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Living a Charity Life: Let’s Donate Gift Cards to a Worthy Cause

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We’ve all done it. Used our gift cards except for the last few dollars or pennies, and then toss them into the bottom of our purse or chest of drawers to be forgotten. Gift card exchange websites won’t accept them and we just never think to shop with them. Know where that unused money goes? Back into the pockets of the retailer. Free money. Why not put those unused cards to a better use?

There could be other reasons for not using your gift card, but in the end it doesn’t matter. Any reason is a great reason to donate to a charity of your choice and this is a perfect opportunity. Whether your card has its full value or you’ve used it down to a quarter, charities can still use them. In most cases, these worthy causes collect the cards, add them together and shop for items they need – from clothing to office supplies and food to building supplies. Just like collecting change in a jar, these cards can add up fast for those in need!

You have several options when deciding where to donate. Why not call your favorite local charity and see if they could use your card? There are other alternatives, as well, such as online gift card resellers who accept cards for a charity of your choice as well as national organizations such as the Red Cross and Make a Wish.

Also, don’t over look the tax deduction you can receive as well. Most charities offer this benefit, so ask. When you do want a receipt, you need to check to see what the available balance is on your card so a tax deductible amount can be put on the donation receipt. This is easy to do with the phone number and / or website on the back of your card.

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The Unique Approach of Using Radiation in Treating Prostate Cancer

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Nowadays most of the attentions of the people are focused on the medical fields. It is the result of the different forms of diseases that brings threat to the entire health of the family. There are even several forms of organizations both from the government and private sectors that support the campaign against any type of life-threatening diseases. Most of these organizations believe that the best way to stay away from the harmful effects of diseases is to maintain a physically fit body.

Several sensible suggestions were also made by other concerned citizens regarding with this matter. Since cancer is one of the most dreaded types of disease nowadays it has acquired the fear of most of the people. Almost all individuals nowadays are very much aware of its negative effects towards their lives. The most horrifying factor about cancer is that, even the medical experts are not yet sure of its exact treatment.

As of the moment the only way to get rid of cancer is through the use of radiation specifically prostate cancer. Prostate cancer is one of the most complicated strains of cancer according to medical experts. This type of cancer originated from the prostate glands of male patients. The prostate gland is the one responsible in secreting the hormones needed by the body.

Prostate cancer is relatively difficult to cure because of the area where it is located. The worst thing about this type of cancer is that is does not have any early symptoms to warn its patients. Its symptoms will only occur during its advanced stages wherein the harmful cancer cells have already managed to affect the other organs of your body. Another problem with prostate cancer is that it is difficult to diagnose because of its nature since there are several forms of diseases that has something to do with the prostate glands.

Since the prostate gland is located between the urethra and the bladder of the patient, it would be really difficult to locate the area where cancer has also managed to penetrate. The tendency of prostate cancer to multiply and affect the other portions of the body is highly possible to happen. The best way to deal with this type of problem is to use radiation.

Radiation has been popularly used in treating different types of cancer. Although it has some side effects that could be harmful for the patients, it still recommended by several doctors. The best thing about radiation is that the surgeon can control the amount of radiation that he or she is going to use during the surgery. It would be nice for the patient because it also means that the other organs of the body will not be damaged during the treatment of prostate cancer.

Since the exact cure for this type of cancer has not been known by the medical experts as well as the public, the only way to survive against cancer is by preventing it to spread and affect the other portions of your body.

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Drinking Water, Hemorrhoids and Alcohol Consumption

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There is a lot to be shared about the connection between drinking water, hemorrhoids (piles) and excessive alcohol consumption. The news media, health blogs and healthy living magazines constantly remind people to drink more water for better health.

We all know water is better for us than soda, sugary drinks and all the other liquids most people prefer to drink than simple water. But we all have cravings. I used to drink lots of soda thinking I was getting enough water from it.

These same health sources also warn that excessive alcohol consumption and hemorrhoids are a painful reality for many heavy drinkers. Piles are inflamed anal veins that grow into small or large masses inside or outside of the anus.

They are commonly known as internal or external hemorrhoids or external piles and internal piles. Hemorrhoid symptoms are chronic itching in and around the rectal cavity. They also cause a stinging burning pain that makes walking or even sitting extremely painful. Severe inflammation of anus veins can cause bleeding from the anal region that can be scary.

Let’s look at drinking water, excessive alcohol consumption and hemorrhoids a little more closely.

Drinking Water and Hemorrhoids

Water is absolutely essential in digestion, absorption of nutrients and bodily waste elimination through urination and bowel movements. Health experts recommend as a general rule of thumb to drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of fluid a day. If you’re exercising or losing bodily fluids more rapidly you’ll need to drink more, but the “8 x 8” rule is a good to gauge follow.

Drinking water helps prevent chronic constipation, which can play a big role in developing piles. Straining when passing bowel movements can lead to blood swollen veins around the anal region. When a person’s body is not properly hydrated from drinking enough water constipation can happen that causes painful piles to develop internally or externally.

Dehydration is significant contributor to hemorrhoids. Drinking plenty of water can greatly reduce the risk of getting this condition that effects millions of people yearly. It can be caused by digestive problems due to poor body hydration. You would be amazed at how many cases could be prevented using the “8×8” rule.

Chronic diarrhea is another major cause of piles forming. Diarrhea’s spastic motion adds a tremendous amount of unhealthy pressure to the anus that can cause straining like with constipation. Strong spastic pressure on the anus that can also cause anal fissures besides inflamed anal veins.

When people do develop hemorrhoids their doctors always tell them to drink plenty of water to help flush out toxins while keeping their digestive system healthy to prevent a future outbreak.

If you don’t like the taste of tap water or want to live eco-friendly avoiding bottled water invest in an affordable water purifier for the kitchen faucet.

As a former hemorrhoid sufferer who went through laser surgery in Los Angeles I make sure I drink plenty of water daily. Hydrate to beat them!

Excessive Alcohol Consumption and Hemorrhoids

By no means am I telling people not to drink. I enjoy one glass of red wine with dinner most nights. My doctor told me it was good for my heart in moderation. If I’m at a dinner party it’s not uncommon for me to have two or three glasses of red wine while enjoying good company.

When I go fishing or camping with family and friends I enjoy more than a few bottles of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. As I’ve got older in life I’ve learned my drinking limits and no when to not push it to excessive alcohol consumption.

Where excessive alcohol consumption and hemorrhoids becomes a dangerous mix is when it comes to heavy or binge drinking. College was my first experience with excessive alcohol consumption and piles. I wasn’t drinking enough water or eating right. My sophomore year I developed a very small external hemorrhoid.

It still hurt like an itchy fiery bee sting and I was embarrassed to tell my friends. My parents took me to a doctor who prescribed me a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) to treat it and eliminate it. The growth was very small and was caught early, so it could be treated without surgery or banding. There are other many excellent hemorrhoidal products you can buy online for hemorrhoid relief and treatment.

Alcohol dehydrates the body badly and robs it of precious vitamins. Most people when they drink alcohol skip drinking water in between alcoholic beverages and don’t take a vitamin for a day or night of drinking.

Heavy drinkers have a higher risk of getting this rectal condition because of alcohol dehydration and lack of vitamins in their bodies. It’s recommended to take a multivitamin 4 hours before drinking alcohol. When you drink alcohol make sure to take your vitamins.

Drinking too much alcohol can cause severe constipation and small, dry stools that are tough to pass during bowel movements. The strain and pressure to pass a bowel movement makes the veins in and around the anus inflamed. This is a major factor to internal and external piles developing.

People that consume alcohol excessively will commonly experience digestive and bowel movement problems. This is because alcohol in any common form (beer, wine, whiskey etc.) acts as a diuretic that will dehydrate the alcohol drinker.

A person who is dehydrated normally experiences constipation and is forced to severely strain when passing bowel movements. Binge drinking can also lead to highly elevated blood pressure, which in turn increases the pressure to delicate veins in and around the anus.

The important thing is to drink water even when you’re drinking alcohol to stay well hydrated. Dehydration, constipation and diarrhea contribute heavily to hemorrhoid risk or can make a current hemorrhoid condition worse. Water is your friend when it comes to hemorrhoids. Excessive alcohol consumption and hemorrhoids are two things to avoid if you can.

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Prolific Virtual Assistance Services

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Outsourcing has become a common practice among all the business owners. They are looking for established companies who can offer their business with effectual and consistent services at cost-effective rates. India has become the leading offshore outsourcing country in the world. Do you know the reason why?

More and more global companies and business entrepreneurs are choosing Indian outsourcing companies for many reasons such as nominal and high-quality services, skilled labor, increased productivity and efficiency, reduced operating costs and many more. Whether it is research assistance or data entry assistance, Indian companies have everything to offer.

There has been a great evolution of virtual assistants services concept for the past many years. Due to the advancement in internet access and remote login tools, many small-sized companies are moving towards virtual service providers for efficacious and cost-effective services.

Who is a virtual office assistant provider?

A virtual employee is like a regular employee who provides your business with administrative, technical or virtual assistance, depending on the business needs. A virtual associate works from a remote office and performs all the daily base office tasks with complete exactitude.

You must be wondering whether the virtual service provider offers other professional services or not. Virtual office assistant providers offer basic office services as well as professional services like: data entry services, executive, research assistance services, etc.

In this kind of service, there’s no need of face to face interaction. You can communicate with your virtual associate via: email, telephone or some common software as it saves both money and time.

Some of the services offered by virtual service providers include: administrative assistance, internet research assistance, data entry assistance, executive assistance, Craigslist assistance, etc.

There are many companies in India who offer inimitable and ingenuous virtual assistance service for the clients at nominal rates. You just have to find the right one according to your business needs. Before choosing a virtual assistant company for your business, make sure the company offers the following:

  • The company has a team of highly talented and versed professionals who can work under extreme pressure and deliver impeccable results for your business.
  • The virtual office assistants offer potent virtual assistants services at faster turnaround times (TAT’s).
  • The company offers services at low-hourly rates.
  • The virtual associate company keeps you regularly updated with the latest trends
  • The company provides a 247 customer support for the virtual office assistance queries, etc.

Keeping these points in mind, you can get a perfect virtual assistant company for your business.

With a virtual service provider, you can work on your important projects and handle cliental meetings rather than wasting time in performing basic office tasks. You can even spend time with your family and live a stress free life.

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From Offline to Online Business in Today’s Globalized Business World

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Beyond a shadow of a doubt, the fast pace of technological changes and the global economy have resulted in hypercompetition as the nature of today’s competitive landscape. In the recent years, regarding the popularity of E-businesses, multifarious online businesses have been found because of the comparatively low barriers to entry and a tremendous number of entrepreneurs have found the nerve to conduct their entire businesses online. According to the Internet World Stats website, approximately 1/3 of the world’s population is using the Internet and the number of users is rising steeply. Many companies struggle to survive in highly competitive market by making use of the Internet as the intensification of competition and the undergoing process of globalization have led to high utilization of the Internet as a supplementary business tool.

As Prof. Michael E. Porter, who is well-known for his strategic system, mentioned in an article, titled “Strategy and the Internet” (in 2001), the Internet should be viewed as a complement to conventional method of competing. In spite of the fact that utilization of the Internet should be considered as a blessing in disguise, it can turn out to be an unmitigated disaster. Since there is a relative lack of reliable market signal and because of the distorted market behavior, the online market should be interpreted carefully to set strategic goals.

The Internet as the Most Powerful Business Weapon

After the Industrial Revolution Period (the 18th, 19th centuries), there has been a marked shift from “mass production” to “mass customization” for the past decades and the Internet eased the process of customization.

In terms of marketing, the process of online data collection (quantitative and qualitative data) is less complex and measuring customer satisfaction can be easily done by conducting online opinion polls and surveys. In other words, the Internet provides marketers with a comparatively easier way to identify customer needs and enhance customer satisfaction. With regard to the online analytic tools, identifying the needs, wants, demands (core concepts of marketing), and targeting the markets are relatively easier on the Internet. In addition, Advertising on the Internet is rather cheaper in comparison with offline advertising.

The emergence of social networking services (SNS) as a sophisticated business tool on the Net and the evolution of Internet marketing, coupled with social media marketing, never cease to amaze researchers. Thanks to the Internet, employees and customers (users) can be in touch instantly anytime, with anyone, anywhere. The Internet can be explained as worldwide network that enables computers to share different information with each other as well as sharing databases, transaction resources, and communications. By utilization of the Internet in organizations the red tape is cut and stratified bureaucracy is reduced to make everyone accessible within organization.

On the one hand, the Internet lowers entry barriers, which is highly desirable to set up a business, as there is no need for huge capital investment and sales forces. On the other hand, the Internet paves the other companies’ ways to penetrate into the market which leads to increasing the threats of substitutes. As a result, by maximizing and minimizing the switching costs of buyers and suppliers, the Internet changes the bargaining powers of buyers and suppliers. There are some characteristic of E-commerce, which is a subset of E-business, such as ubiquity, global reach, richness, personalization, and customization that make it clearly distinguishable from traditional commerce. Moreover, the Internet, which influences strategic positioning (E.Porter, 2001), can be used to achieve competitive advantages.

There are several advantages such as connectivity, convenience, standardization, lower costs, highly customizable services, and speed that are brought by the Internet to the Organizations. By making comparisons, it can be readily understood that how the Internet has impact on industry structure and it is crystal clear that the advantages outweigh the drawbacks. That is why an overwhelming majority of organizations are going online and there are so many that conduct their entire businesses on the Internet.

To conclude, in the light of popularity of digital goods and digital market, it is reasonable to assume that the Internet can be regarded as the most powerful business weapon in today’s business world.

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SEO Services – Benefits of SEO Outsourcing For Small Businesses

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If you are an entrepreneur you must be accustomed to do business in a very structured manner. Usually, the chances are more that you must be managing almost every business processes all by yourself. Now at a time like this if you plan to swap over to the Internet marketing world, you will soon realize that you actually require functioning a bit different from your competitors to be more successful.

Nowadays, many people make use of search engines to get information on any product/service and so you need to be more familiar with the importance of being ranked high in these search engines. Ranking high in search engines can help you bring in more traffic to your webpage resulting in interested readers who might decide to do business with you. All of this can ultimately enhance your sales. For such expansion to the online customers, you need to hire a dedicated team of SEO experts for unique and consistent webpage optimization.

Outsourcing Benefits for small business promotions

The key benefit of outsourcing is that it makes you free from any sort of tension. This is because outsourcing does not distract you from the core business related issues. Therefore, it is always better to focus on the productive things that can make a big difference to your income rather than waste time on trivial things like no updated Blogs or need for a new plug-in for your webpage.

Along with this, nowadays SEO outsourcing services is available at quite an affordable rate. Even if you compare the cost of hiring in-house SEO experts to SEO outsourcing you will observe that outsourcing is much cost effective and easy to approach.

Why should you hire an SEO company?

Besides, considering factors like the time and cost, there are many other significant factors that you must consider before going for optimization of your webpage by professionals:

Quality optimization: SEO is an ongoing process that requires a good amount of time to be spent on. It need a complex research and methodology to be implemented and hence should be done with enthusiasm and patience. SEO webmasters usually have the knowledge and experience to work with competition and for different online marketing needs. They can easily standardize the optimization of your web page and thus producing a quality product.

Dedicated SEO services: Hiring an SEO expert will also be useful for dedicated promotion and marketing of your webpage. Firms providing SEO services will periodically update you with reports indicating the performance of your website as compared to your competitors in the market.

Result Oriented Services – You can be assured of getting desired results with Ethical and Professional SEO Company as they generally implement a structured SEO strategy for your site.

SEO Outsourcing India

Presently, India is one of the most preferred countries being chosen for offshore SEO services. Professionals from India excel skilled resources that can work for you dedicated with utmost professionalism and result oriented strategies. Moreover, most SEO companies in India can also help you to contemplate various optimization strategies and select the right resource according to market trends and requirements.

Today, SEO Outsourcing is the best option for all the web solution needs for a small business wherein you can save your money on other expensive Internet Marketing campaigns and invest them in your business expansion. Therefore, it is very essential for small business owner to understand the need for website optimization and outsource SEO processes to offshore countries to get maximum return to their investment.

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HIV & AIDS – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment, an Update

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HIV infection is a medical condition characterized by a progressive deficiency in the immune system of the human body, caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Currently there is no cure for this condition. However, anti-retroviral therapy has succeeded in reducing the virus count to a bare minimum, and has helped the immune system to improve. This therapy has multiple side-effects, and over time, the virus starts multiplying, while the immune system fails gradually.

Some Ayurvedic physicians compare the symptoms of HIV/AIDS to those of “Kshaya” or “Oja-Kshaya” mentioned in Ayurveda. While Ayurvedic treatment may not show the initial dramatic improvement seen with modern drugs, this treatment still has a significant role to play in the long term management of HIV infection. Ayurvedic medicines reduce the virus count and improve the CD4/CD8 count, which are indicative of the modulated immune status of the body. Judicious use of Ayurvedic medicines may also increase the innate (basic) immunity of the body, improve weight and cause excretion of the HIV virus from the body.

Traditional Ayurvedic formulations can be effectively used to treat the opportunistic infections which are a hallmark of advanced HIV infection. Kutaj Ghana Vati, Sanjeevani Vati, Panchamrut Parpati and Kutaj Parpati are used to treat recurrent diarrhea. Arogya Vardhini, Triphala Guggulu, Mahamanjishthadi Ghan Vati, Praval and Kamdudha are useful in Herpes Zoster infection and also in other skin infections. Laxmi Narayan Rasa, Samshamani Vati and Laghu Sutshekhar are used in chronic fever. Chandanadi Vati, Shatadhout Ghrut,Yashtimadhuk Ghrut, Triphala and Chandan (Sandalwood ) powders are useful in recurrent oral and genital ulcers. Laghu Malini Vasant, Madhu Malini Vasant, Suvarna Malini Vasant, Suvarna Bhasma and Heerak Bhasma are used as “general tonics”.

Herbal medicines which are useful in HIV infection are: Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Bhumiamalaki (Phyllanthus niruri), Yashtimadhuk (Glycerrhiza glabra), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Mandukparni (Centella asiatica), Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa), Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), Pippali (Piper longum) and Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica). These medicines have anti-viral, immunomodulating and adaptogenic properties. Some of these increase body weight, yet others increase the “agni” of the body and therefore maintain cellular metabolism at an optimum level.

Patients with HIV infection need long-term or life-long treatment. Herbal medicines have the advantage of an impressive safety profile, and can therefore, be given for long periods without any significant side effects. Herbal medicines can be given independently, or as additional therapy to modern medicines. The current goal in HIV management of prolonging a healthy life at minimum risk and cost, can thus, be achieved admirably with herbal medicines.

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