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Do as I say, not as I do

Remember when leaders would actually lead? When leaders led by example? When a leader would say “follow me” and then actually lead the way into the unknown; assuming all the risks being asked of everyone else? When it was anathema to ask a person to do what you yourself wouldn’t do?

There are still instances where we witness this kind of leadership. The U.S. Military practically oozes it. One of the more popular (and literal) slogans of the U.S. Marine Corps is “First to Fight”; they mean it…and they live it.

U.S. Army Rangers say “Rangers Lead the Way”; they mean it …and they live it. Navy Seals say “The Only Easy Day Was Yesterday”…and I believe them.

Isn’t it strange that kind of leadership exists in our military but is completely absent in our elected officials? Our elected officials certainly have no shortage of challenges available to demonstrate this kind of leadership…of course, without all that risk of being killed.

Take the matter of health care for example. Forget for the moment what your personal opinion happens to be regarding the soundness of a national health care plan, and instead focus on how our elected officials work themselves into the very plan they would impose on the rest of us.

As a quick primer; The Affordable Health Choices Act, drafted by Senator Edward Kennedy’s staff…with a little help from the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee…is the legislation that the President is urging swift approval of. It would, in effect, create an HMO style health benefit plan administered by the government.

There is however, a curious item written into this legislation. Surprisingly (or perhaps not) the legislation specifically exempts federal employees and members of Congress from the plan. This little tidbit was covered in Friday’s Wall Street Journal. So in essence, we get one government plan for all of “us”…and a different (meaning better) plan for our “leaders”.

Again, it really doesn’t matter whether you agree or not that there should be a national health care plan. But it absolutely does matter if the people we elect have the audacity to make laws that ensure that they are better provided for than you.

I have been told that there was a time when public service was a noble thing. When elected officials actually took up the banner of the people; and worked diligently to serve them. I have also been told that dinosaurs once roamed the earth.

Sadly, I haven’t actually witnessed either of these events…and only the dinosaurs left any evidence of their existence.

I am willing to bet that I see a real Jurassic Park (with living dinosaurs), well before I see any elected official take up a principled position on any matter, if doing so carries with it any risk (no matter how small) of losing a re-election bid.

So here’s the only slogan that I could think of that our elected officials can say with meaning; and actually live up to: “Do as I say, not as I do.”

Discover How Oxygen Therapy Can Improve Your Health

Did you know that each year hundreds of thousands of Americans are diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)? Many of these individuals and others who suffer from various lung diseases will be required to receive oxygen therapy. Numerous studies have determined that adults with chronic lung disorders who receive oxygen therapy not only live longer, they also have an improved quality of life.

Lack of adequate oxygen, often referred to as oxygen deficiency, can lead to a number of serious health problems. Untreated oxygen deficiency can reduce lung function to the extent that long-term oxygen therapy is required to continue normal bodily function. Oxygen deficiency has been linked to every major illness category including heart disease, respiratory disease and cancer. All heart attacks are brought about by the failure of the heart muscle’s inability to receive adequate supplies of oxygen. Inadequate oxygen levels in the body weakens the immune system which can lead to viral infections, damaged cells, inflamed joints and circulatory problems.

Warning Signs of Possible Oxygen Deficiency:

* Shortness of breath

* Fatigue

* Dizziness

* Depression

* Memory loss

* Circulation problems

* Irritability

* Irrational behavior

* Poor digestion

* Muscle aches and pains

If you are experiencing some or all of these symptoms, you should see your physician immediately. A doctor’s prescription is required to receive oxygen therapy. If oxygen therapy is prescribed, you will discover a number of substantial health benefits. Besides reducing the amount of strain on the heart that can lead to heart failure, receiving oxygen allows the bodies other major organs to function properly. Oxygen therapy reduces sleep disruption caused by inadequate oxygen, increasing energy levels and giving you an overall feeling of well being.

Additional Oxygen Therapy Benefits:

* Provides headache relief

* Increases mental clarity

* Decreases shortness of breath

* Allows for increased physical activity

* Relieves nausea

There are 3 methods for receiving oxygen therapy: compressed oxygen cylinders, liquid oxygen cylinders and oxygen concentrators. Many oxygen therapy patients are discovering that today’s vastly improved portable oxygen concentrators are the way to go. Not only do portable oxygen concentrators provide increased mobility, they are also energy efficient and easy to maintain. There is no refilling or deliveries to schedule with oxygen concentrators. If your doctor has prescribed oxygen therapy, let innovative portable oxygen concentrators like the SeQual Eclipse and Inogen One allow you to lead a full and active life.

Diffuse Posterior Disc Bulging – What it is & What You Can Do for Relief!

diffuse posterior disc bulging develops when one of the spinal discs is injured, usually from some form of traumatic injury. The discs of the spine are located between each set of spinal vertebrae (bones of the back), and their purpose is twofold. First of all, they act as ligaments, which hold the bones together. Secondly, they act as cushions or shock absorbers, preventing the bones from touching.

A spinal disc is made up of a strong outer layer (called the annulus fibrosus) and a jelly-like center (called the nucleus pulposus). I like to compare them to jelly doughnuts, because of their structure ‘ this also makes it easier to understand what happens when diffuse posterior disc bulging develops.

A bulging disc will occur when the outer layer tears, and the jelly center starts to push through this weak area. In other words, the jelly starts to push out of the doughnut.

What’s interesting about the spinal discs is that they do not have the ability to feel pain. So, the question becomes ‘ why is this condition so painful and debilitating?

Well, the true cause of the pain you experience with diffuse posterior disc bulging is from the nerves of the spine. The nerves of the spine control everything in the body, and they exit the spine directly behind each spinal disc.

When a disc bulges, it usually applies pressure directly on at least one of the nerves of the spine, which is very painful. The pain, however, is usually the least of your worries with a bulging disc.

Because the nerves of the spine control everything in the body, there tend to be other complications that occur in the body. For example, if an individual has a bulging disc in the neck, they may also feel arm pain, weakness or numbness, headaches, vision problems, chest pains, etc. All because the nerves of the neck control all of these other parts of the body.

It’s the same in the low back ‘ an individual with diffuse posterior disc bulging in the low back will also tend to experience leg pain, weakness or numbness, bowel and bladder problems, problems walking, etc.

So, what can you do about this condition? Most doctors will recommend medications, pain injections (such as cortisone or epidurals), physical therapy, and surgery (as a last resort).

The success rates of these treatments are not excellent, primarily because their purpose is not to heal the disc ‘ it is to numb the agravated nerve.

Although that sounds good at first, if the disc doesn’t heal completely, the pain will inevitably return, becoming more and more stubborn with each episode of pain.

Please click here (diffuse posterior disc bulging) to continue reading this article, where you’ll discover the top 3 things you can do at home for relief from herniated disc pain.

Different Food Preparation Methods Helpful to Make Healthy and Tasty Food

Everyone be aware with the fact that one should eat healthy to have an excellent health. However, with our hectic schedules, we may have a propensity to avoid our body requires which subsequently lead to several diseases that a few are chronic such as heart problems, diabetes, cancer and high blood pressure. The risk is even bigger for those who have a family history of these illnesses. As the saying goes, avoidance is better than treat.

There are many Strange Food Facts which are helpful to make a healthy body. Start to change your routine to a healthier new you. Several people have this reflection that by removing the “bad” meal and only eating the “good” meal is the final answer towards leading a vigorous lifestyle.

This is a myth that all kinds of foods are actually crucial and essential to our body, provided if you eat them in the proper amount and cook them using the appropriate food preparation methods such as broiling, steaming, grilling and poaching which are healthier. Even so, if deep frying is really needed in your food making program, always use vegetable oil, sunflower oil, canola oil or olive oil and once fried, drain on the paper or towel to remove the extra oil.

Vegetables and fruits are recommended to be bought in the food markets or during seasonal time and not using supermarkets. Usually vegetables and fruits mislay its freshness when come to supermarkets since they pass through in long distances. Kale, sprouts, spinach, broccolis and red bell peppers are among high resources of antioxidant and vitamins. For fruits; pomegranates, aecia, prunes, raisins and berries are antioxidant fruits. Spices and herbs have great dietary contents.

Thymes and oregano have big antioxidant, cinnamon mixed food preparation methods, aids reduce cholesterol level while ginger assists reduce arthritis ache. Herbs and spices can be chosen either fresh or dried, but of course the great is to plant your own and utilize them whenever it is required. Almost all Asian food items use spices and herbs as they are easily acquired in the Asian countries. You can see many Strange Food Facts in the Asian countries.