Are you happy with what you have and where you are?

If not, you may suffer from this:

Attention Blood Type Os: Mosquitoes love you!

Some messages need to be repeated. And this is one.
But little do many know in regards to the WHY:

If you are blood type O, you are more likely to be a secretor than other ABOs.
By secretor it indicates that you carry your blood cells in your saliva and sweat.
That means mosquitoes can smell and sense you.

What blood type you have influences the risk that you will be infected by a particular strain of norovirus

This is just one of many reasons why knowing your blood type is so important.

These links between blood types and diseases have a mysterious arbitrariness about them, and scientists have only begun to work out the reasons behind some of them. For example, Kevin Kain of the University of Toronto and his colleagues have been investigating why people with type O are better protected against severe malaria than people with other blood types. His studies indicate that immune cells have an easier job of recognising infected blood cells if they’re type O rather than other blood types.

More puzzling are the links between blood types and diseases that have nothing to do with the blood. Take norovirus. This nasty pathogen is the bane of cruise ships, as it can rage through hundreds of passengers, causing violent vomiting and diarrhoea. It does so by invading cells lining the intestines, leaving blood cells untouched. Nevertheless, people’s blood type influences the risk that they will be infected by a particular strain of norovirus.

The solution to this particular mystery can be found in the fact that blood cells are not the only cells to produce blood type antigens. They are also produced by cells in blood vessel walls, the airway, skin and hair. Many people even secrete blood type antigens in their saliva. Noroviruses make us sick by grabbing onto the blood type antigens produced by cells in the gut.

Yet a norovirus can only grab firmly onto a cell if its proteins fit snugly onto the cell’s blood type antigen. So it’s possible that each strain of norovirus has proteins that are adapted to attach tightly to certain blood type antigens, but not others. That would explain why our blood type can influence which norovirus strains can make us sick.

It may also be a clue as to why a variety of blood types have endured for millions of years. Our primate ancestors were locked in a never-ending cage match with countless pathogens, including viruses, bacteria and other enemies. Some of those pathogens may have adapted to exploit different kinds of blood type antigens. The pathogens that were best suited to the most common blood type would have fared best, because they had the most hosts to infect. But, gradually, they may have destroyed that advantage by killing off their hosts. Meanwhile, primates with rarer blood types would have thrived, thanks to their protection against some of their enemies.

Full article here: Why do we have blood types?

If you don´t know your blood type, contact your physician, donate blood or order a testing kit online.

Sperm donation and rhesus incompatibility

Sperm donation is also used in cases of rhesus incompatibility. This particularly occurs where a woman has a blood type which is rhesus negative, and where her partner is rhesus positive. The woman’s body may reject a fetus if it has rhesus positive blood. Anti D injections have been developed and may be used to attempt to avoid this, and these are usually automatically given to rhesus negative women immediately after they give birth to their first child. However, in the past this was either not possible or was not always routinely undertaken where a woman gave birth or had an abortion and she may have trouble carrying a child later in life. Furthermore, for some women, the anti D injection does not provide the entire solution, particularly where there is a medical history of complications during pregnancy which risk the woman’s blood and that of the fetus becoming mixed. In such cases, sperm from a rhesus negative donor can provide the solution and a woman may be able to conceive and carry a pregnancy to full term when otherwise this would not be possible. For this reason, sperm from rhesus negative sperm donors is often in great demand, particularly those with the O negative blood group who are universal donors.

Wedding therapists in India: “When it comes to blood groups it is essential that you both have the same Rhesus factor”

The world is slowly waking up to giving people an option to pick a partner amongst the large group of those who are blood type compatible. One of the most important reasons to know a future partner´s blood type is that the rhesus factor can decide whether or not there may be potential complications on the horizon when picking someone you plan to have children with.

See the article below highlighting the section about blood type compatibility:

New Delhi: Gone are the days when matching of horoscope intended to be the right practice for a successful marriage. These days, what doctors and medical experts are recommending is checking the medical compatibility of bridegroom.

Various young couples go for the medical compatibility tests as experts truly believe that watching the physical and medical health is more essential than matching kundalis.

The tests to check the medical compatibility include tests of Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, knowledge of the blood groups, Thalassemia, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV and Tests for certain known Genetically Transmitted Diseases.

This is to mention here that the trend has been accepted by Indian couples and has now turned out to be a part of selection process in arrange marriages. Wedding therapists believe that even in love marriages people opt for the medical compatibility tests.

Here are the tests that need to be done under the medical compatibility of a couple before taking the plunge-

Blood Group Tests: When it comes to blood groups it is essential that you both have the same Rhesus factor (Rh factor). If your blood group is O positive and your partner has a blood group of B negative, he or she has a negative Rh factor. This information is essential especially during pregnancy, as a mother and baby of opposite Rh factors could lead to severe complications and even death of the baby.

Tests for genetically transmitted conditions: The test is important to check if you or your partner carries any genes that could manifest as a disease in your children. This includes conditions like thalassemia (a genetic blood disorder where a baby cannot produce enough red blood cells and will need a blood transfusion very often), cancers, juvenile diabetes, mental disorders, etc.

Tests for sexually transmitted diseases: There might a certain stigma attached to this test, but it is best that you both know your health status when it concerns these diseases. While HIV is life threatening, other STDs like hepatitis C, herpes, gonorrhoea, etc. are something you will have to live with all your life; not to mention the risk of your child getting affected by it.
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For more information on blood types and blood type compatibility, please continue here:

Blood Type Dating – Datebytype.com

If you are an rh negative woman and planning to get pregnant …

It’s been known for about 20 years that the fetus is exposed to maternal antibodies during pregnancy. In fact, maternal antibodies are important to provide newborns an immune boost to fend off pathogens until their own immune systems get up and running. However, a mother’s body can also produce antibodies that negatively affect a child developing within her. Many people are familiar with the risk of Rh-disease that can occur when a fetus has Rh-positive blood but the mother has Rh-negative. Anti-Rh antibodies produced by the mother can cross the placenta and attack the baby’s red blood cells leading to anemia and, if untreated, even kill the child.

The researchers said that the highly specific immunoglobulin-G (IgG) autoantibodies cross the placenta during pregnancy to impact fetal brain development, resulting in a form of autism that the researchers now are calling maternal antibody-related (MAR) autism. The researchers said that MAR autism cases could represent as much as 23 percent of all autism cases.

Thalassaemia patients, blood donors share unique bond

A thalassaemia patient undergoes blood transfusion at Latifa Hospital in Dubai

  • Image Credit: Pankaj Sharma/Gulf News
  • A thalassaemia patient undergoes blood transfusion at Latifa Hospital in Dubai.

Dubai: Mohammad Wajid Ameen has been dependent on regular blood transfusions for 25 years. Mohammad Rashid Ali Sulaiman has been donating blood since 2008.

The two have never met. But they share one common thought — a gratefulness for the lifeline provided by this red liquid.

Ameen’s parents discovered he had Thalassaemia when he was three months old. Born and brought up in Dubai, the Pakistani sales executive has had more than 400 blood transfusions to keep him alive.

“If I don’t get blood transfusion, probably I will die. The amount of energy in my body will get lesser and lesser,” Ameen told Gulf News while getting his scheduled transfusion.

“Everything in our body uses blood. So basically, if I don’t have it, then my body will stop functioning. You can liken it to cars. They don’t run without petrol. Same with our bodies, it won’t function without blood.”

Thalassaemia is a blood disorder where the body makes an abnormal form of haemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. The less of oxygen the body gets, the less energy it has.

“We feel some kind of lazy when the blood haemoglobin level comes down because when the blood is low you don’t feel like working, or going up the stairs, or work out, you feel heavy and tired,” Ameen says.

Thalassaemia is passed on through the bloodline. Ameen’s older sister also suffers from the same condition.

“Before, honestly speaking, when I was 15 to 16, that was the time when I used to feel low and ask, ‘Why me?’ That was the question in my mind all the time. But growing up, I saw other Thalassaemic people and got a good motivation and a good will that I said, ‘Okay, it could have been worse. This is the better one’,” Ameen said.

Ameen is just one of the hundreds of patients at the Thalassaemia Centre in Dubai that receives regular blood transfusions every three weeks. They require more than 40 per cent of the blood collected at the Dubai Blood Donation Centre in Oud Metha; blood donated by the likes of Sulaiman.

While they don’t directly share a donor-recipient bond, as Sulaiman’s blood type is O-negative and Ameen’s is B-positive, both men reflect the importance of the humanitarian act of donating blood.

Sulaiman, an Emirati, has donated blood since he was 29. A father of five, he says there’s no particular reason that he donates blood. He just does it as part of his normal life, just like breathing.

“I donate quarterly not for any reason. I just like it for myself,” Sulaiman told Gulf News.

Since Sulaiman’s blood type is one of those in demand, he knows how crucial it is to be a lifeline for others.

“Sometimes, they even call me for urgent cases and, when I’m free, I come. At one time I was on my way to fetch my daughter and I got a call. It’s an emergency they said. Since I was near the area, I came.”

In 2011, Sulaiman had a car accident that left his leg fractured. Although he lost a lot of blood in the process, he didn’t need transfusion. But he did surprise doctors afterwards.

“Sometime after my operation, just like what I used to do, I came to donate blood,” he recalls. “But they didn’t allow me. They said my body needed to recover from the trauma first and advised me to rest.”

That was the only time he couldn’t donate blood.

“Other than that, nothing could stop me from donating. I will go again and again until I still can.”

Because of his cause, Sulaiman maintains a healthy lifestyle — eating healthy, drinking lots of water, exercising, and abstaining from alcohol and cigarettes.

“Sometimes we have something in excess that other people need. I am happy others can stay alive longer through my blood,” Sulaiman says.

“I don’t want money nor benefits. I don’t want anything in return. It’s something from my heart. So if people need it, I will give it.” And needed it is. For every three seasons, one person needs blood. And almost half of these people are people like Ameen.

“I’m thankful to the kind-hearted people who have donated blood for me and for everyone here, around 500 patients. I’m thankful to the hospital as well. It gives me motivation to do something for other people just like how others are doing something for me,” Ameen said.

Who Can Donate?

Potential donors need to:

- Be in good health.

- Be at least 17 years of age. Provided you are in good health, the upper age limit is 65.

- Weigh at least 50kg (110 pounds).

 

If you are in good health but take medications or have a chronic health condition, such as asthma, high blood pressure or diabetes, please call +971 4 219 3221/3389 to determine your eligibility.

 

You are not eligible to donate blood frequently if you:

•Have ever used self-injected drugs (non-prescription).

•Have ever had hepatitis B or hepatitis C.

•Are in a high-risk group for Aids.

•Are a diabetic on medication.

 

You are not eligible to donate blood if you:

•Are sick (suffering a cold, flu, sore throat or diarrhoea).

•Have taken antibiotics within the last five days.

•Have had dental work within the last three days.

•Are anaemic (Iron deficient).

•Are pregnant.

•Have had any ear/body piercings, or have had a tattoo, within the last year.

Source: Dubai Blood Donation Centre

Blood disorder known as the ‘Celtic Mutation’ is on the rise

1-in-83 Irish people are predisposed to Haemochromatosis

A blood disorder that effects people of Celtic ancestry is becoming more prevalent in Ireland. It is thought as many as 22,000 people here suffer from Haemochromatosis, which is a genetic disorder where the body absorbs too much iron from its diet and this iron is stored in the body.

This excessive iron leads to impaired function of organs and eventually to disease and organ failure. It is estimated that 1-in-83 Irish people are predisposed to iron overload.

It can be diagnosed through a simple blood test and the disorder is treatable.

Today is an awareness day for the blood disorder – known as the Celtic Mutation – and information stands will be present at shopping centres across the country.

Dr. William Murphy is medical and scientific director of the IBTS.

“Since last August we have started inviting anyone with haemochromatosis to new free treatment clinics in Dublin and Cork” he said.

“Anyone can use this service once they have a prescription from their own doctor or clinic. If they want to donate their blood for transfusion to others, and if they are eligible to be blood donors, then we will use their blood for transfusion to patients”.

“Several hundred people with haemochromatosis have used this service since it started in Dublin and in Cork. Most, but not all, have been able to go on to be blood donors” he added.

Conor Kenny is a business consultant who has been diagnosed with the condition and says a lot of Irish people do not know they have the disorder.

He says a screening programme is essential.

More here: Blood disorder known as the ‘Celtic Mutation’ is on the rise

 

A big thank you goes to Kevin Carmody for bringing this to my attention!

How One Simple Bracelet Boosted an Entire Country’s Blood Donations by 335%

Every marketer in the world dreams of creating something useful, accomplishing a noble goal and scoring huge results. Here’s a project that nailed all three.

Y&R Moscow recently partnered with Azerbaijani cellular network Nar Mobile to create a wearable device called Donor Cable, which lets one smartphone owner easily donate power to another. Worn as a bracelet, the charging device is clever enough, but it’s also inscribed with the message, “Donate energy to save a phone, and donate blood to save a life.”

Why encourage blood donation specifically? As you can see in the case study below, Azerbaijan has the world’s highest number of children born with the blood disorder thalassemia, a hereditary disease primarily found among Mediterranean cultures. The illness requires extensive blood transfusions for babies, and hospitals often lack the needed amount of donated blood.

The Donor Cable bracelets were given away with Android smartphone purchases at Nar stores around the country, and mobile blood donation centers were parked nearby to catch phone buyers while the issue was on their mind.

The campaign increased the nation’s blood donation rate an astounding 335 percent, earning widespread attention and goodwill along the way.

UPDATE: As reader Timos Polychroniadis notes in the comments below and on his blog, this campaign is rather similar to (and even shares a name with) an earlier effort by Brazilian shop Leo Burnett Tailor Made. We’ve added that case study at the bottom of this post.

 

Seen here: http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/heres-how-one-bracelet-boosted-entire-countrys-blood-donations-335-158105

How to protect yourself from creepy seduction techniques

In the past few years a lot of seduction techniques have been brought to my attention. Many work quite well. The problem is that in order to maintain a healthy and happy relationship, the art of seduction may just be in the way as those strategies are often used to cover up true intentions convincing the other that you are right for him or her when in reality you are not truly compatible.

The following post from Business Insider is one of the most effective ones and needs to be known in order to be aware of what types of approaches may work on you if you are not alert.

Having said this, it is not an issue if you want to find a way to get the attention of someone you truly like. But in the end it is you and only you being nothing but yourself that will keep the relationship afloat or let it sink back to the nothing it was always meant to be.

Enjoy the read and I hope it enlightens you in your abilities to filter out the fake from the legit:

24 Rules Of Seduction

Choose the right victim

“Everything depends on the target of your seduction. Study your prey thoroughly, and choose only those who will prove susceptible to your charms. The right victims are those for whom you can fill a void, who see in you something exotic. They are often isolated or unhappy, or can easily be made so—for the completely contented person is almost impossible to seduce. The perfect victim has some quality that inspires strong emotions in you, making your seductive maneuvers seem more natural and dynamic. The perfect victim allows for the perfect chase.”

Create a false sense of security — approach indirectly

“If you are too direct early on, you risk stirring up a resistance that will never be lowered. At first there must be nothing of the seducer in your manner. The seduction should begin at an angle, indirectly, so that the target only gradually becomes aware of you. Haunt the periphery of your target’s life—approach through a third party, or seem to cultivate a relatively neutral relationship, moving gradually from friend to lover. Lull the target into feeling secure, then strike.”

Send mixed signals

“Once people are aware of your presence, and perhaps vaguely intrigued, you need to stir their interest before it settles on someone else. Most of us are much too obvious—instead, be hard to figure out. Send mixed signals: both tough and tender, both spiritual and earthly, both innocent and cunning. A mix of qualities suggests depth, which fascinates even as it confuses. An elusive, enigmatic aura will make people want to know more, drawing them into your circle. Create such a power by hinting at something contradictory within you.”

Appear to be an object of desire — create triangles

“Few are drawn to the person whom others avoid and neglect; people gather around those who have already attracted interest. To draw your victims closer and make them hungry to possess you, you must create an aura of desirability—of being wanted and courted by many. It will become a point of vanity for them to be the preferred object of your attention, to win you away from a crowd of admirers. Build a reputation that precedes you: If many have succumbed to your charms there must be a reason.”

Create a need — stir anxiety and discontent

“A perfectly satisfied person cannot be seduced. Tension and disharmony must be instilled in your targets’ minds. Stir within them feelings of discontent, an unhappiness with their circumstances and themselves. The feeling of inadequacy that you create will give you space to insinuate yourself, to make them see you as the answer to their problems. Pain and anxiety are the proper precursors to pleasure. Learn to manufacture the need that you can fill.”

Master the art of insinuation

“Making your targets feel dissatisfied and in need of your attention is essential, but if you are too obvious, they will see through you and grow defensive. There is no known defense, however, against insinuation—the art of planting ideas in people’s minds by dropping hints that take root days later, even appearing to them as their own idea. Create a sublanguage—bold statement followed by retraction and apology, ambiguous comments, banal talk combined with alluring glances—that enters the target’s unconscious to convey your real meaning. Make everything suggestive.”

Enter their spirit

“Most people are locked in their own worlds, making them stubborn and hard to persuade. The way to lure them out of their shell and set up your seduction is to enter their spirit. Play by their rules, enjoy what they enjoy, adapt yourself to their moods. In doing so you will stroke their deep-rooted narcissism and lower their defenses. Indulge your targets’ every move and whim, giving them nothing to react against or resist.”

Create temptation

“Lure the target deep into your seduction by creating the proper temptation: a glimpse of the pleasures to come. As the serpent tempted Eve with the promise of forbidden knowledge, you must awaken a desire in your targets that they cannot control. Find that weakness of theirs, that fantasy that has yet to be realized, and hint that you can lead them toward it. The key is to keep it vague. Stimulate a curiosity stronger than the doubts and anxieties that go with it, and they will follow you.”

Keep them in suspense — what comes next?

“The moment people feel they know what to expect from you, your spell on them is broken. More: You have ceded them power. The only way to lead the seduced along and keep the upper hand is to create suspense, a calculated surprise. Doing something they do not expect from you will give them a delightful sense of spontaneity—they will not be able to foresee what comes next. You are always one step ahead and in control. Give the victim a thrill with a sudden change of direction.”

Use the demonic power of words to sow confusion

“It is hard to make people listen; they are consumed with their own thoughts and desires, and have little time for yours. The trick to making them listen is to say what they want to hear, to fill their ears with whatever is pleasant to them. This is the essence of seductive language. Inflame people’s emotions with loaded phrases, flatter them, comfort their insecurities, envelop them in sweet words and promises, and not only will they listen to you, they will lose their will to resist you.”

Pay attention to detail

“Lofty words of love and grand gestures can be suspicious: Why are you trying so hard to please? The details of a seduction—the subtle gestures, the offhand things you do—are often more charming and revealing. You must learn to distract your victims with a myriad of pleasant little rituals—thoughtful gifts tailored just for them, clothes and adornments designed to please them, gestures that show the time and attention you are paying them. Mesmerized by what they see, they will not notice what you are really up to.”

Poeticize your presence

“Important things happen when your targets are alone: The slightest feeling of relief that you are not there, and it is all over. Familiarity and overexposure will cause this reaction. Remain elusive, then. Intrigue your targets by alternating an exciting presence with a cool distance, exuberant moments followed by calculated absences. Associate yourself with poetic images and objects, so that when they think of you, they begin to see you through and idealized halo. The more you figure in their minds, the more they will envelop you in seductive fantasies.”

Disarm through strategic weakness and vulnerability

“Too much maneuvering on your part may raise suspicion. The best way to cover your tracks is to make the other person feel superior and stronger. If you seem to be weak, vulnerable, enthralled by the other person, and unable to control yourself, you will make your actions look more natural, less calculated. Physical weakness-—tears, bashfulness, paleness—will help create the effect. Play the victim, and then transform your target’s sympathy into love.”

Confuse desire and reality—the perfect illusion

“To compensate for the difficulties in their lives, people spend a lot of their time daydreaming, imagining a future full of adventure, success, and romance. If you can create the illusion that through you they can live out their dreams, you will have them at your mercy. Aim at secret wishes that have been thwarted or repressed, stirring up uncontrollable emotions, clouding their powers of reason. Lead the seduced to a point of confusion in which they can no longer tell the difference between illusion and reality.”

Isolate the victim

“An isolated person is weak. By slowly isolating your victims, you make them more vulnerable to your influence. Take them away from their normal milieu, friends, family, and home. Give them the sense of being marginalized, in limbo—they are leaving one world behind and entering another. Once isolated like this, they have no outside support, and in their confusion they are easily led astray. Lure the seduced into your lair, where nothing is familiar.”

Prove yourself

“Most people want to be seduced. If they resist your efforts, it is probably because you have not gone far enough to allay their doubts — about your motives, the depth of your feelings, and so on. One well-timed action that shows how far you are willing to go to win them over will dispel their doubts. Do not worry about looking foolish or making a mistake — any kind of deed that is self-sacrificing and for your targets’ sake will overwhelm their emotions, they won’t notice anything else.”

Effect a regression

“People who have experienced certain kind of pleasure in the past will try to repeat or relive it. The deepest-rooted and most pleasurable memories are usually those of early childhood, and are often unconsciously associated with parental figures. Bring your target back to that point by placing yourself in the oedipal triangle and positioning them as the needy child. Unaware of the cause of their emotional response, they will fall in love with you.”

Stir up the transgressive and taboo

“There are always social limits on what one can do. Some of these, the most elemental taboos, go back centuries; others are more superficial, simply defining polite acceptable behavior. Making your targets feel that you are leading them past either kind of limit is immensely seductive. People yearn to explore their dark side. Once the desire to transgress draws your target to you, it will be hard for them to stop. Take them farther than they imagined—the shared feeling of guilt and complicity will create a powerful bond.”

Use spiritual lures

“Everyone has doubts and insecurities—about their body, their self worth, their sexuality. If your seduction appeals exclusively to the physical, you will stir up these doubts and make your targets self conscious. Instead, lure them out of their insecurities by making them focus on something sublime and spiritual: a religious experience, a lofty work of art, the occult. Lost in a spiritual mist, the target will feel light and uninhibited. Deepen the effect of your seduction by making its sexual culmination seem like the spiritual union of two souls.”

Mix pleasure with pain

“The greatest mistake in seduction is being too nice. At first, perhaps, your kindness is charming, but soon it grows monotonous; you are trying to hard to please, and seem insecure. Instead of overwhelming your targets with niceness, try inflicting some pain. Make them feel guilty and insecure. Instigate a breakup—now a rapprochement, a return to your earlier kindness, will turn them weak at the knees. The lower lows you create, the greater the highs. To heighten the erotic charge, create the excitement of fear.”

Give them space to fall — the pursuer is pursued

“If your targets become too used to you as the aggressor, they will give less of their own energy, and the tension will slacken. You need to wake them up, turn the tables. Once they are under your spell, take a step back and they will start to come after you. Hint that you are growing bored. Seem interested in someone else. Soon they will want to possess you physically, and restraint will go out the window. Create the illusion that the seducer is being seduced.”

Use physical lures

“Targets with active minds are dangerous: If they see through your manipulations, they may suddenly develop doubts. Put their minds gently to rest, and waken their dormant senses, by combining a nondefensive attitude with a charged sexual presence. While your cool, nonchalant air is lowering their inhibitions, your glances, voice, and bearing —oozing sex and desire — are getting under their skin and raising their temperature. Never force the physical; instead infect your target with heat, lure them into lust. Morality, judgment, and concern for the future will melt away.”

Master the art of the bold move

“A moment has arrived: Your victim clearly desires you, but is not ready to admit it openly, let alone act on it. This is time to throw aside chivalry, kindness, and coquetry and to overwhelm them with a bold move. Don’t give the victim time to consider the consequences. Showing hesitation or awkwardness means you are thinking of yourself, as opposed to being overwhelmed by the victim’s charms. One person must go on the offensive, and it is you.”

Beware of the aftereffects

“Danger follows in the aftermath of a successful seduction. After emotions have reached a pitch, they often swing in the opposite direction-toward lassitude, distrust, disappointment. If you are to part, make the sacrifice swift and sudden. If you are to stay in a relationship, beware a flagging of energy, a creeping familiarity that will spoil the fantasy. A second seduction is required. Never let the other person take you for granted- use absence, create pain and conflict, to keep the seduced on tenterhooks.”

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