COMPUTER TROUBLE

Dear friends, you may know that I suffer from Lumbar disc prolapse which causes intolerable pain in the back and legs. Analysing the cause for this, led me to a startling conclusion : The main culprit seems to be the hours spent slouched in front of the computer. I am writing this so that people who use computers for long may protect themselves from injury.
What are the common problems that computers cause and how to deal with it?


CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME
•    Using keyboard or mouse for long can lead to pain, numbness and tingling in forearm, thumb and index fingers. If not treated, it can cause permanent damage and might need surgery.

SOLUTION:
•    Keep mouse and keyboard at the same level. The Keyboard should be placed so that forearms are parallel to the floor. There must be a right angle in the elbow.
•    Wrists should be straight and not bent.
•    Take few minutes break at least once an hour. Use break reminder software.
•    Use cushioned mousepads.
•    Spread fingers apart for several seconds while keeping wrists straight.
•    Learn common shortcut keys, macros and function keys in order to reduce keystrokes. 


NECK PAIN
Due to unnecessary neck movement.

SOLUTION:

•    A document holder is a must 
•    Tilt the monitor at 15 degrees for an optimal neck position

BACK PAIN
Due to
•    Unhealthy posture
•    Inadequate back support
•    Sitting in the same position for long time
 
SOLUTION:
•    Contoured chair with breathable fabric and rounded edges to distribute the weight
A pillow or rolled towel can be placed against the back of the chair for extra support

Your feet should be flat on the floor, your thighs parallel to the ground, knees forming a 90 degree angle. You may use a footrest.
•    Sit straight and avoid slouching.
•    Get up every hour, stretch and move around for about five minutes.


COMPUTER VISION SYNDROME 

•    Itching, burning and watering in eyes, 
•    Blurred vision
•    Headache
Due to light reflecting off the display screen or poor screen contrast.
 
SOLUTION:
•    Keep the monitor atleast 18 inches away from face and top of the screen at eye level.
•     Every 30 minutes, look away from the computer to stare at a distant object and blink 10 times slowly.
•    Adjust the brightness,contrast and refresh rate of your monitor to stop it flickering. Refresh rate should be at least 60 Hertz
•    Keeping your monitor the screen clean from dust.
Regular eye testing - do this at least once every 2 years. Ask your optician for tint coat on your glasses.


FIGHTING WITH SPOUSE
 

How to deal with angry wife shouting at you for staying up late online? Solution for this in a later post  ;-)

HOW TO GET PREGNANT FAST

So you are married for the past one year and everyone you meet asks you the same Effing question : Anything special at home? Even though you understand immediately, you feign as though you dont really get the question. Is this a familiar scenario? If yes, you have arrived at the right blog. Instead of doing pujas, visiting hundred temples or swamijis, just read on... 

First, if it is less than a year since you are trying to concieve, you have nothing to worry.  If it is been longer, visit a Gynaecologist for a check up. Infections or poor health can interfere with getting pregnant. Maintain a healthy weight, exercise moderately, eat healthy, limit coffee and minimise tension. Take prenatal vitamins with folic acid atleast a month before planning to concieve.


Now a short trip to the biology classroom. Every month, female hormones cause an egg to be released from the ovaries. This is called ovulation. Once the egg is released, it has to meet a sperm from male. When both egg and sperm meet on a date, TADA! magic happens. So for a baby to be created, you need to have sex at the time of ovulation.

How do you know when ovulation occurs? There are few methods for women to know this. 
1) Use a calendar to mark the day your period begins each month. Note the number of days each period lasts. Ovulation is most likely to occur at the midpoint of your cycle. If you have a 28 day cycle,  ovulation will begin 14 days after the 1st day of your previous period. In a longer cycle, such as 34 days, ovulation is likely to begin 20 days after the 1st day of the previous period. There are many iphone or android ovulation apps that can help calculate this.
2) Watch for changes in cervical mucus. Just before ovulation, you might notice an increase in clear, slippery vaginal secretions resembling raw egg white. After ovulation, the discharge will be scanty or disappear. 

3) Try an Ovulation Predictor Kit which tests urine and tells when you are ovulating. Fertility monitors such as the Clear Blue Easy monitor also help. An ebay search will provide you with such a kit. 

After a woman ovulates the egg will survive only for a single day. Sperm, on the other hand lives for up to 3 days. So when you do the math, you arrive with the following solution:

Don’t wait until the day of ovulation to have sex. Have sex daily on 13, 14 and 15th day of your period when ovulation is mostly likely to occur. Ovulation Predictor Kits helps in pinpointing ovulation day.

When couples try to conceive, sex becomes a monotonous exercise. Try something romantic to spice things up. If the woman has an orgasm just prior to ejaculation, it increases chances of pregnancy manyfold. The missionary position is the best. Placing a pillow under the woman's hips tilts her pelvis and keeps the sperm inside longer. Don’t let her get up immediately after sex. Let her relax and allow the sperm to stay in the vagina as long as possible. 


So that is it folks. We have covered all the bases. Wishing that the storks come to your home with an express delivery soon.

WTF IS MSG?

Have you ever seen the following sign in a chinese restaurant or your favourite potato chips  and wondered what the fuss was all about? Yes? Read ahead please...

"NO ADDED MSG" 

WHAT IS MSG?

Mono Sodium Glutamate is a sodium salt of glutamate. Glutamate is found in milk, meat, fish, mushroom, tomato and even produced by our own bodies. MSG was found to increase the taste of food and was patented by Ajinomoto Corporation of Japan. Hence the common name, Ajinomoto.
THE FIFTH TASTE?
Bet you can name the four basic tastes -  sweet, sour, bitter and salty. Would you be surprised if told that there is a fifth taste? Umami is the so called fifth taste. Forecast as one of the leading food trends of 2010, it has been described as a meaty taste.
MSG is a flavour enhancer and adds to the Umami-ness of food. Its commonly added to Chinese food.
HOW IS MSG PREPARED?
MSG is obtained by the fermentation of  starch or sugar cane.
CHINESE RESTAURANT SYNDROME?
Few people  have reporting sensitivity to MSG. Soon after a Chinese meal, they experienced the following :
•Headache
•Warmth
•Sweating
•Numbness, tingling or burning in face and neck
•Rapid heartbeats
•Chest pain
•Vomiting
•Weakness
However  scientific studies in the same people who thought they were sensitive failed to demonstrate any side effects after they were given food flavoured with MSG.
It is theorised that allergy to other ingredients such as prawns, spices and herbs may have been responsible for the symptoms.
POTENTIAL CONCERNS?
A 2008 study suggested link between MSG and obesity but it was refuted by another study done in 2010.
If you are prone to asthma or wheezing attacks, you may want to avoid MSG.
ANY HEALTH BENEFITS?
Common salt contains sodium. Sodium should be restricted in people who have high blood pressure, heart failure, liver and kidney diseases. MSG contains only 1/3rd sodium of common salt . It can help to reduce the total sodium in a recipe without losing flavour. So it can be a safer alternative to the above people.
IS IT SAFE IN KIDS?
In studies with baby rats, High levels of Glutamate (more than 10 times the allowed amount) caused brain damage and blindness. An important concern is the potential harm in infants whose blood brain barrier is not fully developed. MSG is safe for older children. In fact, even breast milk contains glutamate.
SUMMING UP
Scientific studies so far have concluded that MSG is safe. However you need to avoid it
1) If you have demonstrated symptoms after a meal flavoured with MSG
3) If you are prone to asthma attacks.
So friends, enjoy your chinese food without worrying too much. Bon appetit or as the chinese might say Qǐng xiǎngyòng.


Reference : mayoclinic

FRENCH KISS MANUAL

A French kiss is a kiss, in which one's tongue touches his partner's tongue. The tongue enters the other's mouth. It has been theoretically proposed as a way to explore the sexual partner's immune system via saliva to verify compatibility. Here are simple step by step instuctions to this wonderful experience.


Before beginning,


Good oral hygiene is a must. Brush your teeth and floss your gums. If you are outside, have chewing gum or mint handy.  Drink a bit of water. A lip balm to soften your lips is optional.


Practise beforehand on your hands :


THE ADVENTURE BEGINS NOW


1) Get close.


Touch and cuddle your partner. Look at her eyes and let her know what’s going on so she doesn’t get frightened when things start to warm up. Moisten your lips with a slight brush of the tongue.


2) Tilt your head to one side.


3) Open your lips slightly. Holding her by the back of the neck, move into her. Look at her lips to know where you are aiming. As you approach, look into her eyes, but, once you are close to hers, you may close your eyes.


4) Make contact with her mouth and KISS either her bottom or top lip. Close your mouth with hers. Hold onto her lip softly as you pull away. Catch your breath and absorb the wonderful sensations.


5) Now kiss her more passionately, with your mouth wider
Open your lips slowly so that one of your lips is sandwiched between hers and one of hers is between yours.  Brush your tongue against her lips slightly.
 
6) Slowly open your mouth more and gently push your tongue into her mouth.


7) Gently and playfully touch tongues. Lightly, softly, slowly, move your tongue in and out of her mouth, massaging her tongue with yours. Congrats you have now hit the jackpot!


8) Look into your partner’s eyes after your first kiss to make sure she wants to continue.


If she doesnt want to continue, she will pull back. Stop if her body feels stiff or if she’s not participating.


A helpful video :



DON'TS
Women :
Don’t apply lipstick if you are going to kiss. It gets smeared all over, creates a slippery surface and tastes bad.
Men : 
Shave yourself if u have a 3 day stubble. Full grown beards are fine.
Don't smoke or drink before kissing.
Avoid foods like coffee, milk, garlic, onions etc.
French kissing may transmit herpes, infectious mononucleosis and AIDS too if there are open oral ulcers.


And finally as usual, some fun kissing FACTS :


* The study of kissing is called philematology.
* One kiss uses 34 facial muscles and 1 minute of kissing burns 26 calories.
* About a billion bacteria may be exchanged every time you share a kiss. Dont worry, most are killed by saliva.
* Kissing reduces dental caries.
* On average, people spend 20,160 minutes kissing throughout their lives. 
* And the world record for kissing is 30 hours 59 minutes and 27 seconds.Think you could beat that?


Thats it for now folks. Close this page, go find your girl and start putting to practise what you learnt here...


SRC : from Kissing 101, Wikihow. and Videojug.com

FART FACTS

What is a fart?
It is an emission of digestive gases from the anus, The gas comes from many sources: swallowed air, from blood, that produced by chemicals & bacteria living in the intestine.
File:Nofart.svgWhat is it made of?
The composition of a fart gas is highly variable. It has nitrogen, carbon dioxide, hydrogen and methane.
What makes farts stink?
Sulphur compounds like hydrogen sulfide gas and mercaptans. Nitrogen compounds such as skatole and indole add to the stench of farts.
Why do farts make noise?
The sounds are produced by vibrations of the anal opening and not by the flapping of the butt cheeks.
What color is a fart?
The gases that make up farts are colourless.  
What food creates more farts?
Cauliflower, cabbage, corn, capsicum, raisins, eggs & meat produce stinky farts, whereas beans produce large amounts of non stinky farts.
 







What else can make a person fart more?
Bubble gum, smoking, sucking on candy, soft drinks, beer and eating fast makes a person swallow more air & produce extra gas. Farts can be lessened by chewing with mouth closed, eating slowly, and not gulping food.
How much gas does a normal person pass per day?
A person farts about fourteen times daily producing about 500 ml of gas totally.
Why is there a delay between farting and the time it starts to smell?
Fart travel time depends on humidity, temperature and wind speed. The fart stinks immediately upon emergence, but it takes several seconds for the odor to travel to the nostrils. When the fart is released into a small enclosed area such as a lift or a car, it remains smellable for a long time, until it condenses on the walls.
Why do farts follow the farter?
When we fart & then walk away, we find that the fart follows us. This is because of turbulence that follows a moving person. The fart is actually pulled along in the farter's direction by air currents. Another reason is that the fart is caught in clothing, and diffuses out slowly.
Are there people who never fart?
No, not if they're alive.
Do men fart more?

 No, women fart just as much as men. Women's farts have a higher concentration of smelly gases, but men's farts have a larger volume & they do it more often. The two factors equalize out.  
Is it harmful to hold in farts?

Farts are not poisonous. The worst that can happen is that you may get a stomach ache They may also cause piles.
How can one cover up a fart?
There is a company called Fartypants that sells underwear designed to absorb the odor of farts. As for the sound... if you are in a large group of people, act innocent, or glance quickly at the person next to you, as if you think he/she did it. Other strategies include coughing or suddenly moving your chair so that people think that they misheard
Is it possible to ignite farts?
Yes! Check out this youtube video.

Do some men enjoy farting?

Flatulophilia is the term coined to describe obsession with flatulence. It is not unusual to enjoy farting. However if a person is farting to the extent that it creates problems and unhappiness, then a visit to a doctor is a must.



SRC : from facts on farts by Brenna Lorenz

NO MORE EAR BUDS

So u just finished having a nice warm shower.
Are you reaching for the box of Johnsons cotton buds? Gotcha!
Dont you just love the amazing feel of that soft tip caressing the insides of your ears?
STOP!!!


Using cotton buds not only makes our ears less clean, but also can cause ear infection and deafness.
What? You don't believe me? Please read further...


What exactly is earwax?
Lots of misconceptions float around about earwax.
Cerumen as it's called medically is not the result of bacteria and dirt building up in our ear.
It is actually produced by glands in the outer ear.
Did you know that fear, stress and anxiety can increase ear wax.


Why do I have wax inside my ears?
It is a natural defense mechanism. It protects sensitive skin within the canal from dirt, dead skin, and bacteria and keeps the skin lubricated preventing dryness and itchyness.


Why should I not use a cotton bud to clean the muck from my ears?
Ears actually clean themselves when functioning properly. wax naturally makes its way toward the outer part of the ear whenever we move our jaws to talk or chew.
Wax is only produced in the outer one-third of the ear canal, Poking with cotton swabs moves wax inside where it can cause infection, deafness and tinnitus—a terrible buzzing sound. Removing wax from the ear leaves the skin exposed to infections. Bacteria thrive in wax-free ears.
and if u poke ur ear too deep, u can rupture the eardrums


What is the correct method to clean ears?
Take a soft cloth soaked in warm water and gently wipe the outside of the ear. There you are done!
Don’t stick anything inside your ear- not cotton buds, not fingers, and especially no hairpins, pencils, or whatever else u got on your desk.

What can i do if there is wax deep inside my ears?
Take a bit of olive oil or baby oil and place two drops in your ear two times a day for two days.
After the wax has softened up take a warm head shower and tip your head to the side so it can all drain out.


One weird earwax fact
The Jelly Belly Candy Company has a jelly bean with ear wax flavour!


So should i throw away my box of earbuds?
Not necessarily. Here are 10 innovative uses for your buds.
Njoy!!!

BANANAS ABOUT BANANA

You touch her smooth skin...
U zip down her yellow jacket...
Man! Is she sweet!
You taste the firm and creamy flesh...
I ain’t talkin about the damsel.
I am talking about the banana...
India is the top producer of bananas in the world with 21.77  million metric tons per year  

Let’s see a bunch of  healthy facts about this wonderful fruit.
   Bananas consist mainly of sugars. They keep blood-sugar levels up. So eat one 30 minutes before a workout. They are also Ideal as diet food.
 
Good source of dietary fiber thus easing constipation.

 
Contains metabolites that reduce depression and aids Stress Relief
Banana is “Good Mood Food”
  
    
   Contains  iron thus help in blood production.


   Increases calcium absorption thereby leading to healthy bones.

 
Contains antioxidants, reducing risk of cancers.


   
   High in potassium preventing high blood pressure. 


    Natural antacid cures stomach ulcers



Trying to stop smoking? Bananas have vitamins B6 & 12 which help you to stay away from nicotine.


  
 Improve nerve function.


  
Its the 1st solid food given to babies as it's the most easily digestible food.

CAUTION:
 
Bananas contain chitinases associated with the latex-fruit allergy syndrome. If you have a allergy to rubber, you may be allergic to banana. 

There is a belief that mosquitoes bite people who have just had a banana. Its not yet been proved. So try to restrain when in the company of blood sucking females (Mosquitoes).  However the skin of a banana may be rubbed on insect bites to lessen the irritation.

So that’s the deal on bananas folks. Have fun and Njoy ur Banana!
References :
http://thetaoofgoodhealth.com/6-awesome-health-benefits-of-bananas-9/Bananas
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=7
http://bananasweb.com/bananas/Health+Benefits+of+Bananas
http://snappletrueorfalse.wordpress.com/2008/03/24/10-mosquitoes-are-attracted-to-people-who-just-ate-bananas/
Wikipedia