Heartburn or GERD can Kill

Heartburn is a common annoyance. The busy lifestyle, quick meals, fatty or spicy foods all contribute to the occasional need of a chewable pain reliever. The acceptance of heartburn as an inconvenient, but natural, part of the daily grind can blind you to the warning that a severe heartburn symptom can bring.

Heartburn as a Disorder

Heartburn can be a symptom as well as a disorder. Simple heartburn or GERD can be controlled and dealt with. However, heartburn can signal the presence of a much more serious problem. If it’s heartburn, you will have a burning sensation in the chest usually after eating. There may be a spread of the burning to the throat, sometimes accompanied by a bad taste, difficulty in swallowing, belching, coughing, hoarseness and/or wheezing.

It can become worse by lying down or bending over or by eating. Relief can come from an antacid. While the more severe heartburn symptoms may be mistaken for a heart attack, simple heartburn is usually not made worse by exercise. If there is any concern that the pain may signal a heart attack, get help quickly.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Internet Dating; Be On The Lookout For These Red Flags

By Astrid Engels

The first thing you do after signing up for an internet dating site is create your profile, including photos and a list of your personal traits. If you're smart you'll include a few personal attention grabbing essentials and maybe even a humorous little story about yourself to showcase your sense fun.

Now the fun begins; it's time to start searching for the man or woman of your dreams. Using the site's built in search, you select your dream date's criteria, hit the search button and wait for the results. Seconds later, your matches are displayed.

As you read through the profiles looking for clues of his or her personality, there are a few things you need to keep an eye out for. These are character traits that are not particularly flattering. More importantly, they could be relationship deal breakers.

Too much sarcasm. We're all guilty of occasionally using sarcasm in the guise of a joke to poke a bit of fun at someone. Provided we do so discreetly, it's usually harmless. But if the guy or gal you're considering dating has nothing good to say about anyone in his or her life, what makes you think they'll talk about you any differently?

Previous relationships. Almost all of us have relationships in our past. And we likely keep some of them to ourselves because they weren't a highlight in our lives. Someone who has a half dozen or more creepy relationship tales to tell may be someone who hasn't learned anything from their past mistakes. They may enjoy playing the victim, but will you enjoy being portrayed as the "bad guy"?

Anger that's out of place. Sure, we all become incredibly angry at times. And if we handle it appropriately it's usually not a big deal. But be careful of someone who appears to be angry at the world. They likely blame everyone but themselves for their problems and sooner rather than later, you are going to get blamed for something.

Big Differences. Yes, opposites attract and variety is the spice of life. But if your differences are just too great, that spiciness is going to leave a bad taste in your mouth. Religion, drug use and the desire to have children are all examples of differences that, while they may not affect the short term, can be too difficult to overcome in the long run.

Dating and internet dating is all about getting to know someone. Figuring out whether that person as a whole "fits" you. Your choosing someone to spend your life with, so choose wisely!

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