The ANGRY Pixel Review – LittleBigPlanet (PS3)

When everybody talks about big things coming in tiny packages, little do they realize that it has never been more fitting than in the case of Media Molecule’s magnum opus debut, LittleBigPlanet. Everybody remembers the first time they saw this game – maybe when it was being announced at the GDC, or when it replaced tedious PowerPoint presentations at the Sony keynote at E3, or when they finally got their hands on a controller at one end and the game at the other – only to feel Cupid’s arrows turn their heart into a pincushion with each moment spent looking at one of the most endearing digital persona ever created. In the blink of an eye, PS3 loyalists were vindicated, even as Xbox 360 exclusivists suddenly started eying Braid with a disdain that they didn’t feel until that very moment, and the PC crowd – well, they just milled around with an air of open hostility, armed with voodoo dolls and wooden stakes, so what else is new?

Overnight, what started out as an indie console platform-er quickly ballooned into the flagship title for the PS3, with screaming fans proclaiming it as the first coming of the elusive “PS3 killer app” that was rumoured to be lurking in the wilderness right alongside Bigfoot, while Sony and the video game press repeatedly thrust choice buzzwords such as Game 3.0 and Multi-plane game play down our willing and well-lubed throats, elevating Sackboy to the lofty position of platform mascot. But with such unprecedented hype over the game, which passed around the “Play. Create. Share” mantra to enraptured audiences worldwide (yours truly sitting third from left in the front row), there was a little voice of doubt that constantly wondered whether it would actually pass muster when push came to shove.

And the quick answer to that simply happens to be: more than you would believe. LittleBigPlanet is probably what you’d get if a jute bag got knocked up by Super Mario World, Yoshi’s Island and Michel Gondry, and then went to live with its rich uncle who trained it in the ways of the modern world. With a charm lifted straight from the golden age of platforming, LBP expands upon it across three planes of 2.5D, allowing the player to guide their Sackboys (and girls) over, under, through, in front of and behind the single side-scrolling plane that we’re all used to in our platform-ers.

While LBP’s core strengths lie in the Create and Share sections, which form the cornerstone of the over-hyped Game 3.0 design philosophy, the Play section, created by Media Molecule to serve as the pre-built levels for the game, is no slouch either. With over 50 levels spread across eight surrealistically themed areas – which include an African Savannah with monkeys, meerkats and crocodile-infested rivers, a Corpse Bride-slash-Dia De Los Muertos wedding affair in Mexico, a romp through the skyscrapers and construction yards of New York City, mind-numbing psychedelic adventures through Japan and India and finally, a confrontation with the evil boss in his frozen Siberian tundra hideout – LBP’s Play mode offers enough variety and rip-roaring fun to make the single player experience alone worth the asking price, especially when it ends up looking the way it does.

LittleBigPlanet is a visual treat unlike any other, firmly wedging its foot in the door of true videogame art before kicking it wide open and duking it out in an all-out brawl to take the throne. Every aspect of the game screams high-school diorama in 1080p HD – from everyday materials and trinkets being used to flesh out the worlds to the childishly adorable way everything is glued or wired together in a level. But that doesn’t mean that modern game-engine gimmicks like real time lighting and shadowing, high resolution texturemapping, etc. pack their bags and hitchhike their way home to Heavy Rain – LBP packs in enough HD goodness to punch the framerates in the gut at times, making even the mighty PS3 hardware sweat with the effort. Thankfully, though, these instances are few and far between and don’t prove to be much of an annoyance, except if you happen to be in a particularly tough section of the game.

In fact, for the first time since Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Okami, I find myself replaying the game over and over just to look at the environments in greater detail, something that I hope most people would also end up doing – if not to ogle the graphical splendour around their Sackperson, then at least to grab all the collectibles, including stickers and prize bubbles with a whole lot of goodies in them. Once collected, the objects can be used to play addictive (and challenging) mini-games or to expand the toolset available in the Create mode. And if playing with yourself isn’t the sort of thing you want to be doing for long, then there’s always the option of dragging in three of your friends along on your adventure, locally or online via PSN. And unlike other experiences where you are asked to choose between co-operative and competitive multiple player, LBP adds in a mixture of both, allowing players to work together to solve puzzles, beat bosses and get through the game, in addition to playing against each other by seeing who can collect the maximum number of score bubbles and chain together multipliers.

Unfortunately, there are more than a few hurdles to get this working the way Media Molecule or us, as the players, imagined it. While it’s a great deal of fun making Sackboy jump, grab, swing, pull and emote his way through the various worlds, there’s a slightly sticky feeling to the controls, which may be the result of the pressure-sensitive controls that vary the intensity of the action depending on how hard a particular button is pressed. When thrown into a situation where Sackboy has to perfectly time a series of jumps, this off-by-a-microsecond jump usually ends up sending him to the big jute field in the sky. Imagine Braid without the pixel perfect controls and the handy time rewind feature and you’ll realize how maddening this can potentially get. Combined with the camera shifting in, out and sideways in a co-op game, it practically becomes impossible at times to get through some sections cooperatively without someone hanging a horseshoe over you for good luck.

To add insult to injury, and laugh derisively at you when you screw up, Media Molecule’s check-pointing system is nothing short of sadistic, especially in the later parts of the game. The player is just given three (on some very rare occasions, six) lives at each checkpoint. Even though the checkpoints are fairly well spaced through the levels, using up all your lives at a checkpoint forces you to restart the level from scratch, which is downright unacceptable in a modern platform-er. Since LBP isn’t a particularly difficult game to begin with, it can be shocking, painful and pretty damn infuriating when you’re forced to restart a level all over again simply because the floaty controls don’t really help you nail those pixel perfect jumps even by yourself, leave alone with friends in a co-op session.

Thankfully, if you’re fed up with Sackboy meeting his untimely demise thanks to Media Molecule’s design, you can show them who’s boss by becoming your own metteur en scène and unleashing the Steven Spielberg (or the Uwe Boll) within you. LBP’s Create mode has something for everyone – from the casual player who just wants to use it to give his or her Sackperson a whole new wardrobe, the tinkerer who just wants to kill time by creating random stuff like a giant pool where they can hang out with friends and all the way up to the hardcore professionals who spend hours upon hours creating mind-boggling stuff like Galaga or The Azure Palace. If you were planning to jump in and create awesome levels with just a few hours of work though, prepare to be disappointed, unless you happen to be a bloody genius at level design and are completely used to the LBP canvas and the Pop-It interface. So, yeah, sad, but it’s not going to be replacing your PowerPoint presentations anytime soon.

Clearly targeted at the hardcore user, excellent tutorials voiced by Stephen Fry notwithstanding, LBP’s Create mode won’t let you add your own pictures and audio or design a level without a whole lot of planning, considering that the Undo command is basically turns time backwards, so if you’ve progressed quite a bit into the design and suddenly figure out that a particular thing won’t exactly work, you’re left with no choice but to take down everything else until you get to the point where you added it in, even if the other components happen to be working great. If you’ve got a creative streak to you and are willing to invest the time, this could very well be the platform to start making those games you’ve always dreamed about. If not, well, you could just wait for someone else to make something cool and then download it to play or edit locally.

Which brings us to the Share mode of the game. Once you’ve managed to create your masterpiece, all you need to do is upload the level for others to download, rate and play, and if you’ve designed it in, others can just download prize bubbles containing your building blocks and start creating stuff of their own. Users who download your creations are asked to tag them with a choice selection of keywords and then “heart” it, which serves as the community approval meter. Unfortunately, Sony’s crazy censorship and moderation rules mean that there’s every chance your creation could get the axe online, especially if they think your content isn’t suitable for all ages or has derivative content that could be deemed copyrighted material, even if it necessarily isn’t both. And as for the 84,000+ levels that are supposed to exist online, they must reside on some server in the twilight zone, considering searches using the completely inadequate, barebones search engine doesn’t ever work the way it should.

In the end, while LittleBigPlanet isn’t the killer app that will redeem the PS3 platform, it’s a convincing argument to get a PS3 if you don’t already own one. Even without ever fiddling with the Create tools, Media Molecule has created an experience that not only provides a solid foundation via the story mode, but builds upon it with a robust tool-set that’s already being used to churn out inventive, fun and sometimes downright crazy content for the whole world to enjoy. Whether the game manages to create a paradigm shift as far as user-generated content goes or entrenches itself firmly in a niche market, what is sure is that this pretty much beats the crap out of any other game released in a long, long time when it comes to sheer creativity, making it one of the biggest milestones in the history of the PlayStation brand, if not game design as a whole.

Know About Mega Pixels

When you are set out to purchase a digital camera there are many options provided to you to select your perfect camera. However, there can be many terms of which we are unaware of and so unable to decide and select the correct camera for ourselves. One such term is mega pixel. A common question confronted in shops – “how many pixel camera are you looking for?” The question can be disturbing if you are unaware of the term.

First I shall start with explaining what a pixel means:

A pixel is referred to dots of color in digital world that helps to form pictures. The greater the number of pixels the greater quality picture can be recorded, and also enlarged photos with quality can be gained. One mega pixels refers to one million pixels in a camera that is sufficient to give a 4 x 6 size image. One MP camera is adequate for individuals who don’t plan to print photos but simply look forward to uploading them on the internet for sharing purpose. So the choice of a digital camera should be done according to the size of snaps desired by you and the quality expected. A 2 mega pixel camera will assist you to imprint 5 x 7 size images which can be extended to 8 x10 prints at the cost of quality compromise.

8 x 10 size images are well supported by 4 MP version which also allows printing 11 x 17 pictures but again quality differs. To get the size of 11 x 17 you again have to choose a great number pixel camera like the 5 mega pixel. Well these are the normal ranges of camera generally and commonly acceptable in market; any choice going beyond 5 mega pixels is used only by professionals. Over 5 mega pixel ranges is also selected by those who opt for having poster size snaps. In the market you also can get 3.2 MP cameras which are most popular as it can produce two size pictures like 5 x 8 and 8 x 10 with better quality. Normally the demand fluctuates between 1 mega pixels to 5 mega pixels. Any ways the choice should be a combination of desire and need, so that the final product gets to your expectation.

Sometimes the choice for camera can also be a combination of low MP and increased zoom option which can do wonders in your photography.

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Hand-Coding Vs Automated Coding for Pixel Perfect PSD to HTML Conversion

There is always being a confusion between hand-coding or automated coding in context of pixel perfect PSD to HTML conversion when it comes to select which one is better – human or technology. Which is better option for converting PSD to HTML – automated coding or human coding? In the niche market of web development and web programming, both – manual coding and automated coding are preferred for converting PSD based files into HTML.

One can find myriad statements regarding hand-coding and automated coding based on different perspectives of people. Some web developers say that man has created technology to streamline some process and machines worth nothing without man. On the other hand, some people say that advanced technology is the necessity of the hour and human requires it to do most of the things.

Let’s begin comparison between hand-coding vs automated coding with software generated codes first. There are many online softwares available for converting PSD into HTML proclaiming for high-quality PSD conversion into the desired format. On the other side of the coin, hand-coding or manual coding is the most meticulous work that requires experienced and skilled HTML developer backed by solid knowledge of (X)HTML codes and web programming.

Quick Glance at a Hand-coding vs automated coding for Pixel Perfect PSD to HTML conversion:

Lack of accuracy: In the automated software coding, lack of accuracy and aesthetical value has been outlined in converting PSD format based files into strong HTML mark-up language. On the other hand, human coders generally ensure SEO semantic and cross browser compatible manual coding.

Time-saving: It is belived that PSD conversion through automated software coding is quite time-saving whereas hand-coding takes comparatively more time.

Cost-effective: The automated software PSD conversion is very cost-effective in comparison to professional hand-coding from restricted budget point of perspective. People with huge budget prefer manual coding by hiring dedicated web developer for highest level of quality.

High Risks: The hand-coding of PSD conversion through dedicated XHTML developer ascertain forclean, easy-to-read, table-less and error-less codes whereas majority of automated softwares failed to provide it.

From the above hard-boiled comparison, an individual can conclude that the stiff competition between man and machine for ‘superiority’ will never end. In this context, people with minimal knowledge of HTML/XHTML/CSS mark-ups prefer automatic coding to convert PSD format based file into HTML/XHTML contrary to that people looking for high-quality codes hire virtual assistance of dedicated web developer for hand-coding. It mainly depends on the business requirement, budget and expected quality standards on individualistic needs.

How to Create Cross Browser Pixel Perfect Layouts With CSS and a Reset

When people hear the words CSS, they often freak out especially if they come from a Table based background. But please, don’t be scared. It’s a nice world to be in once you get the hang of it. With the tips below, I hope to give you some baby steps in creating cross-browser friendly CSS tips so your websites look the same in any web browser.

Star-Selector Reset

To start off, we want to begin our CSS document with what is known as the star selector (*). Your code will be this simple:

* {margin: 0px; padding: 0px;}

What that does is tell the web browser to interpret ALL HTML elements (h1, p, UL, LI, etc…) to have NO padding and NO margins. It’s literally a global reset.

Now, in your css when you give an element a particular MARGIN or PADDING, every browser that reads it will adhere to those rules. By default, every browser has its own DEFAULT method of handling the margins and paddings, which throw your layouts off from browser to browser.

Using a second set of divs for padding

Another method I use to deal with margin/padding issues across browsers is when there are 2 containers floated side by side, and you give padding to them. Internet Explorer will treat this differently then say Firefox. The key is to embed an extra pair of DIV’s inside the main containers, and apply the padding to those internal divs. Case in point: In the code sample below, 200px width will actually become 220px because of the 10px side padding.
Instead, you want the width to stay 200px, and the padding to apply inside. The solution is one extra DIV pair with the 10px padding applied like such:

I posted sample code on the Pastie Code website: pastebin.com/pgi2c4yb

So between the * selector reset and applying your box padding to an internal set of div’s, your cross-browser attempts will be much more successful.

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The Greatest 80’s Video Games – Retro Style Pixel Perfection

Retro things seem to always be in style, and with the popularity of video games these days, retro games are definitely no exception. Video games from the 80’s can be found everywhere, from Wii’s “virtual console” releases (which include many Nintendo Entertainment System, Sega Genesis and Super NES titles) to the Xbox Live Arcade found on the Xbox 360. What keeps people coming back to the great games from the 80’s? It’s hard to say, but here are a few of the greatest 80’s video games.

You can’t talk about the best games of the 1980’s without bringing up the plumbing brothers themselves, Mario and Luigi. “Super Mario Bros.”, both in the arcade and on the NES, is a game that will always be loved by gamers everywhere. Sequels, like “Super Mario Bros. 3” (which sold 18 million copies!), which released near the end of the 80’s, are considered to be some of the greatest games of all time.

Another great game from the 80’s was “Metroid”, which was released in 1987 in North America, for the NES. The game was instantly praised for its Sci-Fi setting, great controls, and non-stop action. However, one of the best aspects of the game has to do with the story itself. While it is pretty bare-bones (which was common in 80’s games), it is revealed at the end of the game that the main character, Samus, is actually female. This undoubtedly paved the way for all of the female heroes we see in games today.

It is hard to talk about video games at all, and definitely 80’s video games, without mentioning 1980’s “Pac-Man”. Pac-Man was a pretty basic character with a pretty basic goal: eat all of the pellets without getting caught by the angry ghosts roaming around. However, the addictive game play led the game to be probably the first true mega-hit in gaming history, at least in many areas.

Finally, “Donkey Kong” appeared on the scene in 1981, picking up right where “Pac-Man” left off. The game featured Mario to an unsuspecting public, who has since become probably the most famous character in video game history, next to Pac-Man himself. The game itself was brutally challenging and is still played competitively today.

Perhaps 80’s video games are beloved because they let the player make up their own story. Since we never knew why Pac-Man was being chased by ghosts or why the Princess was kidnapped by Bowser, players could make up their own stories. Or, perhaps the simple-yet-addictive game mechanics are the reason. One thing’s for sure: great video games from the past are still just as relevant today.

How To Start Investing In Multi Family Apartment Houses

I’ve been asked many times what is best way to begin investing in commercial multi family real estate. To decide what is best for you you need to keep the following in mind: How much money do you have, your skill set, and of course your expected profits.

The task of a new real estate investor who wants to learn about multi family investing takes much time and involves developing new skills sets that can be prone to mistakes. This is probably why many people either fail to start, or fail to succeed. I have found that most people would rather be part of a multi family apartment house deal where they can learn about multi family ownership, and secondly also put money into an investment that gives them a fantastic return. I suggest that the best way for a new investor to succeed with the least risk, and best return is to piggy back on the experience of others investors who have already been successful

What is The First Step and How?

You should simply create a commercial multifamily investment fund and bring in experienced partners for a share of the profits! This is very simple to do. Now, before you solicit the first membership, you need to sit down with an SEC attorney and ask them to create an investment fund that allows for the collection of investment dollars for the purpose of acquiring multi family property. You do not even have to have had a property identified; just the purpose of the fund would have been established and documented.

Then you will open the fund to potential investors. Then anyone you speak to about the opportunity, you hand them an “accredited investor questionnaire” that they would have to sign. Once that is returned to you, then you give them an “Offering Memorandum” describing the fund and how it worked. There is one more important document to create and that is called a “Private Placement Memorandum” that will satisfy the SEC’s requirements of complete disclosure. Here’s the real catch, this is the one that would keep you out of jail.

All the funds you are going to collect should be held by an escrow agent. You should not take control of the funds personally and if an investor wanted their money back before you purchased a property, they would be entitled to because it was clearly stated in the Private Placement Memorandum that they could do that up to thirty days before the scheduled closing date of a property. So that’s all the legal stuff! You want to make sure this is in place before you even start to talk to investors.

What about buying the property?

The type of property that you are going to go after is to be clearly stipulated in your Private Placement Memorandum.. This is where it gets fun! I believe that with the impending commercial foreclosure crisis, you should be looking for either a B+ to an A class multi family property that can be purchased for pennies on the dollar. None of this no-money-down stuff. The number one criteria is that you are going to buy a great asset at a ridiculously low price from a bank who is desperate to get these non performing loans off their books.

Why would you be able to do this?

Because since you are shopping with cash; no schemes, no seller-carrybacks, just cold hard cash will give you the upperhand in negotiating. Here is how it works. Let’s say that 100 investors put up $35,000 apiece into the fund. When the fund closes, you can contact several lenders and say that you have $3,000,000 available to help their balance sheet and take some troubled assets off their books. The remaining $500,000 should be kept in reserve to run the property. I can assure you, there are many banks right now that have been told by the FDIC that they need to raise cash fast. These banks should be your first stop. Your objective should be to buy good property, property that you would want to live in yourself, fix the problems with it and then sell it and do it again. Every step of the way, the investors would be involved and would see how the process works and everyone gets paid accordingly to their proportional investment.

Probiotics May the Next Big Thing in Skin Care

During the past few years, the probiotic supplement market has experienced an astounding amount of growth due to the now well-known health benefits of the “good bacteria.” Now, the tiny-but-mighty microorganisms are making their way into our cosmetic products. The evidence collected so far has shown promising results in the treatment of several inflammatory conditions of the skin, so we may expect to find them in a growing number of beauty products, including skin care and makeup products. But, before you rush to spread kefir on your face, you should read more about the role of bacteria on your skin and why probiotics can be so beneficial.

Our Skin is Covered in Bacteria

As scary as it may sound, our skin is covered in microorganisms that under normal conditions (when the skin is healthy) live in harmony. They are called the skin microbiome. Most of these organisms are completely harmless or even beneficial to the skin. However, under certain circumstances, which include environmental factors, use of antibiotics, and certain cosmetic products, the skin microbiome can become compromised. Pathogens (harmful organisms) may grow and cause inflammation. Inflammatory conditions of the skin, such as acne, dermatitis, psoriasis and even skin cancer, may develop or worsen.

The Skin Barrier

The skin barrier (also known as the acid mantle, which has a protective function against environmental aggressors) is located in the outer layer of the skin. In order for the barrier to function properly and effectively to protect the skin from harmful organisms, the pH of the skin has to be slightly acidic (between 4.5 and 6.5). When the pH becomes too acidic or too alkaline, the barrier function is compromised and pathogens can grow, leading to the inflammatory conditions mentioned above.

One factor that can influence the skin’s pH is sebum production — what we typically call oil. Oily skin types tend to have a more acidic pH, while dry skin types tend to have a higher, more alkaline pH. Topical probiotics may also help to reduce the skin’s pH, discouraging the growth of pathogens and favoring the growth of the resident (beneficial) bacteria.

What Can Topical Probiotics Do for Your Skin?

In patients with certain inflammatory skin conditions, such as acne and rosacea, topical probiotics can form a protective shield preventing pathogens on the skin from provoking an immune reaction. Topical probiotics may also have antibacterial properties that can kill harmful bacteria and prevent the inflammation from occurring.

Face Masks for Glowing Skin

Having healthy, glowing skin depends largely on lifestyle factors, such as diet, sleep, and exercise. Topical treatments can also be very effective, but they are relatively expensive. If you enjoy DIYs or if you have a limited budget, you can do facial treatments at home with inexpensive ingredients that offer well-known skin benefits that even professionals acknowledge as effective.

The Problem: Dull Skin

Dull skin is often the result of the piling up of dead skin cells. Yogurt is a natural source of lactic acid, which provides gentle exfoliation, helps to reduce inflammation, and brightens the skin. The enzymes contained in the yogurt break down the substance that holds dead skin cells together, peeling them off and revealing fresh skin. A study evaluated how a face treatment containing yogurt affected the skin and it was found to successfully improve brightness and elasticity of the skin.

You’ll Need:

  • Plain yogurt, preferably local and organic
  • Cotton ball
  • Bowl
  • Optional: honey, preferably local and organic
  • Spoon

The Problem: Dry skin

If your skin lacks luminosity because it is dry or because it has been exposed to environmental factors like wind, sun, and extreme temperatures, avocado is a great ingredient to include in your homemade face mask. Avocados are very rich in nutrients such as Vitamin A, E, B12, K, C, and fatty acids. It’s softening, nourishing properties help with replenishing and healing the skin.

The Remedy: Avocado + Honey Mask

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • Fork
  • Knife

The Problem: Sun-Damaged Skin

If you have overdone your daily dose of sun and you have noticed photo damage, you can naturally renew your skin to get a glowing complexion with the help of green tea. Green tea has excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which early studies have shown effectively help the skin cells to heal and regenerate. It is also considered an effective anti-aging ingredient because it counteracts the effect of free radicals.

The Solution: Green Tea Masks

Here are two simple green tea-based masks to choose from that you can make by mixing the green tea powder with either honey (best for oily/blemish prone skin types), or avocado (best for dry/mature skin types).

HealthEvent – Pharmatex 2008

PHARMATEX is Ireland’s largest pharmaceutical industry conference and exhibition. Although still in its second year, the trade event serves as a multi-disciplined event offering insights into the future of business and technology of both the pharmaceutical as well as the bio-pharmaceutical industry.

Ireland being a knowledge-based economy is slated to remain a major contributor to the Pharmaceutical and (bio) pharmaceutical sectors which thrive on education innovation and technology transfer.

To take a stock of Ireland’s leadership position. Consider the following facts:

* At present 13 of the top 15 companies in the world have significant operations in Ireland.
* There are 83 facilities in Ireland that employ over 17,000 people.
* 12 out of 25 of the world’s top selling drugs are manufactured in Ireland.

The Exhibition

The companies present at the exhibition include those supplying technologies, services or equipment to both pipeline and existing manufacturing facilities. The event is a perfect venue to meet with new and existing customers. If you’re interested in building or expanding your Irish and European customer base then this is the event to make it happen.

The Conference

The conference is an informative and and insightful event delving into and contemplating about the future of innovation, technology and corporate strategy of the bio-pharmaceutical and pharmaceutical industries. For this it banks upon the opinions and experiences of international as well as local business leaders and advisors to chart a decade’s road-map.

The profile of the attendees during the previous year’s show has included international leaders, directors and managers from Ireland based facilities including engineering consultancies, government representatives, representatives from top-notch academic institutions, in addition to representatives from supplier and industry support base. To learn more about the health care trade event, kindly visit my blog “Smiling Health.”

Natural (Holistic) Health Care – Key Purpose

Natural Health Care (Holistic Health Care) has many modalities that were developed and perfected from the beginning of human existence. Nutrition and herbs, that are used to boost your metabolism or enhance your natural ability to ward off diseases, are the mainstay to creating and maintaining good health.

Many other modalities such as: Hypnosis, Meditation, Reiki, Chi Kung, Qi Gong, Dowsing, I Ching, Yoga, Ti Chi date back thousands of years B.C.E, Acupuncture is rooted in the Taoist tradition, which is believed to be over 8000 years ago.

Such modalities as Reiki, Body Stress Release, and other energy transmuting techniques are valuable tools for practitioners to provide non-invasive and natural health care remedies. Reiki was discovered by Dr. Usui during a mystical experience on Mt. Kurama, a sacred mountain north of Kyoto, Japan in March 1922. Body Stress Release (BSR) was developed in South Africa, 1981, by Gail and Ewald Meggersee, American trained chiropractors.

The key purpose of Natural Health Care is to assist the body’s ability to heal itself by eliminating the roadblocks that are preventing the body from doing the job it was designed to do. Sometimes the remedy is so simple, most people are suspicious, because of their indoctrination and conditioning that it takes a huge blast of a powerful drug.

Many times the remedy is to simply learn how to tune into your intuitive self using the different tools like Intuition, Hypnosis, Meditation, Tarot Cards, Runes (believed to be used as early as 200 B.C.E), or other forms of divination techniques to allow your subconscious mind the ability to communicate with the affected body part and bring the cause of the symptom and remedy to the conscious level.

The connection between Mind, Body and Spirit has been established for thousands of centuries. Hippocrates, 400 B.C.E, believed that the root of all illness had a physical and rational explanation. Thus, his practice was based on observations and the study of the body. He rejected the views of the times that considered illness to be caused by superstitions and by possession of evil spirits and disfavor of the gods.

Your lifestyle, nutrition, stress, thoughts, values and beliefs all influence your health – either positively or negatively. That is why natural remedies are 100% effective as it treats the whole person rather than treating the symptoms of the dis-ease or illness.