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Archive of the posts written by author: Marcsa Lakatos.
Oct
22

From Junkie To Successful Entrepreneur

There’s an old Alcoholics Anonymous slogan that goes: “If you don’t want to quit drinking, that’s your business. If you do want to quit, that’s our business.” And that’s a fundamental issue. Most alcoholics – and other addicts – will continue their slide until they hit rock bottom. In the vast majority of cases they (and of course I mean we) can’t be helped because we don’t see it as a serious problem.

It’s only when a crisis is reached and the fun doesn’t look like fun anymore that suddenly we’re desperate to stop, and we acknowledge that we need help. And even then, our innate self-belief tries to fool us into thinking we can control it.

Sometimes it takes the example of someone else whose life has been ruined to show us it can happen to anyone. That’s how it came about for me.

Today I’m a successful businessman, clean and sober these last nine years. But in between a happy childhood and a very positive present lie the badlands of my teens and early 20s.

My family is from Colombia, but in the 1980s that wasn’t a good place to be. The drug cartels that have provided so much entertainment on TV were really no joke. Colombia was highly dangerous, with gunfights in the street and kidnappings in broad daylight. It makes for gripping television, but to be there in reality, with all this murderous mayhem going on around you, is a living nightmare.

My parents didn’t want that for their family, so they gave up their home country and took me and my brother to California, where we could grow up in safety. And their selfless act did indeed take us out of the nightmare and into a comfortable life where you don’t have to be looking over your shoulder all the time.

What my folks couldn’t do was protect me from myself – from the demons, if you like, that would lead me down a perilous path of my own making.

At about the age of nine I took my first steps into adulthood as I perceived it, via the simple act of drinking alcohol. I had noticed how the adults at the parties my family gave would relax and loosen up after a few drinks, and I decided that was for me too. The instrument of my downfall was a Colombian spirit called aguardiente. Every country has its own cheap liquor and this is ours. What makes it particularly dangerous is that it tastes quite innocuous. It’s basically just alcohol, clear and colorless but with an aniseed flavour. It doesn’t taste serious and grown up like Scotch whisky or gin; it’s a bit like liquid candy.

I snuck a furtive few gulps at a family party and, although I wasn’t wild about the flavour at that time, I liked how it made me feel. So I continued to drink whenever I could get away with it, and by 13 I was also smoking marijuana. Six years later I was addicted to meth and behaving with the reckless abandon of someone who was usually out of his head.

I thought it was harmless enough – and I thought it was my business and no one else’s. But I wound up with a two-year prison sentence, so clearly other people didn’t share my feelings. It was a setback but, being still in the grip of the drink and the meth, I had not yet learned my lesson. Addiction protects itself by filling your head with lies, excuses, justifications.

I started going to AA and NA (Narcotics Anonymous) meetings, which probably looked encouraging to others, but for me were just a way to get out of my cell for a while. I didn’t contribute – I didn’t even speak in them for a long time.

Then one day an oldish man got up and told his story. I was at a stage of my life when you think older people must have got it all together by now. And this man had. He had a loving wife, a decent job and all the ingredients for happiness. But he was a drinker, and no matter how much he loved his lady and his life, he was having an affair with the bottle he could not quit. His wife tried to help him, she covered for him and, he said, she even blamed herself for failing to help him stop. But eventually she realised she was never going to win, and she walked out of his life.

I looked at this guy and he could have been a friend, a colleague, an uncle. It broke my heart that my instinctive impression of him and his idyllic life could have been so wide of the mark. And it made me think about the people I loved and was close to. My parents had given up so much and had worked so hard to create a stable, happy home. Was I really going to repay them in this way?

Well, it didn’t happen overnight and it wasn’t without its problems and setbacks, but that man’s story was the catalyst for the change within me that has led to where I am now: happy, respectable, doing well in life.

To condense what happened after I got out of prison, I moved back in with my folks, I got a job, I discovered I was a businessman, I became a workaholic, I relapsed, I attempted suicide, and my parents took me to a recovery center in colorado.

And gradually I got my act together, learned new skills in the tech field and set up a company in that line, back in Colombia. My plans for the future revolve around setting my parents up for their retirement, with a nice house to live in back in their homeland.

It all started with that story told in an AA meeting in prison by a man whose mistakes I was determined not to emulate. A nice old guy whose world had collapsed through the remorseless influence of alcohol.

Oct
9

Why You Need a Caring Radiology Team

Every step of the process in getting well when you are sick or injured is critical should be centered around the comfort level of every patient. Below are a few reasons you should seek out a quality radiology service that puts every effort into great customer care.

Minimize Stress and Anxiety of Illness or Injury

The experience of sudden illness or injury that requires extensive testing can prove extremely stressful and wondering what’s wrong can increase levels of anxiety. You need a team of radiological specialists that understand the human feelings end of the medical testing industry. You need a radiology center that does everything possible to put you at ease during the testing process.

Quick, Friendly Service

Spending hours out of your day waiting around to have radiology testing done is not how anyone wants to spend their time, especially if you are not feeling well. Choose a radiology service that offers fast and friendly service so you can get on with your day.

Patient Comfort Is Key

Comfortable waiting areas, friendly smiles, and calm, relaxing music all contribute to patient comfort. You can choose radiology services that allow you to have someone with you during the procedure in some cases. You will feel more at ease in an environment that focuses on patient comfort.

Accurate Results to Help Diagnosis

Getting the right diagnosis helps you begin the right treatment to promote faster healing. Obtaining advanced imaging in New Jersey that provides trustworthy services allows your doctor to get the results needed to make an accurate diagnosis.

The radiology service you choose can make a big difference in getting the right results and easing the worry and stress you might be feeling. It’s a sensible way to get back on track to feeling great again.

Sep
24

Essential Tips for Cooking Rump Steak

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There’s hardly anyone that won’t enjoy a good steak (apart from vegetarians, of course). In many ways, it is the complete meal. You can have it done in whatever way you want; there are multiple cuts out there as well as the chance to choose from a number of different sides. A steak is a hearty meal. It has all the important health benefits that you would want from a good meal and it’s guaranteed to make your taste buds tingle.

There are fewer better options than Australian Beef if you want a quality steak. However, there are also a lot of ways to ruin a perfectly good piece of steak. A ruined steak can be a source of grief and frustration. There are certain tips that can make it easy for you to maximize the taste as well as your own pleasure from steaks.

Some of these important tips are:

Let the Meat Rest

This may seem like a piece of advice that is meant for an amateur cook but that’s what a lot of home cooks are; amateurs. It is true that a typical home cook will go out to the market, buy a prime piece of steak and then come home only to put it in their fridge. There’s nothing wrong with it. However, a lot of these cooks then take out that piece from the fridge and promptly put it on the fryer. DO NOT make that mistake.

Cold steaks do not cook evenly. No matter how long you cook them, you’ll have an uncooked and ruined piece of meat. Additionally, you are likely to leave chilled pieces of meat on the pan if you cook with a cold piece of steak.

Let them rest at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before you cook them. This will bring them to room temperature. In addition to this, let them sit at room temperature for at least 5-10 minutes after you’re done cooking to let the juices redistribute and avoid having a dry steak.

Season Well

Be generous with the seasoning. Use salt and pepper generously and let the steak rest with the seasoning to maximize the taste. You can also try sprinkling your steak with other spices to make it more vibrant in taste.

Sear

Make sure that you sear your steaks on high heat. It is important that the surface you cook them on is searing hot. This will not only allow the steak to be tough on the outside and moist on the inside, it’ll also lock the flavour in.

The Thermometer

Use the meat thermometer if you have access to it. The finger test is a good way to tell the toughness of a steak but the thermometer gives you extreme efficiency. It’ll help you get the steak to the exact position from which you can avoid having it under or over-cooked.

Toppings

Use toppings to add another flavour profile to your steak. A slab of butter or caramelized mushrooms can serve as the perfect toppings and are tasty on their own as well.

Sep
13

More Options With An Open Design

You’ve been ordered to go to a lab or an imaging center to have an MRI done. This might sound like a frightening scan, but it’s really nothing to be concerned about. The results of the scan can assist your doctor in determining what is wrong with you and the best treatment plan to put in place. While most locations use a closed MRI, there are many that are now offering an open MRI scanner because of the benefits that are associated with the machine.

This design is one of the best options for patients of all types. There are some patients who are unable to physically be inside an enclosed tube for long periods of time or can’t get into the tube at all. An open design is essentially a long table with the scanner going around the table. This makes it easier for more people to have the necessary scans done to monitor their health. Since there isn’t an enclosure, then there is a decreased chance of someone becoming claustrophobic during the scan. Patients of all shapes and sizes can have access to the scan so that doctors can determine what is wrong with them as well. There could be mobility issues with people who aren’t obese that would prevent them from being on a table inside an enclosed tube for a long time.

If a child needs an MRI, then an open design is often the best option because there aren’t as many loud noises. The enclosed tube design is often frightening for children because they can’t see anyone and don’t realize what’s taking place in the room. With an open design, children can have someone in the room with them while the scan is being completed. Most open designs are more advanced than traditional machines, which means that doctors can get more information from them for the patient.

Sep
12

Retake Your Youth

The Secret To Staying Young

As you age, there’s a lot of physical and biological changes that occur. Indeed, all of the physical changes can be directly related to the biological processes that are taking place within your body. When you’re young, hormones are produced in large quantities. Testosterone and estrogen are responsible for a lot of the processes that you use every day without realizing it. The sudden lack of its production is noticeable. For men, you may have problems performing sexually. Or you may feel tired more often or experience night sweats. You may gain more weight instead of muscle. For women, you’ll likely start to experience symptoms of menopause. Hot flashes, irritability, and just feeling consistently tired are hallmarks of these symptoms.

This does not have to be your fate, however. With modern science and technology playing a key role in the anti-aging field, doctors and scientists have found a way to lengthen your youth. Because hormones and their production play such a key role in the aging process, they have become the target of numerous research. As such, a therapy known as hormone replacement therapy has garnered massive popularity to extend a person’s youth.

The Benefits

For those curious about HRT and a HRT company that can help them get started, you may want to consider Global Life Rejuvenation. They’re a company devoted to ensuring that the hormones given to their clients are of the best quality and most effective. For men who take testosterone, they have reported feeling stronger and healthier. Their memory loss has receded, their sex drive has spiked, and they find that with working out, they can strengthen their bones and muscles.

For women, HRT is just as effective. Not only does it reduce symptoms of menopause, but it has also been shown to lower cholesterol and improved blood sugar levels. Overall, HRT can reduce the chance of developing diabetes and heart disease. For those who want to stay healthy and young, consider HRT.