Morse Code Has A Role In Physical Therapy

Morse Code Helps Man Live With Physical Disability
 by: Gerald Wheeler Ed.D., W6TJP

In 1979, eleven year old Steve Harper, unable to speak due to the physical disability, cerebral palsy, had never heard of Morse code and was struggling to communicate with a head stick, symbol board and typewriter. Using these methods made communication arduous since someone had to be right there with Steve when he tried to get his messages understood. He slowly signaled by pointing to various symbols and letters. First he had to gain the undivided attention of an adult and then feebly attempt to have them understand his erratic gestures. Even using the typewriter was awkward and painful. People often ignored what he wrote making him constantly discouraged. His frustration with being unable to enjoy normal activities for children of his age was aggravated by his inability to interact with others effectively. He felt very little independence as speech eluded him, so that he had trouble getting anyone's attention.

That same year the University of Washington received a grant to research the use of Morse code as an assistive technology for the disabled. Steve's speech therapist enabled him to be a subject of the research grant at the University of Washington where he was taught the Morse code. Steve was chosen as one of four children to participate in this research. Although Steven and his parents neither liked learning code and initially resisted it, within only two weeks he had mastered the forty-four Morse code characters. He says his life became much easier after he began using the Morse code communicator because he got his messages out twice as fast as before and he gained independence so he could function all by himself.

Ever since then he has used Morse code as his assistive technology. He has a lot more independence due to Morse code being adaptable to the computer. Anyone using the technology can write and then speak by using a speech synthesizer. Morse code has made Steve's life and the lives of other disabled people easier.

More recently, Steve Harper serves as a volunteer mentor for the disabled at the University of Washington. Telling his story he says that he could neither walk nor talk due to an oxygen deficiency that occurred at birth. He says, I use a Morse code communicator, which is mounted on the front of my wheelchair. I have two switches on each side of my head where I tap out the Morse code. The right side switch is dots, left side is dashes, and I drive my wheelchair using my head, too. I have this thing called "KE:NX," a special adapter that allows me to use my Morse code with a MAC computer so I can really communicate with you.

A brave young man who has overcome major physical obstacles, he is now a computer technology guru and believes that much of his accomplishment is a result of his experience with the Morse code.
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Gerald R. Wheeler, (Jerry) Ed.D. W6TJP, Author, Educator, Morse Code instructor, Inventor of Code Quick, to help you master morse code the quick and easy way. With the new Code Quick you can learn the most used universal code language around. Morse Code Quick guarantees your success. The author invites you to visit his website.
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The Importance Of Morse Code In Medicine

Morse Code Assists in Medical Conditions
 by: Gerald Wheeler Ed.D., W6TJP

A 79-year-old English woman was injured in a fall and suffered severe brain damage. She was unable to move or speak but she could still understand her surroundings. Her knowledge of Morse code helped her to communicate with those around her. Her son Alan sat at her bedside for 16 weeks while she recovered and thought about ways to communicate with her. He remembered that she had learned Morse code as a child from her father. Alan says, Of course, she hadn't used it for 60 years so obviously she was rusty, but remembered it and it all grew from there.

Alan Jones made a communication device out of a margarine tub and shower curtain ring. Mrs. Jones can understand what people are saying but must use the Morse code to respond. The first thing she said using the code was How is Fred? in reference to her pet tortoise. Her son Alan is now working on a way to have her Morse code tapping appear on a computer screen for faster communication. It was good that Mrs. Jones's father taught her Morse code. You never know when it will be needed.

A friend of the author suffered from ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, so named for a famous New York Yankees first baseman. 2,130 consecutive games played from 1925 through 1938 earned him the nickname of the Iron Horse. During his career Lou set over 20 records including four home runs in one game! With a lifetime batting average of 340, when he was stopped by a mysterious illness, a disease of the motor neurons, muscle-controlling nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. His body literally wasted away. Following Lou's death, ALS was given the name of Lou Gehrig's Disease.

The author's friend suffered a similar fate, and after diagnosis was informed that he might survive, with proper care, up to five years. His condition rapidly deteriorated and he soon began to lose his ability to speak. Bedridden, he scratched notes and family members learned to read his grunts, but his mind continued to function normally, making him increasingly frustrated. After we shared the Morse code program with him being known as Code Quick, he learned it rapidly and began to communicate by blinking Morse code with his eyes. No longer unable to communicate, he appeared to be much more contented during his final days of life.

It has been reported that people who are both blind and deaf have been taught to communicate with Morse code through the use of a skin buzzer. Imagine how this simple technology might have helped Helen Keller as she struggled to understand and communicate without hearing or sight during her early years.

Morse code has had numerous uses over time, but the most compassionate is its application with the sick and disabled. With limited sensory ability, the patient's capacity to maintain communication with loved ones and family continues to offer hope and encouragement during degenerative illnesses. People at Handi-ham exist to provide free information and services for people suffering disabling conditions.

Gerald R. Wheeler, (Jerry) Ed.D. W6TJP, Author, Educator, Morse Code instructor, Inventor of Code Quick, to help you master morse code the quick and easy way. With the new Code Quick, you can learn the most used universal code language around. Morse Code Quick guarantees your success.The author invites you to visit: . For info click here
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Treating Ailments

Treating Common Ailments Without Using Antibiotics
 by: Nick Vassilev

A frightening amount of minor ailments are treated by prescribing antibiotics. While there is nothing wrong with using antibiotics for the "big heavies" in the world of disease, such as pneumonia and meningitis, and use of antibiotics saves lives around the world, they don't need to be dished out by the truckload for the slightest sniffle or as a "preventative" or "just to be on the safe side". This prodigal use of antibiotics is rather counter-effective, contributing to an upsurge in antibiotic-resistant bacteria and can also have an unwanted detrimental effect on the human body as well as on the "bodies" of bacteria.

Those who want more information than what's summarised in this article should read the book Natural Alternatives to Antibiotics by the Irish specialist Dr John McKenna. To summarise the main thesis of the book in one sentence, antibiotics should be used as a last resort and your first response should be natural methods. The best way to fight off a bacterial infection - or a viral infection, for that matter - is to toughen up your immune system.

You've got a number of possibilities here: 

This is the "common" name for Echinacea purpureai. Echinacea is a proven immune booster and works by stimulating the white blood cells. No side effects known. Take as a tea, tincture, capsule or tablet. The fresher this herb is, the better.

Honey is so antibacterial that it is the only foodstuff that does not rot - archaeologists have found perfectly good honey inside Egyptian tombs that has sat there for centuries, if not millennia. The best honey for fighting infections is manuka honey from New Zealand. (Manuka is a close relative of the tea tree of Australia. Tea tree essential oil is also used as a disinfectant, but the two are not the same, any more than the All Blacks and the Wallabies are the same.) Eat the honey (raw) or apply it topically. No side effects, but if you're allergic to bees, you may have to watch out for health products containing honey and other bee products such as bee venom, royal jelly and propolis.

Grapefruit seed extract: A ferocious natural antibiotic that tastes horribly bitter but packs a wallop to get rid of bacteria, yeast infections and viruses. Only take it diluted and don't take too high a dosage for too long. Those who don't want to buy the extract can try chewing a few grapefruit seeds (they'll pass through the gut undigested otherwise) for a small dose - finally a use for the two dozen pips that show up in your breakfast grapefruit.

Garlic: This is what we used as an antibiotic before antibiotics became common. A simple cough mixture can be made by chopping up half a dozen cloves of garlic (or as many as you fancy) and lobbing it into a jar, followed by two or three teaspoons of honey. Leave it to steep, then strain the pulp off (don't throw it out - use it with meat and spices for a Moroccan style stew). Dish the liquid out by the teaspoon. No side effects, unless you count bad breath.

Vitamin C: Another proven immune booster, found in blackcurrants and citrus fruits, as well as a host of other fresh fruits and veggies. Add a handful of fresh blackcurrants to that garlic-and-honey syrup for extra taste. And if you get your vitamin C from eating fresh grapefruit, don't forget to eat a few of the seeds while you're at it.

And don't forget the basics of all good health, which should be done all the time, not just when you feel a cold coming on: good food, good sleep, exercise and fresh air.

Taking Care Of Your Eyes

Important Ideas On How To Improve Eye Sight
by: Rudy Silva

Eye diseases like cataract, glaucoma, detached retina or myopia all come from weakness and inflammation in the tissues that compose and surround the eye. Most doctors don't really know what to say to you on how to improve eyesight or on how to improve your condition if you have eye disease.

In 1985, I developed detached retina in my right eye and my left eye had some weakness. The day I went to the eye specialist in Palo Alto to see why part of my vision was dark, I didn't go home for three days. The very moment the doctor examined my eyes, he said You need to go to the hospital right now and have surgery tonight. Was I scared? Definitely!

Was the surgery a success? Yes it was. But not until I went through a 5-hour laser surgery procedure, had a needle pushed into my eye as I looked straight at it, and had an in-house laser procedure of 50 pulses.

Months later I asked my eye doctor what I could do to keep my eyes healthy and how to improve eyesight. There was silence and my question was never answered. He just didn't know.

Since that time I became a nutritionist and have learned many things about keeping eyes healthy, and I plan to write an e-report so that I can pass the information on to many of you who want to avoid losing your good eye sight as you become older.

Right now I want to give you only one thing you can do on how to improve eye sight. I want to give you a formula on how you can make your own eye drops made out of MSM. As you recall in the last newsletter, I mentioned MSM eye drops that you can use in your ears to keep them flexible. Well, MSM eye drops are the best drops you can use in your eyes to:

strengthens them

prevents glaucoma

prevents cataracts

keeps them young

dissolves mucus accumulation

keeps your eyes moist

corrects dryness

relieves strain

relieve red-eye

clears up pink eye
clears up eye infections

ties up free damaging free radical

ties up destructive proteins

The best part about MSM eye drops is that they are not addictive like many of the eye drops that you find at the drug store. The second best part about MSM eye drops is that they are really cheap.

Here's what I buy when I make it myself:

I buy a 2 or 4-ounce brown eye dropper bottle.

I buy torpedo MSM tablets of 1000 mg per tablet.

I buy a saline solution that I use for my contact lens and that's it. 

Here's how to make it: 

1. Boil the eye dropper bottle with stem and rubber top for 10 minute.

2. After boiling, I rinse out the inside of the bottle, stem, and rubber cap with distilled water.

3. I fill the bottle with 80% saline solution.

4. I add two to four MSM torpedoes making it 2000 to 4000 mg.

5. Let the MSM dissolve and it's ready for use.

I have to warn you to start with only one torpedo. Then test it on your eye by dropping one drop into your eye. You will feel a little bit of a sting. Keep adding a torpedo until the sting is not too severe or too slight. I use 4 torpedoes since I am used to the sting. I also add a drop of 98% Aloe Vera gel, since aloe has an antibacterial property and it promotes cell regeneration.

Of course, adding aloe makes it sting more but this will not damage your eye. Just go slow and add small amount of aloe until you get the effect you can live with.

This is a real nice eye drop. It is best to make it yourself since it can be done whenever you need it. I use it all the time before I put my contacts lens, when I have my contacts on, and after I take them off. Have fun doing this and if you have children show them what you are doing on how to improve eye sight.


Severity of Asthma - 4 Categories and the Different Characteristics
 by: Adam Rise

Asthma is different for each individual and the intensity and duration of the asthma attack or episode can greatly determine the severity of one's sickness. There are actually four categories that cover the severity and they possess different characteristics as well as need different kinds of intervention and medication.

1) Mild Asthma 

What is mild asthma? Well, from the name itself, it is a generally minimal form, which occurs sporadically. It can also be considered a seasonal condition only. Major symptoms of mild asthma include breathlessness and wheezing and it can be experienced a couple of times a month. Triggering factors may include physical-related events such as exercise. The attacks of this kind are just mild and the symptoms are only present during the attack itself.

It can be relieved with the use of a bronchodilator. However, it must be noted that a bronchodilator must only be used to alleviate symptoms when they are actually present and not to be used to prevent an oncoming attack.

2) Moderate Asthma 

Unlike mild asthma that occurs only about a couple of times in a month, this type occurs a couple of times a week. The asthma symptoms such as wheezing and coughing are present usually at night.

Exercise may be one of the triggers. The symptoms can last for several days at a time and may result in compromising the immune system and overall health of an individual. When a person is having a moderate asthma attack, medical help, and intervention may be needed to avoid complications and other problems.

3) Severe Asthma 

People who are diagnosed with severe asthma suffer from continuous symptoms and must live through frequent asthma episodes. The attacks of people with this type are definitely more frequent than the asthma attacks experienced by individuals who have mild or moderate.

Individuals who have this type must change or adapt their lifestyle so their condition will be controlled and will not become worse. The overall activities of people diagnosed with are affected and there are some activities that they cannot do or engage in due to their medical condition. It is also common for people who are diagnosed with this type to experience sleep disturbances.

Frequent hospitalization and visits to the doctor are not new to people who have severe asthma. This kind requires close and careful monitoring so the condition can be controlled and best treated for the individual patient.

Some common triggers of severe asthma include exercise, common allergens, and cold air. There are available medications that control the attacks but the best and most trusted way to handle severe attacks is through hospitalization.

4) Brittle Asthma 

Brittle asthma is said to be the most severe level among all the asthma categories. It is actually a very rare medical condition. This type is said to be a very unpredictable medical condition and the attacks are said to be extremely severe and can be fatal.

To help control and alleviate this medical condition preventative and episodic medication is available. Bronchodilators, nebulizers, and steroid tablets are also used as long-term treatment and maintenance for brittle asthma.

Green Tea

Health Benefits Of Drinking Green Tea To The Skin
 by: Adam Tea

The health advantages of green tea make it appear to be the miracle drink of recent years .Still, you might be wondering how this is The health advantages of green tea make it appear to be the miracle drink of recent years. It is mentioned as a cure for everything from stomach trouble to fatigue, from rheumatoid arthritis to tooth decay.

A1994 study published in the journal of the national Cancer Institute showed that green tea lessened the risk of cancer of the esophagus in Chinese subjects by close to 65 percent, In addition, a study at the University of Purdue found that, because of its chemical makeup, green tea can also reduce the growth of cancer cells.

There is also evidence that green tea can be beneficial for your skin. In an article on Green Tea and Skin published in the Archives of Dermatology in the year 2000, Santosh K. Katiyar, Nihal Ahmad, and Hasan Mukhtar discussed how green tea could be effective in fighting skin cancer. Because of its composition, green tea can prevent inflammation and cancer in the skin.

Still, you might be wondering how this is possible. In the data examined by Katiyar, Ahmad, and Mukhtar, the polyphenolic compounds in green tea were tested and found to provide protection against cancer in mouse skin

In addition, some successful experiments were conducted on human skin in the lab. The analysis conducted by the author's shows that green tea polyphenols have cancer-fighting properties.

As a result, it appears that health advantages of green tea could be used successfully in skin products to treat various skin disorders possible. In the data examined by Katiyar, Ahmad, and Mukhtar, the polyphenolic compounds in green tea were tested and found to provide protection against cancer in mouse skin.

In addition, some successful experiments were conducted on human skin in the lab. The analysis conducted by the author's shows that green tea polyphenols have cancer-fighting properties.

As a result, it appears that health advantages of green tea could be used successfully in skin products to treat various skin disorders, which could help immensely in the battle against skin cancer.

As Mukhtar stated, Of all the antioxidants known to mankind, the components of green tea are the most potent." Still, the authors caution that additional study is needed to fully explore the cancer-combating capabilities of green tea.

Does Eating Lots of Fiber in High School Really Decrease Breast Cancer Risk?

From age 9 on, women and girls should eat between 22 and 28 grams of fiber per day, according to the 2015-2020 U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Fiber is the nondigestible part of plants we eat, such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, beans, and legumes. Because most people in the United States don’t eat the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables, they also don’t eat enough fiber.
A study suggests that women who ate the most fiber in high school had a lower risk of breast cancer as they aged, compared to women who ate the least amount of fiber in high school. But there are some issues with the research.
The study was published online on Feb. 1, 2016 by the journal Pediatrics. Read “Dietary Fiber Intake in Young Adults and Breast Cancer Risk.”
You’ve probably heard about this study because it’s being covered by media outlets across the country and being talked about on social media. And while the results of the study seem promising, it’s important to know how the researchers determined how much fiber the women in the study ate when they were in high school.
The 44,263 women in the study are all nurses. When they were between 33 and 52 years old, they were asked about their diet in high school. This means the women had to remember in detail what they ate 18 to 37 YEARS ago. Since many people can’t remember what they ate 6 months ago, it seems very, very unlikely that the women accurately remembered what they ate in high school.
The conclusion of the paper is completely dependent on the women accurately remembering what they ate. So, since it’s unlikely the women’s memories are correct, the paper’s conclusion has to be questioned.
It’s also important to know that this study isn’t a representative sample of women in the United States.
The study is an analysis of information collected as part of the Nurses 2 study, an ongoing study designed to study links between diet and lifestyle factors and diseases such as cancer.
The 44,263 women filled out food surveys on what they ate in high school in 1998. Since that time, 1,118 of the women have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Based on the results of the food surveys, the researchers concluded that women who ate the most fiber in high school had a lower risk of breast cancer compared to women who ate the least fiber in high school.
Because of the questions about the paper’s conclusions, more research is needed before we really know if eating fiber in high school is linked to a lower risk of breast cancer.
Fiber is definitely an important component of a healthy diet. Fiber can help keep bowel movements regular and ease constipation. It also can help keep glucose levels low, which can lower your risk for diabetes.
The USDA guidelines recommend about 3 cups of vegetables per day and 2 cups of fruit per day for women (for men the recommendations are 4 cups of vegetables and 2.5 cups of fruit).
Nutrition experts say that variety is key, because different fruits and vegetables have different nutrients as well as different amounts of fiber. One way to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables is to eat foods with all the colors of the rainbow. Green is broccoli. Red is peppers. Yellow is a banana. Purple is eggplant. Orange is an orange. Or try to eat dark green vegetables (think spinach, collard greens, or kale) at one meal, and orange (carrots, sweet potatoes, or squash) the next. Cut up an apple into your morning cereal and have a peach with your lunch. Frozen raspberries or blackberries are a yummy dessert. Be creative!
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Women Are Being Denied Mortgages

All right, people are buying new houses and bidding on old ones, housing prices are up and everybody can start pursuing the American dream again.Just not you, ladies. Lenders will tell you when it's your turn.

A new study by Chicago nonprofit The Woodstock Institute found that women who applied for a mortgage loan were 24% less likely to get one than their male counterparts. When women tried to refinance an existing mortgage, lenders were 39% less likely to approve them than they were to approve men making the same request. 

The study pulls from a very specific sample in the Chicago area and even those conducting it suggest there may be larger issues at play. For example, 77% of female mortgage applicants for purchase mortgages had no co-applicant versus only 52% of male applicants. Similarly, 71% percent of female applicants for refinanced mortgages went solo while only 32% of male applicants did the same.

That said, the study says this pattern is basically in keeping with gender-based inequity elsewhere in the U.S. economic system. The disparity in pay between men and women performing the same jobs already gives employer's 22.6% discount on their female workers, who are basically working 59 days for free compared with male co-workers doing the exact same job.

Meanwhile, a 2011 study from the Institute for Women's Policy research found that women, on average, make 82% of what their male counterparts make. Though lawmakers approved the Lilly Ledbetter Act against pay discrimination in 2009 and are currently pushing the Paycheck Fairness Act that would make it illegal for employers to fire workers for discussing compensation while nearly half of women in the workplace are either not allowed or are strongly discouraged by their employers from discussing pay information with co-workers.

According to the Democratic Policy and Communications Center, women make $434,000 less than men on average over the course of their careers. That starts right after college. Congress' joint economic committee says women make $7,600 less than men immediately following graduation. And it continues to the latter stages of their careers, when Catalyst says women make up just 6.2% of top earners. New legislation should close that gender pay gap, but the Institute for Women's Policy Research says that won't happen until 2056 at this rate.

Maybe then some guy behind a desk at a bank or lending agency will trust them with owning a home.

Anabolic Steroid Abuse
What are anabolic steroids?

"Anabolic steroids" is the familiar name for synthetic substances related to the male sex hormones (androgens). They promote the growth of skeletal muscle (anabolic effects) and the development of male sexual characteristics (androgenic effects), and also have some other effects. The term "anabolic steroids" will be used throughout this report because of its familiarity, although the proper term for these compounds is "anabolic-androgenic" steroids.

Anabolic steroids were developed in the late 1930s primarily to treat hypogonadism, a condition in which the testes do not produce sufficient testosterone for normal growth, development, and sexual functioning. The primary medical uses of these compounds are to treat delayed puberty, some types of impotence, and wasting of the body caused by HIV infection or other diseases.
During the 1930s, scientists discovered that anabolic steroids could facilitate the growth of skeletal muscle in laboratory animals, which led to use of the compounds first by bodybuilders and weightlifters and then by athletes in other sports. Steroid abuse has become so widespread in athletics that it affects the outcome of sports contests.

Credit; The Endowment For Human Development

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