Nail Salons apex civilization

Beyond food, water, clothes, and shelter, it appears that every civilization around the globe has at least one nail salon. Usually many nail salons. Beyond basic grooming, nail salons are all about personal care and beauty. It’s an affordable way to add or complement a fashion statement. Are nail salons good for you?

I never went to a nail salon until my wife introduced me to the concept. I liked it. A manicure and pedicure is $20 and is 30 minutes of pleasing service. Though the tables aren’t designed for people over 6 feet, a mani/padi can be quite blissful. Do men use nail salons? The answer is yes as a healthy minority.

In New York City, there are nail salons on every block. In those civilizations where sexes do not mix publicly, there are nail salons for one sex only.

In the USA, a nail salon is a specialty beauty salon which provides nail care services including manicures and pedicures and nail enhancement services such as polishes, overlays and extensions to both male and female customers. In 2006 there were approximately 59,843 nail salons in the USA. Nail salons seem to crop up anywhere there’s a glimmer of civilization.

Viewed as a profession, nail salon workers require licensing. Licensing doesn’t always mean they are ready to spend hours working on your nails.

According to Nails Magazine, nearly 7-1/2 billion dollars were reportedly spent in nail salons in the USA in 2012. One of the more frustrating aspects of compiling data on the U.S. nail industry is trying to figure out how many people actually do nails and how many nail salons there are (and for that matter, what constitutes a “nail salon”). Many nail salons are nail spas, offering other services. Nail salons reportedly generated approximately 8.54 billion U.S. dollars in 2014.

New York State reports 3700 nail salons in 2014. Florida and Texas each reported nearly 5000 salons that same year. Of course these nail salons are those that reported. Those not participating in surveys may extend the numbers many times.

Largely Vietnamese and Korean owned, these nail salons reportedly show 14% growth each year. In the United Kingdom, the average woman may spend 450 pounds each year on her nails.

Nail salons are businesses and, like any business, must cater to discriminating clients. There are many services available. According to Bloomberg media, jobs in nail care business have quadrupled from 2000 to 2015. Albeit, salaries might be low.

The attraction of decorative nails may go back over 5,000 years to the ancient civilization of Babylonia. It represented wealth and royalty. Use of nail polish might be about 3,000 years old and originated in China.

Consequently, decorated nails were also viewed as pagan customs by Jews and ancient Christians. For some there was a prohibition of cutting nails or hair. In both the old and new testaments, there was a punishment or special devotion of not cutting hair and nails. This person was called a Nazarite. Samson, Samuel, and John the Baptist were nazarites.

Manicures are for the hands and pedicures are for the feet. The latter is popular in hot weather areas when sandals are worn. Some extol the health virtues of pedicures.

For all the healthy virtues of maintaining your nails, nail salons pose some ominous dangers. You must be certain that the nail salon sterilized the equipment and tools thoroughly. Failure to do so would lead to vulnerability to germs, particularly fungus.

Nail fungus is particularly difficult to treat. Most effective treatments have dangerous side effects and many require vigilance over long time periods.

Furthermore, polishes and gels may have toxic chemicals that, when applied or breathed may – over time, result in some indiscriminate health issues.

Many nail salons have inadequate ventilation. This may multiply pathogens into local and nearby areas of the salon. Many nail salons do not necessarily follow basic ventilation standards.

The vast expansion of nail salons, nonetheless, aren’t always held to the highest critical standards. For the most part, it’s about beauty and attraction. Many customers presume that nail salon staff are professional and clean. It isn’t always the case.

While the salon might display licences, some nail salons are hubs for human trafficking and for prostitution on or off premises.

For the most part, nail salons are legitimate businesses. Many prosper by customer recommendations. Some nail salons endure for decades, while others less than a year. Of this greater than 9 billion dollar (reported) USA industry, competition for customers and satisfaction is high. The actual monetary figure is difficult to calculate. Many transactions are made in cash. No evidence available whether it is or isn’t reported.

As a customer, be wary about cleanliness. When you feel okay about it, enjoy the pleasures and results nail salons offer. As far as polishes, gels, and other chemicals used, weigh the variables. Many nail salons do not specifically report what brands they actually use nor are required to provide ingredient lists.

If you are skeptical or sensitive of nail products and cleanliness, bring your own tools and polish to the nail salon.

Beauty may only be nail deep. Nail salons are indicative that the state of civilization value those people competing to be most attractive, as often as possible. Consequences don’t necessarily matter.

Surestep SMO helps baby walk

Development of a muscle group around the ankle may determine whether your baby will be able to walk on his/her own. A Surestep SMO is one of many external devices that gently wrap around your baby’s lower leg. It is an orthosis that helps your baby take those first steps.

Babies usually stand on their own and walk between 12 and 18 months. If baby is too unstable to do either, a good pediatrician suggests a pediatric neurologist. An SMO may help your baby take first steps. An SMO stands for Supra Malleolar Orthosis. It is designed to help support weak dorsal muscles and associated areas so your baby can walk.

The basic SMO is similar in design to an Ankle Foot Orthosis (AFO) that adults wear. It is a reinforced plastic sleeve that attaches to the ankle and is fastened with Velcro.It does not cure a possible condition but adds support to help make walking possible for those who can not support themselves/ The Surestep SMO is usually the most recommended device for babies.

I use an AFO called ToeOff BlueRocker to help me walk with mt muscular dystrophy impairment. I can’t walk without it.

David Zwicker, a certified orthodist, at Prothotic Laboratory in New York. He suggested the ToeOff AFO as an alternative to the one my physiatrist prescribed. He was right. Upon trying one of these ultralight carbon graphite devices, I was able to walk smoother than I had in previous years.

An SMO and AFO are particularly helpful with foot drop when your foot moves abnormally due to weak dorsal muscles at the juncture of your leg and foot.

Consequently, an SMO and an AFO have certain inabilities based on a wearer’s condition. Walking stairs and doing simple to complex maneuvers are difficylt. Falling in these may cause considerable damage to the supported area that is “caged” in the brace support. SMO and AFO are braces, albeit products using modern technology.

Controlling consequences, Surestep SMO suggests seeking out a competent orthodist (such as David Zwicker) who can help adjust the Surestep SMO for maximum comfort, usability, and performance. Many pediatric neurologists aren’t aware of the nuances of these devices.

A pediatric neurologist focuses on development delay of your baby. The practitioner also considers hypotonia or poor muscle tone.

Many pediatric neurologists connect with rehabilitation specialists. The key specialist is a physiatrist, a medical doctor that deals with helping muscle and limb structure and movement.

Unlike an AFO, the basic Surestep SMO is designed to be least invasive for your baby, as an integral part of the shoe. As such, muscle tone may improve as the baby walks more.

A Surestep SMO targets babies with muscle and angular improprieties as a device that helps move development along. At 18 months, most babies overcome the need by age 3.

After age 3, your pediatric neurologist may advise exploration of advanced and genetic testing that may point to dystrophies of muscles or some neural conditions. At any rate,

Basically, the Surestep SMO is an ideal way to aid walking movement and improved muscle tone with gait for most babies that may require it. It is a rather common neuromuscular problem with a variety of solutions.

Braces have evolved in leaps and jumps since those bulky ones that Forest Gump wore as a child. Can it be a challenge? Among those children who have walking diffriculties, an SMO or AFO is a major boost for healthy walking and social development.

Overactive brain activity

Tired? Moody? Sad? Depressed? Bored? Abstracted? There may be many reasons. One off-ended possibility might be overactive brain activity. An overactive brain may drain your energy. As examined in neuroscience, it may be the source connected with many of your self-perceptions. Are you struck still because you are overactive?

An emerging issue is overactive brain activity and its possible associations with depression and other conditions.

Overactive brain activity is a relatively recent condition. Scans using advanced PET (Positron Emission Topography) and MRI scans reveal how an overactive brain might influence sleeping patterns.

While many children of the vogue rre diagnosed with hyperactive disorders, overactive brain activity is primarily adult. There are subtle nuances.

An overactive brain, as shown in scans, is a brain that is on all the time – memories and associations are constantly initiating networks of neurons throughout the frontal cortex. Imagine the frontal cortex as a processor sequencing many thoughts and feelings. In an overactive brain, these rarely shut or slow down. Some of these thoughts may be at the roots of creative thinking, provided you can store and recall them.

Overactive brain activity can thwart deep analysis as thoughts shift throughout the day as well as night. A symptom of over-activity is overthinking and getting confused or obsessed.

Most people develop some degree of overthinking: heavily weighing every single option before making a move, focusing on minute details of a situation and ignoring the big picture, or choking under pressure when doing something we already believe we’re good at. Overthinking on average might create irrational thoughts and images that can affect daily living activities at many instances.

Some people believe that managing brain over-activity is to flood the mind with more stimulating activities that may curb overthinking. Others believe in medicines that help slow it down. In rare situations, medical doses of marijuana have been used.

Suggested methods toward managing overactive brains have been exercise, meditation, and allowing release of control responsibilities. Easier said than done as over-activity takes over anything you try. Ch alleges of finding the right modes and goals are often compromised.

As overactive brains and overthinking may exhibit symptoms of depression, obsessions, and sleep disorders, normal therapy usually does not get to the roots of the problems. One reason is that few psychotherapists use PET and MRI tests when ascertaining the problem. It is relatively easy to determine brain activity points and ranges using correct testing.

In some circumstances, PET studies cited some evidence that different brain regions are excited when presenting stimuli to men and women using these scans. Measuring degrees are not always the answer as there seem to be gender differences as to which areas might exhibit over-activity or not. Using MRI scans results were unclear of possible differences among gay and straight populations.

Understandably,the psychology world does not rely on PET and MRI testing due to high expense. In addition, because of expenses, scan research studies have relatively small samples and subsequently low reliability over a general population, with difficulty in determining cause and effect.

Among practitioners using scans to determine brain activities is Daniel Amen, an author, speaker and manager of Amen Clinics. He uses SPECT scans exclusively to study brain activity. His objective is to check activity within pre-cortex areas of the brain’s limbic system, with regard to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorders. His clinical studies show a cyclical association of over-activity and depression, along with chronic low self-esteem.

Having an overactive brain isn’t necessarily a disease. It has been hypothesized that creative geniuses were susceptible to possible mood swings and even psychoses. Though the presence of an overactive brain doesn’t necessarily correlate with genius, as few have been scanned during their lifetimes.

Interrupted sleep patterns possibly associated with overactive brain overthinking may result in lethargic moods and lower long-term memory storage. People with overactive brains might seem inattentive but may actually be bored and sleepy as they are already thinking of something else. Disease or symptom?

There really is no exact determination of overactive brain activity prevalence within a popular context. Neuroscience research is trying to carve a niche but few insurance companies provide coverage for preventive, advanced diagnostic procedures. So the therapeutic community targets symptoms, such as depression, hyperactivity, inattentiveness, low energy, and treats them with sometimes effective but marginal long-term medications.

Within a world where high-technology is part of everyone’s life, the overactive brain remains a mystery. Discovering the undiscoverable remains a game of high finance and low priority. The seeds are scattered but germination, growth and efficacy will need testing and retesting to ascertain whether an overactive brain is a problem or a blessing.

Gun debates 2016

After the latest incident in Orlando, the issue of gun availability reaches to the foreground. Gun debates ensue among politicians and candidates and the second amendment comes into question. If you understand the historical implications, it is not an issue of the second amendment. Gun debates should be focusing whether the writers of the United States Constitution would have approved of the use of machine guns or assault weapons. This seems to be lost among all the debaters.

The heinous incidents involving mass shootings often were due to assault weapons being used. Fast and repetitive, these are designed to produce the most damage. Used since World War I, these types of guns were used in gangland wars of the 1920’s and 1930’s. They are not covered or conceived by the Constitution.

In the 1700’s, a gun or rifle was used for protection of self and family against poachers and criminals in frontier settings. They were used to defend against foes. If there were many foes, the community would use single-shot rifles as defense.

Also, rifles were used to hunt for food. Without neighborhood butcher shops or supermarkets, a rifle or shotgun enabled families to have meat as part of their meals.

Assault weapons are intended for war and mass killings. They are not for sport or hunting. Guns and rifles are for sport and hunting animals.

The many gun debates ignore these distinctions. The second amendment never intended this weapon to be used at home. Should every home had the right to have a cannon?

While many assault weapons are manufactured and sold in the USA, their profitability is significant. The demand is also high. Yet, there is no reasonable purpose for the average citizen to own one. Hunting regulations prohibit their use against fowl and animals.

Use of salt was once linked to hypertension. Ownership and use of assault weapons aren’t lethal themselves but, in the hands of an irresponsible or momentarily insane person, catastrophes are bound to happen.

The military and law enforcement require assault weapons. In legislative gun debates, sale and purchase of assault weapons and parts should be heavily restricted. Responsible use of guns and rifles should be legal (with local restriction options) as an adult under 2nd amendment specifications.

Assault weapons were not included in the US Constitution and anyone who subscribes that it was is using a very, very broad interpretation of its content. Legislative gun debates must not rewrite the Constitution but, rather, focus legitimately that the use of assault weapons by ordinary citizens should be prohibited. Broad attempts to make guns and rifles illegal are sensitive, break party lines, and are futile.

The second amendment must not be eliminated. A new amendment needs to be added banning assault weapons for ordinary people, as soon as possible. The constitution was to protect the common good. Gun debates must realize this. Fortunately,

Commuting stress

Jobs may be hard to find in USA. More people spend longer times commuting back and forth to work. Does that add stress to your workday? How many hours should it take to commute to and from work?
Does commuting stress exist?

According to statistics collected in 2013, about 25 minutes each way was the average commuting time. That accounts for rural and suburban areas. Workers in metropolitan areas have the longest and higher time consuming commutes of more than 90 minutes each way. That means, in addition to the 8 or more hours spent at work, about 3 hours is spent commuting. San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington D.C. have extremely long commutes compared to most USA areas.

Accidents, road blocks and routine repairs often clog even the best of speedways. A 30-minute trip can become hours. And time drags at a nerve-racking pace.

Commuting stress is often like helplessness and this is a form of severe stress. You are helpless when it happens. You will be equally helpless with each clogged traffic incidence. If it’s routine, helplessness becomes hopelessness.

Early theories of stress are associated with the fight or flight response that are keys to survival. Biochemical responses activate hormones such as adrenaline, nor-epinephrine, and cortisol. There are several others involved. As possible results of repetitive stress, some of these stressful responses might lead to endocrine disorders like Graves’ disease, gonadal dysfunction, psycho-sexual dwarfism and obesity. While commuting stress may not lead to these results, it can exhaust the body to be sensitive to many lighter chronic diseases over time.

As rush-hour traffic lengthens trips to and from work routinely, with or without delays due to accidents, long commutes build commuting stress conditions such as sleep dysfunctions and greater susceptibilities to colds. Indirectly, it may contribute to obesity when you are sitting behind the wheel for so long that you have no energy to exercise.

While commuting is necessary for most to find decent employment, commuting stress may lead to many health conditions that may be hazardous to your he3alth. Cortisol, a vital hormone that helps your body react to stress will break down to another form called glucocorticoids in your blood stream. Constant glucocorticoid accumulation might have influences on carbohydrate metabolism, inflammatory processes, shock, and water balance.

Not frequent but feasible, continued chronic stress may bring about glucocorticoid toxicity in your body. This has been shown to affect the hippocampus, a limbic structure of your brain that has been found to play an important in learning and memory. The hippocampus is associated with the storage of long-term memories through REM dream cycles. Recurrent sleep dysfunctions that might associate with commuting stress might (over time) result in memory disorders.

Damage to the hippocampus can lead to loss of memory and difficulty in establishing new memories. In Alzheimer’s disease, the hippocampus is one of the first regions of the brain to be affected, leading to the confusion and loss of memory so commonly seen in the early stages of the disease.

There are many drivers that can drive to their 90’s without suffering memory loss. Yet, few studies have factored whether commuting stress might contribute to certain cognitive issues.

Many roads were not planned to cope with current car use. Road accidents do happen. Yet many are dependent on cars for traveling 50 or more miles to and from work. When an expected hour drive becomes a stodgy 3 hour drive, there is considerable wear and tear on the driver or bus rider. Commuting stress develops when there are no alternatives. There are no choices of flight so you must bite on your lip and take it.

Perhaps there’s a latent sadomasochistic experience that make drivers crave commuter stress by living so far from work. It is more likely that socioeconomic and passionate variables factor into the continual grind of long-distance commuting. Commuter or commuting stress leaves you bound and imprisoned in the tedium of routine commutes. In many areas this is a necessity and part of life.

Commuting stress and its possible effects stem from how well you adapt to the routine punishment of long distance commuting. When stress is a state of normal, it may no longer seem stressful. It is part of life and living. The weight of benefits and consequences hang in the balance. Where no alternatives exist, you take the best road to make you happy while you listen to streams from your smartphone. Please don’t text and drive.

Begat emoji bible

There may be people that can live without God.There may be some people who feel that religion has to be revised for modern times. The Holy Bible has been translated hundreds of times in dozens of languages. Prepare for the newest translation – The Emoji Bible. Is it holy?

Apple has begot an Emoji Bible as scripture for millennials. Emoji is a graphic language used for texting, emails, and social media.

For those born around 1990, emoji is a very valid, living language. Beyond casual use, emoji is being used in academic and science research papers.

The Emoji Bible follows the King James version of the old and new testaments. Common words and phrases are replaced by emoticons, characters of emoji written text.

For millennia, the Holy Bible has undergone many translations for greater accessibility to reach more people. Originally written in Hebrew as the Old Testament, the Greeks noted the first translation upon their invasion int the middle-east and north Africa about 3,000 years ago. Later scriptures may have been written in Aramaic, a colloquial language of that region. For those that read or write English characters, remnants and earlier bibles were virtually undecipherable. Many religionists and academics continue to debate actual meanings from earlier sources.

The Emoji Bible makes sense for some but emoji contexts are not as yet concise and universal. Reading a phrase written in emoji may also confound many readers. Interpretations may be more subjective.

You may find Boombox quiz of biblical emoji texts quite challenging. Can you read and understand them?

If you need help, this online emoji translator may help.

In marketing God to new generations, Christian organizations are developing emoji bible games to excite.

The Apple Emoji Bible is a hybrid that mixes words with emoji characters. Obviously, as emoji becomes a formal language, there will be new versions released. Emoji is constantly being born and revised as many languages are and have over generations. Did Beethoven know what jazz and R&B were?

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth—and some time much later, humans invented an emoji language. In the beginning created the ✨ & the is the current emoji translation.

Be wary researchers: the next time you google a bible verse database, it may just be in emoji. You may have to broaden your search criteria.

The Emoji Bible may find itself on your Apple devices as a 3300 page bible. Expect alternate apps to emerge for Android and others. This opens new ventures to translate classic literature into emoji.

Is this blasphemous or just matters of changing times? When God begat many languages at the Tower of Babel, emoji may have been one of them. We just didn’t have the available technology. Is the Emoji Bible holy? It may be as it may be. Debates are likely to continue. Can you accept an Emoji Bible?