Often, my clients who are recovering from narcissistic abuse tell me that they don't even know who they are anymore - and even if they do, they all think they're too old to start something new.
Still, sometimes life forces you to start over - and that's especially true when you leave a toxic relationship. So lemme ask you....
Do you feel like it's too late to achieve a significant amount of success? Many of the most successful people did start at a young age. It can be disheartening for the late bloomers among us. But many of the most successful people you know didn't get started until much later in life. If you think you missed the boat because you're middle-aged, you couldn't be more wrong. You're wrong even if you're 80. Success often isn't achieved until later in life.
1. Samuel L. Jackson didn't get his first big role until the age of 43. Prior to that he was a struggling actor with little future. Now he's known by people all over the world for his acting. How many movies, TV shows, and video games has he been in since that first big role in Jungle Fever? 140!
2. Sam Walton founded Wal-Mart at the age of 44. He had been successful in the retail environment in his younger years, but nothing out of the ordinary. Wal-Mart went on to become one the biggest companies in the world, and Walton become one of the world's richest.
3. Stan Lee. Known to everyone as the creator of Spiderman and the X-Men, Stan Lee didn't experience success until the age of 39. And his most well-known work didn't occur until several years after that. Who says it's too late to do something incredible with your life?
4. Ronald Reagan never held a political office until the age of 55! He became one of the most popular presidents in modern history.
5. Colonel Sanders didn't invent his famous chicken recipe until he was 50. His famous chain of restaurants is still doing well today. His likeness has been used to market KFC since the very beginning.
6. College students everywhere owe a debt of thanks to Momofuku Ando. At the age of 48, he created those Ramen noodles that poor students rely on for life itself. How many times have you had Ramen noodles in your life?
8. Taikichiro Mori became a real estate investor at the age of 55. He was a professor before that. He was the richest man in the world in 1992 with a net worth $13 billion. He inherited his first building from his father. The rest he accomplished on his own.
9. Grandma Moses started painting at the age of 78. If you have the gumption, you can still make an impact after 70. One of her paintings sold for over a million dollars.
10. Laura Ingalls Wilder didn't publish her first novel until she was 65-years old. She wrote an additional 12 novels after that. A successful television series was built around her series of books. Older children still read her books today.
11. Peter Roget created the first thesaurus when he was 73-years old. He was trained as a medical doctor but had an obsession with words, especially words that had the same meaning. He quit his medical career to focus on the creation of the first thesaurus. The most popular thesaurus in the world still bears his name.
It's never too late to leave your mark on the world! But time is constantly passing, so it's time to start making it happen. Spend the later portion of your life pursuing something you love. There's still time to do something amazing!
So there's a new thing happening in the medical world, and I'm not really sure what to think about it. Maybe it's not THAT new, and maybe you've heard of it. But here's the thing - it's kind of like a face-lift, but for your vagina.
How do I put this delicately...? I guess I can't do better than this: the procedure is designed to help rejuvenate the vagina. Ahem.
At first glance, you find yourself feeling a little judgy - after all, who would have vanity procedures done to her girly parts? Doesn't that feel a bit...shallow?
I sorta did at first. But that was before I learned that the procedure is actually something that helps all kinds of women with all kinds of issues, including incontinence, vaginal tightening and improving sensation and function.
So the procedure turns out to be less of a procedure and more of an energy medicine, from what I understand.
"ThermiVa is a new form of energy medicine that uses radio frequency heat therapy to promote collagen synthesis, resulting in shrinkage and tightening of female tissues," according to the website. The process is "non-surgical, non-invasive, and pain-free and is smart alternative to more invasive procedures."
What does that mean, exactly?
It's "an in-office, non-surgical procedure that uses radio frequency energy to gently heat tissue through an "S" shaped hand piece. Heat and energy shrinks skin and tightens external and internal vulvovaginal tissue. The hand piece features disposable applicator with gentle curves to provide comfort. No downtime is necessary. The new tissue will be tighter and younger looking due to new collagen growth and thicker skin resulting from the application of radio frequency to the area."
From what I've learned, this is an ideal treatment for "women who wish to tighten and tone their genital tissues to improve sexual activity and personal comfort."
People who opt for this treatment:
Are experiencing vaginal laxity after pregnancy and childbirth
Wish to reduce vaginal dryness and loss of vaginal tone after menopause
Want to improve urinary stress incontinence
Any woman who would like a more youthful and refreshed appearance.
The best way to find out if you could benefit from ThermiVa is to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Shieh.
So what do you think about this option? Would you do it? Share your thoughts in the comments and let me know what you think!
“We either make ourselves miserable or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” – Carlos Castenada
Chronic pain is real. And if you're reading this article, my guess is that you've experienced it. In fact, according to recent research, one in ten people (11 percent of Americans) experience chronic pain every single day.
And according to a 2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) study, researchers estimate that within a previous three-month period, 25 million U.S. adults had daily chronic pain.
Plus: 23 million more reported severe pain. Those who reported serious pain also said they need and use more health care services and suffer greater disability then persons with less severe pain.
Does it help to know you're not alone? Maybe not. But perhaps these 9 weird ways to crush chronic pain will do the trick for you.
9 Weird Ways to Crush Chronic Pain
Do you suffer from chronic pain? As you know too well, the pain can affect your ability to work, socialize, and enjoy life. Chronic pain is a challenging issue to treat. However, scientists have found unusual treatments that can help reduce suffering.
If you've already tried traditional methods without success, then you may want to consider these unusual treatments:
1. Bee venom. Bee venom can be used in an acupuncture treatment to help reduce chronic pain.
You may run from the bees in your garden, but their venom can actually help you. Bee venom acupuncture has to be done in a professional setting and not your yard.
A study titled, "Bee venom acupuncture for the treatment of chronic low back pain: study protocol for a randomized, double-blinded, sham-controlled trial," found that the venom can help patients. Researchers also found bee venom improves circulation and lessons inflammation.
If you're allergic to bee stings, then you can't use this treatment.
2. Sugar therapy. Unfortunately, this treatment doesn't involve eating cupcakes, cakes, candy, or other delicious treats.
Sugar therapy, or prolotherapy, involves injecting sugar solutions into painful joints and tendons. Doctors usually use a dextrose solution. The goal is to make the joints and tendons fix themselves.
3. Guided imagery. You can use your brain to control chronic pain.
Guided imagery involves working with a professional to help you focus on specific pictures. These images are combined with words, so you work on eliminating illness from your body.
For example, you may visualize a scene that involves your cells reducing inflammation to make your pain go away.
4. Anticonvulsants. These drugs are usually reserved for patients who suffer from seizures. However, they can also help those who have chronic pain.
It's a medical mystery, but people are already using anticonvulsants to treat chronic pain. Scientists are still studying the treatment to determine why it helps with pain.
5. Pain pacemakers. You can get a device similar to a heart pacemaker for pain. The pain pacemaker is used to stimulate the spinal cord with electrical signals. This helps to reduce the discomfort. The pain pacemaker requires surgery to be installed.
6. Spinal medication pumps. Instead of sending electrical signals, these medication pumps send drugs to fight chronic pain.
The medication is sent to the spinal cord after you push a button. You can control how much and how often the pumps work. The medications used for the pumps tend to be in high doses.
7. Antidepressants. These drugs are being used beyond treating depression. They can reduce chronic pain in some cases.
Researchers believe the antidepressants affect brain chemicals that control the pain. They state that patients don't need to have depression to see benefits because the drugs can help decrease pain signals.
8. Hypnosis. This treatment helps people who suffer from chronic pain by teaching them to manage the pain.
The Arthritis Foundation recommends hypnosis as an alternative treatment plan because it doesn't have side effects. Hypnosis can help you relax and manage the pain. You want to work with a qualified hypnotherapist for the best results.
9. Tart cherry juice. Drinking tart cherry juice may be one of the easiest alternative treatments for pain. Researchers found that it has anti-inflammatory properties and can reduce oxidative stress.
You can fight chronic pain with several alternative and unusual treatments. If you suffer from chronic pain, ask your doctor about these treatments. One of them may give you some much-needed relief!
What are your top tips for reducing chronic pain? Share them in the comments below.
It's summertime and that means it's time for fun in the sun!
That's all good, but nobody wants skin cancer - so don't forget to protect your skin and the skin of your family. You've probably read the headlines that have recently put sun safety back in the news for better (and worse). And while public awareness has increased regarding the risks of excessive sun exposure, there is still a long way to go.
One major breakthrough is progress on a personalized vaccine for melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
At the same time, skin cancer has increased among all ages. One study found that seniors in Britain are 7 times more likely to develop melanoma compared to 40 years ago.
Forget About 'Safer' Tanning!
If you're wondering whether tanning beds are a safer alternative, think again. Many doctors now recommend strengthening the warning signs to say they cause cancer.
Fortunately, most of the risks of sun exposure can be eliminated through healthy sun habits. Try these steps for protecting yourself and your children.
Sun Safety Tips for Kids
It's especially important to minimize early sun exposure. The greatest risk factor for skin cancer is the sunlight you receive before age 20.
1. Keep babies in the shade. Doctors advise against using sunscreen on babies less than 6 months old because they may be sensitive to the chemicals they contain. That means infants need to be kept out of direct sunlight. Dress your baby in a hat and clothes that provide full coverage. Buy a stroller with a canopy and treat your car windows with UV film.
2. Watch your toddler. Toddlers are too busy exploring the world to worry about staying under a beach umbrella. In addition to sunscreen, keep an eye on how much sun they're catching.
3. Educate your teens. Teens may believe that tanning is glamorous. Discuss the long-term effects and go shopping for high fashion sunhats.
4. Talk with your child's school. How can your kids reapply their sunscreen if their school classifies it as a medication that requires special forms? Join with other parents to encourage reasonable policies.
Sun Safety Tips for All Ages
Managing sun exposure is a life-long concern. The effects are cumulative, so it pays to be extra careful if you already had sunburns as a child.
1. Apply sunscreen correctly. It takes a full ounce of sunscreen to cover the average body. Remember the spots that often get missed like ears and the sides of your torso and legs.
2. Avoid the hottest hours. Midday sun is the strongest. If possible, arrange your schedule to be indoors between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
3. Wear protective clothing. While some clothing is advertised as providing extra sun protection, the FDA typically does not regulate those claims. You can achieve the same results for less money with any garment that adequately covers your skin.
4. Put on sunglasses. Your eyes need shade as well. Check that the label indicates broad-spectrum protection when buying both sunscreen and sunglasses.
5. Be vigilant year round. Forget about slacking off in winter. Just like sand and concrete, snow reflects the sun, and you can become sunburned on cloudy days.
6. Spray it on. If you still want to brown your skin, spray products are a smart solution. Test a spot on your arm first to ensure you aren't allergic to a product before spreading it all over.
7. Inspect your body. Regular skin examinations are essential for both children and adults because most melanomas can be seen by the naked eye, and cured when caught in the early stages. Pay attention to moles and any changes in your skin. See your doctor promptly to discuss any concerns, and find the right level of protection based on your family's lifestyle.
Enjoy the sun and take in the vitamin D your body needs without increasing your risk for premature aging and skin cancer. Wear sunscreen, avoid the hottest hours, and practice other simple and healthy sun habits.