Yeast Infections: Symptoms, Causes, and Home Remedies

Some fungi can be found in the human body, certain conditions can trigger it and cause problems, but it generally serves its purpose. [what it was designed to do] without ever making a person sick or causing them discomfort.

The most common yeast infections.

* ringworm – an infection in the shape of a round ring that is very infectious [can cross infect from person to person], usually found on all skin surfaces, but can also infect nails [as tinea]. It starts slowly, but if left untreated it can infect the entire surface of the body and cause a lot of itching and discomfort.

* Athlete’s foot / foot: mainly infects between the toes, but can also be found on the sides of the feet or in and around the toenails.

Candida: mainly infects moist areas of the body [groin and upper thighs] but it is also known to infect toenails. This fungus is also known as thrush and can cause diaper rash. [on babies] and vaginal infections [in women]

Jock itch: the upper thighs and groin area are the main areas that are infected with this fungus

Some symptoms




cracked skin

inflamed skin

raised bumps

burning sensation

foul-smelling discharge

Hair loss

Symptoms depend on the area infected by the fungus. [you will not lose your hair if you have athletes feet for example], infection care should be started as soon as possible to prevent further infection and cross-infection [ringworm, athletes foot etc].


* Athlete’s foot – with dirty socks [or sharing with an infected person], using public showers or swimming pools, not drying between the toes and having very sweaty and wet feet that are not cared for.

* Jock Itch – Poor personal hygiene in that area could cause this [as well as thrush]. Wearing dirty underwear and a very sweaty groin area also contribute to this problem.

Candida – a form of yeast infection that infects damp and damp areas, poor personal hygiene, and the use of dirty underwear. [diapers in the case of babies with nappy rash] they are also a trigger for this problem.

* ringworm [also know as tinea] – it is generally transmitted from one infected animal or person to another by physical contact. This fungus is very contagious and it is very important to have good personal hygiene and avoid infected animals or people.

Antibiotics, poor diet, diabetes, cancer, and some other serious illnesses can also make people susceptible to a yeast infection; This is because the sick person already has a weakened immune system.

Home remedies

* yogurt: applied as a topical treatment to the infected area [must be fungal] or taken as food for an internal infection [vaginal infection]

* apple cider vinegar – applied as a topical ointment for skin infections [must be fungal]

* aloe – applied as an ointment alone or mixed with olive oil on the fungal infected area

* vitamin E oil – mixed with baby oil and aloe, topically for yeast infection

* tea tree oil: applied topically to fungal infected areas

* garlic: apply raw garlic to the area, avoid sensitive areas for this treatment, it may smell but it sure works

Remember to eat right and drink plenty of fluids at this time, this will help the immune system fight the yeast infection.

Over-the-counter medications will also help clear the infection. If there has been no noticeable change after a few days, see your doctor for a diagnosis and prescribed medication or treatment for the condition.

Dealing with mental health problems in Nigeria

Nigeria has a population of approximately 230 million people, in fact it is a boon for the country and a good market for local and foreign investors.

But my beloved country has 80 million people at risk for mental health problems.

Unfortunately, there are less than 200 professionals, trained and qualified with certificates to attend to this social issue, throughout our country.

Dr. Jibril Abdulmalik, coordinator / executive director of the Asido Foundation, a non-governmental organization, dropped this suggestion on Thursday at the Nigerian Institute for Medical Research in Yaba, Lagos.

Speaking during the launch of his book: Optimal Mental Health: A Daily Guide, Abdulmalik said that the World Health Organization has stated that one in four people is a victim at any time in their life.

According to him, around the world, 10 percent of the population currently suffers in one way.

In Nigeria, there is a large gap between health workers and victims. He stated bluntly that statistics reveal that 80 percent of Nigerians have no access to mental health treatment.

The truth is, there are no properly trained and certified mental health professionals. Therefore, some untrained people could easily fool victims with the ability to heal them.

The level of poverty in our country is high. Many people think that there are undeserved miracles in churches, mosques, and traditional settings. This is not correct. We work for what we earn.

His words: “For example, in the state of Akwa Ibom, children are labeled as witches and sorcerers and sent to churches or healing centers, where they are chained and flogged, daily in an attempt to cure them of witches.”

He further explained that ignorance, shame, stigmatization, have led people to snub or abandon mental health victims for no reason, instead of taking them to the hospital to receive adequate medical care.

Asido’s scribe said that his non-governmental organization was born in order to carry out advocacy, networking, awareness-raising and empowerment of members of the public on issues related to it.

In his presentation, Professor B. L Salako, Director General of the Nigerian Institute for Medical Research, praised Abdulmalik for writing a book on mental health and recommended that the book should be available to everyone.

Professor T. L Sheikh, National President of the Nigerian Association of Psychiatrists called on the government to provide an enabling environment for more people to attend trainings in order to become professionally certified mental health workers, in order to reduce the wide gap that currently exists in that sector.

Case Study: Protein Treatment, Good Nutrition, and Uterine Fibroids

About 80% of all women in the US have benign tumors, called fibroids, that grow on the uterine wall. Only about 25% of women with fibroids ever notice them, because they are not big enough, but fibroids are the main reason for hysterectomies in the United States. Fibroids can cause heavy menstrual bleeding and cramps, pelvic pain or pressure, complications during pregnancy, and painful intercourse. There are not many risk factors to look for, with the exception of a family history of fibroid tumors.

Treatment of fibroid tumors

In addition to undergoing a hysterectomy, there are alternatives when it comes to treating fibroids. Many doctors recommend birth control pills. These will not actually affect or change the tumor, but they will alleviate some of the symptoms, including excessive bleeding. Women who want to get pregnant can have surgery to remove the fibroid tumor, but there is always a risk that the tumor will come back in the future. There is also a new treatment that involves a specialized ultrasound, which takes about three hours to complete.

Maintaining good health is necessary in treating fibroids, and this includes exercise, quitting smoking (or not starting in the first place), maintaining a healthy weight, and eating a healthy, balanced diet. An important macronutrient that is necessary for survival and ideal for treating fibroids is protein. Protein is made up of hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, and carbon.

Dietary treatment for patients with fibroid tumors

It is essential for everyone, not just fibroid tumor patients, to eat a well-balanced diet that has all the essential macronutrients, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals. About 50% of a healthy diet should come from carbohydrates, 30% comes from protein, and the other 30% comes from fat. The American Heart Association recommends that you do not eat more protein than this amount for optimal results.

Include these foods in diets for treating fibroid tumors

Fibroid tumor patients are often recommended to add soy products to their diets, because soy is a complete protein, containing all 22 essential and non-essential amino acids. Fiber is also recommended, as it is one of the best ways to help the liver process and eliminate excess estrogen. Some of the best sources of dietary fiber include: whole grains, beans, tofu, and miso. There are also many protein supplements made from soy that are great additions to any diet. Other foods that are healthy sources of protein and good for fibroid tumor patients include cold-water fish, including salmon. Otherwise, plant proteins and protein supplements are the way to go, at least initially. After a few months, patients can begin adding hormone-free animal protein to their diets.

Avoid these foods

Because fibroids feed on estrogen, patients should definitely avoid any foods that contain synthetic estrogens, such as red meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy. Because they are also dietary sources of protein, patients must find other alternatives to get the protein they need in their diets.

Using protein supplements

Protein supplements are a great way to get the right amount of protein in your diet. Protein supplements that are very popular include:

Protein Powders – These are one of the most versatile types of protein supplements available. Not only can you add unflavored protein powders to almost all of your favorite recipes, there are also delicious flavored powders that can be used to make great tasting shakes, shakes, and slushies. Protein powders come in various flavors, including berry, fruit punch, chocolate, and vanilla.

Protein Injections – This is a great way to get a large amount of protein in a small drink. These injections are less than three ounces each and provide 25 to 30 grams of protein in each low-calorie serving. Protein injections are available in such delicious flavors as green apple, raspberry, lime, and grape.

Liquid Protein Supplements – These are available in various ready-to-drink shakes and shakes, such as chocolate and vanilla, and there are also unflavored liquid protein supplements, which can be added to many recipes. Because many of these supplements are made from milk-based proteins, people who have milk allergies or lactose intolerances should read the ingredients carefully to make sure these ingredients are not included in a particular supplement.

Marie, a patient with fibroid tumors, adds protein to her diet

When Marie was diagnosed with fibroids that weren’t big enough to bother with surgery, she asked her doctor how to treat them. Her doctor initially recommended birth control, as Marie reported heavier-than-normal menstrual bleeding and cramps, and told her that the pill would alleviate some of her symptoms. Marie’s doctor also recommended that she make some drastic changes to her diet, including eliminating red meat and other animal sources of protein.

Marie, who has some knowledge of nutrition, asked her doctor how she could get the protein she needed in her diet without eating these foods, and they told her that in addition to a number of delicious and healthy plant proteins, such as soy (a protein complete with the eight essential amino acids and the 14 non-essential amino acids). Marie’s doctor also recommended that she add protein supplements to her diet. Marie’s doctor told her that a liquid protein supplement was great for almost any diet, because not only does it contain 25 grams of protein per 2.9 fluid ounce serving, it contains no fat or carbohydrates, and it only contains 100 calories per serving.

Marie followed her doctor’s recommendations and soon discovered that her symptoms were not as severe as before and that the need for surgery had been eliminated. Because she was so happy with her new diet and how good it made her feel, Marie continues to use protein supplements every day for her health and energy.

Consumer Credit Versus Capital Credit: Exposing the Systematic Roots of Income Inequality

There is a BIG difference between CONSUMER CREDIT and CAPITAL CREDIT. And understanding this difference will help readers understand why American income has been so unevenly distributed, especially over the past four decades, and why the wealth gap between the few and the many threatens to undermine American democracy.

Consumer credit, for one thing, is easy to obtain. Fill out some forms online, and unless you’re having some real financial trouble, you’ll receive your own personalized plastic credit card along with all accompanying documentation (lots of fine print) in a few days.

With consumer credit in hand, you can buy anything from gas at the pump to beer at the stadium to a college education (do student loans sound familiar to anyone?). A consumer credit card company wants you to buy all kinds of things on credit (often at ridiculously high interest rates, formerly called usury), to pay later, while accumulating a mountain of debt that will allow you to lending institution make it work for you. the rest of your days to pay your debt to them.

In contrast – Equity credit …

On the other hand, equity credits you to buy wealth-producing capital assets (i.e. land, machinery, buildings, corporate stocks), to repay the loan at a reasonable rate until you own the asset and are reaping all the benefits. financial resources of owning wealth-producing capital. If done correctly, the loan is repaid out of FUTURE EARNINGS (that is, dividends) rather than out of the borrower’s pocket.

However, equity credit is much more difficult to obtain (try to buy a home sometime) than consumer credit. Generally speaking, borrowers must be able to show that they do not need the money (meaning they have ample collateral to back the loan) before the lender will agree to something. The result is that most wealth-producing capital assets that pay lucrative dividends to their owners are accessible to ONLY a small percentage of people – the 1% to 5% who can show they don’t need the money.

Almost everyone else is effectively left out when it comes to accessing capital credit and owning capital assets that create wealth. This is the basic reason for the wealth gap that has transformed American democracy into a 21st century American oligarchy.

Kelso and Adler enter.

Enter a gentleman named Louis O Kelso, who in 1958 published a book titled “The Capitalist Manifesto,” in which he (and co-author Mortimer Adler) suggested that every American citizen should have access to equity credit with which to buy wealth that produce capital assets at reasonable interest rates and in the process actively participate in (rather than being left out of) America’s highly productive free market economy.

Such a strategy, according to Kelso and Adler, would democratize a free market economy. Such a strategy would maintain the essence of free market private ownership while avoiding the monopolistic tendencies that have historically undermined political democracy in laissez faire capitalist economies. In other words, it would save the free market from its own historical tendencies toward self-destruction.

By democratizing the free market (while creating a lot of demand through a second “investment income” for each citizen *) and systematically narrowing the malignant wealth gap, Kelso and Adler predicted even greater economic expansion than that which followed. Abraham. The Lincoln Homestead Act of 1863, which gave every American citizen 160 acres of land (a type of wealth-producing capital asset), if they were willing to care for it. But where the land is finite, the business and corporate opportunities (as well as the economic possibilities) are endless.

The oligarchs successfully sidelined Kelso / Adler

However, the oligarchs have managed to keep the revolutionary ideas of Kelso and Adler at bay and, to this day, the majority of the public thinks there are ONLY 2 options when it comes to economics. There is the historically right-wing, free-market, laissez-faire capitalist approach of the Republicans. And there is the approach of the Democrats that historically leans to the left and favors the unions.

The right drives tough individualism and personal responsibility, while the left drives enlightened self-interest that recognizes that we are all in this together. According to conventional wisdom, the political pendulum swings between these two poles and in the process the Kelso / Adler prescription has been effectively ignored by the “free press.”

Enter the Capital Homesteading Act

But that doesn’t mean that the “property economy” is dead and gone. In contrast, over the past half century, thousands of employee-owned businesses (ESOPS) and worker-owned cooperatives have sprung up across the country. When done for the right reasons (not to bail out a bankrupt airline), these examples democratize the conventionally despotic corporate plantation.

Professor Rick Wolfe, Dr. Guy Alperovitz, and Dr. Ted Howard are unabashed and vocal advocates of worker-owned cooperatives based on the Spanish Mandragon model. Outbreaks of this can be found in places like Cleveland, Ohio (Evergreen Co-op) and Jackson Mississippi (championed by the now-late Mayor Chokwe Lamumba). **

And a resistant gang of renegades known as the Center for Economic and Social Justice, led by Dr. Norm Kurland, has developed and introduced the Capital Homestead Act, which exchanges land for capital assets and, in the process, provides everyone US Citizens Access to Equity Credit (by Adler / Kelso). The Capital Homestead Act is based on PRIVATE PROPERTY that will be applauded by those on the right. However, it also explains the fact that WE ARE ALL TOGETHER, which will be applauded by those on the left. In other words, the Capital Homestead Act takes the best of both parties and fuses them into a 21st century idea whose time has come.

Equity credit: an idea whose time has come

In any case, the time has come for an alternative solution because the arguments of the mainstream right and those of the mainstream left have fallen short of empowering individual citizens, recognizing that we really are all in this together, and when it is about democratizing a free market economy. The property economy is the key to the future for anyone who really wants a political democracy.

* The second income is generated from distributed dividends NOT from accepting a second job.

** Rutgers University also offers its annual Louis O Kelso Fellowship, which places academics from across the country with some backgrounds in this unique line of thought.

In reality, people around the world are interested in the concept of property economics as exemplified by the Global Justice Movement and through presentations by internationally renowned scholars such as Professor Stefano Zamagni.

Umtiti leads France to the final

Samuel Umtiti’s header in the 51st minute sent an impressive France into the World Cup final with a 1-0 win over Belgium in an engrossing first semifinal on Tuesday.

Didier Deschamps’ team will face England or Croatia in Moscow on Sunday as the French look to lift the trophy for the second time after their 1998 home win.

In an exciting tactical match, it was once again a play that was decisive with a header from Umtiti at the near post from an Antoine Griezmann corner that settled things.

Belgium took early control of the midfield with France happy to sit deep and eliminate the threat of counterattacks from Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne.

But it was by no means a purely negative approach, as the French offered their own danger at half-time, perfectly illustrated when Paul Pogba’s surrender sent Kylian Mbappé running towards goal and Belgium thanked their goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on alert to eliminate. the risk.

The first real start came in the 16th minute when De Bruyne hooked the ball into Hazard’s path, whose shot went just wide of Huge Lloris’ far post.

Hazard was dangerous again moments later when he cut from the left and unleashed a rough drive that sliced ​​into Raphael Varane’s back and just over the crossbar.

From a Belgium corner, Toby Alderweireld put Lloris to the test with a clever kick around the corner, but as the half progressed, France began to create more.

Olivier Giroud launched a barely deflected header and Mbappé set up Benjamin Pavard, whose low shot was stopped by Courtois’s outstretched leg.

It was a fascinating first half with only one goal to go, but one came shortly after the break.

From Griezmann’s corner, Umtiti edged Marouane Fellaini at the near post and drove in a header home to put France ahead.

Fellaini launched a barely wide header and Axel Witsel forced a good save from Lloris as Belgium pushed forward for a draw and France held on in six minutes of injury time to reserve their place in the final.

France coach Didier Deschamps praised the character of his young team after they defeated Belgium 1-0 on Tuesday to prepare for a World Cup final against England or Croatia in Moscow.

Samuel Umtiti’s header in the 51st minute at the Saint Petersburg Stadium sent the French to the final, where they will seek their second victory since 1998, when Deschamps captained them at home.

“It was exceptional,” Deschamps said in an interview off the court.

“I am very happy for my players, we showed character and the right mentality, it was very difficult for us tonight. We worked hard defensively.”

“We had to take a little more advantage of the counterattacks, but congratulations to my players and my staff. I am very proud of my group,” said Deschamps, who aims to join Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer and Brazilian Mario Zagallo as the only men to have won. the World Cup as a player and as a coach.

What leaders can learn from Beyonce Knowles

There is something to be said for great leadership. Last weekend was the Super Bowl. This is the national event where we mignons get to witness the greatest of the greats in soccer team up and bash each other for silver ball status, a flamboyant ring, bragging rights, and an overall financial increase. . This is also the same event where the masses can have a 15 minute mini concert with some of the biggest names in show business. This year we had the opportunity to witness Beyonce Knowles as the halftime act.

You can argue all day about why this was inappropriate. Yes, it is quite provocative for a mixed audience. Yes, his songs are questionable and the lyrics are blatantly for everything related to sex. And, yes, he is known to barely wear clothes. All those things aside, one thing cannot be denied. The woman is an interpreter and is at the top of her craft.

Given that she has earned her way to be called one of the greatest performers of all time, you have to ask yourself what sets her apart. As I look at things strictly for pleasure or entertainment, I always try to see them from a “what lesson can I learn from this” or “how will this help me to be better”. I didn’t see the halftime show while it was live. As I said, the girl is provocative and I was with my family in a church. It would have been very inappropriate to see him there.

Instead, I caught the stream on YouTube. I do my best to study greatness in action and it turns out that Beyonce is one of the people I have examined most closely. In one of his many YouTube videos, he takes an in-depth look at the preparation that takes place for one of his shows. The amount of professionalism and dedication that exudes in the planning stages is enough to get most of us back to bed. Mind you, actual practice for the show has yet to take place. She is preparing practice for show practice. It’s amazing how much she is part of the total concept of their shows.

But, back to the Super Bowl halftime show. As I suspected, his program was another example of leadership in practice. Like I said before, this woman is the best in her field. She is a performer on her own, confident in her own abilities to calm and persuade the audience to submit. His dance moves alone can make any teenager furious. His lyrics can cause the conception of several babies on the night of his concerts. In fact, his voice isn’t that bad either. So where was the leadership on this?

She decided with all that ability to share her stage with two other women who would probably never be given the opportunity again. She decided to allow Kelly and Michelle to perform on stage with her on one of the most publicized stages in the world. Destiny Child had returned. The three women were on stage with a host of backup dancers doing their thing. The move was absolutely brilliant and demonstrated the highest form of leadership: humility.

Does Beyonce need help singing? No. Do you need help dancing? No. Do you need help commanding a crowd? No. Do other women have louder voices than her? No. What does she have to gain by allowing the other women to perform with her on “her” stage? Any. But he still did. If you can’t see the leadership in that, please take a closer look.

I aspire to be that kind of leader. Beyonce’s act showed that she is confident in her abilities in her field and that she is not intimidated by allowing other people to share her spotlight. She knows that she is the centerpiece and that there is nothing wrong with letting other people taste and feel what she does and how she does it. Kelly and Michelle will probably never perform in front of a crowd like that again. While they both pursued independent careers outside of Destiny’s Child, they never achieved the success that the group had as solo artists. This was probably his last chance to perform at this level. Beyonce, on the other hand, may very well be starting out.

What can you and I learn from this? When we are in leadership positions we have to be secure in our positions as leaders. We need to know that we are trained and equipped to do our job, no matter how talented the next person may be. We have to be sure that we can do the work alone if necessary, but we prefer to help out and give someone else a chance. Leaders must be able to perform under pressure smoothly and take practical steps, that is, dance moves, that others can follow or imitate. We have to know how to delegate tasks or letters to support people. We also have to be willing to stand out and put our names on the line regardless of the outcome, good or bad.

Leadership can be tricky and complicated only if we allow it. Most of the time, as leaders, we know how to act and what to do. If you are a leader, it is because you have an innate leadership capacity that others see in you. We can still learn from other leaders. This weekend I chose to learn from Beyonce. I encourage you to do the same.

Where to Buy Oyster Shucker in New York

Buy Oyster Shucker in New York

Where to buy oyster shucker in New York is the ultimate question to ask a local foodie. The raw bar experience is often considered a fine dining experience, and this can be true, but it doesn’t have to be. Rather, oysters can be bought at an oyster cart and enjoyed on-site. Some scrumptious places offer private events, and Mothershuckers is a great choice for a special occasion.

Buying oysters on the street is still possible, but you have to be prepared to pay a premium price. Fortunately, the Department of Health doesn’t prohibit oyster carts. There are even a couple in Brooklyn, and they’re easy to spot. The “Moody” Harney cart is the only oyster cart in Brooklyn. He was inspired by Thomas Downing, who used to sell his wares on the street.

Opinel has a line of oyster knives, but they’re usually quite expensive. For example, the Oxo Oyster Shucker New York has a blade that is 0.97 inches thick and a hand that provides a support for shucking. It also has a slight forward lean, which makes it easier to wedge oyster shells. If you’re looking for an affordable oyster knife, you might as well pick up a used one – they’ll last you just a couple of meals.

Where to Buy Oyster Shucker in New York

If you’re going to purchase an oyster shucker in New York, you should consider the brand that you trust. Most of these knives are dishwasher-safe, but there are also knives that come with a concave curve or a flat blade. The quality of these products will determine their value over time, so make sure you look for one that’s durable. If you’re not happy with your current oyster shucking tool, try an Oxo knife. It won’t gouge your arm, and will keep its shape even when it gets wet.

It is best to choose a quality oyster shucker if you want to shuck oysters. You don’t want to risk your health with cheaply made knives. A high-quality shucking knife will ensure the oysters are safe and hygienic. You don’t want to use a rusty one when you’re attempting to eat an oyster.

While you may have heard of a good oyster shucker, it’s important to know which one is right for you. Oysters are best served raw, but if you prefer to eat them lightly steamed, you should choose a blade with a curved tip. Typically, a blade made of high-carbon steel is the best choice when it comes to shucking a large quantity of oysters.

No child left behind? The True Story of the Search for a Teacher by Elizabeth Blake

The Essays and Tests of Teaching Students at Risk

The first five pages of Elizabeth Blake’s story (unrelated by the way) found me engrossed and helpless. I got hooked and had to read “No Child Left Behind: The True Story of the Search for a Teacher.”

After 20 years as a medical technologist in chemistry and hematology, Elizabeth Blake was looking for a change, a new career. She felt a deep sense of calling to pursue the education courses required by the State Department of Education to obtain a provisional license to teach.

The call to teach and help at-risk adolescent children drew her like a magnet. She received a contract as a science teacher in a small alternative school for at-risk and homeless children. These students were unable to attend regular high school classes.

A romantic and slightly naive Elizabeth was unprepared for what happened on her first day of classroom experience. The carefully ugly plans exploded. Chaos reigned. Beth quickly discovered that many of her students were juvenile delinquents and had probation officers. Many attended the school by court order. Some wore electronic tracking bracelets around their ankles. Others had to drop out of regular school where they didn’t fit in and needed alternative options.

Elizabeth features special students like Conejo, Javier, Bobby, Nakisha, and Erica, who were full of promise and showed signs of maturity and real evidence of learning in their classes with Ms. Blake. This motivation inspired her to renew her contract each year, although she was sometimes assigned assignments at three different schools.

District office administrators and staff made Elizabeth’s teaching experience an even more difficult challenge in a school district where poverty, shooting, and gang influence were an accepted way of life. The administration and school board spoke lip service about their district ministry: “Our teachers take care of struggling students. Every child deserves an education.”

I identified with Beth’s dilemma. As a Christian Educator, I have worked with a Faith Based Ministry that serves the needs of incarcerated youth. The weakening of the administration with trauma, unrest and chaos became a difficult burden to cope with. Beth was heartbroken every time another of her students was injured, hospitalized, or killed. Desperate, she cried out to God for direction and inner strength. She has compassion and a loving concern for her students.

I found Blake’s writing style exciting, often heartbreaking, but his attitude and approach are always positive. I was encouraged by his referrals to students who had chosen to enroll in a variety of college programs or train for more specialized careers.

“No Child Left Behind? The True Story of the Search for a Teacher” is a book that will challenge school administrators, teachers, and educators. It should be a required reading specifically for educators and administrators within any inner-city school district.

Jitterbug perfume

“Subatomic particles are apparently dematerialized and rematerialized quite routinely … some of them may actually be in two places at once. Their freedom from the normal limits of the space-time continuum is believed to be the result of a strange electricity, an intelligence, creative, playful and unpredictable interaction between entities with opposite charges in motion “.

“When asked about how they can walk through flames without burning themselves, the ‘primitives’ have conveyed to anthropologists that they raise the vibratory level of their flesh to match that of fire. Their vibrational frequency to match that of another dimension, thus disappearing from our habitual universe and appearing in the other: dematerialization. “

Tom robbins

It started for me in 1984, when the book Jitterbug Perfume was first published. I remember falling in love with Tom Robbins writing and soon devoured most of his books. Honestly, I had forgotten the story for many years, but late last summer a very dear friend, my twin, with whom I have practiced lucid dreaming and time travel, (which is a very different story) called me and said : Did you read Jitterbug Perfume lately? “

I said “No, I haven’t read it for years and years.”

He replied, “Take the book and read it, it’s our story.”

So I bought the book, packed it in my suitcase, and set off for Santa Fe to study with one of the world’s leading essential oil distillers.

On the first day of the workshop, the distiller said, “If you never read another book on essential oils, the only book you have to read is Jitterbug Perfume.”

You may be thinking, as I am, that this is a sign, because sitting in my backpack was the book, longing for my attention.

I never had a chance to read it on that trip, but I got home and was immediately absorbed by the book. The more I read, the more I was moved, ordered, encouraged and compelled to begin a search to make this aromatic elixir.

I walked into Farmer and the Cook, our local farm-to-table restaurant and organic food store, where I looked up the farmer, Steve Sprinkel, and found him synchronously in his office.

“Steve,” I said, “I need beet pollen.” (Beet pollen is one of the main ingredients in Jitterbug perfume.)

Steve laughed and looked up, “Perfume Jitterbug!”

“Yes,” I replied, “how did you know?”

“I remember the book …” he said “I just planted beets and you can have a couple of rows. They must vernalize to be able to put flowers, so next year you will have pollen.”

So I went out to the farm and began communing with my beets, eagerly awaiting the next winter and the subsequent spring and the arrival of the beet blossoms. I spent many afternoons watching those beets grow and finally, in mid-March, the first flowers were set. I went out one day and the scent of beet blossoms lingered on the warm spring day.

Now for those of you who haven’t experienced the smell of beet blossoms, it’s not a particularly pleasant smell, but rather a musky, goat-like smell that occasionally gave off the smell of dirty old socks. Charming you say, no, not charming, but very earthy, primitive.

The beet flowers taught me to harvest, I was never in charge, they were the teachers all the time. I spent the next 5 months visiting the farm twice a week, spending hours collecting beetroot pollen and flowers to make the legendary Jitterbug Perfume.

If you haven’t read the book, you might consider picking up a copy, it’s a wonderful read, and in it you’ll learn that it’s a book about immortality and time travel, with Jitterbug perfume being the main ingredient in both. adventure.

I was prompted to make this perfume and I contacted Tom Robbins, after finding out his address, and I told him that, as eccentric as he was, I believed with all my heart, that the Jitterbug Perfume was true, it was real and that I was trying to make the perfume, as it was, and now I am even more so, convinced that it was a tool for time travel, an elixir of immortality, and I would love to be able to call the resulting perfume, Jitterbug.

To my delight and surprise, he responded by saying that although the events in the book did not actually happen, it was a true story and that I had his full permission to use the Perfume Jitterbug name if I was successful in my endeavor. . Well, I was successful and something else!

And so, under the darkness of a new moon in August, the first bottle was made. I sent the first bottle to Mr. Robbins, and he was delighted and excited about it, telling me that I have really made him and his book proud!

Jitterbug has given me very specific instructions on how it should be used and I have obeyed all of their requests. The experiences that people are having continue to make me shake my head in utter wonder and awe.

It is definitely amrita for the olfactory system and an elixir of immortality. I will be reporting more as time goes on, but one thing Jitterbug has told me is that it will not be offered commercially, and it is my duty to prepare people to experience the perfume. Jitterbug seems to have power and presence and knows exactly what each person needs and gets them where they need to go! I was amazed at the power of this magical elixir!

I am the humble servant of Jitterbug Perfume and I am honored to be!

Organizational skills for visual spatial learners

Most, if not all, visuospatial learners (VSL) are accused of being hopelessly disorganized. However, in my experience, these right-hemisphere students (think “distracted teachers”) can actually find a needle in a haystack. My son, Matt, for example, whose room on any given day can look like multiple tornadoes have hit, never ceases to amaze me with his ability to locate the perfect piece of LEGOTM I was looking for.

It is important to note in the illustration above that, as long as each person is able to find precisely what they need, in a reasonable amount of time, neither method of organization of one is better than the other. This is an area where, “to each his own” is the rule. If someone (probably a teacher or parent) forced the child on the right to “organize” in the way that the child on the left did, they will probably never find another document again. Your new system, or structure, of organization would be completely foreign to you and you would not be able to imagine, or see, where your belongings were.

Organizing many VSLs is an obstacle. If your visual-spatial kids discover that they are losing important paperwork (like homework!), Toys, or money, they need to start developing and implementing some organizational system. However, the new method must be yours. It just won’t work trying to organize under someone else’s system (like a parent’s). If you think green binders are appropriate for all science work, for example, but green doesn’t make sense to your kids when connecting jobs to science, then they can’t use that system. They must create their own meaningful strategies that they can understand and remember. Here’s how to help them get started:

Be sure to visit office supply stores and other places that carry a variety of products designed to help with organization. Color-coded envelopes, files, and pocket folders are perfect for storing specific papers. The colored cards are a great tool for taking notes, and the use of a day timer or a Palm Pilot to record due dates and appointments are all tools available to the visual-spatial learner. Have you ever wondered why so many organizational products have come onto the market in recent years? These must be the inventions of the visual-spatial among us to help themselves and others like them.

Linda Leviton, a visual-spatial resource access team member and visual-spatial learner, writes:

VSLs are horizontal or vertical organizers … if they are horizontal, they need a long table (preferably not deep) to take out (and leave out) the work in progress. If they are vertical, they need places to create piles. I bought one of those cubicle paper sorters and I have it next to my computer (with labels for each section) and this is how I do it. (L. Leviton, personal communication, May 31, 2004)

When we studied at home, each of my children used a Teacher’s Planner to record their daily assignments. In fact, tasks from different subjects were sometimes recorded in different colors. There are several varieties of planners available, including those that show a week at a glance or a month at a glance. You can find them at local teacher supply stores. Encourage your children to choose one that offers enough space to write or draw important notes about due dates, expectations, assignment details, and other appointments. We also used these planners as checklists, which contributed to my children’s sense of accomplishment as they crossed off each task.

Linda Leviton also advised:

As for school work, I have a word for you … pockets. Forget folders and poking holes in things. They need something they can put papers in, and if you color-code the pockets, you have a better chance that the correct paper will go into the correct pocket. My preference is a folder with each class that has its own colored pockets (one on the front and one on the back) … the front is for current work or something to hand in, the back is for reference or previous work. Just don’t expect them to poke holes or get papers in sections that involve opening or closing something; Stuffing is what they do best! (L. Leviton, personal communication, May 31, 2004)

Matt’s personal method of making sure he remembers to bring his homework folder, lunch box, and bottle of water to school every day is to stack them all in place on the kitchen table. Then when you finish eating breakfast, you immediately take everything to the car. The few times you left one of those items somewhere other than the kitchen table, it didn’t make it to school.

Another tip for organizing visual-spatial children and helping them stay that way is to try to keep a consistent schedule from week to week. I know it’s really tough these days with so many competitive family schedules and extracurricular activities to choose from, but consistency should help your family organize and stay. Knowing that every Tuesday afternoon they have sports practice or that every Friday afternoon a lesson with a musical instrument, followed by homework, chores, dinner, television or computer time, can help you plan your day accordingly and find time for everything you need to do. .

A large calendar to record each family member’s schedule is also helpful. Use it to show everyone’s commitments, from sports practices to work schedules, field trips to long-term assignments, vacations, and other days off. I found that encouraging my kids to record assignment due dates three or four days before the actual due date has really helped avoid last minute nights. The additional built-in time leaves room for editing, project reviews, etc. and a more relaxed approach to the deadline. Having a master calendar also allows visual-spatial students (notoriously known for having a tremendous sense of space but a lack of sense of time) to see how far until Christmas, the last day of school, their birthday, or other events they are anticipating.

Teach your kids to use the computer to get organized! There are a number of programs that include calendars, ways to notify you of due dates (in advance), and can create memo files on certain assignments. They are likely to use and depend on a personal computer for the rest of their lives. Introduce them to the computer products that are available to help them organize their schoolwork and family life.

There are certain traps for visual-spatial children, traps their brains love to get caught almost unintentionally. The traps, specifically, are the computer and television. Due to the use of visual images, the right hemisphere is very attracted (some might argue that it is addicted?) To these boxes of entertainment. Consider creating a specific time during the day or week for computer and television use. If this is built into the family schedule, it is easier to understand why Mom enforces homework time at a certain time and does not allow the procrastination or distraction of television or the computer to become an argument. We use a timer in our home to eliminate conflicts over when the computer game or television program started. The timer is not arbitrary. The bell rings, the shift is over.

“A place for everything and everything in its place”: It is not an easy trick for visual-spatial children, but a technique that will last a lifetime. I rarely lose my car keys because they go to the exact same place every time I drive home. We have a small shelf reserved for library books only, so when the expiration date comes around, we won’t have to struggle to find them. I think it is important for children to keep their rooms as they would like, but they should be able to locate their clothing, sports equipment and other items in a reasonable amount of time. In our house, we also insist that there is no food in the bedroom (yuck!) And that there is a clear path from the door to the headboard in case we have to go to them at night; There have been too many episodes of nudity. feet into counting toys! Inexpensive containers, including shoe boxes and plastic food containers, are great accessories for sorting small toys. We keep a full closet exclusively for construction toys.

Advanced preparation is essential. Have your kids pack backpacks and lunch boxes the night before. Sometimes we even charge the car the night before to try to eliminate the morning hassles. The clothes for the next day should be selected the night before, Matt places his on the edge of the bed. Where we live, the climate changes frequently and without warning so we keep the car ready with extra light vests, sometimes a complete change of clothes and, always, snacks.

With a little practice and trial and error to see what works and what doesn’t, your visual-spatial kids can probably get organized and stay that way!

© Copyright Alexandra Shires Golon (2004). De Golon, AS, RaisingTopsy-Turvy Kids: Successful Raising Your Visual-Spatial Child, Denver (2004): DeLeon Publishing.