Sunday, May 31, 2015

Letter from Albert Einstein to his daughter -

Subject: A letter from father
A ​Letter from Albert Einstein to his daughter - Worth reading In the late 1980s, Lieserl, the daughter of the famous genius, donated 1,400 letters, written by Einstein, to the Hebrew University, with orders not to publish their contents until two decades after his death. This is one of them, for Lieserl Einstein.

"When I proposed the theory of relativity, very few understood me, and what I will reveal now to transmit to mankind will also collide with the  misunderstanding and prejudice in the world. I ask you to guard the letters as long as necessary, years, decades, until society is advanced enough to accept what I will explain below.  There is an extremely powerful force that, so far, science has not found a formal explanation to. It is a force that includes and governs all others, and is even behind any phenomenon operating in the universe and has not yet been identified by us. This universal force is LOVE. When scientists looked for a unified theory of the universe they forgot the most powerful unseen force. Love is Light, that enlightens those  who give and receive it.  Love is gravity, because it makes some people feel attracted to others.Love is power, because it multiplies
the best we have, and allows humanity not to be extinguished in their blind selfishness. Love unfolds and reveals. For love we live and die. Love is God and God is Love.This force explains everything and gives meaning to life. This is the variable that we have ignored for too long, maybe because we are afraid of love because it is the only energy in the universe that man has
not learned to drive at will.To give visibility to love, I made a simple substitution in my most famous equation. If instead of E = mc2, we accept
that the energy to heal the world can be obtained through love multiplied by the speed of light squared, we arrive at the conclusion that love is the most powerful force there is, because it has no limits. After the failure of humanity in the use and control of the other forces of the universe that have turned against us, it is urgent that we nourish ourselves with another kind of energy… If we want our species to survive, if we are to find meaning in life, if we want to save the world and every sentient being that inhabits it, love is the one and only answer. Perhaps we are not yet ready to make a bomb of love, a device powerful enough to entirely destroy the hate, selfishness and greed that devastate the planet. However, each individual carries within them a small but powerful generator of love whose energy is waiting to be released.When we learn to give and receive this universal energy, dear Lieserl, we will have affirmed that love conquers all, is able to transcend everything and anything, because love is the quintessence of life.I deeply regret not having been able to express what is in my heart, which has quietly beaten for you all my life. Maybe it's too late to apologize, but as time is relative, I need to tell you that I love you and thanks to you I have reached the ultimate answer!
 
Your father Albert
Einstein ​

The Gorgeous Temples of Bali!

The Gorgeous Temples of Bali!

There's a reason Bali is called the Island of the Gods, as well as the 'island of a 1000 temples). With its many different geographical areas of beaches, mountains, hills and cliffs, Bali is considered by many a true paradise. But Bali also boasts a very spiritual culture, one that makes use of the many many temples that litter the island. Take a look at some of the stunning sights Bali offers visitors...
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Bali has much more than just a few temples, actually, it is known as the 'Island of a thousand temples.' It is without a doubt the biggest tourist attraction in Indonesia.

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The temple of Uluwatu can be found high above the sea level, at a height of 1997 meters (6551 feet). One interesting fact about the seven Balinese sea temples, is that you can see each of them from the one before it, forming a chain around the Bali coast.

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A temple for the goddess of the seas. It was erected on a volcanic lake. Bali has quite a few active volcanoes, and the last volcano eruption took place about 17 years ago, killing thousands.

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Life can be good to the Bali tourist. With its varied landscapes of forest terraces, volcanic mountains, hillsides, cliffs, sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. But everywhere you go - there will also be a temple. If you look at the background of this photo, you'll see one there as well!

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A gorgeous day filled with a sense of mystery at the Ulun Danu (literally Heart lake) Temple. This lake is a source of water for the rice fields, and the temple was erected here and dedicated to the goddess of the lake.

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This is the mother temple, built near the slopes of Mount Agung, a volcanic mountain. This temple is the largest in Bali, and, some say, the holiest. It is made of 22 shrines on parallel ridges.

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A beautiful long exposure shot capturing the Bali dusk.

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This temple is another of the seven sea temples, and is called Temple Pulaki.

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Pura Gere Perancak, a stone crocodile.

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A local monkey at Uluwatu temple. These are not a rare sight among temples and the surrounding jungle. 

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Rambu Siwi is another of the seven sea temples in Bali. It offers an amazing view of the rice fields on one side and the black sand beaches on the other. Visitors will be introduced to the ancient art of making salt.

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Pura Sakenan, located on Serangan Island. This island is actually outside Bali. This is a 100 years old photo.

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Remember the Pulaki temple from a few photos ago? This temple has another name: The monkey temple. They are everywhere and you can feed them with peanuts or bananas.

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Many believe the waters of the Tirta Empul temple have healing properties. This isn't a sea temple, but an ancient temple from the 10 century. The waters are believed to have healing properties, and anyone is allowed to swim and bathe there.

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An elephant cave at Ubud, Bali.

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Monkeys guarding the Balinese temple.

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Taman Ayun (literally 'Beautiful Garden') is both garden and castle. In 1634, the king of Mengwi wanted a large surrounding moat.

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Rice terraces at Bali, temple in the background. 

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This narrow pathway leads to a small island seemingly floating on the sea. 

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A spectacular and colorful end of day as seen from the Tanah Lot Temple. 

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Pura Ulun Danu Bratan, a Hindu temple. Water temples serve the entire region in the outflow area; downstream there are many smaller water temples that are specific to each irrigation association. Built in 1663, this temple is used for offerings ceremony to the Balinese water, lake and river goddess Dewi Danu. 

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High tide at the Pura Tanah Lot temple. 

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Rice terraces near one of Bali's many temples. 

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One of the seven sea temples, this is the entrance to the Pemuteran Pulaki Temple. 

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Sunset over Bali Tanah Lot, one of the most impressive sea temples. 

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Balinese temples in the monkey forest, Ubud, Bali. 

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A Hindu cremation in Ubud.

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As the day comes to an end, we understand why Bali is known as the 'Island of a 1000 temples', and why it is known as such a beautiful place.
 Jamaica Y.

Monday, May 18, 2015

The Hidden Dangers of “Over The Counter” Medicine

The Hidden Dangers of “Over The Counter” Medicine

Sold freely in pharmacies without regulations and medical supervision, you might think that OTC drugs are safe to use, but painkillers like Ibuprofen and Paracetamol can be detrimental to your health. Prolonged use of some of these drugs can lead to extensive damage to the liver and kidneys, and even heart attacks and strokes. So what are the dangers in taking these drugs, and how can you avoid them?
How drugs become available:Before drugs appear on shelves in pharmacies, they go through many stages of research and testing, meant to verify its efficacy, safety and potential side effects. In the first, pre-clinical phase, the pharmacological properties of the drug are tested on laboratory animals and human tissue cultures. Tests also include the potential of causing birth defects or growths in embryos. If the initial phase is successful, researches move to initial clinical trials on healthy volunteers, using low dosage of the drug to learn both how it affects humans and its level of effectiveness.
In the second clinical phase, researchers screen and select hundreds of patients, giving them different dosages of the drug. This process takes about 2 years, and then progresses to the third clinical stage – dispensing the drug to thousands of patients through local medical centers. In order to verify the drug’s real effects, some control groups receive placebos instead. Once these 4 stages are deemed successful, researchers apply for government approval. This, however, doesn’t conclude the testing phase, because as more people are exposed to the drug, new side effects that weren’t previously diagnosed may arise.
Dangerous side-effects of popular drugs
Each drug has its array of potential side-effects, so before you pop that pill, read this guide and make sure you’re aware of the potential harm it may cause:
1. Ibuprofen: Kidney & liver damage, heart-attacks
  • Commercial names: Advil, Neurofen
Towards the end of WWII, the Bayer Company discovered Aspirin’s ability to reduce inflammation and pain. Since that time, the NSAID family expanded to include many other drugs that suppress 2 enzymes called COX. The most popular of these is ibuprofen; developed by Dr. Stewart Adams in an improvised laboratory he made in his home kitchen. It actually took him several years of developing the drug before he presented it to the company, getting them to invest in further development.
As we all know, no drug is free of side-effects – Ibuprofen may cause gastric bleeding if used for a prolonged period. For this reason, ibuprofen is not recommended for people suffering from stomach ulcers or gastric inflammation, people who take blood-thinners or those suffering from clotting problems. Ibuprofen may also diminish the effects of certain blood-pressure medication.
In extreme cases, ibuprofen may even be far more dangerous: In about 15% of users, liver damage occurs. Initial symptoms are a rise in liver enzymes in the blood which may hint to liver damage. In rarer cases, ibuprofen causes severe liver damage, leading to jaundice, Hepatitis, irreversible damage of liver cells and even liver failure. Without a replacement liver, patients may even die.
2. Paracetamol: One of the most toxic medication available
  • Commercial names: Tylenol, Pain Relief, Panadol
While widely available and commonly found in most people’s medicine cabinet, very few know the extent of paracetamol’s toxicity.
Paracetamol side-effects are very rare, but over dosage may be fatal: Taking 8 grams a day (more than 16 pills) can lead to irreversible liver damage and might even lead to death. Maximum allowed dosage is 3 grams per day (6 pills), spaced out into 500mg every 4 hours.
It is most dangerous when combined with alcohol, blood-pressure medication, grapefruit juice or supplements that contain Hypericum: Such combination may cause widespread liver damage. Consult the information booklet before taking it in combination with other medicine.

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3. Aspirin: Familiar but unsafe
  • Commercial name: Aspirin
One of the medicine world’s greatest invention, aspirin’s power comes from Salicylic Acid – the main ingredient. Salicylic acid was discovered to not only lower a fever and reduce pain, but also as an effective blood-thinner that can prevent heart attacks and strokes. Recently, it was even discovered that it may prevent some types of cancer, but despite all these benefits, using aspirin is not risk-free.
Aspirin inhibits the COX-1 enzyme, which is in-charge of mucus production and the COX-2 enzyme that regulates body temperature, pain sensation and inflammation. In recent years, aspirin’s preventative properties were discovered to not only include blood-thinning, but also reduce blockage-causing inflammations in blood vessels that cause heart-attacks and strokes.
One of the major side-effects of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs is their tendency to irritate the stomach and cause ulcers and bleeding, this is due to their inhibition of the enzyme in-charge of mucus production. This is the main reason why it’s highly recommended to take aspirin only on a full stomach. In rare cases, Aspirin may trigger Reye’s Syndrome in children and adolescents, and can lead to brain and liver damage. This is why it is forbidden to give aspirin to children under the age of 12.
Aspirin should not be combined with the following drugs:
  • Anticoagulants – Aspirin may increase the efficacy of the drugs, causing internal bleeding.
  • Antacids – Reduced acidity in the stomach may hinder coated aspirin tablets from breaking down and releasing into the blood.
  • Corticosteroids – May increase stomach irritation and cause an ulcer.
  • Gout medication – Aspirin reduces the concentration of the active ingredient (Allopurinol) in the blood, rendering it ineffective.
  • Diuretics – Aspirin will reduce the concentration of diuretics in the users’ blood.
  • Phenobarbital – Used to treat seizures, it will become less effective when combined with aspirin.
  • Phenytoin – Also used for seizure treatment, can become toxic when combined with aspirin.
Avoiding side-effects:
Don’t be shy – The pharmacist’s job is to inform you of potential side-effects, as well as drugs or foods you need to avoid in conjecture with your drug. Tell the pharmacist about any other medication you are taking to prevent an adverse interaction between the drugs.
Be sure to read the information booklet – Even drugs you’ve been taking for a long time can become dangerous as you age and start taking other drugs as-well. The booklet will list known side-effects, interaction with other drugs, as well as counter-indications for certain users who might be allergic to the drug’s ingredients.
Adjust the intake to your weight – A drug must be adjusted to the patient’s weight to avoid overdosing. This is particularly important in children and babies.
Report all side-effects – If any side-effect occurs when taking the medicine, report it to your family physician immediately! You might need to change dosage or even change medicines.
Avoid prolonged exposure – Do not take a drug for more than 3 days straight without talking to your physician, and only take the recommended dosage in the recommended time-frame, according to your doctor’s orders and the information-booklet.
Be well!

The Healing Fingers

The Healing Fingers

We all use touch for therapy – when we think, we put our chin on our fist, and when we’re uncomfortable, we rub our hands together as if we’re cold. Even babies suck on their thumbs when they go to sleep. We don’t do all of these things for nothing, as each part of our body is connected to a whole system. If we know where to apply pressure in the system, we can overcome various physical and mental symptoms.
Finger Touch Therapy originates from an ancient Chinese technique, in which every finger relates to different organs and emotions. In a study conducted by the Mercy Cancer Center in the U.S., all of the participants experienced beneficial sensations, including reduced stress and nausea during chemotherapy. Additionally, many patients that reported difficulties sleeping found that by holding their thumb and taking deep breaths, they were able to fall asleep much faster. It is assumed that the thumb holding is related to the way babies suck on their thumbs, but either way, both patients and doctors strongly recommend this method.
To use this technique, all you have to do is make a fist around the finger that’s connected to the sensation or body-part you wish to soothe, and slowly apply pressure to it for 3-5 minutes while breathing deeply. If you want to balance your whole body, simply do it for each finger on both hands.
Thumb
  • Sensations: Anxiety, worry, and depression
  • Organs: Stomach and spleen
  • Physical Symptoms: Stomachaches, headaches, skin problems, and stress
Index Finger
  • Sensations: Fear, frustration, uncertainty, and confusion
  • Organs: Kidneys and bladder
  • Physical Symptoms: Indigestion, discomfort in the arms, elbows and wrists, muscle pains, backaches, teeth related problems, and any type of addiction.
Middle Finger
  • Sensations: Anger, restlessness, and indecisiveness
  • Organs: Liver and gallbladder
  • Physical Symptoms: Eye and vision problems, lethargy, migraines, frontal headaches, period pains, and circulatory system issues.
Ring Finger
  • Sensations: Sadness, grief, fear of abandonment and rejection, negativity
  • Organs: Lungs and large intestine
  • Physical Symptoms: Indigestion, respiratory problems, tinnitus, deep-layer skin problems
Little Finger
  • Sensations: Low self-esteem, judgmental behavior, and stress
  • Organs: Heart and small intestine
  • Physical Symptoms: Stomachaches, headaches, skin problems, and stress

Sunday, May 17, 2015

35 Restaurants With Incredible Views.


35 Restaurants With Incredible Views.

I don't know about you, but one of the reasons I eat at a restaurant (other than not having to cook), is to enjoy an atmosphere that satisfies not only my sense of taste, but also compliments other senses. I enjoy soft music, the touch of soft chairs, the aroma of a well prepared kitchen, and of course - a view. A beautiful view can so enhance the dining experience, satisfying our sense of beauty as we satisfy our tongue's sense of taste. 
Indeed, a dinner at one of these restaurants must be a treat to the senses, each one offers a more stunning view than the last.
1. Asiate in New York, New York
35 restaurants with beautiful view

2. Caldera in Santorini, Greece
35 restaurants with beautiful view

3. Dasheene in St. Lucia, West Indies
35 restaurants with beautiful view

4. Ristorante Grotta Palazzese in Puglia, Italy
35 restaurants with beautiful view

5. Ithaa Undersea Restaurant in Rangali Island, Maldives
35 restaurants with beautiful view

6. Skyline Restaurant in Queenstown, New Zealand
35 restaurants with beautiful view

7. Elements in Scottsdale, Arizona
35 restaurants with beautiful view

8. Le Panoramic in Chamonix, France
35 restaurants with beautiful view

9. 360 Restaurant at the CN Tower in Toronto, Canada
35 restaurants with beautiful view

10. Torre d’Alta Mar in Barcelona, Spain
35 restaurants with beautiful view

11. Le Grand Canyon du Verdon in Aiguines, France
35 restaurants with beautiful view

12. Siroco in Bangkok, Thailand
35 restaurants with beautiful view

13. The Grotto in Krabi, Thailand
35 restaurants with beautiful view

14. Soho House in West Hollywood, California
35 restaurants with beautiful view

15. Le Jules Verne in Paris, France
35 restaurants with beautiful view

16. Tosca in Kowloon, Hong Kong
35 restaurants with beautiful view

17. El Farallón in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico< 
35 restaurants with beautiful view

18. Piz Gloria in Mürren, Switzerland
35 restaurants with beautiful view

19. Ali Barbour’s Cave Restaurant in Diani Beach, Kenya
35 restaurants with beautiful view

20. Altitude at Shangri-La in Sydney, Australia
35 restaurants with beautiful view

21. Baan Rim Pa in Phuket, Thailand
35 restaurants with beautiful view

22. Canlis in Seattle, Washington
35 restaurants with beautiful view

23. Fangweng in Yichang, China
35 restaurants with beautiful view

24. &Beyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
35 restaurants with beautiful view

25. Hotel Edelweiss in Mürren, Switzerland
35 restaurants with beautiful view

26. La View in Ubud, Bali
35 restaurants with beautiful view

27. Panorama Alm in Mauterndorf, Austria
35 restaurants with beautiful view

28. Pierchic in Dubai, UAE
35 restaurants with beautiful view

29. Ristorante La Sponda in Positano, Italy
35 restaurants with beautiful view

30. Sky Restaurant 634 in Tokyo, Japan
35 restaurants with beautiful view

31. The View in San Francisco, California
35 restaurants with beautiful view

32.Labassin Waterfalls Restaurant in San Pablo City, Philippines
35 restaurants with beautiful view

33. The Rock in Zanzibar, Tanzania
35 restaurants with beautiful view

34. WP24 by Wolfgang Puck in Los Angeles, California
35 restaurants with beautiful view

35. Two Oceans in Cape Point, South Africa
35 restaurants with beautiful view