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Friday, November 21, 2014

Positive Affirmations. Should We Use Them? Do You?

I'm Using Positive Affirmations 
& I'd like to share my own positive affirmations with you in either audio or written form (or both, if ya'll want.) Would you folks like that? If so, I will make them available.


I've created my own categories of highly detailed, successful positive affirmations. I have a growing compilation of a wide variety of categories -- some are common affirmations that virtually every human is interested in such as beauty/attraction, finance/money, romance/relationships and some affirmations that are very uncommon, but still useful enough that there are real people out there who would like to use them frequently.

The categories and sets of positive affirmations I've created are typically ones I've needed in my own life, and have used with success.

Others were inspired by folks who have asked for a specific topic. Each set/topic I've focused on includes very lengthy and detailed statements and phrases for increased success. I was inspired partly, to create affirmations because I often couldn't find pre-made ones that were not vague. To me, more detailed, lengthy affirmations seem to have the best affect/results, so after being asked several times to provide sets of affirmations on specific topics by various people I've come in contact with on the subject, the idea that the ones I've focused on creating to perfection could be of use to other people struck me.

That's where the decision to try and make them available to other people who may be finding themselves in similar situations as I had -- needing specific or more detailed (less vague) affirmations for different areas of their lives -- came from.

 I don't know why it never hit me sooner to share these. But the more I see people asking for affirmations, the more I realized it was something that could be very useful to other people.

In fact, it wasn't until tonight -- after someone requested a set of affirmations on a specific topic from me -- that I realized I was actually thoroughly enjoying creating them. Putting such deep, detailed thought into them. It just does something for me.

When I began creating my own positive affirmations to use (for personal use), I started turning my typed affirmations into audio (using a random free program I found online that would read off the words you typed) so that I could easily listen to my affirmations each day, at virtually any time, anywhere, and simply repeat them off in my head. This quickly became somewhat of a "ritual" for lack of better word, as I found myself playing the affirmations on a daily basis. Every day, I'll choose from one of my categories, depending on what I feel I need most during that moment, and listen to them while I work, eat, clean, etc.

This new "habit" has been surprisingly therapeutic and successful for me. If I'm feeling terribly unbalanced or down about an area of my life, I'll select the topic from my list and just hit play. Just like we do with music, only this feels more beneficial sometimes.

Anyways, the idea hit me that I might share my created affirmations somehow -- such as in an audio format where folks can use them like a video online, since that method is easy to incorporate into one's life whereas other ways of using affirmations (like by reading them) takes time and more effort than simply hitting play and listening to them be read off.

With that said, would any of you guys be interested in them too? If I were to make them available here on my blog (in audio format or written or both?) would anybody be interested in them? If you guys are, my next step will be to put them up!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

20 Mind-Blowingly Magical Places Places You Won't Believe Exist Outside of A Fairy-Tale

A real-life magical castle in Montreux, Switzerland

magical Sorcerer's Castle Montreux Switzerland

“Narnia-on-earth” Plitvice National Park, Croatia.

narnia on earth

The “Glow Worm Grotto” New Zealand. The place gets its light, and its name from the glowing creatures living within the cave.

glow worm grott

The Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany. The castle was built for King Ludwig II in the 19th Century. Talk about mystical and magical!

bavaria

Dunvegan Castle on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

With legends consisting of all our favorite fairy-tale characters and plots — secrets, magic, romance and even fairies themselves, the Dunvegan Castle is the perfect fairy-tale spot.

Dunvegan

Also in the magical Isle of Skye, Scotland are  the Fairy Pools

fairy pools

Dettifoss Waterfalls, known as the most powerful waterfalls in  Europe

dettifoss waterfall in iceland

 Who can resist the beauty (and history being that it’s been used as a spa since 2nd Century BC!) of Pamukkale, Turkey’s Thermal Spa?

Pamukkale Turkey's thermal spa

12 Animals that rock a mustache better than you

12 Animals that rock a mustache better than you




There’s a reason the Inca Bird is also known as “the mustache bird.”

inca bird with mustache

The grandfather cat:





Mustache monkey


The owners think I’m a really happy cat… It’s all the mustache baby!


A puppy


 4 months later… Because once a stache, always a stache.





cat with mustache

Creepy-Bald-Monkey-with-Cool-Mustache--90755

Every species knows the importance of a good stache.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

CarPET Pet Hair Remover Video Review

 
*Apologies for the quality of my video. The sound of my talking was so low, so I've transcribed it and you can read the captions to follow along without having to strain to hear. Also, I realized after filming that the hairy as hell jacket was not very visible, which is why I took photos of the jacket, including photos of the portion I'd used the CarPET on while filming. I hope this is helpful to ya'll.


Here are the images:





Check out the severity of this jacket's cat-hair content, up close and personal!
So much cat hair! 




Key Points (Or What Impresses me about CarPET):

While some of our garments that've been collecting large amounts of cat hair did require some elbow work, patience and time, the CarPET didn't fail us. 

It truly does remove deeply embedded pet hair, including hair off some of my items, like my furry pillow that even my strong Bissel vacuum would not remove. I love that!

 Reusable and it can be cleaned by simple rinsing with water.

I like watching the fuzz roll up into a furry ball, ready to be tossed away.















Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review.
I am not a specialist, expert, professional or doctor of any kind. Content on this blog is not intended to be taken as medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or advice of any sort. I'm simply sharing information about my own experiences and results from use of a product or activity in hopes of providing useful information to readers, not to be taken as a patient/medical adviser relationship. I am not responsible for what readers choose to do after viewing the content here. Furthermore, I do not hold an "exceptional" or other special relationship with any company mentioned on this site. I'm simply a consumer who worked with the company on a review that is in compliance with FTC's guidelines. That means, everything you read here is my own words, not anything of the company's. I was not provided with monetary compensation for my review. All information posted has been done so with complete honesty. No action should be taken based solely on the content of this publication ( I'm not responsible.) Readers who rely on the information in this blog to replace the advise of an appropriate health care provider assume all risks of such behavior.






Saturday, October 25, 2014

OraMD 100% Pure Breath Spray Review + Freebie Offer

Me -- a proud user of OraMD Breath


I've just been given the fantastic opportunity to try a product from a favorite company -- Trusted Health Products -- that's called OraMD Breath. Breath is a 100% pure spray that gets rid of bad breath better than anything I've found before. As someone who absolutely loved the OraMD toothpaste alternative, I was ecstatic to try the similar product "Breath." 

Some of my readers might remember my review of the OraMD oil that I'd switched to using for brushing my teeth with.

If you've been here at Ribbons & Pearls for a while and have read my journey and what I've learned about dental health (I've discussed the dangers of using commercial toothpaste a lot), you probably know that when I had to have my first tooth extracted (wisdom tooth), I started doing research and learned that the commercial toothpastes, filled with the cavity-causing fluoride and other harmful chemicals.

 I have basically shared my entire journey, along with everything I learned along the way as I went. I began this mission to heal my teeth. The first and most important step was quitting toothpaste, which I haven't touched for 2 years (going on 3 now, I think). 


Anyways, one of the products that made that quitting toothpaste journey a million times less painful was my discovery of the OraMD oil. I had been using a natural, olive oil based soap (bar soap!) to brush my teeth, and let me tell you, I dreaded having to brush my teeth every morning. The taste of bar soap is something I never got used to. Waking up became very un-fun for me as I knew I'd spend the first part of my day gagging from soap. 

When I found out about this OraMD stuff, and had the opportunity to try it myself, the first thing I loved about it was that I no longer had to gag from a mouth full of soap. 

Secondly, Trusted Health Products uses the best ingredients, which I'll get to soon enough.

Needless to say, I never did go back to soap. My preference is OraMD, although I've tried many different toothpaste alternatives like baking soda, aloe vera, peroxide and even a powder made from Himalayan salt and peppermint. 

The only thing about using those things to brush my teeth with is they do not leave my mouth feeling... cleaned. Peroxide does, of course, but I never liked the idea of using only peroxide every single day for brushing. 

I'm not aware of any real dangers of doing so (unless perhaps if you had a disease of the mouth or something maybe), and there are a lot of benefits of using peroxide, but I prefer to switch between peroxide and something else (preferably OraMD) every day or 2. 

Baking soda, oddly enough, doesn't remove some tastes from my tongue like coffee, and other tastes that tend to contribute to bad breath. The salt/peppermint powder doesn't do much for breath, either. 

The reason I'm even discussing OraMD in this review for the Breath product is because the two are very similar since they work using the same effective key ingredients -- botanical oils of almond, spearmint and peppermint.

Due to the same key ingredients that I knew were so effective and favorable since I'd used the OraMD to brush my teeth, I knew I'd love it as a breath spray, too. In fact, I love having this blend of perfect ingredients in the form of a spray because it makes for easy, quick use. I can squirt one spritz into my mouth for brushing my teeth as well as for just any time I feel the need to clean my mouth, kill some germs and freshen my breath.  This works so well, and results are significantly different from those I've had when using commercial types of breath and mouthwash products -- they usually contain ingredients like alcohol that actually do more harm than good to our dental health! 

The reason for the different results is that the ingredients used in Breath kills the cause of bad breath, and bacteria that cause it on contact. They don't mask odor by using those artificial mint flavors, which end up making my breath actually have odor after the mint flavor/scent is worn off.



Packaging & Storage:
OraMD Breath comes in a tiny, dark colored glass bottle with a convenient, spray-top lid. It's small enough that it easily fits in a pocket for on-the-go use, which does mean that you also have a small amount of product, though. The dark colored glass keeps the ingredients potent and protected from things like too much light, which can lessen their potency. About 60 sprays are in each bottle.

Since Breath contains a concoction of such powerful oils, the minty "burn" can be intense, but hardly ever unpleasant. It also reminds me of how very little oil is required to do the trick -- one spray, two max. I use one spray and it's plenty to brush, or just swish for cleaning and killing germs throughout the day. I do brush with this product or the OraMD oil made for brushing, but either work for me.

Other important qualities are the ingredients', which are so pleasingly all natural and all safe, have germ-killing properties that are clinically proven (by University of Kentucky, clinical study) to kill periodontal bacteria.

Trusted Health products uses only pure ingredients, no chemicals, additives, artificial crud, alcohol, or sweeteners (which are not good for our teeth).

 My Results Using Breath
OraMD products give me seriously clean breath like nothing else I've ever used. To give you some information on the results, I'll say right quick that I used the OraMD "Breath" today for the first time upon first waking up and my breath was still nice and fresh well into the night tonight (it's 4AM now).

 I'd had coffee, and long after ever using a spray of OraMD Breath, my breath was fresh as could be. This is why I like the product more than I typically would -- because the fresh breath lasts

One squirt in my mouth is all I used and it's clean enough that I don't get uncomfortable when people get really close to me to talk, and I typically cover my mouth when someone gets really close to my face while talking just because I don't like it. 

I've always wanted to keep my breath off people, even when I know it's not awful or anything. With OraMD Breath, the mint extract in it is so strong that despite being with a house full of people who get super close to my face while talking.



Ingredients in OraMD Breath:

100% pure almond, spearmint, and peppermint oils.
Ah, the beauty of simplicity! Something I've come to expect from all Trusted Health Products is that you won't see a long list of awkward ingredients, unlike many products of their nature. Simple can be best in cases like this, and it's extremely nice to know what's in the products you're using, for once!

Obviously, I do recommend the OraMD products -- both the Breath and the OraMD for brushing. I would especially think them to be useful to folks with periodontal issues, but even if it's just your breath you're wanting to clean up, OraMD is what I'd recommend for that, hands down. It's also the perfect alternative to unhealthy, harmful toothpaste, which I proudly have not used in years!


Before I go, I'd like to mention that for a limited time, the manufacturer is willing to offer my readers one free bottle. They said they would love to have my readers try out Breath and agreed to send one bottle free, aside from the minimal shipping/handling charge, which is totally worth it since you'll get to use the product for extremely cheap. Click here for the free bottle.


You can find, and stay updated with Trusted Health Products by following them on social media:
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For those of you who've been following my slimming journey where I've been using & sharing my results with Shake the Crave, visit the Shake the Crave website here.






Disclaimer: This is a sponsored review. I am not a specialist, expert, professional or doctor of any kind. Content on this blog is not intended to be taken as medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or advice of any sort. I'm simply sharing information about my own experiences and results from use of a product or activity in hopes of providing useful information to readers, not to be taken as a patient/medical adviser relationship. I am not responsible for what readers choose to do after viewing the content here. Furthermore, I do not hold an "exceptional" or other special relationship with any company mentioned on this site. I'm simply a consumer who worked with the company on a review that is in compliance with FTC's guidelines. That means, everything you read here is my own words, not anything of the company's. I was not provided with monetary compensation for my review. All information posted has been done so with complete honesty. No action should be taken based solely on the content of this publication ( I'm not responsible.) Readers who rely on the information in this blog to replace the advise of an appropriate health care provider assume all risks of such behavior.





Derma ProMedics Anti-Wrinkle Formula -- Gem 2 of Wrinkle Care



The Anti-Wrinkle Formula by Derma ProMedics is gem number 2 of the Derma ProMedics "gem products" I've been ravin' about.

Derma ProMedics, a "state of the art" Anti-Wrinkle Formula is an "anti-aging, micro sculpting wrinkle reducer" that is said to be "better than botox" on the website for ordering.

 "Derma Promedics is a scientifically tested serum that actually works. It comprises of state of the art firming ingredients and a perfect mix of vital moisturizers along with vitamins. Once you apply Derma Promedics, the skin is well nourished and feels pampered. The effects of Derma Promedics that work on your skin are:

  • Derma Promedics is purely responsible for diminishing wrinkle density by 37%
  • Derma Promedics manages to reduce the Wrinkle volume by 18.5%
  • Last but not the least Derma Promedics reduces surface wrinkles by 44.9%
  •  
These statistics are scientifically researched and tested. This makes Derma Promedics an Anti Aging Micro Sculpting Wrinkle reducing serum that helps to fight the signs of aging, thus giving you a young looking smooth skin."

How Does it Work?

Anti-Aging Serum works by actually pulling skin tighter to smooth out its surface, creating an appearance of smoother, less aged skin.

The Matrixyl™3000 ingredient in the Anti-Wrinkle Serum has been shown to reduce deep wrinkles, add more moisture to the skin, and keep it there longer (Clinical Studies.)



The claims of this product were so large that I didn't know whether to just send my entire wallet to the Derma ProMedics or be wary, so of course I opted for sampling first (thankfully the company was kind enough to allow me, and that alone, in my experience, tends to be a good sign about a company's product.)

Anyways, just take a look at the products' awesome properties and see what I mean. Sounds like some incredibly powerful stuff!

The folks at Derma ProMedics were so incredibly kind that they allowed me to try both the Eye Renewal product (recently reviewed) and their Anti-Wrinkle Formula I'll be reviewing today. 

My Goals (as far as using this and any anti-aging product goes)

To give ya'll an idea of what my goals are and what my skin type is, what I'm hoping to accomplish by using the Derma ProMedics products, I'll give you some brief detail:

1. Prevent wrinkles, improve the minor aging signs I do have. I'm 24, and I do have minor lines forming around my mouth, also known as "smile lines."

It's been my goal to work towards combating signs of aging since I turned about 19. Wanting to use prevention early, I began trying many different anti-agers and as always, continue to moisturize religiously. I've always had dry skin issues, so moisturizing is a must, and I figure in the long run, it'll help towards my goal of preventing aging signs.
  
I prefer a product that will do both -- take care of my skin by moisturizing it as well as work towards healthy skin while also preventing aging signs as much as possible. I feel confident that Derma Pro Medics' Anti-Wrinkle Formula/Serum is my best bet for anti-aging and for reducing what I do have.

2. Remove blemish or dark spots, which are on my skin from previous breakouts, and occur frequently. 

3. Lighten/improve the dark, sunken circles that have appeared underneath my eyes and never went away, no matter how much sleep, vitamins, minerals and herbs I take.

Something else I hope I might accomplish by using the Derma ProMedics products is just maybe reducing the minor scarring I've obtained on my cheeks from breakouts. Some ingredients in the Anti-Wrinkle formula have been touted by some as useful for this.

My skin type:
Combination skin -- dry "flakes" are common around my cheeks and nose while the middle of my forehead has excess shine/oil most of the time. Breakouts occur more frequently than I'd like, leaving behind blemish marks.  Minor, but noticeable scarring on cheeks from previous breakouts.




What Are The Claims, What's This Stuff Supposed to Do?
  • Derma ProMedics is responsible for reducing signs of aging that appear on the face. It reduces wrinkles and visible fine lines. 45% less wrinkles in 2 months.

  • It keeps the skin hydrated and moisturized. Therefore the skin feels soft and flexible.

  • Derma Promedics is smooth to apply and does not break or flake like other products.

  • The state of the art firming ingredients that are present in Derma Perfect ensures to keep the skin light and tight.

  • Derma Promedics boosts collagen in the body right from the cellular level that helps to fight the signs of aging.
  • This is considered to be 100% safer option than Botox.
  • Reduces eye puffiness
  • Lightens dark circles
  • Revitalizes the enlarged pores
  • Keeps the skin refreshed and rejuvenated at all times

How to Use Derma ProMedics' Anti Wrinkle Formula:
It's recommended that you apply it to freshly cleansed skin, then simply apply the clear, thin gel-like serum to "affected areas." I tend to apply it on the areas where wrinkles commonly form -- around the mouth, eyes and forehead. However, I also apply a dab to any blemish or acne since some of the ingredients do double as an acne fighter. In short, they help dry out the pimples/blemish, getting rid of them sooner.

 My Results with Anti Wrinkle Formula 
Here are a couple of "before" photos so we can track my progress and you guys can follow along. Believe me, it wasn't easy posting photos of me with zero makeup (aside from mascara. I actually cleaned everything off, leaving the mascara just for these pictures!). You may notice the bags or dark eye circles. Notice the smile lines. And let's see if over the next month of using these Derma Promedics, we can't just diminish those a bit!

In this one, you can really see the under-eye circles and darkness as well as my smile lines.
 
After 1 month from the start period, I'll be taking "after" pictures and posting them for you guys to see for yourself if I've gotten any progress! Just promise not to judge! ;)

I'd like to make note of a few things I can attest to, regarding the claims made about this Derma ProMedics product:

1. Serum doesn't leave noticeable residue behind on my skin.

2. It's true that there isn't any "breaking or flaking," and some skin-tightening products have left me with a film over my skin that had visible cracks in it. The Derma ProMedics does seem to absorb really well into my skin, without making my skin feel tight like many tightening products do.

3. It doesn't interfere negatively with my combination skin -- no negative results such as drying out my skin or causing oiliness, even in the areas that are typically dry/oily.

4. Formula goes on smooth and weightless, and does not interfere with makeup  application. I can apply before using makeup (including heavy foundations) and it gives me no issues.


I often notice a slight sensation on my skin that's subtle it's like a "tingle" or something between a subtle tingle and a light stinging sensation that dissipates as it dries. Hours after applying, I notice a tight feeling in the area I applied. I typically use it before bed, and sometimes when I wake up, I'll notice that subtle tightening sensation on the areas around my mouth and forehead, where I applied the serum. So that is interesting and could be a hint of the serum working its magic.

As for my results, I have definitely noticed that this serum removes blemishes and helps pimples diminish sooner, also lightens the dark spots left over from previous blemishes. It took about 1 week of use before I got these results, so I'd say with continuous use, it could definitely do a job on wrinkles and lines, it'll just take time to do the trick and show results. I'll update as I go.










Disclaimer: I am not a specialist, expert, professional or doctor of any kind. Content on this blog is not intended to be taken as medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or advice of any sort. I'm simply sharing information about my own experiences and results from use of a product or activity in hopes of providing useful information to readers, not to be taken as a patient/medical adviser relationship. I am not responsible for what readers choose to do after viewing the content here. Furthermore, I do not hold an "exceptional" or other special relationship with any company mentioned on this site. I'm simply a consumer who worked with the company on a review that is in compliance with FTC's guidelines. That means, everything you read here is my own words, not anything of the company's. I was not provided with monetary compensation for my review. All information posted has been done so with complete honesty. No action should be taken based solely on the content of this publication ( I'm not responsible.) Readers who rely on the information in this blog to replace the advise of an appropriate health care provider assume all risks of such behavior.

Derma ProMedics Eye Renewal-- A Gem for Anti-Aging




I'm back this week, after taking the last 5 days to devote to other work, and I'm so excited to be introducing the newest gem in my anti-aging arsenal -- the Eye Renewal cream from Derma ProMedics.



The folks at Derma ProMedics were so incredibly kind that they allowed me to try their Eye Renewal Cream (as well as another awesome product that's been referred to as a "face lift in a bottle, which will be reviewed later).




First, I'll share a little about these Derma ProMedics products with an excerpt straight from their website:

"Derma Promedics is a scientifically tested serum that actually works. It comprises of state of the art firming ingredients and a perfect mix of vital moisturizers along with vitamins. Once you apply Derma Promedics, the skin is well nourished and feels pampered. The effects of Derma Promedics that work on your skin are:
  • Derma Promedics is purely responsible for diminishing wrinkle density by 37%

  • Derma Promedics manages to reduce the Wrinkle volume by 18.5%

  • Last but not the least Derma Promedics reduces surface wrinkles by 44.9%
These statistics are scientifically researched and tested. This makes Derma Promedics an Anti Aging Micro Sculpting Wrinkle reducing serum that helps to fight the signs of aging, thus giving you a young looking smooth skin."

My skin type:

Combination skin -- dry "flakes" are common around my cheeks and nose while the middle of my forehead has excess shine/oil most of the time. Breakouts occur more frequently than I'd like, leaving behind blemish marks.  Minor, but noticeable scarring on cheeks from previous breakouts.

What I Wish To Accomplish Using the Eye Cream:
 Lighten/improve the dark, sunken circles that have appeared underneath my eyes and never went away, no matter how much sleep, vitamins, minerals and herbs I take. The extra moisturization I get from using this cream is an added benefit.

 My Results with Eye Renewal Cream
Here are a couple of "before" photos so we can track my progress and you guys can follow along. Believe me, it wasn't easy posting photos of me with zero makeup (aside from mascara. I actually cleaned everything off, leaving the mascara just for these pictures!). You may notice the bags or dark eye circles. Notice the smile lines. And let's see if over the next month of using these Derma Promedics, we can't just diminish those a bit!

In this one, you can really see the under-eye circles and darkness as well as my smile lines.
 
After 1 month from the start period, I'll be taking "after" pictures and posting them for you guys to see for yourself if I've gotten any progress! Just promise not to judge! ;)First impression: I found the lovely green tinted eye cream to be quite soothing on my skin, and highly moisturizing. I usually swipe it under/around my eyes before bed & upon waking, there's no visible or feel-able residue left behind. I love that! 


Fresh cucumber scent is pleasant, does not linger.

The Eye Renewal Cream goes on smooth, is mostly light to medium weight, and absorbs into skin magnificently without leaving a greasy film of any kind. 

So far, a week into using the Eye Cream -- and also having been extremely sick with what must be a very bad cold -- I actually have not had such noticeable dark, sunken in effects under my eyes, so I'm under the impression this stuff works very quickly for those things! Seeing that, and knowing that I should be looking very dark and sickly under my eyes these last few days excites me to see further results as I continue using! I wouldn't be surprised if the darkness under my eyes eliminates all together at this rate.

I'll update you guys as I continue using. 



Bonus: The beautiful packaging the Derma ProMedics products came in makes these anti-aging gems totally gift-worthy!


With a refreshing aroma of cucumber, I wasn't surprised to find cucumber listed as one of the ingredients in the Eye Renewal. Cucumber has long been touted as an effective remedy for dark circles and puffiness, and just for its soothing properties in general, so I was pleased to see that it was used in this product.


















 Disclaimer: I am not a specialist, expert, professional or doctor of any kind. Content on this blog is not intended to be taken as medical advice, diagnosis, treatment or advice of any sort. I'm simply sharing information about my own experiences and results from use of a product or activity in hopes of providing useful information to readers, not to be taken as a patient/medical adviser relationship. I am not responsible for what readers choose to do after viewing the content here. Furthermore, I do not hold an "exceptional" or other special relationship with any company mentioned on this site. I'm simply a consumer who worked with the company on a review that is in compliance with FTC's guidelines. That means, everything you read here is my own words, not anything of the company's. I was not provided with monetary compensation for my review. All information posted has been done so with complete honesty. No action should be taken based solely on the content of this publication ( I'm not responsible.) Readers who rely on the information in this blog to replace the advise of an appropriate health care provider assume all risks of such behavior.