great alternative to animal protein that is high in saturated fat and provides, Niacin, folate, calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

7. Red Wine and Grapes

The catechin and resveratrol flavonoids in red wine are believed to reduce risk for heart disease. Red grapes are rich in flavonoids so there is no need to start drinking just for heart health. Raw fresh garlic and garlic supplements are also great sources of catechin.

8. Tuna

Tuna is a fatty fish that is rich in heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids. It also provides folate and niacin.

9. Walnuts

Like almonds, walnuts offer essential nutrients for heart health, including heart-preferred mono and polyunsaturated fats, magnesium, folate, fiber and vitamin E.

10. Brown Rice

Brown rice is a healthy whole grain that is much better for heart health than white processed rice. It gives you, B-complex vitamins, niacin, magnesium, and fiber.

11. Soy Milk

Soymilk is fortified with heart healthy nutrients, including: isoflavones, niacin, folate, calcium, magnesium and phytoestrogen, potassium and B-complex vitamins

12. Almonds

Almonds are nutrition powerhouses that provide heart friendly mono and polyunsaturated fats, and:


Vitamin E


Choose raw nuts without added salty or sugary toppings. Cacao dusted almonds are a great option to get an added boost of antioxidants from the chocolate. Pure almond butter is a super food that provides healthy fats and makes a great snack as a dip for fruit to satisfy the sweet tooth or on whole grain toast for breakfast.

13. Carrots

Carrots offer beta-carotene and fiber. They are also beneficial for vision health. They make a great sweet snack.

14. Spinach, Kale, And All Leafy Greens

Leafy greens are nature's super foods and provide the best of what plant foods have to offer, including, lutein, B-complex vitamins, magnesium, potassium calcium, and fiber

Choose spinach instead of lettuce for nutrient-packed salads and sandwiches.

15. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are delicious and sweet, and while we often refer to them as vegetables, they are actually fruits.

For heart health, tomatoes offer lycopene, beta and alpha-carotene, lutein, vitamin C, folate, fiber and potassium.

Eat them in salads, as snacks, in smoothies, baked with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese and in healthy sauces over whole grain pasta.

16. Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a much better choice than white potatoes because they offer more nutrients, which are lower on the glycemic index, which makes them more effective for blood sugar control and offer these nutrients for heart health:


Vitamins A, C, and E


17. Whole Grain Cereals

Whole grain cereals, like whole wheat and oat bran help to lower cholesterol.

18. Broccoli

Broccoli, like all green vegetables is low in calories, nutrient rich and can be ateen in abundance. Broccoli gives you many nutrients for heart health, including beta-carotene, vitamins C, E, A, B-6 and fiber.

Eat it steamed as a side dish, or chop fresh broccoli into soup. It also makes a great snack when dipped into nutrient rich hummus.

19. Oranges

Oranges are high in fiber and provide essential antioxidants to protect from free radicals. They also provide beta-cryptoxanthin, lutein, flavonoids, and lots of vitamin C, folate, fiber, and potassium. Eat the whole fruit as juicing removes the pulp and eliminates the fiber.

20. Asparagus

Another awesome green vegetable that is low in calories and heart is healthy offering essential nutrients, such as beta-carotene and lutein, B-complex vitamins, fiber and folate.

21. Acorn Squash

Acorn Squash is a vegetable rich in antioxidants, including, beta-carotene, lutein, B-complex and vitamin C. This tasty vegetable also provides folate, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and fiber.

22. Cantaloupe

This juicy sweet fruit is good for heart health due it's rich content of antioxidants, including, alpha and beta-carotene, lutein, B-complex vitamins and vitamin C. It is also a high fiber fruit that can help prevent high cholesterol.

23. Papaya

Papaya is another sweet and delicious fruit that can help lower risks of heart disease by providing you with beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, vitamins E and C, lutein calcium, magnesium and potassium.

24. Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate that is at least 60% cacao contains resveratrol and cocoa phenol flavonoids that are effective antioxidants in preventing heart disease.

25. Green Tea

Green tea has many health benefits, some of which are rooted in its content of catechin and flavanols that help to reduce heart disease risks. It also helps with weight loss, which naturally improves health and significantly lowers the risks for heart disease.

Bottom Line

Incorporating these 25 heart-healthy foods into your daily diet can help to reduce your risk of developing heart conditions such as heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes.

Egg Laying – Why A Chicken Will not Lay Eggs

It is always disturbing when our hens suddenly stop laying. The first sign of a problem for your girls is when they stop laying eggs. When chickens are lacking something they require egg production is the first thing their bodies shut down in order to make up for what it is lacking. Most of the time it's an easy fix, is the coop clean? Are you feeding the proper food? Sometimes it could have more complicated, are my babies sick or are the molting? Let's take a look at the common issues and see what it takes to get the girls happy again.


Chickens have a lifespan of 7 years are in their prime for the first year or two of them laying eggs, after that production quickly Declines until the 4th or 5th year when they usually stop laying altogether. It usually best to replace the laying hen with a new one after their 3rd year of laying eggs.


Chickens are creatures of habit, sometimes the slightest change can throw them off. Moving your hens from one location to another, adding new features or space can stress out your girls. They will not start laying again until they feel relaxed and are comfortable again. Even a dirty pen or coop could have thrown them off, unsanitary conditions are the best way to for the birds to contract unwanted diseases, especially if the space is too small.

Food / Water:

A dehydrated chicken can not produce eggs make sure there is always water available for your hens. Using the nipple drinkers help conserve water and keep the coop clean. To produce an egg your girls need a special diet of calcium and proteins. This type of feed is called "layer feed" and comes in many different varieties from different feed or pet stores. Chickens will overeat so monitor the feed based on the number of chickens.


Did the chicken go broody? A broody hen will not lay until she is done hatching her eggs. The girls will not lay when they molt either. Molting is when the chickens are losing their feather due to changes in the weather. It's the same as when a dog shed its fur, except the chicken sheds its feathers. Mites put a lot of strain on a hen's body, she is miserable and will not lay for you. A good sign your chicken is ill or not feeling well is her stance. If she is hunched over instead of standing up and perky she is not feeling well and has problems she probably needs help with.


If a chicken is stressed she will not lay, she needs to feel comfortable. Too many roosters can easily cause stress on your girls. Is there a predator around, is she fearful? Keep your girls happy safe and fed, and she provides you with many eggs to come. Some birds are better layers than others, like the Orpington Chicken that was bread for maximum laying capacity.