Our small town has an annual Christmas dinner celebration. We believe in community, and we always close out a year of fun activities with this. We do charge for people to come because these things cost money to put on, but we never turn anyone away who just cannot donate to the cause. We always have a huge feast, Christmas entertainment, and gifts for every single person in attendance. This year, I was in charge of putting together the entertainment. We use the same company each year because they are simply the best.

The reason we have someone in charge of this each year is because the company offers so many different options for holiday entertainment that it has to be limited to just a few things. I was happy that I was in charge of it this year because this is actually one of the more fun things to put together. Continue reading “Entertainment for Our Community Christmas Party”

My mom and friends were talking about how much weight I had lost. I lost sixty pounds so far and only have about thirty pounds left to lose. I do have a lot of extra skin and while I am really upset I did not go to the gym and work out, I am glad that I lost that much weight. I may not have the perfect body but at least I can say I worked hard to actually go and make my life a lot healthier. Things were going well and I found Coolsculpting in Sacramento and I was really interested in hearing how that could actually help me get tighter and help me lose my fat. I would like to consider it but I have no idea how much money it cost so I did not want to go and do anything about it before reading about it and talking to the doctor because I was so interested.

I heard from my sister in law that for about three thousand dollars you have a part of your stomach frozen and it is supposed to look smaller. I don’t understand why she actually bothered to have it done because she went and she worked on her stomach when she has really fat legs and she does not look normal. She looks bloated and that is not the most healthy thing at all. I think she needs to go to a health spa and spend three thousand dollars to have someone look at her blood work and ask her what she eats and get her to start thinking more about living and less about just going through the motions of life. It seems like that is such a lonely way to be when you live all alone and things don’t look good.

It always seems as if our schedules are becoming more and more cumbersome, where it is difficult to figure out how to work in the tasks that we used to be able to get done after work and on the weekends in our free time. But as work schedules get longer and more demanding, these tasks can start to pile up and become afterthoughts. Keeping you car in tip top shape is one such task, which is why many have begun to take advantage of mobile auto detailing in Orlando. Instead of having to take an hour out of your free time to wash your car or go and wait in a long line in person, you can get the service to come to you location and it requires none of your time.

As the cost of cars has increased over the years, it has become more and more important for people to keep their expensive cars looking good. Continue reading “The Simplest Way to Get Your Car Detailed in Orlando”

It always seems as if our schedules are becoming more and more cumbersome, where it is difficult to figure out how to work in the tasks that we used to be able to get done after work and on the weekends in our free time. But as work schedules get longer and more demanding, these tasks can start to pile up and become afterthoughts. Keeping you car in tip top shape is one such task, which is why many have begun to take advantage of mobile auto detailing in Orlando. Instead of having to take an hour out of your free time to wash your car or go and wait in a long line in person, you can get the service to come to you location and it requires none of your time.

As the cost of cars has increased over the years, it has become more and more important for people to keep their expensive cars looking good. Continue reading “The Simplest Way to Get Your Car Detailed in Orlando”

We’re utilized to discovering gold in jewellery stores, in memorial showcases or in the bank. We certainly do not expect to discover it from the kitchen. However, because it’s regarded as quite beneficial to the body, helping to it heal from many ailments and rejuvenating it, why don’t you utilize it in our own food? Gold is very malleable and ductile. It may be defeated in very thin sheets that may be trimmed in the desired contour.

As we all know gold is a valuable metal. This makes it more expensive and reachable only for specific people and in various quantities. The newest trends in food and drink demand the usage of scents or dust . The typical innocence of the alloy employed in these recipes is about 23 karat.

Fine particles of stone are used today in a vast selection of beverages. Ingesting them isn’t harmful and each one the luxury restaurants and nightclubs be certain their bartenders are conversant with these thoughts.

The majority of the instances golden is used to beautify hills. Among the greatest combinations is that the one between chocolate and gold. It’s possible to locate it when purchasing a beautiful chocolate cake out of one of the very best confectioneries in massive cities. Utilizing gold in their own food isn’t merely a means to keep yourself updated with the most recent haute cuisine demands, but also a means to draw clients by providing something uncommon and very unique. Among the qualities of gold is the fact that it doesn’t have any taste. Nevertheless it appears great as decoration of cakes. Whenever your desert is introduced to you at a crystal goblet, then it features all sorts of chocolate cream and whipped cream and it has some gold leafs in addition to it that you can simply be happy with this particular restaurant’s support.

There are a lot of ways that in which you may discover edible gold at the current days. It’s ordinarily superbly packaged whether it’s gold dust, gold scents or stone spray. That’s exactly why it may be an proper gift for those that enjoy real worth and that dare to try new recipes. It’s a really innovative kind of purchasing goldand it’s a fairly modest cost on account of the little quantity of gold at the package. But it could include a little luxury whenever you’re preparing a significant meal.

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It is not enough to have a great website if your income is based off of commerce sales. A great website is needed to keep the customers there once they find it, but that is the key. They must find it first. If someone does an online search with keywords specific to your business and they do not find your website on the first page of results, then you have a serious search engine optimization problem. That is what happened to me, and the first thing I did was a search for SEO in Toronto.

I needed to find a company that does search engine optimization for websites like mine. I went through the first dozen or so of search result pages, and I still did not come across my own website. I was growing weary of looking through them because I was finding websites that were not similar at all to mine. Continue reading “I Wanted on the First Page of Search Engine Results”

It’s not hard to put in a little bit of fizz to your bath time using a home made bath bomb. If you don’t understand what a toilet bomb is, then you’ve been missing, but that’s a scenario that could soon be repaired. Just keep reading.

A bathroom bomb is a candy scented Combination of citric acidand baking soda and other
Ingredients which start to fizz if you drop them in to your bathtub and since the toilet bomb fizzes; the odor is discharged and fills the toilet with a soothing aroma that lasts for 2 hours. In reality, you might be enticed to remain in the bathroom for hours, however, do not take action, it’s no great smelling good if you seem just like a prune.

To produce your own bath bombs, you may need 1/3 component (cup g, pound — but you need to quantify it) uric acid, also 2/3 component baking soda and the magical ingredient — a few witch hazel in a spray bottle.

To start with combine the baking soda along with the citric acid completely together.

You’ll need to work quickly here since the mix will begin to fizz whenever the spray strikes it.

Next you have to press on your drama doh-like mix into your preferred molds (ice block containers work well). Make sure you press the mixture nicely to the molds and make them sit until tender.

If your dinosaurs start fizzing out in their molds, then continue to push them. All that fizzing suggests you have to have been a bit too excited with the witch hazel and also obtained your mixture too moist. Do not worry you’ll know another time.

Incidentally, the tougher you package your mix into the mould, the tougher the bath bombs will probably be and tougher bombs have a tendency to survive longer.

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I wanted to find a place where I could store some furniture until I decided what I wanted done with it. It belonged to my grandmother, who had moved into a nursing home a couple of weeks ago. I was clearing out her house because we knew she would not be moving back there. I am the only one in the area, so the task was left to my wife and myself. I did a search for self storage Ajax to see which places were affordable. After I looked at the different options available, I knew that there was really only one answer.

Green Storage is not that far from my grandmother’s house, and they have just recently renovated their facility. Continue reading “Storing Furniture is Easy in Ajax”

In effect I am sort of the muscle for a drug rehab clinic that does methadone treatment in Florida. In fact this area was home to this place that really had a huge hand in starting a real drug epidemic in this area. They were advertising themselves as a pain clinic, but in essence they were just giving away pain pills to anyone who walked in and asked for them. Of course the DEA closed that down after a time, but the damage was done and the end result was that we got a lot of drug addicts who eventually turned to heroin. The rehab part is not always voluntary either, so you have a lot of people who came here under a court order or others who went into this place to try to get a reduced sentence. So not all of the people we have are in any way committed to the process. Continue reading “I Just Started My Latest Job”

I'd like to talk about something I call "the Diva Syndrome". The Diva Syndrome is basically a need to define everything in its finest terms whether it describes it or not. What do I mean by that? The term "diva" actually means "a female singer of outstanding talent". In Italian, it basically means "a goddess".

By that definition, I would consider the following female singers "divas": Barbara Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Etta James, Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Cher, and most likely, Madonna. Now there are more more that belong on that list but I am trying to show the caliber of singers that occupy that lofty design. They represent the best of the best. Nikki Minaj a diva? No. Miley Cyrus? No … ever! Maybe Pink … someday. Probably Mariah Carey … soon. And so on.

The point to be made is that we have begon to throw around words that represent the highest standards of performance or ideals and applied them to less than exemplary people. That is not to say that some people do not deserve to be recognized for their value but to apply terms like "diva" or "hero" to just anyone, diminishes the value of the term. It's like last place trophies. If everyone gets a trophy for participating, what's the value for a first place trophy. Far less, I dare say.

Today, in pathetic attempts to appear patriotic or socially responsive, people (and in particular news media) throw the word "hero" around as true true heroism is commonplace and I assure you it is not. True heroism entails a willingness to sacrifice one's own life to save others. To be a hero is to present moral excellence in the face of corruption and deceit without regard to one's own comfort and security. Yet, today the world is full of pseudo-heroes. Claimed by those who benefit in doing so or have their own cause elevated because they identify themselves with those they have claimed as such.

Today we proclaim members of our military as "heroes". Let me be clear about one thing, I respect and support the men and women of the armed forces but I can not support the blanket use of the term "hero" without lowering the esteem I have for those who have sacrificed their lives to save others. Members of the armed forces are paid a wage to do a job and they do it well, without a doubt. But at the end of the day it is still a job and my concept of hero does not include those who show up for work. The same holds true of police, firemen, and paramedics. It certainly does not include medical personnel who are very well paid to save lives. That's their job and we expect them to do it. It is the case, then a fry cook at a fast food joint is just as much a hero as a soldier because he too shows up and does his job. There is no difference. A soldier can be killed? So can a fry cook, but if that lowly fry cook thwarts a robbery attempt and in the process is shot, possibly killed. Then, he has become a hero.

To be a hero should not be confused with duty. Duty is your obligation to do your job or to live up to your responsibilities. To do your duty is expected. You are not rewarded for it except that you may earn a wage or achieve some acclaim for being forthright. A soldier is paid to do a job. Doing that job is their duty. If it means being put in harm's way, then it is their duty to do so. To be a hero means to go beyond duty. To do that which most others would not dare do.

I had the privilege of meeting a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient at a social function a few years ago. This individual, a medical helicopter pilot, was responsible for saving the lives of nearly a dozen soldiers in a gunfight in Vietnam. Without regard to his own safety, he retrieved wounded soldiers from a clearing while taking hundreds of rounds of bullets in his helicopter. When other helicopters would not risk going back into the area to get more trapped soldiers, he continued to go back. He retrieved all of them. His helicopter was shot up so bad it could not make another trip. He took six.50 cal. bullets to his legs, arms and chest while flying. He did not have to do any of this. In fact, he was ordered to return to base but he refused to leave those soldiers trapped. This is a case of extreme heroism. To call all soldiers heroes diminishes the term that is reserved for such men as that helicopter pilot.

Duty is an obligation to fulfill a responsibility or oath. Heroism is to go "above and beyond the call of duty". The list of great heroes in history is long and impressive. Great leaders, politicians, activists, and inventors of all types can claim the title. But more than the big names in history, it is the unsung heroes of everyday life that deserve our admiration the most. The common person who raises to the occasion not out of duty but out of love and compassion for their fellow man.

The best example I can think of is Rachael Beckwith who wanted to raise $ 300 dollars by her ninth birthday to help bring clean water to people in poor countries. Tragically she was killed in a car accident in 2011, $ 80.00 short of her goal just after turning 9 years old. Her cause and her death inspired countless others to join the effort to raise money to provide clean drinking water to poor regions throughout the world. Today, through her efforts the organization charity: water has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars and bought clean drinking water to villages such as that of the Bayaka tribe in the Central African Republic.

Upon learning that people did not have clean water to drink, the 9-year-old girl said, "I do not want a birthday party, I do not want gifts, I just want people to have clean water". That is the voice of a true hero. A little girl who touched the lives of those she did not even know.

What you are about to read is a new theory about the cause, and prevention, of thyroid disease. We believe a simple lifestyle issue that characterizes modern life is leading to thyroid dysfunction. It’s something you can test for yourself, on yourself. And the concept itself will change the way science thinks about thyroid function.

If correct, this theory has the potential of significantly reducing the need for thyroid medication, and may help prevent thyroid disease, potentially causing significant loss of revenue for the multi-billion dollar thyroid treatment industry. This information is therefore being shared directly with the public without peer review, since the peer reviewers are part of that treatment industry.

The issue has to do with a commonly known feature of the thyroid, something which everyone knows about the thyroid, but has failed to recognize as a significant feature. It has to do with the location of the organ.

The thyroid is located directly beneath and partly around the thyroid cartilage, or the Adam’s apple, in the throat. Tilt your head back and feel for the most prominent cartilage sticking out. That’s the Adam’s apple. Underneath it is your thyroid gland, shaped like a butterfly.

While the thyroid is on the outside of the Adam’s apple, on the inside is the larynx, or voice box. You can tell this by placing your hand on your thyroid and humming. Try this. Hum by saying, “MMMMMMMMM”. Then say it louder and louder, until you are yelling. You will feel your thyroid vibrating. The louder you hum, the more it vibrates.

What happens to the thyroid when it vibrates? The thyroid is filled with a gel-like material that is the storage form of thyroid hormone. The gel releases hormone when the thyroid is massaged, which is why massage therapists avoid throat massages for hyperthyroid patients. There have also been medical studies that show certain types of occupational vibrations cause injury to the thyroid. The thyroid is clearly affected by vibration.

It is logical, then, to conclude that the vibration of the thyroid by using your voice also stimulates the release of thyroid hormone. This is a natural mechanism the body has for thyroid stimulation. This would also explain why Nature has designed the thyroid to be surrounding the voice box. In its wisdom, Nature developed a way that our activity level can influence our thyroid function.

That makes sense when you consider the function of thyroid hormone. This hormone is responsible for overall metabolic rate. Too much thyroid hormone, and you essentially burn up. Too low, and you can’t get your fire started. So when your life is full of excitement and stimulation, and you talk, sing, or yell a great deal, your thyroid gets stimulated to release more hormone, stoking your fires and keeping your energy up. When you have times of being restful and quiet, your voice gets a rest and your fire gets turned down.

The throat is essentially functioning as an activity indicator, since activity is usually associated with using one’s voice. We are social animals, and our activities usually involve other people with whom we communicate by using our voice. And this is true for other social animals, as well. Groups of social animals keep in constant vocal contact with one another, whether it is geese honking, chickens clucking, dogs barking, or humans chatting. In all mammals and most vertibrates, the thyroid gland is associated with vocal structures.

Which raises a question regarding mute humans. If the thyroid is stimulated by vocalizing, and if the person is mute, then you would expect that person to have an understimulated thyroid. Indeed, that is the case. One of the common problems mute children face as they grow up is their thyroid gland does not function properly, and they soon are put on lifetime thyroid medication.

But what if these mute children had their throats vibrated for them, perhaps by some voice simulator? Or what if they had their thyroids massaged? Surely, something could be done to replace the lost stimulation caused by mutism. Unfortunately, the link between vocalization and thyroid function is not considered, so these therapeutic alternatives to drugs are not tried.

Of course, mutism is the extreme case of underutilization of the voice. What about the millions of speaking people, mostly women, who are being told they have low thyroid and need lifetime medication and doctor visits? Could some of these people be underutilizing their voices, too? Are people these days not speaking as much as they used to?

When you think about the reality of modern life, that could certainly be the case. For example, people used to talk to each other in person or over the telephone. Now, they email instead of using the phone. We can communicate with people all over the world, but that communication is electronic, not vocal. Then there were the evenings, not long ago, when people used to sit together and read books aloud, tell stories, and sing songs. People made their own entertainment, and this usually involved using their voices. Now, people silently listen to iPods, watch videos, or surf the Internet. We now consume entertainment, instead of making our own.

We also have less exposure to other people in our daily lives. Many jobs today involve little contact with other people, except over the computer. And more people are working at home, further reducing interpersonal contact. More people are living alone, too, due to record divorce rates and a general trend towards single living. For many people, there’s just nobody to talk to.

These people may be suffering from their silence by having an understiomulated thyroid. They may benefit from singing, huming, massaging their throats, or even letting a purring cat caress their throats. They need throat stimulation to keep their fires burning.

On the other hand, there are those who overuse their voices, and overstimulate their thyroids. Hyperthyroidism is associated with stress, and many people who have stress in their lives yell. Yelling really vibrates the thyroid, and could cause vibrational injury. This could cause too much hormone to be released, resulting in temporary hyperthyroidism until the vibrational injury can heal. In fact, most cases of high thyroid get better by themselves, assuming the doctor hasn’t already destroyed the thyroid with radioactive iodine or surgery. We have already recorded several case histories of people who developed hyperthyroidism after experiencing months of stress that included intense fits of yelling.

So that’s the great discovery. The thyroid vibrates when you use your voice, and this stimulates the thyroid to secrete hormone. It is another axis for thyroid hormone control, along with the well recognized feedback mechanism from the brain’s hypothalmus and pituitary. It is something that is obvious, and yet has gone unrecognized by medicine. Perhaps telling a patient to talk or sing more is not something that fits well into the medical pharmacopeia.

Of course, this theory still needs more research. Despite its sensibility and the supporting evidence briefly mentioned above, there need to be biochemical studies. But these studies will have to be funded, and drug companies, and the government agencies they influence, will probably not be interested in funding them (and if they are, beware of the results!) Fortunately, you do not have to wait for the medical industry to considers these comments, (and the potential impact of this information on drug revenues and professional fees.) You can start singing right now, unless, of course, you have high thyroid, in which case you may want to whisper for a while.

And tell your friends, especially those who are depressed, quiet, and told they have low thyroid. This is something they can shout about.

From budget basic to modern marvels, the hunt for the most indispensable of sewing tools.

Sewing is so different from what it used to be, and so are the machines on the market today. With so many different sewing machines, shopping for one can be daunting.

The following list of machines are worth a test drive, dividing them by the sewing skill level, the kind of sewing they are suited to for, and the pros and cons of each category. Use it as a starting point in you search, then head to your local dealer to try them out in person. The only way you’ll know which machine is the one for you.

STARTER SEWING MACHINES; They are no-frills, sewing-only machines. Most will include automatic buttonhole features and a basic selection of utility stitches. Some are electronic rather than computerized, with dials or buttons for machine settings rather than touch screens. These machines are basically for the beginning sewers, kids and anyone who plans to do only basic garment construction, mending, or home decorating and craft projects.

PROS; easy to use, affordable and capable of turning out quality clothing and decorating projects.

CONS; decorative stitches are limited or non-existent. Tension may not be set automatically. Buttonholes may require manual manipulations.

SUGGESTED MACHINES ARE; Singer Feather weight 11; Brother NX-200; Elna’s Debut 2110 or 2130; Euro-Pro’s Intelli-Sew; Bernetta from Bernina; Husqvarna Viking’s Scandenavia 100

MID TO HIGH-END SEWING MACHINES; These machines are performance oriented machines geared to garment and home decorating sewing. They handle a wide variety of projects and fabrics with ease. Some are electronic, but some are computerized. They feature a wide variety of utility stitches, automatic tension settings, self-threading and multiple automatic buttonhole settings. Some have built-in decorative stitches for embellishment. These machines are for serious sewers focused on dressmaking, tailoring and home decorating projects.

PROS; touch screens or electric settings take care of tension setting and indicate the correct stitch length and presser foot. Multiple automatic buttonhole settings and styles, precision sewing speed control, better handling of fabrics and hundreds of built-in utility and decorative stitches. Instruction manuals are stored in the machines memory and can be accessed from the LCD screen.

CONS; pricier than basic models. The wide variety of features and options may intimidate those not comfortable with computerized functions. These can be rectified with practice and lessons from the dealer.

RECOMMENDED MODELS; Singers Quantum 9940; Brother’s NX-600 Janome’s Memory craft 6500; Elna Quilters Dream Ultra 6003 QT

COMBINATION SEWING/EMBROIDERY MACHINES; these high-tech machines offer the best of both worlds. You can stitch up garments, home decor, and accessorize to your hearts content. They have a switch presser feet and snap on the embroidery attachment to decorate y our designs with professional embroidery. The designs are built into the machines memory, supplied on flash cards or similar devices. Some models you can download designs directly from the internet to the machine by way of a USB port.

PROS;Offer almost unlimited creative embellishment potential.

CONS; These machines are expensive, but as the technologies advance manufacturers are introducing lower-priced models that offer many of the same functions as higher-end machines.

RECOMMENDED MODELS; Singer Quantum Futura; Brother’s Innov-is 4000D; Janome’s Memory Craft 10001; Bernina’s Artista 200E; Artista 185 Quilters Embroidery Edition

EMBROIDERY-ONLY MACHINES; These machines are dedicated to machine embroidery. These machines are for mostly for someone starting a custom embroidery business, crafters interested in embellishing read-made items.

PROS; Since embroidery is their sole function, these machines turn out designs more efficiently. Higher speeds than combination sewing embroidery machines.

CONS; You can’t sew on these machines.

RECOMMENDED MODELS; Brother’s PR-600; Babylock’s Embroidery Professional; Bernina’s Deco330.

Now you are ready to head out to your local dealer and try out some of the machines before you buy.

Here’s the truth about singing lessons: they’re bullshit! Unless you get the right ones. If you’ve ever played sports or learned any complicated coordinated motor type skill, you may appreciate how much it sucks to try and UNLEARN an incorrect habit that you picked up from a shitty coach, lack of knowledge, whatever. But the point is, you’ve TAUGHT that action to your body and it’s going to RESIST you as you try to reprogram yourself. Welcome to Suckville, population you.

There’s a lot that a very excellent teacher can do to help you improve your singing, while a poor teacher can seriously screw up your voice both in terms of learning bad habits and actual, physical damage can occur to your vocal anatomy if you practice poor habits.

However, I’m going to make a bold statement: learning to sing can’t be taught. Not fundamentally. YES, your teacher can point out things you’re doing wrong, YES your teacher can suggest a corrective course of action but everything they tell you is also fundamentally inaccurate. Why? Because singing is invisible. Meaning, it’s primarily a kinesthetic skill.

“Kinesthetic” refers to your perception of your own body and its motions, both internal and external. In the same way that a musician develops his ability to listen to musical details that the lay person won’t notice, so does a singer constantly strive to develop a “body map” or an internal, self-consistentrepresentation of their own physiology. This includes learning how to control muscle contractility, how to coordinated extremely fine muscle groups in the larynx, how to breathe correctly (a study in and of itself) and a million other things that nobody else can see (not fully, anyway) but that YOU can learn to fully FEEL. It’s weird because we don’t normally think of this as one of our sense. We say “touch” is a sense but really touch is just a small part of the greater whole of body awareness.

So, when a teacher gives you some kind of advice, you have to try it out, see how your body interprets and implements that suggestion, TRANSLATE it to the language of your body so that it’s internally consistent and be willing to constantly revise it as your body provides feedback to you. Your teacher can’t see this. Even a biofeedback machine can’t see this, but you have this incredibly sophisticated biofeedback device that tells you exactly what’s up in your body, so learn to operate it – it’ll take your your singing to a whole different plane.

The best place to look for a vocal coach is at your local college or university music program. The reason for this is because many professional singers are on staff at a university to help supplement their income and give them some sort of job stability. Your chances of finding a really decent vocal coach here, as opposed to on some flyer, are high.

When you go to meet your potential new vocal coach, you should ask them a lot of questions about their credentials, experience and even ask them to sing for you. I can’t tell you how many singing teachers I see who, when you ask them to sing something, they sound like crap. Out of tune, poor vocal tone, bad diction, you name it. If you encounter this kind of teacher, stay the hell away because they don’t know what they’re doing. Trust your instinct. If they don’t sound damn impressive, they simply can’t help you. If they react in a defensive or evasive way to your request that they sing, tell them straight up: I’m not taking lessons with anybody until I’ve heard them sing. Don’t say it in an asshole way, but be direct; it’s your time and money and remember the saying “garbage in, garbage out.”

I want to leave you with a thought that my grappling coach likes to remind us of: you can watch videos, come to class, learn from a master, blah blah blah, but ultimately, the responsibility to get good falls on you. Only you can make it happen. Get a partner, drill a move a hundred times, then do it a 100 more on the other side. Your coach or teacher could be world-class, which of course is better than studying with some bum who doesn’t know shit, but I put my money on the guy studying with a bum and owning the speed of his progress versus the dude dropping $250 an hour with a decade-long Met singer where the student doesn’t take any action to get the results.

When you realize – not intellectually, but on a deep level that you literally feel in your stomach – that it’s solely on you to make it happen in everything you do in life (getting good at singing being no exception of course), that’s the day you’ll be free. Because as long as you’re counting on others to achieve your successes for you, you’re going to be angry, disappointed and unsuccessful.

People who have frustrations with their voice have very few options in improving their confidence and overall tonal quality of their voice. While there are many singing tips and techniques that are available online, they are usually not enough to address individual needs. Finding vocal coaches is easy, but finding one that will work with your voice and teach tricks that will benefit how you sing can be a long and expensive guessing game. Believe it or not there are singing lessons online that can really work for you.

Professional Celebrity Singing Coach Roger Burnley has put together one of the most unique and comprehensive singing packages, where singers will learn how to sing high notes, and perform practical vocal warm ups, all while preventing voice strain. In addition there is support for those who truly want to step up their singing.

Burnley has a proven track record of helping some of the biggest names in the industry reach stellar heights through applying his insights and methods. Some of these names include Macy Gray, Brandy, Ray J and list goes on. This is not a one size fits all approach, rather a collection of a broad range of techniques and tips that have one thing in common: They work for almost everyone. Regardless of age or experience, even if you’ve been singing all your life, Roger has found that many singers face the same common problems that can easily be addressed by his methods. This program promises to increase your range and improve your overall singing. Roger is confident that you will see results and he is willing to stand by his words.

What the program will teach you

Throughout the DVD learning set, Roger will teach all the important aspects of developing a stronger, better sounding tone of voice. It will include his own singing tips and techniques, and vocal exercises that he’s taught to various singers in the past. He goes into detail explaining how to use your vocal apparatus properly. The videos show his very approach about how to visualize what you’re doing and which part of your body you should focus on. The idea that he imparts is that you are NEVER too late, too old, or lacking in talent. There is a method for every single problem that you may run into while singing.

This program contains 4 modules for singers at EVERY level.

Here are some singing lesson highlights where you will learn:

  • The EASIEST way to double your vocal range. Learn to add at least 8 extra notes on top of your range.
  • Discover every bad habit and correct them using 3 vocal correction techniques.
  • How to avoid straining your voice.
  • An Insider secret technique behind Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, and Christina Aguilera (just to name a few).
  • Two very different ways you can sing high notes. No confusing stuff that most teachers teach.
  • Two great vocal warm ups that pros use every day.

Members Site

One thing that sets Roger’s home-based program apart from others is the addition of real singers. It includes an exclusive members site where you can get ongoing training. This is an amazingly powerful tool for learning straight from the mouths of real amateurs. Being able to look at how people apply these methods first hand will help to demonstrate how you can easily and quickly pick up these new singing tips and techniques. The site contains further instructions on the vocal exercises, informative educational videos and a blog where members are able to post questions for Roger’s response. This is the first singing instructional program to offer this feature. Additionally, members have the ability to upload audio or video recordings of their singing for Roger’s comments and individual direction.

Final words

The major weakness in Roger’s program has is that it is a home based product. Not being able to talk one on one with a coach or other singers can seem unsettling for many students who are familiar with traditional methods. Getting immediate feed and motivation can be a big part of one’s success. But, with member’s site and the addition of a one on one call from Roger, it should help address that issue.

While promises of 100% success are unrealistic and exaggerated, this program will get you as close to that threshold as possible, for a fraction of the cost of real and in-person coaching. Whether you have the desire sign a record deal, perform on stage or just improve your skills for personal satisfaction, you can easily find great valuable lessons from this singing course that will get you closer to your goals. In a short amount of time you will undoubtedly see some results and notice that your voice has improve tremendously.

There are two sets of muscles which control your vocal registers. These muscles are called the thyroarytenoids (TA) and the cricothyroids (CT). To sing contemporary (popular) styles of music, the strength in these muscle sets need to be especially balanced and coordinated. When one set is much stronger than the other, vocal issues such as these occur:

  • Limited vocal range.
  • Frustrating pitch problems.
  • Lack of control of vocal “licks” or embellishments.
  • Limited options of vocal tone colors.
  • Lack of ability to blend the voice.
  • Vocal register breaks.
  • Vocal strain.

The CT muscles “work” the head voice, or upper vocal register, lengthening the vocal cords by tilting the thyroid cartilage. The TA muscles “work” the chest voice, or lower vocal register, shortening and thickening the vocal cords, of which they are the core.

People who strain in chest voice need a stronger head voice (controlled by the CT muscles), People who have trouble reaching lower notes (common with classically trained singers trying for a contemporary sound) need to strengthen the TA muscles. For a singer, more important than knowing the names of these muscles is learning to identify the sensations…how the voice should feel and operate… when these muscles are balanced.

When there is an imbalance, vocal training can strengthening the weak set to match that of the strong set. How? The way you strengthen any muscle is to use it — and use it correctly. Here are some tips:

* If you tend to strain at the upper end of your chest voice (also known as pushing chest voice):

Practice singing in your head voice. Do exercises that take you up far higher than you’d normally go when singing songs, but be sure you’re not leaning or pushing to do so. Just go as high as you are able to without strain. Keep doing this on a regular basis and you will strengthen the muscles that control your upper register. Your head voice will begin to influence your chest voice and you will be able to sing notes that were previously difficult or almost impossible for you to reach without straining.

* If you have been classically trained and find it hard to keep from bringing your head voice too low when doing contemporary (non-classical) or musical theater songs:

Practice singing in your chest voice. Feel for vibration in your mouth and chest; avoid a “hootie”, “covered” or  hollow sound. Set up your chest voice the same way you should your head voice… stretch tall and do not bend forward or hunch over. Sing songs and do exercises that take you up into middle voice, but keep it “talking” voice; don’t “go over” to head voice. Important… while using this voice, DON’T PUSH. In fact, it is helpful to imagine a glass plane in front of your mouth when you sing… try not to leave a breath mark on it. Make sure you are in chest voice. If you’re not sure which register you are singing in, find a good voice teacher who can help you learn to identify the corresponding sensations of being in head or chest voice.

When you attain a balanced strength in the TA and CT muscles, you will seem to have ONE integrated vocal register, because your chest and head voices can easily blend into what is commonly called “mixed voice”. The most accomplished, masterful voices are also the most blended.

For highly effective vocal muscle balancing exercises called “blending steps” as well as more great vocal instruction, look for the 6-CD package at the website below:

When you have a headache your singing voice has a headache. When your toe hurts it’s very hard to sing well. When you have an argument with someone and it bothers you later your singing voice will be negatively affected.

Notice I said “singing voice”, not just performance. I’m talking about a physical reaction in the vocal cords to problems you are experiencing.

Consider this: the guitar player is not the guitar, the drummer is not the drum set, the piano player is not the piano…but…THE SINGER IS THE VOCAL INSTRUMENT. You are not only the “player” of your vocal cords, your vocal cords are an inseparable part of you. Also, since the voice runs on internal energy, and your energy is sapped by physical and psychological problems, and breath is stolen by stress, anxiety and high emotion, it stands to reason that your singing will be affected. Notice how you become out of breath in high stress situations.

One of the big problems for female singers is the “period”. When you are enduring that process your physical and mental functions go haywire. But you don’t need me to point this out. However, you may not have recognized that the same swelling, discomfort and mental unbalance that affects the rest of your body and psychology affects your vocal cords and performance.

So, how do we overcome these problems when we sing? We can’t. But being armed with the understanding that our singing voice is being negatively affected will reduce the added stress of not understanding why our singing isn’t up to par.

Know your song so well that you can pull off a good (to the audience) performance regardless of those problems only you are aware of. Be prepared to sing some of the more difficult note lower or softer. The trick is to fool the audience into thinking that everything is fine. Become a master at disguising your problems and mistakes.


Keep yourself in good physical and mental shape.

Singers and their voices are all rolled up in one package. They can’t be separated like the guitar player from their guitar. Here are some powerful suggestions to help you through those times when you (and your voice) are not feeling so well.

“Today, like every other day, we wake up empty and frightened,” wrote the great Sufi mystic Jalaluddin Rumi, “Don’t open the door to the study and begin reading. Instead, take down a musical instrument. Let the beauty we love be what we do.”

The Sufis believe in celebrating by singing and dancing. Thus music takes the centre stage as it comes very close to meditation, as underlined by Osho. In North India, Sufi Masters like Bulle Shah, Baba Farid and Shahbaz Kalandar wrote ecstatic poetry that has become popular as Sufi and folk music today especially in the form of Qawwali.

Qawwali is a vibrant musical tradition that stretches back more than 700 years. Originally performed mainly at Sufi shrines throughout the subcontinent, it has also gained mainstream popularity. A lead singer has a group of supporters who sing along and clap with the accompaniment of other musicians. The artists and the listeners are often transported into a state of ‘wajad’ where they feel intoxicated with the presence of God. The late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is considered the uncrowned emperor of Qawwali.

‘Mast Kalandar’ the qawwali of Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Kalandar is perhaps the most famous and most popular of these. Considered as ‘the national anthem’ for qawwalis, it is sung at every concert of Sufi music. Pakistan’s the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan popularized qawwali to the West after the Sabri Brothers became renowned qawwali singers. In the 1970s, Shakila Bano Bhopali from India was perhaps the most popular female qawwali singer who toured many countries to entertain NRIs. Now Abida Parveen has joined this famous group. Now Rahat Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, a nephew of Nusrat, is becoming popular especially with ‘Lagi man ki lagan’.

In India, the Wadali Brothers and Hans Raj Hans are top Sufi and qawwali singers. Another star is Zila Khan, daughter of legendary Sitar maestro, Ustad Vilayat Khan is named after Amir Khusrao’s raag Zila Kaafi.

Since 1960, Bollywood films popularized qawwali since the classic ‘Barsat ki Raat’ ‘Mughle-e-Azam’ had memorable qawwalis are remembered till today. Other hits come from ‘Amar, Akbar, Anthony’. More recently, ‘Maqbool’ had a powerful number by Daler Mehndi and this year ‘Jodha Akbar’ had one Khwaja mere Khwaja” by A. R. Rehman. Among the Punjabi folk singers, Hans Raj Hans, has a number of traditional Sufi numbers to his credit, Rabbi Shergill got overnight fame for ‘Bulla Ki Jaana’ and Kailash Kher for ‘Allah ke Bande’. Although a Punjabi Pop Singer, Hans Raj Hans, has made a name for himself as a Sufi singer as well and he is a great admirer of Osho, reading and listening to his words for inspiration, he says. All these singers are reviving qawwali with a modern touch.

Traditional qawwalis go one for one hour or more as in the case of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan that transports listeners into a trance like stage with his artistry and surrender. They succeed in touching the ones who are open to the call of the Ultimate. Sufis use music as a medium, for example in qawwali, to share the eternal message; and when it is sung with fervour, it brings one closer to the Ultimate.

Pakistani Sufi singer Shafqat Ali, says, “Sufi music is more about ibadad (prayer) of God. The whole idea of Sufi music is connecting to God through music. The lyrics of those songs are mostly poems and shayari (poetry) written to praise God and talk about his love towards mankind.”

Adds Sufi singer Abeeda Parveen, “Sufiism is a practice in praise about the almighty. The music is a broader term expressing love for the beloved. The intensity of the love is indefinable.”

Osho says, “Music comes closest to meditation. Music is a way towards meditation and the most beautiful way. Listening to great music you suddenly become silent — with no effort. Falling in tune with the music you lose your ego with no effort. You become relaxed, you fall into a deep rest. You are alert, awake, and yet in a subtle way drunk.” Seems Osho is talking about Sufi qawwali music.

Since singer Ruslana won the Eurovision Pop Song Contest Ukrainian pop-music had become popular throughout the world. People listen to Ukrainian pop-music with pleasure all over the world.

Many Ukrainian pop singers – Sofia Rotaru, Iryna Bilyk, Oleksandr Ponomariov, VIA Gra, Ruslana, Ani Lorak, Nadezhda Granovskaya, Alena Vinnickaya, Anna Sedokova, Svetlana Loboda, Vera Brezhneva, Verka Serduchka have gained popularity outside Ukraine long time ago, especially in the Russia, USA, Japan and many European countries.

Ukrainian pop music was born a long time and in agony. Biographers did not fix the exact date of her birth, but many suggest that this date does not coincide with the birthday of the independent Ukraine. Music was born a little earlier – in 1989 with the first festival ‘Chervona Ruta’. This festival healed the border between traditional singers (Sofia Rotaru, Vladimir Ivasyuk) and a new wave of Ukrainian pop music.

Now times have changed, and you can see new stars on the stage – Ruslana, Ani Lorak, Svetlana Loboda, the group “Via Gra”, Alena Vinnickaya, Verka Serduchka. Today on the Ukrainian stage represented almost all musical styles: from folk to acid jazz. Club culture is actively growing.

Ukrainian Star Factory opens new bright talents, such as Dantes and Oleynik, Boris Aprel. Participants of the well-known TV project are gaining more and more girls’ hearts each day.

Girls band “NikitA” and the singer Marta is very popular musical projects. Marta – a permanent participant of various television and radio programs, a guest on the most significant sporting and social events, actively supports a variety of charitable and social activities.

NikitA is extraordinary modern Ukrainian pop-group, and was created for the attention of the male audience. NikitA is two-sex aggressive girls, ready to show all the charms of their body and voice (Dasha Astafieva and Julia Kavtaradze).

Ukrainian pop music arose with the international popularity of groups like Vopli Vidoplyasova, Vij, Okean Elzy, Via Gra et al. and individual musicians, such as Ani Lorak, Tina Karol, Alena Vinnickaya and Ruslana.

Also progresses Ukrainian rock music. Among the most famous groups – “Ocean Elzy”, “Vopli Vidoplyasova “, “TNMK”, “Skryabin”, Lama. Ukrainian Rock festivals like “Rock-Existence”, “Taras Bulba” are held regularly.

Some have the good looks on their side; others have infectious rhythms or cheeky lyrics that are on the likes of all people. Some are talented, some are not, but they all share a common feature: they are the most popular male singers of 2012.

1. Psy

Who said you have to be handsome, sexy and talented to be successful? The 34-year-old rapper from South Korea proved that you don’t have to be Justin Bieber to become viral overnight. Inn just six months, Psy turned from an anonymous low appraised Korean singer into an international star. When “Gangnam Style” and its video with all those bouncy moves and cheeky girls were released into the mainstream, thousands of people realized that they are not suffering from influenza, but from Psy-fever. The song was actually like a tsunami for the charts, especially for the Billboard Hot 100 and Psy’s fulminating and sudden success earned him the MTV News title of Viral Star of 2012. Now, from preschoolers to grannies, heterosexuals and transsexuals, Christians and Hindi, anyone can dance on his rhythms. The U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon praised his music for helping to promote tolerance and his video became the most watched video on Youtube, beating out Bieber’s video of “Baby”. With “Gangnam Style” Psy closed the American Music Awards, was invited on “Saturday Night Live” show and “Today” show and inspired numerous parodies. His name is easy to remember and we will all remember him for a long time, especially since there are great chances to impress us with another major hit next year as he signed with Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun and his Schoolboy Records imprint.

2. Justin Bieber

Overthrown by Psy, Bieber lost his crown and his is not the critics’ first pick for the most popular male singers of 2012. Nevertheless, he is still one of the most adored singers of the year and has every right to be so. This year, he released his third studio album, Believe, which marked the passage from adolescence to adulthood. He proved that he evolved and matured as an artist and performer, he hit the road on the Believe Tour, which further promoted the album that was already taking the number one position on the Billboard 200 and he worked really hard on an acoustic album that will see the daylight next month, in 2013.

3. Pitbull

He is as aggressive as the canine specie whose name he so proudly took as his. In 2012, Pitbull released his seventh studio album, Global Warming, which received positive international acclaim, embarked on a world tour and he received the key to the city of Kodiak, Alaska.

4. Chris Brown

His mistakes have been long forgiven, so the only things that count are his musical endeavors. In 2012, Brown won the Grammy Award for Best R&B Album and he released a new record, Fortune, which received mixed reviews and yet topped the Billboard 200, proving that his fans’ tastes are more important than that of the critics. Besides, Brown made the headline of several tabloids this year. But whether it’s his intake of cannabis, his new controversial tattoo, his community service or the violation of his probation, Brown is a name that makes magazines and tabloids sell and when this happens, his new album is also selling well.

There is nothing worse than opening your mouth to sing and nothing comes out. This is a problem many singers face, but there are a few simple tricks you can use to avoid this happening to you. Here are my favourite tips for keeping your vocal cords lubricated and ready to sing pitch perfect.

  1. Keep hydrated! Drink plenty of water leading up to a performance. It may sound obvious, but many of us don’t drink enough water. If you feel thirsty, there’s a good chance you’re already dehydrated. Keep a drink bottle with you and get into the habit of taking a sip regularly. It will become second nature in no time.
  2. Ginger. Many of my singing friends recommend drinking ginger tea before a performance. When I was first learning how to sing I found ginger ale helpful. Try them out and find which you prefer. Often if you are singing at a club it’s easy to get ginger ale if nothing else is easily available.
  3. Drink lemon water. Just slice up a whole lemon and place in a jug of water. Some people prefer lemon cordials or soda’s. It can be really refreshing.
  4. Avoid really cold drinks and ice. Instead try tepid water or teas. Many singers say this helps to warm up the vocal cords. Obviously this is a personal preference. Try for yourself to see if this helps you relax your voice.
  5. Avoid drinks with caffeine or alcohol leading up to a performance. They have a tendency to make you feel dehydrated which is exactly the opposite of what you want.
  6. Avoid dairy products or anything that creates mucus. You may find too much of these will have you constantly clearing your throat.
  7. Keep clear of smoky or dry environments. This can cause a real strain on your vocal cords. A humidifier can be helpful if at all possible.

Sometimes a dry throat is hard to avoid, especially when nerves are involved. The next step is to work on your confidence. Know you are amazing and go out there and strut your stuff. Show the world what you are made of even if you do have a little frog in your throat. The more you perform the easier it becomes.

When you’re learning how to sing it’s best to try out a few different things to see what works best for you. I hope these tips help you avoid getting a dry throat!

I was tired of all of the stares that I would get whenever I would go out in public. I was tired of the people whispering comments about me, and some even telling me them to my face. I couldn’t take being a fat person any longer and wanted to get a new body. I tried to do dieting and exercise, but I couldn’t stick with a plan and only gained more weight. I was at my wits end, but then I learned about Orlistat generic pills and my entire life was changed for the better.

The pills made it easier for me to lose weight than I could normally do on my own. In just one month of using them, I was able to burn off 20 pounds. I’ve been using them for nearly half a year, and my body looks drastically different. I still have a long way to go to get to the body that I want, but I’m on the right path and there’s nothing that can stop me. There is one thing that I’ll have to take care of in the future. Continue reading “The Journey of a Fat Man”

You’ve heard them on the radio, seen them on TV; superstars like Chris Brown, Trey Songz and Usher. Anywhere they go, they have a certain presence about them, an aura even. The thing though, that sets them apart from regular people in everyday life is more attainable than you think: their clothing.

Celebrities have been, and always will be trend setters, but there are certain guidelines you can follow which will get you the same amount of attraction and presence as R&B superstars.

  1. First and foremost, get in shape. Join a gym – there are very few modern day supernova R&B singers who are overweight. If you’d like to exude the same amount of presence as these celebrities, you’ll need to acquire a somewhat likewise build: lean. So eat less, more healthy and workout more. Not only will you feel better, but you’ll look better in clothes (and out of them).
  2. Second, wear form fitting clothes. Obviously nothing too cheesy, but things like v-neck t-shirts and skinny jeans tend to be really form fitting and exude a confidence most average joe’s do not.
  3. Third, don’t be afraid to stand out. That is the point. Shop for jeans that make you say “Hmmm”. A great example of this is acid washed black and grey skinny jeans or jeans with rips and tears.
  4. Also, you can never have enough nice jackets, but just make sure they’re slim/form fitting and not too baggy. And make sure you get some nice shoes to go with this (when in doubt, go with white).
  5. Last but not least: accessorize. There’s nothing better than a boldfaced watch, great looking glasses and a beautiful chain.

As a last note, again: do not be afraid to experiment with colors others may be afraid to try. In example of this: I have a few pastel shirts and a red jacket fit for the set of a Thriller video.

With a little experimenting and this guide, you’ll be catching attention as-if you yourself were an R&B singer yourself.

Leave it to me to need to find Brisbane locksmiths open 24 hours in the middle of the night. I was not even sure if there were locksmiths in the area who serviced around the clock like that. I imagine it is not every person who gets locked out of their house at three in the morning. Knowing that did not make me feel any better though. That is one club I would have been happy avoiding for the rest of my life. Since I did happen to misplace my keys though, I knew that I needed to find a locksmith who would be able to help me.

There are other ways I could have gotten into my house. I could have thrown a rock through a window. I could have waited til my husband arrived home at the end of the week. I could have called a locksmith since the first two options were not really good ones. So, that is what I did. Continue reading “Locked out of My House in the Middle of the Night”

Every one of us has a mysterious double life.

For about two thirds of the time we are conscious beings, thinking about the world within and without, and negotiating our ways through the obstacles of life. For the other one third of the time we are nearly lifeless lumps of flesh, unconscious to everything but our own fantasies, as we lie flat in bed asleep. We all know that sleep is important for health. But for an activity that consumes about 8 hours of everyday of life, surprisingly little is thought about the act of sleeping, or the way our culture teaches us to sleep. Sleep behavior, like all human activities, is defined by our culture.

Sometimes, the practices taught by our culture can impact on the way our bodies function. As medical anthropologists, we research ways our cultural practices may be affecting our health. And we have found that the way we have been trained to sleep may be one of the most important causes of various diseases plaguing our society.

Of course, when you consider the culture of sleeping, it includes such isues as the length of time to sleep, and time of day for sleep. Do you take frequent naps or do you sleep 8 hours straight? Do you sleep at night or during the day?

Other issues concern sleepwear. Do you sleep nude, or with pajamas or lingerie? Do you sleep in your underwear? Should the sheets be natural fabrics, such as cotton or silk, or is polyester okay? What about the detergent and fabric softeners used in the sheets, pillow case, and pj’s?

Should you eat before you sleep? What is the impact of watching television before sleep? Should you take sleeping pills to help you sleep?

These are some of the culturally defined issues that help determine how we sleep, all of which may have some potential impact on health. However, there is one cultural issue that tops the list of importance, and which may greatly determine your health status. It has to do with your sleep position. Are you sleeping on a firm, flat bed, face down, with your nose and eye compressed against the bed and pillow? Or are you on your back with your head slightly elevated, as is the case for many native cultures that use hammocks or other non-flat surfaces for sleep?

The reason we ask this last question is because the circulation to the head and brain is completely related to your body position when sleeping.

We all have had a time of experiencing dizziness or lightheadedness when getting out of bed too quickly. This effect is called orthostatic hypotension, and results from the fact that blood pressure falls when you lie down, and sudden raising of the head may temporarily deprive the brain of sufficient blood pressure, resulting in the dizziness or lightheadedness. The blood pressure soon rises, increasing the blood supply to the brain, as you feel normal again.

This phenomenon shows that the body’s position, relative to gravity, influences head and brain circulation. You can also demonstrate this by doing a head stand, which many yoga practitioners do daily. Intracranial pressure rises dramatically, as blood rushes to the head, which becomes beet red, and the neck veins swell out, as blood pools in the venous system.

But apart from these examples, very little, if anything, is mentioned in medical physiology textbooks about gravity and its impact on circulation. Yet, you cannot fully understand brain circulation without considering gravity.

The effect of gravity on brain circulation is purely mechanical, and relates to the position of the head relative to the pumping heart. When we are standing up, the head is above the heart, so blood must pump against the force of gravity — from the heart to the brain — lowering the effective pressure with which the arterial blood is delivered to the brain. Meanwhile, drainage of blood from the brain to the heart is facilitated by the pull of gravity.

In contrast, when we lie down and are horizontal, the heart and head are now on the same plane. This eliminates the effects of gravity on brain circulation. Blood from the heart pumps powerfully into the head without gravity’s resistance, increasing intracranial pressure. And blood returning from the brain to the heart must do so without gravity’s assistance, causing a back-up of blood in the brain.

Essentially, intracranial pressure increases, and overall brain circulation diminishes, when you are lying flat compared to standing up.

Of course, the body is intelligent and has mechanisms for controlling brain pressure under different gravity situations. When the brain gets pressurized from lying down, there are various pressure receptors in the head and neck designed to lower blood pressure, thereby preventing too much brain pressure and the possibility of blowing a blood vessel or creating a cerebral aneurysm. This is why blood pressure is lower when we are sleeping, and horizontal.

But these brain mechanisms for adjusting pressure have their limits. As we go through the day in a vertical position, gravity relentlessly pulls our body’s fluids downwards, which is why many people have swollen feet and ankles by day’s end. Once we lie down, the gravity effect is lost, as fluid leaves the legs and returns to the head. So despite our brains normal defense mechanisms, throughout the night intracranial pressure increases and is highest in the morning, after hours of lying flat, and lowest at the end of the day, after hours of being vertical.

What happens when intracranial pressure is high from long periods of lying flat? The increased arterial pressure causes extra cerebral spinal fluid to form in the brain’s ventricles, increasing intracranial fluid pressure. The ventricles swell and the cells of the brain become bathed in excess fluid, essentially causing brain edema. This edema would lower the available oxygen and sugar for brain cells. The lack of gravity assisted drainage from the brain would cause a back-up of blood in the venous system and collecting sinuses in the brain. The brain’s circulation would become relatively stagnant, as the only force moving blood through would be the pushing force of the arterial pressure (which is greatly reduced after going through the cerebral circulation) and the sucking force of the heart’s right atrium. And in addition to the brain swelling under the pressure, the eyes, ears, face, sinuses, gums — the entire head — will become pressurized and the tissues congested with fluid!

There is one field of medicine that avidly studies this effect of gravity on physiology. That sub-specialty is Space Medicine. Astronauts in space are in a zero-gravity field, and it is known that this causes blood to shift to the head and brain, causing increased brain pressure and accompanying migraines, glaucoma, Meniere’s disease, and other problems associated with a pressurized, congested brain. To study the negative effects of zero-gravity here on Earth, these space scientists have people lie down flat! However, since medicine is so wide a field, with sub-specialists learning more and more about less and less, there is little exchange of ideas between space medicine and Earth-bound medicine. Otherwise, someone would have realized that lying flat is what we do when we sleep. If it causes problems for astronauts, then couldn’t it cause problems for everyone else?

We found out about this Space research while we performed our own research into sleep positions as a possible cause of migraines. We hypothesized that sleeping too flat for too long each night could lead to brain pressure and fluid accumulation (edema) within the brain tissue, with associated hypoxia and hypoglycemia. The brain cannot function well without proper amounts of oxygen or sugar, and this condition would be at its worst in the morning, which is when most migraines occur.

While migraines have been thought of as a pathological phenomenon, it is also possible that the migraine is the brain’s defense mechanism to receive new blood along with sugar and oxygen. After all, the only way the brain can get what it needs is from the bloodstream, and during a migraine arteries to the head open up and send blood with force throughout the brain. Perhaps, we reasoned, the migraine is a type of emergency “brain flush”, replacing old blood with new. If so, could we prevent migraines by having migraine sufferers sleep with their heads slightly elevated?

We tested our theory by having about 100 volunteer migraineurs sleep with the heads of their beds elevated, from 10-30 degrees. Head elevation, we theorized, would improve the brain circulation by providing some gravity assistance to drainage. Interestingly, we found that Space Medicine researchers discovered that brain circulation (and heart pumping) is optimal at a 30-degree head of bed elevation.

To our amazement, we found that the majority of the migraineurs in our study experienced relief by this simple sleep position change! Many had no new migraines, after being migraine sufferers for 30 or more years! The results were very fast, within a few days. And there were very interesting side effects, too. Our volunteers woke up more alert. Morning sinus congestion was significantly reduced for most people. Some reported that they no longer had certain allergies. Could we have discovered the real purpose and cause of migraines?

The implications of these findings were, frankly, astounding to us. So many diseases are related to increased brain pressure of “unknown” cause. Sleep position was never studied as the cause of this increased pressure. The implications go far beyond the prevention and treatment of migraines. Any condition that is related to brain pressure, and that is usually worse in the morning after a night of horizontal time, can be potentially related to this gravity and sleep position issue.

Keep in mind that the brain is the central nervous system controlling and modifying all bodily functions. If certain centers of the brain are congested and pressurized daily by sleeping too flat for long hours, those centers can malfunction. Depending on the way a person sleeps, the idiosyncrasies of their brain circulation, and other variables, different people might experience this brain pressure differently. For some, the respiratory centers of the hypothalamus might be particularly congested, resulting in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (which has been associated with head and body position while sleeping), sleep apnea, or even asthma. Sleep apnea has been shown to be treatable with changes in sleep position.

Strokes are clearly associated with brain pressure, and usually occur at night or in the early morning, while sleeping. This is when brain pressure is highest.

Glaucoma is clearly caused by this mechanism. It is already known that eye pressure increases when the head is down, and decreases when the head is up. It is essential to note the head position when taking eye pressure readings because of this sensitive relationship between intraocular pressure and head position. Eye pressure is also highest in the early morning. Elevating the head while sleeping should be routine for glaucoma treatment and prevention.

Baggy eyes and sinus congestion seem to be related to head pressure. Just as the brain gets extra pressure when lying down, the head and face are pressurized, too. People with these problems usually find immediate relief by sleeping elevated 10-30 degrees.

Alzheimer’s disease, we believe, might be the end disease caused by chronic brain congestion and pressure from flat sleeping. The cerebral ventricles of the Alzheimer’s brain are expanded, suggesting a history of ventricular pressure, and generalized lesions along the ventricles may indicate areas of brain tissue that have deteriorated from this chronic pressure. Other research has already shown Alzheimer’s is associated with increased brain pressure, but the cause has been considered unknown, as is the case with almost all brain pressure problems.

It should be noted that the blood-brain barrier cannot function properly when pressurized. Excessive intracranial pressure can cause leaks in this barrier by expanding the basement membrane, allowing heavy metals, e.g., aluminum and mercury, as well as viruses and bacteria, to enter the brain that would have otherwise been excluded. This may be why heavy metals have been associated with certain brain problems, such as Alzheimer’s.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is also known to be associated with congestion of the “impulse center” within the brain that helps control behavior. We found several children with ADHD experience profound improvement of self control by elevating their heads while sleeping.

In addition to head position relative to gravity, we also have found side or belly sleeping can create problems. For example, we found several cases of carpel tunnel syndrome related to sleeping on the hands or wrists, and shoulder pain from sleeping on the side. And keep in mind that head pressure increases, and drainage diminishes, when the head is rotated to the side. Sleeping on the back avoids compression of limbs and internal organs.

It is also interesting to note that patients with asymmetrical problems will typically be worse on the side they sleep on. For example, eye pathology will be worse in the eye on the side of the face that is slept on most. Ear infections will be worse on the “down” ear. You can also tell the side a person sleeps on by observing the shape of the nose. Apart from injuries, the nose should be symmetrical, but becomes curved away from the pillow because of sleeping on the side of the face and pressing on the nose for hours each night. The nose will point away from the side that is most slept on.

Men should be told that side sleeping may result in testicular compression and possible dysfunction. And women who sleep on their sides or stomachs subject their breasts to compression and impaired circulation. Side sleepers may have more breast trouble on the side they sleep on.

We should forewarn the practitioner, however, that, while the effect of elevating the head while sleeping will be dramatic and transformative for many patients and should be considered essential to disease prevention strategies, the fact is that many people resist changing their sleep behaviors. They have been conditioned to sleep a certain way since birth. And even when they want to change their sleep position, it’s difficult to ensure compliance when the subject is unconscious! It takes tremendous will power to alter sleep behavior. But it is well worth the trouble, as people usually see within a week of sleeping elevated.

We found the best methods for head elevation include using more pillows, using a foam wedge, placing blocks under the legs of the bed frame at the head of the bed, or using an adjustable bed. While the ideal position is with the head from 10-30 degrees elevated, 10 degrees elevation is fine to start with. The legs should be slightly elevated, too, and the person should try to stay on his or her back as much as possible. The ideal position is one you would be in if leaning back in a recliner chair. (Recliners would be fine to use, too, but they usually give poor lower back support.) Also, be aware that some people will find one degree of elevation more comfortable than another. People with low blood pressure may need their heads lower than those with higher blood pressure. Others may have some neck and shoulder discomfort from the new position. However, by experimenting with pillows under the arms, underneath the buttocks (which prevents sliding down the bed), and under the feet and legs, the patient should find a comfortable solution.

Also, when taking in to effect patient history, realize that neck injuries and tight neck muscles can impair venous drainage of the brain by compression of the jugular veins by the tight muscles. Neck massage and spinal adjustments may help improve overall brain circulation. We have had a few case histories where there was little or no improvement from head elevation, but the subjects had a history of neck injuries.

Of course, there will be times when people feel lightheaded and need to lie down to get more blood to the head. It might also be better for people to sleep less at night and to make up for lost sleep with a nap, or a siesta, during the day. That would avoid extremes of high and low brain pressure. But our culture makes it necessary for most people to do all their sleeping at once. Sleeping, after all, is a cultural issue. The point is to be aware of how you feel, and realize that your body position relative to gravity may be a key factor affecting health and disease.

We are continuing to research this effect of gravity and sleep position on health, and encourage practitioners to communicate their patients’ experiences with us. We also highly encourage you to read our book, Get It Up! Revealing the Simple Surprising Lifestyle that Causes Migraines, Alzheimer’s, Stroke, Glaucoma, Sleep Apnea, Impotence, and More! (ISCD Press, 2001), where we discuss the profound implications of this theory, including a lengthy list of references about brain pressure and various diseases and the effect of gravity on brain circulation. After you see the evidence, you will probably be as amazed as we are that sleep research has been ignoring this critical aspect of sleep.

Sleeping too flat each day may be the greatest lifestyle mistake people are making in our culture. Some of the worst diseases of our time may be all in our bed!