Saturday, December 5, 2015

Crest and Scleroderma (part 2 of 2)

Severe Symptoms

While Raynaud’s and calcinosis are the two most common symptoms of CREST, severe cases would show different symptoms. People with limited scleroderma could also experience esophageal dysfunction since blood flow is limited to the esophagus, also limiting its function. Another is sclerodactyly which is characterized by thick and hard skin similar to scar tissue. This can occur anywhere from the hands, chest, face and abdomen.

Another symptom of which people with scleroderma can suffer is telangiectansia which is a collection of blood vessels on the surface of the skin which would appear as red marks. People with limited scleroderma could also have limited lung activity, high blood pressure and other autoimmune diseases such as lupus and polymyositis.

What Causes It?

While there is no proven cause of scleroderma yet, medical experts refer to reliable theories that refer to very possible causes of it. One theory is that limited scleroderma is genetic and that genetic defects would make people more susceptible to scleroderma. Another is hormones, this of which medical experts think could be the reason why females are more susceptible than males and environmental influences such as viruses or bacteria that may cause it.

Another theory is that pregnancy can cause it. The fetal matter that is left over after pregnancy that still circulates in the mother’s bloodstream can cause scleroderma even after decades after pregnancy, this theory has been aligned with the statistics that the common patients for scleroderma are women between the ages 30 and 60.

All of these theories however have not been proven and the cause for scleroderma still remains unknown.

Crest and Scleroderma (part 1 of 2)

CREST syndrome or limited scleroderma is an autoimmune disease affecting the connective tissue. Connecting tissue is the link between cells that binds them together. It is found all over your body, in the skin and in all your organs. This illness is quite severe that it would usually affect a lot of organs including the skin at the same time. Limited scleroderma would not only affect the skin but could work on a number of organs at the same time.

Limited scleroderma is very broad and the symptoms suffered by its patients would vary accordingly. For some, limited scleroderma would be very minor, although it can disable an individual and for others, it could be life changing and even fatal in some cases. As of now, this disease has no known cause. Treatments that are done for this is for managing symptoms and preventing it from complicating and not attempting to entirely remove the disease from the patient.

How Do You Know You Have It?

Crest has a distinct set of symptoms and with that, you would be easily able to identify if you have it with the presence of some symptoms. The first symptom is calcinosis which is the development of calcium deposits under the skin mainly on the fingers, knees and elbows. You can easily feel and see these deposits as the affected area is discolored and tender. These deposits can also form in the spine and on the legs.

Another visible symptom is known as Raynaud’s phenomenon, this which causes numbness, pain and discoloration in the fingers. This symptom is common among those who all types of scleroderma as it occurs to them at 95% of all cases.  This is also usually the first symptom that would come out. Raynaud’s phenomenon mainly affects the blood vessels spasm having them limit blood flow that would result to the symptoms.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The Best Supplements to Use for Mood Swings (part 2 of 2)

Fiber is a very important component of any diet.  It comes in the form of roughage such as bran and wheat.  It is also found in some fruits and vegetables.  Other than the fact that fiber regulates the bowel movement, it also helps control the rate of sugars that enter the bloodstream.  This helps avoid the danger of hyperglycemia, which is characterized by high levels of sugar in the blood, a condition that often leads to weakness and mood swings.

Fiber also has many advantageous functions in the body, such as:

- preventing reabsorption of cholesterol
- lowering the levels of blood fat
- detoxifying the colon
- preventing the absorption of fungal and bacterial matter into the bloodstream
- preventing the absorption of toxins

Using multivitamins
Other than fiber, a good multivitamin is one of the best supplements for mood swings.  Multivitamins contain a combination of the most important nutrients needed by the human body in the correct dosage.  However, just because the label says 'multivitamins' does not automatically mean it is complete.  Some multivitamins contain only nutrients that are commonly missed, such as the B vitamins, calcium, zinc and magnesium while others may focus more on providing antioxidants such as Vitamins A, C and E.

When taking multivitamins, try to determine your nutritional supplement needs first.  Check your diet to identify which vitamins and minerals you lack.  It would also help if you consider symptoms (mood swings is a sign that you lack certain vitamins) and then determine which nutritional supplements are best for managing it.

Just remember, though, that these are supplements and are meant to correct deficiencies.  Foods are still the best sources of vitamins and minerals.  Many cases of mood swings are caused by deficiencies and can be easily corrected by the proper diet.

The Best Supplements to Use for Mood Swings (part 1 of 2)

Moods swings are not a disease or condition in and of themselves.  They are actually a symptom of a condition.  Unless the condition was caused by an underlying disease, mood swings can often be attributed to a vitamin and mineral deficiency.  To correct this, supplements are often required, on top of a prescribed diet.  Probably the best supplements to use for mood swings are multivitamins, particularly those that contains the following:

Vitamin B complex
Most people lack sufficient B vitamins in their diets.  These are important for the metabolism of carbohydrates and the regulation of the adrenal glands.  They are also very essential nutrients that help relieve symptoms associated with mood swings, specifically those caused by withdrawal from caffeine and sugar.  Furthermore, the B-complex family is excellent for helping stressed-out nerves, something that many people with mood swings suffer from.

Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that strengthens the immune system.  It's a very useful supplement and is best for people who suffer from mood swings.  It enhances the adrenal functions and stimulates the metabolism of the liver.

Vitamins A and E
These two vitamins are fat-soluble, which means they will be stored in the body, particularly the liver.  They are both antioxidants, capable of enhancing the body's ability to heal itself.  Both vitamins are important for helping increase the body's immunity against bacterial invasion.

Chromium is one of the essential minerals that many people have a deficiency of.  It helps stabilize the levels of sugar in the blood, very useful if someone has mood swings.  The amount usually found in multivitamins is usually enough to correct any deficiencies present.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Getting to know Merchant Account Fees (part 2 of 2)

1. The discount rate which most of the time make up the majority of the costs made by your business. Experts say that this is the most important fees to consider because if there is lower number of times that the card is being swiped, there is a higher possibility that one is keying in Internet transactions.

2. The transaction fees are those that are charged by the processor to be able to process any transaction. People should also pay attention to this because there is charge whether the transaction has been approved or not.

3. The PIN debit transaction fees because this refers to a fixed transaction usually mounting up to around 70 to 80 cents. This should also be a consideration because some processors that charge lower transaction fees have higher hidden charges.

4. The Address Verification Service Transaction Fee or the "AVS" which applies to those merchants that are not really swiping any transaction. Make sure that this fee only range form 5 to 10 cents and should be included in the transaction fees being charged.

5. The ACH Fee or the daily batch fee  which is usually charged by other merchant account processors when one settles their daily batch and they transfer their settled funds into the bank account. Make sure that this type of fee is not more than 5 cents to 50 cents only.

Other merchant account fees that should also be considered include the monthly statement or support service fee, the internet gateway fee, the voice authorization fee, the monthly minimum fee, surcharge and partially-qualified or non-qualified fees, the application or setup fee, the reprogramming fee, the chargeback or retrieval fee, the annual fee, the cancellation or termination fee, and other hidden fees or junk fees.

Getting to know Merchant Account Fees (part 1 of 2)

People who are getting involved with merchant accounts will probably experience confusion along the way. This is because the terms, the conditions, and the set of rules being implemented by most merchant account provider can be hard to understood especially to people with no background in finance and banking terms.

If you have a business and you are planning to get a merchant account to be used in accepting credit card payments, the first thing that you should consider is the merchant account fees. This is a very important factor before obtaining a merchant account because this will give you an idea how much to spend and what can you gain from these expenditures.

Aside from the "turnaround time" which is a important consideration to keep you away from financial delays and other related hassles, the quality of "customer service" given which include good customer client relationship, and the "bank reputation" which provides longer operation hours, tenure the industry, alternate choices for processing payments in cases of failure in the system, and the technical support, the fee structure should be the utmost consideration.

Experts say that before obtaining a merchant account, fee structure should be examined very well to ensure that there would be problems in the flow of payments. Studying the fee structure is important to know what are the involved the fees monthly. Today more and more merchant account providers offer lower fees but it doesn’t ensure that they give better service. To ensure that you are getting the best merchant account provider, consider the rate and terms on these fees that they charge:

1. The discount rate which most of the time make up the majority of the costs made by your business. Experts say that this is the most important fees to consider because if there is lower number of times that the card is being swiped, there is a higher possibility that one is keying in Internet transactions.

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Help With Knitting (part 2 of 2)

To take care of complex problems like holes in your knitting projects, here is some knitting help to solve the problem. The common reason for holes in the knitting project is the yarn over. The inevitable wrapping of yarn over your needle is termed as yarn over, it usually happens, when you are not knitting a stitch.

This problem can mess up your pattern in return messing up your project. The way you can solve this problem is by unknitting. Well there is no need to ravel your whole project, just unknit the portion beyond the hole. And then resume your knitting. After mastering the art of knitting you can use these holes to create beautiful patterns in your project.

Baby blunders occur with most of the beginners. While you are happily knitting your project, you suddenly see some problem in you stitches or rows. This is the easiest problem to solve; you will not need much knitting help for this problem. All you have to do is retrace your steps and unknitting them on your left needle, so that you can knit them correctly. Then rectify your mistake to precede knitting.

The larger problems, you face during knitting, can be rectified only by unraveling the whole garment. Though this can be a little disappointing but, you can benefit from the practice you get from raveling and redoing. Once you master this art you can easily correct all your problems without any knitting help.