Note from Ann: Last week I shared a dataviz how-to guide. Paul Denninger has a great alternative solution to share! He uses hidden bars, also known in the Excel community as floating bars or white bars, to build “two” charts in one. Enjoy!

Getting excel to do complex work is easy; making the output look nice is a different matter. I took the challenge to recreate Ann’s graph because I’m always looking for better ways to display information.

The solution required a stacked bar chart, so the only problem was lining up the starting point for the second dataset. A buffer needed to sit between the end of the first set of bars and the start of the second so that it would force the second set to line up correctly. Hidden data had to fill the gap. Here’s how I did it.

First, start by inputting the original data. Sorting the rows from large to small will help make the chart easier to build.

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First, input the original data

The next step is creating the dummy data. Insert a column between the two existing datasets and populate it by subtracting the first column from “1.” This gives you a series of percentages that start at the end of the first bar and end at “1.” The problem of lining up the second dataset is solved at this point.

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Create a column of dummy data

With all of the data in place, creating the chart is easy. Use a stacked bar and include all 3 columns.

Setting Chart

Insert a stacked bar chart

Once the chart has been built, it’s time to hide the dummy column. Highlight the red data series and choose the format menu. Fill the series with the same color as your background. This makes the bars blend into the background and leaves them invisible. Do the same for the data labels. The dummy information is now hidden and your second dataset lines up properly.

Removing Dummy Bars

Make the dummy data invisible

The y-axis still needs to be fixed since the values are organized from low to high. Invert it by highlighting it and opening the format axis menu. Tick the “categories in reverse order” radio button to have the bars arrange themselves from high to low.

Fix the vertical axis

Flip the y-axis

Here is the primary display difference between this solution and Ann’s. Due to the hidden data, the x-axis begins at 0 and goes up to 200%. Since it’s a big challenge to make repeating axes in one chart, and one that I haven’t solved, it’s probably best to remove the x-axis altogether. Since the data values are shown in the bars, removing the axis should not make data interpretation more difficult. In fact, it will be easier for people looking at the chart since they don’t have to rescale the second data series in their heads.

Finally, decrease the gap between the bars and invert the fill and text colors for the overall bar. This makes it stand out from the other series. It’s personal preference whether you want to make the data labels bold or not.

Expand, invert the colors and remove the x-axis

Expand, invert the colors and remove the x-axis

Your chart is finished and you have improved on excel’s built in data presentation immensely. Other than the problem with the x-axis, this solution gives the same result as Ann’s. It’s a visually appealing way to compare two or more groups across the same categories.

When he isn’t playing with Excel and learning to use R better, Paul Denninger is trying to start a company. He currently manages investments for people and is on a constant search for data to analyze. He spends enough time working with nonprofits that he might make a career change and do it full time. You can see more of his work on his blog, Risk Assets.

Two weeks ago, I challenged readers to re-create the “after” version of a side by side bar chart. You can read the full post here.

Congratulations to the 9 contestants! Click on the contestant’s name to see their chart.

  • Regan Grandy
  • Sara Vaca
  • Alex Kadis
  • Katrina Brewsaugh
  • @CaptainCane64
  • @PD_ssp
  • Will Fenn
  • Angie Ficek (Check out how she used her own data!)
  • James Coyle (Check out how he used his own pre-post data!)

Now it’s time to post the how-to guide.

Step 1: Study the chart that you’re trying to reproduce in Excel.

We’re trying to re-create a side by side bar chart like the one shown below. We’re comparing how Coalition A and Coalition B scored on Innovation Network’s Coalition Assessment Tool.

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Step 2: And the secret to making side by side bar charts in Excel…

…is that we’re going to make two separate bar charts, one for Coalition A and one for Coalition B. When we copy and paste the charts from Excel into PowerPoint or Word, they’ll look like a single cohesive chart.

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Step 3: Type the data into Excel.

Make sure you choose a purposeful order to your data, like the highest percentage on top and the lowest percentage on bottom.

Excel often flips the data table upside down when creating charts, i.e. if you want the overall scores to be at the bottom of the chart, then you need to put the overall scores in the top of your data table. (Or, you can reverse the order of the categories later on.)

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Step 4: Create the first bar chart.

You know the drill: Add data labels inside the end of your bars. Choose a color palette that matches your client’s logo or your own logo. Use an action color to draw the reader’s eye where you want it (in my example, the overall score). Delete unnecessary ink like the tick marks, grid lines, and border. Use gray to de-emphasize things like (n=7) and the axis labels. Reduce the gap width.

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Beginner Excel users: If you need extra instruction, check out how to make a basic bar chart and my Excel for Evaluation chart tutorials.

Step 5: Copy the first chart.

Rather than re-create the wheel when making the second bar chart, let’s save some time by simply copying the first chart.

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Step 6: Populate the second chart with Coalition B’s data.

Use the “select data” feature to put Coalition B’s percentages into the chart.

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Step 7: Adjust the second chart’s bar color and title.

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Step 8: Delete the second chart’s axis labels.

Yep, you’re right, the second chart’s bars are going to get waaaaaay too long. We’ll fix this in Step 9.

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Step 9: Re-size the second chart.

Here’s my super scientific secret for making sure each chart is the same size: I measure the plot area with a business card.

First, adjust the first chart's plot area so that it's the width of a business card or post-it note.

First, adjust the first chart’s plot area so that it’s the width of a business card or post-it note.

Next, I adjust the second chart's plot area so that it's the same width as my business card.

Next, I adjust the second chart’s plot area so that it’s the same width as my business card.

Step 10: Paste the charts into PowerPoint or Word.

Select both charts and paste them into PowerPoint or Word at the same time. Here’s what it looks like on a slide. Looks like a single chart!

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Thanks to everyone who participated in the first and second dataviz challenges! I hope these challenges give you a chance to practice and build upon your Excel and visualization skills.

Last time, we made a streamlined version of the basic bar chart by adjusting Excel’s default settings. Basic bar charts are great when you’re just looking at simple patterns, like one series of data at a time.

However, sometimes we need to compare several series of data at one time. For example, the Innovation Network team and I recently compared the capacity of 12 different coalitions using our coalition assessment tool. We calculated coalition capacity in 7 different areas, such as Basic Functioning and Structure and the Ability to Cultivate and Develop Champions. To learn more about the tool, check out some materials from a recent presentation here.

The “before” chart: Here’s a clustered (aka cluttered) bar chart based on fictional data from the coalition assessment tool. The default Excel chart to compare Coalition A and Coalition B might look something like this:

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A default clustered bar chart in Excel. Bleh.

Or, you could use the switch row/column feature to make a default chart like this:

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Another default clustered bar chart in Excel.

These default clustered bar charts work… kind of. Well… not really. Actually, no, they really don’t work at all! My brain needs a couple minutes to read the default charts and really think about comparisons.

The “after” chart: Luckily, with a little Excel elbow grease, we can make the patterns pop out even faster. Here’s a side by side bar chart:

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Now, my brain can see the patterns almost immediately: Both coalitions scored highest on Basic Functioning and Structure. Both coalitions scored lowest on Sustainability, with Reputation and Visibility scoring pretty low as well. Coalition A scored higher than Coalition B on every section of the assessment. The overall scores were 80% for Coalition A and 50% for Coalition B. Phew! This is much easier for my brain.

The dataviz challenge: Re-create the “after” version of the side by side bar chart in Excel, R, or some other free software program. When you’re finished, email me or tweet a screenshot to @annkemery.

Tips for beginner Excel users: First, learn how to make a basic bar chart. Then, check out this powerpoint for tips on making a side by side bar chart.

Bonus for advanced Excel users: Instead of copying this dataset exactly, think about how you might use a side by side bar chart in your own work. Can you re-create this chart using your own data or your own color scheme?

The prize for playing: Beer or coffee, my treat, the next time you’re in DC; a professional development opportunity; and bragging rights.

I’ll post the how-to guide in two weeks, on June 10, 2013. Happy charting!

Two weeks ago, I challenged readers to re-create the “after” version of a basic bar chart.

Congratulations to the 9 winners: Molly Hamm, David Napoli, Susan Kistler, Jon Schwabish, Ethan, Mike, Sara Vaca, Samantha Grant, and Kevin Gilds! You’ve officially won bragging rights and a beverage of your choice, my treat, the next time you’re in DC.

Now it’s time to post the how-to guide!

Step 1: Study the chart that you’re trying to reproduce in Excel.

We’re trying to re-create a basic bar chart like the one shown below. We’re examining how a nonprofit has grown over the past six years. This is a simple metric so we don’t need anything more complicated than a basic bar chart.

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Step 2: Type your data into Excel.

Here’s how I typed my data into the spreadsheet.

Hot tip for advanced users: I wanted to abbreviate the years (i.e., ’07 instead of 2007). If you type 07, it will turn into 7, because Excel automatically removes zeros at the beginning of numbers. To fool Excel into keeping the zero, you must add an apostrophe; typing ’07 will turn into 07. So, if you want to get ’07 as your final result, you must add two apostrophes; typing ”07 will turn into ’07.

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Step 3: Insert a bar chart.

Highlight or select the data table. Go to the Insert tab. Click on the Column icon. Select a 2-D Clustered Column Chart. For additional help with inserting charts, check out this tutorial.

Now we’ve got our default bar chart (shown below). There’s nothing technically wrong with this bar chart. However, with a few small tweaks, we can really improve the formatting.

We’re going to manually adjust 9 settings in Excel: the axis labels, the data labels, the border, the bar color, the font size and color, the gap width, tick marks, the legend, and the grid lines. We’ll go through each of these steps, starting with the axis labels and working around counter-clockwise. These tweaks just take a few seconds each to make. When added together, they can make a big difference.

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Step 4: Delete the axis labels.

Click on the axis labels themselves. Then press delete on your keyboard. I do not advocate for removing the axis labels on every chart. This is a matter of personal preference. In this example, the data are so ridiculously straightforward that we really don’t need the axis labels.

step4Step 5: Add data labels.

Data labels are the numbers inside the bars that show how many participants were served each year. To position the data labels inside the bars themselves, we need to use a 2-step process. First, right-click on one of the blue bars and select “Add Data Labels.” Second, right-click on one of the labels and select “Format Data Labels.” You’ll get a pop-up screen like the one shown below. You can tweak the label position. In this example, I selected “Inside End.” Then, you can simply click on one of the data labels and change the text color to white. For more help with data labels, watch this tutorial.

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Step 6: Remove the border.

Right-click on the border and select “Format Chart Area.” Click on “Border Color” and select “No Line.”

Removing the border is also a personal preference. I started deleting my borders after reading one of Edward Tufte’s books in which he advocates for charts being situated inside and alongside the narrative – rather than sticking charts in the appendix or adding awkward “Figure 1.4″ labels. Border-less charts tend to help the reader’s eyes glide down the pages of your report a little more seamlessly.

Step 7: Adjust the bar color.

This chart was originally designed for an Ignite session. You can view the slides here.

After giving the presentation, there were a few audience questions. One man, with his (first? second? third?) glass of wine in his hand, asked how I selected the turquoise color scheme. He was laughing (with me? at me?) because I was wearing a dark turquoise shirt, a light turquoise blazer, a turquoise necklace, a turquoise bracelet, and turquoise earrings. Yes, even my toenails were painted turquoise. I mumbled something like, “I guess I just really like turquoise!” and promptly ran off the stage. #npfail

The correct answer would’ve been that colors should be used strategically so that the reader’s eyes are naturally drawn to certain patterns in the data. For example, I purposefully drew the reader’s attention to the 2012 bar. The key is to select a plain color (e.g., gray, or light turquoise in this example) and what Stephanie Evergreen calls an action color (e.g., dark turquoise). For examples of plain colors and action colors, check out Stephanie Evergreen’s post on assigning a color system for graphs.

I like to professionalize my charts by tweaking Excel’s default color scheme. During fun projects like this, I select color schemes from Design-Seeds and use the Instant Eyedropper to determine each color’s RGB code. I selected the Cherry Palette for this Ignite presentation (shown below). During real projects, I match colors to the client’s logo.

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Sometimes I save my color palette and RGB codes within the Excel workbook itself for safekeeping and easy reference.

So how do you adjust the bar color? Click on one of the bars. Click on the paint can icon. Select “More Colors.” In the pop-up window, select the “Custom” tab. Type in the RGB codes for your plain color and the action color.

Step 8: Adjust the font size and colors.

Here’s another spot where personal preferences come into play. When I’m going to be pasting my chart into a report, I often match my chart’s font to the report (e.g., Calibri size 11, which we typically use for the body text). When I’m going to be pasting my chart into a single, standalone handout, or into a powerpoint slide, I use much larger font sizes (e.g., 14, 16, or 18 point font). When I’m using data labels within the bars (see Step 5), I often use bold font to make the text pop.

Gray can be used strategically to dull-down the least important features of the chart – like the horizontal axis labels (’07, ’08, ’09, ’10, ’11, and ’12).

We’re getting closer! Not there yet…

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Step 9: Adjust the gap width.

Gap width is a lesser-known, but very cool, feature of Excel. The gap width is the amount of space between the bars. The default setting on most computers is 150%, which means the distance between the bars is 1.5 times wider than the bar itself.

To adjust gap width, right-click on one of the bars and select “Format Data Series.” In the pop-up window, you can increase or decrease the gap width, as shown below. I often use 50-75% rather than the default 150%.

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Hot tip for advanced users: The gap width feature is also very useful for histograms. You can decrease the gap width to 5% so that only a sliver of space remains between the bars.

Step 10: Remove tick marks.

For help with tick marks, watch this tutorial.

Step 11: Remove the legend.

In this simple chart, the legend doesn’t serve any purpose. To remove the legend, simply click on the legend and press the Delete key on your keyboard.

Step 12: Remove the grid lines.

Again, because this chart is so simple, we don’t need the grid lines. For help removing the grid lines, watch this tutorial.

We’re all done! Here’s the finished product.

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Step 13: Add a caption (optional).

Charts are inserted into a variety of communications modes: within the body of a report, as a standalone chart that’s printed out and hung on a bulletin board, as a standalone chart that’s printed and used as the handout at a meeting, on a powerpoint slide…

This particular chart was flashed on the screen for 15 seconds during my Ignite session, so there was no need to add a caption. My voice served as the caption.

However, when creating standalone charts, you’ll want to add contextual details so that the reader who passes by your chart on your organization’s bulletin board can quickly grasp the chart’s key takeaway message. One of the best ways of adding contextual details is to add a caption within the Prime Real Estate at the top of the chart. For an example, check out this post by Cole Nussbaumer.

Bonus

I hope this was helpful! Click here to download my Excel file. Thanks again to the dataviz challenge winners, Molly Hamm, David Napoli, Susan Kistler, Jon Schwabish, Ethan, Mike, Sara Vaca, Samantha Grant, and Kevin Gilds!

Discussion Questions

What are your favorite tools for selecting color palettes and determining RGB codes? When do you add captions to your charts, and what are your strategies for selecting the most important findings to emphasize in that caption? Have you adjusted the gap width for any of your charts, and if so, in what situations?

Why Feelings You Get While Visiting Your Dentist Should Not Matter

If you polled most Americans and asked them how they feel about going to the dentist, you are likely to get unfavorable responses. Going to the dentist is NOT like the days of old, with drill sounds and the prospect of pain. All in all, dentists get a bad rep—but times have changed. Dentists today offer a variety of treatment options to ensure the overall comfort and care of their patients. Excellence in oral health care is the standard, not the exception. Dentists today are equipped to provide thorough, gentle dental care by offering the most advanced dental health care available. The result is a beautiful, healthy smile you will want to show off!

One major difference in oral health care is the advancement of sedation dentistry. Today, dentists utilize   an entire spectrum of sedation techniques and forms of localized anesthesia. A skilled dentist also knows the types of sedation and anesthesia that work best in conjunction with one another, to manage a variety of dental procedures, from root canals to extractions, and everything in-between. In addition to a local anesthetic used to dull the pain, there are additional steps available to dental professionals, based on the complexity of the patient’s case and his or her anxiety level.

One such option is nitrous oxide, commonly known as laughing gas. The gas is administered right before the dental procedure, and the client breathes it in while wearing a mask. The patient feels an extreme sense of relaxation and some patients even fall asleep during their procedure. Nitrous oxide is an excellent choice for those who suffer anxiety when going to the dentist and for those who have a strong gag reflex. The use of laughing gas also increases a patient’s pain tolerance, so the dentist can perform several procedures at one time, if necessary. Another benefit of this type of sedation dentistry is that it takes effect quickly, within minutes. It is easy to reverse, as well, simply by administering oxygen to the patient. Laughing gas has been in use since the 1800’s and is a safe bet for most dental patients.

Of course, if laughing gas is not for you, your dentist may offer oral sedatives. Your dentist will give you medication before your procedure that will relax you but still keep you conscious during your dental work. Since oral sedation is used just to relax a patient and not necessarily as a pain reliever, it can be paired with another sedation method, local anesthesia, to eliminate any discomfort a patient might feel. Oral sedation is a great option for people who don’t care for nitrous oxide or may have an allergic reaction to it.

There is, of course, IV sedation, where the medication is introduced to the patient intravenously. Much like oral sedation, it is used to relax a patient but they are still aware and able to respond to the dentist. Deep sedation can be used to completely relax a person to a state of unconsciousness under the doctor’s watchful eye. This sedation, like the oral sedation, can be combined with local anesthesia to alleviate any possible discomfort.

dentistLastly, general anesthesia, which actually puts a patient to sleep, is reserved for complex cases, or for multiple procedures that require extra time. General sedation can be administered in-office by trained medical personnel for procedures like simple extractions, dental implants and wisdom teeth removal. For procedures such as reconstructive surgery or for patients that have certain medical conditions, general anesthesia is administered in a hospital by an anesthesiologist. General anesthesia carries certain risks, including a slight chance of death, and the dentist or oral surgeon can help you determine if this method is the right one for you and your particular situation. Unlike other methods of sedation, a patient who had this type of sedative will often not be able to drive for several hours after the procedure, and so it is recommended that the patient arrange for a ride home from the dentist’s office or hospital.

With advancements in dental technology, virtually any dental procedure can be performed without any fear of discomfort. In addition to sedation options, digital x-rays are replacing the more cumbersome, traditional radiograph x-ray technology. Instead of the uncomfortable plastic appliance that is placed in your mouth to take the regular x-rays, digital x-rays are taken using intraoral cameras and deliver immediate results and can be viewed on a computer screen. Traditional x-rays need to be developed, prolonging the time the dentist can view the film; with digital x-rays, it’s instantaneous. Also, digital x-rays can be enhanced, letting the dentist in OKC see the teeth, gum, bones and surrounding tissue is greater detail. Another added benefit: digital x-rays expose patients to less radiation. While more expensive for dental offices to use than traditional x-ray equipment, many dental practices are investing in this breakthrough technology, another way they are making dental appointments faster and less intrusive for patients.

You know when you go to the dentist and he or she prods around in your mouth with the sharp instrument, poking your teeth and gums, searching for cavities? Welcome to a new age of dentistry, one where dentists use lasers to detect cavities and other abnormalities. The diode laser emits a fluorescent light that will glow if the tooth shows decay. No more poking and prodding; another revolutionary breakthrough!

So say the diode laser determines you need a filling, but you really don’t want an obvious silver filling in your mouth? Gone are the days of limited options. Previously, dentists filled cavities with silver fillings, also called amalgam fillings, a combination of silver, copper and tin bound together by elemental mercury. Concerns have been raised about the mercury in the fillings, as well as their structural integrity. Silver fillings can become unstable over time and possibly break. They also show a sensitivity to heat and cold, making the sensation uncomfortable for the person with the filling. The good news is new, stronger, more aesthetically pleasing options are now available. Cavities can be filled with gold, porcelain, ceramic resin and composite resin, depending upon what you would like, what your dentist offers, and the varied costs considered. If you choose porcelain, ceramic or composite resin, these can be fabricated to match your actual tooth color, a welcomed alternative to the silver fillings.

According to Dr. Himesh Kana, dentist from Highland Village, “dentistry has made tremendous advancements in the last few decades and new and exciting new techniques and technology make caring for your oral health easier, more comfortable, and less intrusive than ever before. Ask your dentist if he or she offers the newest improvement in dental care.”

Upgrading The Learning Center

Technical Upgrades To The Learning Center

recycled windows computersOut with the old, in with the new. Our evaluation stations have been long do for an upgrade. The computers had previously been running Windows XP with old CRT monitors and clunky keyboards. The operating systems could no longer be updated because the hardware wouldn’t support it. Now we have state of the art computers and flat panel monitors that will allow are students to move through these online training modules at a faster more efficient pace. E-Learning courseware developers like Pearson and Skillsoft have developed learning modules for some of the biggest corporations on the planet, however the technologies that they used were far more advanced than our Windows XP systems were capable of processing. So, we recycled the outdated equipment and brought it some new Macintosh computers that have now anchored out learning center and made us one of the premier learning centers in the market.

Recycling Old Electronics

When we began upgrading the facility we knew we were going to be stuck with outdated equipment that nobody would want. We checked with the local second hand shops and they concluded that they would not be able to resell the equipment because of how outdated it all was. At that point we did’t know what to think and begun to search online for proper disposal options that would allow us to part ways with the old equipment while staying green with our e-waste. We ended up finding a company through Facebook called CDR Global and they sent out a representative to take inventory and give us an estimate. The following week they dropped off a container and group of recyclers came in and started breaking down all the old computers. They shredded hard drives on site, took apart the computers and separated the metals from the plastics. They ordered everything into bins and hauled it all off to recycle. After all the electronics were shipped off to be recycled, it was time to bring in the new equipment.

Upgrading To Mac Computers

The moment of truth was here, our computer labs were emptied out and it was time to bring in the new computers. new macintosh computersWe made the decision to purchase iMac computers to consolidate space. The iMac computers were all in one computers that didn’t have separate computer monitors and towers, the actual motherboard and computing took place within the flat panel monitor. This consolidation saved so much space we were actually able to add two more work station and therefore added two more computers giving our students more opportunity to learn in computer lab. The Mac operating system was compatible with the Pearson and Skillsoft training modules and the transition happened flawlessly. If you have a chance and are in the area, swing by and check out one of our new workstations for the ultimate e-learning experience.

Emergency Chiropractor OKC

Emergency Chiropractic OKC – While Traveling Abroad

chiropractor okcI made the trip from Washington, DC to Oklahoma last month and found myself in major pain after a long flight. My back issues go back years after a car accident left me with some bulging discs and a badly bruised spine. I was in Oklahoma on business and my normal Chiropractor was back in D.C. Finding a dependable Doctor while out of state traveling can become an overwhelming process. I jumped into the local Yellow pages they had in the night stand at the hotel I was staying at in Oklahoma City. I had not used a Yellow pages in years, but my back hurt so bad I couldn’t get out of the bed and over to my phone that was charging on the vanity. I made a few calls around and finally found what seemed like a qualified Chiropractor OKC. They scheduled a time for me to get in there and get my back adjusted first thing in the morning. Getting out of bed was a nightmare, I could hardly stand up straight and the Uber that picked me up was a little eco-friendly car that had the most uncomfortable seats ever (next time I’m in OKC I’m ordering limo service). After a short travel from the Crowne Plaza OKC to Elledge Chiropractic my back and neck were adjusted and I was on my to my meeting feeling like a million bucks. When I return back to D.C. I will be scheduling an appointment with my normal Chiropractor Dr. Bronat. In the meantime, I thought I would get this blog post off and out to you guys before I retired for the night. The experience I had was amazing and I would highly recommend them if you happen to be in the OKC area anytime soon on business or leisure. In addition, if you live or visit D.C. then Dr. Bronat is an amazing Chiropractor in the area.

Dealing Back Pain With The Help From Chiropractors

Pain is something nobody ever needs to take care of. The worst part is, not drugs can relives all forms of pain. Occasionally, you have popped three or one, two analgesics into the mouth area and nothing changes. Not even obtaining a prescription to get a more powerful pain reliever and visiting a doctor works. You can attempt researching your choices and focus on a chiropractor when all else has failed. He is able to make a move to improve your odds while this professional is not going to ensure that the pain will go away.

Consequently, pain may be alleviated with manipulation of the spinal column together with other therapies including physical treatment as well as massage. But at the close of the day, whatever their categorization, a lot of people have attested to the potency of the approach for pain as well as because of this, more and more individuals, except those that have serious preexisting illnesses, are contemplating viewing chiropractors.

In the event that you’re want to test chiropractic treatment and fighting with particular pains yourself, there should be a practice in town or nearby. It will be an excellent notion to go together with the most effective chiropractor nearest you, because treatments usually are constant. That’ll really be an issue should it’s necessary to travel a long distance to reach your chiropractor.

Additionally, determine if it’ll be adequate for your own chiropractic sessions and you should go over your insurance coverage. In the event you are uncertain, it is possible to only check together with the practice before beginning treatment regarding your insurance benefits. You can find lots of practicing chiropractors on earth these days. That should not be a trouble in the event you are visiting a chiropractor in Keller, TX. There is a significant amount of those professionals in the region.

All around Texas, actually, you’ll discover more. Performance Chiropractor in Keller, TX, may be only of the same quality as another chiropractor in Keller, Texas. But should you genuinely wish to be treated from that pain, locate somebody who understands from what you will need to state by simply listening to treat you. The chiropractor that is most effective is not and the one that hears you out only dictates that which you ought to do.

Should You Put Money Into Alternate Energy, Natural Gas and Petroleum?

Among the best magazines is Forbes, and among the best columnists is Ken Fisher. Ken makes some remarks about the transforming nature of petroleum and gasoline exploration. The idea of Ken is that natural gas prices will be kept by this progress of technology affordable for a lengthy time. Ken recommends which you purchase the service firms supplying the energy industry with these technologies and advocates several names.

Important gas fields that have been previously not productive are supplying substantial quantities of gas. New fields that have been formerly dismissed are bonanzas. The cost of gasoline rests around $5 and has dropped, and stubbornly will not move up. Some really famous people have said the price increase will be sensational and is coming. They mention a variety of reasons including economic recovery growing demand. They mention accelerated decline speeds for the new technology. They mention historical records. They mention a remarkable shift in North America from petroleum that is rare to abundant natural gas etc.

We definitely concur that resources are the spot to invest, and we also concur that service firms are good stakes. But look at all the businesses servicing the business. Several drillers have given up the company because gas and petroleum explorers could not raise the funding needed for new wells. The alternative method to look at this, is these businesses is not going to probably jump in cost. If they may actually be bringing in superb gains, or keep up gains over a very long interval, then the cost in their stock increases, and occasionally nicely. The trouble is that no one guesses right all the time concerning what stocks to purchase. How are you going to counter the losses should you be pleased with a small yield on the victor?

Changing to natural gas supplies an important lowering of emissions, although prices are higher. All this is not deniable. So wind doesn’t appear the response. The absolute contribution of alternative energy sources to energy needs of consumers and business stays at less than 1%. Reality is beginning to set in. The truth is the best ‘bang for the dollar’ is with the shares of firms that have the possibility to develop natural gas field like 89 Energy, or the next great oil field, and it does not matter that these fields are in North America. It does matter that it’s a position that welcomes such a investigation and investment, and that direction is great, the political environment is secure and welcoming. A basket of junior energy stocks developing uranium fields, petroleum deposits, and natural gas wells is a great spot to invest. You can check 89 Energy’s Facebook page here.

Who Are Chiropractors and What Do They Do?

A chiropractor has wide-ranging understanding of the musculoskeletal system and is a specialist in the area of alternative spinal health care. Chiropractic is an alternative medicine area that targets prevention, identification, and treatment of the ailments of the musculoskeletal system. This practice is founded on the theory that living parts of our body include inborn or innate wisdom. That’s to say that such parts find a way to arrange, maintain, and fix themselves. This natural wisdom actions through the nervous system to treat the body. It removes all hindrances to the function of the nervous system, thus empowering the nervous system to treat our body.

Lee’s Summit is among the famous areas in US to locate some of the finest chiropractors in the state. There are Chiropractor Lee’s Summit directories which list the specific treatments offered in each any of these areas are also mentioned by all the chiropractors in the area and a few of them. Most of the Lee’s Summit chiropractors use manual treatments like alteration and exploitation of the soft tissues, the back and other body joints to heal your ailments. As well as the treatments, the treatment process additionally contains wellness and lifestyle counseling as well as some exercises to help your musculoskeletal system.

These chiropractors do not use some other types of treatment and primarily concentrate on correcting vertebral subluxation through spinal column alteration. The ‘mixer’ chiropractors are liberal and they combine chiropractic, osteopathic and medical treatments to supply various kinds of ailments with treatment. With patient oriented treatment processes nearer to the mainstream and a more comprehensive perspective, chiropractor supplies holistic care and treatment to you.

The chiropractors treat neck and back pains, headaches, sports injuries, along with temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Their practice includes an assortment of diagnostic techniques like skeletal imaging, orthopedic and neurological assessment, and tactile and observational evaluations. At Heater Chiropractic Lee’s Summit, you’ll be able to acquire some common treatment processes like spinal adjustment, and treatments to joints and soft tissues as well as complementary processes, electric modalities, health promotion, rehabilitative exercises, and lifestyle counseling.

Heater Chiropractic Lee’s Summit provides you with a non-surgical alternative treatment for treating the human body through spinal column alteration from aches, pains and other ailments. They provide the finest chiropractic treatment that’s based on the theory that spinal manipulation removes hindrances to the nervous system, thus treating ailments.

Is My Life Is Determined by a Hemodialysis Machine?

It was April 2008, I learned the most dreadful news within my life. My two kidneys were reduced into a modest percentage and won’t unable to do its correct function. “It’s an irreversible instance,” she added. I felt the world like it fell over me. Surprise caught me. I used to not feel any warning signs or associated symptoms. After learning the news I was stunned.

I was diagnosed having hypertension. I went through several lab evaluations. It was the cause of my blood pressure to increase at a degree that is particular. My physician said that my heart must pump harder as a result of bad cholesterol that clogged my arteries up. I was given some medications suitable for such state. The primary goal was to neutralize the amount of my cholesterol that is lousy. After four months of taking the medications that are prescribed, I ‘d another lab evaluation. My poor cholesterol eventually went down to an amount that was normal. Full of assurance, I quit taking the regimen such as the medications prescribed for my hypertension. I really thought I was restored to my health state that was regular again. My routine blood pressure checkup quit. Without my perceptions and my knowledge there was something wrong within. My hypertension happened without showing symptoms. For a significant period of time which I taken that type of state, my kidneys were slowly ruined by the hefty tension on my arteries. It was quite a slow procedure that revealed no little of symptoms associated with my kidneys. Then eventually, bang! There went the worst news.

I felt numbed listening. Individuals who were ill and really old. At my young age of forty I can not consider I ‘m into it. I exclaimed. I wished this was just a terrible dream! “Do we have another choice, Doc?” I inquired. She told me there are just two options, routine hemodialysis treatment or experience kidney transplant. Both procedure cost a lot. But to have an instant relief to my worsening state was to get hemodialysis treatment. Some sort of toxin called Creatinine that’s usually excreted through urinating remains on rolls up and my blood stream into a specific number that would cause harmful effects. If left untreated, my other body organs may be affected by it. My brain, pancreas, lungs, liver, as well as my heart are of no exemption.

This cycle continues until a specific target that is filtering is reached. This procedure cleans a considerable number of hazardous elements that remain on my blood. This can be also where tons of fluid that remained inside my body is taken out. So every drop is kept inside I can not urinate generally. It will settle on every empty cavity inside my body by comprehending the natural behavior of fluids. Most of the parts that are affected are my organs. The water that I drink occasionally settled causing water retention. Blockage will happen if chosen for granted and it is going to cause heavy breathing. It was quite a excruciating experience!

The hemodialysis process takes about four hours to execute. I’ve to sit beside the dialysis filter machine for that long on a comfy seat. I’ve no other option but to undergo the procedure again and again. It’s the lone way . It costs a lot although kidney transplant would function as the other choice. Currently, hemodialysis is the only means for me to live.

Some of them got kidney failure as a result of diabetes. Diabetes is state where the blood sugar within the body goes occasionally low or high. If left untreated the kidneys can affect badly. It isn’t a simple life. Having a routine physical checkup is highly recommended particularly those people who are in their 30’s, if you believe you’re physically healthy. If you take some precautionary measure you always have the option to prevent being a sufferer of chronic kidney failure. Never disregard the guidance of the physician. Take whatever is suitably prescribed. But it’s not too early .

Tubes & Pipes – Pick Your Type Among Many That Are Available Today

You may have is selecting the correct conduit for the job if you’re considering building a brand new house or simply remodeling your present house among the tougher choices. Not all piping is created equal, there are a number of different flavors out there today which are accurate, new and old which is good for you? If you’ve got is send it in to your own state water testing facility and get a water sample. They’re going to analyze your water for hardness, kinds of metals which can be in the acidity or ph levels and your water. Use the subsequent plastic pipes and tube underneath. More about water that is effective in a moment. I adore Superlok distributor tube stuffs. Additionally it is the quickest to install over some other conduits or tube’s in the marketplace today. Although the software to install such a tube is rather expensive.

The old but accurate metal conduit copper, let us talk somewhat about the best piping. Besides Galvanized, this really is the things you’ve got at home if you’ve got a house which is elderly or thirty years than likely this is the kind of water supply and all of us our teeth cut on. Copper typically comes in roll tube to 100 feet in length of 10′ to 20′ feet per carton or stiff sticks. It is the priciest and has green lettering on conduit. L piping and M has blue lettering and red lettering, respectively. M level copper and L is the most often used in residential pipes. The common use with kind K is in refrigeration or industrial plumbing systems. Type M copper pipe is typically used by low bidders.

Plumbers use while HVAC Installers use OD for precisely the same tube ID diameters. copper tube used in residential pipes is, in addition, called 5/8- in. For the home owner, tube reference in this post and fixing the preceding pipes is a snapshot. Shark bite fittings are available at the local plumbing store. They have been somewhat pricey, however you will make back the price in time and simplicity. Within the last few years Officer continues to be getting a bad name because effective water or acidic water will corrode the conduit.

Check with your local authorities should you be on a community water system. In addition, I urge, to not install alloy piping without conditioning the water having an acid neutralizer. Stiff copper must be solder. If you’re not knowledgeable about the soldering process associated with making a leak free joint then I urge which you call the local plumber fix or to install your plumbing system.

You may have is selecting the correct conduit for the job if you’re considering building a brand new house or simply remodeling your present house among the tougher choices. Not all piping is created equal, there are a number of different flavors out there today which are accurate, new and old which is good for you? They’re going to analyze your water for hardness, kinds of metals which can be in the acidity or ph levels and your water. Use the subsequent plastic pipes and tube underneath. More about water that is effective in a moment.

The old but accurate metal conduit copper, let us talk somewhat about the best piping. Besides Galvanized, this really is the things you’ve got at home if you’ve got a house which is elderly or thirty years than likely this is the kind of water supply and all of us our teeth cut on. Copper typically comes in roll tube to 100 feet in length of 10′ to 20′ feet per carton or stiff sticks. It is the priciest and has green lettering on conduit. L piping and M has blue lettering and red lettering, respectively. M level copper and L is the most often used in residential pipes. The common use with kind K is in refrigeration or industrial plumbing systems. Type M copper pipe is typically used by low bidders.

Plumbers use while HVAC Installers use OD for precisely the same tube ID diameters. copper tube used in residential pipes is, in addition, called 5/8- in. Tube in the HVAC business. For the home owner, tube reference in this post and fixing the preceding pipes is a snap. Shark bite fittings are available at the local plumbing store. They have been somewhat pricey, however you will make back the price in time and simplicity. Within the last few years Copper continues to be getting a bad name because effective water or acidic water will corrode the conduit.

In addition, I urge, to not install alloy piping without conditioning the water having an acid neutralizer. Stiff copper must be solder. If you’re not knowledgeable about the soldering process associated with making a leak free joint then I urge which you call the local plumber fix or to install your plumbing system. You may have is selecting the correct conduit for the job if you’re considering building a brand new house or simply remodeling your present house among the tougher choices. If you’ve got is send it in to your own state water testing facility and get a water sample. They’re going to analyze your water for hardness, kinds of alloys which can be in the acidity or ph levels and your water.

PEX tube can be the king of every one of the plastics as far as it matters. I adore this stuff. Additionally it is the quickest to install over some other conduits or tube’s in the marketplace today. Although the software to install such a tube is rather expensive. The old but accurate metal conduit copper, let us talk somewhat about the best piping. Besides Galvanized, this really is the things you’ve got at home if you’ve got a house which is elderly or thirty years than likely this is the kind of water supply and all of us our teeth cut on. Copper typically comes in roll tube to 100 feet in length of 10′ to 20′ feet per carton or stiff sticks.

Tasteful or Cosmetic Plastic Surgery

Today, everyone is trying to look attractive. To get the ideal appearance, beauty-aware folks don’t mind to experience the plastic surgeons OKC expert’s knife in order to correct or beautify their appearances. Around the world, cosmetic or aesthetic surgery has gotten very common, with more and more folks obsessed with their appearances are currently choosing cosmetic plastic surgery procedures to have perfect characteristic.

With several are getting different types of aesthetic operations as a way to enhance their body image, teen and older men, particularly women and girls particularly happen to be brought to the procedure for beautifying and looks. Moreover, the amount of reconstructive plastic surgeries rose by 5 percent, with 5.5 million operations undertaken last year. Cosmetic or aesthetic surgery is the best known type of plastic surgery. This operation is performed to improve the look of perfect body parts of the body of a person beyond the typical amount toward some aesthetic ideal.

As stated earlier, aesthetic plastic surgery procedures can be performed in two ways- minimally or surgically invasive procedures. ASPS acknowledges about 27 different types of aesthetic plastic surgery procedures that can be done to someone’s facial or body part. Some of the surgical aesthetic/cosmetic procedures comprise:

  • Breast augmentation (also named “breast implant” or “boob job”)
  • Liposuction (also called suction lipectomy)
  • Blepharoplasty or eyelid operation
  • Ear surgery (otoplasty)

These aesthetic operations are done to form any characteristic of someone’s body in accordance with the way in which they need it to be. These processes plan not only to make people look great from outside, but also feel good from interior. The most common minimally invasive aesthetic plastic surgery procedures are Botulinum toxin type An or just called soft tissue fillers, Botox, chemical peel, laser hair removal and Microdermabrasion.

Hand operation, laceration repair, maxillofacial surgery, scar revision and tumor removal are some of the reconstructive plastic surgery procedures that are normally employed. Yet, in regards to cosmetic operations that are aesthetic, finance issues a lot. Like various other operations, aesthetic operations overly have a hefty cost. The incredibly high price of aesthetic plastic surgery procedures in several developed nations of the world generally come as important impediments in the way of people that need to change their appearances.

Luckily, simple-on-the-pocket aesthetic plastic surgery procedures can be found in a few other areas of the world. Several health care suppliers in developing countries are using state of the art instrumentation to supply the greatest possible quality standard of tasteful cosmetic operations to people at costs considerably below what these would cost back home. So folks, don’t let that body part that is misshapen or unusual destroy self-assurance and your attractiveness when there are low cost, high quality aesthetic cosmetic procedures obtainable in foreign lands. Whatever you have to study widely to seek the right, most dependable spot to get your beautification operation abroad.

Make Local Moving Simple By Selecting The Right Moving Company

Whether you and your family are intending to move several blocks into a town or two or over away, the procedure can frequently have an adverse impact in your mental and physical health. Locating a moving company that can manage all facets of your move is essential to preventing any unnecessary tension and reducing your stress level. As a homeowner, the ability to ensure your things arrive in pristine state of a moving company should be your top priority.

Here is a couple of quick suggestions for weeding through your many company that is moving alternatives:

• Locate an organization which is fully carry and unpack your possessions upon coming
• Search online which will be contained with a firm’s services I.e. free cartons and packing materials, storage, etc.
• Intention for an organization that can package and are licensed and insured
• Check out any offers for businesses that have an extended standing reputation in your region and great standings

Once you have narrowed down your options, you must contemplate just what your family needs and you moved. Nearly every move entails transferring furniture including dressers, sofas and tables. If a cherished heirloom or antique that is treasured is transferring, you must make sure your moving company is prepared to manage these things with the utmost caution. Because of this, be sure your movers are trained in the appropriate management of special furniture, art, glass and various mirrors.

Of all the things to be carried in a move that is local, a piano is the most hard to proceed. Whether your piano is concert grand, spinet, console, an antique upright or every other kind, it’s quite significant for your own movers to have expertise and the knowledge to transfer it without damage or any troubles. Following these guidelines should make the process somewhat simpler though picking a moving company which you trust may appear hard. In case you are able to procure a firm with a reputation of dependability, expertise and knowledge, your neighborhood move will be a wind.