Understanding an Ear InfectionWritten by Joe Miller
An ear infection is an infestation in ear, caused by either bacteria or by virus. The adult ear infection and inner ear infection are other names by which it is called. The scientific name is otitis media.
Ear Infection Causes
An ear infection may be caused by one or a combination of following factors. Within ear are tiny bones which help translate sound waves to brain. The sound waves travel to these bones through Eustachian tube, which in children is placed in more of a level position. When liquid is introduced to ear through swimming or bathing, and if liquid is not cleaned out by a swab, it may linger there and allow bacteria to fester. Though Eustachian tube is more slanted in adults, similar infestation may occur if water is not cleared.
Even without water, ear wax may build up, also leaving ear open to bacterial infestation. Ear wax build up should be cleared regularly, especially because viruses may speed up possibility of infection.
Ear Infection Symptom
There are many ear infection symptom to be aware of. Feeling pressure in ear, or even an earache, is indicative of general build up of fluid or pus in infected area. The infection may cause dizziness, nausea, or a feeling of fatigue.
Stop Smoking For GoodWritten by Sean Harder
Most of us have been fooled by industry to believe that nicotine addiction is problem that needs to be overcome in order to be successful. Drug companies are making a fortune with their gum, pills, and patches which do nothing more than make a prolonged withdrawal from nicotine. The truth is, that nicotine withdrawal lasts a maximum of 48-72 hours, and is only characterized by headache, some irritability, difficulty concentrating, and mild depression.
What you are really experiencing is desire for habit and ritual. Most smokers have associated their smoking with various activities and cues. They use them to take a break and relax from situations they are in. They are also very unconscious about their smoking and when they start to keep track of how many cigarettes they have numbers dramatically decrease. Up to half of all cigarettes smoked are not remembered or realized by smoker. It is an automatic behavior.
Consider following informal study:
A group of 120 smokers (who smoked at least a pack a day) were divided into three groups. Each time they had a craving, one group would go have a cigarette, one group would have to sit in a room and refrain from smoking, and third group pretended to have a cigarette by using a straw that resembled a cigarette.
Interestingly, there was almost no difference in reduction of craving between smoking group and pretending group. They both had dramatic reduction in craving and increased well-being. The other group however, rated increased craving and anxiety.
After getting participants feedback we came to a few conclusions:
1. That smokers strongly associate their smoking to a feeling of distraction and taking a break.
2. That when they smoke, it is only time they take time for themselves and breath deeply, invoking relaxation response in their body. Remember, nicotine is a stimulant drug and does not promote relaxation.