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"A LARGE PART OF CRIME IS ECONOMICS. THE CONVERSE IS TRUE AS WELL." - Jeffree Benet

Someone working hard to buy a house and raise a family is less likely to turn to crime than someone sitting on the Board of Directors with no checks on corporate irresponsibility...

Comparable Technology and Medicine

Would You Head to A Tropical Paradise for Cosmetic Surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is continuing with the upward trend it has been on for decades now, with more and more people each year having the things they dislike about their faces and bodies altered by elective surgical procedures. In recent years, we have seen cosmetic surgery become mainstream, rather than being reserved for the rich and famous, becoming something people consider at a younger age, and also becoming almost as widely undertaken by men as by women. Another trend in terms of cosmetic procedures like breast augmentation, face lifts, hair replacement, liposuction and rhinoplasty is where people are going to get it done.

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More customers has meant that more and more clinics offering cosmetic surgery are now accessible to most people in places like Europe and North America within their own hometowns. However, a more desirable option for many is to fly away to an exotic destination in South East Asia to undergo their surgery. Here, we take a look at why:

Cost Savings

One of the main reasons why people travel long distances and incorporate their surgery into a foreign holiday is that they can get what they want far cheaper. Despite Singapore's generally very high cost of living, an elective cosmetic procedure in a Singapore clinic can still cost less than in places like the US, Canada, UK or Australia, and in somewhere like Malaysia or Thailand you will pay far less than that – in fact, many people from Singapore make the much shorter journey to Thailand for a cheaper surgery option.

A Nicer Experience

While recovering from your surgery may prevent you from going scuba diving and windsurfing, you have to agree that going through what can be a physically delicate time in a comfortable hotel in a beautiful location is preferable to struggling with taking care of cooking and cleaning for yourself on your own at home. If your procedure is one that doesn't have much of a recovery period, you can of course make the most of your time away and spend a few days exploring and doing normal vacation stuff before you fly home!

South East Asians are pretty keen on cosmetic surgery themselves, with South Koreans among the world's biggest consumers of cosmetic procedures (beating previous leaders like America and Italy). This means that it is big business and not just with Western tourists looking for a cheaper option. As such, this has led to very good facilities and well trained specialists, so you are getting the same level of technology and care as you would expect at home (or better, depending on where you are from!).

As you can see there are some very good reasons why people are choosing destinations in South East Asia when they consider surgical procedures. Getting a good quality service for less with a much more pleasant recuperation period (if you don't feel the need to have your friends and family close by as you recover) means there are very few downs

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Health Benefits of Yoga

The health benefits of yoga are many and well-documented. Yoga is well-known to be an excellent way of maintaining fitness, flexibility, core strength, and is a way of de-stressing.


What to expect at a Yoga class

The atmosphere of a yoga class is calm, non-competitive and supportive. Your yoga teacher will guide you through simple poses, or asanas, letting you take things at your pace. It is important not to push too far and cause yourself injury.

You need only the simplest equipment: a yoga mat, some loose or stretchy clothing, and perhaps a blanket to keep you warm during the relaxation at the end of the session.

Yoga exercises or poses are enhanced by attention to your breathing: usually you will be instructed to inhale while going into a pose, exhale, then take another breath while holding the pose, exhale again and as you do so you try to move a little bit further into the stretch. This discipline of breathing is calming, and you will find that your confidence soon increases.

Health benefits of Yoga include

  • Flexibility


Flexibility and core strength are improved, and sufferers from back problems often find their pain is alleviated.

  • Digestion


Yoga poses are thought to help digestive problems: indigestion and constipation are both relieved by practising certain poses.

  • Lowering blood pressure


The meditative aspect of yoga is a proven way to lower high blood pressure. The heart beat is also slowed and strengthened.

  • Lymph system


Practising the yoga asanas enhances the lymphatic flow through the body, helping to clear away any toxins, for example, those that accumulate during cancer therapy.

  • Therapy for cancer patients


Insurance companies providing cancer cover often include yoga on the list of recommended therapies for patients who are recovering from a gruelling course of chemotherapy. The thing patients fighting cancer often find most difficult to cope with is the fatigue and debilitating discomfort caused by cancer treatments: both the scar-tissue caused by surgery and nausea caused by gruelling courses of chemotherapy can impact on their quality of life. Cancer patients may be anxious and find it difficult to get enough sleep: many patients say that their yoga classes, which are geared to meet their particular needs, are a life-saver.

As interest in a more holistic approach to healing grows, yoga for cancer patients is becoming a popular therapy. As well as the health benefits outlined above, the greatest advantage for many patients is the sense of unity, well-being and inner peace that yoga can bring. 

 

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