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Archive for June 13th, 2011

Free Worx Energy shot Sample

Posted by 4love2love on June 13, 2011

This freebie offer is back yet again! We all get tired during the course of the day because of working too hard, stress and work related pressure or having indulged in some tiring physical activity. So to help us rejuvenate and give us an instant shot of energy this free Worx Energy shot Sample is being given away. Click the link below to get this free sample.

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Free Nutrition For Kids Booklet

Posted by 4love2love on June 13, 2011

Our kids are too special to us; it’s a fun to see them grow in the best possible manner. But for adequate growth of the kids, nutrition plays a very important role. Right kind of diet could mean a world of difference to the general well being and growth of the kid. So to help you with this, this free Nutrition for Kids Booklet is being given away. Click the link below to get the free sample.

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Free 20 oz Lipton Iced Tea (Printable Coupon)

Posted by 4love2love on June 13, 2011

Iced tea is one of the post popular chilled drinks, especially during summer. And the name of the Lipton associated with any kind of tea automatically enhances the value of that product. So why not go for this free 20 oz Lipton Iced Tea being given away? Click the link below to get the free sample.

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ABC News – Congress to Investigate Peace Corps Treatment of Sex Assault Victims

Posted by 4love2love on June 13, 2011

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By ANNA SCHECTER
Jan. 27, 2011

 

In the wake of an ABC News “20/20” investigation, a Congressional committee announced plans for hearings on the Peace Corps’ handling of more than a thousand cases of female volunteers who were raped or sexually assaulted over the last decade.

“This is very upsetting. If these numbers are accurate this is something that Congress definitely should investigate,” Rep. Rohrabacher, R-California, Chairman of the House subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation, told ABC News.

Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, called for the hearing Wednesday, telling ABC News he was “furious and sad” after watching the “20/20” report.

In the report, six former Peace Corps volunteers and victims of sexual assault recounted the attacks against them. Most of the women said within the Peace Corps there was a culture of blaming the victim, and that they felt they had no advocate in Washington to help cut through red tape to get counseling.

CLICK HERE to watch the video.

“The Peace Corps needs to get its act together and make sure the victims of rape have peace of mind when they are serving the United States,” Poe said.

Poe said that he will be their advocate in Washington. “The cavalry is coming,” he said.

In the letter asking for the hearing, Poe called the Peace Corps’ alleged treatment of the women “gross negligence in caring for its volunteers abroad.”

“The Peace Corps did not adequately protect its volunteers, bring U.S. resources to bear on any criminal investigation, nor provide proper care for the victims in the aftermath,” Poe wrote.

Poe cited the experience of Jess Smochek of Pennsylvania, who was interviewed by ABC News as part of the 20/20 report. Smochek, now 29, joined the Peace Corps in 2004 and was sent to Bangladesh. Just four months after arriving she was gang raped. Smochek said she felt the Peace Corps tried to cover up what happened to her.

“I have three daughters about Jess’s age. They want to save the world too,” said Rep. Poe. “People like Jess are the salt of the earth and it’s just horrible our government doesn’t stand beside them.”

On Monday, Poe dedicated his daily one-minute House Floor speech to Smochek, using information he learned from the 20/20 report.

“According to ABC News,” said Poe, “over 1,000 rapes and assaults occurred in the last 10 years against American women working for the Peace Corps, but apparently no one is listening. Those days need to end, and it’s time for justice for Jess Smochek, because justice is what we do in this country. And that’s just the way it is.”

CLICK HERE to watch Poe’s speech on the House floor. 

Sexual Assault Victim ‘Glad’ Senator Called for Investigation

“Although I was surprised to find out Congressman Poe chose to speak about me during his floor speech on Monday,” Smochek told ABC News, “I am glad that the ’20/20′ piece has finally brought this very important issue of Peace Corps negligence of sexual assault and rape victims to the attention of Congress.

“I fully support an oversight hearing in hopes of finally holding the Peace Corps accountable for what it has done to volunteers who are survivors of such trauma, such as myself,” she said.

Casey Frazee, an advocate for Peace Corps volunteer victims of rape and sexual assault, teamed up with Smochek to meet with members of Congress in December, before the “20/20” story aired. That meeting, which members of Poe’s staff attended, resulted in a letter to Peace Corps director Aaron Williams urging change. It wasn’t until after the “20/20” report that Poe, who was not present for the December meeting, demanded a formal investigation.

“We had heard some rumblings, we had had some correspondence with some victims of crime, but the magnitude of the problem was only brought out thanks to ABC News,” Poe said.

Frazee also appeared in the ABC News report, recounting her experience of sexual assault in South Africa and the Peace Corps’ response.

“I want [Peace Corps] to create effective, sustainable policies for training, response and treatment for sexual violence,” Frazee said. Frazee’s advocacy group, First Response Action, has been in contact with dozens of volunteer victims of sexual assault.

CLICK HERE FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT STATISTICS FOR PEACE CORPS VOLUNTEERS

In a statement to ABC News, Peace Corps Director Williams said the agency had “made significant improvements over the past two years in providing support to sexual assault victims.”

“We look forward to working with Congress to further strengthen the Peace Corps and advance our mission of world peace and friendship,” said Williams.

 

Copyright © 2011 ABC News

 

 

I have to say that I think this whole thing is absolutely horrible. A woman is dead, so many others had their lives altered in ways that many cannot imagine. To be treated that way by an organization that is supposedly devoted to helping people, one would think they would ensure that their employees and volunteers would be better protected and made to feel safe, rather than feeling like they are left alone and being blamed for being raped is just appalling to me. I cannot imagine someone blaming a victim for having a crime perpetrated on them, especially something like rape. No rape victim ever asks to be raped, no person who is assaulted asks someone to do that to them.

I, myself, would like to see the Peace Corps have to give a public apology and compensate the victims that worked for them at the time of their assaults. Not to mention paying for counselling or medication or other needs that resulted from the assault.

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ABC News – Consumer Product Warning – Serious Injuries Result When Exploding Ceramic Gel Pots Send Flaming Gel Fuel Flying

Posted by 4love2love on June 13, 2011

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By ELISABETH LEAMY

June 13, 2011

The Reyer family of Long Island, NY, was preparing to celebrate life. Now they’re trying to ward off death.

Nancy Reyer’s 14-year-old son, Michael Hubbard, was helping set up for his aunt’s wedding celebration in Riverhead on May 28 when the family says a ceramic fire pot blew up, splattering him with flaming gel fuel.

“Now my son’s with third-degree burns on his face and he might not live,” Nancy Reyer said, sobbing. “We’re all laughing and having a good time, it was really nice and then … my nephew didn’t know that the candle was lit and he poured some of the liquid and it just exploded, and all I saw was a flash and my son went up in flames.”

Michael’s condition is now grave, his organs threatening to shut down as he struggles for his life at Stony Brook University Medical Center on Long Island.

“It looked like it was going to be a nice little candle that would sit on a nice display. We had no idea we were buying a bomb,” Fran Reyer-Johnson, Michael’s aunt, told “Good Morning America.”

In Michael’s case – and others — the victims say the fire seemed to be out, so they added more fuel. That caused an explosion of flaming gel that they say stuck to their bodies like napalm and was incredibly hard to put out.

Fire departments around the country say it’s a hazardous new product category.

The product that caused Michael’s accident and two others in the past few weeks is the FireBurners ceramic pot with fire gel fuel, sold by Napa Home and Garden. The company told the New York Times it asked its retailer, Bed Bath & Beyond, to stop selling the product on Friday.

But at a store in Maryland, we easily found several fire pots and fuel bottles right on the shelves. The most vivid warning about the danger of adding more fuel is printed on a piece of packaging that you throw away.

Napa said in a published interview that it’s only heard a handful of complaints out of tens of thousands of products sold and that it now plans to put bigger, better warnings on its products.

“To me it’s gasoline in a can. It’s very dangerous … We need to take it off the market … it’s a lethal weapon,” Nancy Reyer said.

We asked Napa Home and Garden and Bed Bath & Beyond for comment. Bed Bath & Beyond sent us this statement:

“The safety of our customers and our associates is of paramount importance to us. So in an abundance of caution and pending our investigation, Bed Bath & Beyond has instructed its stores nationwide to suspend selling this product.”

Napa Home and Garden reaffirmed its intention to pull the products off the market while it reevaluates its warning labels. To see Napa’s complete statement click here.

Copyright © 2011 ABC News

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ABC News – Missing New Jersey Teen Sarah Townsend Found Dead

Posted by 4love2love on June 13, 2011

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By JESSICA HOPPER

May 13, 2011

 

New Jersey authorities found missing New Jersey teen Sarah Townsend‘s body in a pond this afternoon.

The body was found in Sherman’s Pond at Green Acres Park in Burlington Township. The pond is near where Sarah’s running car had been found Monday.

Officials told ABC affiliate WPVI that a canine unit led authorities to Sarah’s body and that her family has been notified.

Authorities believe that Sarah, 18, may have wanted to harm herself because of a note that was found in her car.

“There was an indication that this young lady, Sarah Townsend, was possibly going to harm herself,” Burlington Township Police Director Walter Corter said Thursday.

On Thursday, Sarah’s family denied those claims.

“Sarah was planning on going to two proms. She bought her dress and was talking about how she was going to do her hair. That’s somebody that was planning on something,” said Laurie Townsend, Sarah’s mother.

When Sarah left for school Monday morning, the family said she seemed fine.

“She put her shoes on and said, ‘Bye, Mom and Dad, love you,’ and was out the door rushing to school and she hasn’t been seen since,” Laurie said Thursday.

Sarah’s boyfriend, Matt Welsh, called 911 after finding her car, cellphone and purse at the park Monday.

The family had put up a billboard, handed out flyers at train stations and offered a $10,000 reward for their daughter’s safe return.

Sarah was set to graduate from high school next month. She was thinking about attending nursing school or becoming a flight attendant.

“It’s every parent’s worst nightmare and it is coming true before our eyes,” Townsend said Thursday.

 

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ABC News – Missing Ohio Mom Sara Apple and 4-Year-Old Son Max Disappeared Four Days Ago

Posted by 4love2love on June 13, 2011

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PHOTO: Missing Ohio mom Sara Apple and her 4-year-old son Max.

Missing Ohio mom Sara Apple and her 4-year-old son Max. (courtesy Patricia and Mark Yohman)
June 13, 2011

Patricia Yohman broke down crying today as she described her daughter and grandson, who both disappeared from Newark, Ohio, four days ago reportedly en route to Yohman’s house.

“I just want her to let someone know that she’s out there and that she’s safe,” Yohman said, referring to her daughter Sara Apple.

Apple, 24, works as a bank teller. When she got off of work on Thursday, she picked up her son Max, 4, from a babysitter and told her husband and babysitter that she was going to spend the night at her mother’s home.

Ohio police with the help of the FBI are searching for the missing duo.

Yohman said that she never talked to her daughter on the day she and Max disappeared and they had not planned for the two to spend the night at her house.

“The last time I talked to her was Wednesday,” said Yohman. “She was over for a family cookout and she was happy and seemed like everything was fine.”

Yohman began crying when she described her petite daughter with long brown hair.

“She has a huge heart and she would do anything for anyone. She’s a good mother,” Yohman said through tears. “Max is a very outgoing little boy and he would talk to anyone. He looks just like his mom”

Newark police told ABC News that they haven’t ruled out the possibility of foul play.

Search for Mom and Young Son Missing for Four Days in Ohio

They are using the help of the FBI in their search efforts and have alerted authorities in North and South Carolina to be on the lookout for Apple’s 1994 White Saturn Ion. Apple has family on her father’s side that lives in that region. She recently reconnected with them, but has never met them, police said.

Apple’s husband and Max’s father, Chris Apple, is not a person of interest in the disappearance of his wife and son, police said.

“He’s been very cooperative. We’ve searched the residence a couple of times. There’s no evidence of any kind. We’ve taken steps to verify his statements to us and his veracity,” Newark Police Sgt. Scott Snow said.

Snow said that there is no history of domestic violence between the couple, but that they were having “domestic disquietude.”

Police said that Apple recently stopped taking prescription medication. The medication was to reportedly treat depression, the Newark Advocate reported.

Apple’s family was not aware of any marital problems or medication.

Family, friends and volunteers have been handing out flyers and started aFacebook group to help in their search.

Max is 3 feet tall with brown hair and brown eyes. Apple is 5 feet tall and about 140 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. The White Saturn Ion has a license plate of FCQ-5079.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to call the Newark Division of Police at (740) 670-7201 or (740) 670-7934.

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ABC News – Casey Anthony: Could Body Tampering Allegation Shake Case?

Posted by 4love2love on June 13, 2011

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By MIGUEL SANCHO and ALICE GOMSTYN (@AliceGomstyn)
June 11, 2011

 

It’s a theory that could eliminate one of the prosecution’s key pieces of evidence in the murder trial of Casey Anthony: Someone tampered with the body of Caylee Anthony, the 2-year-old girl allegedly murdered by her mother.

The murder trial taking place in an Orlando, Fla., courtroom is largely built on circumstantial evidence. One of the most important pieces of evidence are strips of duct tape that were found on Caylee’s skull. Their location indicates that the tape was placed over the toddler’s mouth and nose, suggesting the child was suffocated.

Caylee’s remains, found six months after she was last seen alive, were badly decomposed. The medical examiner concluded her death was a homicide, but could not determine a cause of death.

In his opening statement, lead defense lawyer Jose Baez argued that Roy Kronk, the meter reader who discovered Caylee’s body, tampered with the remains.

“Mr. Kronk is a morally bankrupt individual who actually took Caylee’s body and hid her,” Baez charged. Kronk later “found” the body, Baez claims, because he hoped to collect a reward.

Kronk, who has denied Baez’s accusation, is expected to be called as a witness later in the trial.

DePaul University law professor Andrea Lyon, the former co-lead defense counsel for Casey Anthony, said that if someone did move Caylee’s body before alerting authorities, much of the evidence — including the duct tape — should be considered “legally irrelevant.”

“The physical state of the remains are questionable because it appears that the remains were moved,” she said in an exclusive interview with “20/20.” “And that means that whatever’s on them does not indicate that that’s the way that the child was at the time of her death.”

Evidence photos in the Casey Anthony murder trial

Lyon said the prosecution “cannot prove that the remains were not moved or that duct tape wasn’t placed there later.”

In his opening statement, Baez said that Kronk told his son in November 2008 that he had found Caylee’s body. Kronk didn’t report the body to authorities, Baez said, until a day after he received a $1,000 bill related to car trouble in December.

“He called his son and he said, ‘I’m going to be famous, I’m going to be rich. You know, watch the news, I’m going to be on the news,'” Lyon said.

That call, she said, was made “before he found the body in December, and he took a day off and then just decided to wander into this area that had been searched and searched and searched… and he finds the body,” Lyon told “20/20.” “That’s very suspicious.”

Caylee’s remains were found in an area that had been searched several times earlier, Baez said in his opening statement.

The toddler’s body, he said, “was placed there to be found, not to be hidden.”

Baez did not explain in his opening statement how Kronk allegedly came into possession of Caylee’s body.

Kronk said in 2008 that he “discovered and reported to my management and appropriate authorities the remains of a human body located in a wooded area.”

Recently, a lawyer for Kronk released a statement rejecting Baez’s claims, saying: “This defense theory regarding Mr. Kronk is completely false. The suggestion that Mr. Kronk took possession of Caylee’s remains is totally lacking in logic or explanation. It did not happen.”

The prosecution has not directly addressed the allegation that the body was tampered with but forensic anthropologist John Schultz testified Friday that Caylee’s vertebrae were found all in the same place, a sign that the body was intact when it was brought there. He estimated that the body may have been there as long as six months.

 

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ABC News – Casey Anthony CSI: Outline of Heart Decal On Duct Tape

Posted by 4love2love on June 13, 2011

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By BRYAN LAVIETES and JANICE McDONALD

ORLANDO, Fla. June 13, 2011

An FBI forensics expert testified today in the Casey Anthony murder trial that she found the outline of a heart-shaped sticker on a piece of duct tape that was on the decomposed skull of 2-year-old Caylee Anthony.

The heart shaped outline, likened to the outline of debris that gathers around the edges of a used band-aid, was similar to a heart-shaped sticker that was found at the scene where Caylee’s body was discovered. It was also similar to a roll of heart-shaped stickers that police found in Casey Anthony’s bedroom.

The testimony by FBI latent print analyst Elizabeth Fontaine was like an episode of the popular television series “CSI,” as she presented a tutorial on how to search for fingerprints.

Fontaine told the court that she didn’t expect to find latent prints on the three pieces of duct tape that had been found on Caylee’s skull, and had been left out in the elements for many weeks. Three times Fontaine was asked if she was able to recover fingerprints on each piece of tape, and three times she answered: “No, I was not.”

Prosecutors contend that Casey Anthony killed her daughter in June 2008 by placing duct tape over her nose and mouth, smothering her.

Casey Anthony’s lawyer argues that Caylee drowned and her mother never told anyone. The medical examiner has determined that Caylee’s death was a homicide, but the body was too decomposed to zero in on a cause of death.

Casey Anthony could be sentenced to death if found guilty.

Defense attorney José Baez walked Fontaine through her 11-step process for retrieving fingerprints. Jurors were treated to a thorough overview of Fontaine’s examination from a quick visual inspection to the use of lasers, UV lights, super glue, and dyes to enhance images on the evidence.

Casey Anthony CSI

Fontaine said her examinations began with a visual examination looking for possible prints. She said she next used a laser, like a laser pointer, because its frequencies can help show the outlines of prints not visible to the naked eye.

Still not finding prints, Fontaine said she used an ultraviolet light. It has a different frequency than the laser and could pick up any prints that may have fluorescent qualities.

Normal super glue was her next step. It was applied in a humidity chamber. Any latent prints would attract the moisture and the moisture would attract the glue, which would then form a “coating or shell” over the print, she said.

A UV light was then shown down on the tape through a camera with a filter and the image was shown on a screen to eliminate any reflective properties that might obscure a print and take away what she called the “3D effect” caused by dirt or crinkly of the tape.

A dye stain was then applied because the superglue will dry white or clear, which can be hard to see. With the stain, the glue would glow orange under a fluorescent light, making any print stand out. No print emerged on the duct tape.

Alternate black powder was then applied. Mixed with a solution and painted on to the object, it would adhere to where ever the superglue was, but it still failed to bring up a print.

Regular black powder was also used to search for a print. The powder would adhere to any moisture or oil left by a hand print, Fontaine said.

Judge Belvin Perry excused the jurors until 1 p.m. Tuesday. Perry announced to the court that the proceedings were “running ahead of schedule” and said the state could finish its case on Tuesday. The defense could begin its case as early as Wednesday. Perry estimated that the jury could begin deliberating the fate of Casey Anthony by June 25.

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Lifescript.com : Back Pain – 7 Common Culprits of Backaches and How To Avoid Them

Posted by 4love2love on June 13, 2011

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By Dorothy Foltz-Gray, Special to Lifescript
Published April 29, 2011
Bending over your desk, twisting in the car seat, walking down stairs – all make you feel as if gnomes are beating tiny hammers on your back. Whatever its source, backaches are bad news, putting you out of sorts – and out of sync. Discover the common causes and how to relieve back pain. Plus, how bad is your back pain? Take our quiz to find out…

With all those years of toting tots, groceries, laundry, computer bags – even oversized purses with everything but the kitchen sink – it’s no wonder that women are no strangers to back pain.

But heavy loads aren’t the only culprits. Posture, arthritis and pregnancy are other triggers.

Women are particularly vulnerable “because they may develop osteoporosis, which is a weakening of the vertebrae,” says Reza Ghorbani, M.D., a pain management specialist at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Md. “And then they don’t have stability in their spines.”

But that doesn’t mean you have to live with the misery. Here’s a guide to 7 common culprits of backaches, plus doctor-recommended remedies to relieve back pain:

1. Back strain
Many activities women do daily – hoisting shopping bags, climbing in and out of cars, bending to pick up dirty clothes or kids – strain muscles and ligaments around the spine.

“The muscles start stretching and that can irritate the nerve ending in the muscles,” Ghorbani says.

What you can do: For starters, lift things correctly.

“Many people bend straight down to pick something up instead of squatting before lifting,” Ghorbani says.

The right way? Lift from the knees, using muscles in your legs and arms – not your back (see right).

Doctor’s fix: For minor, occasional back pain, “the first line of treatment is over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Advil or Motrin,” Ghorbani says. “Use as directed on the package.”

He also recommends topical pain relief creams because they act only where it hurts, not on your whole body.

Also, treat a sore back with a warm bath, he advises. “Heat increases the blood flow to the muscles, which helps ease the pain.”

To make a heating pad, fill a sock with rice, tie off the end and heat it in a microwave for a minute. Wrap this – or any heating pad – in a cloth to prevent burns and hold against your back for 15-20 minutes.

2. Slouching
Poor posture hurts your back, says rheumatologist Harris McIlwain, M.D., author of The Pain-Free Back (Henry Holt & Co). Sitting or standing with shoulders slouched forward strains muscles.

“If you sit leaning forward, the pressure on the spine is much greater than if you’re sitting straight,” McIlwain says.

Normally, your lower back has a slight inward curve, adds Sheeraz Qureshi, M.D., assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.

“Poor posture causes your back to come out of that curve, which puts more pressure on your spinal discs and back muscles,” he says.

What you can do: “Get a comfortable desk chair that has arms and allows you to put your feet on the floor,” McIlwain says

Then elevate your feet with a stool or something similar, which relieves pressure on your back, Qureshi says.

Don’t have an aerodynamic office chair? Then you’ll need lumbar, or lower back, support. So tuck a pillow behind your lower back and keep your shoulders back, with head aligned over your shoulders.

Also, don’t sit in the same position all day, McIlwain says: Get up and walk around the desk or do a few stretches every half-hour.

When standing, lift your breastbone, straighten your shoulders, keep your chin level and spine neutral, with buttocks neither too far out (a swayback) nor too tucked under.

And try the following exercise in your chair several times a day, McIlwain advises:

Tighten your buttocks’ muscles and count to 10, then relax them. Do two more times. This strengthens the gluteus muscles, the large muscles in the buttocks that help support the hips.

When they aren’t strong, back muscles jump in to do their work. The result? Lower-back pain.

Doctor’s fix: “One of the first lines of treatment is physical therapy,” Qureshi says. “The therapist can focus on strengthening the muscles around the spine.” 

Many physical therapists can evaluate your work station, checking where the computer and keyboard location and the type and height of your chair.

“Then they can put you in the best position for your back,” Qureshi says.

In some cases, the doctor may recommend wearing a back brace, which will help correct your posture and relieve pain – but only temporarily.

“Don’t wear one indefinitely,” Qureshi warns. “Braces do the job of the muscles, so in the long run the muscles can weaken.”

When you have severe back pain, use a brace, such as a support belt, for around three days, allowing the back “to calm down,” he says.

3. Too much couch time
Out-of-shape muscles are the enemy here.

“You can’t stop aging,” Ghorbani says. “But by strengthening your lower back muscles with exercise and stretching, you can avoid back pain.” 

What you can do: Try a low-impact aerobic exercise that gets your heart pumping – such as walking or swimming every day, building to at least 20 minutes at a time, Qureshi says.

“Stretching and range of motion exercises, like Pilates and yoga, are also very good,” he says. (Check out our easy yoga exercises slideshow.)

Don’t have time? “Even simple things like stretching for 10 minutes a day can protect your back by improving your posture and muscle [strength].”

Doctor’s fix: Ask your doc to recommend exercises that strengthen back and abdominal muscles (which support the back). You may also be referred to a physical therapist to learn proper form for exercises and help you set up a back-boosting fitness routine. 

4. Pregnancy
At least half of pregnant women have some back pain, from general lower back aches to sciatica – a searing pain from the buttocks that shoots down the leg.

Why? Blame the bundle of joy you’re carrying.

During pregnancy, “the uterus enlarges and that shifts the center of gravity forward,” says Robert Goldfarb, M.D., an obstetrician/gynecologist at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital in West Bloomfield, Mich. “So you’re tilted a little backward to maintain posture and your back muscles have to work harder.”

Plus, in the third trimester, hormones relax your pelvic ligaments, loosening joints and intensifying back pain, Goldfarb says.

What you can do: The better shape you’re in physically, the less likely you are to have back pain, Goldfarb says.

“It’s hard to do sit-ups when you’re pregnant,” he says. “But get regular exercise, like walking or water aerobics.”

He also recommends stretching and flexibility exercises, like yoga.

“And make sure you have a solid mattress,” Goldfarb says. Soft mattresses don’t support the natural position of the spine, throwing it out of alignment, he says. In turn, that places stress on back muscles, ligaments and joints.

“If it’s more than 5 years old, stick a piece of plywood beneath it to make it firmer,” he suggests.

That’s a helpful tip for any back pain – pregnancy or not.

Doctor’s fix: Don’t take non-steroidal anti-inflammatories drugs (NSAID), such as Advil and Motrin. They aren’t safe for pregnant women because they can affect the baby’s circulatory system, Goldfarb says.

But Tylenol gets the doctor’s nod, and for severe back pain, you may be prescribed a narcotic pain reliever such as Vicodyn or Tylenol with codeine – both are safe during pregnancy, he says.

5. Excess weight
The more you weigh, the harder it is for the spine to support your body. Add weak muscles to excess weight and you’ll soon be reaching for Advil.

What you can do: “You want to be as close to your ideal weight as [possible],” Qureshi says. Find out what it is by using our BMI calculator– or ask your doctor.

Even a loss of few pounds’ can help with back pain, doctors agree.

“If calories in are less than calories out, you’re going to lose weight,” he says.

Eating more lean meats, fruits, veggies and whole grains instead of high-fat, sugar-laden fast foods will also help you feel full on fewer calories.

And, of course, exercise more.

Doctor’s fix: If you need help to lose weight, see a nutritionist, McIlwain says.

“A nutritionist can give you personal instruction in basic diet choices,” and develop a weight-loss plan for you, he says.

But even if weight loss is difficult, you can still relieve back pain by doing exercises for the back and hamstrings to strengthen those weight-bearing muscles.

Weak hamstrings – the muscles at the back of the legs that connect to the pelvis – can make it tilt forward, which then causes muscle tightness in your lower back.

Here’s McIlwain’s exercise to strengthen hamstrings: Sitting in a desk chair, push one foot down into the floor (using your muscles) until you feel the hamstring tighten. Hold for 10 seconds, then release. Repeat with the other side. To start, perform 1-2 reps of the exercise twice a day, building up to 20 reps twice a day.

6. Stress
The refrigerator’s broken, the babysitter didn’t show up and you were late to work. Now you’re feeling an angry twinge in your back. Why today?

Blame stress. It triggers the release of cortisol, adrenaline and other hormones that rev up your body to fight or flee whatever’s agitating you. That makes muscles tighten, irritating the nerves and increasing inflammation, which causes back pain, Qureshi says.

What you can do: Simply realizing when you’re experiencing stress and trying to control its triggers can help relieve back pain, he says.

Then take steps to de-stress: Cut out unnecessary events in your schedule. Instead, go for a walk (which both relaxes you and improves fitness) or take a warm bath mixed with a couple cups of Epsom salts. The magnesium in the salts helps relax aching muscles.

Also try deep breathing exercises, which can help relieve back pain and stress, says Loren Gelberg-Goff, a clinical social worker in River Edge, N.J.

“Pain generally makes people tense up, causing more pain and tension,” Gelberg-Goff says. “Deep breathing changes that pattern.”

Breathe in through your nose to the count of four, feeling your stomach push out, then release slowly through your mouth to the count of four.

“Do it for at least a full minute every hour,” Gelberg-Goff recommends.

Doctor’s fix: If anxiety lies behind your back aches, you may be referred to a psychotherapist, who can help identify stressors, work to eliminate them and teach you to react less strongly to those you can’t avoid.

7. Degenerative disc disease
Around age 30, we begin to lose some of the cushioning from the discs between the bones in our spines, due to aging, wear and tear or trauma.

“Degeneration can be a normal part of the aging process,” says Scott L. Blumenthal, M.D., an orthopedic spine surgeon at the Texas Back Institute in Plano, Texas.

The joints between vertebrae – facet joints – also begin to deteriorate, adding to the ache. Both conditions can cause a bulging (herniated) disc, Ghorbani says, which occurs when the discs shift, touching the nerves in the spine. The result is severe back pain shooting to the toes.

What you can do: “Some of the pain comes from inflammation,” Qureshi says, “so you can take over-the-counter anti-inflammatories like Advil or Aleve.”

Also apply ice for about 10 minutes every 1-1/2 hours, he says. Make sure the ice is wrapped in a cloth so you don’t get ice burn.

If you smoke, stop.

“Smoking shrinks blood vessels and without blood flow, discs become dehydrated and don’t get the nutrients they need,” Ghorbani says.

And avoid standing for long periods, he says. “When you stand, it compresses the discs further,” which is why we’re taller in the morning than in the evening. When the discs compress, “that causes pain.”

Doctor’s fix: Your doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatories, physical therapy or cortisone injections – the latter relieves inflammation at the site for many.

“But if the bulging disc is causing a lot of nerve pressure and you have numbness or tingling going down the leg, you need to see a back specialist to remove the disc,” Qureshi says.

That could involve spinal fusion surgery, in which the damaged disc is removed and the vertebrae above and below are fused together.

“It’s the tried-and-true method,” Qureshi says.

The downside is that you lose some spinal mobility in the area, which places more stress on the parts of the spine that still move.

“But once you have disc and arthritic changes, you’ve already lost movement,” Qureshi says. “So the amount of movement you lose with fusion is small.”

Another option: replacing the damaged disc with an artificial one. Disc replacement, a procedure available only in the last decade, “can treat the disc problem and preserve motion,” Blumenthal says. “It’s the greatest advance in spinal surgery in 20 years.”

Still, the life span of artificial discs isn’t clear. And, says Qureshi, if you have pain and arthritis in other areas of the spine, your pain may not diminish as much as you hoped.

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Silly Wabbit – Dumbest weapons (From TruTV.com)

Posted by 4love2love on June 13, 2011

To see the full list of the dumbest assaults and other crimes committed with weird weapons, please go to Weirdest Weapons.

TruTV.com contains a wealth of information about crime and punishment of any site on the web. It is one of my favorite all time sites for criminal information, along with some funny stuff like this post and the one prior to it.

So now, after the lamest excuses for murder, we continue with the weirdest weapons!

In Dunnellton, FL., a pre-dinner argument about bread escalated to a physical altercation when 53-year-old Elsie Egan, who insisted on sliced bread, allegedly hit Peter Schabhuttl, her roll-loving boyfriend of 16 years, on the head with an uncooked steak. Schabhuttl, 49, a disabled cancer patient, described the 10-16 oz. raw weapon to police, who took Egan to jail, leaving her meat-beaten beau to make his own bread choices. (Talk about making a big deal out of nothing – It’s bread, comes in many forms.. get over it)

South Carolina, An unnamed 15-year-old boy from South Carolina was the admitted culprit in a one-sided vehicular food fight, in which he allegedly threw a burrito out of a moving Dodge, sending it splattering all over the car and clothes of one John Addie. Addie, who had been driving along in his Honda when the flavor explosion ruined his day, was not amused by the juvenile prank. The teen terror was arrested and put in jail, where he was picked up by his dad. (I hope his Daddy gave him a proper spanking for this)

DeLand, FL., A father and son operating a convenience store in DeLand, Fla., in June 2008 found themselves facing a robber armed with a palm tree frond and a flip flop. The robber demanded money from the clerks, threatening them with his leafy weapon, until a customer chased him away with a stool. Useless as his weapons may have been, police still charged Gelando Olivieri, the alleged robber, with armed robbery.  (Who wants to lay odds that the other inmates laughed at him every day?)

Fort Pierce, FL. (are we noticing a pattern here?), Just before Christmas 2006, Ronny White, left, got into a road-rage confrontation with Keith Ramsford, right, near Fort Pierce, Fla. The altercation escalated until White allegedly pulled out a pair of deer antlers he happened to have in his car and attacked Ramsford with them. White was charged with aggravated assault, and Ramsford with aggravated battery with a motor vehicle.  (Attack of the killer deer antler… enough said)

Fresno, CA., When 21-year-old Antonio Vasquez arrived at a Fresno, Calif., home with the intent to rob it on Sept. 6, 2008, he came prepared. Brandishing an 8-inch sausage and a jar of all-purpose seasoning, Vasquez stole $900, hit one of the residents with the meat baton several times, and threw the seasoning into the face of another. Police quickly found Vasquez in an orchard nearby because he left his shorts, with his ID in the pockets, at the residence. (Can you imagine? I think I would have peed myself if someone came at me with a sausage, honestly.)

Peoria, Ill., A customer at a Peoria, Ill., McDonald’s drive-thru in March 2009 was so upset by the lack of egg in his McGriddle sandwich that he threw it at employee Patricia Munguia, 38, hitting her in the face. Police were unable to find the breakfast aggressor, but advised the victim to call them if it happens again. (Wow, anal much?)

Wenatchee, Wash., When high school student Joshua Hickson, 19, of Wenatchee, Wash., learned in September 2008 that his lunch mate had a peanut allergy, he apparently set out to verify this claim. Hickson grabbed a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and rubbed its contents on the forehead of his allergic peer. Fortunately, the victim of the nutty assault did not suffer a reaction, but Hickson was charged with assault. (…. nutty assault. LMAO)

Tucson, Ariz., Two 24-year-old Tucson, Ariz., men were charged with criminal damage, disorderly conduct, vandalism and assault without injury, after flinging custard pies at conservative commentator Ann Coulter as she gave a speech at the University of Arizona in October 2004. The culprits, Phillip Edgar Smith, left, and William Zachary Wolff, claimed to have been throwing the pies at Coulter’s “ideas, not at her.” (Did they miss their auditions at a 3 stooges remake?)

Fort Pierce, Fla. (again), When Kimberlee Ann Cole, 18, found her 24-year-old boyfriend Joel Goldsmith smoking crack in the bathroom on July 11, 2008, she allegedly beat him with a toilet seat. The Fort Pierce, Fla., couple’s housemate called the police, who discovered blood all over the bathroom in which the fight took place. Cole was charged with domestic battery, and Goldsmith, whose lacerations can be seen in the mugshot above, faced a cocaine possession rap. (Can we say someone needs to test their drinking water?)

Royal Oak, Mich., After 42-year-old Robert McClain fled the scene of a car accident in July 2005, police followed him to his Royal Oak, Mich., home. When they got there, McClain was ready to defend his honor. After allegedly trying to hit an officer with a sword, McClain ran to his basement, where he put on a chain mail vest and gauntlets and picked up a wooden mallet. Unfortunately for McClain, medieval weapons work best against other medieval weapons; his ancient arsenal did not stand a chance against a Taser. (A wooden mallet? Really? Talk about bringing a knife to a gun fight.. only this wasn’t even as good as a knife)

Germany, Outside a Hamburg, Germany, train station, police surrounded a man wielding a samurai sword in October 2006. As the suspect swung his sword, an officer deflected his blow with a broom, giving the others enough time to take him down. (I don’t personally consider swords unusual weapons, but the fact the broom was involved made this one worth adding to the list)

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From TruTV.com – Top 10 Killed for Stupid Reasons

Posted by 4love2love on June 13, 2011

I saw some of these and just about choked… some are completely baffling, others are just outrageous. People, remember that life is short and god, don’t take things so dang seriously. I have tried to rate these from least dumb to most dumb, though that was difficult considering they’re all dumb.

To read the full list of postings, please visit : Killed over What?! The Lamest Motives for Murder

 

10) Killed Over Stolen Chickens

July 26, 2010: Police in DeKalb County, Ala., found the body of Rickey R. McCallie in the backyard of a Dogtown home. An autopsy concluded that he had been shot several times. A suspect emerged in Wayne Thomas McMinn, 62, a registered sex offender convicted of sodomy in 2004. McMinn and McCallie had been involved in a long-running dispute over stolen chickens which tragically resulted in McCallie’s death. McMinn was charged with murder and held without bond.

 

9) Killed Over Speakers

October 14, 2008: Kent Craig, a federal meat inspector from Ontario, Calif., was sentenced to 26 years to life for orchestrating the 2002 murder of his neighbor Craig Corle, who had borrowed a set of stereo speakers from him and hadn’t returned them. Cesar Guzman, a friend of Craig’s, testified that Craig asked him to find someone to beat up Corle. Guzman, who had loaned Corle $100 for a computer and had never recovered it, contracted a teenage gang member nicknamed Hard Time to do the job for $50. While Hard Time was inside Corle’s apartment, gunshots were heard, and Corle was later determined to have been shot ten times. After the shooting, Hard Time was seen exiting Corle’s apartment with a computer. Guzman pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and testified that Craig gave Hard Time the greenlight to kill Corle.

 

8) Killed Over XBox 

Aug. 18, 2010: Marcus Donte Reed, 33, pictured, was charged with three counts of first degree murder after allegedly fatally shooting three brothers who he believed stole his Xbox. Police say Reed ambushed the brothers, Jerimiah, 20, Jarquis, 18, and Jean Adams, 13, while they were in their car. Reed’s girlfriend’s home had been burglarized earlier that day, and Reed had reason to believe one of the Adams brothers was involved.

 

7) Killed Over Parking Spot

Oct. 16, 2010: Detective Brian Stevenson, left, an 18-year veteran of the Baltimore police force, was out celebrating his 38th birthday when he became involved in an altercation with Sian James, 25, right, over a parking spot. James allegedly picked up a chunk of concrete and hit Stevenson in the head with it. Stevenson died later at a local hospital; James was charged with first degree murder.

 

6) Killed Over Hair Extensions

March 17, 2011: Above is a police sketch of one of the three suspects sought in the killing of a Dearborn, Mich., salon owner. The three suspects, two males and a female getaway driver behind the wheel of a silver Ford Focus, made off with 80 hair extensions.

 

5) Killed Over Remote Control

Feb. 11, 2011: In the Western Siberian village of Zhukovka, a 13-year-old boy shot his 17-year-old sister point-blank in the face with a hunting rifle during a fight over possession of the remote control. The boy did not face criminal charges due to his age.

 

4) Killed Over Chicken Tikka

Dec. 26, 2010: In the Rohini area of New Delhi, India, software engineer Himanshu Batra was getting out of his car at a market when his car door accidentally hit Surya Prakash, causing him to drop his plate of chicken tikka. A heated argument ensued, during which Prakash pulled out a pistol and fired four rounds, hitting Batra twice. Police traced Prakash by his car and arrested him in his home village of Khera Khurd.
3)Killed Over Puppy Pee

May 9, 2010: Marine Corps veteran Charles Clements, 70, left, who has won several awards for his meticulously tended lawn in the Chicago suburb of University Park, had a reputation for verbally attacking anyone who stepped on his grass. When Joshua Funches, 23, right, allowed his fox terrier to urinate on the prize-winning lawn, Clements went on the offensive. The two men got into an argument that ended when Clements fatally shot Funches in the stomach. Clements, who had no prior criminal record, was charged with second degree murder and faced 20 years in prison, but was sentenced to only probation after it was determined that he had fired the gun after Funches punched him in the face.

 

2) Killed Over Chewing Gum

Oct. 18, 2006: A 14-year-old boy in Columbia, Tenn., was charged with first degree murder after killing his twin brother. The two were allegedly arguing over chewing gum when the teen grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed his twin in the chest.

 

And the most stupid reason to kill someone……

 

1) Killed Over Chopsticks

April 15, 2011: An outraged boyfriend who pushed his girlfriend down 12 stories after a fight over chopsticks was sentenced to 14 years in prison in Singapore. Tan Teck Soon, 19, jumped after Chong Kar Yin, 20, after pushing her, but scaffolding broke his fall and he survived. Yin died in the March 7, 2009, tragedy.

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TruTV – Stalkers: The Psychological Terrorist

Posted by 4love2love on June 13, 2011

To view this article in it’s entirety, please visit Criminal Minds : Stalkers 

Stalker Types

 

Book cover: The Psychology of Stalking

Book cover: The
Psychology of
Stalking

 

Dr. J. Reid Meloy, author of Violent Attachments and editor of The Psychology of Stalking, is an expert on stalking behavior. Pathological attachments, he says, most often occur in males and generally start in the fourth decade of their lives. It follows a fairly predictable progression:

  1. After initial contact, the stalker develops feelings like infatuation, and therefore places the love object on a pedestal.
  2. The stalker then begins to approach the object. It might take a while, but once contact is made, the stalker’s behavior sets him up for rejection.
  3. Rejection triggers the delusion through which the stalker projects his own feelings onto the object: She loves me, too.
  4. The stalker also develops intense anger to mask his shame, which fuels the obsessive pursuit of the object. He now wants to control through harassment or injury.
  5. The stalker must restore his narcissistic fantasy.
  6. Violence is most likely to occur when the love object is devalued, as through an imagined betrayal.

Stalkers who are also psychopaths, Meloy says, experience only low levels of empathy or an absence of it altogether. Their relationships tend to be sadistic, based in power over others. He said he believes that this is associated with a lack of early attachment to others in the family. Meloy claims that psychopaths are biologically predisposed to antisocial activity because they have a hyper-reactive autonomic nervous system. Crime or exploiting others excites them. That means they’re motivated to do things that heighten their nervous system and have no real conscience about hurting others.

The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that every year over a million and a half people are stalked, over two-thirds of them women. Ninety percent of women killed by husbands or boyfriends had first been stalked. One in 12 women and one in 45 men in the U.S. – about 10 million people – has been or will be stalked sometime in the future. . (Among celebrities and other high-profile people alone, one security company has amassed over 300,000 communications. )

While many stalkers only threaten harm, a small percentage carry out their threats, damaging property or harming pets. With the rise in popularity of the Internet, cyber-stalking has become yet another avenue of danger. Many stalkers have a prior criminal record and show evidence of substance abuse, a mood disorder, a personality disorder, or psychosis. At least half of all stalkers threaten their victims, which increases the possibility of violence. Frequency of violence averages 25 to 35 percent, with most violence occurring between people who have been romantically involved in the past.

The unrelenting harassment causes great emotional stress in the targeted victims. Some people lose their jobs or have to change their identity and move. They may suffer from extreme anxiety, sleep disorders and depression. Some consider suicide. If they have family members or children who are brought under the threat umbrella, they suffer even more from guilt and fear for the others. Even if these incidents get reported, restraining laws can do little against the verbal harassment. In fact some laws require that there be a genuine risk of danger or a pattern of incidents before formal protection is offered.

There’s no easy way to predict who might become a stalker. It could be a former boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse; a fellow employee who has spotted his target in some casual encounter; a hostile neighbor; a video store clerk; and even a stranger who happens to have seen the victim on the street. Even people who were not abusive prior to their obsession can become so in the throes of it, because according to Janet S. Rulo-Pierson, a hospital counselor, they slowly exchange reality for an imaginary world that’s more comforting and empowering.

Several stalker typologies have been developed, and according to Dr. Michael Zona and his colleagues from the University of Southern California School of Medicine, stalkers appear to come in three basic varieties, with a perverse twist on stalking that adds a fourth important category:

  1. Simple obsessional
    The most common form is male with a female with whom he was once sexually intimate.
  2. Love obsessional
    A love-obsessed stalker tends to idealize a celebrity or someone he has seen from afar and he develops an unrealistic belief that the target person will agree to a relationship.
  3. Erotomania
    Someone suffering from this more extreme obsession believes that the victim loves him or her.
  4. False victimization
    Claiming harassment and stalking when none exists, this behavior is usually carried on by people with histrionic personality disorders.

Another method of categorizing stalkers comes from the team who wrote the FBI’s Crime Classification Manual:

  1. Non-domestic stalker, who has no personal relationship with the victim
  2. Organized (based in a calculated, controlled aggression)
  3. Delusional (based in a fixation like erotomania)
  4. Domestic stalker, who has had a prior relationship with the victim and feels motivated to continue the relationship; this constitutes around 60 percent of stalkers and the aggression often culminates in violence.

Stalkers tend to be unemployed or underemployed, but are smarter than other criminals. They often have a history of failed intimate relationships. They tend to devalue their victims and to sexualize them. They also idealize certain people, minimize what they are doing to resist, project onto people motives and actions that have no basis in truth, and rationalize that the target person deserves to be harassed and violated.

While many stalkers view their actions within a delusional framework and therefore see no need to get help, a few do actually approach professionals. One case resulted in a landmark decision that shifted certain responsibilities onto the shoulders of therapists.

 

More information on the site, linked above and here.

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