The Most Beautiful Places in the World (2)

The world we live in had numerous charming sceneries. Everybody dreams of living in such places. Now people always live in the skyscrapers in cities and forget those peerless natural views. Here I list the most beautiful places in the world.

Taj Mahal – India

Taj Mahal in India is one of the world wonders as well as the most beautiful tomb which is built by the emperor Shah Jahan to commemorate his favorite queen – Mumtaz Mahal in the year 1632 and the whole construction lasted for 22 years. Taj Mahal is located in Agra in northern part of India. The white marble used here is the symbol of love. This structure was considered as the peak in the architecture field during that period. It is said that Shah Jahan feel it heartbreak when his favorite wife – Mumtaz Mahal died. The whole construction took thousands of workmen and technical workers two years to complete it. Among these technical workers, there are many stonemen, sculptors, calligraphers, drawers and other talented people from Iran and Middle Asia. Thereafter, it became the tomb of Shah Jahan. This place attracts one to two million people every year.

Rocky Mountains – Canada

Magnificent Rocky Mountains is a part of the Rocky Mount in North America. It is located in Canada. This is a fairy land of tourists and the amusement park in western Canada. The mountains here formed much earlier than that in America through the crush among different plates. The Rocky Mountains in Canada consist of five national parks, four of which have been listed as world heritage by UNESCO. This heritage place consists of many beautiful mountains, lakes, valleys, icebergs, peaks, limestone caves and fossils. Robson Mount is the peak of the Rocky Mountains in Canada. These mountains are really the right places for those excursionists.

Machu Pichu – Peru

In Peru, Machu Pichu means old peak. This is the most mysterious ancient architecture in the world. It is said that Machu Pichu was considered as a holy city a long time ago. The construction of this city was attributed to the Inca people, who established many kinds of stone architecture and took them as a kind of art. Machu Pichu is located along the side of Urabamba River and it is about two thousands miles high. It consists of temples, palaces and over 150 houses, all of which are well-preserved and constructed by granite. Each of them weighs about 50 tons. These architectures are found by those archeologists of Peru University in 1911. It attracts millions of visitors every year.

Stop Binge Drinking and Regain Control With a ‘Magic’ Pill That Cures Alcohol Addiction

Stop binge drinking with a ‘magic’ pill – how naltrexone cures alcohol addiction

If you have ever suffered from alcohol blackouts; woken up in strange places; vomited in the street; or pissed your pants, then you are in the right place.

I’ve written this article to prevent others from destroying their work, finances and relationships through binge drinking. I’m not selling anything, I make no money from treating binge drinkers and I have no self-help recordings or hypnotherapy course to promote. What follows is my story and how I regained control over my binge drinking.

Out of control

I’ve never been dependent on alcohol, and could go for weeks without drinking. But I have always partied hard. When I drank, I went absolutely off the rails. I’m 34 now, and have done a great job hiding my problem from my colleagues and employers during the past 12 years. A few years ago I was in the USA on business. I got arrested for being drunk; spent the night in jail and was bailed out. I made it to work at 8:55am… just in time to deliver the opening presentation at our global sales conference. At a more recent event, I was sick all over my boss’ shoes in the back of a limousine. Another time, I woke up at the train station having pissed my pants. In fact, I have passed out in too many places to mention. Essentially I was a street bum in a suit.

Cry for help

I knew that I had a problem, but because I was not dependent on alcohol, doctors never really took me seriously. During my twenties, I went for liver function tests on 7 or 8 different occasions. I wanted the doctor to say, “Andy, you need to stop drinking or you will die.” But my excessive drinking wasn’t addressed because the test results always came back ok. I was not offered any help, support or counselling. I think I was once given a leaflet for the Samaritans.

A wake up call

In early 2011, my binge drinking episodes got worse. I destroyed my car in a drunk driving incident; I woke up in a hotel corridor having pissed my pants; after a party, I was so drunk I couldn’t remember walking home with my 3-year old boy; and in March 2011, whilst away at a conference in Paris, I spent $2,000 dollars at a strip bar on my company credit card. To add a degree of levity to this pathetic incident, I have no recollection of the entire night.

Due to ‘misuse of company property’ and gross-misconduct I was fired. Coming home I had to tell my wife. She threatened to divorce me. Losing my job and possibly my family was the wakeup call that I needed – and I turned to the internet for help.

Addressing the issue

By chance, I came across and article in the Times titled: Can a Pill Cure alcoholism?

More research led me to the Sinclair Method Website – and that’s when I got very excited.

Here was a small online ‘self-help’ community of 800 former alcoholics that had managed to regain control using naltrexone, a drug originally developed for treating heroin abuse. Unlike every other alcohol treatment, this method does not promote abstinence. Naltrexone, when used as suggested by Dr. Sinclair, has a success rate of over 80%

If you go to Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), they will tell you, “A person must reject every drink that contains alcohol.” But AA has a success rate of less than 5% – so what’s the point in trying something that is most likely to end in a relapse?

The root cause of binge drinking

To explain why naltrexone works so effectively, we have to examine the root cause of binge drinking.

When you drink alcohol, a small gland in your brain releases endorphins. Similar in chemical structure to heroin, endorphins are an opiate-like compound and extremely addictive.

Your brain rewards you with endorphins every time you drink, and this has a powerful effect on your behaviour. So when you have 2 shots of tequila, your brain tells you: “Those tequilas make you feel amazing; damn the consequences do another two shots now.”

The massive endorphin rush helps to explain why certain individuals find it very hard to stop after four or five drinks. Research shows that certain types of people (based on genetics) release more endorphins in response to alcohol consumption – and are therefore more likely to get addicted to alcohol.

How naltrexone stops binge drinking

Naltrexone blocks the alcohol ‘euphoria’ you get from the release of endorphins It doesn’t actually prevent them being released, but it prevents them being absorbed. This destroys the reward cycle, so when you drink two tequilas, you don’t get the rush of endorphins. You get a bit of a buzz, you’ll still feel drunk and you’ll certainly have a headache next day, but because you are not getting the endorphin rush with each drink; you won’t feel that crazy drive to keep drinking to get the ‘reward’ of more endorphins.

Where can I get Naltrexone?

If you are a binge drinker, your greatest chance of success in life might be to see your doctor and ask for a naltrexone prescription. You can get it prescribed in the USA, but in the UK the drug is not licensed for treating alcohol under the NHS. This means you’ll either have to go private (cost £ 200); convince the doctor to prescribe some (like I did using the Times article); or buy the tablets from an online pharmacy. I am not suggesting you take action without seeking the correct medical advice – I just want to spread the word about the potential to help you stop binge drinking. The commonly accepted advice is to take naltrexone one hour before drinking for the rest of your life.

Why do I have to keep taking naltrexone all my life?

Imagine you’ve been controlling your drinking with the help of Naltrexone for 2 – 3 years. You think you are in control so you decide to stop taking the tablets. The next time you drink the rush of endorphins will feel so euphoric, that you will fall off the wagon in spectacular style. There are tales of 3-day ‘Charlie Sheen’ style binges for people who stop taking the medication. So the commonly accepted advice is to take Naltrexone 1 hour before you drink for the rest of your life.

Progress so far

The first time I tried naltrexone it was a great success. I was able to control my alcohol ‘addiction’ and stop after 4 drinks. This is the first time I can remember coming home for over 6 years after a big night out. I even put my wife to bed after brushing her teeth as she was so drunk! I’m at the beginning of my journey with naltrexone, but am absolutely convinced it will change my life forever.

You can follow my progress on my blog. Best of luck, Andy.

Advantages of Eating Paleo Diet Foods

A lot of people have realized the importance of eating right. As such, there are countless diet plans available in the market today. One highly popular diet is the Paleo diet. The Paleo diet is an acronym for Paleolithic diet. This way of eating is based on the theory that evolution has been occurring in humans for thousands of years while it has only been a few thousand years since the modern diet came into being. It has been scientifically verified that the human genome in the early days of the modern diet is the same as that today. The basis of this diet is consuming foods that are natural and unaltered in any way.

The Paleolithic diet is also known as the primal, Stone Age or caveman diet. Today, it consists of processed foods, vegetable oils, sugars and grains. In many places, these foods form the entire diet. This unhealthy lifestyle is the major cause for various ailments such as metabolic syndrome, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. The Paleo diet aims to reduce the occurrence of such diseases by eating foods similar to those consumed by our ancestors. There are a few remote populations who haven’t adopted the modern diet. They still consume raw foods and hence aren’t affected by any modern day diseases. This has prompted a lot of people to adopt Paleo diet foods into their daily routine.

Seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables, eggs, fish and meat are some common Paleo diet foods. Junk foods such as cakes, candies, sugars and pastries are not included in this diet as they are a major cause of metabolic syndrome. Processed foods, dairy products, grains and vegetable oils are also excluded from this diet. Even though meat is a major part of the Paleo diet, foods such as bacon, pepperoni, pork sausages, chicken wings and deli products should be avoided as they have a higher fat content. Grain and wheat products including oats, rice and barley should be avoided completely. Fruits and vegetables are an important part of this diet and they make for a healthy snack in between meals. In keeping with the foods consumed by cavemen, all agricultural products including gluten free ones are not included in this diet.

One of the main advantages of this diet is that the process of digestion will stabilize eventually. This increases the metabolism leading to weight loss. Since the Paleo diet has high protein content, a lot of athletes follow this diet. The basic foods such as fish, chicken, nuts and lean meat provide fiber and energy to the athletes leading to muscle development and weight reduction. Casein and gluten are the biggest causes of allergies and they are found in many processed foods.

However, they are not part of the Paleo diet foods and hence this diet can be used by any without having to worry about suffering from allergic reactions. The risk of getting weight related illnesses such as diabetes and heart diseases are considerably lowered since the Paleo diet has a high fiber and low carbohydrate content. A lot of people have been greatly benefited by this wonderful diet plan.

My Journey As a Cancer Survivor

Yes, that’s me a survivor, a cancer survivor. I think that in many ways we are all survivors of one sort or another. We have all gone through our own trials and tribulations in our lives.

It is my hope that this “journey” may help those who have been diagnosed with, are going through, or finished their cancer treatments. It is also my hope that the families of those diagnosed can gain a little insight, from my perspective, of what we go through. So here’s my journey, the bearing of my soul, the good, the bad and the ugly…and yes there was good that came out of this journey.

During the spring of 2008, I had gained some weight as we all do over the winter. I began walking, 2 1/2 miles in the morning and a mile at night and doing quite well. I was very dedicated and determined to lose about 25 pounds. OK so I was a smoker, I know I’ve heard it all, had the looks and it’s no wonder why you got cancer, wow talk about adding insult to injury. But even with my smoking I was quite active and had absolutely NO, not a one symptom of lung cancer.

My mom had Ovarian Cancer when I was a teenager and I remember picking her up at the hospital after her surgery. My niece at age 16 had Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2003. A friend of hers had grabbed her from behind kidding around and felt a lump. And her whirlwind began. I would go to her home every other day to give her her injections and help with her care. I was very involved with her treatment and knowledgeable about “cancer.” I come from a large family, 6 of us and with all our extended families and relatives, these were the only cases of cancer in our lineage.

I remember walking up the stairs in my home at the end of the summer and becoming out of breath and thinking geez, I wonder if I have cancer…..that was it. Just a thought and it was gone.

I am a firm believer in positive thinking, not a particularly religious person but a fiercely spiritual person. I believe in the power of prayer and positive affirmations and a higher being. The Universe. I think that this helped me tremendously during this time.

September 29, 2008.

The Day The Whirlwind Began.

I was having an argument with my husband, can’t even remember what it was about, and then I was having an anxiety attack, can you imagine in the middle of an argument. Since I have some medical issues, I decided to go to hospital and as mad as I was I told my husband not to come with me. Don’t get me wrong I love the guy but needed some space.

When I got to the hospital, they ran the regular tests which came back normal and then did a chest x-ray and then a CT Scan, hmm just a little out of the ordinary but when you are in the hospital you go with the flow. And then I sat and sat and waited and waited with the hubby, yes he came down to the hospital. Being the stubborn type of person I am, I got dressed after 5 hours and told the nurse I was going home since no one had come to talk to me. The Doctor came in and told me I couldn’t go home they were transferring me to the main hospital because I had Lung Cancer. BOOM Just Like That. Can we say bedside manner, none. I knew but I knew I would be OK.

I told the Dr that I was going home and would call my own doctor in the morning, which is what I did and the journey began.

In retrospect, I wished I had asked more questions and weighed the options more carefully but once you are diagnosed everything happens so fast you almost don’t have time to think. It becomes a whirlwind very quickly. It is so important to chose your own doctors who you are comfortable with and you can talk to and ask questions.

I called my doctor Monday morning and got an appointment that day, hey when you say you’ve been diagnosed with Cancer, everyone gets in high gear. My doctor confirmed the results and the whirlwind started. It took about a week to get an appointment with the oncologist. During which time my husband got laid off from his job. Good and bad, yes he was around but he does not deal well with illness nor me being sick. I didn’t tell anyone, not even my children and swore my husband to secrecy. I did tell my neighbor, who was the biggest part of my care, that I’ll get into later. I didn’t really have too much information, yes I had Lung Cancer, but that was all.

My husband and I met with Oncologist at the Cancer Center of NC, what an awesome place to be treated. She confirmed that I had Non Small Cell Lung Cancer and immediately scheduled me for a biopsy and an appointment with a Thoracic Surgeon at Duke.

One of the hardest things was to tell my family and friends. CANCER IS NOT A DEATH SENTENCE. I can’t tell you how many times I had to say this. I was so confident that I would be OK. Most cried and I had to be the strong one saying CANCER IS NOT A DEATH SENTENCE, I will be OK.

It was truly amazing to me how people responded to the news. During this journey I was surprised at those who stepped up and helped me and supported me, those who barely even knew me. My neighbors who banded together to supply pre-made meals from Dinner Savvy for months, yes months. And then those who could no longer speak to me because I found that everyone handles illness differently. My brother who no longer could call me, he was afraid I would die to my best friend in NY who could only cry every time I spoke to her. It’s difficult for everyone who is involved, but throughout it all I knew l would be OK.

I had my biopsy which confirmed that I had Non Small Cell Lung Cancer in my left lung. I was stage 1B. The cancer was about 1 1/2 inches and had not spread. The Thoracic Surgeon and Oncologist told me that I was “lucky”. The best cancer to get in the worst situation, OK…. I was immediately scheduled for a Lung Resection, which is they remove half your lung. Breathing Tests were conducted to see how this would affect my breathing and it was determined that there would be little affect and I would not need to be on oxygen after the surgery.

The morning of the surgery I had to leave at 4:30 in the morning, my husband and I were going alone, I was concerned because he doesn’t handle these situations well. Boy were we surprised to find one of our neighbors sitting in her car waiting outside to bring us to the hospital, what great neighbors!!! What a god send.

I never asked “why me”, I just continued on my journey to rid my body of the cancer. I relied on my faith to get me through and I knew I would be OK.

Did I mention I am stubborn? I was admitted into the hospital on October 30 and released November 2, 3 days. I was determined to be out of the hospital. My doctor told me that I could leave when I could walk the hallways, well I was up and about the day after the surgery walking the halls, I was going home and I would be OK. And I am. The power of prayer and positive thinking.

Overall Stage Grouping is also referred to as Roman Numeral Staging. This system uses numerals I, II, III, and IV (plus the 0) to describe the progression of cancer.

* Stage 0 carcinoma in situ.

* Stage I cancers are localized to one part of the body.

* Stage II cancers are locally advanced.

* Stage III cancers are also locally advanced. Whether a cancer is designated as Stage II or Stage III can depend on the specific type of cancer; for example, in Hodgkin’s Disease, Stage II indicates affected lymph nodes on only one side of the diaphragm, whereas Stage III indicates affected lymph nodes above and below the diaphragm. The specific criteria for Stages II and III therefore differ according to diagnosis.

* Stage IV cancers have often metastasized, or spread to other organs or throughout the body.

Within the TNM system, a cancer may also be designated as recurrent, meaning that it has appeared again after being in remission or after all visible tumor has been eliminated. Recurrence can either be local, meaning that it appears in the same location as the original, or distant, meaning that it appears in a different part of the body.

Some doctors further diagnose using a letter system to further define cancer.

The CCNC became my second home for the next 9 months. They have seen me at my worst, which was pretty bad, the care and compassion was way above and beyond.

I had my port inserted the second week in November and started chem the week after. 2 weeks on 1 week off, which means I had chemo for 2 weeks and then had a week off. Really wasn’t too too bad at the beginning. During the second month I had an adverse reaction to the drugs and had to start on a new drug and was now 3 weeks on 1 week off. I really had thought I was a strong women, these new drugs knocked me on my butt.

At one point my blood counts were so low that I had to have a transfusion and then weekly injections to keep my blood count within an acceptable range.

I had started chemo right before Thanksgiving, so Thanksgiving and Christmas were hard for us. We usually had a house full and I just couldn’t do it and I didn’t have the energy to go anywhere. I cried as I told me boys ages 20 and 18 how sorry I was. They were wonderful throughout my whole ordeal, helping me whenever they could.

Two of my neighbors accompanied me to my chemo sessions. 1 week was for 6 hours, 2 weeks were for 3 hours. It truly is amazing who stepped up and supported us. They stayed with me for over 8 hours during week one of each session, you truly learn who your friends are when you are sick and I will be eternally grateful to those who have helped us so much. We had lunch, we read, we laughed, we bonded with everyone who was going through the same thing, we all became friends and a support system for each other comparing notes, treatments and questions. The CCNC’s treatment room is open, friendly and airy with a huge fish tank.

I knew that I would lose my hair. But know and then having it happen are two very, very different things. My neighbor and I went to the Lovely Lady. Darlene and her sister were great. They talked me through a lot of my questions and were so knowledgeable. We tried on wigs and wraps and really made a great day of it. You learn to take things in stride or so I thought so….until my hair started to fall out and it happened so quickly.

It was about 2 weeks after my initial chemo, I was in the shower and I had a bunch of strands in my hand. I thought.. here we go. It was quite unnerving. So I went and had my shoulder length hair cut short but it still kept falling out but it was worse because it was short, go figure. I was in the shower and my hand was full of short hairs. I went back and had what I call a GI Jane, hey Demi, hair cut and the next day I went back and had it buzzed. It was better to cut it all off than have it fall out. That is just the way I felt, not everyone feels the same.

So I had a new style, no wigs, just lots of wraps, hats, scarves to match my clothes. I loved the scarf wraps so I could tie them tie and wrap the ends in.

I have medical coverage, but no prescription coverage. I was quite surprised to find out that my medical coverage did NOT, nope, cover all my medical expenses. My husband was out of work on unemployment, ouch.

The Financial Advisor was awesome!!! We were assured that I would still receive treatment and advised us to apply for grants. We applied for 3 grants and received financial aid that paid for some of the treatments. There are organizations that offer grants to pay for treatment. The prescription pills I took for nausea were $100 a pill, the CCNC forwarded my information and the drug company sent me my medication free of charge. Now don’t get me wrong we are still trying to pay off 5 figures of medical bills but these organizations were a god send to us.

I also contacted the Financial Departments and asked for Financial Aid for my surgeries. I had been in 3 different hospitals. One hospital in particular allowed me $10,000 in medical care. Another a percentage off my bill according to our income. Each hospital is different but will try to assist you in paying your bill, at least mine did.

Research is the key. Ask questions about your payment options, what grants are available. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to ask for help. These are so important and definitely lessens the stress, you certainly don’t need anymore! I know I didn’t.

A note about grants, there are different grants for different types of Cancer. Go online to There is information on how to receive grants for treatment of cancer. There is link on the lower left side of the page. You will also be able to fill out the applications and send it in. Contact the National Cancer Institute, which offers grants for cancer treatment for patients across the country. The NCI is reachable by phone at (800) 422-6237, email at [email protected].

Contact institutions that treat specific types of cancers. For example, for breast cancer grants you can contact the Greenebaum Cancer Center by phone at (800) 888-8823 to apply for a grant. The Komen Foundation helps fund those who need assistance on cancer treatment through the cancer center.

I took weekly trips to the Cancer Center for over 8 months. My last chemo was May 27, 2009. It was the end of an era, almost the end of the journey. It was almost like a second family and I was almost sad to say good bye but it was a happy good bye. But then again, us survivors know that we will be back at least for me every 3 months for a PET Scan, which detects any cancer cells in your body and a Brain MRI.

It took almost 3 months for me to feel like my old self again, but then again it’s a new me with a long journey behind me that has made me the new me. A better me for having finished this journey, meeting so many great, understanding people, having strangers help me for no other reason than because…For all those I Thank You from the bottom of my heart to the top of yours, you know who you are. You are the nurses, the doctors, the cancer centers across the world, the volunteers, the hospitals that called to see if I was OK, the drug companies and the grant institutions, the ladies at the Lovely Lady, my friends, my family, my neighbors, the strangers who didn’t even know me……

I had my port removed December 28, 2009 and as I finish this am feeling great and looking forward to a new journey in life…being healthy…