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Wed, 16th July 2014
 

A guy recently said to me "Each day you wake up, jump (or crawl) out of bed, and make a decision. Either it will be a good day, or a bad one. The choice is yours. What follows is then up to you". The guy is right.

Each day, each hour we face options. Certainly circumstances vary, and so will outcomes. But the more positive the focus, the higher the chances of good events. Everybody at some point becomes immersed in misery and self pity. Some are professional wallowers in the mud of doom and gloom.

If this seems to be looming on the horizon, a few simple tips may bring the sunshine. Jump out of bed, have a wash, and keep moving. Do not sit, stare and let the miseries set in. Start talking to somebody as soon as possible. Ideally begin with positive thoughts, not despairing negative ones. Trying to get the lighter side of the topic is a great start, either with partner, the kids or even the cat and dog.

The more people communicate the better. It gets the endorphins in the brain working. This is natures free cheer-up drug, which can quickly take over and bring cheer to the gloomy.

If possible, get out and walk. Greet as many on the way as possible, whether you know them or not. If a regular walker, faces soon become familiar. Even a wave of the hand to passersby can set you on the upward spiral.

Sure work may be boring and a challenge, with others moaning and groaning on all sides. Ignore this, and sustain the cheer mode. Email a friend, ring if there is time, pass on a joke, and you may get an even better one in return. More muscles (and energy) are involved in scowling and looking miserable than in smiling. A caffeine jolt can also give the brain a surge, but please not too many, especially after noon. Caffeine, the only legal drug of addiction readily available, continues its euphoric way for up to 16 hours, and good sleep at night is also essential.

Don't rely on booze as a spirit enhance, rather a modest drop here and there. Music is well known to dispel evil mods. So is sensible food, and plenty of water. But friends probably head the list.

 
BLOOD PRESSURE

Q: 

The specialist put me on a blood pressure tablet which was very effective, but I suddenly noticed the hair on my scalp and arms seemed to grow more rapidly. In fact, it was amazing. Then a few years later, the dose was reduced and so the abundant hair growth stopped, and I started to go bald again.

A: 

Minoxidil has been around for many years and was widely used to reduce high blood pressure reading. But an unexpected side effect was regeneration of hair. The product since been widely marketed as a hair lotion, applied twice a day to the scalp. It seems to help about one in three males. But again, if stopped, hair re-growth is reversed. It inhibits the uptake of testosterone (make hormone) by the hair root.

 
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GENERICS

Q: 

The average person is stunned by the number of look alike drugs which may be given upon presentation of a prescription.

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When "generics" which look alike are called, were given the green light a few years ago, medication started to run amok. Competitive companies were able to repeat the product when patents expired. Hence the plethora of new names. These are claimed to be similar in action to the original product, although many doubt this. They are usually less expensive. For many people this is important, and they are happy with the alternative.

 
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SEX

Q: 

Don't you think the mad sex urges of the teens and twenties often mean couples are thrown together by the physical delights, often reproduce, may shack up or marry, without really contemplating the future outcome?

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The delights of "romance" and sex continue to rule the world, and the enchantment of boy meets girl will never change. Sex is a dynamic force, there to guarantee the continuation of humanity. Although many are physically well developed at an early stagae, the mind usually lags a few years behind. During the twenties, amazing mental development occurs with many. But with others, nothing happens, so disparities are decisions made when young remain, and the brick wall looms. But this is not likely to change in the near future. For fun, just re-read Charles Dickens of the mid 1800s and see.

 
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BAREFOOT BEAUTY

Q: 

One often sees children running about barefoot on public lawns and beaches, and wonders if this poses any serious risks of injuries, specially stepping on glass or an infected needle.

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Of course, going barefoot is a risk. It largely depends on environment. Many public places are well controlled, cleaned regularly mechanically by councils, and are located in areas where debris and littering and needles are uncommon. But the alternate is also present. Adequate parental supervision is important. But kids love pulling off shoes and sox. Education is also important alerting them to possible hazards.

 
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STONE RISKS

Q: 

During juvenile spats, kids still throw stones. How can parents deter this dangerous aggressive habit?

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Education from an early age, teaching manners, the customs of society and civilised living are the key. Stuff instilled into the all absorbing developing mind in the first years at home are vital to future outcomes. If they are left to remain feral, with no thoughts of anybody else, a negative outcome is guaranteed. It is amazing what children involuntarily absorb from parents and siblings.

 
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