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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Blog Types: medical - cancer

Every now and then, we get bloggers asking what is a blog and what kind of blogs can we create. Well, the answer to the first is very straight forward. Blog is an amalgamation of 2 words Web Log and the B came from the last alphabet of b and log of course came from log which can be another word for a journal or diary. That was how blog and blogging. It is an online diary or journal where you detail the daily happenings of your life, your opinions, etc. These are what they call personal blogs.

But now bloggers uses all blogs for all sorts of purposes. This blog was started exclusive to provide information, and easy to read instructions for blogging and Blogger. I have other blogs including one on How to survive cancer tips. Why did I create a blog dedicated to cancer. Well, I lost my wife to breast cancer and we were ill prepared to deal with this serious situation. I did not handle the situation well and my family suffered for an extended period. I hope no one will ever have to go through the ordeal my late wife, I and my family went through, and as I come across tips or useful information, I hope to add it in that blog. This is one uses of blogs - help disseminate hopefully helpful

Often, people view the diagnosis of cancer as death sentence. But there is hope, especially if discovered early. One can go for conventional medical treatments which often rely on radiotherapy, surgery and chemotherapy. These are very drastic treatments. Radiotherapy and chemotherapy uses deadly radiation and chemicals to try to kill cancerous cells, but in the process, kills normal cells as well. Then there are the dreaded side effects - nausea, loss of hair, loss of appetite, etc. Surgery means you loss part of your body and result in disfigurement. But sometimes there is no choice.

Now some cancer patients go for Alternative Cancer Treatment, especially if conventional doctors tell them they have terminal cancer and there is no more hope and nothing else can be done for them. There are also some who combine the two. However, if you are undergoing both conventional as well as alternative medical treatments, it will be good to keep your doctors informed.

What alternative medical treatments for cancer are available? This guy, Steven Chang, came to my notice. From his name, he is Chinese, just like me. Plus his surname is Chang while mine is Chen. Often, one can share the same surname when written with Chinese character while differently spelled in English, and there is every possibility that Chang and Chen is the same Chinese character of two "rabbit ears" above a pair of "eyes" which is again above a "mouth" like this: Chinese surname character chen, chang, chan, zheng

Not only that, the URL of his website ends with nl which I believe means is a domain registered in Netherlands where the locals speak the Dutch. I can read some Dutch, write and converse with broken Dutch. Looks like we have something in common and I will try to see if we can establish some kind of communications.

I will have to look more closely at Steven Chang's website: Flavonoid cancer treatment protocol and hopefully get some ideas for my How to survive cancer tips blog.

What are flavonoids

Steven Chang mentioned flavonoids. Let us see what Wikipedia has to say about flavonoids. According to Wikipedia, flavonoid is a class of plant secondary metabolite very well known for their antioxidant activity. Flavonoids are chemical compounds present in plants (fruits and vegetables), and that is why you find health activist encouraging people to eat more fruits and vegetables, especially the colorful ones. Of all the flavonoids, Quercetin is the most active as shown by studies and for those chemistry minded, here is the chemical structure of Quercetin:

chemical structure Quercetin
Image of Quercetin chemical structure taken from Wikipedia which uses the GNU Free Documentation License


Economical treatment for cancer

Now according to Steven Chang, you can have a Flavonoid cancer treatment protocol for cancer which cost only approximately $20 which when broken down to daily cost, is only $0.50 to $1.00. That is way, way cheaper than conventional medical treatment and is great news for cancer patients if the treatment works. Steven Chang's website gives a simple 3 steps treatment protocol which can be repeated as many times as you want.

Now please note I am only a retired scientist, a retired Associate Professor, and no medical doctor. I am not in a position to say much about Steven Chang's Flavonoid cancer treatment protocol and you would have to do your own research and also consult your doctor or doctors. But if you find that it works for you or your loved ones, please let me know about it by leaving a comment and perhaps you might also consider supporting Steven Chang's website

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Add space to blog post, but not with space bar

When you prepare a post with Blogger, you can only add a single space using the space bar. Even if you press the space bar 1000 times, two words will only be separated by a single space. If you need to create more than that, you will have to use what is know as non-breaking space. Now I am going to create a wide space between "begin" and "end" in the example below:

begin               end

If you try doing that by repeatedly pressing the space bar, it will not work. What you need to do is to type the following special character (this will have to be a graphic image, otherwise, it will be invisible to you):

special HTML character for non-breaking space

Of course, if you want more space, all you need to do is to copy-paste. Do that as often as you want extra space.

Note: The code is easy to remember because nbsp is short for Non-Breaking SPace

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Cannot sign into Blogger. What to do

Very common problem. Either blogger have forgotten the username (email address) or cannot remember password.

How to get Blogger username or password

All you need to do is to go to www.blogger.com/start,

Google Blogger sign in page

don't fill in any of the fields (boxes), just click on "Sign in". The next page, you will see

Google Blogger forgot password

At the bottom, you see "forgot your password?". Click on that and the next page will reveal

forgot Google Blogger username or password

If you forgot your password, type in your email address you used for the Blogger account and click "Lookup". If you don't know what email address you used, but you know the URL of your blog, fill in the field at the top. For example, the [       ] indicate what you are supposed to fill in. The rest of it has already been done for you:

http://[myblog].blogspot.com

Those in red is what you are supposed to replace with the actual address (URL) of your blog. Click "Lookup", then check all your email Inboxes that you ever have. Make sure you check the Spam folder (or Bulk folder) as well as sometimes legitimate emails can end up there.

If you still have problems, and since this is an account related issue, fill in the Blogger contact form, a link to which is provided in the latest update right at the top of Blogger Support

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Get more visitors: Update frequently

Update blog regularly to get more traffic (visitors)

Search engines love websites which are updated frequently. Here is one of the main reason blogs are popular with search engines. By its nature, blogs frequently have new posts. By updating frequently, the likelihood of your blog getting hits from search engines are higher. Neglect your blog and the reverse is true. I just read one Internet Marketeer said the opposite going against majority SEO professionals. Now I am no professional, but all I know is one of my blog, Environmental blog: Enviroman Says used to get regular visitors from search engines. That is, until I started my Blogger related blogs. Then I had no time for my environmental blog and I could see it getting less and less hits from search engines. That is my own experience. Hope you will share yours by leaving a comment.

Effect of frequent updating on regular visitors

Tell me if you regularly visit this blog, but saw the same old stuff day in, day out. Tell me what you will likely do? Stop visiting, right? On the other hand, each time you come back here and see fresh interesting content, tell me what will you likely do now? Come back for more, right? Well, that is how it usually works. Regular visitors want regular updates. No updates, less visitors.

Effect of frequent updating on visits from navbar

Just in case you don't know what a navbar is, below is a screen shot of one:

Blogger navbar: Next blog
Actually, that is only the left corner of the Blogger navbar. You want to see the whole navbar, move your eyes up and you will see the whole navbar at the very top of this page. What I want to draw your attention to is "Next blog". That has both been a blessing and a curse - a blessing for those who just want to play "Chance" and it will almost be like playing at the roulette table. You wouldn't know what the next number will be. Similarly, you will get to "random" blogs which you may love or hate. It is a curse to educators who set up blogs for their students. Students clicking on "Next blog" may chance upon blogs with adult content, and that is horrifying to educators. Which is why many want to hide the navbar (click BACK button to get back to this page).

Note that I wrote "random" blogs. Actually, it is not that "random". This "Next blog" gives preference those blogs just were recently updated. Which was why when I checked the visitor counter for Lewis Chew blog after publishing a new post, I found an increase in hits from navbar. See screen shot below (Click to enlarge. IP address erased for privacy.):

Visitors from Blogger navbar

See the words "navbar" highlighted by red ellipses. There were a total of 10 such visitor consecutively. The reason why I suddenly get so many visitors from the Next Blog in the Blogger is because I just publish a post not too long ago. I expect such visits to taper off with time until the next time I publish another post.

Spam blogs (splogs) and visits from navbar

It was like that in the beginning when I first started blogging. Then the spammers. What they did was to create as many account as they can, then use robotic programs to publish new posts after new posts. In this way, they sucked away a lot of traffic from legitimate bloggers like us.

Blogger then uses spam killer robots to identify them without human intervention. There were quite a sizable false positives, legitimate blogs labeled as spam blogs and the blog owners have to request for human intervention to solve their headache.

Whatever they may have done must be effective as when these splogs came onto the scene, I hardly get any visitors from Next Blog in the navbar. Hopefully this state of affairs will remain stable.
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