Best Natural Remedies For Migraines

 

natural remedies for migraines

natural remedies for migraines

Do you realize that maybe not all headaches and sick headaches are exactly the same? When I was young, I thought that all head aches and migraines are painful. I figure I had been wrong. From what I’ve read on-line you will find megrims which are actually painless. This sort of sick headache is better-known as ocular migraines.natural remedies for migraines will be one of your best choice.

Unlike hormone migraine where women are mostly influenced, men are affected by ocular migraine more often than not,. At this time, the precise basis for ocular migraine remains not known. To the other hand, you will find evidences that suggest consortium of the blood vessels in the brain. Ordinarily, visual migraines start at daybreak or any time during the day. The severity may vary from moderate to intense unilateral soreness which could progressively propagate. The duration is not exactly equal for every single individual who suffers from such a migraine. Some say the soreness may survive for a couple of minutes to a couple of hours. Unhappy to say however you’ll find people who even suffer for days. Generally, the pain is reduced when a man was able to sleep nicely

As demonstrated by a number of medical pros, the painfulness experienced in ocular migraine is frequently sidelong. The painful sensation is sensed throughout the eye, when we say horizontal. Apart from hurting, such a sick headache is usually followed by , tummy unsettled queasiness, and twice vision

It is accurate that ocular migraines not have any headaches or head pain. Alternatively, those who have problems with this sort of migraines generally encounter visual disruption such as light sensations, visible hallucinations, and zig-zags in the visual industry. Temporary loss of vision can be obvious. It is best to quit everything you’re doing, visit a secure area or call for assistance, if you’re going through a minimal change in your vision. So that you can avoid accidents if you are driving, it’s advisable to stop for a while in a place such as a parking spot or an emergency lane.

We mentioned one previously, as it pertains to ocular migraine treatments and that’s sleep. Heavy and uninterrupted slumber might assist eradicate the ocular headaches symptoms. Apart from that, there are natural herbaceous plants that are used to treat migraine and these , butterbur are eucalyptus, rosemary and great The benefit of these normal herb treatments is that it really has little to no side results. These herbs can be safely used by you without considering kidney failure and liver damage. Those two ailments would be the most popular side consequences of artificial drugs and over-the-counter pain medications.

Many definitely, you will find several natural treatments for ocular headaches. Nevertheless, an easy lifestyle change might assist in preventing the happening of the ocular migraine. Prevent watching video in a gray lit area. Endeavor to rest your eyes. Always remember that reduction is better than cure.

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This weeks book: Raving Fans

When is the last time you had a bad customer service experience? An even better question is, when is the last time you had an extraordinary customer service experience? If you’re like me, then the answer to the first question is “recently” and the answer to the second question is “I can’t remember”.

Raving Fan’s is about getting companies to help us answer the second question more often. It aims to make “Raving Fans”, instead of just “satisfied” customers. We’ll see just how good a job Raving Fan’s does on Sunday, when I’ll be posting my full review.

In the meantime please pick up the book at Amazon or your local bookstore. Both Borders and Barnes and Noble should be carrying it, so instead of waiting for shipping, go pick it up now. It’s a quick read so you should be able to bang it out this weekend.

Happy reading, risk-takers!

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Getting Things Done, Resource Edition

There has been so much written about Getting Things Done, by David Allen, that instead of writing a review, I am going to write about the additional resources there are on the web to make your GTD implementation better. Please note that this is not meant to be an exhaustive guide, only a listing of what I feel are the best resources and tools for GTD.

Websites and Blogs

  • 43folders.com is a blog devoted to Getting Things Done. I would start with this post that is a great overview of GTD and also includes a crap load of links for more information, and will dwarf this post to some degree.
  • Lifehack.org has pointers on productivity, GTD, and life hacks. They update pretty frequently and have tons of readers. Make sure to check out the Podcast.
  • StevePavlina.com’s posts about Getting Things Done. Most of them don’t have much to do with the book, but they provide small systems for higher productivity, which would be approved of in the eyes of Mr. Allen.

Tools

  • Hipster PDA created by 43folders. Index cards, a pen, and a paper clip. It doesn’t get any simpler than that, but used correctly, can solve very complex organization problems.
  • The Moleskine (pictured left) is a notebook supposedly used by famous painters and writers, such as Picasso and Hemingway. I own 2. Check out some moleskine hacks at 43folders and their wiki. For a little more information than you’d ever care to know about Moleskine’s try the Wikipedia entry.
  • The Palm PDA can be used for a GTD implementation, for those of you who like to push 1’s and 0’s around instead of lead or ink. See Charles Olsen’s write up, as well as Sylvia’s GTD resource list.
  • Next Action Cards is a simple way to GTD, much like the Hipster PDA, but slightly more rigid.
  • DIY Planner provides templates for implementing a GTD system similar to the Hipster PDA. (From Nate in the comments, thanks!).

Implementations and Tutorials

  • Orielly DevCenter Getting Things Done with your mac. A good overview of implementation using a Mac. A little outdated, but a good read from the folks at Orielly.
  • Foldedspace.org’s great implementation read. Who doesn’t love diagrams?
  • The GSD System by Bill Westermann.
  • Custom Moleskin Planner is Mike Rhodes GTD system centered around his moleskine.
  • A Black Belt implementation that incorporates techniques in Mike’s and Bill’s implementations from above.
  • But she’s a girl has a tutorial on using Tracks a Ruby on Rails powered app.
  • Patrick Rhone has a great implementation of GTD using Backpack, 37signals personal organizer tool.
  • Jason has a pretty lengthy and hands on implementation write up in his blog, which I found pretty well thought out and well illustrated.

Software

  • Backpack, as mentioned above, is very useful for personal organization. Again, read Patrick Rhone’s awesome write up for how to use backpack effectively. Also see What’s the next action, a weblog dedicated to using backpack for GTD.
  • Outlook Plugin was developed for GTD with help from David Allen. Outlook for GTD has help for using Outlook for GTD without the plugin.
  • GTD for Lotus Notes. Link to a Yahoo group dedicated to using GTD with Lotus Notes.
  • pyGTD is written in Python and can be used on a PC, Linux, and Mac OS.
  • Tracks is a Ruby on Rails application specifically for GTD, as written above.
  • Evernote software for taking notes. Very exhaustive. Webpages, images, links, emails, phone messages, sketches, and full documents. Windows Only.
  • iClip is similar to Evernote but for OS X.
  • Update: Kinkless GTD (kGTD) is a set of applescripts to be used in conjunction with OmniOutliner Pro that was brought to my attention after writing this post by 43folders. This project looks very exciting and I am most definitely going to experiment with using this for my implementation.

Other Resource and GTD listings like this one

  • GTDtools
  • Sylvia’s list is pretty good, but its a little old and some of the links don’t work.
  • Wikipedia’s entry on GTD. Not as large as you would think, im pretty sure the Moleskine entry is bigger.

If you have any suggestions or recommendations for resources you would like to see on or off this list, leave it in the comments. I will be writing about my GTD implementation sometime in the future, when I have it refined to a point that I am comfortable with sharing it.

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This weeks book: The 48 Laws of Power, by Robert Greene

First, let me explain that I was originally going to be reviewing The Long Tail this week, but I never received the blogger review early copy that was supposed to be here last week. That’s ok, the book comes out tomorrow and I will buy and review it next week.

For this week, I bring a book into the mix that isn’t on the schedule, but that circumstances and a higher power has led me to believe I should read it immediately. That book would be Robert Greene’s The 48 Laws of Power. I’ve always had an interest in his books and that interest resurged this week when he launched his blog Power, Seduction, and War under the Festeringass.com blog network. After reading Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of Tucker Max’s interview with him, I couldn’t wait any longer to read what this man had to say.

A quick summary of 48 Laws from Amazon.com

“Learning the game of power requires a certain way of looking at the world, a shifting of perspective,” writes Robert Greene. Mastery of one’s emotions and the arts of deception and indirection are, he goes on to assert, essential. The 48 laws outlined in this book “have a simple premise: certain actions always increase one’s power … while others decrease it and even ruin us.”

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Raving Fans

The Facts

  • Written by: Ken Blanchard and Sheldon M. Bowles. Ken has written many successful books, including the One Minute Manager series.
  • 132 pages, but could have been condensed into about 70. Very quick read. Practically jargon free.
  • Cost: $13
  • Amazon Link

The Synopsis

Raving Fan’s sets out to instill a new set of ideas to create such remarkable customer service that instead of just having “satisfied” customers, a company can obtain Raving Fans. Intended for anyone from the CEO to a low-level manager, Raving Fans lays out 3 “secrets” needed for obtaining Raving Fans, and keeping them.

The Matter

Two weeks ago, after a night out at what we call “The Strip” here in Tallahassee, I had a hankering for some McDonald’s fries. I don’t know what it is about those slender, salty pieces of deep fried potatoes, but they draw me towards them after a night of beer and debauchery. (Disclaimer, in this story, I was NOT driving) So we pull up to the drive thru, after waiting for what seemed like an hour, and I am greeted by a distant voice, “what will it be?”

Me: You take credit cards correct?
McVoice: Ya, but our machines down, and the manager aint around to put it back on.
Me: Well can you have him put it back on, I don’t have any cash.
McVoice: Nah, I cant find him. Theres an ATM across the street.
Me: Thanks, bye.

Sadly, customer service experiences like the one above are not that rare. And they don’t just plague the minimum wage ridden fast food industry. When’s the last time your computer froze and you lost data? How long did it take you to talk to a human the last time you called tech support, or even worse, your cell phone provider? We live in a world of mediocre customer service, and companies who excel above those standards, well, they have Raving Fans.

What, exactly, is a Raving Fan? Its someone who will drive 40 miles out of their way to buy groceries. Its someone who will schedule an appointment with a taxi a day in advance because the taxi is polite, stocks cold drinks, and asks for music recommendations to play for your enjoyment. Its someone who will pay a little more to get a more reliable operating system and hardware (me, aka the Powerbook im using to write this).

To create Raving Fans, the authors lay out 3 simple, yet effective “secrets”. Decide what you want is the first of the three, which requires that you “create a vision of perfection centered on the customer” (41). This reminds me of 37signals, the company behind Basecamp, Backpack, and the book Getting Real which I will be reviewing at a later date. 37signals very much takes each of their products and creates a vision of what it should be, and things it should not. They solve a specific problem, not all problems all the time.

The second secret, Discover what the customer wants deals with refining and completing the vision that was created in the first step. One cannot know what the customer wants without listening, and the authors express vehemently to “listen to the music as well as the lyrics” (70). The lyrics are the words from customers that you are actually hearing, and the music is everything else, including silence. Here, we are told that these two visions, your own, and your customers, come together bit by bit, and sometimes a piece of the customers vision will have to be thrown out, as well as your own.

Deliver plus one completes the three secrets, and this is what really makes the book so good. Deliver plus one is short for Deliver consistently plus one percent. The authors stress the importance of being consistent, saying “consistency creates credibility” (102), and that one way to ensure consistency is to “Promise Less”. By promising less, you can deliver over and over again, and improve by one percent. One percent is just small enough to be possible, and at the same time, it creates an agile enviroment, to react to whether the change was a step in the right or wrong direction. This idea of promising less reminds me a great deal of 37signals Getting Real manifesto (warning: PDF link). By changing one percent at a time, over time, you will start to come closer and closer to your original vision of perfection.

The recommendation

Buy this book. Seriously. Not just because I have an affiliate link on the top of this post, but because one day you might create a company that I come to use, and I want to be a Raving Fan. Even though Raving Fan’s was written in the early 90’s, and we still see horrible customer service wherever we go, I believe that its effects have been felt. Small companies, like 37signals, and even large companies, like Google and Apple, have caught on to the power behind creating Raving Fans, and in time, so will everyone else. But in the meantime, use this knowledge as a competitive advantage, and always remember, Deliver plus one.

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