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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Survival Myths That Could Possibly Get You Killed 80-82

Survival myths, a.k.a. urban (wilderness) legends are popular beliefs shared with friends that are usually very wrong. Let’s continue with myths 77-79


Myth 80: The Sky Will Turn Green Before A Tornado

Some people wrongly believe that a green sky indicates that a tornado is about to appear. Sometimes, the sky will turn green during thunderstorms and by extrapolation, when tornadoes might appear. But the sky could turn green for a bunch of other reasons. For example, the light from the reddish sun hitting the blue clouds will create green reflects. That does not mean a tornado is about to destroy your house.

If you see a green sky, pay attention and check with the weather department to know if there is a risk of tornadoes, just to be safe.


Myth 81: If It Is Cold, Just Go Uphill or Look For Higher Ground

This is complete non-sense. The higher you go, the colder it gets (in 90% percent of the cases). Air pressure decreases as altitude increases and there is a direct relation between pressure and air temperate: Pressurized air is hotter than air with less pressure. It's as simple as that. 

Never go uphill if you are cold; you would be better off looking for a shelter in the valley where the weather is warmer.

Myth 82: If You Feel Too Cold in the Wild, Drink Alchohol, As It Will Make You Feel Warmer

Lost in the woods, no food, feeling really cold...what could be better than grabbing some booze and warming up a little? Too bad, this is a terrible idea. 
Alchohol due to its chemical components delivers a "warm feeling" when you drink it. It expands the blood vessels and theextra blood around your skin gets warmer, which sends and instant feeling of warmth to your brain.

However, after the nice warmth you feel at the beginning everything will go downhill. After drinking alchohol, the body overcompensates this heat by lowering the internal temperature. Alchohol also dehydrates the body, which could lead to death by itself. 

Last but not least, alchohol really afects our motor skills and capabilities of making rational choices. Impulsive behavior can easily kill you when you're out in the wild. 

For all these reasons, remember to never drink alcohol if you are lost or injured in the wild. 

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Word of the Week! 1/6/19

Paradigm

PAIR-uh-dyme

noun


1. Example, pattern; especially an outstandingly clear or typical example or archetype
2. an example of a conjugation or declension showing a word in all its inflectional forms
3. a philosophical framework of a scientific school or discipline within which theories, laws, and generalizations performed in support of them are formulated; broadly: a philosophical or theoretical framework of any kind

Paradigm traces to a Greek verb meaning "to show," and has been used in English to mean "example or "pattern" since the 15th century. Some debate exists, however, about what kind of example qualifies as a paradigm. Some people say it's a typical example, while others insist it must be an outstanding or perfect example. The scientific community has added to the confusion by using it to mean "a theoretical framework," a sense popularized by American scientist Thomas S. Kuhn in the second edition of his influential book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, published in 1970. In that work, Kuhn admitted that he had used paradigm in 22 different ways. Some usage commentators now advise avoiding the term entirely on the grounds that it is overused. 

A theoretic framework consists of concepts and together with their definitions and reference to relevant scholarly literature, the existing theory that is used for your particular study. The theoretical framework must demonstrate an understanding of the theories and concepts that are relevant to the topic of your research paper and that relate to the broader areas of knowledge being considered. 

The theoretical framework is most often not something readily found within the literature. You must review course readings and pertinent research studies for theories and analytic models that are relevant to the research problem you are investigating. The selection of a theory should depend on its appropriateness, ease of application, and explanatory power. 

The theoretical framework strengthens the study in the following ways:
  • An explicit statement of theoretical assumptions permits the reader to evaluate them critically.
  • The theoretical framework connects the researcher to existing knowledge. Guided by a relevant theory, you are given a basis for your hypotheses and choice of research methods.  
  • Articulating the theoretical assumptions of a research study forces you to address questions of why and how. It permits you to intellectually transition from simply describing a phenomenon you have observed to generalizing about various aspects of that phenomenon.
  • Having a theory helps you identify the limits to those generalizations. A theoretical framework specifies which key variables influence a phenomenon of interest highlights the need to examine how those key variables might differ and under what circumstances. 
By virtue of its applicative nature, good theory in the social sciences is of value precisely because it fulfills one primary purpose: to explain the meaning, nature, and challenges associated with a phenomenon, often experienced but unexplained in the world in which we live, so that we may use that knowledge and understanding to act in more informed and effective ways. 

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Stop Negative Thinking Blog Series Part Three



Negative thinking is a way of thinking wherein the person expects adverse outcomes before or throughout the process of making an action or decision. It is also known or referred to as pessimism, which was derived from the Latin word [pessimism] that means 'the worst'.

Basically, pessimism is a way of thinking where the person thinks that negative possibilities outweigh the positive ones. Most of the people think that this way of thinking is just fine, they consider it being realistic or accepting the worst reality that may happen, that it makes them prepared for any terrible outcome. Therefore, negative thinking only makes a person lose his or her confidence and stop what he or she has to accomplish, making a person accept that he or she does not stand a chance to succeed.

Almost everyone is vulnerable to falling prey to negative ideas. It is really hard to avoid, especially when a person is in a really hard situation. These negative thoughts can drain a person's energy and make them an enemy out of themselves. A person may easily lose their focus and determination when they are covered with negative ideas. Throughout all of history, it has been seen and proven that pessimistic character contributes to the failure of a person. Hence, the more pessimistic a person is the higher the chance of failure he or she has. This is why it is important not to give in to negative ideas. 

In Part Two We Discussed The Effects of Negative Thinking



Here In Part Three, We Learn How To Identify A Negative Thinker


Being aware of your way of thinking is the very first step on avoiding problems r even stopping one. A person must know how his way of thinking affects his outlook in life since it is the initial and most important way to overcome negative thoughts.

There are many tests available on the world wide web if you want to know whether if you are a pessimist or not.  There are also professionals in the medical field like psychologists and other mental cognitive experts who are knowledgeable and trained to handle different types of situations. But if you are not planning to take any of those online tests and consulting any professional, here is some information that may help you identify your way of thinking.



Monday, December 31, 2018

Living With Fibromyalgia Part 2

In part one we talked about how Fibromyalgia is a disease that is characterized by widespread joint and muscle pain and fatigue, It implies pain in muscles, ligaments, and tendons that are the soft fibrous tissues of the body, It is a disorder that causes muscle pain and fatigue. 

5 Celebrities That Have Come Out With Fibromyalgia

1. Morgan Freeman 

Morgan Freeman is a celebrity that seems to be everywhere, whether he's acting in movies, playing voices for animated roles, or narrating film, On top of that, Freeman is also an outspoken advocate for fibromyalgia awareness.

In an interview with Esquire magazine, Freeman discussed not being able to do certain activities anymore, such as sailing, due to his fibromyalgia. Yet he wanted readers to know that the condition isn't all gloomy. He stated, "There is a point to changes like these. I have to move on to other things, to other conceptions to myself. I play golf. I still work. And I can be pretty happy just walking the land" Life doesn't stop with fibromyalgia, and Freeman wants others to know this. 

There is a difference in living a life with fibromyalgia with a significant amount of money and without. You can afford a much more comfortable lifestyle, A much more comfortable environment, better treatment, medications, massages etc.

2. Sinead O' Connor 

This singer-songwriter is no stranger to controversial and sensitive topics. Despite her talent and Grammy-winning record, in 2013 O'Connor abruptly declared she was quitting the music business. She attributed her departure to severe pain and fatigue due to fibromyalgia. At first, O'Connor was quoted as saying that her career in music was to blame. "It rendered me invisible. Murdered my soul. I'm never going back to music," she announced.
O'Connor has had her share of health issues, including bipolar disorder, PTSD, and recovery from a hysterectomy. After taking time off from her career, O'Connor later said, "When you get something like fibromyalgia it's a gift, actually, because you have to reassess your life." O'Connor has since returned to her music career.

3. Janeane Garofalo 

Since her career took off in the 1990s, comedian Janeane Garofalo has made audiences laugh at her dry sense of humor and cynicism. While Garofalo has covered a wide range of topics over the years, her health has taken center stage recently. She hasn't been widely quoted in interviews or other more formal contexts. But she talks about her fibromyalgia as a part of her stand-up act. In 2009, she told her audience, "I had no idea I was chronically dissatisfied," in reference to her new treatment involving antidepressants.

Other celebrities have demonstrated it's important to keep a positive outlook when dealing with fibromyalgia. And as Garofalo demonstrates, it may also help to laugh it off once in a while. 

4. Jo Guest 

Jo Guest is a former British model who had to quit her career due to severe fibromyalgia symptoms. In a 2008 article published in the Daily Mail, Guest was quite blunt about how fibromyalgia changed her life. "At first I thought it was just a virus, but it just wouldn't stop. I was getting up and being sick all morning and having to spend the afternoon in bed," she recalled. At first, Guest's doctor wasn't able to figure out what was wrong with her. "When you come out of the hospital and you're told everything's normal, you should be happy, but I don't want to be told everything's normal- I just want to be told what's wrong with me," she said.

Since 2008, more awareness has given way to earlier treatment interventions that help people with fibromyalgia have a better quality of life. Still, the extent of the mystery condition can indeed be career changing, as in Guest's case.

5. Rosie Hamlin 

Rosie Hamlin, the late lead singer of Rosie and the Originals, was beloved for her musical talents and her fearlessness in taking on fibromyalgia. In an interview with Fibromyalgia Aware Magazine, Hamlin discussed her struggles with the condition. It depleted her ability to take on normal everyday tasks. She said, "I've always been extremely energetic and very, very busy...it's taken me a couple of years now to have to deal with fibromyalgia, and I have to re-think my life, re-organize, and realize--just having to realize I'm so limited now. I don't like it but I have to deal with it."

Hamlin moved on from a grueling schedule in her music career to one that focused on painting and fibromyalgia awareness. She stayed active until her death in April 2017 at the age of 71.

Symptoms That Easily Get Overlooked

As we have already established and you are well aware, Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by irregular and widespread muscle and joint pain. Having said that; there are many other symptoms as well that often go overlooked and undetected by sufferers, who simply attribute the symptoms to other things and never establish the link to Fibromyalgia. Persons suffering from fibromyalgia feel tired and they often have to push themselves to get to work due to the common, widespread and deep muscle pain. Apart from the muscle-related symptoms, the person faces disturbed sleep along with total body exhaustion from head to toe. As mentioned earlier there is no hard and fast rule to diagnose fibromyalgia as its symptoms are unpredictable. Most patients are frustrated by their physical limitations and inability to go where they want to go or do what they want to do. 


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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Word of The Week

obdurate

adjective|AHB-duh-rut



Definition
  1. a: stubbornly persistent in wrongdoing
        b: hardened in feelings
     
     2: resistant to persuasion or softening influences

When you are confronted with someone obdurate, you may end up feeling dour. During the encounter, you may find that you need to be durable to keep your sanity intact. Maybe you will find such situations less stressful in the future if you can face them knowing that the words obdura,  dour, and durable are etymological kissing cousins. All of those words trace back to the Latin adjective durus, which means "hard." This adjective can still be found in dura mater, the name for the tough fibrous material that surrounds the brain and spinal cord, which comes from a Medieval Latin phrase meaning, literally, "hard mother."

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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Eliminating Insomnia Part1

Eliminating Insomnia & Getting a Good Night's Sleep

What Is Insomnia And Do You Have It? 


Insomnia is the difficulty of going to sleep. It's a disorder that equates to dull and lonesome moments as you wait for a good night's rest to be rewarded to you. During slumber periods, you would desire for nothing more but to have a break, yet there are instances that your body refuses to let you have some and you can't fathom as to why. It's a medical condition. Perhaps you already know that but do you ever wonder if there's more to it? Despite the popular claims, is it something you can really ward off?

Here in Eliminating Insomnia, you will find out more about the sleeping disorder. You think you know but you have no idea. Before you attempt to do something to free yourself from the disturbance, be aware of what it is. Definitely, there are things regarding insomnia that you might be clueless about. If you are suffering from the condition or are just assuming that you are, you have to go into detail because for what its worth if indeed you are showing signs you may be in trouble. Maybe the manifestations are hinting that there is something seriously off about your health. As a start, be familiar with the varieties. 

The Three Types

Transient

This is the kind that only lasts for a few nights. In this, lack of sleep becomes a bother but only for a while. The fact that this insomnia will eventually go away implies that there is not much to be worried about. You may be unable to doze off for a period but because your sleeping pattern will soon go back to normal, you shouldn't fret about it. 

Acute

It is also referred to as short-term insomnia. The acute and transient types are quite similar. The distinguishing factor between the two is the former typically lasts for several weeks but for more than three months.

Chronic

It's a long-term disorder that can linger with you not only for months but for years. Due to extreme sleep deprivation, more complications will arise. When you haven't been privileged to make a visit to dreamland for a while, particularly for more than three months, what you may have is chronic insomnia, which should be a concern to you.

Insomnia: Do You Have It? 

  • Do you toss and turn for hours in bed anticipating a good night's rest?
  • Do you wake up earlier than you're supposed to?
  • Do you feel exhausted when you wake up?
  • Do you wake up in the middle of the night and have a hard time going back to bead?
  • Do you feel sleepy, grouchy, or anxious during the day?
If you have answered yes to at least one of the aforementioned questions, then you might have insomnia. Even when its severity hasn't been defined yet, it means that there is something wrong with how your body regulates. Lack of sleep can be troublesome, It is tempting to do something about it as soon as you can. You may resort to taking medication and other supplements but if you are not intent on risking your health, getting a medical professional to first check you out may be of benefit. 
In part two we will dive into what causes Insomnia.

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