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The Battle Against Aging

Everyone these days seems to be searching for the still-elusive Fountain of Youth. Every few weeks or so, one hears news about a new wonder food, drug or method that can take years off a person’s appearance; and, people will be very quick to believe it.

The fervent desire to stay young may be attributable to the norms of present-day society. The standard of beauty is too oriented towards the youthful appearance that people like to look young as long as possible.  The wonders of modern medicine have probably contributed its part as well, since human life spans today are longer than they were in the past. If statistics are to be believed, it can be said that more and more people are joining the anti-aging bandwagon, so to speak. The market for anti-aging products is now worth billions of dollars and is expected to increase further in the future. This consists of millions of creams and lotions that claim to reverse the signs of aging and the myriads of cosmetic procedures available, such as those performed by the Aesthetic Arts Institute, a cosmetic surgeon San Diego clinic.

Regardless of one’s personal reasons to stay young, people nowadays can count themselves lucky that there are techniques they can utilize to look younger than their age.

Diet and Restricting Calories. Laboratory studies of different animal species have indicated that reducing the amount of calories results in the extension of life and in preventing the onset of age-related illnesses. Medical experts believe that these findings might be related to insulin. Lessening calorie intake has a consequent reduction in the amount of the body’s insulin, a substance which can accelerate aging. However, if a person is to eat less for the purpose of slowing down aging, it has to be carried out in the right way. There should be an adequate supply of nutrients in the diet or he will suffer from malnutrition, a condition which not only makes one look older but will compromise health and shorten life.

Cosmetic Surgery. More and more people these days are opting for plastic surgery to retain their youthful appearance. A cosmetic surgery clinic can offer different types of services to a client, ranging from facelifts, breast augmentation, body contouring and laser treatments. There are even procedures that are performed not only to improve one’s looks but to boost confidence, such as labiaplasty. Check out this site for labiaplasty in Northern VA, for more information on the procedure. For those opting for cosmetic surgery, though, the choice of a cosmetic surgeon is crucial. There have been several documented cases of botched cosmetic procedures where the patient looked worse instead of better. Hence, one should look for specialists with the proper credentials.

Healthy Lifestyle. Healthy lifestyle advocates who claim that this is the best anti-aging technique say that the best way to look young is to feel young. Advancing in years cannot be avoided but one can maintain his youth by living a healthy lifestyle. Although it is not a quick fix like cosmetic surgery is, being at the peak of health is its own reward. Achieving optimum health involves a diet that includes a lot of vegetables while eliminating sugars and minimizing carbohydrates. It is also essential to exercise regularly and get adequate sleep. Lastly, one has to learn to deal with emotional stress since this can also impact negatively on health.

It is natural for a person to enjoy and prolong his years here on Earth and look his best while doing it. The best way to look and feel young cannot be ascribed to one anti-aging technique alone but is a combination of lifestyle choices that reflect one’s respect and care for his body.

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Is Your Head in the Clouds?

Cloud storage is something we should all be familiar with. It’s nothing new and, whether you realize it or not, you probably already use it.  A recent report said that, although 90% of broadband internet users in the US know about the cloud only 29% say they use it.

The vast difference in the percentages between those who know about it and those who use it suggests that a lot more people are probably using it without realizing. 

What is the Cloud?

Do you remember floppy discs? CD-ROMS? USB memory sticks? Even the good old filing cabinet? That is where you used to store your data and your important files. These things are not infallible though. Data can just as easily be wiped off a memory stick as it can your computer and that’s why the Cloud was invented.

Cloud storage is hosted on internet servers  Most of the major companies use them – Apple, Google, Facebook  all have their own server farms– and, if you use an emails service like Hotmail or Gmail, well, you use them too. Do you look at photos on your friends’ timelines on Facebook? That’s the cloud!

Why is it so Great?

It’s so great because it’s so convenient. Your files are accessible from anywhere in the world, from any computer, any mobile device that has internet access and at any time of the day or night.  You can’t lose your files when your computer crashes and everything is safe, secure and fully backed up.

Give Me Some Examples of Cloud Storage

Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo are all cloud email services. Facebook, iCloud, Google Drive and Dropbox. These are some of the more common examples of cloud storage but trust me when say, there are millions more.

Is There a Downside?

While it is the done thing to store your entire life in the cloud these days, as with any system you must make sure your password is strong and one that cannot be guessed. Some systems use two-step verification for access – if they use it, you should use it too.

If you haven’t yet set up your business cloud storage system, do it today and secure your life.

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Making the World a Better Place

Everywhere you look these days, you see charities asking for money for one good cause or another. It can be difficult to choose which one to give to – at the end of the day, there is only so much money to go round.  If you have little spare money but want to do your bit, think about joining a volunteering program.

What is a Volunteer?

Volunteers come from everywhere, from all different backgrounds and are all different ages.  They freely give their time to help others, whether it is for one afternoon a week or giving up their summer holidays to fly off abroad and help out in underdeveloped countries.

Volunteering is not always about giving something away for nothing. While some people do volunteer their time and skills to give something back, others are quite outward in saying that they do it to get something out of it.

That something is normally an improvement to their lives, perhaps a boost of self-confidence, to gain some experience of life and work and to gain a few new skills.  There is nothing wrong with that – everybody gains something from their experiences as a volunteer.

Where Can I Volunteer?

There are thousands of volunteer groups set up across the world, some of them providing work in your own community, others that will fly you half way round the world to where you are needed the most.

Much will depend upon your skills and what you want to do but don’t expect to be paid for it – that’s why it is volunteer work.  All expenses will be paid though and all that is asked in return is a passion for the work you are doing and a genuine attitude towards it.

There are many opportunities for volunteer work in countries across the entire world. From helping to get fresh drinking water and food supplies to making sure children have access to the outside world and to education materials, there are jobs available for just about anything.

One way in which you can help is to contact this wonderful charity and volunteer. Australia is looking for help with children, a volunteer job that brings its own rewards.

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Varicose Veins – Treatment Across the Pond

A brand new Vein treatment Centre has opened in South West London, in the UK, dedicated purely to the treatment of varicose veins and other vein conditions, including spider and thread veins. 

The clinic has been built to the highest standard and is equipped with the latest technology and possibly the widest range of treatment options found anywhere in the world.    Varicose veins affect around 30% of adults in the UK and there is little in the way of treatment available on NHS. As such, private clinics like this stand to be very popular.

Why the NHS Doesn’t Provide

The clinic is called Cosmedics and its founder, Dr Ross Perry, also the Aesthetic Doctor and Medical Director, explained that, mainly due to budgets, the NHS are strict when it comes to the criteria for procedures such as varicose vein treatments.

This is because they are classed as a cosmetic procedure and only the cases that are considered bad enough will qualify for treatment. However, as anyone with varicose veins knows, they can be painful and cause swelling, cramps, itchy skin and all manner of other symptoms.

The clinic offers the very latest in laser treatment for removing varicose veins. The same kind of treatment is also offered at other private clinics across the world including this one that offers spider vein treatments.

Laser is the Future

Laser is used by many clinics because it has been properly tested and has a proven track record and a success rate of more than 95%.  Traditional methods of stripping the veins offers a success rate of around 50%.

Laser treatment is nowhere near as painful as other methods and, as such, only a local anesthetic is used. This means the treatment can be done as an outpatient procedure and patients can go home almost immediately afterwards.  Recovery is a lot faster as well.

At Cosmedics, they don’t just treat the problem; they treat the cause and all of the symptoms.  They remove lumpy veins giving a smoother straighter look to the leg.  They offer a complete treatment program, from diagnosis right through to the best treatment plan.

To determine the full extent of the problem, their consultant uses ultrasound to scan the veins. This is done at the first consultation to avoid the extra expense and extra referrals, thus keeping the cost down.

Not Just the UK

I have focused on London for this report because, up until just recently, most vein procedures would have been done on the NHS. Not every country is lucky enough to have a health system that does this sort of thing free and, as such, most have private clinics that specialize in varicose vein treatments.

Like others who treat spider veins, Walpole has an excellent clinic and some great advice on their website as well. Laser treatment is an option at most clinics, as well other treatments such as sclerotherapy, phlebectomy and REA – Radiofrequency Endovenus Ablation treatment.  With all of this on offer, there is no longer any need for anyone to suffer the embarrassment, pain and indignity of varicose veins.

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UK Homeowners Turn to Personal Loans Instead of Mortgages

The global financial crisis has hit just about every country in the world, almost without exception.  As a sign that the economy has picked up, in the UK a large number of lenders and brokers have reported a significant jump in the number of people applying for large personal loans, in excess of £20,000, for improvements to their homes.

Before the recession, these people would have remortgaged their homes to pay for their improvements but it seems that, in the UK at least, it is cheaper and easier to take out a personal loan.

New Rules – Tougher Measures

New mortgage rules have been introduced as a measure to stem the tide of bad lending decisions and people taking on debts they simply cannot repay.  On top of that, the time taken to actually approve a remortgage has increased making it much easier to take out a personal loan, which is an instant decision.

For those looking to borrow money on their mortgages, new measures mean a minimum 2 hour interview followed by stringent checks on their financial status just to borrow a few thousand pounds.

It isn’t just the poorer sections of society that are suffering either. Even those with higher salaries are being refused because they cannot pass the new affordability tests that have been introduced.

Personal Loans are Easier

Personal loans do not come under the same rules, requiring only a basic check on the borrower’s credit status. This means that, where mortgage companies may be losing out, companies who offer personal loans are raking in the business.

Personal loans are not always the answer but, for those who are looking to borrow a small amount on their mortgages, they may be the easier option. Some case studies have shown that customers who have been turned down for a mortgage are being urged to take out a personal loan instead, many by the same bank as provides their mortgage.

One couple applied to borrow £50,000 on their mortgage of £100,000 were refused but the bank told them that they could each take out a personal loan of £25,000.

Mortgage rates in the UK have remained high and are creeping up now but rates on personal loans are going in the opposite direction, mainly because of competition with high street lenders and with the number of independent lenders, both high street and online.

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Land Pollution and its Effects

Mankind’s concern for the environment these days has placed several issues on the limelight such climate change, global warming and being eco-friendly. Another pressing problem that experts believe need to be addressed is pollution. Pollution is defined by a web dictionary as “the introduction into the environment of a substance that has harmful effect.”  Its main cause is the waste generated by humans; and, as the world population grows, so does the quantity of waste. Pollution takes several forms. It can occur in air, water or land; and can negatively affect the health of an ecosystem as well as disturb the balance of the natural environment. Because of the world’s increasing awareness of climate change, air pollution has been given much focus in recent years. However, land pollution can be just as detrimental to the environment and to human health, if left unchecked.

There are several identified sources of land pollution, among them agriculture, mining, deforestation, soil erosion and rapid industrialization. Rapid population growth has resulted in a proportionate demand for food. More land is needed to grow crops; hence, vast areas which were previously forests are now being used for farming instead. Agriculture also makes use of fertilizers and pesticides that contaminate the soil. Moreover, unsustainable farming practices have turned once-fertile land to barren ones, which are incapable of supporting plant growth. Land which has no vegetative cover is prone to erosion, degrading soil quality further.

Industries are major contributors to land pollution as well. The waste they generate in the production of goods consists of substances and chemicals that are released to the environment; and some of these are very toxic. Households, like industries, produce massive amounts of garbage which are dumped into landfills, which deposit contaminants to the soil and groundwater.

More than being eyesores, the piles of garbage and the community landfill in an area can negatively impact the environment in less visible ways. This occurs through contamination. Waste containing toxins can seep into the soil and make the ground toxic as well. The poison that is covering the ground spreads to the plants growing in it as well as the animals feeding on the plants. In agricultural areas, such process becomes more dangerous because plants and animals on farms are grown and raised for human consumption. Eating contaminated food can pose serious health risks for people.

Even if land pollution has certain serious consequences, hope is not lost. There is still something that people can do to minimize it and mitigate its effects. The principle of “reduce, reuse and recycle” must be practiced by every household to lessen the amount of generated waste. For items that need to be disposed of, this must be done properly. There are items that can be dumped in the landfill but there are others that need to be brought to a facility for recycling or for appropriate treatment. For households that need to get rid of a large volume of junk from their homes, professionals that provide services for junk removal such as this site should be called upon. This will ensure that the waste will end up where it is supposed to, without doing harm to the environment.

Land pollution is a serious problem that every living creature on this planet has do deal with. Luckily, a solution is on hand with the collective effort of everyone. When it comes to saving the environment, every effort, no matter how small, contributes much. Be part of a noble cause and do your part today.

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10 Underrated Cities of Europe

Europe is home to some of the most beautiful cities in the world. Most people tend to head for the larger, better known places but there are some highly underrated cities in Europe that sadly tend to be overlooked:

  1. Cork, Ireland
  2. While Dublin is a nice place, Cork, often termed the “real capital” is friendly, welcoming and laid back with numerous foodie places to visit.

  3. Lyon, France
  4. Lyon really does give Paris a good run for its money. It has everything – museums, nightlife, culture and shopping.

  5. Helsinki, Finland
  6. Helsinki is a quirky little sea town with a beautiful harbor, museums, traditional saunas and plenty of parks and green areas to wander.

  7. Budapest, Hungary
  8. Budapest is fast becoming a popular travel destination, a very beautiful city on the Danube River. It offers architecture, romance, traditional Hungarian food and hot springs as well as a colorful history.

  9. Gothenburg, Sweden
  10. Cheaper than Stockholm, Gothenburg offers the same cool cafes, architecture, shopping and art experiences.

  11. Porto, Portugal
  12. Porto has a long history, all the way back to Roman times and today offers color and romance, mixed with that history and culture. It has a beautiful center and museums and is the real birthplace of the alcoholic drink, Port.

  13. Granada, Spain
  14. Granada is located in the heart of Andalucía. Its biggest attraction and one worth visiting is Alhambra, a Moorish Palace complete with citadel.

  15. Maastricht, The Netherlands
  16. Maastricht is a very pretty city, full of young yet sophisticated people.  It has two squares, one called Vrijthof with a cathedral and numerous bars and restaurants. The other is Markt, where the town hall sits.   A real draw to visitors is a network of underground tunnels that are open for daily tours.

  17. Ghent, Belgium
  18. The only word to describe Ghent is cozy. It is a modern city with an ancient history and beautiful canal-side architecture. It is also how to Gravensteen Castle and St Peter’s Abbey.

  19. Bucharest, Romania
  20. Bucharest used to be called “Little Paris” and it’s easy to see why.  The city is home to a number of excellent museums, well-kept parks and a nightlife that must be seen to be believed.  The streets are wide, cool and lined with trees and the architecture is of an Époque style.

Visit all of these cities and more by booking tailor-made Europe tours with this winning company.

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Debunking Myths Regarding Botox Injection

Those who wish to remove the fine lines and wrinkles on their faces opt for Botox injection. This is a proven way to take those lines out without going through an invasive surgery. It also does not require a long time for recovery unlike other procedures. One the Botox is injected, results can be seen right away. However, there are still those who are afraid to try the process out. This is due to their wrong notions about the whole process. Thus, this article will completely debunk those myths and state the facts about Botox injection.

Myth # 1. The procedure is very painful.

Fact: The process does not need anesthesia as it is not really that painful. It is just like a small mosquito bit. It makes use of a very fine needle with minimal liquid being injected on the face. Thus, you can feel no pain whatsoever. When you are totally relaxed, the muscles will relax as well. Thus, once the needle is injected, you won’t feel anything at all.

Myth # 2. Botox erases facial expression.

Fact. This is usually the joke thrown around people who have undergone Botox injection. Many people think that Botox stiffens the muscles and stop them from moving. Thus, even if people smile or frown, no one will know. Again, this is not true. Yes, the process helps relax the muscles. However, you can still have those expressions if you wanted to without putting a lot of efforts.

Myth # 3. Botox is a poison.

Fact. Technically, this is true. It is derived from purified proteins coming from toxins. However, what is not true is that it is the same with another poison called botulism. These 2 are totally different. Besides, even if Botox came from toxins, they have been approved. There are also a lot of other toxin-based products out there that received FDA approval.

Myth # 4. Patients usually don’t see positive results.

Fact. According to statistics, up to 97% of those who have tried Botox are satisfied with the results. As long as you stick with surgeons who know which area to target, you will most likely see the results that you desire.

Myth # 5. Botox is extremely dangerous.

Fact. Over the years, up to 16 million patients have received Botox injection. None of them died or have been seriously injured by the injection. In fact, some people have started injecting Botox several years ago and have continued doing so for the next 5 years or so. Yet, they still did not experience any negative result. It would take 100 times more than the average Botox injection for it to be considered fatal.

In short, with these myths being debunked, you have no reason not to give it a try. Just make sure to find the right surgeon who will help you out. If you need Botox Eldorado Hills surgeon, try to find one here. On the other hand, if you wish to get dermal fillers, you can read more at http://www.juvae.com.au/.

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Top 4 Results of Breast Augmentation Surveys

Breast augmentation has been rated as the number one cosmetic surgery opted for by women back in 2010. The numbers increased by 318,000 over the succeeding years, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. This comes as no surprise that breast augmentation is a popular procedure among women in the 18 to 34 and 35 to 50 age bracket. Some of the most common reasons of having a breast augmentation procedure stated by women in a poll were: perceived small size of breasts, changes in the breasts after pregnancy and breast feeding, along with the disparity in the sizes of the breasts. Here are the top 4 survey results generated with regards to breast augmentation and its effects. 

Improved Sex Life
RealSelf.com conducted a survey for information and learning purposes where the personal feedback and comments of women who had undergone breast augmentation or breast implant surgeries were recorded. Approximately 34 percent women reported improved sex lives post breast augmentation procedure. Another 61 percent also revealed that the frequency of their intimate interactions had increased post breast augmentation. Some of the women had voted Me Clinic as the preferred breast augmentation facility in Santa Monica. 

Increased Self Esteem
Along with an improvement in their sex life, women also reported that the level of self esteem and confidence increased. Surgeons from different facilities, such as those who perform breast augmentation in the South Jersey-based Cornerstone Plastic Surgery and Aesthetic Medicine, reported that they could see an instant positive change in the personality of women who got the procedure done. This positive change becomes apparent in their workplace, personal relationships and social interactions. The increased self confidence and self esteem brings a positive change in their life all around. The way they carry themselves and dress up also becomes better than pre-surgery. 

Satisfaction Levels are High
RealSelf.com also quotes that majority of the women who opt for breast augmentation rate it as a procedure that is 'worth it'. The breast implant comments and reviews indicated that almost 7.5 out of 10 women were extremely happy with the results and encouraged other women to go for the procedure as well. The procedure remains as the number one recommended and owned cosmetic surgery option for women around the globe. 

Remote Possibility of ALCL 
Supported by Mayo Clinic, there are remote possibilities of ALCL reported in women who opt for breast augmentation. A survey was conducted to find out whether there is a risk of cancer in women who go for breast implants and what do women in general feel about it. The majority of them believed that since the possibility is minimal, they would not mind going for the procedure, given that their consultant and surgeon are confident about their case and related history. Moreover, there is still an ample amount of research being conducted to find out whether the probability of cancer increases after breast implants. So far a high number of correlated cases have not been reported. Separate studies for silicone and saline breast implants are now being done to assure whether a particular type of breast implant carries a higher probability of causing cancer. 

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Common Cosmetic Procedures Performed Around the World

Plastic surgery or also known as reconstructive surgery is a medical procedure that corrects deformities that may be caused by trauma or accident, as well as those that had them since birth. Cosmetic surgery on the other hand improves the physical look of the patient without deformities. The procedure is done for aesthetic purposes.

Cosmetic surgery has become more common in different countries around the world. More people would like to enhance their appearance for various reasons, including building their self-confidence and improving their career, social life and personal life. Professional and experienced cosmetic surgeons can be found in different locations, including Atlanta and New York.

It’s not surprising that there are several great surgeons offering their services in the USA since the country is number 6 on the list of the top countries that have high demands in cosmetic surgery. Below is the complete list of the said countries:

1. South Korea 
2. Greece 
3. Italy 
4. Brazil 
5. Colombia 
6. USA 
7. Taiwan 
8. Thailand 
9. Dominican Republic 
10. India

Here are some of the most common cosmetic procedures performed around the world.

Liposuction 

This procedure is done to eliminate fat deposits on cells that are hard to remove through exercise and proper diet. It contours the body to remove sags and give it a better shape. A tube is inserted on the problem area, which sucks the fats out. You must continue with your health regimen as these fat deposits can go back if you gain weight again.

Laser Facelift 

This is one of the procedures to choose from if considering a facial plastic surgery in Atlanta, as well as other locations. If you don’t want to go under the knife, this is a good alternative as it uses laser. A new laser technology called LazerLift in New York is becoming popular since it’s more precise and safer. If you want to get rid of skin sagging, wrinkles and you wish to look younger again, this procedure is for you.

Rhinoplasty 

Rhinoplasty, also known as nose job, is the process in which the nose is altered to get the ideal shape. This may include changing the angle of the nose and narrowing the bridge of the nostrils.

Breast Augmentation 

It’s one of the most performed surgeries around the world. People who would like to have bigger breasts and those whose breasts do not have the same size may consider this procedure.

Tummy Tuck 

During this surgical procedure, the abdomen is flattened by removing excess fats and skin. This is for individuals who have lost a huge amount of weight, but were left with the sagging skin on the tummy area. This is also true for women who gave birth as their skin would stretch during the pregnancy.

While doctors offering these procedures can be easily found in any country around the world, but not all of them have the right training and experience. Choose a reputable surgeon that specializes on the area that you need help with to make sure you get the result that you want.

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