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What Are Tonsil Stones?

| December 21, 2015

The general notion many people have about stones forming inside the body is generally that of kidney stones. Tonsil stones, or more medically known as tonsilloliths, are usually formations of hardened materials along the sides or inside the tonsil crypts. These stones have other labels such as “calculus of the tonsils”. The hardened materials are usually yellowish white in color. These hard lumps inside the tonsils are deposits of various materials that have accumulated over days or even weeks. This could be a combination of oral bacteria, fungi, small food particles, dead cells, and other very small substances directly in contact during the formation process.  It formations are generally calcified thus the lumps can grow bigger and harder with each passing day, especially if left untreated.

Tonsil stones do not pose any serious medical concerns other than the fact they can directly cause bad breath, or halitosis. However, a large tonsil stone formation can certainly cause difficulty swallowing and other related problems. Tonsil stones may not be harmful in their earlier stage but as the condition progresses, they are more difficult to treat and/or remove.  In advanced stages, they can become bigger in size and weight, which can be more difficult to remove. They key here is prevention; many foods contribute to the formation of tonsil stones. Eliminating or reducing those foods can help immensely.

Observable Signs and Symptoms

As tonsil stones progressively become bigger and turn into calcified formations, a number of observable signs and symptoms occur and are generally visible. The most important thing is that you can definitely diagnose these signs and symptoms by yourself.

Halitosis – More commonly known as bad breath, halitosis is the top observable sign that you may have tonsil stones. This is more evident once the stones have grown larger in size. This is one of the most embarrassing circumstances of having tonsil stones.

Swallowing Problems – When tonsil stones become larger in size, they can obstruct the pathway for food down the throat. This could persist as a painful situation.

Itching or Ear Pains – Another less common observable sign of tonsils stones is itching of your ears or constant earaches. This is directly related because tonsil stones can cause inflammations at the back of your throat, which is physiologically connected to the inner parts of your ears.

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Other notable signs and symptoms of tonsil stones include persistent coughing with the presence of small debris, neck pain, and other swallowing related problems such as mild choking sensations. You can certainly observe these signs and symptoms at home without any further medical assistance. As tonsil stones become bigger and more particles accumulate, these signs and symptoms become more prominent and can easily be diagnosed. The most ideal solution is to prevent them from forming in the first place. This is now possible with the 7 Easy Steps to Eliminate Tonsil Stones guide.

Time where have you gone?

| August 28, 2015

I know that once again I’m probably sounding like a typical parent and I suppose typical human being when I say: Time, where have you gone? Come back! It’s all going by so fast!

Tempus fugit, baby. And how. This weekend my oldest and I were out shopping around for an electric guitar.

An electric guitar! Next he’s going to be “shoegazing” onstage, his long hair obscuring his beautiful, sensitive, soulful features, as he strums and finger-plucks numerous riffs to the delight of his swooning, mostly female audience.

I’m not ready! I guess I’m glad now that I was a “stay at home Dad” for all those years, because at least I have all those (somewhat blurry! Time in its relentless onward rush has blurred the edges of these images already!) memories of him as a little chubby-cheeked baby riding down the slide and saying “higher!” and “faster, Daddy!” as I pushed him on the swing…

“OK kiddo, here comes an ‘underdoggie,’ think you can handle it?”

“Yes, Daddy, yes! I want a ‘super-underdoggie!'” Then a thoughtful pause. “But not a ‘super-duper,’ OK daddy? They’re too high.”

“OK kid you got it. You want it with ‘sprinkles’?”

(Meaning I tickle him a bit with my fingers at the apex of the push.)

“Yes, please!”

“OK kid, one regular super underdoggie with sprinkles coming up. Here we go…”

Yay! Whee! Laughter and unalloyed joy.

Now, as Rutger Hauer says in his classic speech at the end of Blade Runner, “All these moments will be lost in time…like tears in the rain.”

It was fun shopping for the guitar, though. He’s been taking acoustic lessons for about a year. We went into a place called “Paul’s Boutique,” with guitars all hanging from the ceiling and hooked to the walls, which were lined with amplifiers of various sizes.

The salesman was really nice and let us fool around and try different guitars.

Finally I spotted one that seemed kind of like the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree of electric guitars– a little scruffy and overlooked by all. The sales guy said it’d been there a long time, no one wanted it.

And it was only $75! It was covered in stickers, maybe a little dinged up. It’d obviously been around, perhaps as part of a cool band.

It had a “humbucker” (sp?) instead of more newfangled triple-pickups, or something, which meant the sound was earthier, deeper, than some of the newer guitars, which are more light and bright.

The sales guy plugged my boy in and he played the first few chords of “Smoke on the Water.” You know: DOW…DOW…DOW…ROW-DOW DAH-DOW.”

The sound that emanated from the amp he was sitting on could best be described, I would say, as “Heavy.”

He looked up at me, eyes alit. He didn’t have to tell me his reaction. His eyes said it all: “Cool! Raw power! Me like!”

“I like this guitar, Dad!” he said.

And I saw a handsome young man sitting there, with auburn hair and long lashes, skinny and sensitive, holding his first electric guitar.

But I was also seeing the chipmunk-cheeked boy I pushed on the swings. And it made me sad and happy at the same time.

So confusing.

Gallina Recipe

| May 14, 2015

Gallina con Guisantes…Chicken with Sweet Peas

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 2- to 3-pound chicken, cut into
serving pieces
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup cooking oil
2 carrots, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1 bunch leeks, chopped
4 cups chicken or beef broth
3 potatoes, quartered
1 cup green peas (frozen or canned)

Mix flour, salt and pepper in a plastic bag. Drop chicken pieces into bag and shake
to coat each piece. Melt butter and heat oil in a skillet. Fry coated chicken in
butter-oil mixture until golden brown. Add carrots, bay leaf, oregano and leeks
Add chicken or beef broth and cook until chicken is almost tender. Add potatoes
and green peas and continue to cook until chicken, potatoes and peas are tender.
Serve hot.

Serves 4.

Bacterial Vaginosis Cure – The BVMiracle Solution

| May 14, 2015

The BVMiracle step-by-step guide may be your missing key to get rid of bacterial vaginosis. It is alarming that there is already increasing number of people who are suffering from BV. Because of this, its remedy is sought after by many women experiencing the condition.

There are so much information sources that will provide you with BV remedy facts. Like for example the use of antibiotics in the treatment of this condition.

However, you have to be careful in looking the right source of information for remedies to ensure that you will get treatment of the disease. It is important for you to know the exact and specific information about the condition to ensure that you have a background of why it has happened as well as the right remedy needed to reverse the condition.

The BVMiracle Solution

It is basically an eBook offering you with the most precise information about how to cure BV. What you can expect from the cures is that this will offer you with a little background of the disease. Therefore, you will be familiar with the condition first before you will learn some of the effective treatments for the disease.

Additionally, the cure will also offer you with information about the causes and symptoms of the disease. This will also enable you to understand the condition deeply. Definitely it pays a lot when you are aware of your condition unlike when you do not have an idea what you are going through.

Moreover, it will also provide you with the best ways on how to treat the condition. There are some information sources which will supply you with the possible treatments for BV however the effects are not guaranteed.

In the case of Bacterial Vaginosis cure, the eBook will offer you with the best treatment modalities leading to the complete solution of the problem. Yes, it will offer you with a complete solution with the problem. Therefore, there is no need for you to be bothered of the possibility of recurrence of the problem.

Effective Bacterial Vaginosis Home Treatment

Apart from BV contagious, it will also offer you with the exact explanation of the effects of using antibiotics in curing your condition. Based from its remedies, using antibiotic will just increase the strength of the bacteria present in your vagina.

There is an increase incident of drug resistance in people using antibiotics. Therefore, it will make the problem even more intense and complex. This is the information which is clarified by BV cure to many ladies out there.

These are the things that you can get from BV treatments especially helpful for people who are looking for cures. There are already so many people who are looking for the treatments they can use for BV treatment.

With the use of BV cure, you will get in depth information with your condition as well as the possible treatments that you can use to help treat your condition. Unlike the other kinds of information source, the data  you will get from this eBook will surely help you a lot.

Last day

| September 3, 2014

We are back from our “tour” of Central Texas. We went to the lake (got a few chiggers, itchy), went to Killeen for Willlace and Liz’s wedding, then to Taylor and Roundrock for a reunion. We had lots of good quality time hanging out with the family. I am still trying to get things unpacked and put away while washing all the dirty laundry. Got the big CT on Tuesday. It will let us know iif the cancer is growing, stable or reducing. Not looking forward to drinking that barium in the morning. I was trying to tell Tait how bad it was and i told him it was a blend of bad toothpaste and broccoli. He had to agree that was gross!! Glad to have his support!! He just turned the water hose on my bottom while i was digging weeds. I guess it looked like a prime target to him. i am laughing now. (i did not think it was so funny while it was happening) Off to karate lessons and more yard work.

last day

Well it is my last day of summer. I head back to work on Friday. Today i must have my yearly OB/GYN visit (what a joy) and then chemo following that. Not a great way to spend the day but things need to be done. Went to SeaWorld again yesterday. We went with three other kids. If i thought Tait moved at his own pace, whew, three really takes some time!!! Off to my appointments, i am anxious as Dr. Kapoor said that my CT looked good. Should get the specifics today. I am hoping for reduction in lesion size.

Waves of Change Conference Program

| August 12, 2014

Sunday, 4 November

09:00-14:00 – Registration

Day 1: Monday, 5 November

09:30-10:30 – Opening Ceremony

  • Welcome address by Dr. Awni Behnam, IOI President
  • H.E. Dr. Edward Fenech Adami, President of Malta
  • Messages addressed to the conference

10:30 – 10:45 – Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:30 – High-Level Segment

Keynote Address Woman Head of State

  • H.E. Dr. Joe Borg, EU Commisioner
  • H.E. Dr. Mario Soares, Patron of IOI, former President and Prime Minister of Portugal
    and Chairman of the Independent World Commission on the Oceans

12:30 – 14:00 – Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 – First Plenary: Breaking New Ground

High-level Panel
Prominent youth and women leaders, heads of international organizations, government officials
and civil society will address the role of youth and women in meeting the challenges of the oceans.

16:00 – 16:15 – Coffee Break

16:15 – 18:30 – Session on results of the consultations on the EU Green Paper on Maritime Policy

18:30 – 20:00 – Side Events

  • ANTINEA Exhibition
  • Visit to the majestic grand harbour of the Valletta Waterfront

20:00 – 21:00 – Reception

Day 2: Tuesday, 6 November

09:00 – 10:30 – Plenary Session:

The State of the Ocean: Current Challenges & Future Prospects

  • Distinguished experts will give talks on the state of the ocean and climate change
  • Interactive discussion; global internet respondents

10:30 – 10:45 – Coffee Break

10:45 – 12:30 – Parallel Sessions:

  • Theme 1 – Marine Biodiversity / Food Security
  • Theme 2 – Education for Sustainable Development
  • Theme 3 – Women’s Caucus

12:30 – 14:00 – Lunch

14:00 – 16:30 – Parallel Sessions:

  • Theme 1 – International Polar Year, 2007-2008
  • Theme 2 – Women/Youth and the Sea Program
  • Theme 3 – Establishment of the Youth Parliament

16:30 – 16:45 – Coffee Break

16:45 – 18:00 – Arvid Pardo Lecture

  • Side Events
  • ANTINEA, Underwater Film Festival

Day 3: Wednesday, 7 November

09:00 – 10:45 – Plenary Session

Involving Women and Youth in UN Millennium Development Goals Strategies:
Options & Challenges Related to Ocean Protection

  • Empowering women and youth for the 21st century:
  • International governmental and inter-governmental officials and civil society will discuss and devise strategies for achieving the MDGs on poverty eradication; education; empowering women; health; environmental sustainability and ocean governance.
  • Interactive discussion; global internet respondents

10:45 – 11:00 – Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30 – Parallel Sessions:

  • Theme 1 – Marine Disasters and Coastal Vulnerability
  • Theme 2 – Ocean Advocacy: Communicating the Message and Effecting Change – Regional Advocacy and Regional Caucuses
  • Theme 3 – Youth Parliament (continued)

12:30 – 14:00 – Lunch

14:00 – 16:45 – Parallel Sessions:

  • Theme 1 – Ocean and Climate Change (IMarEST)
    Register for this session at Imarest.org
  • Theme 2 – Public Awareness, Youth and New Media
  • Theme 3 – Establishment of the Youth Parliament (continued)

The session of the Youth Parliament will be held at the Parliament House, Valletta

16:45 – 17:00 – Coffee Break

17:00 – 18:00 – Elisabeth Mann Borghese (EMB) Distinguished Lecture

  • Side Events
  • Underwater Film Festival

20:00 – Gala Dinner

Day 4: Thursday, 8 November

09:00 – 10:45 – Plenary Session:

New Solidarities for Ocean Governance: A Call to Action

  • Development of partnerships from initiatives emerging from the Women’s Caucus, Youth Parliament, Young Entrepreneurs of the Ocean (Theme 3)

10:45 – 11:00 – Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30 – Putting it all together – reports of the thematic sessions (Themes 1 and 2),
and devising the post-conference action plan

12:30 – 14:00 – Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 – Recommendations, Declaration and launching the WAVES OF CHANGE CAMPAIGN
– Tenth Anniversary of the 1998 Year of the Oceans

15:30 – 16:00 – Coffee Break

16:00 – Closing Ceremony

Waves of Change Conference registration

| August 12, 2014

Full Registration

  • 220 Euros, before July 15, 2007
  • 270 Euros, after July 15, 2007

Admission to all sessions, conference pack, coffee breaks and Conference Dinner

Daily Rate

  • 130 Euros (flat rate – before or after July 15, 2007)

Admission to day sessions, conference pack, coffee breaks and Conference Dinner

Accompanying Person

  • 60 Euros (flat rate – before or after July 15, 2007)

Gala Dinner only

Conference Fees for Students

The PIM organizers want to offer young participants a common environment easing exchange even outside the conference sessions. Special arrangements are being arranged to accommodate students at Sundown Courts, which offer high standard of the facilities at low cost and with the additional benefit of self-catering, sharing apartments. Activities such as a special dinner for youth will be organized at the same location.

This accommodation is exclusive to students. For participants to be accepted as students it is necessary to have written/printed evidence from the proposers such as IOI Directors or organisations.

Self-catering apartments at Sundown Court (including transport to conference venue)
[Priority to be given to youths]

Buffet breakfast supplement Lm 1.75/person per day (Euro 4.08).

Student Rate

We are trying to keep costs to young participants to the bare minimum possible.
These are some details on fees:

Full Student Registration (Excluding Dinner and Special Youth Night)

  • 72 Euro, before July 15, 2007
  • 102 Euro, after July 15, 2007

Daily Rate (Admission to Day Sessions, Conference Pack, Coffee Breaks and Conference Dinner)

  • 30 Euro, after July 15, 2007

Optional Conference Dinner

  • 60 Euro, after July 15, 2007

To be accepted as students it is necessary to have written/printed evidence from the proposers such as IOI Directiors or organisations.

Same rates apply for mentors/teachers provided that these persons can be confirmed to have this exclusive role.

Special lunches for young participcants in the vicinity of the conference venue will also be offered. These will be optional and at a price.

Please Note: Clicking on this button will take you the main PIM IOI site.

Travel & Accommodations

| August 12, 2014

Direct Flights:

The above prices are for reference purposes only. Prices as of July 6, 2007 for return air fare. Air fare prices
include taxes but not applicable surcharges, etc. For the lowest airfare prices book your flight early and book a
connecting flight.

Suggested Airline:

Air Malta carries some 1.6 million passengers every year and is the largest airline operating in and out of Malta.
Air Malta operates scheduled services to/from main European points, North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean.

A 10 percent discount on published pricing will apply for travel on Air Malta scheduled services.
Early bookings are recommended. Participants can book online, by accessing www.airmalta.com/conferences
and log-in to our secure booking agency with the provided log-in name and password to receive your savings.
Electronic tickets will be forwarded through email.
The following login name and password will be required

Login – pimx2007
Password – mlapimx

Download the Air Malta Schedule
Air Malta Schedule

Note: Discount is not applicable on promotional low fares on ‘N’ ‘S’ ‘W’ classes,
as well as on ‘Y’ ‘M’ & ‘C’ classes.

CIT – Conference & Incentive Office
Air Malta – Head Office
cit@airmalta.com

Conference Accommodation Options:

Requests for accommodation can be made by writing directly to pim2007@capemalta.net
Special accommodation arrangements and prices will be made available to young participants.
Airport Transfer is Optional for Arrival and Departure at Lm 15.00 ( �Ǩ 34.94)
All prices include VAT.
Transfer to and from venue is included for those who are not staying at Corinthia Palace Hotel, and will be accommodated at the above options. Special low cost accommodation will be available for students (in the Lm 11-Lm16 range.

Special Accommodation for Students

The PIM organizers want to offer young participants a common environment easing exchange even outside the conference sessions. Special arrangements are being arranged to accommodate students at Sundown Courts, which offer high standard of the facilities at low cost and with the additional benefit of self-catering, sharing apartments. Activities such as a special dinner for youth will be organized at the same location. This accommodation is exclusive to students. For participants to be accepted as students it is necessary to have written/printed evidence from the proposers such as IOI Directors or organization.

Conference Fees for Students:

The PIM organizers want to offer young participants a common environment easing exchange even outside the conference sessions. Special arrangements are being arranged to accommodate students at Sundown Courts, which offer high standard of the facilities at low cost and with the additional benefit of self-catering, sharing apartments. Activities such as a special dinner for youth will be organized at the same location.

This accommodation is exclusive to students. For participants to be accepted as students it is necessary to have written/printed evidence from the proposers such as IOI Directors or organizations.

Self-catering apartments at Sundown Court (including transport to conference venue)
[Priority to be given to youths]

Buffet breakfast supplement Lm 1.75/person per day (Euro 4.08).

Student Rate:

We are trying to keep costs to young participants to the bare minimum possible.
These are some details on fees:

Full Student Registration (Excluding Dinner and Special Youth Night)

  • 72 Euro, before July 15, 2007
  • 102 Euro, after July 15, 2007

Daily Rate (Admission to Day Sessions, Conference Pack, Coffee Breaks and Conference Dinner)

  • 30 Euro, after July 15, 2007

Optional Conference Dinner

  • 60 Euro, after July 15, 2007

To be accepted as students it is necessary to have written/printed evidence from the proposers such as IOI Directiors or organizations.

Same rates apply for mentors/teachers provided that these persons can be confirmed to have this exclusive role.

Special lunches for young participcants in the vicinity of the conference venue will also be offered. These will be optional and at a price.