Stiletto Heels in Great Demand

dreamstime_m_44608766-There is no denying that high heels and platform shoes are very popular . The history of high heels dates back many centuries and there are some fascinating facts about high heeled shoes and their origin.

Foot wear has changed through the times and the first stiletto heels date back to about 1000 BC. Throughout history they took on various roles and besides having functional value they were an indicator of social stature and importance.       

High heels are defined as a shoe that has a heel positioned higher than the toe box. In the past high heels have been a symbol and defined the differences between social classes and the sexes.  They have also served as a symbol of class as they made women’s movements appear more elegant by these elevated heels.

Stiletto heels are particularly associated with sexuality and the image of the “femme fatale”. They are often considered to be a seductive item of clothing and have been featured in popular culture in this context.

The slender stiletto heel staged a major comeback in the early 2000’s when young women adopted the style for dressing up office wear or adding a feminine touch to casual wear, like jeans.

All high heeled shoes give the illusion of a longer, slimmer leg, a smaller foot and overall greater height. They alter the wearer’s posture and gait, flexing the calf muscles and making the bust and buttocks more prominent.  it takes practice to create the illusion of a natural and balanced movement.

Wearing Stiletto heels concentrates great pressure and a large amount of force into a small area. This pressure is greater than that of the feet of an elephant and can even cause damage to soft flooring, including carpets and vinyl coverings. The stiletto heel is also most impractical for outdoor wear on soft ground, such as grass, sand or mud.

DNA – The Genetic Blueprint

dreamstime_s_33103768-DNAAt the center of every living creature on the planet is a blueprint of its genetic makeup. This is called DNA and it influences everything from the organisms’ physical structure to its appearance and even its mental processes. It is interesting to note however, that for all our vast differences, our DNA is actually a lot more alike than different. However it is those slight disparities that make humans so different from animals.
Given the vast physical differences between humans and animals, it is interesting to note just how similar DNA is, a code comprised of 4 nucleotides or types of molecules known as adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine.
In each and every single creature, the order of the previously mentioned adenine, guanine, cytosine, and thymine are switched around and this order will determine what the organism will be, and how it will work. Depending on this arrangement, the organism may develop scales, appendages, skin, and various other body parts and features.
There is basically no difference between human and animal DNA except for its underlying codes and the actual amount of DNA present, which may vary from species to species and in the order in which the code is assembled.  Read more…



Is Raw Milk Healthy?

Milk straight from the cow to the calf is similar to breast-feeding a baby. Raw milk has ingredients from the pasture and the environment the cow is raised in to protect its off-spring from possible diseases and health conditions the calf may encounter after birth.

This heathy bacteria is the base of the early immune system and serves to protect the growing calf until its own immune system can take over.

Clean raw milk from grass-fed cows has all the essential amino acids and is a complete, balanced food. It has been used as medicine in the early part of the last century and this white life-saving liquid has nourished and healed millions of people.

Humans need 22 amino acids, these are the building blocks for protein. Eight of them are considered essential and they have to be obtained from foods, the others can be converted by complex metabolic processes into the remaining 14 amino acids necessary to sustain life.

Raw cow’s milk has these eight essential amino acids in varying amounts depending on the stage of lactation. Approximately 80% of these proteins in milk are caseins, which are reasonably temperature stable and are easy to digest. The balance of the amino acids fall into the category of whey proteins and although easy to digest they are heat sensitive and can easily be destroyed.

In addition approximately 65% of fat in raw cow’s milk is saturated – latest research shows that these are healthy fats. And includes two groups of vitamins, water and fat soluble in addition to a broad spectrum of minerals.

Through the process of fermentation, several strains of bacteria – naturally present, can transform milk into an even more digestible food. Soured or fermented dairy products such as yogurt, kefir – made with bacteria and yeast have a long history of health benefits and provide additional enzymes, vitamins and minerals.

Dimples – A Mark of Beauty

hDimples are considered a mark of beauty and loveliness. They are most prominent during wide smiles showing small folds or indentations in the fleshy part of the cheek. The truth is that dimples are actually genetic defects and are caused by shortened facial muscles.

When some people smile, they have dimples in one or both cheeks. Dimples most often occur on both the cheeks and are rarely one sided.This adorable facial feature is usually a genetically-inherited trait that is passed from one generation to the next.

Dimples are also linked with youth. Some children and youngsters show dimples at a tender age, but their dimples disappear when they grow up.Transfer of dimples from parents to children occurs due to just one gene. Each parent provides one of these genes to the child.  So, if both the parents have dimples, the children have a 50-100% chance of inheriting dimple genes.

If, however, only one parent has dimple genes, the chances of the children inheriting the genes are only 50%. If neither of the parents has the dimple genes, their children will not have dimples. Dimples can be passed through multiple generations. The frequency with which a heritable trait is carried forth through genes is called penetrance.

But let’s face it – dimples are adorable!

How Are Your Communication Skills?

Effective language and communication skills are tremendously important. Words have meaning and the conscious choices and phrases of verbal communication play a vital part in personal interactions. It is an asset to have an open and friendly and disposition along with a warm smile and a winning personality.

Finding the right words to express your feelings or to present an idea are skills that can be learned and can be improved with practice and adapted to different situation. These efforts will enhance your relationships, increase your market value, and build your self-esteem. Improving your verbal communication skills requires constant awareness, intentional effort, and the desire to improve

The tone often reflects the level of confidence and can be used to reinforce the degree of engagement which includes the manner and the words you choose, the tone of your voice, eye contact, and body language.

It is also important to show a sincere interest in what is being said, to ask relevant questions, listen for the message within the message, and avoid interrupting the other person. Meaningful conversation is a combination of being genuine, transparent and real. Verbal communication plays a defining role in personal and professional interactions.


Are your Earlobes Attached?

We are all different and unique. Even though we share some characteristics with others and often with our family members. Every one of us has unique characteristics due to genes being passed from our ancestors and parents and due to some environmental influences.

Ear lobe attachment is due to genetics. If the side of the ear lobes are directly attached to the side of the face – it is considered attached, if it is unattached it should form a free form loop. While most ear lobes can be easily identified as attached or unattached –not all earlobes fall neatly into either category, there is a continuous range from one extreme to the other, suggesting the influence of several genes

Since the earlobe does not contain cartilage it has a large blood supply and may be beneficial to keeping the ears warm and maintain balance. However, earlobes are not generally considered to have any major biological function.

Around the world and throughout human history, earlobes are the most common locations for body piercings and it is not uncommon to tear an earlobe by a traumatic pull or the weight of a heavy earring. Ear piercing should always consider how it may affect acupuncture points located in various parts of the ear and lobe.

Candida Saliva Test

Candida Saliva Test Do you have Candida? There is a simple Candida Saliva Test you can do at home to find out.

You may want to put a glass of water in the bathroom or on your night table the night before you wish to do the test just to remind yourself not to brush your teeth prior to spitting into the glass.

When you first wake up in the morning, before you put anything into your mouth, work up some saliva and deposit it into a clear glass filled halfway of water. After about 15 to 30 minutes, look through the side of the glass if there are any strings or deposits below the waterline. [Read more…]

Falling in Love

dreamstime_s_28706973-kissingTo fall in love usually means to enter an intimate relationship casually and blindly without the usual precautions. Falling into a love relationship also means failing to take the time to evaluate the character, personality and history of the target of your affection, neglecting to measure compatibility and whether the foundations exist for a healthy lasting relationship. Falling in love often is a sure path to tragedy.

It is easy to understand why one may be attracted at first sight to another human being of the opposite sex by way of a shared appreciation of certain things or mutual interests. However, the physical attraction alone may be the only basis for this affection and circumstances beyond the individuals control come into play.

In most cases physical attraction plays a major role and this feature has a more frequent impact on the male observer being easily distracted by a vibrant, vivacious younger female.

The female counterpart although as easily distracted by an attractive male has additional requirements to take into consideration. At times it is the alpha male attitude or the bad boy image that is most appealing to a younger female but may change later to incorporate a taste for social statues and power positions in the workplace or the public arena.

Another consideration is the safety and security factor when a life partner or potential parent for a desired child is evaluated. This would include many additional traits, such as stability, commitment capability, maturity, devotion and the ability to financially and emotionally enter into a very intimate and demanding relationship.

Adam and Eve

dreamstime_s_35121468The closest living relatives to humans are baboons, chimpanzees and gorillas. The similarities between their DNA sequencing and our human genome is 95 to 99%. By using a technique called the molecular clock which estimates the time required for the number of mutations to accumulate between two lineages, the approximate time for the split can be calculated.

Each time a certain mutation appears in an individual and is passed on to his or her descendants a hoplagroup is formed including all of the descendants of the individual who will also carry that mutation. By comparing mitochondrial DNA which is inherited only from the mother, geneticists have concluded that the last common female ancestor whose genetic marker is found in all modern humans, the so-called mitochondrial Eve, must have lived around 200.000 years ago.

The out of Africa model proposes that modern Homo sapiens originated in Africa and migrated to Eurasia resulting in complete replacement of other Homo species. Analysis is consistent with the idea that Africa is the ancestral home of “the mitochondrial Eve and Y-chromosome Adam”

The theory predicts that all mitochondrial genomes today should be traceable to a single woman, the “mitochondrial Eve”, whereas the Y chromosome is passed from father to son only, mitochondrial DNA (eDNA) is passed from mother to daughter and son.

These primeval people are not parallel to the biblical Adam and Eve. They were not the first modern humans on the planet, but instead just two out of thousands of people alive at the time with unbroken male or female lineages that continue on today.  Read more…

Sperm Count and Quality

sperm.ssToday’s men have much lower sperm counts than men did just 50 years ago. Before the days of agricultural chemicals, fluoridated water and mobile phones, exposure to sperm-damaging elements and conditions was limited. These are the reason why men used to have better sperm quality than men today do. A steady increase in hormone-disrupting chemicals and other damaging factors continues to have its effect on male fertility, and the epidemic is only worsening.

Environmental pollution, plastic chemicals, pharmaceutical drugs, pesticides, unhealthy diets, radiation-emitting technologies — these and many other factors are contributing to an epidemic decline in sperm counts among modern men, say researchers. According to reports, an estimated eight million US couples now have fertility problems, and about half of these cases involve men with poor sperm quality.

A five-year study found that bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical widely used in many plastic products, is responsible for destroying sperm and another study presented at the 2006 conference of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine found that common selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant drugs can literally bring a man’s sperm count to zero.

Researchers from the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio found that regular cell phone use leads to a significant decline in sperm count. And a recent study out of the University Hospital San Cecilio, Granada, Spain, found that common pesticides used on food crops lead to poor quality and lowered sperm counts.

Obesity, eating junk food and drinking sodas, using a laptop computer on your lap, and even taking too many hot baths can destroy sperm quality.

It is clearly important for men who care at all about their fertility to take note of the environmental, lifestyle, and dietary factors that negatively affects sperm quality, and seek out ways to avoid them by pursuing the right kinds of nutrition to help boost sperm quality.