Monthly Archives: April 2017

Botox for Your Shoulder? Doctors Experiment with New Arthritis Treatment

Facial massage

Botox has a long history in the public eye as the go to fix for age lines among the Hollywood elite and image conscious Americans. Its use is often maligned for the possible side effects. Botox is, after all, the by-product of a neurotoxin. But others have sworn by its rejuvenating powers.

But now, a group of doctors in England might be giving Botox a face lift of its own. Their hope is to help mitigate arthritis pain by injecting the Botox into a patient?s rotator cuff, a group of tendons and muscles where the arm fits into the shoulder.

Although anyone familiar with sports has likely heard of tearing a rotator cuff, it is hardly the most common cause of Arthritis of the shoulder. It is most often found in the older segments of the population as a result of decades of overuse.

So far, its seems to be working! Although this form of treatment is still too new for any formal data, anecdotal observation suggests that Botox is a good option for treating some forms of strain-induced arthritis. According to one patient, the effect was apparent from the very first treatment.

The theory is relatively simple. Botox treatment paralyzes muscles at the injection site by blocking nerve signals. In a cosmetic procedure, this has the result of a younger, more relaxed looking face. For arthritis patients, the paralysis reduces the movement of the damaged cuff, thereby preventing use of strained and damaged tendons.

If this theory proves to be effective, it could revolutionize the way health care professionals treat torn tendons. The price alone is enough to make it worth considering: treating extreme rotator cuff arthritis with Botox is fifty times cheaper than a joint replacement.

This is not the first non-cosmetic use for Botox, however. Botox has become a popular option for a number of medical issues, including involuntary urine leakage, migraines, muscle spasms, and Bell?s palsy related facial paralysis.

Still, Botox will probably never leave behind its beauty spa roots. Botox is, after all, a nearly $2.5 billion industry. It will continue to be offered alongside facial peels and laser hair removals aimed at keeping the young and the beautiful looking the part. But for the suffers of arthritis, it is an exciting development.

27 Apr 2017

Does Cool Matter For An Adult Man? Yes

Leather shoes

American culture is obsessed with cool. But what even is cool? It is easily one of the most difficult concepts to define, and even harder to pull off. If try too hard, you?re too cool for school, pretentious, or superficial; but, not trying at all means you?re a loser or a social outcast.
And while it would be nice to relegate this particularly baffling obsession to youth culture, remember we make snap judgments about people. It takes less than 20 seconds to form a first impression of someone, and the majority of that is based on looks.
So how do you do it? How do you walk the line between chic and gauche, between timeless and trendy, between cool and uncool? Here are three big mistakes to avoid:

1. Trying Too Hard

In fashion, oftentimes less is more. No matter how cool that sleek your Rolex watch, ostrich skin boots, and exotic belt are as individual pieces, if you wear them with an asymmetrical blazer and hot blue pants, you will look like you desperate want to be cool, and are failing.
The best approach to your day to day wear is to consider your suit a shell and choose a exciting accessories. Of course, it?s important that your suit has a good fit and pleasant lines, otherwise it might distract from the crocodile skin shoes you?re wearing.
If you do want to incorporate a more fashion forward suit jacket, or brightly colored slacks, you should counter them with simple grounding elements. Consider simple, leather oxford shoes or designer leather shoes and a nice luxury leather belt.

2. Not Grooming

This one might not seem important, after all how many times have you seen a picture of a male celebrity with uncombed hair and a messy beard? But unless you happen to have a super hero jaw, aquiline nose, and cheekbones you could cut diamonds with, you should consider spending at least a few minutes with a comb.
If you would rather not spend that time, there are a number of perfectly acceptable haircuts for men that are low cropped. This will limit the amount of work you have to do to maintain your image.

3. Don?t Chase Trends

Trends are a marketing ploy to sell more clothing. Really. You should find the clothes that flatter your body, accent your own sense of style, and that are timeless. Designer leather shoes and a black suit will never go out of style, which is good, because with proper care they can last for years.
If you want your look to be up to date, buy a few cheap, trendy accessories to mix in. That way, you create the impression of being effortlessly in vogue.

The most important part of fashion is to make yourself comfortable. You don’t need designer leather shoes to be cool. But even if you prefer simple, casual clothes you can always work in a few touches to up your cool factor.
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27 Apr 2017

Four Reasons to Give Your Old Stuff to Charity

Charities that will pick up donations

If you are American, you are among the most fortunate people on the planet. We have so much food, it exceeds the amount we need and many of us struggle with overeating. In fact, there’s an entire industry built around learning to eat less of the food that we have readily at our fingertips. We have so many things that many times we get bogged down with our possessions. It’s impossible to get the house clean with all the stuff we have, and it’s difficult to think clearly among the clutter as well.


This is why we recommend, at least twice a year, going through your home and making charitable donations of the things you don’t want or need any more. When you make household goods and clothing donations, the world is a better place, for more reasons than one:


Four Reasons The Earth is a Better Place When You Give to Charity

  1. The organization you donate to is able to further their cause.

    For the most part, organizations that accept donations of household items and clothing do so for a good cause. Maybe they help military families. Maybe they help puppies. Maybe they help the puppies of military families. There is a cause for everything.


    Your donations might directly go to the military families or puppies that the cause you donated to supports, or (more likely) they might sell your unneeded household items in a thrift store to convert your junk to cash to meet the needs of the puppies, military families, or puppies of military families that they support.


    If there is a cause that you are passionate about, clearing out the unneeded junk in your home and donating it to a charity that supports that cause is an amazing way to do good for something that matters to you, while cleaning your home out, without costing you any extra money.

  2. Your mind, soul, and spirit are better off.
    When your home is filled with clutter, it clutters the mind. You can’t think clearly. You develop a sense of anxiety. In fact, sometimes the brain misinterprets your real problem (that you have too much stuff that you have no need for) and thinks that what’s wrong is that you’re lacking. This makes you go buy more stuff, and more stuff, in pursuit of that one thing that will make you feel fulfilled.


    This never-ending cycle is stopped when you donate your unneeded items to charity. Instead of being stuck in a rut that makes you feel like you never have enough stuff, and also gives you anxiety because you have too much stuff, giving to charity helps you clear clutter from your home, which also clears your mind.


    Also, doing good gives you a sense of warm fuzzies that energizes the mind and body.
  3. The Earth is better of when you donate to charity.

    It’s no secret that humankind is really hard on our planet. We make the things we don’t need in factories that use a lot of energy and produces a lot of pollution. When we’re done with said item that we don’t need, we throw it in a landfill, basically a giant hole full of trash in the ground. Then we replace it with another item we don’t need. The whole process makes the Earth send out frowny face emoticons to its friends.


    When you give to a good cause, it also helps Mother Nature. You’re giving your unneeded item another life instead of throwing it into the trash. The person who buys your donated good doesn’t have to go buy it brand new, which saves that energy and pollution that would have been produced making it twice. Plus, when an item is reused instead of made twice, the wasted energy of shipping and the wasted trash of packaging the item are saved. This makes the earth send the emoticon with the huge smile and the heart eyes.

  4. The economy is better when you give to charity.

    The charity you help is better off when you donate unneeded items, but so is the people who buy your goods for pennies on the dollar of what they’d have to pay for it new. Since they have more money, the other businesses they are able to use benefit from your donation. Your whole economy wins!

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19 Apr 2017

What to Look for in Your Next Pair of Work Boots

Comfortable boot

If you are someone who has a job where you are one your feet for most of the day, then you already know how difficult it can sometimes be to find just the right pair of work shoes for your feet. There is literally so much riding on your feet. You carry the cargo of your entire body whenever you make your way around your job site, whatever that might be.

If you are someone who works at a very active job where you are moving most of the day, your feet can perspire a great deal. Sometimes, up to 200ml of moisture per day can come from the sweat of your feet, not your brow. This is only one of the many things that are happening to your feet on a daily basis. In addition to the perspiration, your feet are subject to all kinds of possible injury.

If you do not have the proper footwear for the job that you are doing, you could end up being out of work for a long period of time, missing out on the much-needed paychecks that you and your family count on. According to the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, suffering a foot or a toe injury at work means that employees miss an average of seven days of work.

Footwear for the industrial market is a very big business for the very simple reason that it is in the business of making everything from foot and leg guards to safety shoes to rubber shoes and boots to the best steel toe work boots. The industrial market for this kind of footwear is estimated to be roughly $1 billion.

If you are looking for a new pair of boots for your job, you should fist consider whether or not having a steel toe is necessary. The best steel toe work boots help prevent a wide range of various injuries. Some of those injuries can come from falling objects but that does not always have to be this case.

The best steel toe work boots can also help prevent slip and fall injuries that occur almost as frequently, if not more so. In addition, the best steel toe boots help prevent cuts or lacerations, burns, and even punctures to your feet and surrounding areas. Heavy duty work boots make it more difficult for these kinds of injuries to occur as you go throughout your day.

As you look for your perfect boot or work shoe, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice comfort for durability. Many different companies have been able to deliver both for several years now. You are walking around all day long on your feet and the shoes or boots you have on should be expected to do more than just protect your feet from danger.

Look for boots that have a synthetic sole that aids in the natural break in period that every boot is going to have. The quicker you can get them broken in the better they will feel on your feet as you go about your day.

Another thing to make mention of is to be sure you compare the comfort to durability ratio. On the one hand, you are spending a decent amount of money on a pair of work boots that you would like to count on as being comfortable and wearable. On the other hand, the softness on the comfort might mean that the shoe wears out more quickly than you would like. Can you invest in work boots once or twice a year? You have to decide that, of course.

Make sure you are choosing the correct size for your feet. If you choose a size too small, the boots will likely be pinchy and uncomfortable. If you are looking for your best steel toe work boots, you will know the size is correct if you have plenty of room in the toe hold to move and wiggle your toes around.

Good luck on your quest for the best steel toe work boots for you. Finding the brand that fits you will be like a marriage made in Heaven.

05 Apr 2017