Virtually Travel Before You Travel

Imagine you’ve decided to take your dream vacation to another country. Where would you stay? What are you going to do when you get there? If you’re like most people you probably begin planning immediately. You start by price checking your plane tickets and hotel room. You look up reviews on the best local places to eat. You plan out your itinerary, filling it with all the cool tourist attractions you’d like to visit. Great, now you know what you’re going to do, but who are you going to meet?

Making new friends can be difficult, especially in a foreign country, but Skout has you covered. Skout was originally a dating app which has been expanded to foster connections of all types. It uses your location to connect you to the people nearby. In 2014 they added a “Travel” feature which is quickly increasing in popularity. In January 2015 Skout announced that this feature had already been used 10 million times. According to Skout, the most popular international city to travel to was Hong Kong and women are twice as likely to travel virtually as men.

When traveling on the app you use points (the in-app currency system) to set your location to the desired city for a 24 hour period of time. The app will now display you as located in that city to other people. After your destination is set you can browse through and be found by anyone in that city.

Many users are now including Skout in their pre-vacation planning. Now you’ll know what you want to do when you get there and who you can hang with. Your new friends may even be able to give you tips about local hot spots that most tourists miss, great restaurants to dine in, and the clubs to stay away from. With so few risks and so many possible rewards there’s no reason not to virtually pre-travel before you travel.

Something That North American Spine Does Differently

Some people can measure their pain on a scale of 1-10, and they may take any number that they feel the pain is at. Imagine someone who has pain that’s at a 10, and this person has to play a game on a regular basis. Athletes can suffer with some excruciating pain, and it’s unbelievable how they make it through a day, while playing their game. Some athletes are taught to live with pain, and that they should work through the pain, and continue playing. Although playing through pain sounds like a great effort, it’s also taxing on the body, and it can cause more damage.

Those who have back pains, as well as neck pains, may suffer from pain so bad, that it makes it difficult for them to play any game, or even live a normal life. Some athletes who are suffering from neck or back pain, had the injury occur, while they were playing a game. Maybe they thought the injury was no big deal, and they shook it off and kept playing. The injury may then have become worse and over time, they ended up on pain medication. After a while, the pain medication may not be enough, and the pain will always become worse.

Those who cannot maintain their pain anymore, just by taking pain medication, may need to seek surgery. Neck and back pain can go on for years, and some have even had pain for decades. There’s no way that an athlete can continue with a successful career, especially if they have neck and back pain that’s severe. North American Spine specializes in the AccuraScope procedure, which is known to help many people get relief from back and neck pain. If a person can receive the AccuraScope procedure, then they can get pain relief.

After a person heals when they’ve had the procedure performed, they can begin to see pain free days, and get back to normal. Those who end up pain-free, will only have to see the doctor rarely, and they can get rid of their pain medications for good. It’s very likely that a patient can save tens of thousands of dollars, over several years, just by having the AccuraScope procedure performed. The AccuraScope procedure is a great way to get rid of pain that is chronic, and it’s been bothering the athlete for a long period of time. Pay a visit to North American Spine.

Postcards From The Edge

The love we possess can never be explained in simple terms. Researchers at the Amen Clinic say that being in love can actually make your brain healthier. It fills your heart with a feeling so great that to die from this feeling of love would not be painful. Sadly, one loving father died too soon, but he left a lasting memory and message for his son Rowan. Exactly two years after his father’s untimely death, RowN received a postcard from his deceased father telling him how much he loved him. Strangely, these postcards never reached Rowan when his father was away for school and work. This unfortunate gentleman died of a rare disease, which affects brain function. His last words to his wife were that life is only a circle, and they would meet again. 

Loving those most important in our lives is rule number 1. Never let anyone think they are not special to you because you never know when it could be the last time you see them.

Burger King Looking Out For Kids

Burger King has jumped on the health bandwagon. Reportedly, the king of burgers has dropped sugary soft drinks from their menu for their younger customers. Burger King decided that the younger clientle would be better served with beverage options such as milk or juice instead of high-calorie soft drinks. Study after study has proven that the calories found in soft drinks is a contributing cause to obesity in children. Many families are more focused on healthy options when dining out and they are quite pleased with decision to erase sugary drinks from the drink list of youngsters.

Burger King is hopeful that this health-conscious move will influence more people to come to their restaurants when they are in need of a fast meal. Fast food does not always have to mean unhealthy. According to health expert Dr. Daniel Amen, it is all about the choices we make when dining out. With this said, hopefully we will start to see healthier versions of burgers and even other types of fast food choices on the menus of Burger King in the future.

The survival and love and support One family receives


Have you ever thought about having to raise a child on your own? How about four babies? That is what one father is doing right now?

On January 16, Erica Morales died after giving birth to her children due to Hypovolemic shock. This emergency condition involves losing a severe amount of blood. She gave birth to Carlos Jr., Tracy, Erica, and Paisley, all of whom were under 3 pounds at birth. The good news is that although Erica and Paisley are still in the hospital, all the babies are growing stronger and are all over the 5 pound mark.

The true hero of this story is the friend of Carlos Morales who posted a page on GoFundMe that raised over $310,000 for this beautiful father and his children. According to Marcio Alaor BMG, he not only has the support of his family and friends, but he also received support from the 8,700 plus strangers who freely donated the money to this great cause.

There is still a long road ahead for this small family of one parent and four babies, but with the support he’s been giving he has a running chance to raise a beautiful family and kids who will grow up knowing their mother loved them with all her heart. With the support of family and friends this family will overcome this tragedy and survive. To read this inspiring story of love and support please go to

Children’s Lung Health Improves With Healthier Air Quality

Recent research has proven that reducing the amount of air pollution that a child is exposed to will have a direct result on their lung health and respiratory performance. This is even more crucial during the ages of about 11 to 15 when a child’s lungs are critically developing. It has long been known that pollution affects lung capacity and health. The reduction of air pollution has never really been studied up until this time stated

Many environmentalists have spoken out against the current Federal Emission Standards saying that they are not strict enough in order to keep our population safe and healthy. These new studies that prove the relation between pollution and poor lung health may be the proof that is needed to allow for stricter guidelines. Within the next few years we may see a review of the Emission Standards and see some changes being made.

Over the course of 17 years, researchers located at the University of Southern California took a close look at exact air pollution levels and the breathing capacity of 2,120 children. The area where these children are from is very polluted to due its location. During the study emission standards required automobiles, trucks, factories, ships and even trains to cut back on their emissions. Fine particulates were found in lesser amounts and children’s lung capacities improved.

Pregnant Women At Risk of Type II Diabetes

A recent study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism suggests that there are methods towards eradicating of the risk of type II diabetes, in women who have experienced gestational diabetes, during the term of their pregnancy.

350 women participating the research study, had confirmed cases of gestational diabetes, in comparison to approximately 1400 women that did not experience gestational diabetes during their pregnancy. As part of the study, Three methods of treatments were randomly assigned to the women; a placebo, Metformin, a diabetes drug and an accelerates, comprehensive diet and exercise regimen.

Data and information extracted from the study indicated that women that experienced gestational diabetes had nearly a 50 percent elevated risk of type II diabetes in comparison to women that remained healthy during their nine month term. The introduction of the prescription drug, Metformin, lowered the probability of the onset of type II diabetes by approximately 40 percent and the exercise and dietary program lessened the risk by nearly 35 percent.

Of the participating women that never endured gestational diabetes, Imaging advantage says that Metformin did not prove to be of any benefit, though the exercise and dietary program lowered the risk of the onset of type II diabetes.

Lead researcher for this study, Dr. Vanita R. Aroda contends that even though women that endure gestational diabetes are still at an elevated risk of type II diabetes later in their adult life but can be lessened by the introduction of Metformin.

Feds Busting Up “Maternity Tourism”

It might be an odd term to someone living in the United States, but it is actually a rather popular one for wealthy women who live on the outside of the country. The United States automatically makes a child a U.S. citizen when it is born in the country. Should this happen, the parents, especially the mother, receive all sorts of desirable benefits, not to mention access to quality education and government resources. This is why there has been a large number of pregnant women coming in from mostly asian nations in order to have their children in the U.S.

Different federal agents raided what they called “maternity hotels” inside of California on Tuesday. Companies run special programs that promise maternity tourism for these women stated Noticias in a report. It takes a large amount of money, but the companies educate the women on how to falsify specific documents and how to lie to government officials as to why they are traveling to the United States. They are then put up in comfortable surroundings until they have their child. It is important to understand that it is not illegal to have a child in the United States. However, the fraudulent visa paperwork and lying to governing officials is, which is what allows them to come into the country to have their children. Currently, different federal government agencies are looking for ways to crack down on this sort of “tourism”

Swearing At Parents To Get Higher Vaccination Rates

Jimmy Kimmel Live employed a team of doctors to help get the message across to parents that they need to vaccinate their children. This may have been done a bit unorthodox but the message remained clear, that parents should vaccinate their children.

Jimmy Kimmel explained that in Los Angeles, where his show is taped said Marc Sparks, twenty percent of the children there are not vaccinated. Kimmel went on to criticize these parents saying that their priorities maybe were not in the right place as they tend to be more scared of gluten than they are of smallpox.

Kimmel feels that unvaccinated children are putting the entire nation at risk not just those who are too small the be vaccinated or other unvaccinated children. The video showed a number of doctors being quite brutal and vulgar as they ‘encouraged’ parents to vaccinate. Whether or not this bullying tactic will work has yet to be determined.

The purpose of this video was to bring some light to the current vaccination debate. Also it was meant to address some of the common concerns that parents have about vaccinating their children including the belief that vaccines cause autism and other learning disabilities. There are also people who believe vaccination related health injuries are alive and well. Over time we will see better if opting out of vaccinations causes an epidemic of some sort. It is still too early to tell and this will be dependent on the amount of people who choose to vaccinate or choose to opt out.

Should Children Be Spanked?

When I was growing up, my mother and father spanked my butt. If I got out of line, I got a smack on the hand as a toddler, and as I got older, I got the belt or a switch. These measures these days are called child abuse, and they are not allowed. However, the new fangled ways of doing things are not working. There are more violence from children and teens than every before. Growing up I never heard of a teen killing their parents, let alone spending time in a prison cell. Parents took care of business and their kids were better.

Today, there is always some method for taking care of problems with kids. Talk therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy and all these methods have their place, but do they really do more than a good old fashioned spanking? When a toddler is about to touch a hot stove, a smack on the hand is much better than trying to reason with them. They are young and they don’t have good reasoning skills, which is why they will register the pain of a small slap on the wrist.

Psychologist like Ricardo Guimarães BMG, say it is damaging to children and that they need to be treated more like adults as many articles have stated. However, I will say that our nation has a bunch of children that are out of hand, and it is mostly due to a lack of discipline in all parties involved with the child.