"Not Business As Usual is a provocative look at capitalism and its unintended price of success. The film tracks the changing landscape of business with the rising tide of conscious capitalism through the stories of local entrepreneurs who have found innovative ways to bring humanity back into business."
It's about Canadian/USA ethical businesses and if you have the time (1hr) I recommend it.
The way you choose to interpret your experiences determines the way you live your life.
There is an old parable about a boy who was so discouraged by his experiences in school he told his grandfather he wanted to quit. His grandfather filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In the first, he placed carrots, in the second he placed eggs and the last he placed ground coffee beans. He let them sit and boil, without saying a word. In about twenty minutes he turned off the burners. He fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. He pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then he ladled the coffee out into a cup. Turning to the boy, he asked, "Tell me, what do you see?" "Carrots, eggs, and coffee," the boy replied.
Then he asked the boy to feel the carrots, which he did and noted that they were soft and mushy. His grandfather then asked him to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, the boy observed the hard-boiled egg. Finally, he asked the boy to sip the coffee. He smiled as he tasted the coffee with its rich aroma. The boy asked, "I don't understand. What does this mean, if anything?"
His grandfather laughed and explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity--boiling water--but each had reacted differently. "Which are you?" the grandfather asked. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, becomes soft and loses strength? Are you the egg that appears not to change but whose heart is hardened? Or are you the coffee bean that changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the coffee bean, when things are at their worst, your very attitude will change your environment for the better, making it sweet and palatable."
The moral of the parable is that it is not the experience that matters. What matters is how you interpret and react to the experience. We are each given a set of experiences in life. The experiences are neutral. They have no meaning. It is how we interpret the experiences that give them meaning. Your interpretations of your experiences shape your beliefs and theories about the world which, in turn, influence the way you live your life. The grandfather’s lesson is that when you can’t change your circumstances, you change yourself.
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Study: Meditation as effective as psychotherapy for depression
I have been suffering with my legs. About 2 months ago, I would say, my legs swelled up, were purple and shiny. I finally went to Google and asked if any of my medication might be having side effects between each other, and would you believe it, but one tablet I have, had something saying that this should not be taken with Bendrofluazide (can't spell it, neither a lot of people!) I didn't dare tell the doctor or the pharmacist what I had found, whether they might think these things were happening. Both almost ignored me, but a week later I found it had been taken off my prescription. The legs stopped swelling.
For ages I have been creaming my legs, going for walks every day, etc etc, and even tonight I was creaming my legs in the middle of the night! My legs are beginning to swell again, and are very blotchy, which I have had for so long I don't even think about it. But last night I felt this enough was enough. I was intending to go to the doctor, but as it is Sunday I went on Google, put the 4 tablets I take for Angina, and found quite a lot of interesting read. Masses, but from all of it I have written down 'swollen ankles' 'redness of skin' severe skin reaction reactions' 'inflammation of blood vessels'
It also says that if you take 'Ibuprofen, dichlofenac and prednisolne they can reduce the BP lowering effects.
I suppose I will really have to take this to the doctor, and really they don't have the time to research all these things, so perhaps he may listen to me.
Last year I was on my way to visit a friend in Hertfordshire and had to change trains in Paddington. Stupidly, as I was going onto the down escalator to the tube, I tried to pull my suitcase behind me. It got stuck and knocked me off balance and I sat down sharply, catching my back on the metal step behind me.
I managed to get up again before the escalator reached the bottom and a guard came over to ask if I was alright. He stayed with me a few minutes until I assured him that I was ready to continue with my journey.
By the time I got to my destination I was in agony and the following day I went to the A&E in Stevenage, I was eventually examined and told that it was muscular, given some painkillers and sent on my way. After two days I had to ask my friend if he would take me home as it wasn't fair on him for me to be moping around.
The day after arriving back here I went to A&E in Hereford, only to be told the same thing and a different course of painkillers.
By now I was finding out that painkillers do not agree with me!
Eventually I went to my GP and she told me that it might take a year to clear up and she was right, although I have felt the occasional twinge every now and then.
So, last weekend, like an idiot I decided to trim one of my toe nails and as I reached over I felt my back go. Each day it has got steadily worse so off I went to the doctor yesterday, advised to see a physiotherapist but that would not be until mid January.
I have another appointment next week, so I am really glad that I made that decision, it might cost a bit but it will be worth it.
We are always wise after the event, but this has been a lesson well and truly learned the hard way.
It may worry some travellers with high cholesterol that they're not going to enjoy their time away or alternatively, they'll go off the rails and make matters worse. Understandable, but with a little planning, there is no reason why high cholesterol should put a damper on your holiday.
Make sure you've renewed all your prescriptions and take more than you'll need, in case your stay is extended. If flying, keep your meds in your hand luggage in case your checked bag goes missing. It might be worth bringing extra prescriptions from your GP – just in case. And remember to take them! If you have a smartphone or tablet, set alarms to remind you.
Don't risk not declaring all pre-existing conditions to your insurance company, as it's virtually guaranteed that you won't be covered if something happens that's related to one of these conditions.
Prepare some tasty but healthy treats for the journey. If you're taking a road trip, then bring a cool/ice box along with bottles of water, fruit, carrot sticks, fat-free yoghurts, etc. Because of the restrictions at airports, you'll have to make do with buying ready-made items once you've gone through security but most of the outlets sell fruit. Once you're on the plane, avoid the plethora of sweet and fatty snacks, in favour of those you bought from an airport concession.
Self-catering vs Dining Out
Having your own kitchen to prepare meals will make life far easier. You can still go out for meals but at least this way you'll be able to have healthy breakfasts and make packed lunches. When you do dine out, choose lots of fresh fruit and veg, or salads with no dressing. Opt for wholegrain over refined carbohydrates, whenever possible. You can enjoy a glass or two of wine but keep it sensible. Desserts aren't out of the question, but perhaps share one?
Even if you're having a beach holiday, it's still important to keep active. You can swim, or take a walk in the early hours before it gets too hot. You could rent bikes or take the stairs instead of the lift. If possible, try not to drive everywhere.
By following these simple guidelines, there is absolutely no reason why those with high cholesterol can't enjoy their holidays just as much as anyone else.
A guest blog provided on behalf of Able2Travel
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Getting Out More: Taking Those First Steps
For anyone that struggles to get around as easily as they used to, getting out of the house comes with two immediate types of barrier: the physical and the emotional.
First, you have to be in the right mind-set. You need to feel safe and confident, not afraid of what’s beyond the door of your home. Second, you need to be prepared physically for whatever activity you’re doing. Here, we address three ‘emotional’ and three ‘physical’ barriers, with information about how to push them aside so that you can get out more!
Fear – Emotional
Stepping beyond your front door can seem like a scary prospect if you’re used to the comfort of home or are feeling unsure about your ability to cope with physical activity. To counteract the fear, plan a short circular walking route that brings you back to your front door. You’ll never be far from home!
Lack of Motivation – Emotional
Sometimes, the prospect of home can seem just a little too inviting! If you’re finding it hard to get motivated, set yourself small goals such as a slow five-minute walk or a half-hour picnic in the park. You might even consider buying modern technology, such as an activity monitor wristband, that will count up your steps and give you a goal to work towards each day.
Loneliness – Emotional
If you’re out and about on your own, you might find that you feel lonely or vulnerable. Invite a friend or family member to meet you for a walk or to share your shopping trip with you, so that you’ve got support and someone to talk to. If you’re going out alone and don’t want or have a companion, it can also help to invest in a cheap MP3 player that can be loaded with your favourite music to provide a welcome distraction. It’s worth only wearing an earphone in one ear, so that you can stay aware of what’s going on around you.
Lack of Stability – Physical
Feeling unsteady on your feet? Make sure that you wear comfortable, well-fitting shoes. Power wheelchairs and mobility scooters can also be used if you’re finding that walking is becoming too difficult.
Reduced Carrying Ability – Physical
A shopping trip is a fantastic small goal if you’re looking for something to do. Unfortunately, some people are deterred by the prospect of struggling home with their shopping. Get a shopping basket (or bag) on wheels and you can drag it along behind you, which is much easier than carrying a traditional shopping bag.
Aches and Pains – Physical
As you age, you’ll find that your body can’t take the same amount of activity as it used to. Your joints, in particular, will hurt. There’s nothing wrong with this, but it’s a sign not to push too hard. Stop for regular breaks, make use of park benches and consider planning a route with plenty of coffee shops along it! Also make sure that you stick to main roads so that you can find a taxi easily if you need a ride back home.
The key to a successful trip is forward-planning – map out a route, make sure that it has rest stops, take a companion or your favourite music, wear suitable clothing and footwear and make sure that you don’t allow those niggling doubts to stop you from leaving your house. Once you’re out and about, you’ll quickly find that your confidence increases and that you can keep your independence for longer.
Hearing loss resulting from the general ageing process is one of the most common forms of sensory impairment to affect the over 60s. If left unmanaged, it can lead to reduced quality of life, and in recent years it has been linked to the progression of dementia in several reputable studies. (1) According to hearing charity Action On Hearing Loss, there are more than 10 million people in the UK with some form of hearing loss, or one in six of the population. 6.3 million of which are of retirement age (65+). On average it takes ten years for individuals to address their hearing loss. It is the purpose of this piece to explain how age-related hearing loss occurs and how to go about managing its effects.
How Age Related Hearing Loss Happens
As the body matures, sensory abilities can naturally diminish. It is often a gradual process over many years, until it reaches a point where it is unmistakably noticeable (to the individual as well as others around them) and begins to impact on daily life. Hearing loss due to aging, in many cases, can be traced back to a person’s late 40s, though it is far more commonly encountered in the over 60s. Our inner ear holds a vast number of tiny receptors that are referred to as hair cells. These hair cells are responsible for capturing information contained within sound waves and begin the process of converting these stimuli into nerve signals to send to the brain via the hearing nerve. As the body matures, some hair cells may be damaged and their functioning impaired in some way. Often those hair cells who are responsible for dealing with the higher frequencies are affected first, and the individual will not be able to hear over as wide a range as before and not be as sensitive to softer volumes as before. Hair cells cannot regrow or repair themselves, so any loss of hearing is effectively permanent.
There are a number of different factors that determine the extent or degree of the loss of hearing. These can include:
· Family history of hearing loss – it is thought to be hereditary
· Smoking for many years – studies conclude that smokers are more like to develop age related hearing loss
· Medical conditions and certain medicines
· Prolonged exposure to high levels of noise
Links To The Progression Of Dementia
In recent years, several (2) studies have drawn a link between hearing loss that is left unattended and the acceleration of dementia. Researchers believe that the overwhelming stress on the brain to process sound with hearing loss and the additional effort it takes, may leave individuals more vulnerable to develop dementia. They have also speculated further that if hearing loss causes individuals to withdraw from social contact, this in itself could increase the risk of dementia; as social isolation is a known risk factor for dementia and other cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s.
Symptoms Of Age Related Hearing Loss
Because age related hearing loss usually occurs very gradually individuals may not experience all these symptoms, and will experience them in varying degrees.
· Frequently asking people to repeat themselves
· Difficulty hearing people around you, feeling that they are mumbling
· Certain sounds seeming overly loud, others overly mumbled
· Problems hearing in noisy areas
· Problems telling apart certain sounds such as "s" or "th"
· More difficulty understanding people with higher-pitched voices
· Ringing in the ears
Managing The Condition
Although there is no medical cure to overturn age related hearing loss, there are means to manage the condition and improve on the impaired hearing. Any concern about hearing should be addressed by attending a hearing test. Basic tests can be conducted at your local GP practice, though a hearing assessment at your local audiologist will be diagnostic and provide a complete picture of your current hearing ability. The most common diagnostic hearing test performed is a ‘pure-tone audiogram’ which will measure your hearing abilities across a wide range of tones or frequencies and allow comparison to that normal hearing. It will also help to confirm the cause of any measured hearing loss.
‘Treatment’ for hearing loss usually focuses on amplifying sounds in daily life. Various amplification devices in the form of amplified phones and mobiles, hearing aids in 6 common types, TV aids and others are available privately and from the NHS (hearing aids only). It is important to address hearing loss concerns to avoid becoming socially isolated.
Bio: Article by Joan McKechnie, BSc Hons Audiology & Speech Pathology. Joan works for Hampshire based HearingDirect.com. Joan is HCPC Registered (Health Care Professions Council).