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Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, an unnamed man (Redford) wakes to find his 39-foot yacht taking on water after a collision with a shipping container left floating on the high seas. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. Despite his success in patching the breached hull, his mariner's intuition and a strength that belies his age, the man barely survives the tempest. Using only a sextant and nautical maps to chart his progress, he is forced to rely on ocean currents to carry him into a shipping lane in hopes of hailing a passing vessel. But with the sun unrelenting, sharks circling and his meager supplies dwindling, the ever-resourceful sailor soon finds himself staring his mortality in the face. Written by Roadside Attractions
Completing tasks easier is the name of the game when your aching from pain. Less stress on common household duties means less flare-ups for those who suffer from fibromyalgia. There are so many little things you can do to make your day go a bit easier. Check out some of these tips below.
Every little bit of energy saved, means more useful energy later. Be on the look out to make your day easier.
Sue Miller's explicit account, While I was Gone, is a deep reminder of what can happen to our ordinary lives when we go astray. What we take for granted today, can be easily shaken tomorrow.
Jo Becker has every reason to be content. She has three dynamic daughters, a loving marriage, and a rewarding career. But she feels a sense of unease. Then an old housemate reappears, sending Jo back to a distant past when she lived in a communal house in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Drawn deeper into her memories of that fateful summer in 1968, Jo begins to obsess about the person she once was. As she is pulled farther from her present life, her husband, and her world, Jo struggles against becoming enveloped by her past and its dark secret.
“[While I Was Gone] swoops gracefully between the past and the present, between a woman’s complex feelings about her husband and her equally complex fantasies–and fears–about another man. . . . [Miller writes] well about the trials of faith.”
–The New York Times Book Review
“Quietly gripping . . . Jo shines steadily as the flawed and thoroughly modern heroine. As in her 1986 novel, The Good Mother, Miller shows how impulses can fracture the family.”
“Marvelous . . . poignant . . . powerful.”
–Seattle Times/Post Intelligencer
Fibromyalgia can affect every aspect of your life - including driving. Many fibromyalgia sufferers report having problems when they drive for any length of time because it aggravates pain. Below are some pointers that may help you drive more easily and comfortably.
Protect your posture
Posture is just as important when you are driving as well as any other time. Adjust your seat so that you are close to the steering wheel. This makes you less likely to slouch or strain to reach the pedals. Angle the seat at 100-110 degrees to encourage you to sit correctly.
Hold the steering wheel at "quarter to three' position to help prevent shoulder, and back pain.
Pacing yourself is important when driving so make sure you take regular breaks. Whenever you take a break, get out of the car and go for a short walk, or do a few stretches. If you are driving a long distance, consider getting a hotel room and breaking it into two days. To ensure you don't overdo things, share the driving with a partner or friend.
If your car has heated seats, turn on the heat to help soothe aches and pains. If you don't have heated seats you can buy car seat covers that heat up.
Ease the strain
If your hands are painful, use a wide car-key holder to make it easier to turn on the ignition. Wear driving gloves to make it easier to grip the wheel. Consider purchasing a steering wheel cover that is soft and pliable.
Cover the seat with a silk scarf to make it easier for you to twist around when you get in and out.
Many doctors believe that being plagued with fibromyalgia can lower the immune system response. When this happens, opportunistic viruses, bacteria, and various pathogens seem to hitch hike and loiter in the most uncomfortable places. Gums will feel sore and need extra care, sore throats will erupt, an all over achy feeling will ensue, or a simple ear ache will manifest. Often if treated with care, these symptoms will soon dissipate and usually do not require an antibiotic regime.
Ear aches can be a common occurrence for many suffers. Often the pain is a low grade ache which manifests itself as an inner ear infection. Yet, for those patients who see their primary care physician, probing usually comes up negative. Often, a round of alternate care is suggested to keep the ear comfortable. One such care is the addition of coconut oil.
One of the main reasons why many people prefer to use coconut oil as opposed to other treatments is safety. Using coconut oil in the ear has relatively few side-effects or risks, whereas other approaches, such as medications, involve numerous side-effects. In addition, many are concerned about the overuse of antibiotics. "Coconut oil kills a long list of bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites and protozoa," according to Coconut Oil Central, because it contains high levels of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs).
Using coconut oil for an ear infection is relatively easy. If possible, it is best that someone other than the person with the ear infection administer the coconut oil drops, because it can be difficult to place the drops correctly into one's own ears. Coconut oil is solid, so melt it slightly until it becomes liquid. Place the oil into an eye dropper. Have the person with the infected ear lie down, and carefully place several drops of the liquid oil into the affected ear. The person with the infected ear should continue reclining for several minutes to allow the oil to absorb into the ear. To prevent the oil from coming out of the ear, place a small piece of a cotton ball into the outer part of the ear.
There are various brands of coconut oil for sale, and these are available in health food stores, other grocery stores and from online retailers, such as those that sell nutritional supplements. It is important to use a quality oil for use in the ear and preferably an organic one that is as pure as possible.
Nothings worse than when you're not feeling well and you're expecting a visitor. You don't have the time or energy to clean the whole house, but can you can focus on tidying up the main areas your guest will see.
It's been three years on my whole grain, lean protein, and fresh fruits and vegetables regime. I attribute my general well-being to this natural approach diet. Unfortunately, because my flare-ups have lessened, I am prone to taste tempting some days looking for past comfort foods. Recently, there sat a cold, fresh bag of chips in my refrigerator. I was starving and grabbed a few to ward off immediate pangs of hunger that were forcing a take over. I thought nothing of it until 30 minutes later when an enormous wave of pain with added heart palpitations, chest pain, and numbness began pulsing throughout my body. This wave kept repeating itself for 4 hours throughout the evening. Mid way, I grabbed the chip bag and noticed the culprit - Monosodium Glutamate.
Called at times the Chinese restaurant syndrome, the side effects of eating foods containing monosodium glutamate, or MSG, are similar to those of an allergic reaction. Although less than 15 percent of Americans are sensitive to MSG, according to the University of Illinois Medical Center, in those who are sensitive symptoms range from headaches and nausea to heart palpitations and chest pain.
Eating food containing MSG on an empty stomach increases the risk of the onslaught of MSG symptoms in people allergic or sensitive to MSG because more of the chemical is consequently absorbed into the bloodstream. One of the most frequent adverse reactions reported by MSG sufferers is headache. This can occur anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours after ingesting MSG.
In those sensitive to monosodium glutamate, food that contains MSG can cause abnormal heart rhythms and heart palpitations that show up on electrocardiograms, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Rapid, fluttering palpitations and a rapid but steady heart rate are the result of the stimulating effects of MSG on body cells. In those not sensitive to this chemical, MSG stimulates taste, smell and hunger, which is why it is used in processed foods. If nerve cells are over-stimulated, an allergic response can result. MSG can also decrease the amount of air that enters the lungs, causing chest tightness and chest pain.
Excessive sweating and flushing are commonly reported by sufferers as MSG symptoms, according to MayoClinic.com. Because sufficient amounts of air can be inhibited from filling the lungs, wheezing can also occur. Those allergic to MSG may feel weak, dizzy, sick or generally unwell until these symptoms subside, generally in three to four hours.
Those sensitive to MSG can be frightened by feeling numb in the face after eating foods that contain high amounts of MSG. Facial muscles can feel tight or pressured, according to the University of Illinois Medical Center. Muscle tightness and burning sensations can also occur in various parts of the body, including the forearms, neck, chest, abdomen, shoulders and thighs.
Exquisitely and erotically written, Sally O'Reilly will pull you in from page one unleashing the powerful ploys of Aemilia, Shakespeare's dark lady. If you have any lust for Shakespeare's era, this read is a must!
A TALE OF SORCERY AND PASSION IN SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY LONDON—WHERE WITCHES HAUNT WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE AND HIS DARK LADY, THE PLAYWRIGHT'S MUSE AND ONE TRUE LOVE
The daughter of a Venetian musician, Aemilia Bassano came of age in Queen Elizabeth’s royal court. The Queen’s favorite, she develops a love of poetry and learning, maturing into a young woman known not only for her beauty but also her sharp mind and quick tongue. Aemilia becomes the mistress of Lord Hunsdon, but her position is precarious. Then she crosses paths with an impetuous playwright named William Shakespeare and begins an impassioned but ill-fated affair.
A decade later, the Queen is dead, and Aemilia Bassano is now Aemilia Lanyer, fallen from favor and married to a fool. Like the rest of London, she fears the plague. And when her young son Henry takes ill, Aemilia resolves to do anything to save him, even if it means seeking help from her estranged lover, Will—or worse, making a pact with the Devil himself.
In rich, vivid detail, Sally O’Reilly breathes life into England’s first female poet, a mysterious woman nearly forgotten by history. Full of passion and devilish schemes, Dark Aemilia is a tale worthy of the Bard. - amazon.com
When we use these chemicals to clean our home, they linger in the air and we breathe them in. Researchers in the U.S. identified 133 unique volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted from a small sample of consumer products, including six cleaning products. Each product tested emitted between one and eight chemicals classified as toxic or hazardous under U.S. federal laws
Chemicals in cleaning products can also enter our bodies by absorption through the skin or through ingestion of household dust and chemical residues left on dishes and cutlery. And when cleaning products are flushed down the drain, they can have a serious impact on aquatic ecosystems.
You're probably familiar with the hazard symbols that appear on some cleaning products, along with words like "poison", "corrosive" or "irritant." Nonetheless, we ignore them taking pride in a scrubbed fresh home. Who knows what such pollutants are doing to our overall well-being? Here are some more tested cleaning alternatives.
Vinegar is a solution of acetic acid that cuts through grease, deodorizes, and disinfects. White vinegar is the best type to use around your home since it doesn't have a strong smell. Plus, you can purchase it by the gallon for cheaper than most household cleaners. Mix equal amounts of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle as a general cleaner. It is great on tiles and kitchen counter tops for removing mildew. For a fresh fragrance add a few drops of essential oils like lemon or orange. For difficult stains, use warm water; cover the stain and leave on for ten minutes before wiping off. White vinegar also makes an excellent window cleaner that will put most products to shame. Use a half a cup in a quart of warm water. Spray onto the window and remove with crumpled newspaper.
Vinegar also removes lime deposits. To clean a shower head, simply remove it and soak in undiluted vinegar. To remove limescale from your kettle, fill it up with vinegar, and leave it overnight. Pour liquid out the next day and be sure to rinse it out before using. To descale taps, soak a few paper towels in white vinegar. Wrap them around the taps and cover them with plastic bags held in place with elastic bands. Leave on for a few hours before rinsing. Buff with a dry cloth.
Try using ketchup to clean copper and brass. Simple lather, leave on for a few minutes,rinse, and wipe clean with a dry cloth.
Don't use toxic air fresheners! Make your own. Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar and add 20 drops of your favorite essential oil of choice. Try lemongrass, geranium, or peppermint. Shake well before spraying. Be sure to keep vinegar away from you eyes.
Tea Tree oil is an excellent disinfectant and fungicide. For general cleaning mix two tsp. of tea tree oil with two cups of water. Spray on surfaces as needed and wipe. This will also remove mold and mildew. Simply spray on, leave for a few minutes then rinse with warm soapy water. To keep shower curtains mildew-free and to remove strong mildew smells from fabrics, add a few drops of tea tree oil to your usual washing powder or liquid.
Borax, a natural mineral salt containing boron, can be used as a gentler alternative to bleach. To remove stains on white cotton or linen, apply directly, then rinse. Soak colored fabrics in a weak solution of borax. Simply add one tab. to one pint of water. Soak for 15 min. If you need an all purpose household cleaner and disinfectant, mix one tsp. of borax with two tab. of white vinegar and two pints of hot water. Spray on surfaces and wipe.
Chemical sensitivity is a common trigger in fibromyalgia flare-ups. In a study from World Wildlife Fund with 47 volunteers 54 man-made chemicals were detected in the individual volunteers' bodies. Many of these same chemicals are still found in household cleaning products and are identified as harmful. Some researchers have a strong inkling that these same chemicals may play a huge roll in the symptoms of fibromyalgia. So don't take chances, opt for eco-friendly cleaners based on natural ingredients. You can also try some of the recipes below.
Bicarbonate of soda is cheap and very versatile. Mixed with water, it forms an alkaline solution that helps dissolve dirt and grease. It also neutralizes smells.
Lemons contain citric acid which helps make them great natural cleaners. They contain bleaching, antiseptic, antibacterial, and degreasing properties.
Olive oil is a great natural substitute for commercial furniture polish. Simply mix one cup of ordinary olive oil with the juice of one lemon. Pour into a spray bottle and shake. Spray on wooden surfaces and rub gently. The lemon juice cuts through the dirt, while the olive oil shines and protects the wood. Use a dry cloth to remove excess. Use sparingly as excess amounts of it could leave surfaces feeling sticky. Olive oil is also good for removing fingerprints on stainless steel surfaces. Simply sprinkle a bit on a cloth and rub.