Dental Implants – What Determines Success and Failure

Dental implants are presented to patients as perfect or near perfect replacements to their missing teeth. Rarely are they informed of the risks and counseled on the failure rates. The procedures can have serious consequences and is not perfect. Implants can and do fail. Patients need to be thoroughly informed about the risks and understand that dental implants can fail. With proper planning, implant placement is very predictable, safe and creates a functional and esthetic result for patients.

Dental Implants have come a long since their inception in the 1950’s. Dental implant technology is changing at an incredibly fast rate. As each new technology is adapted, dental implant success usually improves. Occasionally a technology comes into the marketplace that is mostly great marketing and either doesn’t not improve the success or actually hinders it. Fortunately that doesn’t happen very often.

So what makes dental implants fail ? There are a number of factors that lead to an increased risk of dental implant failure. Unfortunately some of the risks are not avoidable and that is why dental implants are about 90-95% successful based on various studies (the number is actually closer to 95%). As with long bone fractures, even with the best approximation of the fracture and great immobility, some fractures simply aren’t healed when the cast is removed. Either a non-union occurs (meaning no healing ever really started) or a fibrous union occurs (where instead of bone between the two sides of the fracture you have scar tissue). Depending on the type and where the fracture is and the patient, non-unions and fibrous unions occur about 5% of the time. That is similar to the failure rate of dental implants.

The same principles of healing from a fracture are congruent with the healing of an implant. You need good approximation of the bone to the implant surface and a period of immobility to have a successful osseointegration of the implant. Osseointegration means the bone accepted the implant and incorporates itself around the implant. As you can see, the failure rate of implants is similar to the rate of fractures not healing properly. You can get failure of the bone to osseointegrate (similar to non-unions) and instead of bone around an implant you get a fibrous encapsulation (similar to the fibrous union in bone fractures).

However certain conditions that increase the risk of implant failure are poorly controlled diabetes, some bone metabolic and congenital disorders, certain medications like glucocorticoids (prednisone), immunosupressants and bisphosphonate medications (Zometa, Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva, etc.) Additionally, smoking and poor hygienic habits can lead to an increased risk of implant failure. People with these disorders and/or on these medications should bring those to the attention of their implant surgeon so a treatment plan can be tailored to fit their needs and their medical conditions.

There are other factors that can lead to an increase in dental implant failure. Implants can fail early on in the healing phase or late. Early failures would be defined as any time before osseointegration occurs (healing phase) or at the time the crown is affixed to the implant. Late failure is defined as any time after the implant with the tooth is under function.

Factors that can cause early failure are:

This type of failure occurs shortly after the implants are placed. They can be caused by:

  • overheating the bone at the time of surgery (usually due to lack of good irrigation)
  • too much force when they are placed (too tight fitting implants can actually cause bone to resorb)
  • not enough force when they are placed (too loose fitting implants don’t stay immobile and don’t heal properly)
  • contaminated implant
  • infection
  • contaminated osteotomy
  • epithelial cells in osteotomy site (connective tissue or scar tissue fills the socket around the implant instead of bone)
  • poor quality of bone
  • excessive forces during osseointegration (during healing the implant is under function, is mobile and therefore bone doesn’t affix to the implants)
  • poor compliance with post operative medication and/or instructions
  • other rare reasons like implant rejection from a titanium alloy allergy.

Late failures typically include poor hygiene from the patient. Patients’ often lose teeth because of poor care and the habit continues for some despite the implant surgery. Sometimes the implant is simply overloaded. Some patients have higher bite forces and may have needed more implants to distribute the forces more harmoniously. Lateral forces can cause implants to fail late. Implants, as well as teeth, like to be loaded straight up and down–called axially. When teeth and especially implants are loaded tangentially or laterally, they weaken the bone around themselves and begin to fail. The other factor is a poorly planned implant placement, improper implant placement and/or a poorly designed prosthetic tooth, teeth or device. There are therefore lots of reasons implants can fail. Some are controllable and avoidable and some are not. So how can a patient best insure their odds and minimize their risk of implant failure? The biggest help patients can do is stay compliant with the medications and instructions before and after the procedure. The second is taking this opportunity to stop smoking.

However the most controllable factor in ensuring the best chance of success is finding the right surgeon and restorative dentist. Find an implant surgeon who has had great success. Oral Surgeons, Periodontists and General Dentists with advanced Post Graduate training comprise this specialty area. Implants are usually done as a team. Make sure that not only your implant surgeon is qualified, but also just as important is the qualifications of the dentist restoring the implant (putting the tooth on the the implant). Ask lots of questions. Ask to see photographs of before and after photos and inquire about testimonials from other patients.

Implantology (placement of implants) is a very technically sensitive procedure. The success stems from proper planning of the case and the training, skill and experience are also key factors in the success of the procedure. While training is indeed important, evidence of substantial experience, especially within your interest area… can be even more important. Inquire if your surgeon is board certified and how long they have been placing implants and if the regular work or at least communicate with restorative dentist.

Prior to having the implant placed, the surgeon should explain everything to you. If you feel that you did not receive adequate information then wait until you are ready and completely informed. Find good information to help educate yourself. You can find more about dental implants by clicking here or by checking out this site for great information.

Skills You Need to Master to Run a Profitable Coffee Shop

Every coffee lover has entertained the idea of opening their very own coffee shop at one point in their lives. Too many people have failed within two years of opening as they are not well equipped to deal with the daily issues facing the business. From even before the opening, you will be bombarded with endless problems that you may be wondering if there is an easier way out. Location itself is a big issue. However, do not belittle these ground works as they are necessary as many coffee shop owners have find out that they are tied down with the enormity of the daily tasks.

The most important initial step is to take your time to plan out your business directions. Then, you need work backwards to find out how you can operate it profitably. This in turn will the deciding factor of the size and equipment you need to buy. Likewise, it will decide the choice of renovation concepts you want to project to customers.

Another key aspect is the advertising campaigns you need to carry out. The crucial aspect is to ensure that people know about your coffee shop location, your choice of drinks and foods as well as your opening time. Use various promotional items such as coupons to attract the crowd. When the customers have tasted and liked your coffee, there is a chance that there will come back again.

Most of the sales come from repeat customers, so you must pay attention to them. Most of them need their daily coffee, so make sure they are treated well and they shall be your loyal fan. However, the same can be said of the quality of your product and service. If you are not treating them well, they will take their business elsewhere.

If only you pay attention to details, you will find many ways to improve your coffee shop business. Do not be tempted to boost your profits by cutting down costs. In the long run, your customers will run away from you. Offer the best products at an affordable price and you will never worry about losing customers again.

You staffs must be sufficiently trained to handle any customer complaints. Remember that you can run a profitable coffee shop if you treat your customers well. There is a saying which is true, if you do not take care of your customers, your competitors will.

Post-Impressionism and Its Impact on Modern Art

‘Post-Impressionism’ was the successor of the ‘Impressionist’ style of painting. Famous English art critic Roger Fry organized his first exhibition in London and coined the term ‘Post-Impressionism’ to classify the artwork of the late 19th Century painters. These artists were Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, and Paul Gauguin, regarded as the pioneers and frontrunner ‘Post Impressionists.’ Georges Seurat and Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec were among other painters inspired by ‘Impressionism.’ They however, developed their own styles to enhance and emote through their art thereby, joining the club of ‘Post Impressionists.’

‘Impressionism,’ as an art movement, started in France in the late 19th Century. This style of painting concentrated on capturing the immediate mood or the visual impression of a scene with live subjects, through the effects of color and light. The ‘Post-Impressionist’ painters defied the principle of the objective recording of nature. They concentrated on bringing about more structure, form, and expression to their work in their own distinctive styles. ‘Post-Impressionists,’ like ‘Impressionists,’ used swirling brush strokes, direct colors, and real life subjects, only to differ in capturing greater emotional depth. They therefore, added new dimensions to their significantly more expressive art.

‘Post-Impressionists’ often exhibited their art together in collaboration, but preferred to work alone. Paul Cézanne abandoned the initial ‘Impressionism’ movement, as he wanted, in his words, “to make of Impressionism something solid and durable like the art in the museum.” He developed an innovative style of painting that involved breaking down objects into their fundamental shapes through the gradations of pure color. His abstract style inspired the great artist Pablo Picasso to come up with the concept of ‘Cubism.’

Paul Gauguin lived in Tahiti, and took inspiration from the rural communities & traditional living to present aesthetic art. Gauguin adapted a unique form of art created by bringing the flat exotic and sensuous color harmonies, along with heavy outline appearance of stained glass windows on the canvas. He also dealt with manuscript illuminations, where text in a manuscript is adorned by designs or by the use of gold or silver. This gave, almost, a poetic effect to his paintings.

Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh was known as a model ‘Expressionist’ painter, whose tryst with blotchy brushwork and vivid colors, elaborately reflecting emotions, earned him worldwide acclaim. Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec was another famous ‘Post-Impressionist,’ who was known for his sinuous outlining with the color schemes contrasting with ‘Impressionism.’ Georges Seurat was an expert of color theories and linear structures. He applied a technique called ‘Pointillism,’ in which he used the tiny dots of contrasting color to create an elusive and illuminating impression in his paintings.

‘Post-Impressionists’ began as ‘Impressionists,’ but drifted away from its naturalist approach. They ventured into uncharted domains, adding emotions and symbolic meaning to their art. With their peerless, independent styles and dedication to add new dimensions to artistic expressions, ‘Post-Impressionists’ dramatically influenced Modern Art of the 20th Century. Their evolved styles inspired various new concepts, like Cubism, Pointillism, Neo Impressionism, and Fauvism.

The Evolution of BMW Angel Eyes

The angel eyes (or corona rings as BMW calls them) are a very distinguishable feature on the 21st century BMWs. Angel eyes are simply a fiber optic that encircles the headlight projector or reflector housing that is powered by a light at the beginning of the system. This revolutionary type of light styling was unheard of at the time and completely changed the game for the better. While these lights were originally used as running lights at night with the headlights, these became the standard daytime running lights on the newer BMW models. Not only do these corona rings serve a functional purpose, they are also visually appealing and give BMW vehicles their unmistakable appearance.

Angel eyes were first introduced on the BMW 5-series platform starting with the E39 in 2001. The first variants were not that bright when compared to the standards of today, but when they were first introduced, it was an amazing feat. The original lights were powered by an incandescent halogen bulb. Because of the E39’s success, BMW began to include their angel eyes on all their newer BMW models; this includes the E82/E87 1-Series, E90/E91/E92/E93 3-Series, E60/F10 5-Series, E63/E64/F12/F13 6-Series, E38/E65/E66/E67/E68/F01/F02 7-Series, and much more. The original function of the angel eyes were used as parking running lights or city lights so they were only on when the headlights were on at night. However, beginning after the LCI face lift of many of the BMW models, the rings were standard daytime running lights as well.

The original method of light production was using an incandescent filament halogen bulb, but on the newest BMW 3-series models, the corona rings are lit up using LED lights instead. Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are noticeably brighter than their incandescent counterparts. They are also much more reliable and can potentially outlast the car in terms of operating usage. Brighter lights equates to increased safety because it allows other drivers on the road to see you more easily during less than pleasant weather and lighting conditions. LED angel eyes are also better at producing fewer emissions thanks to its low power consumption so it makes a greener technology as well as being bright. As lighting technology advances, BMW may even begin to use laser technology to light up the rings for brighter, but for now these are the current and latest trend in automotive lighting.

It has only been 12 years since the introduction of the BMW corona rings, but advancements have been made within that time span and it still continues today. Technology in general has been growing at an exponential rate and has no signs of slowing down in the future so only time will tell what the newest lighting technology will be. BMW definitely found their trademark look in these corona rings and it has definitely stuck with them because when you imagine a BMW driving towards you, all you see are those infamous light rings.

Forgiveness, the Barrier of Fear, and the Faith of Bravery

I discovered this basically by accident, by the way of learning something in a way we learn all great things we learn. We cannot forgive unless we feel for the perpetrator who acted against us. We cannot let them off unless we see in ourselves the same propensity to afflict that pain. As they have done, we also are capable. We must see that.

We need to see that we’re the same as everyone else, and that we’re angriest when we face the sins that most afflict ourselves.

Of course, these are difficult things to explain and to understand.

That which I cannot change about me, which I hate about myself most, angers me most about others, because I, myself, am thwarted.

I cannot forgive what I see is unforgivable in me. And that, too, I often cannot see.

I cannot forgive what I cannot see God forgiving in me.

I will not allow safe passage to anyone or anything when that safe passage is forbidden for me.

I cannot lead others in a thing I previously have not learned.

“I” is the limitation. But God wants us connected, brought face-to-face, with these parts we despise. In connecting with others we must first come into connection with ourselves.

THE ROLE OF EMPATHY

Empathy is connection, illumination, revelation. It’s the light bulb moment. Empathy is the electricity of compassion energising love. Empathy is a miracle, for without it everything of virtue in this unreachable place seemed out of grasp. Empathy grounded reason in a language the self could understand. Empathy is the “AHA” moment.

It is sad that empathy, however, is often so fleeting. We feel its connectivity like the brewing of a sneeze, and within seconds at times it’s gone. It explains why forgiveness, like happiness, can be so elusive.

Forgiveness in certain unreconciled situations is the hardest thing we’ll ever do. Some circumstances we’re so resistant to empathy we cannot look forward for the habit of looking back.

If we can only see the folly in our enemy is a folly we hate in ourselves. Yet, if we ask God to make it plain to our sight, He will reveal it if it’s there. We must ask God to connect us to these truths, and the way to such connection points is through empathy.

The blessed connection of empathy is the maturity of acceptance; the wisdom of understanding.

FEAR AS A HIDDEN BARRIER TO FORGIVENESS

And here’s a reason why forgiveness is worth the conquest:

Forgiveness sets us free from a past that causes us fear in the present.

Fear is softened by the warmth of love. Love is a brave frontier forged by faith. Faith is the key to a future forgiveness. Faith lets go, allowing forgiveness.

Fear is the only barrier to our destiny. Forgiveness compels us in bravery to keep moving forward by faith.

Even if we’re still some distance from that forgiveness we believe we may at some time have, we have hope, and in faith one day we’ll come to enjoy our achieving it, by God’s grace.

Grace that believes is also a grace that empowers, meeting a divine grace that appears by night, making the impossible a reality in the morning.

Such is our faith, by God’s mysterious provision, able to connect ground with the stars.

Louis Vuitton Bags – What’s So Great About Them?

So you’ve wanted to get yourself that Louis Vuitton bag but are not sure if you really ought to? I know, they don’t come cheap and you want to make sure that your money is well spent. Well, I’ll walk you through why you must get yourself a Vuitton – it’s an investment of a lifetime. Here we go:

1. In bag world, nothing beats Vuitton when it comes to quality. There are many other great designers out there who make great quality bags, but Vuitton is top of the range. And has been for decades.

2. Vuitton bags are easy to recognize because of their unique shape. They have a solid appearance and have firm curves and tend to be able to stand by themselves. This partly comes from the design and also from the tough material they are made of. So if you’re looking for a bag that’s not floppy, Vuitton is the best bet.

3. Vuitton bags come in great variety. There are shoulder bags, hand bags, waist bags, you name it, and they have it. It means you can have a whole set of Vuittons to suit different occasions.

4. Vuitton makes bags for both men and women – not many designers do that. So if you’re looking for a special bag for your man, a Vuitton is a sure solution. They make great shoulder bags as well as grip bags and will make your man look like he has great fashion sense.

5. They have unisex bags as well. So guess what, you can buy a single bag that both you and your significant other can get to enjoy depending on whose turn it is..

6. They last for years. Vuitton as a label has been around for decades and that’s because the brand has not failed its customers. If you buy a Vuitton, you can expect to have it around for the next ten years at least. Isn’t that worth something? You may be wondering, what if it goes out of fashion? Well, Vuittons are not fad bags. They are made to be stylish and chic and stand the test of changing fashion. So don’t worry, you can change your wardrobe but your Vuitton will faithfully stand by your side.

7. More on durability: they are both water proof and fire proof. This comes from the combination of materials that are used to create them – canvas for waterproofing and PVC for fireproofing. That’s not a quality you’ll find in many goods, let alone bags.

8. All Vuittons are handmade. This is actually a company policy, so that they can control the number of bags that get into the market. In fact, did you know that you can only buy one bag of one type of Vuitton per client? That tells you about quality as well as the designer’s interest in making sure that his clients only get the best.

You may be wondering about Vuitton replicas by now. They are easy to spot. Vuitton bags have a unique smell because of the type of leather that is used. If you’re not a leather smelling expert, check the lining. It’s a mixture of canvas and cloth and the fabric grain is visible. The price will also tell you – Vuittons don’t come cheap, so if someone is offering you a cheap one, know straight away that it’s a fake.

Need I tell you more about Vuittons? You deserve to get yourself something this good. Get one today. How? Check our site to get all the information.

What Qualities Should a Good Handyman Have?

Handymen are hired to perform occasional domestic repairs or minor renovations. From caulking tubs to fixing fences, and from hanging blinds to putting up wallpaper, good handymen should be able to perform any small job, repair, or maintenance you require. What else makes a good handyman?

When you first begin to look for a handyman, you need to consider the services that you want performed. Do you need yard work or carpentry? Repairs or painting? Whoever you hire depends a lot what you need him to do. Good handymen offer many different services and can perform all the services advertised. Not all handymen are created equal, and some have more expertise or experience in certain areas than others. If you need someone for a plumbing repair project, it’s not a good idea to hire someone who is more experienced in yard work. So from the beginning, ask prospective hires what kind of background they have.

Second, the person you hire should have all the necessary tools to complete the job. Remember that if he has to rent tools, that will be reflected in the final price. When this happens, not only are you paying him to complete a project, but you are also paying for equipment that he should already have. Of course, handymen come across the occasional special project for which they have to rent a specific tool. But they should have every tool necessary to complete jobs they do on a regular basis, especially the jobs they advertise. For example, a handyman who advertises roof repair should have a ladder–otherwise, you would have to wonder about his ability to complete the job correctly if he doesn’t even have the right tools in the first place.

A third and final consideration is experience, and with that, age. Exercise caution when hiring young workers. Even people who have been in the home construction business for twenty or more years profess to not know everything. Make sure that as you hire someone with the advertised skills to complete your job, you check out his credentials and past work experience. If possible, find out how he has dealt with unforeseen problems in the past. Not every project is the same, but it does pay to do your homework before committing to someone you are unsure of.

In summary, a good handyman has a winning combination of the right tools, expert knowledge, and necessary experience to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

5 Types of Ceiling Tiles

Ceiling tiles have become greatly popular in recent years. These products allow homeowners and interior designers for offices the ability to add a great deal of style and composition to a room without having to spend a lot of money or do a lot of work. Many people think of tiles as false ceilings, common in large office buildings, and although this is one type of tile, there are a great deal more choices for both the home and office to choose from. Here are a few of the basic types of tiles available on the market for use in the home or otherwise.

Suspended ceiling tiles are the ‘false ceilings’ mentioned above. These are most common in office buildings and with good reason. By using a suspended ceiling tile, wiring and other exposed piping can be routed through rooms and simply covered by the ceiling tiles. This makes designing a room much simpler and allows greater access to electrical wiring and the like. Additionally, these products can be easily changed out and are very cheap. This means an office can easily redecorate or replace a broken tile with little cost.

Decorative tiles, more common in homes, are tiles that are smaller and usually feature a complex design on them. These come in myriad forms, so there isn’t one single description for the products, however they all have the same installation procedure and are intended to augment the look of a room. They are glued to the ceiling and can be sized to fit nearly any room.

Acoustic tiles can be either decorative or suspended, but they have the added feature of dampening sound. These products will keep sound from bleeding into other nearby rooms and are a superb choice for tiling in rooms that have stereo systems and televisions.

Plastic ceiling tiles are an alternative to the common wood or plaster tiles that most homeowners will find when out shopping. Plastic is cheap, durable, and won’t mold or decay overtime. They are also very light compared to wood so they are much easier to work with. They will have a slightly different look because of their material, however there are a great many designs available.

Metal ceiling tiles are less common, because their look is so distinct. However, for many people this is their appeal. These products reflect a vintage style, and they can be used as part of lighting scheme to help illuminate a room better. These products have less design options compared to plastic and other mediums, however they make a powerful statement nonetheless.

Pan-Asian Decor

Asian style decorating has become a hot trend in the first decade of the 21st century. Unlike past waves of Asian design however, the latest version embraces a global perspective to create an eclectic mix that is both exotic and relaxed at the same time.

One of the intriguing aspects of this latest trend is that a decorator’s personal creativity and imagination can design a room based on a single Asian culture, or on an exciting mix of the best the continent has to offer. The following guides will help decorators through the many and varied looks available in Asian decorating.

Color:

Pale, neutral colors for walls are preferred for a pan-Asian style that’s likely to change frequently. With neutral colors on the walls, it’s possible to go from the muted tones of Zen-like nature motifs of Japanese style to the more vivid colors of Indian designs. Red, lacquered black and gold remain the anchors of Chinese interior design style, including the ornate designs of magnificent silk oriental rugs. An Indian design will feature vibrant colors from the subcontinent. When looking for flooring, peacock blue area rugs and rich red rugs would be the perfect choice to complement your Indian decor.

Flooring:

Dark wood floor can serve as the basis for any Asian design theme. Bamboo rugs, tatami mats or bamboo flooring enhance a Japanese style, but all Asian designs look fabulous with Chinese rugs, Tibetan rugs or other oriental rugs. It’s even possible to go a little farther afield to the stunning wool rugs of Iran (Persian) and Turkey in Asian styles.

Furniture:

Simple styles work best in Asian decorating, but the furniture must be of solid quality, preferably in dark wood or lacquered black. Plain furniture with a slightly rustic look fits in well, but more elaborately carved pieces such as screens, chests and even chairs serve as superb accent pieces. The key to combining these varied styles is to choose only one more ornate piece such as a chest or a screen, and keep the rest of the furniture simple.

Fabrics and Accessories:

Asian weavers have been creating fabulous fabrics for millennia, from Chinese silks to Indonesia batiks. These richly patterned fabrics can be used widely throughout an Asian decor as curtains, drapes, wall hangings and even throws. Area rugs are among some of the best examples of Asian weaving. They range from the simple textured patterns of Tibetan rugs through the elaborate motifs of silk oriental rugs to the boldly colored cotton rugs of India’s many cultures. If choosing to make a rug the focal point of an Asian decor, be sure to choose the right fabric for the use.

Rugs made of natural fibers such as bamboo rugs and wool rugs should be kept out of kitchens and bathrooms where they are likely to get stained or damaged by water. Delicate silk rugs work best in rooms without a lot of foot traffic. If using Asian style in a room that gets a lot of use, it’s best to find area rugs in Asian colors and patterns that are made of synthetic fibers. They’ll withstand foot traffic and hold up to spills much better.

Finish off the Asian decor with accessories such as art, wrought iron, wall hangings, paper lanterns, ornate silver, ceramics, and pottery.

Causes of Swollen Legs and Ankles – 8 Proven Reasons For Edema

In this article we’re going to discuss some of the main causes of swollen legs and ankles. The swelling, also called Edema and formerly known as dropsy or hydropsy, is an abnormal retention of fluid underneath the skin or in one more parts of the body. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons on why you are having the swelling in your legs and ankles.

Congestive Heart Failure

The degree of the swelling in the legs and ankles rely on the heart’s capability to pump blood, when the individual is standing or sitting. If your job requires you to stand or sit for a very long period of time then the gravity will act on your body. The heart must work hard to pump more blood to make up for the blood that’s flowing to the legs. If your heart is having a hard time pumping more blood, then the swelling can be seen in the legs and ankles.

Cirrhosis

Cirrhosis is an enduring disease that hinders the normal functions of a liver. In cirrhosis, the kidney stores salts and water. This results to the gathering of these fluids in the tissues underneath the skin of the legs and ankles, thus the reason behind the swelling of legs and ankles.

Kidney Disease

My mother has complications in her kidney and most of the time her legs and ankles can really swell up. The kidney filters out the salt that gets into your body and if it’s not functioning properly, salts are stored in the body which will retain water eventually. Excessive water retention will definitely cause the swelling.

Lymphedema

This is the swelling that generally takes place in one of your arms and legs. Most of the time this only affects just one leg but there are also cases which both arms and legs may be swollen. This is caused when your lymphatic system is clogged which prevents lymph fluid from draining effectively. As the fluid builds up, the swelling will continue.

Lung Diseases

Extreme chronic lung diseases like bronchitis can also cause swelling in the legs. The blood flow is constricted in the lungs which causes swelling in other parts of the body including the legs and ankles.

Hormone Changes

During menstruation, the swelling can be seen in the pelvic area and the legs because of the hormonal changes the body goes through. Take note that not all women can have this symptom.

Pregnancy

Most of the time pregnancy can cause swelling in the legs. The fluids are being contained in the tissues because of changes in the blood’s chemistry. Also the uterus is getting bigger and it adds pressure to the pelvis veins, which can lead to swelling. The swelling can be seen in the 3rd trimester of pregnancy.

Obesity

One of the obvious reasons for the swelling is being overweight. Because of gravity, the swelling in your lower leg increases after long periods of standing or sitting. You can tell if the condition is worse when you try pushing your finger into the swollen area and leave a mark when you remove the finger.

Weight Loss After Your Pregnancy – Getting Your Pre Pregnancy Body Back

Weight loss after pregnancy takes time and dedication, but it is achievable. Focus on eating healthy foods and including daily physical activity into your new-mommy routine.

There’s no hidden secret or magic bullet to weight loss after pregnancy. It takes eating healthy low calorie foods in conjunction with an increased dedication to physical activity. Most of all, remember that there’s more to weight loss after pregnancy than just fitting into your favorite clothes again. The excess weight that you shed can help promote a lifetime of good health and fitness.

Eat healthy low calorie foods in the correct portions

During your pregnancy, you may have altered your eating habits to support your baby’s increasing growth and development. After pregnancy, proper nutrition is just as important, especially if you’re breast-feeding your newborn. Making wise food decisions can promote healthy weight loss after pregnancy.

* Consecrate on vegetables, whole grains, and fruits. Foods that are high in fiber such as these provide you with vital nutrients while helping you feel full longer. Other nutrient-rich foods include low-fat dairy products, such as skim milk, low-fat cheeses, and low-fat yogurts. Sources of protein such as beans, skinless poultry, lean fish, and lean cuts of beef and pork are healthy food choices as well. Suppliments such as s=zinc, Bvitamins, and iron pills also aid in weight loss and nutrition.

* Avoid unhealthy temptations. Surround yourself with foods that are healthy for you. High fat, high sodium, and high calorie foods shouldn’t even make their way into your home, let alone your kitchen, let alone your mouth.

* Eat smaller portions. It is not necessary to skip meals or limit your intake of healthy fruits and vegetables. Doing so will sabotage your healthy weight quickly, and will make your outlook towards food negative and unhealthy. Also, you’ll miss out on vital nutrients that your body desperately needs. Instead, scale back your portions of higher calorie foods, and eat smaller, more frequent meals.

* Eat when you’re actually hungry. Anxiety abounds when you are taking care of a new baby, but don’t let it make you snack when you are not necessarily hungry. If you’re uneasy or restless without genuinely feeling hunger, try to distract yourself by taking your baby for a walk, calling a good friend or looking through a favorite magazine or book.

Reclaiming your body after pregnancy is indeed achievable. It just takes time and a healthy attitude towards food. With patience, nutrition, and exercise, your body will be yours again, and it will be fit, toned, and slim. Practice persistence, and you will reach your goals.

Offset And Cantilever Umbrellas – What’s Up With Them?

One of the hottest (and coolest) new umbrella products is what is known as an offset or cantilever umbrella. Instead of having a pole in the center, the cantilever umbrella is held up by a sturdy pole to the side and a rotating arm that connects to the “skin” of the umbrella. This means you can use and enjoy the entire shade area of the umbrella. It also means you can easily rotate the umbrella as the sun moves to keep providing shade without having to move a heavy base.

Some models are equipped with a tilt and lock feature, meaning the capabilities for providing shade are almost limitless.

A cantilever umbrella makes a great choice for poolside where, in some situations, you can position the umbrella to provide protection from the sun while you’re in the water.

Another advantage to a cantilever or offset umbrella is that it can be used to shade a patio table without the need for a hole in the center of the table. Then everyone seated at the table has an unobstructed view of everyone else.

There are three important factors to consider though, before you buy an offset umbrella. First, manufacturers do not recommend these large umbrellas (10 ft. – 11ft. diameter) for use where conditions tend to be windy. Although they are usually well built, their design makes them vulnerable to instability in high wind.

Secondly, cantilever umbrellas require heavy bases for sufficient stability. The recommended weight is 100 lbs., although heavier is better. Special cantilever umbrella bases are available in 110 lb. resin models and also in hollow style. Hollow bases are less expensive, but you must fill them with sand or concrete.

The third consideration is price. Cantilever umbrellas must be well made or they can be more trouble than they are worth. A good 11ft. cantilever umbrella can cost three times what a comparable size crank and tilt market umbrella costs.

The growing popularity of cantilever umbrellas means you will certainly notice them more and more. Their distinctive look and adaptability make them the right choice for anyone wanting a premium shade product with maximum usefulness.

How To Look Great Carrying Your Fashion Umbrella

Fashion umbrellas are for fashion conscious individuals who want to look their best even when the weather is no as friendly. They come in all kinds of stylish chic designs not just on the canopies but also their handles and frames. You can find all kinds of designs in the market and select what you find most unique and fitting for your style. Businesses can also use fashion umbrellas as promotional giveaways for the right target market and make a lasting impression on potential customers or existing customers for that matter.

However fashionable these umbrellas may be, you will only look as fashionable when you get it right carrying them. Umbrellas can be hazardous when not properly handled and for this reason you need to be mindful of the people around you even when you are commanding all the attention from them with your pretty umbrella.

Carry the umbrella high and off your face

It may be the most beautiful umbrella around, but you also want some attention to your face and your outfit if at all you are to be a complete fashion package. Keeping the umbrella off your face also ensures that you have clear vision of where you are headed so necessary measures can be taken on time. Keeping it high saves you from constantly colliding with other passersby and makes your umbrella stand out from a distance as well.

Keep your hands as free as possible

When carrying an umbrella, you need to have a hand that is dedicated to that. If you have stuff to carry, then a bag that you can hang over your shoulder can make it easy for you to walk majestically with the beauty umbrella in hand. Avoid using your phone or device when carrying your umbrella as this can be distracting and you may even have a hard time handling the umbrella properly. Always carry your umbrella elegantly but firmly so it brings out that fashionable look you yearn to achieve on the overall.

Close it up stylishly when not in use

It may be too wet to fold and store away in your case, but you can close it up in such a way that it does not cause any distractions and at the same time has space to drip off the water. You can hold it elegantly beside you facing down so its beauty is still showcased without looking ridiculous. You can do this when walking under awning or when the rain subsides yet the umbrella is too wet to fold up and store away in your handbag.

Ensure it matches your style

Some prints on fashion umbrellas can be daring and offensive for some people. It is therefore important that you choose something that gives off a positive feel around you and your personality. This way, you will feel more comfortable carrying your umbrella knowing that all the glances received are all for the right reasons. Exercise good umbrella etiquette and you will look stylish all through.

7 Powerful Strategies For Staying Positive

There is so much going on in the world today that can throw anybody off their center. Being able to keep your attention on accomplishing goals, feeling in control of your life, your emotions, your future, is one of the greatest challenges we face. To get your hands back on the steering wheel, you are going to need some planned out program to help you stay on your game. And for those who are embarking on adopting a more positive attitude, here are some tried and true strategies for achieving your goal.

1) Divert your thoughts. Find something humorous, passionate, or interesting and absorbing to think about. When confronted with negative feelings or situations, taking a breather from that reality is the fastest way to convert the vibes around you. Thought is creative, so whatever our thoughts are focused on is attracted to us. Go play with your dog, see a funny movie. Treat yourself to something nice. Listen to music that moves you. Changing what we’re doing, changes what we’re thinking about, changes the energy around us.

2) Educate yourself. Take classes. Go listen to people who are productive and positive. Being in the energy of a motivating force, often can be just the catalyst necessary to shift our energy.

3) Cleanse the mind and body. There are several ways to accomplish this. Our body and minds are interconnected. What effects one, has impact on the other. If the body is unhealthy, the mind will surely suffer, as the body is the environment it creates from. If the mind is unhealthy, it’s negativity can pollute the body with the different substances it secretes into the bloodstream. There are many cures for working with our negative thoughts and many books written on the subject. I believe in the power of forgiveness as the most comprehensive approach to cleansing negative thinking. The Ancient Hawaiian Therapy, Ho’oponopono, is one of the easiest practices I’ve come across. It involves a bit of study to understand the philosophy. Then simple statements are said daily which, when used in negative situations, have the power to cleanse. As for the body, a complete nutritional cleanse is the way to support the body while allowing it to detox. With the right products and guidance, this program can change the inner chemistry of the body as well as assist in reducing the acidity in the system, bringing the body to a greater level of alkalization. An alkalized body, is a happy body.

4) Use a Ritual everyday. This reminds you to stay on course. Whether it’s reading from an inspirational book, meditating, or stating affirmations constant repetition is the way we learn and can retrain our thoughts. Upon waking you can sit quietly and just imagine your day as you would like it. Forgetting about reality as you know it, and just being in the creative thought process of paving the way of your day. This technique is known as Pre-Paving. Never underestimate the power of imagination!

5) Stay away from negative people and situations. While this sometimes can’t be avoided, when you are in those environments, relying on some of the other tips to stay positive come into play. If you’re concerned about losing your current friends, the good news is that once you have secured a habit of thinking positive, that will become your point of attraction. Simply put, that means that the energy around you will be attracting similar vibrations. It’s kind of like a tuning fork. Once you send out its frequency, corresponding frequencies magnetize to it. You might meet new people who are like lost friends, or will surely feel that way. Things will start to change around you for the better. It’s sure!

6) Get into a good plan of eating. Food is the most powerful drug you put in your body. The effects of poor eating do more than just increase your waistline. Food can literally change the bodies chemistry to such an extent that it can sour you from within. Aside from all the harmful effects on the physical body, the mental outlook is severely compromised. Think about some of the side effects of foods you eat or drinks you consume. Remember the awful feeling you had inside as a result? That feeling contributes to so many problems for the brain to function in a healthy manner. Giving the body a weekly cleanse day is an excellent way to release impurities lodged in the system. Studies show that toxins can remain in the body for years. Cleansing is like giving your body/mind an oil change. You’ll feel renewed!

7) Exercise. Get your body moving. Be outside where you can be in touch with nature. A natural environment has a subliminal impact as well as an obvious one of centering the spirit. When you exercise, the hormones secreted promote healthy brain function.

There is one thing you can do that takes almost no effort on your part, but will bring about an immediate improved outlook. SMILE. A smile produces endorphins that are feel good juices running through the body. Set up a plan for to keep your Spirits UP. It may take a moment to get the routine to sink in, but once it does, you’re gonna be a powerful magnet to all good things.

c2009 Hara Taicher

Piano Beginners – Learn The Basic Chords On The Piano To Always by Bon Jovi

A great song for beginners to learn on the piano is Always by Jon Bon Jovi. The piano is the most prominent instrument in this song, and has a beautiful arrangement which accompanies the singing and brings out the best in the song. It features some stunning musical parts including the intro of the song, which then features throughout the song, plus a powerful bridge section, which is all designed and written to play on piano. Bon Jovi is a fantastic songwriter, which is proven by his constant success since 1982.

It’s captivating lyrics, and powerful melody is what made it their best selling single to date.

It was taken from their highly successful Crossroads album which was released in 1994. The Single was released on the 20th November 1994, and the original length of the song which is on the album is 5:54, and the single version is shortened and lasts for 4:55.

It sold over 1.5 million albums in the us and over 3 million albums worldwide. The song spent six months at the top of the American Billboards, and reached number one in 21 countries. The same year the band won the best selling rock band award at the world music awards.

The song was originally written as a soundtrack track for the film Romeo is Bleeding, but after watching the film the band decided it wasn’t a good enough film to part with their song, and therefore didn’t lend it to the producers. The song was then left for a short while, until a friend of the band came across it and convinced them to release it as a single on their next album which was Crossroads, as it was such a fantastic song.

The band members are all from New Jersey, and they formed the group in 1982. Shortly after getting together they were signed to record company polygram members. Their incredible songs written by the band have earned themselves millions of fans across the world, and they are renowned for being one of the Best Commercial Rock Bands in the world.

The song is written in the Key of E Major, and uses the Chords E Major A Major C# Minor B Major and F# Minor. For the Bridge section it changes Key and uses D Major and G Major as additional chords.

The song has a very dominant musical melody which is used at the start of the song and also features frequently at the end of sections leading back into the verses after the chorus. The notes you would play in this section are E F# G# A G# F# E E and this repeats, a couple of times, but may vary slightly.