You may be suffering from autointoxication. This a partial list of symptoms given by Rasayana Retreat:
- allergy or intolerance to certain foods
- bad breath and foul-smelling gas and stools
- constipation, diarrhea, sluggish elimination, irregular bowel movements
- dark circles under the eyes
- frequent congestion, colds, flu
- frequent mood swings
- lower back pain
- and the list goes on!
Before you run to your nearest physician, it simply means you live a modern lifestyle. Consuming processed foods, not enough fruits and vegetables, too much meat, artificial salts and preservatives are the culprits. Autointoxication refers to “a process whereby you are poisoned by substances produced by your own body as a result of inadequate digestion and elimination.” Basically, with all the junk you put into your body living a typical, hectic life, your body has trouble coping and the result is you feel like crap.
When I read the brochure, I was skeptical. It seemed a bit new agey and the list of symptoms was so long that anyone would identify themselves as a victim of autointoxification. A cousin of mine convinced me to try the “treatment,” which she had done twice before. The entire process sounded like torture, but I’ve been on a health kick and was weak to her coaxing. In a series of posts, I will describe the cleansing program and my experiences at the Rasayana Retreat.
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In Bangkok, Thonglor Pet Hospital has started a blood donor program with a twist – it’s for dogs and cats. This is in response to the need for blood that can help save critically injured or ill pets. The demand for dog and cat blood is huge and there is a lack of knowledge about this need. The hospital has very few dog and cat volunteers at the moment. Most pet owners, myself included, have never heard of animal blood donors. A huge cause of this shortage is that most people don’t even know that there is a need for it. In other words, a lack of awareness about the problem.
The Bangkok Post has given the Thonglor Pet Hospital’s program some great publicity in their Outlook section. The hospital is trying to educate pet owners about the blood donation process and hopefully encourage more blood donations. The vets claim benefits for the donors as well. Healthy pets will be even healthier post-donation since they will be producing new blood cells. Another added health benefit is that before each donation, there will be a blood test that will help to detect any diseases. Regular blood tests may lead to early identification of hidden diseases or conditions that could go undetected otherwise.
Large dogs, more than 50 pounds, are the best donors because they are able to donate more blood. Just as with humans, not all dogs and cats will be able to donate blood. The blood test will identify any conditions that may make the donor unsuitable. The best donor has a universal blood type, which only 1 in 15 dogs has. Current vaccinations and screening for diseases and blood disorders is also required.To donate your pet’s blood and help those pets who need it the most, contact the Thonglor Pet Hospital at the branch nearest you. Thonglor 02-712-6301-4, Ladprao 02-934-1407-9 or Sirinthorn-Pinkao 02-433-75501-1
You used to only have a few options in air travel within the Land of Smiles. These were the original airlines, Thai Airways International and Bangkok Airways. In recent years, new discount airlines are offering domestic travel options. There are great bargains to be had and can be booked on short notice. Just be careful of peak travel periods. A quick comparison between the regular cost carriers and the low cost variety revealed that 2 could travel travel on the discount carrier (Bangkok to Krabi) for the price of one of the regular cost carrier.
Low Cost Carriers
- Nok Air (from Thai Airways
- One-Two-Go (from Orient Thai)
- Thai Air Asia (from AirAsia)
These are no-frills airlines with scheduled domestic and a few carrier have select international flights. They are based out of Bangkok, either Don Muang or Suvarnabhumi Aiport. Bookings can be through the web, call center or at the airport counter. Payment can be made via credit card, airport counter or pay-point services like 7-11. Promotions are offered from time to time, like One-Two-Go’s flat fare of 1750 baht (including all fees and taxes) for any route in Thailand.
Reviews of discount carriers are mixed and you get what you pay for. The planes may be older and delays are the norm, but for travelers on a tight schedule, they provide an excellent travel alternative to road or rail. Many hotels and resorts also offer airport pickup as an added convenience.
For passenger opinions of airlines and airports, visit Skytrax.
Women traveling alone face more risks than men in the same situations. They are often targets for theft, verbal harassment, physical assault and rape. Few women dare to brave these circumstance, particularly if they are in a foreign country. There are a small group of women who enjoy the freedom of traveling solo or in the company of like-minded women. For those who like the freedom of setting your travel plans without having to worry about someone else or are tired of waiting for others to have the spare time to travel, traveling solo may offer an alternative.
Even though you’ll never know what’s going to happen when you’re on the road, there are steps you can take to increase your safety. A bit of preparation and common sense can go a long way in making your journey a success.
Research as much as you can about your destination before you leave.
Book accommodations in advance.
Plant to arrive at a new city in the daylight hours.
Give a friend or relative your detailed trip itinerary and plan to communicate with they regularly.
Keep photocopies of your passport, credit card, airline tickets and other important documents.
Pack light and leave valuables at home.
Carry a basic first aid kit and any prescriptions you need.
Only carry enough cash for one day in your wallet.
Keep your spare money in a body pouch along with your passport.
Learn the culture of the places you’re visitng and follow the local customs.
Study a map of the area before going out to explore.
Ask hotel staff where to go and where not to go.
Be aware of your surroundings and the people around you.
Stay in well-lit areas.
Don’t tell strangers your travel plans in detail.
Avoid form-fitting or very revealing clothes.
Trust your instincts.
For more information, check out Journeywoman and Women’s Travel Club.
People love Thailand. There is an intoxicating sense of adventure and freedom that calls you back again and again. Many who visit Thailand enjoy the kingdom’s laid back atmosphere and fun loving attitude. Here are the top 5 reasons people love to visit Thailand:
- Thai people are so friendly. – Thailand earns it’s reputations as the Land of Smiles. Thai hospitality is legendary and many Thais got out of their way to make you feel welcome.
- Thai food is delicious. – The cuisine is splendid and world re-known. Thai food is tasty, spicy, fresh and best of all cheap. There is an abundance of tropical fruits, regional dishes, seafood and deserts to explore.
- Thailand is a beautiful country. – With its picturesque beaches, tropical forests, and waterfalls, Thailand’s scenery can take your breath away. Each region offers a different backdrop for your travels.
- There’s so much to do in Thailand. – Thailand has many activities to keep you entertained. You can experience the nightlife in clubs and bars, relax at resorts and spas, learn to scuba dive, cook or speak Thai, or shop ’til you drop.
- Thailand is a cultural treasure. – Thai culture and architecture is graceful and intricate. The wats, monuments, festivals, traditional dancing, music and art give insight into the Thai spirit.
No matter how many times you’ve visited or how long you’ve been in Thailand, there will always be something new to explore. Thailand is a feast for the senses and keep you returning for more.
I have been working and living in Thailand for just over 1 year now. Last year teaching was a grueling experience, but I’ve got the hang of preparing for all my different classes. With the school year looming once again, I will begin sharing my time and experience in Thailand on this blog.