Romantic Foods for Valentine’s Day

romantic foodValentine’s Day is upon us and if there’s anything that’s goes hand in hand with holding hands with your special someone, it’s sharing a meal with him or her. With that in mind, I began daydreaming about the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner.

For the appetizer, I fantasize my date and I would indulge in oysters. Oysters are a classic aphrodisiac. In fact, they’re good for fighting depression because of their Omega-3 fatty acids and are loaded with zinc, which has been linked to increased libido in both sexes, making them perfect the perfect kickstarter to a romantic meal.

For the main course, I pine for pesto pasta. Pesto is made from basil leaves, which were a symbol of love in ancient Rome. Basil not only smells wonderful, but it tastes great and is known to increase bloodflow.  Basil leaves contain compounds known as flavonoids, which are known to have antioxidant properties. While we’re talking antioxidants, enjoying this meal with a glass of nice wine would be beyond divine.

For dessert, I’d chase after chocolate. I prefer dark chocolate, as it contains more of the chemicals that make this sweet such a potent and popular aphrodisiac. If you can, spice it up by enjoying chocolates that contain chilli peppers. Chilli peppers are a lesser known aphrodisiac, but they have some of the most obvious effects. Not only do they physically make you feel hot, they have been reported to cause a boost in energy.

Eating this meal by candlelight with someone you like almost guarantees a romantic night. Here’s hoping you all have a happy Valentine’s Day.

What You Should Know About Nose Jobs

Rhinoplasty, more commonly known as a nose job, is a surgical procedure for reshaping the nose by altering the bones and cartilage that make it up. It can make a nose bigger, smaller, thinner, wider, change the angle, remove defects, or repair damage. In some cases, rhinoplasty is necessary to remove obstructions or to correct the set of a nose after it has been broken. In most cases, however, it is elective and cosmetic surgery.

Most people who are unhappy with their noses think of rhinoplasty as a way to solve their problem, and if it goes as expected it most likely will. While their problem may not be as bad as that of Edmond Rostand’s character Cyrano de Bergerac who hid his suffering under a bantering or belligerent attitude, it can still have a significant impact on their personal and sometimes professional lives. Unfortunately, nose jobs don’t always go as expected. There are a lot of well-known botched nose jobs that illustrate just how bad it can get, and highlight the importance of finding a reputable, experienced plastic surgeon.

Rhinoplasty is usually done by a specialist trained in plastic surgery or otolaryngology (ear-nose-throat specialist), for good reasons. It is very easy to do a bad nose job because it is right in your face, so to speak. Even the slightest error is immediately apparent, making the whole face look odd or off-kilter. And when things go wrong, a minimum wait of 12 months is necessary before most surgeons will perform a corrective procedure, so the patient will have to live with that mistake for that long. Hopefully, the next time will go better, but there’s really no guarantee.

Even when the surgeon is extremely skilled, there are still a lot of things that can go wrong. In some cases, the patient doesn’t heal well, or an infection develops. If you must have your nose done, make sure you get the very best doctor available if you want a good chance of getting the desired results.

Some Facts For Pregnant Women: Topamax and Birth Defects

Topamax is a medication that has been shown to significantly improve symptoms for individuals with epilepsy. Unfortunately, recent research has shown that mothers who take this medication while pregnant are at a significantly higher risk of having a child with a birth defect than those who were on other anticonvulsant medications or those not taking medications at all. These birth defects can have a remarkably negative impact on the lives of both the child and their parents.

Until recently, the impact of Topamax on pregnant women and their children was not widely known. However, the FDA has now placed Topamax in Category D for pregnant users, indicating that these effects are now acknowledged and that the use of Topamax may be inadvisable for pregnant women. For women who have already suffered the birth of a child with a birth defect, however, this stands as little consolation for the pain and suffering they’ve undergone.

Birth Defects Linked to Topamax

The use of Topamax has been primarily associated with the development of three different birth defects, which include the following:

  • Cleft Lip
  • Cleft Palate
  • Hypospadias

Without treatment, some of these conditions have the potential to pose life-threatening health challenges to those who suffer them. Unfortunately, the treatment options available for families with children born with any of these conditions are often prohibitively expensive, placing families in the difficult position of choosing between their own financial stability and their children’s health. No family should have to cope with this type of terrible decision.

Fortunately, those whose children developed a birth defect as a result of the drug Topamax may be entitled to seek compensation for their losses through a Topamax lawsuit. Because its medication was more dangerous for pregnant women than initially acknowledged, the makers of Topamax may be held financially liable for the damages they may have caused.

Keeping Your Family Safe: Preventing Burglaries Around the Holidays

The holiday season is supposed to be a joyous and wonderful time of year spent with friends and family enjoying each other’s company. In fact, classic songs have dubbed the holiday season as “the most wonderful time of the year.” Unfortunately, it’s also the most wonderful time of the year for burglars looking to capitalize on living rooms filled with gifts and homes of families who have gone on vacation and left their homes vulnerable to invasion.

From cash and credit cards to expensive jewelry and the most advanced electronics, burglars can ransack a home and ruin a family’s holiday season with relative ease if the family isn’t fully prepared. Statistics from the FBI in 2011 showed an estimated 400,000 burglaries during the months of November and December alone, with 70 percent of all burglars classified as amateurs that were simply looking for an easy target.

Along with stealing physical gifts, burglars can also steal your feeling of peace and security – something much harder to replace than physical items. Fortunately, there are ways you can discourage burglary during the holiday season and throughout the rest of the year. Some important tips for doing so include the following:

  • Do not hide spare keys in classic or easy-to-find places like underneath doormats or above doorframes. Burglars know where to look for keys.
  • Although it looks pretty, avoid putting your Christmas tree and gifts in the front window of your home so it is not as easily visible to passersby.
  • Burglars look for signs of an easy target so be aware of those signs. Do not leave boxes for expensive electronics or other items out on the curb. Don’t leave a note on the door saying you went out and will be back at a certain time, and if you go on vacation, make sure someone is picking up your mail and put lights on timers inside your house so it looks like you are at home.
  • Avoid posting status updates on Facebook saying you are on vacation and your home is empty.
  • Consider installing an alarm system or security cameras at your home. Seeing a decal in the window advertising the type of security system you have or cameras along the outside of the house will discourage a burglar from breaking in.


You should also make sure to keep all receipts and records of serial numbers for major purchases. In a worst case scenario, if you do get robbed, having the exact product description and serial number of the item will greatly help identity the missing items if they can be recovered. Additionally, take photographs of the inside and outside of your house before leaving on vacation so you can easily identity any missing items.

The holidays should be a time of laughter, excitement, and joy, not a time spent talking with the police or a criminal attorney about a break in / burglary. By taking preventative action, hopefully you can eliminate the chance of a break in during the holidays and throughout the year.


Reminder: Go To The Dentist!

The main goal of a cosmetic dentist is to help patients achieve a great-looking smile. Statistics suggest that a nice smile can further a person’s career, make a person more attractive, and make a person seem younger. Smiling also has emotional and health benefits, like stress relief, which lowers blood  pressure and boosts the immune system.  A great smile can also provide an overall sense of well-being and positive feelings of community.

A cosmetic dentist can help a person share in this community in a variety of ways. A big factor in any smile is the condition of a person’s teeth. Cosmetic dentists perform a number of procedures to correct the shortcomings of any tooth, including but not limited to:

  • Veneers
  • Tooth-colored fillings
  • Teeth whitening
  • Implants
  • Dentures
  • Caps, crowns or jackets
  • Bridgework

It’s easy to find a cosmetic dentist in your neighborhood. There are many offering cosmetic dentistry and some are not only qualified, but also have reasonable rates. Nevertheless, it is important to shop around and do your research into the background, expertise, and track records of cosmetic dentists in the area. This will ensure that you get the best treatment possible at lower (if not the lowest) prices.

Cosmetic dentists often waive the fee of the first consultation, so comparison shopping will not cost you anything but time. In the long run, you could be saving more money by going to a reputable dentist who may charge more than to one who may charge lower, but may not have the expertise to give you the best cosmetic treatment.

Taking Medicine for Type-2 Diabetes

Dealing with type-2 diabetes is hard enough; imagine the pain of knowing you have developed bladder cancer because of the medications you have taken to treat your type-2 diabetes. Unfortunately, studies have discovered that taking the medication Actos to treat type-2 diabetes has increased patients’ chances of developing bladder cancer, especially if they have taken the medication for more than a year.

Actos, with the generic name pioglitazone, is manufactured by Takeda Pharmaceuticals specifically for treatment of type-2 diabetes. Although it excelled against its competitions in treating the ailment, studies have found out that the company failed to warn patients and doctors of its adverse effects, particularly its link to bladder cancer. Because of this, patients who have developed bladder cancer have filed claims with their Actos lawyers to get proper compensation for all their pain and suffering.

If you or any of your loved ones have type-2 diabetes and have taken Actos, there are ways in helping you determine if you have bladder cancer or not. The most obvious and common symptom is having blood in the urine. Pain during urination is also a tell-tale sign, as well as frequent urination. If you have trouble urinating, it can also be a sign of bladder cancer, while fatigue, abdominal pain and lower back pain can also be something to consider. Even so, patients taking Actos should not wait for these symptoms to be present or felt; it would be better to just go to their doctor and get tested.

Although bladder cancer can be treatable, it is still a heavy physical and psychological burden to bear; dealing with type-2 diabetes along with bladder cancer can cause even greater physical and emotional pain, all while exhausting your finances. Making the manufacturer responsible for their negligence and disregard of their patients’ health is one way to ensure that these things are prevented. An Actos lawyer can considerably increase your chances of getting the compensation you deserve.

Preventing Burn Injuries During the Fourth of July

Burn injuries can occur from a number of different circumstances, many of which involve electrical equipment, fire accidents, or even bigger disasters like the Abel Law Firmexplosion in Waco, TX.  Regardless of the cause, burn victims might be facing physical injuries that make daily life difficult, through pain or discomfort, or even from the development of a disability.  Preventing burn injuries should be a top priority for both individuals and employers, as their effects can be traumatic and lasting.

The long-term effects of burn injuries are, unfortunately, more than merely physical.  Because they tend to be so serious, burn injuries often require extensive medical attention, which does not come inexpensively in most cases.  While some people might be able to afford the costs associated with a burn injury out of pocket, few can, and an experienced personal injury lawyer might be able to help you obtain financial compensation for your injury so that you do not have to assume financial responsibility for your treatment and recovery.

Tips for Preventing Injuries from Occurring

Burn injuries can cause extensive damage, so prevention is key to keeping yourself safe from the effects of such an injury.  There are several ways that an individual or a company can decrease the chances that people are injured by burns.  Some of these prevention strategies involve:

  • Eliminating / covering exposed wiring
  • Removing toxic substances from the area
  • Ensuring regular maintenance of electrical equipment
  • Replacing worn electrical wires / appliances
  • Reducing exposure to extremely hot water / surfaces
  • Ensuring that fire-prevention protocol is followed

All of these prevention tips might lessen the risk of sustaining a burn injury in an accident, whether you are at work or just going through your daily routine.  By implementing these strategies, you can guard against the costs that are also associated with burn injuries.  These costs can actually make a burn injury seem worse, because in addition to your potentially painful or uncomfortable physical injury, you may also have to deal with the financial burdens of medical treatment that can be difficult or even impossible to pay.  As such, it is best to do everything in your power to avoid burns and burn injury risks as much as possible.