ASD: The causes which have been dismissed

It’s becoming more and more understood, but one of the big problems about Autistic spectrum disorder is that nobody quite knows the cause.

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Even though extensive research has been conducted on the subject, the direct causes of ASD are still to be determined. Over the years there have been countless ‘possibilities’, yet we’re still at a stage where doctors are unable to firmly put their finger on what might be the definite problem.

Fortunately, general knowledge of ASD is improving. Thanks to the likes of Chris Manente, more and more information and support is being provided and this of course benefits anyone who suffers or knows a person suffering from ASD immensely.

To provide something of an insight on some of the causes which have already been dismissed, we’ve put together the following. We’ll now mull over some of these ‘previous causes’, and highlight how science showed that they aren’t the reasons behind ASD.

The MMR vaccine

For a long time, this was classed as one of the most probable causes of ASD. This started in 1998 after a journal was published which indicated that the vaccine was linked to autism.

While some medical journals can go “unnoticed”, this most certainly didn’t happen with this particular article. It was something that was published in the national press and all sorts of other mediums – meaning that a lot of the general public were immediately informed about the “findings”.

However, over time it became clear that the “findings” were completely false. It was found that the author of the research had several conflicts of interested and a lot of the evidence had been manipulated. As such, the original article was retracted six years later and it was confirmed by medical councils around the world that autism had no link whatsoever to the vaccine.

A person’s upbringing

The reasons behind this supposed cause can be somewhat understood – as some events during childhood might cause some of the effects that occur alongside autism.

However, this is another “cause” that has had several reports dismissing it. Psychogenic theories have now been discredited for a long time and even though some of the traits may be shared, this isn’t a reason to suggest a person’s upbringing is a definite cause of the condition.

Thiomersal

This is somewhat related to the first inaccurate cause we looked at, as thiomersal is something which tends to be used with a lot of vaccines as a preservative.

Initially, there were a lot of people who suggested that this might be a cause, with some under the impression that the mercury content might play a part.

However, a lot of science has been invested into thiomersal and it’s now safe to say that this is most definitely not a direct cause of autism. One of the first studies was conducted in 2004 and proved that there was no link, while the fact that thiomersal was removed from most childhood vaccines in a two-year test period was perhaps even a bigger indication that this isn’t a cause. It was concluded that it wasn’t harmful and as such, is not a cause for ASD.

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How to Succeed in your Resolutions

Have you fallen off the resolutions wagon already? It is not easy to meet your goals and we put incredible pressure on ourselves to achieve sometimes unrealistic things.

We have created a means to reaching your goals while rewarding yourself and making life a little easier. The concept is to segment your goal into achievable segments. For example, if you want to get healthy for 2017 then think of the means to achieving this, it could be by reducing sugar in your tea or by taking the stairs and not the lift. The bingo card below shows an example. You choose a box with a goal to achieve for a day / week / month and then once completed you move to the next square in any direction. Once you have completed a line then reward yourself!

The card can be written for any resolutions and goals. Give it a go!

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Make Your Health a Priority in the New Year

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Did you get everything you wanted on your Christmas wish list?

For countless individuals, having better health going into 2017 is a priority. Unfortunately, many of them do not always know how to best go about that.

Whether it is dealing with a chronic pain or illness, perhaps putting up with a recent injury that simply won’t go away, the time spent fighting pain can seem endless.

With that in mind, making your health your top priority in the New Year should be something that you welcome, not fear.

Keys to a Healthier You

In order to make the New Year and many years past that healthier and happier for you, start by re-examining where you’re health is at now.

Among the areas to look at:

  • Do you have trouble with everyday functions such as eating, dressing, going to the bathroom, getting around your home, going out in public? If you answer yes to more than one of those areas, you should be seeking medical help.
  • Do you feel as if you live in constant pain? If the answer is yes, what are you currently doing to lessen such feelings? While some people deal with the mental pain more so than physical, the latter can be all too familiar in the lives of many people.
  • Do you have problems sleeping at night due to pain? If so, that loss of sleep can lead to other health issues now and down the road.

Once you have your finger on how pain is impacting your life, the next key is addressing how to attack the pain.

While many people will pay a visit to their family physician, those visits do not always provide relief. As a result, the mental frustration becomes almost as cumbersome as the physical pain.

If you have not considered medical marijuana up to this point and time, why is that?

Although some people may fear there is a stigma with using the drug, many others will tell you getting their hands on medical marijuana proved a blessing.

In the event you are considering that option, starting with a medical marijuana online appointment is your first move.

With such an appointment, you can discuss with a physician the merits of using the drug to help quell your battles with pain.

Keep in mind that while such appointments do not guarantee you receiving a medical marijuana card, they will at least get the ball rolling.

Are You Doing All You Can?

Even in the event you are approved for medical marijuana, there are other things in combination with the drug that you should be doing.

Among them:

  • Education – First and foremost, do all you can to educate yourself about living healthier. It doesn’t take someone with several Master’s degrees to figure out that healthy living typically leads to prolonged living. For example, if you think there are no major consequences to being seriously overweight, read up with both online and offline materials. See how many people sizably overweight have to deal with myriad of health issues. The more you learn, the more likely you are to take a more serious approach to keeping your weight where it should be. If you are a smoker, you are already putting your health and longevity at risk. By quitting today, you give your lungs and other body parts seriously impacted by cigarettes a chance to heal. There are plenty of educational initiatives on and offline to help you put the cigarettes down for good ;
  • Exercise – One of the best things you can do for your health is striving to get more exercise. For instance, do you have a friend or two you can pal around with to the gym? If so, you will find you have more motivation when it comes to working out. Even if a gym membership is not an option, simply walking, hiking, swimming etc. are all good options, options that do not require a membership to your local fitness center;
  • Check-ups – Finally, do you go regularly for a physical? If not, you are setting yourself up for potential trouble. A yearly doctor visit and labs can oftentimes catch a problem or two before they become serious. Even if you have limited or no health insurance, get whatever affordable exams you can to minimize the chances of having a disease or illness go untreated.

Don’t Take Your Health for Granted

It can be rather easy to take your health for granted, especially if you are feeling no ill effects of any of your actions at this time.

Over time, however, those actions could come back to haunt you.

From a little pain here and there to constant physical and emotional pain, take some time now to make your health a priority as the clock strikes 2017.

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Tips to Beat the Post-Holiday Blues!

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For many of us, the holidays are a time for us to get together with family, eat good food, remember the year gone by, and catch up on all of the classic Christmas TV shows and films. This time of year is often rewarding and enriching, and gives us reminders of what we have to be thankful for, and why we worked so hard all year. Now that the holidays are over, how do you keep the blues at bay as we return to our normal lives? Here are some ideas.

Look Ahead and Not Behind

Last year is done and gone. Whatever happened both great and not so great is for the history books. A new year means a chance to start fresh and work towards your new goals with no encumbrances. Use this new year to institute positive thinking and developing a “can do” attitude. Remember, it’s the small things that add up to make the big things. So, create some small goals for yourself that when you accomplish them, put you on a track for bigger accomplishments. As your successes pile up. it will certainly keep your mood high in the new year.

Keep Shopping

The holiday season is all about gift giving and receiving, and after all of the holiday shopping you’ve done, you might feel shopped out. But before you go back to lie on the couch remember, post-holidays is when you can find the best shopping deals. So now is the time for you to pick up the things that you hoped Santa would bring and didn’t, or to return that sweater you don’t want and get something you do at a great price. But before you hit the streets and wear out you already tired feet, how about visiting a site on the web that brings you all the great deals in one place. Finding the best deals is easy when you use My Voucher Codes. Shop here first and save the most (and your tired feet).

Start an Exercise Program

Exercise helps to work off those many pounds you’ve probably gained during the holidays. This time of year is filled with lowered resistance to foods that we only eat during the holidays, and often promise we will never eat again (until next holiday season that is). So getting in the gym and working out or taking a nice jog in the park is probably a great idea. Also exercise releases endorphins which help to increase your happiness and improve your mood. So, signing up for a gym membership or spin class will not only melt away those excess pounds, but can also help thwart any post-holiday depression.

Spend Fun Time with Your Friends

Many of us went away for the holidays, and have not had a chance, to see close friends or co-workers in a relaxed and fun setting. Use now, to create a get together time with everyone to catch up and reminisce about all of the embarrassing family moments you saw (and sometimes even participated in) over the holidays. This will keep the holiday spirit going a little longer and put everyone in a great mood.

Get into a Work Project You Love

The holidays take up so much time, that you probably have not thought too much about work. How about jumping in first on a project you really want to tackle. Make a list of all your pending work which you could not do during the holidays and if possible prioritize based on what you are most excited to accomplish. This will ease you back into work on a positive note and keep your spirits high as you accomplish something you love.

It is never easy returning to the daily routine after a fun filled holiday break. Holidays always seem to go so quickly and for many, the holidays offer an opportunity to get away from their jobs and spend quality time with family. So it can be depressing for some when it’s time to clock back in at work. Try these tips and ease the post-holiday blues.

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A Question Of Emotions

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Communication always involves an exchange of both facts and feelings. But in business situations, such as negotiations, people often overlook the importance of managing feelings and emotions – their own, but also those of their counterparts. Yet a successful netofiator needs to be not only a master of facts, but also a master of emotions. Here we examine the origins of emotions and look at strategies for dealing sensitively with the feelings of others in order to facilitate collaborative decision making.

1.Understanding emotions

The first thing we have to do if we want to master our emotions – and the emotions of others – is to understand exactly what it is that has to be mastered. Emotions come in various shapes and sizes, of course, but can essentially be reduced to those that characterize positive or negative states, e.g. happy / sad, calm / irritated, excited / bored, relaxed / edgy, cheerful / depressed, etc.

2. Emotions as a risk

  • Wasted time leads to inefficiency. Negative emotions cause deffensive reactions that stop us from listening and cause us to focus our attention on justifying our own actions and positions. Our efforts go into pointing out why others are wrong and we are right.
  • Loss of respect leads to inflexibility. As we criticize and blame others – justifying our own position and looking for weaknesses in the positions of our counterparts – we lose respect in their eyes. If we display unfair and insensitive attitudes towards others, this can reduce their willingness to be flexible towards us.
  • Less trust leads to fewer opportunities. Senior managers are likely to disapprove if you have problems with managing your emotions. More over, they will have less faith in your ability to manage pressure and complexity. Less trust also means a lower degree of openness and creativity, leading to worse solutions during complex negotiations.

3. Using positive emotions

Positive emotions present an opportunity. If we can produce energy and optimism in others, they will listen to us more closely and be more open for our ideas. They will also become more flexible and perhaps collaborate with us positively in future discussions as well.
Let`s look at communication strategies we can use to handle the related emotions:

  • The need to feel valued. If people do not have the feeling that you value their efforts and contributions, they can quickly become closed to your arguments, growing defensive and agressive in the face of perceived attack.
  • The need to feel connected. People are social animals who need connections to others. Negative emotions are quickly generated if we feel separated, isolated or rejected. During a negotiation, it is important to build a sense of togetherness to facilitate a willingness to support each other with necessary compromises to reach a common goal.
  • The need to feel independent. We want connections, but we also value our own space and our right to think the way we do and to influence our lives with our own decisions. When that scope is removed, we can feel pressured, trapped and dominated, and are likely to react aggressively and defensively.
  • The need to feel respected. Most people experience negative emotions if they have the feeling that their counterparts do not respect them. Respect can come from many sources: appreciation of expertise, recognition of ethical values and behaviour, understanding of difficult life experiences suffered by a person. The important thing is to communicate respect in therms that people can understand, particularly during tough discussions. This helps to keep negative emotions away from the negotiating table.

4. Influencing others

Effective negotiators need to master emotions, particularly the emotions of their counterparts. If we stimulate negative emotions in others, then our ability to influence them and to build relationships and conduct successful negotiations with them diminishes. The best way to stimulate positive emotions and negotiate more effectively is to direct our communication to managing the four key human needs: the need to feel valued, connected, independent and respected.

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Cannabis City Delivery Options for GreenDoorWest.com

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Medical marijuana patients searching for “weed delivery near me” will find that GreenDoorWest.com offers delivery throughout the Los Angeles area. From the Valley to Downtown Los Angeles to West LA to the eastern parts of the city, and all the way down to the Long Beach area, GreenDoorWest.com provides cannabis delivery so that you can receive your medicine without the hassle of having to drive anywhere.

What Does “Weed Delivery Near Me” Mean?

When you locate GreenDoorWest.com in a search for “weed delivery near me,” you can be assured you will get exactly what you are looking for. Our services bring cannabis products to you, at your home with simply a phone call or touch of an “order” button, and we get you what you need quickly.

Cannabis Delivery in Torrance, the South Bay, Brentwood, and More

GreenDoorWest.com offers cannabis delivery in the following cities:

  • Los Angeles
  • Santa Monica
  • Culver City
  • Marina del Rey
  • Venice Beach
  • Brentwood
  • Malibu
  • Westwood
  • Pacific Palisades
  • West Los Angeles
  • Palms
  • West Hollywood
  • Torrance
  • Redondo Beach
  • Rancho Palos Verdes
  • Manhattan Beach
  • Long Beach
  • Hollywood
  • Hermosa Beach
  • El Segundo
  • Beverly Hills
  • Calabasas
  • Westlake Village
  • Topanga
  • La Canada Flintridge
  • Santa Ana
  • South Pasadena
  • Stevenson Ranch

If you’re in Orange County and Googling “weed delivery near me,” you’ll find that GreenDoorWest.com also offers medical cannabis delivery in these cities:

  • Dana Point
  • Irvine
  • Laguna Beach
  • Newport Beach
  • City of Orange
  • Mission Viejo
  • Corona Del Mar
  • Huntington Beach
  • Seal Beach

We may also be able to offer cannabis delivery to areas surrounding these cities. For a complete and up-to-date list of the areas where you can get “weed delivery near me,” call us or go to our online order page. Delivery times will vary depending on the city you live in and customer order volume at the time you place your order.

 

 

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Items to Consider Before Opting for Cosmetic Surgery

Cosmetic surgery is far more popular these days than ever before, lower prices and far more surgeons have made this type of surgery much more accessible for the general public and as such, lots of people are choosing to augment, alter and improve their bodies. If you have been looking at the option of cosmetic surgery the you are going to need to think long and hard about whether it is a smart choice for you.

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I recently had a liposuction procedure to help aid my weight loss, something I’d been trying to do for years without success. I went to a clinic called Sono Bello who offered a form of liposuction called laser liposuction, it was non-invasive and had instant results. My decision to have surgery was not taken lightly and these are a few things that I considered before choosing this procedure.

The Clinic

Once I’d decided that I wanted to go in for my procedure, I meticulously researched the clinics that were available to me, I’d heard some horror stories about people whose procedures had gone wrong and I wanted to make sure that I chose the best clinic possible. I went and spoke to 3 or 4 different surgeons before deciding on the clinic where I would feel most comfortable. I not only visited several clinics but also read a great many reviews, it was the Sono Bello reviews that looked the best and after speaking to them I felt very comfortable and confident. When you choose your clinic ensure that you feel good and they give you the same confidence.

The Cost

Although cosmetic surgery is a great deal cheaper than it was in the past, it still can be quite expensive and as with any large purchase, you need to ensure that you can afford it. I see lots of people taking out loans and financial plans in order to get their surgery and whilst I can understand the haste, you should really try to make sure that you have the money to pay for it first. Taking out finance plans could cost you money in the long run and leave you under pressure financially.

Why do You Want it?

There are lots of different reasons why people elect cosmetic surgery, some do so to fix a hangup that they have about their bodies, others do so to keep up with latest fashion, some do it for medical reasons whilst others are looking to acquire their version of the perfect body. It is important that before you decide on surgery that you work out which bracket you fall into and understand why you want the surgery. Very often people have body image issues in their mind and no amount of surgery can fix it, this can lead to shelling out lots of money and time trying to find something that can’t be found. Speaking to your family and friends about your body can help you to decide whether or not cosmetic surgery is for you.

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Preparing to Conceive – Some Things to Consider

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Deciding that you are ready to start a family is a big decision, and like any other life-altering decision, preparing is very important. Often, pregnancy doesn’t occur easily or right away, and after a year of trying to conceive you might want consult a reproductive expert like Dr. Kwang Yul Cha. However, even for couples with no fertility issues, some preparation can be helpful to ensure that conception happens without too much time or stress!

Know the Odds

One of the things can make it harder to conceive is stress about not conceiving. Take some of that stress off your shoulders by having a realistic idea about your odds of conceiving. This will be based on a woman’s age more than anything else – there is no question that fertility decreases with age, and after 30 the odds begin to go down. After 40, the odds of conceiving without intervention fall very quickly. If you have been on birth control medication, it is possible to conceive immediately upon stopping, but it might take a bit of time before normal ovulation resumes.

Get Your Timing Sorted Out, Within Reason

Especially as you get older and conception odds begin to fall, it is important to understand when chances of conception are highest. This involves paying attention to the menstrual cycle, and more particularly, learning to recognize the 1-2 window of opportunity before ovulation when the odds of conception are the highest. Ovulation tests are easily available that can help. At the same time, don’t get too hung up on dates or windows – not only does this create the possibility that sex becomes a stressful chore (with implications potentially for your relationship and for your chances of conception) but it also potentially closes a window of opportunity if the cycle is off by a few days.

Get Healthy

Preparing for conception should involve giving up habits that make that less likely, or that cause stress. Now is the time to quit drinking and smoking, and to pay attention to pre-natal health. Not only are these habits dangerous during pregnancy, but they can also reduce your fertility. Now is also a good time to reduce your intake of caffeine which can trigger miscarriages. Be sure you are getting the necessary vitamins and nutrients (especially folic acid) to support a healthy pregnancy before you come pregnant. Try to maintain active habits and a healthy weight. Get lots of sleep.

Talk with your Partner

Sometimes, we can be surprised by differences of opinion with our partners over things like how to parent, or what religion to raise a child within, or whether breastfeeding or staying home from work is equally important to both. These things will eventually get worked out, but it is ideal if this happens before a pregnancy rather than during or after. Worry about these issues, or money, or parenting anxiety even before a baby is on the way can cause the very stress that can make conception more difficult.

Preparing to start a family, especially if you are trying for your first child, can be an exhilarating and stressful time. Above all, be patient and kind to yourself and with each, and increase your odds of conceiving naturally with a bit of advance preparation.

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Top Tips to Help You Quit Smoking

Quitting smoking is no easy feat, it is not just the addiction to nicotine that is tough to get past but also the addiction to the habit itself and the way you live your life depending on your smoking habits. The fact of the matter is that smoking cigarettes is incredibly harmful to your health, the links to cancers, emphysema and countless other smoking related diseases is simply to dangerous for you to risk.

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Making the decision to quit smoking is the first tough step on your road to a healthier life and once you’ve made this choice then you are going to need to be strong to kick the habit. To help you get over your smoking addiction, here are some tips to help you out.

Consider Vaping

Vaping has become a popular choice for those who are not yet ready to quit smoking but want to be able to do so in a much healthier and risk-free way. Vaping is the inhalation of water vapor which contains nicotine, it recreates the act of smoking and keeps the body topped up with harmless, albeit addictive, nicotine. There are lots of vape kits available on the market in varying styles and flavors for you to enjoy and it is a great option for those looking to quit cigarettes without missing out on the practice or sensation that smoking gives them.

First Steps

Using things like nicotine patches and tablets are a great way to kick start your new smoke free life. The patches are to be used after you have stopped smoking, they slowly give the body nicotine and gradually reduce the nicotine that your body needs, this is a great way to wean yourself off nicotine without giving the body too much of a shock. Tablets like Champix are relatively new to the quit smoking market but can offer a great way for people to get over the first few months of quitting smoking. The tablets are taken whilst still smoking and then you continue with the tablets after you’ve quit, they train your brain to find everything to do with smoking repulsive including the flavor.

Replace the Habit

It isn’t just the chemical addiction that your body has to overcome but also the physical addiction that your hands and mouth will have. There are great ways to get over this, for hands you can use a little stress ball or something like that which will keep them busy and stop you from thinking about cigarettes. Many people replace the oral fixation with food, whilst this serves well to replace cigarettes, it can also come with the possibility of weight gain, something that can cause further health problems. The best idea is to use fruit and veg, take some chopped up produce in a box to work with you which you can chomp on throughout the day, this will help replace the oral fixation and ensure that you aren’t gaining the pounds whilst you give up your smoking habit.

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How Often Do You Really Need to Visit the Dentist?

Visiting the dentist is one of many people’s least favorite things to do, all that drilling and digging about in your mouth is hardly enjoyable and as such, keeping your teeth in great condition is worth doing. It’s not just the visiting of dentists that can cause problems, even finding a good dentist isn’t easy, especially if you are looking for a dentist with not just great skills, but also a calming bedside manner. I recently had an issue when I was traveling and spent an age searching for dentists in Fremantle, thankfully the one that I found was friendly, helpful and got the job done.

As much as you may want to avoid it, and even if you do have healthy teeth, you do need to get your teeth checked up on from time to time, just to make sure that everything is healthy in your teeth and gums, so how often should you really be visiting the dentist?

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Problem Free

If you look after your teeth through regular brushing and the avoidance of foods or activities that can cause damage to your teeth then an annual check-up is all you will need at the dentist. This annual check-up will just be so that the dentist can spot any changes in the way your teeth are growing or if any small problems are developing. IF you do look after your teeth then this check-up should be quick and very painless.

Possible Problems

Some activities that you can do to risk the health of your teeth included smoking, not brushing regularly, eating a lot of sugary foods and drinking a lot of things like coffee and red wine which will stain your teeth.  If you fall into this category then you are at a much higher risk of having dental problems and you should be going for a check-up at least twice a year if not 3 times. If you are high risk and you are getting regular check-ups then this will allow your dentist to spot any problems which you may develop early, the dentist can then start any treatments that he needs to make before the problem becomes bigger. Also if you are pregnant or are undergoing chemotherapy then you should also be getting regular check-ups.

Children

If you have children then it is important that you take them to the dentist at least twice a year, this is the time when the teeth are growing the most and if any corrections need to be made to straighten the teeth, then these should be done at an early to improve the chances of success. You don’t need to take your child to the dentist every time one of their baby teeth fall out but staying in regular contact with your dentist throughout this time will help your child best when it comes to the future of their adult teeth.

Nobody loves going to the dentist and the best course of action is to live a life then helps you to keep your teeth healthy, this way you can have an annual check-up that should be problem free.

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