Best Beauty Secrets Revealed!

By Kelli Sanders

If you’ve been looking for the best beauty secrets out there, look no further. The kind of beauty I’ll teach you about is timeless, captivating, all natural, and it won’t cost you a dime!

 

What defines beauty? Is it Webster’s Dictionary? Is it defined by the results of a Google search? Or how about looking to the beauty « Bibles » out there – Cosmo, Elle, In Style and the like. We’ve all read the tips on how to lengthen lashes, make lips bigger, lose belly fat, have flawless skin, perfect eyebrows, and wider eyes. We plump, we primp, we highlight and low light. We suck it in and push it up, and when it gets to be too much we just buy some Spanx!

Beauty is a word that carries many connotations, and brings to the surface many emotions, both good and bad; but what does God look at and say, « Now THAT is beautiful! » According to 1 Peter 3:3-4, it is not all of the outward adorning that turns God’s head, but the, « … hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in [His] sight. »

So if God had a beauty magazine, what would His trade secrets consist of? Here are a few « Beauty Secrets » from the true « Beauty Bible. »

1. Highlight the Heart

Listen, when I wake up in the morning I do not look in the mirror and say, « Now THAT’S beautiful! » My husband is very thankful that I « adorn » the outward appearance, and make myself attractive to him. I do spend time grooming myself, but God’s beauty secret is to spend more of my time cultivating the beauty of my heart. In fact, I’m sure there are days my husband would have preferred I spent more time with God getting filled up with love and peace, than time I spent in front of the mirror trying on my pre-baby clothes that still didn’t look as good as they did pre-baby; thus resulting in a funky mood as the mind became preoccupied with how to lose 10 more pounds!

When we cultivate inner beauty, all the issues of life that flow from the heart are also made beautiful. Worry, stress, low self-esteem, discontent, and shallow character do not make a person beautiful. People who neglect the heart may be outwardly beautiful, but they become spiritually ugly. Then there are those who might seem plain in appearance by the world’s standard, but whose hearts pour out such radiance, grace, and peace that their loveliness becomes magnetic and very attractive.

2. Avoid Fashion Trends

Don’t you cringe when you look back at old photos of yourself from the 70s? 80s? 90s? Some of those fashion trends we thought were so « in » at the time turned out to be more of a momentary lack of good fashion sense! Ahh, but there are a few classics that stand the test of time, like a good pair of jeans, and a « little black dress. » Did you know that God has told us what is « in style » for the inner man? It is the incorruptible, unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit. This wardrobe will always look stunning on you, and it will never go out of style.

So, if you want to wear gentleness like a good pair of jeans, and clothe your heart in quietness, you need to know how to put these clothes on!

Item 1: Gentleness

The word used in 1 Peter 3:3-4 for gentle is (PRAUS), meaning meek, mild, a soothing quality of character. The image is of a horse that can be trainable and teachable. Now, before you go feminist on me, the word is not an indication of weakness, but of strength and power under perfect control. It implies ruling your own spirit well, operating in humble wisdom, and walking in divine love.

What does the heart clothed in gentleness look like? It doesn’t have to exert its rights, have its own way, get the last word, share gossip, retaliate, give in to every emotion, or refuse correction. It does stay open to God, looks for His direction, waits before speaking, submits its emotions to wisdom, chooses to forgive, and chooses to love.

I’m reminded of a scene in the movie Gladiator when Maximus came face to face with the Roman Emperor. He had the strength, capability and opportunity to carry out vengeance upon this man, but he knew it was not time. He brought his strength and power under perfect control. He ruled over his own spirit.

That was a movie, but I know of a REAL MAN, that was meek and gentle, and make no mistake about it, He was not weak! No man took His life, He laid it down. Though He had authority to call down legions of angels, He kept that power under perfect control until He finished the job He came to do. Jesus is gentleness personified.

When you clothe your heart in this kind of gentleness it is BEAUTIFUL. It is PRECIOUS in God’s sight.

Item 2: Quietness

The word used in 1 Peter 3:3-4 for quiet is (HESUCHIOS), and it does not imply that you need to stop talking and keep your opinions to yourself! It actually means peaceful, undisturbed; tranquility arising from within.

What does a heart clothed in quietness look like? It is a heart filled with faith and trust; a heart that has been quieted by God’s love and filled with His peace – not a heart that is striving and restless. It’s not striving for beauty (consumed by clothes, jewelry, makeup, diets, hairstyles). It’s not striving to be accepted (through perfectionism and people pleasing). It’s not striving to be enough (pretty enough, smart enough, spiritual enough). All of that striving clothes the heart in irritation, frustration and depression. The heart filled with faith and trust is not trying to be beautiful because it already is. It is not trying to be accepted because it already is. It’s not trying to be enough because it already is!

When you have a quiet spirit, in the depths of your soul you are at rest, and from deep within comes a calm and peace that invites those around you to be at rest, and that, my friends, is very attractive!

Have you ever wanted to be that woman that walks into a room and turns heads? Cultivate the inner beauty of the heart and clothe it with a gentle and quiet spirit. This is what will turn God’s eyes toward you, captivating His attention, and leaving Him breathless.

Kelli Sanders is the founder of Grow in God Ministries, a teaching ministry established for the purpose of helping believers grow to a place of strength and maturity in their walk with the Lord. Kelli is happily married to Tom Sanders and mother to three beautiful children. Kelli has authored both non-fiction works and children’s books. When she’s not writing she’s thoroughly enjoying her family and friends, serving her local church and growing closer to God every day!To access more resources visit http://www.growingod.org

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How to Make the Best Homemade Ice Cream

By Bob Tom

Typically, ice creams are served outside the convenience of our home. We usually get them from our grocery stores and local markets. This thing is not bad at all. But if you have the right ingredients, then why not make your own in your kitchen?

Trust me, the process of making ice cream is fairly easy. Contrary to popular belief, this sweet and luscious dessert is actually a treat that you can create on a daily basis – not that you have to. However, during special occasions and parties, the presence of a homemade delicacy is a great way to add that ‘Wow’ factor. It is a good partner for snacks like jerkies, too!

In this article, I will show you how to make a vanilla ice cream. It is among the most favorite ice cream flavors in the world today. Let’s get started!

There are three ways you can make ice cream in your home. Take note that none of these approaches will require you to use an ice cream machine.

First Method

Ingredients:

  • Heavy cream (2 cups; chilled)
  • Condensed milk (14 ounces; chilled)
  • Vanilla extract (1/2 teaspoon)

Step 1

Use an electric mixer to whip the heavy cream until becomes mix. After this, adjust the mixer into low speed so that mix the vanilla, condensed milk, and other flavorings that you want to pour.

Step 2

Pour the entire mixture into an airtight and resealable container. You should cover it with a plastic wrap before you seal off the container. After this, put it in your freezer for around six hours or until such time the mixture becomes firm and creamy. As easy as this, you already made tasty ice cream in your kitchen!

Second Method

Ingredients:

  • Whole milk (1 1/4 cup; chilled)
  • Granulated sugar (3/4 cup; chilled)
  • Heavy cream (2 cups; chilled)
  • Vanilla extract (1 tablespoon)
  • Salt (1/4 teaspoon)

Step 1

Use a large bowl and place it under an electric mixer. Next, pour the sugar and milk into the bowl so that mixer can beat the mixture thoroughly. You need to mix it until such time the granulated sugar dissolves. Specifically, it should only take you around two minutes to accomplish this task.

Step 2

After this, you can already pour the vanilla, salt, and ice cream in the mix. Stir them properly by still using your mixer. If all the ingredients were not chilled, you need to place the mixture in the refrigerator for around 10 to 15 minutes. When this is over, your ice cream is already suitable for consumption.

Third Method

Ingredients:

  • Whole milk (1 1/4 cup; chilled)
  • Granulated sugar (3/4 cup; chilled)
  • Heavy cream (2 cups; chilled)
  • Vanilla extract (1 tablespoon)
  • Salt (1/4 teaspoon)

Step 1

Pour the entire mixture into a large baking dish. The latter should be deep enough so that it can cater to all the ingredients. After this, put the baking dish in your freezer for around 40 minutes.

If the mixture starts to solidify, take it out from the freezer. Next, use a spatula to stir the mixture thoroughly. Place the baking dish back in the freezer after stirring.

Step 2

Continue the aforementioned procedure for the next two hours. The interval should be every 30 minutes. This will ensure that you can stir the mixture properly for their flavors to blend. Alternatively, you could use a blender or a handheld mixer to do this process.

After the last mixing, place back the mixture inside your freezer and let it freeze there for 20 minutes. Your ice cream should be ready after this!

Conclusion

These are the methods that you can apply in making ice cream in your home. Although they are simple, you will be surprised at the kind of flavors that they can yield! You will be happy that you were able to make your favorite dessert without stressing too much!

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Latest Advancement in Breast Cancer Treatment

 

 

Latest Advancement in Breast Cancer Treatment
By Anup Aboti

The latest advanced therapies can be an alternative to traditional therapies for breast cancer patients. These therapies are Cryosurgical Ablation (CSA), Seed Knife Therapy (Brachytherapy), Percutaneous Ablation, Combined Immunotherapy and Targeted Chemotherapy.

1. Cryosurgical Ablation (CSA):

Cryosurgery is an important ablation technique for tumors. It destroys tumors by cycles of freezing and thawing. Cryosurgery’s destructive effects on tumors are due to two major mechanisms, one immediate, the other delayed. The immediate mechanism is the damaging effect of freezing and thawing the cells. The delayed mechanism is the progressive failure of microcirculation; ultimately, vascular stasis becomes operative as an important cause of tumor tissue destruction. Once the temperature falls below -40oC, ice crystals may form within the cells. Once it occurs, cell death is almost certain. During cryosurgery, progressive failure of microcirculation occurs due to a cascade of events: endothelial layer destruction causing vessel walls to become porous, interstitial edema, platelet aggregation, microthrombii, and ultimately vascular congestion and obliteration. It was theorized that during cryosurgery, the immune system of the host became sensitized to the tumor being destroyed by the cryosurgery. Any primary tumor tissue undamaged by the cryosurgery and the metastases were destroyed by the immune system after cryosurgery. This response was termed the « cryo-immunological response ».

2. Seed Knife Therapy (Brachytherapy)

Seed Knife Therapy (Brachytherapy) is used for breast cancer treatment, Seed implantation with iodine-125 or palladium-103 seeds (brachytherapy) is a highly effective treatment for patients with cancer. Brachytherapy requires no surgical incision, offers patients a shorter recovery time, and has less chance of troubling side effects. For example, for prostate cancer, brachytherapy is an outpatient procedure and most patients go home the same day as their treatment. They can also return to their normal activities a few days after treatment. Seed implantation takes only 45 minutes to 1 hour. Seed implantation with iodine-125 seed gives a lower dose rate of radiation than palladium-103. Because iodine-125 works in your body longer than palladium-103, it is ideal for treating slow growing tumors such as most prostate cancers. The 125 iodine seeds-which have a half -life of 59 days-release a short-course of gamma ray. The seeds implanted into cancerous masses and nearby tissue radiate targeted cells and ultimately destroy cancer. This prevents unnecessarily exposing the whole body to radiation.

3. Percutaneous Ablation

Thermal injury to cells begins at 42? Only 8 minutes at 46? Is needed to kill malignant cells, and 51? Can be lethal after only 2 minutes. At temperatures above 60? Intracellular proteins are denatured (killed) rapidly, cell membranes are destroyed through dissolution and the melting of lipid bilayers, and lastly, cell death is inevitable. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a new technique for treating tumors localized to certain organs. A needle electrode is advanced into the targeted tumors via either a percutaneous, laparoscopic, or open (operation) route. The RF energy causes the tissue around the tip of the probe to heat up to a high temperature above which cells break apart and die. For eradication of all cancerous cells, the goal is to place the probes so that they destroy the entire tumor plus an adequate « rim » of non-cancerous tissue around it.

4. Combined Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy, also known as CIC-combined immunotherapy for cancer-has increasingly become the focus for cancer researchers. The past 10 years have seen an increased understanding of immuno-surveillance and appreciation of the mechanisms by which tumors escape its notice. This has led to the development of promising new strategies against cancer, such as immunotherapy, which is focused on increasing of the body’s natural immune functions against cancer cells.

5. Targeted Chemotherapy

Targeted Chemotherapy is can be an alternative as it leaves minimal side effect as compared to traditional chemotherapy. Targeted therapies are drugs or other substances designed to block the growth and spread of cancer by preventing cancer cells from dividing or by destroying them directly. While standard chemotherapy affects all cells in the body, targeted therapy directs drugs or other specially created substances (e.g., immune system proteins developed in the lab) to attack cancer cells. The goal of targeted therapy is to interfere with genes or proteins involved in tumor growth to block the spread of the disease.

By targeting specific molecules that are responsible for the growth, progression and spread of cancer, targeted therapy differs from standard chemotherapy, which attacks the disease systemically and, therefore, also damages healthy cells. Because targeted therapy specifically seeks out cancer cells, it is designed to reduce the harm to healthy cells, which may lead to fewer side effects than standard chemotherapy.

Targeted therapies serve as the foundation of precision medicine, which uses information about a tumor’s DNA profile to identify additional treatment options. Tailored treatments target abnormalities that may be found in each tumor’s DNA profile. This innovation marks a shift from traditional treatments designed for the average patient, toward more precise therapies.

Targeted therapy is an evolving science, and not all cancer types may be treated with targeted drugs. Several targeted therapies have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use in cancer treatment, including hormone therapies, signal transduction inhibitors, apoptosis inducers, gene expression modulators, angiogenesis inhibitors and toxin delivery molecules.

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Cardio Fitness

For weight loss, 3 to 5 times per week at 20 to forty minutes per session is plenty. Start conservatively if you’re just starting training, e.g. 3 times each week, 20 minutes each session. If you’re trying to gain weight, you’ll find that goal easier to achieve should you not do any cardio in any way, though you continue to maintain health benefits without much impact on your fat profit if you do light aerobic work twice per week for 15-20 minutes. For improving cardiovascular physical fitness generally, 3 or 4 times per week for 20 to forty minutes per session will yield good results.

 

Which Kind of Cardio Can I Do? Cardiovascular training, whatever the exercise, is categorized according to length and intensity. When you are choosing which kind of aerobic to do, keep your goals in mind. In case your goal is to enhance your overall cardiovascular fitness, do moderate intensity work in which you are beginning to breathe deeply and you may feel you’re working. In case your objective is fat loss, but you’re in bad form or just beginning, I’ll urge low intensity, long duration, low impact aerobic like biking or walking. If you’d like fast fat loss and you’re in pretty good cardiovascular condition, you may want to raise the intensity with higher intensity interval training.

Maximum Heart Rate – Your maximum heart rate is the theoretical number of bpm your heart can produce. This can be found by subtracting your age from 220, e.g. If you are forty years old, 220 – 40 = 180 HR max. This can be simply an estimation, not an absolute limit. To measure aerobic workout intensity, a percentage of HR max is usually used. This range can be typically between 60% to 80% of your HR max.