Becoming a Physician’s Assistant

If you are attracted to the field of medicine as a career but find the financial requirements (an average of $140,000 of educational debt facing you upon graduation) daunting, you might consider becoming a physician’s assistant in Greys’ Anatomy scrubs. According to Money magazine, physician’s assisting is number thirty out of the top fifty jobs. It is the fastest growing field – growing 50% yearly – even ahead of software engineering (which is number two). The average yearly salary is a hefty $75,000, with top salaries ranging over $90,000, including full benefits and many perks. Over half of physician’s assistants work in clinics and offices of physicians, and a bit over a third work in hospitals. The rest work in nursing homes, public health clinics, prisons, schools, home health care agencies, and the government. Almost a fifth of physician’s assistants work in rural communities of less than 20,000 residents, where there are few physicians. Basically, you can work wherever you wish since there are an increasing number of jobs available everywhere.

The educational requirements for becoming a physician’s assistant in Koi mens scrubs are much lighter than those for a medical doctor. The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant has accredited more than 130 programs in the U.S. Most of these are master’s degree programs, but some only require an undergraduate major. Certification is obtained upon passing an examination by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

Physician assistants can and do perform most of the tasks performed by doctors; they always work under a physician’s supervision. The duties performed include taking medical histories and performing examinations, ordering treatments, interpreting diagnostic results, referring patients to specialists, diagnosing illnesses, prescribing medication, performing both noninvasive and invasive procedures, and providing assistance in surgery. Physician assistants in Peaches scrubs may practice general medicine, or they may specialize. The flexibility of physician assisting as a career choice enables you to go wherever you want to and go into specialties or sub specialties which interest you the most.

You might inherit a specialty from a physician whom you’re working for. And since you are pretty much guaranteed to be able to find a job no matter where you are, you are unlikely to be stuck somewhere you don’t like. At the same time, you practice real medicine, so the job is prestigious as well as lucrative. Physician’s assistants are right there in the clinic, the emergency room, the maternity ward, the surgery. They make the diagnosis and they prescribe treatments. They meet challenges, and never have much chance to be bored with their work. Lots more information is available at the American Academy of Physician Assistant (AAPA) website, as well as online discussion forums.

Backstrap Weaving – Ancient Craft Still Practiced by the Mayan Women of Guatemala

Backstrap weaving is an ancient art practiced for centuries in many parts of the world – Peru, Guatemala, China, Japan, Bolivia, Mexico and Native Americans. Today it is still used on a daily basis in many parts of Guatemala to weave fabrics to make clothing and other household cloth needs. Many of the women also weave a variety of items to help earn a living by selling to tourists.

The looms are simple, typically 6 sticks, usually handmade by the weaver. A backstrap loom is easily portable because it can simply be rolled up and laid aside when not in use. The back rod is tied to a tree or post while weaving and the other end has a strap that encircles the waist and the weaver can move back or forward to produce the needed tension.   The weaver usually sits on the ground but as the person ages that is more difficult and they may use a small stool.

In Guatemala the women have typically used cotton yarn for their weavings and used natural plants from their area to dye the yarn various colors. They still tint yarn by hand but also buy cotton yarn that has already been chemically dyed. The natural tints are softer colors than chemical dyes. These natural tints come from plants and bark such as:

  • sacatinta -a blue color
  • coconut shell -brown
  • carrots -orange
  • achote -soft orange/peach
  • hibiscus flower -rosy pink
  • chilca -soft yellow
  • bark of the avocado tree -beige

The backstrap loom also known as the belt loom can make different widths of fabric depending of the width of the rods. Guatemalan artisan weavers can weave as narrow as a belt or as large as 24 -26  inch width and perhaps more. If a cloth needs to be wider, the two pieces are joined together with heavy embroidery stitches. An example of this would be the corte (the skirt) of the Mayan women, which if hand-woven would have the pieces joined with embroidery stitches.

A great book about weaving with the backstrap was written by Barbara Taber and Marilyn Anderson in 1975 – “Backstrap Weaving, step by step techniques on one of the oldest and most versatile looms”.  Another book with some information is “The Weaving Primer,  A Complete Guide to Inkle, Backstrap, and Frame Looms” by Nina Holland, 1978. 

Education and Nutritional Facts

Are your children’s minds like sponges or are they more like leaky buckets? Your seemingly intelligent children should be getting better grades at school. But he can’t seem to focus on anything long enough to really master it (except video games), and she seems to be such a good conversationalist (especially with text messaging) but can’t write a decent book report.

There may be several reasons why this is happening. Perhaps he has a learning or developmental disability and perhaps she’s not being challenged enough at school, or it could be a lack of nutrition and exercise. I know what you’re thinking… No! It couldn’t be lack of nutrition! My son or daughter is definitely getting more than enough food. In fact he/she is overweight, but they’ll grow out of it.Unfortunately, studies show overweight children tend to become overweight adults. In addition, there is growing research showing many North American children may not be meeting their Vitamin D needs especially during the winter months when the UVB rays are less intense. One more reason to put away the video games for an hour and get out into the sun for some physical activity.


Research shows that 1 in 3 children are overweight and that almost 80 percent of children inherit “food neophobia”, the fear of unfamiliar food, from their parents. Most food neophobics refuse to eat healthy foods and only want to eat the unhealthy but familiar foods like sugary cereals, pop, and foods high in saturated fat like burgers and fries. Unfortunately, these food options cause energy levels to plummet, ruin the ability to focus, and impair learning and memory. Children who are picky eaters or who have food neophobia are probably missing out on very important nutrients, which lead to malnutrition.

Both overweight and underweight children may have malnutrition due to a lack of nutrients – not a lack of food. Therefore, while many children may be consuming a great deal of calories, they may not be getting the essential vitamins, nutrients, and minerals that they need to learn and stay healthy. Children whose diets are filled with saturated fat, sugars, chemicals, and sodium will inevitably have problems with behaviour, academic learning, and health.

Tips for how to be a good parent

  • Make sure that your children don’t skip breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eating breakfast helps with weight control, mood and school performance. Research has shown that children who regularly ate breakfast had better standardized test scores, better behavior, and were less hyperactive than children who skipped breakfast. Research also shows that children who eat high sugary breakfasts tend to eat more at lunch.
  • Get the junk food out of the house. This includes high sugar cereals, soda pop, chips, ice cream, cake, cookies, candy, and most processed foods. Stock your fridge with lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grain and raw nuts to snack on. Buy frozen fruit and plain yogurt so that they can make healthy smoothies. Buy bottled water if it will encourage them to drink water instead of pop. They should be drinking at least 6-8 glasses of water a day.
  • Teach your children that they can make somewhat healthy choices at fast food restaurants and in school cafeterias. Most menu items are packed with saturated fat, sugars, chemicals, and sodium, which cause children to feel tired, unfocused, jittery, and sick. These food items not only impact your children’s grades and performance, but also influences their behaviour and moods. Instead of fries, they should choose the side salad. Instead of pop, have water or a small juice. Go for the single burger instead of the double. Choose grilled chicken instead of crispy. Choose the snack size ice-cream dessert instead of the regular size. Limit fast food restaurant eating to once per week.

The last 3 tips have nothing to do with nutrition but are just as important:

  • Make sure that your children are physically active for at least 60 minutes a day… every day. Exercise improves health, enhances mood,helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints, burns calories, and when done in the sun allows the intake of necessary vitamin D.
  • Start very early to teach your children about the dangers of smoking. The nicotine in inhaled tobacco smoke moves from the lungs, into the bloodstream and up to the smoker’s brain within 7 to 10 seconds.
  • Make sure that they get enough sleep. Research shows that sleep deprivation can lead to decreased attentiveness, decreased short-term memory, inconsistent performance, and delayed response time. Primary school kids need 10-12 hours of sleep at night. High school kids need at least 8-9 hours of sleep.


Teaching your children to how to make healthy food choices and live a healthy lifestyle will make a huge difference in their energy level, their ability to focus, learn, and retain what they’ve learned. Also, children who eat healthy foods will be more likely to make better food and nutrition choices as adults.

Sometimes eating a healthy diet might not be enough and you may want to add dietary supplements. Specific supplements can be added to the diet for improving a variety of brain functions and overall health. Folic Acid improves memory. Some of the best foods for folic acid include whole-grain breakfast cereals, lentils, black-eyed peas, soybeans, spinach, green peas, artichokes, broccoli, wheat germ, beets and oranges.Potassium also aids in energy and brain function, and can be derived from oranges, bananas, apricots, avocados, melons, peaches, and nectarines. Oily fish such as salmon, and berries such as blueberry and acai berry are also very good for improving memory and brain function. Supplements that contain Essential Fatty Acids and Fish Oils are essential for those who are not regular fish eaters. In any case, fish and shellfish should not be consumed more than twice per week in order to limit exposure to mercury.

In summary, in addition to looking at other factors that may be causing your children to have difficulty at school, take a close look at what they’re doing and what they’re eating… or not eating. Make sure that they don’t skip breakfast, don’t have access to junk food at home, limit their visits to fast food restaurants, make healthy food choices, exercise every day, don’t smoke, and get enough sleep. If necessary, add good quality dietary supplements to their diet. Start by setting a good example and live a healthy lifestyle.

King of Photographic Picture-Making – Henry Peach Robinson Or HP Robinson (1830 – 1901)

English Pictorialist Photographer Henry Peach Robinson or H.P. Robinson was born to John Robinson, a schoolteacher & Eliza Robinson on July 09, 1830, at Ludlow, Shropshire, England. After completing his primary education from Horatio Russell’s Academy at the age of thirteen and a year’s drawing tuitions from Richard Penwarne, Robinson began his artistic journey as an apprentice to Richard Jones, a Ludlow bookseller and printer.

Following an initial struggle, working as a bookseller with Bromsgrove (1850) and Whittaker & Co. (1851), Henry Robinson was finally able to exhibit his oil painting, “On the Teme near Ludlow” at the Royal Academy in 1852. Robinson’s longing for doing something atypical, stirred him towards a new technique called ‘High Art’ or ‘Combination Photographs.’ These photographs are created by putting together several pieces of different negatives to achieve one impressive picture, a harbinger of ‘Photomontage.’ A meeting with renowned photographer, Hugh Welch Diamond, in 1855, left Henry certain of his penchant for the art and he opened a studio at Leamington Spa to sell ‘High Art’ portraits and later setting up another studio at Kent. In 1856, Henry met Victorian Art Photographer Oscar Gustave Rejlander, similar & the intense artistic inclinations of the duo made them the founding members of the Birmingham Photographic Society. In 1858, the artist created his first acclaimed Combination Photograph, “Fading Away.”

At the age of twenty-nine, in 1859, Henry married Selina Grieves, the daughter of a Ludlow chemist. Robinson took to ill health because of his exposure to toxic photographic chemicals, resulting in the closing down of his studio in 1864. The artist however, resorted to the ‘scissors and paste-pot’ method. “Fading Away” (1858) is Henry’s magnum opus, which portrays the death of a young girl from tuberculosis, surrounded by her grief-stricken family. Some other remarkable pieces are “The Lady of Shallot” (1861), “Autumn” (1863), and “Seascape at night” (1870).

By 1869, Robinson relocated to London, where he authored incredibly inspirational essays on photographic practices such as “Effect in Photography, Being Hints on Composition and Chiaroscuro for Photographers.” As his health improved, Robinson along with Nelson King Cherrill opened a new studio in Tunbridge Wells. A year later, in 1870, he became the vice-president of the Royal Photographic Society, where he raised his voice for considering photography as an art form.

In spite of the dissolution of his professional association with Cherrill in 1875, Robinson persisted with the work, until he retired in 1888. He resigned in 1891, due to Photographic Society’s lack of consideration for photography as an art. Henry went on to join Linked Ring Society, an opponent society, as a member, where he continued until 1900. By this time, the Royal Photographic Society restored its association with Robinson and awarded him with an Honorary Fellowship, to recognize his contributions for photography as an art form.

Henry Robinson was a distinguished art photographer of the 1800s, an avid follower of Pre-Raphaelites and highly influenced by the works of John Ruskin & J.M.W. Turner. The artist successfully captured the eternal existence of ‘Mediaeval’ setting. He breathed his last on February 21, 1901. Henry Peach Robinson was buried at Tunbridge Wells.