Uncategorized – Anderbose http://www.anderbose.com You want to talk facts? I got 'em. Fri, 09 Jun 2017 16:32:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 Donating To Charity Is Just Awesome http://www.anderbose.com/donating-to-charity-is-just-awesome/ http://www.anderbose.com/donating-to-charity-is-just-awesome/#comments Sun, 05 Jul 2015 04:22:29 +0000 http://www.anderbose.com/?p=6 Donating to charity is–or should be–a year-round occupation. But during the holiday season, an abundance of pleas arrive in the mail or by telephone. Often, they’re from charities that you’ve never heard of. Still, you may be tempted to send $10 or so.charity

That’s fine if the charities are worthwhile. But some aren’t. How can you tell? The letters sound sincere.
The medical research seems okay. But, the real “charity” you’re supporting might be the people who mailed the letter.

Most givers know they should ask the charity the following question: What percentage of each dollar you spend goes for good works? The answer should be 60 percent or more, with the balance going to fund-raising and administration. But, a charity can use those figures to mislead you.

For example, say the group claims to spend 80 percent of each dollar on its program, which includes “public education.” The find-raising letter provides some commonplace tips: for instance, “how to check yourself for …

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Donating to charity is–or should be–a year-round occupation. But during the holiday season, an abundance of pleas arrive in the mail or by telephone. Often, they’re from charities that you’ve never heard of. Still, you may be tempted to send $10 or so.charity

That’s fine if the charities are worthwhile. But some aren’t. How can you tell? The letters sound sincere.
The medical research seems okay. But, the real “charity” you’re supporting might be the people who mailed the letter.

Most givers know they should ask the charity the following question: What percentage of each dollar you spend goes for good works? The answer should be 60 percent or more, with the balance going to fund-raising and administration. But, a charity can use those figures to mislead you.

For example, say the group claims to spend 80 percent of each dollar on its program, which includes “public education.” The find-raising letter provides some commonplace tips: for instance, “how to check yourself for breast cancer,” or “five ways to prevent home fires.” Guess what? That’s “public education.” The charity might be spending most of your money to mail more “educational” letters to people like you.

Three nonprofit organizations have set voluntary “good guy” standards for charities, and publish lists of which ones pass or fail. Each list includes some groups the others don’t, so careful given make sure they get all of them. You’ll be astonished at some of the familiar names that aren’t up to snuff or that refuse to disclose financial information. The watchdogs:
1. The National Charities Information Bureau (19 Union Square West, New York, NY 10003; 212-929-6300; http://www.give.org). Its “Wise Giving Guide” rates 355 charities and is free by mail or on the Web. An in-depth report on a single charity is also free; additional reports cost $.3.50 each. The fall guide identifies 19 groups that are spending too much on fund-raising, most of which are devoting too little to their missions.

2. The American Institute of Philanthropy (4905 Del Ray Ave., Suite 300, Bethesda, MD 20814; 301-913-5200). The “Charity Rating Guide & Watchdog Report” gives more than 350 organizations grades from A+ to F, based on their financials. Currently, it is handing out 38 F’s. Special price for Good Housekeeping readers: $3 per single copy.

3. The Philanthropic Advisory Service of the Council of Better Business Bureaus (4200 Wilson Blvd., Suite 800, Arlington, VA 22203; 703-276-0100). Its “Give, But Give Wisely” evaluates about 200 charities that generate the most inquiries from the public. Thirteen of them have failed to meet one or more fund-raising standards. This guide is free through the end of December if you send a self-addressed, stamped, business-size envelope.

WHAT’S TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?

irsThe IRS smiles on generous given. You can write off your contributions to qualified organizations if you file an itemized tax return. There are limits on huge contributions, but here’s what’s generally deductible:

Cash contributions. For gifts of less than $250, you need a canceled check or thank-you letter from the organization, in case you’re audited. For gifts of $250 or more, you must have that letter.

Charity functions. If you buy a ticket to a theater benefit or church supper, you can tax-deduct only the portion of the price that exceeds the cost of your entertainment. The organization will tell you how much that is.

The cost of volunteering. You can write off the cost of using your car on the group’s behalf, at a rate of 14 cents a mile; any uniforms you buy (say, to work as a nurse’s aide); out-of-pocket expenses (such as food you bought for the Girl Scout troop); and travel expenses to the charity’s annual convention (as long as you’re “on duty” and not also taking a personal vacation). Keep receipts and travel records.

You cannot deduct the value of the time you give to the charity or the money you pay a baby-sitter while doing the charity’s work.

Gifts in kind. Deduct used clothing and household goods at their Fair-market value (think flea-market value). For gifts worth less than $250, you need a receipt from the charity describing what you gave and good records of your own. Gifts worth $250 to $500 require a more detailed written acknowledgement from the charity. Gifts over $500 require even more detailed accounting. (For further information, check the IRS’s “Charitable Contributions” publication at http://www.irs.ustreas.gov, or request a copy by calling 800-829-3676.)

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The Disadvantages Of Snoring Mouthpieces http://www.anderbose.com/the-disadvantages-of-snoring-mouthpieces/ http://www.anderbose.com/the-disadvantages-of-snoring-mouthpieces/#respond Thu, 25 Jun 2015 01:07:01 +0000 http://www.anderbose.com/?p=77 Snoring. It’s not pleasant and if you are the one who causes the familiar sound of snoring to ring throughout your house you probably feel a little guilty when you go to sleep. Maybe you try to go to sleep last so that the other members of your house can get some shut-eye in before you disturb them with your sound. Of course, no one really wants to snore and there are ways to go about stopping snoring from ruining the sleep of you and others.

There are a few different methods on the market: nasal strips, mouthpieces, ear plugs. All of these are designed to deal with snoring in one shape or form. We’re going to focus on mouthpieces today because there have been a lot of discussions lately about them. A lot of companies are promoting them and they have even had their time to shine on television. Of course, with every good thing comes the cons. We?re going to play the …

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Snoring. It’s not pleasant and if you are the one who causes the familiar sound of snoring to ring throughout your house you probably feel a little guilty when you go to sleep. Maybe you try to go to sleep last so that the other members of your house can get some shut-eye in before you disturb them with your sound. Of course, no one really wants to snore and there are ways to go about stopping snoring from ruining the sleep of you and others.

There are a few different methods on the market: nasal strips, mouthpieces, ear plugs. All of these are designed to deal with snoring in one shape or form. We’re going to focus on mouthpieces today because there have been a lot of discussions lately about them. A lot of companies are promoting them and they have even had their time to shine on television. Of course, with every good thing comes the cons. We?re going to play the devil’s advocate today and talk to you about some of the disadvantages that surround snoring mouthpieces.

They’re Expensive

Depending on how you go about getting a mouthpiece they can run you anywhere from $50 to over $1000 US dollars. Many people want to have the perfect fit and since all mouths are not made equal, the sensible person may go to their dentist to have one custom made. This would be a sure way to have a mouthpiece that fits, but you’ll be looking at paying at least $1000 for something like this.

They’re Cheap

The flipside of expensive is cheap. There are snoring mouthpieces that cost around $20 US dollars but as with anything that’s cheap in price it usually means it is cheap in material as well. You’re going to be putting this chunk of plastic in your mouth while you sleep. You want to make sure that if you’re going to go that route you won’t wake up choking on a piece of mouthpiece; or not wake up at all.

They’re Awkward

Remember, you are putting this thing in your mouth while you sleep for days on end. Most of them aren’t slim or trim. The majority of them are designed to push the lower jaw out to allow a clearer breathing channel in the throat. A few of them also have additions to press your tongue into the base of your mouth to keep it from flopping back into your throat and causing that snoring sound.

They Aren’t Very Practical

Not only do you need to remember to put this thing in your mouth every night, you need to replace it every 7-9 months for hygienic reasons and to combat normal wear and tear. With your saliva coating the mouthpiece every night your natural enzymes may start to break down the plastic or rubber which will make the mouthpiece less effective. Sine this is the case if you are spending $1000 to get one custom made by your dentist you’ll want to ensure you have at least $2000 a year to keep up with that. Plus, you really want to make sure you don’t lose it!

Mouthpieces can be a very effective way to combat snoring but they aren’t for everyone. This site has a number of anti snoring mouthpiece reviews that note this. Not every snoring mouthpiece is designed to fit a variety of mouth sizes. Some men have fairly small mouths so the men’s option won’t suit them. Some women have very large mouths so the ‘women’s’ option won’t suit them either. Not every snoring mouthpiece even has gender or size options.

Stopping snoring is a very important way to ensure that you and those who share your hoe are able to get a proper night’s sleep. Is a snoring mouthpiece for you? That’s your decision to make. We’ve just been that other little voice on your shoulder quietly pointing out the cons. It’s up to you to decide if they are worth it or not.

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Vaccines… There Really Should Not Be A Question http://www.anderbose.com/vaccines-there-really-should-not-be-a-question/ http://www.anderbose.com/vaccines-there-really-should-not-be-a-question/#respond Fri, 30 Jan 2015 17:44:05 +0000 http://www.anderbose.com/?p=68 Do you remember when you had chicken pox (varicella)? You had a fever, felt really sick, and itchy red spots formed all over your body. The spots soon became blisters that formed into scabs. Although chicken pox is often called a “nuisance” illness, it is really a serious disease that kills nearly 100 people a year. Not as serious as this one, but still.

The New Chicken Pox Vaccine

immunizationtimeNow those lives will be saved, because last March the Food and Drug Administration approved a new chicken pox vaccine. Now children who get this long-awaited vaccination will have no idea what it is like to get chicken pox, just like you have never gotten other diseases such as mumps, polio, or smallpox.

Most likely, you’ve received vaccinations against these and other illnesses so you won’t get them. The vaccine causes your body to make antibodies against the disease-causing virus, so if the virus ever tries to attack your body again, the antibodies will …

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Do you remember when you had chicken pox (varicella)? You had a fever, felt really sick, and itchy red spots formed all over your body. The spots soon became blisters that formed into scabs. Although chicken pox is often called a “nuisance” illness, it is really a serious disease that kills nearly 100 people a year. Not as serious as this one, but still.

The New Chicken Pox Vaccine

immunizationtimeNow those lives will be saved, because last March the Food and Drug Administration approved a new chicken pox vaccine. Now children who get this long-awaited vaccination will have no idea what it is like to get chicken pox, just like you have never gotten other diseases such as mumps, polio, or smallpox.

Most likely, you’ve received vaccinations against these and other illnesses so you won’t get them. The vaccine causes your body to make antibodies against the disease-causing virus, so if the virus ever tries to attack your body again, the antibodies will …

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What Can I Do About Hard Drive Failure Symptoms? http://www.anderbose.com/what-can-i-do-about-hard-drive-failure-symptoms/ http://www.anderbose.com/what-can-i-do-about-hard-drive-failure-symptoms/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:42:55 +0000 http://www.anderbose.com/?p=66 When a hard drive shows you some hard drive failure symptoms that are not usual and are not acceptable such as unusual sounds such as a grinding machine, this could be really annoying and could mean that the actual drive is about to be lost. So what are the steps that are recommended to be followed when such hard drive failure symptoms occur? First, you must know that there is nothing you could actually do to save the hard drive, as when it starts to die, it would eventually die and it is no longer a matter of if it would die, but a matter of when.

The first thing to do after realizing this is to start backing up your data, this would not as easy as it sounds as it would take a lot of time especially after the hard drive failure symptoms have started showing up. So it would take a number of days before you could back up your data …

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When a hard drive shows you some hard drive failure symptoms that are not usual and are not acceptable such as unusual sounds such as a grinding machine, this could be really annoying and could mean that the actual drive is about to be lost. So what are the steps that are recommended to be followed when such hard drive failure symptoms occur? First, you must know that there is nothing you could actually do to save the hard drive, as when it starts to die, it would eventually die and it is no longer a matter of if it would die, but a matter of when.

The first thing to do after realizing this is to start backing up your data, this would not as easy as it sounds as it would take a lot of time especially after the hard drive failure symptoms have started showing up. So it would take a number of days before you could back up your data as you might even use some software that are specialized with such issues. Error screens would always show up when the hard drive?s day approaches which means that the earlier you get it out and stop booting from it the less the lost data becomes.

Should You Perform Hard Disk Repair?

Have you ever encountered a serious problem with your hard disk drive? It can be very frustrating especially if you are already in the middle of your work and you are interrupted by a problem that deters you from working continuously. Your first instinct is to fix your hard disk drive right there and then. However, your attempt at hard disk repair might just do more harm than good especially if you are not really sure which technique you are going to employ. Instead of fixing the problem, you may end up damaging it. This is why you need to know the problem of hard disk repair techniques that will allow you to determine the errors without causing any damage to the drive.

As much as possible, you should only start with finding out what the error is all about. This way, you will have an idea whether or not you can fix it yourself. Normally, the system will show you if the problem is beyond simple hard disk repair. If it is already beyond your control, do not try to fix the issue. Instead, take it to someone who can really help you solve the problem. You may be required to replace hard disk drive if it cannot be repaired.

Causes Of Hard Drive Clicking Sounds

The hard drive is the best storage device that people use these days. You can be able to store a lot of information on the drives without any issues. However, panic can set in if you start to hear some hard drive clicking noises. So, what are the causes of these noises? In some cases, when the hard drive reader hits the internal head stop. This is called the click of death because not many drives can be restored after such an incident. Rough handling of the hard drive when moving it around can cause the click of death. For an external hard drive, sometimes it could be a loose connection causing the hard drive clicking noise. Ensure that the drive is well connected to the computer to avoid such noises. This is because the power to the hard drive is not enough to keep it spinning.

Sometimes the hard drive clicking noise could be because the drive is not on a level surface. When a drive is tilted at an angle, it is possible for it to start clicking. It will click because the complete rotation of the hard disk seems to be impossible. Make sure that the hard disk is placed on flat surface to prevent the clicking noise from occurring. In addition, a clicking noise from the hard drive might be due to high defragmentation of the drive.

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Turning Back The Clock – Tips For Your Health! http://www.anderbose.com/turning-back-the-clock-tips-for-your-health/ http://www.anderbose.com/turning-back-the-clock-tips-for-your-health/#respond Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:17:16 +0000 http://www.anderbose.com/?p=44 tfyhOn a weekend getaway, you climb five flights of stairs to see the view from an old church — just as you did on your honeymoon — but now you’re out of breath by the third landing, Your wardrobe has devolved into thigh-length sweaters, blazers, and slacks with elastic waistbands. Whatever happened to the robust health you took for granted not so long ago?

Never mind where it went — what’s important is that you can get it back. No longer do we have to rely on the age-old advice to “take some tonic and get fresh air.” We have years of scientific inquiry for guidance. Here, the latest on how to turn back the clock.

1. Eat Strategically

Looking for the next-best thing to a youth potion? Try foods containing antioxidants — substances that neutralize chemicals believed to contribute to most age-related problems, including heart disease, cancer, and even wrinkles. Fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants, as are garlic, red wine (drink …

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tfyhOn a weekend getaway, you climb five flights of stairs to see the view from an old church — just as you did on your honeymoon — but now you’re out of breath by the third landing, Your wardrobe has devolved into thigh-length sweaters, blazers, and slacks with elastic waistbands. Whatever happened to the robust health you took for granted not so long ago?

Never mind where it went — what’s important is that you can get it back. No longer do we have to rely on the age-old advice to “take some tonic and get fresh air.” We have years of scientific inquiry for guidance. Here, the latest on how to turn back the clock.

1. Eat Strategically

Looking for the next-best thing to a youth potion? Try foods containing antioxidants — substances that neutralize chemicals believed to contribute to most age-related problems, including heart disease, cancer, and even wrinkles. Fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants, as are garlic, red wine (drink in moderation), green tea and, soy (try miso soup and tofu).

Eat at least two servings of fruits and three servings of vegetables daily. Choose deep-colored foods, because their dark hues may mean they contain more antioxidants. Also, steam or stir-fry vegetables, since baking and boiling can destroy their age-fighting properties.

2. Get Fit

The fastest way to feel ten years younger is to exercise aerobically for 30 minute — all at once or in three 10-minute spurts — on most days of the week, says Kenneth Cooper, M.D., president of the Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas. Not only do regular workouts boost mood, energy, and alertness, they lower the risks of heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis. New research shows that exercise protects against breast cancer in particular (see “Health Check,” page 44). Working out also strengthens the immune system. In one study, women who walked briskly 45 minutes a day, five times a week, had half as many colds and bouts with the flu as nonexercisers.

Do anything that gets you moving: Jog, swim, bike, dance, chase the children around the house, take the dog for a power walk. Even gardening counts. Alternate among two or three of these activities to work a greater range of muscles — and avoid boredom.

Don’t forget about strength training. “From age twenty on, sedentary people lose one percent of their muscle mass each year,” says Debbie Herlax-Durga, an exercise physiologist in Walnut Creek, CA. “By age forty, that’s twenty percent. The flabbier muscles are, the less glycogen [muscle fuel] they can store, and the less strength and stamina you have.” So do a few simple strength-training routines at home, three times a week. They should take about ten to 15 minutes. Herlax-Durga recommends a ten-to twenty-dollar investment in a pair of three-to five-pound dumbbells or a rubber exercise band, which is about four inches wide and three feet long. and comes in different resistance levels. Both are sold in sporting goods stores or through catalogs such as Fitness Wholesale (800-537-5512). To strengthen a weak upper body (common in women), try these routines — either sitting or standing. Do eight to 12 repetitions of each.

* Rowing: Keeping your arms parallel to the floor, hold the band or weights in front of your chest (at armpit level) with your hands about six inches apart. Slowly bring your elbows toward your back, like you’re squeezing a pencil with your shoulder blades. Hold for two seconds, then bring them forward again. (If this is too difficult, use lighter weights or a band with less resistance; if it’s too easy, switch to heavier weights or a band with more resistance.)

* Biceps curl: If you’re using a band stand on end and hold the other in one hand. With your palm facing upward, slowly curl the band up to your shoulder, using only the lower part of your arm. Keep your elbow close to your body and your upper arm straight. With weights, use the same motions. Repeat with the other arm.

3. Stop Smoking

Aside from killing you, smoking causes bad breath, discovered teeth, and shortness of breath — all of which make you look and feel decades older. Plus, smoking can lead to sallow, wrinkled skin, and gaunt features.

The good news: Quitting is likely to make you feel better almost immediately (some people may experience withdrawal symptoms, but these are usually short-lived). Within hours, breathing returns to normal and bad breath vanishes. Within days, walking becomes easier and food tastes better. Within months, fatigue decreases. Within one year, heart-disease risk is half that of a smoker.

4. Pamper Your Skin

If you wear a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 15 (or higher) sunscreen and a hat every time you go outside, you can actually undo sun damage over a period of five years or more, says Albert Kligman, M.D., a professor of dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia. While you may be able to slightly accelerate the repair process by using skin-care products containing alpha-hydroxy acids, “the less you do to your skin, the better,” Dr. Kligman claims. His advice: Every day was with a mild liquid soap such as Dove or Oil of Olay, and apply moisturizer with an SPF 15 sunscreen and a peasize dab of Retin-A to keep skin supple.

5. De-Stress

Countless studies have documented the benefits of chilling out. Fatigue disappears; backaches vanish; colds and flu are kept at bay; blood pressure drops; and chronic conditions such as migraine, irritable bowel syndrome, insomnia, and adult acne improve. The best ways to de-stress:

* Exercise. A 30-minute aerobic workout increases the brain’s alpha-wave activity — an indicator of relaxation — and its production of soothing neurochemicals called endorphins.

* Try the “relaxation response. Choose a word, sound, or prayer, and repeat it to yourself or aloud to focus your mind. When everyday thoughts intrude, disregard them and return to your repetition.

* Streamline. If you find yourself panicking over how to fit all your obligations into one lifetime, examine what “extras” you can live without.

* Adjust your attitude. Some things are beyond your control, and others aren’t worth it. Be more selective about your worries.

6. Slim Down

sdShaving off excess body weight may not let you slip into a size ten again, but it can help you live longer — and feel better. If your body-mass index (BMI) is over 26 (see “What’s Your BMI?,” page 138), weight loss can help prevent high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. It can also fight fatigue. “Often, overweight people forget what it’s like to feel energetic,” says David S. Bell, M.D., author of Curing Fatigue. “The fatigue that accompanies being overweight tends to be the gentle, nagging type that’s easy to get used to.” For more information on dropping pounds, see “How Much Should You Weigh — Really?” (page 111).

Some tips from researches who have studied successful dieters:

* Perseverance pays. Few people manage to maintain initial weight loss.

* Regular exercise is essential

* Planning healthful, low-calorie meals is key.

7. Drink Water

Water is a surprising rejuvenator of mind and body. Upping intake improves breathing; lubricates joints and muscles, possibly preventing backache; and fights fatigue.

Drink eight eight-ounce glasses of water per day. Consume even more when you’re exercising, traveling by plane, or dieting. And remember, alcohol, coffee, and caffeinated tea (herbal brews are okay) act as diuretics. For every cup of coffee or glass of wine. drink eight ounces of water.

8. Sit Up Straight

Poor posture causes shallow breathing, which impairs circulation and depletes energy. Over time, it causes improper alignment of joints and ligaments, and can lead to back pain.

Can You Buy Youth in a Bottle?

Health-food stores would like you to believe you can. Here’s what experts have to say about some popular supplements making antiaging claims:

Melatonin Made by the pineal gland, this hormone regulates our sleep/wake cycles. Because production dwindles as we age, supporters say that taking synthetic supplements helps turn back the clock. Unfortunately, there’s no evidence of this effect in humans. Bottom line: Wad for more definitive research.

Ginseng This herb is said to boost energy and concentration, and reduce stress. But research is scarce, and long-term side effects are unknown. Bottom line: Save your money and exercise.

Coenzyme Q-10 An antioxidant found in the body, this substance is thought to fight aging because its production begins to decline at age 20. It’s being studied to treat head enlargement and heart failure, but side effects are unknown. Bottom line: Await further research.

Dhea Like Coenzyme Q-10, DHEA is produced by the body, and is found in smaller amounts after age 20. Supporters claim that taking 50 milligrams (mg) of the hormone daily — an amount equal to levels found in young adults — increases energy and improves immune function. But no studies investigating these claims have been done on humans, and DHEA may cause acne, elevate cholesterol levels, and even increase heart disease risk, because it’s converted into the male hormone testosterone. Bottom line: Don’t take it.

Vitamin C Research has shown that it may help stave off heart disease, cancer, and cataracts — especially in high doses (up to 1,000 mg). But extremely high daily doses of Vitamin C (more than 10,000 mg) can cause kidney stones and diarrhea. Bottom line: Feel free to take it in moderate doses.

Vitamin E A new study suggests that high doses of Vitamin E — 200 International Units (IU) daily — can slow a decline in immune function in elderly people. But keep in mind, if you’re taking blood-thinning medications, high daily doses of Vitamin E (100 IU to 400 IU) can interfere with blood clotting and may increase the risk of a stroke caused by bleeding in the brain. Bottom line: Elderly people may want to consider taking 200 IU of Vitamin E, but the young should stick to the Recommended Daily Allowance

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Deal With Snoring Problems By Reading Mouthpiece Reviews http://www.anderbose.com/deal-with-snoring-problems-by-reading-mouthpiece-reviews/ http://www.anderbose.com/deal-with-snoring-problems-by-reading-mouthpiece-reviews/#respond Sat, 18 Oct 2014 22:48:45 +0000 http://www.anderbose.com/?p=61 Yes, snoring CAN be solved!

Yes, snoring CAN be solved!

Being disrupted by constant snoring can really make you cranky as you wake up. This is because you have not obtained a good amount of sleep. You may already think that having a sound night?s sleep is no longer feasible but there are still some anti snoring devices you can purchase that will alleviate the problems brought about by snoring. One of the most popular anti snoring devices you can consider is the mouthpiece and doctors and dentists have already combined their efforts to come up with an effective anti snoring mouthpiece. Based on various mouthpiece reviews, the thing that makes a snoring mouthpiece stand out from the rest is its feature set.

With all the valuable snoring mouthpiece reviews you can come across online, being keen on selecting the right device is essential. You need to pretty much understand how the device works and reading snoring mouthpiece reviews can provide you the information you need. The information you …

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Yes, snoring CAN be solved!

Yes, snoring CAN be solved!

Being disrupted by constant snoring can really make you cranky as you wake up. This is because you have not obtained a good amount of sleep. You may already think that having a sound night?s sleep is no longer feasible but there are still some anti snoring devices you can purchase that will alleviate the problems brought about by snoring. One of the most popular anti snoring devices you can consider is the mouthpiece and doctors and dentists have already combined their efforts to come up with an effective anti snoring mouthpiece. Based on various mouthpiece reviews, the thing that makes a snoring mouthpiece stand out from the rest is its feature set.

With all the valuable snoring mouthpiece reviews you can come across online, being keen on selecting the right device is essential. You need to pretty much understand how the device works and reading snoring mouthpiece reviews can provide you the information you need. The information you …

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Goldie Hawn: Legend In Her Time http://www.anderbose.com/goldie-hawn-legend-in-her-time/ http://www.anderbose.com/goldie-hawn-legend-in-her-time/#comments Fri, 10 Oct 2014 17:55:50 +0000 http://www.anderbose.com/?p=40 ghWhen Goldie Hawn walked onstage as a presenter at this year’s Academy Awards in her slinky champagne-colored Vera Wang gown, the women gathered in Cathy Gallagher’s Manhasset, NY, home for their annual Oscar party were clearly smitten. “To die for!” gasped one.

“Oh, she looks so good,” purred another to a chorus of agreement. I he women, who came to the event dressed to the teeth, voted Goldie the sexiest woman of the evening. Yet another guest announced her intention to copy the dress for next year’s get-together.

Everyone, it seems, loves the irresistible Goldie. Fashion designers respect her insistence on paying for the clothes she wears, especially when so many stars flaunt their entitlement along with their borrowed couture. And as Burt Reynolds says, “Goldie is like one of EIizabeth Taylor’s diamonds. She has so many facets, you never know where the next sparkle is coming from.”

Yet even at her most fetching, Goldie poses no threat, winch is partly why woe: …

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ghWhen Goldie Hawn walked onstage as a presenter at this year’s Academy Awards in her slinky champagne-colored Vera Wang gown, the women gathered in Cathy Gallagher’s Manhasset, NY, home for their annual Oscar party were clearly smitten. “To die for!” gasped one.

“Oh, she looks so good,” purred another to a chorus of agreement. I he women, who came to the event dressed to the teeth, voted Goldie the sexiest woman of the evening. Yet another guest announced her intention to copy the dress for next year’s get-together.

Everyone, it seems, loves the irresistible Goldie. Fashion designers respect her insistence on paying for the clothes she wears, especially when so many stars flaunt their entitlement along with their borrowed couture. And as Burt Reynolds says, “Goldie is like one of EIizabeth Taylor’s diamonds. She has so many facets, you never know where the next sparkle is coming from.”

Yet even at her most fetching, Goldie poses no threat, winch is partly why woe: men find her so lovable. Goldie appears to understand this better than anyone. “I’m a girl’s girl,” she once told The New York Times, “and if I ever turned a woman off, I would be devastated. I do love men…but my sexuality isn’t a weapon or a device. It never has been.”

In fact, Goldie seems like the perfect best friend, a woman who’d rather make you laugh than put you through high drama, who’d be there for you in times of stress or sorrow. She’s the kind of person you’d want to have along if you were stuck in an elevator. And when that actually happened to her and three other people in Century City, CA, the coolheaded Goldie reportedly put her arms around one hysterical woman and calmed her for an hour until help arrived.

Amazingly, it’s been almost 30 years since she frugged and giggled her way to fame as a wide-eyed, body-painted Laugh-In regular. According to Elise, her anxious-actress character in The First Wives Club, “there are only three ages for women in Hollywood–Babe, District Attorney, and Driving Miss Daisy.” But Goldie herself has hung in there, mostly because women wanted her to. And because she figured out how to turn the male-oriented star system to her advantage.

Warren Beatty became the first man in Hollywood to tell Goldie Hawn she was smart, while they were filming Shampoo. Today, most moviegoers realize that the scatterbrained hippiechick of old is one of Hollywood’s sharpest cookies, a double threat as a producer and actress. Or as she has put it, “I’m smarter than people give me credit for. I have a light personality and a deep-thinking brain. Those are two very different things.”

At 51, Goldie is wealthy, famous, and still beautiful, her trim dancer’s body perfectly toned through daily workouts with a personal trainer in a state-of-the-art gym in her home. But we’d trust her with our husbands in a way we wouldn’t trust, say, Sharon Stone. Goldie’s cute and sexy, but there’s nothing manipulative about her. You’d never find her parading her wares in the too gaudy (and revealing) Valentino creation that MTV’s Jenny McCarthy wore to the Oscars. And you’d certainly never see her, like the ubiquitous McCarthy, posing for an ad on a toilet, her panties pulled down around her calves. In fact, Goldie downplays her sensuality through her humor and bubbly personality, and even her hairstyle: How many femmes fatales wear bangs’?

“She doesn’t come across as a dumb blonde–but as a smart, assertive woman who happens to have blond hair,” says psychiatrist Leah Dickstein, M.D., a leader on gender issues and director of the Division of Attitudinal and Behavioral Medicine at the University of Louisville in Kentucky. “She’s fun and direct and honest. She doesn’t ridicule others. Instead, she uses her sense of humor toward herself, not against other people.”

At the same time, adds Dickstein, Goldie has a definite code of ethics which she’s quick to defend. “It’s like, `Don’t mess with me, because I’ll let you have it, and you’ll be sorry you started up with me.”‘

She’ll also fight for what she believes is right–sometimes quite literally. Four years ago, Goldie reportedly came out of an antique shop to find a young punk riding off on the bicycle she’d parked outside. The actress chased the thief some 200 yards before collaring him and shoving him off her bike.

It takes spunk to live your convictions, but spunk is something Goldie has in spades. After being away from the screen for several years, she came back in a big way last year (“I’m back and I’m bad,” she purred to a reporter). The First Wives Club earned more than $100 million at the box office. And in the Woody Allen musical film Everyone Says I Love You, Goldie wowed just about everyone with her singing and dancing talents. Both movies furthered the solid reputation she built in Cactus Flower, The Sugarland Express, Butterflies Are Free, and Private Benjamin.

Despite such heady achievements Goldie makes it clear that her No. I priority is family. She’s devoted to her children–Oliver, 21, Katie, 18, and Wyatt 11–whom she calls “my greatest successes.” And though she’s been divorced twice, she’s managed to keep her longtime romance with Kurt Russell not just alive, but fiery. At the same time, she continues to assert her independence–by not winding up back at the altar.

As a child in Takoma Park, MD, a suburb of Washington, DC, “people used to ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up,” Goldie remembers. “And I’d say, `Happy!’ That was all I wanted to be.”

From the mouths of babes sometimes comes wisdom. And as the following reflections reveal, from the adult Goldie come words to live by–her recipe for a successful, contented life.

ON CHILDHOOD LESSONS

The younger daughter of Edward Rutledge Hawn, a violinist who could trace his ancestors back to a signer of The Declaration of Independence, Goldie found her father could be counted on for sage advice and guidance.

“My father always kept me on the straight and narrow in terms of what was real and what wasn’t. He said, `If you think you’re too big for your britches, just go stand in the ocean and feel how small you really are.’ I always remember that. He [also] told me, `Always look like you know where you’re going. If you need me, the umbilical cord is stretching wherever you are. Don’t pick your nose in public. And put the butter back in the icebox.'”

ON SELF-WORTH

Goldie learned one of her most important lessons at the age of 12, when she was asked to entertain at a friend’s bar mitzvah. Just as she started her dance routine, she slipped and fell. She got up and collected herself, but as the music started, she fell once more. Finally, on try three, she succeeded. “I realized I was probably the little girl who was going to make it,” she remembers. In other words, it takes perseverance–and extraordinary belief in one’s self–to make it against difficult odds.

“Women run households, they raise children, they have to be very, very tough. And when that power gets into the conference room, sometimes it’s scary…. Women must be real and they must also be feminine…. I’m not afraid of my femininity, and I’m not afraid of my sexuality. it’s not about conniving to get what I want. It’s about being true to who I am and taking pride in it.

“[If] you build your whole life on what a man thinks about you, then, when he leaves you, what other muscle have you developed? Mothers with daughters must learn to teach them now: You cannot give yourself away completely. Figure out what you love, learn about it, invest in it. Travel alone. State your claims. If your man plays golf three times a week, tell him that `In one year, it’s equal to two weeks of me being alone, so I’m going to Burma,’ or wherever.

“These things are very important for a relationship. They have nothing to do with love. They have to do with self-esteem…. [When my daughter, Katie, was thirteen, I’d say to her,] `Please don’t go to the boys for your esteem. You’ve not to feel good about yourself.'”

ON MOTHERHOOD

mhFamily has always been the most important thing in Goldie’s life. The only real goal she ever had, she says, was to be a good mother.

“Women are the healers and the caretakers and the heart of the home. They are very powerful.

“When I’m in my home, I’m the happiest person alive…. My phones go off. I don’t take business calls there. I don’t want my children to have to compete with that. My children and my home life are very important to me, but I’m not forfeiting my life, my career. I’ve tried to combine them, and I’m finding you can do it very, very easily.

“The key to raising children is mutual respect and admiration…but there must also be standards…of right and wrong. I don’t let my children curse in this house. That’s something I’ve always been a real stickler about. I don’t like bad language. Period. Not allowed.”

ON LOVE

After two failed marriages, to dancer/ director Gus Trikonis and actor Bill Hudson, Goldie describes Kurt Russell as both her best friend and her “lover for life.” Finding such a relationship was no accident.

“I’ve been consistently happy for [many] years, and that’s due to meeting the right man and the tremendous freedom we allow each other…. He’s extremely supportive of me, and I’m supportive of him. We have tremendous respect for each other’s opinions…. Whenever the daily pressures begin to erode our romance, we refocus on what we had when we first met, because neither of us wants to live without that.

“We stay together because we want to. We’re very much in love, and I know how rare it is to stay together like we have done in this business for this amount of time…. But doing our own things keeps a certain amount of mystery between us. And I love that. You know, I never get undressed in front of Kurt. I just give him glimpses.”

ON MARRIAGE

Though early on in their relationship, Goldie hinted that she and Kurt might someday marry, she now says she doesn’t think it will ever happen. In 1991, the couple took a vote and let the kids, including Boston, Kurt’s son from his marriage to actress Season Hubley, decide whether they should or shouldn’t tie the knot. The outcome? Thumbs-down. Today, Goldie simply wears a brace of diamond love rings on her left hand, but no wedding band. “I call Kurt my husband, and he calls me his wife,” she has said. “We’re not living in sin; we’re living in love.”

“Marriage has caused us both a lot of grief. And we look at each other and I think, `Gee, I just love you too much to put that ring on your finger.’

“I don’t like fusion. I think it’s dangerous. You lose personal power…. People change when they get married. Something happens…. [But] the truth is, Kurt called me the other night and said, `Marry me and take me away from all this.’ We tease each other a lot.”

ON BEING A DAUGHTER

Goldie was especially close to her mother, Laura, the proprietor of a dance school who named her daughter for a favorite aunt. After Laura suffered a heart attack, Kurt and Goldie took her into their home and cared for her themselves. Goldie put her career on hold until after Laura’s death in 1993.

“When elephants are dying, the rest of the herd gather round and support them. I know just how they feel because I did that with my mom.

“I had performed for my mother in her living room and performed for her until the day she died. Now there was nobody to perform for except me. It threw my life back onto my lap.”

ON SPIRITUALITY

A dedicated New Ager who daily drinks a “green juice” of celery, kale, parsley, and peppers–and adheres to a diet free of wheat, sugar, and dairy products–Goldie has installed a shrine in her L.A. home, which she calls a “sanctuary to house my spirit.” There, Goldie, who long ago incorporated meditation into her everyday life, is surrounded by crystals, prayer beads, and Buddhas.

“I was raised Jewish, although not in a strict religious atmosphere. If I would call myself anything, it would be a Buddhist. In my quiet moments, even as a child, I would find great solace in the concept of a higher energy. I don’t look at Buddhism as a religion; I look at it as a path to life.”

ON AGING

When she turned 50 last year, Goldie took one look at her backside, decided it could be firmer, and hired an exercise coach. Unlike her character in the black comedy Death Becomes Her, Goldie knows there’s no magic elixir to reverse aging or defy gravity. But by routinely leg-pressing 105 pounds, treading the StairMaster, bicycling around her neighborhood, swimming, hiking, and running, she’s sure managed to keep a lot of it at bay.

“Someone asked me recently, `Now that you’re older, don’t you wish you could play the ingenue just one more time?’ And I said, `Are you nuts?!’ I love this stage of my life. You know what I’ve discovered too? As a young woman, you’re never that sure of anything. It was hard for me to make real girlfriends because of competitiveness. And now, getting older, it’s so great. We’re more sure of ourselves and can have relationships with each other that aren’t about competitiveness.

“People always ask, `How does it feel to turn fifty?’ Well, you know, I could be dead. I’m here. I’m making the most of everything. I feel better than ever. And the good news is, I know who I am and I’m very proud of what I’ve accomplished. Now my focus is moving on to the next stage of my life. And that is about who I want to be at sixty, who I want to be at seventy, who I want to be at eighty. I want to move in a fashion that helps me through the transition of letting go of motherhood and moving into my womanhood. Using my feminine power, my feminine energy to continue to express myself. To teach and learn and accomplish things. I still have a lot to do.”

ON TRUE HAPPINESS

Goldie knows that nobody truly “has it all,” no matter how it looks to others. But some people come pretty close. And a positive outlook has a lot to do with it.

“Women can do four hundred things at once, because we’re equipped to do it. I don’t know why. We’re able to juggle. We can be strong, we can be smart and have an effect on society, but we can also be mothers and be warm and loving. Sometimes you think you’re never going to make it, but you do make it. Sometimes you hug your pillow and cry at night, but this doesn’t mean that life is bad. It just means that’s the way it is. Life is rich.

“I wouldn’t want to change my fate. I like who I am. I know I have faults; everybody does. I have neuroses and fears…. But I want to experience what’s natural and real. Crying is as important as a good laugh. I look at life for all that it is and all that it isn’t. Whatever it is, it’s there to be lived to the fullest. You can go for it all, and you may get it. But if you don’t, the important thing is to remember to be happy for whatever you do get.”

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The Imperfect Body Is Amazing… Love It! http://www.anderbose.com/the-imperfect-body-is-amazing-love-it/ http://www.anderbose.com/the-imperfect-body-is-amazing-love-it/#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 17:54:46 +0000 http://www.anderbose.com/?p=37 So you’re no thin. But maybe your body is wisely doing what’s best for you–even if that means adding where you’d like to subtract.

I was lying on my bed in the late afternoon, talking on the phone to my best friend about menopause. At 48, I’m staring down the gun barrel, so I want to know everything I can about what I’m headed for.

My friend was saying that she heard one of the things that helps you get through menopause is to have a little extra weight on you. I was very interested in this, because I now weigh more than I ever have, except when I was pregnant.

My friend told me it helps to be slightly overweight because estrogen is stored in fat cells, and estrogen can prevent some of the more unpleasant side effects of menopause.

ibia“Wow,” I said. “So probably we’ve gained this weight because our bodies are really, really smart, and they’re getting us ready for menopause

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So you’re no thin. But maybe your body is wisely doing what’s best for you–even if that means adding where you’d like to subtract.

I was lying on my bed in the late afternoon, talking on the phone to my best friend about menopause. At 48, I’m staring down the gun barrel, so I want to know everything I can about what I’m headed for.

My friend was saying that she heard one of the things that helps you get through menopause is to have a little extra weight on you. I was very interested in this, because I now weigh more than I ever have, except when I was pregnant.

My friend told me it helps to be slightly overweight because estrogen is stored in fat cells, and estrogen can prevent some of the more unpleasant side effects of menopause.

ibia“Wow,” I said. “So probably we’ve gained this weight because our bodies are really, really smart, and they’re getting us ready for menopause.” I thought about how my sister had been telling me recently about gaining weight that she just couldn’t take off. “I exercise and exercise,” she said, “and it just stays there!” It occurred to me that her body was saying, “Now look here. You’ve had your way with me long enough. Now I’m going to take over. You’ll be needing some blubber soon. And I’m going to give you some!”

At that moment, I had a little epiphany. I thought about how wise my body has been all along, and how talented. And how I’ve been generally terrible to it in return–not only by not taking care of it in ways that I could and should have, but also by talking bad about it all the time. The truth is, my body–like everyone’s–is utterly miraculous, and I have never given it its due. But I intend to right now.

First, I will put aside the obvious. I’m talking about pregnancy. Everybody knows how amazing pregnancy is, and everyone thrills to the profoundly moving sight of a brand-new life sliding into the world about all the other stuff bodies ? Where is our appreciation for that?

Think, for one moment, about the simple fact that all day long, our hearts beat. While we eat, while we sleep, while we fold towels for the linen closet, while we talk on the phone while we make love, our hearts beat. It’s not always the same rhythm either; your heartbeat adapts itself perfectly to each situation. If you put all the smartest people in the world at one table, told them every technological advantage was at their disposal, and that their task was to build a pump with the efficiency of the heart, they’d throw up their hands and quit instantly. Being so smart, they’d say, “We can’t do that!” and go out for lunch.

Think about how a knee works, an eye, what those things give you. Think about the still unfathomable mysteries of the brain. What accounts for our interesting and complicated natures? How do we fall in love? When you are at a party and you “feel” someone looking at you–how does that happen?

How is it that the sounds of birds get heard? How do our tongues and our throats do what they do so that we can talk, sing, yell, whisper? What makes us enjoy the smells of perfume, roasted chicken with rosemary, the presence of our favorite man’?

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to appreciate my body. I don’t know why I’ve complained, criticized, and carried on, when all my body has done is serve me exceedingly well.

I am not thin, no. I do not have perfect measurements. But compared to what I do have, it seems silly to fret. It seems more reasonable to celebrate. Therefore, last evening I opened a good imported beer and toasted my blubber, keeper of estrogen. “Good move,” I said to my stomach. “I hadn’t thought of adding on a storeroom. I’m glad you did.”

And when I bent down to look at my stomach, I could do that because of the precise working of a few muscles in my neck, because of the accommodating flexibility of my skeleton, because of the incomprehensibly fast-moving messages of my nervous system. I feel so tender, all of a sudden, toward my waterproof skin, my hardworking liver, and my clever sternum, protecting, as it does, my vital heart.

It all comes down to understanding that our bodies were not meant to be clothes hangers. They were designed to help us do our life’s work and to enjoy this fine, fine Earth. Our bodies want us to take part in all that life can offer us. This does not require being a size four. It requires the courage to acknowledge and be happy with all that we have. Turns out that’s an awful lot.

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Hair Loss: Not Just A Male Problem http://www.anderbose.com/hair-loss-not-just-a-male-problem/ http://www.anderbose.com/hair-loss-not-just-a-male-problem/#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 17:18:32 +0000 http://www.anderbose.com/?p=33 hlIt can be devastating: When a woman loses her crowning glory, her sense of self-worth may suffer as well. but here are solutions that help-in more than just cosmetic ways.

Grab about eight to ten hairs and give a light tug. Get some? If it’s just a strand or two, you can stop worrying that you’re losing your hair. If you came away with four or more, you have reason to be concerned. Twenty-five percent of women begin to experience some degree of hair loss by age 40; by menopause, the percentage rises to 60. The good news is
that the growing acknowledgment of female hair loss has prompted the development of highly effective solutions for women with thinning ponytails and widening parts–both early signs of the problem.

Up until the 1980’s, hair loss in women was assumed by most dermatologists to have an underlying medical cause. But now it’s widely known that, like men, women experience hereditary hair loss. The one upside is …

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hlIt can be devastating: When a woman loses her crowning glory, her sense of self-worth may suffer as well. but here are solutions that help-in more than just cosmetic ways.

Grab about eight to ten hairs and give a light tug. Get some? If it’s just a strand or two, you can stop worrying that you’re losing your hair. If you came away with four or more, you have reason to be concerned. Twenty-five percent of women begin to experience some degree of hair loss by age 40; by menopause, the percentage rises to 60. The good news is
that the growing acknowledgment of female hair loss has prompted the development of highly effective solutions for women with thinning ponytails and widening parts–both early signs of the problem.

Up until the 1980’s, hair loss in women was assumed by most dermatologists to have an underlying medical cause. But now it’s widely known that, like men, women experience hereditary hair loss. The one upside is that women are generally better-equipped than men to deal with it. Comfortable navigating the world of cosmetics, women research and initiate treatment sooner and more thoroughly. In addition, most solutions–including illusion styling, Rogaine, and hair additions–work better on women.

Hereditary Causes

Nineteen million American women experience some form of thinning hair. The vast majority are affected by androgenetic alopecia, or hereditary hair loss, which can begin anytime after puberty but–in as many as a quarter of cases–starts before the age of 40. How extensive the loss may be is up to the law of averages: If Dad is a carrier, there’s a one-in-three chance his daughter will see its effects.

Unlike men, who experience androgenetic alopecia as a recession of the frontal hairline and hair loss on the crown of the head, women see diffuse loss, mainly over the top of the head. “The gene for androgenetic alopecia is inherited equally in men and women,” says Jerome L. Shupack, M.D., professor of clinical dermatology at the New York University School of Medicine, “but you need the presence of DHT [dihydrotestosterone], a male hormone [or androgen], for the gene to express itself.” In women, where the balance between female and male hormones is more fragile, even a slight shift can signal the hair follicles to shrink and begin producing shorter, thinner hairs. Fortunately for many women, estrogen suppresses male-hormone production, delaying hair loss. When menopause approaches and estrogen levels drop, however, the protective effect is lost, although estrogen-replacement therapy appears to help.

The Stress Factor

The second most common form of thinning hair, telogen defluvium, is stress-induced and causes sudden, temporary clumplike shedding. Here, 10 to 15 percent of hair follicles abruptly enter a resting stage. “This type of loss is the result of a transient but significant hormonal shift caused by a traumatic event,” says Dr. Shupack, “like delivering a child, going on or off the Pill, or anorexia nervosa.” Can a single shake-up like a marital spat or a botched meeting cause such stress? It’s not likely. “Emotional stress seems to cause hair loss usually when it translates into physical stress, like severe weight loss or sleep deprivation,” says Dr. Shupack. Unless the condition is chronic telogen defluvium (which can last up to seven years), growth returns to normal within about nine months.

Telogen defluvium and androgenetic alopecia account for 90 percent of hair loss cases. Other causes range from medical disorders (including an underactive thyroid or an iron deficiency) to yo-yo dieting and improper hair care (e.g., excessive bleaching, coloring, or perming, or overly tight cornrows or braids that cause hair breakage). Because the underlying cause is the one to treat–and more than your hair may be at stake–all significant loss should be reported to a physician. With a correct diagnosis, you’re likely to get many recommendations.

How to Treat

Here’s the lowdown on what works–and which option is best for whom:

Hair-care products.

How they work: Hair-thickening shampoos are formulated without heavy conditioning ingredients that can weigh hair down: they make hair a little stiffer, so it appears fuller and fluffier. Thickening conditioners, mousses, and gels coat and plump up the hair shaft.

Cost: $2 to $20, depending on whether you buy them at a drugstore or salon.

Best for: Women with minimal hair loss.

What to expect: In a Good Housekeeping Institute study of thickening shampoos, all panelists and independent observers noticed that hair had more fullness and body after use. The effect of conditioners and styling products is similar to putting mascara on eyelashes. (Because a too heavy application of such thickeners can produce the opposite effect, use them sparingly and distribute evenly through hair.)

Snags: Despite claims, neither these products nor the hair-care “systems” that promote various magic-bullet ingredients, can arrest hair loss.

Illusion Styling

How it works: Hair is cut, colored, or permed to create the illusion of more hair. “The key to making hair look thicker is to keep it condensed,” says Cosmo DiSchino, owner of Cosmo & Company’s Salon of Aesthetics, in West Palm Beach, FL. “Cut it short–chin-length or above; zigzag the part; add more bangs, especially if loss is heavy at the hairline.” To maximize volume while styling, scrunch hair with hands while blow-drying on medium heat (overdrying makes hair limp). If your scalp is visible, you may want to dye your hair a color that minimizes the contrast–for example, going lighter if hair is dark, or blond if it’s gray. “Coloring also swells the hair shaft, making hair appear thicker,” notes Damien Miano, co-owner of New York City’s Miano Viel Salon. And because curly hair bends back on itself, thereby appearing denser, perming is another good option.

Cost: $9 and up.

Best for: Illusion styling is the most popular treatment for women with hereditary or temporary hair loss.

What to expect: Though purely cosmetic, strategic styling makes the most of the hair you have left.

Snags: If loss is due to hair being damaged, chemical processing-which can further weaken vulnerable tresses–isn’t recommended.

Minoxidil

How it works: Minoxidil is thought to work by stimulating the hair follicle to grow for a longer period of time. It must be applied to the scalp twice daily.

Cost: $20 to $30 for a one-month over-the-counter supply of Rogaine, Upjohn’s brand name for products with minoxidil. Generic versions cost $10 to $15.

Best for: The only Federal Drug Administration (FDA)-approved treatment for slowing hair loss, minoxidil is the second most popular choice among women for good reason–it appears to work best on them. “The more coverage you start with, the more you’ll end up with; the sooner you start, the better,” says Arthur P. Bertolino, M.D., Ph.D., director of the hair consultation unit at New York University.

What to expect: Clinical studies found that minoxidil impeded hair loss in 60 percent of women; 19 percent experienced “moderate” regrowth, though new hair is rarely as thick or dark as it had been.

Snags: The greatest drawback is that minoxidil must be used for as long as you want its effects; all regrowth is lost about three months after stopping application. It can take four to nine months before you even know if it will work for you. Additionally, minoxidil doesn’t seem to be helpful if loss is already pronounced. It shouldn’t be used while a woman is attempting pregnancy, is pregnant, or is breast-feeding.

Hair Additions

hcHow they work: The female counterpart to The Hairclub for Men, additions provide fullness and coverage to your existing hair on a long-term basis. The new hair can be cut, permed, and styled. There are several options: Weaves (pieces of real or synthetic hair) are attached to small braids of your own hair. “Integration” pieces, which resemble hair nets woven with strands of hair, are custom-made to fit larger areas of loss–say, the entire crown. For severe thinning, there’s a three-quarter piece, which is practically a whole wig, but through which natural hair can be pulled for blending.

Cost: A high-quality “top-piece” can cost $500. This includes enough real hair pieces to fill out the crown of the head, application, blending with real hair, and styling. Additional charges include $40 for tightening every four to six weeks, and $75 to $150 for quarterly reapplication. More involved additions can run $750 to $1,000.

Best for: Anyone with noticeable loss–whether it’s allover thinning or one small spot, says Linda Stanojevic, owner of Shears To You, a salon in Oak Lawn, IL, specializing in hair additions.

What to expect: Immediate and full coverage. Stanojevic claims that some are so inconspicuous women can wear a part or pull their hair straight back. But all types are noticeable to the touch.

Snags: Dermatologists warn that additions can damage already fragile hair and are difficult to clean, though newer styles are designed for easier and more thorough shampooing. Finding a salon that specializes in hair additions may be difficult. Some that do: Gilbert Hair Illusions in Miami (305-461-0077); the Hair Doctor Salon in Boise, ID (800442-1291); Jeffrey Paul Salon in Cleveland (800-883-7667); Kimberly Sullivan Micro Systems flair Replacement Studio in San Ramon, CA (510-8381522); Shears To You (708-802-0984). Or call the American Hair Loss Council at 312-321-5128.

Transplants

How it works: A two- to three-hour surgical procedure in which hair–roots and all–is harvested from a dense area that rarely thins (often the back of the head) and inserted into slits between existing hairs in thinning areas. Hair transplantation has evolved from the days when “plugs” of hair were grafted into the scalp, leaving tufts that resembled doll’s hair, notes Walter Unger, M.D., a Toronto-based dermatologic surgeon, and author of Hair Transplatation (Marcel Dekker, 1995). Now, micro- or mini-grafts (tufts of one to three hairs) are inserted into slits with a hypodermic needle or small scalpel. The procedure is done under local anesthesia, and no stitches are needed. Although the area is covered with scabs for several days, hair can be shampooed the next day. The transplanted hair falls out after two to four weeks, and new hair grows in about three months later.

Cost: $5 to $20 per graft. Because a typical session involves at least 500 grafts, it can cost between $2,500 and $10,000.

Best for: Hair transplanting is the one treatment better suited to men than to women because of the latter’s more diffuse hair loss. “In order for transplants to work, you need an area of significant density to harvest hair,” says Dr. Unger. But don’t count yourself out: “If there is at least one tenth of an inch of space between hairs’ micro- (one hair) and mini(two to four hairs) grafting is possible,” says Dr. Bertolino.

What to expect: Done correctly, the results are permanent.

Snags: Inserting hair into an area that’s already populated is a tricky business. Choose your surgeon with care. For information and referrals, call the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (800-444-2737), or the American Academy of Dermatology (847330-0230)

Propecia

How it works: A low dosage of Proscar, a medication prescribed to men to prevent and retard enlargement of the prostate gland, Propecia thwarts the conversion of testosterone into hair-loss-provoking DHT. Both Propecia and Proscar are Merck & Co. brand names for the drug finasteride.

Cost: Probably $60 to $100 for a month’s supply of pills.

Best for: Propecia may soon be an excellent option for menopausal women, but it’s not suggested for women of childbearing age due to the risk of birth defects.

What to expect: “Propecia has the effect of growing back more hair than minoxidil,” says Dr. Unger.

Snags: Propecia has not been approved by the FDA for the treatment of hair loss in either men or women. However, it’s been widely tested for men and is being studied for use in women at eight clinics nationwide. The drug is expected to be available to women by prescription within a year.

RELATED ARTICLE: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

I can recall the moment with perfect clarity, like every other calamitous event in my life. I was at the beauty parlor, freshly washed and waiting to be cut, when I first noticed I was losing my hair. I stared at my reflection in the mirror. There, right on the front of my scalp, was a bare patch about the size of a dime that seemed to have popped up overnight.

“Oh, don’t worry about that,” my stylist said, waving away my anxiety like an annoying mosquito. “A lot of women experience a little thinning on top when they hit forty. It will stop.”

Five years later, the dime has turned into a half dollar, and I have no reason to believe the inflation won’t continue. My stylist no longer lies to me; both of us know the truth.

Instead, he has become my coconspirator, my partner in artifice–blowing, teasing, moussing, perming, and coaxing each precious wisp to do the work of two. With each visit, he gradually moves my part lower and lower, until it almost touches my ear.

I never had a svelte figure or flawless complexion. But my hair was one of my best features. Now, the evidence of my loss is all around me–dangling from my comb, wrapped around the drain, floating onto my shoulders. Why is this happening to me? I continue to wonder. How did I go from having a bad-hair day to a no-hair day?

Once, I ever so gingerly brought up the subject to my husband, who reassuringly declared that he married me–not my hair. But will he still feel this way a few years from now when, I fear, I’ll be even more follicularly challenged?

Good brassieres can help neutralize the effects of gravity; opaque hose can hide spidery veins. But of all the indignities of aging, hair loss is one of the hardest to camouflage. Which is why it’s such a blow to the self-esteem.

“I went through a real depression,” says Marsha Knight Dubois, a Tinley Park, IL, nurse who started losing her hair in her mid-30s. “To a woman, her hair is very important because it’s the frame for her face.”

Dubois, 51, confronted the problem by getting a wig, but she hated the way it looked and felt. “The day it blew off and a man helped me chase it around the parking lot was, quite possibly, the most humiliating day of my life.” Complicating the emotional landscape was the fact that Dubois was contemplating a divorce. “After twenty-nine years of marriage, dating was petrifying enough, but to do it without hair would’ve been a nightmare.”

Desperate, Dubois heard about a local stylist who did hair weaves, and could combine her own strands with artificial hair. At the time, the price tag was prohibitive for her, so Dubois volunteered to be the model while her stylist taught the technique to disciples.

“When it was done, I felt like a little kid; I just kept shaking my head and touching my new hair. It was as if someone gave me my life back. I stayed [in my marriage] so long because I didn’t think anyone would want me. But my new hair gave me the confidence to be on my own.”

She wasn’t on her own for long. A coworker fixed her up with a friend, and 14 months later, in February 1997, Dubois married her husband, Don.

Tracy Pattin, 40, was also desperate enough to be a guinea pig. In 1986 she participated in clinical trials for Rogaine. “It was my only hope,” says Pattin, who lives in San Francisco and had battled hair loss since she was 17. “I was so fragile. All it took was one comment–especially from a man–to absolutely flatten me.”

Hair loss had even affected her work. Trained as an actress, Pattin found herself taking voice-over roles so she could be invisible. But after several months of Rogaine treatments, she started noticing that some of the sparse spots were getting I fuller. “I can’t describe the feeling… like I was normal again.”

Eleven years later, Pattin still faithfully applies the liquid twice a day–and will be perfectly happy to do so for the rest of her life. Her experiences prompted her to start a hair-loss support group–which still meets in the Bay Area–and become a spokesperson, which led to an appearance on the Today show. “It was ironic-l had spent years covering myself up with scarves and hats, terrified someone would find out about my hair. And here I was, talking about it on national TV!”

The response was overwhelming. Pattin received some 1,500 letters from women, a few so poignant she wept when she read them. “In this day and age, when people talk about everything, hair loss is still in the closet,” she maintains. “Women need to swap information, lend support. And know they’re not alone in this. A lot of us are going through it.”

Pattin is now cowriting a book called Please Come Back, which sums up the mourning that often accompanies hair loss. “But it doesn’t have to be that way,” she insists. “Whatever you do, do something. There are just too many choices today to let this ruin your life.”

As for me, I’m keeping one eye on the mirror and the other on the latest scientific research–and, for now, using enough mousse to slice a hole in the ozone.

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