How Drawing Salve Puts Eczema In Its Place

Many people have walked into the alternative health store that my family owns with various skin conditions, not the least of them being eczema and psoriasis. These particular diseases are known for their stressful skin itching and irritation, and the difficulty in finding relief.

Typical medications include steroids and topical applications. Some of the biggest drawbacks to this type of treatment are the side effects, such as drowsiness, possible absorption of the steroids into the general system, and potential cancer risk. Certainly, serious side effects can sometimes be worse than the disease itself. One of the biggest problems that people have with eczema and psoriasis it the constant itching. The more they scratch, the more serious the condition becomes. The scratching can lead to raw sores, oozing, and severe pain. The drawing salve will cause the itching to stop right away and it also soothes the skin and begins the healing process.

We have found that using a common drawing salve provides excellent results with absolutely no side effects. The salve works well and is easy to apply directly onto the skin over the affected area. It may take several applications of the salve, as the person sees fit, in order to keep the salve on the skin long enough to give the salve time enough to be effective.

After several applications of the drawing salve, we have found a very noticeable relief from itching, soreness and the scaliness of the skin. The salve soothes the area, softens the skin and provides immediate relief, which is a very desirable and positive outcome. We have had many people report back to us who are overjoyed with wonderful results.

It is also very helpful to drink plenty of pure water per day, along with cutting sugar out of the diet as much as possible, and eating lots of green vegetables. It must be kept in mind that the disease of eczema did not manifest itself overnight, and any healing from the inside out will also have to take place over a period of time.

Since there is not really a “cure” for eczema, it can be a very frustrating disease to deal with. However just the relief from the itching is a major step, allowing the area to heal. We have seen many people a good outcome in just a few days from using the drawing salve. Over time, a continued use of the salve will provide a continual conditioning of the skin, preventing more serious outbreaks.

Sex For Health

When Benjamin Franklin sat down to think about the virtues, he did so with a particular goal in mind. He tells in his autobiography that he agreed with Cicero that creation of the universe was proof enough that there must be a GOD. Franklin reasoned that if there is a GOD, then GOD must delight in virtue and that anything that GOD delights in must lead to health and happiness.

So, Franklin decided to study the virtues as outlined in scriptures and by the philosophers and to condense these virtues as much as possible–then go about living by those virtues.

As a teenager, I read Franklin’s writings and wondered what he meant by having sex “for health.” It’s not too hard to understand what he meant by not having sex to the damage of peace of mind or reputation or to weakness or dullness. The part about offspring is easily understood. But, what about sex for health?

I don’t want to dwell on it too much. I don’t want to try to play philosopher or sex expert. I just want to tell you how I think I’ve seen patient’s and friends and my own life work in using sex for health. I’m not going to fiddle with a fancy definition or start preaching, I just want to give you a quick way of thinking about how sex can improve health and how it can damage health (and I’m not talking about sexual transmitted disease). I’ve lived in a committed marriage relationship and I’ve lived with sex freely offered from many directions and freely taken. I’ve had the honor of serving as physician to conservatively 10,000 people over the years (as ER physician and in general practice and in research) and have cared for the Sisters from the Catholic Church, Priests of Buddha, prostitutes, erotic dancers, married and devoted, and single and living free. I’ve cared for the elderly with young lovers, for the elderly living alone. I’ve taken a few notes about myself and others and will simply offer what seems to me the way to use sex for health.

Sorry for all the pre-ramble, but I want you to know that I’m not going to repeat a Sunday School lesson or a high-school warning about sexually transmitted disease. I want to offer simply what I’ve noticed seems to work. Sex should be fun and exciting. It should result in better health. It should increase energy (not drain it). It should cause better health–mental and emotional. To show how that can be accomplished, I can’t think of a direct way to explain or understand; but, the following analogy helps me keep it straight most of the time:

Sex for health is like Leonardo’s famous painting, the Mona Lisa–it’s very good art.

Leonardo reportedly carried this painting with him everywhere. He looked at it from every angle. He added to it occasionally, always looking for a way to make it better. Some say that it was a painting of a woman he loved. Some say it was a self portrait of his feminine side. I think it was both.

Sex for health is sex where one person studies another in the most intimate way. Rather than splashing paint everywhere, it’s as much what’s left out as it is what’s put in. One lover starts to see his or her own soul when looking into the other’s eyes. Emotions and personality and sensation and conversation (even conversation with GOD) becomes so mingled that it’s a chorus of two with harmony and dissonance instead of two people separate like two separate conversations in the same room.

Some, go around town splashing as much paint on as many canvases as possible. Their sex becomes like a cartoon: many caricatures but no detail. There’s no study, no deep emotion, and so no real high and no real low. It’s simply a pleasant distraction for a time. But, there’s no art and there’s no energy from the health and energy of synergy.

Some, marry, paint a cartoon and then simply settle for the cartoon–repainting it over and over again. There’s no sense of the art. Each person in a love relationship is both the painter and the canvas. Each canvas wants to be studied, to be understood. Each canvas wants the painter to look from the outside and find a way to add more depth, more detail, more inspiration, more emotion. If the painter loses focus and goes about town painting cartoons, and you are the Mona Lisa begging to be studied, wanting to be taken to a new level of art; then you will not be pleased that the artist took his/her eye away to simply focus on creating a cheap sketch on a chalk board that will be erased when the next school child comes along to draw a caricature.

As Leonardo studied the Mona Lisa for years, carrying the art with him, seeing himself in the art, seeing his lover in the art, he created a masterpiece. As two people travel together using sex as art; that art spills over into the remainder of their life. Strength, creativity, confidence, energy, and health start to emerge. Emotional and physical vitality grow and disease must work harder to break the fort.

People who look for entertainment with another sketch on another canvas, quickly bore with their simple sketches, so they erase, find and find another canvas. They look for the deep pleasure but they cannot find it so they become more frantic and use more paint tearing up one canvas after another but never stopping to become better at the art. So to add to the pleasure, rather than improve the art, they start to use alcohol or cocaine. Even a simple cartoon seems like art now. A little cocaine, a little alcohol, now the sketches become simple, then they become so simple they become meaningless and ugly. Rather than art, they’re drawing crazy and ugly lines on page after page and think they’ve made art until the drug wears off and they see the ugliness of what they created. So they become angry and reach for another canvas. Or they blame it on the canvas and increase the number of sketches and canvases but don’t study the art or the canvas. Finally, they can no longer hear the muse of love and art that would have whispered to a sensitive ear. When they come across a clean canvas (open to art) they don’t recognize it, draw a little diagram. If it starts to turn to art, they’ve become so insensitive to the muse that they don’t even see it. They can’t hear the rhyme. They can’t see balance of composition or even color. Sex becomes more like a way to fight their demons.

Now they are drawing for anger at another person. Sex becomes hate mail that the other person can’t read.

Now they’re drawing for damage control. Sex becomes plaster on a damaged ego that washes away by the next day calling for another patch.

So I’ve seen the women who two weeks ago were the dissatisfied house wife: now,they’ve been dumped in the ER–exhausted and near dead after playing the crack house prostitute until she finally became nearly useless and was dumped at the ER waiting room–it happens every day. Just a little too much dissatisfaction and landing at the wrong party is all it takes.

I’ve examined the depressed woman who’s tried to commit suicide after finding no purpose and no energy and no new goal; unable to be painter or canvas, she feels unloved and would rather know permanent sleep than know another day without depth of affection.

I’ve also seen the lovers of many years or of a few weeks. They only see each other. If another canvas comes along; they don’t want to take their eye away from the masterpiece they’re creating. Another canvas is only a distraction. They want to study the painting they’re working on and find a way to bring more life to it.

If someone comes along and wants to add to the painting–they protest, No! Can you imagine Michael Angelo walking by the Mona Lisa and picking up a paint brush and starting to add to the picture? Nope. Canvas and painter would be insulted. The Mona Lisa is Leonardo’s Creation alone.

It seems those who know the best of love, don’t really want another person painting on their canvas. They don’t need the affections of another. They want to save the blank places (libido and hunger for affection) for their painter. To allow another to fill in the spaces would be to mix colors and mix the effect until it became muddled. That’s why dishonesty hurts the lover even if the mate never knows: the emotional and physical mixture changes. Then when the painter comes home, he’s adding to a canvas that’s been altered by another. So, he/she becomes inept. The cheating person feels bored or unattached but the result can be more that the canvas allowed another’s brush rather than exposing the empty places to the painter and letting that person work the paint to find the best way (starting and restarting—studying until it’s very good).

I’ve seen the elderly couple who continued to create. Sometimes, another person has even come in and defaced the painting occasionally. But, these master painters just got out the brush and turned the graffiti into another interesting part of the masterpiece.

I’ve met the widow or widower who after losing their lover felt so complete that they didn’t want another person to touch them with the brush. Would you want to try to add to the Mona Lisa now that Leonardo is gone?

I’ve also met the widow or widower (or divorcee) who felt defaced or empty and who found another person who could continue to develop the art in progress.

What Are The Benefits Of A Drawing Board?

What Is A Drawing Board?

When someone needs to undertake a drawing, whether it is an engineer drafting plans for a project that they are wanting to put into action, or somebody drawing for a hobby, they want to achieve the best result possible. One way to ensure this is the use of a drawing board.

A drawing board, is a device that is suitable for drawing on, often on fairly large scales, with most sizes ranging from A0 to A3. Because of this, there is room for large documents, to be read or edited. Drawing boards are sometimes known as drafting boards- because people draft plans on them – or drawing tables, as they are commonly on a stand and can rotate through a range of degrees, to suit the user and allow better access to the creating the drawing they want.

So What Are The Benefits Of A Drawing Board?

  • A drafting board provides a large surface area to work on especially ones that are as large as A0. This means that plans and drawings can be worked on in one go, rather than having to be done in sections and then pieced together. This means that the drawing is a more accurate representation when it is finished.
  • A drawing table will hold the document that you’re working on in place. This means that there is less likely chance of slippage and as such the end result would be more desirable.
  • By providing a rigid surface to draw on, a drawing board means that drawings can be produced to a high standard and there is again, less chance of slippage, but also due to the flat surface there will be a better finished article as the material you are drawing on should be perfectly smooth and as such not affect the movement of your pencil.
  • The versatility of a drawing board means that you can get yourself in a great position that you feel comfortable with to do your drawings. Because drafting board stands allow you manoeuvre the board and therefore your work, you can get the best access and produce great results that you wouldn’t manage at a desk.
  • The ability to have varied positions for your drawing table is beneficial to your health and well being. Because you can move the board, then the need to be slouched or bent over is greatly reduced which can avoid neck and back problems that may result from prolonged periods of this which may have occurred without a drawing board.
  • A nice additional bonus of having a drafting board in your office or wherever you choose to work, is that it adds a professional looking touch as opposed to just having a desk to work on. If you’re using your drawings for work purposes this gives across the right impression.

Could I Make My Own Drawing Board?

In theory, you could make your own drafting table, in monetary costs it would be the cheap option, however the overall benefit to the work you would be producing would be less than a purpose made drawing board. Because drawing boards are purpose built they have the drawers best interests in mind when it comes to design.