Ten Reasons Why People Fear Public Speaking


Every single person who has ever done a speech in public will admit that they had been scared. We all know the usual signs, butterflies in the stomach, always on the toilet, even just wanting to be anywhere else but on stage!

But why? Why are we so scared of doing a public speech? Research has shown that people fear public speaking more than they fear dying! So why are we so petrified of getting up in front of an audience and delivering a speech.

Here is a list of ten reasons why I believe people fear public speaking.

1. Fear Of Failure – People are scared of public speaking because people don’t want to fail.

2. Self Doubt – People don’t think that you are capable of speaking in front of an audience.

3. Vulnerability – People feel scared and alone when standing on a stage with everyone’s eyes focused on them.

4. Personal Disabilities – For example you have a stutter or you have a disfigured face, and people believe that others will laugh at them.

5. Fear Of Other People Judging You – People feel uncomfortable when others are forming an opinion of them.

6. Perfectionism/Expecting Too Much Of Yourself – People are so overwhelmed by the fact that everything has to be perfect that they don’t do it at all.

7. Fear Of A Large Audience – People are scared of standing in front of tens, hundreds, even thousands of people.

8. Lack Of Preparation – People feel that you are not prepared enough to deliver a speech

9. Stress – People do not like the stress of public speaking

10. Don’t Know How To – Some people just simply do not know how to write, prepare for and deliver your speech.

Whatever your reason of fearing public speaking, I strongly urge you to overcome your fear and do public speaking. Someone smart said “A life lived in fear is a life half lived.” I totally agree. If you are going to let your fears force you not to become a public speaker, then you are missing out big time.

Public speaking is fun. Yes, it is nerve-racking and strenuous and often difficult, but it a lot of fun. I cannot highlight how satisfying it feels having hundreds of people laugh or cry or do whenever you want. (Maybe I am just a control freak!)

And of course, having those hundreds of people give you a big round of applause at the end of your presentation is a moment that I recommend all to experience. To have individuals come up and say “That speech was the best I have heard in years” or “That speech changed my life” or even having complete strangers come up and say “Thank you, that was great” – it doesn’t get any better than that.

Don’t let your fears stop you being a public speaker.


Milk Thistle Cautions You Should Know


Are there any milk thistle cautions which should be reviewed before using it? If this question is knocking your mind then it is a good idea to consult an expert physician or read the cautions from reliable sources. Milk thistle (botanical name is Silybum Marianum) is a reddish- purple flower ridged with sharp spines and has large prickly leaves. This herb is mainly used for making medicine for more than 2,000 years as a liver protectant. The benefits of this medicine are remarkable as it can reduce liver damage and even revitalize a weak liver.

Milk thistle is sold without any prescription which might get you worried about its uses. If you are thinking of having it then you should know about it side affects and cautions. Reports are there that has regarded it as one of the safest herbs available to be used. It is a powerful and effective illness prevention herb that has shown good results in curing liver disorders. While taking any kind of herbal supplement it is always advised to have a view of its cautions or visit your healthcare practitioner prior taking the medicine.

However, while buying this medicine it is highly recommended that you should go through the proper cautions and its uses. It is used as:

· an aid to cure liver disorders and antioxidant

· to strengthen and stimulate liver cells which repugnant toxins from entering the liver cells

Milk thistle has no major side affects except for a possible itching or allergic reactions. Persons thinking of using this herb should restrict if they are suffering from the following ailments

· if you have allergy to this herb or any of its related plant as it is produce from mixing some other herb for an effective result

· if you are suffering from cancer (or have a history of cancer)

· if you have a history of cirrhosis of liver

· any chronic medical condition

· allergies of food or dyes

Some medicine may interact with milk thistle. So, if you have any medical conditions tell your doctor or pharmacist before using this herb medicine. You should have to be extra cautious

· if you are pregnant, breast feeding or planning to become pregnant

· if you are taking nonprescription medicine, dietary supplement or herbal preparation

The best way to use it is by following the directions as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the herb bottle for exact dosing instructions. Dosing depends upon the use of the product and if you miss a dose from one or more days there is nothing to be concerned. But you should take care not to miss a single dose if your doctor s it to take it.

Besides, attention should be drawn that milk thistle extract can also be useful for poisoning. So, you should keep your herbal medicine out of reach from the children. Thus, you should always peruse the proper cautions prior using it.


How GPS Tracking Can Put Money Back Into Your Business


If you’re in the service industry you would understand the battle of balancing the chequebook of accounts payable and accounts receivable.

If your vehicle fleet isn’t managed adequately positive cash flow will be jeopardised.

Poor fleet management can lead to draining cash flow, leaving the money pot for your business operations dry.

So, how can you prevent this from happening?

GPS tracking technology.


GPS tracking can help you maintain an efficient fleet to ensure expenses are kept to a minimum whilst productivity soars, and cash flow improves. Here’s how –

1. Fuel

Fuel economy measures the exact fuel burn off all your vehicles and equipment resulting in a more efficient driving style.

Managers are alerted to inefficient driver behaviour such as excessive idle, RPM, over revving and harsh braking, and can provide drivers live feedback on their performance to reduce fuel burn.

Fuel theft and fraud is a major problem in some businesses, it occurs when drivers over-report their fuel usage to get an increased amount of compensation.

GPS tracking prevents this issue by automatically recording engine data including; engine hours, exact kilometres travelled and time spent in idle so managers have accurate reports to compare with the details reported by employees.

2. Automated Maintenance Scheduling

Managers can schedule the type of service and when its due, and can be alerted to vehicle errors to help identify preventative smaller services rather than larger more expensive ones.

GPS solutions also provide detailed engine data including; mileage records, oil temperature, RPM’s, pressure and odometer readings, so supervisors can have an unprecedented level of knowledge of their fleet at all times.

3. Reducing vehicle theft & tampering

Vehicle tracking technology is the perfect tool to relocate a vehicle after it has been stolen (meaning you won’t have to replace it!).

GPS tracking can also detect and alert managers when a vehicle is being tampered with such as when the trailer door is open, this is important when transporting and delivering goods.

Overall, by improving fuel economy and reducing theft in fuel, vehicles and goods, the amount of savings GPS tracking provides means you will have extra cash to put back into your business.

But that’s not all GPS technology can do, with GPS solutions businesses will also advantage from an increase in productivity.

For some businesses, getting more done means more customers served, evidently increasing cash inflow and customer satisfaction. Here’s how –

1. Utilisation rates

GPS tracking technology provides a range of utilisation reports which show vehicle errors, scheduled maintenance, odometer readings, refuelling times, time spent idle and more.

Managers can compare overall utilisation rates of all vehicles to increase fleet efficiency.

2. Best possible routes

GPS tracking provides managers and drivers live traffic data on a map, with this information drivers can be redirected away from congested traffic zones ensuring deliveries and pick-ups are on time and maintaining customer satisfaction.

Overall, by improving fleet efficiency, jobs will be completed quicker without having to increase expenditure on extra vehicles or drivers.


Metaphor of Luxury


So you are going to Istanbul, are you? Can you hear the sighs of envy breaking all around you? Istanbul is representative of an exotic eclecticism. Straddling two continents the city is piquantly balanced over a slim strait. Traversing its length and breadth you will be enthralled to view rich substantiations of its East Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman legacies. Modern buildings gently nudge ancient monuments with inoffensive élan. And standing tall right in the midst of the striking Bosphorus Strait is the Ritz-Carlton Istanbul, a luxury hotel that beckons its guests from all over the world in its warm and opulent embrace. As your bright, orange-colored airport taxi lumbers up the Super Plaza (where the hotel is situated) you will draw in your breath at the stateliness of the building flaunting the dernier cri in postmodernism.

A blend of Ottoman sophistication and Western affluence may be evinced in each of this luxury hotel’s 244 guest rooms. If you wish to live it up in style we suggest you check into this luxury axis called the Bosphorus View Suite. Yes, you guessed it right, this 690-square foot long indulgence spot overlooks the dashing Bosphorus Strait. If you have business guests you can avail of its large living room to entertain them in. Your bedroom would have a large television set mounted with a flat screen. It will also be multi-lingual and interactive. Plus, you would have access to high-speed internet, telephones with multi-lines and voice mail, and fax and computer, among other things. The outsized marbled bathroom with a large bathtub and shower has had many guests exclaim in wonder. What is more, your guests too will have access to a separate toilet.

And if you check into the gigantesque Ritz-Carlton Suite you will be privy to a private Jacuzzi along with a lovely view of the city and the strait it inhabits. In addition to a living room and bedroom, you will also have your own opulent dining room plus a separate butler’s entrance.

After a hectic morning drive through the city you can saunter in for a leisurely cup of afternoon tea at the luxury hotel’s Lobby Lounge as live piano and violin play softly in the background. Hot chocolate cakes and international tea blends wait to tickle your palate while tepid caramel with honey sauce goes beautifully with local beverages. Take your pick.

During dinner you should try traditional Turkish hot or cold mezze plates or salmon sashimi with coriander and tomato salsa.

And if you are looking for a truly romantic interlude you could check into the Guney Park Terrace where you can look out at the panoramic vista proffered by the enticing Princess Islands. While a live band plays in the background you can sample some delectable barbecue dishes grilled over hot charcoal.

The Ritz-Carlton Istanbul also boasts a luxury spa that is a world apart. Known as the Laveda Spa, it has nine treatment rooms, all of them well-appointed. The range of massage therapies, saunas, and holistic therapies has to be experienced to be believed. Here is indeed metaphorical luxury.


Ambulance, EMS, Fire Department – Paid Vs Volunteer, a Look at Staffing Issues


“We need to recruit more volunteers”. “We need to increase the mandatory number of hours to get these shifts covered”. “Can someone PLEASE cover Friday night”?

Does this sound like your service? Comments like these linger in the hallways and meeting rooms of agencies all across the country until finally a lone voice from the back asks, “Should we just hire some paid people?” What was considered a question destined to provoke bitter backlash now is becoming reality.

Regardless of the relative success of the 1,000 Points of Light campaign in the early 90’s or the resurgence of patriotism after the events of a fateful day in September, 2001, we have to face facts. In a great majority of fire and EMS agencies across this country the well of volunteerism is drying up.

Volunteers have long been the backbone of not-for-profit organizations all across the country. From ambulance services and fire departments to youth sports leagues, community support groups and even national agencies like the American Red Cross, recruiting and retaining motivated volunteers is a topic of paramount importance.

I tell community leaders all across the country that a well-run, business oriented emergency service agency staffed by as many volunteers as possible is the best bargain on the planet. There is a slightly different sense of pride, commitment to giving back to the community and of course, the lower operating costs due to the lack of significant payroll.

That being said, when the response times, coverage of duty hours, increased reliance on the goodwill of mutual aid or the quality of service begins to suffer it’s time to assist, supplement or disband the agency.

Now that statement I am sure just outraged some readers. That’s ok, someone has to say it. Emergency service agencies are entrusted with a special mission, protecting property and saving lives. When someone needs an ambulance or the Fire Department, regardless of where they are in the country, they don’t care whether the responder is short, tall, male, female, paid or volunteer. They only want the customer service mission [taking care of their emergency] to be accomplished in a timely, proficient and professional way. Protecting the sanctity of having a volunteer service is not paramount to fulfilling the trust that the community places in us. If your agency is having issues doing that, fix it.

The growing reality is the demands on double working families, more people working out of town and numerous other things impacting our time, many organizations are beginning to ‘fix’ their problems by integrating paid staff. The goal is to insure coverage during problem areas in operating schedules, typically during the daytime hours. (6am-6pm).

On the surface, this solution appears to be the magic bullet for what ails the agency. The truth is that if the integration is not done properly there will be an entirely new set of issues created.

Morale problems, additional decreases in volunteer participation, general hard feelings towards the spirit of volunteering, “this is no fun anymore, it’s becoming a business”(heard that one lately), a ‘them – vs. – us” mind set, as well as a host of other highly emotional issues that can bring an agency to its knees. You don’t have to go there. And, if you are already there, you can turn things around.

This article will discuss how to successfully integrate paid personnel into your organization while, if you so choose, retaining as many volunteers as possible.

It will also teach you how to RESET the system if it’s already in trouble.

We’ve identified four main reasons why an organization looks to hire paid staff:

Overall staffing shortages

Due to a lack of participation, attrition, retirement, morale problems or lackluster recruiting campaigns, your agency is simply short of the necessary number of trained personnel.

Increasing response times/service failures

Burnout, morale, physical distance from the building and increasing call volumes all strain the organizations ability to respond. Unmotivated or overburdened personnel move slower when responding to the building. Over time, people relocate or build in new developments and now live farther away from the station.

Adding ALS personnel

There is a shortage of ALS personnel in most areas of the country. Very few ALS personnel volunteer in the ALS capacity. Fewer volunteers will submit to 1,000+ hours of paramedic training. In order to upgrade the level of service, hiring paid ALS staff may be the only way.

Supervision of the service

Paperwork, OSHA, HIPAA, OEMS, billing all require time. Many agencies look towards hiring a paid supervisor/administrator who can handle the operations responsibilities as well represent half of the crew.

Things to consider BEFORE placing the Help Wanted Ad

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Loss of Volunteer Staff

This is governmental legislation originally passed in 1938 and amended in 1985 which provides for fair working conditions for all employees. For our purposes, it basically identifies that an employer must pay an hourly wage that is at least minimum wage and it also prohibits us from volunteering for our ’employer’. This means that any volunteer member that makes the transition to a paid position, even for one shift, is lost to the agency as a volunteer for other calls at other times.

This means that if you are not careful, by solving the daytime staffing problem you may create a void in other areas since the personnel would be lost as volunteers when their shift was over.

As Attorney Allison Bloom wrote in an article for the Wisconsin EMT Association, “The effect of the FLSA on volunteer EMS is not to be taken lightly. The penalties alone can put just about any service out of business”.

Make sure that your hiring plan takes into account the necessary budget for hourly wages, overtime, if applicable, benefits if you’re hiring full time. One of the most common problems with hiring paid staff is under estimating the budget.

Full time vs. per diem vs. leased employees

Before you hire, develop a staffing plan. This sounds like silly advice but sadly the reality is that most organizations have not identified the hours to be staffed, added them up to actually determine how many people they need to hire.

Do you want the continuity of a few full time employees? This means benefits, supervision, the need to be able to cover vacations and sick time, etc.

How about a large group of per diem staff? Greater flexibility need to purchase more uniforms, no need to provide benefits, less continuity and potentially less loyalty to the shift if overtime came along at their full time job.

A new concept: leasing employees. Actually, the concept is not new, business and other healthcare groups have been using temporary help services for years. A company in Connecticut called Vintech ( www.vintechems.com ) has done just that. They have created, to this author’s knowledge, the first ever temporary help firm specializing in EMS personnel.

Vintech’s founder Vinny Wheeler is quick to point out the value of leasing employees. “You can outsource the headaches. Hiring, firing, handling book-offs, paying workers compensation premiums on the paid staff and having a limited depth of personnel. You simply identify the hours to be staffed, the level of certification you want and write the check, we do the rest”.

They also are quick to point out the biggest benefit, which might go unnoticed, is that this type of arrangement does not violate FLSA. Your agency is able to retain your volunteers. If members of your staff work for an agency like Vintech, while on duty, even in your station, they are the agency’s employees. Not yours. This means that when these same people are off duty, they can still be your volunteers.

Hiring process

If you choose to hire your own employees, which many organizations do, make sure that you have a reasonably stringent hiring process. Remember you are hiring people and creating jobs, make the job one worth having. Candidates should work for them.

We suggest a five part process:

1) Application with resume

This allows a review of applications. All candidates, even internal candidates, apply for these new positions in the same manner. I would suggest a member in good standing that applies be granted a 5 point bonus to their score as a gesture of goodwill.

Anyone meeting the written minimum education and certification standards on paper makes it to the next phase.

2) Written EMT or Paramedic exam

A basic knowledge exam consisting of perhaps 50 questions. Ask your EMS Coordinator or Regional Training person for help or purchase a test bank and construct a test of your own. Identify the minimum passing grade in the written invitation letter. We suggest 80% as the passing mark. Those that pass make it to the next phase.

3 & 4) Oral Interview and Practical skills station

Conduct a 20-minute interview with a list of pre-written questions. Use the same list for every candidate. Ask scenario based questions that require longer answers.

Halfway through the interview stop, escort the candidate into another room and present them with a medical or trauma practical station. Score them with a standard evaluation sheet. At the conclusion of the practical evolution, escort them back and finish the oral interview.

5) Documentation

At the conclusion of the interview hand them a blank run report and ask them to document the care they gave in the practical station.

Rationale for this system:

· The application process weeds out initially unqualified candidates based on certifications and length of service.

· The test weeds people with weaker book knowledge.

· The oral/practical test their ability to communicate, evaluates their treatment skills and also their ability to switch gears.

· The documentation process done this way tests their ability to remember and accurately chart events under stress. When was the last time a run report was done immediately after a call?

I have used this system for years and when the scoring is done, the best, well-rounded candidates have always risen to the top.


4 Methods For Kidney Stone Removal


Kidney stone removal has four procedures/methods:

1. Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy (ESWL)

Kidney stone removal of ESWL uses non-electrical shock waves that are produced out of the body to pass through the skin and body tissues until the shockwaves hit the solid stones. The stones turn out to be sand-like and are passed.

For removal of this procedure, patient acre located in a tub of warm, purified water or onto water cushion machine that operates as a means for passing on these non-electrical shockwaves.

2. Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PNL)

Different from removal method mentioned above, Percutaneous nephrolithotomy is regularly utilized when the stone is very large or in a place that does not permit effectual use of ESWL.

In this procedure of kidney stone removal, the surgeon makes an insignificant incision in the back and makes a tunnel immediately into the kidney. By means of an instrument called a nephroscope, the stone is positioned and removed. For large stones, an energy probe (ultrasonic or electrohydraulic) perhaps required to break down the stone into smaller pieces for removal.

The benefit of this procedure over lithotripsy is the physical removal of the stone fragments rather than relying on their natural passage from the kidney to the outside.

3. Ureteroscopic Stone Removal

Ureteroscopic stone removal is accomplished by passing a small fiberoptic instrument (an ureteroscope) through the urethra and bladder into the ureter. The surgeon afterward locates the stone and either removes it with a cage-like tool or breaks it with a particular instrument that creates a form of shockwave. A small tube (or stent) possibly left in the ureter for more than a few days after treatment to assist the lining of the ureter to heal.

This removal procedure is operated under common anesthesia to treat stones found in the middle and lower ureter. Small stones are removed and large stones are broken by a laser or similar device.

4. Open (incisional) Surgery

This last removal method includes opening the affected area and removing the stone(s). In this procedure, run in an operating room after a person has been given anesthesia, the surgeon creates an incision in the skin and unlocks the pelvis of the kidney or the ureter in order that the stone can be manually removed. Since open surgery is a principal operation, healing may need four to six weeks.


Does Secrets to Dog Training Work On Stubborn Dogs?


Is Secrets to Dog Training effective on really stubborn dogs? If you’re reading this article, it’s probably because you’re at your wits’ end with your dog, who insists on making his own rules.

He controls your behavior. He eats when he wants. He barks until he gets what he wants. He jumps on your furniture. He jumps on you when you come through the door. He jumps on your guests.

And he chews the heels off your favorite shoes.

In a nutshell, he’s making your life a living hell!

Desperate Measures

In desperation, you typed into Google’s search, “Secrets to Dog Training” or “Secrets to Dog Training Review” because you’d heard about this book and were wondering if it’s really an effective dog training book for stubborn dogs.

What Is Secrets to Dog Training?

Secrets to Dog Training is a 256-page, downloadable eBook written by professional dog trainer, Daniel Stevens. It’s unusually detailed and jam-packed with ideas and techniques all the professionals use. It teaches you how to prevent and deal with some of the most common behavior problems like:

  • Aggression with Other Canines
  • Food Aggression
  • Aggression with Children
  • Pulling on the Leash
  • Barking
  • Biting
  • Chewing
  • Jumping on People
  • Separation Anxiety

But wait. I digress.

How did I find out about Secrets to Dog Training?

I’ll tell you a really short, but true story. When I got my first dog Lily, I was clueless. I didn’t know she needed to be trained. I didn’t know I was supposed to make rules. I didn’t know Lily was supposed to follow my rules. I didn’t know she was supposed to actually obey me.

My dog Lily walked all over me – until I got desperate.

I looked online for dog training books, but I didn’t know what “training” my dog needed. I knew she barked all the time when I left the house. She “talked back” to me when I would tell her to get off my bed.

She jumped on my furniture, chewed my shoes and decided when she would eat. Basically, she ran the house. She was the leader and I was the follower.


Back to my Secrets to Dog Training Review.

Who Wrote Secrets to Dog Training?

Secrets to Dog Training is written by Daniel Stevens, a veteran dog trainer. The book is published by Kingdom of Pets. The tips and advice Daniel Stevens gives are time-tested.

What Does This Product Do?

This book teaches you how to take command and make your dog respect you. It teaches you first and foremost how to be the alpha dog – which gives you confidence. It also trains you to behave differently with your dog so that he listens to you – not sometimes – but all the time.

Downloadable 30 Minute Video

Because this book comes with an easy-to-follow 30 minute video, you get to experience real-life examples of dogs behaving badly, and the principles of Secrets to Dog Training being put into action.

The video gives you real solutions to specific, difficult problems created by stubborn pets. Videos are always best because you get to see if you’re implementing the techniques correctly.

How is the Book Layed Out?

The book starts off by providing new dog owners with advice on how to choose a puppy and from where to adopt them. It also guides the new or prospective owner on how to select a breed, breed information, how to proof your house and house training. It also talks about what to expect on your first vet visit and how to prepare for your visit.

Does It Address Stubborn Breed Problems?


The advanced section covers hard to solve problems with certain breeds (hmmm… think Jack Russell Terrier) like aggressive behavior, dominance, chewing, digging, barking and jumping.

After dealing with tough to solve issues, the book then thoroughly discusses dog health care, such as what to do about allergies, fleas, heat stroke and more. Finally, the book covers advanced commands and tricks in masterly detail.

Does it Cover Dog Whispering?

To my surprise, yes.

The best part about this book is that it covers Dog Whispering in detail. In fact, there’s an entire section dedicated to this method of training. In case you’re not familiar with the concept, dog whispering is a method of dog training based on the philosophy of clear communication and mutual respect.

It’s a newer method of dog training. But it’s one of the most humane methods of dog training – right along with clicker training. You get step-by-step instructions for basic commands like sit, come, down, stay, quiet, etc.

But Does it Work on Stubborn Dogs?

Absolutely! Like I said, I now have 2 Jack Russells and I’ve used all of the techniques on my dogs. Jack likes to bolt out the door. This caused a dangerous situation, until I started implementing the strategies in Secrets to Dog Training. I use the techniques on Jack and Jill all the time.

It works like magic.

And everyone knows how difficult Jack Russells can be to train due to their independent, bossy streak. I highly recommend this book. But there’s one more thing I need to tell you about this product.

You Get Useful Dog Training Freebies

Sometimes people include free bonuses to enhance their product, which aren’t useful at all. However, that’s not the case with Secrets to Dog Training. With this product you get useful freebies.

You get 4 bonus books on:

1. Advanced house training (troubleshooting including crate and paper training methods)

2. How to Stop Canine Aggression

3. How to Groom Your Dog (including a section on information on coat care for specific breeds, dental health care, nail clipping)

4. Dog Security Training (a beginning guide to train your dog on how to be a security dog)

5. A 30 Minute Dog Training Video (showing you live examples of dogs behaving badly and how to correctly give commands so that they listen)

What’s more, you get a personalized email consultation with a dog professional from the Kingdom of Pets team. The team members are professional dog trainers who will take the no-fuss approach to helping you solve your dog obedience problems.

Here’s the kicker.

The book itself only costs $39.95. For this price, you get a complete and detailed manual on training your dog, preventing and handling behavioral problems, and a whole bunch of general-knowledge tips and advice.

Secrets to Dog Training Review In a Nutshell

All in all, I’m impressed. Like I said, my first dog, Lily, was really a handful. And now, I have 2 Jack Russells that I trained using Secrets to Dog Training. And I’ve never had to hire a professional trainer because everything I need to train my dogs is in this book. I highly recommend it.


Review: Tom Hess Guitar Lessons – Worth The Price?


At this point, I’m sure you’ve heard of the popular guitar teacher, Tom Hess. His articles and videos are all over the internet, he even offers music career advice to people looking to get into the music business (something that I hope to do someday for myself). But does he get results? As a guitarist looking to hone my skills and build a little speed, I decided to investigate – and here’s some interesting information I came across:

Reviews About Tom Hess Guitar Lessons:

Immediately I noticed a review of Tom Hess’s guitar lessons by Mike Philippov. I’ve seen his guitar playing in several videos on YouTube, and he can really play. In his review, Philippov talks very highly of Hess and makes a very convincing case – Hell, with those kind of chops, he must be doing something right.

After Google, I tried YouTube. I got many results, but the one at the top was a video with tons of reviews by actual Tom Hess guitar students. A lot of people seem to have really benefited from his lessons, and many of the can really play.

In the end, I felt pretty intrigued by all the positive results people were receiving. I found other results with negative things to say about Hess, but they all came in the form of “I can’t stand Hess”, “I hate Tom Hess” and so on. Not much for me to go on there, but then again, I tend to steer clear of blind, vitriolic internet hate.

Quick Review: Tom Hess’s Music Career Mentoring Program

The first Tom Hess music careers mentoring program review I came across was by someone named Lee Gattenby, a guitar teacher in Alaska. Seems he has built a pretty nice teaching business for himself and released his own music. Not bad… I continued searching…

Next, I found what seems to be an interview with Tom Hess about music career advice. Not so much a music careers mentoring program review as it is Tom debunking various music career myths. Very insightful though – worth a look.

In the end, I seem to find a lot of positive reviews for Tom Hess and his programs. I can’t help but be intrigued by this guy. He talks a big game, and a lot of people vouch for him. I say he is worth a look if you are a guitarist/musician, but it’s up to you to do your own research. Regardless, Hess really comes off as genuinely serious about helping his students… a rarity for guitar teachers.


Controllable Risk Factors Of Infectious Diseases


There are hundreds of pathogens present in the environment capable of causing infectious diseases in humans. Some of these diseases such as HIV/AIDS and Ebola are highly dreaded where death is the only way of getting rid of the infection. Most of these diseases occur as a result of certain risk factors that can be categorized into controllable and uncontrollable risk factors.

Some of the risk factors that can cause disease are highly ignored and not attended to properly. These sorts of risk factors are known as controllable risk factors. It is possible to control the spread of infectious diseases and prevent an outbreak by managing these factors in a proper way. Some of the risk factors of infectious diseases are explained below.

1. Unprotected sex: Sexually transmitted diseases such as AIDS occur mainly due to unhealthy or unprotected sexual practices. It is always better to use condoms while having sexual intercourse. Apart from that, one should always avoid performing oral sex with a stranger. It is always better if one remains faithful to his/her better-half.

2. Untreated open wounds: This factor poses the biggest risk to getting infected with pathogens. Open wounds should always be treated with immediate affect.

3. Poor hygiene: Soil contaminants such as nematodes spread into the system when people consume food with unwashed hands. It is always good to maintain good hygiene. One should wash hands before and after consuming food. Clothes including innerwear should be changed regularly. They should be thoroughly cleaned using a good detergent.

4. Spoiled food: Several food borne infections such as Brucellosis spread through consumption of spoiled food that is already contaminated with pathogens. Even pathogens such as nematodes spread through uncooked food. Hence, it is important to cook food thoroughly and consume it before it gets spoiled.

5. Unhealthy diet: Diet that lacks important ingredients such as proteins, fats, minerals, vitamins and carbohydrates can lead to decreased immunity. Individuals with unhealthy diet are highly vulnerable to infectious diseases.


Weight Loss – Ending Your Diet Mentality Means Greater Success With Losing Weight


Are you overweight, or do you feel you have weight to lose? Do you have Type 2 diabetes? If you have answered yes to these questions, there is a good chance you are a victim of the “diet mentality.” The diet mentality is one that may seem fruitful in theory but is ineffective in practice. It is certainly a sound idea to plan your diet and nutrition around your health goals, which may involve your weight or blood sugar level. But there is one ingredient integral to the success of any diet, which is inherently lacking in most.

This ingredient is the ultimate purpose of the weight loss plan. Is the weight loss plan being used as a means of producing quick change, or introducing lasting habits? Those who have internalized the diet mentality mostly lean towards the former. For a case in point, consider the surge of people undertaking a new food plan at the turn of the New Year. New Year resolutions are notorious for their ambition. Unfortunately, they tend to be resolutions that are usually broken as a mechanism for quick change is one lacking a sustainable basis.

Before we go any further, allow us to clarify there is nothing wrong with looking to improve your health by dieting. Changing your food choices in an attempt to lose weight or lower your blood sugar is a worthy goal deserving recognition. But you must be very careful – don’t fall victim to the “diet mentality” and its many drawbacks.

Ending this thinking may be easier said than done. It is human nature to look for shortcuts in an attempt to save time and effort. It is genuinely difficult to make a lasting change when it is natural to overlook long-term benefits for the short-term ones. But if you are to ultimately succeed, this is precisely what you must do: look at the long-term benefits.

Ending or avoiding the diet mentality is in your best interest. Those who still have it will benefit from trying something new. Instead of planning the next few weeks or months around a particular goal, it is better to imagine where you would like to be and doing what it takes to get there, regardless of how much time is needed.

To clarify, here is an example. Let’s say you would like to lower your blood sugar to a healthier range and lose 20 pounds. Determine what you need to do to get there regarding diet and lifestyle, and don’t set an end date to reach your goal. Focus strictly on the process – ensure each day you are acting according to your plan. Measure your progress every so often but don’t worry about how quickly you are moving forward. Small steps may be slower than leaps, but you are much less likely to stumble.

Start thinking long-term. The “diet mentality” excites and motivates but is also full of broken promises. When it comes to dieting, a commitment to making lasting change is what it takes to succeed.