Jamaican Health and Lifestyle: What causes the Arthritis disease?

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By: Denise N. Fyffe.
Copyright © 2012, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe


The Arthritis disease is actually inflammation in the joints. When injury occurs that joint becomes tender, painful, stiff and swollen. If the inflammation is there for an extended period then the tissues will be permanently damaged.  A joint is located where two bones meet and this can be in areas such as your hands, fingers, hips and knees.


Generally there are over one hundred types of this disease. The more common types are gout, rheumatoid

Typisches Röntgenbild einer Rheumatoiden Arthr...

arthritis and osteoarthritis. When your body has difficulty in getting rid of the uric acid, you develop gout in your wrists, knees or big toes. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect the same areas including your back. It develops when the immune system starts attacking the body and the lining of the joint gets swollen. If the cartilage from your bones wears down it is a cause of arthritis and you can get osteoarthritis. This arthritis disease comes with friction in the back as well as the spine, when that cartilage lining is not there. It is very painful.


A main cause of arthritis disease is simply aging. The weight bearing, especially in cases where people are


obese and overuse of your joints acts on the lining and it degenerates overtime. Some people develop the arthritis disease because of their genetic makeup. Others are at risk because they do repetitive actions throughout their lifetime like sewing, texting, or typing.


There are several preventative measures that you can take to avoid becoming an arthritis patient. First and foremost learn to control your weight. This can be done by exercising, using light weight and eating healthy. You can do exercises that require little to no contact or impact like swimming and yoga. Also, try not to engage in activities where you have a high possibility of being injured.



Jamaican Lifestyle: The Pros and Cons of being a mystery shopper

For someone who loves to shop or investigate the services of merchandise business; then the job of a mystery shopper will be appealing. This particular assignment allows a shopper to evaluate the products and services offered by any company. This opportunity has grown over the years due to the accessibility of the internet to millions of people; therefore more and more secret shopper opportunities and jobs are popping up online.

You will sign up with a mystery shopper company and they will compensate you for the site visits and evaluation that you make. After you register, you will be given an assignment, and then you will receive an evaluation form to fill out. It contains different categories of questions about that particular company or store. You will answer the questions and return the evaluation form. This form can range from a couple of pages to upwards of ten pages.

The downside of this secret shopper business is that you have to wait on your compensation; it is not necessarily guaranteed within a particular period. Another detractor is that usually you will have to use your own resources, initially when you go to the places that you have to evaluate. If you are persistent though, you can make more than a hundred dollars a month in this business.

Another appealing aspect of this mystery shopper job is that you can get freebies. Who does not like to get free things? The possibilities are really limitless. You can get free clothes, shoes, doctor and dentist visits, gadgets, gas, hotel rooms and even meals at a restaurant. Very important, never pay up front for registration or even material to become a member. This will be an indication of a fraudulent company trying to scam you of your money. The reputable companies do not require any payment to them for you to sign up.

Jamaican Lifestyle: Transitioning from Beauty magazines to beauty blogs

Marie Claire

Marie Claire (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Can you remember when you were younger walking into stores and scanning through all the beauty magazines? Did you used to have a stash of beauty magazines in your room? This is a common practice among women. It is almost an essential item in our own private stash; that of having a beauty magazine tucked away. This is how we learnt how to put on makeup, find out what clothing, fashion and styles are in season along with how to style our hair.

There are so many of these magazines and each having millions of subscribers and readers. Many carry popular movie stars, celebrities and sports athletes on their cover. This is for the reason that young impressible girls are always following the trends that they sell and it is a way of selling their beauty magazine and widening the viewership.

Some of the more popular and high-ranking magazines include Allure, Marie Claire,

Glamour (magazine)

Glamour (magazine) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Cosmopolitan, Elle,    Glamour, Redbook, Ladies’ Home Journal, Self, Shape, Vogue and Woman’s Day. Allure is high on the list and has thousands of subscribers to its beauty magazine. It was started in New York by Linda Wells, in 1991; she is still in charge of the company and is the editor in chief.  Her magazine is well-respected and hailed as being witty, intelligent and an innovator. They even have a yearly anticipated best in beauty award where the best of hair-care, skin-care, and makeup products are identified.

With technology we now have access to tons of beauty bogs. There are blogs for every aspect of the fashion and beauty world. You will have age, gender, culture and fashion blogs. Some of the more popular beauty bogs include BellaSugar, Hair Apparent, Splendora Blog, Outblush, Product Girl, We Love Beauty, The Makeup Girl, Jolie Nadine, 55 Secret Street and Makeup Minute rounding off the list.

Why Should We Deep Condition Our Hair?


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Deep conditioning (DC) is important to maintaining healthy and happy hair – natural or relaxed. If performed on a regular basis, this treatment helps our hair retain moisture and protects it “deep” within the fiber to support the hair until the next treatment. The protective action of regular conditioners last only a few days. Therefore, more dedicated and regular DC efforts are needed, states Audrey Davis-Sivasothy, author of the The Science of Black Hair: A Comprehensive Guide to Textured Hair Care.

I apply DC treatments to my hair at least twice per month using one of my DIY concoctions*. If you are experiencing extremely dry or damaged hair, this treatment is suggested once a week until your hair regains its strength. After that point, frequency is based on personal preference. After a treatment, I can immediately notice how soft and moisturized my hair feels. My curls and coils are more defined and the elasticity is amazing!

I rarely (if ever) use heat on my hair except when deep conditioning. I like the Thermal Spa Conditioning Heat Cap. It was recommended by another Natural and I’ve used it for about 2 years. There are three heat settings but I find the lowest setting works well for me. Although heated treatments are effective, the natural warmth from our scalp and bodies is just as effective.

Thermal Spa Conditioning Heat Cap

Below is my typical DC routine. I make minor adjustments as needed but basically this is one key element to how I maintain soft, moisturized and manageable hair.

My DC Routine

  • After shampooing, I apply the conditioner to my hair in small sections ensuring full coverage (much like applying a relaxer). I pay special attention to the ends. This is the oldest part of our hair and requires extra care
  • I detangle with my fingers as I go along and make 6-8 chunky twists. This method keeps my hair from re-tangling during the rinsing phase
  • I cover with a processing cap and sit with a heating cap for 30 minutes. Tip:  DCs should be left on until the hair becomes soft. This could be 15 minutes or 40 minutes. Adjust the timing according to your hair’s needs
  • I allow my hair to cool prior to rinsing
  • While still wearing the twists, I rinse thoroughly with cool water. This ensures the cuticles close properly.

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Jamaican Poets: I AM

I AM, I exist…until, I AM no more.- Poetess Denise Fyffe


Copyright © 2014, Denise N. Fyffe

Jamaican Poets: I am MORE

I am more than you can ever imagine. With Him the possibilities are endless. My purpose is yet unfulfilled, hence I gave even greater things, that lie within. I am MORE..- Poetess Denise Fyffe

Copyright © 2014, Denise N. Fyffe

Jamaican Poetry: From Dusk till Dawn

Its Dusk,
Heart beats
Memories rise
Tears race
Sounds fall like fire;
Its Dawn
Tears dried
Memories subside
The heart, barely
Survives.-Poetess Denise Fyffe