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Diabetes and Canadian Aboriginals: What is the Government Doing?

Diabetes is a problem worldwide with nearly 400 million sufferers as of 2011 and Canada is no exception, especially the aboriginal population. Diabetes is a serious medical condition that can result in long term debilitating issues, and while the numbers are growing across the board for aboriginal Canadians it has become nearly epidemic as they are 3-5 times more likely to develop the disease. When there is this much disparity in numbers, someone has to ask why and how do we fix it? (more…)

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Traditional Healing Practices of the Canadian Aboriginals

Aboriginal people are believed to have arrived in Canada more than 30,000 years ago. According to historians, the first Aboriginals in Canada were the First Nations and the Inuit with the Metis emerging later. Aboriginal healing practices have become quite an interest as many people search for alternatives to typical healing methods in the Western world. They differ greatly because Aboriginal methods focus on creating a balance between the physical and spiritual being. Their healing practices have been passed down for thousands of years. (more…)

Turkey – From Economcic Despair to Traveller’s Hotspot

Turkey is, perhaps, one of the most diverse and beautiful countries in Europe. It offers everything from a vibrant city life to traditional villages; seaside resorts humming with life to vast swathes of uninhabited desert land.  It is also becoming one of the most popular places for tourist travel, in spite of the political unrest in parts of the country.

Economic History

Many people will remember Turkey in the 1990’s, when its inflation rate shot to 77.5%. Every day a few more zeroes were added to their currency that it wasn’t long before it would genuinely cost 1,000,000 Turkish lira for a cup of tea.

To add to the misery, the country’s economy collapsed in 2001 – the inflation rate went through the roof and their currency value collapsed. Loans from the IMF along with some much needed reform halted the crisis and allowed Turkey to start the climb back up.

By 2005, Turkish economy was strong enough to introduce a new Turkish lira and get rid of all those zeroes on the old bank notes. Unfortunately, in 2006 a new downturn in the economy succeeded in deflating the currency by 18% leaving many investors on shaky ground.

Nowadays, the economy and the currency have stabilized in Turkey and things are back on an even track. However, the new Turkish Lira was discontinued in 2008 and no longer has any monetary value so, if you are visiting, be wary of any notes or coins you are given – it isn’t unheard of for some tourist spots to try and get rid of old currency on unsuspecting tourists!

Travel Hotspot

With Turkey now a relatively economically stable country, one that offers everything for the tourist, the number of holidays and tour companies that offer travel have increased. A word of advice though – Don’t book through a cheap tour company who will drop you off in a hostel in town.

If you want a taste of the true Turkey, the real country, book your Turkey tours through a highly reputable company that offers tailor made tours and ensures you a quality tour and an enjoyable holiday.

Is Becoming a Graduate still Worth the Trouble: Tips You Can Use for the Future

In today’s very unstable and volatile economy, the only hope young people have is to graduate from a decent college course. Times have changed quite rapidly, however, and that seems to be less of the case as the years have revealed. You see, between student loans and a complete lack of jobs, more young people have taken to moving back in with their parents. This, however, doesn’t mean that the same fate lies for you. Here are some tips you can use to help with your future.

1. Compromise

While passion is a great thing, sometimes following your dreams won’t help pay your bills. Take for example; the college of liberal arts. You see, as it stands, some degrees in that college pay a lot less than what a high school graduate would make. The idea here is that you might have to consider a bit of compromise. Why not think about a course in IT? There are many fields like SIP trunking, a new form of voice over Internet protocol, which need new blood. The point here is that there are new opportunities that may fall outside your desired course.

2. Take up a New Course

For many graduates, it may seem counter-intuitive to get back into education. Mostly this is because of the risk of taking up big loans. However, there have been studies and reports that indicate that there are jobs that are both in demand and lucrative. Sure, you may have to borrow a bit more money, but you will be able to pay those loans in the long run.

3. Be Patient

The real problem with graduating is that jobs are still no matter what you do. After you’ve chosen a high-paying field, there are no promises that you’ll get a job straight away. Being patient is integral at this stage. You may not have any prospective openings now, but somewhere down the road, you will have new opportunities. Why not take this chance to work in a service industry job and put a little more meat on your resume?

Becoming a college graduate is still well worth the loans you take out. Be smart about your choices and you’ll do fine.

Office Spaces as an Investment

Putting up a business in a commercial area has always been one of the best strategies being used by business people today. Apart from ensuring that the target market is attainable, it is also important for customers that the business office is accessible. With a lot of businesses being established today, it is expected that all commercial spaces are always up for grabs.

Renting commercial space have specific requirements, if you are in the market for it. Just like any business, the owner of the commercial establishment need the assurance that the would-be tenants are involved in legitimate business and that they have reliable source of income. Small business owners however find it difficult to get into a viable commercial space, due to various reasons. Most of these small businesses start from scratch, with very limited capital and few staff. They still have to contend with several competitors. One solution for small business owners to have an excellent business address in a commercial district is to find a guarantor.

Guarantors are also known as investors. They use their good reputation and credit history as their capital in doing business. They are able to rent commercial space under their names, which they then rent out to non-qualified business owners. This setup is beneficial for them because they can increase the amount of the original rental fee to generate their own income.

For the small business owner, there is still some risks involved in this type of arrangement. Renting office space is an investment. Therefore you still need to make concrete plans about your business and be specific about your short-term and long-term goals. You need to see the whole picture, factoring in your overhead expenses to see how long it will take for you to see good profit. You do not want to be earning only the amount for your overhead expenses, which include space rental.

There are many uses for commercial spaces. It can be an office space, small clinic, operations center, and more. If you want to find an SF office space that is within your budget this website will prove to be a very good resource.

Investments are not only limited to land properties, businesses, cars, and stocks. As long as the benefit is larger than its original costs, it can be considered as an investment.

Time to Revisit That New Year’s Resolution

It’s mid way 2014. How’s that New Year’s Resolution coming along. The one where you declared, vowed even, that this was the year you were going to start working out. Get in shape. Lose those extra pounds. You know…exercise. I’m going to go out on a limb here and guess it’s been all but forgotten. You’re too busy, you’re too tired, you’re going to start tomorrow. Then what, it’s going to be December before you know it and you’ll push it into 2015, promising yourself that you’re finally going to stick to it this time only to find you’ve once again let it fall by the wayside.

Maybe you did start. You tried it for a few days, a few weeks even, and then, well, it just kind of got away from you. You started that new job, the kids have Little League, there will always be some excuse. I know, I said all the same things to myself, year in year out. Nothing got done. But luckily, it’s not too late. You can pick right up where you left off, and if you never even started, then NOW is the perfect time. So it’s not the beginning of the year, but we’re coming right up on the middle of it. Why not get a jump on the second half of 2014 by jumping right into that New Year’s Resolution? If you get back on it, just think; your resolution for 2015 can be to take your training to the next level instead of starting from square one. Where you’ve been stuck all this time.

I’m going to help you do this. Follow this list of easy steps to ease yourself into a routine that you can stick to without a struggle. It’s going to take some determination, but you need to want this before you’re ready to start. If you’re not happy with how you look, then it’s time to change it. You are absolutely capable of making this happen. So let’s get on it. NOW.

Forget the Gym
You don’t need to work out in a gym. Some people are intimidated by them and the idea of having to go one place to get your exercise in makes it too easy to avoid. Pick a different fun activity outdoors. Go hiking one day, then run in the park the next. Shoot some hoops. Then if you want stop by the gym. After that, go bicycling. It doesn’t matter what you do, just go do it.

Gear Up
Sometimes buying the right workout clothes and equipment is a good motivator, if nothing else, you’ll want to justify spending all that money by not letting it go to waste. Pick up some good looking shorts, pants, a running jacket. Get a good watch. There are a bunch of different choices out there. I’ve got a kick-ass looking military watch. Reminds me that I need to stay disciplined, just like a drill instructor would. They have all kinds of great functions including a heart-rate monitor which will come in handy. You’ll find all kinds of military watches over at this site. You’ll also want a good an excellent pair of cross trainer shoes. Something that will let you do all your activities with the right amount of comfort and traction.

Get a Friend to Come With You
Bring someone along on your activities. Maybe you have a friend who’s already an exercise addict. We all have one, that person who already makes it a part of their every day routine. Go along with them, it’ll be a great way to motivate you. If you don’t have anyone like that, find someone else who had a resolution that they also forgot about and get them up off the couch. Everything is more fun with company.

Start Slow
Don’t expect to be able to run five miles on your first day. Take it slow. I know you want results immediately but trust me; they will come. Don’t over exert yourself from the very start. It’s the quickest way to discourage yourself or worse, injure yourself. Set practical goals and in no time at all, you’ll be setting higher ones again and again.

I know it doesn’t seem that way, but this can be a lot of fun. The hardest part is getting started. But once you get up and start moving it does get easier. Just be sure to make the commitment to do so. There are days it will get tough, days where putting it off seems so attractive. But don’t do it! Stick to it and you’ll be so happy you did when you start seeing the difference in the mirror.

How to Effectively Address the Problem of Varicose Veins

There are jobs which require an inordinately long time standing, and there are jobs where you have to be seated and not move out of your seat. In both instances, the incidence of varicose veins are quite high. Some people are prone to this problem. Women who wear high heeled shoes are specially susceptible to varicose veins.

Due to their profession, stewardesses, nurses, and teachers are also prone to have them. Overweight and obese people also have a tendency towards having varicose veins. Veins bring blood from the organs back to the heart. If there is a problem in the vein and it has become blocked, the blood accumulates and the vein becomes discolored. This causes varicose veins. The affected veins are usually those just under the skin, these are the smaller veins or the capillaries which lead to the veins.

Varicose veins are normally a minor condition, however, there are instances when these are a symptom of deep vein thrombosis which is a blockage in a deeper (and larger) vein. There are treatments for varicose veins which are cosmetic in nature. For instance, there are creams which make the smaller varicose veins (called “spider veins”) disappear. But for instances when varicose veins bring discomfort or there is a significant number of varicose veins, some steps could be taken:

1. Lifestyle changes. These include more exercise and physical activity to promote circulation, especially to the legs.

2. For those with weight problems, losing weight might help to ease the pressure on the legs. Women should try to avoid wearing high heel shoes.

3. For job related causes, try to vary activities and not stand too long or sit too long. For those with desk jobs, they can try the “50/10″ rule, where they would stand and walk for ten minutes and sit on their desks for fifty minutes.

4. For those who sit down for long stretches of time, as well as pregnant women, they can sit down with their legs raised. This would help the veins circulate the blood away from the legs and prevent blood pooling.

5. Use compression socks or stockings. There are various types of compression socks which put pressure on the legs, which in turn help the blood from pooling.

6. Avoid wearing tight clothes, especially pants which are too tight around the waist. 

There are instances when extreme cases of varicose veins occur. These may necessitate some form of out-patient procedure. These procedures include:

a. Sclerotherapy. At the Baltimore vein treatment center,expert doctors use a special type of liquid to seal off the vein. The chemical would irritate and cause scarring which would close off the vein. The unused vein would fade away.

b. Micro-sclerotherapy. This is the same as sclerotherapy, but used with smaller veins, and finer needles.

c. Laser Therapy. This is a non-invasive procedure where a laser is used to irritate the vein and cause scarring, sealing off the vein.
In Brisbane, varicose veins are treated naturally at first, but sometimes resort to ligation for extreme cases. This is an operation where the vein is taken out or cut off surgically.

The Latest in Treatment for Asthma Sufferers – Botox Injections

We all assume that Botox injections are purely a cosmetic procedure but new research is suggesting that it could be used as an aid for asthma sufferers.  Right now, although the results are highly encouraging, testing is still at the early stages. 

Conventional Asthma Treatment

Most asthma sufferers rely on inhalers or other conventional types of treatment but, for some, these treatments are proving to be ineffective. This may be because they have been taking them for so long that their bodies have become immune to the effects but research also suggests that abnormal movement by the vocal cords, caused through muscle spasm, could also be responsible.

So, to try to prove it they conducted experiments using Botox, which causes a temporary partial paralysis. The tests were carried out on 11 people who suffered from retractable asthma. Each of the subjects displayed abnormal movement of the vocal cords that did not respond to speech therapy.

How it Works

The Botox was injected directly into the vocal cords and, without exception, all 11 participants reported much better control of their asthma and their airways were enlarged.  The tests did not have any effect on the function of the lungs however.

What wasn’t used at the time of the testing was a control group so it is impossible to tell if the results were genuine or if it was merely a placebo effect. Further randomized control testing will take place over a course of time before the results can be declared true.

The study was done in Australia, at the Monash University. It was determined from the outset that, should any of the participants not show any improvement, they would be given further injections. Out of the 11 subjects, 7 required further injections.

The response to the Botox injections was assessed by a self-scorecard, whereby the subjects noted their own responses based on how they were before the injection. The team also used CT scans to measure the vocal cord before and after the injections. Further information will become available as and when more tests are carried out.

A Little Bit about Botox

If you are considering having Botox injections, please make sure you only use authorized, properly qualified practitioners, such as this clinic that administers Botox in New England. Otherwise known as botulinum toxin, Botox is only safe if administered in tiny doses. It may interest you to know that just one teaspoon of botulinum toxin is more than sufficient to kill the population of India – around 1.2 billion people.

Before that scares you off completely, used properly and administered correctly, Botox is perfectly safe and has been approved by the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for human use. Please do not expect the results to be immediate – it can take up to 3 days before the first changes are felt and a week before the full effect. You may find that you need to repeat the injections between 4 and 6 months later.

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Safe Operation: Working with Forklifts

Forklifts are widely used in industrial operations. The presence of suchheavy equipment, however, must be dealt seriously to avoid being part of the statistics of reported accidents that are related to its unsafe operation. To address the issue, there is now a certification requirement from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This is mostly required by many industries, companies, and even insurance providers to ensure that the operator is well trained to perform the job.

How the Process Goes

The certification process starts with a training program course. Companies who are involved in construction and general industries may hire an instructor to provide an OSHA-compliant course for their employees. They may also choose to provide the OSHA certification themselves but to be able to do that, they must first complete a trainer course facilitated by an OSHA Training Institute Education Center. Every two to four years, companies need to comply with an update course to be allowed issuing certification cards continuously.

Before forklift operators are issued with certification cards, they need to attend both the classroom and hands-on training. The forklift operator has to complete the classroom test with a passing grade and meet the hands-on training requirements. Afterwards, they will be certified according to the OSHA certification guidelines for three years and will be closely monitored by the OSHA officials or the insurance company for a compliance record.

Why Being Certified is Valuable

If you take the time to complete the OSHA certification requirements, you will become more valuable not just to your current employer but also to other companies who might be interested at getting you for a higher salary. Through continued professional development that’s offered by update courses, you become an essential role player in every company you belong to.

Forklift operation results to thousands of accidents yearly, some of which lead to fatalities. Those incidents are mostly caused by lack of training, lack of knowledge about how the equipment works, and unsuitable work premises. With the certification requirements now in effect, OSHA hopes to ensure competence among forklift operators to keep them and the people around their job sites safe.

Is a career as a car accident lawyer for you?

For many, the career of being a car accident lawyer seems exciting, useful, and life-changing for those that one helps out. As a car accident lawyer myself based in Vancouver, I thought I would explain the benefits and disadvantages of the job. This way, curious individuals like you that are looking to be a part of the field can have a clearer image of what it means to serve clients whose lives have been turned upside down by such a difficult and life-altering situation like a car accident.

Advantage – Negotiations and Advocacy
Being an accident lawyer is a lot of what you expect it to be – only tougher. Car accident lawyers, or the good ones at least, work hard to advocate for their clients and to bring them the best outcome possible in terms of deals with insurance adjustors, other insurance defense lawyers, and others that are part of the case. Therefore, as a car insurance lawyer, one must be skilled in the art of negotiation and also be willing to advocate for clients that truly need to best care available.

Advantage – Every Case is Different
For many subpar lawyers, this is actually a disadvantage. The hope is that cases stay the same because it makes the work easier. However, for those that are quality lawyers, different cases are a gold mine. Working with different cases is challenging, rewarding, and uplifting because it provides the best car accident lawyers with ways to work hard and do the best that they can at their job. They are also more likely to succeed because they’re motivated to do so.

Advantage – The Entire Process
Car accident lawyers must be dedicated, and for many, being there from litigation to resolution is an exciting experience. Working with clients that have been in such a challenging situation, and seeing those clients flourish afterwards is extremely beneficial for someone working in the legal field.

Disadvantage- Dealing with Emotions is a Challenge
One major challenge of being a car accident lawyer is that the job can be emotionally taxing. While it is amazing and rewarding to help people, seeing them in situations that have changed their lives so dramatically does take some getting used to. Therefore, controlling one’s emotions, being empathetic, and understanding the client is a significant part of the job that every good car accident lawyer does well.

Disadvantage- Deadlines can be Deadly for a Lawyer
Finally, there is the issue of deadlines. Car accident lawyers, like all other lawyers, are held to a high standard when it comes to meeting deadlines. While there is no problem with this, the system can be taxing. In addition, if a lawyer is negligent about deadlines that need to be met, clients can often issue a claim against the lawyer for failing to adhere to proper standards. The best car accident lawyers are usually extremely punctual when meeting deadlines, so it is not always an issue, especially when the right lawyer is representing you.

Despite the disadvantages of being a car accident lawyer, the overall job is amazing. If you have a friend who is a car accident lawyer or if you’ve worked with a car accident lawyer, you can always use their professional expertise and friendship to an advantage – especially if you find yourself in a bad situation due to a car accident or if you need advice on how to become a car accident lawyer.

Careers: Binary Options Trading

Sure, the job market may be really bad right now, but this doesn’t mean that it’s impossible to get a job. In fact, there are actually jobs that are rather easy to get into AND build a great career out of in today’s world. One of these jobs happens to be binary options trading (visit this website for more information on this). Some people might think that binary options trading is a very risky career, but this isn’t true. In fact, unlike other forms of trading, binary options trading provides a great way of earning monthly income. So long as one actually takes the time to learn the ins and outs of binary options trading, they are definitely going to do fine being a binary options trader.

How exactly does one do binary options trading? To do binary options trading, people have to first choose a brokerage to work with. You may be surprised to find out, but choosing a brokerage is actually the hardest part of doing binary options trading. This is because the brokerage one works with will determine how much one will earn in the long run. Of course, there are other factors that one has to consider; there is no “one size fits all” brokerage. The right brokerage for you might be different from the right brokerage for some other person.

For most people, however, they find that they really enjoy having a great relationship with Banc de Binary (click here for more information on this). Banc de binary, unlike other brokerages, is regulated by the CySec. In addition to this, they operate an intuitive trading platform that offers the most comprehensive features to traders. Considering this, it’s easy to see why so many people from all over the world prefer doing binary options trading with the brokerage.

Now you might be thinking, how much can I expect to earn doing binary options trading? The truth is that it’s dependent on how much effort you put in. Some people, because they really work hard and constantly update their knowledge on binary options trading, are able to earn thousands of dollars a month even though they only spend an hour or two a day doing binary options trading . Should you spend much more time doing it and you actually put in the effort to constantly learn, then you can just imagine how much you can earn.

Hopefully, this post of mine ends up proving helpful to the many people out there are looking for a great career. Binary options trading has provided thousands of people from all over the world a very rewarding career; maybe you’re going to end up joining these people.

For tomorrow’s post, I’m going to talk about another career that people would do really well to consider getting into: being a graphic artist. You might think that it’s a bad decision, but graphic artists are actually in demand nowadays. Considering that graphic artists can now work remotely for clients all over the world, it’s easy to see why they end up having more rewarding work than most professionals.

Business Growth: Advice for New Chiropractors

The most difficult part of any new business is getting customers, or in this case, patients.

As a new chiropractor, you must be dealing with some anxiety about how to find new patients, how to keep your patients coming back to you, and if you are going to be able to pay all your expenses every month!

It can be a lot to chew for a doctor with no previous business experience. Luckily, getting new patients every single week has been a solved mystery for some time now. Top marketers in the health industry have proved time and time again that getting patients should not take a lot of work as long you’re working smartly.

In today’s article, we’re going to be discussing the top three methods of getting new patients through your practice’s doors and ringing your phone every single week.

Not Just Any Website, But a Good One

Irvine chiropractor Dr. Vasili Gatsinaris said, “I had to stop thinking of my website as a place for more information, but as a 24 hour salesman.”

Your website should always be selling your chiropractic services on every page. Some business owners are very hesitant to make their website “push” their services, but those are the kinds of websites that get patients calling and coming through the front door.

Tip: Create an irresistible offer for your potential first time patients. As an example, Dr. Vasili Gatsinaris created a new patient special that provided callers with a full consultation for an introductory price of $67. He promotes this offer on every page so no matter which page a visitor is looking at, they can see the offer and the phone number clearly.

Get Yelp Reviews

With nearly everyone having smartphones these days, it is essential that you create a Yelp profile. Be sure to fill out your profile as much as you can, because Yelp favors the most complete profiles (among other things of course) above competitor’s profiles who aren’t as complete. This means ensure you upload multiple photos and a video if you have one.

Secondly, make sure to let every single one of your clients know that you now have a Yelp page. You can do this through email and in person. Why? The more 5 star reviews you have, the higher Yelp will show your listing above competitor listings. Also, when people see you have a lot of reviews with a high rating, they will use that as social proof that your practice is the best in the area.

Don’t Be Afraid of Advertising

There are two kinds of marketing – outbound marketing and inbound marketing. Outbound means advertising to large group of people with the hopes of your message hitting a small percentage of people who by chance happen to be interested in your services. On the other hand, inbound marketing means advertising to a group of people exactly at the time they are looking for your services. Can you guess which one is better?

Yes, inbound marketing! The easiest way to get into inbound marketing is by using Google Adwords. This service allows you to place your ads on the Google result page when people search for the service you offer in your area. A great way to get started in AdWords is by reading this guide from HubSpot who lay out all the secrets of a successful online advertising campaign.

These three strategies should be the foundation of a local chiropractic practice. In terms of time and money spent, they will have the biggest impact on getting customers calling and running through the door.