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Gallstones: Painful little stones

What are gallstones?

Gallstones (commonly misspelled gall stones or gall stone) are solid particles that form from bile cholesterol and bilirubin in the gallbladder. The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ on the right side of your abdomen, just beneath your liver. The gallbladder holds a digestive fluid called bile that’s released into your small intestine.

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Gallstones normally form when there is too much cholesterol in the bile. The liver basically helps dissolve these stones through the bile but if there is more stones than the bile can dissolve, it creates gallstones. I believe this is the most common cause of gallstones just like what happened to my sister a couple of weeks ago. She kept experiencing sudden and intense pain in the upper right area of her breastbone even when on basculas de baƱo so she consulted a specialist who immediately conducted an abdominal ultrasound as well as other tests on her. She tested positive on gallstones and since she already has too many that taking oral medicine couldn’t help solve anymore, she was scheduled to undergo a cholecystectomy or the removal of the gall bladder.

Those who are without gall bladders are advised by their doctors to be careful of what they eat. Avoid oily food or anything that will be hard to digest. Exercise and keep a really healthy diet.

Of course, prevention is always better than cure. Stay healthy, exercise and watch your weight. It will help prevent gallstones and will make your body healthy.

Essential tips on the cigarette ratings for beginners


Have you decided to stop smoking with the help of the electronic cigarettes? Congratulations! First of all, you need to know that the internet is full of useful information, some of which you can find here, that will help you make this transition. Although, at first, the volume of information can be overwhelming, especially nowadays, when there is such a large variety of electronic cigarettes on the market, you should read e cigarette reviews with patience and curiosity. Here are some basic tips that will help you get a good start on this fascinating journey of vaping.

Find out more on e-liquids

If you have never vaped before, you will probably start with a disposable electronic cigarette, which is very simple to use. But shortly you will want to vape out of a better electronic cigarette, which is why you will need to know some basic things about the e-liquid.

Proportion of PG / VG

Electronic cigarette liquids are composed of water, VG (vegetable glycerin), PG (propylene glycol) and flavors. The ratio between PG and VG directly influences how you perceive the taste and aroma of the e-liquid, the throat hit (the feeling of “strength” when inhaling the vapor), and the vapor production.

High concentration PG liquids are often the most recommended for beginners due to the strong hit offered by it, simulating more accurately the experience of smoking. At the same time, a PG-based e-liquid will offer less vapor production but will give the flavor much better.

E-liquids that contain predominantly VG are gummier, which is why the vapors will be denser and richer. These are ideal for those who are less interested in throat-hit and more into the steam production, often being the preferred option of advanced vapers who leave behind huge aromatic clouds of steam.

Also, the electronic cigarette liquids composed exclusively of vegetable glycerin are indicated for those who have allergies to propylene glycol.

The nicotine concentration

The nicotine concentration is probably the most important aspect that you have to consider as a beginner because it will directly influence your success in quitting smoking definitively. It is important to choose an e-liquid with a higher nicotine concentration at first, depending on how many classic cigarettes you used to smoke. At first, nicotine withdrawal is perhaps the most difficult to overcome.

Choose an electronic cigarette for beginners

One of the most common mistakes of the beginners, especially if they are over-excited and have the necessary budget, is to buy an expensive e cig with features they will not need at first. As the smoker in you “retires” and makes room for vaping, you can try more advanced electronic cigarettes and more advanced features, capable of meeting your new demands.

How to moisten your electronic cigarette liquid for a more intense flavor

Let’s imagine the following scenario: you’ve been thinking about trying a liquid for a new cigarette with a new flavor. You return home enthusiastically with the new acquisition and begin to unleash the seal of the e-liquid, fill your atomizer, and start to vape. And … nothing special! The flavor has no intensity. If you want the electronic cigarette liquid that you will buy in the future to have a more intense flavor, there is a secret: maceration.

Macerating the electronic cigarette liquid is the process that allows the flavor to intensify over a period of time. There are several ways to macerate the e-liquid, and vapers always come up with new innovations about this process. Rightfully so, because just by macerating the electronic cigarette liquid, it helps you get the most out of the flavor.

One of the simplest methods of maceration, which always yields results, is the classic one. This involves shaking it for 30 seconds (of course, making sure the lid is tightly closed) and then placing the e-liquid bottle in a cool, dark place. After 5-7 days, repeat the process at least twice. As you may have already realized, the maceration of the electronic cigarette liquid is a process that, if executed correctly, takes about 3 weeks.

So, if you want the flavor of the electronic cigarette liquid to be as accurate as possible, you will need to be patient with it. You probably wonder: Why does e-liquid maceration take so long? The answer to this question lies in the chemical compounds that render the taste and aroma you perceive when you vape the liquid for the electronic cigarette. At their base, e-liquid flavors are simple chemical compounds that interact with other compounds found in the e-liquid.

A change in lifestyle.

Healthier. More productive. Efficient.

Those are just three words that I aim to focus on this year. I plan to change my lifestyle. I am honest enough to admit that I am lazy when it comes to exercising. I just love to sit somewhere and gaze at nothing. It is one of my fool-proof ways of de-stressing.


But I realized just how efficient it is to de-stress by walking. Two purposes in one activity. De-stressing and exercising! A co-worker has been encouraging everyone in the office to participate in a fitness program he’s been designing for the whole team. I am wary of joining such activities because as I’ve mentioned, I am lazy with anything fitness-related. Can you imagine me with hiking sticks? Also, my commitment to anything that will require so much energy from me that will not give me monetary in return. TMI? It’s the truth! I was once a breadwinner so I made sure that my activities outside of work would yield me a side income. Of course, I know that a healthy body will actually save me a lot of money so I am considering the offer of a fitness activity at work.

I plan to be more productive this year and I am talking about my writing life. I am a published novelist. I write romance novels and I have three published novels in my name and two more waiting to be published. The past couple of months yielded zero results, writing-wise. I am searching for an inspiration, seeking words and even physical items like an industrial chandelier lighting to inspire me to complete a novel again. Hopefully, I can finish this one I am currently working on.

It’s not easy juggling so many things in a single day. My intent of an efficient working hours is a serious undertaking because I want to be able to accomplish so much this year.

A change of lifestyle is definitely in order!


Wishing you all…


A very Merry Christmas

and a

Happy New Year!!!


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Trying a herbal capsule.

Upon the recommendation of a colleague, I tried an herbal capsule said to battle whatever ailment you have in your system. It fights cancer cells, aches and pains in your joints, repairs damaged cells, detoxifies the body, and so much more. It can actually make you healthy if you religiously drink it, according to the leaflets given to my colleague.

Before anything else, I’d like to make a confession. I am wary of herbal medicine. I know some of those out there work but I have heard about people being duped out of their hard-earned money into buying a lot of these herbal medicine stuff and not getting the results they expected out of it. I am wary also of herbal medicine because not all are tested by the FDA.


But I’ve been experiencing some tingling in my joints specifically in my ankles. I know that it is a symptom of gout and high uric acid. Since I don’t like going to the doctor to get myself checked, I thought why not give the herbal capsule a try?

I took 6 capsules. Took and drank one immediately that day my colleague gave it to me for trial. After 24 hours of taking the first capsule, I felt the lessening of the tingles in my ankles. It might be a trick of the mind, you can say, so I continued taking the capsules. I stopped at capsule number 3. You know why? The tingles in my ankles were gone!

I have not changed anything in my diet. I didn’t take anything else, not even my daily dose of vitamin C. I just took the herbal capsule once each day for three days and I felt so much better.

I gave the remaining 3 capsules to my sister. She felt the same way. We were both experiencing symptoms of gout and high uric acid so I knew the capsules worked their magic.

I want to continue drinking it but I am still saving up some money to buy a box. Quite pricey if you are on a budget like me. I think I’ll pick up a box by January next year.

I have heard other great results to those who took it. I will update here again about this herbal capsule once I am regularly taking it already.