“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”

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.

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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!

When I go to a website, I usually find myself there for one reason. I have done some kind of search, and I clicked on one of the websites at the top of the first page of results. I know that search engine optimization is important because of this, but I honestly do not know the first thing about it. I know that there are algorithms that are extremely complicated but quite accurate when it comes to SEO, so I knew I needed to find a good SEO agency to help me with my own website.

I was doing great business already with it, but I wanted to expand. The majority of my customers were established already, and the rest of my business was because of referrals. Continue reading “Why I Needed an SEO Agency”

Music…who can do without it? It has turned out to become a major part of our lives. No day goes by without you hearing at least a sound that is consistent.

I have trained lots of people musically and when it gets to learning or scoring a song, I usually get asked this question, ‘how do I score a song?’

Basically, scoring a song is dependent on many factors like your learning speed, the technicality of the song, your voice texture etc. You need to understand that scoring a song no matter the factors, demands time and concentration. So to really deal with a song just like the original or even better, you need to give it attention and more.

How To Score A Song

With the following tips here, you can get to score a song with little or no stress.

1. Know The Lyrics – You must have the lyrics to the song you want to score handy so that you do not get to sing the wrong stuff or perfect your ignorance & foolishness. Once you sing a song with the wrong lyrics, it will be difficult for you to unlearn it.

2. Follow A Voice Signature – In a song especially that done by choirs, you get to hear many voices singing different parts. You need to understand that in most choir arrangements, you would usually have the lead singer(that does all the ad-libbing) and the other major 3 choir parts – Soprano, Tenor, Alto. You would have to learn to listen to a particular voice signature and sing exactly what he/she is doing.The lead voice in a choir arrangement is usually unique and usually stands out from the other choir parts.

3. Be a doer – You must learn to do exactly what the lead singer is doing…do not be scared to attempt the different scales s/he might run in the course of the song. It is in the doing that you learn how to sing. Music runs like a cycle…the runs and scales you learn from a song you have previously scored, can be used in several other songs you would encounter.

I know these few tips will get you on your way to score just about any song no matter its technicality.

Get more tips about song scoring and any music related issue from our online community – Harmony Music

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 wasn’t easy to find High School Story cheats when I first started looking. I enjoyed playing the game but it seemed like it was really hard, more like almost impossible, to pile up rings and books. Which was the revelation that made me start looking for the hard to find, aforemoentioned cheats.

After a bit of searching I came to my second realization, finding High School Story cheats wasn’t as easy as I first thought it would be. Allow me to add some elucidation for you, in the name of explaining why finding cheats for High School Story was so important to me.

I’m not what you would consider and “avid gamer” or even a “gamer” really. To go one step further, since I turned thirty, I really only play puzzle games. You know the type; Sudoku, Solitaire as well as other logic games. That being said, somehow I ended up playing and sincerely enjoying High School Story. Maybe it’s because I was homeschooled all my life and I really don’t know what the high school experience was like.

Regardless, I was enojying the game, but I felt like I was falling severely short of my ring and book collection goals with no chance of recovery. And, this is where the rub, for me, came in. I am a natural over-acheiver. Continue reading “Start Using High School Story Cheats”

Oil of Oregano and Vocal Health Care

Oil of oregano is one of nature’s most potent and powerful healing substances on the planet. It has been tested against a variety of infections and has been found to exert a high degree of anti-fungal, anti-parasitic, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial actions. It is also one of the most important tools a voice professional can have in their vocal health tool box.

In his book, The Cure is in the Cupboard: How to use Oregano for Better Health, Dr. Cass Ingram, one of the world’s foremost experts on the healing and curative powers of Oil Of Oregano, describes the unlimited uses for this amazing oil. The main and most effective use is as an outstanding agent for respiratory illness, lung problems and expelling mucus from the lungs (which usually results in mucus on the vocal cords).

These are major issues that we as voice professionals always need to be on top of. If we are having difficulty with our lungs and breathing or have mucus in our chest and throat, we are in big trouble. Our breathing needs to be open, full, and free of any debris or obstruction.

Vocal Health Care Tool

I use Oil of oregano when I feel ANY type of cough, scratchy throat or weakness in my body, or any other sign of possible illness creeping into my system. The oil itself is very, very powerful and extremely potent. In his book, Dr. Ingram directs to put 1 or 2 drops into juice and drink it down. This is okay for those who can tolerate the intensity of the oil. However, another way to use it is to put it into an empty pill capsule and swallow it. Empty capsules can be found at any health food store or pharmacy.

When pouring the oil into the capsule, be very careful not to get any on your hands or the outside of the capsule. It is very powerful and can slightly burn your skin if you have open cuts. And it will do the same to your throat if it is on the outside of the capsule, so be very aware when preparing it for use.

Mucus and Lung Troubles

If you are hit with respiratory problems, you may want to begin using the oil immediately a couple of times a day. The antibiotic-like effects of the oil are incredible, and the oil does not destroy the good bacteria in your gut like antibiotics do. Instead, it helps the body use its own healing powers, and less energy is used toward fighting the adverse effects of the antibiotics. I sometimes mix a few drops with honey, lemon, water and a spoonful of olive oil to cut the taste and the burn. I use this as a gargle if I am in really deep trouble and need to sing soon. I can feel the healing begin almost immediately.

Remember, never use more than 1 or 2 drops when applying the oil to your throat directly, and always be sure to check with your doctor or health practitioner first before adding or changing any medications or herbs into your diet.

I do not usually endorse or pitch any particular brand of product on my blog. However, when it comes to some formulas or manufacturers, one needs to be very careful as to what they use. Such is the case with Oil of Oregano. The most reliable and extensively tested and researched product on the market today is Wild Oregano P73. It is a bit pricey for the amount you buy, but it goes a long way, and you don’t need to use much when administering it.

As always, I wish you the best on your quest for Superior Vocal Health.

The first thing you want to do is go to the California DMV website, I will add links for you so you can find the information easily as the DMV website can be a little difficult to navigate through. (AB2499 is New CA legislation for traffic schools that was put in place 9.1.2012) It covers all the rules and regulations as well as the qualifications needed for the owner operator and instructor.

After you go through the information you will want to print out the traffic school owner checklist, it will prove to be very helpful in checking off each thing you need to complete.

Opening up a Traffic violator school can be a long and tedious endeavor; there are many requirements that need to be in place before the DMV approves you.

I will list a few of the steps involved in opening up your school:

1) The first thing the DMV requires is to submit a traffic school lesson plan along with an $800.00 fee for your original review of an online course, $800.00 for a home study course review or $475.00 for a classroom course to be submitted with your OL764 form. You will have to wait up to 120 days for the DMV to do a background check on you as well waiting for your approval or rejection of your course. If you would prefer you can purchase a pre approved lesson plan which is probably easier than writing your own which is a 6 month to a year project. Plus you will get your approval letter from the DMV in about a week and only have to pay a $25.00 fee to use a pre approved course.

2)The DMV must approve your traffic school name before you can move forward with the rest of your application, you will need to fill out the OL 612 form, but before you your waste time purchasing your domain name for an online traffic school you can call the DMV and check to see if the name you wish to use is available at the time of your call (916) 229-3126. If your name is similar to another name being used, your domain name will be rejected. If the name is available then you can send the form up to DMV by overnight mail, they will send you back an approval for your chosen name by US mail.Once you get your application approved, your school name will be placed on the DMV website, which is free marketing for you.

Some additional DMV requirements are: being fingerprinted by live scan, securing a bond, pay the required fees, submit an insurance certificate, purchase a DMV approved lesson plan,or write your own, rent an office space in which to run your business out of and hold your traffic violator classes if you wish to teach a classroom course. FYI…The DMV makes no distinction between a classroom traffic school or an online traffic school course in terms of the application process,the DMV wants you to have an office space even if you only have an online course. They state that students should be able to come into the business they have chosen to take their traffic school course with.

Your application must also have: Assurance of compliance with the American with Disabilities Act. Property use verification. If you Incorporate or choose to have a Limited Liability Company or Limited Liability Partnership owned businesses: You will need a copy of the Articles of Incorporation, Corporate Minutes or other document filed with the Secretary of State, which identifies the officers, share holders and managers with an interest in the business is required.

A copy of your Business License

Copy of your Fictitious Name Statement

Copy of your rental or lease agreement for all offices and classrooms or use form OL 144, Traffic Violator School Classroom Lease or Rental Agreement.

A California traffic school consists of an owner or owners, an operator who oversees the operation of the school and the traffic school instructor who will teach the classes. The operator has to take an 8 hour course either online or inclass as part of their application process if they have never been a licensed DMV operator before. If they have previously been a DMV licensed operator then they only need to take a 4 hour online or inclass course. After class they will receive a certificate which can be taken to DMV with their application packet. After the operator has taken their initial course whether a 4 or 8 hour they will have to take a mandatory 4 hour class each year. The owner does not have to take a DMV test, but the operator and instructor do. The written exam will consist of traffic laws, Safe driving practices, Knowledge of teaching methods and techniques. The operator will also have additional test questions on statutes and regulations, office procedures and record keeping.

These are just some of the requirements that I have listed above, read through the information on the DMV website before you decide if you want to proceed with opening up your school. In my future articles i will go over the requirements in more depth for the operator and instructor as well as marketing yourself on the internet.

DMV Links:

To view the forms and fees along with the application requirements for the traffic school owner the link below will show you all the information on one page.

Country music, with its harmonious ensemble of banjos, harmonicas, electric guitars, violins, and acoustic guitars, has captured many fans from around the world. Although it began in 1920s, the music gained its popularity during the 1940s. With many styles and sub-genres of country music nowadays, there are still many old country songs that remain close to the heart of their lovers. Here are the top four of evergreen country songs of all time.

1. George Jones – “He Stopped Loving Her Today”

The song was written by Bobby Braddock and Curly Putman for the American country singer George Jones. The song was released in April 1980 and was included in Jones’ album “I am What I Am”. For six years, the song remained Jones’ number one single. The song tells about a man who never gave up loving a woman. The day the man stopped loving her was the day he died. Surprisingly, the woman of his life turned up at his funeral.

2. Patsy Cline – “Crazy”

Although originally written by Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline’s version received the most positive reviews and became the number two hit in 1962. In 1961, Willie Nelson, who at the time had written many hit songs but had not yet succeeded with his own recording, offered the song to country singer Billy Walker, which was turned down. The song then went to Patsy Cline who successfully brought the song to be listed in the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles for 21 weeks.

3. Hank Williams, Sr. – “Your Cheatin’ Heart”

The song was written and recorded by Hank Williams, Sr. in 1952, but was not released until his death in 1953. The slow blues ballad, telling the true story of a lover who was guilty of cheating on the singer, was inspired by Williams’ first wife Audrey Williams. The song has been recorded by many notable singers from various genres such as Nat King Cole, Elvis Presley, Louis Armstrong, Patsy Cline, Van Morrison, Fats Domino, and LeAnn Rimes.

4. Marty Robbins – “El Paso”

“El Paso” was first released in September 1959 in Robbins’ album “Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs”. The single not only became a hit on country music charts; pop music charts also received the song very well. In early 1960, both music charts placed the song on their number one position. In 1961, “El Paso” received a Grammy Award for the Best Country & Western Recording. The four-minute and thirty-eight second song tells the story of a cowboy from El Paso, Texas who fell in love with Feleena, a beautiful girl who danced at Rosa’s Cantina.

As an aspiring singer, if you have ever dealt with such issues as:

  • Upon hearing your recorded voice back, think, “Eeeww, that’s not me!
  • You go for the high/ low notes and choke
  • You run out of energy and can’t seem to complete a phrase seamlessly
  • You sometimes confuse ascending and descending movements of pitch

… then you could benefit from using various concepts of reinforcement in the form of visualization.

We have either auditory or visual dominance in our brain’s analytical processing. One might assume that auditory would be the most desirable in singing. Not necessarily. Imagery may be very helpful, and cultivation can be developed. An analogy is making related doodles in the margins of text you need to memorize.

Solutions: Try individually, to discover which ones/ combinations are most effective for you.

  • The ‘direction’ of the voice is often perceived as coming out of the mouth and straight forward, but it may be more advantageous to monitor oneself by ‘channeling’ the sound back toward the ears. Think of a ‘J’ shape.
  • Similarly, if you think of the voice as coming ‘up’ through your body, instead send an energy downwards through your feet, grounding with the earth. Think of a pulley system, whereby the downward motion of one side automatically raises the other.
  • Rather than thinking of pitches as existing on a vertical plane, try a horizontal plane. Extending your arm off to your left, begin a ‘siren’ on any vowel with your lowest pitch, slowly moving your arm to the right as you ascend pitch. Swing your torso around with the rising tone, watching your finger pointing to the horizon as you go. This gives all frequencies of your voice ‘equal opportunity’.
  • If you feel as though your head might explode when you go for a high pitch, imagine that your head is a pressure cooker with the valve on top for all the excess ‘steam’ to escape.
  • Think of the melodies in terms of changing shapes, especially helpful in right brain activity associated with overtone singing, in which the hemispheres become more highly integrated. (Overtone singing is the ability to clearly produce two or more pitches simultaneously.)
  • Toning on a particular vowel with eyes closed encourages visual imagination rather than having the interference of external stimuli, therefore informing the singer of powerful associations.
  • Use silence as you imagine creating a sound, ‘picturing’ the associated inner physical activity, eliminating interference of the brain’s auditory response.
  • Using a mirror, notice your body language. If it seems extreme, counter it with the opposite extreme. Get someone else to observe your body language, as typically one is not self-aware of it (i.e. rag doll, wooden soldier, football quarterback). You might be ‘favoring’ a particular part of your body.
  • Holding an imaginary bubble in front of you, fill the space with your voice, allowing the bubble to increase in size, moving your hands apart to simulate.
  • Imagination is key: ‘picture’ being in your greatest comfort space, a useful concept for stage fright.
  • EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique, using body ‘tapping’ to reinforce new and useful programming)
  • On a more concrete level, overtone spectrum analysis offers visual biofeedback, displaying color bands for which harmonics are pronounced, lending intuitive information about how to enrich the sound.

Above all, singing is a joyous mode of self expression, so to convey yourself with a full palette of the senses is the most effective way to move your audience.

To be a good singer a person has to have good techniques as well as a good emotional grasp of the song. To improve his singing skill, one should best take vocal lessons. Aside from learning at institutions, it is possible to have your own vocal lesson at home and be your own singing coach. This is what you must do:

1. Warm up

Warming up is important before you start every practice. Start with a five-note scale of do-re-mi-fa-so for five minutes with a lower or a higher half step each time. Avoid getting adding tension while hitting higher notes.

2. Perfect your posture

Stand up or sit up straight before starting the exercise. This will give your lungs better air capacity. Place your hands on your hips, inhale, and feel towards your abdomen. Let go of a large amount of air through your mouth and feel the change in your lower abdomen. This trick is good for exercising your diaphragm.

3. Find more help

To start exercising with your preferred style, find video tutorials on YouTube, Fliiby, or other video streaming sites. On these sites, you can find many tutorials for training vocal abilities with classic, metal, pop, or any other styles. You can also obtain these in the form of CD or DVD tutorials.

4. Play games

If you worry about not hitting the pitches accurately, you can have fun and improve your singing skill by playing games like Rock Band or the Pro Mode of Disney’s Sing It. Besides giving DIY lessons, these games also allow you practice singing with music. The score given at the end of every session shows the accuracy of your singing pitch.

5. Protect your asset

Healthy vocal chords is the best asset for a singer, you can protect it by doing these:

– Keep your throat warm with a scarf

– Avoid clearing your throat as it slams your vocal chords

– Eliminate excess mucus by drinking warm drinks and lemonade

– Gulp a teaspoon of olive oil before a gig

– Avoid drinking milk, very hot beverages, or very cold water before a gig

– Stop smoking

6. More helpful tips

Not everyone can practice improving his singing skill by himself. While technique can easily be improved, a true amateur might need more than video tutorials. Try to get professional coaching if you encounter these:

– You feel strain or pain while singing

– You tend to get fatigue after singing

– No significant improvement after six months to a year of DIY training

– You have vocal problems (e.g., you cannot hit the right tone or your notes sound airy)

Becoming a part time helper in Singapore can present a host of challenges. For starters, I found it difficult to find a part time helper position that worked with my other schedules. Most people will hire you, but then they want you to start filling in for other people and before you know it the position has turned into an almost full time job. I couldn’t do that, but I did need a part time position in order to pay off some bills as well as save some money for the impending holiday season. I wanted to control my hours, though.

Fortunately, I found the perfect company where picking your own hours isn’t an obstacle to anything else in your life. Continue reading “Best Part Time Job I’ve Ever Had”

Many of my friends did not want to go to university because they said that it was going to be too expensive for them and that their parents could not afford it. I knew that it was going to be a lot for my family to pay for my college but they told me that I was going to have to take out some loans. I looked up how A level physics tuition was paid to the school, because I really needed to take that class and I found out that it was very good. I had to take this class so that I could apply to the engineering department at a very good school. I wanted to make sure that I was taking the right class at the right school and when I looked up the program that I was going to apply to I saw that they would accept that class. There were a lot of people that were not confused if this class would be accepted, but it was.

There are a lot of people that are afraid to take a chance on a dream that they have. I know that if people look around, they will be able to find ways to pay for college if they are resourceful. More often than not, there are people who complain that they don’t have a dream for their lives and I think that it is sad. It is nice to hope for things to happen to you, and it’s even better if you can make it happen for yourself. I know that through a lot of hard work and determination, I was able to make my dream come true. My family and friends support me all the way for my dreams to be seen as a reality in my life.