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HypoManiacs Often Misunderstood

Are you a Hypomaniac? If you are you have some definite advantages over others. Hypomaniacs are often superstars in their fields, but they are often misunderstood by those who work so hard to profile personalities and put individuals into neat little boxes.

Regarding this article which seems to be the present day thought on the Hypomaniac Syndrome: ‘Hypomanic’ executives often most successful Associated Press 04/26/2002 Washington-

I too have been studying this group of people as I observe the superstars and read the biographies of the most driven individuals. Here are my thoughts on the subject. Perhaps you can assist and shed some light on this subject.

First off the Very good article. But how does an individual know if he has this “Hypomanic” Thing? I submit the hypomaniac person maybe much more complicated than was introduced in this article.

And having those traits myself (many times those who chose the subject of psychology actually have questions about themselves which causes them to go into such subject matter as a profession). I have read 100s of biographies of the greatest leaders, sports figures, inventors, entreprenuers, warriors, scientists, etc. Yet I have a hard time placing many of these people into those categories. So it seems hard to find a correlation to these comments in the article and also difficult to see the downside of such a person for society, it is a plus and allows many of us to live without worry because those hard chargers are protecting the heard so to speak.

Most hypomaniacs would not see the drawbacks. I too do not see them as negative; I do see them as an advantage. This is very interesting indeed. I first must question and wonder about the “risk taking” thing a little, in that I do not believe these people see it as a risk, I know I do not. Challenge yes, risk, not really. Innovation is a necessity of any of these people, and that maybe perceived as out on a limb or a risk. As far a the grandiosity issue I think that too maybe debatable, because nothing is impossible, anything can be achieved it is more a matter of mind and perseverance which I guess a PhD in the psychology field would not be able to readily recognize. Any person like this Hypomanic, constantly has others tell them they cannot do something, yet they do it for spite. Is it really grandiosity of the Hypomaniac or is it misjudgment of the observer? I think it maybe the psychologist are thinking they are so special that they cannot conceive of these people and their reach. For instance many Entrepreneurs and I use this context because the article does (I suppose scientists have other traits if they were hypomaniacs) do poorly after their first big win, in their next big thing or endeavor.

Entrepreneurs rarely have multiple wins in different industries, except people like Branson, Gates, Fred Smith (Fed EX), Wayne Hiezinga. The reason for these is they carried their same work ethic into the next battle, and they are not done yet, they want more. I see one of the traits at Harvard use to be hard work ethic, yet do not see it in these people anymore. Enron debacle was stupid, they had the world by the balls, but leadership slacked off, right when they should have been really turning on the juice. They needed a visionary, no prisoners leader, like the previously mentioned, too bad, because it hurt America. The reasoning being that commoditizing additional things that are omnipotent for our society is of value. I think also if the idea that Gates also has savant tendencies and you add Bi-Polar to it, then you have to go back to the drawing board and cannot relate his success or hard work ethic with that of the others.

Anyone out there is doing research on this Hypomanic personality trait should post their comments after this discussion. When studying great people such as, Gates “The Road Ahead” (And the Inner Circle Magazine), Turner “It Ain’t As Easy as It Looks”, Ellison “The Difference Between god and”, Richard Branson book “Virginity,” and Guzietta from Coke A Cola “I Want the World to Buy a Coke”. All seem to have many of these traits. I think the anger in stupidity, bureaucracy, and slow moving brain dead people, causes them to work harder, all seem to mention this in their autobiographical works. Perhaps they are trading the maniac mild depression into anger and steam and using it to heat up the soft tissue in the back of the head to drive their stick-to-it-ness back to the home front battle. I sometimes think that the anger of the brick walls in the way force these individuals to go crazy forcing them into their work. How can anyone be depressed if they are doing what they love to do? They love to win.

A hypomaniac which does not like what they are doing might be different. Tesla the famous AC inventor had many of these traits and yet loved his work. There maybe cases to prove this point wrong. Maybe these off the chart Hypomaniacs have other sides to them, but this mild maniac depression seems a little unlikely. If people have witnessed these traits in these people, I would say they mistook the depletion of vitamins due to the self inficted stress of the their own inner personal battle with the “human factor” resistance put in their way to get to where they are going to be. It is possible to go without eating and sleeping and then all of a sudden it hits you. Maybe these people if witneesed in a depression like state, just need some more Chormium Picolinate or protien for their brains. This particular article may have missed a couple other benefits, although obviously cannot be a whole book because it is just an article;

1. When people cannot put you in their frame of reference they mis judge your motivations and needs in negotiations and therefore give you the upper hand;

2. Also a person moving that fast cannot have too many friends due to time. Therefore does not get too caught up in “Familiarity Breeds Contempt” traps;

2.5 Competition cannot keep up, because if they copy them, they are already several more steps ahead and back around to flank them. They never know what hit them and then it is too late;

3. Misdirection and miss information techniques are easier to emloy because no body can figure out where you are going or coming from;

4. When they are moving that fast and have faith in future moves they do not need to worry, they will find a way. This looks dangerous to others, and it gives them an advantage because no one will dare follow;

5. A moving target is harder to hit and almost impossible to follow;

6. Their very existence intimidates people, which can also help you. People are afraid of you;

7. Their energy radiates out word and causes things to line up your way by your sheer will.

Now on the drawbacks side of things the articles fails to mention the following; Draw Backs:

1. They burn people out;

2. Others that emulate them often fail, it requires too much knowledge and skill to work at this level;

3. People question their judgment because they do not realize the multiple affect. ie… Ted Turner over paying in a merger so he had the movie classic content for his future project;

4. They have problems relating with people who cannot reason or do complex thoughts;

5. They do not do good at parties which are wasting your time. Although you can be the life of the party quite easily;

6. They are still stuck in linear time and therefore cannot do everything you want to;

7. They have to be careful not to run right over someone or through them, it is very easy to do;

8. They have no peers, this may actually be a benefit up for discussion.

Regarding the downer side of this hypomaniac title or labeling, I cannot see the mellow downer side of it. I do not see that maniac depression state? Perhaps that was put in there to capture the “Bi-Polar” thing to loop the story in a full circle, readers believe in all that Bi-Polar, lithium and Prozac ( a good book on this subject is “Living With Prozac” (scary book if you think of what this can do to our soicety) stuff. After all readers will not buy the superman idea without the kryptonite? Is the author sure that, that was not put in just to appease readers and make them not feel so little against these people?

There may be brief times where you have to think a lot, to get them out of a jam they got into by hitting the wrong turn in the maze or running through the wrong door of opportunity. But then again that is only a short time frame, then you usually just find a way to use all the mistakes as advantages. This article now makes me remember, of a guy who crashed into his new house in his new Beechcraft Baron? He may have had a moment such as this depression thing, but killing one’s self is giving up and a person with unlimited energy and a brain to match would never give up. Now if you need a down side maybe it would be the “burn out affect” or something else, although that does not seem to work either, judging by history and the referenced biographies above. Of course if one does not eat right or take care of themselves this type of person will write checks that it’s body cannot cash, causing health issues, I suppose.

In this article are the PhDs or author really specialists in Bi Polar disorders? I once had a gentleman who worked for me who was Bi-Polar, he had his life really screwed up, nice guy and needed help. I had to cut him lose due to performance issues, we needed more output. Some days he was terrific and other not at all. I was wondering what type of job a person like this might be best suited for. He was not good at a sales, although everyone seemed to like him. My theory was that his displacement caused feelings of superiority in others around him and make him appear to have Charisma and be approachable and non-intimidating. He was on Litium. What does lithium do to people, well it seems wrong to give to people, does it have after side affects?

After all Bi-polar is interesting since the Cerebellum if unfolded is 1128 cu centimeters the size of a record album cover which is bigger than either of the left or right side of the brain. Even together the cerebral cortex including both halves is 1900 cubic centimeters. So those who use it well are able to do more faster. We know from those who have brain injuries that their brain uses the cerebellum as RAM memory and lights up on the computer screens with activity when the damaged part of either the left or right side cannot be used. There are more cells and neurons in the cerebellum than the rest of the brain, much more capacity. So when some is using it they can do more faster and process more data and crutch more numbers so to speak. You may wish to check up on Nueroantomist Santiago Ramon y Cajal.

Sharks have also huge cerebellums and they have 400 million years of evolution on the modern man no matter what you believe as far as 160,000 years, 40,000 years since Neanderthal or 10,000 years of Chinese recorded written history. The problem I see with the article is that everyone is a Doctor of something and they are the same people giving kids under age 6 Prozac and screwing up their brains before full development. Perhaps the Hypomaniac is a positive label although to try to narrowly title a behavior is unhealthy and can cause risks of mislabeling. People who appear to be different for whatever reason all share another familiar advantage in sports, war, business, game or politics. Their opponents and followers, who do not understand them, once they realize that they do not understand, often fear them. From a Machiavellian standpoint one could say this is good if you are in a leadership capacity and especially good in the unforgiving battle in politics. It’s best if your opponents think you are crazy and unpredictable, because that incites fear and hesitation, the edge needed in surprise attack or reciprocal response. If your followers do not understand your methods but understand your strength in intelligence they will follow you and not try to topple you out of fear and admiration. This too would be considered a positive attribute if this article Bi-Polar theory holds true from the Hypomaniac executive model.

Remember Patton use to say that if stood on his jeep to make a speech he had everyone’s ear, his troops knew he knew how to win, the media made him sound crazy beating up on hospital wounded or panic attacked soldiers and no one could figure him out and therefore to his advantage, he was able to fly by the seat of his pants into victorious battle. Hitler talked in mesmerizing cadence and put people in a beta state of mind. While also having the ups and downs of Bi-Polar tendencies. Vince Lombardi said to be one of the greatest sports leaders in history also had mood swings to the low, they say. Steve Jobs is a good example of bi-polarality in this article context from what I have read. Perhaps a bi-polar type tendency and a trend towards hard charging never give up individuals and hypomaniac label may actually be a strength of character to be addressed and watched for positive advantages and to keep from turning evil?

The premise that there is only room for one visionary at a time is false. Visionaries always seek out like-minded visionaries to vision with. If one is the absolute boss, then there is a problem but it is not like household pets where the first pet is the boss. Visionaries often work well together and two minds are better than one providing the fundamental issues are equal (Belief System Theory-Equally yoked principle). Now then people like Mr. Lear, Edison, Tesla, Copernicus, Leonardo de Vinci, etc. may actually be loners and work better that way, although they all had companions and understood they needed help to get out their message and inventions and bring things to market.

There can be other experiments to determine if these hypomaniacs really exist to the degree mentioned in the article. By using naturalistic observations and a limited control group of other over achievers and we will have created a random assignment. I question the validity of subjects like Gates and Jobs as proof that the Bi-Polar theory holds true to the Hypomaniac hypothesis. The correlation in such limited data set along with the PR bull that their companies and books promote make it difficult to know the truth of any of this. I mean, the theory still may have some validity, and it cannot be proven either way unless we can have them at our disposal for a week or two which is impossible based on the justice departments needs of gate’s time when he should be working on R and D projects and Jobs incredible schedule and interview rounds with his latest new product rollout. And if these subjects were taken away from their artificial lives compared with that of normal folks we could lose the whole project. For instance if we took all these people and put them on a track with go carts and watched their behavior we might see some interesting things similar to all, but we may also find none to that of the HS Athlete, full of piss and vinegar wanting to conquer their world. Does this make sense? If the article and theories hold true and we cannot have off the chart in one direction without off the chart in another, which I believe too, then the Bi-Polarity between Major Depression and Mania maybe a good answer for things. And if this is so then we should not condemn those who are too far off the end on one side, because they have so much to offer the world on the other. Interesting.

This subject matter is fascinating as we try to understand the human spirit and will of top performing individuals, what on Earth makes them tick? The examples presented are interesting indeed and we need to take a real look into the theory, which seems to be too simply defined in the article and there has to be more to this. Although the article hits home for me, thus I find this subject matter of value, it appears we might all learn from such hard charging super stars like Gates and Jobs. I think I still have to question trying to pigeon hole any individual as people are complex and are an accumulation of all their observations, experiences, genetics and achievements are unique and therefore such simple classifications may be highly invalid, why don’t we simply ask them? If any one has any data on Hypomaniac Syndromes, please post them below so that other Think Tank members can review this as many over achiever tend to also join think tanks to make a difference.

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Treating Phobias With Acupuncture – Is There Any Point?

Many people may find it very difficult to believe that acupuncture is considered by some to be able to help treat phobias. This article investigates if there is any point in using acupuncture for phobias. Firstly let’s compare the difference between a phobia and a fear.

Phobia Definition

Originating from the Greek word Phóbos, which means either a fear or a morbid fear, a phobia falls into the scope of anxiety disorders and is different to a fear. A phobia is an irrational fear and is defined as:

"the manifestation of intense fears towards specific situations and objects, which in reality, produces minimal to no threat."

Fear Definition

Fear on the other hand is built into our natural survival response and is linked to the fight-or-flight response. All human beings and animals possess this instinct and it is crucial when dealing with a potential danger. It can help us escape or fight the danger that does exist in our current reality.

The Brain Plays A Starring Role

So fear is based in reality whereas a phobia is based only in the person’s perception. There are plenty of phobias that are commonly held amongst numerous people and there are also many different genres of phobias. Phobias can be social or specific. Yet like other types of anxiety and fear we know that there are several parts of the person’s brain which play key roles in the production of phobias, anxieties and fears.

Scientists study this starring role in order to understand how phobias and anxieties are created by the brain, so that they can be treated, as well as learning about the generation of new cells during a human’s life. Then it could be possible to stimulate new neuron growth for people with certain conditions, such as PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder).

Amygdala And Phobias

Part of the limbic system, the amygdale is shaped like an almond and lies deep in the brain. It is thought to process and interpret incoming signals, trigger anxiety and fear responses to the rest of the brain and store emotional memories. Therefore it is currently believed that it plays a role in phobias such as spiders and flying.

Hippocampus And Phobias

It is the hippocampus that has the job of encoding threatening events into memories. Some studies have shown that the size of the hippocampus is smaller in those who served in violent combat, as well as child abuse victims.

Acupuncture And The Brain

As the brain plays a huge part in creating phobias and other types of anxiety disorders, if acupuncture can’t treat the brain then how could it have any real affect on a phobia?

Acupuncture can treat the brain as the acupuncture points relating to the brain can be found on the human body. So in other words without taking any drugs, acupuncture can stimulate a reaction in the relevant parts of the brain to start the healing process.

It is considered that acupuncture can have a positive effect on brain chemistry. At the beginning of a treatment the needles stimulate blood flow locally, which has the knock on effect of an increase in both nutrients and immune cells. During acupuncture endorphins are also released.

The treatment will generally strengthen the nervous system as well as the immune and hormonal system. It will bring the entire system back into a more balanced and healthier state of being.

Experienced qualified acupuncturists will take the time to diagnose their patients using a range of TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) diagnostic tools and during this time will consider other relevant acupuncture points to needle. The root cause of the phobia plus any other knock on effects will be treated.

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Simple and Best Natural Remedies for Hyperthyroidism

Many natural remedies are effective in controlling secretion of thyroid hormone and also relieving effects of hyperthyroidism. Hyperthyroidism is less common compared to hypothyroidism but its effects on health are equally serious and can be fatal. Stimulated thyroid gland causes more digestion of food and reduces the absorption which causes serious weakness and malfunctioning of internal organs gradually.

All the herbs or supplements which have stimulating effects shall be avoided, since people suffering with hyperthyroidism get leaner and thinner so it is assumed that health promoting herbs will be beneficial but it is not so, all types of ginseng, bladder wrack, ashwagandha, wheat grass and astragalus shall be avoided. Lemon balm is an excellent natural remedy which affects working of thyroid gland and calms overactive gland to reduce the secretion of thyroid hormone. Tea can be prepared for consuming this herb by mixing two teaspoon of herb in a cup of boiling water. Gypsywort herb is another herb which can calm overactive thyroid gland by reducing the presence of excess mineral iodine. Five drops of tincture of gypsywort herb can be missed with a cup of normal water, this shall be consumed three times in a day, this remedy can treat as well as can work as an effective preventive measure for hyperthyroidism.

An extremely effective remedy can be prepared for external use, this remedy is prepared by taking equal quantities of bark of oak and roots of male fern, decoct this mixture with wine vinegar, this mixture can be used twice a day for rubbing the area below the throat, this is an external remedy for calming thyroid gland to cure hyperthyroidism. Amino acid L-carnitine also decreases thyroid glands activity and works as good remedy.

Hyperthyroidism can initiate other medical conditions like insomnia, mood swings and anxiety, bugleweed tablets are very good at treating all of these effects of stimulated thyroid gland. Curcumin is an extract of turmeric which is very beneficial in reducing internal inflammation caused due to excess secretion of thyroid hormone, reduction in internal inflammation helps in treating hyperthyroidism. Taking omega-3 fatty acids also works well for alleviating immunity system and reducing internal inflammation. One teaspoon of mother wort herb mixed with a cup of water and taken three times a day also relieves effects of excess thyroid hormone in the body. Green tea extracts are also very effective as this herbal supplement has rich anti-oxidant properties to oxygenate cells and organs.

Increased intake of cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and spinach also help in reducing the activity of thyroid gland. Avoid alcohol, tobacco and caffeine in any form and avoiding completely or reducing intake of foods like milk, butter, wheat, soy and food additives is very supportive as these foods can cause infection and allergies to aggravate the problem. Completely avoiding foods which contain iodine is necessary. Exercises, proper sleep and rest works as natural remedies for the problem. Applying ice packs on the area below throat is also helpful. Mental stress busters like listening to music, meditation or even prayer help in treating hyperthyroidism. Avoiding processed, fatty and refined food and increased intake of fruits and vegetables is more than useful for curing the problem.

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Personality Changes After A Heart Attack

Sometimes people forget that a heart attack is a really major event. It can often be caused by heart disease, but also can be the result of surgery gone wrong or after a loss of blood, such as after an accident.

Society as a whole is pretty ignorant about heart issues, even though heart problems are the UKs biggest single killer; we all buy in to the myth that you have an attack, you convalesce, you return to work and life is just as peachy as it always was.

Well for some people that is undoubtedly the case, although the fact that part of the heart effectively dies as part of a heart attack, makes it unlikely that life will be quite so peachy as it was before.

However, many other people find that an attack actively transforms their lives; it could be for the better or it could be for the worse, but life can seem incredibly different.

Anxiety:

Many people who have experienced a heart attack will feel anxious, at least on some levels; it is natural. The person is scared that they will have another and that this one could be the BIG one, the final one. This is often accompanied by depression

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder:

Around 34% of heart attack victims go on to develop at least some PTSD symptoms. That is over 1 in 3!

Worries:

Many people who have had a heart attack are worried about not just having another attack, but they can be worried about life in general. Will they be able to work or will they go back to work and find that it is too much? Will their love life be affected by the attack? Will their relationship survive? All these worries are on top of the anxiety, so there is an enormous amount of stress and worry going on.

Effects on Personality:

Given that people are under such an enormous amount of pressure, it is perfectly normal that the heart attack survivor’s personality is affected; in fact it is strange when it is not!

Impatience:

Many people relate that after a heart attack their loved one became impatient. It is almost as if the survivor feels that time is so precious that they have no time to waste on anything, so everything needs to be done immediately.

Bad Temper:

Impatience can also be so developed that it results in the person having a very short fuse. It can be hard for partners of heart attack survivors’ to accept that their former gentle partner is now a raging bull in terms of being incredibly bad tempered.

Unwillingness to Act

Sometimes partners of heart attack victims find that their partner has become very reluctant to ‘do’ things. They will not participate in work, exercise or do things that they should actually do to try and aid convalescence. This can be linked to depression and it can be a sense of ‘What is the point, I will die anyway?’

Fear of Social Activities:

Often someone who has had a heart attack will fear social activities simply because they are fearful that they will have another attack and that they will then be stared at or the centre of attention. Instead they avoid going out to social activities, which can result in social isolation.

Awareness:

If you know a loved one who has had a heart attack, then try to be aware of the fact that it can impact on their personality and can result in changes to their personality. You may need some patience as well, but awareness can help and the changes can often be temporary. So it is not your imagination; personality changes really can occur after a heart attack!

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Life Jackets For Kids, US Coast Guard Approved, What Does This Mean?

When in a swimsuit our three-year old daughter is fearless! She splashes about, chases waves, and giggles in pure delight. She holds her nose as she “dunks” herself, then she jumps-up to “surprise” us… a new rendition of the peek-a-boo game. While I’m thrilled that she is spunky, confident and loves to explore, still… I wonder… is she safe? As a parent I pay attention to too many heartbreaking stories about Moms distracted for only a moment, sometimes sitting at only an arms-length of her child, yet the child drowns; a horrific accident; a reminder that drowning is often silent and un-dramatic.

I have a Puddle Jumper strapped around my daughter’s chest (an upgrade of the well-know water-wings or inflatable armbands that keep kids afloat in the water), but is it enough? The Puddle Jumper is a U.S. Coast Guard approved, Type III personal flotation device. As I continue to wonder about my daughter’s safety I become curious, what does “U.S. Coast Guard Approved” mean? It sounds impressive, like a prestigious endorsement. A product that owns this seal of approval must mean that the product is a good one and will, therefore, keep my daughter safe. This was my thinking when I bought the Puddle Jumper.

But now as the word “endorsement” echoed through my mind I was wondering what the phrase “U.S. Coast Guard Approved” really meant. My free-associations to the word “endorsement” conjured-up uncomfortable images: political endorsements, which I rarely trust; TV-ads featuring public figures, or worse, Hollywood actors endorsing products and services. Yikes! Have I been too naive? Have I blindly accepted an “endorsement” put forth by the U.S. Coast Guard? Have I put my daughter at risk?

What Does It Mean: U.S. Coast Guard Approved

Who are we to trust as “the expert” about kids and water safety? Who are we to go to as the authority on how accidents happen and how to prevent them? Who is rightly esteemed and who possesses enough credentials to speak on the grave nature of my concern… the breath-of-life of our little ones, our kids, my daughter? I admit, for me the United States Coast Guard was the only agency that came to mind, but not because I had personally investigated their integrity.

To ease the anxiety that my free-associations were conjuring-up, i.e. my growing distrust about an “endorsement” put forth by the U.S. Coast Guard and an “endorsement” widely used by retailers who sell, and therefore advertise, the Puddle Jumper, I needed to know exactly what the “endorsement” meant.

I was surprised when I discovered that the Coast Guard was willing to point to a “best” life jacket. Reading further, however, I found that the “best” personal flotation device was described in only a generic way and with conditions attached.

The “best” one, says the Coast Guard, is:

  • The one you’re willing to wear!
  • The one that saves your life every time it’s needed.
  • The one that matches your needs!

In the very next paragraph the Coast Guard voiced a vexing problem: “The perfect life preserver, lifejacket, or PFD (personal flotation device) has not yet been designed.” Not even the United States Coast Guard was a definitive one-stop, end-all and be-all authority.

Further, I learned that with a particular life jacket “endorsed” as “U.S. Coast Guard Approved” comes an attached “Think Safe” pamphlet. The pamphlet is an integral component of the endorsement. When I bought my daughter’s Puddle Jumper I had not even read the pamphlet.

The stamp-of-approval plus the “Think Safe” pamphlet equals the full meaning of: U.S. Coast Guard Approved. The one cannot be separated from the other.

The “Think Safe” pamphlet is a list of conditions that the Coast Guard attaches to the approval of a particular personal floatation device. Using the Stearns Puddle Jumper as an example: The Stearns Puddle Jumper is Coast Guard approved…

  • If the child wearing it is 30 to 60 lbs.
  • If the water is calm and/or if the body of water is an inland body.
  • OR If there is a good chance for fast rescue in or around the body of water.

Also, when it comes to children and the selection of a PFD the Coast Guard offers more advice:

  • You must teach your kids how to properly wear a PFD.
  • The PFD must fit snugly on a child.
  • The purchased PFD should be tested immediately after purchase: in a swimming pool, and on the child who will be wearing it.
  • PFDs are not babysitters; an adult should always be present.

You Must Teach Your Kids How To Properly Wear A PFD

The Coast Guard knows that children panic when they suddenly fall into water. The suddenness of the fall causes them to move their arms and legs violently which makes it hard to float safely in a PFD. While the PFD will keep the child afloat, it might not keep a struggling child face-up. I remembered reading an anecdotal story about the Stearns Puddle Jumper; a parent had a “just-learning swimmer” and she said, “She (the child) had to learn in the first few times (of using the Puddle Jumper) how to use it… that she would have to balance herself to keep her face out of the water.”

The PFD Must Fit Snugly On A Child

To check for a good fit the Coast Guard recommends picking the child up by the shoulders of the PFD. Since the Puddle Jumper does not have a shoulder-section I could test it by picking my daughter up by the chest-piece of the Puddle Jumper, then proceed and conduct the snug-fit test. In either case a child’s chin and ears should not slip through the flotation device.

The Purchased PFD Should Be Tested Immediately After Purchase

The Coast Guard cites the obvious. They note that children come in many sizes and shapes, and therefore, just because a PFD works for one infant or child does not mean it will work for another in the same manner. The Coast Guard therefore urges that PFDs be tested immediately after purchase: test in a swimming pool and with the child who will be wearing the PFD. They urge parents and guardians of children to check for three things:

  • Proper Weight Range
  • Comfortable fit
  • (And especially) A stable face-up position in water.

PFDs Are Not Babysitters

The U.S. Coast Guard reminds parents and guardians, more than once, to never leave a child unattended on a dock, on a boat or in the water, even if the child is in a PFD.

Conclusion: Lessons Learned

It was good and right to reconsider my mindless purchase of the Puddle Jumper. While the Puddle Jumper is a fine product, I had simply bought the “advertising hype”on the tags: “U.S. Coast Guard Approved.” I had uncritically trusted an “endorsement” put forth by an unknown authority, i.e. the U.S. Coast Guard. The blind trust I exercised in purchasing the Puddle Jumper left my daughter vulnerable because I was unaware of my role and responsibility about how to safely use the product that I had purchased.

U.S. Coast Guard Approved products are great, but, read the attached “Think Safe” pamphlets!

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Dry Penis – Major Causes, Symptoms and Best Treatment

Many men, of all ages, experience dry penis skin at some stage in their life, especially on the shaft and head of their penis. In fact, when dry penis skin presents itself, most men immediately believe the worst — they have contracted a STD or other illness from their partner or lover. This can, in many cases, lead to sexual anxiety between couples, with the condition becoming worse. It can also have an adverse affect on the sufferer’s self-confidence and sexual habits, as well as their sex life.

However, this need not be the case. In most instances, dry penis skin is directly related to how the skin of the penis is treated and cared for, especially before, during, and after sexual intercourse and masturbation.

Now, before moving on, it is important to clarify that there are many common and simply treated conditions for dry penile skin. These conditions can be rectified over time and will not cause the sufferer any long term damage. In fact, once the cause is found many dry penile skin conditions will clear up and allow the sufferer to enjoy a happy and fulfilling sex life, as they once did. Therefore, rather than letting dry penis skin become a problem, let’s look at some of the common causes, symptoms, and treatments of this condition.

Dry Penis Skin Causes

The most common cause of dry skin on the penis or a dry penis head is lack of care when masturbating or having sexual intercourse. The penis is delicate; its skin is softer than any other skin on the body and it has many nerve endings and capillaries. All of which make sex that much more pleasurable. Therefore, rubbing the penis against clothing, not using adequate lubrication when masturbating or having anal or vaginal sex, and coming into contact with genital stubble, can cause penile skin to dry and become flaky.

Other typical causes of dry penis skin include: allergies, dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, and candida. On rare occasions, a STD may be responsible for making the penis skin dry, but usually other symptoms will become apparent.

Dry Penis Skin Symptoms

Dry penile skin may appear on the penis head and shaft after rough sexual activity. In addition, red patches and cracks may even become visible on the skin and the penis may be painful to touch.

Allergies, dermatitis, psoriasis, and eczema share similar symptoms, such as dry patches on penis that may be flaky and itchy. On occasions, the penis may feel as though it is hot and burning with visible inflammation. The skin may also crack and weep, and be itchy.

Apart from making the penis skin dry, candida causes the penis to become red, inflamed and itchy. In fact, the itch is so insatiable that it will be hard to ignore. A discharge from the eye of the penis may also be noticed.

Typically STDs have many other symptoms that make them stand out from common causes of dry penile skin. These include blisters, bumps, sores, unusual colored discharge from the eye of the penis, and an unpleasant odor and pain when urinating.

Dry Penis Skin Treatment

All of the penis skin conditions mentioned are treatable, though it will take time for the penis to heal and repair itself. This is why it is recommended to abstain from any sexual activity until the dry penile skin disappears. If it is suspected that rough sexual activity has made the penis skin dry then it is suggested that a penis specific creme, (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil), is used daily. This type of product protects the skin of the penis from damage, as it adequately moisturizes the skin and feeds the cells with vital nutrients that keep it optimal condition at all times.

If, after a week, no noticeable change in the condition of dry penis skin has been seen, or the symptoms indicate that more than rough sexual activity is making the penis skin dry, then it is recommended that medical advice be sought.

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Penile Yeast Infection Yogurt Remedy

Penile yeast infections are itchy, uncomfortable and can be painful. The yeast infection is found on the skin on the outside of the penis for circumcised men and for uncircumcised men it can also be more widespread as there is more skin which produces heat and moisture that yeast needs to survive on. Another type of external yeast infection is of the oral nature and can breed in your mouth and coat your tongue. There are many other variations that can manifest itself on your body as well.

Yeast cures

Depending on the treatment you choose as well as the condition you have will determine if the choice of treatment is a cure or a relief mechanism. It is your responsibility to have your condition diagnosed by a health professional as it has different degrees of damage it can cause if left untreated.

Some of the remedies can help give relief for short periods of time and others can help long term but the end goal is to cure it permanently right from the root issue. The root cause varies from one person to another and can be attributed to conditions such as diabetes, antibiotics, steroids, nutritional deficiency, body pH imbalances, hormonal imbalances, lowered immune system, improper hygiene, and many more, that only a health professional can properly diagnose.

Variations of remedies

There are many internal and external remedies to help penile yeast infections such as medications, topical creams, home made remedies, probiotics, dietary changes, to name a few. All these methods respond differently to each circumstance.

Relieve your yeast infection with bacteria

You might be shaking your head thinking thats a crazy statement! One of the best home cures for instant relief is Yogurt, also spelled yoghurt or yoghourt, which is made by culturing milk or cream with live and active bacterial cultures, which in its most basic sense just means that you add bacteria directly to the milk. Commercially made yogurt is usually made with a culture of bacteria called Lactobacillus acidophilus (L acidophilus). This is the good bacteria that is capable of fighting the candida fungi in your body.

Why use yogurt for yeast infection relief?

L acidophilus, the good bacteria which is beneficial to the body, in yogurt is able to fight the Candida fungi anywhere in your body as it helps keep the candida under control and not let it overpopulate. The more you ingest, the more it can deal with the levels of nasty candida. Thus the phrase yogurt cure for yeast infection, as it brings instant relief whether used topically or ingested as it starts working right away. It is one of the best techniques for yeast infection home remedy.

What type of yogurt product do I use?

Plain yogurt that has no sugar, which means no flavoured yogurts, as yeast feeds on sugar and continues to multiply. It also must contain live active cultures. The label will list L. acidophilus and/or list that it includes live cultures. Ensure that it does not contain any sugar as sugar and yeast combined will effectively multiply the yeast which then makes acidophilus ineffective.

Kefir, another type of cultured milk product, contains more strains of the good bacteria that is not in the traditional plain yogurt which in turn provides more protein and essential minerals to your system. Kefir can be made from the milk that comes from a cow, goat or sheep.

Both yogurt and Kefir are cultured milk products but both contain different types of good beneficial bacterial. Yogurt contains the bacteria that provides food for the good bacteria and keeps the digestive system clean and Kefir’s qualities can colonize the intestinal tract which can balance your inner system quicker.

Lactose intolerance and yogurt

Some people have noticed that their system is able to digest Kefir much easier than yogurt as the friendly bacteria and beneficial yeast in the kefir culture consume most of the lactose (milk sugar). For those that don’t like yogurt, fear not, as you also have the option of taking L acidophilus in capsule form.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Pilates Back Extension Exercises

It is logical to emphasize and feature back extension exercises in a pilates program. Pilates back extension exercises counterbalance the numerous forward bending movements in our everyday life. One of the most common complaint of back pain is occupational; that of having to sit for more than 10 hours in the job!

If you can put a figure on the number of times you have to bend forward and the amount of forward inclined daily activities, you will be surprised it is an astounding four figure number. When you slouch in your chair or when you work, rounded over in front of the computer all day, you definitely suffer from back pain from time to time.

So how does Pilates back extension exercises work for you?

How will it change the quality of your program and your life?

Here are 5 reasons why you want to put those Pilates extension exercises into action now!

A Great Back Strengthener

As you bend over more than you do any other movements daily, your back muscles become over strained and weak from continued rounding. They forget how to work to support the back when you need to sit upright. These back extensor group of muscles must be retrained to play their role of supporting your spine. Back extension exercises specifically target areas of the back in holding up your posture in all possible acts of play and work. They also help to prevent any possible onset of back pain due to poor posture and form.

“Swan” is a specific back extension routine which is simple and easy to perform. Lie on your stomach with both palms down at the side of your chest near your armpits. Keep both knee caps lifted and engaged as you press gently into the floor and lift chest away from ground. This action of keeping the chest off the ground helps to train your back to be stronger. It also challenges your pelvis and abdominals to target back muscles.

Makes You Taller

The muscles that are in charge of making you stand taller, sit taller and walk taller are the back extensor group. You will need to keep your posture lifted, as in lifting your chest up and keeping the back of the neck long like a well trained dancer akin to a ballerina. In the process, other important muscles of the body are also challenged. Your chest is expanded and lifted. Your abdominals, quadriceps, and hip flexors are properly stretched.

“Swimming” is another great pilates exercise to include in your repertoire. Over time, you achieve good posture and form.

Improves Breathing Mechanics

As you begin to keep the chest lifted, you will notice there is a visible difference in the way you look and breathe. If you have a rounded forward posture, your ribcage is in a collapsed/dropped position all the time. This position does not promote proper breathing. In fact, it is impossible to do proper breathing at all. Shallow breathing is the only possible way to breathe in this position. The lifting of the sternum, which we also called the breastbone, means muscles of the back are working hard to effectively keep the ribcage up and the lungs are in their proper position to initiate correct full breathing.

Creates Shoulder Girdle Stability

Some examples of pilates back extension exercises like the modified “Plank” is great to challenge stabilization of your shoulder girdle musculature. It also challenges your abdominals as they have to work to stabilize your lower body. In time, your core strength will improve. The development of core strength is crucial to the maintenance of good posture until it becomes a good habit. Core stabilization also means some areas of the body do not have to be strained to compensate for other weaker muscles.

Exercises Rejuvenate & Revitalize

All Pilates back extension exercises work to regulate and balance your body with the right movements. If you are rounded for most hours of your waking times, you want to do an activity in extension. Our body is designed to be in an upright position from birth. Look at any picture of a standing anatomy chart of a body – it is upright and in extension.

Your quality of life improves tremendously with continual maintenance of this correct posture. You will feel stronger and more energized!

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Dream What You Want To Dream, Go Where You Want To Go

Hey! But where?! Where exactly do you want to go? And where do you want to be? These questions are interchangeable as both ask about the direction in which you are heading. At a micro level, most of you know roughly where you are going.

Your direction in life probably looks like this:

You are born…

You went to school… to study history, language, science, etc.

You had dreams…

You came out from school and started working…

Maybe you achieved some of your goals like getting a car, having the latest gadget…

Then what? You are looking forward to buy a home.

Day in and day out, you go to work waiting for the next pay-cheque to buy more things…

Some of you are happy in this state…

But most of you feel that something is missing in life. Life can be better than this. Life should be better. However, somehow along the way you got lost.

You believe that you can excel and become better. And you can! The first step is to start by understanding yourself!

There is this part in Alice in Wonderland, where Alice comes to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. “Which road do I take?” she asked. “Where do you want to go?” was his response. “I don’t know,” Alice answered. “Then,” said the cat, “it doesn’t matter.

At a macro level, a lot of people are at loss as to where they are heading. What the Cheshire cat said was true. It doesn’t matter which road you take if you have no idea where you want to be because any road you take will bring you there. The only problem is the destination may not be where you want to be. Worst still you may be circling around and land in the same old place.

Most of you are likely in your comfort zone right now and let things be when the pay-cheques are still coming and everything is still looking fine. It is only when some drastic event happens, that you begin to desperately make changes. At this point, you have no idea what your needs are or what you want to change to?! You’re in panic mode with no time to think or plan things properly. In this instance, you are likely to be making changes through trial and error with more errors than you care to know. It causes you anger and fear! It is painful to go through that kind of change.

You know what? You do not have to go through this painful experience at all. You do not need to feel uncertainty, ANGER and FEAR every time you make a mistake. Just START NOW! Now is the best time to find your direction and start making small changes that will lead to your dream, where you have ample time to adjust and work WITHOUT FEAR AND ANGER. Your dream will become reality with your right action.

To do this you must first know your thoughts by understanding yourself. Your thoughts lead to your action, and the action will create result.

Here is why most of you are at the crossroad or getting stuck and unsure as to where you are heading or what to do… Take a quick note which category you fall into.

  1. You have the same old thoughts which spur you into action that give the same old result. Usually you do not realize this!
  2. You have too many thoughts that lead to too many actions which give little or no result. You are the type who enjoys the action more than seeing the result!
  3. You have too many thoughts that caused you to keep changing your action thus this lead you to no where. Do you know that you are fickle-minded and easily influence by outside forces?
  4. You keep on thinking with no action. You’re likely immobilized by too much information.
  5. You have very little thoughts but many unfathomable reasons of your underachievement. You are the lazy type and have a very pessimistic mind-set. You too did not realize your inherent negativity. This type of people is the hardest to change.

You may say, “I’m not one of above”. Let me tell you this, if you are in anyway feeling unsatisfied or discontented, then there is definitely something wrong. By KNOWING YOURSELF, you can recognize the issue whether it is coming from within you or from your environment.

If you have already set your goal and know where you’re heading, well congratulations! However may I ask, do you know the easiest way to achieve your goal? Sometimes you have to not only look at where you want to go, but also find the easiest and nearest road, and steer in that direction.

Therefore, it is important to take some time to understand yourself, your needs and wants. Find out your natural talent and set a direction on where you want to be in life.

The Great Wall of China was not built in one day. The same goes with everything you do too. It takes time and your conscious effort to make the changes in your life and make your path to success.

The simplest way to understand yourself is through BaZi analyse. Your Day Master of your BaZi already fill with many information of yourself and this is only first layer of your characters:

Wood Day Master

Wood element can be categorized into yang, Jia Wood, and yin, Yi Wood. Jia Wood is like the tall trees of the Amazon forest.

At a glance, Jia Wood people are very sociable and comradely to all his Jia Wood brothers. But in fact, they are loner and very territorial. They have a direct, genuine and honest personality which is a virtue not many will appreciate. They will call a spade, a spade and nothing else. Thus, often enough their words may come-off as crude and lack of diplomacy.

A Jia Wood person will fall soon when they become too successful like a tall tree being chopped down for other usage. Being on top a corporate company or in any organization as the first man is a bad sign indeed for them.

Yi Wood is like flowers, creeper and small plants. They look soft and gentle but while tree tumble after a storm, Yi Wood will still be there in the next morning.

Similar to the creeper, Yi Wood is a social climber. Their main talent is networking. Due to their sociable and diplomatic nature, they are very good at handling public relation matter. Like the creeper or plain grass, they will survive any storm that comes their way.

Yi Wood is never firm with their decision because of their fickle nature. Hence, they may come across as a person who is short of principal. However, it is this nature that save them from many danger. They are the Master of “Damsel in Distress”. Only they will know their truly bad patches in life.

A Yi Wood has a far reaching career than Jia Wood in climbing the corporate ladder.

Fire Day Master

Your Day Master tells a lot about yourself. It represents your core-self, and can review your likes and dislikes. By understanding you’re the element of your Day Master, you can understand how you behave and react in such a way from the influence of external and internal forces around you.

Fire element can be categorized into the yang, Bing Fire, and the yin, Ding Fire. Bing Fire represents the one and only sun. It has the ability not only to shine on every corner of the earth and but also bring lights to other planets in this solar system.

As such you know Bing Fire people are naturally generous and giving. They emit warmth, happiness and are always energetic. Their laughter is almost contagious to the people around them. Albeit their friendliness, Bing Fire people are also a loner.

Should you meet a Bing Fire person who behaves the opposite of this cheerful nature, you will know they are facing tougher time of their life.

Ding Fire represents the candle light. It has a very illuminating nature, and the candle brings lights by lighting another candle one by one.

Therefore, Ding Fire people are helpful in nature. They are the care-taker. They have a gentle persuasive manner to get their message across. They work better in group compare to their yang brother, the sun.

Ding Fire person unlike the Bing Fire, who is self-generating, can be burned out with their constant helpful nature. When this happened, they take on a “couldn’t careless attitude” in their life.

Earth Day Master

Earth element can be categorized into the yang, Wu Earth, and the yin, Ji Earth. Wu Earth can be represented by mountain, rock and big boulder. The term rock solid aptly apply to the Wu Earth people.

Like the “Great Wall of China” built to block the attack from enemy, Wu Earth people are naturally protective, quiet and steady. Whilst they are a good listener, they hardly talk or speak their mind preferring to keep silent and thought to themselves. Not many will know what a Wu Earth think hence, they may come of as mysterious to some. However, people still trust the Wu Earth naturally due to their quiet strength. They like to confess their darkest secret to Wu Earth person because they know that Wu Earth will not reveal their secret anytime soon.

Sometimes Wu Earth people are bug down by too much secret. It becomes a burden to them. Their weakness in expressing their inner emotion and ideas makes it even harder for them to call for help when needed.

Ji Earth is the soil that grows the plants and produces mineral.

Therefore, Ji Earth people have a nurturing and motherly characteristic. They are very good care-taker. Since Ji Earth can growth thousands things, they are naturally resourceful and giving. People always come to Ji Earth looking for answer and help while Ji Earth people will hardly say no to any request that come their way.

Hence, Ji Earth needs to be assertive, as people tend to walk all over them because of their good giving nature.

Metal Day Master

Metal element can be categorized into the yang, Geng Metal, and the yin, Xin Metal. Geng Metal can be represented by raw metal, axe, sword or in human form, Geng Metal is the hero who always rescue the damsel in distress.

Therefore, heroes like Captain America, Iron Man or Superman are very Geng Metal. They are very protective. Unlike the Wu Earth who just standby, fortified and protect, Geng Metal people will not hesitate to fight back or attack. Geng Metal people have a tough exterior and do not mix around easily. However, once they become your friend, it is for life. This is because of their altruistic nature. They usually are very fair person and demand justice to be served.

The tougher the life of Geng Metal the better their luck. If thing is getting easy for the Geng Metal, it spell trouble for them soon.

Xin Metal is the jewellery, ring and sparkling accessories. It main objective is to attract people and for show.

Therefore, Xin Metal people love the glamorous limelight. They are natural in showmanship. However, they are not attention seeker but they demand people to pay attention to them. Face value is important a Xin. Xin Metal people may not be pretty but they must standout in the crowd. The best way to get into the right footing with Xin is to shower them with praises. However it must be done with sincerity because they dislike being deceives. They may look like a “dumb blond” sometimes but their mind and words are as sharp as a knife.

Xin Metal is going through bad cycle, if they have to work hard or are unnoticeable.

Water Day Master

Water element can be categorized into yang, Ren Water, and yin, Gui Water. Ren Water can be represented by the ocean. It covers 71% of the Earth’s surface. The ocean itself contains many living forms and creatures that hardly can be seen on the outside.

As such, Ren Water people are extrovert and adventurous on the outside while introvert when it comes to emotional matter. Ren Water people are very resourceful too. They are true capitalist because of their strategic mind, in born entrepreneur talent as well as their ability to pull the entire important factors together to run a business. Most of the top riches men in the world are Ren Water.

Hence, Ren Water people should not delve deeply into emotion matter and should focus their mind on a trade. You’ll know Ren Water are down and under when they are involves in emotional issue.

Gui Water is like the morning dews, the cloud or the rain. It do not have a form and hard to contain. Gui Water brings coolness to their surrounding with morning dews, and freshness to the plants with their slight drizzle. In the form of cloud they shade us from the bright hot sun.

Therefore, Gui Water people are helpful and nurturing in nature. They are naturally introvert and shy people. Their strong quality comes from intuitiveness, and they are very good with their gut feeling decision.

Gui water is at their worst when they are being contain. They will act like a cage animal, ready to spring on you in the element of surprise, and then dash for freedom.

While both Gui and Ren Water are flexible, Gui Water lack the Ren Water’s dynamism and stamina.

An in depth analysis of your BaZi can tell you more of yourself.

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How to Squash Fear With Quantum Physics

A lot has been written about being in the state of Fear. There are countless techniques and methods of psychology devoted to relieving anxiety, panic, and other disorders of the mind. There is a plethora of drugs that Big Pharma would love to get the entire planet on, that are supposed to relieve that state of fear. The truth is: Fear is something that is not real. Oh it feels real, alright, but it really is something that we concoct within our reptilian brain and it runs amok into our higher centers of the mind. We allow the fear to exist.

Did you know that science has delivered the ability to actually cause you to fear, even when there is nothing there to be afraid of? The military has the brain pattern altering weapons (which were tested on the public before being employed in battle). If this sounds preposterous, think about this for a minute: have you ever felt a huge wave of fear or anxiety and not known where it came from? Were you actually in a good mood until that wave of fear hit? So where did it come from?

There are two places such irrational fears come from. One place is the microwave transmission of such things, as used by the military. Another is the entangled mind of humanity. As in the ‘hundredth monkey’ example, when enough people feel fear, it multiplies. It jumps from one person, to all of those who are in quantum entanglement with that person…and then all the others in entanglement with that batch of people…and continues on.

In any case, the important thing to do when one feels that wave of irrational fear hit, is to decide if it belongs to you or not. If you really do have something to be afraid of in the moment, such as a tiger chasing you, then it’s your fear. If you were in a good mood, or completely occupied with what you are doing, and then felt a wave of fear, it’s not yours. Sometimes the fear is connected with an event about to happen, as in the 9/11 attack, when many people didn’t go in to work that day. That is an example of quantum entanglement-the plan to kill thousands of people was picked up, through that entanglement, on a subconscious level.

Look at animal behavior for a clue to planetary entanglement. The only animals that died during the earthquakes and tsunamis were the ones who were locked up and couldn’t run to safe ground. Animals start acting weird anywhere from just before, to several days before Nature starts making changes. Some humans can tell too, by migraine headaches, strange hums in the ears, or vague uneasiness with a desire to get away.

For the evil, viral kind of Fear that is being fed to humanity, there is an easy way to combat that. Just refuse to give in to it and find the Still Point within. Those who meditate can do this easily, for others, it might take learning meditation. When you center yourself within, ask yourself a simple question: “Why am I completely free of manipulation towards Fear?” You will actually feel a change within yourself while you are asking; changes in your life follow. It really is that easy, so avoid trying to complicate it. By asking that one simple question, especially if asked just before falling asleep or just when waking up-while still in that ‘twilight’ area-you engage your subconscious mind in assisting with positive change.

By couching the question as listed, the real fears-those necessary ones to keep you safe when confronted with real danger-will still be there when you need them. The difference is, the hypnotic manipulation via newspapers, television, radio, and mind-control projects will cease to have an effect on you. Humanity was not meant to grovel in Fear, begging for crumbs of life (which is what the greedy, evil, people intend for The Sheeple). Genuine Human Beings are meant to progress beyond the stars, and far beyond the physical body. We are destined for the greatness of which is promised in the holy books…isn’t it time we all acted like it?

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