This is genuinely Microsoft’s idea of a “streamlined”, “optimized” UI for Windows Explorer. They were so proud of it they wrote a blog post about it.
The post is a sort of masterpiece of crazy rationalization, but I think my favourite part may be this screenshot:
Here, they proudly overlay the UI with data from their research into how often various commands are used. They use this to show that “the commands that make up 84% of what users do in Explorer are now in one tab”. But the more important thing is that the remaining 50% of the bar is taken up by buttons that nobody will ever use, ever, even according to Microsoft’s own research. And yet somehow they remain smack bang in the middle of the interface. The insanity is further enriched by this graph:
Again, this is Microsoft’s own research, cited in the same post: nobody — almost literally 0% of users — uses the menu bar, and only 10% of users use the command bar. Nearly everybody is using the context menu or hotkeys. So the solution, obviously, is to make both the menu bar and the command bar bigger and more prominent. Right?
Microsoft UI has officially entered the realm of self-parody.
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Article by at 2010-07-23 08:30:02#Center #health #Longevity Loading… Hide notes Likes Acupuncture and Natural Treatment Options for Depression
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Approximately 38 million Americans suffer with chronic anxiety or depression. One out of eight adults are currently taking antidepressant medications—that statistic alone is depressing. While these medications can offer support and benefit for certain individuals, there are indeed many people that do not respond well to this form of treatment. This can be due to a number of factors including:
- Unpleasant side effects that outweigh the benefits of the medication
- A developed tolerance to the medication that causes benefits to diminish
- Excessive sensitivity to the concentrated, chemical nature of these medications
- Depression that is not due to a biochemical imbalance, but is the result of a deeper unresolved spiritual issue
In my clinical practice, I have worked with a number of patients who were convinced that they had run out of options after finding medications and/or talk therapy to be ineffective for their needs. Many of these people try acupuncture as a last resort. Based on the experience I have in working with numerous patients who suffer from chronic depression, I truly believe that Chinese medicine, nutritional supplementation, meditation, and yoga can offer tremendously helpful support in healing the root causes of this epidemic. This approach is much more comprehensive and much less invasive to the brain than using SSRI medications. It accounts not only for biochemical factors, but also energetic, nutritional, and spiritual influences as well.
Practiced for over 2,500 years, acupuncture is a branch of Chinese medicine that treats the energetic level of the human body and mind. As surprising as it is to most people, acupuncture is usually a profoundly relaxing experience that establishes a deep quality of restoration and balance to the central nervous system. Most people feel altered, dreamy, or sleepy after treatment. This feeling tends to stick around for a few hours after the treatment and becomes a more continuous experience with repetitive treatment. Acupuncture works by balancing the flow of Qi, or internal life force in the body.
There are a number of Chinese herbal formulas and Western herbs and minerals that can work wonders for depression. I use a variety in my practice to treat this condition. Each individual’s condition is unique, so the herbal therapy is also customized.
One of the most important considerations here is to maintain stable blood sugar throughout the day. Many patients with depression suffer from hypoglycemia. They tend to eat refined carbohydrates and/or drink coffee to start the day, only to experience the typical ‘crash’ around 2-4pm. To keep the blood sugar stable, begin the day with a high protein breakfast such as eggs, turkey bacon, whole oats, or smoothies with whey or goat protein in them. Eat a low glycemic snack every 2-3 hours. Avoid coffee and other forms of caffeine. It can also be revealing to avoid allergenic foods such as wheat, gluten, pasteurized dairy, and refined sugar for one month to see if the depression significantly improves.
Meditation and Yoga
Many people find meditation and yoga to be their most powerful allies in healing depression. With regular practice of various breathing techniques and yoga postures, people often feel that they have much more control over the depression and that it need not run their life anymore. These practices can be direct gateways to the rest and restore mode of the nervous system. On a deeper level, they can help us forge a spiritual connection with our lives that instills an unshakable sense of trust and safety in the workings of the universe.
From a holistic perspective, our symptoms are never random. There is always a reason why they creep up. In the case of depression, it is helpful to disengage from our personal feelings about it and look at the bigger picture. What is the depression telling us about ourselves? Is it a warning sign that something is amiss and needs to be acknowledged or changed? In any regard, the practices mentioned here can offer a profound level of support in getting to the root of the problem and inducing a gentle course in a new direction of inspiration and insight.
Amie Brooke Nelson, MSOM is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and holistic nutritional therapist. She can be reached at (415) 860-7896.#acupressure #holistic medicine #herbs #alternative medicine #homeopathy #natural health Loading… Hide notes Likes Follow Unfollow
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Asthma affects approximately 20 million Americans every year. Conventional treatment options are limited to steroid inhalers and bronchodilators. While these medications are effective in relieving the symptoms of asthma, the side effects of continuous long-term treatment can be severe and debilitating. There are numerous natural strategies to consider for chronic asthma that can offer effective treatment without side effects.
The following nutritional supplements and herbal formulas are used to help control asthma:
Quercetin - Recognized as one of the superior flavonoids because of its marked antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Quercetin is known for its ability to stabilize mast cells and help control allergies. If the asthma is directly related to allergic reactions, then quercetin is an excellent supplement to try.
Grape Seed extract - A strong antioxidant that is also very good at reducing inflammation and breaking the chronic pattern of allergy-induced asthma. Cod liver oil - High in essential fatty acids, cod liver oil reduces inflammation, promotes healthy circulation, and is generally strengthening for immunity.
MSM - MSM is an organic sulfur-containing nutrient, a naturally occurring compound in the environment and in the human body. Sulfur is necessary for the structure of every cell in the body. Hormones, enzymes, antibodies, and antioxidants all depend on it. Because the body utilizes and expends it on a daily basis, sulfur must be continually replenished for optimal nutrition and health. MSM has anti-inflammatory properties. It boosts immunity and is helpful for allergies.
Ginseng and gecko: A Chinese herbal formula (ren shen ge jie san) that clears heat and phlegm from the lungs and strengthens both lung and spleen
Qi Ding chuan tang: The most widely used herbal formula for asthma, ding chuan tang can be applied to all kinds of asthma. In particular, if the asthma is exacerbated by the onset of a cold, this formula works well.
Jade Windscreen: A Chinese herbal formula (yu ping feng san) that can be combined with one of the above formulas to add more support in strengthening immunity and boosting lung function.
Practiced for over 2,500 years in various cultures throughout Asia, acupuncture has enjoyed a long history of treating internal medical conditions. Acupuncture can be very effective in the treatment of asthma because it helps to reduce inflammation and balance the major organs that are contributing to one’s symptoms. In Chinese medicine, asthma can be caused by a variety of factors including stress, diet, allergies, candida infection and constitutional weakness. All of these factors are related to different internal organs that are causing the lungs to constrict. Acupoints are used on the corresponding meridians that will balance any energetic or functional disharmonies in the respiratory system. Adjunctive therapies are also very helpful for asthma, such as cupping and gua sha.
The main strategy for asthma sufferers is to avoid foods that provoke inflammation in the body. At the top of this list is all refined sugars and carbohydrates. Any food that converts into sugar very quickly in the body is going to cause inflammation. Many asthma patients report a marked improvement in their symptoms simply by reducing or removing these foods from their diet. In Chinese medicine, the lungs share a close relationship with the large intestine. Intestinal toxicity can cause a whole cascade of internal problems, including asthma and allergies. If there is a history of constipation, then a cleansing approach is useful to detoxify the colon—which will indirectly benefit the lungs. A high fiber diet that is rich in fruit and vegetables is the key. Flax seed, prune, pear, ripe banana, and herbs such as rhubarb root are helpful colon cleansers.
Anytime the asthma is in remission, I recommend undertaking deep breathing exercises as much as possible. Ujayi breathing in yoga is a very helpful practice for building lung capacity and strength. This is a long, exaggerated breath that is coordinated with each asana (yoga posture). Many of the chest-opening asanas are healing for the lungs as well. Pranayama exercises such as the one minute breath and alternate nasal breathing are beneficial, especially if done on a daily basis. The one minute breath involves inhaling as slowly as possible for as long as possible, holding for as long as possible, then exhaling for as long as possible. Try to build up to a full minute of doing this. Alternate nasal breathing involves plugging one nostril, then inhaling deeply through the other, switching sides, then exhaling slowly and fully, inhaling deeply, then switching sides. This can be repeated several times.
If your stress level is high, then I recommend learning how to meditate for 15-30 minutes per day. If you need help with this, please ask me.
Amie Brooke Nelson, MSOM is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist and holistic nutritional therapist. She can be reached at (415) 860-7896.#natural health #natural medicine #acupressure #herbs #holistic medicine #alternative medicine #homeopathy #Chinese medicine Loading… Hide notes
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The Chinese Art of Acupuncture
According to legend„ acupuncture started in China when some soldiers who were wounded by arrows in battle experienced a relief of pain in other parts of the body, and consequently people started experimenting with arrows (and later needles) as therapy.
The ancient Chinese medicinal art of Acupuncture has an important place in alternative healing even today. The proponents of acupuncture rave about the benefits and efficacy of receiving acupuncture treatment sessions. There are also many studies that have substantiated some of the positive effects of acupuncture treatments on patients.
Acupuncture involves positioning long, thin needles on various points on the body. There are different techniques to the insertion of the needles, including care for the angles at which they are inserted, different types of needles (there are nine, but most practitioners only use six types of the needles), and various ways to twirl or vibrate the needles. The needles are placed on the body depending upon the ailment of the patient. Acupuncturists believe that the body has different energy channels that help in the efficient and proper functioning of the body. Precise placement of the needles draws energy to the needed areas and makes way for positive energy flow. This is what adherents profess gives the health benefits.
Those who practice and those who receive acupuncture point to a variety of positive health benefits associated with the expert placement of the needles. When placed in the proper places, acupuncture needles are said to help cure nearly any ailment from chronic pain to diabetes to cellulite. Cancer patients report that acupuncture helps them deal with their disease by helping them achieve calm and by helping them feel more energetic after cancer treatments. Additionally, relief of the pain associated with the progression of the cancer is felt. Similar results are said to be felt by HIV/AIDS patients.
For people without specific diseases, however, there are other health benefits. Acupuncture adds energy to the day. It can also reduce anxiety and stress. People who use this treatment claim that they feel calmer, and that they feel happier. Additionally, many of them report less worry and anxiety. They feel more alert mentally and more stable emotionally. Acupuncture is also said to help prevent diseases. Because regular treatments keep the body in proper working order, and because the positive energy is uninhibited through its channels, the body is said to be less prone to sickness.
You can maintain your health and sense of well being by choosing acupuncture. There is researched evidence of the positive effects of acupuncture on the health of patients. However, most physicians and scientists recommend the use of more traditional methods of medicine for treating illnesses.
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SUMMER TREATMENT: A boy received an acupuncture treatment, known in the West as “cupping,” at Tanggu Hospital. Traditional Chinese doctors believe that acupuncture during the summer can effectively treat asthma and cold symptoms that happen during the winter. (ZUMApress.com)#China Loading… Hide notes Ask Follow Unfollow
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I would say I was about 90% Paleo for 31 days. I still had whey protein and I ate more dried fruit and nuts than recommended, but otherwise, I was strict Paleo. About 5 months prior to going 90% I was about 50% Paleo – this doesn’t sound like much but compared to my old eating…
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