Blooming Wellness https://www.bloomingwellness.com Health & Wellness Blog by Dr. Eeks Mon, 15 Oct 2018 17:47:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 Do Celebrities like Taylor Swift and Kanye West Influence How We Vote? A Chat with Dr. David Jackson: https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2018/10/do-celebrities-like-taylor-swift-and-kanye-west-influence-how-we-vote-a-chat-with-dr-david-jackson/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2018/10/do-celebrities-like-taylor-swift-and-kanye-west-influence-how-we-vote-a-chat-with-dr-david-jackson/#respond Mon, 15 Oct 2018 01:47:50 +0000 http://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=12006 I wish all celebrities well, but I don’t care about who they vote for, what products they buy, what food they eat, what clothes they wear, what wellness trend they jump on, or what causes they support. I’ve never cared. If I want advice, I listen to people who have experience or credentials related to […]

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I wish all celebrities well, but I don’t care about who they vote for, what products they buy, what food they eat, what clothes they wear, what wellness trend they jump on, or what causes they support. I’ve never cared. If I want advice, I listen to people who have experience or credentials related to whatever it is I’m asking about. If I want to support a cause, I do it because I care about the cause. When it comes to politics and voting, I try to be informed. This means I research issues that are important to me, and then I research the candidates and decide who is most likely to accomplish what I want done. I’m also cynical and constantly struggle with the notion that no matter who I vote for, it’s a vote for gridlock, because DC is a nest of rats and nothing ever changes (that much) for me. Despite my cynicism, the idea of taking advice from a celebrity, a person I don’t know, who is aloof from the average person’s troubles, and often not well educated on policies or issues that matter to me, is absurd. This past week, I’ve asked friends across the country for their opinions on celebrity endorsements of candidates. It’s a hot topic since Ye (Kanye West) continuously struts his support for President Trump, and Taylor Swift recently broke her silence on politics to endorse Democrats. Most of my friends’ responses fall in line with, “I wish they’d shut up,” “They are obnoxious,” “I don’t care what they think,“…all responses that fuel my beliefs about celebrity influence. Some with stronger partisan ties gave harsher responses, like, “I’m never watching his/her show again,” “I’m never listening to his/her music again,” “He/She is dead to me,” “Commie Loser,” “Watch his/her ratings go down now,” “I hope Hollyweird falls into the ocean.” Anecdotes aren’t data, and perhaps my social circle is swimming in anti-celebrity bias, so I asked Dr. David Jackson, a political science professor at Bowling Green State University, for his thoughts. His research and published studies focus on the significance between celebrities and political preferences. Dr. Jackson was kind enough to answer several questions for me:

1) Celebrities were very active in the 2016 election. Hillary Clinton especially tried to leverage celebrity influence for her campaign. In your opinion, how did celebrity endorsements impact the 2016 election?

Dr. Jackson:  Research shows that celebrities may have helped Clinton in 2016. For example, Nownes shows that celebrity endorsements reduced voters’ anxiety and anger toward Clinton. The reduction of these negative emotions leads to greater likelihood of support. Donald Trump had no military or public service experience before seeking the presidency. His reputation was based mostly on his hosting a “reality” game show. He is the ultimate celebrity politician. His success flips the situation ( or at least it should) of Republicans complaining about celebrity involvement in politics, because they supported a candidate who was not just celebrity-endorsed, but was a celebrity with no public service experience himself.

Soooo…Hillary’s celebrity endorsements helped her, BUT she still lost, and Republicans should file their complaints about celebrities under Pot/Kettle. Got it.
2) Are certain voter demographics more influenced by celebrities than others, and influenced in significant ways?
Dr. Jackson: It matters more if the celebrity matches the demographic or political predispositions of the voters they are trying to influence. My research shows, for example, that country music star Trace Adkins is a net drag on likely voters overall, but a net positive only among country fans. Similarly, Ted Nugent is a net drag overall, but a net positive among supporters of the Tea Party.
In the study Dr. Jackson mentions, 804 voters in Ohio were polled, so it wasn’t a national sample. Still, there were only three endorsements that yielded a net positive effect, meaning voters were more likely to vote for the candidate endorsed by the following three: The New York Times, The United Workers and the Cleveland Dealer. Endorsements from Beyonce, Eva Longoria, Lenna Dunham, the NRA and even Oprah all had a net negative effect, meaning voters were less likely to vote for the candidate these celebrities endorsed. ( However, Oprah had a significant net positive effect ( 20.7 points) among African American voters.) 
3) In your opinion, is it smart for a political candidate to spend time and money leveraging celebrity influence?
Dr. Jackson:  Yes.  My most recent research shows that celebrities who are liked (and therefore possibly viewed also as credible) are able to influence what people think about issues. This includes, for example, Taylor Swift’s endorsement of feminism, making the belief more popular among those who like her.
Candidates, take note: Focus on getting endorsements from celebrities who are consistently liked. Taylor Swift falls into that category…I think. 
4) We hear a lot about celebrities being out of touch with normal Americans. Does that impact “small-town” voter mentality? In your opinion, do people get angry or annoyed when celebrities tell their fans who to vote for?
Dr. Jackson: Traditionally, Republicans have made this argument and potentially benefited from it, but it seems this argument no longer has validity, in that they now support a President who literally has a tower with his name on it.
Kind of funny, because it’s true.
5) Obviously these are divided times, and social media fuels this division. When a celebrity endorses someone or starts actively protesting, do you see fans with opposing political views turning against them? Amy Schumer & Emily Ratajkowski most recently come to mind.  Any thoughts on this?
Dr. Jackson: Celebrities definitely need to be thoughtful about the effect their issue position and candidate endorsements can have on their own brand. If they endorse a candidate who loses, they may be blamed for it, even if it’s not their fault the candidate lost. If the candidate wins and does unpopular things, their brand may be tainted by being attached to the candidate.
6) Ye ( Kanye West)  is in the news a lot for his support for President Trump. Do you think his support will have an impact on voters, particularly with African American voters, in the midterms or even President Trump’s potential 2020 run?
Dr. Jackson: I do not.
Okay, then.
Can you explain why?
Dr. Jackson: I haven’t included Kanye West in my surveys so it is difficult to say anything based on hard data, so this is a bit speculative. Media presentations of him and reactions to his comments would not lead most voters to find him credible.
7) Taylor Swift just came out in support of Democratic candidates in Tennessee. Many folks are crediting a spike in voting registration to her endorsement. Do you think this spike was a result of Swift, and was this a “win” for Democrats?
Dr. Jackson: It’s hard to sort out Swift’s impact from the fact that the registration deadline for a number of states was approaching, and registrations normally spike then.
So it may be incorrect to attribute the spike in registration to Taylor, but she is likeable (see Question 3 above), so… who knows? 

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Don’t like the War on Vaccines? Blame Privilege. https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2018/10/kid-vaccination-drama-how-privilege-determines-if-a-kid-gets-vaccinated-or-not/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2018/10/kid-vaccination-drama-how-privilege-determines-if-a-kid-gets-vaccinated-or-not/#respond Thu, 11 Oct 2018 19:04:07 +0000 http://www.bloomingwellness.com/blog/?p=5213 I don’t get the flu shot. It only reduces the risk of infection by 40-60%, and that’s when it’s a good match. I’ve also never gotten the flu and I wash my hands diligently, eat right, prioritize sleep, and don’t work with high risk populations. But while I don’t get a flu shot, I’m not […]

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I don’t get the flu shot. It only reduces the risk of infection by 40-60%, and that’s when it’s a good match. I’ve also never gotten the flu and I wash my hands diligently, eat right, prioritize sleep, and don’t work with high risk populations. But while I don’t get a flu shot, I’m not against vaccines.

If you have anything to do with the “wellness” industry you will encounter people who curse vaccinations. They’ll tell you that vaccines are the devil and the cause of a laundry list of health problems. The most popular accusation is that vaccines cause autism. If you argue against the anti-vaccine people and say that vaccinations are not Satan’s tools, and some vaccinations save a lot of lives, you will be shunned and dubbed a disciple of big Pharma and a traitor to the world of wellness. It makes me ask, “Where is the middle ground? Where is the logic?”

Unfortunately,  logic plays seconds to a privileged mindset. The anti-vaccine enthusiasts mostly live in developed countries that haven’t faced a killer of an epidemic since the early 1900s. That’s a privilege. You’ll find less of the anti-vaccine people in countries like Niger, Chad, Syria or Papua New Guinea. Those countries are facing formidable killer diseases such as bacterial meningitis and polio.  Rich countries don’t have to worry much about those illnesses, because they have gotten them under control with vaccines. When developed nations face a killer epidemic again (and we will), everyone will be banging down the pharmacy’s door and begging to be vaccinated.

Developed countries have faced real killers. There was the Spanish influenza pandemic of 1918 that killed 20 to 40 million people worldwide, including 675,000 Americans. My great grandmother was one of them. My mom tells the story of her going to a wake for a friend who died of the flu, coming home, feeling ill, and then dying 3 days later of the flu. It is estimated that half of the deaths of American soldiers stationed in Europe during WWI were due to influenza. My guess is if you asked any one of the 20 to 40 million people on their deathbeds if they would have liked to receive the flu vaccine, most of them would have said yes. Unfortunately for them, the flu vaccine didn’t materialize till the 1930s and 40s.

The U.S. has not experienced an epidemic like the Spanish Influenza in a very long time. Because many of us haven’t faced the horror of massive amounts of death from an epidemic, we are entitled to bash public health measures, such as vaccines, that have prevented or stopped these epidemics. This is why the anti-vaccine movement is a privileged one. One could argue that the anti-vaccine movement exists entirely because vaccines were too successful. Poor Countries are not privileged enough to wage an all-out war against vaccines. This is because they are busy dying from numerous diseases, several of which are preventable with vaccines. Because they are poor, have dismal infrastructure and dismal healthcare, most don’t have access to the vaccines they desperately need. 

Take meningitis in Africa, for example. Every 8 to 12 years during the African dry season, outbreaks caused by the bacteria Neisseria meningitidis group A sweep across the continent and kill a lot of people. A lot of kids die, because Meningitis targets young people. In 1996-1997, the outbreak was so huge that 250,000 people were infected and 25,000 of them died. In 2009, 88,000 people became ill from meningitis. If the meningitis doesn’t kill the infected person, he/she will often suffer lifelong consequences, such as mental retardation and deafness. Many people in Africa live long distances from health clinics and hospitals. Often times if a child is struck ill, the parents decide against making the trip to the hospital and instead choose to keep their child at home, as comfortable as possible, until he/she dies. Do you think there is a strong anti-vaccination movement there? Not so much. Luckily, due to private donors like the Gates Foundation, the World Health Organization, PATH and the Serum Institute in India, a vaccine was developed specifically for meningitis in Africa. The Meningitis Vaccine Project ( MVP) was started. In 2011, 1.8 million children and young adults received the vaccine and the incidence of meningitis in 2012 was 2.5 per 100,000 people as compared to 43.6 per 100,000 people in places where people were not vaccinated. That is an amazing difference! Clearly the meningitis vaccine saved a lot of lives. Even more remarkable? No one complained of vaccines.

Within a privileged, free country is a privileged media that has the luxury to make some stories worthy of mass attention and others not, and a privileged media can easily sway public opinion. For example, most anti-vaccine people are especially against the MMR vaccine that kids typically get at age 1 and 4, and most anti-vaccine people are against the MMR vaccine because of the media attention given to a study conducted by Dr. Wakefield, a trained surgeon and researcher in England, that was first published in The Lancet in 1998. It was a study that suggested the MMR combination vaccine, and particularly the measles component, led to an autoimmune reaction in the gut that first created gastrointestinal problems and then created an autoimmune reaction in the brain that led to the neurological and mental symptoms of autism. He came to that conclusion because out of the twelve children in his study population, eight of them started having behavioral difficulties soon after receiving the MMR vaccine. At the completion of his study, he held a big press conference and got his results published in a great journal, The Lancet. His actual conclusion,”We identified associated gastrointestinal disease and developmental regression in a group of previously normal children, which was generally associated in time with possible environmental triggers,” is rather innocuous and anti-climatic. It still implies that the causes of autism are a mystery.

Unfortunately, the privileged mainstream media went wild with the result of his study, as did anti-vaccine bloggers, anti-vaccine tweeters and anti-vaccine Facebookers. Soon every parent who had a child with autism blamed vaccines. Then celebrity spokespeople, like Jenny McCarthy, who I believe has a child with either autism or an autism-like disorder, started campaigning against vaccines. The privileged media made lots of people think all vaccines are evil. And this happened:

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Vaccine rates plummeted, because parents were afraid of giving their kids autism. As a result of dropping vaccination rates, there were several outbreaks of measles and mumps.Then another rumor started that it was actually the thiomersal (ethylmercury used in vaccines to prevent bacterial contamination) that caused autism. It didn’t help that in 1999 the FDA, AAP, and CDC made a statement asking vaccine manufacturers to remove thiomersal from vaccines as soon as possible. This public recommendation was made because the FDA thought the threshold for methymercury would be exceeded due to the increasing number of vaccines given in childhood.

After this chain of events, the traditional medical community panicked, as they should have, and started maniacally researching the vaccine and autism link. If anything positive came from the ridiculous media storm, it is the plethora of research studies aimed at exploring MMR, thiomersal, and autism. Now it is one of the most well-studied areas in medicine.

It should be noted that Wakefield never made the claim that thiomersal led to autism. His study had nothing to do with thiomersal, because thiomersal was never in the MMR vaccine. He was just the MMR guy who made the recommendation that it would be safer to give kids single vaccines as opposed to combination vaccines. That said,  he did not fully explain why it would be safer to give kids single vaccines as opposed to combination vaccines, and I’m still very curious to hear his explanation why.

The CDC has a website full of links to studies on vaccines and autism, all of which do not find any connection. Of course if you are a diehard “wellness” proponent, you won’t trust a government-funded public health organization such as the CDC. That’s okay. Perhaps the more compelling evidence is that the rate of autism has continued to increase in countries that either 1) discontinued the MMR vaccine and 2) discontinued the use of thiomersal in all childhood vaccines. Japan stopped using the MMR vaccine in 1994, yet the rate of autism in Japan continues to increase. ( They discontinued its use after many kids developed meningitis and other complications as a result of using the “wrong” viral strain in the 1993 MMR vaccine.) Japan is also the only developed country that has a bunch of kids dying from measles every year. The United States discontinued the use of thiomersal in childhood vaccines in 2001, but the rate of autism continues to increase.

While all of these later studies on autism and vaccines were happening, Dr. Wakefield’s study was viciously torn apart. Investigators stated that the 12 children in his study were subjected to unethical invasive medical procedures that were not in their best interest. It was discovered that the 12 kids were not randomly selected for Wakefield’s study, but recommended by a law firm that was in the process of preparing a lawsuit against a manufacturer of the MMR vaccine. Investigators also discovered that prior to his study, Wakefield had taken out a patent on a single Measles vaccine. That patent would have surely made him a rich man if no one had chosen to question the results of his study. Next, The Lancet study was formally retracted. Investigators asked Wakefield to reproduce the results of his study, but he never did, and so Wakefield was stripped of his medical license. In short, the study destroyed his career and reputation.

BUT…, even if one chooses to ignore the sheer “badness” of Wakefield’s study, one should question how a study with zero controls involving ONLY 12 kids creates such a massive public outcry. Wakefield’s study was by no means the gold standard of determining causal relationships, and a sample size of 12 is far too tiny to change the ways of conventional medical practice, let alone start an all-out war on vaccines. Wakefield can’t be blamed for that. The privileged media can be.

Wakefield’s study could also be heavily flawed by recall bias, especially when the researcher is asking a parent  about the roots of his or her child’s illness. Recall bias, in simple terms, means that a person who has a disease or who is personally affected by a disease is more inclined to find a root cause for such a disease than someone who is not personally affected by it. I am certain that any parent who has an autistic child would love to have an unambiguous answer for what caused the autism.”The MMR vaccine,” is a much more comfortable answer than, “I don’t know.” One’s desire to find a cause for a disease that personally affects him or her would not be limited to the parents recruited to participate in Wakefield’s study. That desire would be burning in any parent who has a child with autism. So when the media took Wakefield’s study and ran with it, it is easy to understand why parents were enraged, scared, and waging war on vaccines.

The mainstream media also flubbed in the aftermath of Wakefield’s paper, because their coverage on autism was painfully myopic. It only focused on Wakefield’s study and ignored the many other studies that implicate genetics, maternal antibodies, environmental contaminants such as BPA, autoimmune responses, Vitamin D deficiencies, etc., as causal factors for autism. In that sense, the media acted as a huge barricade for progress in autism research. By hyper-focusing on the Wakefield study, the media also kept other studies on vaccines and autism in the dark. When I first started researching the war on vaccines, I thought Wakefield was the only name that would show up. He’s the only guy I ever heard about. Yet as I explored the vaccine-autism link some more, I realized there were other guys in the game. There is Vijendra Singh out at Utah State University who in 2002 conducted a serologic study of measles, mumps and rubella virus on 88 autistic kids and 32 controls. The results of his study show that the antibodies to the Measles virus were significantly higher in autistic kids than in controls. No one really talks about it like they do the Wakefield paper. Why? Because the privileged media chose to ignore it.

A study by Lucija Tomljenovic analyzed whether aluminum vaccine adjuvants contribute to the rising rates of autism. In this case, aluminum is the adjuvant, a molecule that is commonly added to vaccines to stimulate and heighten one’s immune response to a particular pathogen. According to the study, there are 32 childhood vaccines that are recommended prior to school entry and 18 of them contain aluminum. ( For the record, MMR does not contain aluminum.) It is well established that at high enough levels aluminum is a neurotoxin. The authors stress that the side effects of using aluminum as an adjuvant in childhood vaccines are not well studied. The authors also found a significant positive correlation between the use of aluminum vaccine adjuvants and the rising rates of autism.

Singh’s and Tomljenovic’s studies, along with others suggest that children with autism have abnormal immune responses. While I think the MMR vaccine and thiomersal have been safely ruled out as causes of autism, there are other associations about vaccines and autism that would benefit from further research. For instance, perhaps some children have a genetic predisposition for autism that is activated after receiving certain types of vaccines. It can’t hurt to look into it.

And “looking into it” is exactly what a privileged nation should be doing. Instead of waging war on all vaccines and throwing the baby out with the bath water, a privileged nation should be conducting more studies on the production and safety of vaccines. In fact, in the plethora of studies conducted after Wakefield’s, many of the authors remarked that there was not a robust body of research on vaccine production and safety. That’s a sad fact for a privileged country that is fully capable of studying vaccines. While it is idiotic to use one’s privilege to blast all vaccines as evil, it’s also idiotic to not utilize one’s privilege to ensure that kids have the safest vaccines possible.

 

 

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The API (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient) Industry, is a conglomeration of companies and organizations who are focused on the production of active pharmaceutical ingredients through both physical, biological and chemical means.
Today, thousands of pharmaceutical companies from around the world are increasingly turning to API manufacturers to help enhance their operations and efficiency. This is because outsourcing their manufacturing needs allows companies to be able to grow and expand to meet the needs of an evergrowing, and increasingly competitive market.
For pharmaceutical companies, every step of the production process is extremely important. This, of course, includes the development and production of APIs, which pharmaceutical companies rely on to be able to create medications.
Remember, APIs are one of the most important aspects in the production of medication, therefore, it’s vital that pharmaceutical companies deal with suppliers who have good reputations and are capable of delivering high-quality APIs.
All lot of this can make finding API manufacturers seem like a complicated process. However, there are several things that pharmaceutical companies can do to ensure they are working with a credible supplier. Below, you’ll find several points to consider when looking for an API manufacturer.

Run a Background Check
As it is in industry, when looking for high-quality products and service, the number one rule of thumb is to always run a thorough background check on your supplier.
Make sure to find out if they are capable of providing their customers with the right strategies for the sourcing and procurement of pharmaceutical ingredients. This step is paramount in finding a supplier that is right for your company’s specific needs and expectations. Read more about sourcing here.
Not only will running a background check on your supplier reveal valuable information about the company’s market standing, it can also help you find out about their financial strengths, business practices, licensing requirements, as well as who their existing clientele already are.

Responsibility and Customer Guarantee
A credible API supplier should always take full responsibility and stand behind the products that they supply. They should also provide customers with a clear policy stating that they agree to meet the terms and conditions of their policy should any of their products ever fail to meet the quality demands of the customer.
Remember, these suppliers deal with pharmaceutical ingredients, therefore, the quality of their product could be a matter of life and death.

High-Quality Products
As mentioned above, the quality of your supplier’s product could have dire consequences if not ensured and upheld. Therefore, it’s crucial to make sure that they are consistently able to supply you with high quality pharmaceutical substances.

Compliance and Confidentiality
You can find out a lot about your supplier’s level of regulatory compliance when you run your background check on them. Just make sure to dig a little deeper when it comes to their policies on storage of APIs, as well as production, packaging and labeling, to make sure that they comply to all FDA regulations.
Confidentiality is also vital when dealing with suppliers, therefore make sure to choose a supplier who maintains 100% confidentiality with their customers.
Read more about API industry compliance: https://www.pharmoutsourcing.com/FeaturedArticles/187977-The-Five-Competencies-of-Continuous-Regulatory-Compliance/

Cost and Efficiency
While finances are of the utmost important when looking for a supplier to build a long-term partnership with, costs should not be the only thing to consider.
The best suppliers should also provide their customers with a wide range of services from sales and logistics to warehousing and customer support. This means that your API supplier needs to be both cost effective, as well as efficient, to meet your needs as a customer.
With this in mind, it’s a good idea to get quotes from several suppliers before making your decision. And, while you’re in the process of talking to different suppliers, be sure to consider all expenses such as sales costs, insurance and duties, which all add to your total manufacturing cost.

Leading API Manufacturers
In more recent years, we have seen an undeniable shift in the API industry, which has seen many of pharmaceutical leaders move their production from Western nations, to countries such as India and China. According to study on Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient Manufacturing for Essential Medicines, this trend is expected to continue in the coming years as both countries continue to see growth rates of nearly 20% per year.
Today, with a global market share of almost 43%, China remains a world leader in anti-infective APIs, while other countries such as Italy take the lead in other sectors such as central nervous system and cardiovascular APIs.
Both China and India have been seeing so much growth recently due to their lower production costs. In fact, in India, the combined cost for develop, manufacture, test and market a generic drug only cost between 20% to 40% of what it would in Western countries.
Therefore, as large pharmaceutical companies continue to grow and outsource their manufacturing needs, the industry is only expected to grow even more in the coming years. Because of the fundamental role API manufacturers play in the development of new drugs, pharmaceutical companies need to be absolutely sure about the suppliers they choose to deal with. Therefore, it’s important to full consider all of the points mentioned above. Read more here.

APICMO Pharmaceuticals
Specializing in the research and development of oncological pharmaceuticals, APICMO is an industry leader that provides system development, mass production and synthetic customization for institutions and pharmaceutical companies around the world.
Behind the scenes, APICMO has a solid research and development team of knowledgeable professionals and experienced scientists. APICMO also runs a large-scale production plant, which is managed by their business development team to ensure efficient operations.
APICMO’s team profits from the experience of experts from a variety of developed countries such as the U.S., Japan and Europe. Combined, their team has more than 10 years of experience in the API industry, which ensures a broad base of cooperation within the pharmaceutical company.
Read more on pharmaceutical research and development here: https://pharma.elsevier.com/

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Combines Effectively with Choline
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Side effects are considered normal and this will vary from one drug or drug compound to another. Patients will react differently to different drugs and this makes it important for you to be tested first before any prescription is given. Uridine supplements and related compounds can cause different side effects and resistances. Studies have shown that high concentrations of uridine in humans can cause fever and diarrhea. Additionally, higher consumptions of uridine triphosphate can lead to various types of cancers such as breast and pancreatic cancer as it triggers the P2Y2 receptors which induce the spread of cancerous cells. A high uridine concentration has also been seen to hinder proper bone formation and increases insulin resistance. So, ensure that in case you happen to be intolerant of uridine, then it is better to keep off so as to prevent serious health complications. Take appropriate dosage of uridine at all times and avoid taking it when you are pregnant.

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Hydrocolloid dressings refer to sterile pads that people use to cover their wounds. Separate tape is unnecessary when you use them because they stick to the skin. You can wear them for up to a week. One of the reasons that people love them is that it requires fewer changes than other dressings do. Another advantage is that wet conditions develop in the affected area when you cover it with hydrocolloid dressings. These conditions facilitate fibrinolysis, angiogenesis, and quick healing. Interestingly, hydrocolloid dressings stimulate these processes without breaking or softening tissues. Removing the dressing without damaging the skin is also possible. Another advantage of these sterile pads is that you can use them with other compression products. Choose the best hydrocolloid dressing so that you can enjoy these benefits. Here are 3 tips to buying hydrocolloid dressings.

1. Transparent Hydrocolloid Dressings Are an Excellent Choice
Three factors determine how fast wounds heal, i.e., age, nutritional intake, and hygiene level. Fortunately, your level of hygiene lies within your sphere of control. For example, you can check the wound regularly to see if it is clean. Remember, body fluids can fill it leading to infection. Unfortunately, monitoring the condition of the affected area is a daunting task when you use an opaque hydrocolloid dressing. More specifically, removing the sterile pad is necessary if you want to see what is happening with the wound. In contrast, transparent dressings help you check the affected area without disturbing it.

2. Go for Waterproof Hydrocolloid Dressings
Avoiding water is impossible even if you have a wound that requires some time to heal. For example, you have to bathe because it doing so opens the pores on your skin. It gets rid of dirt and germs as well. Consequently, exposing your hydrocolloid dressing to water is inevitable. The question is whether the dressing allows water to seep through it. This seepage may be problematic because most sterile pads fall off once they are wet. Remember, wetness interferes with the adhesive qualities of this sterile pad making it difficult for it to stick in place. Seepage is also dangerous because dirt and germs may be present in the water leading to infections. Therefore, the best hydrocolloid dressings to pick are waterproof ones.

3. Thinness and Flexibility Matters
Examine online reviews to determine if the hydrocolloid dressing you are considering is a comfortable one. For example, the experiences that people share in these reviews tell you if a particular pad is likely to irritate your skin. Do not buy dressings that have negative reviews. Alternatively, you can make this determination by yourself. Start by checking the thickness of the hydrocolloid dressing. Avoid dressings that are thicker than usual because they are weighty. Instead, you need a dressing that you will hardly notice as you go about your daily business. Then check the descriptions on the package to see if flexibility is one of them. Going for one labeled as flexible is an excellent idea because it will wrap around your skin flawlessly.

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All About the Negative Impact of Intense Brain Activity on the Quality of Your Sleep https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2018/09/all-about-the-negative-impact-of-intense-brain-activity-on-the-quality-of-your-sleep/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2018/09/all-about-the-negative-impact-of-intense-brain-activity-on-the-quality-of-your-sleep/#respond Fri, 14 Sep 2018 13:25:18 +0000 http://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=11843 Sponsored post In this post, we will explore the impact of heavy brain activity on our quality of sleep. Sleep is something many of us mistakenly neglect as we seek to cram more and more into our days. However, it pays to remind ourselves that quality sleep is incredibly beneficial for our physical and mental […]

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In this post, we will explore the impact of heavy brain activity on our quality of sleep. Sleep is something many of us mistakenly neglect as we seek to cram more and more into our days. However, it pays to remind ourselves that quality sleep is incredibly beneficial for our physical and mental health and wellbeing. And, after all, there is nothing quite like rising after a restful night of nourishing sleep!

The Impact of Screen Use on our Sleep
In our ever-connected world, the majority of us spend a significant portion of our waking hours with our eyes glued to a screen clicking and scrolling. Whether that excites you or terrifies you, the fact is that screen use is an inevitable and inescapable part of modern life.
You have probably read before that avoiding electronic devices 2-3 hours before bed is a good idea if you want to get some quality shut-eye. The blue light, which electronic devices emit, is highly stimulating to our brains. Our brains mistake blue light for natural sunlight and the effect of this is disturbed sleep and, overtime, a disturbed circadian rhythm.  In short, if you want to help your brain wind down and prepare it for sleep avoid screen use at least two hours before you plan to go to sleep.

The Internet and its Effect on Sleep
Browsing the internet before going to sleep is probably the activity which most impacts on our quality of sleep.
The internet, with its endless information and novelty, is like a pleasure island to our brains. Whilst the internet has connected us more than ever before, our brains have never even remotely experienced this kind of constant stimulation.  Inevitably, if you browse the internet just before you turn off your light, your brain is likely to be alert and ticking – not good news if you are hoping for a restful slumber.

Mentally Challenging Activities and Sleep
It is not only screens and browsing the internet which can affect our quality of sleep. If you start engaging in mentally challenging activities before turning off your light, it can definitely affect the quality of your sleep. Now, we are not talking about cracking the Enigma code either. For example, maybe you are quite keen on wagering a bet or two at online casinos just before you doze off.
Well, if you are fond of a flutter, you probably don’t want to be playing blackjack and counting cards. Instead, try your luck on a simple slot or a scratch card game before calling it a night.

Tips for a Full Night of Sleep
So, with that being said, here are some tips to help you enjoy a night of quality sleep:
• Have an evening ritual which helps you to wind down
• A cup of chamomile tea can help to relax your mind and body
• Avoid all caffeine at least three hours before going to bed, and ideally by the afternoon
• Sleep in a dark and cool room
• Avoid electronic devices at least two hours before going to bed
• Avoid any mentally challenging activity before going to sleep
• A simple set of stretches before hopping into bed will help to relax your body

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Sleep is essential to our survival. The reality is that, without proper rest, we cease to function effectively. Like machines that require regular servicing and maintenance, our bodies need sleep to get us rejuvenated. For years, I struggled with getting quality sleep and the consequences were terrible.
Without getting quality sleep, we put our physical, mental and emotional health at risk. In my case, I struggled with backache and emotional instability. That’s the case for the majority, and they suffer from numerous sleep disorders which eventually affect an individual’s overall well-being.

One thing most people tend to miss is that the mattress they use pretty much dictates the quality of sleep they receive. Therefore, it’s vital that you recognize which bed is ideal for you and can help you get quality rest. Will a puffy or firm mattress help achieve that objective?

Sleeping Needs and Preferences
Firstly, before deciding which bedding will be suitable for you, it’s critical to understand your sleep needs and preferences. That includes:

Your health: Persons with backache are often advised to go for a medium-firm to firm mattress comfort levels. That’s because they require sufficient back support which a puffy bed doesn’t provide.
• Sleeping Positions: There are three primary sleep postures, side, back, and stomach. However, there’re those that are more comfortable alternating these positions throughout the night. The type of sleeper that you are will determine whether puffy or firm bedding is ideal for you.

There are three levels of firmness, each ideal for a specific group of sleepers:
i). Soft: Soft bedding range anywhere between 3 and 5, 1 being soft and 10 firm.
ii). Medium-firm: This is the universal firmness level, ideal for the majority of sleepers and range from 5.5 – 7.
iii). Firm: Firm beds range from 7 – 10.

Puffy Mattress
As mentioned in the previous section, puffy beds will have a firmness level of anywhere between 3 and 5, although some will be below 3 on the firmness scale. Puffy bedding offers some sink, of up to 3 inches, and will have some significant hug.
The disadvantage of such bedding is that it will lack sufficient support. Without proper back and spinal support, the quality of sleep you get will be compromised. You’ll find yourself waking up several times in the night, and it can lead to complications.
However, there’s a section of sleepers who will be comfortable in a puffy mattress but as long as it has some adequate support. You can check out this quick overview of Puffy, which is an excellent example. Persons sensitive to firmness such as side sleepers and some stomach sleepers will find a soft mattress cozy, therefore improving their sleep quality.

Firm Mattress
Firm mattresses, in this case, refer to both medium-firm and firm comfort levels. Medium-firm, as highlighted is the universal firmness levels and can accommodate all sleep postures. However, this is subject to a range of factors including body weight. Such firmness provides excellent support, combining both extra firm and soft. There’s some hug and sink in such bedding. The maximum amount of sink is 2-inches on such beds.
The mattress firmness like this here have a minimal amount of sink, around 1 inch and sometimes even less than that. It is suitable for sleepers who prefer being on rather than in a mattress.

Can a puffy or firm mattress improve your sleep?

The answer is yes to both of them, the reason being it all boils down to our sleep needs and preferences. Depending on the type of sleeper that you’re a puffy or firm mattress will work great. If you’re sensitive to firmness and develop pressure spots a soft mattress will be the ideal choice. On the other hand, if you’re a back sleeper or have back problems, a firm mattress will be the best alternative. Only go for puffy mattresses that offer sufficient support.

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How to Find CBD Capsules (Free Shipping) When Buying for Your Overall Health https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2018/09/how-to-find-cbd-capsule-free-shipping-when-buying-for-your-overall-health/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2018/09/how-to-find-cbd-capsule-free-shipping-when-buying-for-your-overall-health/#respond Wed, 12 Sep 2018 15:01:14 +0000 http://www.bloomingwellness.com/?p=11829 Sponsored Post Whenever people want to improve their health, they immediately inject physical exercises and healthy meal choices into their daily routines. They believe that this combination allows them to achieve their fitness goals faster and easier. However, many more people have improved their health by including the use of CBD products to pave the […]

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Whenever people want to improve their health, they immediately inject physical exercises and healthy meal choices into their daily routines. They believe that this combination allows them to achieve their fitness goals faster and easier. However, many more people have improved their health by including the use of CBD products to pave the way towards these goals. These products are considered health supplements, which means that anyone can try them and they don’t require a prescription from your doctor. And since CBD products come in a wide variety of options – a trusted CBD oil potent and CBD capsules being examples – it’s easy for people to choose the one that best suits their needs and lifestyle.

Of all the CBD products sold in the market today, CBD capsules are probably the most preferred option by many. Since it can be consumed quickly, CBD capsules are convenient to use. It might be small, but it still contains all the compounds all the other CBD products have. If you’re interested to use CBD capsules, consider the following tips so you can easily find the best one for you:

1. Where the plants were grown:

The plant compounds used to make CBD capsules are bioaccumulators. In layman’s term, these compounds can store environmental contaminants in its cells, especially if the plant was exposed to heavy metals or pollutants. This is why it’s crucial for you to know if the plants used for the CBD capsules were grown in clean soil or not. If it’s the latter, the plants might be exposed to different kinds of chemicals that can also contaminate the CBD capsules. Reputable businesses will list this information on their product label or website. Some would even be happy to address your questions pertaining to this matter. If a business fails to do any of these, it’s time for you to scout for other options.

2. Check third-party lab results:

CBD capsules are made from different compounds and go through several processes. For you to determine what goes into the product, ask for third-party lab results from the business. This document will help you assess if the CBD capsules are free from any type of chemicals, and if they are safe to use. Third-party lab results can also serve as your quality check for the products. A company that can’t provide you this document should not be included on your list of potential supplier. It can signify that the company isn’t established enough to afford third-party testing or that the company uses ingredients or processes that do not meet the industry standards.

3. Look for capsules made from whole-plant extracts:

Before CBD capsules are sold, they have to undergo several processes first. These processes can affect the product’s quality and its effect once consumed. For you to experience the benefits you’re looking for in a CBD product, search for those that are made from whole-plant extracts. This means that the CBD capsules were extracted from several parts of the plant. Using this kind of products ensures that you can enjoy other natural components of the plant, namely, sugar, secondary cannabinoids, and terpenes.  You’ll likely experience better results when you use CBD capsules made from whole-plant extracts!

4. Check the company’s track record:

The CBD supplement industry is still young, but there are a handful of resources that can help you determine the track record of a company. If you’re planning to buy the product online, take your time to look for online forums that discuss the reputation and products of the company. If the company has its own website, look for customer reviews. Are the customers happy with their purchase? Did the product meet their expectations? Does the company offer other services upon purchase, such as free shipping? Expect that you’ll come across negative comments on these platforms, but too much of it can be a telltale sign of the company’s unfavorable service or products. If you’re more comfortable with buying from a physical store, ask for recommendations from your friends and family. Gathering a lot of information can help you stay away from con artists so you’ll only buy CBD capsules that are beneficial to your health.

5. Pay attention to the claims businesses make:

In general, CBD products can provide several benefits once taken regularly. However, you should pay attention to businesses that claim that the CBD products they’re selling can cure severe illnesses and diseases, such as cancer or diabetes. Making such claims is a violation of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act laid out by the Food and Drug Administration. You should immediately cross off a company that makes these claims because it can say a lot about their integrity. They might even sell a product that is unsafe for consumption. Reputable companies that sell CBD capsules should only say that their products can support the users’ general health and wellness.

Careful Decisions, Better Results

With the right doses and potency, CBD capsules can provide a long list of benefits to its users. But because there are a lot of companies that produce and sell the product, you should watch your steps before buying. Using CBD capsules that are made from substandard ingredients, or ones that didn’t go through the necessary processes, can put your health at risk. Keep clear of these con businesses by buying products that are sold legally and with transparency.

 

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Protecting oneself is one of the most basic human instincts. It is innate in every one of us, from the dawn of man. It comes with our evolution, a technique to be used for survival. It is a tool for self-preservation and something we’ve had inside ourselves for thousands of year.  In the earlier stages of our evolution, we were committed to the concept of survival of the fittest; that is, only the strong and the mighty will survive. “Kill or be killed” was the motto of the people living during those eras. From the Renaissance, Industrial Era to the World Wars, this was still the predominant way of thinking. However, as we developed our minds and more complicated ways of thinking, things have changed. The concept of survival of the fittest is still there, but little to no bloodshed is involved. What we see now is a reinterpretation of that.

As the old adage says, health is wealth. It is a cliché, yes, but wise words, because without good health, how can we enjoy the experiences that we might have? The people we love may stay away or might not see us, because we are too sick. If we are not feeling well, we probably don’t want to go outside. Our school or job performance can be affected. Even strangers can see the effects of poor health on our body. Let us face it: we will be limited if our health is incapacitated and our lives are at risk. Therefore, it is an utmost priority for all of us to be healthy. This is for the sake of our families and ourselves. So how do we take care of our body? Some of these might be familiar to you, but it is good to remind ourselves from time to time.

1. Live a Healthy Lifestyle

This is one of those things that we hear all the time, because it is true. Having a healthy lifestyle starts with our own body. The best way that we can do that is to control our diet. The word “diet” has a bad reputation these days. Some diets are useless or some just want you to cut out carbs. Others are just plain ineffective due to poor research. People often get made fun of by experts or nutritionists for following a particular diet with no research to support it. As there are many kinds of diet, most of these do not work for everyone. However, most doctors agree that having a balanced, varied meal every day is a sure way for a diet to be effective. (Click the link to read more: https://www.healthline.com/health/balanced-diet) This works alongside proper exercise and hygiene. There are many diseases born out of poor physical hygiene, such as skin or hair problems or rashes. In this case, every aspect of our physical health is important.

2. Coping With Stress

Mental health also plays a part in maintaining optimum health. There are many cases where stress is the cause of physical malfunction, not the work itself. Stress can also lead to many kinds of diseases. Aside from this, it can also lead to mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety. One way of fighting stress is to change our outlook on life. This sounds very simple but there’s no sure way to how to do it. Resolving your internal conflicts can help. Fighting your irrational beliefs and learning to think more logically might be other ways. You might want to find meaning in the people around you and whatever you are doing right now. Like dieting, there is no one way of fighting stress as we are all different. Coping and learning to deal with every-day stress is an art and a science; there are no definite rules, but we are always fine-tuning ways to make it easier.  (To learn more about coping with stress, please click here.)

3. Protecting Yourself in Advance

Living in this fast-paced, globalization-focused world, doing the things above can be difficult. Stress is always present with all the things that don’t contribute to healthy body. Therefore, it is important to protect yourself in advance. We never know what can happen the next day so we must always prepare ourselves. One can do this by investing in health insurance. Manulife, Great-West and Blue Country health insurance are some companies that offer great deals in protecting your health and well-being. It also protects your family and the other people you love. Your health is in your hands along with their welfare. We only have one life, we must live it in the best way possible.

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Unpasteurized Manuka Honey for Scars, Burns, Wrinkles: A Skin Panacea https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2018/09/honey-and-its-sweet-sweet-healing-properties/ https://www.bloomingwellness.com/2018/09/honey-and-its-sweet-sweet-healing-properties/#respond Tue, 11 Sep 2018 01:17:10 +0000 http://www.bloomingwellness2.com/blog/?p=4077   Honey, the sweet treat made from bees, has been used for thousands of years as an antibacterial ointment and topical wound healer. I’m a big fan of Manuka, and I’ll mention why below. Also, not all honey is created equally. While you can use the regular ol’ honey purchased in grocery stores, research has shown […]

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Honey, the sweet treat made from bees, has been used for thousands of years as an antibacterial ointment and topical wound healer. I’m a big fan of Manuka, and I’ll mention why below. Also, not all honey is created equally. While you can use the regular ol’ honey purchased in grocery stores, research has shown that the best honey to use for healing purposes is natural unpasteurized honey, because it maintains numerous antibacterial properties. Some brands of honey have very little antibacterial properties. So, what honey should you use? The good news is you can test them. A quick experiment to gage the bacteriacidal capability of  honey is to add a uniform amount to a cup of milk and observe how long it takes for the milk to sour. It can be fun to do this with multiple brans of honey and compare. The milk that sours the fastest is the honey with the least antibacterial properties.

Manuka honey has been shown to be effective against common bacteria and fungi infections including:

E. coli, Proteus mirabilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella,  Staph aureus, Strep pyogenes, and Candida albicans.  Many of those bugs cause common GI illnesses, pneumonia, bronchitis, and of course, Candida albicans is responsible for those nagging yeast infections. Staph aureus is notorious for complicating wound healing and skin infections, and there’s supporting research from one New Zealand researcher that suggests wound gels which contain antibacterial, raw honey have been helpful against MRSA ( or methicillin-Resistant Staph aureus.)  

What are the healing properties of honey?

It has a high osmolality, which means when applied to wounds, it draws fluid and lymph from the underlying tissue to the wound area. The fluid helps provide nourishment to the healing wound.

It has a very low pH, in the acidic range, which decreases bacteria growth, since bugs aren’t fond of acidic environments. The acidic environment has also been shown to promote fibroblasts activity. Fibroblasts are cells heavily involved in connective tissue production, antiaging and wound healing process.

Honey also contains the enzyme glucose oxidase, which produces hydrogen peroxide and gluconic acid, two substances that are responsible for honey’s biggest antibacterial activity. Hydrogen peroxide also promotes angiogenesis, or new blood vessel formation, which allows for more oxygen delivery to wounds and helps with healing.

Keep in mind that only unpasteurized honey will provide glucose oxidase, as pasteurized honey, which is heated, will cause proteins (enzymes) to denature (change shape)  and lose their effectiveness.

You can also apply honey not only on your cuts or wounds, but your pet’s too, and there’s even some research indicating that honey can speed up the healing process of burns and diabetic ulcers.

 Other potentially medicinal properties of honey are:  

It functions as a soothing cough agent

It may exhibit antioxidant effects that reduce symptoms of colitis

It decreases foul odors from poor wound healing

It may alleviate seasonal allergies, although more research is needed in these areas.  On that note, when isn’t more research needed? 😉

 

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What is a quality dental care? This simply means receiving the best dental care you can possibly have. Of course, you will receive quality care if you happen to find the best dentist, and here is where most people have a problem.

It is often a difficult task to find yourself a good dentist and might even be difficult if you happen to have severe dental fears. In days back, one would feel a bit nervous or scared to meet a new dentist, because of the methods and equipment they were using.

Today, thanks to technology, you don’t have to have any fears, as modern dentistry is in control. However, before you can get any dental care, you need to get a dentist first. Below are some tips that can help you get a good one for both yourself and your family.

1. Location
This is one of the things you will need to consider when looking for a good dentist. It is usually a good idea if you can get a dentist that works near you. This will save you the cost of traveling, and also your time, since you won’t have to be traveling long distances to see your dentist. This will also allow you to receive a quick dental response in case of any emergencies. So, if you happen to be in Greenbelt, make sure you look for a Greenbelt dentist.

2. Working hours
This is another thing that most people fail to take notice of. You need to remember that times have changed, and most people nowadays have their own preferred working hours. Your dentist might not be following the 9pm to 5pm working hours as you might have assumed. Anyway, it is just important to know the working hours of your dentists so as not to have any difficulties when it comes to booking appointments. Since some of them might be working during the irregular hours, you need to go for a dentist who can work with your time schedule, so that you can easily book appointment anytime you want.

3. Payments
If you miss small details like asking for the billing methods, you may end up having a few problems with your dentist. When looking to find a dentist, this should also be among the questions that you ask. You also need to check if your dentist can accept the insurance carrier you have. Going for a dentist that accept numerous payment methods is always advantageous, as it gives you the freedom to choose any method which is convenient for you, including credit cards and checks, among other payment plans.

4. Your fears
You might have seen some dentists advertise that they are also specialized in taking care of patients with dental fears, yes? Well, if you know you fall under this category, then this is something you should definitely consider.You should also check to see that your dentist will be able to answer all your questions, as you need to be quite sure and comfortable about the procedures he or she recommends for you. Click here to see how you can deal with your dental fears.

5. Qualifications

This is another important point you need to be extra careful about. You need to remember that the medical industry is not like the tech field where any college dropout with mad programming skills can code his/her way to the top and get a job with a big company. NO, when it comes to medical practitioners, it’s all about qualifications. So, apart from asking where your dentist attended his dental school, there are also some other professional qualifications that you can ask to be provided with. Also, make sure that you visit a dental clinic where the staff will be willing to answer questions you might be having regarding the general hygiene of the place. You can also visit your local dental society for more information.

6. Emergency Care

It’s a great thing if you can find a dentist that can offer you after-hours emergency care. I mean, not all the emergencies usually occur in regular working hours, right? Of course. This is why you should look to find a dentist who will take care of your emergency issues in case any come up. You don’t want to be disappointed the last minute when your dentist has to refer you to another hospital just because the dentist couldn’t handle your case. Make sure that your dentist will always be there anytime you need his or her services.

Conclusion
Life is such a precious thing that we cannot afford to joke with as we please. This is why we need to be very cautious when it comes to our health, especially when it has to deal with something delicate like your oral health. This is why you need to know what you are looking for and what you are going to be offered. I hope these few tips can help you get started on your quest to finding a good dentist. See this link for more tips https://askthedentist.com/how-to-find-an-awesome-dentist/.

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By: Erin Stair

A lazy Saturday scroll through Facebook and saw a friend died. My friend, now cold and stiff, tagged in the post by a family member. My eyes popped slightly, a rush of adrenaline. When was the last time I spoke to him?  Jesus, Death?  I thought he was doing well.

Well, death doesn’t care if you’re doing well. Death can be a brick falling from the sky, a ruptured aorta, a rabid skunk, I thought as I read through each comment, nosily searching for a clue as to the cause. The normal, proper condolences, one by one, like dropping black marbles in a jar.  Not an ounce of creativity, and thank God too. Rest in Peace. My prayers are with you. My thoughts are with you. He will be missed.  One of the greats. You try to make a creative condolence and risk getting buried yourself. Worse yet if you attempt humor. Not a damn clue either. Jesus.  Illness, bus, suicide, drug overdose, murder…the why was dry.

It’s insensitive to ask why. If he was a real friend, I’d already know and I damn well knew that. But he wasn’t a real friend. His presence in my life was limited to Facebook, but we had a few good exchanges. I put the emotion behind his words, in his twinkly eyes, in the way his mouth would move and his hands would gesture. I knew about his struggle with depression and weight, and being a single dad and having a daughter with anxiety. I knew he was an amateur comic and magician, performing throughout New Jersey and New York.  And he wrote a good joke or two…but he wasn’t hysterical. Nor did he make you uncomfortable, think too hard or want to kill him. He didn’t have It. You want to kill people who have It.

“Does anyone know what happened? Man, he was the funniest person. I’m so sorry for your loss.”  Damn it, curiosity killed the condolence. I had to.  Not a black marble dropping in a jar, not a multi-colored one bouncing in either. More of like a slow-rolling brown marble with a question mark attached. Not terribly out of line. Why did I care so much? Why did I even need to know? A man, in cyber-land, whom I never met.

He tried to meet me though- many times. I was searching through messages now. Well-meaning, respectful, thoughtful, unanswered invitations, all the way back to 2013. To Morgan James at Joe’s Pub, the Fringe festival, Rockwood Hall, a play, a comedy show in the Lower East, a New Year’s Eve Party…did anyone ever tell me I looked like Emily Blunt? I ignored them all. Jesus, I’m a bitch. Why didn’t I answer him? Not even a happy face.

“I’m going to assume you’re not interested or not getting these messages. No problem.”

Knife to self. Did I think I was better than him? Was it that he was much older? fat? Unattractive? But he was funny and kind. Just not my type of funny. He was a tickle-you-with-feathers kind of funny. Can’t do feathers. Need something with an edge. Was it the romantic notions? He wanted to be more than friends. Never said so, but it was obvious, right? He was a nice guy, but not that nice. Wasn’t one unanswered message enough? He needed so many more, to just assume I wasn’t interested. To just assume. I’m feeling a little heat under my skin. Maybe that was it. He should have assumed earlier. That I wasn’t interested. That he shouldn’t ask me out anymore. But he kept doing it to force me to say, No. I’m not interested. Please stop asking me. And would that have started another chain of messages? Why aren’t you interested? Surely, give me a chance, just one time. What else are you doing anyways? Nothing. And then what? When is it kind and right to go silent?

But there was another message after his seemingly last message a week later:

“Belated Thanksgiving Wishes, Erin.”

Belated. How clever. I knew that magic trick. I wasn’t important enough to think of before or even on the day of. But an after thought- after thick gravy, mashed potatoes, turkey, fruit pies, rich cheesecakes and football and chattering family and indigestion and heaviness and coma.  Did it bother me at all? Not then. Not at all. A little now.  Belated Thanksgiving wishes to you too.

There were the weight loss messages too. Skimming through, I remember now. He told me he wanted to lose weight and to please not be like every other doctor and tell him he needs to. Tell him HOW. I wanted to help here, I felt I could. Was cocky after helping an insanely large man, we’re talking only a few pounds shy of 500, lose weight. He was broke too- not a dollar in the bank. And I had no idea what I was doing, but I love a challenge. Make it as challenging as you can, and I’ll give my all. There’s no other excitement in this life but a big meaty challenge that can sit on you and squash your spongy brain and suffocate you to death. A glistening mound of layered cheese. A rat’s dream.

You have to write down everything you eat for every meal. Make it very specific. Include condiments and drinks. We’ll start there, I wrote him. This will help me understand where you are. Will help you too, become more mindful of what you’re eating. So he did. Sent detailed descriptions of every meal- seven meals a day. Perhaps he doubled all recommendations. And one for good luck.

The exchange grows fuzzy after that. Perhaps there was a phone call or two, three, four. That was five phones ago, don’t know. I might have been harsh, but I’m always harsh, and for their own good. I’m guessing I went through each meal and substituted the horrific foods with healthier ones. It’s a good, smart method that works. When you do it, if you do it, but you have to really want to do it.

I don’t know where we left off or why he stopped asking questions or sending me his detailed meals. I didn’t have much time for it. And then life and then maybe he met someone. Maybe he wasn’t serious and using his weight struggle as a conversation starter. Maybe I was too mean. He was embarrassed. Or I just wasn’t good at it. Maybe he realized I was a tyrant and crushed any and all romantic notions. Why talk to a girl if you don’t want to be inside her anymore?

Then a year later, another email:

“About a year or so ago, we had discussed my terrible eating and nutrition habits. I think you had some kind of seizure when you looked at how much crap I was eating. Anyway, in Nov I made a commitment to changing everything, hooked up with a health coach, and I’ve dropped 75 lbs since then. Made me realize how hard I was working to stay as big as I was. My physician is thrilled with my blood work results, my cholesterol, my BP and my heart rate. So thanks for making me feel incredibly, incredibly guilty.”

Guilt. Free of charge, guilt. Not covered by insurance, guilt. Zero talent, guilt. The Catholic in me, not the doctor, guilt. Dropped weight, lower cholesterol, baggier pants, stronger heart, squeaky clean arteries, happy doctor, guilt. Indeed, cyber friend, indeed. So thanks for making me feel incredibly, incredibly guilty.

I braced. His family member responded to me.

“He died after bravely battling an aggressive form of cancer for the last four months.”

Life, you merciless demon. All that positive change and mutated DNA. Wellness to Hellness. Guilt.
Why even…

“I’m so very sorry to hear that. He was the funniest man ever and will truly be missed. Will keep you and your family in my prayers.”

Me. A black marble dropping in the jar.

Clink.

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When you need to come up with a brand, you need to think about a lot of things including the company’s logo, your tagline and the color scheme among other things. You also need to have a memorable name for your brand and make sure that everything else is available and already set to make the process run smoothly.

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1. The theme
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2. Vocabulary
When it comes to creating names, vocabulary is always an important thing. So, after you have developed the themes, it would be a nice idea to start to start coming up with vocabulary for them. For example if you had “speed” as one of the themes, you can have words such as quick, fast or whiz as they are all thematically related. With a lot of these thematically-related words, you can build a great vocabulary for your brand.

3. Setting the mood
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4. Mine Metaphors
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5. Have fun
With everything that you do, you need to include some fun in it, so as to make it enjoyable. Even when coming up with a brand name, in as much as it is a serious thing, a little fun might help take it to another level. Do you remember the thematic vocabulary you came up with before? You can play around with those words and see if you can come up with a cool brand name. You can start by combining any two words and see if you can come up with a name. You can test your creativity by joining words with other words, or parts of the words, and see what you can come up with. You can also create cool homonyms by phonetically misspelling a word or simply adding a suffix or a prefix to words…, and that’s how many great brand names are made.

Conclusion
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