Sunday, May 14, 2006


When women say that they have PMS, it means that they feel ugly, fat, tired and bloated. PMS or Premenstrual Syndrome is a disorder characterized by hormonal changes that cause disruptive symptoms for up to two weeks before menstruation. While there is no need for medication, some women require medical treatment for marked mood swings and behavioral changes. These symptoms regularly occur from ovulation until menses.

How to Avoid Having PMS
1. Excercise. It helps boost the endorphins which are the body's natural painkillers. They may help cramped feeling.

2. Avoid sweets and eat six small meals at regular three-hour intervals, high in complex carbohydrates and low in simple sugars. This helps to maintain a steady blood glucose level and avoid energy highs and lows.

3. Reduce and eliminate use of caffeine, alcohol, salt, fats, and simple sugars to reduce bloating, fatigue, tension and depression.

4.Daily supplemental vitamins and minerals may be administered to relieve some PMS symptoms.

1. A multivitamin with B6(100 mcg)
2. B complex, magnesium (300mg)
3. Vitamin E (400 IU) and
4. vitamin C (1000 mg)

These vitamins alleviate irritability, fluid retention, joint aches, breast tenderness, anxiety, depression and fatigue.

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Friday, May 12, 2006

Midlife Crisis

Midlife is not linked to hormonal changes of women so it is not true that it starts after 40 like menopause. According to San Franciscan psychologist and author, the transition changes manifest between 35 and 40. Men may not have them until 45.It can be triggered by death of a loved one, job change, separation and divorce.A woman in her late thirties or early forties realize that they are approaching the age when childbearing is riskier if not bear physically and or or mentally incapacitated children.According to Carl Jung, it is a normal part of 'maturing'. A journey.A difficult journey with a certain amount of suffering, meaning to live through or to allow by suffering the loss, change, and letting go of much of what was brought into midlife. This transition is not easy and is greatly resisted. Midlife is ultimately about the search for true meaning in life. So when women start asking who they are, what are they doing in their lives, assessing what they have done, they are said to be going through the crisis.How do you know that you are into this crisis even you have not reached the start of life at forty? "New York Times" Editorial Page Editor Howell Raines wrote that
"it typically begins with mild twinges of dread, disappointment and restlessness that tiptoe in on little cat feet. Then in some cases, the cat feet turn to elephant feet.
Some symptoms of the crisis:

1. Fear or anxiety. Women tend to become secure of their security for the love of their spouses, their jobs or their financial resources and attention of their growing children.

2.Tension and stress. Plans that are perceived to be not going anywhere.Failures and disappointments are more in numbers than successes.

3. Anger of struggle. Believing that one does not deserve such struggle if only people she depends on are very cooperative and generous.

4. Health condition. Recognizing the symptoms associated with ageing process make one thinks of the mortality.

5. Time is running out. Aware that sooner or later, one is restricted physically and mentally to engage in activities/chores because of age.

6. Relationship. For unmarried or unattached women, the issue of being single at that point in life make them question what lead them to have celibate lives.


Sunday, May 07, 2006

St. Joan of Arc

Joan of ArcLeader of the French Army, 1412-1431

St. Joan of Arc was born at Domremy to Jacques and Isabelle d'Arc, during the Truce of Leulinghen. Receiving a mandate from God to drive the English out of France, she was escorted to King Charles VII. After gaining the approval of the Church scholars at Poitiers in March of 1429, she was granted titular command of an army which quickly lifted the siege of Orleans on May 8, 1429, captured Jargeau, Meung-sur-Loire, and Beaugency in mid-June, and defeated an English army at Patay on June 18.As a reward for her service, Charles VII granted her noble status along with her family on December 29, 1429. She returned to the field the following year, despite predicting her own defeat. Captured at Compiegne on May 23, 1430 and transferred to the English, she was placed on trial in Rouen by a selected group of pro-English clergy, many of whom nevertheless had to be coerced into voting for a guilty verdict. Convicted and executed on May 30, 1431, she was subsequently declared innocent by the Inquisition on July 7, 1456 after a lengthy re-trial process which was initiated shortly after the English were finally driven from Rouen, therebyallowing access to the documents and witnesses associated with her trial; the presiding Inquisitor, Jean Brehal, ruled that the original trial had been tainted by fraud, illegal procedures, and intimidation of both the defendant and many of the clergy who had taken part in the trial, and she was therefore described as amartyr by the Inquisitor. After the usual lengthy delay associated\r\n with the sluggish process of canonization, she was beatified on April 11, 1909 and canonized as a saint on May 16, 1920.