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Rabies outbreak in downtown Hua Hin – authorities cordon off area

HUA HIN: — The deadly disease rabies has hit downtown Hua Hin.

Local officials rushed to cordon off the infected area after ten people were bitten.

A black dog was taken in and after its brain was examined vets confirmed it had rabies.

Now everyone has been urged to get their dogs and cats vaccinated as health officials scurry to protect the public.

Busaba Choksuchart of the local council said that the authorities became concerned after ten people were bitten in the same area.

The area is in the Samor Rian community of Soi Phrae Phan behind Wat Hua Hin and in the market area of Chomsin Road.

Earlier a stray male black dog had been taken in for examination. When it died its brain was cut open to reveal the deadly disease had killed it.

Worried officials rushed to the concerned area with pictures of the dead dog and discovered it had been roaming all over the area.

Most of the people bitten had already been vaccinated. But one old woman who had been scratched on the face was immediately taken to Hua Hin hospital.

Busaba urged dog and cat owners to have their pets vaccinated for free, reported Daily News.

Source: Daily News

Coconut deaths – The greatest danger on a desert island

For all those who on deciding to go to a desert island ask me questions like: What if a snake gets into my bed?What if a shark bites my leg?…or the best of all….What should I do if I come face to face with a tiger?  And my answer is always:

What you do have to be careful of are the coconuts!

“You’re joking” is what you may be thinking.  NO, I say as tigers don’t live on desert islands – A great relief for all, I’m sure – nor are sharks to be seen in these beautiful waters – least of all those which attack humans – nor do snakes go anyway near people – it’s us who have to go looking for them -.  But, yes, there are coconuts and they make their presence known throughout the day with a resounding thud as they hit the floor. These are the Falling Coconut Deaths – Coconut Falling on Head!!

A green coconut, full grown and with its shell, still on the palm tree, can weigh up to two kilos (41/2 lbs.)  because it’s full of water.  If you take into account that palm trees can grow as high as 30 metres (98 feet) which is about the height of an 8 storey building, the speed with which a coconut falls reaches around 85 km/hr (53 mph). This means that the force of the coconut as it hits the ground is equivalent in weight to a ton.  Or, looking at it a different way, if it did fall, this fruit so highly valued by castaways, would have the same effect as a Austin Mini falling from about a foot and a half above your head. 

There are no reliable records on this subject but it is estimated that every year about 150 people die as a direct cause of this. This number isn’t as high as it could be if it is taken into account that there are millions of people living amongst palm trees but, take note, it’s still ten times higher than the number of people who die each year from shark attacks!

The majority of the people whose deaths were caused by falling coconuts were having a nap under the coconut palm, a ‘siesta’ from which they never awoke.  Of all the different types of accidents from coconut palms, the worst one is if you are caught lying down which is to say that  it’s much better to be standing up when the coconut does a K.O.  If it catches you on the head when you’re lying down it’s mortally dangerous because the head is in direct contact with the floor so the ‘braking distance’ on impact is zero.  The best advice to follow is that if you’re going to get in the way of a falling coconut, make sure you’re standing up!

It may seem a bit of an obsession, but when I’m walking around a desert island I can’t help but look out of the corner of my eye at the tallest palm trees so I can avoid being in ‘target range’.  This means that as I walk along the beach I may look a bit ridiculous or even ‘tipsy’ as I work my way along with zigzag movements.   The main palm tree in the following photo would be, without doubt, the perfect place to zigzag, I would even consider going into the sea to avoid an ‘accident’…

But I wouldn’t ask you to follow my example because the threat isn’t really so real. What is certain, though, is that on uncountable occasions I have seen coconuts fall too close for comfort, and you can hear their peculiar ‘thud’ on the video of the monkey.  Be careful, as there are islands like the one in the following photo where walking along the beach can be ‘risky’ and it could even be advisable to ‘swim’  round the island. The reason, obviously, is that as the statistics say, the chances of being hit by a coconut are ten times greater than being  ‘bit’ by a shark!!

Now you tell me: Have you lived to tell the tale of being hit on the head by a coconut?  Do you zigzag when walking on a desert island, or have you a better way of protecting yourself?  Leave your comments below and we’ll talk about it!

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Your family and friends who care about you would be so thrilled if you could quit cigarettes, right? Maybe you are considering quitting, or maybe you have tried to quit but unsuccessfully. These tips on how to quit smoking comes from an ex-chain smoker, so he knows your struggles.

It’s a good time to stop smoking right now and never look back. Life is too short, don’t make it shorter. Use the information in this article to quit permanently.

When looking to kick the smoking habit, you must feel that you can do it. Think about all the wonderful things you have achieved in your life up until now. This will help you understand and gain the strength to conquer this dependency. Having faith in yourself is not only important to giving up cigarette smoking, but it’s also essential for total success in your life.

Don’t try to quit cold turkey!! (Although many people first try with the cold turkey method, only a small percentage succeed. It’s not for everyone).

Cold turkey is not the preferred way to go the first time you try to quit. For many, it can sometimes be an arduous journey. Research studies show that over ninety percent of people who try to give up smoking cigarettes via this method end up relapsing.

Decide today that you would implement some of these tips to help you quit smoking. Think of all those hundreds of thousands of dollars you could save in your lifetime by quitting … and add at least 12 years to your life span. 12 quality years to spend with your loved ones.


1. Decide WHY You Need To Quit

Don’t just say you’re going to quit. If you can find a big enough WHY, you will discover the HOW.

This is true for any achievements in life. Analyzing WHY you want to quit is not an option but a non-negotiable necessity. Your personal WHY will give you the strength for your HOW. Your WHYs could be your health, second-hand smoke hazard to your loved ones, the family you love, your savings, and the people around you that you care about.

Looking at a picture of a smoker’s lungs may be all you need to give up smoking. When an individual smokes, their lungs turn black after a while, and they could end up with lung cancer. As bad as it may sound, seeing such a picture may trigger a signal in your brain to quit.

Take the time to think about how giving up smoking will improve your life. It might help you to know that some of the worst diseases smoking cause are: Lung disease or cancer, heart disease, stroke, asthma, infertility, premature babies, diabetes, vision loss, and various other types of cancer.


2. Never Try To Quit Smoking On Your Own

When trying to quit smoking, tell as many people as possible. The more declaration you do when committing to quitting the better. People who care (and they do care) will not only help you along the way, but can also guilt you into that extra motivation.

Make sure your friends recognize that you are determined to stop. Your friends and loved ones would be happy to help you quit, rather than encouraging you to take the next unneeded puff. Otherwise … you know who your real friends are!

At any time you should think that one little puff won’t hurt, you will have those people around you to remind you. When you don’t have anyone to answer to for your careless actions, you can get away with it and eventually fall right back.


3. How To Deal With The Stress Without A Smoke

One of the most common reasons people smoke is when they are stressed. They think that smoke is calming but in reality, it is quite the opposite. When smoke enters the body, it induces stress by raising the heart rate and blood pressure.

Smoking also causes the muscles to get tense and constricts the blood vessels, thus reducing the amount of oxygen supply to the brain. Smoking is a false sense of relief, regardless of the approach you take to resolve any stress. Smoking does not help you to destress.

Instead of smoking during a stressful moment, allow yourself some alone-time to evaluate your situation in a calm and quiet place without distraction. Also try these other tips to help you manage your stress.


4. Proper Diet And Nutrition Can Help You Quit Easier

Eating a proper diet and drinking juices daily can be one of the best things you can do when you’re trying to quit. Some options for people in the beginning stages of quitting is switching from coffee to herbal teas.

Perhaps after every meal, instead of reaching for that go-to “after lunch smoke”, immediately brush your teeth. Making this few lifestyle changes can have a direct effect on your tastebuds. When a smoker quits, they will immediately regain their senses of taste and smell, another significant bonus for quitting.


5. Is Quitting Cold Turkey The Way To Go?

This is probably a trick question, but the simple answer is ANY way that you can quit is a good way. It is possible, however, it is NOT for everyone. Many quit-smoking sites will tell you not to try the cold turkey method, simply because the success rate is too low.

If you’re serious about kicking the smoking habit permanently, it’s a good idea not to put too much additional pressure on yourself. Quitting cold turkey does that.

Start a solid commitment day. In preparation, have a “ceremonial” destruction (if possible in the presence of witnesses), of any existing cigarettes, ash trays, lighters, etc that tempt you to smoke. Doing this will help you mentally prepare to resist temptation as you walk this journey.


6. Go For As Long As You Can Without A Smoke

Stop for longer durations and periods of time. You will find that you will end up being much better at stopping, to inevitably stopping altogether.

Whenever you have the urge to smoke, make a phone call to a person in your support group. Having love and support from people around you will go a long way in helping you to quit.

It’s important to remind them that getting over an addiction could create mood swings and cause you to be irritable or impatient, so keep your distance from people who are a negative impact. See #4 above about eating properly to help reduce your withdrawal symptoms.

Many people who are trying to quit have to attempt many times before they are successful in totally quitting. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t succeed at the first few tries.

Having something in your mouth is a need of your dependency. Try various other ways to keep your mouth occupied. Some find candy or gum to be useful to keep their mouth occupied. Electronic cigarettes or unlit cigarettes are some other options that can be effective tools.


7. More Natural Ways To Help You Quit

Conquer Your Mind

We have all heard that the mind is a terrible thing to waste. Well, it’s also much stronger than you can imagine. Your mind can do things you could never conceive, and quitting smoking is probably one of the easiest thing that you can program your mind to doing.

When you first started smoking, it was your mind that tells you to. After years of going through the same nicotine ritual, your brain is convinced and is configured to thin that cigarettes and using them, are an important part of you.

The simple way to stop is to shake up the beliefs you associate with the smoking cessation effects. So you can tell your mind that you don’t need the smoke. Your mind can do whatever you want it to do. To smoke, or to quit. It’s all in the mind.


Nicotine Replacement Therapies

nicotine patchThere are various nicotine replacements that can be used to release a much lower dose of nicotine with much lower levels of toxicity, such as nicotine patch, gum or lozenge. These may not be the best options but it certainly helps being the “lesser of two evils”.

Tobacco smoke contains many cancer-causing substances such as tars, carbon monoxide and other dangerous toxins that nicotine patches and replacements don’t. Remember though, that these shouldn’t be a long-term solution.

This sugar alternative is one of the best remedies for nicotine cravings. Studies in Germany have found that stevia has been found to curb nicotine and even alcohol cravings.


Alternative Medicine

Acupuncture is a natural way to help you curb your craving for nicotine and reduce withdrawal symptoms. Along with medicinal herbs and hypnotherapy, these combination of therapies may help address the mental, emotional and physiological aspects of the addiction and can often yield the best results.

A little known and sometimes reliable technique for helping you to stop smoking is low-level laser device treatments. It works on the same principles as acupuncture but without the use of needles. It releases endorphins in your body and helps your body to relax.


It should be easy to see by now, that giving up smoking cigarettes is within your reach. You just need to make the decision, see it through, and success can be yours. Remember, there are many benefits to giving it up, so begin today by using these tips.



Woman has her leg broken at a traditional Thai massage shop

Picture: Kapook

CHONBURI/PATTAYA: — The family of a woman who had her leg broken while having a traditional Thai massage have gone to the media for justice after the owner of the shop went back on a promise to pay her bills.

Kapook reported that 59 year old Pimyanee Thanwongsakun had visited the shop in Samet district.

The massage was done by the male owner of the shop, a man called Thanaphop Klachingchai, 50.

Pimyanee’s daughter Saranya, 25, told reporters that in the course of the massage Thanaphop broke her mother’s right leg near the knee. She had to go to hospital to have it pinned and needs further urgent treatment.

Initially the owner of the shop promised to pay for the treatment but he has since reneged on this, said the daughter who added that a complaint had been filed with Samet police in the matter.

Pimyanee was a regular visitor to a massage shop but this washer first time at this particular establishment, said Kapook.

Thaivisa notes that the kind of massage advertised by the shop is referred to as “jap sen” in Thai and can involve considerable pressure being exerted.

Source: Kapook

Korat man stung 80 times’ who went looking for lottery numbers in bees’ nest

Picture: Sanook

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: — A Korat man is fighting for his life after being attacked by a swarm of bees at his house in Chokchai district.

Jai, 54, was stung 80 times by “Royal Bees” after climbing up to the rafters of his house with a friend to see if they could see lottery numbers in a massive nest, reported Sanook.

Though a bit better in hospital Jai is still not out of danger after Tuesday’s attack.

Locals said that a man called Samai, 49, had come to visit Jai at his house and they had talked about an 80 centimeter long bees’ nest that was attached to the second story of the house. the nest had been there for a year.

Jai said that he had not done anything to eradicate the bees because he believed them to be auspicious and he thought they would bring him luck.

Samai decided it would be a good idea to climb up and see if they could discern some lottery numbers in the nest for the upcoming draw, reported Sanook.

But as they neared the nest a large quantity of bees attacked. Samai managed to run clear suffering only a few stings but Jai, who has a handicapped leg, was repeatedly stung some 80 times about the face and body.

When medics arrived he was barely breathing and after being taken to a local clinic was transferred to a neighborhood hospital as his condition was life threatening.

Nam Plotkrathok, the local municipal chief said that he was preparing a team of workers to properly dismantle the nest.

Source: Sanook

People Who Fart In Front Of Their Partners Have A More Lasting Relationship

Surely this article’s title caught your attention because it is something peculiar to think that something like a fart can get to strengthen a relationship. But we can say openly that farting in front of your partner can get the relationship to last throughout life.

Usually, doing unpleasant things in front of their partner is something that people often avoid, because we want to show the best of ourselves to be able to make that person fall in love. But with time and trust this changes.

An author of family psychology called Leah Decesare, has written a research paper which confirms that a lasting relationship is based on complete trust and sincerity, and we get this being as natural as possible.

This woman has published a book called ‘naked parenting’ where she tells about the secret of lasting relationships and how we should treat our children.

This author tell us that the first fart in front of her husband changed their relationship forever. She says her husband knew at that very moment he was going to be with her for life. This woman says so, and especially if it is a woman who farts in front of her husband.

This woman claims that women are seen as delicate and fragile, the fact of farting in front of her boyfriend, make them more attractive and creates empathy with their partner.

Still, the author confirms that you must hold it at all cost in front of other people, but with your partner shouldn’t be any kind of issue. Farting is as natural as laughing, crying or eating.
If you enjoyed this article, we recommend you to start farting in front of your partner so you can be completely comfortable around him.

Warning: Too Much Exercise – You Could Be Damaging Your Heart

There exists a general consensus that exercise is good for you. To an extent, this is very true. However, what most people fail to realize is that, like everything else, too much exercise is unhealthy – and the damaging effects of extreme endurance exercise have been supported by numerous scientific studies – ten of which we list below.

But how can an activity that is being recommended by healthcare professionals be bad for you? Just how does excessive exercise affect our body? It really depends how much you do – and extreme endurance exercise is now considered potentially dangerous.

The Good Side Of Exercise
Exercising regularly has many benefits. Moderate exercise activity at least three times a week for thirty minutes to an hour each is enough to:

• Improve your endurance
• Strengthen your muscles (including your heart!)
• Deliver more oxygen to the rest of the body
• Help you maintain a healthy weight
• Improve your mood through endorphin production (endorphins are happy hormones!)

These benefits are excellent reasons to keep exercising regularly. The major problem with over-exercising, however, is that the body remains in a post-workout state, not allowing the body enough time to rest and repair for the next bout of exercise. We constantly strain our body – especially our heart. This can cause rapid burnout and – in the worst case scenario – even a heart attack.

The Bad Side Of Exercise
Recent studies in the past ten years have discovered how too much exercise does more harm than good. High-endurance activities like marathons and triathlons can:

• Overwork the heart and cause cardiac dysfunction
• Damage muscle fibers
• Elevate cortisol levels in the body, a stress hormone
• Cause excessive fatigue
• Increase injury risk

How do we know how much is too much? How much exercise does a person have to do for it to be considered unhealthy and damaging? These scientific reports give some useful information:

Ten scientific studies that have discovered negative effects of too much exercise

#1: Durand & Gutterman (2014) studied the vascular function of conditioned athletes and found similarities with people affected with coronary artery disease. This suggests that the way over-exercising stresses our heart and blood vessels is likened to cardiac dysfunction and disease. [1]

#2: According to Lavie, O’Keefe, & Salis (2015), high doses of physical activity and exercise can cause cardiac arrhythmias, heart disease and dysfunction, and release of troponin and brain naturetic peptides, chemical markers of heart damage. [2]

#3: Two of previously mentioned researchers, Lavie and O’Keefe, along with Guazzi (2015) applied statistics in looking at potential dangers of extreme endurance exercise among school-age athletes. They hypothesized if a dose-response curve is applicable to therapeutic exercise, there must be an upper limit until exercise becomes dangerous. [3]

#4: In heart attack survivors, it was discovered that while general exercise lowered mortality risk, higher levels of exercise (running more than 7.1 km/day or walking more than 10.2km/day) increased the risk of mortality as much as three-fold. [4]

#5: According to one recent study (2012), too much exercise permanently changes the vasculature of the blood vessels and the heart itself, overloads the atria and ventricles, stiffens their walls, and contributes to coronary artery calcification, among a list of cardiac dysfunctions. [5]

#6: Heatstroke is a common condition experience by endurance athletes. In a 2008 study on more than 28,000 endurance cyclists, five of whom died after long races, it was discovered that excessive endurance exercise contributed significantly to high internal temperatures (endothermy), causing heatstroke and death. [6]

#7: A 2012 study found out that participating in long-term endurance sports places a high strain on the right ventricle, causing ventricular cardiomyopathy, and making it prone to ventricular arrhythmias. This can lead to cardiac arrest. [7]

#8: In an article published by the Oxford University Press, two studies were highlighted that showed how athletes developed cardiac abnormalities after long-term endurance exercise. The studies revealed how older endurance athletes developed myocardiac fibrosis, or the thickening of the cardiac muscle, and scarring of the heart tissue. [8]

#9: In a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers concluded that marathons and half-marathons reduced the risk for cardiac arrest, but male endurance athletes were still more likely to experience heart attacks and cardiac dysfunction compared to other population groups. [9]

#10: The American Heart Association studied several cases involving endurance athletes and cardiovascular problems and concluded that “endurance exercise most likely increases your chances of living longer but may increase your risk of some arrhythmias”. This sentence is full of uncertainty but it implies that further research is needed to make a solid conclusion on endurance exercise and how it affects the heart. [10]

Conclusion: Like so many other things, moderation is key

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