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Cold Sores – a Pandemic?

Cold Sores – a Pandemic?

Cold sores virus infects an incredible 89% of the world population, the World Health Organization (W.H.O.) estimates.

YES – and 67% of those infected with the cold sores virus will have at least one cold sore event in the next 12 months.

And 47.5% of those folks will have multiple cold sores episodes during that period.

Cold sores are one of our most contagious viruses – and one of our oldest. Even in ancient Rome, an epidemic of cold sores caused Emperor Tiberius to outlaw kissing in public ceremonies.

As a global epidemic, or “pandemic”, there is no better example than cold sores.

NO – cold sores, unlike bird flu, aren’t life threatening. But, let’s be frank, cold sores are hideous – and they’re painful. On top of that, cold sores cause flu like symptoms such as fever and swollen lymph glands in a lot of people.

Cold sores last 3 to 4 weeks on average – a long time for you to be socially sidelined! They shout “I HAVE HERPES” to the entire world.

And cold sores cost us money in lost days at work and constant purchase of medications. Always hoping to finally find something – ANYTHING – to stop our cold sores curse.

Check out these little known facts about cold sores – and what you can do right now to get rid of your cold sores problem.

Cold sores are caused by the reproductive cycle of a herpes virus. There are currently 8 known human herpes viruses. Of these, only 2 are a major cause of cold sores.

Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 (HSV1) is responsible for about 80% of facial cold sores – and about 20% of genital herpes lesions. Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 (HSV2) causes about 20% of cold sores and 80% of genital herpes blisters.

HSV1 is most often referred to as the “cold sores virus”, “fever blister virus” and “oral herpes” – and some others that I can’t mention in a public article.

Cold sores virus may be latent (asleep) for weeks or years in the nerve ganglia near the back of the jaw close to the brain stem.

More specifically, the cold sores virus hides inside your cells – making it very difficult for your body defenses to locate and deal with them.

When your body’s defenses weaken, due to physical or emotional stress, the cold sores virus leaves these cells, travel down the nerve fibers, like a super-highway to the lip or nose surface – to create cold sores.

There are 8 cold sore stages. The first is the latent inactive stage. The next 7 cold sore stages are the ACTIVE stages. From the first tingle to the last red spot, your cold sores are extremely contagious.

Cold sores are most often spread by physical contact – but can even be transmitted by coughing or sneezing during the active stages of your cold sores.

Medical science is working around-the-clock to find a cure for common cold sores. They’ve had a few minor breakthroughs that may lead to some real solutions in the next couple of years.

Basically medical scientists are approaching the cold sores virus on 2 levels.

1. A VACCINE preventing you from actually contracting the cold sores virus in the first place. One such vaccine is currently being moved into human testing. Downside is – it only works on people who have never been exposed to cold sores virus. Since nearly everyone on the planet has been exposed, it seems of very little value even if approved. But it’s an encouraging move forward.

2. AN ANTI-VIRAL to kill the cold sore virus already in our body. This is difficult since it has to find and kill the virus without damaging the nerve cells they are hiding in. The prescription anti-viral medications scientists have come up with so far have not worked very well at all – at least on cold sores virus.

Acyclovir, for example, is an anti-viral that’s being promoted as a cold sores wonder drug. In real life studies, however, a course of acyclovir only reduced cold sores by 2 days. And it only worked for 47.8% in the trials. No big deal here.

Acyclovir topical cream came in even worse – no noticeable help at all. Medical scientists agree and have publicly stated that the actives in acyclovir don’t get through the skin to the infection. Don’t waste your money on this.

COLD SORES NATURAL SCIENCE TO THE RESCUE!

Did you know – medical knowledge has more than doubled in the past 5 years alone? Worldwide internet communication has made it possible.

More important – natural home remedies, such as effective cold sores treatments, are coming in from all corners of the globe.

In fact, many doctors are now advising their patients to check out these natural remedies for cold sores.

Data studies have shown these natural remedies to reduce suffering time of cold sores by an incredible 79% – plus actually PREVENTING future cold sores from happening altogether (they don’t kill the cold sores virus – but they do keep it inactive indefinitely).

If you’re a cold sores victim, your best choice – fact is, your ONLY choice today – is to buy and apply one of these excellent natural remedies.

There are several solidly proven remedies for you to look into on this site or other sites – and the best news is they’re available right now for your cold sores.

Denny Bodoh is a 35 year newspaper veteran and research writer on alternative health and nutrition. Get the latest information on cold sores and great cold sore treatment ideas at Denny’s popular site

http://www.be-cold-sore-free.com/

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Question by jor_baumgardner: What is the best free weather software for inspiring meteorologists?
I want to become a weatherman when I grow up.

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I am sure you meant “aspiring” meteorologists. :-)

Although some of these websites that I frequently use really do “inspire” me, so I will share them with you.

I use this for radar, satellite, surface, and upper-air

http://www.rap.ucar.edu/weather/

I use this for computer generated forecast models

http://www.weather.unisys.com/

I use this for text data, much of which is encoded and may not be of use to you. Although the “forecast discussion” issued by NWS is very informative and is mostly in plain language.

http://dweb.met.fsu.edu/index.pl/wxdata/textwx

I do not use or own any weather software. Well, I take that back. I think I own a National Geographic CD-ROM that teaches about weather-related natural disasters. But it wasn’t free.

Now, go enjoy learning about that weather. Good luck kiddo!

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In the Bible, the Dead Sea is known as the “Eastern Sea” or the “Sea of the Arava”. The ancient Greeks and Romans called it “Mare Asphaltitus”, meaning the “Clay Sea”, due to the patches of clay, or asphalt floating on its surface. Later on, since life in this body of water was deemed impossible, it was dubbed the “Dead Sea”, and this term was adopted by various European languages. Mosaics from the Byzantine era depict fish swimming toward the Dead Sea from the Jordan River and rushing to turn back and flee toward the north, to the fresh water sources.

The Dead Sea region offers a rare combination of nature sites, history and unique healing centers, each of which has the potential to inspire autonomous tourism development. The Dead Sea, at approximately 417 meters below sea level, is the lowest point on the surface of the earth. It is a remnant of the ancient “Lake Lisan”, the body of water which once extended from the north of the Sea of Galilee to Hazeva in the Arava.

The water’s salinity, with a concentration of about 340 grams per liter (10 times that of the Mediterranean!), makes floating natural and effortless and instills a sense of peace and tranquility. The air is dry, rich in oxygen and free of any environmental pollution, and the temperatures are relatively high, even in the height of winter. The fact that the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays are naturally filtered makes it possible to sunbathe without burning and is instrumental in treating various skin diseases. The natural “healing waters” along the coast, which are rich in minerals and natural heat, combined with the black mud deposits, are the ideal foundation for health and beauty treatments.

The region’s nature reserves and scenic diversity offer a unique combination of arid desert vistas and oases alongside pools and waterfalls teeming with diverse flora and fauna (mountain goats, pikas, insects, reptiles, various species of fowl, etc.). The region’s historical sites are among the most renowned in the world, namely: Massada, Qumran, Jericho, Ein Gedi, the Roman fortresses and the monasteries in the Judea Desert.

A great many resources are invested in developing infrastructures, facilities and services dedicated to the tourist industry. The region offers about 4,000 rooms in hotels of various standards, kibbutz resort villages, hostels and other accommodation facilities, with adjacent services such as: parking lots, public beaches, well-kept nature reserves and fascinating tourist sites. The vacationers and tourists in the region can choose from a wide variety of excursions and activities, including desert tours on foot, in special vehicles and on camels, Bedouin accommodation, rock climbing and rappelling courses and excursions, as well as archeological and agricultural tours.

SOURCE OF LIFE AND HEALTH

A unique combination of natural resources having therapeutic effects has turned the Dead Sea area into a healing center unparalleled anywhere else on the face of the earth.

The salty seawater, with its unusually high concentration of minerals, the natural hot springs rich in minerals and sulphur, and

the extraordinary climatic conditions, including uniquely filtered sun rays and an oxygen-rich dry air, due to the high barometric pressure prevailing here in the lowest spot on earth (417 meters below sea level), a therapeutic black mud – all combine in providing the basis for the successful effect of the Dead Sea therapies.

Contributing to these ideal therapeutic conditions are the comfortable stable temperatures in this seaside desert most of the year, the pure unpolluted air, which is free of allergens and contaminants, while containing minerals deriving from evaporation of this inland sea that are healthy for breathing.

These natural resources have been shown to provide a beneficial effect on various illnesses, including chronic incurable diseases, and have led to the renowned reputation of the Dead Sea area as a natural spa constituting a source of promoting health and improving the quality of life.

For some 2,000 years (as the ancient texts attest), people have come to immerse themselves in the Dead Sea for healing purposes. The awareness of the healing attributes of the Dead Sea was truly reawakened at the beginning of the 1970s, when the scientific research studies in the area gained momentum and their findings were published.

All this recognition led to an accelerated development of hotel facilities, along with the establishment of health and therapy centers, operating on the basis of scientifically based findings, which as a result have turned the Dead Sea area into an attractive internationally recognized healing center, drawing each year tens of thousands of patients from around the world to find relief for their ailments and pains.

THE DEAD SEA EFFECT

The accumulated clinical experience and research data on all aspects of climatic therapy, which is based on a combination of exposure of the body to the sun with an immersion in the Dead Sea waters, has enabled physicians to establish a protocol of treatment methods referred to as “Dead Sea Climatotherapy.”

Medical and scientific research studies indicate that Dead Sea Climatotherapy is very effective in treating numerous illnesses, the most common being the skin disease, psoriasis. Dead Sea climatotherapy has also been found to have therapeutic effects on atopic dermatitis (skin allergy), vitiligo (loss of pigmentation), and early stage mycosis fungoides (skin cancer).

Natural springs containing minerals and sulphur, black medicinal mud, with antibacterial activity and hyperemic properties, are also found along the shores of the Dead Sea.

An anti-aging effect discovered recently in the Dead Sea minerals, as well as in the medicinal mud, has made the Dead Sea even more popular, attracting people who seek to slow down their skin aging process.

As opposed to the artificial treatments administered in the conventional clinic or hospital environment, the relaxing atmosphere during Dead Sea climatotherapy, where patients mix socially with other guests in a hotel atmosphere, has often been shown to have psychological benefits, by providing a positive affect on the patients’ self image and, as a result, on his or her quality of live.

THE DEAD SEA TREATMENT

The beneficial effects of Dead Sea climatotherapy on dermatological diseases, such as psoriasis, eczema, lichen planus and vitiligo, have been amply documented in a multitude of scientific publications over the past 40 years.

These studies have established that optimum results in the treatment of psoriasis, for example, are achieved by a short-term immersion in the Dead Sea water, followed in most cases and depending on the time of the year by a 1½-2½ gradual exposure to the sun once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Winter is not recommended for this kind of disease.

A rooftop meteorological station on the southwestern shore of the Dead Sea performs continuous UV monitoring and provides online data on the intensity of the daily solar ambient radiation. Studies with radiosensitive detector badges placed on the body have been conducted recently to determine the actual amount of radiation absorbed by sunbathers.

A special computerized program is installed in the solarium at Ein Bokek, enabling patients to regulate their initial daily exposure time by themselves, based on their skin type and the radiation intensity measured during exposure.

The actual amount of energy to which the patient’s body is exposed by these schemes is about one third of the amount applied in artificial irradiation therapy regimes, yet the therapeutic results of the Dead Sea natural treatment lead to a 80-90% remission, comparing favorably with artificial irradiation modes. The mean duration of remission has been studied in 64 German psoriasis patients and found to last on the average six months.

The Effects of Dead Sea Climatotherapy on the Pathogenesis in Psoriasis

A study published in 2003 examined the effects of Dead Sea climatotherapy on the pathological changes and immunological modulation in psoriatic patients’ skin.

Histological examination of the skin found that the characteristic pathological changes found in psoriasis had normalized, while immunological studies showed a major reversal in immunological activation.

Preliminary data show that optimum results in clearing psoriatic lesions were achieved faster when Dead Sea climatotherapy is combined with topical administration of calcipotriol.

Repeat studies have shown that even severe forms of psoriasis, which otherwise require hospitalization and often need systemic medications, such as oral retinoids, methotrexate or cyclosporine, respond remarkably to climatotherapy, let alone milder forms, all without the potential side effects often associated with the administration of these systemic medications.

Dead Sea Climatotherapy is subsidized by sick funds and national health agencies: A study performed by the Swiss Psoriasis Association has shown that economically, while being equally effective as artificial treatments given to severely affected psoriasis patients, Dead Sea climatotherapy is less expensive when comparing overall expenditures for both modes of therapy.

In view of its cost effectiveness, health funds in Western European countries, such as Germany and Denemark, as well as in several Eastern European countries, subsidize Dead Sea climatotherapy for skin diseases, while Norway also subsidizes Dead Sea treatments for joint diseases.

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Question by ShortLCT: What’s the cost of living, weather, and best places to live, and job market like in California?
I currently live in Maryland and it gets pretty cold in the winter. I desperately want to move and i was thinking about going to California, I perfer southern CA. I really need a change. I lived here my whole life and need a warm place to move. I already graduated from college. whats it like there? cost of living; weather; things to do, etc. And I definitely need to know what the job market is like. Serious answers only please.

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I live in San Diego and the weather is great all the time, we hardly ever get any rain, and if you miss the snow, you can get to Big Bear in a few hours during the winter to snowboard and stuff. There’s a lot to do here… party downtown if you’re into that, hiking or bike riding, theme parks nearby, camping, etc.

The cost of living however, is up there… you can expect rent to be no less than 0 for a 1 bedroom apt. and this probably wouldn’t be in a very nice area… an apt. in a decent area is probably around 0, I pay 00 for a two bedroom apt. 1,100 sq. ft. in a nice area of san diego. The job market depends on your career… I just graduated from college also and I’m looking for a job still…

Well, good luck!

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