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Guarding Against Dementia and Alzheimers

Dementia and Alzheimer’s diagnoses are increasing at dramatic rates. It is a difficult experience for both the affected and for their families and friends. Loss of memory and cognitive acuity are frustrating and extremely debilitating for everyone. This interesting article from the Help Guide gives us “the 6 pillars of prevention”.

Notice that regular exercise and diet are two of the pillars. In the diet discussion, supplements like folic acid, vitamin B12, vitamin D, magnesium and fish oil are mentioned, as well as vitamin E, ginkgo biloba, coenzyme Q10, and tumeric.

When using supplements it is important to choose the purist and highest in quality that are available. The company I am associated with develops and manufactures only the highest quality and most effective supplements in the marketplace. I would be glad to share with you how you can access them, simply contact me.

 

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Stop Blog Spamming

Spamming does happen. As popular as blogging has gotton and the millions of people blogging everyday, commenting has become mighty popular too. That is good!  There are always those who like to spam your site with links to there sites, etc. Today I will walk you through why comments are a great form of feedback for your blog, how they help your credibility of your content, what spam is and how to prevent it from happening.

Comments – A great form of feedback

When blogs first came around, they were simply online journals. No one could post comments on a blog posting. That all changed in 1998 with OpenDiary, a site which allowed people to comment on blog postings. Now every blog, whether it is remotely or self-hosted, includes this option to comment.

Commenting is great because it allows real people to tell you what they think about your form. It gives you feedback on what you are doing right and what you may need to improve. Comments can be encouraging to you and motivate you to post more quality blog messages. Or they can be constructive criticism to make you work harder to get better at writing content.

Whatever the style of comment is, it is still very useful to your blog. High numbers of comments have the ability to make a blog look credible because they show that the blog is being read by a lot of people. That’s something that every blog owner wants, and comments help to let them know just how many people enjoy their content.

Bad comments

Unfortunately, spammers have now started to use comments as a way to spam. How do you know what a spam comment is? Well, a spam comment is a comment that only advertises another site or product. If the comment seems bland/generic with a cheap link thrown in, then it’s definitely a spam comment.

Here is an example of a typical spam comment:

“Hey, this site is really cool. Check out my really cool site at spamsite.com.”

Of course not all spam comments will be this blatant, but you get the point.

Fortunately for bloggers, as spam comments have grown, so has the ways to prevent it. Here are a couple ways that you can prevent spam comments from even being posted on your blog.

#1: Close off commenting on older blog posts

There are options for you to stop comments from being posted on any particular blog post. Lots of times, spammers will post comments in weeks or months old posts. So take away this opportunity from them to keep it from happening. Most blog hosters now offer this as a standard option in the tool panel. If one of your posts has been up for a couple weeks, close it up.

#2: Take advantage of software offered to prevent comment spam

If you host your own blog using WordPress, you can use an option in that software to prevent spam. Even if you aren’t using WordPress, you can still use other Spam comment blocking software like Spam Karma, Akismet, and Bad Behavior. While these aren’t 100% effective, they have proven to be quite effective in preventing spam from happening.

#3: Take a look at your settings and see what can be tweaked to toughen your protection

Lots of blogs now have settings to help prevent spam. If you already have a spam blocker on in your blog and are still experiencing spam, take a closer look at the settings to see if there’s anything that can be tweaked to make your protection stronger. However, if you do this, you should closely monitor your posts to make sure legit comments aren’t being blocked out. If they are, you might have to lighten up a bit.

#4: Regularly read your blog comments

Be sure to keep an eye on your comments. Even the best software or setting can’t prevent everything, so you will have to occasionally manually remove comments on your own.

By applying the above principles, you can ensure that your blog is full of only good, quality comments, which will help your credibility tremendously.

Comments are a great form of communication between yourself and your readers. They help the credibility of your blog!

Until the next post, I wish you all a pleasant week .

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H1N1 Prevention

How does this virus spread?  They say that it is like the seasonal flu, from person to person by coughing and sneezing. The virus can also be transmitted by touching something contaminated with it such as a doorknob, desk, or telephone and then touch your mouth or nose.
One thing different about this flu is that it has affected younger people more commonly.
Signs and symtoms:
They are similar to those of regular flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, headache, body aches, fatigue and runny nose. Diarrhea and vomiting have occurred in about 25% of cases. Most people infected with the virus experience a mild to moderate illness and recover quickly without having to seek medical attention. But the flu can also be severe and cause complications or even death. Death from influenza often result from complications such as viral or bacterial pheumonia or the worsening of a chronic condition such as asthma or diabetes.
How to prevent it?
Clean your hands often. Wash thoroughly with soap and warm water for at least 15-20 seconds and dry your hands completely.
Avoid touching your nose and mouth. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and then discard the tissue in the waste basket
Avoid close contact with people who might be sick. If the flu is wide spread in your community then stay away from public places such as the theater, shopping mall, library etc.
When to seek medical care?
If you are having difficulty breathing, pain or pressure in your chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, fever that lasts more than three days, confusion and severe or persistent vomiting. Also if flu symptoms improved and then returned with fever and a worse cough.
If you have a severe bout of influenza or are at risk of complications, your doctor may recommend that you take an antiviral drug, such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu) or zanamivir (Relenza) to help prevent or treat the illness. These prescription drugs keep flu viruses from reproducing in your body.
Be informed, be prepared

By being well-informed, you too can stay on top of the flu.

Good luck and I hope this article was helpful to you.

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