Caffeine, Alcohol, Exercise and Other Lifestyle Tips for Pregnant Women

The lifestyle pattern can significantly affect pregnancy in many ways, based on the choices we make. Dietary habits, exercise and alcohol consumption are the most prominent. Pregnancy is testy period when ensuring an optimal environment for fetal growth and development is essential. 

Caffeine consumption is on top of the lifestyle habits that has generated a lot of scrutiny because is common and its marked stimulant effect, depression of appetite and reduction in weight observed in non-pregnant individuals has aroused the need for caution in its use. Studies have produced conflicting results on various outcomes in pregnancy. What is NOT disputed is the fact that caffeine crosses the placenta to get to the baby in significant amounts. There is conclusive evidence that caffeine results in significant reduction in birth weights on newborn. Whether consumption affects the risk for spontaneous abortion is debatable, although there is some strong evidence that the risk for a miscarriage is higher among consumers (at least 100mg per day) in the first three months of pregnancy (First trimester).  

This risk is not uniform because there is a wide difference in the way caffeine is handled in the body among individuals. In some people, it is broken down faster and excreted more easily, so that harmful effects are minimized. The general recommendation is that caffeine consumption be limited to 150mg daily for everyone, especially in the light of the observation that caffeine consumption has been associations in some individuals with difficulties conceiving. 

Alcohol consumption is as old as the history of man. The risk of alcohol consumption in pregnancy is notable. Fetal alcohol syndrome characterized by mental retardation is a serious complication of alcohol intake in pregnancy. The main problem with alcohol is that there is no known safe level of consumption in pregnancy. What has made it even more interesting is the fact that some researchers have noted that with a consumption of less than one drink per week in pregnancy the offspring may still have problems with mental health. 

Cigarette smoking is has a notoriety that is legendary. It is associated with host of problems for both the mother and the fetus such as; miscarriage, premature delivery, intrauterine growth restriction (Poor fetal growth), placental abruption (separation of the placenta before delivery, which invariably leads to fetal exsanguination), sudden infant death syndrome. Smoking cessation during pregnancy reduces these risks and it a project that must be pursued deliberately, conscientious and with a lot of determination.

Exercise is safe exercise during pregnancy and it should be encouraged. Getting at least 30 minutes of moderate exercises two or three days weekly is not a bad idea. Exercise has been suggested to prevent abnormally elevated blood sugar in pregnancy (gestational diabetes) the subsequent large babies weighing more than 4.0kg (Fetal macrosomia). What you need to avoid are exercises that increase the risk for abdominal impact after three months because at that time the uterus has grown into the abdomen where it is prone to direct trauma. These activities include soccer, hockey, and basketball, as well as sports with a fall risk, such a skiing, rollerblading, and horseback riding.…

By Dante Filyaw November 16, 2015 Off

Los Angeles Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Referral 661-310-7999

Chiropractors are notorious for “keeping their patients coming back.” Many advise everyone to have their spine checked for “subluxations” and “adjusted” throughout life. Many chiropractors advise people whose symptoms have stopped to keep coming back for “preventative maintenance. Some chiropractors are networked with attorneys (and even medical doctors) to provide unnecessary tests and treatment to injured works and auto accident victims. Partly as a result, in many states, workers’ compensation programs has become so expensive that employers have asked their state legislature to limit the amount of chiropractic coverage.

In 1992, Florida Trend magazine published a cover story on “why chiropractors get blamed for fueling the cost of workers’ compensation.” The author concluded that, “Workers’ compensation is fraught with abuse, but no other players in the system rile business more than the chiropractors.” A spokesman for the American Insurance Association even said that, “Sometimes I think of workers’ comp as the chiropractic full-employment act.” Some health-insurance companies called for limits on chiropractic treatment, and some wanted chiropractors out of the WC system altogether. The main complaints were about exaggerated diagnoses, overtreatment, and aggressive marketing aimed at patient retention from cradle to grave. The author also noted:

Less scrupulous attorneys turn to chiropractors, hoping they will give injured workers the highest impairment rating and extend treatment for as long as possible. The chiropractors who play the game are then rewarded with a steady stream of clients provided by their unspoken lawyer/partners.

The payback for a lawyer comes in the medical expenses: The larger the expenses, the more the lawyer can expect, with legal fees paid by the insurer. . . . If a carrier disputes a claim . . . the lawyer can rack up hefty costs for time-consuming depositions and pre-trial appearances. Meanwhile, the chiropractor continues to provide treatment [1].

Two studies have focused attention on the problem in California. The first one, published by the Workers Compensation Research Institute of Cambridge, Massachusetts, analyzed 28,539 workers’ compensation cases involving back strains and sprains in California and four other states and concluded:

  • Chiropractic care could achieve the same outcome at lower costs if the number of visits were limited (see Figure A).
  • Chiropractor-directed physical medicine care costs 30% more than physician-directed care and achieved the same outcomes as measured by duration of temporary disability.
  • The higher number of visits that chiropractors use per case is the major driver behind the higher physical medicine payments.
  • In Florida, chiropractic care achieved the same outcome at lower cost than physician-directed physical medicine care in Florida where reimbursement rules place strict limits on the number of chiropractic visits per case that will be reimbursed by workers’ compensation payors. The fact that treatment and billing practices by Florida chiropractors result in lower medical costs while achieving a similar duration of disability as physician-directed care may provide lessons that other states can draw from.
  • Physical medicine services are most often used for back injuries, representing 41% of all injuries that receive such services. This is not surprising because back injuries — mostly strains and sprains — represent one-quarter of all workers’ compensation injuries, so they are disproportionately more likely to receive physical medicine services.
  • In most cases, physicians manage care and arrange for physical medicine, either within or outside their organizations. Chiropractors are involved in about 13% of the cases, two-thirds of which are under the exclusive care of chiropractors.
  • The average payment per workers’ compensation claim was 30% higher in chiropractor-treated cases in California, Connecticut and Texas to achieve the same duration of disability as they are in physician-directed care. That’s because chiropractor-treated claims involve more than double the number of visits, although the payment per visit is 19% to 24% lower.
  • On average, chiropractors use 137% to 158% more visits that provide physical medicine services and 74% to 90% more visits for which office visits are billed. By contrast, in Florida, chiropractor-treated claims are 10% less expensive than similar physician-treated claims to achieve the same duration of disability. Medical costs per claim are 14% lower to achieve the same outcome.
  • Florida chiropractors appear to treat and bill differently from chiropractors in other states. For example, Florida chiropractors treat with an average of eight visits per
By Dante Filyaw November 16, 2015 Off

What is Physical Health?

What exactly does physical health and well being mean to you? Have you ever stopped to think about it? How do you know when you are healthy, and how do you know when you could be doing better with your health?

I can not tell you. That definition is up to you. For instance, when I experienced a brain injury back in the 1990s, I remember sitting there thinking, "I may never get better. This may be what it's all about – and I have to spend the rest of my life knowing all of the things I lost, knowing the limitations, and choosing to create a new life for myself in this altered state. " I chose to accept my new way of being and to go on from there.

I did not give up on getting better. I accepted my life as it looked then rather than fight it. And I pursued alternative care because I no way bought into the paradigm of the doctors who said, "This is as good as it gets. Learn to live with it."

Physical health is not always about being in a perfect state, especially if you compare yourself to how you used to be, or to somebody else, and most especially if you compare yourself to the models that you see on TV, in the magazines, in the newspapers, and in the movies.

Those people may or may not be real in who they are or how they appear to be. Sometimes they will get to be a certain shape just while they make the movie. But that is not how they really are.

Think about a wrestler who will lose a whole lot of weight to go down to a weight class. They do that for a short time, just to get in on the weigh-in date. Then they go back to their normal weight and eating and exercising routines.

How do you define your normal state of health? What would it mean to you to feel good? Does feel good mean radiant health? Does it mean optimal health? Does it mean you do not have to take any medications?

In this age of there is a pill for everything-do you consider yourself healthy if you have to take pills every day? What would you do if those pills suddenly were not available?

Do you take responsibility for your health and well being? OR do you hand it over to the doctor who prescribes what you need to take daily-for the rest of your life? Whatever you choose to do, be sure you get accurate information, diagnosis and treatment. There just may be another way to deal with whatever ails you-or keeps you from enjoying life to the fullest. …

By Dante Filyaw November 16, 2015 Off


Jacquelyn P. Muller, AVP – Public Relations, (412) 995-7262
Devra Pransky, PR Specialist, (412) 995-7685

(PITTSBURGH – September 12, 2005) The Art Institutes announced
today that it will assist both domestic and international
students from universities in New Orleans, southern Louisiana,
Mississippi and Alabama universities, which have been closed for
the foreseeable future due to the devastation caused by
Hurricane Katrina.

The Art Institutes will make available both on-campus and
online courses that might be able to permit dislocated students
to progress in their academic careers during this semester of
disruption. Students at a university forced to close by
Hurricane Katrina may register at any of The Art Institutes 31
locations across the nation for courses, on a space-available
basis, for the fall semester.

The Art Institutes will waive tuition for dislocated students
who have already registered and paid tuition at their home
institution for the fall 2005 semester. If dislocated students
have not yet paid their tuition at their home institution, they
will be assessed the lesser of the current published tuition and
fees at the home institution, or The Art Institutes’ published
tuition and fees for the fall semester, as determined by the
school president.

“The Art Institutes strives to assist college students who have
been affected by Hurricane Katrina,” says Dave Pauldine,
president of The Art Institutes. “The Art Institutes offers this
initiative as a way to reach out to the students in the Gulf
Coast region whose lives and education have been impacted by
Hurricane Katrina and do what we can to assist those students.”

The Art Institutes is a group of 31educational institutions
located throughout North America. Offering a broad range of
programs including: audio production, culinary arts, culinary
management, fashion design, fashion marketing, graphic design,
industrial design technology, interior design, media arts &
animation, multimedia & Web design, photography, restaurant
management and video production. Not all programs are offered at
all schools.

The Art Institutes operate in Atlanta, Arlington, VA (as The
Art Institute of Washington), Boston (as The New England
Institute of Art), Charlotte, Chicago and Schaumburg, IL,
Cincinnati (as The Art Institute of Ohio – Cincinnati), Dallas,
Denver, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles (as The
Art Institute of California – Los Angeles and California Design
College), Miami (as Miami International University of Art &
Design), Minneapolis, New York, Orange County, CA, Philadelphia,
Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Diego, San Francisco,
Seattle, Tampa, Toronto , Vancouver (as The Art Institute of
Vancouver, York, PA (as Bradley Academy of the Visual Arts) and
The Art Institute Online, a division of The Art Institute of

Students seeking additional information about The Art
Institutes’ initiative can view the policy in its entirety at
( or call the National Admissions
Information Center at 1-888-328-7900.

The Art Institutes (, with 31 education
institutions located throughout North America, provide an
important source of design, media arts, fashion and culinary
professionals. The parent company of The Art Institutes,
Education Management Corporation ( is among the
largest providers of private post-secondary education in North
America, based on student enrollment and revenue. Student
enrollment exceeded 66,000 as of fall 2004. EDMC has 71 primary
campus locations in 24 states and two Canadian provinces. EDMC’s
education institutions offer a broad range of academic programs
concentrated in the media arts, design, fashion, culinary arts,
behavioral sciences, health sciences, education, information
technology and business fields, culminating in the award of
associate’s through doctoral degrees. EDMC has provided
career-oriented education for over 40 years.

By Dante Filyaw November 15, 2015 Off

Men’s Health Magazine

Men’s Health Magazine was originally founded in 1987 and focused primarily on men’s health. Today, it focuses on all aspects of men’s lives, including nutrition, relationships, sexuality, fitness, and lifestyle, as well as other areas. It’s published by Rodale, Inc., in Emmaus, Pennsylvania. It is the largest and best selling men’s magazine “brand,” with 38 editions that publish globally and 12 million monthly readers. Its monthly circulation is 1.85 million; its website also boasts about 40 million hits a month.

Originally meant as a health magazine, today, the magazine focuses on every aspect of men’s lives, including the financial, fashion, and even travel aspects, as well as, of course, relationships. It has also been nominated for eight national magazine awards, and is a major source of information for men who just want to “be in the know” about the latest trends in men’s lives and solutions to problems.

Editor in chief David Zinczenko has been at the helm of the magazine since 2000, with the magazine seeing circulation growth of 30% in that time. Ad page volume has grown as well, from 700 pages to 1150 pages. Under Zinczenko’s leadership, it changed its look somewhat as well, in that it began focusing on celebrities and athletes exclusively as its cover “models.” Zinczenko was named Editor of the Year by Adweek in 2008.

Men’s Health has gotten involved in combating childhood obesity too, with its launch of the FitSchools initiative, in 2007. With this initiative, health, fitness and nutrition experts go to selected schools and overhaul the school lunch and fitness programs within the school itself. Its now-established The FitSchools Foundation is a nonprofit organization that seeks to end childhood obesity and get kids interested in an active, fit lifestyle.

In November 2008, Men’s Magazine scored a major coup when it put then President Elect Barack Obama on its cover. As one executive said, “He is the prototypical Men’s Health guy: successful, a good dad, a good husband.” This is one focus, in fact, that sets Men’s Health apart from so many other “guy magazines on the market. The focus is on the complete man, not just on building big muscles, or on the superficial. Fitness and health are there of course as well, but they comprise only a part of the picture, not all of it.

However, it has garnered some criticism because the magazine does focus quite a lot on the so-called “perfect body.” This has led some critics to surmise that it will make men worry about their physical appearance more, such that they workout harder to the point of injury, develop eating disorders, and overly obsess about their physiques in general.

Be that as it may, this strong performer, which won Best Magazine Performer of the Decade from Cappell’s Circulation Report in 2007 and continues to be named to “best of” lists on a yearly basis, is clearly not going anywhere. With its focus on the “whole man,” not just one aspect such as fitness or sexuality, it continues to be a dominant and well-thought-out choice on the newsstand for men everywhere.…

By Dante Filyaw November 15, 2015 Off

Michael Shemtoub's Wilshire Law Group Navigates Clients Towards a Brighter Financial Future

Respected Southern California bankruptcy attorney, Michael Shemtoub, understands better than anyone how hard the recent recession has been on average Californians. Like other bankruptcy lawyers in the Los Angeles area, Shemtoub has been helping many clients through the challenging process of bankruptcy, guiding them to a much brighter financial future.

Clients Who Normally Wouldn’t Visit a Los Angeles Bankruptcy Attorney

Often times, filing for bankruptcy is associated with poor financial management or poor impulse control. The stigma attached to those who experience bankruptcy is that they bought too many things they really didn’t need, or took extravagant risks that their income level didn’t support. When it comes to small businesses, the assumption is the same: many assume small businesses facing bankruptcy today have proprietors who just weren’t cut out for business.

The truth of the matter is quite different. Between out-of-control health care costs and the worst economic free-fall since the Great Depression, the people filing for bankruptcy today are often people who never expected to face the prospect of bankruptcy.

Some of Shemtoub’s clients are families, where the primary breadwinner has lost his or her job and hasn’t been able to find another due to California’s high rate of unemployment. Other clients are people with good jobs and good health insurance who nevertheless face insurmountable medical bills due to a sudden trauma or illness.

As for the small business owners, any California bankruptcy lawyer can tell you that many of the small businesses filing for bankruptcy today are businesses that were prosperous before the recession, but due to one major client going out of business, they too now face bankruptcy.

Bankruptcy Represents a Second Chance

Michael Shemtoub is a Los Angeles Bankruptcy lawyer who firmly believes that bankruptcy offers consumers and small business owners a second chance at financial stability and success. Many people facing a bankruptcy put off filing because of the stigmas mentioned above, but this is the worst possible decision when bankruptcy becomes inevitable.

In many cases, clients who take a proactive stance and file for bankruptcy sooner rather than later will be able to save many of their hard-earned assets. These assets might include a house, a car, or family heirlooms; in the case of a business, it might include a business’ inventory. Saving these assets is the job of an experienced California bankruptcy attorney like those at the Shemtoub’s Wilshire Law Group – but their ability to give debtors a second chance hinges upon the individual client’s proactive response to their own financial situation. All too often, debtors hide their heads in the sand, waiting until it is too late to save their assets.

About the Wilshire Law Group

At the Wilshire Law Group, Shemtoub and the rest of the staff make two very important promises to clients and potential clients. The first promise is a free consultation, giving clients who might face bankruptcy a chance to discuss their case with a qualified bankruptcy attorney. The second promise is to return all calls from clients within twenty-four hours. Although it may seem like a simple thing, too many legal firms forget that their job is to serve their clients, rather than the other way around. The Wilshire Law Group understands the importance of good customer service. If you’re looking for a bankruptcy attorney in Southern California, start by placing a call to the Wilshire Law Group.…

By Dante Filyaw November 14, 2015 Off

How to Build Muscle With Cardio

Everything that is done repeatedly causes adaptations in the body. This is why we exercise with weights. After performing a sufficient amount of strength training our body adapts in several ways, one of which is bigger and stronger muscles. However, some of the potentially negative adaptations that occur in the body have not been addressed in the mainstream bodybuilding publications. Below you will find out just what negative things strength training is doing to your body, and how a simple cardiovascular training protocol can help to mitigate these effects.

When you lift weights blood is pumped to your muscles to bring nutrients and flush out waste products. This helps to improve endurance during your sets. Over time your body gets better and better at pumping blood to your muscles. One of the main adaptations in your body that occurs to facilitate better blood flow is a thickening of the left ventricular wall of your heart. This thickening allows for more blood flow during those heavy sets, but it also has negative affects on your health. Thickening of the left ventricular wall causes blood to be pumped from the heart more forcefully. The blood vessels respond by becoming more rigid to withstand this pressure. The blood vessels can also develop small tears which become inflamed. This is where atherosclerotic plaque can begin to build up. All of these things lead to an unhealthy cardiovascular system that is at risk for a heart attack.

One of the other things that happens during weight training is the activation of the sympathetic branch of the nervous system. This is typically known as the “fight or flight” branch. When the sympathetic branch is activated it causes a release of the chemicals epinephrine and nor-epinephrine, which are commonly referred to as adrenaline. These chemicals can greatly enhance your strength. However, if you are constantly calling on the sympathetic branch of your nervous system it adapts by becoming more easily activated or by staying activated. This leads to what is known as “sympathetic dominance.” This essentially puts your body into “fight or flight” mode all of the time. As you may guess, this is very stressful on all of the body’s systems and not conducive to recovery from exercise.

So how do we correct these two issues? Well, there are many different corrective methods out there, and not all people will respond the same to any one method. However, in my work with professional athletes I found that one of the simplest methods is also one of the most effective. This method is simple cardiovascular exercise.

Everyone has heard about the health benefits of cardiovascular exercise. Many people also use cardiovascular exercise for fat loss (even though this is not the quickest method for fat loss).

However, most of us who are serious about weight training have heard at one time or another that cardiovascular exercise is actually detrimental to muscle and strength gains. While this is true with certain types of cardiovascular exercise, it is completely incorrect for other types. However, many lifters have adopted a negative view of cardio and hence neglect to incorporate it into their programs for fear of losing muscle. With this in mind, let’s look at how performing cardio can actually increase your strength and muscle gains, much more than weight training alone.

As mentioned above, two of the unhealthy adaptations that occur from prolonged strength training are:
1. Thickening of the left ventricular wall of the heart
2. Sympathetic dominance in the nervous system

Low-intensity cardiovascular exercise can correct both of these issues. By activating the parasympathetic branch (the rest and relaxation branch) of the nervous system, the sympathetic branch’s influence is diminished and the body is shifted to a state in which it can begin recovery. Low-intensity cardio also helps to stretch the left ventricular wall of the heart which makes the wall more pliable over time. This allows better blood flow to all of the body while at rest. Blood flow to the muscles is a huge component of recovery, and this is an easy way to promote it. To receive these benefits the key is the intensity and duration of the cardiovascular exercise.

The protocol is simple:…

By Dante Filyaw November 13, 2015 Off

What is the Nature of the Healthcare Industry?

The healthcare industry is composed of multiple segments pertaining to different practices in medicine that provide different services. These services deal with different procedures and methods that address a variety of medical needs.

The service may come in the form of a diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and other service. The services can be under the sector of pharmaceutical, dental, medical, nursing and many more. The services being offered are abundant that is why the amount of health care workers that are needed is so high. Millions of health workers are needed through out the world in different health institutions like hospitals and clinics.

Health services are offered at any time because different people may need them due to various or special reasons. Some health workers should always be available that is why they have people who are on call in hospitals and doctors offices. Health workers provide services on different people in different age brackets.

Why more health workers are needed around the world?

The average age for people in this world is getting higher all the time. It means that there are more people who are getting old while there are few who are born. The older people will out number the younger ones. This means that the availability of those who are qualified to care for the elderly is not nearly enough. This is critical since the older the people get, the more medical attention they need. Here is where the health care workers will enter, particularly the nurses and caregivers.

The technology now is capable of dealing with serious illnesses, injuries and accidents. When a patient undergoes some of these procedures, the patient will surely need some rehabilitation and therapy. Again, the need for nurses and therapists is present.

When researchers discover new ways of treating non-curable illnesses, they will surely need some medical practitioners to implement this. Facilities, equipment and hospitals are also needed to conduct the procedures. Since those materials and places will not operate on their own, manpower through health workers will be required.

What are the current trends in health care industry?

There are several innovations when it comes to procedures performed in surgery and in general medicine. Examples are in sophisticated surgical procedures, infection control for various diseases, gene therapy for cancer treatment, advances in reproductive technology and others. Gadgets in getting the patient’s data are also available now.

Examples are automatic blood pressure readings, automatic heartbeat counters and many more. Hospitals now days are also determined to secure their data in a more reliable and accurate way. This is through the use of a centralized database. The database will then serve to provide a patient’s records, bill and other medical data that may be needed by the doctor, accounting office or other authorized personnel.

Since the need for health workers worldwide is vastly increasing, there are plenty of programs that other countries implement to produce quality health care workers. These workers can then work in their own country or abroad.…

By Dante Filyaw November 13, 2015 Off

SRP employees dispute contract’s health insurance premiums

Salt River Project could see as many as half its employees walk off the job if the Arizona utility can’t work out a new labor contract for hourly workers.

The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 266 has turned down two contracts offered by SRP management. IBEW attorney Jim Abdo said the biggest stumbling block is health insurance costs.

The current contract, which expired Nov. 15 and is operating under its second extension, has SRP covering 100 percent of employee health insurance costs, but the new offer calls for workers to pay as much as 25 percent via premiums. Abdo would not go into specifics about how much SRP’s health plan would cost each worker. SRP spokesman Jeff Lane also declined to comment about the clause in the proposed contract.

Abdo said the contract affects about 3,000 workers at SRP, while the company says the number of hourly workers that would be affected is about 2,300.

Abdo said the contract under negotiation would be for three years. Talks will start again in early January, the union and SRP confirmed. The third deadline to reach a deal is Jan. 31.

Abdo said if there is no movement in the January negotiations, union workers could walk out sometime during the first quarter, though he hopes a deal can reached.

“Nobody really wants to strike,” Abdo said.

The labor agreement covers workers who repair and service SRP utility lines as well as meter readers, electricians, machinists, customer service workers and other hourly employees. SRP, which supplies water and power to 930,000 customers in the Valley, has 4,500 workers statewide. The hourly collective bargaining agreement applies to both aspects of SRP’s business.

How a work stoppage would affect SRP is unclear. Not all of the 2,300 workers SRP says are hourly are in the union, and the state’s right-to-work laws do not allow for “closed shops” that require employees to join the union.

“SRP maintains a work force contingency plan to ensure that we can continue to provide reliable water and power and customer service,” Lane said. “We can’t comment on specific actions, however.”

No federal labor laws would bar workers from striking. The National Labor Relations Board has restrictions only for union workers at hospitals where they must give a 10-day notice of an impending strike, as well as workers in the railroad and airline industries, the latter two covered by the National Mediation Board.

Other than that, labor restrictions are left up to the state, said Nancy Cleeland, director of public affairs for the NLRB.

Union workers rejected a second proposal by SRP management on Dec. 18 and also voted to strike, if necessary. After each contract rejection, SRP and union officials agreed to extend the current agreement. While SRP officials wouldn’t comment on its offer or sticking points for the workers, Lane said employees would see a 3 percent pay raise in November, followed by a 1.5 percent pay hike by mid-2011. Raises in the third year would be negotiated.

Lane said the utility also won’t comment on the possibility or what it might mean to customers if there is a walk-out.

Health care costs and premiums also were big sticking points in the down-to-the-wire negotiations between United Food & Commercial Workers Union workers and the Fry’s Food Stores and Safeway supermarket chains. Twenty-five thousands grocery workers were poised to strike before a last-minute compromise in November over pay and health insurance.

In Los Angeles earlier this year, a last-minute deal averted a strike between Southern California Gas and members of the Utility Workers Union of America, which clashed about the economy and compensation.

SRP, like other utilities in the state, has been hit financially with a drop in Arizona’s growth rate resulting in a decline of new customers.

This week, the company put forth a new proposal for a rate increase to take affect this spring that is about half the initial request of last summer. The proposed rate increase is about 4.9 percent, or about $5.95 per month on an average home, officials said.

The request to temper the increase came from the SRP board of directors, which sought to lessen the impact on ratepayers. The board also asked …

By Dante Filyaw November 12, 2015 Off

Hypnosis- How Does It Work?

Hypnosis was derived from the Greek word “hypnos” meaning sleep. Individuals induced into the hypnotic state display trance-like behavior. This trance-like behavior has been used negatively in science fiction movies and other media. They portray individuals under the hypnotic state as being controlled by a practitioner and is made to do anything they want without the individual’s permission. In reality, placing an individual under a trance-like state is merely a psychological condition that makes the individual receptive to suggestions. That is why hypnosis is now being established to form part of a therapeutic healing program to change negative habits and behavior. Hypnosis is now part of the activities of people participating in smoke cessation programs, weight loss programs.

In a recent study conducted by the American Health Magazine, we find evidence of the therapeutic ability of hypnosis. Statistics show that individuals undergoing psychoanalysis have a recovery rate of 38% after 600 sessions. 72% of individuals with behavioral problems found an improvement in their behavior after 22 sessions. There was a 93% recovery rate of individuals undergoing hypnotherapy. Despite these statistics, a large majority of people are still hesitant to accept hypnosis as part of a vital healing process that encompasses all aspects of mental health care.

Compared with traditional talk-therapy or psychoanalysis, hypnosis is more effective and the results are more evident. Since hypnosis is client-centered, the focus of the healing process is to discover the original cause of the individual’s problems. This is done through a process called regression. During regression, the unconscious mind goes back and relives the original cause. This is not always pleasant. Individuals with deep-seated anger and negative emotions are bound to display negative behavior even under the trance-like state. Under the hypnotic state, the hypnotherapist helps the individual to process his original feelings in order to achieve healing. The negative emotions are then reprogrammed through positive suggestions and ideas.

The language of the mind is said to be visual. Anything that the eyes see is processed in the mind. Since hypnosis is a special form of communication to the subconscious mind, visual images depicting positive behavior and habits are programmed into the subconscious. The more detailed a mental image is, the faster the subconscious can process the information and create the effect that you want. Once the subconscious mind has accepted the new idea, it will become part of the conscious mind. The individual is thus empowered to live the life they have always wanted.

Remember that even under the hypnotic state, the person is aware of his surroundings. It is foolish to believe that someone is making you do something that you do not want. The role of the hypnotherapist is simply help the individual to connect with the subconscious mind. Upon making the connection, the individual is aware and is in control of the subconscious mind. The individual is then empowered to infuse the subconscious with positive ideas that will aid in the recovery of the individual mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.…

By Dante Filyaw November 12, 2015 Off