Brace yourselves because Mercury is about to go retrograde for the third time again this year! It all starts on August 30th and will last through September 22. During that time period we can expect disruptions in the main areas that Mercury controls, which includes travel, communications, and learning. But first, here’s a little clarity on what it all means when someone says something along the lines of Mercury being retrograde.
Chances are you’ve heard it countless times before but when someone mentions that “[planetary body X] is in retrograde” do you know what it actually means? The answer is quite simple, it means that the planet will appear to move backwards in its orbit through the sky!
In the most basic terms retrograde is defined as “directed or moving backward,” in the Online Oxford Dictionary. Astronomy and astrology use the word to encompass how all the planets appear to be moving around the sun as compared and relative to the Earth. As such, a planet which is said to be in retrograde will appear to be moving backwards, as if it’s going in the wrong direction, even though it’s not. A point of comparison is that we’re used to planets and their satellites moving in direct, aka prograde, motion from west to east. That type of path through the sky appears normal, it’s what’s expected, and so we don’t bug out nearly as much when Mercury is prograde.
So why does Mercury being in retrograde have such an effect on people? According to astrologers Mercury controls our travel and movement, our ability to think rationally and clearly, veracity and the truth. When it enters a retrograde period and appears to go backwards, all of the things it controls also seem to go in reverse. It’s from this inverse movement that the things in our lives related to truth, travel, and comprehensive thinking get all disrupted and turned upside down. To lessen the effects of this upcoming Mercury retrograde, here are some things that you’d be wise to hold off on or avoid doing all together if possible:
1. Don’t buy big ticket, expensive items!
Oftentimes issues arise with the pricey goods and gadgets that consumers end up purchasing during retrograde periods. Perhaps the bargain is too good to pass up, and it later turns out that’s because the item is broken or defective in some way. It’s best to hold off until later to spend your money and a good rule of thumb to follow is don’t buy unless you absolutely must. For those unavoidable purchases make sure you get something from a reputable seller that is either guaranteed, insured, registered, under warranty, or whatnot. Save the receipt, packaging, and paperwork as well in case you do in fact end up needing it!
2. Don’t ignore your finances!
No one enjoys going over bills and loans but if you’ve been putting off checking your accounts and all that good stuff lately, then do it now. During Mercury retrograde our minds and brains tend to be more willing and able to go over and examine any financial information that needs reviewing. Whether you need to refinance or pay off a loan, plan a budget, balance your checkbook, it will all be easier to get done when Mercury is in retrograde.
3. Don’t switch careers or begin a new job!
While landing a new job is exciting and opportunity is hard to pass by, you may be better off pushing it back or declining it all together. Mercury retrograde has a peculiar way of messing things up. Even the most routine, expected, seemingly fair things get turned upside down and this is especially true in the realm of employment. Maybe your new boss will turn out to be unbearable, you won’t get the benefits or pay expected, the work load will break you, the company will fold a couple of months later, there’s lots that could go wrong so try to avoid starting a new job at this time and wait for Mercury to be prograde again!
4. Don’t travel!
As if traveling isn’t already a huge pain in the neck, during Mercury retrograde it’s ten times worse. There’s often a noticeable uptick in the amount of delays, cancellations, lost bags, reservation mix-ups, and missed flights or connections. Whether you plan on traveling by plane, car, train, or bus, expect service interruptions of any and all kinds. Mercury has a strong connection with travel so when it goes backwards it sends even the best laid travel plans haywire. If you absolutely must travel, you’d be wise to have your itineraries and alternative plans in order. Get travelers insurance if possible and triple check all the times, details, and reservations you’ve made.
5. Don’t sign a contract or close on a sale!
During Mercury retrograde the way people think and comprehend things becomes altered. They may be all for signing on the dotted line when it comes time to close, but soon afterwards they will be questioning their decision and re-thinking all the options. They may try to get out of it all together or breach their duty and leave you taking a big hit. In case there is no way around entering into a contract, be extra careful no matter who you may be dealing with. Make sure you fully understand and double check all the fine print, know all the terms, conditions, exceptions, and every possible detail of what you’re about to sign and agree to. In the end, a signed writing is the one key piece of evidence that can make or break a contract, and make it fully enforceable against you down the line.
On a final note, after September 22nd Mercury won’t be in retrograde anymore until December 19th so until then good luck!
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Many people think nothing of taking “over-the-counter” drugs on a regular basis, including non-prescription sleep aids and the antihistamine Benadryl (diphenhydramine). While previous research has found a link between prescription “anticholinergic drugs” and dementia, a new research study found a strong link between dosage strength of over-the counter drugs and the onset of dementia in people who had no signs prior to the study.
The research done at the University of Washington School of Pharmacy in Seattle, reported their findings in “JAMA Internal Medicine” in January, 2015. Anticholinergics block the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from being transmitted to the brain, and it is thought that this effect in medications containing this, contributes to the onset of dementia.
As you will hear in the video below, the study followed people, aged 65 and over, for 10 years. It was found, for instance, that taking 50mg of Benadryl and other first generation antihistamines daily for over 3 years or 25 mg daily for over 6 years, were at the most significant risk for dementia. The most commonly used medications found in the 800 people who developed dementia (out of 3500) in this study were: Benadryl, Chlor-Trimeton (and other first generation anti-histamines); prescription tricyclic anti-depressants (doxepin or Sinequan) and meds for bladder control (oxybutinin, Ditropan). For younger people on a constant dose of ANTICHOLINERGIC DRUGS, this study should serve as a warning, as it is unknown yet whether such use could cause early onset dementia.
It is not advised that anyone discontinue any medication without speaking to their health care professional. However, these results as well as others named in the VIDEO below, is important information for those on drugs that put them at higher risk for dementia. There are alternative drugs that are available that your doctor can discuss with you.
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In the last year I had read a lot about natural organic COCONUT OIL being good for the skin and hair. I keep a big jar of it at home, and slather it on after showering and throughout the day. I’ve found a vast difference in my skin tone and suppleness, as well as the shine in my hair. Little did I know, that what I had sitting in my bathroom belonged in my kitchen as well. It turns out that ingesting coconut oil, which for a long time had a bad rap about increasing cholesterol, has properties which make it a PROFOUND SOURCE OF HEALTH.
Through much study, it has been shown to RAISE HDL CHOLESTEROL, otherwise known as “GOOD CHOLESTEROL” which helps to fight heart disease! In the VIDEO you are about to watch below, you will hear Dr. Mary Newport discuss her theory about what DIGESTION of COCONUT OIL provides for the brain. Her theory grew out of her experience with her husband Steve, who was suffering from early onset Alzheimer’s disease. After a short period of ingesting 2 TABLESPOONS of COCONUT OIL TWICE A DAY, Steve began to show improved cognitive performance. Over time, his quite debilitated functioning became incredibly improved. Mary’s theory was that KETONE PRODUCTION is increased by our bodies which helps the BRAIN to REPAIR! A study published in the June 22, 2012, supplement of the “Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease” lends credence to the theory that ALZHEIMER’S is in actuality, a TYPE 3 DIABETES in which brain insulin declines. It is thought that the impact of COCONUT OIL is that it IMPROVES BRAIN INSULIN!
It turns out that Mary’s theory has been studied and reproduced by other scientists, as you will hear in the following footage. Their research strongly indicates that Ketones are the answer to stopping brain deterioration. Although they have found a way to produce a much stronger version of what coconut oil does, they are unable to offer it to the public because it is so costly. If big money were to be donated to the manufacture of this material, there could very well be a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, which are so devastating.
As you will hear in the UPCOMING VIDEO, the INGESTION of COCONUT OIL may also help with these DISEASES:
(8) MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
Additionally, COCONUT OIL has been found to be a NATURAL ANTIBIOTIC, that may help KILL VIRUSES like HIV and HERPES by keeping the bacteria level in your body down. By doing this, when the body is assaulted by a powerful virus or bacteria, the immune system is better able to concentrate on the acute presentation. Let us know what you think about this astounding information after watching the following footage.
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Throughout time, human beings bodies have adapted to feeling threatened; the natural chemical of Adrenaline surges through us, setting off the “fight or flight” mechanism, when presented with STRESS. This is actually a remarkable ability we have to protect ourselves, when faced with acute situations in which we feel endangered. In this way we are able to cope until we no longer feel threatened, dealing with the uncomfortable and scary parts of our lives, without becoming paralyzed.
However, when STRESS BECOMES CHRONIC, both the emotional and physical impact on human beings can be corrosive. We begin to struggle to maintain healthy functioning; learning to recognize the signs and symptoms of chronic stress is key to living out our lives in healthy and effective ways.
The VIDEO you are about to watch below does a great job in discussing how CHRONIC STRESS CAN DAMAGE YOUR HEALTH, the warning SIGNS and SYMPTOMS that you are suffering from chronic stress, and effective STRATEGIES to HELP MANAGE STRESS.
THERE ARE 15 SERIOUS WARNING SIGNS THAT YOU ARE SUFFERING FROM CHRONIC STRESS:
1. TROUBLE MEETING YOUR OBLIGATIONS
2. GOING FROM “ZERO TO ONE-HUNDRED” IN ANGER
3. OVEREATING OR UNDER EATING
4. ANXIETY BALLOONS Into PANIC ATTACKS
6. SEX DRIVE Is DEPLETED
7. RACING THOUGHTS that DISABLE your FOCUS
8. TROUBLE SLEEPING
9. WEIGHT GAIN
10. BREATHING is SHALLOW
11. FREQUENT STOMACH PAIN
12. MUSCLE TENSION
13. CHEST PAIN
14. CHRONIC FATIGUE
15. FREQUENT HEADACHES
It is essential that in knowing these warning signs, you do whatever you can to reduce your stress so that it becomes manageable. The footage below presents vital coping skills, so that the stress in your life does not result in a breakdown of your immune system and significant relationships. Let us know if you have suffered from debilitating stress, and methods you have found in coping effectively.
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The brain requires blood flow to function. When a blood vessel is blocked in the brain (Ischemic-known as a TIA) or starts to bleed (Hemorrhagic-a full on Stroke), you are at risk for severe and potentially permanent damage to the brain or death, if you do not act quickly.
As with many health issues, SYMPTOMS of a STROKE are often thought to be something else and get IGNORED. As strokes can cause serious brain damage, and is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S., NOT IGNORING THE SIGNS OF STROKE is key to survival.
The VIDEO you are about to watch below, does a great job of explaining what actually happens when a stroke occurs, lifestyle modes that will help to prevent a stroke from happening, and most importantly it offers the acronym F.A.S.T. that will alert you to seek medical help immediately!
While certain symptoms such as:
(1) A BAD HEADACHE OR MIGRAINE or
(2) SUDDEN ONSET OF EXTREME FATIGUE can be a part of the onset of a STROKE, these signs can often be overlooked. However, the more concrete SIGNS of STROKE put out by “The American Stroke Association” symbolized by F.A.S.T. are:
(3) F for FACE DROOPING ON ONE SIDE
(4) A for ARM NUMB: if you have NUMBNESS OR WEAKNESS IN ONE ARM, for more than a few minutes, this is a critical warning sign. Strokes tend to affect one side of the body.
(5) S for SPEECH DIFFICULTY: When one side of the brain is affected by a Stroke, lack of blood supply can cause speech to be SLURRED or completely GARBLED. You may think that you are speaking clearly, but if someone with you says they can’t understand your speech, take it seriously!
(6) T for TIME: Time is of the essence; calling 911 immediately can mean the difference between PERMANENT BRAIN DAMAGE OR NOT, and LIFE or DEATH.
Additional SIGNS that SHOULD NOT BE IGNORED ARE:
(7) VISION DIFFICULTY IN ONE EYE: Seeing double or blurred vision in one eye often occurs when the brain is affected by a Stroke.
(8) CONFUSION or DIFFICULTY THINKING: When a stroke occurs, a part of your brain does not receive blood flow and therefore is STARVED OF OXYGEN which can cause you not to be able to think straight or to speak intelligibly.
The FOOTAGE BELOW goes into greater depth about LIFESTYLE PREVENTION of STROKE, WHAT OCCURS IN THE BRAIN DURING A STROKE and THE IMPORTANCE of FAST ACTION to ensure healthy survival. It includes a portion of a video of a woman recording herself in the midst of a TIA in which one side of her face and eye are drooping and she is having difficulty speaking.
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Here we are in the heat of summer in many parts of the world, trying to stay cool and comfortable. As we navigate the imposing heat outside we not only wear more breathable clothes, but our footwear needs to allow our feet to breathe. Sandals have been the answer for hundreds, if not thousands of years…but they have evolved in modern times.
“Flip flops” have been around for many years, as well as the infamous “Crocs” that became the summer “go-to” more recently. For quite some time, the medical profession has warned about the dangers of flip flops, for the very reason people love them…ease of putting them on and slipping them off. They have now issued a serious safety warning about wearing Crocs as well, as an all day replacement for shoes.
When Crocs were introduced to the public, the company promoted them as not only comfortable, but actually possessing benefits for the feet that were therapeutic. They made these claims without any research to back them up. The problem lies in wearing these footwear all day, according to podiatrist Dr. Tom Beasley, because without containing a shank they provide no support for the foot. For children, who are still growing, the instability of Crocs can cause bone deformities and splayed feet. As children grow, so do their bones and tendons in their feet, requiring footwear that is supportive.
As you will hear in the VIDEO you are about to watch below, Crocs can pose the safety hazard of getting caught on ESCALATORS, causing serious injuries. There have been multiple reports of such injuries, resulting in law suits against the Crocs company. Unstable shoes like Crocs and flip flops have been known to get caught on gas pedals and brakes in cars as well, resulting in automobile accidents. After watching the footage below, let us know what you think about wearing this footwear out in the world.
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