Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Teen displayed sweet brotherly love by dressing up as Prince Charming for his little sister!

This 13-year-old boy dressed up as Prince Charming for her 5-year-old sister in a fun-loving photo shoot. Sibling love is absolutely beautiful!
Photographer Christina Angel’s 13-year-old son, Anthony Angel is struggling with depression, but that didn’t put him son off in surprising her 5-year-old sister, Anabel Angel (nicknamed Belle after the Disney princess) in a memorable birthday photo shoot that will last for a last time.

Anthony and Anabel Angel (nicknamed Belle) are best friends and have an incredible sibling bond out of the seven children Christina has©Facebook | Kirsten Schwiesow

Bella’s bright and joyful character lights up Anthony during his dark days. She is a “little ray of sunshine” for Anthony. And they often watch movie and go skateboarding together. The brother even tucks his sister to bed at night!
“They have a little ritual to ward off her bad dreams at bedtime, where he pretends to sprinkle “magic salt” on her head to protect her from nightmares,” wrote Christina on BoredPanda.
The idea of the magical Disney photo shoot was contrived when Christina, a Disneyphine, was looking for a princess gown online, to motivate herself to lose weight after the birth of her 7th child.

Anthony wanted to realize her sister’s dream to be a princess as a special gift for her birthday

Anthony was helping her to shop for a perfect gown when an idea popped up. He would get a Prince Charming costume and dress up for Belle in a photo shoot. It is every little girl’s dream to be a real-life princess, he wanted to realize her sister’s dream to be a princess as a special gift for her birthday
Christina, owner of and photographer at Paint the Sky Photography, supported his decision, and couldn’t be more pleased that Anthony was going out the extra mile to put a smile on her sister’s face!
“We set to work putting together the Prince Charming costume right down to the white gloves and the black shoes that he shined himself the old fashioned way, with solid polish and an old rag,” she wrote.

Her little sister Belle was over the moon©Caters News Agency

“I can’t explain the joy on her face when her “favorite boy in the world” came into the room just before the photo shoot dressed as a prince, and gave her a brand new gown,” she revealed.
Bella owns quite a few princess dresses, but she didn’t have a Snow White gown, so, they got her that.
“She put her hands up by her mouth and squealed. Then we dressed her quickly and told her we were going to take pictures of her as a real-life princess,” she recounted.
They drove to a garden to take the enchanting fairy-tale pictures. Belle couldn’t contain her happiness and was smiling throughout the photo shoot.
“You can see in the pictures all over her face she’s got that kind of excited smile in all of them,” said Christina.

Christina Angel, their mother, and photographer of this photo shoot said: “The photo shoot was probably the most heartwarming thing I’ve experienced as a mother”©Caters News Agency

Christina has taken many fairy-tale shoots in her job, but this shoot was particularly special as her subjects were her two lovely kids!
The sweet Anthony gently carried Bella from one spot to another for each shoot, careful not to trip on her dress.
Their sibling love shone through in the photo shoot. He knelt down and looked up at his sister, while she stood on a balcony. In another photo, he was spinning her round while she laughed happily. And in another heartwarming shoot, Bella gave him a peck on his cheek.
“When you have a child who battles with themselves day after day, there is nothing you wouldn’t pay to see them smile. Belle brings that out in him. He gave her an incredible gift and in return she made him genuinely happy,” wrote Christina, who finished the photo shoot with pride and tears.

Bella gave him a peck on his cheek—these would be memorable moments in their life!©Caters News Agency

She was also proud with Anthony, who could walk out of his depression and displayed his awesome brotherly love for his little sister.
And the results of this unforgettable photo shoot, captured in a dreamy, magical garden setting are totally sweet and beautiful. These would be memorable moments in their life!

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

How Your Ears Could Foretell the State of Your Health

In this article, we delve into human ears and how they are a possible road map to predict the state of our health!
In traditional Chinese medicine, it is believed our human body from our lips, nose to ears have a correlated relationship with our internal organs. Hence, just by observing these specific organs, we can gather clues about our state of health.
Here, we start off with our human ears—the organ of hearing, which transmits and transduces soundwaves to the brain. Human ears are telling organs that could reveal our present health conditions, as well as our future health issues.
Hence, we’ve gathered useful information to help you better understand your health conditions! Do note that the below information may not be absolute indicators. Please consult your doctor for further diagnosis.

How your ear reveals about you?

1. Our ears are just like fingerprints

Our ears are fully developed when we’re born. Though our lobes will descend as we age, but our ears remain almost the same as time passes. As a matter of fact, the ears’ unique characteristics, differ from person to person. This implies that they could serve as a mean of identification, just like our fingerprints.

2. Recessive or dominant genes

You have the recessive gene if your earlobes are attached completely to the side of your head. People with recessive trait are genuine, diligent, devoted and focused.
You have dominant gene if you have free earlobes that hang down beyond the attached point. Those with dominant trait are spontaneous and free-spirited person, who lives life one day at a time.

3. Diagonal earlobe crease is an indication of coronary artery diseases

The diagonal ear lobe crease has long been characterized in the medical literature, for example, an open letter by Dr Sanders T. Frank, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1973, as an indicator to identify the likelihood of patients developing coronary artery diseases, such as atherosclerosis.
This has been verified by another study published in 1989, which analyzed the bodies of 300 deceased patients. The researcher in this study concluded, “We found a strong association between earlobe creases and a cardiovascular cause of death in men and women after age, height, and diabetes had been controlled for.”
Scientists noted that the diagonal earlobe crease is formed due to the degeneration of the elastic tissue around the small blood vessels that carry blood to the earlobes.
Hence, if you have a diagonal earlobe crease or “Frank’s sign”, it’s a telling sign that you stand a high risk of developing coronary artery disease.

4. Pale-colored ear is a sign of  vitamins and calcium insufficiency

If your ears are pale in color, it could be a sign of vitamin C or D, and calcium insufficiency. It could also mean you’re dehydrated.

5. Your ears are related to the state of your kidney

According to Chinese Traditional medicine, the ear resembles the kidney. Thus, our ears thought to be related to the state of kidney jing. 

According to Chinese Traditional medicine, the ear resembles the kidney. (Credits:
Just as the Huang Di Nei Jing (Yellow Emperor’s Inner Canon), the earliest ancient treatise of Traditional Chinese Medicine written by Chinese emperor Huangdi around 2600 BC, stated: “The kidney qi communicates with the ears; if the kidney functions properly, the ears can distinguish the five essential sounds.”
As suchear problems, such as deafness, tinnitus, or ear infections are an indication that your kidney’s energy needs to be replenished.
And red, flushed ear could be a sign of adrenal insufficiency, or an overworked kidney.
Large ears and sharp hearing could also imply an excellent state of kidney jing. Age-related hearing loss could be the result of jing depletion as a person gets older.
Small ears could also denote a greater probability of developing eczema and kidney disease.

6. Deep red colored ears are sign of brain disorders

If your ears are a deep red color all the time, it could signal memory loss, constant headaches and brain problems.

7. Inflammation of the cartilage of the ear is a symptom of a disease known as relapsing polychondritis

Inflammation of the cartilage of the ear is a symptom of relapsing polychondritis, an autoimmune disease which brings about inflammation of the cartilage in many areas of the body.
It could also be caused by ear cartilage infection, external factors such as mechanical pressure from telephones, environmental factor like radiation exposure, or irritants.

8. Excess earwax is an indication of essential fatty acid deficiency

It is believed that excess wax buildup is likely to be caused by the lack of essential fatty acid deficiency.
Essential fatty acids such as Omega 3, is essential in preventing cardiovascular disease, and enlarged prostate. It also helps to maintain normal brain cell membranes, regulate inflammation, and in keeping our skin soft.
And, bear in mind, an excess accumulation of earwax could trigger in some loss of hearing.

9. Wet earwax, smelly armpit and breast cancer

In a study published in the FASEB journal in 2009, Japanese scientists found that earwax and breast cancer might be genetically linked.(Credits:
In a study published in the FASEB journal in 2009, Japanese scientists came to the conclusion that the variant of the gene ABCC11, commonly found in people of East Asian descent, induces smelly armpits and wet ear wax and is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer.
Please note that the study only suggests odorous armpits and wet ear wax to be one of the factors for prediction of breast cancer risk, and not all women are liable to breast cancer if they have these two conditions.
“We do strongly hope that our study will provide a new tool for better prediction of breast cancer risk,” Toshi Ishikawa, PhD, professor of biomolecular engineering at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and the senior author of the study.

10. Ringing Ears could be a sign of chronic tinnitus

According to the Harvard Medical School Harvard Health Publications, if you hear continuous ringing and buzzing in the ears for more than six months, you’re likely to have chronic tinnitus.

Reflexology of the ear

Reflexology is an alternative treatment derived from Chinese traditional medicine. It is a therapeutic method to relieve pain by applying pressure on the various reflex points on our feet, hands, head and ears.
And ear reflexology had its presence discovered in Chinese medical work thousands year ago, and has been deployed by people in ancient Egypt, Rome, Greece and all the Mediterranean area. It was first introduced in in France in 1950 by Paul Nogier, who is known to the Father of modern ear acupuncture.
Our ears is another body organ that is widely believed to be linked to other internal organs of the body and the musculoskeletal system through 200 or more acupuncture points. Thus, by pressing on the various reflex points, it could ease health problems, relieve pain and stress, as well as treating addiction.

An ear reflexology ear chart shows the connection between the ear and an unborn baby in fetal position

So where exactly are these reflex points?

The picture below depicts the six major reflex points.
You can massage or use a clothes peg to apply pressure on these points to relieve minor pain in the associated areas. We advise you to consult a doctor if the problem persists.

1. Back and shoulders
Applying pressure at the tip of your ear could ease soreness in your back and shoulders.
2. Organs
Massaging the point just below the tip of your ear could relieve minor internal pain.
3. Joints
Massaging the point in the upper-middle part of the ear resolves joint pain due to a change of season or arthritis.
4. Nasal sinuses and throat
Apply pressure to the lower-middle part of your ear could alleviate cold, sinus and throat soreness.
5. Digestion
Massaging the point just above the lobe could eliminate digestive problems, such as digestive discomfort, bloating and gas.
6. Head and heart
Apply pressure on the lowest part on the earlobe for a good heart health or to get rid of headaches.

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