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Abdominal Hysterectomy Recovery Time After Hysterectomy

title:Abdominal Hysterectomy Recovery Time After Hysterectomy
author:Olinda Rola
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Having an abdominal hysterectomy and the recovery time after hysterectomy are significant events in any woman's life. Since an abdominal hysterectomy is an in-patient surgical procedure, you should plan on being away from home and work during the surgery and perhaps during the beginning recovery time after hysterectomy. The length of the hospital stay depends on what type of hysterectomy you have, how your surgery goes and what your doctor recommends.
While the hysterectomy recovery may take a few weeks, here are things you can do to help speed up your hysterectomy recovery time:
1. Take all the pain relievers your doctor has prescribed. You will want to be as comfortable as possible during your recovery time after hysterectomy.
2. Keep sanitary pads handy since you may have some discharge and bloody drainage for several days after your abdominal hysterectomy.
3. Use a heating pad over your abdomen and another under it, if necessary. Be careful and do not sleep with a heating pad in direct contact with the skin because doing so can burn you.
4. Avoid all lifting after the abdominal hysterectomy surgery and during the post hysterectomy period. Just ask others to do all the lifting for you.
5. Avoid dairy foods during the post hysterectomy time since dairy products will tend to cause constipation. Pain medications taken during the recovery time after hysterectomy also tend to make you constipated.
6. Avoid alcoholic beverages totally during the recovery time after hysterectomy, especially while taking medications.
7. Drink 8-10 glasses of filtered water each day to adequately flush your system of toxins which would otherwise accumulate and cause discomfort or illness. Drinking pure clear water daily is a healthy habit to continue even once you are fully recovered.
8. Eat as healthy as you can since your body needs nutrients to help with healing. Be sure and include cold-water fish, turkey, chicken, organic bread, soups, salads, fruits and broths.
9. Take the best vitamin/mineral/nutritional supplement you can find. It's not just about the vitamins and minerals. Providing your body with important nutritional supplements is a good idea before and after your abdominal hysterectomy to help fill in the dietary gaps that everyone will have.
10. Use your recovery time after hysterectomy to really take care of yourself. Listen to your favorite music, watch your favorite television programs and read your favorite books. Relax and give your body a chance to adjust and recover from the surgery.
After an abdominal hysterectomy, women will likely experience a deficiency of the critical hormones progesterone, estrogen and testosterone. If only the uterus is removed in a partial hysterectomy, progesterone levels will fall dramatically in one to two months and estrogen levels will decrease in one or two years. Progesterone deficiency is related to numerous side effects including increased risk of developing certain kinds of cancer, including endometrial cancer. Testosterone deficiency in women causes low sex drive, low energy levels, thyroid deficiency and depression. Estrogen deficiency can result in vaginal dryness, hot flashes and night sweats.
Women considering abdominal hysterectomy or having had the procedure should seek the help of physicians trained in the use of natural bio-identical hormones. Bio-identical hormones are hormones that are identical to what the body makes and what normally would exist in the body. Synthetic drugs such as Premarin, Provera and Prempro are not natural nor the same as the body makes, and these kinds of synthetic drugs have numerous side effects.
There is a hormone health test provided by a leading women's health clinic that you can take online. The test takes just a few minutes and is free. Learn as much as you can about hormone imbalance, the recovery time after hysterectomy and physician-recommended natural alternatives for hormone replacement therapy.
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title:Abdominal Obesity: The Weight  You Put on Depends on Your Body Type!
author:Ashley Green
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

 Many people gain weight around the belly. and for most of us it is quite embarrassing. This takes away the charm of wearing clothes. This Abdominal fat is very hard to get rid of.Different people have different fat storage areas. Most men store fat around the abdomen. This fat is stored in the fat cells. The number of fat cells remain fixed . However as we store more fat these cells grow more bigger. The fat cells are stored between the skin and the muscles and also in deeper tissues called the visceral fat which surrounds the vital body organs. The way in which the person puts on weight depends upon the body type of a particular person.
There are three different body types:
1. The ectomorphs - Those who are slim with slender muscles. They put on weight around their belly without corresponding increase in the arms or legs.
2. The mesomorphs - Those who put on weight around the belly plus arms and legs but usually not on the face.
3. The endomorphs - Those who put weight not only on the abdomen, but also around the hips and thighs. Women after their menopause also put on weight around the abdomen.
Must Read: 10 Tips to lose weight from hips and thighs at
There is also a connection between mind and the body. This mind body connection also determines the way in which a person puts on weight. People who are chronically stressed produce large amounts of body steroid called cortisol. It affects the fat distribution by causing fat to be deposited in the abdominal and visceral areas.
Abdominal obesity also leads to various diseases. To name a few, there are cardiovascular disorders, high cholesterol, diabetes and polycystic ovary.
How to lose abdominal fat?
Most people have the misconception that one can lose spot fat by spot exercises! The truth is that the body has a complicated system of fat deposition and fat removal, so exercising a particular body area results in toning that area, which may initially look like some sort of inch loss due to tightening of muscle tissue! But to burn fat on the abdomen, one should follow a combination of a fat loss diet along with cardiovascular training and muscle conditioning and de-stressing exercises.
Must Read: Obesity being termed as No.1 killer in U.S. Know more about it at
Random Tip:  Weight loss helps in erectile dysfunction and hence enhances your sex life as per a recent research. So you have one more reason to lose weight.
title:Abnormal Beating of the Heart: Cardiac Arrhythmias
author:Lindsay Fox
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Heart has a rhythmic capability to beat and pump blood to our body and remarkably, does so without fail, throughout our life. The rhythm has been destined to beat in certain prefixed numerical limits and with certain regularity. Arrhythmias are disorders characterized by abnormal beating of the heart. Arrhythmias can occur in a healthy heart and be of minimal consequence. At the same time they may co-exist with diseased heart and may be life-threatening or may cause, stroke, heart failure or sudden death.
An arrhythmia occurs when the normal electrical cycle of the heart is disturbed. Normally, tiny currents activate the upper part of the heart, just before the bottom part of the heart, which are the muscular chambers that pump blood around the body. Fast arrhythmias are referred to as ‘tachyarrhythmias’. When the heart goes too slowly due to a failure of electrical activation, it is referred to as a brady arrhythmia. Most arrhythmias arising from the top of the heart are troublesome but not life-threatening. Many arrhythmias arising from the lower of the heart, are life-threatening.
Causes of Cardiac Arrhythmias
Some cardiac arrhythmias result from congenital heart defects that run in families. Others arise from a variety of diseases that develop in individuals over a period of years. Others still result from sudden events such as heart attack. They may also be the result of excessive alcohol, smoking or certain drugs. Rarely despite extensive investigations no cause is found of their occurrence. Cardiac arrhythmias may be symptomatic or may cause a variety of warning symptoms such as palpitations or rapid thumping in the chest, feeling tired or light-headed, getting unconscious, having shortness of breath or chest pain.
Types of Arrhythmias
Following are the different types of cardiac arrhythmias:
1. Atrial fibrillation: The heart beats too fast and irregularly. This type of arrhythmia requires treatment and can increase risk of stroke.
2. Paroxysmal atrial tachycardia: The heart has episodes when it beats fast, but regularly. This type of arrhythmia may be unpleasant but is usually not dangerous.
3. Ectopic beats: The heart has an extra beat. Treatment usually is not needed unless you have several extra beats in row and/or other problems with your heart - such as heart disease or congenital heart failure.
4. Ventricular tachycardia: The heart beats too fast and may not pump enough blood. These types of arrhythmias are very dangerous and need immediate treatment.
The Remedy
Treatment depends on the type of cardiac arrhythmia you have. Some mild arrhythmias require no treatment. Other arrhythmias can be treated with medicines. In more serious cases, other treatments are available:
1. Drugs.
2. A pacemaker: An electronic device placed under the skin on the chest. It helps the heart maintain a regular beat, especially when the heart beats too slowly.
3. Implantable cardiac defibrillation: Can be used to stop an abnormal rhythm and restore a normal one.
4. Surgery: Can correct certain types of arrhythmias. For example, arrhythmias caused by coronary artery disease may be controlled by bypass surgery. When an cardiac arrhythmia is causes by a certain area of the heart, sometimes that part of the heart can be destroyed or removed.
Abortion: A Public Health Crisis

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Abortion is a very personal decision.  Women and couples who are considering this procedure should also consider counseling. Research revealed that women are just as likely to get an abortion whether it is outlawed or legal, which increases the incidence of unsafe abortion.

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Not a few women who have been confronted with the reality of unwanted pregnancy have chosen to resolve their problem through abortion. Abortion is a procedure that makes use of medicine or surgery to remove the embryo or fetus and placenta from the uterus to end a pregnancy. The procedure is usually done by a licensed physician or someone acting under the supervision of a licensed physician.
Research shows that women are just as likely to get an abortion whether it is outlawed or legal. Statistics show that one out of five pregnancies ends in abortion. In a study examining abortion trends from 1995 to 2003, experts also found that abortion rates are virtually equal in rich and poor countries, and that half of all abortions worldwide are done in an unsafe manner.
In spite of the legal status of abortion, it has never dissuaded women who seek to end unwanted pregnancy. Abortion accounts for 13 percent of maternal mortality worldwide. While 70,000 women die every year from unsafe abortions, an additional five million women suffer permanent or temporary injury as a result of this procedure.
Although worldwide, abortion rates have dipped from about 46 million in 1995 to just under 42 million in 2003, the rate of unsafe abortion didn't change at all. In developing countries, the incidence of unsafe abortion continue to rise with nearly half the procedures still performed illegally in potentially dangerous conditions, making it a public health crisis and an assault to human rights.
The increase in contraceptive medication is seen by some sectors as a way to minimize, if not totally eliminate, unsafe abortion. However, while more countries are allowing women to have abortions in a legal way, many women are still receiving medical attention only after a procedure has gone wrong.  Women shouldn't have to hurt themselves before they get the necessary medical attention. Unsafe abortion may be defined as a procedure performed by people lacking the required skills or done in an environment that does not conform to the proper medical standards.
The developing world comprised the biggest share of the abortion pie with a figure of about 35 million abortion cases. And nearly 97 percent of all unsafe abortions were in poor countries. In eastern Europe, there are more abortions than live births, or 105 abortions for every 100 live births. In Western Europe, there are 23 abortions for every 100 live births. In North America, there are 33 abortions for every 100 live births, while in Africa, where abortion is illegal in most African states, there are 17 abortions for every 100 live births.
Providing safe abortions depends on a working health-care system. Experts believe that improving access to safe abortion requires improvement on women's health.  In the last two decades, there has been little improvement to help women survive pregnancy and childbirth, especially in third world countries due to poverty.  While improvement in child health can be done with government support, such as immunization against various diseases, the same cannot be said with improving women's health as funds are restricted from any health services associated with abortion.
Abortion is about making a decision about ending the life of a baby.  The debate is still on whether the fetus can be medically considered a human being --- a factor that defines the morality or lack of morality of the choice to undergo an abortion.  Indeed, given the very sensitive nature of this procedure , abortion should be considered a very personal decision that requires counseling.

ÐÏ à¡±title:About Attention Deficit Disorder ( ADD ) & its Symptoms
author:Balaji .B
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is a condition that is usually characterized by behavioral and learning disorders. ADD generally diagnosed in children, mostly affects the boys than the girls. ADD not only occurs in childhood but also continues till adulthood in some cases.
Some of the characteristics that are commonly cited among the children with ADD are hyperactivity, distractibility and impulsivity. ADD results in children finding it difficult to perform a task assigned to them and focus on some of the important aspects of conversations.
ADD is a neurobiologically-based developmental disability that usually affects children. The actual cause of ADD is unknown till date. Research has shown that ADD is caused due to the genetic transmission of the condition from the parents to the children and also can be due to the result of a chemical imbalance or deficiency of certain neurotransmitters.
The neurotransmitters are chemicals that help the brain regulate the behavior of an individual. A recent study has shown that the rate at which the brain uses glucose, its main energy source, is lower in individuals suffering from ADD than in individuals without ADD.
The important features associated with ADD are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Some of the symptoms due to inattention include making careless mistakes in schoolwork, work, or other activities, facing difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities, not listening when spoken to directly, facing difficulty in organizing tasks and activities, and mostly forgetful in daily activities.
Some of the symptoms due to hyperactivity include fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat, running about or climbing excessively in situations in which it is inappropriate, facing difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly, and talking excessively. Some of the symptoms due to impulsivity include blurting out answers before questions have been completed, facing difficulty in awaiting their turn, and interrupting in a conversation.
title:About Candida, Its Symptoms & Treatment
author:Balaji .B
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Candida is a fungal infection affecting the moist external area of the body like mouth, nostril, in side folded skin and vagina basically of a parasitic fungus. There are many types of Candida fungus like Candida Parapsilosis, Candida Tropicalies, Candida vini and sub-types named after the infected areas like Cutaneous Candidasis, Thrush, Vaginal Candidiasis, Penile Candidiasis, Pulmonary Candidiasis, Esophagus Candidiasis, Invasive Candidiasis and the treatments for respective infections are identified.
Complications of Candidiasis are secondary conditions, symptoms, or other disorders that are caused by Candidiasis. Though there is no life treat in Candida patients, it is highly recommended for immediate medical treatment. The following symptoms are mentioned in various sources for Candidiasis includes Itchy skin rash, Skin inflammation, Small blisters, Armpit skin rash, Skin rash under breasts and Rash in skin folds. For oral thrush, White patches inside cheeks, White patches on tongue, White patches in throat.
However the symptoms of vaginal thrush and penile thrush are almost similar like chronic stage will have fluid discharge. In addition to the symptoms, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Candidiasis. There are many medications are available both external and internal drugs, Creams, powder forms are available. Scientists and Dermatologists are concerned that the increasing use of antifungal drugs will lead to drug-resistant fungi. In fact, recent studies have documented resistance of Candida species to fluconazole, a drug used widely to treat patients with fungal diseases.
Altogether the cleanliness is the most important aspect for not getting any Candida infection. Medications used in the treatment for yeast infection should be kept away from children. Some times the yeast infection anti-fungal creams are recommended differently for mouth and vaginal use. After the treatment for yeast infection if the symptoms persist even after 7 days or return within 2 months see your doctor.
About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

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The median nerve runs into the hand starting from the forearm, and when it is squeezed or pressed at the wrist, the message carrying and receiving from the brain is inhibited.

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Did you know that one in every one hundred people is affected by what is known as carpal tunnel syndrome at some point in their life?  While commonly found in women in the thirty to fifty-year age range, carpal tunnel syndrome can affect nearly anyone, from assembly line workers, to surgeons and dentists, to secretaries and computer data entry personnel, to even those who play musical instruments or video games.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a very painful and progressive condition that occurs in the wrist, caused by compression to the median nerve.  The median nerve runs into the hand starting from the forearm, and when it is squeezed or pressed at the wrist, the message carrying and receiving from the brain is inhibited. 

The name carpal tunnel syndrome, however, comes from the eight bones in our wrists that are known as carpals.  They form a tunnel-like structure, hence the term "carpal tunnel syndrome."
Compression of the tunnel walls is the most basic of causes of carpal tunnel syndrome. 

Other factors, such as congential predispostion and even trauma based injury can also be to blame.  Carpal tunnel syndrome can develop quickly, especially if the wrist has been fractured or injured or rheumatoid arthritis has set in.  In many cases, repetitve stress induced carpal tunnel strain can cause the syndrome, especially in those who spend a great deal of time typing.

Symptoms of carpal tunnel can include tingling, numbness, and burning in the fingers, as well as the inability to make a fist or grip things.  A person eventually loses the ability to squeeze things and may even find it hard to tie their shoes.  In the most extreme cases of carpal tunnel syndrome, the patients are unable to determine hot or cold by touch.

Treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome is available.  Most physicians will advise against repetitive and exhaustive activities related to hand movement.  Stretching exercises and medicines like corticosteroids can help in relieving the syndrome.  However, if the condition worsens, surgery may be the only available course of treatment.

If you feel as though you may be suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, you should consult your physician immediately to discuss symptoms and treatment options.

About Chinese Diet Teas: Are They Safe?

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Chinese teas have long been considered great for dieters. In fact, many companies have manufactured and distributed these products labeled “Chinese diet tea” for those who wish to lose weight. Perhaps the main reason for this production is that many believed that tea by itself carries only 4 calories per serving, and the caffeine in tea is potent enough to increase body function to help burn more calories.  Also, it is believed that the polyphenols in tea seem to aid in the d...


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Chinese teas have long been considered great for dieters. In fact, many companies have manufactured and distributed these products labeled “Chinese diet tea” for those who wish to lose weight. Perhaps the main reason for this production is that many believed that tea by itself carries only 4 calories per serving, and the caffeine in tea is potent enough to increase body function to help burn more calories.  Also, it is believed that the polyphenols in tea seem to aid in the digestion of fat, truly making it a Chinese diet tea.

Chinese diet tea, fasting tea, slimming tea, super dieter’s tea, weight loss tea, although they come with somewhat different names, all promote a common message – drink this tea and you will lose weight. However, many experts noted that what you are actually drinking from these products is a plant based laxative that can cause certain disorders like diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, fainting, chronic constipation and perhaps even death when consumed in excessive amounts.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) once stressed that the laxative teas and dietary supplements of most concern are those containing one or more of the substances, such as aloe, senna, rhubarb root, buckthorn, castor oil, and cascara. These products are derived from plants and have been used since time immemorial for their ability to relieve constipation and promote bowel movements.  They are deemed effective for such purposes with occasional use.

When the labeled “Chinese diet teas” are excessively used based on the misconception that frequent bowel movements prevent the absorption of calories that problems tend to occur. Numerous studies have shown that the laxative-induced diarrhea does not significantly reduce absorption of calories for the reason that laxatives don’t work in the small intestine, where the calories are absorbed. It rather works on the colon, which is the lower end of the bowel.

Also found out is that when the Chinese diet teas are misused by steeping the tea longer than product labeling recommends can lead to short as well as long term adverse condition. This is also true when the Chinese diet teas are taken more than the recommended amount.

It has been noted that for those first-time users who drank Chinese diet teas more than the recommended amount, stomach cramps, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea are the common disorders to occur and will last for several days. When these laxatives are used continually, laxative dependency will tend to develop with bouts of chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain as well as constipation. In the most severe cases, these laxatives can cause fainting, dehydration and serious electrolyte disorders.  As noted, these after-effects of excessive use of Chinese diet teas are most likely to develop in people who are nutritionally compromised due to rigorous weight-loss dieting.

Because of these concerns, the FDA is now considering requiring the manufacturers of labeled “Chinese diet teas” to place warning labels on all of their product stimulant laxatives. It is also important that those who are using Chinese diet teas for any purpose must read and follow the recommended directions carefully.  The words indicated on the label under “warning” must then be given attention.

About Designer Glasses or Sunglasses or Prescription Glasses Direct and Online

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If someone says that his or her prescription eyewear materials are scratch proof, please do not believe that person. Moreover, how can the online dealers provide so cheap designer glasses than the regular market prices of even the branded designer glasses?

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If someone says that his or her prescription eyewear materials are scratch proof, please do not believe that person. In most of the cases, this is only a marketing strategy implemented by the company or the retailer.

However, plastic lenses that have a hard coating are more resistant to scratches in comparison to regular glasses. Still it can never assure you a complete scratchproof one.     

One should remember that, this coating would not prevent a deep scratch if the lenses are dropped on a hard surface, but will minimise all the small scratches that can occur in day-to-day handling, keeping your glasses clearer for longer. It all depends upon how carefully you use it. 

Regular price of such hard coating glasses by High Street opticians normally ranges from £15 - £20, whereas the online dealers of glasses can offer it free of any charge.

The next inevitable question is, how the … is it possible! 

How can the online dealers provide so cheap designer glasses than the regular market prices of even the branded stuffs?

Our research team found out that some of them are buying branded products directly from the respective companies whereas some are selling fake items. To add to this some of the dealers do not even have valid or existing postal presence and one can hardly trace them in person in future. 

Dealers, who buy the products directly from the manufacturing companies, can provide them at less than regular market prices as they just ignore any intermediary.
Most of them buy in bulk that cuts down the price level. At the same time, the online dealers do not need (in many cases) to finance expensive high street properties to sell their sunglasses or prescription glasses. 

One major problem in buying sunglasses or prescription glasses online is, not understanding the prescription details. Physicians, perhaps, never like to write for a nonprofessional to understand. Moreover, it is a common and regular occurrence that common people generally tends to stay away from understanding technical jargons.

Some websites provide pages where they explain the technical terms for a necessary and better understanding of prescriptions. This really proves handy, as one can properly understand what his or her actual requirements are, like, sphere, cyl, axis, add, frame measurement etc.

Some sites even provide the option to fax them the prescription if one is still not confident enough about his or her acquired knowledge.   

The best thing in online shopping is that one can easily track current trend and upcoming styles and calculate the budget accordingly.

It is like having thousands of exclusive showrooms of prescription glasses and sunglasses, at your doorstep, dedicated especially to you.

title:About Diabetes and Exercise
author:Arnel Ricafranca
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

There are two main types of diabetes, type I and type II. Type I diabetes is characterized by the pancreas making too little or no insulin. An individual with diabetes type I will have to inject insulin throughout the day in order to control glucose levels. Type II diabetes, also known as adult onset diabetes, is characterized by the pancreas not producing enough insulin to control glucose levels or the cells not responding to insulin. When a cell does not respond to insulin, it is known as insulin resistance. When a subject is diagnosed with type II diabetes, exercise and weight control are prescribed as measures to help with insulin resistance. If this does not control glucose levels, then medication is prescribed. The risk factors for type II diabetes include: inactivity, high cholesterol, obesity, and hypertension. Inactivity alone is a very strong risk factor that has been proven to lead to diabetes type II. Exercise will have a positive effect on diabetes type II while improving insulin sensitivity while type I cannot be controlled be an exercise program. Over 90% of individuals with diabetes have type II.
Exercise causes the body to process glucose faster, which lowers blood sugar. The more intense the exercise, the faster the body will utilize glucose. Therefore it is important to understand the differences in training with type I and type II diabetes. It is important for an individual who has diabetes to check with a physician before beginning an exercise program. When training with a diabetic, it is important to understand the dangers of injecting insulin immediately prior to exercise. An individual with type I diabetes injecting their normal amount of insulin for a sedentary situation can pose the risk of hypoglycemia or insulin shock during exercise. General exercise guidelines for type I are as follows: allow adequate rest during exercise sessions to prevent high blood pressure, use low impact exercises and avoid heavy weight lifting, and always have a supply of carbohydrates nearby. If blood sugar levels get too low, the individual may feel shaky, disoriented, hungry, anxious, become irritable or experience trembling. Consuming a carbohydrate snack or beverage will alleviate these symptoms in a matter of minutes.
Before engaging in exercise, it is important for blood sugar levels to be tested to make sure that they are not below 80 to 100 mg/dl range and not above 250 mg/dl. Glucose levels should also be tested before, during, after and three to five hours after exercise. During this recovery period (3-5 hours after exercise), it is important for diabetics to consume ample carbohydrates in order to prevent hypoglycemia.
Exercise will greatly benefit an individual with type II diabetes because of its positive effects on insulin sensitivity. Proper exercise and nutrition are the best forms of prevention for type II diabetics. It is important for training protocols to be repeated almost daily to help with sustaining insulin sensitivity. To prevent hypoglycemia, progressively work up to strenuous activity.
As with individuals with type I diabetes, carbohydrates should also be present during training to assist in raising blood sugar levels if the individual becomes low.
About Emu Oil

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Emu oil is non-greasy and would not clog pores, it makes a good skin moisturizer and softener. Research has shown emu oil can thicken the skin, which reduces the appearance of aging. If you suffer from arthritis or have a nagging skin condition, Emu Oil may be just what you need.

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About Emu Oil - Emu oil is non-greasy and would not clog pores, it makes a good skin moisturizer and softener. Research has shown emu oil can thicken the skin, which reduces the appearance of aging. If you suffer from arthritis or have a nagging skin condition, Emu Oil may be just what you need. Headily stated that after conducting massage treatments using the emu oil on her abdomen, the texture of the skin changed and elasticity was renewed. Topical application of emu oil can deliver these nutrients deep into the skin to support healthy cell growth. Is an excellent emulsifier - it can be blended with products that will not feel oily on the skin. A study looking at factors that stimulate and inhibit skin and hair growth using emu oil and corn oil. While all parts of the emu are used (meat, nails, feathers, skin and oil), it is not cruelty-free. Clinical Studies have shown that two major properties of Emu Oil are its ability to penetrate the skin and its anti-inflammatory properties. Because it penetrates the skin so deeply and quickly, Emu Oil helps to deliver fast respite from leg cramps, muscle aches, pains and pulls. produces and manufactures emu oil products for skin care products and increases skin layer thickness by up to 50 per cent as well as decreasing wrinkles and age spots.

Anti-inflammatory - Research has shown that Emu oil has superior penetrating properties and it is now a registered anti-inflammatory in its own right. There is much anecdotal material available on the anti-inflammatory abilities of emu oil. shown to be an anti-inflammatory agent, a pain reducer, and an active ingredient carrier, Emu Oil also has the potential to lower cholesterol. Properly rendered emu oil is penetrating, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, healing, moisturizing, and non-comedogenic. To determine the acute anti-inflammatory effects of topically applied emu oil. As a medical application, emu oil is pain relieving, anti-inflammatory, burn and wound healing and has even been shown to grow hair. A gentle, low temperature refining process is used resulting in a superior, premium quality, natural emu oil with high anti-inflammatory biological activity. The potency of the anti-inflammatory effect from Emu Oil is similar to ibuprofen without the negative side-affects. On the other hand, a more recent study compared the anti-inflammatory ability of emu oil with several other oils, including olive and flaxseed. For several years specialists have been interested in emu oil%u2019s anti-inflammatory and transdermal properties.

Pain Relief - The results indicated that emu oil may substantially reduce the pain caused by arthritis. The indigenous people of Australia, the Aborigines, use emu oil for its healing and restorative effects, particularly with regard to joint pain. After intensive training sessions, using emu oil on his knees helps alleviate pain and stiffness. - Emu oil contains high levels of linoleic acid, known to relieve arthritic pain. - Emu oil promotes faster healing for burn victims with reduced pain and scarring. Used on burns, sunburns and scrapes, emu oil can reduce pain and blistering and is even thought to reduce scarring. The most promising use of emu oil is in pain management. Linoleic acid (an Omega-6), the second most abundant fatty acid in emu oil, has been shown to ease muscle and joint pain. emu oil hot rub for pain relief - the original and the best For the temporary relief of muscular and arthritic pain. There seems to be a lot of research taking place on the following: Emu oil: wound healing, antibacterial, hair loss, muscle pain. Enjoy natural pain relief with emu oil.  A commercial market for meat, hides, feathers, and emu oil is developing. This means that more and more people are using the emu for its meat than just having the emus to use for its oil. On-farm sales: pure emu oil, handmade soap and lip balm made with emu oil, emu meat, ground steaks and roasts. Besides the oil, the EMU also produces a red, low cholesterol and low fat meat as well as a world class leather. Most vegetarians will use emu oil because 97% of the bird is utilized (meat, hide, carcass, organs, feathers, fat).  Try and choose an emu oil product that has other ingredients that can help your pain condition as this will give you more relief. There are many companies with product experience that are using emu oil in their product line. In modern times, emu oil enthusiasts have recommended the product for a variety of uses, both externally and internally. So impressed was I with this product that I became fascinated and started researching the extraordinary healing properties of emu oil. Perhaps the bottom line on emu oil is that large clinical trials are lacking in this product. Retail and wholesale emu oil product distributors. With standardisation, emu oil from diverse sources can be prepared with optimal activity, enabling consumer confidence in the product. Retail, wholesale product, bulk and distributor emu oil sales. top arthritis ingredients in one proven product, including glucosamine, chondroitin, capsacin, tea tree oil, emu oil and much more

Research - The earliest research studies in emu oil come from Australia, and Australia continues to export emu oil to this day. Over a decade of clinical research into the effectiveness of emu oil has validated years of anecdotal evidence in support of emu oils efficacy. Such significant successes have prompted more government research to discover and isolate the active components in Emu oil. Veterinary Applications Though much more research needs to be done, the veterinary uses for emu oil appear to extensive.

Massage - When there is something as good as Emu oil or Massage the word should get out and spread like wild fire. The combination of Emu oil used with Massage compliments each other and the good affects of both are increased. "Since I have been doing massage, emu oil has become a major part of my practice. I do both massage and adjustments and the emu oil is used virtually from head to toe. People with chronic shoulder and knee problems get help from the adjusting, but the emu oil really does the final trick during the massage. Significant reduction in sports related muscle strains post-exercise emu oil massage. Gently massage a single drop of emu oil around the opening of the piercing (entrance and exit) with clean finger. When used as a post-exercise oil massage, emu oil brought about significant reduction in sports-related muscle strains.

Use as an acid - When linoleic acid is combined with gammolenic acid (also found in emu oil), it forms prostaglandins, which are found most notably in human breastmilk. First, the fatty acid profile of emu oil is very similar to that of humans. The monounsaturated fatty acid, oleic acid, (an Omega-3) is the major fatty acid in emu oil. The fatty acid esters contained in Emu Oil provide the benefit of increased blood flow, accelerating the healing process. And the ratios of fats in emu oil are critical to the normalization of the healing process. Also, emu oil should not be used on scarification or branding as emu oil hastens the healing process and inhibits scabbing. And the rations of fats in emu oil are critical to the normalization of the healing process. So, the healing process occurs from the dermis and emu oil has an impact on healing at the dermal level. Topical application of Emu Oil enhances the healing process due to its powerful hyper-oxygenating properties. Their natural refining process produces superior, consistent quality emu oil.

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Type Of Emu Oil - Two of these oils are tea tree oil and emu oil. Essential oils can be combined, and emu oil is an excellent carrier of essential oils, including tea tree oil. It has all the value of neem, tea tree and emu oil combined. Contains emu oil, tea tree oil and peppermint.

Cosmetic - Emu oil is 100% fully refined, pure, all natural, odorless, creamy, edible emu oil that is used by cosmetic, pharmaceutical, alternative medicine companies. Our emu oil is pure and cosmetic grade. This article is about emu oil and it's medical and cosmetic benefits. Well, it turns out emu oil is probably the best cosmetic ingredient in the world. Craig-Schmidt noted that the properties of the emu oil made it quite suitable to be used by the cosmetic industry.

title:About Headaches
author:Schmell Kopfs
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

For many people, a headache is an infrequent annoyance that disappears after swallowing a few tablets. But for chronic headache sufferers, the effects can be far worse. The World Headache Alliance has fourteen different classifications of headaches, from tension headaches and Migraines to headaches caused by ocular diabetic neuropathy.
Three of the most common forms of chronic headaches are tension headaches, Migraines, and cluster headaches. The likelihood of being afflicted with different headache disorders seems to be gender-related, with women three times more likely to suffer from Migraines, and men four times more likely to get cluster headaches.
Cluster headaches are often called "suicide" or "ice pick" headaches due to the excruciating stabbing pain in or near the eyes. This type of headache disorder is rare, with less than 0.5% of the general population affected. Migraine, in comparison, affects roughly 10% of the population, causing pain that can range from irritating to debilitating. Most headaches (over 66%) are tension-related headaches with over 60% of people suffering at least one tension headache each year. Tension-related headaches, unlike Migraines and cluster headaches, generally produce a steady ache rather than intense throbbing or shooting pains.
The most common treatments for headaches are analgesics such as aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen. For more severe chronic headaches, however, a physician may prescribe antidepressants, muscle relaxers, or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. With proper treatment, most headaches are gone within an hour or two, but in severe cases, the pain can last for days or even weeks without relief.
title:About Hypothyroidism – a Common Health Problem
author:Knut Holt
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Hypothyroidism or sluggish thyroid give mental and physical fatigue, weakness, over-weight, depression and many other symptoms. Her are the causes and treatment options of this wellness problem explained.
By hypothyroidism, the thyroid gland is producing too less hormones to stimulate the metabolism, or the body is not able to utilize the hormones. The lack of thyroid hormones slows down the metabolism and thus all the activities in the body, giving a combination of many symptoms related to slowness of bodily processes.
Hypothyroidism is common, but the frequency of the condition is not well determined.   Some authorities estimate that 0.5% of the total American population have the disease to some degree. The frequency is much greater among people over 50 years of age than among young people.
The most common early symptoms are: Mental and physical fatigue, weakness, weight gain or over-weight, and depression.
One or more of these symptoms also use to appear early: Constipation, sensitivity to coldness, cold hands and feet, thick tongue, decreased sweating, dry hair, thin brittle hair, thin brittle nails, muscle and joint pain, pale or yellowish skin, rashes and itching.
One or more of these symptoms usually appear later: Poor memory, slow thought process, drowsiness, slow speech, thinning of eyebrows, hoarseness, low blood pressure, poor circulation, dry and flaky skin, decreased taste and smell, menstrual irregularities, skin thickening, puffy face, puffy hands and feet, swelling of extremities, overall swelling, muscle spasms, muscle atrophy, joint stiffness.
In children or young persons hypothyroidism may give developmental problems, like disturbed tooth development and short stature.
Hypothyroidism increases the risk of elevated cholesterol levels, heart disease and diabetes (diabetes mellitus). This occurs even by moderately decreased thyroid production. 
To understand the hypothyroidism, some knowledge about the thyroid gland and its hormones is essential.
The thyroid gland produces hormones that accelerate and in other wise regulate metabolism. A part of metabolism is the process of breaking down energy containing nutrients, and using the energy to produce molecules that all the processes and activities in the body use as fuel. Another part is the production of molecules that the body use as building materials.
The thyroid makes four hormones: Thyroxin (T4), triiodothyronine (T3), diiodothyronine (T2) and monoiodothyronine (T1).  The hormones contain iodine, and the figures tell about the number of iodine atoms in each hormone molecule. T3 is not made directly, but is produced from T4. T3 is a more efficient hormone than T4. Therefore this conversion is important.
The pituitary, a gland under the brain, produces a hormone called thyrotropin or thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) that enhances the activity of the thyroid gland. If the body has too less thyroid hormone in the blood, the pituitary produces more thyrotropin. This makes the thyroid gland speed up its own production. By a too heavy thyroid hormone concentration, less thyrotropin is produced by the pituitary, and the thyroid gland slows down. This feed-back mechanism regulates the metabolism of the whole body.
By hypothyroidism the body does not get enough thyroid hormone, or the hormones do not work effectively in the body. This causes the metabolism to slow down. When the metabolism decreases, the processes in the body do not get enough fuel and building materials, and all the body activities will therefore slow down. Energy containing nutrient will also be stored as fat, since they are not broken down. 
Serious variants of hypothyroidism are called myxedema. This is a rare condition. However, less serious, but painful variants are common. There are several reasons for hypothyroidism, each giving a variant of the disease:
*An autoimmune reaction against the thyroid tissue can destroy the capability of the thyroid gland to produce hormones (for example Hashimoto's disease).
*Sometimes the production of T3 by conversion from T4 is impaired. The total amount of hormones may be normal in these cases, but the body is still lacking T3, and gets the symptoms of hypothyroidism.
*Iodine deficiency can cause hypothyroidism, since the thyroid hormones contain iodine. In Europe and America the food is seldom short in iodine, but bad nutrition may result in iodine deficiency.
*Surgery or radiation at the thyroid area can destroy enough tissue to cause hypothyroidism.
*Injury or disease in the pituitary or of the part of the brain controlling the pituitary may cause a decrease in secreted thyrotropin, and then the thyroid will respond by producing less of its own hormones with hypothyroidism as a result.
*Some people have symptoms of hypothyroidism even though the amount of thyroid hormone in the blood is normal. One of the symptoms is raised levels of thyrotropin, indicating that the body signals need for more thyroid hormones. This variant may be caused by conditions elsewhere in the body that make it difficult for the hormone to reach their destination in the cells. In many of these cases the immune system produces anti-bodies against the thyroid hormones. This variant is called sub-clinical hypothyroidism, and responds to the same treatment as ordinary hypothyroidism.
*Some types of food can contribute to a depressed thyroid function or aggravate hypothyroidism when eaten raw in great amounts: Brussel sprouts, broccoli, corn oil, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, radishes, rutabaga, soy and turnips. By cooking these vegetables, the depressing effect is decreased
*Factors suspected for causing hypothyroidism are: The artificial sweetener aspartame, mercury pollution, dental fillings containing mercury, fluoride and heavy metal pollution.
For serious hypothyroidism caused by tissue destruction, external supplement of thyroid hormones is necessary.
When the condition is caused by lack of iodine in the diet, dietary changes and iodine supplements will be a part of the treatment.
Less serious, but painful hypothyroidism is sometimes also treated with hormone supplements. In these cases it is difficult to find the right dose, and treatment may result in hormone poisoning. 
You can sometimes alleviate hypothyroidism by reducing the amount of food suspected for depressing the thyroid function: Brussel sprouts, broccoli, corn oil, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, kohlrabi, radishes, rutabaga, soy, soy products and turnips. However, these food types are valuable in many ways, so it is probably not wise to cut them out totally. Also try to avoid artificial ingredients like the sweetener aspartame, conserving additives and fluoride.
Changing out mercury dental fillings and avoiding mercury or heavy metal exposure may help to ameliorate the condition.
You may also alleviate the condition by eating food that stimulates the thyroid function according to practical experience: Chia seed, dulse, fish from the ocean, flax seed, pumpkin seed, seaweed, coconut and brewer yeast.
You can find nutritional supplements to help for hypothyroidism. The compositions of these products vary:
*They may contain building materials that the thyroid uses to make its hormones, for example: iodine, acetyl-L-tyrosine or L-phenylalanine.
*They may also contain vitamins and minerals that stimulate the mechanism of hormone production by being a part of necessary enzymes, or by helping the absorption of the ingredients that hormones are made from, like: Magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper and vitamin E.
*They may furthermore contain constituents that stimulate tissue regeneration by being part of tissue building enzymes, and thus helping to restore a degraded thyroid, for example: Folic acid or folate, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid or pantothenate), B6 (pyridoxine), B12 (cyanocobalamin) and molybdenum.

title:About Meditation - how to meditate to reduce stress and improve mental abilities
author:Knut Holt
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Here you find a general definition of meditation, and an easy meditation technique is explained.
Meditation is a group of mental training techniques .You can use meditation to improve mental health and capacities, and also to help improve the physical health.  Some of these techniques are very simple, so you can learn them from a book or an article; others require guidance by a qualified meditation teacher.
Most techniques called meditation include these components:
1. You sit or lie in a relaxed position.
2. You breathe regularly. You breathe in deep enough to get enough oxygen. When you breathe out, you relax your muscles so that your lungs are well emptied, but without straining.
3. You stop thinking about everyday problems and matters.
4. You concentrate your thoughts upon some sound, some word you repeat, some image, some abstract concept or some feeling. Your whole attention should be pointed at the object you have chosen to concentrate upon.
5. If some foreign thoughts creep in, you just stop this foreign thought, and go back to the object of meditation.
The different meditation techniques differ according to the degree of concentration, and how foreign thoughts are handled. By some techniques, the objective is to concentrate so intensely that no foreign thoughts occur at all.
In other techniques, the concentration is more relaxed so that foreign thoughts easily pop up. When these foreign thoughts are discovered, one stops these and goes back to the pure meditation in a relaxed manner. Thoughts coming up, will often be about things you have forgotten or suppressed, and allow you to rediscover hidden memory material. This rediscovery will have a psychotherapeutic effect.
Meditation has the following effects:
1. Meditation will give you rest and recreation.
2. You learn to relax.
3. You learn to concentrate better on problem solving.
4. Meditation often has a good effect upon the blood pressure.
5. Meditation has beneficial effects upon inner body processes, like circulation, respiration and digestion.
6. Regular meditation will have a psychotherapeutically effect.
7. Regular meditation will facilitate the immune system.
8. Meditation is usually pleasant.
Hypnosis may have some of the same relaxing and psychotherapeutic effects as meditation. However, when you meditate you are in control yourself; by hypnosis you let some other person or some mechanical device control you. Also hypnosis will not have a training effect upon the ability to concentrate.
Here is a simple form of meditation. By this meditation technique, you should concentrate in an easy manner. This will allow foreign thoughts to pop up. These are handled one by one as they appear. You proceed as follows:
1. Sit in a good chair in a comfortable position.
2. Relax all your muscles as well as you can.
3. Stop thinking about anything, or at least try not to think about anything.
4. Breath out, relaxing all the muscles in your breathing apparatus.
5. Repeat the following in 10 - 20 minutes:
-- Breath in so deep that you feel you get enough oxygen.
-- Breath out, relaxing your chest and diaphragm completely.
-- Every time you breathe out, think the word "one" or another simple word inside yourself. You should think the word in a prolonged manner, and so that you hear it inside you, but you should try to avoid using your mouth or voice.
6. If foreign thoughts come in, just stop these thoughts in a relaxed manner, and keep on concentrating upon the breathing and the word you repeat.
As you proceed through this meditation, you should feel steadily more relaxed in your mind and body, feel that you breathe steadily more effectively, and that the blood circulation throughout your body gets more efficient. You may also feel an increasing mental pleasure throughout the meditation.
As any kind of training, meditation may be exaggerated so that you get tired and worn out. Therefore you should not meditate so long or so concentrated that you feel tired or mentally emptied.
Meditation may sometimes give problems for people suffering from mental diseases, epilepsy, serious heart problems or neurological diseases. On the other hand, meditation may be of help in the treatment of these and other conditions.
People suffering from such conditions should check out what effects the different kinds of meditation have on their own kind of health problems, before beginning to practise meditation, and be cautious if they choose to begin to meditate. It may be wise to learn meditation from an experienced teacher, psychologist or health worker that use meditation as a treatment module for the actual disease. 

About smoking addiction

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Here is a survay of the factors that contribute to the addiction to smoking and nicotine.


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The addiction to smoking, which implies addiction to the substance nicotine has several components. The better one is aware of these components and understand them, the better is the chance for succeeding in stopping the smoking habit. Here is a survey of the components that addiction to smoke consist of.


To some extend the habit of smoking is a product of socialization. Socialization is simply the tendency to repeat patterns of behaviour one sees other persons in the society exhibit. Socialisation is one major way children and young people learn social skills. Children and teenagers learn skills necessary to live and work in the society by a socialisation process. Unfortunately also bad habits and bad ways of thinking are learned the same way.

If one lives or works together with other smoking individuals, one will more or less automatic adopt these individuals’ smoking habits. If one then tries to break out of the social structure, one will feel anxiety for not being accepted any more by the social group one is a part of.

If the other individuals also make moves to threaten or freeze out an individual trying to brake this bad social standard, the difficulty of breaking out of the habit will be even greater. The threatening actions may not even be very serious to frighten a person from braking out of such a socially standardized habit, and may not even be meant as a threat.


Every person have a need for sucking and chewing. This need is necessary in early infanthood, but it also persists into adult life to some degree. Some persons use cigarettes or other smoking devices and the smoke as a means to satisfy this need. There is a hypothesis that this need is greater by some adults then by others because this need, or some other similar basic need, has not been fully satisfied in early infanthood.

If you want to stop smoking, you can try to satisfy this need by other means, for example by always keeping something in your pocket that you can put in your mouth to chew at when the need for smoke appears.


When a person have done something many times and frequently enough, there will be created a pattern of automatic repetition of that particular behaviour. This is especially true if the particular action is done in a distinct recognizable situation.

The pattern of automatic repetition also have the effect of making a person feel safer in the daily life and routines.

Such a pattern of automatic repetition is always a component in the smoking habit. It you want to quit smoking, you should make an investigation to find out in which situations and which environments you usually take a cigarette.

Then try to avoid these situations or environments where you use to smoke, or to deliberately alter these situations.


Nicotine has a tranquilizing effect upon nervous feelings. At the same time it has some anti-depressive effect, at least in the short run, and it makes a person feel more awake. A person suffering from nervousness or from depressive symptoms may feel that the smoking helps him against his mental symptoms.

However, gradually there will be a need for steadily higher doses of nicotine to give these good effects, and if there is a lack of nicotine in the body, the nervous or depressive feelings will be greater than before.

This gratification, but with the need for steadily higher doses to get the good effects is a major incentive for the smoking habit. You should consider if this anti-depressive or tranquilizing effect is a reason for your smoking. Then you should try to find other ways to achieve the same effect. Engaging in some sport or outdoor life will often make you feel less depressed. If the depressive feelings are more serious, some appropriate treatment can be necessary.


There is to some degree a plain and direct pleasure connected with smoking. This pleasure is in itself a good effect. This good effect is probably in most cases too small compared to the painful effects of smoking, but will gives a temptation for an individual to continue the habit. However, also this pleasure effect will gradually be difficult to obtain without increasing the doses.

If the plain pleasure of smoking is a main reason for your habit, then you should try to find other sources of pleasure instead, for example some good food, some good music or some erotic action.


Not all people get equally easy dependent of nicotine. There are factors yet not fully understood that make some people more easily addicted than others. Perhaps some persons have receptors on their nerve cells that more easily get trigged by nicotine than others, or perhaps some people have more receptors with the ability to get trigged by nicotine, and this is inherited in the genetic code.


The normal brain has signal substances with a tranquilizing effect, and substances with a stimulating effect upon nerve cells. Like most narcotic substances, nicotine act like a signal substance by fitting into receptors on some brain cells.

Nicotine attaches itself to some receptors and thus give the nerve cell having these receptors a signal. The cells getting such a signal from nicotine, will react by secreting another signal substance, dopamine that influence still other cells. Dopamine will tranquilize some brain cells and stimulate others, and the total effect of this is the pleasurable effects of smoking.

However, when nicotine steadily induces dopamine release, the brain will gradually decrease the production of dopamine when nicotine is not present, and the brain will feel a steadily greater need for nicotine to work normally and feel well.

About the generic cialis and viagra soft tab and more.

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There is an old saying that knowing is half the battle. Like so many other old sayings, this one couldn't be more true. Whatever your plans and desires, learning the facts before you get started can keep you from making mistakes, and this is certainly true in the world of generic ED pills.

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Abraham Lincoln's War Of Emancipation Against Depression

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This article is about the psychological problems of US President Abraham Lincoln, who, at that time, was diagnosed with melancholia.  The article also details the many failures and heartaches that Lincoln suffered, all of which may have cumulatively caused his depression.

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It is said that the true measure of a man is not seen in times of victory, but in moments of great challenge.  A hero, in the true sense of the word, is not about accomplishing incredible feats due to strength, power, and authority.  Heroism is best exemplified by men and women who strive for accomplishment inspite of overwhelming odds and latent weaknesses. Abraham Lincoln was one such hero.

In his book entitled, The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln, the author Michael Burlingame attempted to explain the roots of the former U.S. president's depression.  Burlingame claims that the death of Lincoln's mother was the cause and the beginning of Lincoln's lifelong battle with melancholia.  The book also reveals that as a young child, the future president had to endure the pain and grief of losing a newborn brother, a sister, an uncle, and an aunt.  These deaths became embedded in the young Lincoln's psyche, resulting in a series of deep sadness.

Overcoming depression,  it can be argued, was Lincoln's greatest feat as a human being.  His long list of failures and defeats would surely overwhelm a lesser man. 

In 1832, he lost his job abd was defeated in his first attempt to win a legislative seat.  The following year, his business collapsed and he spent the next 17 years paying-off his debt.

In 1835, his fiance died, which then made him suffer from a nervous breakdown.

In 1838, he ran for Speaker of the Illinois State Legislature and lost.

In 1843, he again ran for Congress but failed to get nominated.  Four years later, he again tried in vain to run for Congress.

In 1854, Lincoln tried his hand at running for the Senate and, again, he lost.  Two years later, he ran for Vice President but failed to convince his partymates to nominate him.

  And even when he was elected 1860 as the 16th U.S. President, he faced a country that was being torn by a civil war that claimed more than 600,000 lives. 

  With all the stress and anxiety that he has gone through, it is no wonder that Abraham Lincoln often looked forlorn, tired, and weak in many of his official photographs.  One can only imagine the sheer burden of making decisions that would impact the lives of hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children during a time when America was divided unto itself. 

How many sleepless nights did he have almost endlessly pacing his room in deep thought?  What kind of torment did he experience just pondering about the thousands of lives that were lost because of the war?  As commander-in-chief of the Federal Army, his decisions spelled the difference between life and death for each and every infantryman.  Yet somehow, inspite of all the failures and heartaches in his life, Abraham Lincoln was able to pull through and lead a nation.  Even in the middle of crippling psychological and emotional upheavals, he was able to win the war and keep the Union together.

During Lincoln's time, the medical and scientific community still had no name for manic depressive disorder.   The psychological disorder was simply called “melancholia.” In those days, there were no psychiatrists, antidepressant prescriptions, counseling, and group therapy available as we know them today. 

Indeed, during the nation's darkest hour, Abraham Lincoln was able to ride above the storms of his life and lead as President.  While he was never able to achieve complete emancipation from his psychological problems like the freedom that was won for the Negro slaves,  Lincoln heroically faced the obstacles and hardships to become America's most revered president.

Abstinence: The Only 100% Fail-Safe Birth Control Method

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This article talks about how natural birth control is different from other methods of birth control. It discusses several methods of natural birth control, and explains on how it is done. Among all methods, abstinence may be the most effective way in preventing pregnancy

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In the simplest explanation, birth control and all its methods are based on either preventing a man's sperm from reaching and entering a woman's egg --- a process called fertilization, or by preventing the fertilized egg from implanting into the woman's uterus and grow. Among all methods known possible, only abstinence is considered to be 100% effective.

Natural birth control is considered as natural since these methods are non-mechanical and non-hormonal in nature. They are not barrier methods that kill the sperm or prevent it from reaching the egg. Adding to this, they do not involve the use of hormones. Instead, natural birth control requires a man and a woman to not have sexual intercourse during the time when the egg is available to be fertilized by the sperm.

On the average, eggs are released about 14 plus or minus 2 days before a woman's next monthly period. But since the egg survives for up to 4 days, and the sperm can live for up to 72 hours, the actual time in which a woman may become pregnant is measured not in hours or days, but in weeks. Several natural birth control methods are made, depending on which the woman is comfortable with. Calendar rhythm method relies on calculating a woman's fertile period on the calendar. Based on her 12 previous menstrual cycles, a woman subtracts 8 days from her shortest cycle to determine her first fertile day, and 11 days from her longest cycle to determine her last fertile day. She can then calculate the total number of days during which she may ovulate. This method is about 80% effective in preventing pregnancy.  However, there are many factors that can still make this method open to error, foremost of which is human error in the counting of days.

The Basal Body Temperature Method is based on the fact that a woman's temperature drops 12 to 24 hours before an egg is released, and increases again once the egg has been released. But this temperature difference is not very large, almost less than one degree Fahrenheit when the body is at rest. This method requires a woman to take her own temperature every morning with a sensitive and accurate thermometer. To be able to use BBT as form of natural birth control, a woman should refrain from having intercourse from the time her temperature drops until at least 72 hours after her temperature increases again.
The Mucus Inspection Method depends on the presence or absence of a certain cervical mucus that a woman produces in response to estrogen. A woman will generate a larger amount of mucus than usual, just before the release of her egg. She can learn to recognize differences in the quantity and quality of the mucus by examining its appearance on her underwear, pads, or toilet tissue.

Sympto-thermal Method combines the three previous methods mentioned above. Not only are all these factors taken into consideration, but so are other symptoms such as slight cramping and breast tenderness. Some women experience lower abdominal discomfort during ovulation. There are also ovulation indicator testing kits, withdrawal, lactational infertility, and douching. Of course, abstinence may be the best option for any woman who does not wish to get pregnant. Be sure to ask a gynecologist for further information regarding these natural birth control methods.

Abuse Drug Treatment  Program

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Alternative programs that divert felony drug offenders to substance abuse treatment programs rather than prison terms could save the U.S.  * Implementation-educate parents, staff, and students; sponsor drug-free activities; identify and refer substance abusers for treatment; establish peer support and followup systems.  This paper examines factors associated with a lifetime history of substance abuse treatment among women with drug abuse or dependence." B.  Providing comprehensive substance abuse advice and education regarding options for intervention, drug treatment, and continuing care.  JCAHO is the gold standard in accreditation for drug and substance abuse treatment facilities. 

   Our substance abuse treatment campus extends over a 40-acre manicured estate, providing a serene and healing drug rehab environment.  The family education and drug information programs, family intervention treatment services, and substance abuse counseling treatment services of Seabrook House have been nationally recognized.  Substance abuse treatment is a behavior modification therapy for those who use drugs or alcohol to the detriment of themselves and others.  Also troubling is that this Cdouble stigma occurs among drug users who are addressing their addiction by attending a substance abuse treatment program.  rural residency, and marital status, substance abuse treatment providers should also integrate the following recommendations specific to the alcohol/other drug treatment system.  A comprehensive guide to the best drug rehabs, residential substance abuse treatment and detox centers for adults, adolescents, and troubled teens.  Learn about symptoms of alcoholism, drug addiction, substance abuse and treatment centers. 

    Cirque Lodge is an exclusive substance abuse and drug rehab treatment center for alcohol and drug addiction.  Juvenile drug courts were developed largely in response to high caseloads and inadequate access to substance abuse treatment.  Delaware's internationally-acclaimed, 3-step substance abuse treatment program is proven to be successful in rehabilitating drug offenders. 

  The level and length of treatment is dependent on the impact drug or alcohol abuse has had on the individual's health and wellbeing.  Provides online real-time, interactive audio- and video-based alcohol and drug abuse treatment.  state alcohol and drug abuse treatment and prevention provider associations.  This increase far outpaced the 12% increase in all people seeking treatment for drug or alcohol abuse during the same time period.  Predicting response to alcohol and drug abuse treatments.  Alcohol and drug abuse treatment (rehab), is a combination of education and behavioral therapy.

  Residential alcohol and drug abuse treatment (aka inpatient) is where the individual resides full time in a facility.  The length of stay in residential alcohol and drug abuse treatment will depend on a variety of factors.  Alcohol and drug abuse treatment, also known as rehab, is the educational, therapeutic process of initiating recovery from drug and or alcohol abuse.  Our goal is to provide the highest quality, cost effective drug and alcohol abuse treatment available.  254 Provides outpatient treatment and aftercare for individuals in the Ingham County jail who have a diagnosis of drug and or alcohol abuse.  Usually for profit, BHOs administer the mental health, alcohol, and drug abuse treatment and prevention benefits in private or public health plans.  with the authority and duty to establish and promulgate rules for licensure of alcohol and/or other drug abuse treatment programs in Arkansas. 

  The following web sites provide specific information on the most common drugs of abuse including their risks, health effects, treatment approaches, and prevention.  First, there are separate bibliographies on the economics of drug abuse treatment and prevention services.  Economic research on HIV/AIDS as it relates to treatment and prevention of drug use, abuse, and dependency continues as a high priority.  Researchers are encouraged to develop rigorous designs for studies in the economics of drug abuse treatment and prevention services.  PURPOSE This PA encourages research on the economics of drug abuse treatment and prevention services.  This PA calls for studies to fill the gap in knowledge about the economics of drug abuse services for treatment and prevention.  The provision of private and public health insurance for drug abuse treatment and prevention affects many participants in treatment and prevention service delivery systems.

  Research to measure the effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and cost-benefits of drug abuse prevention and treatment services.  Most importantly, this insight has provided the nation with a strong scientific basis for drug abuse prevention and treatment efforts.  The act dealt with prevention and treatment of drug abuse as well as control of drug traffic.  An institutional analysis of HIV prevention efforts by the nation's outpatient drug abuse treatment units. 

  Use this message board to talk about drug abuse, drug addiction, treatment, relapse, recovery, your experiences and your frustrations.  Includes a list of commonly abused drugs, warning signs of addiction, and treatment advice.  MYTH #13: People who continue to abuse drugs after treatment are hopeless.FACT: Drug addiction is a chronic disorder; occasional relapse does not mean failure.    Treatment for drug abuse and addiction is delivered in many different settings, using a variety of behavioral and pharmacological approaches. 

  Aims: (1) Establish a national research network to test different integrated system-level drug abuse treatment models for the criminal justice-involved population.  Research suggests more than 1.1 million teens needed treatment for a drug abuse problem in 2001, but only one in 10 received help.  Other research suggests that family therapy is the treatment of choice with many adolescents who have drug abuse problems.  Research indicates that more than 4 million women need treatment for drug abuse.  She has been actively engaged in research on the criminal justice system and drug abuse treatment since 1975.  Research indicates that for most patients, the threshold of significant improvement is reached at about 3 months in drug abuse treatment.

Abuse Substance Treatment Program Review

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In today's world, it seems that almost any topic is open for debate. While I was gathering facts for this article, I was quite surprised to find some of the issues I thought were settled are actually still being openly discussed.

  One of the key debates that has been staged in the substance abuse treatment literature is how to define an effective program.  Renascence Renascence is a day treatment program for HIV-positive individuals with past or present substance abuse issues. In Pennsylvania, a child covered by the private program currently will receive no substance abuse treatment benefits.  The program is intended to be provided as a component of substance abuse treatment or through family and community service agencies.  The program was modified during implementation at two women's residential substance abuse treatment programs.  For the veteran with PTSD and substance abuse, however, these final objectives are at the end of a long term treatment program.  Even if a victim is able to complete a substance abuse treatment program, being revictimized is predictive of relapse.  Our nomadic wilderness treatment program incorporates an innovative, holistic approach to issues such as substance abuse, anxiety, depression, and difficulties with relationships.  The Crest program allows recovering substance abusers to continue their treatment as they transition to the community.  The delegation explored bringing an intensive substance abuse treatment program to their region and chose Delaware's model to study.  Delaware's internationally-acclaimed, 3-step substance abuse treatment program is proven to be successful in rehabilitating drug offenders.  A substance abuse evaluation must be completed before you can be admitted to any treatment program in the Lincoln area. 

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  A comprehensive guide to the best drug rehabs, residential substance abuse treatment and detox centers for adults, adolescents, and troubled teens.  NCRPG developed a social indicator model of interstate substance abuse treatment needs that includes both drug and alcohol components.  rural residency, and marital status, substance abuse treatment providers should also integrate the following recommendations specific to the alcohol/other drug treatment system.  JCAHO is the gold standard in accreditation for drug and substance abuse treatment facilities.  Increase the number of admissions to substance abuse treatment for injection drug use.  Cirque Lodge is an exclusive substance abuse and drug rehab treatment center for alcohol and drug addiction. 

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Abuse: Spotting Signs of Emotional Wear and Tear

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While people tend to psychologically need contact with other human beings to live, there are some relationships that are not worth pursuing because of the damage done to one or the other. There are ways to spot whether someone is in an abusive relationship or not, but it can sometimes come down to being a judgment call if the damage is not physical.

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Relationships with other people can often play the role of “bread and butter” in a person's life. As social creatures, human beings are drawn to one another for a variety of biological and psychological reasons. It is an integral component of a person's psychological development and emotional stability. However, the benefits are not entirely absolute. It is possible for people with extreme social misgivings, such as loners and hermits, to live without too much damage to their mental health. The isolation gets to you after a while, but there's nothing really too fractured up there. As a sort of mirror to that reality, it is also quite possible for someone with numerous interpersonal relationships to find himself subjected to a menagerie of emotional abuse.

Emotional abuse, contrary to popular misconception, is not a problem relegated only to women. Sure, women are supposedly more predisposed towards bawling out their emotions, but men can also feel. Abuse is not always apparent in the behavior of the victim, despite what the stereotypes would have you believe. Sometimes, it can be very difficult to detect whether someone has been put through any amount of abuse outside of the physical arena, particularly if the havoc was done emotionally or psychologically. In some cases, people take great pains to hide the obvious physical signs of an abusive relationship, for their own specific reasons. These reasons can cover everything from blind devotion to not-so-subtle hints of psychological masochism. With that in mind, what exactly is the best way for someone to spot a person who might be caught in such an abusive environment?

Well, provided that a person can see both people involved in the relationship, there are a few things that can be used. One person blaming the other for their emotional state is often a good indicator of something being wrong, though whether there is abuse or codependency is unsure. Placing blame on mistreatment is also a common feature of this sort of environment. Specifically, the abuser is placing blame on the abused for the negative treatment, typically in connection with some sort of “trigger.” For example, the abused might have performed an action that displeased the abuser, prompting appropriate “retribution.” Being pressured into activities that the abused does not want to perform is also common, with sexual activities being among the more prevalent ones.

Relationships with other people can also be used as an indication of whether or not someone is being abused. In particular, close friends and family members can often be good indicators. Whether by instinct or by simply knowing the person well enough, close friends and family can often be the first ones to note that something is not quite right with a person's relationship with an abusive individual. How the abused is treated around friends and family, while not very common, can be a clear indicator as well. Abusive treatment that has gone on for an extended period tends to build a sense of comfort in the abuser, which sometimes causes him to more openly mistreat the abused. While the harm is more intense in private, verbal and subtle emotional abuse can be observed in interactions, particularly with family members of either party.

Abusive Relationships: Leave and Re-live!

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Everyone, once in their lives, have experienced getting into a relationship when someone matters deeply to you, and those feelings of trust and respect are returned, it enables us to face the world with confidence.However, when there is violence, the relationship can become really destructive which can make it both physically and emotionally dangerous.

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Everyone, at least once in their lives, have experienced getting into a relationship. When you are in a healthy relationship, both individuals support each other, sharing the good times and helping or supporting each other through the tough times. When someone matters deeply to you, and those feelings of trust and respect are returned, it enables us to face the world with confidence. Building and maintaining a healthy relationship needs commitment from both sides to make their partnership work. But it is truly worth all the effort because when you are in a good relationship, you feel good about your boyfriend or girlfriend, and you also feel good about yourself.

Not all relationships work that way no matter how much we might want them to. When there is violence, the relationship can become really destructive which can make it both physically and emotionally dangerous.  Abuse can be physical, emotional, or sexual. Slapping, hitting, and kicking are forms of physical abuse that can occur in both romances and friendships. Emotional abuse, like teasing, bullying, and humiliating others can be difficult to recognize because it doesn't leave any visible scars. Threats, intimidation, putdowns, and betrayal are all harmful forms of emotional abuse that can really hurt not just during the time it's happening, but long after too. Sometimes, abusive relationships are easy to identify because some of the abuse may be very subtle. In general, abusive relationships have a serious power imbalance, with the abuser controlling or attempting to control most aspects of life.

While appearing to be powerful, abusive individuals are often very dependent upon their partners for their sense of self-esteem. Sometimes they expect their partners to take care of day to day tasks which most adults handle for themselves. Abusive partners often feel powerless in the larger world. The  relationship may be the only place where they feel a sense of power. Attacking their partner's abilities or sense of self-worth is one way that abusive individuals maintain a sense of power, esteem, and control. At a deep emotional level, abusers often feels that they are not good enough and fear abandonment. By keeping their partners in a fearful or dependent state, they attempt to ensure that their partners will not leave them.

However, there are positive steps for coping with an abusive relationship such as:

· Maintaining outside relationships and avoiding isolation.

· Seeking “reality checks” by talking to others if you suspect that your partner has been abusive.

· Learning about resources available to people in abusive relationships.

· Identifying a  “safe place” you can go to in an emergency if your partner becomes threatening or violent.

· Reading self-help books about healthy and unhealthy relationships.

· Seeking professional counseling or talking to someone you trust to help you sort through the issues that may be keeping you in an abusive relationship.

· Begin to develop a support system, so that if you choose to leave the relationship, you will not be alone.

Remember, abuse has no place in love. If a person made you feel inadequate, useless and fearful then it already may be the time to escape the abusive relationship. Studies show that people with healthy relationships really do have more happiness and less stress than those in an abusive relationship. One should know that abuse and violence is not acceptable in any kind of relationship, if you know from your heart of hearts that you have to get out of the abusive relationship, seek help and leave the relationship and re-live your life!

title:Ace Abs Without Crunches, Cradles, Or Sit-ups!
author:Tim Webb
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

I know what many of you are thinking reading the title of this article. I also thought the same once. It cannot be done! Attaining a stronger, visible, set of abdominal muscles has always been a common goal in people’s fitness training programmes and yet, paradoxically, many (most) of these people never actually achieve this goal.
Being involved in the fitness industry I see the same problem over and over again. The problem can be spelled out like this.
Now, while there is nothing innately wrong with abdominal equipment, it does bring with it a whole host of potential problems. One of the most prominent is that people simply do not use the equipment correctly. Another is that they erroneously believe that somehow the machine will do half the job for them!
A third problem is that to some extent abdominal cradles, and the assortment of similar cradle designs, are essentially lifting your head for you thus eliminating the need for that much effort.
There is a way to work the abdominal region however that requires little movement, but that is highly effective, as the emphasis is purely on you to put in the effort without a machine in sight!
This method involves the use of deep focused breathing whilst squeezing (with varying degrees of intensity) your abdominal muscle. To some it seems too simple and yet, performed daily and with gusto, it is a wonderfully natural and invigorating exercise that promotes tighter abdominals and, as an added bonus, aids in strengthening the internal organs.
Try the basic exercise below each day for the next week and feel the benefits.
1. Stand (or sit) comfortably.
2. Inhale into your belly (not your chest) and feel it expand.
3. Once full with air, being your exhale, and squeeze your abdominals at the same time.
4. Do not rush this exhalation. It should be smooth with no impediments. A good way to perform this exhale is through pursed lips.
5. Repeat at least ten times.
Note – Do not squeeze and try to force the air out while holding the breath. Breathing exercises such as this may be dangerous. Ideally, perform where fresh air is circulating. 
Having experienced this you should be feeling great! Your abdominals will have been exercised, you will have breathed deeply, and energised yourself in as little as ten breaths!
It is worth saying that you should not utilise one hundred percent muscular contraction in your first attempts at working your midsection this way. It may lead to injury. Instead, focus on incrementally adding tension as you become more proficient at it.
There are many other methods for working the midsection that one can do without machine based, or standard movements, but as a start the above exercise should provide you with food for thought on how one can get a great core workout in without having to wait in line at the gym for the abdominal cradles to be free!
Have at it!
© Tim Webb 2005

title:Achieve Harder Erections Everytime
author:Philip Lim
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

A sub-standard erection can be a very frustrating thing, particularly if it happens with regularity. But there are steps that can be taken and that is the purpose of this article, to give well informed advice on how to achieve harder erections every time.
Almost all the factors behind a sub-standard erection are temporary and can quite easily be rectified so that the problem is a thing of the past.
One of the most common reasons for not having harder erections is alcohol. People like to have a few drinks to loosen up before they engage in sexual intercourse and this will stop you getting harder erections.
Alcohol dulls the all the nerves between the penis and the brain making it impossible for the brain to send the chemical signals that tell the hormones to activate the blood flow to the penis.
When you are trying to achieve a harder erection the first thing you should remember is not to focus on the task at hand. Just as a watched kettle never boils, a watched penis never rises!
All focusing on the problem does is make it harder for you to focus on erotic thoughts which will make it even harder to get a harder erection.
There are many factors which will inhibit harder erections and not surprisingly most of them revolve around the circulation of blood. Doing exercise of any type will ensure better circulation and hence harder erections but there are a few that stand out from the pack.
Any exercises that will increase blood flow to the extremities of the body are the best, and ones that increase it to the muscle and blood vessels are optimal.
One thing you can try is when you have an erection you can hang small amounts of weight from your penis and clench the anal muscles which will make the penis rise and lift the weight.
Just like any other muscle in the body it will grow when this happens and the result will be a stronger penis with harder erections.
Smoking can also be a major factor in the quest for a harder erection because the particles introduced to the body by smoking are gathered in the fine blood vessels that are in places in the body like the eyes and the penis.
The basic aim of doing all these things is to increase the volume of blood that the corpora cavernosa can contain. The corpora cavernosa is the collection of tiny blood vessels in the penis that are responsible for about ninety percent of the erection.
Even small increases or decreases in the amount of blood you can get into this spongy apparatus will have a big impact on the hardness of your erection.
One thing to remember is that you cannot raise the volume capabilities of your corpora cavernosa with a vacuum pump like so many advertisements claim.
All you will end up with is a bill for fifty dollars and a swollen penis that will go down in half an hour.

Achieving Success With Your Health and Fitness:  Don't Give Up When You Slip Up

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It is Sunday night. As your head hits the pillow, you decide that this week you really will stick to your diet and exercise regimen. You will not have your usual doughnut in the morning at the coffee shop. You plan to have a salad for lunch and skip dessert after dinner all week. You will also head for the gym after work before going home three times this week.

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It is Sunday night. As your head hits the pillow, you decide that this week you really will stick to your diet and exercise regimen. You will not have your usual doughnut in the morning at the coffee shop. You plan to have a salad for lunch and skip dessert after dinner all week. You will also head for the gym after work before going home three times this week.

It seems like a reasonable plan and you have every intention of sticking to it. But as you pick up your coffee on Monday morning, you just can’t help ordering a doughnut too. And since you have already ruined your diet for the day, you grab a fast food meal for lunch, skip the gym and have a big bowl of ice cream after dinner. If this sounds at all familiar to you, read on.

The truth is a lot of people have this mindset when it comes to their health and fitness. They tend to give up when they slip up. But in reality, people who find success will fail many times before they succeed, no matter what their goal.

Consider one of the greatest inventions of Thomas Edison. It has been said that it took him 10,000 attempts to make a working light bulb. Lesser inventors would have quit after ten, one hundred or even one thousand trials. But Edison defined failure as a step toward his goal, not a reason to give up on it. It was as if he realized that he would have to find 9,999 ways not to make a light bulb before he could achieve his goal.

Try applying this method to your health and fitness. Realize that you will make countless mistakes on your way to achieving your objectives. There will be many missed workouts and loads of poor food choices along your road to success. Remember that you will find many ways not to achieve your goal before you triumph over it.

The trick is to learn from these mistakes and move on. Realize what went wrong and how you can avoid similar situations in the future. Can you make coffee at home so you are not tempted to buy a doughnut at the coffee shop? Can you find an exercise buddy who will make you less likely to miss workouts? Can you make an activity-based date instead of a meal-based date with your friends or significant other?

From now on, when it comes to your goals, don’t use failure as an excuse to quit. Instead, see it as a way not to achieve your goal. Then, get back on the right path and keep at it until you get to where you want to be.

copyright 2006 Jennifer D. Wetmore, DPT

title:Achieving Youthful Healthy Skin with Vitamins A, C and E
author:Charlene J. Nuble
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

We all want healthy skin. While the main reasons for pursuing healthy skin tend to be purely shallow and cosmetic in nature, healthy skin is beautiful and keeps us looking younger than our years and there are actually some practical health benefits to maintaining the good health for our skin. The purpose of the skin is to act as a barrier. It serves to prevent bacteria, viruses and other contaminants from entering the body and causing infection, illness and disease. There are many vitamins and minerals that help to keep skin healthy and thus be able to serve its vital role in the protection of the body.
Antioxidant vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E are very important to healthy skin because it is these vitamins that share in the responsibility of controlling the damage that free radicals byproducts of energy production within the body and of environmental contaminants such as air pollution produce. Among the several types of damage done by free radicals is the destruction of collagen and elastin which are fibers that support the skin and keeps it looking supple. As these are damaged wrinkles and a lack of that youthful firmness can occur. Vitamin C also plays a part in the production of collagen making it essential to the function and look of the skin. Recent studies have found that Vitamin C and E used together may help to repair sun-damaged skin.
Vitamin A has its own important role in skin health and beauty in addition to its anti-oxidant properties. In terms of diet even small deficiencies can negatively affect the skin causing flakiness and dryness. Dryness can make lines and wrinkles that are much more apparent. Its primary use however, is as a topical solution for the treatment of severe acne and the reduction of lines and wrinkles themselves. Recent research has showed that a topical solution that contains both Vitamin A and Vitamin C can in some cases reverse the damage done by the aging process and by sun-damage.
Deficiencies in the Vitamin B complex can leave the skin prone to cracking, bleeding and dangerous skin lesions that allow all kinds of bacteria, viruses and other contaminants to easily enter the body. But in terms of strictly cosmetic concerns even a little shortage of the Vitamin B complex can result in scaly and poorly textured skin. Topical preparations have been found to play an important role in the hydrating of skin cells leading to noticeably firmer and healthier looking skin.
Vitamin K has been found to relieve those awful dark circles under the eyes. Some research has found that creams made up of both Vitamin K and Vitamin A are more effective than those that just contain Vitamin K but researchers are still following up on these results.
Minerals important to the look and to the health of the skin include selenium, copper and zinc. Selenium whether used as a topical solution or taken in the form of a dietary supplement is thought to play a big role in the prevention of skin cancer. Copper, zinc and Vitamin C work together to form elastin which helps to support skin keeping it firm and healthy.
Topical solutions and dietary supplements can help to keep the skin healthy and youthful in appearance. However, it is important to recognize that these are powerful substances and using them within the standard guidelines of dosage is essential to good health. There is such a thing as too much of abusing such natural healing powers which could then result to a not so pretty sight. But when used correctly however, your skin can look better than ever.
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Acidophilus: To eat or not to eat

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Who knows what acidophilus is. It is not something really difficult and nowadays it is something better known by more and more people since everybody looks for products with components that may be beneficial for us.


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Who knows what acidophilus is. It is not something really difficult and nowadays it is something better known by more and more people since everybody looks for products with components that may be beneficial for us.

Experts explain that acidophilus is a nutritional supplement product, often added to milk or sold as a capsule, which aid in digestion. Acidophilus contains one or more bacteria, such as Lactobacillus acidophilus (A), Lactobacillus casei (C), Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Bifidobacterium bifidus (B) and Streptococcus thermophilus.

It is estimated that in our gastrointestinal tract live more than 400 different kinds of bacteria. The body depends on beneficial bacteria to manufacture B vitamins as well as to produce lactase and other antibacterial substances.

According to some scientifics, acidophilus contains bacteria that have a symbiotic, or mutually beneficial, relationship with the human stomach. Experts explain that these bacteria help break down complex food molecules and inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria. Acidophilus is useful for people with bacterial or digestive problems or yeast infections, as well as people on antibiotics. Products that contain acidophilus are generally known as probiotics.

Acidophilus history says that years later after Louis Pasteur discovered pasteurization, the method of heating milk to kill harmful bacteria; Elie Metchnikoff researched and discovered the health-promoting capabilities of lactobacillus bacteria when he observed that people who ate yogurt tended to live longer.

This scientific won a Nobel Prize in 1908 because of his work after demonstrating an apparent link between Lactic Acid Bacteria, the ones included in Acidophilus, and extended lifespan.

Acid Reflux

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Acid reflux is made up of chronic symptoms and / or mucosal damage that are caused by the abnormal reflux of stomach contents, namely the powerful stomach acid.

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Acid reflux is made up of chronic symptoms and / or mucosal damage that are caused by the abnormal reflux of stomach contents, namely the powerful stomach acid. When the gastric contents are expelled into the esophagus, this creates discomfort, pain and possibly lasting tissue damage.

Sometimes acid reflux is a physical problem, where the lower esophageal sphincter does not effectively contain the contents of the stomach, and some cases where a hiatal hernia is a factor.

The most common symptom and complaint of those suffering from acid reflux is heartburn, which feels like a burning, stinging or even ripping type of pain around the breastbone area. Other symptoms include difficulty swallowing and changes in mucosal linings of the throat. In extreme cases sufferers may develop esophageal ulcers or scarring.

In order to diagnose the condition, patients may be given a barium mixture to drink. This will help show the structure of the esophagus, sphincters and stomach in order to determine a good course of treatment.

Sometimes endoscopy is used to better examine the esophagus, stomach and relating portions of the body. The patient will usually be sedated in order to ease relaxation.

No matter which course of treatment you and your doctor decide to pursue, there are many types of food that tend to be more likely to trigger acid reflux symptoms. Avoiding or decreasing your intake of these foods may help to alleviate the situation.

Acidic, fatty and spicy foods tend to promote gastroesophageal reflux. Coffee, alcohol, vitamin C and calcium supplements are gastric acid stimulants. If you ingest these things, it is best to do so during the day or periods of increased activity. Just before bedtime would be the worst time.

Chocolate and peppermint, onions, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and Brussels sprouts are known acid reflux stimulants. Milk and dairy items should be avoided at bedtime.

Eating smaller meals, elevating the head of your bed and drinking more water have all been shown to have good effects for coping with and managing acid reflux and related conditions.

Though there are a number of heartburn medications on the market, I strongly advise you to find simple solutions, such as avoiding certain foods, before you start medicating the problem. When we treat the symptoms of a disease and do nothing for the underlying causes, it’s only a matter of time before the condition has additional symptoms.

So let’s work with our bodies and do our best to ingest foods that help us and avoid ones that exacerbate our various conditions or concern areas. Start eating a little healthier, and chances are you’ll notice a difference for the better, no matter how mild or severe your version of acid reflux is.

title:Acid Reflux and Heartburn Natural Remedies
author:Rudy Silva
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Here is a list of natural remedies that you can use when you have acid reflux or heartburn. No need to use antacids, which have unwanted side effects and contain aluminum, which has been associated with senility and Alzheimer’s disease.
Anise, peppermint, and lavender
Here’s a tea that you can make to help you with acid reflux or heartburn. It will help you reduce the amount of acid you have in your stomach. Mix together equal amounts of aniseed, peppermint and lavender. Make an infusion of this tea:
* boiling 2 ½ cup distilled water
* pour this water over a teaspoon of the herbal mixture
* let this tea sit for 3- 5 minutes
* strain the tea and add a little bit of honey if you like.
* place this tea in a thermos
Drink up to 8 oz in the morning and 8 oz in the evening to get relief of acid reflux.
Aniseed or anise – is a powerful herb that helps in digestive conditions and has many other benefits for your body. Use only the ash-colored anise called green anise, European anise or sweet anise. There are two other types of anise, star anise and caraway, which should not be used here.
Peppermint – is another powerful herb for stomach conditions or heartburn. It helps in digestion, stomach distension, cramps, ulcers, and gas.
Lavender – known for it scent has enormous healing activity for your body. Is also an excellent stomach aid. It is useful in reducing acid in the stomach.
Betain, Pepsin, and Papaya digestive enzymes
As you get older, your stomach weakens in its ability to produce hydrochloric acid to digest protein. It is undigested protein that leads to acid reflux or heartburn. Use digestive enzymes that contain Betain, pepsin, or HCl with each meal to make sure you digest all of your protein.
Papaya digestive enzymes, which contain papain, are also excellent for protein digestion and you can use them with each meal. Use 500mg or more of papaya enzymes per meal.
Pineapples are a store house of enzymes and contain bromelain, an enzymes that reduces protein. Pineapples support digestion, reduce inflammation, and supports wound healing. The fresh juice has a high level of enzymes that will help you stop your acid reflux.
You can also buy bromelain as tablet and take 200 – 500mg per meal.
Chicory Root
Chicory comes from a family of bitter herbs that contain endive and escarole. Boil 1 ½ cup of chicory root for 5 - 10 minutes. After it colds to room temperature, drink this tea to correct acid reflux or heartburn.
Adding these herbs to your salad will also have benefits in preventing acid reflux. Eating those foods that are alkaline is the best way to avoid acid reflux and heartburn.
Using the remedies listed here will give relief from your acid reflux. But more importantly add a salad to your diet everyday and you will have less acid reflux in your life.
title:Acid Reflux Chokes Me Awake At Night
author:Drew Harris
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Acid reflux has forced me to suddenly wake up countless times, in a state of panic, choking on my own acid and gasping for breath.
Nothing can really describe the burning bile feeling, or the taste it leaves in your mouth as you try not to gag and throw-up. I have had to stick a pinch of toothpaste into my mouth and leave it there to try and cut the bile taste.
I was diagnosed with a hiatal hernia as a teenager, which may contribute to acid reflux. The burning acid had left me alone for most of my 20’s. However, a high stress job and a subsequent gain in weight and lack of exercise brought the acid reflux back on with a vengeance in my 30’s.
When I started having almost constant waves of heartburn and acid indigestion, sitting upright at my desk, I knew it was time to see the doctor.
At that time, I had never heard of acid reflux.
He told me that more than 60 million people suffer from frequent heartburn, acid indigestion or GERD (Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease).
Acid reflux describes the regurgitation of acid back up the throat. It can also lead to more serious medical conditions that may require hospitalization.
My doctor explained this happens when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) does not close properly and stomach contents leak back, or reflux, into the esophagus. The LES is a ring of muscle at the bottom of the esophagus that acts like a valve between the esophagus and stomach. The esophagus carries food from the mouth to the stomach.
When refluxed stomach acid touches the lining of the esophagus, it causes a burning sensation in the chest or throat called heartburn. The fluid may even be tasted in the back of the mouth, which is called acid indigestion.
Heartburn that occurs more than twice a week may be considered GERD, and it can eventually lead to more serious health problems.
When I finally went and saw my doctor, I was having almost constant heartburn and acid indigestion.
He further explained that symptoms are usually worse at night when the person is lying flat and acid flows easily from the stomach back up the esophagus.
Anyone, including infants, children, and pregnant women, can have GERD.
I was told to make some lifestyle and dietary changes. They included:
1. Using a wedge pillow to elevate my body at bedtime
2. Eating plenty of fiber and drinking lots of fluids.
3. Eating small meals and eating slowly.
4. Not lying down for at least 1-2 hours after eating.
5. Losing extra pounds. Added weight causes extra pressure on your stomach and can irritate symptoms.
6. Wearing loose clothing. Tightly fitting clothes put extra pressure on your stomach.
7. Not exercising for at least one hour after eating.
8. Avoiding the following: alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, chocolate, carbonated beverages, spices, fried and fatty foods, tomato products, citrus, and peppermint.
I am a non smoker and I don’t drink that much. I do drink a fair bit of coffee however. The real culprit for me though has been drinking fruit juice of any kind before bed. When I have, my acid reflux has been significantly worse.
As I have made many of these changes to my lifestyle, I have seen some relief.
The elevated pillow works wonderfully. I have also started taking proton pump inhibitor medication, which reduces acid production in my stomach. I have been told surgery may be an option down the road.

title:Acid Reflux/Heartburn - Simple Steps to Relief
author:Andrew Kelly
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

You've seen the advertisements: Acid reflux is a horrible disease that can cause damage to the oesophagus and lead to cancer. Are these claims realistic, or simply exaggerated to sell over the counter medications? The fact is that doctors don't even agree on the causes, treatments, and long-term risks related to heartburn, so you can believe what you want about the ads.
Heartburn is the uncomfortable feeling resulting from acid reflux, or GERD, gastroesophageal reflux disease (try saying that out loud a few times). It can feel like a burning sensation (hence, the name), but can also feel like pressure in the chest, which is why it is sometimes confused with feelings associated with heart attacks.
Acid reflux occurs when the muscle between the stomach and the oesophagus gets weak or relaxes at the wrong time. The result is that the stomach contents, including the acid, move up into the oesophagus. Because the oesophagus doesn't have the protective lining that the stomach does, the acid literally burns the oesophagus.
What Works?
Several non-prescription drugs may be effective for mild to moderate acid reflux, such as antacids, which neutralize stomach acids. These include well-known over the counter medications such as Tums and Rolaids. Another option is H2 receptor antagonists, which reduce the production of stomach acids. These include Axid AR, Pepcid AC, Tagamet HB, and Zantac 75. Pepcid complete is the only of these that combines an antacid with an H2 receptor antagonist. Which is the best treatment? One study found that Pepcid complete performed better than either an antacid alone or an H2 receptor antagonist alone.
Prescription drugs prescribed to treat acid reflux are called proton-pump inhibitors. These include Aciphex, Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec, and Protonix. While these are equally effective, one study did find that Nexium may heal esophageal sores faster.
Homeopathic Remedies
Combined with homeopathic remedies, heartburn may be treated effectively with less reliance on over the counter or prescription medications. Together, these solutions may provide the answers where just one solution fails to deliver on the promise.
Natural options that may help reduce GERD include deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL), which may bring fast relief and help heal damaged lining. Aloe Vera juice may also act quickly to bring relief. For those with chronic problems, Gamma-oryzanol (rice bran oil) may be useful, as could choline, pantothenic acid, and thiamin. These natural solutions may provide more effective short-term relief as well as provide long-term dietary benefits.
Why Try a Homeopathic Remedy?
The benefits of natural solutions is that they are often less costly and reduce the chances of becoming reliant on a particular solution. Natural solutions include treating the cause as much as the affect, and experimenting with diet and alternative treatments may help lessen the cause of the problem. Additionally, all of the homeopathic remedies mentioned above can be used along with over the counter or prescription medications.
Does Acid Reflux Cause Cancer?
Studies on acid reflux and cancer vary. One study showed that chronic acid reflux increased the chances of oesophageal cancer by as much as eight times. Another study determined that the risk of cancer is not nearly as much as was once thought. Chronic acid reflux can lead to Barrett's oesophagus, or BE, which has been thought to lead to an increase in cancer. A study conducted by a group of medical doctors found that the risk of cancer from BE is not as much as previously thought, stating that BE will not cause cancer for most people.
What is not questioned is whether or not acid reflux is uncomfortable. Chronic GERD is difficult to live with, and experimenting with both traditional medications and natural remedies may be the best solution. As research continues on the causes and affects of GERD, additional options are likely to come along.
title:Acid Reflux Mechanics
author:Amanda Baker
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Everytime you turn on the television these days, there is a downpour of over-the-counter and prescription medications for the relief and prevention of acid reflux. As with medications for any ailment, there are theories regarding the disease and how well the medications work.
From a medical point of view, acid reflux is a condition caused by acidic contents from the stomach moving upward into the esophagus, which results in a burning sensation. When the valve found at the lower end of the esophagus is dysfunctional, it allows the acidic content of the stomach to be regurgitated, where it would block this behavior when functional.
Another belief is that acid reflux is caused by an individual's eating habits. As the civilized world eats more and more junk and processed foods, the majority of the food ends up in the stomach undigested. This undigested material turns into acidic waste, which causes stomach spasms. These spasms create stomach gas which pops open the valve between the stomach and esophagus, allowing the acidic content to return to the esophagus.
Others believe that acid reflux is related to aging. As we age, the activity of the stomach is reduced. This also reduces the ability to produce hydrochloric acid. The result is the stomach turning into a breeding ground for infection which can cause stomach pain and acid waste irritation.
Whatever the cause behind acid reflux, it is often a chronic disease. Therefore, most medications for the disease merely relieve the burning and other symptoms and cannot actually cure the condition. As medications relieve the symptoms caused by acid reflux, they can cause several undesirable side effects due to the fact that they cut down the acid production in the stomach, leading to a reduction in ability to digest food. These medications can make you more susceptible to diseases and microbes transmitted through food. This may increase your risk for food poisoning and a host of other problems.
Before you choose a medication or a natural method to rid yourself of the burning that accompanies acid reflux, you should first make a thorough assessment of the food you eat and your lifestyle. Studies show that foods such as citrus, chocolate, garlic, onions, spicy, fried and fatty foods all contribute to and can aggravate acid reflux. Limiting your intake or avoiding such foods as much as possible is a good first line of defense against future acid reflux bouts.
Lifestyle modification, such as losing weight, cutting back on alcohol and caffeine, sleeping with your head raised six to eight inches, and waiting three hours after eating before going to bed can assist in reducing the number of acid reflux episodes you may have.
Though you should discuss your options with your physician, something as simple as lifestyle improvements and dietary changes can help to keep you from adding an acid blocker or acid reflux medication to your daily diet.
Acid Reflux – Treat Immediately To Reduce Complications

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Acid reflux is a disease characterized by the abnormal reflux or rise of gastric contents from the stomach into the esophagus resulting in chronic symptoms and mucosal damage. So it occurs when one of the two closures or “sphincters” in the esophagus fail to remain sealed after food or liquid intake and the contents get spilled into your larynx and pharynx instead of in your stomach.

Causes of acid reflux

Acid reflux is often caused by temporary or permanent alterations...

acid reflux, gerd, heartburn, cure heart burn, esophagitis, LES GERD

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Acid reflux is a disease characterized by the abnormal reflux or rise of gastric contents from the stomach into the esophagus resulting in chronic symptoms and mucosal damage. So it occurs when one of the two closures or “sphincters” in the esophagus fail to remain sealed after food or liquid intake and the contents get spilled into your larynx and pharynx instead of in your stomach.

Causes of acid reflux

Acid reflux is often caused by temporary or permanent alterations in the lining that actually separates the esophagus from the stomach. It is the ineffectiveness of the lower esophageal sphincter [LES] or the temporary LES relaxation connected to hiatus hernia that causes severe acid reflux. In adults, the most common symptom of acid reflux is acute heartburning sensation caused by acid resting in the esophagus. The painful sensation continues behind the sternum or breastbone. Another common symptom of acid reflux is esophagitis, which means that the person suffers an inflammation of the lining of esophagus. This simultaneously causes swallowing difficulties and chronic chest pains.

The cause of acid reflux in infants and children is their undeveloped digestive system. So the best way to avoid acid reflux in children is taking them to the doctor for immediate and fast medication.

Symptoms of acid reflux

Sometimes acid reflux is also characterized by rapid coughing, persistent pains in the ears, sinusitis, hoarseness or even complete change in the voice. When you are suffering from acid reflux, you should immediately visit the doctor for medication. Do not neglect as severe acid-reflux may lead to formation of a stricture or ulcers in your esophagus. Often persons suffering from acid reflux diseases can experience tasting something sour or salty behind the throat. However, other less common symptoms of acid reflux includes chest pain, swallowing, halitosis or bad breath, repeated throat clearing and water brash [hyper-secretion of saliva].

Instant remedies of acid reflux

To provide immediate relief to adults in case of acid reflux, you can try out with some homemade remedies. Instead of taking tea, you can have tea mixed with aniseed, peppermint, honey and lavender. However, you should have 8 oz in the morning and 8 oz in the evening for immediate relief.

Following is a brief account of other immediate home remedies

1) Have digestive enzymes containing Betain, pepsin or HCl components with each meal.

2) Papaya digestive enzymes, which contain papain, are also excellent dosage used for protein digestion.

3) Have pineapple as it supports digestion, reduces acidity effectively and supports wound healing.

4) Sprinkle cinnamon on your bread and have it to reduce acidity.

5) Eat organic grapefruits that are dried to remedy excess acid reflux.

6) Have romaine lettuce that will help to eliminate acid reflux or severe heartburn conditions.

7) A daily mixture of nutmeg, mace and slippery elm reduces indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, stomach gas, and vomiting and severe heartburn.

Treat acid reflux effectively to reduce any further complications in your stomach.

ACL Rehabilitation For Active Adults - The Start of Physical Therapy

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The beginning of physical therapy signals the first true step (pun intended) to recovery - it is where you will retrain yourself to walk on your repaired knee and where you will work to get your injured leg in a pre-surgery state.

ACL Reconstruction, Rehab, Physical Therapy

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The 1st 2 weeks of recovery from ACL Reconstruction are a very sedentary period - there is much rest, much sleep, much discomfort and most likely quite a bit of pain.  However, the beginning of physical therapy signals the first true step (pun intended) to recovery - it is where you will retrain yourself to walk on your repaired knee and where you will work to get your injured leg in a pre-surgery state.  Even though your leg has only been immobile for 14 days - possibly less - you will most likely have at least some atrophy in the repaired knee that will need to be remedied via physical therapy. 

The start of therapy will be exciting, at times grueling and quite possibly scary to go into.  But, with a dedication and commitment to the mandate that you will help yourself heal, you will soon be back to your active lifestyle, even stronger than you were before surgery.

As you are about to enter your first therapy sessions, keep the following points in mind:

1.  You need to trust yourself.  You are soon going to be asking your newly repaired leg to do things that it hasn’t done in a couple of weeks - lifting, some bending, some kneecap exercises and maybe even a little bit on a stationary bike.  Have faith in your healing process, and know that you can get through whatever lies ahead.

2.  You need to trust your physical therapist.  They are going to be asking you to do the activities listed above along with some others.  Initially you may think that they are crazy to ask you to do such activities.  However, keep in mind - they are professionally educated to help you recuperate, and they know what you need to do to have a successful recovery.  Also - they may very well have some other ACL reconstruction patients in their current workload.  In fact, take a look around your therapy room as you are doing your work - odds are you are going to see some other patients who are in If you have young children, prepare them for the fact that you are going to be immobile for a period of time and that they cannot rough-house around you while you are recovering.  You will soon be doing some of the more advanced exercises that they are doing.

3.  Concentrate on your form while you perform your exercises, and ensure that you follow the instructions of your therapist.  Subtle changes to your form or a lack of concentration can greatly reduce the effectiveness of a particular routine.

4.  Make sure to ice and elevate your knee.  Much like in the first 2 weeks, it will be important that you have a good regimen of icing and elevating, especially after therapy sessions.

5.  Don’t push yourself too hard.  You may be tempted to overachieve, but it will be crucial that you listen to your therapist as to what you should and should not do.

6. Make sure to take your prescribed medications and over-the-counter medications as needed and as instructed.  By taking the proper medication, you will continue to allow yourself to heal, will help maximize your comfort (and minimize your discomfort) and will allow you to go through physical therapy with a reduced level of pain.

7.  Do your home exercises between therapy sessions as instructed by your physical therapist.  I cannot stress how important this is.  You will largely be trying to regain your flexibility and range of motion in the first month of therapy, and your home exercises will greatly contribute to a complete recovery.

8.  Gauge the difference between good pain and bad pain.  There will be times that you have feelings in your knee that you have never felt before.  Make sure to keep your therapist abreast of any pains that feel stronger, more intense or sharper than expected.

9.  Similar to your post-op period, ask your doctor if a stool softener would be appropriate for you. Some of the medicines that are prescribed to alleviate pain and swelling may cause constipation, and a stool softener will help counteract this possibility.

10.  Continue maintaining your fluid intake. 

Once you advance in your stretching and range-of-motion exercise, you will be able to move onto the next stage of therapy - strengthening.

The information in this article is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice or medical services. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, contact your doctor promptly.

ACL Rehab For Active Adults - The First 2 Weeks

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This article describes the steps that an active adult can take in the 2 week period following ACL Reconstruction Surgery to help in the recovery process. It is written through the eyes of someone who recently has gone through the surgery and has completed rehab.

ACL Reconstruction, Rehab

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Going through ACL Reconstruction surgery is not easy for anyone. The pain, discomfort, swelling and foreignness of having an immobile limb will be quite a departure from the normalcy of a daily routine.

This especially holds true for the active adult who chooses to or needs to have ACL Reconstruction Surgery. One day you are at least able to move around on your own, and the next you are completely confined to a resting position. However, with some patience, hard work and dedication, you will be back to your active lifestyle, even stronger than you were before surgery.

The first month after surgery is difficult - you are largely confined to a bed except for hygiene purposes, the swelling in your leg and ankle may be heavy and the pain will ebb and flow as the day goes on. However, there are steps that you can take to make the recovery process as quick and productive as possible.

1. Prior to surgery, prepare the area where you will be resting after the surgery. Try to gather some reading materials (magazines, books, work materials), make sure that you have a wireless or cordless phone nearby and gather plenty of pillows so you can support and elevate the repaired leg. If you have one, make sure to bring your laptop and power cord to your recuperation area and ensure that your wireless internet (if applicable) is operational to help pass the time.

2. If you have young children, prepare them for the fact that you are going to be immobile for a period of time and that they cannot rough-house around you while you are recovering.

3. Take it easy for the period right after surgery and before your first physical therapy session. Give your whole body - mind, leg and spirit - time to heal. Remember - you have just gone through a major surgery and you need to have a recovery period from it.

4. Take your meds as instructed by your doctor! Your doctor has given them to you for a reason. Most likely your medications are not only to help alleviate pain, but to help reduce inflammation from the surgery.

5. Ice, ice, ice, ice and ice. Along with your medications, ice will help reduce inflammation, swelling and pain. Make sure to stick to your doctor's recommendation as to the icing interval and frequency for your newly repaired knee.

6. Ask for help. You could probably go through the recovery process on your own, but rely on those who can and will help you wherever possible.

7. Ask your doctor if a stool softener would be appropriate during your recovery period. Some of the medicines that are prescribed to alleviate pain and swelling may cause constipation, and a stool softener will help counteract this possibility.

8. Stay hydrated. You may not feel like drinking water, but make sure to not deprive your body of it's needed fluid intake.

9. Request that the limited area within your dwelling that you will be moving through be kept relatively orderly. You will need to be on crutches, and you do not need to be navigating through a sea of toys and laundry on the floor as you are trying to learn how to use them.

If you follow your doctor's orders, be diligent about treating yourself right during your post-surgery recovery and give your body the rest it needs, you will soon be onto the next phase of your road to normalcy - the start of physical therapy.

The information in this article is for educational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice or medical services. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, contact your doctor promptly.

title:Acne Advice For People Wanting Blemish Free Skin
author:Emily Clark
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Acne is a disorder of the skin that affects adults as well as teens. It occurs when follicles, or pores, become blocked. Oils, naturally present in skin, are unable to drain and become blocked inside the follicles. Before long bacteria begins to grow.
Skin blemishes referred to as blackheads and whiteheads then begin to appear. When the oil and bacteria that is trapped remain below the skin, the blemish is referred to as a whitehead. A blackhead occurs when the oil and bacteria are partially exposed. The color of the blemish turns black due to pigmentation within the skin. Blackheads usually last far longer than whiteheads due to the fact that it takes longer to drain.
It is believed that hormones, diet, stress and vitamin deficiency may play a role in the development of acne. While acne includes both whiteheads and blackheads, there are a variety of types of acne that range in severity.
Acne Vulgaris is the most common form of acne and includes everything from whiteheads and blackheads to cysts. Acne Vulgaris may be either mild or moderate as well as severe. The mild and moderate forms of Acne Vulgaris include common pimples with inflammation apparent below the surface of the skin as well as blackheads. Small red bumps that have no ‘head’ may also be present and are known as papules.
Acne Vulgaris in its most severe form includes lesions that are known as nodules and cysts. These are normally much larger than mild or moderate acne and may be more painful. Nodules are usually small and hard, below the skin and do not contain pus while cysts do. Scars can appear if Acne Vulgaris is not treated correctly.
A gentle cleanser and a benzoyl peroxide cream can be effective in treating mild to moderate forms of Acne Vulgaris. Avoid overwashing; gently cleansing the face in the morning and at night should be sufficient. Taking care not to touch your face during the day and using oil free cosmetics may also help. Extreme caution should be used in trying to ‘pop’ pimples, as this can result in scarring. Papules (small red bumps with no head) should never be popped or squeezed.
Acne Rosacea can easily be confused with Acne Vulgaris and often appears to be quite similar. Most people who suffer from Acne Rosacea are adults over the age of 30. A red rash along with bumps and pimples signal the presence of Acne Rosacea, which normally appears on cheeks, nose, forehead and chin. Blackheads are normally not present with Acne Rosacea. This type of acne can be quite serious because when it is left untreated it can actually cause excessive tissue to begin growing.
There are three types of extremely severe acne; all of which can be disfiguring. Acne Conglobata usually appears in men instead of women. It is commonly found on the trunk and limbs of the body instead of the face. Individuals normally develop this form of acne at some point between the ages of 18 and 30. It can remain active for several years and can be extremely difficult to treat. Dermatologists normally use Accutane as a treatment.
Young men sometimes experience what is known as Acne Fulminans. Typical acne may be accompanied by fever and aching joints with the onset of Acne Fulminans. Oral steroids as well as Accutane may be used to treat this form of acne.
Women between the ages of 20 and 40 may experience what is known as Pyoderma Faciale. This type of acne is generally confined to the face. Unlike other forms of acne, this form does not last for years; instead its presence is normally restricted to a year or less. It can, however; be very painful as well as disfiguring.
An excellent source for quality articles on acne treatments is
Severe and extremely severe acne should be treated by a dermatologist.
title:Acne and Green Tea
author:Elaine Clay
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Green tea is used by the Chinese as a traditional medicine to treat many ailments including acne and to improve general well-being. But does it provide an effective herbal alternative to modern medication?
The answer seems to be ‘Yes’.  There are only two herbal treatments that are known to be effective in treating acne and green tea is one of them.
In a recent study by Jennifer Gan-Wong, M.D. a green tea cream was trailed against a 4% benzoyl peroxide solution on people suffering with moderate to severe acne. The results from this research study showed that green tea was just as good in treating acne as the benzoyl peroxide.
But benzoyl peroxide dries out skin causing itching or allergic reactions. Unlike green tea that has the added advantages of natural anti-bacterial properties and antioxidants, particularly epigallocatechin gallate which is 200 times more powerful than vitamin E at fighting free radicals.
Green tea also helps to reduce inflammation, hormonal activity and aids in detoxification - which is all good news for acne sufferers.
Green tea extract is an extremely versatile herbal supplement - it can be administered topically, often being used in creams, taken as a in the form of a pill or incorporated into your diet and drunk as a tea.
This last method is very popular (Green Tea with Honeysuckle is often known as ‘Pimple Tea’ in many Chinatowns) when drunk after a meal it aids digestion and helps to detoxify your system, getting rid of the toxins that can cause acne. Tip: don’t drink it with sugar, this will neutralize the worthwhile effects of the tea.
It seems that taking green tea for acne is a win-win situation… It has many beneficial properties which promote good all-round health with little or no known side effects and for the price, it's definitely a herbal treatment that’s worth trying.
title:Acne And Its Causes
author:Paul Callis
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

There is no real understanding why humans develop acne, many reasons suspected but never proven. These include living conditions, the food you eat, the atmosphere you social in, continuous sweat from sports, make up, or from purposely picking at small spots which then start to spread. Not one of these suspected causes is a real factor and is only a presumption among specialists.
Technically acne develops in parts of the skin that produce oils, and these are called pilosebaceous follicles. The oil builds up in a blocked pore which in turn provides the perfect breeding ground for the skin bacteria named Propionibacterium to spread and multiply without any control. If the acne is formed and spreads deep in the skin, this can cause cysts, which is considered to be the worst form of acne as this can lead to scarring in future years. Therefore acne treatment as soon as possible so as to stop the spread and seriousness of the acne is vital.
Acne is mainly common with young teenagers, and the majority develop a milder form of acne. It is also found in young adults around the age of 30, but not as common as young teenagers. If you are going to get acne, it is best to get it out the way as quick as possible. Unfortunately in today’s society, having acne as a teenager, does not just visually effect you, but also leads to other teenagers bullying you mentally, and in some cases physically, which leads to added depression and suffering for the acne patient.
If you can cure acne by simply eating well, socializing in clean areas, do not drink a lot of alcohol and take drugs, wash using soaps that do not react with your skin, then you stand a much better chance of not leaving scars and damaging your health for the future, as medications that are prescribed by doctors now a days to kill off the acne, can have long lasting effects on your body, which can lead to additional illnesses in the future.
Acne to this day is still a mystery, and many other reasons presumed to cause acne such as stress, washing your face too many times, and sweating a lot are simply just a myth.
Acne And Teenage Girls

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Over 70% of teens say that acne has affected them in a negative way. An estimated 20 million teens suffer from acne, but even the fact that they're not alone doesn't ease the pain they feel. Teens are embarrassed at a time when they are unsure of themselves. They may become depressed and withdrawn. Acne is especially hard on teenage girls. At a time when they're noticing boys, and visa versa, acne can be devastating. They're surrounded by visions of beauty all around them on ...


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Over 70% of teens say that acne has affected them in a negative way. An estimated 20 million teens suffer from acne, but even the fact that they're not alone doesn't ease the pain they feel. Teens are embarrassed at a time when they are unsure of themselves. They may become depressed and withdrawn. Acne is especially hard on teenage girls. At a time when they're noticing boys, and visa versa, acne can be devastating. They're surrounded by visions of beauty all around them on TV, in movies, in magazines and on line. We live in a society that worships youth and beauty.

Parents can help their teenage girls through this time by offering a supportive and sympathetic ear. Parents should help the child focus on all their positive attributes, which will help to strengthen the child's self esteem. The parents need to be actively involved with helping their child find the best possible cure for their particular form of acne.

Parents should also educate themselves about acne causes and treatments. Thirty years ago it was thought that acne was caused by eating the wrong foods. Chocolate and potatoe chips were culprit. It's now known that this isn't true. Food is not thought to play a large role in acne. It also has nothing to do with cleanliness of the skin.

What is fact is that acne in teenagers is caused by the action of hormones on the skin's oil glands. During puberty both boys and girls have an increase in the hormones called androgens. These hormones cause sebaceous glands under the surface of the skin to enlarge. The sebaceous glands in response produce excess oil. This excess oil mixes with bacteria and dead skin on the skin's surface and blocks pores. Inside these pores the bacteria multiple and cause inflammation.

Most cases of light to moderate acne can be treated by over the counter medications. There are many to choose from. Some find that benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid works well. Benzoyl peroxide is known to readily kill acne bacteria. Benzoyl peroxide can be found in cleansers and in spot treatments. Benzoyl peroxide is very drying and can make your face look even more irritated, especially when you first start washing with it. Many acne suffers use a moisturizer on their face after washing. There are many moisturizers available that are specifically designed to help with acne such as Cetaphil, Eucerin, and Neutrogena.

Severe acne, or acne that has not responded well to over the counter products, can be successfully treated with the knowledge and expertise of a dermatologist. A dermatologist will consider many things before suggesting treatment. He will perform a thorough evaluation of the patient, considering things such as severity of acne, patient age, lifestyle, and co-existing conditions. The dermatologist then may suggest a combination of two or three different therapies for best treatment.

Whatever one of the literally hundreds of treatments you decide to choose, or if you seek the help of a dermatologist, remember that acne takes time to disappear. Overnight or miraculous results don't happen. It takes six to eight weeks to see results from treatment. Unfortunately, in a teenage girl's life six to eight weeks can feel like a lifetime.

title:Acne And The Changes In Girls During Puberty
author:Kay Smith
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

During puberty, girls go through many changes some physical and some psychological.  These changes include fat distribution, menstruation, body composition, body and facial hair growth, growth spurts, skin changes and body odor.   During puberty the body physically changes as the fat tissue increases in the breasts, hips, and thighs, producing the typical female shape.  With all these changes in girls during puberty, what effect does acne have on girls during this difficult and emotional time?
Acne can increase the physical and emotional stress that girls experience during puberty.  The severity and likelihood of acne is one of the many changes in girls during puberty due to the increased oil secretions in the skin.  Mood swings, increased irritability and feelings of low self esteem can also be experienced by girls during puberty.  Even girls who have been self confident can suffer from low self esteem when puberty starts.
These changes in girls during puberty can be more severe if she also suffers from acne.  There are steps you can take to help lessen the problems of acne, which may help girls during this difficult time.
Practical Acne Treatments For Girls…
Proper skin care is the first step in dealing with acne.  There are many skin care products on the market that may help with acne.  Gently washing the face twice a day is the first place to start.  Be sure to select a cleanser that contains salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide or sulfur, as they kill the bacteria that cause acne.  Gentle cleansing is important so don't wash too often or scrub the face with harsh cleansers. 
It is also important to use non-comedogenic products when trying to control acne.  Non-comedogenic products are less likely to cause acne, blackheads or block the pores of the skin.   There are many non-comedogenic products available, such as makeup, moisturizers, lip stick, and even acne medicated makeup.
It is a good idea to visit a dermatologist if acne can not be controlled with over-the-counter medications as he can prescribe the best solution.
Acne in addition to all the changes in girls during puberty can take a physical and mental toll.  There are many acne treatments available today so one should not despair.  The onset of acne during puberty represents another challenge for young women to overcome. 

title:Acne Control The Natural Way!
author:Kirsten Hawkins
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Want to get rid of those zits in your face but you are currently low on budget? How about looking for acne control to avoid the sudden appearance of acne in your skin? So how do we do this?
First, what is acne? Acne is a skin disorder caused by the hormones action on the oil glands of the skin which is called the sebaceous glands. The excretion of oils from this glands can lead to congested skin pores. This is when acne occurs. The face, neck, chest, back and shoulders is where the glands are most profuse, that is why most acne are found on this locations. People who are with this kind of disorder often tends to be depressed, and humiliated.
There are a lot of factors that can generate acne to transpire. First is our Genes. Genetics can't be changed but other factors like our daily routine and the way we take care of our skin can be improved to make acne control no problem at all. Don't feel so sad about your acne because there's lots of things you can do. This acne control tips will help you say bye-bye to those zits.
1. Include Fruits and Vegetables in your daily Diet. A healthy diet consists of at least four to five servings of fruits and vegetables. Acne control will be a lot easier if you start including this in your daily habit.
2. Rose water can be used as a facial cleanser. Dipped in a cotton, clean your face using this everyday for at least two to three times each day.
3. Don't wait for your pimples to form. If you see a bit of it in your face, do something. Acne control is best done early. Pat some ice on the affected area for this will make it less swollen.
4. Acne control is easier when accompanied with multivitamins. Start taking vitamins that contains zinc supplement. Zinc helps in making your skin stronger and acne resistant.
5. Cucumber can help in acne control. Blend it with some water to form a mask. Put it in your face and leave it for about half an hour before rinsing it off. This is a good and affordable acne control remedy that can also refresh your skin.
6. Use only mild soaps and avoid soaps that contains petroleum based products and animal based ingredient for this causes your skin to get dry and irritated.
7. Using alcohol free facial cleansers makes Acne control trouble-free. Alcohol tends to dry your skin more.
8. Makeup also prompt the occurrence of acne. Choose your makeup wisely. Most of the makeup available contains petroleum based ingredients that makes skin dry. An all natural makeup helps acne control become more effortless.
9. Lastly, Drinking loads of water is very important. It flushes out the dirt in our body, Making acne control more natural.
Now you have a list of some helpful tips in acne control. It is your choice if you are to do these methods. There are lots of ways in acne control, be it naturally or by technology. Skin products are always around for you to pick your choice. The thing is, these products are very costly. If you are the innovative type of person, better try this methods in acne control. It is all natural and wont do any harm in your body. No side effects of course! Plus, you can really save a bunch out of this. There's no harm in trying! Saying goodbye to those acne is just a step away!
title:Acne Cures: Remedies and Treatment Methods to Relieve Acne
author:Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, Ph.D, ND, DACBN
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Acne affects people of every age, gender, and race. It usually strikes in plainly visible locations such as the face, neck, chest and back. Acne can be caused by a number of factors such as contact with an oily substance, use of certain medication, steroids, or the secretion of certain hormones. Over ninety percent of acne patients respond to treatment, although the treatment may need to be continued for months or even years. Here are a few natural remedies that you can use to cure acne.
What Causes Acne?
As mentioned above, acne can be caused by a number of factors. Common causes of acne include contact with an oily substance such as mineral oil, vegetable oil, or petroleum and the use of certain medication such as steroids or the contraceptive pill. However, acne is most often caused by the secretion of androgens, or sex hormones that are initially secreted at the onset of puberty. Androgens are male hormones but they are secreted by females as well. They stimulate the production of oil from the skin's oil glands. When these oil glands become overactive and the exit from the gland is blocked, oil builds up in the gland and they begin to swell. This is how acne forms. A bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes normally colonizes this swollen gland causing the development of inflammation and pus. In particularly severe cases, the glands may burst into the skin and produce cysts. Recently health practitioners are associating acne with a fungus on the face. A clogged colon can also contribute to acne. We recommend using a colon cleanser like Oxy-Powder to keep the bowel clean.
How Can I Cure Acne?
Home Remedies:

A non-oily face wash that contains tea tree oil or echinacea can help to reduce the incidence of acne breakouts. Wash your face twice a day in the morning and evenings and rinse thoroughly with warm purified water.
Avoid oily and chemically ridden cosmetics or any facial products that contain socetyl stearate, isopropyl isostearate, isopropyl palmitate, isopropyl myristate, and sodium chloride, parabens as these ingredients can cause acne.
Give dry skin extra care, being sure to wash and rinse your face thoroughly and using products especially made for dry skin.
Natural astringent cleansers work to remove the oil buildup that may become blocked in the skin's glands. These products may cause dryness, itching, and redness, so be sure to use them only on problem areas.
Oxy-Skin™ is also a very effective natural remedy for the elimination of acne.

Herbal Remedies: Herbs such as chamomile, lavender, juniper, bergamot, dandelion root, and burdock root can be used to reduce toxicity and improve the overall condition of the skin. Echinacea and poke root are often used for their anti-inflammatory properties and red clover may be beneficial for its estrogenic action. Witch hazel has excellent astringent properties and may be very effective on acne. Here are a few natural herbal recipes to cure acne.

Combine ground ginger with milk and apply to the affected area.
Make a paste of honey and cinnamon and apply to the affected area at night. In the morning, wash this paste with warm water. Continue for one-two weeks.
Mix lemon juice with cinnamon and apply to acne
Mix ground orange peel with water to form a paste and apply to the affected spots. Wash with warm water after twenty to thirty minutes.
Rub fresh garlic on acne at frequent intervals to acne.
Use the juice of raw papaya to relieve swelling acne.
Make a paste of salt and vinegar and wash off after twenty to thirty minutes.
Rub fresh mint juice over acne.
Make a paste of turmeric and vinegar and apply to acne. Rinse with lukewarm water after twenty to thirty minutes.
Drink wheat grass juice to prevent and cure acne.
Apply a poultice of ground sesame seeds and water on acne to reduce inflammation.

Complementary Treatment

Acupuncture: Stagnant of Chi in the channels of the face is said to be the cause of acne. Acupuncture performed on these points of the face may help relieve acne.
Homeopathy: For patients with pustules and blind boils, especially on the face, neck, and back, may be helped by Kali brom. Selenium is often used for acne sufferers with oily skin, blackheads, and pustules.

Conventional Treatment- These treatmens we do not recommend.
Medication: Conventional acne medications may be topical- applied directly to the skin- or they may be systemic- taken internally. Medications include benzoyl peroxide, retinoic acid, steroids, antibiotics, oral contraceptives, and isotretinoin (Accutane.)
Therapeutic Injections: In severe cases of acne where cysts form and scars have developed, doctors have had some success with injecting steroids directly into the cyst to resolve the cysts and diminish the appearance of scars.
Surgery: In moderate to severe cases of acne, doctors may use surgery to open up the blemishes and remove blackheads and whiteheads. Unlike medication treatments, the effects of acne surgery are usually more immediate.

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title:Acne During Pregnancy
author:Suzanne Hughes
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Are you pregnant and suffering from acne? If this is a problem for you consider using a topical acne cream during pregnancy.
Choosing the right topical acne cream during pregnancy is important because you want to make sure the medication is safe to use.  This decision is one that you will want to make carefully.
Which cream during pregnancy is the best one to use?  Before you choose topical acne cream  you should ask your doctor.  She will be able to tell you which topical acne creams can be used safely during pregnancy.
Another thing you can do to determine which topical cream during pregnancy is safe to use is to talk to the pharmacist at your drugstore.  You can find some very valuable information about which treatments during pregnancy are the best to use.
If you plan to use topical acne cream during pregnancy you should always read the package warnings.  If you want to use a topical cream during pregnancy you can read through the warnings and find out if the product is safe to use.
You will be able to use topical acne cream during pregnancy that will clean and refresh your skin.  These creams that can be used during pregnancy contain medication that is safe to use and can help unclog your pores.
Topical acne cream during pregnancy may reduce outbreaks and keep your skin toned as well.  You may be able to find a topical acne cream that will help your blemishes shrink.  Many of these creams will not dry your skin and can add the moisture your skin needs to be healthy.
Topical acne cream during pregnancy can contain natural ingredients that will restore your face and leave it looking and feeling lovely. 
Look for topical acne cream for use during pregnancy in drugstores, online and at cosmetic counters in department stores. You can research products through online sites for information about topical acne cream during pregnancy.
If you need a topical cream during pregnancy you will have many to choose from.
title:Acne Home Treatment 101
author:Kirsten Hawkins
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Acne is truly one serious worry of most teenagers and young adults as well in every part of the country. It’s certainly an obstacle to fully enjoy what life offers during your youthful years. It ruins your confidence to say and do what you want. It can even affect a person’s relationship towards his/her loved ones and on other people. However, we have several ways to choose from to exterminate this acne. The good news is that you don’t have to go that too far in searching for your remedies! There are so many home treatments for acne right there! And, you can surely find some of them in your kitchen or garden. If not, the nearest store will surely have one non-prescriptive product for you! You should know that there is no way that you can lose in your fight against this unwanted skin disorder. Home treatments for acne will surely leave you worry-free!
Do-It-Yourself home treatment for your acne
You might think that treating acne requires you to see and consult for prescription. Well, you can actually treat it by yourself! You can find solutions right in your home or garden! Applying toothpaste in your acne and letting it stay overnight is just one and actually the most common home treatment for acne most people do. You can also try a variety of paste or mask that are great options made from different plant species. You can choose from applying salt and vinegar solution, lime, ripe tomatoes, methi(fenugreek) leaves, lemon, dried basil leaves, mint juice, cucumber, corn flour and egg white, sandalwood, roasted and powdered pomgranate, ground radish, oatmeal, almond powder, honey, ground orange peel, nutmeg and milk, turmeric and tender neem, ground sesame seeds, papaya, and drumstick pods and leaves. Truly natural home treatments for acne!
This kind of home treatment for acne should be applied on the face or other affected areas. Leave it for 15 minutes to an hour and wash with warm water. It only requires you to apply once or twice everyday. You will notice that your face have less oil and zits are gradually decreasing in number, proofs that the home treatments for acne are working to cure your acne. Use it until you see satisfying results. Most application, however, might require you to take it for about 15 days. But, you can actually use some of these home treatments for acne everyday to prevent acne from coming back.
On the other hand, a mixture of honey and cinnamon powder as a home treatment for acne requires you to stay it overnight and wash it the next day. Moreover, you can choose between strawberry leaves or garlic as direct application on your acne-affected areas.
Across-the-counter products
If you think that it would be better to choose ready-made products as home treatments for acne or you just don’t have time to prepare home-made pastes or masks, you can go straight to shops where you can buy what we usually know as “across-the-counter” products. Benzoyl peroxide lotion is one of the most commonly used drug as a home treatmeant for acne. It actually helps to dry the skin and shed the layer of dead skin.
Another dependable home treatment for acne is the cleanser. You should know that you are producing excess oil that greatly contributes on the appearance of acne. Washing your face with an unscented cleanser twice a day will give your skin with just right amount of oil to make your skin moisturize.
It is worth following
Following some tips on preventing and lessening the harm brought by acne is another good move. You should not wait for acne to appear before you actually cure it. The best way of getting rid of it is to prevent it from coming out in the first place. One thing besides keeping your face free from excess oil is to avoid pricking and squeezing your zits. This habit will just worsen your problem on acne. Let nature and time heal for you and you’ll see wonder results! You should also refrain from using products that can bring harm in your face. These include products with high percentage of isopropyl alcohol.
title:Acne Medications
author:Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, Ph.D, ND, DACBN
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Acne is an annoying skin condition that affects people of every age, gender, and race. Few skin conditions are as bothersome and disturbing as acne. The scientific name for the condition is acne vulgaris because acne usually strikes in plainly visible locations such as the face, neck, chest and back. Acne is an age-old problem that has likely been plaguing people for centuries. But there are numerous treatment methods available for this bothersome condition. Read on to learn more about acne, and the herbal, homeopathic, and traditional medications used to treat it.
What is Acne?
Acne is an inflammation of the skin that can be caused by a number of factors. Contact with an oily substance such as mineral oil, vegetable oil, or petroleum is a common cause of acne, as is the use of certain medication, steroids, on the contraceptive pill. However, acne is most often cause by the secretion of androgens. Androgens are sex hormones that are initially secreted at the onset of puberty. They are male hormones but they are secreted by females as well. Androgens stimulate the production of oil from the skin's oil glands. Acne occurs when these oil glands become overactive and the exit from the gland is blocked, causing the oil to build up in the gland and swell. A bacterium called Propionibacterium acnes normally colonizes this swollen gland causing the development of inflammation and pus. In particularly severe cases, the glands may burst into the skin and produce cysts.
Over ninety percent of acne patients respond to acne medication, although the treatment may need to be continued for months or even years. Here are a few of the common herbal, homeopathic, and traditional medications that can be used to treat acne.
Acne Medications
Herbal Medications: Herbs such as chamomile, lavender, juniper, bergamot, dandelion root, and burdock root can be used to reduce toxicity and improve the overall condition of the skin. Echinacea and poke root are often used for their anti-inflammatory properties and red clover may be beneficial for its estrogenic action. Witch hazel has excellent astringent properties and may be very effective on acne. I recommend the skin rejuvenation program at the website.
Homeopathic Remedies: For patients with pustules and blind boils, especially on the face, neck, and back, may be helped by Kali brom. Taking selenium internally is often used for acne sufferers with oily skin, blackheads, and pustules. And hepar sulph. is typically used for patients who suffer from pustules that are painful and filled with yellow pus.
Nonprescription Medications can be toxic to the skin over a period of time. (Not Recommended for Use).
Benzoyl peroxide is a common acne treatment. It is an exfoliant and therefore helps to remove dead skin cells from the skin's surface. It also prevents bacteria from multiplying on the skin. It may come in gel, cream, or lotion form. And it may also be found in combination with sulphur which is another exfoliation agent. Benzoyl peroxide helps to prevent the development of new blemishes and clear up ones that are already present. It needs to be used on a daily basis and may initially cause itching, redness, and dryness. Skin will slowly show improvement over time with continued usage.
Salicyclic Acid: The chemical is very effective in the treatment of blackheads. It can loosen and soften thick, clogged pores. However, it does little to prevent the development of new blemishes.
Retinoic Acid: This medication may be used alone or in combination with a benzoyl peroxide preparation. Retinoic acid is derived from vitamin A, which is an important nutrient in the maintenance of healthy skin. Vitamin A reduces the blockage of oil glands and is therefore very useful in the treatment of whiteheads and blackheads. It can cause itchiness and redness, especially if the skin is exposed to strong amounts of sunlight. As with benzoyl peroxide, retinoic acid needs to be used for an extended period of time (at least six months) and it may be several weeks before any initial improvement is noticed.
Prescription Medications can be toxic to the skin over a period of time. (Not Recommended for Use).
Tetracycline: This antibiotic is the most popular conventional treatment for acne. It may be used alone or in combination with benzoyl peroxide. Food, antacids, iron supplements, and milk can interfere with the absorption of this antibiotic, so it is important to remember to take it alone. This medication must be taken for a minimum of three months, and it often needs to be continued for even longer. It will take at least two months before any improvement is noticed. Other antibiotics may also be prescribed if tetracycline is not effective. These include: trimetoprim-sulfamethoxazole, minocycline, doxycycline, and erythromycin. Antibiotics also kill the good bacteria in your bowel and can cause your teeth to turn gray.
Oral contraceptives: For women with acne who also need birth control, some doctors will prescribe an oral contraceptive that contains either mestranol or ethinylestradiol. These drugs interfere with the androgen hormone that causes acne.
Therapeutic Injections: In severe cases of acne where cysts form, doctors have had some success with injecting steroids directly into the cyst to resolve them.
Isotretinoin: Like the topical retinoic acid, this medication is a derivative of vitamin A and it works to prevent the blockage of oil glands. Blocking the glands does not fix the problem.
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title:Acne Myths: Discover 9 Ugly Lies About Acne Causes and Treatments
author:Emily Clark
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

It's unbelievable ... What if I told you that most of the popular beliefs about acne, are in fact myths?
Let’s take a look at some popular beliefs about acne to dispel any other rumors ...
Myth #1: Is it true that increased stress spreads acne?
Not exactly. What is true is that ultimately stress can have a very minimal or minor influence all by itself. It cannot actually cause acne, but it can influence reoccurrences of acne as stress increases the body’s creation of a substance called cortisol that in turn causes your sebaceous glands to produce increased amounts of sebum oil that can be blocked in pores. Note, however, that some medications people take when trying to deal with or treat stress can have a large influence on acne as the result of medication side effects.
Myth #2: Acne is contagious, true or false?
Not! No one can "catch" acne; it is non-communicable.
Myth #3:You’ll outgrow acne, so just leave it alone - myth or truth?
This is false. Acne strikes all ages and is treatable, but shouldn’t be left alone to possibly worsen.
Myth #4: Being out in the sun helps acne, right?
In the long run, no. The sun may appear to help clear up your blemishes and redden your skin, thus lessening the overall reddish effect of the targeted acne area when it was outstanding. However, rays from the sun can cause skin damage and actually irritate skin more, worsening any existing acne problems in the process and clogging more pores as skin cells dry up and slough off quicker than normal. So use caution (and sunscreen) here!
Myth #5: Sweating helps clean out your hair follicle areas, myth or reality?
Another myth. In reality, strenuous activity can temporarily increase your body’s oil production that can actually worsen acne problem areas, causing recurrence or intensification.
Myth #6: Acne problems are directly proportionate to sexual activity, or lack thereof; true or false?
False, another myth. Just because teenagers are going through hormonal changes, does not mean that this has anything to do with acne. Both are separate issues. Same with adult acne and sex; two entirely different issues.
Myth #7: People with acne are dirty and don’t wash enough.
Not! This is another myth. Acne is the result of a build up of oil, dead skin cells and bacteria in a closed pore. Period. Dirt is not even a factor in the equation.
Myth #8: Acne is only on external issue or surface deep; i.e. people shouldn’t make such a big thing out of it, myth or reality?
Myth. In reality, yes, it basically is only on your skin (and underneath the surface a little bit). However, the effects run much more deeper than that in many instances. More than 50 percent of those suffering acne problems reported negative comments and other feedback from members of society, regardless of whether or not there was any scarring left for others to see afterwards. And resulting internal depression and low self-esteem can be harmful emotionally not only short-term but over a person’s lifetime.  So acne can indeed be a very big issue requiring healthcare treatment and support.
Myth #9: OK, myth or reality: there is a cure for acne?
Myth. Although there is no cure at this time, there are many treatments available that do a great job. As the saying goes, "Prevention is the best medicine;" however, there is no need to suffer in silence with all the options available on the market today for all price ranges.
So there you have it ... now that you are armed with this information you can do something to treat your acne condition. Why not visit Emily Clark's website at now to get more helpful information and subscribe to her free newsletter.
title:Acne Myths, Finally Some Facts
author:George ForganSmith
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Acne is a common skin condition, which can be extremely mild or quite disfiguring. Having had a rather bad case as a young adolescent, I know the kind of socially embarrassing consequences it can have for the victim but I also remember it being sore and painful, filling my life with discomfort. It lingered a long time until I went to a dermatologist who used a type of freezing process, mechanically removing excessive puss from the lesions in relatively non-painful way. There were also topical notions. The result was total success, without scarring.
Until I went to a dermatologist, though, there was little or no gain in getting rid of this foul condition. I, like other children, were subject to disturbing concepts of its origins. Although this was a long time ago, these myths have stayed around- often causing grave delays in seeking treatment.
One of the myths is that acne is caused by everyday dirt and surface oil on the skin and that the solution is frequent and vigorous washing of the skin. Vigorous washing of the face to cure acne is a myth. The fact is- the problems that have caused chronic acne are deeper, beneath the skin’s surface and that only a mild washing of the face is in order, often accompanied with specific solutions prescribed for treating the acne by a dermatologist.  Vigorous washing of the face, particularly with harsh soaps, can lead to a further irritation of the tissue. There is, in part, a bacteriological condition that contributes to acne and it is below the surface.
Another idea is that acne is caused by stress. Scientific research seems to indicate that stress alone probably does not lead to acne, but it may be aggravated by stress. But, unfortunately, acne can result from certain prescriptions that are used to treat stress. So, if you are on certain drugs related to stress, you should certain talk to your dermatologist, the appropriate type of physician for dealing with this problem. According to Doctor James Fulton, a pioneer in the treatment of acne, lithium, a substance sometimes used in profound psychological disorders,  can aggravate an acne condition.
Another myth that can lead to profoundly unpleasant consequences is that one should let acne run its course, “grow out of it.” As I myself know too well, acne can linger for years and get worse and worse. At the end of my experience, my acne was very disfiguring and covered my whole face and part of my neck. It was hard to keep my hands off this uncomfortable, scaly, itchy and sore condition.  I was certainly a candidate for scarring. I had a kind of skin emergency and I am glad that my parents were smart enough and lucky enough to get me to the right place at the right time.
Can acne be the consequence of poor nutrition? I think the jury may be out on this one, but, for myself, I came to believe that my excessive eating of chocolate and a lot of sugar products were contributing factors to my acne. But, in my case, I did not see any correlation before my medical treatment and it was clearly medical intervention that helped me. There are certainly many naturopathically oriented practitioners and some medical doctors that share this view, though. Not everything in medicine is a hundred percent clear cut and every acne victim should certainly research all the alternatives.
Copyright 2005 George ForganSmith

Acne Natural Cure

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At occurrence on a skin of eels it is necessary to use cautiously cosmetics since to rub in a skin of some creams and ointments can promote disease development.
Eels it is possible to squeeze out periodically. For this purpose it is necessary to steam out a skin preliminary. In saucepan to pour boiled water and to throw a grass handful (milfoil, camomile, kalendula, mint) to incline the person over saucepan and to cover a head with a towel. To sit minutes 7-10. Hands and the person before procedure are necessary for processing carefully - a dirt from under nails to clean, wash up hands with soap and to process a skin of hands and the person spirit or cologne. If it not to make - on a place of the squeezed out eel there can be a furuncle that is much more unpleasant. After the skin will steam out, eels it is possible to squeeze out cautiously.
Treatment acne
Treatment acne should be complex to what are applied both internal, and external means.
It is useful to accept inside from two to four teaspoons brewing yeasts every morning before meal.
One of the best means of treatment acne, pustulous diseases - tincture from petals of a white lily. Fresh petals to combine in a bottle and to fill in with vodka or the dissolved spirit. Every evening to wipe this infusion the person.
It is possible to apply the juice of leaves of the aloe. Leaves to wash boiled water, to dry and 10 days to lay in a dark cool place, then to crush and wring out juice. This juice wipe a skin. It is possible also mixture from leaves to fill in with cold boiled water, taking on 1 part of the crushed leaves of 5 parts of water to insist this mix, within an hour, then to boil it 2-3 minutes to filter and apply to lotions
Help to get rid of spots and eels of a lotion and compresses from broth of birch kidneys. A table spoon of birch kidneys to fill in with a glass of abrupt boiled water and to boil 10-20 minutes. To allow to be insisted and filter. It is possible to make kidneys as tea, to insist and drink.
It is possible to use and birch leaves. Drink tea all year long and will be rewarded by health. A table spoon with a hill on a 0,5-litre thermos to insist 20-30 minutes, drink instead of tea and water. Leaves can be made in a teapot or a coffee pot, but in a thermos all the same it is better. It is possible to rinse infusion hair.
Fresh juice of the plantain big to wipe a skin, to add in masks.
2 table spoons small cut root of the primrose spring on a glass of boiling water. To insist 1 hour. To filter. To wipe a skin.
1 table spoon the flowers of the pith of the black to fill in with a boiled water glass, to do poultices. It is possible to drink infusion on a half-glass 3 times a day for blood clarification
From leaves,flowers bird-cherry it is possible to use broth for washings by Broth from a bark, kidneys, needle of the pine tree to wash the face. To use for baths
2 table spoons grass of the wormwood of the bitter on 300 ml of boiling water to insist. To use for compresses and lotions. Juice fresh ice-hole to add in masks.
Infusion from balm to use for lotions. 4 table spoons of a plant on boiled water.
Internal means:
2 spoons of leaves nettle to fill in 2 boiled water, to insist 2 ÷, to drink on a half-glass 4 times a day
One a spoon crushed roots of the dandelion to fill in boiled water, to boil 15 mines, to cool 45 mines, to filter. To drink on a half-glass 3 times a day for 15 mines to meal
Infusion grass is the sage to drink instead of tea and coffee
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Acne Prevention: Should I See A Dermatologist?

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The article is about the importance of getting early treatment for acne since the said skin problem can lead to infections. The article also details some of the important considerations one should take before getting dermatological treatment.

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Acne is a skin infection that may be considered as one of the worst things that can happen to a person, especially during the teenage years. Aside from the obvious physical damage it can do, one would also have to contend with things such as the social impact and the psychological damage that it could bring. A person may even have to deal with scarring and inflammation even after the acne is gone.

As with most other medical ailments, it is always a good idea to test first on what medications are available in the market. Depending on how sensitive a person's skin is, one would want to try benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid as possible treatments for this specific skin infection. One might also consider using both, but at different times in a day. If no improvement is visible after a certain period (typically from six to eight weeks should be enough), then this would be the time that one might want to consider seeking professional help.

A dermatologist would definitely know more about this type of skin infection and how one might handle this problem, not to mention knowing what specific treatments one might need to use if an over-the-counter product just isn't doing the job. One might want to know that prescription treatments are generally more potent and more expensive than the usual medications.

There are a few things to consider when a visit to the dermatologist is needed:

l if over the counter treatments do not have any positive effect on the acne problem;
l if a person has more than one sign of skin infection, such as whiteheads, blackheads, or red spots;
l if the acne appears not just in the face, but also throughout the body;
l if scars are visible on areas where one previously had acne;
l if there is pus filled spots on one's face that is painful when touched or tampered with;
l if there is continuous inflammation in the face; and
l if this skin infection starts to limit one's social interactions.

A person with acne should keep these points in mind whenever he decides to seek help from a  dermatologist. Communication with one's dermatologist is important so that a person undergoing treatment can fully discuss the nature of the problem and the ways to continue the treatment at home.  Discussions with the dermatologist should be as thorough and accurate as possible. It may be quite embarrassing for some but the consequences of skin infection can be so serious that no one should neglect getting all the information about acne treatment. In addition, one may need to bring a history of their previous acne records so that the doctor or dermatologist can prepare allergy-free treatments and other anti-acne products.

Treatment of acne is not only a medical issue but a matter of great importance to one's self-esteem and personal hygiene.  Acne is not only unsightly but also causes embarrassment and a certain degree of social anxiety.  But a person with acne need not despair since a lot of treatment options are now available to heal those unsightly inflammations and scars.

title:Acne Proactive Solution: Treatment to the Stars
author:Jay Moncliff
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

You may have seen the infomercials featuring stars like Jessica Simpson and Vanessa Williams, but is the science behind the acne treatment Proactiv Solution solid?  Is it all sales pitch or does this product really work?
With over one half of adult women and one fourth of adult men experiencing some form of adult acne, it is no longer just a problem associated with adolescence.
Acne occurs when a pore or hair follicle gets clogged with oil and bacteria.  As more and more oil enters the follicle from the skin, the pore eventually becomes inflamed and turns into a pimple.  Pimples can be whiteheads, or small white lesions below the surface of the skin, or blackheads, formed when the trapped oil and bacteria come to the surface of the skin.  Both the whitehead and blackhead are considered non-inflammatory acne.  Inflammatory acne can take the form of papules, pustules or cysts.  These are more serious forms of acne and may cause scarring.
Acne can occur on the face, neck, shoulders, chest and back.  Although your teenager may not believe it, acne is not life threatening, but it can lead to scarring, embarrassment and lack of self confidence.  Most doctors agree that acne can’t be cured.  Several strong prescription medications are prescribed for the most severe forms of inflammatory acne, but these often have side effects. 
As a solution for acne, Proactiv Solution works by helping to clear existing blemishes and stop new ones from forming,  The core system is a three step system combining several different medicines to accomplish these goals.  Proactive was developed by two dermatologists trained at Stanford University.
First, the benzoyl peroxide in the renewing cleanser gets down into the pores and kills the bacteria residing there. Gentle cleansing grains clear the clogs in the pores and help exfoliate the dead skin cells to prevent future clogs.
Next, the toner helps further open the pores and remove the rest of the dead skin cells.  The alcohol free formula is gentle and refreshing and helps balance the skin’s surface.
Finally, the repairing lotion soothes the skin, provides moisture and treats the pores with micro formulated benzoyl peroxide to protect the skin against future breakouts.
Proactiv doesn’t just treat current blemishes, it works to prevent future ones by removing the bacteria and dead skin cells that can accumulate in the pores.  Botanical extracts in the formulas leave skin soft and supple without the redness that accompanies most other acne treatments. 
It’s gentle, effective formula is unique in the industry, and testimonials from many users attest to its effectiveness.  The beginning kit is priced at about $40, so it is not prohibitively expensive, although you must order it from the infomercial or online retailers.  It is not available in drugstores.
If you have been suffering with acne, you may want to try Proactiv.  Not only will you most likely see an improvement in your skin, you’ll be in the company of stars like P. Diddy and Jessica Simpson!
title:Acne Products
author:Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, Ph.D, ND, DACBN
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Few skin conditions are as bothersome and disturbing as acne. It is a skin condition that usually begins around the time of puberty. But it can affect people of every age, gender, and race. The scientific name for the condition is acne vulgaris because acne usually strikes in plainly visible locations such as the face, neck, chest and back. Acne is an age old problem that has likely been plaguing people for centuries. But with modern times comes numerous acne products that can be used to alleviate this annoying skin condition. Other remedies include the skin rejuvenation program including 4 acne products: Oxy-Skin, Oxy-Powder, Oxy-Zap and a strong Aloe Vera concentrate available at
What are the best Acne Products?
Oxy-Zap: Global Healing Center's exclusive formula can be used for any kind of skin condition in order to re-oxygenate tissue topically. Great for facial application. Europeans are now using this as their #1 Anti-Aging secret for oxygen facials. It contains stabilized, ozonated, organic, cold-pressed olive oil from Italy and trace minerals. It is used for; Inactivating viruses, bacteria, yeast and fungus, Stimulating the growth of new and healthy skin cells, Speeding up the healing process, cleaning and sterilizing the skin and reducing swelling and inflammation. Oxy-Zap also reduces pain and calms nerves, improves cellular function and memory, Removes harmful toxins or chemicals and prevents and helps reverse degenerative skin conditions.
Oxy-Skin: Oxy-Skin oxygenates the blood in the face and skin, which in turn energizes the cells, allowing the cells in the face or skin to regenerate at a faster than normal rate. This process is beneficial to the skin for general skin care maintenance and in helping relieve the symptoms of acne, sunburn, eczema, psoriasis, and oily skin, among other skin conditions. Oxy Skin provides circulation-stimulating properties, bio-available oxygen and vital nutrients to the cells of the face and skin. The best acne product available.
Oxy-Skin is non-allergenic with no toxic side effects. It is carefully formulated to ensure all natural organic components, free from harmful chemicals and irritants. Oxy Skin's self administered oxygen and nutrient delivery system does not require a physician's prescription. Because everyone's skin regenerates at a different rate, allow at least two weeks before expecting to see outward signs of improvement.
Our unique formula combines European technology with the latest anti-aging and fountain of youth ingredients. Cellular regeneration is the key to a healthy, youthful skin and Oxy-Skin provides a way of doing this. This formula helps to maintain the normal elasticity of collagen, upon which the outer layers of skin rest, and encourage the regeneration of new cells.
R- Pur Aloe: Aloe Juice has traditionally been touted as a digestive aid or folk remedy for arthritis, stomach ulcers, diabetes and many other conditions. By using the whole leaf process, R PUR Aloe has combined the virtues of the ancient aloe with modern research and technology to produce the optimum nutritional potency in each formula.
Oxy-Powder: Introducing OXY-POWDER™, the oxygen colon cleanser from Global Healing Center. Oxy-Powder is the most advanced, scientifically correct colon cleanser there is. It does not just sweep the symptoms under the rug, it goes right after the real cause of constipation. It is the same product being used for optimal colon health and oxygen cleansing by the Hollywood stars. Feeling good is the normal state. Feeling sluggish, out of energy, or depressed and bloated is not normal. Because OXY-POWDER™ attacks the source of your constipation, you will have effectively reduced the symptoms of bowel disease and have regular bowel movements. Throw away the uncomfortable enemas and stop taking dangerous laxatives! A great acne product.
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title:Acne Program - Step 10: Vitamins You Should Be Taking
author:Rudy Silva
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Here are some of the vitamins and minerals you should be taking to help you get rid of acne.
* B6, 25 – 150 mg in a B vitamin complex
* B5 pantothenic acid, 500 – 1000 mg per day
* Vitamin A (water soluble), 50,000 IU – take just before meals. Taking more than 50,000 IU requires a Doctors approval
* Vitamin C, buffered 1000mg three time a day
* Vitamin E, 400 IU two times a day before meals for a total of 800 IU a day.
A word of caution: Do not take more than 50, 000 unit of vitamin A since it can be toxic at higher levels. If you experience any symptoms with 50,000 vitamin back off to 25,000 units.
Here are them most important minerals to take when you have acne.
* Calcium Hydroxyapatite Complex – a tablet after each meal.
* Chromium 200 – 500 ugm or micrograms a day
* Mineral electrolytes
* Zinc gluconate 25 – 60 mg a day (zinc is one of the most important nutrient to add to your diet) Zinc works to reduce the male sex hormone dihyrdrotestosterone (DHT), which in excess will produce acne. Do not take over 100 mg unless you consult with a Doctor.
Word of Caution: After you have gain relief from acne, you can discontinue the use of the above supplements and get back to your normal supplementation program. Continual use of high doses of vitamins and minerals will offset you natural body’s chemical balance and is detrimental to your health in the long run.
Other Supplements
There are seven special supplements that you should consider taking that can help you get rid of acne and to improve your overall health. These supplements will improve your immune system and help to clear and prevent future acne. Look at these supplements and take the one or ones that you feel will give you the most health benefits.
* Oxygen Elements Plus
* Electrolyte Minerals
* Systemic Enzymes
* Digestive enzymes
* Flax Seed Oil
* Lecithin
* Chlorophyll and Lemon
Oxygen Elements Plus (only this nutrient is discussed in this article)
The skin needs plenty of oxygen to keep it clean and free of bacteria. Using a product like Oxygen Elements Plus gives you at least 10-20% more oxygen in your blood. Here’s where to get Oxygen Plus. The plus in this product are added minerals and other nutrients.
Increasing the oxygen in your blood is now a necessity for normal health. Your body needs more oxygen than you presently get from the air you breathe so that your body functions normally.
The amount of oxygen you have in your body that is available to you cells is dependent on many things such as,
* Acid in the body
* Nonfood waste products
* Pathogens in the body
These three items, acid, nonfoods, and pathogens use up your oxygen. The oxygen that is left over is then used for your body’s needs. So the more you have of these three items, the less oxygen you will have to supply your body’s needs. This results in more toxins in the blood and can prevent you having an acne free face.
title:Acne Program – Step 11 Herbal Mixtures To Drink
author:Rudy Silva
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Herbal combinations are a powerful way to reduce or eliminate acne symptoms. But, using herbal mixtures can sometimes increase acne activity or breakout temporarily. Do not panic, since herbs are a powerful way to cleanse the blood and start the acne healing process.
Here’s an acne herbal tea that you can make. You can also look for this tea in a health food store. Just look at the various tea combinations and check for these ingredients. If you want to make your own, here’s what to buy:
* Figwort 1 ounce
* Turkey corn 1 ounce
* Echinacea 1 ounce
* Thuja 1 ounce
* Yellow dock 1 ounce
* Arctium lappa ½ ounce
* Iris versicolor ½ ounce
You can also make a tea using any one of the following herbs. Chose one of these herbs or combine 2 or 3 of them to make a more powerful herbal acne tea. Drink the tea throughout the day.
* Burdock
* Dandelion
* Echinacea
* Fragrant valerian
* Goldenseal
* Ivy
* Marshmallow root
* Purslane
* Watercress
* Wild strawberry leaves
* Yarrow root
Herbal Extract
Here’s an herbal extract that is designed for acne. Its main function is to improve liver function, purify the blood, reduce acne inflammation, and fight acne bacterial infections.
This herbal extract is a liquid and is taken in water or as drops into your mouth. Follow the instructions on the bottle on how to use it.
The name of the herbal extract is Burdock-Sarsaparilla Compound and contains the following herbs,
* Burdock mature seed - helps to purify the liver, balances hormones, neutralizes acid, is anti-inflammatory, and useful in purifying the blood.
* Jamaican sarsaparilla root – helps scaling skin, is blood purifying, reduces itching, helps balance hormones
* Nettle mature seed – is anti-inflammatory for the skin, neutralizes acid waste with its high mineral content
* Yellow dock root – rich in iron and works to improve liver function, helps build good blood, helps purify blood and lymphatic liquid, helps increase bile, which helps to reduce constipation
* Spilanthes flowing herb – improves immunity to fight bacterial infection on the skin
* Sassafras root bark – blood cleansing, anti-inflammatory for the skin,
This is excellent herbal remedy and is not very expensive. If you can find it at a health food store, it should cost around $10.00. If not, then you can order on the Internet and pay around $16.00 shipping included.
Here’s how to take this herbal extract.
Take 30 – 35 drops in water three times a day. Take it for 6 days, then let your body rest and start again after the seventh day.
A word of caution: Do not use this herbal tea or extract as the sole method to get rid of acne. This has to be used in combination with the 13 steps outlined in this program.
Use these powerful herbal teas to help you eliminate acne. Once you rid yourself of acne, stop using these herbal combinations.
title:Acne Program - Step 12 Change The Way You Think
author:Rudy Silva
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Your thoughts have a lot to do with why you have acne. Most people will not even give this idea a single thought. You can get rid of acne without changing your way of thinking, but your thoughts will create some other illness that you might not see.
Most illnesses begin with the way you think, the way you are, or your basic philosophy. Your thoughts create chemicals that flow into your blood and affect the function of your entire body.
So if you have acne, it was created by the way you think. If you have ulcers, heart problems, or anything else, these were created by the way you think. Your thinking prevents you from eating and doing the things that you need to do to have good health or clear clean skin.
If you have acne or any disease, it is an opportunity for you to stop and think about why you have it. Acne is an expression of your thinking. Everything about you – the way you walk, the way you talk, the way you dress, that way you eat, the diseases you come down with, the way you do everything – originates in your thought process.
Here is one place to start your self-examination.
Start by being more accepting of yourself. What I have learned in the past is that no matter how much you put yourself down or how critical you are of yourself, it will not change the world around you. The world and you are still the same.
So, just get over it. Stop fighting who you are.
Accept yourself as you are and get on with the purpose of your life. Just get on with it. Don’t worry about what other people are thinking and doing. That’s their problem not yours.
You need to learn how to “face yourself.” When you have acne you may not want to look at yourself and “face who you are?”
If you have acne, there is always some underlying emotions and feelings that are being expressed by your acne. Look into yourself and try to see what you are saying with your acne.
If you cannot find it, see if you can relate it to constipation. Constipation and a toxic colon is typically the cause of acne. But to go one-step further, all physical illness are created by some emotional unbalance that you are holding onto.
Acne can be a representation of repressed traumas that you have experienced as a child when you were growing up. I know you may not want to hear this. But, Acne can be an expression of those traumas trying to burst out of the repressive mechanisms that your body creates to prevent you from facing these traumas until you are ready to do so.
Some effort has to be make to connect and release these traumas, otherwise as you clear your face these traumas can move to some other parts of your body where they will be unseen and destroy tissue and body functions.
If you have a negative thought, ask yourself this question, “does this thought or idea help me or others become a better person?” If not, then let go of this thought and move on to a better thought and a better place in your life.
Good Luck To You
Follow the 12 steps for getting rid of acne and you will get results. Follow these steps and your face will clear and become smooth and lovable.
title:Acne Program - Step 2: Using Acne Face Cream
author:Rudy Silva
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

After you have washed your face with a chemical free soap, use an applicator to dip into Scotty's face cream or you favorite face cream. Place the cream on your face and spread it all around. Massage the cream into your face gently so the skin absorbs the oils in this cream.
These oils will seal the pores and hold the natural moisture of the skin and enhance the curing effects of the cream
You can use the cream 2-3 times a day. It is best to use it after you have cleaned your face in the morning and right before you go to bed. You can also use it during noontime.
You can use Scotty's' cream under your makeup or over your makeup. It will work either way. However, it will work better on a clean face.
You will notice that when you apply the cream it will tingle in areas without sores and may sting in areas of open sores. This will pass and as it does it should reduce the itchiness of any sores.
Scotty's cream has allantoin, which will help to clear acne sores. The oils, vitamin A and E, and minerals in Scotty's will help to feed, rebuild, and rejuvenate your skin. The minerals also help to neutralize the toxic acids that have contaminated and inflamed pores on your face.
During cleansing and fasting, more acid waste may come out of your pores. This is why Scotty's cream will help you to reduce the inflammation and spread your acne.
Tree Tea Oil
To make Scotty's cream or your own cream even more powerful, you can add 5-10 drops of pure tree tea oil to a two-ounce container. You can experiment with the amount to add. You may want to add more drops to provide more tea tree oil for your face. But, do not use more than 15 drops.
Tree tea oil has been found to be effective in various skin disorders. It acts as an antiseptic, antifungal, and antibacterial. This oil helps to bring oxygen to the skin cell, which kills bacteria and fungus and helps to repair damaged skin caused by acne.
Borage Oil
There is one more thing that you can add to Scotty's face cream or your favorite acne cream that will boost its acne clearing power. This is borage oil. Borage oil contains EPA and DHA, which helps to control excessive hormones that cause the over production of sebum.
It is the adrenal glands that produce streams of androgens during puberty. These large quantities of androgens help to activate bone growth and assist in bringing forth sexual maturity.
A side effect of these androgens is the release of excess oil from the oil glands near the hair follicle. This excess gives rise to
§ black heads
§ white heads
§ pimples
§ cysts
So here's what you can do to make your face cream even more effective,
§ Mix one or two capsules of Borage oil into your cream
§ Do this by cutting the tip off of the Borage oil softgel and squeeze the oil into the cream
There is a new form of EPA and DHA that is available in a product called Neptune Krill Oil (NKO)
Neptune Krill Oil (NKO)
NKO is the new EPA and DHA product, which maybe better to use than Borage Oil. NKO has the omega-3, EPA and DHA in the phospholipid form, which is easier for your cells to absorb compared with Borage oil. Borage oil contains the omega-3, EPA, and DHA in triglyceride form, which is more difficult for cells to absorb.
One other good property of NKO is that is does not have to be refrigerated like Borage. It can be kept in a cool place in your cabinets. However, it does cost more than Borage oil.
Word of Caution: As with all creams and oils, if you get any rash or skin reactions when using them, discontinue their use.
Use a good face cream to help clear your acne. You can boost the power of this cream by adding tree tea oil and borage or NKO oil.
title:Acne Program - Step 4:  Adding Essential Fatty Acids To Your Diet
author:Rudy Silva
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Getting sufficient essential fatty acids is importance in clearing acne.  It's these fatty acids that help control the production of androgens - the hormones that surge during the teen-age times, which causes excess sebum oil to clog your hair follicle and contribute to creating your acne.
The three fatty acids you need daily are omega-3, omega-6, and omega-9. You need more omega 6, olive oil, than omega 3.
When you are deficient in the essential fatty acids, you will have,
§ A weaken immune system
§ Inflammatory disorders
§ Poor skin
§ Skin eruptions that won't heal
§ Increase sebum production causing acne
§ Sebaceous glands size increase
Eating essential oils is necessary to provide the right oils that are used in the sebaceous glands.  These oils can come from straight vegetable oils or from oils in specific foods such as nuts and seeds.
Use flax seed oil (omega-3 oil) and olive oil (omega-6 oil) in your salad.  These are the best oils to eat and are called polyunsaturated fatty acids.  The other oil that is even better for you is called monounsaturated fatty acid, omega-9.  This oil is found in avocados.
Most diets people have contain an excess of omega-6 oils, so mostly likely you need to concentrate on getting more omega-3 oils into your diet.
You can get omega-3 oil from,
§ avocados
§ sesame seeds
§ pumpkin seeds
§ walnuts
§ dark leafy green vegetables (spinach, mustard greens, kale)
§ wheat germ oil
§ salmon
§ sardines
§ albacore tuna
Or, you can take one to 4 tablespoon of flax seed oil, omega-3 oil, each day.  This will give you the amount of omega-3 oil that your body needs to reduce or eliminate acne blemishes.  You can add this oil to your morning cereal, soups, smoothies, salads and other liquid foods.  Each tablespoon of flax seed oil contains about 100 calories.
You can get omega-6 oil from,
§ Flaxseed oil
§ Flaxseeds
§ grape seed oil
§ pistachio nuts
§ olives
§ olive oil
§ sunflower seeds
§ evening primrose oil
§ pumpkin seeds
Taking 2-3 tablespoons of omega-6 oil a day will give you the amount of this oil that you body needs.  You can add olive oil and other oils into your salad with the flax seed oil.
You can get omega-9 oil from,
§ Olive oil
§ Avocados
§ Cashews
§ Almonds
§ Olives
§ sesame oil
§ pecans
§ pistachio nuts
Taking around 1 ½ tablespoon of olive oil per day will give you the omega-9 oil that your body needs.
Fish Oils
In addition to supplying your diet with omega-3 and omega-6 oils, you need to supplement your diet with fish oils.  Fish oil contains EPA and DHA fatty acids.
Normally, enzymes in your body break down omega-6 into  EPA and DHA fatty acids. 
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)
These two fatty acids eventually change into prostaglandins.
What are prostaglandins?
Prostaglandins are chemical hormones that come from omega-3 and omega-6 oils and that help,
regulate every function in your cells and organs.
Postaglandins also keep androgen hormones in control so that excess sebum is not produce in the hair follicle, which results in acne.
However, eating plenty essential fatty acids may not insure that you produce enough EPA and DHA, which produce the essential prostaglandins. 
It is critical for acne and more importantly for your health that you get enough EPA and DHA in your cells and organs so they can produce the required prostaglandins.
To increase the prostaglandins in your cell walls, it is necessary for you to take a fish supplement, which contains both the EPA and DHA.
Of course eating salmon, halibut, and mackerel twice a week will be a plus in providing your body with more EPA and DHA.
Include at least 20% of your diet calories as good fats - omega oils and fish oil.  This is essential for controlling the excess activity of your hormones and reducing the inflammation of your acne.
title:Acne Program - Step 5:  Foods to Stop Eating
author:Rudy Silva
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Even though many dermatologist and doctors don't see the connection between your diet, constipation, a toxic colon, and a toxic liver with the acne that you are suffering from, it does not mean the food you eat is not important in clearing your acne.
If the doctors were right about food and the colon, then they would easily be able to help you clear your acne with their drugs.  Drugs can give you temporary relief, it they work at all, but as you use them they can also give you some unpleasant side effects.
In her book, Food And Healing, 1986, Annemarie Colbin, points out,
"In a systems view of the body, input of all kinds relates to output of all kinds.  Food, therefore, would have a definite relationship to matter pushed out through the skin.  I am continually amazed that dermatologists persist in viewing the skin as merely a protective envelope for the body, ascribing its eruptions to 'viruses' and imprecise malfunctions and supporting the myth that 'diet has nothing to do with acne.'
In my experience, diet has everything to do with acne.  Not only did I fix my own bad skin through correct eating but I have seen among my students a number of severe cases - the large purplish kind of acne on cheeks and chins - completely cured within three months by a change of diet."
Foods to Stop Eating
If you smoke, drink alcohol or drink coffee, then this program will not work too well for you.  When you have these addictions, your body's minerals and vitamins will be out of balance and it will be difficult for you to achieve any state of good health. 
So, here are they foods that you need to stop eating.  You don't need to stop eating these foods instantly.  Not many people can do this.  You need to do this gradually.  I know it will be hard to stop eating some of these foods that you have enjoyed, over the years, but you have to ask yourself the question,
"Which do I want to be  …Acne free or a junk food addict?"
The choice is yours and I know you will make the right decision so here is the list,

White Bread - This is considered junk food since it is void of any vitality for your body.  It is hard to digest and causes constipation
Chocolate - some chocolates are better than others.  Those that have saturated fats such milk, butter and sugars are not good for your health and definitely not good for your skin.
Fried Fatty foods - fried foods, butter, chesses, beef,
Foods in packages - All foods in packages or boxes are junk food.  They are considered dead food and provide no life force to your body.  They take from you because they use up minerals, vitamins, and digestive enzymes during digestion.  They contain no fiber so they cause constipation.
Foods with artificial flavors and preservatives - These are non-foods that are super toxic. Your body does not know what to do with them so it stores them in your body as toxic waste.
Milk, ice cream, hard chesses - these foods cause allergies and cause mucus to form.  This mucus coats the colon and other internal surfaces and interferes with the function of that area.  Bacteria and other pathogens enjoy living in the mucus film. This mucus also tries to escape through the face when you have too much of it in the body.  If you cannot digest dairy products, this can cause you to have acne.
Sodas are the worst drink you can take.  They contain plenty of sugar and phosphoric acid.
Sugar is considered a white poison.  It creates so many health problems in the body that the FDA should outlaw it.
Salt - avoid salt only because it has iodine.  Iodine has been shown to cause acne.
Excess Vitamin B12 - can aggravate or produce acne.

There you have it.  It takes a lot of will power and desire to change your diet.  It can be done but do it slowly.  Start changing your diet and see where you're at in 6 months.

title:Acne Program - Step 6 Juices You Should Be Drinking
author:Rudy Silva
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Drinking fruit juices help to bring vitamins and minerals quickly into your blood where they can supply what is necessary for acne free skin.  Minerals quickly neutralize skin acids and bring the skin pH back to normal - slightly acidic.
Fresh juices have antibacterial action and contain digestive enzymes that help you digest protein and fat. 
Because of the vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes, pure water, and nutrients that juices have, they have the power to cleanse your body of toxic wastes.
Here are some juices to drink that will keep your face free of acne.
Apple juice
Drink at least 2 glasses of this juice every day.  Apple juice has a high level of minerals and vitamins, which makes it ideal for skin health.
Apricot - berry juice
Mix equal parts of apricot and berry juice and add a little honey to taste.  Drink one cup in the morning.  Place the other two glasses into a thermos and drink one more glass at noon and one at dinner.
Cherry juice
Cherry juice is a powerful drink, because it has so many minerals.  It will make your body more alkaline by neutralizing acid waste in the blood, in the lymph liquid and wherever it goes.  It will also help keep you regular.
Lemon Juice
Lemon juice is one of the best juices you can drink for your skin health.  It contains many minerals, which will eliminate acid waste.  Lemon juice will help constipation, liver disorders, reduce mucus accumulation, improve digestion, reduce infections, and help to clear skin disorders like acne.
One way I use lemon juice is to squeeze the juice of one lemon into 16 oz water and drink it during the day.
Melon juice is also an excellent drink for acne.  It is almost a perfect food in that it has many vitamins and minerals.  It is most helpful with constipation, kidney disorders and skin disorders.
Orange and grapefruit
Prepare half and half of orange and grapefruit juice using a hand juicer.  The flavor is extremely tasty.  The combination of these two fresh fruits will give you a powerful start in the morning.  They will give you a vitamin C boost with plenty of flavanoids and minerals.
These combined fruits will cleanse your intestinal tract, help in blood disorders, liver disorders, lung disorders and skin infections.
Orange and lemon juice
Mix 3 parts of orange juice with one part lemon juice.  Add a little water and honey and put into a thermos.  Drink the juice all day long for glowing skin.
Lemon juice helps the skin to rejuvenate and grow new skin.  It helps the skin to flake off old skin and improve the skin's metabolism.
Other juices to drink
There are many other fruit juices to drink.  Here are a few more.

Peach juice
Pear juice
Pineapple juice
Prune juice
Strawberry juice

Try to use organic fruit when making your juice.  It is better to make your own juices since most bottled juice contain no life force or natural live enzymes.  Drink the juices soon after you juice them.  If you want, put them in a thermos for later in the day.  If you can't make your own juice, the buying bottle juices is second best for clearing your acne.

title:Acne Program - Step 7 Fruits You Should Eat
author:Rudy Silva
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Eating fruits that are red or orange in color will help improve you skin health and help to prevent acne. Here are the fruits you should be eating.

Apples - eat 3 - 4 apples a day while working to clearing your acne. Apples are good for skin health. Eat at least 2 a day. Eat organic apples because you can eat the skins and most pectin is in the skin, which helps with constipation. Apples contain ascorbic acid, bioflavonoids, fiber, pectin, quercetin, minerals, and vitamins
Apricots - eat as many as you like. Apricots are a high source of minerals, fiber, and beta-carotene and will help control acne. (A precursor to vitamin A) They help to relieve or prevent constipation.
Bananas - eat only one banana a day. Bananas have the phytochemcial fructoOligosaccharides, which feeds the good bacterial in your colon. By feeding the good bacteria, you prevent the bad bacteria from overtaking the colon and producing toxic acids that get to the skin and create acne.
Blackberries - help cleanse the blood and are good for constipation. They help a weak kidney and are good for creating good skin on your face.
Blueberries are a good blood cleanser. They are also good for constipation and various skin disorders - eczema, acne, psoraisis
Cantaloupes - are high in vitamin A, C, and have many other minerals. This makes them good for any type of skin problems
Cherries - are good blood cleansers and help the liver and kidney. They promote regular bowel movements.
Figs - are high in fiber and help to reduce constipation.
Grapefruits - helps to dissolve and eliminate poisons from drugs thus improving the liver function
Grapes - help cleanse the body, build blood, and build the body. It is good for constipation, skin, and liver disorders.
Mango - is good for kidney inflammation. It contains a lot of minerals, which helps to neutralize acid waste.
Strawberries - have been shown to have strong anti-acne activity. They are high in pectin content, which helps to keep your bowels moving.
Pineapples - contains many vitamins and minerals. It contains Papain, which helps to digest protein. They are useful in of excess mucus, digestive problems, intestinal worms, and constipation.

These fruits below are useful for acne since they have an antibiotic effect,

Apple juice
Grape juice

Use as many of these fruits in your diet. If you do, you will start to see improvement in your skin and your acne will start to clear up.

Acne Program – Step 7  Fruits You Should Eat

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Eating fruits that are red or orange in color will help improve you skin health and help to prevent acne.  Here are the fruits you should be eating.

Acne Program – Step 7  Fruits You Should Eat

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*  Apples – eat 3 – 4 apples a day while working to clearing your acne.  Apples are good for skin health.  Eat at least 2 a day.  Eat organic apples because you can eat the skins and most pectin is in the skin, which helps with constipation. Apples contain ascorbic acid, bioflavonoids, fiber, pectin, quercetin, minerals, and vitamins
*  Apricots – eat as many as you like.  Apricots are a high source of minerals, fiber, and beta-carotene and will help control acne. (A precursor to vitamin A)  They help to relieve or prevent constipation.
*  Bananas – eat only one banana a day.  Bananas have the phytochemcial fructoOligosaccharides, which feeds the good bacterial in your colon.  By feeding the good bacteria, you prevent the bad bacteria from overtaking the colon and producing toxic acids that get to the skin and create acne.
*  Blackberries – help cleanse the blood and are good for constipation.  They help a weak kidney and are good for creating good skin on your face.
*  Blueberries are a good blood cleanser.  They are also good for constipation and various skin disorders – eczema, acne, psoraisis
*  Cantaloupes – are high in vitamin A, C, and have many other minerals.  This makes them good for any type of skin problems
*  Cherries – are good blood cleansers and help the liver and  kidney.  They promote regular bowel movements.
*  Figs – are high in fiber and help to reduce constipation.
*  Grapefruits – helps to dissolve and eliminate poisons from drugs thus improving the liver function
*  Grapes – help cleanse the body, build blood, and build the body.  It is good for constipation, skin, and liver disorders.
*  Mango – is good for kidney inflammation.  It contains a lot of minerals, which helps to neutralize acid waste.
*  Strawberries – have been shown to have strong anti-acne activity.  They are high in pectin content, which helps to keep your bowels moving.
*  Pineapples – contains many vitamins and minerals.  It contains Papain, which helps to digest protein.  They are useful in of excess mucus, digestive problems, intestinal worms, and constipation.
These fruits below are useful for acne since they have an antibiotic effect,
*  Grapes
*  Plums
*  Figs
*  Raspberries
*  Blueberries
*  Honey
*  Apple juice
*  Grape juice
Use as many of these fruits in your diet.  If you do, you will start to see improvement in your skin and your acne will start to clear up.

title:Acne Program – Step 8 Vegetables to Eat and Drink
author:Rudy Silva
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Eating and drinking vegetables is necessary for good health and for keeping your skin free from acne. Most people don’t eat enough vegetables and seldom drink their juices. Here is a list of vegetables and their juices that you need to eat and drink daily to help eliminate your acne.
Vegetable juices
Vegetable juices are absorbed quickly into your bloodstream. As a result, your cells are quickly provided with nutrients that feed them and that wash away waste. Vegetable juices give you the opportunity to get quick relief from various body conditions such as acne, skin disorders, and constipation.
Eating and drinking vegetables provide you with minerals and nutrients that build your blood, tissue, bones, and cells. It is minerals that build every part of your body. It is minerals that keep your body’s pH at the required level. It is minerals that keep your body alkaline by neutralizing body acids. Concentrate on putting minerals into your body by eating and drinking plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Carrot apple juice
Drink carrot juice every day. I like drinking carrot juice mixed with apple juice. My stomach can handle this combination better.
Carrot juice contains many vitamins and minerals. It is high in beta-carotene. Carrot juice will enhance your skins health and help you eliminate acne.
Carrot, spinach, and apple juice
A combination of carrot, spinach and apple juice is a powerful drink for cleaning the colon, relieving constipation and improving your skin conditions.
To make this drink, juice 3-4 carrots and a bunch of spinach. Then add juiced apples to make this drink more drinkable.
The word phytochemicals is used frequent here. Phytochemicals are all of the chemicals that exist in vegetables and fruits. There are so many phytochemicals that scientists have yet to investigate and learn about all of them.
Here are the vegetables that you should be eating the most of, so you can support the cleansing of your face and eliminating acne.
* Carrots – contain a rich source of vitamin A-like carotenoids. These phytochemicals have been shown to enhance the health of skin and repair it when it is damaged.
* Cabbage – helps to detoxify the body of harmful chemicals from the air and food additives.
* Celery – helps to reduce nervous tension. It contains many minerals that help to neutralize body acid waste and is high in fiber
* Cucumber – helps to reduce acne problems because it is high in silicon and sulfur. It is also a diuretic which helps flow more water through the kidney to clean out your blood
* Broccoli – is rich in beta carotene, a precursor to vitamin A, which is good for the skin
* Garlic – is a natural antibiotic and will help relieve skin bacterial infections
* Green pepper – The nutrients in green peppers are good for liver health and constipation. Its minerals are good for neutralizing acid waste.
* Radishes – help to digest your food. Good digestion is necessary to avoid constipation and to keep the liver and pancreas strong
* Sprouts – provide plenty of vitamins and minerals, which help to reduce body acids
* Watercress – helps to prevent vitamin and mineral deficiencies at the skin surface. It provides Vitamin A, B1, B2, C, iron, manganese, copper, and calcium.
Look this list of vegetable over, make a list of them, and head for your favorite store or farmers market. Concentrate in eating and drinking these natural products and you will see results in your health and a decrease in your skin disorders.
title:Acne Program - Step 9 Protein and 0ther Food to Eat
author:Rudy Silva
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Eating the right kind of food is what can give you a strong immune system and help you prevent sickness and all kinds of skin blemishes including acne.
Here are some of the foods that can help you overcome the acne on your face or throughout your body.
Eating excess meat is harmful to your health. Eating too much meat, more than 2-4 ounces per day, has been found to contribute to narrowing of the arteries.
If you do physical labor and are involved in a lot of movement in your work, then you should eat more than 2-4 ounces of protein per day. Just make sure that the meat has a minimum of additives and preservatives.
Remember, meat is high in saturated fat, which blocks the activity of EPA and DHA, which produce prostaglandin and control the activity of your hormones.
Meat and bread is a big contributor to creating constipation. Meat is difficult to digest and many times it will get into the colon partial digested. This condition benefits the bad bacteria and allows them to dominate the colon and create constipation.
Because meat and bread have little fiber, they move slowly in the colon, which leads to constipation and eventually to some type of colon inflammation.
Bad bacteria, decaying meat and other undigested food contribute to the build up of toxic matter in the colon. This is the type of condition you should try to avoid, if you have acne. You need fecal matter in the colon to move regularly and out the rectum, otherwise, toxic matter will build up and end up in your blood stream
Here are the grains you should be eating:

Brown rice - contain many amino acids that help rebuild skin tissue
Whole grains - contain folic acid, magnesium, and vitamin E, B vitamins, minerals, and fiber
Oats - use them in the morning with honey or raisins. Oats have an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin and help to keep you regular.

Seeds and nuts

Almonds - Almonds contain protein, the B vitamins, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Use them as a snack. These small nuts help to build muscles and tissue.
Flax seeds - These seeds are known for containing plenty of omega 3 oil, an essential oil for life. They also contain fiber when used ground up and put into smoothies. Omega 3 is also an anti-inflammatory oil, which is good for acne.
Pecans - This is one of the good nuts to eat. It contains Vitamin A, B's, C, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and potassium. Use them as a snack.
Pine nuts - these nuts also one of the best to eat. They contain vitamin A, C, B's, protein and iron.
Sesame seeds - They are high in calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. They are helpful in relieving various skin diseases such as acne by reducing the swelling.
Sunflower seeds - These seeds should be used as a snack. They are high in protein, calcium and vitamin A. They provide nutrients for building the whole body and are good for dry skin.

All of these nuts and seeds should be eaten raw. Heating and other processing will kill the life force of the nut or seed and also reduce the quantity of the vitamins and minerals.
Eat these nuts and seeds as snacks. Sesame seeds, sunflower, and flax seeds can be put directly into your blender as you make your smoothies.

title:Acne Program – Step 9 Protein and Other Food to Eat
author:Rudy Silva
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Eating the right kind of food is what can give you a strong immune system and help you prevent sickness and all kinds of skin blemishes including acne.
Here are some of the foods that can help you overcome the acne on your face or throughout your body.
Eating excess meat is harmful to your health. Eating too much meat, more than 2-4 ounces per day, has been found to contribute to narrowing of the arteries.
If you do physical labor and are involved in a lot of movement in your work, then you should eat more than 2-4 ounces of protein per day. Just make sure that the meat has a minimum of additives and preservatives.
Remember, meat is high in saturated fat, which blocks the activity of EPA and DHA, which produce prostaglandin and control the activity of your hormones.
Meat and bread is a big contributor to creating constipation. Meat is difficult to digest and many times it will get into the colon partial digested. This condition benefits the bad bacteria and allows them to dominate the colon and create constipation.
Because meat and bread have little fiber, they move slowly in the colon, which leads to constipation and eventually to some type of colon inflammation.
Bad bacteria, decaying meat and other undigested food contribute to the build up of toxic matter in the colon. This is the type of condition you should try to avoid, if you have acne. You need fecal matter in the colon to move regularly and out the rectum, otherwise, toxic matter will build up and end up in your blood stream
Here are the grains you should be eating:
* Brown rice – contain many amino acids that help rebuild skin tissue
* Whole grains – contain folic acid, magnesium, and vitamin E, B vitamins, minerals, and fiber
* Oats – use them in the morning with honey or raisins. Oats have an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin and help to keep you regular.
Seeds and nuts
* Almonds - Almonds contain protein, the B vitamins, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Use them as a snack. These small nuts help to build muscles and tissue.
* Flax seeds – These seeds are known for containing plenty of omega 3 oil, an essential oil for life. They also contain fiber when used ground up and put into smoothies. Omega 3 is also an anti-inflammatory oil, which is good for acne.
* Pecans – This is one of the good nuts to eat. It contains Vitamin A, B’s, C, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and potassium. Use them as a snack.
* Pine nuts – these nuts also one of the best to eat. They contain vitamin A, C, B’s, protein and iron.
* Sesame seeds – They are high in calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. They are helpful in relieving various skin diseases such as acne by reducing the swelling.
* Sunflower seeds – These seeds should be used as a snack. They are high in protein, calcium and vitamin A. They provide nutrients for building the whole body and are good for dry skin.
All of these nuts and seeds should be eaten raw. Heating and other processing will kill the life force of the nut or seed and also reduce the quantity of the vitamins and minerals.
Eat these nuts and seeds as snacks. Sesame seeds, sunflower, and flax seeds can be put directly into your blender as you make your smoothies.
title:Acne Rosacea in Adults - Is It Curable?
author:Bill Wilson
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Thought you finally outgrew the days of bad skin and pimples?  Well, think again!   Many adults suffer from acne in their late twenties and thirties, even those that had never experienced the problem in adolescence.   There are generally two types of adult acne - the more common form called Acne Vulgaris, and the more rare form called Acne Rosacea. 
It is estimated that up to 85% of the American population between the ages of 12 to 24 years of age have suffered from some form of Acne Vulgaris.  However, only about 5% of the population, or 13 million people, experience the aggravation and "rosy" cheeks of Acne Rosacea.
Acne Rosacea is a skin condition that is generally restricted to the face and eyes.  It generally affects people between the ages of 30 to 60 years old.  The condition is characterized by pimples, redness, and broken blood vessels.
At the onset, a person's cheeks may tend to blush or flush very easily.  However, as the rosacea develops further, redness will be noticeable around the nose area, and then extend over the remainder of the face.  An extreme case might experience enlarged oil glands in the nose that can lead to an enlarged and bulbous red nose.
For those suffering from this condition, almost 50% will have issues extending to their eyes.  Eye symptoms may include burning and tearing, redness, inflamed eyelids, or a scratchy feeling of something in the eyes.
Acne Rosacea is not medically dangerous, but is also incurable.  The good news is that it can be controlled with treatment.  The goal of the treatments is to minimize the symptoms and reduce sensitivity of the skin and eyes.
The first step in determining a treatment regimen is to identify possible "triggers", which will be different for each individual.  Acne Rosacea generally flares-up when an affected person is exposed to certain environmental or dietary conditions.  Some common "triggers" may include hot baths, exercise, wind, cold weather, and certain skin products. This is by no means a comprehensive list. 
The key to relief is to identify those conditions which tend to aggravate your Rosacea.   Easier said then done, you say?  Not really. 
The National Rosacea Society recommends that you maintain a symptom diary.  The purpose of your diary is to record what was eaten or the conditions immediately prior to the onset of a Rosacea flare-up.  Over a few weeks time, you should start to see a pattern form that will give you insight into your own "triggers".  Of course, once you have these "triggers" identified, you can avoid these conditions by modifying your lifestyle or eating habits.             
Other factors can also contribute to the exacerbation of Rosacea and should be avoided if at all possible.  These factors include: avoiding direct sunlight, reducing stress, avoiding long workouts or exertion in hot weather, and limiting spicy foods and hot beverages.
Besides avoiding known "triggers", symptoms can be treated with oral or topical antibiotics.  Other medications similar to vitamin A are utilized in more extreme cases and are only available through your dermatologist.  Also, laser surgery is available as a treatment alternative for reducing enlarged tissue on the nose and improving overall physical appearance.
title:Acne Rosacea - A Blush You Can Do Without
author:Alicia Caldelas
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

What do former presidents Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin have in common? A condition called acne rosacea, a chronic inflammation of the blood vessels in the skin, which causes a ruddy complexion and small acne-like eruptions on the cheeks, forehead and nose.
In men it can often cause the skin on the nose to thicken and swell, leading toa condition called rhinophyma.
Nobody know what causes it but the list of potential triggers is endless. The main culprits are alcohol and rich, spicy foods.
Because its roots are unknown, there's no permanent cure either, so management is the key. This is partly achieved by identifying what makes the rosacea worse through a process of exclusion and by the use of topical antibiotics - usually metronidazole. A GP's diagnosis is vital since the symptoms can be similar to more serious conditions such as lupus. Rosacea can last a lifetime, especially in men, but often clears up on its own.
title:Acne Scars
author:Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, Ph.D, ND, DACBN
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Acne is an inflammation of the skin that affects people from every country and every culture around the world. In the US, acne is predominantly thought of as a teenage dilemma, as more than eighty percent of teens and preteens will develop some form of acne. However, the condition certainly affects a large number of adults and even infants. The scientific name for the condition is acne vulgaris because acne usually strikes in plainly visible locations such as the face, neck, chest and back. There are various types of acne that range in annoyance, severity, and healing time. The most severe type of acne may even lead scars that if not treated properly, may be visible for a lifetime. If you or a loved one is troubled by severe acne, here's what you need to know about acne scars and what you need to do to avoid and care for them.
How Does Acne Form?
Contact with an oily substance such as mineral oil, vegetable oil, or petroleum is a potential cause of acne, as is the use of certain medication and steroids. However, acne is most often cause by the secretion of androgens. Acne is also aggravated by milk or dairy products, red meat and fast food. Androgens are sex hormones that are initially secreted at the onset of puberty. They are male hormones but they are secreted by females as well. Androgens stimulate the production of oil from the skin's oil glands. Acne occurs when these overactive oil glands become blocked, causing the oil to build up in the gland and swell. A bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes normally colonizes this swollen gland causing the development of inflammation and pus. In particularly severe cases, the glands may burst into the skin and produce cysts.
Types Of Acne
Acne blemishes are categorized into four grades, ranging from mild to very severe.
Grade I: Mild acne falls into this category. People with grade I acne generally have blackheads and whiteheads but pimples are not present.
Grade II: The condition is considered moderate acne when blackheads, whiteheads, and small pimples are present, but they are confined to the face and the inflammation they cause is minimal.
Grade III: Severe acne includes blackheads, whiteheads, and deeper pimples with more pronounced swelling.
Grade IV: acne is considered very severe when it occurs on the face, neck, shoulders, chest, and back. Pustules and deeper cysts occur with very severe acne and scarring may result if the condition is not cared for properly.
Preventing Acne Scars
The most important rule for acne sufferers to remember is that you should never pick or squeeze acne blemishes. This can lead to the spread of acne and the development of acne scars. Instead, there are a number of herbal, homeopathic, and traditional formulas that can be used to treat acne and prevent the development of acne scars. Herbs work naturally with the body to reduce acne blemishes and prevent the development of acne scars. Echinacea and poke root are often used for their anti-inflammatory properties and red clover may be beneficial for its estrogenic action. Witch hazel has excellent astringent properties and may be very effective on acne.
Relieving Acne Scars
Acupuncture: Stagnant of Chi in the channels of the face is said to be the cause of acne. Acupuncture performed on these points of the face may help relieve acne, and prevent the development of acne scars.
Surgery: In moderate to severe cases of acne, doctors may use surgery to open up the blemishes and remove blackheads and whiteheads. Unlike medication treatments, the effects of acne surgery are usually more immediate. And surgery is also effective in reducing the development and visibility of acne scars.
Cleaning the intestinal Tract: Acne can be a by-product of a filthy intestinal tract and colon. In most cases when the colon is clean the acne will go away. I recommend the intestinal cleanser Oxy-Powder.
Other remedies include the skin rejuvenation program including 3 products: Oxy-Skin, Oxy-Zap and a strong Aloe Vera concentrate available at These products should help prevent acne scarring.
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title:Acne Scars and Makeup
author:Suzanne Hughes
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

When a person has acne scars, makeup is important.  There is makeup for acne scars that is especially formulated for this situation.
Makeup for acne scars is manufactured by many different companies. If you are not sure which makeup for acne scars is the best to use you may want to do a little research.
Talk to a dermatologist before buying makeup for acne scars. Your dermatologist may have some great recommendations for makeup for acne scars.
Another person to ask is a friend who also has problems with acne scars. A friend can guide you to makeup for acne scars that has worked for them.
You can find makeup for acne scars online.  If you don’t know what kind of makeup to use you will be able to read about lots of different kinds of makeup for acne scars.  You might find really good prices for makeup for acne scars online.
You can go to a makeup counter at a mall and find makeup for acne scars.  The cosmetologists will be able to help you choose the best makeup for you.
Makeup consultants that sell cosmetic products will often have makeup for acne scars.  This is a great way to go because the consultant will come right to your home.  You can try the makeup for acne scars and see if you like it before you buy.
When you decide on the makeup for acne scars that you plan to use there are a few things to remember:
1. Do not use too much of the makeup for acne scars.
2. Use a fine-bristle makeup brush to blend the makeup for acne scars.
3. Use a dotting motion to apply the makeup for acne scars rather than big left to right strokes.
4. Set the foundation with a transparent powder that does not contain oil.
5. Always have compact powder with you in case you need a touch-up.
When you find a good makeup for acne scars and apply it the correct way, your acne scars will seem to fade away leaving your face looking smoother.

title:Acne Skin Care
author:Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, Ph.D, ND, DACBN
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

We all need to follow a skin care regime that can keep or skin looking and feeling its best.  But those of us who suffer from acne must be especially vigilant about the methods and products we use. Acne prone skin is very sensitive to the dyes, perfumes, and chemicals that are in many beauty products.  If you have mild to moderate acne, here are the tips and techniques that can help improve the look and condition of your skin.
Acne Skin Care:  Dealing With Problem Skin
Beauty Products
You have probably heard of dry skin, oily skin and combination skin.  If you have acne, you may have decided that your skin type is either oily or combination.  But actually, it's neither of these.  Acne prone skin falls into a completely different category: problem skin.  Problem skin …
If you are prone to developing acne, you should look for skin care products that are made to deal with acne. Don't use any beauty products that have added dyes and perfumes, as these ingredients can seriously aggravate your blemishes.  Use a natural product like Oxy-Skin™ for your facial needs.
There are a number of vitamins and minerals that can be used to improve the look and condition of your skin. The mineral zinc, and vitamins A, C, and E, and B-complex vitamins like vitamin B6 are often used to support acne treatment, as these vitamins are very important for the health of your skin.  Eating foods that are rich in sulphur may also be helpful as sulphur helps to cure acne.  Garlic and onions both contain a good supply of sulphur. Your health care provider may also recommend that you avoid eating sugar, fried foods, or foods that have a high fat content.  Also eliminate any sugar based carbonated beverages.
Acne Skin Care:  The Dos and Don'ts
Acne prone skin needs special care. Here are the dos and don'ts of caring for skin with acne:

Gently wash your skin with warm water and a mild natural facial cleanser.  Washing your skin twice a day will help to remove debris and pollutants that could block pores. 
Choose oil free cosmetics and beauty products.  Regular make up contains fatty acids that are higher in fat than the fatty acids in your skin.  Look for organic cosmetics that are made for sensitive or acne prone


Over wash your skin.  Excessive scrubbing will aggravate acne and more causes blemishes to open up and spread.
Pick your skin.  Never pick, squeeze or abrade your acne blemishes.  Squeezing a pimple or other blemish can cause permanent scarring.  And breaking the scar can allow a secondary bacterial infection to take hold.
Smoke. Cigarette smoke is a toxin that is destructive to the organs both inside and outside the body. 
Use skin toners.  Skin toners provide extra cleansing to skin, but they are made of very drying ingredients such as alcohol and acetone that could be damaging to skin.
Expose your skin to sun. Many people think that sunlight will improve acne.  And while it's true that some sun exposure may help dry up surface acne blemishes, prolonged sun exposure can damage skin and make acne worse in the long run.

Acne Skin Care: The Cover Up
No matter how well you care for your acne prone skin, there will still be times when stress, climate changes, or pollution cause you to breakout with unsightly blemishes.  When this happens, you can reduce the appearance by concealing the irritated skin with make up.  However, special care is necessary when choosing cover up products and techniques to avoid calling more attention to the area.  Here's the best way to conceal acne:

Wash and moisturize your face with a gentle facial cleanser.  Start with a clean and fresh slate before applying any cosmetic products.
Look for a natural cover up product that has a high level of pigment.  The more pigment the product has, the less of it you can put on while still getting good coverage.  And do a swatch test with the product to ensure that it matches your skin tone exactly.  Take a drop of the product and rub it on your skin.  It should match your skin tone but you should not be able to see your skin underneath.  This will provide the right amount of coverage to conceal a blemish. 
Apply concealer in natural light.  It is very important for your concealer to blend seamlessly with your face.

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title:Acne Skin Care For You
author:Kirsten Hawkins
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

A high percentage of individuals have been tormented by skin problems like blemishes, rashes, pimples, blackheads and acne. These problems are commonly experienced during puberty or an early stage in life where people tend to be most socially insecure. Aside from being physical, the effects can also be psychological. It can drain an individual’s self-esteem and confidence. Some individuals may continue experiencing acne related skin infections decades later and it may eventually diminish during early adulthood for most people. There is now way of predicting when it will gradually decrease or fully disappear. Pimples, blackheads, and blemishes are among the most common skin infections caused by acne. The infection is a result of excessive secretions of oil from the skin glands and its buildup when a skin pore is blocked. Upper regions of the body like the face, chest, back and upper arms are commonly infected.
Acne can be irritating for most people since it can almost be unpredictable and uncontrollable once it strikes. The exact causes of this skin disease are not known and there have been no guaranteed measure in averting it. Diet, hereditary reasons, vitamin deficiency and stress are among the factors that have been closely attributed to acne infections. Still, it is best to find a good acne skin care regimen to ease and control its growth. An average person can make use of typical acne skin care methods. For severe forms of acne, consulting dermatologists is advisable in finding ways to lessen swelling and prevent scarring.
Perhaps the best acne skin care regimen is to regularly wash your skin twice a day. Using a mild natural facial cleanser and warm water in washing your skin regularly can help remove dirt and pollutants. Using strong detergent soaps and scrubbing your skin can only worsen your acne problems. Too much scrubbing can aggravate acne and it can also open up blemishes. Popping pimples can make the blemishes to spread up causing more infection. Some astringents are too strong and can cause more skin irritation. Using astringents are only advisable for oily skin. Washing your hair regularly can also help in acne skin care. Washing hair, especially long ones, can help remove excess oil and dirt that might come in contact with the skin.
Proper acne skin care also involves shaving and using the right razor. Choosing and testing for a comfortable safety razor is important when you have acne. Before applying the shaving cream, the beard can be softened by washing it with soap and water. Using a sharp blade and shaving lightly helps avoid cuts and rupturing pimples. Many acne skin care products and medicines for treating skin diseases can make your skin more prone to sunburn. Exposing your skin for a while to the sun may help dry up acne blemishes in the surface. Too much exposure to the sun can cause rapid skin aging, skin cancer and can make your skin drier.
Individuals that are prone to acne and are being treated for it should use oil free cosmetic products. Benzoyl peroxide and other acne skin care treatment can redden the skin so applying regular cosmetics products might be difficult. Regular cosmetic products usually contain more fatty acids that are harmful to acne prone individuals. Looking for organic and acne skin care products that will match your skin tone can help avoid more infections.
It is still best that one should consult a dermatologist before applying any acne skin care product or using different methods. Exerting more effort is needed for serious cases of acne infection to keep it from recurring. Observing proper acne skin care is important especially for younger individuals since blemishes and rashes tend to heal faster at a young age. Keeping a healthy lifestyle and diet can help restore the body’s vitality easily.
title:Acne Skin Care Methods
author:Mark Woodcock
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Acne can be a painful and embarrassing condition for a person to be afflicted with. Often, a person who has acne cannot control its occurrence. But, by following a few acne skin care practices, acne can be controlled and even gotten rid of.
Acne is an inflammatory skin disease that affects millions of individuals. The most universal type of acne is known as "common acne". Acne is caused when too many oils are secreted from the glands and those oils mix with dead skin cells, blocking the hair follicles. More oil secretions increase underneath the already blocked follicles (or pores), and skin bacteria begin to grow rapidly. This leads to red and irritated skin that most often appears as bumps on the skin's surface. Any skin surface of the body is susceptible to acne, but it most commonly (and heavily) appears on the face, chest, back, and upper arm region.
Acne commonly begins to occur during puberty due to an irregular response by the body to regular levels of testosterone, a male hormone. Often, acne begins to subside or disappear altogether by the mid 20's. However, some individuals do suffer with it throughout adulthood. And some adults do not even see the onset of acne until well into the adult years. This is known as adult onset acne.
Acne can leave scarring on the skin, as well as have a scarring effect on a person's self-esteem, and even lead to depression. Because society can be so unforgiving about appearances, there are various medically prescribed treatments available, as well as acne skin care regimens that can be utilized in order to minimize the symptoms of acne.
Different things cause acne for different sufferers. A few of the recognized causes of acne include heredity, hormonal activity (puberty, menstruation, pregnancy), stress, certain medications, and skin irritation. All of these things have the potential to cause acne, as well as exacerbate it. There are a few myths regarding acne. For instance we've all heard of a mom telling her child not to eat too many greasy foods like French fries, or eat too many sweets, because it will give him or her pimples. That is simply an old wives' tale. Diet does not cause acne, and does not affect it. Also, poor hygiene has no bearing on the occurrence of acne. Acne is not caused by dirt, and having poor hygiene habits will not aggravate the condition.
There are many treatments for acne available, both through prescription, and over the counter. There are antibiotics in the form of pills, as well as topical creams that are designed to treat the condition. Exfoliation can be used as a treatment to remove and prevent the build up of dead skin cells. And light therapy is being used more and more to treat acne. It is important to consult a dermatologist in order to determine the best course of treatment and learn the best regimen of acne skin care to carry out.
Dealing with the occurrence of acne requires knowing how to properly care for the skin. Acne skin care can help keep the problem from getting worse, and even alleviate it. It is important to gently wash the skin at least twice a day with a gentle skin cleanser. Do not scrub with a rough pad or use a rough soap. This will make the acne problem worse. And always completely rinse the skin after cleansing.
As part of an acne skin care routine, it is important to remember not to touch the afflicted skin areas. Do not try to squeeze acne. An infection could occur, compounding the problem, and scarring could result. Also, avoid the sun when possible. Wear protective clothing to avoid tanning or burning. The skin will age faster, and any fading effect of the acne is temporary and will become visible again when the burn or tan fades.
When using cosmetics, take care to use oil-free products, and products that are non-comedogenic (won't clog the pores). And for men who shave their faces, it is important to shave very carefully. Shave with a light hand to avoid cutting or nicking the blemishes. If these steps in acne skin care are taken, the pain and embarrassment of the problem can be alleviated, and over time, eliminated completely.
title:Acne Skin Care Myths
author:Ruth Stattmiller
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Acne can be both uncomfortable and embarrassing. When someone repeatedly receives acne breakouts, they often wonder what they can do to prevent them from happening again. Unfortunately, many times they are misinformed about acne skin care. In fact, many commonly accepted acne “facts” are nothing more than myths. It is wise to inform yourself before making decisions about acne skin care. The following are some acne skin care myths which any medical doctor will debunk:
Myth #1: Acne treatments are universal, and what works for one person will work for everyone.
The truth is, everyone’s natural chemistry and skin are unique. Furthermore, each person lives in a unique environment which will have specific effects on their skin and acne. The truth is, what works as an acne “fix” for one person may completely fail for someone else. Each person should get personalized advice from a dermatologist. Furthermore, they should be willing to keep trying different things until they find a regimen that works for them.
Myth #2: There is a quick fix for acne.
This is another myth which often proves to be completely false. For people with very severe acne, getting rid of it can be a long-fought “war”, not a quick battle. Even when medication is very effective, it can take up to 6 to 8 weeks to get initial results. To beat acne, it is necessary to be patient and “stick with it”, even when treatment doesn’t seem to be helping.
Myth #3: You don’t need a dermatologist’s help to beat acne.
Actually, the dermatologist is exactly who you need to beat acne! Some people believe that their own concocted remedies, or over-the-counter treatments are enough to clear up their skin. The fact is, you may need a personalized plan to actually clear up your acne, and only a doctor is qualified enough to recommend this safely. So do yourself a favor, and go see a doctor about it! You’ll be glad you did.
Of course, those are just a few of the facts (and uncovered myths) about acne skin care. To get the full story, it is advised that you see a dermatologist and get more personalized recommendations. And of course, once you are prescribed a specific acne regimen, remember to stick with it! Anything worthwhile takes time.

title:Acne Skin Care Products
author:Kirsten Hawkins
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

We all need to follow a skin care regimen to keep our skin healthy and in top shape. Our skin can reflect on how we take care of our body. At some point of our lives, it is almost inevitable that we experience having minor forms of skin infections caused by acne like pimples and blackheads. Teenagers are more prone to it as the body undergoes different hormonal changes. As the body continually grows towards adulthood, individuals really have no way of stopping it and can only lessen its effects. By using different methods and acne skin care products person’s that are more prone to it can control its growth.
Acne skin care products performance can greatly depend on how an individual's skin type reacts to it. It must conform to the skin’s characteristics, which may include skin sensitivity, tone, ethnicity and gender. There are many acne skin care products in the market with different active ingredients and solutions for different skin types. Acne prone skin can be very sensitive to different chemicals and must be very careful in using different products. There are different tips and techniques for mild to severe cases of acnes. Some acne skin care products may not work for some people in helping them improve the look and condition of their skin.
Among the commonly used acne skin care product is the facial cleanser. There are many types of cleansers available that are good and gentle for the skin. It is easy to find a cleanser that is made specifically for a person’s skin type. Using a different soap for your face is also important since bath soaps can be harmful to acne-prone individuals. Testing different acne skin care products may do more harm than good. Skin toners contain ingredients that can dry skin making it susceptible to acne.
A moisturizer is well recommended for individuals that are using benzoyl peroxide to keep the skin from becoming too dry. Upon using acne skin care products for treating blemishes, using moisturizers can keep the skin in balance and helps prevent some of the dryness on its initial stages. Benzoyl peroxide can be harmful to a few individuals. When it exceeds the reasonable quantity and concentration, it can cause severe swelling and flaking. Testing acne skin care products and starting at lesser amounts of dosage is advised to keep track of your skin’s reaction.
Manual razors are better than electric razors since it can give you more control as you shave. Quality safety razors are not hard to find, it can make shaving easier. Changing the blade more often can lessen the skin irritation for acne prone individuals. Blunt and uneven blades can cause accidents like cuts. Unclean blades can also infect open scars and pimples. Opening a scar or blemish can cause a secondary bacterial infection and a permanent scar. Using a shaving cream can prevent burns acquired from shaving and it can also lessen the possibility of bacteria from entering cuts.
Aside from acne skin care products you can also rely for health supplements like vitamins. Vitamins A, B6, C and E can be good for acne treatment and are essential for a healthy skin. Being watchful on your diet and sugar intake can also help minimizing acne problems. Foods rich in sulfur like garlic and onions can be use to cure acne. Consulting a dermatologist for the right acne skin care product can save you the time and effort in reaching the desired results. Skin experts can give you a proper advise on how to treat your skin well.
title:Acne Skin Care Treatments
author:Jerrick Foo
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Acne sufferers today can choose from an array of products and regimens designed for acne skin care, both in prescription and over-the-counter preparations. Whether you are a teenager with typical hormone-driven breakouts, or are battling acne as an adult, you should be able to find a skin care treatment that gives you relief.
Acne skin care products target the problem of acne with several different strategies—some work by reducing the production of the oil glands, others by killing the P. acnes bacteria that cause the acne eruption, and others reduce the build-up of dead skin cells that leads to clogged pores. Several popular skin care products perform more than one of these functions.
The oldest commercial acne skin care treatment, and still one of the most widely available, is Benzoyl Peroxide. Sold in gels, creams, and washes, Benzoyl Peroxide fights acne by killing the P. acnes bacterium on the surface of the skin. It also has a drying and peeling effect, which may help reduce the severity of acne.
Users report that Benzoyl Peroxide can take four to six weeks of constant use to achieve full effect, but that it is a powerful tool in acne skin care when used faithfully. It can be found in commercial acne skin care products, such as Oxy 5 and Clearasil, but is also available in prescription strength.
Antibiotics are another common treatment used in acne skin care. Like Benzoyl Peroxide, they target the P. acnes bacterium, and can be found in gels and creams, but are usually administered as an oral medication. Common antibiotics used for acne treatment are Erythromycin, Clindamycin, and Tetracycline. Another aspect of antibiotic use in acne skin care is their anti-inflammatory effect, which reduces the redness and swelling of acne eruptions that have already occurred.
Additionally, Sodium Sulfacetamide and Azelaic Acid are prescribed to fight P. acnes bacteria, although neither are antibiotics.
Azelaic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Resorcinol, sulphur, and Adapalene are products that approach acne skin care with the intent to reduce clogged pores by peeling or sloughing off dead skins cells. Salicylic Acid is found in over-the-counter acne care products, such as Stridex, as are Resorcinol and sulphur.
While most acne skin care treatments in this group target the surface of the skin, Adapalene, a prescription-only medication, reduces the build-up of dead skin cells inside the pore itself. Also a prescription-only skin care product, Azelaic Acid has the added benefit of killing P. acnes bacteria.
To reduce oil production, there are two common acne skin care treatments: oral contraceptives, and Isotretinoin (Accutane). Of the two, Accutane, a vitamin A derivative, has the most severe side-effects, which include a high risk of birth defects, and is used for severe cases when other acne skin care regimens have failed.
Oral contraceptives work as an acne treatment because they are anti-androgens—they reduce levels of male hormones, specifically testosterone. Increased oil production in women has been linked to elevated levels of testosterone. Not all birth control pills work in the same manner, and the progestins used in some actually act like androgens, so be sure to inform your doctor if you wish your oral contraceptive to serve the dual purpose of acne skin care.
Every acne skin care product available today has side effects, some of them quite severe. Always consult your doctor or dermatologist, and read carefully all labels and warnings before beginning an acne skin care regimen.

title:Acne Skin Care - How To Clear Up Those Embarrasing Blemishes
author:Ken Black
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People of all races and ages get acne. It is most common in adolescents and young adults. Around 85 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 24 develop the disorder. Nearly 17 million people in the United States have acne, making it the most common skin disease.
For most people, acne tends to diminish by the time they reach their thirties; however, some people in their forties and fifties continue to have this skin problem.
I remember when I used to get acne myself. Was that annoying. And it sure ruined my social life, that's for sure. There is nothing more embarrasing than going out in public with acne all over your face. You know people are staring at you. You know they don’t want to get near you because of those ugly marks on your face. I think they think it’s contagious, which is not true at all. It’s a good way to lose friends quickly.
So, how did I get rid of my acne ? Well, before you can clear up your skin, you should know exactly who the enemy is and what you’re up against. Here’s a summary for you and some real honest to goodness solutions. It worked for me and it will work for you too.
What is Acne?
Acne is a disorder resulting from the action of hormones on the skin's oil glands (sebaceous glands), which leads to plugged pores and outbreaks of lesions commonly called pimples or zits. Acne lesions usually occur on the face, neck, back, chest, and shoulders.
Although heredity may be a cause of this problem, it is more associated with hormonal levels and how you care for your skin (e.g. rubbing your skin too much will cause it). Chocolate and greasy foods are often blamed, but foods seem to have little effect on the development and course of acne in most people. In addition, dirty skin does not cause acne and neither does stress.
How Is Acne Treated?
You can buy over the counter medicine (OTC), see your family doctor, or a dermatologist (skin doctor).
Over-the-counter(OTC) Medicines
Benzoyl peroxide, resorcinol, salicylic acid, and sulfur are the most common topical OTC medicines used to treat acne. Topical OTC medications are available in many forms, such as gel, lotion, cream, soap, or pad.
Prescription Topical Medicines
Several types of prescription topical medicines include benzoyl peroxide, tretinoin, adapalene, and azelaic acid.
Some people develop side effects from using prescription topical medicines including stinging, burning, redness, peeling, scaling, or discoloration of the skin.
Prescription Oral Medicines
Oral antibiotics are thought to help control acne by curbing the growth of bacteria and reducing inflammation. Examples are clindamycin, erythromycin, sulfur, or isotretinoin. Some people experience side effects when taking these antibiotics, such as an increased tendency to sunburn, upset stomach, dizziness or lightheadedness, changes in skin color, and dry skin.
Other treatments
There are lazer treatments for rare serious cases and there are safe and natural herbal medications that work like over the counter medications, but often with less side effects.
How Should People With Acne Care for Their Skin?
* Clean Skin Gently with a mild cleanser 3 or 4 times a day.
* Avoid Frequent Handling of the Skin.
* Shave Carefully.
* Avoid a Sunburn or Suntan.
* Use Non-Oily Cosmetics.
In summary, there are many treatments out there for acne skin problems. Talk to your doctor if you’re unsure what to do. Try some of the suggestions mentioned here. In no time at all, you’ll look better, feel better, and you’ll be back out there enjoying your social life, your friends, and your family much more.
title:Acne Solution from a Pill
author:Sandra Wellman
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Most people believe the only way to cure their acne problem is from the outside.  Well, you definitely need to keep your skin clean, but often, acne sufferers scrub too hard or use harsh chemicals to try to clean deep. This can actually make matters worse. Simply clean your face at least twice per day with a mild cleanser, especially after sweating. I keep a bottle of astringent in the shower b/c I don’t like cleaning my face with soap like some people (my husband). Soap seems to leave a residual, as far as I’m concerned. And women, I know you won’t like this, but try to wear as little makeup as infrequently as you can get away with or put up with. It just clogs your pores. When you do wear it, make sure you clean your face before you go to bed, even if it’s late. Just do a quick job!
Home remedies for acne are much better than prescriptions, especially the ones with side effects like Accutane®.  You could feel sick, get liver problems, get depressed and worse yet, your child may have birth defects from using it! Be careful what you choose to cure your acne with. Read all ingredients and warnings.
Using a natural acne remedy on the inside and out is your best acne solution. For exterior cleaning, try to find a product without alcohol, as it will dry your skin. Tea Tree oil is natural, but also very strong. I wouldn’t use it for mild to moderate acne unless it had other ingredients in it to dilute it. If you have severe acne, that may work for you. An acne product that protects your skin and prevents acne from coming back is even better. There’s one listed on my web site, see below.
Now, about cleaning acne from the inside out; this may seem a bit strange to you, but a lot of acne is caused by internal imbalances and/or impurities. Chocolate doesn’t really cause acne, unless you are allergic to it, but eating junk food definitely won’t help you. Eating too many white carbohydrates creates a pasty like sludge substance in your intestines and bacteria love to stick to it, gross! That’s partly why you are told to avoid white starches and sugars, but that’s a subject for a different day.
Antioxidants, like Vitamin C, E and Alpha Lipoic Acid, are very helpful in clearing acne. Aloe Vera is an anti-viral as well as an anti-microbial, that can help cleanse you from the inside out. Hydrolyzed Collagen prevents moisture loss. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could get all these, plus DMAE, Co-enzyme Q10 and Bioperine all in one capsule you only have to take once per day? Yes, there is an acne solution from a pill! You can clear your acne from the inside out. Go to my web site to find out how:

title:Acne’s Top 10 FAQ’s
author:Mark MacKay
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1.) Can you get (catch) acne from other people?
Answer: While certain types of acne do contain a bacterium, it is located in the hair follicles under your skin and can not be transmitted through contact. So no, touching or kissing someone with acne will not cause you to develop acne.
2.) If both my parents had acne does that mean I will develop acne?
Answer: Studies show that heredity does play an important role in determining who develops acne. So children of parents who had or have acne are at a grater risk then others. It should be noted that as with any disease just because you have a family history, does not guarantee you will get it; only that you have a much great chance then someone with no family history.
3.) Does eating or drinking certain foods cause acne?
Answer: Over the years studies have suggested everything from chocolate, candy, fried foods, sugar, drinking water, orange juice to milk can cause you to develop acne or make existing acne worse. However their is no scientific evidence to support any such results. There are so many factors effecting acne development that it is very difficult to isolate any one cause. So whether or not to avoid certain foods or drinks is really just an individual preference. If you find your skin reacts negatively to certain foods, then just don’t eat or drink it.
4.) Does dirt on my skin cause acne?
Answer: Having proper hygiene will help with healthy skin. However dirty skin will not cause acne, but anybody with acne should be extra vigilant in having a good cleansing routine. Over washing can irritate your skin and make it more vulnerable to infection. Washing with a gentle cleanser will help reduce skin cell build up and keep your skin looking at its best. So find a balance and try not to over wash.
5.) Does stress cause acne?
Answer: Stress has been shown to make acne worse, not directly cause it. So if you suffer from acne you should be aware of how you react under stress and develop ways to help manage and keep it under control. This will not only help with controlling your acne but also benefit your over all health.
6.) Can you develop acne once you are out of your teens?
Answer: The simple answer is yes. In fact many people who never experienced acne as a teen can develop it in their 30, 40, and 50’s.
7.) Does make up or sunscreen make acne worse?
Answer: Certain products that are overly greasy and thick can plug the skins follicles leading to the development of acne. Not all products affect everyone the same way, so while you many develop acne using one product someone else may not. If you are prone to acne you will need to be extra careful with what you put on your skin. Try to always use oil free products and also test a small amount on a patch of skin for a few days before using it all over.
8.) Will exercising affect my acne?
Answer: While it is still unclear why this happens, vigorous exercising that causes your body to heat up and sweat does seem to cause acne to get worse for certain people. One theory is that exercise increases the production of sebum, the oil that when to much is produced can lead to acne.
9.) Can a facial help with acne?
Answer: There is no easy way to answer this question. The term facial is used to describe everything from an over the counter product you buy from a drug store and do it yourself to something done at an expensive spa for hundreds of dollars. The bottom line is anything that might irritate your skin can make your acne worse.
10.) Why does my acne stop responding to my current treatment?
Answer: Acne medication, like all medications can become less effective over time as your body builds a resistance to them. It might be necessary to use acne treatment regiments on a rotational basis for optimum effectiveness.
title:Acne's upsetting problems
author:Martha Fitzharris
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If you discover that you recently suffer from acne, don’t desperate, there are possible cures for this skin disease.  If the cause of acne has been established, a solution is possible.
Anyone with or who has had acne can tell you, how many times a day they've cleaned their faces with anti-bacterial facial wash and still faced new pimples the next day.
The same goes for all the other topical creams for acne available in the market, which kills germs and open up blocked pores. These may provide temporary relief, but you will never experience acne free skin by only focusing on acne from the outside.
The real and main causes of acne are hormone imbalance, water retention and toxins. Let’s talk about hormones. Hormones are chemicals that are produced by glands in the body and circulate in the bloodstream that control numerous body functions including sebum (skin oil) production and regulation. The hormones that are responsible for acne are called androgens. This is because androgens stimulate the sebaceous glands (glands in the skin that secrete oil to the surface of the skin.)
When you have too many androgens in the blood, your sebaceous glands begin to over-produce oil in the skin. You have to be clear that it is not only oil that will cause acne but it’s the initial problem you want to resolve.
The next part of the problem is toxins in the blood and lymph. When your liver and kidneys are not properly cleansing the blood and are overloaded, the liver is unable to properly 'deactivate' used hormones and remove them from the body.
The combination of oil, bacteria and toxins blocks pores generate Acne. Inside the blocked pores also are bacteria which grow in a low-oxygen environment. This bacteria aggravates the skin condition and causes an inflammatory disease, otherwise known as acne.
Hormone imbalance doesn't only cause acne, but can be responsible for many other problems including: allergies, fatigue, headaches, mood swings and insomnia.
For most teenagers, hormone imbalance occurs during puberty when the body is busy producing hormones for growth, maturity and reproduction. In case of adult acne, it predominately arises from the inability of the liver and kidneys to effectively eliminate excess hormones and toxins from the blood.
In order to cure your acne you have to be able to get your hormones into balance by feeding your body the key nutrients that aid hormone regulation in the glands and also strengthen the liver which is the other hormone regulatory system. You have to also apply a topic that trigger the self healing process of your skin, this way you will avoid further blemishes while you are treating the main cause of acne.
title:Acne's Upsetting Zits
author:Martha Fitzharris
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Acne is a type of skin disease that is mainly caused due to excessive secretion of oil, produced by the sebaceous glands in our skin. Basically, the function of this oil is to regulate the skin texture and body hair by reasonably moistening it.
Problem presents when an excessive of lubrication is produced by these skin glands (due to hormones), you easily become prone to development of congested pores on the skin surface. These pores give rise to various skin bumps such as cysts, blackheads, whiteheads, pimples etc.
You may think witch is the difference if they are all ugly bumps?. They are classified by their nature. Cyst is a condition where your skin is covered with a tiny sac that is filled with fluid. In the case of whiteheads, the pores get blocked with sebum and protrude slightly outward. When the pores stay open and are filled with sebum, they get darkened from the outside surface and it is called blackhead. It is known as a pimple, when the pores get exposed to a different kind of organic matter such as bacteria and other germs.
If you are 20 and you also taught that you left this “teenager problem” behind….you are wrong! This skin disease is commonly found between the age group of 10 to 40 years. Fortunately, now you can find quicker treatment than years ago, if you have thorough knowledge regarding the causes and how they should be treated. But you have to know that some
These zits you may want to improve are commonly caused by normal hormonal fluctuations in our bodies causing Acne. They are commonly found on the face or on body areas like back, scalp and neck. Evidently, they make you uncomfortable as they sometimes hurt.
We all know that we are sometimes tempted to popping, picking these zits.  Avoid doing that as they will only makes things worse and can cause even more to sprout out. If you do so you will only get an ugly and permanent scar.
Acne problem has the characteristic to keep coming back. And as for everybody appearance is important, you would easily think of medicines and some invasive procedures for their zits to be gone in the shortest time possible. Be careful in choosing the best product or method as possible, consult with your doctor and read the label of the products.  Use only products with natural ingredients. Some of these bacteriacide tend to cause you more skin problems and even worsen your problem.
If you really want to know what’s the cause of these zits go to a dermatologist.  Despite your friends and mom say that chocolates, pizza or French fries causes the pimples to pop up, you have to know that you don't just get pimples from what you eat, unless you are allergic to something. Ask your doctor, he will lead you to understand which are the probable causes and the preventive measures to prevent you from getting more of your zits and other acne related problems.
The doctor can give you preventive measures and medicines concerning your zits and acne and eventually you will grow out of them. Most importantly, zits do not make you ugly or gross and everyone gets zits so you don't have to be ashamed or have fear or even have low self-esteem just because you have acne or zits. The distressing truth is that zits and acne will persist well into adulthood so you better get used to them from the start they appear on your skin.
Fortunately you don’t have to get use of those Acne scar as there is a natural product that may give you an effective solution to them. Bio Skin Care cream is a product able to increase the body's natural healing processes triggering the healing of those blemishes.
After two weeks using it twice a day, the skin looks younger, firmer and lustrous, and continues improving with each successive treatment.
With the use of BIO SKIN CARE Cream acne inflammation is kept at bay. Also damaged cells and toxins are dissolved, hair follicles are cleaned of debris, germs are destroyed, new collagen and elasting and water holding cells are formed to repair skin damage.
Acne Talk For Teenagers

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Acne is painful - on the inside. We live in a culture where not just youth, but beauty is worshipped. It's everywhere and you can't escape it. The results of having acne can be emotionally devastating for teenagers as they are extremely conscious of their appearance and their image. Even though they feel they suffer alone, they don't. The fact is that approximately 85% of the population in the United States has at some point suffered with acne, and approximately 17 million pe...


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Acne is painful - on the inside. We live in a culture where not just youth, but beauty is worshipped. It's everywhere and you can't escape it. The results of having acne can be emotionally devastating for teenagers as they are extremely conscious of their appearance and their image. Even though they feel they suffer alone, they don't. The fact is that approximately 85% of the population in the United States has at some point suffered with acne, and approximately 17 million people have acne. You are far from alone.

Acne in teenagers is caused by the action of hormones on the skin's oil glands. During puberty both boys and girls have an increase in the hormones called androgens. These hormones cause sebaceous glands under the surface of the skin to enlarge. The sebaceous glands in response produce excess oil. This excess oil mixes with bacteria and dead skin on the skin's surface and blocks pores. Inside these pores the bacteria multiple and cause inflammation.

Acne is usually genetic, so you may not be able to avoid it. However there are things you should know, an things you can do to help you deal with it.

There are many myths surrounding acne. The most well known one is that chocolate and greasy foods cause breakouts. Over the years dermatologists have discovered there is no evidence of this claim. However, if you find you do break out more after eating certain foods, avoid them. Although it may not have an affect on your acne, eating a healthy diet complete with fruits and vegetables is a good idea. Another myth is that acne is caused by poor hygiene. This is not true at all. As mentioned above acne is caused by overproduction of oil, period. Myth three advises you to scrub your face several times a day. Actually, over washing your skin can cause it to become more inflamed. Also, if you use drying products to excess on you skin your skin may rebel by producing more oil.

Whatever one of the literally hundreds of treatments you decide to choose remember that acne takes time to disappear. Overnight or miraculous results don't happen. It takes six to eight weeks to see results from treatment. Once acne has cleared continued treatment will needed to prevent it from recurring.

If an acne treatment takes more than six to eight weeks to show a significant difference it probably won't work. Try something else.

You really should see the advice of a dermatologist. With the number of products on the market, how do you choose? What might clear one person's acne might not clear anothers. Your skin type and lesion types must be taken into consideration. Before you spend a bundle of money on an unknown treatment see a dermatologist. He or she can plan an individualized program based on your skin's needs.

title:Acne: What It Is and What To Do About It
author:Jim Konerko
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When your skin pores start to be clogged up with greasy, oily stuff, causing inflammation to occur, a skin condition known as acne results. If left untreated, acne could produce permanent scarring on one’s face, neck, or back. Acne is different from the common pimple that appears on the face, because acne will be inflamed and might turn out to be an infection. Acne can appear as whiteheads (closed pimples) or blackheads (open pimples), which then cause the distinguishing inflammation and possible infection.
When children begin to turn into adults, their levels of hormones causes changes in skin gland size, which causes more oil to be produced by the glands, thus often resulting in acne. The majority of acne is minor and vanishes at the end of teen years, but inflamed, infected acne can result in serious scarring.
Contrary to popular belief, there is no known study that shows particular foods, such as chocolate, cause acne. Proper diet and exercise will result in healthier skin, but will not necessarily prevent acne from appearing.
Mild forms of acne can be controlled by washing with a soft mild soap several times a day, and by refraining from picking at pimples while they are healing. There are several acne medications on the market that can control acne, but cosmetics and oil-filled lotions should be avoided when treating it.
The more serious forms of acne may necessitate the assistance of a physician to avoid spreading and scarring. Antibiotics are often prescribed in such cases. Further, teens who have acne sometimes feel embarrassed and might skip school or stay away from social contacts because of how they look. In cases like that, it might become necessary to seek counseling as well as medical assistance from a physician.
For more information and news about acne, its causes and prevention, please visit
title:Acne - An Introduction
author:Rudy Silva
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Acne is the most common skin disorder.  Over 10% of Americans age 25 - 44 have acne.  Over 85% Americans age 12 - 25 will have acne at one time or the other.
If ignored, acne can become infected, create scars, and pockmarks that become permanent on your face. I don't want this to happen to you, so I have written a series of articles on how to clear your acne. 
Acne Is a Disease
Acne is a disease called seborrhea or seborrheic dermatitis.  It occurs when the sebaceous glands, under your skin, become contaminated with oily toxic matter, which contains,
§ dirt
§ dead skin
§ excess sebum oil
§ acid waste
§ bacteria
§ toxic matter
Under normal conditions the sebaceous glands release oil that comes up through your pores onto the skin surface.  This release keeps your skin moist and lubricated for protection from the environment.
If your pores on your face are not open or plugged, this creates toxic oil that cannot move out onto your skin.  This results in a growth or pimple that start to increase in size as more toxic oil tries to reach the surface of your skin.
If the pore walls burst under the skin, white blood cells move in to digest the collagen around the pores.  When this happens, you will have scars on your face.
To avoid having scars, you need to start an acne-clearing program before you get acne or just as soon as you see acne coming so that your pimples and back heads don't get to the point where they get severely infected and burst.
Clearing Your Acne
Acne is a complex condition that involves many parts of the body even though it shows up as only eruptions on the face and else where on your skin.  It is a signal that you have problems elsewhere deep within your body.  Acne can be caused by a toxic colon, poor digestion of food, weak liver and other conditions that cause the blood to carry too much toxicity.
To clear acne it is not always possible to just do one thing and expect acne to go away.  But it may be possible to just use a special cream and have your acne diminish or clear.
Acne may go away by just doing one thing but don't expect it to.  A facial cream, diet, herbal treatment, and colon cleanse alone may not be able to clear acne.  A combination may or may not work.
In future articles will be covering how to get rid of acne.
title:Acne - A Clean Face - Step 1 in a 12 Step Program
author:Rudy Silva
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For those that need more than a special cream like Scotty's Face Cream, then you need to work harder to get rid of acne.  Since acne is a condition that occurs from within your body and exhibits on the outside of your body, you need to,
§ Attack acne from inside your body
§ Attack acne from outside your body
If your acne is not to severe, all you might need is a good cream and need only to follow a few steps in my 12 step program to get you past the periods where acne is active.
If your acne is more severe, than you may have to follow my 12-step program, since acne is an expression of your whole body system and is a reflection of what is going on inside your mind, cell structure and internal organs.
Acne is an excessive toxic condition within your body, which the internal elimination organs are unable to eliminate.  So your toxins are moved into your blood and excreted through your skin.  It is an automatic survival mechanism your body initiates in an effort to protect the insides of your body - cells, liquid, blood, organs, and tissues.
There are 12 areas that you need to look at,
§ Keep your face clean
§ Using Scotty's acne face cream or your favorite face cream
§ Relive your constipation and the tree day liquid fast
§ Making changes to your diet
§ Get plenty of sun, air, and water
§ Vitamins you need to be taking
§ Minerals you should be taking
§ Special supplements to take
§ Herbal mixture to use or drink
§ Special detoxifying drinks or supplements to take
§ Brushing your skin
§ Change your attitude
Step 1:  Keeping your face clean
If you use face cosmetics, you need to stop.  Some cosmetics irritate the skin and can cause acne by plugging up your pores on your face.  The cosmetics chemicals that can cause you the most skin and pore irritation and inflammation are:
mineral oil
propylene glycol
Look at the label of the cosmetics you use.  You will find that many cosmetics, soaps, and sunscreens contain these chemicals.
Find a water base make up, not an oil base.  Find one that does not irritate your face and use it sparingly
When you wash your face don't use any commercial soaps since they are filled with chemicals that will irritate and worsen your acne condition. And don't excessive wash your face as this will dry your skin of the natural protective oil.  Also, don't keep touching your face since you spread or add bacteria to it.
To wash your face use only,
§ Castile hand or liquid soap
§ Pure glycerin hand soap
You can pat your face with a clean hot face towel to bring circulation to your face and to help open and move the toxic material, in the pimple, to the surface.  Do not scrub hard to burst a pimple but just scrub lightly to burst a pimple when it is ready to open.
Use the hot towel application only 2-3 times per week.
When a pimple is open do not continue to rub or scrub it.  In fact do not pick or scratch an open pimple since this could create other sores or leave scars that are difficult to remove. Just washing your face with clean soap will keep your face free of toxic matter.
Keep in mind,
Whatever you put on your skin will move into your skin and into your bloodstream.
Most commercial creams, lotions, and soaps are filled with all kinds of chemicals that are toxic to your body.  By using them you are making your liver work harder.
During the day or at night avoid resting your cheeks or chin on your hand(s) or arm(s).  This can irritate your face and cause acne to breakout.  When you sleep, try to sleep on your back and not with your face or side of the face into your pillow.
There you have it.  Step 1, shows you how to keep your face clean to avoid getting acne or to help relieve acne.
title:Acne - a Nightmare!
author:Luna Sol
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Saturday night is coming and you are planning with your friends what to do during the weekend. You don’t know if you go to the movies or if you go to that brand new dance club in that fancy neighbourhood. The thing is that all of you have plenty of things to study and because of that you decide to go to the movies. However, the cutest guy from the football team comes to you and asks you out. It is obvious you accept that invitation that you have been waiting for so long.
You and your friends spend the rest of the week planning this date. Everything seems to be ready and perfect. Saturday finally comes. You wake up happy and as soon as you got up and walk to the bathroom... Ahhhhhhhh! A big pimple is there! In the middle of your forehead! And you are not havig a nightmare: the pimple is really there.
Just who had been through something like this can describe the feeling. That’s why learning about acne is so important. Keeping skin healthy can be the difference between being gorgeous on the date of your life or being noticed due to something on the forehead.
But acne doesn’t have to be a nightmare. If everyone learns about this skin condition, many problematic stuff can be avoided. And every body will be able to live their dream life without worrying if a flare up will occur.
An important thing about acne is anxiety. It’s not that you’ll have acne everytime you get anxious, but this can increase the chances. Since acne is related to stress, it sounds common that it is also related to anxiety, which is a sort of stress manifestation.
Many are the option for someone to treat acne. However, nothing is more important than knowing how it develops and why are some people more affected than other. And it is not just a matter of poor higyene as many people think. Acne is far beyond that. In fact, hygiene does not play a major role when it comes to acne.
A healthy diet habits is another thing that should be taken into account. Some people say that “we are what we eat” and if it is true and since skin is considered to be the largest organ of human body, it is not impossible nor abnormal that a lack of nutrients can be noticed by a sign on the skin. This sign can be acne.
Squeezing your pimples is not the right way to get rid of that. In fact, when you squeeze you may help o spread the inflammation over the skin. It is not necessary to say that it can get worsen acne.
Besides all of these, some extra care are needed, some products have to be used in order to keep acne under control and to restablish the skin balance and health.
title:ACNE - Basic Understanding
author:Polly Childs
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Acne is the bane of existence for nearly 17 million people who suffer from some form of acne.
Acne is not only embarrassing but also causes psychosocial effects such as: anxiety, depression, inferiority, insecurity, frustration and self-consciousness.
Acne can be in the form of blackheads, whiteheads, pimples or cysts. Can be on the face, neck, shoulders, upper back or chest.
The different definitions of acne are:
Acne blemish: A flaw in the skin
Acne pimple: A small, prominent, inflamed elevation of the skin
Blackhead: A condition of the skin characterized by a black tip.
Whitehead: A condition of the skin characterized by a small, firm, whitish elevation of the skin
Cysts: When the clogged pore is swollen, infected and forms a bump it’s called a “cyst”
Those most susceptible are teenagers and adolescents but it also affects many adults. Although the exact cause of acne is still unknown… there are certain triggers that might possibly contribute to it such as bacteria, blocked pores, hormonal changes, excess oil and also genetics may play a large part in it.
One thing you can be sure of…contrary to popular belief, poor hygiene and food such as chocolate does not cause acne.
Severe cases of acne may cause pitted skin and scarring. If you have deep acne scars you may want to go for dermabrasion or dermaplaning to give your skin a smoother appearance. These can be used on small areas of the face.
There are a wide variety of products available for acne treatment anywhere from the mildest lotions to the severest prescriptive forms of treatment. A study comparing popular acne remedies recently discovered relatively inexpensive lotions are as effective as powerful prescription antibiotics.
You’ll find many pros and cons regarding all forms of treatment but few of the many treatments that have come about over the years have given any lasting effect. Some treatments have actually been very unhealthy and dangerous for the user.
One treatment - Accutane, may cause severe birth defects and also cause depression which has led the FDA to strengthen its restrictions on its use. These new restrictions require manufacturers of Accutane and its generic versions to keep track of the doctors who prescribe the drug, and also the pharmacies that sell the drug and the patients who use it.
Because it is a high-risk drug, Accutane should be reserved for cases of "severe recalcitrant nodular acne," according to the product's labeling. This type of acne is resistant to standard acne treatment, including oral antibiotics, and is characterized by many nodules or cysts--inflammatory lesions filled with pus and lodged deep within the skin. These lesions can cause pain, permanent scarring, and negative psychological effects.
More common side effects of Accutane include lip inflammation and drying of the skin and mucous membranes, skin peeling on eyelids and dry nasal passages.
FDA's experts say it's a balancing act. The value of Accutane is clear, but when it comes to even one report of death--whether it's suicide, miscarriage, or some other cause--FDA must make choices that will best protect the public's health.
One alternative to lotions, medications and peels for acne is called a blue light laser which looks like a sun lamp and pointed toward the acne-infested area for a little over 15 minutes. It’s warm but not uncomfortable and the eyes are protected from the light. The treatment is used twice a week for four weeks and costs slightly over $100. The light goes through the skin to kill bacteria.
Some pointers on skin care:
Cleansing the skin once in the morning and once before bedtime is really all you need to remove the dirt and dead skin cells that may clog the pores. Washing too often will dry the skin and cause irritation.
Squeezing the pimples does more harm than good causing more inflammation, redness and also leads to scarring.
When buying products such as cleansers, moisturizers, make-up, etc., make a habit of reading the labels and look for “oil free” or “non-comedogenic” on those you buy.
As you’ve probably experienced before…the sun is very good at drying up acne for a short time but it doesn’t last and will definitely lead to wrinkles. Make sure you have at least a 30 SPF sunscreen when in the sun
Although food does not cause acne, it’s still a good idea to maintain a proper diet to give your skin all the nutrients that it needs to help maintain its healthy glow.
Fresh vegetables and fruits are a must along with complex carbohydrates such as whole grains and rice. And the old standby of drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day will keep the skin hydrated. A good way to get all the fruits and vegetables you need is to buy a really good juicer and drink several glasses a day.
A good probiotic multivitamin and antioxidants such as Green Tea will go a long way to keeping your skin healthy looking.
In order to completely eliminate acne there is still considerable knowledge yet unknown about the skin and what goes on underneath.
But one thing you can be sure of…many phases of research on the skin and its problems are going on all the time and will eventually lead to a more effective treatment and possibly a complete cure.
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title:Acne - Home Remedies
author:Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, Ph.D, ND, DACBN
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Diet and Good Nutrition
Good nutrition is the foundation for healthy skin.  A well-balanced diet will ensure that your body receives the vitamins and mineral it needs to support and maintain the health of the skin. Foods rich in sulphur, such as onions and garlic, may be particularly helpful to those who suffer from acne.  There are also several nutritional supplements that may be helpful in the maintenance of healthy skin. Supplements of b-complex vitamins as well as vitamin C, and A are very important for the strength, growth, and vitality of the skin. Vitamin E and the mineral zinc orotate are also useful supplements as they both contain antioxidants that can help protect the skin from damage.   And don't underestimate the power of water.  Water helps to hydrate the skin, plump up the glands, and move waste and nutrients through the system.  Plan on drinking at least six to eight glasses of purified water each day to keep skin healthy and deter the development of acne. We recommend using a Welln!
ess Water purification system available at
In order to prevent or alleviate acne, you need to keep you skin nourished from the inside and clean on the outside.  People who suffer from acne need to be especially careful about the methods and products used to cleanse the skin.
Choose gentle herbal facial cleansers and moisturizers, and use them at least twice throughout the day to remove debris, oil, perspiration, and pollutants that have built up on the skin. There are several products on the market that are made exclusively for acne-prone skin.  These products are designed to reduce the incidence of acne breakouts.  The best product available is Oxy-Skin™. A non-oily face wash that contains tea tree oil or echinacea can also help to slow or halt the development of acne. Excessive washing will not help reduce acne, and in fact it can actually aggravate it.  Rather, wash your face twice a day in the morning and evenings and rinse thoroughly with warm water.
Moisturizers and Cosmetics
As with facial cleansers, be sure to choose moisturizers and cosmetics that will work well with your skin type.  Avoid oily cosmetics or any facial products that contain socetyl stearate, isopropyl isostearate, isopropyl palmitate, isopropyl myristate, parabens and sodium chloride, as these ingredients can cause acne.  Cosmetics are a major cause of acne breakouts for adult women.  Wear the least amount of makeup you feel comfortable with, to avoid irritation to your skin and allow your skin to receive an ample supply of oxygen.
Hands Off!
As hard as it can be to resist, picking or squeezing at pimples or blemishes will really only make them worse.  In fact, it can cause open sores that lead to infection.  Normally, a pimple will last any where from one to four weeks.  But it will go away on its own.  And picking or squeezing it will not make it go away any faster.
Herbal Acne Remedies
Herbal remedies can be very useful in the treatment and prevention of acne.  Chamomile, lavender, juniper, bergamot, dandelion root, and burdock root can all be used to reduce toxicity in the skin and improve its overall condition. Other herbs like echinacea and poke root have anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce the swelling and reduce of the blocked oil gland.  Red clover may be beneficial for its estrogenic action and witch hazel has excellent astringent properties and may be very effective for cleansing acne prone skin.
Homemade Acne Remedies
In addition to store bought herbal and conventional acne preparation.  There are several recipes that you can make at home to treat your acne prone skin. 
Poultices:  You can make a poultice out of several natural ingredients and apply it to the affected area.  Here are a few poultice combinations that are useful in the treatment and prevention of acne.  Unless the directions state otherwise, apply these poultices directly to the acne affected area and wash off thoroughly after twenty to thirty minutes. 

Ginger and milk
Honey and cinnamon (Use this poultice at night and remove it the next morning with warm water.)
Ground orange peel and water
Salt and vinegar
Turmeric and vinegar
Lemon juice and cinnamon
Ground sesame seeds and water (This poultice is especially effective at reducing inflammation.)

Topical Acne Treatments:  You can use the following treatments to target specific acne related problems like swelling or redness.

Rub fresh garlic on acne at frequent intervals to acne to reduce both redness and swelling.
Use the juice of a fresh, raw papaya to relieve swelling acne.
Rub fresh mint juice over acne to shrink inflamed acne.
Drink wheat grass juice to prevent and cure acne.

For more information on acne remedies go to
title:Acne -- Prevention And Treatment
author:David Perzman
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Acne is a non-lethal but very uncomfortable skin condition that mainly effects people aged between 12 and 24 but which can effect adults also. It is the most common skin affliction in the United States, it has strong psychological effects as it is highly visible and can cause permanent scarring.
Acne is most common among teenagers. It is caused when excess oil on the skin (which is ordinarily absorbed or let out of the pores) clogs the pores causing sores which are often called pimples, zits or spots. Teenagers often suffer from hormonal imbalance in the oil producing glands during puberty, this can cause too much oil to be produced leading to acne.
Unfortunately acne is most likely to occur on the face, where is very visible and often embarassing. However it also occurs on the neck, back, chest and shoulders.
It is not clear what combination of factors play role in developing acne and why some people never have it, while others seem "subscribed" to it. The main reason for acne is the increase in androgens (male sex hormones), which occurs naturally in both boys and girls during puberty. Pregnancy and contraception pills also affect hormones and can cause acne.
Hormones are not the only factor present in acne formation. Surpisingly, while not really inheritable, acne can be traced along hereditary lines. So a family history of acne can raise the chance of young people in that family contracting it at some point in their puberty. One good measure you can take to prevent acne is to ensure you keep clean. Uncleanliness can be a factor in acne development (although by no means is it the only factor). Humidity and pollution can lead to acne also by blocking pores.
On the other hand, there are many popular myths and delusions about what causes acne. Acne does not occur as a result of stress, or of eating chocolate and greasy food. Also, acne is not an infectious disease, i.e. it cannot be transmitted by touch or through a sexual intercourse (like Chlamydia ~ which is also a skin disease but is transmitted sexually).
There is no real way to prevent acne -- if it's going to form, it will. Generally all one can do is take steps to stem its development. A visit to a dermatologist is crucial, they can prescribe a solution (which may or may not involve medication).
There are a few rules for coping with acne, firstly it is crucial to keep your face and indeed any areas afflicted by acne clean. It is also important not to squeeze the pimples that form. It may seem like this removes them, but it does not remove the cause of the acne and in fact it leaves the lesions open to infection.
As already mentioned, hygiene is very important for keeping acne under control. When skin is dirty, this places an additional burden on the pores, thus making oil secretion even more difficult. Therefore, it is recommended always to use clean towels (preferably paper ones, since they cannot have been used by somebody else before you) to wipe one~s face. Also, often change your pillowcase, because it is another item that frequently comes into contact with the face.
Using specially designed cleaning lotions can help to remove oil, sweat and acne-producing bacteria from the face, just take care not to scrub your face too hard as this can irritate any pimples on your face and make the acne worse.
title:A Natural Hormone Can Make You Lose Weight
author:Stuart William
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Most of us desire to be in perfect shape all the time. A good physique enhances our persona and makes us feel confident about ourselves. Attaining and maintaining a nice figure is no child’s play. It requires immense hard work and dedication. But we’re blessed in some ways as we’ve got a platter full of options for maintaining our weight.
According to new discovery, Obestatin, a naturally occurring hormone might prove helpful in controlling weight by suppressing the appetite. This unique hormone is formed in the stomach and small intestine. It’s capable of reducing hunger partially by slowing the rate at which food travels through the stomach and the small intestine. Consumption of an extra dosage of Obestatin could decrease the digestion process even further. If proved efficient for humans, it can be a big sigh of relief for millions of obese people worldwide. 
It’s a well known fact that obesity has genetic causes and weight gain is biological therefore most of the time obesity can occur due to some sort of genetic disorder. There are more than 50 genes that controls our weight. We need to acknowledge the fact that our biological makeup hasn't changed over the past years, but the number of overweight and obese people have risen dramatically.
Over weight or obesity leads to a lot of other medical complications which can be life threatening at times. To safeguard ourselves from this dreaded disorder, we need to lead our life in a more organized way. Regular workouts and exercise in addition to a healthy diet full of nutrition and devoid of fat can help us remain fit and healthy for years to come. A healthy lifestyle will always remain the most important way to control weight and make our life an enjoyable one.
title:A Natural Mood Elevator
author:Joe Cirillo
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Are you feeling moody? Irritable? Perhaps arguing with your spouse more than you should? Maybe your disorganized closet is to blame. Oddly enough, studies have shown that disorganization can also lend itself to a, shall we say, less than stellar mood. If you wake up in chaos, you’ll tend to feel harried and chaotic most of the day.
If you suspect your miles of piles might be the cause of your foul mood, take a minute to consider your surroundings. Step back and survey the space around you.  Do you have stacks of things getting in your way. A stack of magazines you’ll probably never read, a stack of week-old newspapers you promised yourself you’d get to? Or maybe you’re moods have more to do with the things you can’t see, like your closets, pantry and drawers. They key is that if you already feel overwhelmed, opening up a closet crammed with “stuff” isn’t going to help your mood, in fact it’s going to worsen it.
As you begin to go after these areas and get organized, remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day and the best organization is done one room, one drawer and one closet at a time. Many times a project like this can take an entire day to accomplish, but if you’ve got limited time, keep the reminiscing for later (“Look! I found Billy’s first pair of baby shoes! I’ve been looking for them forever!”) and set aside a stack of things you need to go through and label or file once you’ve cleared out the space.
If you’re not sure of which room to start in here’s a hint: Start in the bedroom. If you start and end your day in an organized space it will set the tone for your entire day and at the end of it, you’ll sleep better not surrounded by piles of clothes that won’t fit into those bulging drawers.
It’s easy to combat stress and clutter if you start tackling the reasons for your stress and alleviate them. Now you may not be able to organize your way to a better boss or fewer deadlines, but by learning to organize the things you can control, you’ll be a step ahead and that much closer to learning to respect your most precious and natural resource: your time.
A Need For Cheaper Medicine

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This article is about people in need of cheap prescription drugs and their quest to know where to buy cheap medicine online. Included in this article are some pointers consumers can use to distinguish a good Internet pharmacy from an illegal one. It is best to report all suspicious websites to the local pharmacy office to be able to catch illegal online pharmacies from victimizing other consumers.

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People are becoming more and more practical in the way they spend money. We always try to look for ways to save as much money as we can. This is the reason why there are stores coming out left and right selling clothes at discounted prices, fast food chains being set up selling huge servings of food at low prices as compared to home-cooked meals, and most recently drugstores setting up shop on the Internet selling prescription medications at very cheap prices. But are they safe?

A lot of people want to know where to buy cheap medicine online. Senior citizens need it because most health care plans do not cover the cost of medication. People who live in tight budget could use the savings to help them with other expenses. In both cases, the extra money saved in the cost of the prescription will help them a lot.

But with the thousands of Internet pharmacies currently in operation, how can you distinguish a good online drugstore from a bad one. Here are some things to watch out for:

· A good Internet-based drugstore is licensed by your local pharmacy board to operate in and/or sell medications to your state. Every pharmacy, be it land-based or on the web, needs to be inspected and certified by the local board before they can start selling medicines.
· A legal pharmacy doing business in the World Wide Web should be accredited by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy or NABP. This means that they have passed the organization’s inspection and have met the necessary standards required from an online drugstore. Also, being accredited by the NABP means that the web-based drugstore company is a part of the Verified Internet Pharmacy Practice Sites or VIPPS.
· An honest Internet pharmacy should ask you for a proper prescription before they sell you medications. This is in accordance to pharmacy policies that prescription drugs can only be dispensed to people with prescription notes. The prescription note serves as a confirmation that a buyer had sought the consult of a physician and was indeed endorsed to take the prescription drug he wants to buy.
· In cases of online pharmacies that do not require a prescription note, some of them offer an online consultation service with a licensed doctor through voice chatting and webcam. This is beneficial to people who are unable to leave home to see a doctor. But customers must be cautious in dealing with web-based drugstores that offer to sell prescription medicines without requiring a prescription or offering a consult service, this may be an indication that the drugstore company is illegal.
· An Internet drugstore that does not hide anything from its consumers will not hide its stand on protecting your privacy. Look for an online pharmacy that has a clear privacy procedure to protect all the information you submit to their website.

To protect your privacy and your health, do not make transactions with online pharmacy websites that you feel are suspicious. Contact your local pharmacy board to report these kinds of companies to protect your rights as a consumer.

A New Affordable Therapy for ADD/ADHD

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A discussion of the ADHD successful  therapies that have been proved to improve ADD/ADHD cases.

neuroliminal, neurobiofeedback, EEG biofeedback, Dr Bate, subliminal messaging,ADHD

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All the research over the past 40 years shows clearly that EEG biofeedback training (aka Neurofeedback or Neurotherapy training) is by far the most effective therapy for ADD/ADHD with a "cure" rate of 85% or greater. 

However, at an average cost of $4000+ per ADHD child, the mid or low income family simply cannot afford this proven therapy.  Ritalin and other dangerous drugs has become the "standard treatment".  None of these ever solve the basic problem, but they allow the teachers to control the classroom, and sedate the ADD/ADHD kids.  All such drugs have serious side effects. 

Now a new therapy called Neuroliminal Training has also proved by extensive volunteer testing (four tests since 2004) that it does exactly the same thing as EEG BF, namely change brain wave(s) amplitude by what is called beneficial brainwashing.

Instead of going to a clinic costing from $75-$250 per half hour, sitting in front of a computer screen with electrodes attached to the head about 50-60 times, Neuroliminal Training uses a subliminal messaging CD that is played all night every night for a few months.  (Many like it so much for good sleep that they continue playing the CD.)

In a test in 2006, 23 volunteers conducted an 8 week test, and all 23 improved just as would be expected using EEG BF.  In earlier tests in 2004 and 2005, similar results were seen.  The similiarities between the expensive EEG BF Training and the inexpensive Neuroliminal Training , especially in success rates are remarkable. 

The inventor, and patent holder, Dr Phil Bate, is presently starting a new volunteer test.  He is accepting a limited number of volunteers with the following mental/physical problems:

OCD and anxiety

He will also accept a limited number of autism and epileptic cases for this test in order to obtain more data on both.  (A previous test showed success in symptom improvement for 9 autism and 2 epileptic cases).

Dr Bate is a retired orthomolecular psychologist who invented Neuroliminal Training, a better way to change brain wave amplitudes.

A New Concept in Prescription Drug Savings for Victims of Medicare Part D’s Dreaded “Doughnut Hole”

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Seniors have begun reaching the dreaded doughnut hole of the Medicare Part D program. This gap in coverage is resulting in seniors having to pay full price for their medications while still paying a monthly premium. Universal Drugstore offers another option to seniors - saving an average of 42% of purchasing their medications from this Canadian pharmacy.

prescription drugs, medicare, part d, doughnut hole, donut hole, seniors, premiums, medications, coverage, canadian pharmacy, mail-order pharmacy, canada, lipitor, online pharmacy,

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Copyright 2006 Jeremy Cockerill

Many  seniors who have signed up for the Medicare Prescription Drug plan are shocked to find out that they are already hitting the dreaded gap in coverage known as the “doughnut hole”.  During this gap in coverage, between $2250 and $5100 in prescription drug spending, Medicare Part D participants lose coverage, must continue to pay their monthly premiums and are 100% responsible for paying for their medications themselves.  Once they hit the doughnut hole, this massive jump in monthly medication expenditures makes it very difficult for some Plan D participants to cope financially.

In a recent Business Week article, Bruce Stuart, director of the Peter Lamy Center on Drug Therapy & Aging at the University of Maryland, estimated that about 38% of Medicare beneficiaries are at risk of hitting the doughnut hole this year. This estimation means that 7 million to 10 million participants could hit the doughnut hole and lose coverage for part of this year.

“Seniors were expecting to receive a benefit that would help them save money all year long and now they are getting slapped with massive monthly medication bills part way through the year.” says Jeff Uhl, president of Universal Drugstore, a Canadian mail-order pharmacy.  “Our customers are really angry about having to pay full U.S. retail price once they hit the doughnut hole and they are rushing back.  People are realizing that they can save much more filling their prescription with our pharmacy once they hit the doughnut hole.”

At an average savings of 42% less than U.S. retail prices, individuals can find substantial savings filling their prescriptions at a licensed Canadian Pharmacy once they reach the doughnut hole.  The $2850 worth of medications that individuals have to pay for personally while in the coverage gap would cost an average of 42% less in Canada.  That means that instead of paying $2850 for their medications while in the doughnut hole, an individual could purchase the exact same medications, in Canada, for about $1650.

As an example, someone ordering Lipitor 20mg through their Medicare Part D plan while in the doughnut hole would have to shell out $348 dollars for a 90 day supply.  The same 90 day supply of Lipitor 20mg is a much more reasonable $195 at Universal Drugstore.  That is a savings of $153 dollars or 44% less.

“U.S. seniors need to be told about this option,” Uhl urges. “Seniors who hit the doughnut hole but are not going spend enough to come out on the other side of the doughnut hole are being duped if they buy their drugs through their Medicare plan while experiencing this gap in coverage.  By purchasing their medications from Canada while they are in the doughnut hole these individuals can truly maximize their savings.”

A recent Los Angeles Times article reported that the gap in coverage could change next year to between $2400 and $5,451.  This would mean an even bigger gap in coverage next year and therefore more money out of Part D participants’ pockets.  How big the coverage gap will grow in future years can only be speculated.

Although purchases at Canadian pharmacies do not count towards an individuals out-of-pocket expenses Medicare Part D participants may want to consider using a Canadian pharmacy.  Using a Canadian Pharmacy in the right situations can provide substantial savings to seniors.  Some people suggest that seniors use a Canadian pharmacy when a drug is not covered by their plan or when they reach the $2850 gap in coverage but will not reach the other side of the doughnut hole where they can take advantage of the catastrophic coverage portion of Part D.

With all the confusion with Medicare Part D plans it is difficult for seniors to know what is their best course of action.  For many Medicare-eligible individuals using a Canadian pharmacy as a part of their annual prescription drug purchasing game plan is something they should seriously consider.

A New Disease of the Skin

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In the year 2000 a new disease of the skin was being described and discovered.  The name of the new disease is Nephrogenic Fibrosing Dermopathy.  Finally in 2007 the cause of this new disease may have been found.

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Occasionally in modern medicine, there are still actually “new” diseases.  When a new disease is described, such as AIDS in the 1980’s, it is remarkable how quickly the medical community attacks the problem, learns the cause, and starts to develop treatments. What once took decades, now takes only a few years. For example, the first cases of AIDS were being described in 1981 and by 1987 successful trials of the drug AZT had begun. 

A new disease in Dermatology:

In 2000 the first report was published describing a new disease in dermatology and a group of fifteen patients who had it.  The disease consisted of a hardening of the skin of the hands and feet in patients who had end-stage renal disease and who were receiving dialysis. The hardening of the skin was progressive in many patients causing loss of mobility of the joints, leaving them in pain and often unable to walk or use their fingers and hands. The cause was not dialysis, because dialysis has been around for decades and this disease, called nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy (NFD), was not seen until 2000.

In 2005 a registry was created to track patients with this new disease and more than 170 cases had been reported or published. But the cause was still unknown, and there were no effective treatments for this horribly debilitating condition that often ended in death.

A possible breakthrough:

Then in mid-2006, The Danish Health Authority notified the FDA of 25 reported cases of nephrogenic fibrosing dermopathy from two European medical centers. All of these cases occurred in patients with renal failure who underwent MRI and received a single dose of a gadolinium-containing contrast agent. (Contrast agent is a chemical injected into the vein of a patient before undergoing MRI. The contrast highlights certain structures in the body on an MRI scan allowing the radiologist to see organs and other structures more clearly.) All of the patients developed NFD within 3 months after receiving the contrast.

Worldwide, approximately 200 cases of NFD have now been reported. Efforts are underway to determine how many of these patients received gadolinium-containing contrast agents. There is still no cure and gadolinium-contrast is only an “association” and not yet a known “cause” of the disease. However, this new disease illustrates how the medical community of the world collaborates to tackle new diseases. .

title:A New Look at Natural Acne Treatments
author:Nathan James
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

There’s a confusing array of product claims and treatment methods for acne that make it difficult for acne sufferers to determine their best course of action. The fact that there are several forms of acne, including cystic acne and the common acne vulgaris, complicates the picture. While the medical community does not have a cure for severe acne, there are a variety of products that will subdue moderate cases of acne and provide the sufferer with clear skin once again. Among these effective products are natural acne treatments that provide viable alternatives to the use of antibiotic medicines and ointments.
Natural remedies are derived from plants that have been used for generations because of their medicinal properties. The prestigious National Institutes of Health recently formed the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Health to evaluate the efficacy of herbal remedies by funding controlled scientific studies. Herbal remedies can be effective natural acne treatments.
Antibiotics are frequently prescribed for acne because there is a known bacterial component to cases of acne but certain herbs like Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolio) have known antibacterial properties as well. A soap made from Echinacea and other herbal ingredients is a viable antibiotic facial cleanser that helps fight and clear acne. This type of soap is also used for eczema, psoriasis, and acne rosacea. Scientific studies show that Echinacea helps the body provide the proper enzymes at the cellular level to protect cells against invasion by bacteria. Echinacea’s ability to aid in wound healing is beneficial not only for acne but also for insect bites and burns. 
Echinacea is the hardy purple coneflower that is a staple of roadside plantings and home gardens. A more exotic and expensive herbal acne treatment is tea tree oil. There are over 300 species of tea tree but only one species (Melaleuca Alteronifolia) found in New South Wales, Australia is known to have antibacterial properties. Tea tree oil is derived from the leaves of the tree and is four to five times stronger than household disinfectants in killing bacteria. At the same time, tea tree oil is gentle to the skin. Tea tree oil is effective in killing the bacteria even in pus and will cause the body to eliminate pus from inside a pimple. Tea tree oil also acts as a mild local anesthetic which reduces discomfort and also helps to eliminate the red irritation from the skin, improving appearance and reducing acne social problems. Tea tree oil is readily available from herbal suppliers and is simply applied to the affected area with a Q-tip. Tea tree oil is used sparingly.
Witch hazel is not just a brand name but an actual herb (Hamamelis virginiana) that is still recommended as a topical astringent and natural acne remedy. When using these topical acne treatments it is important to be gentle. While it seems to make sense to attempt to vigorously scrub away the offending acne, both medical doctors and herbalists recommend a gentle face washing with even just the fingers as the best approach. Scrubbing merely dries the skin and causes it to produce more oils that are implicated as one of the causes of acne. Don’t over-wash either; specialists recommend washing the face just twice a day.
Along with topical products, herbal dietary supplements can be beneficial as a natural acne treatment as well. Burdock root (Arctium lappa) has long been used to treat boils and abscesses and is an acne treatment. One of the reported properties of burdock root is that it will bring problem-causing agents out of the bloodstream, thus potentially making a condition seem to worsen rather than improve. However, the theory behind its use states that it is simply eliminating toxic elements from the body and providing healing properties. When used as an acne treatment, herbalists recommend that topical burdock root be applied as well as taking a supplement that contains burdock. Burdock is typically combined with dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale) and golden seal root (Hydrastis Canadensis). Golden seal root was once used to prevent pitting of the skin caused by smallpox. Herbalists also recommend red clover (Trifolium pratense). All of these ingredients are implicated in improving skin conditions. Be sure to take these supplements only in the dosage indicated by the manufacturer or your herbalist.
Diet plays an important role in overall health and maintenance of healthy skin. A balanced diet that is rich in vegetables and fruits provides the necessary vitamins and minerals to support clear skin. A diet containing lots of vitamin A may lower sebum production and excessive sebum is one of the contributing causes of acne. The various B vitamins, especially vitamin B-6, can be beneficial as it is needed for proper metabolism of steroid hormones and sexual hormones are implicated in acne. Zinc is promoted as a cure for acne but there seem to be as many studies against zinc supplements as there are ones that promote zinc as an acne treatment. These vitamins are available as supplements but again, more isn’t always better; follow label dosing instructions.
There are plenty of old wives tales surrounding diet and acne outbreaks. Chocolate and fried foods have long been blamed for acne but there is no evidence to support this. However, the link between acne and dairy products is being subjected to scientific studies. A study published in the medical journal Dermatology in early 2005 found a link between teen acne and consumption of dairy products. For those whose acne is aggravated by dairy consumption, eliminating dairy products promotes clear skin. Another misconception is that acne is caused by dirt because the pores are clogged. Thinking that dirt is a cause of acne prompts sufferers to possibly over-wash the face and further aggravate the acne condition. Wearing make-up doesn’t cause acne either; look for modern cosmetics that are non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), oil-free (water-based) and hypoallergenic (no added fragrance).
Acne isn’t just a teen-age condition and adults suffer from acne as well. The natural acne remedies have provided relief from acne symptoms for people of all ages.
title:A New Mattress for Better Sleep
author:Ben Webb
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Many people complain that they always feel too tired despite getting plenty of sleep; little do they know that the mattress they are sleeping on could well be the culprit. Over time your mattress will become worn which can cause spring to losing their support and the bed becoming saggy and lumpy in places. Not only can this mean that you will not sleep properly but can also cause health problems as a result of pressure points. This can lead to stiffness of you neck, back, hips or shoulders. And worse yet it can cause long term back problems. Given all of this information it's still a surprise that so few people spend good money in their mattresses.
If you do decide to invest in your health and buy a new mattress then there are several considerations and options. If your mattress is in fairly good condition but you feel you are not quite getting comfortable enough sleep then you could consider a topper mattress. This is a fairly cheap option as you will be able to keep your original mattress and place the topper mattress directly on that. Of course if your mattress is lumpy and sagging then really you should go the whole hog and get a brand new mattress.
However many people don't give due consideration when buying new mattress. With advances in technology many people are opting for a special memory foam mattress, especially people with back conditions. Memory foam mattresses are a special material, when you lay on it your body heat and weight causes the foam to mould to your body. The result of this is your body is evenly and fully supported all over. Many chiropractors recommend memory foam mattresses including Tempur Pedic and Tri Pedic, and whilst they may not be cheap you will have to consider they last much longer than traditional coil loaded mattresses. You can get memory foam mattresses in any of the conventional sizes, which include double, queen and king sizes.
Other benefits of a memory foam mattress is that they retain heat which means it will keep you warmer at night, this could mean you could save money on heating. If you find it too hot then you will have to use a thinner blanket or duvet. If heat retention is a problem, for example if you live in a hot climate then you could consider buying a mattress that is made from natural materials as these absorb then disperse heat, rather than letting it build up, which will keep you cooler.
Of course there are still many coil loaded mattresses that can do a good job. The problem is most people buy blindly. Whenever you buy a mattress you must test the mattress out, most show rooms will allow you to lie on the mattress for an extended period of time. If you find that a little embarrassing then you could consider buying a mattress with a money back guarantee so the risk of getting a mattress that doesn’t suit you is minimized.

A New Way to Battle Fatigue

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About 20% of adults experience excessive fatigue that impairs their ability to function well at work and at home. Some are able to bounce back after taking a short respite from work or by taking some medication.  But there is a significant number of people whose stressful experiences last longer that usual.  Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) affects at least 800,000 people in the United States. This disabling fatigue usually persists for as long as six months or even longer. The eight common CFS symptoms include muscle pain, joint pain, memory gaps or loss of concentration, sleeplessness, headaches, sore throat, and unusual fatigue after exercise.

Many people deal with fatigue and everyday stress by taking vitamin and mineral supplements. Vitamins and minerals are necessary to maintain the many biological processes that take place inside our bodies. Mental alertness, proper digestion, and resistance to bacterial and viral infections are dependent on the proper working of internal organs which are, in turn, dependent on nutrients that come from the food and beverages we consume. 

Our bodies need carbohydrates, fats, and proteins to speed up chemical reactions and allow our internal organs to function.  Like a machine, nutrients from food serve as fuel.  These nutrients are the very foundations of good health. However, due to our polluted environment and the toxins found in the food we eat, sickness and muscle fatigue can no longer be totally eradicated.  All human beings eventually get sick and require medical treatment as well as supplements during the recuperation stage.

In this day and age, it has become necessary to supplement our daily meals with vitamins, minerals, and even herbal preparations in order to have optimum health and nutrition.  These are only some of the vitamins and minerals that should be consumed daily in order to sustain health:

l Vitamin E – This vitamin can be found in plain yogurt, rice milk, calcium-fortified soy, kale, nonfat milk, cheddar cheese, turnip greens, cottage cheese and spinach. Vitamin E is an anti-oxidant that helps prevent cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure.  It also promotes good skin complexion; enhances sexual performance; and helps alleviate fatigue.

l Vitamin A – This vitamin helps prevent cancer, heart disease, and eye problems. It also helps  repair skin cells and promotes the formation of bones and teeth. It plays a big part in the functioning of the entire immune system. This vitamin can be found in cheddar cheese, steamed or raw carrots, fortified skimmed milk, cantaloupe, spinach, mangoes, and peaches.

l Vitamin K -  This vitamin is vital in bone mineralization, cellular growth, and the prevention of  hardening of the arteries. This can be found in broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, beef and sprouts.

l Vitamin D -  This vitamin is needed to absorb calcium and phosphorus, which, in turn, are needed for the normal development of the bones and teeth. Getting enough of this particular vitamin helps protect women against osteoporosis. Vitamin D-rich foods include salmon and fortified milk.  Sunlight is also a good source of Vitamin D.

l MAGNESIUM – This mineral is needed for protein and bone formation. Magnesium gives us  energy and helps prevent muscle spasms. Dark green and leafy vegetables such as spinach, grains,legumes and black-eyed peas are rich sources of magnesium.

l CALCIUM - This mineral is vital for proper bone and teeth development.

l POTASSIUM – It is a mineral that maintains fluid balance, sends nerve impulses, and releases energy. You can get this from potatoes, fish, yogurt, carrot juice, dried potatoes, citrus juices, and bananas.

There are other nutrients that should be included as part of our daily food intake.  Vitamin C, iodine, dietary fiber must be consumed every day. Filling these nutritional gaps is easy if you practice good eating habits and eat the right types of food.  Indeed, taking multivitamins will go a long, long way in boosting your energy levels and over-all health.

A New Way To Lose Weight Revealed By Ladies Of The East!

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Taking a tea, or a proven supplement to assist in weight loss is just one prong in battling weight and fat, but it is necessary to have a healthy diet and to maintain a program of exercise at the same time if we are to continue to keep the extra weight and fat off our bodies. Discover the benefits of taking a Chinese tea as a supplement that may help in weight loss.

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To try to lessen the bad feelings of being called fat or overweight, we tend to use lesser dreaded and offensive words such as "larger size" and "big" instead of plain "overweight" and "fat". But it took just one comment from a buddy friend, a nurse in the local hospital, to bring home a deep truth. She said, " In my entire life working in this hospital, I have yet to see a fat oriental chinese lady", referring to the patients she has seen seeking treatment in the government hospital.

Of course, it is not true that there are no fat oriental chinese ladies in the world, because fat and overweight are universal issues affecting all races and cultures, irrespective of skin and color. But is there a health secret coming from the Orient that makes the chinese lady generally slimer and slender?

Indeed, recent discoveries in Japan showed that a type of chinese tea called the Okuma's Wu Long tea together with a healthy diet and exercise revealed that people who regularly consumed this tea experienced over TWICE the calorie-burning results of those who drank the same amount of authentic Japanese green tea. Drinking this Wu Long tea 15 minutes before eating carbohydrates also helped blunt the rise in insulin that normally comes after eating food that contained a lot of carbohydrates. As carbohydrates causes weight gain by increasing insulin levels, drinking this tea helps to control weight gain.

Like other teas as well, Japan's Shiga University of Medical Science found that drinking Wu-Long tea also daily dramatically clears up skin eczema within just one month, and helps in reducing free radicals, and lower the risk of infections such as the common cold.

Indeed, in the ancient chinese pharmaceutical book "Bencao Shiyi "(The Compendium of Materia Medica), it is said that tea "will make one live long and stay in good shape." Tea, particularly the oriental Wu-Long tea that comes from China's Fujian Province has been used by countless generations of ladies to help melt away body fat, boost energy and even clarify the skin, and these newer scientific discoveries in Japan seem to indicate that it is possible to drink away pounds of unwanted body fat and loose inches from the waistline.

Teas are just a form of natural supplements to help in weight management and fat loss. Taking a supplement to assist in weight loss is just one prong in battling weight and fat, but it is necessary to have a healthy diet and to maintain a program of exercise at the same time if we are to continue to keep the extra weight and fat off our bodies. Therefore, selection of a good supplement, having a balanced diet and having a fitness program will go a long way to get your weight down.

title:A One Day Diet Let You Diet Every Other Day
author:Terje Brooks Ellingsen
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

And on the days you're not dieting, you eat the same food and in the same amount as you did before you started the diet. With this one day diet you're losing weight fast and easy, actually as much as 20 plus pounds a month.
Here is what you do:
On diet days
You eat nutritional supplements which contain the vitamins, minerals and salt you need for a day.  These supplements are available in pill, powder, liquid or bar form 
In addition, you can eat as much as you want of all kinds of raw fruit
Drink water
On food days
You must eat what you ate before you started dieting in the same amount.  This mean you can and shall eat nothing but your favourite foods and drinks. It is important that you take in as many calories as your body was used to getting before you started.
Motivation is easy
It is much easier to stay motivated when you can take a break from your weight loss program every other day. As the weeks pass you will see that you lose more and more excess pounds, and this will get you even more motivated to stay on this program until you have reached your goal.
If you combine it with some light exercising or just taking a 30 minute brisk walk on your diet days, you  will burn even more fat that day. 
Sustain your new weight
You might say that this seems too good to be true, but it is true.  However, be aware that after you have reached you weight loss goal, you must eat less food than you did before so that you not regain the weight lost.  The reason for this, is that your body doesn't need as much energy (in calories) to move that extra weight around. If you start to gain weight again, you can simply start dieting again
Don't lose too much
It is recommended that you not lose too much weight too fast. If you lose more than 7- 9  pounds a week, just put in  2 or 3 food days in between the diet days, instead of just one. Try out this diet; it might be the way of losing weight you have searched for but not found until now.
A Parent's Guide To Sexual Health Education

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This article provides several helpful tips and advice for parents that are having a
hard time about talking sexual health to their children. It is important to have an open communication with the teenagers, especially at this crucial point in their lives.

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Most parents understand the concept of sexual health education, but many do not consider classroom instructions on sexual health sufficient for their children’s needs. Although basic information is shared during class, the teenager might not hear or understand everything that he or she needs to know. Sexual health education is a parent's responsibility, awkward as it may be. Still, society, by and large, relies on the formal school system to provide children with the necessary biological and social background about sexuality. But by giving follow-up information and reinforcing what the teenager learned in school, parents can help their children in making wise decisions when it comes to sex.

It's not easy for parents to talk to their own children about the sensitive topic of sex. Perennially waiting for the proverbial right moment can make parents miss opportunities to teach their children about the need for information, responsibility, and circumspect when it comes to sexual behavior. Rather than getting ready for this kind of talk, think of sexual health education as just another ongoing conversation. For example, seize the moment whenever a TV program raises issues on responsible sexual behavior, and use this to start the discussion. If in case a good topic comes up at a not-so- convenient time, simply say that talking about this later would be a good idea, and mean it by talking about it at a much later time.

Keeping sexual health education low-key may be a good idea. Never try to pressure the child to talk about sex. Simply bring up the topic whenever you are alone with your child or teenager. Everyday moments like car rides, grocery shopping, or during late night snacks can be the best opportunity to talk about sex. Also, being honest with your children is important. Admitting to them that, like them, you feel uncomfortable talking about sex but emphasize that it is a subject that you must discuss openly without pre-judgment or apprehensions. If ever the child asks a question that any of the parents don't have an answer to, offering to do research on the answers or looking them up together should be a good alternative.

When talking about sexual health education to kids, being direct is also needed for clear communication. Stating feelings and opinions on specific sex issues such as oral sex and intercourse, and presenting the risks involved objectively, including emotional pain, sexually transmitted diseases and unplanned pregnancy can open their eyes to possible risks when dealing with premarital sex. In addition, lecturing or giving out scare tactics won't do any good. Never lecture them or rely on scare tactics just to discourage them from doing any sexual activities. Instead, by listening carefully to what they have to say can help you understand the child's everyday pressures, challenges, and concerns with regards to sexual health.

In having the right sexual health education-related conversation with a teenager, it is essential to go beyond the facts. The child needs to know the right information, but still needs to open up to their feelings, their values, and attitudes. Try and examine ethical questions with responsibility in the context of the family's own personal or religious beliefs. And by inviting your children to have more discussions with you on sex and other issues that matter to them, you will also make your relationships with them more healthy, informative, and fun.

A Pill-A-Day Approach to Weight Loss

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Weight loss pills are demanded from all over for its power to reduce weight fast. There are two types of these pills, but these types of weight loss pills are effective depending on the user itself. By having a healthy weight loss diet program, one can lose weight even without the use of such weight loss pills.

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Being slim or thin does not make one healthy.  But of course, being overweight or obese is not healthy either.  For those who have trouble losing the excess pounds, the use of weight loss pills is the preferred and convenient option.  The said pills are supposed to help a person lose weight by reducing the appetite and preventing the absorption of fat into the body. Weight loss pills are very helpful since not all people have the time and interest to got to the gym regularly. 

There are two basic types of weight loss pills available in the market today, prescription pills and the non-prescription pills. Prescription pills are those diet pills that are closely regulated and required by the FDA. These pills have been proven effective through several clinical tests. Such prescription pills include the popular Xenical (Orlistat) and Meridia (Sibutramine).  These drugs must be prescribed by a doctor before a weight watcher can actually purchase and use them.   On the other hand, non-prescription weight loss pills can be purchased over the counter even without doctor's approval. Examples of these non-prescription include products from Herbalife and Metabolife which are classified as fat burners, stackers, herbal weight loss pills, and diet supplements.

Not all people benefit from taking these weight loss pills. These prescription weight loss pills are naturally designed to mainly treat obesity, unlike “cosmetic” weight loss, or those who just want to lose a few pounds. In fact, weight loss pills can be effective under certain circumstances. Our body tends to adjust rather quickly to the effects of these weight loss pills so there is also a possibility that the benefits might decrease as time passes.

Taking such diet pills can be complicated since the person has to check if this particular diet pill would be effective, or if it is even FDA-approved.  It is important to know the dosage and safety precautions for each brand of diet pill.  It is important to ask your physician for a thorough explanation on the pills' possible side effects and health risks.

It would be better and safer to lose pounds by having a regular routine exercise, together with the consumption of a healthy diet. There are several different weight loss diet programs that have become very popular.  Some of the more well-known diet programs are Atkin's diet, Sonoma diet, South Beach diet, and the Mediterranean diet. 

In summary, a serious weight watcher must see to it that the use of weight loss pills is complemented by regular exercise and consumption of healthy food. It is not right to expect dramatic weight loss by just using pills.  Stored fat in the body can only be eliminated through exercise.   The other alternative – liposuction --- is not only expensive and painful, it may also entail serious health risks since it is an invasive medical procedure.   Through exercise, the body literally sweats away and burns excess fat.  The body also adjusts and metabolism rates increase.  With increased metabolism, the body works faster and harder in burning excess fat.  Aside from the fat-burning effects of exercise, regular workouts also make a person feel good and confident.   Of course, proper eating habits should be observed because the fat that is lost through exercise must not be regained because of excessive eating.

A Possible Link Between Celiac Disease And Candida Albicans

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Celiac Disease, also referred to as CD, is intolerance to gluten which is found predominantly in wheat but is present in other grains such as oats, barley rye and others. CD is definitely on the rise for previously only 1 in every 3000 was diagnosed and now it is 1 in every 133.

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Celiac Disease, also referred to as CD, is intolerance to gluten which is found predominantly in wheat but is present in other grains such as oats, barley rye and others. CD is definitely on the rise for previously only 1 in every 3000 was diagnosed and now it is 1 in every 133.

I most cases of CD, gluten damages the small intestine mucosa resulting in the reduced ability to absorb nutrients, leaving the bowel in a state of chronic inflammation and the body depleted of nutrients. Symptoms are very wide range such as chronic fatigue, irritable bowel, constipation, chronic bloating, chronic sinusitis, rashes, itchy skin, chronic muscle pain, allergies, weight gain or loss,  numbness and tingling in the hands and feet and dizziness just to name a few.

There is a type of CD that predominately affects the nervous system. It is referred to as gluten ataxia. The symptoms are predominately neurological with little or no gastrointestinal symptoms present.  The neurological symptoms of gluten ataxia mimic the symptoms of multiple sclerosis so closely that CD should be ruled out when diagnosing MS

There are researchers that suspect a link between Candida albicans (yeast overgrowth) and CD. It is also suspected that irritable bowel syndrome, crohn’s disease and fibomyalgia all stem from Candida albicans. Does that mean that all people diagnosed with CD also have Candida albicans? Researchers believe that it’s certainly worth looking into. I know many people with celiac disease who go on a faithful “gluten free” diet and do not feel much better. For those it would be wise to incorporate a “Candida” diet and take huge amounts of probiotics (acidophilus and bifidophilus).

CD is suspected to be associated with hypothyroid problems, specifically Hashimoto’s disease.
Those with anemia, osteoporosis, diabetes, lactose intolerance or autoimmune illness are more prone to CD. Children are also being diagnosed with CD. Children with CD are prone to osteomalacia.

There are so many symptoms that mimic other diseases; it is important to rule out CD. There are blood tests available for CD; however many laboratories are using the “old” tests such as; the determination of anti-gliadin antibodies, which has shown to be unreliable. It’s also the one that most insurance company’s cover. The new tests are more accurate and more expensive.  These new tests are known as the IgA antihuman tissue transglutaminase and the IgA endomysial antibody immunofluorescence. Another problem with test results is that most people that suspect CD stop eating gluten prior to testing. This alone will create false results because in order for the antibodies to be produced and measured, gluten products must be consumed regularly before testing.

Finally and foremost what do people with CD have to eat? Gluten is everywhere and in everything. It takes much research and planning. Foods such as meats, poultry, fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts are permissible. Some grains are also gluten free such as quinoa, soy, teff, rice, buckwheat and amaranth. Most people with CD are also looking for ready made breads, convenience food and snacks that are gluten free. More companies are realizing this and offering ready made gluten free foods such as  breads, pizza dough, cinnamon raison rolls, brownie mixes, cake mixes, pancake mixes, waffles, crispy rice cereal, cream of buckwheat cereal, crackers, chips, butter shortbread cookies, coconut macaroon’s, crispy rice snack bars brown rice pasta, brown rice noodles, various gluten free flours, bouillon cubes and much more. These foods should be consumed in moderation for they are still considered processed. The focus should always be on fresh foods, no matter what diet one chooses to follow.

If you or someone you know doesn’t have insurance to cover the blood tests and suspects CD, merely go on a gluten free diet for a month or so and if symptoms don’t improve then incorporate a “Candida” diet for another month.

. This Article provided by Mike Comeau, is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. Always consult your doctor when seeking medical advice.

title:A Powerful Year-End Meditation
author:ADD Coach Jennifer Koretsky
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

At the close of the year, we often find ourselves thinking ahead to the next year.  We think about all the things we didn't accomplish this year, and vow to accomplish them next year.  Few of us take the time to reflect on the past year and look at our successes and the experiences that we have learned from.
Before you start thinking about New Year's Resolutions, take some time to meditate on the year that's gone by.  Doing so will allow you to reflect on what's important to you, and to create a meaningful plan for the New Year.  Set aside some time to think about, write about, or talk about your answers to the following questions.
Looking back on 2004...
What were my successes?
What did I do that I haven't given myself credit for?
What unrealistic expectations did I hold myself to?
What would I do over, if given the opportunity?  What lesson did I learn from this experience?
Looking forward to 2005...
What did I want to accomplish in 2004 that I wasn't able to?
Why was this important to me?
What held me back?
What am I willing to do differently?
End your meditation with...
Who are the people I am most grateful for?
What are the strengths and skills I am most grateful for?
What is my best quality?  How will I share this quality with more people?
Happy New Year!
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title:A Primer On Finding & Selecting Medical Insurance
author:Joe Leech
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

At one time, only a few such as the self employed really had
to know much about selecting medical insurance because for
many years, the majority of the working population was
working in "employee" status and Medical Insurance was a
company benefit, and one that had very few choices involved.

Today that benefit is either disappearing or being offered
with choices ranging from family plan to PPO to HMO to no
participation; choices also include the amount of payroll
deduction based on plan choice, and it’s a complex situation
to decide.. does one opt for the plan with a $500
person/$1000 max deductible which has virtually no payroll
deduction, or the plan with the $250/500 but with a $25 per
month deduction. Of course those figures are arbitrary for
the purpose of the article and cited only as examples.

But there are choices that can and need to be made.. in
fact, some times those choices now come down to "where can I
get my own insurance... period?" as so many companies have
either layed people off or cut the Medical Benefit entirely.

Let’s say you are one of those people.. hopefully not, but
we need to cut to the chase.

The first thing to see is if a spouse is working, is
insurance offered from their employer? Possibly they were
not on a family plan, but this is now required.

Usually even with an employer requiring a contribution, a
employer provided plan is less costly than going out 100%
percent on your own. This should really be checked out.
Employer group rates are generally less than an individual
getting their own insurance.

But let’s say this does not apply. But the principle of bulk
or group purchasing does. Your next step is to see if there
is a group that you can join that offers group rates. If
you are self employed or have your own business, chances are
that your business or profession may have a professional or
trade organization that offers Medical Insurance through the

The writer of this article resides in Pittsburgh, Pa where
he has been involved quite indirectly in the construction
industry. When we say "quite indirectly" we are talking
about being in sales and having a sales business which
provides pumps and equipment to contractors. Because of
that association, the writer qualified for membership in the
local Builder’s Association which had pooled its many
members to obtain group rates. This is cited in this article
because you as a reader may not have an apparent direct
connection to a group, but you might qualify through an
association as the writer has done. If you need to provide
your own medical insurance, by all means check this out.

Are, or were you involved in federal or military service?
You may find a group association here.. try your VFW, your
TROA, your American Legion. One company that advertises for
the self employed is NASE. I've never checked them out, but
I do hear advertising.

So let’s assume you have found a supplier, regardless of
your status. Most suppliers offer a choice of programs
ranging from HMO to PPO. What may seem to be the best deal
may not be so at all because of length of time to coverage.

consider yourself healthy and not under treatment, if you
had a past work related physical or other physical and a
condition was noted as detected.. but you felt it was not
worth pursuing treatment for, and in fact, you are not
having a treatment or medication... if it’s on the record
SOMEwhere and you subsequently have a claim... if it’s
related to the diagnosis, not only could that claim be
denied, but your entire policy voided under the provisions
of fraudulent application if you did NOT state a pre-
existing condition.

Yes, insurance companies want your money and to have you as
a client, but they are there as profit makers first, and if
they can find a way to NOT pay you that they are legally
entitled to... you won't get a claim paid. You MUST have
everything in writing including any exceptions to a
precondition. Better to be turned down up front than
canceled when you need them.

Lastly, if you can not get or pay for insurance, but have a
family with minor children: Many states have programs that
will insure your minor children at no or nominal fees. These
state programs will not necessarily seek you out and sign
you up.. you need to do your research. Do not hesitate to
call your county health association or your state insurance
commissioner. Someone will know.

We hope that this article, and the fact you probably found
it on the Internet will help. Be sure and use Internet tools
and search engines and you'll probably find more resources
than you ever thought existed. Search terms such as
"discounted medical insurance" or disease/condition specific
insurance will yield results. don't spend another day
title:A Primer on Human Cloning—How, Why, and Why Not? (Part 1)
author:Lisa J. Lehr
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Medical technology has reached a point where human cloning is beginning to look like a real possibility. But is it really? And if it is, should we do it? Why…or why not?
How is cloning accomplished?
Cloning is a form of asexual reproduction, which does not occur in nature among higher organisms. The method used is called nuclear transfer. It begins with an egg provided by a female donor, unfertilized and with the nucleus removed. The next step is to extract the nucleus containing the DNA, or genetic code, from a somatic (non-reproductive) cell of another donor, and inject it into the “empty” egg. Chemicals are added and the egg is then stimulated by a pulse of electricity, causing the cell to divide and develop into an embryo, which is implanted into a surrogate’s womb.
The offspring of this process would be a clone—an exact replica—of the one who donated the DNA (genetically speaking, like identical twins). No genetic material from the other “parent” (or of the surrogate) is present. In theory, it works because all of the genetic information needed to reproduce any organism is present in each of its cells.
All life begins as a single cell. It is still something of a mystery how a higher organism becomes an organized assemblage of bone, skin, nerves, blood, etc. As the cells in an embryo divide (there are many cell divisions in higher organisms) and differentiate, most of the genes in each cell are de-activated, leaving active only the genes that the cell needs to perform its specific role. All of the genetic information remains in that cell, but most of it is chemically disabled. Proteins are selectively synthesized to construct the many different types of tissues.
Dolly the sheep made history as the first successful cloning of an adult mammal. Ian Wilmut, who led the Scottish scientific team that cloned Dolly, has said, “It would be desperately sad if people started using this sort of technology on people.”
Why would we want to clone humans?
Years ago, when we heard the first rumors that human cloning might be on the horizon, it seemed the chief benefit people anticipated was that a clone of oneself would be sort of like a “spare parts” inventory. Say you lose a body part to illness or injury. You take the corresponding part from your clone and have it grafted onto you; no tissue rejection, no need to get used to an artificial organ or limb that is not quite the same as your original one—problem solved!
The imagined possibilities have since expanded. Now it seems that the main applications for human cloning involve creating not body parts but complete humans—replacing those lost to untimely death, or providing children to infertile couples. A great historical figure could be brought back to do more great work.
The emotional appeal is strong. A parent who has lost a child wants to replace him or her with a duplicate. An infertile couple sees cloning themselves as their only hope. How could we deny those grieving and yearning parents any chance? While on the surface this does not sound as ghoulish as the spare-parts scenario, on closer examination, perhaps it is.
Why would we not want to clone humans?
The first thing to understand about cloning is that a cloned specimen starts life as a baby. You do not get “matching” spare parts; you do not get a family member who picks up right where the departed one left off. Infertile couples would not even get a son or daughter in the strict sense.
The second thing to understand is that the failure rate of cloning is astronomical. The creation of Dolly began with 277 sheep embryos, meaning that 276 died or had to be destroyed.
It gets worse. Most animal clones (to date, sheep, cattle, and mice) die, usually during embryonic development. Others are stillborn with horrendous abnormalities. Mothers have difficult pregnancies and laborious miscarriages; sometimes they die. Both placenta and fetus are abnormally large; some cloned animals will be born twice normal size. Ask any woman if she’d like to carry and deliver, say, a 16-pound baby!
One of the greatest contributions of medical science to length and quality of life is to decrease dramatically the incidence of serious complications—up to and including death—of pregnancy and childbirth. The foregoing sounds like a giant step backward.
Some babies will die within days or weeks because of abnormalities in vital organs. Survivors remain fragile because of immune system defects. And we don’t know if those survivors’ cells will multiply properly so they don’t get cancer or age too rapidly. Some of these complications may turn out to be fate worse than death. Imagine the strain on our healthcare system!
There is not a single healthy cloned adult mammal alive. Even Dolly grew up extremely obese. It is worth noting that primates—humans’ closest “relative”—have not yet been cloned.
It gets worse yet
Beyond the formidable scientific hurdles lies the quicksand of moral ambiguity.
Disposal of less-than-perfect embryos, abortion, and euthanasia may be no-brainer solutions for problems with animal clones—but for humans, they represent grave ethical concerns.
There is no way to identify defects to ensure that clone embryos implanted in women would be healthy. Proponents say that defective embryos will be screened out—but no such screening process has yet been revealed. If such “quality control” does come about, it raises serious questions of subjective judgment of worth vs. worthlessness. Is this just another incarnation of eugenics? Would cloning technology eventually invade all human reproduction, so that everyone gives birth only to “perfect” children?
Would a human clone be viewed as a creation in the image of God—or as a human invention? What if a cloned individual was made not for “adoption” by a particular couple, but merely as an experiment? Would that child be the “property” of some scientist? Would we eventually see clones being produced with inferior mental functioning to serve as “spare parts” donors—people who wouldn’t have full awareness of what was being done to them? This begins to sound positively Mengelian. (For those of you who are a little fuzzy on your World War II history, Joseph Mengele was the cretin who did experiments on real live people in concentration camps.)
Moreover, human cloning endangers the stability of the traditional family unit. A “son” conceived by cloning from his “father” would not really be a son but a twin brother. One cell biologist joked, “there’ll be no need for men.” I think that mentality has done enough damage to society without being literally true.
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title:A Primer on Human Cloning—How, Why, and Why Not? (Part 2)
author:Lisa J. Lehr
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And even if we could…
Cloning would not resurrect a deceased family member. Humans, alone created in the image of God, are not merely the sum of our DNA. We are unique products of a complicated interplay of environment, experience, birth order, age and health habits of the mother, and other factors peculiar to humans. Even identical twins, who have most of those characteristics in common, are individual persons with distinct personalities.
Psalm 139:13-16 says, in part, “You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb…I am fearfully and wonderfully made…. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret…. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.” I think this says all that needs to be said about humans being unique and special creations.
I believe it was Abraham Lincoln who said that all that he is, he owes to his mother. That’s not merely a nice sentiment; it’s probably an accurate commentary on a lot of lives. Let’s clone Lincoln—as good a place as any to start. But his mom isn’t here, so he wouldn’t turn out the same as the Abraham Lincoln of the history books. We would have to clone her, too. But wait, maybe a cloned Mrs. Lincoln wouldn’t be the same as the original. So we’d have to clone Grandma…and it goes on ludicrously forever.
More importantly—would it be fair to expect a cloned person to replace the one who was lost? What if that competitive firstborn who was going to be a doctor comes back as a babied late-in-life child whose dream is to be a preschool teacher? Is this child set up to be a disappointment to her parents for not fulfilling the expectations they had of the first version?
So…how do we decide?
Like most momentous discoveries, cloning started as something good and subsequently became distorted. Cloning cows, for example, could result in many copies of one top milk producer. If it worked, this would have wonderful implications for increased efficiency of food production.
Cellular cloning for medical therapies is another goal. Stem cell research has a huge potential—theoretically—for good. Stem cells might be harvested from early-stage embryos, up to 14 days old. They would then be cultured in labs to become transplantable cells or tissue for fighting illness such as diabetes or Parkinson’s disease. But the huge potential for bad also exists, as this process presupposes treating the human embryo as a commodity. They would have a purpose only insofar as they were found “useful.”
Better yet, differentiated cells from the patient himself could be cultured.
The high demand for donor organs could be relieved through the creation of transgenic animals—animals with human genes added to their own genetic makeup. These animals might provide organs that are less likely to be rejected by the human body than natural animal organs. Cloning would allow these animals to be replicated easily.
What about cloning entire humans? The decision may not have to be made. If we have learned anything, it’s that cloning fails miserably.
Medical technology has its limits. The ability to cheat death is one of them. Hebrews 9:27 says, “it is appointed for men to die once.” Contrast that with the words of a cloning advocate: “God made man in His own image and His plan for humankind is that we should become one with God…. This [cloning] is a significant step in the right direction.” If that idea weren’t so pathetic, it would be hilarious. One thing that man has had many opportunities to learn, from Biblical times to the present, is that trying to be God is the surest way to provoke His wrath. (Remember what was said of the Titanic: “God Himself could not sink this ship”? Wrong thing to say….)
Death is almost always difficult to accept, but it is part of the human condition. And as death is unavoidable, so is grief. Sometimes we have to ask, Are we doing this because we should? Or just because we can?

A Proven Eastern Medication for Infertility

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Acupuncture has helped a lot of couples suffering from infertility. Even combined with modern medicine, this ancient method still works for a lot of people.

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Getting pregnant can be a big problem for a lot of couples. Some of these couples use the latest technology the modern medicine has offered. According to the National Women's Health Resource Center (NWHRC), five percent of infertility treatments involve in vitro fertilization (IVF) or other kinds of assisted reproductive technologies. It is a method in which a laboratory is used to try to help a couple become pregnant. More than 70,000 babies have been born in the United States using assisted reproductive technologies, including 45,000 born as a result of in vitro fertilization. IVF makes pregnancy possible for more than half of the couples who pursue treatment.

Techniques like IVF have been in use since the 1970s, but they are still something of an inexact or inaccurate science. The success rates for each therapy range from as low as 1% to as high as 50%, and a successful pregnancy depends on a variety of factors. It can include the age of the woman, the cause of infertility, and the skill of the technician performing the procedure.

But there is another procedure for aiding pregnancy that has been in use since the ancient times. Although modern medical science has failed to conclusively explain just how it works, acupuncture is said to be a an effective method for helping a couple to have a baby. Acupuncture is based in the Chinese belief that a balance in the energy flow known as qi and chi through the body is needed in order to stay healthy. When a blockage or imbalance occurs in that flow, one's health is negatively affected. There are 20 major pathways that qi is believed to travel along and these pathways, or meridians, are accessible through 400 different acupuncture points.

Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicines believe that a variety of energy patterns can interfere with becoming pregnant. Acupuncture works in the treatment of infertility by increasing the production of endorphins in the brain, which then helps people de-stress and relax. The traditional treatment can help stabilize hormone levels of a couple trying to have a baby. This can lead to an increase in sperm production for men and the improvement of blood supply in the uterus and the ovaries among women. Doctors believe that integrating acupuncture, at least, helps relieve some stress and anxiety suffered by patients struggling with infertility.

Acupuncture can be used in combination with other Western Medicine treatments for infertility. Acupuncturist Jin Jin Hua claims that the 4,000-year-old practice of using hair-thin needles to penetrate and stimulate organs can work alongside IVF to create a successful pregnancy. It has a surprising success rate of sixty percent among infertile women. And there is some scientific evidence to back this up, said Ms Jin. A German study published in April 2002 showed that 42.5 per cent of women who underwent acupuncture, once before and once after the transfer of the embryos in the uterus, became pregnant.

Moreover acupuncture has helped a lot of women as it has shown promising results in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome in regulating their periods. In another study, almost all women suffering from polycystic ovarian syndrome who undergone acupuncture had their periods regulated.

Acupuncture provides a holistic and a noninvasive approach to reverse infertility, and this traditional method has helped a lot of couples. Soon, getting pregnant will never be a problem, all it takes are some needles with a pinch of a balanced and positive outlook in life.

title:A Proven Way That Women Can Quit Drinking Without AA
author:Jeannie Long
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Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) has helped millions of people recover from alcoholism. For many women, however, AA may not be the best choice when it comes to the difficult task of quitting drinking. The main reason it may not be the best choice is this:
AA is based on the philosophy that self-centeredness is the root of alcoholism.  In other words, AA's approach is to instill humility and minimize egotism in its members.
While this method may have been appropriate for white males in the 1940's when AA was founded, it does not meet the very different needs of women.  Here's why.

Women who have a problem with alcohol oftentimes suffer from feelings of guilt and low self-esteem.
Women already judge and berate themselves mercilessly.
What women need to recover is to develop a sense of competency in themselves and rebuild their feelings of self-worth.
Quitting drinking requires overcoming dependencies, forgetting the past and planning for the future.

I agree that it is necessary for a woman to have humility in order to accept that she has a drinking problem.  But taking humility beyond this first step is actually counter productive for the woman alcoholic. 
Jean Kirkpatrick, Ph.D., founder of the Women for Sobriety Program (WFS), writes that  "to accept humility is absolutely the worst thing that could happen to a woman alcoholic."  From long experience Jean understood that for women to overcome feelings of helplessness and powerlessness they must have a program that helps them to rebuild their self-image.
The main component of AA's program is spirituality.  Specifically, they believe that in order to recover, one must surrender one's will to a higher power.
WFS, on the other hand, does not encourage reliance on a higher power or something outside yourself.  Women for Sobriety believes that your power must come from within.
This new, empowering method for women to quit drinking produces concrete results.  An interesting study was published in the American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse by L. A. Kaskutas in 1996.
What the study found was that after women became really aware that they had to do something about their drinking, the percentage of women who were sober within 1 year after attending Women for Sobriety meetings was 38%.  In contrast, the percentage of women who were sober within 1 year after attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings was 26%. 
One of the reasons why AA meetings are so prevalent is the fact that one aspect of their spiritual philosophy is a strong emphasis on service.  Specifically, AA members are encouraged to attend meetings for life, and be part of a sponsorship program where experienced members assist beginners.
In contrast, because WFS encourages self-sufficiency, it does not promote lifelong attendance at meetings. Also, although WFS does not have a formal sponsorship program, it encourages an informal support structure among the women.  A result of this WFS philosophy of leading women away from dependencies is that meetings are not as widely found with the Women for Sobriety Program as they are with AA.
The Women for Sobriety web site does, however, provide support in the form of on-line meetings, chat, and a bulletin board.  They also have a large collection of popular books on recovery as well as their own literature for sale. This contrasts with AA meetings where only AA approved literature is allowed.
I like that WFS permits a wide range of meeting topics.   And one of the best aspects of the WFS meeting format is that conversation is encouraged whereas AA has a strict "no cross-talk" rule during meetings. 
Another difference between WFS and AA is that one-third of WFS members also attend AA meetings because they need more frequent meetings to stay sober and they like the fellowship and support.  Women for Sobriety is open to this approach and, in fact, states that their Program "can be used with or without AA." 
AA, however, tends to discourage attendance at alternative programs.  This can be seen through some of the wording in the introductory portion of the meeting where it is stated, "rarely have we seen a person fail who has thoroughly followed our path," and, later:  "many of us thought we could find an easier, softer way.  But we could not."
Power comes from looking forward not back.  It is very important for women to have a positive, proactive force supporting them when it comes to quitting drinking.  This is different than the AA approach of focusing on negative memories of the past to prevent drinking in the future. 
A classic example of this is I have had many women come to my Women for Sobriety group and tell me that after hearing a person's drinking story at an AA speaker meeting, they felt so badly when leaving the meeting that they just wanted to go out and drink. In contrast, many women share with me that they feel positive and hopeful for the future when they get out of our WFS meeting.
If you are curious about learning more about the Women for Sobriety Program, click on the link I've provided below.  There you will find some resources that I have put together for you.  Some of these resources include:

Statistics on reasons why women like or dislike WFS and AA
Specific details about the entire Women for Sobriety Program
A revealing book describing the AA Program from a woman's perspective
Why the Women for Sobriety Program may not be for you
AA has been responsible for helping women get and remain sober for many years and I applaud their efforts.  However, I spent 3 years in and out of AA at the beginning of my sobriety and I was never able to get my heart into the program. 
During that 3 years I purchased and read all the WFS literature and finally engaged the help of a private therapist.  When I finally got empowered enough to start a WFS meeting in my area, my ability to stay sober became permanent. 
I have been sober for 8 years now.  I attribute my continuous sobriety to several things that the WFS Program revealed to me:

The importance of getting to know myself and the reasons why I drank
How to develop a lasting positive self-image
The power was within me to pursue my true interests
That long-term sobriety is possible with the support of like-minded women in my WFS group

Jeannie Long

A Pyramid Routine to Blow the Lid Off of Plateaus

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Lynn VanDyke explains how one simple change in your routine can maximize results.

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A common problem among many people looking to shed fat and lean out is hitting a plateau.  Hitting a plateau can leave most feeling stressed, defeated and ready to give up.  There's nothing worse than working hard and eating well only to see all of the progress and results come to a screeching halt.  Hitting a plateau is common, but people giving up on their routine once they hit a plateau is even more common.  It's sad, but true.

There are a few things you can do to bust through a plateau and jumpstart your fat loss results once more.  The most important factor in shattering plateaus is change.  Your workout routine must be changed every 4-6 weeks for optimal results.  You can change your workout intensity, set or rep range, amount of weight lifted or your entire weight lifting method.  One method you can start using is called a pyramid routine.

A pyramid routine is a method of weight training that uses varying reps and weights.  There must be at least 3 sets in a pyramid routine, but typically there are 5.  The rep range begins at a higher rep range and lighter weight.  As the reps decrease the weight size increases.  The middle set marks the top of the pyramid, or the lowest rep range at the highest weight.  All sets done after the middle set begin to reverse the pattern.  Reps begin to increase and weights begin to decrease.

It sounds a bit complicated, but it's really simple to get the hang of it.  Here is a quick sample.  I am going to use a 5 set pyramid routine for a bicep curl.  There is a 1 minute rest in between each set.

- 12 reps at 25 pounds

- 1 minute rest

- 10 reps at 30 pounds

- 1 minute rest

- 8 reps at 35 pounds

- 1 minute rest

- 10 reps at 30 pounds

- 1 minute rest

- 12 reps at 25 pounds

- 1 minute rest

- Move on to next exercise

As you can see the pattern of reps and weight size have a peak position in the middle set.  This resembles the top or peak of the pyramid.  The pyramid routine is well-known to experienced lifters and athletes.  Many others are finding it to be the secret to blowing the lid off of plateaus.

In addition to switching to the pyramid routine, try using these simple tools to shatter your own plateau.

1) Eat 5-6 small meals throughout the day.  Each meal should be 2-3 hours apart.  Each meal should contain one protein and one carb.  The first meal should be eaten within an hour after waking.

2) Drink a cup of water at each meal.

3) Rest properly.  This means taking at least 48 hours between strength training the same muscles, and it also means getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep per night.  Lastly, it means taking 1-2 days off from exercising per week.

4) Cardio. This should be done at different intensity levels and different session lengths.  Consider doing a low intensity/long session, a high intensity/short session and a few medium intensity/medium length sessions.

All of the above things combined will help bust through a plateau.  Just remember to change something about your program.  Should you ever find your results stopping and your fat loss coming to a halt the intensity, weight, or training method are the easiest factors to change.  Above all do not give up and do not quit.  Hitting a plateau is something that happens to everyone.  How you shatter and overcome a plateau defines your resolve and dedication.

A Quick Comparison of Conventional Medicines and Alternative Medicines

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Wondering which type of medicine or treatment to choose? Compare conventional medicines to alternative medicines so you'll know the advantages and disadvantages of each.

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The term "conventional medicine" refers to medicine practiced by medical doctors and doctors of osteopath. Alternative medicine is a system of theory and practice used by many individual cultures around the world. There are several differences in conventional and alternative medicines, but there are some practitioners that use them together.

Promoting Good Health

The emphasis in alternative medicine is good health and prevention of disease. With alternative medicine, an individual is using natural remedies to build up the immune system to fight off infection and diseases.  Each person is treated as an individual. Then, a specialized treatment is used for their needs. Through extensive questioning and diagnostic tools, the practitioner works to determine the cause of health problems. If there are underlying factors influencing your health, they will work to find the problem.  Instead of using the same treatment on everyone with a common symptom, they try to find the hidden cause and treat it.

Different Methods

There are several different kinds of alternative medicines: homeopath, osteopath, chiropractic, herbal medicine, massage and acupuncture. Alternative medicine practitioners usually have a quality education with degree-level exams and monitored evaluation. Other therapies not as common are reflexology and aromatherapy, which use less invasive methods. These are more independent practitioners sometimes using methods developed on their own.

The purpose is to stimulate the body's healing process. Instead of trying to rid the body of a disease or symptom, the whole body is treated, and the cause is addressed. That is why a whole regimen is sometimes prescribed. This could be dietary changes, exercises, and an herbal remedy. By treating the cause, you have more chance of a complete cure. In most cases, these treatments are not as costly as conventional medicines.

Widely Used

Many companies offer alternative medicine in their healthcare packages. In recent years, Americans have spent billions of dollars on unconventional medicine, doctor's visits, and herbal remedies. As a result, many drug stores and chain stores are stocking natural remedies.

Conventional Treatments

In conventional medicine, the symptoms are attacked aggressively with surgery and drugs. Instead of the whole body being considered at one time, each organ is attended separately. Medical schools are divided into organ specific departments where the organs are learned about separately, and are not taught as being related to each other. This works fine for emergency and trauma treatments, but does not promote better health over all.

The treatments used in conventional medicine are the result of scientific research and successful results. Many doctors are convinced that these are the best for their patients. But in most cases, they will treat everyone with the same treatment when they could have different factors affecting their health. Many doctors specialize in one area and only know that one field well.

Using Both Methods

Some doctors use alternative medicine in a complimentary manner along with their conventional treatments. Several medical schools and renowned hospitals are offering courses and clinics using alternative medicines. This is also common in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Most people assume that only the latest high-tech treatments will be affective, but sometimes these are not as tried and proven as the old time remedies passed down over the years. The best thing to do is gather as much information as you can before you make a judgment. Many times people are skeptical or fearful because they do not know the facts.

Being Prepared

Though our bodies are very resilient and have the amazing ability to heal their selves, there are times that we will need help. It is best to be informed about both conventional and alternative medicines when the time comes to make a choice.

A Quick Guide to Hypnotherapy

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Hypnosis and hypnotherapy can be very helpful if you suffer from stress and anxiety, obesity, anorexia, insomnia, or other related conditions. In this quick guide, you'll learn how helpful these can be in achieving your life goals....

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Hypnosis has been around for thousands of years. From ancient Egyptian times even through today, hypnotism has been used in religion, medicine, mental therapy, and even entertainment. Patients often undergo hypnosis to help release stress or to overcome certain challenges in their lives such as smoking habits, obesity, anorexia, bulimia, insomnia, depression, and other conditions.

Hypnotherapy is similar to psychotherapy except it is undertaken when the patient is in a state of hypnosis. Hypnotherapy is meant to help modify the patient's behavior, attitude, and emotional state for positive life changes. Hypnotherapy is usually performed by a professional hypnotherapist. In many cases, the hypnotherapist will train the patient in self-hypnosis so the patient can benefit from hypnotherapy at any time when needed.

What Happens During Hypnosis?

Before the actual hypnosis begins, both the patient and the trained hypnotherapist agree to the process. Hypnosis cannot be forced on the patient. There will usually be an informal talk between the two with questions and answers as well as an explanation of what is about to take place.

Next is the actual hypnosis. The hypnotherapist leads with his or her voice to gently guide the patient into a state of relaxation in mind and body. The patient may appear to be asleep, but is awake enough to be aware of what's going on - especially in the parts of the mind that can effect beneficial changes. The patient is led into comforting, pleasant thoughts and begins to daydream about happy times or hopes for the future.

When under hypnosis, the patient often feels very relaxed. It's similar to the warm comfort of a bed when one is very sleepy. The patient can terminate the session at any time if he or she begins to feel uncomfortable. When the session ends, the patient is able to ask questions and discuss the experience of hypnosis.

Hypnosis Today

Today, there are many different ways people can enjoy the benefits of hypnotherapy. They don't even have to leave their homes to take advantage of hypnosis. There are Internet sites that offer guides and tips on hypnosis, along with hypnosis training for those who want to become a trained hypnotist.

For self-hypnosis, there are great products available online, such as hypnosis MP3s and hypnosis CDs. With these tools, a person is able to enjoy the long-term benefits of hypnosis without paying high costs to visit a trained hypnotherapist.

These products are very helpful when times of stress arise or when you just needs a boost of self-confidence. They are fast, easy, safe and effective tools to help you tackle common life situations. On hypnosis MP3s and hypnosis CDs, the messages are positive and subliminal, offering exact trance-inducing frequencies. The hypnosis MP3 files are downloadable onto an iPod or MP3 player so you can take it with you wherever they go.

Hypnosis and hypnotherapy are not cure-all solutions, but they can be helpful in renewing your positive outlook on life and learning to overcome obstacles.

A Quick Guide to Stress Management with Reiki

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Learn how Reiki can help with stress management.  With Reiki healing techniques, you can learn to relax and live a stress-free life....

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Stress is overwhelmingly affecting people in our society today. Busy with work, home, family, and many other daily tasks - stress piles on without our realizing it. That's why so many people are turning to the stress-reducing techniques used in Reiki, a spiritual energy used with healing, meditation and spiritual growth.

Introduction to Reiki

When a person is introduced to Reiki, an initiation takes place called "Reiki Attunement." This brings the person into a relationship with Reiki energy, and is usually activated by a trained Reiki master-teacher. During a Reiki Attunement, the person's dense energy is cleared and released, and etheric and chakras fields are strengthened so the person will be able to receive and transmit high frequency healing light. The person can become familiar with Reiki healing and Reiki symbols as well.

Learning to Relax

Stress usually takes over when a person is fearful, doubtful, or full of worry about things that are happening around them. The person often lives in a constant tense state without realizing what is happening. The body naturally reacts with fatigue, moodiness and sometimes, disease. To relieve stress, one must learn to relax and overcome the fears and worries of everyday life.

Reiki helps a person to relieve the emotional and physical strain of stress and to restore balance to the body, soul and mind. The person can return to a relaxed, peaceful state of being by clearing energy bodies and unblocking meridians, chakras and nadas.

Methods of Stress Reduction and Elimination

There are several methods used in Reiki to reduce and eliminate stress. One method is crystal healing, where crystals or crystal bowls are used to create sounds of healing and relaxation. The crystalline sounds carry Reiki energy deep into the body to enhance the relaxation process. Tension is released and the body begins to relax and respond to the Reiki energy. The crystal sounds promote deep tension release in the very cells of the body to create stress reduction from within. Crystal bowls are available in different sizes and can be tuned to any note desired - flats, sharps, or pure tones.

Another method of Reiki stress management is through healing drumming. Healing drumming introduces Reiki energy to a person's body by the use of a drum beat. The drumming helps to create a deep, relaxing state as stress is relieved.

There is a deep connection between the physical body, spiritual being, and the mind. Stress affects all three in a negative way. Using Reiki techniques for stress management is one way a person can lead a more relaxed, peaceful life.

A Quick Guide to Vegetable Enzymes

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Learn all about vegetable enzymes, including what they are and how they can benefit your body for long-term good health....

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Healthcare is an important issue for everyone. How we take care of our body throughout our life makes a big difference in the way we age and the diseases we may suffer.

Preventive Health Care

Enzymes are an important factor in our body's health.  Enzymes are catalysts that start a chemical reaction to help us digest and absorb our food. If we do not have the proper help, our body cannot assimilate and use the nutrients we feed it. Health care will become a dreaded subject.

Many diseases and health concerns could be avoided with the right diet and enzymes. Some people cannot digest their food properly and become overweight while others suffer all manner of upper and lower digestive problems. As we age we lose our ability to digest properly, which causes more health care problems.

What Enzymes Do

There are different types of enzymes that work on a particular food. Amylase works to break down carbohydrates, starches and sugars. Protease breaks down protein in meat, eggs, and cheese. Lipase breaks down fats in dairy products and meats.  There are others that are not as general and provide more specific functions.

Proper Nutrition

Because of a lack of good digestion, many people suffer from a deprivation of nutrition. This causes other health care problems.  To maintain healthy skin, good cholesterol levels, good memory, healthy bones and joints, we must keep our body nourished and healthy. Lack of nutrition also causes sleep disorders and weight loss or gain and energy loss. Many health care concerns could be avoided with better digestion.

Good Health Care

When someone eats healthy all their life, their organs will be strong and able to fight off disease and illness. But if you cannot get enough nutrients with your food alone, enzymes will help spread the right reactions to each part of the body. Different enzymes will work with others to get each job done. Taking a vitamin supplement with enzymes or making an effort to consume more vegetables could make a vital difference in men's and women's health. Vitamins are much less expensive than healthcare these days!

Raw foods contain healthy enzymes, but heated and processed foods lose most, if not all, of their strength. Eating raw cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage will provide critical enzymes and also act as cancer blockers. For continuing good health, eating raw vegetables is very important.

Everyone Needs Enzymes

There have been doctors who have treated patients' serious diseases and cancer with diet and enzymes, which show the importance of this factor in our body. Don't neglect the needs of your body. For your own good health care, make sure you do not lack this vital digestive aid.

A Quick Look at Depression and Teen Suicide

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Teenage suicide is an alarming factor in the US and the statistics are increasing. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens and adolescents. It is reported that one of the major causes of teenage suicide is depression. Depression affects a person’s thoughts in such a way that the person doesn’t see that he or she can overcome a present problem. It’s as if the depression puts a filter on the person’s thinking that distorts things. It is very important to take suicide attempts seriously. Understanding that a teen suicide attempt is a call for help is essential in preventing a completed attempt later.

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An alarming truth: teen girls and boys are both at risk for suicide. Though many do not recognize suicide as a serious threat to a teenager's well being, teen suicide is a major cause of death among American teenagers. According to the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), about eight out of every 100,000 teenagers committed suicide in 2000.  Experts estimate that for every teen suicide death, there are 10 other teen suicide attempts. They also found out that almost one in five teens had thought about suicide. About one in six teens made plans on committing suicide and that one in twelve teens had attempted suicide in the last year.  As many as eight out of ten teenagers who commit suicide try to ask for help in some way before committing suicide, usually by seeing a doctor or psychiatrist shortly before the suicide attempt.

Teenage girls are more likely to attempt suicide, but teenage boys are four to five times more likely to die by suicide. Even though teenage girls make more attempts on their own lives than teenage boys, the boys are more likely to actually complete a suicide attempt. They do not allow for intervention, and are less likely to “call for help” through a suicide attempt, since there is often little opportunity to get males into treatment since their suicide completion rate is higher than that of females.

What are the major factors that influence or cause teenage suicide? It is said that depression is the most common cause of teenage suicide in the United States. It is depression that leads people to focus mostly on failures and disappointments, to emphasize the negative side of their situations, and to downplay their own capabilities or self-worth.

Depression or depressive disorders (unipolar depression) are mental illnesses characterized by a profound and persistent feelings of sadness or despair. Depressed persons are not interested anymore in things that were once pleasurable. The symptoms of depression include having difficulty with sleeping, loss of appetite, significant weight loss, and loss of rationality in making decisions.

Depression affects a person’s thoughts in such a way that the person doesn’t see that he or she can overcome a present problem. It’s as if the depression puts a filter on the person’s thinking and totally  distorts reality. For this reason, depressed people don’t realize the gravity of pondering suicide as a means to “resolve” or escape a particular problem.  A teenager with depression may feel like there’s no other way out of problems; no other escape from emotional pain, or no other way to communicate their desperate sadness.  Some teenagers actually think that attempting suicide is the only way to get their message across to their family or friends. Depression is a very serious condition that can ruin a teenager's young life.  Young people with problems such as living in a violent or abusive environment, an unintended pregnancy, problems with parents, or a recent break-up with a boyfriend or girlfriend can suffer from emotional and psychological distress.

Further, teenagers who feel suicidal may not even realize that they are depressed. They may even be unaware of their depression.  At times, they can be so emotionally disturbed and see death as the only way out of their troubles.

We must realize that it is common for teenagers to have some thoughts about death. These thoughts can stem from a variety of causes, and can result in actual attempts on their own lives. Thus, it is very important to take suicide attempts seriously. Understanding that a teen suicide attempt is a call for help is essential to suicide prevention.

Counselors and therapists can provide emotional support and can help teens develop coping skills for dealing with problems. Constant communication, guidance, and abundant love from immediate family and friends is of major importance in dealing with a teenager's with suicidal tendencies. Teens with severe emotional and psychological problems will also benefit by joining a support network for young people who are going through the same problems. When depression lifts because a teenager gets the proper therapy or treatment, the distorted thinking is cleared.  Depression need not take the life out of a  teenager.   With proper help and guidance, young people with problems can recover and find pleasure, energy, and hope again.

A Rare Case of Male Breast Cancer

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Breast cancer in men may be rare but it doesn't mean they are no longer susceptible to such condition. Several genes may contribute to breast cancer and based on studies, certain populations with an unusually high proportion of people carrying BRCA2 mutations may have a higher incidence rate of breast cancer in men.

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At 41, Brian Place found a lump near his left nipple and dismissed it as a sort of injury from the rough games he had been involved with for most of his life.  He thought that the lump was probably a result of a collision with another rugby player.  Though his doctor didn't think much of the lump either, nevertheless, he advised Place to get a mammogram test.  When the ultrasound of the breast and a biopsy came out, the diagnosis shocked Place and his colleagues from the Royal Air Force in Britain where he works as a Communications Technician: breast cancer.
Staff at his local breast clinic even assumed that Place was accompanying a female patient during his check up. The confusion is understandable. Only about less than 1% of breast cancers diagnosed occur in men. The rarity of breast cancer in men leaves so much room for research regarding the condition.   According to Dr. Larissa Korde, staff clinician at the National Cancer Institute's clinical genetics branch, “In women, we have studies based on hundreds of thousands of patients.”  However, there are no studies of that scale in men. “Though much can be extrapolated from research in women,” said Korde, “ it's a little bit harder to make recommendations for men based on evidence.”
One of the surest risk factors to consider is family medical history, that is, for both men and women.  At the time of Place's diagnosis, two female relatives of his had died of breast cancer and a third of ovarian cancer.  However, several genes may contribute to breast cancer, such as mutations which are known to increase the possibilities of both breast and ovarian cancers. Although most men might never even meet a man with breast cancer, those who have several relatives diagnosed with breast cancer should be wary for signs of their own breast tumors. Based on studies, certain populations with an unusually high proportion of people carrying BRCA2 mutations may have a higher incidence rate of breast cancer in men, such as in Sweden, Hungary, Iceland, and among Ashkenazi Jews.
There are similarities in the survival rates for men and women as they adjust in the stage of the disease at diagnosis.  But since men do not undergo a regular screening like women do, they are more likely to be diagnosed at a later stage.  The lumps may not always be detected by medical scanning equipment.

Medical treatment usually includes surgery, to be followed by some combination of radiotherapy and chemotherapy.  With men, an additional hormone treatment is necessary because almost all men with breast cancer have tumors characterized as hormone-receptor-positive.
After two years of medical treatment and therapy, Place is now doing well.  Two years after his diagnosis, Place is well enough to play contact sports. The mastectomy was successful, and Place has decided to discontinue his hormone treatment due to its side effects like hot flashes which he found to be very unpleasant.
Brian Place is now an active participant in online discussions and support group communities for cancer patients.  He tries to answer questions regarding male breast-cancer conditions.  Place also gives talks to people who contact him through the U.K. nonprofit Breast Cancer Care. Although there are women who are not yet accustomed to men with breast cancer condition, time and awareness can help address the issue.

A real Breath of Fresh Air

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A look at how a Goodspher Bubble can really make a difference to your home

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The other day while browsing various gadget sites I came across an interesting looking device called a Goodsphere Bubble.  Having spent many years and having some surgery to reduce the effect of snoring. I decided to invest in one of these Air purifiers.
I read up on the information of the product and a summary is given now.
A goodsphere bubble provides the following benefits.
It  eliminates nasty odours from cooking and smoking all though I do not smoke some of my friends do and this would be a significant benefit.  The other main benefit is that you can change the different aromas it can generate by buying the separate aromas available.
The goodsphere bubble acts as an ioniser which converts the positive ions within the room atmosphere to the more friendly negative ions in the atmosphere.  The negative ions makes the air feel fresh without giving off black marks like some of the other  types of ionisers.
The goodsphere bubble also acts as a humidifier last year I had a humidifier and it did make quite a difference. It broke and I have not had time to replace it.  I know that this significantly reduced the amount of snoring I produced over night.
So having read the sales page and knowing that people are coming to stay soon I decided to invest in one of these goodsphere bubbles. I was amazed when it arrived fairly quickly and that it was fairly idiot proof in operation.
I unpacked the item filled with water I had also bought the apple orchard essence with the kit. I added the added correct amount of essence and turned on the unit.  The goodsphere bubble provided almost instant fresh air smelling of apples and now it has become one of the most essential items in the house.
The effect that these bubbles produce is so dramatic that I immediately ordered a second device. I now have two spheres working in my house and I have had many comments from friends and neighbours on how this works, where can I get one and how much are they.
I also did some experiments in recording myself asleep to see if this has any effect on my snoring it remarkably does have the effect of significantly reducing the overnight snoring. This is really important to me and my relationship with my fiancée. Also the unit can clearly be seen taking the dust out of the air as the water quality goes from clear to dull.
Each essence lasts for around 24 hours you simply clean the unit and add fresh water and fresh essence. We now have an extensive range of essences for the goodsphere unit and the house always smells with a distinct agreeable aroma. Our favourite has been the rose blossom and its like working in the flower fields and meadows and has made a vast improvement to my life.
The unit also comes with the option to have an LED base which illuminates the device through a spectrum of colours so not only does it smell good it also looks good and really adds something special to the room.
The aroma therapy qualities include the ability to combat and neutralize harmful bacteria such as MRSA, E-coli and salmonella. This has been the best buy of the year so far, very impressed.
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© 2007 Andy Bolton 39 Liverpool UK

A Refreshing Way To Avoid Diabetes?

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It appears that decaffeinated coffee has been linked to lowering your risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a report in a recent issue of Archives of Internal Medicine

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It appears that decaffeinated coffee has been linked to lowering your risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a report in a recent issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, a JAMA/Archives journal. It appears one of the benefits happens to be lower risk, good news for all you double shot latte fans out there. However, doctors are still not sure what the cause and effect really is.
But I hope you are thirsty, iIn the study, the respondents that where least likely to develop diabetes consumed more than five cups of coffee a day over a twelve year period. Good news for those of you already Dueto card at Starbucks, but those of you how don’t drink this much coffee have no fear, there is still hope.
Overall caffeine intake did not appear to be the culprit, further suggesting that some other ingredient in coffee is responsible. Coffee is high in Magnesium, which might explain some of the inverse relation between coffee intake and the risk of diabetes through known helpful effects on the carbohydrate metabolism. However, the study found no relation between Magnesium and diabetes risk. Other minerals and nutrients found in the coffee bean including compounds known as polyphenols, which have also been shown to help the body process carbohydrates and antioxidants, which might protect cells in the insulin producing pancreas can contribute to its beneficial effects and needs to be examined in future studies.
While much of the study does not specifically identify coffee as a true source for fighting diabetes, it sure tastes better than insulin. Drink Up!

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A wide variety of electric wheelchairs and scooters are available in the market. This makes it easy for consumers to find the one to suit their needs not just their wants. You can start by finding what suits you by keeping in mind the answer before you go look in stores. By that you will be overwhelmed by lots of options and you can be guided to decide precisely.
A good number of online electric wheelchair and scooter stores offer a large selection of both manual and powered wheelchairs. They employ experienced staff members to assist the customers in choosing wheelchairs and scooters. Service involves fitting of the correct chair to meet the individual requirements.
Electric wheelchairs and scooters are available in Sunrise Medical, Pride medical products, Tuffcare, Merits, Golden Technologies, Shoprider, Ranger, Palmer Industries, Wheelchairs of Kansas, Roho, Winco, Quickie, Gendron, Bruno, Silver Star, Harmar and more. You can select the ones from the latest in high quality, latest controls, highly maneuverable, light weight and extreme durability.
Your existing insurance may answer 80% to 100% towards the charge of your chair or scooter. Pride, Tuffcare, Merits, Online Wheelchair stores offer a total line of wheelchair and equipment services including new chair specification or fitting, preparation, installation of adaptive equipment for control and comfort as well as preventive and habitual maintenance. Questions regarding availability, leasing, financing, delivery or options will be answered by the online support teams.
In addition to new, used and rented powered and manual electric wheelchairs, most of the online stores have a well trained repair and maintenance staff to give routine preventive or emergency service. You can also find places with a large inventory of spare parts including tires, cushions and batteries.
All companies offer convenient shipping to destinations like US, UK, Canada and worldwide. As a result you get good prices and convenient shipping. Right there and then you can take charge of your lifestyle again.
Up to $1,000 rebate is available to aid payment for the cost of electric wheelchair or scooter lifts and ramps from the following mobility programs. Most lifts and ramps represented on most sites are qualified for reimbursement under the terms of the various mobility programs offered by Chrysler, Ford, GM, Saturn, and Volkswagen. There is also a wide variety of state, federal, and other programs that can financially assist you with your wheelchair ramp purchase.
These programs were made in order to give cash payments to disabled drivers for the installation of adaptive equipment in any new vehicle, whether purchased or leased. Customers have received rebates for multifold wheelchair ramps, lifts, and permanently mounted van ramps.
A Season of Depression

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From the months of November to February, the days are shorter and colder, and the nights longer and darker. When climate changes affect many people, they just can't understand why they tend to feel gloomy and miserable. Such mood disorder is known as winter depression, or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).


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Don't be surprised when some of your friends seem to be grumpy or irritable these past few days. We are now on the tail-end of the four-month long winter season. From the months of November to February, the days are shorter and colder, and the nights longer and darker. As the climate changes, many people actually tend to feel gloomy and miserable. Such mood disorder is known as winter depression, or Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Based on statistics released by the SAD Association, 500,000 people in the United Kingdom had experienced some form of winter depression, while doctors have estimated that 20% of the population, or almost 2 million people are affected by the disorder in Sweden.
Norman E. Rosenthal is the US doctor who coined the term SAD in 1984. Winter depression has a sound medical basis that involves changes in the body's mood centers brought on by shorter daylight hours and a lack of sunlight. Most people suffering from this depressive illness experience a sense of utter isolation and loneliness. The only consolation is the fact that many people go through the same grumpiness during this time of the year. It provides a sense of comfort and assurance that sufferers are not alone.
Light therapy, one of the most effective and clinically proven treatments for SAD, has been shown to benefit some 80-85 percent of SAD cases. It may sound very simple but the process involves more than just turning on a light and sitting beside it while twiddling your thumbs as you wait for that renewed energy to power up your whole well-being.
The average domestic or office light emits a paltry 200-500 lux (a lux is a unit of illuminance) whereas a minimum of 2,500 lux is required to alleviate the symptoms of SAD. In comparison, a clear summer's day can reach an intensity of 100,000 lux.
Using these measurements as basis, a number of specially designed light boxes have been invented that emit precisely the right amount of illumination. Symptoms of SAD gradually subside by sitting in front of one for about 30 minutes to several hours, depending on the severity of the condition.
When it comes to treatment of SAD symptoms, light therapy could be the best approach to consider. But to those with severe symptoms, addressing the root causes of the condition may involve the use of both anti-depressant drugs and psychotherapy treatments.
According to statistics, the incidence of SAD increases dramatically as you go 30 degrees of latitude further north or south, while the condition is virtually unheard of in the tropics. A movement or vacation trip to countries near the equator may sound impractical but can definitely improve ones mood and well-being.
When you watch movies that feature warm, sunny, summery climates, marked improvements in mood are demonstrated. Any film with clear blue cloudless skies, palm trees, and an absence of snow may qualify for a movie therapy.
Watching outdoor sports like cricket or golf may produce the same mood-enhancing effect. On the contrary, overexposure to snooker, darts and indoor bowling has been found to bring on a state of depression and trance-like catatonia that, in severe cases, culminates in complete mental health breakdown.

A Shadow Over Your Pregnancy: How Preexisting Health Conditions can Affect You and Your Baby

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Preconception planning is an important step for women with preexisting conditions to take when considering the possibility of becoming pregnant. This should be done with the advice of a doctor to ensure that the illness will not adversely affect the development of the unborn child or endanger the lives of both mother and child.


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One of the most important things for a woman to ensure while she is pregnant is that she remains healthy throughout the the nine-month period. This is because anything that affects the mother will affect the baby in her womb. With that into consideration, women should be aware that any preexisting condition they might have and/or the medications that they are taking can have a profound effect on their pregnancy and their baby. In some cases, this may increase the risk of babies being born with birth weight problems (either overweight or underweight), developmental problems, preterm labor, premature rupture of membranes, pre-eclampsia, congenital heart block, or deformities. It may even be the cause of death for both mother and child.

Among the preexisting medical conditions that pose a significant health risk for women during pregnancy are anemia, asthma, arthritis, sexually transmitted diseases, heart conditions, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), thyroid disorders, kidney diseases, liver diseases, infections, diabetes, hypertension, eating disorders, epilepsy, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), substance abuse, depression, and other mental illnesses. While these conditions can pose complications during pregnancy, it is possible to manage them with medical assistance.

It is highly recommended that women visit their obstetricians monthly during a normal pregnancy, but for women with preexisting conditions this may occur with more frequency so that their healthcare providers can monitor the progress of the pregnancy, how the woman is managing her preexisting condition and how it is affecting the unborn child.

For women with preexisting conditions who are planning to become pregnant, it is important to consult with a doctor before conception happens. A doctor will be able to explain the risks the condition poses to the pregnancy and help a woman weigh the pros and cons of carrying a child. This is called preconception planning, and when followed by early and on-going prenatal care, it is very helpful in ensuring a safe and healthy pregnancy.

Preconception planning can map out a possible plan for every step during the pregnancy, including counseling for the couple who wishes to have the child, the possibility of changing the medications currently being used to manage the preexisting condition, and of any changes in diet for the mother-to-be.    In some cases, such as if a woman has an eating disorder or a predilection for substance abuse, the doctor may suggest going through therapy to eliminate these conditions before becoming pregnant. Both diet and medication have been proven to have an impact on the health of the child, since the baby is effectively sharing whatever the mother ingests.

Chronic conditions don't have to threaten a woman's life or the life of her unborn child. Apart from seeking medical advice about her preexisting conditions, it is also important to have the support of her family and friends around her. There are also groups composed of women in a similar situation that remind the the woman that she is not the only person going through this challenge. There are many women out there have triumphed over their illnesses to carry a child to term. Practicing preconception planning is just one of the steps in giving birth to healthy babies.

A Shopper's Guide to Tanning Lotion

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Unless you're immersed in the tanning culture, it's easy to get confused by the variety of products in the marketplace. Here, then, is a quick start guide that will help you find just the right product to suit your needs.

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With today's tanning lotions, there's no reason that you can't keep your golden glow year-round. But unless you're immersed in the tanning culture, it's easy to get confused by the variety of products in the marketplace. Here, then, is a quick start guide that will help you find just the right product to suit your needs.

Indoor, Outdoor, or Sunless?

Tanning lotions can be broadly divided into three categories: those for outdoor tanning, indoor tanning lotion, and sunless tanning lotion. As its name implies, outdoor lotions are perfect when you're going to the beach or lying out by the pool. If you're going to a salon to get that golden glow, you'll need a tanning bed lotion. If you want to avoid the rays altogether, you'll want a sunless tanning lotion that you can apply yourself in the comfort of your own home.

Before you select a tanning lotion, it's helpful to think about your tanning goals. Would you like a tan for a special occasion, like your wedding day or a class reunion? Are you a committed sun worshipper who relishes the deep bronze color of a lasting tan? Or are you planning a week at the beach and want some color while avoiding ruining your vacation with a sunburn on your first day out?

Face, Body, or All Over?

Advances in chemistry and technology mean that we can find products that are specific to our needs. There are special lotions for facial tanning, for example, while others are developed just for the legs. There are bronzers, tingle lotions, and hybrids that contain both bronzing and tingling properties. There is also an abundance of sunscreens, from regular SPF lotions to lip balms to sunscreen specifically designed for tattoos.

Tanning Accessories

When you decide upon a tanning product, you may also want to purchase an array of accessories. These might include products that will protect your manicure and pedicure while you're tanning, a back lotion applicator, a shower cap (for sunless tanning), or a solar cap (to protect your hair color treatment from UV rays).

Go for Quality

Not only are there many different types of lotion on the market, but you'll find tanning lotions at a variety of price points. As with many things in life, to a great extent you get what you pay for. The designer product lines are generally made with better ingredients, have longer staying power, and are often used as part of a system. For example, a product line might have a three-part system where one lotion is used to establish your base tan, another tanning lotion is used to moisturize your skin and extend your tan, and a third helps darken your tan once it's been established.

Buying quality lotion doesn't always mean paying top dollar, though. There are online sources that offer a wide variety of tanning lotion - including the designer lines - for the same price you'd pay at the drugstore for a lesser quality lotion. The bottom line? It pays to shop around and buy great lotions at affordable prices.

A Short Guide To Aromatherapy

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When you smell something nice, such as an appealing perfume, or a tasty dish being cooked in the kitchen, or fresh cut roses set in a vase full of cold water, does not the smell give you a good feeling inside?  These good feelings created by pleasing aromas are the basis for the art of aromatherapy.


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When you smell something nice, such as an appealing perfume, or a tasty dish being cooked in the kitchen, or fresh cut roses set in a vase full of cold water, does not the smell give you a good feeling inside?  These good feelings created by pleasing aromas are the basis for the art of aromatherapy.

People who practice aromatherapy believe that the scents that a person smells can induce the body to stimulate its ability to heal itself.  Depending on the kind of scent or combination of scents that was inhaled or absorbed through the skin, the scent activates the immune system of the body, making it more capable of fighting invading microorganisms that cause disease and boosting its strength.

To make the body heal and become more resistant to illness, practitioners of aromatherapy make use of essential oils.  These essential oils are extracted from aromatic plants.  They often find uses in the making of scented candles, perfume, soap and other beauty products.

Essential oils are very volatile – they evaporate easily and they are easily absorbed into the skin.  Practitioners of aromatherapy, however, never use essential oils undiluted because these oils are highly concentrated.  They can burn and irritate the skin if they come into direct contact with it.

Essential oils are always mixed with what are called carrier oils before they are used.  What, now, are carrier oils?  Simply put, they are vegetable oils, extracted from certain kinds of fruits, nuts and vegetables.  They are called carrier oils because they literally carry the essential oil when mixed and applied onto the skin.

Practitioners of aromatherapy believe that each kind of essential oil and each kind of carrier oil have their own properties and characteristics.  To treat a specific ailment, a specific combination of essential oils and carrier oils need to be used.  The mixture is then massaged onto the skin or added to bathwater.  Sometimes, it is put into an air diffuser.  Below are the most commonly used essential oils and carrier oils, as well as the properties that each possess and the ailments for which they are used.

Essential oils:

* Chamomile.  Chamomile can help in easing pain so the body can relax.  It is also good for soothing the skin.  Chamomile is often used for people suffering from nervous tension, headaches caused by fatigue, and an upset stomach.  It can also be used for treating skin problems like acne and boils.

* Eucalyptus.  Eucalyptus refreshes as well as relieves congestion and pain.  So, it is used for colds, sinusitis and other respiratory problems.  It is also applied to aching muscles and joints affected by rheumatism.

* Lavender.  For ailments such as rheumatism and muscle tension as well as skin problems like acne and dandruff, lavender is often used.  Lavender can help soothe and relax the body as well as enhance the circulation of the blood.  Lavender is also applied to people suffering from insomnia.

* Lemon.  The citrus in lemon is refreshing and can provide relief from congestion and pain.  This is why it is also used for treating headaches and migraine.  It is also good for treating stomach problems, and it is also claimed to have the ability to reduce the appearance of cellulite on the skin.

* Rose.  The rose is great for the skin.  It is often applied to skin that is dry, delicate or sensitive, making it softer and smoother.  The scent of the rose can also aid in relaxing the body, so it is also used for treating headaches, stress and insomnia.

Carrier oils

* Almond.  Almond oil is good for the skin because it has Vitamin D and can help moisturize dry skin.  It is a popular kind of carrier oil because the skin can easily absorb it.

* Apricot.  Apricot oil is a light kind of carrier oil that is rich in Vitamin A.  Practitioners of aromatherapy love to use apricot oil because it arrests the skin’s aging process and helps revitalize the skin.

* Grapeseed.  Grapeseed oil is the most commonly used carrier oil among practitioners of aromatherapy because it is the least expensive.  Also, because it is light, it can be used on people with oily skin without clogging the pores.

* Jojoba.  Jojoba oil is another type of carrier oil that is good for people with oily skin.  It has the ability to break down excess sebum, which causes pimples and dandruff.  Moreover, jojoba has Vitamin E, a kind of vitamin that helps the skin maintain its youth.

* Sesame.  Sesame oil is a kind of carrier oil that is known for its nutty smell, but it has great antiseptic properties.  It is effective in treating fungal infections, skin infections and light wounds.

Aromatherapy is a nice way of treating the body's hurts and pains, if only because the oils used in aromatherapy smell great.

A Simple Act of Hand Washing Can Go a Long, Long Way!

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Hand washing is the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection and disease such as pneumonia. Pneumonia is the leading killer of children under age 5 worldwide, hence, hand washing is recommended in avoiding this deadly disease. With this simple act, and if to be practiced properly, hand washing has a lot of remarkable benefits.

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Hand washing has become a part of our culture. Hand washing and other hygienic practices are taught at every level of school, advocated in the work place, and emphasized during medical training. According to the United States Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Hand washing is the single most important means of preventing the spread of infection.”

Throughout the day we accumulate germs on our hands from a variety of sources, such as direct contact with people, contaminated surfaces, food, even animals and animal waste. Infectious diseases that are commonly spread through hand-to-hand contact include the common cold, flu and several gastrointestinal disorders, such as infectious diarrhea. While most people will get over a cold, the flu can be much more serious. Some people with the flu, particularly older adults and people with chronic medical problems, can develop pneumonia. The combination of the flu and pneumonia, in fact, is the eighth leading cause of death among Americans.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), pneumonia is the leading killer of children under age 5 worldwide, accounting for one out of every five child deaths. Hence, hand washing is recommended to avoid this deadly disease. More than 27, 000 children in developing countries under the age of five die every day from curable diseases. Pneumonia and other respiratory infections kill an estimated 2 million children each year. Almost three-quarters of those who die are less than a year old.

Hand washing with soap can reduce the number of pneumonia-related infections in children under the age of five by more than 50 percent, according to a study published in The Lancet. The research, conducted in Pakistan by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and P&G Beauty, a division of The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G), is the first field study to show that hand washing can actually help prevent pneumonia.

The study conducted was designed to measure the health impact of improving hand washing and bathing with soap in low-income communities with highly polluted environments. It was conducted to more than 900 households in squatter settlements over a one-year period ending in March 2003. Approximately 600 households received a regular supply of soap; half received plain soap and half received antibacterial soap. A 300-household control group received school supplies.

The results of the research showed that incidence of disease did not differ significantly between households given plain soap versus antibacterial soap. The mechanical activity of vigorous hand washing with soap removes dirt and pathogens from hands, and is the primary factor in prevention of disease. It's important to note that researchers did not expect to see any advantage in using antibacterial soap against pneumonia.

Researchers also compared the impact of routinely washing of hands with soap in 900 households in over a year. About 600 households received supplies of regular or antibacterial soap, while 300 acted as a control group received school supplies. The homes were visited weekly to encourage better hygiene. The research showed results that cases of pneumonia were cut by 50 percent in families given soap and those who rigorously washed their hands as compared to the control group. The research proved that families worldwide can greatly improve the health and save the lives of their children by simple and proper hand washing.

Through regular practice of simple hand washing, remarkable improvements in health, sanitation, and disease control can be achieved. Hand washing doesn't take much time or effort, but it offers great rewards in terms of preventing illness.

A Simple Case Of Chronic Headaches

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This article discusses what tension is, when is it considered detrimental, as well as the possible treatments for it. It also discusses the dangers of some prescription drugs which can bring more harm than benefits. Finally, it also mentions the tendency of some people to self prescribe and self medicate and the dangers of it.

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People often regard tension negatively possibly because it is an occurrence usually associated with negative situations or experiences. It is even sometimes regarded as a state of mind. Tension is actually a natural functioning of muscles. Unlike its negative connotation, this physiological occurrence mainly serves as a protective act of maintaining the muscle's state despite constant stretching or pulling. Tension is what prevents the muscles from completely tearing apart. However, experiencing this often can take a toll on the muscles and may eventually cause fatigue and muscle rigidity. When this happens, it may lead to other muscular problems and even health problems not clearly related to muscle physiology such as headaches.

During stressful situations a person's muscles increase their tension property unconsciously. This may possibly be due to the changes stress creates within one's brain governing chemical balances. Since the brain basically directs every movement of a person's body as well as other functioning of the entire system, altering chemical movements in the brain can cause changes within the entire body. Most of these changes are unconsciously experienced by a person which is why it is often difficult to control voluntarily. Tension of muscles become troublesome when it is experienced often, causes fatigue, and cannot be easily monitored since it happens without the person's knowledge of it.

The effects of this can range from just a simple fatigue to a worse case of chronic headache. Though these conditions may seem not a cause of alarm, in the long run it can be greatly disrupting to any person's daily functioning. Headaches may not necessarily need hospitalization, however, it can surely prevent one from going to work or even performing important daily tasks. Because of the headache, a person's stress level may further escalate, thus, causing a continuous process of cause and effect between stress and headaches. This situation when prolonged may become more difficult to treat or manage. Thus, strong medications may already be needed to solve the problem.

Despite of the benefits of using prescription drugs, it can still cause several side effects, which is another downside. Some side effects may even be worse than the actual sickness itself. Some medications may not be as strong as the other prescription medications but may still be as potent or effective in treating chronic pain. These are usually the drugs that are initially prescribed by doctors when patients come to them complaining of tension headaches. As much as possible doctors mainly avoid to induce further pain and difficulties to their patients. Those are factors that need to be considered as well despite a drug's effectiveness.

Another issue concerning this situation is the availability of some supposedly prescription medications for tension headaches. Because they are sometimes accessible even without prescription, people tend to self-prescribe and self-medicate. Situations which should have been prevented by the regulation of knowledgeable doctors will, therefore, have a greater possibility of happening. Also, simple health problems such as tension headaches may aggravate or may further develop into other worse complications because of this reckless actions. Thus, it results to what usually happens as an unnecessary mistake. Meager health problems such as a chronic headaches brought about by stress and tension then becomes fatal.

title:A Simple Concept on Proper Nutrition
author:Mart Gil
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Since childhood, we are always being reminded about taking vitamins, eating nutritious foods, avoiding junk and fatty foods, drinking enough glasses of water, plus performing various exercises – all of these constitute to what is considered as proper nutrition. But how can you really be healthy? How will you know that your food intake is just right for your nutritional needs?
Basically, proper nutrition is the key element when you want to reduce your body fats, firm your body, and develop your physique. Fish, poultry, shellfish and lean meat are good sources of protein. Main sources of carbohydrates, on the other hand, include yams, brown rice, sweet potatoes, and whole wheat pasta. It is always necessary to get proper balance from the different food groups if you really ant to be healthy and physically powerful.
Dieting has been one of the major preferences to attain proper nutrition. Through it, you get to pick the right combination of foods, fruits and vegetables that’s best for you. It doesn’t only control your food intake that can end up to being obese and overweight, it also makes you aware of the nutritional contents of the foods that you take. This awareness makes every individual more particular about their diet and food intake. Lots of advantages are associated to this fact and you’ll soon realize all these things.
By taking in healthy foods moderately and avoiding fad diets, this will not only lead to weight loss but also to stable mental and physical health. However, beginning a healthy diet may not be that easy and may cause more harm than one might think. Sometimes, we acquire unexpected diseases because we think much about our diet. There are girls who have suffered anorexia due to “over-dieting”. This is only one disadvantage that we must take note. I must say that it’s not always good to be very meticulous about what we eat and drink.
As what I’ve mentioned previously, you must also follow some type of exercise program in addition to proper food intake. But you must take note that it is not necessarily the only exercise program that works or is appropriate for you and your lifestyle. See how important it is to have balance in all these aspects? It’s not always proper food intake alone or exercise alone – both are dependent to each other.
A simple effect and safe way to get a good night's sleep.

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All too often stress can prevent us getting good restful sleep.  There are alternatives, which are not addictive.  Should our first choice be a non-prestricitve one?

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Why is it sometimes just so hard to get a good, restful night's sleep'

For many of us, every evening can frequently be one of "tossing and turning", where we are just unable to settle and get off to sleep.

Some of this grueling sleep deprivation is voluntary. But with "Too much to do'" "Too much to see'", "Too many responsibilities'" - All this can lead to not sufficient sleep.

For many people, sleep is a desperate requirement. People toss and turn, but the sleep does not come. Others get to sleep only to awaken later in the middle of the night. The following morning, millions of people head off to work bleary-eyed, trying to be productive. It's a vicious cycle.

In due course exhaustion can get bad enough that a person seeks help from their doctor, who obligingly writes a prescription for some pills. At first, they work well and the insomniac person gets some much needed relief.

However, the real nightmare is all to often about to start. After a while, the sleeping pills just stop working. Unfortunately, by then, the person is addicted. The doctor has been told the drugs are not addictive by the drug manufacturer. Anecdotal proof, often hidden from us however, suggests drug manufacturers aren't telling doctors the whole story. There's big money in having a 'non-addictive' sleeping pill. As the saying goes, 'Money Talks.'

It turns out that there is alternative way, but not one health insurance or the National Health Service will pay for. Because there are no large drug companies established behind this alternative, health insurance companies or even your own health care provider just don't recognize it as a health-giving alternative choice.

Contrary to what doctors almost always are taught , both in medical schools and from drug companies, nutrition plays a large part in getting a good night's sleep.

There are a number of vitamins and minerals that strengthen sleep. An Internet search for 'insomnia vitamins' and 'insomnia minerals' provides a wealth of information about these nutritional supports.

Staying off nicotine, caffeine and alcohol helps in obtaining a good night's sleep, as does having a good diet and obtaining regular exercise

Amino acids are lesser known for their worth in being able to get sufficient sleep, but they are just as vital. L-Tryptophan, for example, is called 'essential' for a reason. Individuals can't survive without it.

Without adequate L-Tryptophan, or its easier-to-get cousin, Solgar 5-HTP (5-Hydroxy Tryptophan), human beings are not able to calm down. Sound familiar' Generally, about 100 mg of Solgar 5-HTP provides enough relaxation that sleep becomes an option for an average adult.

(5 HTP might not be commonplace in some health food store, but it can be bought on-line here -

http://www .solgar .asp'catid=18&Prodcode=5-HTP2 )

Experimentation to find an proper dosage is safe and easy.
Sleep becomes an opportunity with enough L-Tryptophan in the brain. This is where L-Theanine, another commonly available amino acid, comes in. It's a sleep time amplifier, providing more rest in less time. A dose of 100 mg at bed time is a good starting place.
Finally, GABA (yet another amino acid) works for some people. Most sleeping pills work on the same part of the brain that uses GABA . Sadly, for technical reasons, just taking GABA does not always work that well. Trying 200 mg at bed time is a good starting place. It may or may not work.

Anyone having trouble getting a good night's sleep can leave the sleeping pills in the cabinet. Instead, trying some Solgar 5-HTP, as an economical option. This supplement is a safe and non-addictive substitute.

For more information on Insomnia, please visit:-

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A Sleepless Nation 70 Million Strong

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A new report by the National Academies' Institute of Medicine shows that between 50 and 70 million Americans struggle with chronic sleep problems. To win the battle over sleepless nights, many Americans are turning to medication.

A Sleepless Nation 70 Million Strong

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A new report by the National Academies' Institute of Medicine shows that between 50 and 70 million Americans struggle with chronic sleep problems, and according to the United States Surgeon General, sleep deprivation and disorders cost the nation $15 billion in health care expenses and $50 billion in lost productivity each year.

A lack of sleep can take a toll both psychologically and physically, from daytime sleepiness to weakened immune systems. Long-term sleep deprivation leads to problems that can include memory lapses, depression, irritability and impaired work performance.

To win the battle over sleepless nights, many Americans are turning to medication. In 2005, 42 million prescriptions for sleeping pills were filled. An analysis by Medco Health Solutions, Inc. found that the number of adults ages 20 to 44 using sleeping medications rose 128 percent between 2000 and 2005, and was up 114 percent among 10 to 19-year-olds in that same time period.

Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder, affecting between 30 and 40 percent of adults within a given year. Other sleep disorders include sleep apnea-a temporary suspension of breathing that occurs throughout the night-and restless leg syndrome, which is characterized by intense discomfort, mostly felt in the legs when at rest. One of the first steps to relieving sleep problems is to talk to your doctor or pharmacist about it.

Here are some tips for insomniacs:

• Keep to a regular sleep schedule: Go to sleep and wake up at about the same time each day, even on weekends.

• Exercise regularly: Exercise done early in the day can reduce stress and help put you to sleep at night.

• Watch what you eat and drink: Avoid alcohol, caffeine and meals close to bedtime, but a cup of warm milk can help make you sleepy.

• Unplug: This is particularly important for teens with sleep problems-make sure the bedroom is free of computers, video games, TVs and phones.

Sleep troubles can be a symptom of a physical or psychological condition that requires treatment, so it's important to see your doctor if your sleep problem persists. Depending on the diagnosis, your physician may recommend a behavioral therapy and possibly drug treatments for serious sleep disorders. Medications include both over-the-counter and prescription drugs called hypnotics. Drug therapy is usually only recommended for short-term use. A combination of medication and behavioral interventions is often more effective than either approach alone for those with chronic insomnia.

As many as one in four Americans report trouble sleeping.

A Sleep Aid to Dream About

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This article reviews a newly developed drug that is supposed to induce drowsiness while improving memory and stimulating dreams. Although the drug is still in the testing stage, many people are already interested in the said medication and all the benefits that it is supposed to deliver.

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Just when one thinks that there is just one too many sleep aids available in the market, think again. A new sleep aid that can promote dreaming has been formulated by drug researchers and pharmacologists.  The said is also said to be effective in improving one's memory. This medication specifically targets the orexin system, which is also associated with the urges connected with feeding and addiction. Orexin is a type of hormone that was discovered in 1998 and is known to control or induce a number of physiological reactions and conditions such as narcolepsy, a sleeping disorder where people can fall asleep several times a day and experience paralyzing musculo-skeletal contractions.

A Swiss drug company named Actelion has also unveiled a new candidate drug known as orexin-RA-1 that can block the orexin system. Laboratory rats slept soundly and performed better in maze tests the following day than rats given with only conventional sleep aids, suggesting that the drug improves memory capacity. Measurements of muscle tone and brain activity revealed an increase in the dream phase of sleep. According to Actelion CEO Jean Paul Clozel, the dream phase is when memory is hardwired in the brain. According to Clozel, older medications reduce REM sleep. Lack of REM sleep makes people still feel tired even after they just woke up.

Shahrad Taheri, a doctor from the University of Bristol, said that orexin has great potential for promoting sleep and regulating appetite. Taheri said that orexin can be used to reduce cravings for food.

The new sleep aid drug is now undergoing stage trials. Clozel says that the drug could be available in the market by 2012.  He admitted that there are plans to extend its application beyond insomnia. Unlike older generations of sleep medications, orexin-RA-1 showed no signs of being addictive or of losing its effects over time. However, this type of medication should have a thorough inspection for possible unwanted side effects.  Existing sleep aids being sold in the market are known to have a number of side effects. Tests should be done in order to fully analze a new drug's effects in the brain, and how it can provide other beneficial effects without harming other human internal systems.

Aside from using medications, people with insomnia should continue receiving non-medical help to overcome sleeplessness.  Among the most common advice given to insomniacs by doctors and behavioral therapists include:

Cutting down on caffeinated drinks especially during hours that are too near sleeping time
Avoiding stimulating activities such as games, exercise, and watching action movies when on is about to sleep
Keeping the bedroom as a private place for sleeping.  An insomniac should not do work inside the sleeping quarters.
The room must be kept dark, free from noise, and comfortable enough to induce relaxation and drowsiness.

In very severe cases of sleep deprivation, the help of medical and psychiatric professionals should be sought.  Insomniacs, however, must make sure to consul these professionals first before using any sleep aid.  Using sleep aids without proper consultation could lead to substance abuse and, worse, to accidental death.  Sleep aid overdose is a very serious risk faced by insomniacs who use medications without the proper prescription.

Soon, however, new drugs such as orexin may help people with severe sleep deprivation gain back the ability to sleep, rest, and dream about better days and nights ahead.

A Sleep Study - What to Expect

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This article describes in detail what you can expect during your sleep study or polysomnography test. You will be able to understand how the process of collecting multiple channels of physiological data allows sleep professionals to evaluate your condition and recommend the best treatment option.

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When sleep apnea is suspected a sleep study is recommended in most cases. It is a very good tool to collect comprehensive information about somebody’s sleep pattern.

Multiple data channels will record certain physiological parameters taken from your sleeping body. These are: blood oxygen saturation, airflow through your nose, chest effort, muscle tension, eye movement, and brain activity.

A number of electrodes and other sensors will be attached to your head and chest, like during a routine EKG. The study usually takes place in a specially equipped room called a sleep lab in a hospital or a sleep clinic. You will be asked to bring your regular sleeping supplies.

When you show up in the lab you will learn all you need to know about the study, you will also have a chance to ask all the questions you may have. The whole procedure is rather relaxing, there is no pain or risk involved. The technician that will work with you wants you to feel comfortable and relaxed so you can have as good a sleep as possible.

The only complication being that, as mentioned before, there will be several electrodes and sensors attached to various places on your body that may be slightly uncomfortable and may limit your freedom of movement.

Once you are in bed all the wires and tubings will be connected to the recording equipment. Usually it is located across the wall in the neighboring room so you are not disturbed by its operation.

At any time if you need to leave the bed the study will be stopped and you will be allowed to leave the room, it will just take a minute to disconnect you from the equipment. Even if you are not able to sleep through the night they will usually collect enough data to come up with a diagnosis.

Most people who have sleep apnea are sleep depraved and fall asleep easily. There will also be a camera and a microphone in the room so the position, movements, and sounds of your body during sleep can be correlated with the recorded data.

Once the study is over all sensors and electrodes will be deattached and you will be free to go home. Within a day or two your study will be scored and the results reviewed by a doctor specializing in sleep disorders.

If the study reveals that you have sleep apnea your doctor will choose the best treatment option based on the severity of your disease and other factors including medical insurance and personal preference.

For more information on Sleep Apnea go to

title:A Smoker Needs His Rest
author:Cameron Elliott
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Smoking and Sleeping
I’ll come clean: I smoke. I know, I know, it’s a bad habit, and I’m the process of quitting. But, I like having a cigar with my dad on special occasions, and after writing for hours, a cigarette break can be exactly what I need. Besides, I smoke cloves, which unlike regular cigarettes, actually smell and taste good.
But I do realize the health risks of smoking: increased heart disease, lung cancer, and emphysema, plus a whole lot more. Here’s the thing, though. I’m young. I just turned 23. At this age, it’s easy to write those things off; even if they do happen, it won’t be for another 15, 20, 30+ years.
So why am I quitting? I’ll get to the point: smoking and sleeping don’t mix. It took me a while to figure it out, but after smoking a lot and not sleeping, I began to put two and two together. The problem is nicotine is a stimulant; it will keep you up. You wouldn’t drink coffee or a coke before trying to go to bed, so why smoke? I guess if cravings were making you jittery and keeping you up, it might make sense, but that just brings me to my next point.
Nicotine is extremely addicting, and like any addictive substance, heavy users start experiencing withdrawal as soon as that last cigarette is snubbed out. In fact, heavy smokers probably won’t be able to sleep much more than 4 to 6 hours because of withdrawal symptoms.
In short, nicotine affects sleep: you get worse sleep, and less sleep when you smoke.
I’m not writing this to try and make anyone quit, or to say that smoking is bad. You’re an adult, you can make your own decisions, and you don’t need me telling you what to do.
My goal is to educate; if you smoke and can’t sleep, maybe it’s time to think about cutting back or quitting all together. If you’re in the process of quitting, congratulations. Perhaps we can quit together.
Sleeping is good, and you deserve to sleep better and longer.
A Spoonful Of Sugar A Day - Can It Keep The Doctor Away?

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‘Sugar’ might as well be a four-letter word the way science and pseudo-science has demonized it over the years. The nemesis of dieters everywhere, sugar has become the scapegoat for obesity as well as a number of other diseases and conditions. People have been told by nutritionists that carbohydrates are bad, sugar is bad, and now there seems to be a Diet version of practically everything on the market. But is sugar really as evil as everyone thinks it is?

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‘Sugar’ might as well be a four-letter word the way science and pseudo-science has demonized it over the years. The nemesis of dieters everywhere, sugar has become the scapegoat for obesity as well as a number of other diseases and conditions. People have been told by nutritionists that carbohydrates are bad, sugar is bad, and now there seems to be a Diet version of practically everything on the market. But is sugar really as evil as everyone thinks it is?

A scientific field called glycoscience and/or glycobiology disagrees with much of the popular opinion about sugar, and not just regarding weight loss. There is an ever-increasing amount of research that suggests certain types of sugars can have an enormous benefit to our health, including boosting human immune response, to inhibiting cancerous tumor growth.

‘Glyco’ is derived from the Greek word ‘sweet’ and refers to monosaccharides or sugars. For decades, Scientists have known about the link between sugars, carbohydrates and their effect in boosting energy. It’s no secret that carbs and sugars are our main source of fuel, and help us perform our everyday tasks, as well as provide the oomph we need to hit the ol’ stairclimber. But especially since the popularity of the Atkins diet which demonizes carbs and sugars, many people have been missing out on the benefits of the sweet stuff.

Glycoscience is amassing more and more evidence that the role of carbs is crucial to maintaining the healthy function of the body. Most people are familiar with the term ‘glucose’ but there are over 200 monosaccharides found in plants and, of those, less than ten are used by the body to maintain a healthy equilibrium. Some other sugars are: mannose, galactose, xylose, fucose, N-acetylglucosamine, N-acetylgalactosamine, and sialic acid (N-acetylneuraminic acid or NANA).

Recent scientific evidence is showing that these sugars and carbs help us on a cellular level. They allow our cells to better interact with each other, thus making every basic bodily function more efficient and effective. This cellular response from carbs flies in the face of the fad low-carb diets that are finally beginning to wan. What was formerly a no-carb or low-carb mentality really should be a “right-carb” mentality. With the right carbs and sugars, the human body becomes a well-oiled machine that can live longer, and more importantly live better than ever before.

Human beings, from a purely biological standpoint, have not really changed in thousands of years. We are still basically the same beings that survived on mainly plants for millennia. And yet the food we eat today is a far cry from the food we ate thousands of years ago or even as much as 50 years ago. Genetic engineering, growth hormones, and preservatives are now an integral part of almost everything we eat. Especially with fast food, and enormous portion of the population eats foods that are virtually bereft of nutrients. Empty calories are on the diets of millions of people every single day.

Now although most people would agree with that statement, most of them would heartily disagree that sugar and carbs are the answer to many of the health questions plaguing our modern society. Well surprise everybody…sugar might be the way to go. Again though, they have to be the right sugars; the monosaccharides found in plants, not the table sugar you find in your local grocery store.

So the question remains, where do we get these beneficial sugars? Simple. The company is called Mannatech. Publicly traded on the NASDAQ, Mannatech’s main product is something called Ambrotose®, and most recently, Advanced Ambrotose™. This product has been heralded by many in the scientific community as the next big thing in the multi-billion dollar supplement industry.

When you see how many diseases are preventable simply by an alteration in diet and taking proper supplements, it’s heartbreaking to see the thousands that are unaware of the damage they are doing to themselves by rigorously maintaining their strict low-carb regimes. People hear this…CARBS ARE GOOD…as long as they are the right carbs and sugars. This point has to be made again and again until people start listening and taking charge if their own well-being.

Note: Glyconutrients are not intended to heal, treat, or cure any disease.

title:A Startling Fact About Losing Dangerous Belly Fat-- Without Exercise
author:David L. Kern
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

The story broke in the international press on October 4th, 2004. Scientists in Japan announced that laboratory rats lost large amounts of organ fat, and increased muscle strength, when a portion of their diet was replaced by a new fruit extract.
Could this new discovery be "Exercise in a Pill?"
These unexpected results left the researchers puzzled. No drug or food had ever shown the ability to target and dramatically decrease dangerous organ fat, also known as visceral, or "belly" fat. In fact, only one thing is proven to reduce it... exercise.
The New American Epidemic- Obesity.
And the unsightly bulge of stubborn belly fat isn't the only problem. Controlling this fat is important, say researchers at Duke University Medical Center, because increased levels have been associated with diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and the alarming rise in obesity rates in the United States, where presently two out of three adults are overweight or obese. Visceral fat is located around the organs inside the belly and is deeper in the body than ordinary fat, and much harder to get rid of.
In the Japanese study, conducted at the Nippon Sport Science University graduate school, lab rats were fed a chemical extract from apples as 5% of their diet. The animals lost an average of 27% of organ fat in only 3 weeks. Even more baffling to researchers was a 16% increase in muscle strength observed in the test animals.
Proven Health Results from Apple Chemicals
Chemical extracts from apples have been extensively studied for years for their health benefits in cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. Recently, apple extracts have been shown to protect the brain against nerve damage associated with Alzheimer's Disease. But this is the first evidence that these phytochemicals- termed apple polyphenols- have been shown to reduce belly fat deposits.
The Japanese researchers have now turned their attention to confirming these results in human subjects, and one Japanese company announced plans to market health drinks containing the extract in the U.S. later this year.
Too Early to Tell?
Although it will likely be some time before human weight loss trials are reported, some consumers aren't willing to wait. Since November, a small group of people in the U.S. have had access to these apple chemicals in pill form. You can track their intriguing results, which are now being reported on our web site, where you can also follow the latest news and research about apple polyphenols.
A Step-by-Step Guide to Medicare Part D’s Prescription Drug Plan

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If you’re like many Americans, the introduction of Medicare Part D is nothing short of confusing.

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By May 15 of this year, if you haven’t signed up for the program, you could end up without drug coverage, or have to pay the penalty for applying after the deadline. The penalty is a 1% increase in your premium for each month after May 2006 in which you don’t enroll.

The following is a step-by-step guide designed to get down to the basics of Medicare Part D, cut through the jargon, and tells you exactly what you need to know.

Step #1: Eligibility. Are you eligible for Medicare’s new prescription drug plan? Simply put, if you are eligible for Medicare Part A or Part B, you are eligible for Part D.

Step #2: Cost. What will Medicare Part D cost you? For drug expenses in the range of $0-$250, you pay 100% of the cost. When and if your costs fall between $250-$2,250, the plan pays for 75%, and you pay for 25%.

At this point, the infamous coverage gap, often referred to as the "donut hole," comes into play. Essentially, if your total drug costs, which include what you and the plan pay for prescriptions, exceed $2,250 per year, you pay 100% of your drug costs after that point until you reach $3,600 in out-of-pocket expenses (total $5,100 in drug costs). But after you escape from the "donut hole," you only have to pay for 5% of your drug costs.

What you pay also includes the usual insurance costs associated with a drug plan. If you do not qualify for extra help, you will pay: monthly premiums, a yearly deductible, and co-pay or co-insurance for each prescription.

If you qualify for extra help due to a limited income, you will pay: low or no monthly premiums, low or no yearly deductible, low or no co-pay or co-insurance for each prescription, and you don’t have to worry about the coverage gap.

Through Medicare’s prescription drug plan, you must choose drug coverage from one of the many private plans made available for the purpose of Medicare Part D. This is usually the point at which people become the most confused. There is a wide range of plans from which to choose, and in the end, the right one for you depends on your unique circumstances. Search for the plan that offers the lowest total costs for the year, including your premiums, deductibles, co-payments or co-insurance for each prescription, and any drug costs you pay during the coverage gap.

To best compare the available plans, visit the prescription drug plan finder.

Step #3: Drugs Covered. Choosing an insurance plan also requires that you make a selection based on the specific drugs you need. The list of drugs covered is called a formulary. So when determining which plan is best for you, cost is only one consideration - you must also make a choice based on the type of drugs covered. Generic and brand name drugs are included in the formularies, but if a drug you take is not on the list, you will either have to pay for it in full, or switch to a similar drug that is covered by the plan.

Step #4: Joining. Signing up for a plan is, luckily, easier than you may think. You can either sign up through the plan’s website or through Another option: call the company offering the plan you desire, or call Medicare directly.

A Step Closer to Drug Addiction and Phobia Treatment

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This article tackles a research study on a drug that seemingly can treat phobias. This drug, an antibiotic, can also make way in treating drug addiction, such as cocaine. Studies were made in mice, and results promises addiction treatment. Further studies will make this drug usable in the near future.

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Scientists are now looking into solving drug abuse cases by studying on a certain medication that could possibly be the most effective drug for treating addiction. This specific drug is also known to control phobias. The US Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory provides further evidence that a drug known as D- cycloserine could play a role in helping to extinguish the craving behaviors associated with drug abuse, or specifically, with the addiction to psychotropic drugs. Their study found that mice treated with D-cycloserine were less likely to spend time in an environment where they had previously been trained to expect cocaine than mice treated with a placebo.

A graduate student from Stony Brook University working under Brookhaven Laboratory, Carlos Bermeo said that since the association between drugs and the places where they are used can trigger craving and/or relapse in humans, a medication that could aid in the reduction or even extinction of such responses could be a powerful tool in the treatment of addiction.

The D-cycloserine was originally developed as an antibiotic. But this drug has also shown to extinguish conditioned fear in pre-clinical (animal) studies, and has been successfully tested in human clinical trials for the treatment of acrophobia or fear of heights. This finding led the researchers to wonder whether D-cycloserine could extinguish drug seeking behaviors as well. Last 2006, a group of scientists not associated with the Brookhaven Lab tested this hypothesis in rats. They found out that D-cycloserine facilitated the extinction of “cocaine conditioned place reference”-- in which the tendency for the animals to spend more time in a chamber where they had been trained to expect cocaine than in a chamber where they had no access to the drug whatsoever. This study builds on the previous work and adds information on the drug dose effect, the lasting properties of the treatment, and the locomotor effects of this compound.

In the study, the group worked with C57bL/c mice. The animals were first trained to receive cocaine in a specific environment. Once conditioned, place preference was established (animals willingly spent more time in a cocaine-paired environment than in a neutral environment), the mice were treated with either D-cycloserine or saline and were allowed to spend forty minutes in either the previously cocaine-paired environment in which the drug was no longer available, or the neutral environment. According to one of their researchers, this paradigm would be analogous to a clinical approach where the addict is returned to their natural environment where drug use was done, but this time with no drug available. He added that reduced seeking of the drug in the same environment—that is the extinction behavior—is a great indicator of future success in treatment and reduced chance of relapse.

However, these researchers said that it is important to remember that these are very preliminary results from a small animal study, and much further research will be required before testing this drug in humans. Nonetheless, it is inspiring to know that this drug may show promise in treating cocaine addiction that continues to take a toll on society and for which no pharmacological treatment currently exists. Such research studies would take us a step closer in treating phobias, as well as drug abuse.

A Stroke..Why it is so important to read this!

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Dr. Crawford describes what a stroke is, the signs and symptoms to look for, the treatment, and most importantly, the risk factors involved and lifestyle modifications required to reduce your risk of developing a stroke.

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Copyright 2006 Ted Crawford

A stroke, also known as a CVA (cerebrovascular accident), is a life-threatening event in which the brain’s oxygen supply has been cut off causing problems with such functions as speech, sensation, behavior, memory, and thought processes. A stroke may also result in paralysis, coma, and even death.

Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the United States and the second leading cause of neurological disability after Alzheimer’s disease.  The incidence of stroke has slowly declined over the last 30 years partly due to increased awareness of risk factors and improvement in prophylactic measures and better surveillance of those individuals at increased risk.

Strokes occur when an artery to the brain becomes either blocked by a blood clot (thrombotic stroke) or when an artery bursts due to an aneurysm (hemorrhagic stroke).  Brain tissue deprived of oxygen dies within a few minutes causing part of the body controlled by that portion of the brain affected to lose function.

Symptoms of a stroke can include sudden numbness and weakness in the face, arm, and leg; usually on one side of the body.  Other signs and symptoms that can be associated with a stroke can include difficulty talking (getting words out), slurred speech, blurred or complete loss of vision, usually in one eye, unexplained dizziness, or a sudden severe headache.

Approximately 10 per cent of strokes are preceded by TIAs (transient ischemic attacks; also called mini-strokes).  These TIAs can precede a major stroke days, weeks, or even months before a major stroke.  They frequently last less than 5-10 minutes with symptoms similar to a stroke, but symptoms usually completely resolve.  TIAs generally do not cause permanent damage or functional loss, but they are a warning sign indicating that something critical is looming.  One should immediately visit their doctor or go to the emergency department for an evaluation because a stroke can be frequently prevented if the site of the problem is identified and proper medical care is instituted.

A stroke usually results in varying degrees of loss of sensation or function throughout the body determined by the portion of the brain that has been affected.  Some stroke victims are unable to speak but everything else maybe normal.  This is because the speech area of the brain has been damaged.  Others may have right arm and leg weakness or complete paralysis because the damage of a stroke is usually limited to one side of the brain and each half of the brain controls the function of the opposite side of the body.  So if a patient presents with left sided arm and leg weakness, we know that the stroke has occurred on the right side of the brain.  An MRI or MRA scan can usually identify where the stroke has occurred. Most of the time, strokes are treated with medications to prevent further damage and lessen the chances of developing additional strokes.  Sometimes a surgical intervention is required depending on the type and location of the vessel blockage.

You can greatly reduce your risk of a stroke by eating a healthy low fat diet, keeping your blood pressure low, exercising, keeping your weight down, not smoking, and by getting regular checkups and measurements of your cholesterol levels.  Elevated homocysteine levels have also been associated with the incidence of stroke.  I also recommend that it is a good idea to take a baby aspirin (81 mg) daily if you are past the age of 50 or sooner if you have multiple risk factors for stroke.  Make sure that you check with your doctor first before doing this as you should not be taking aspirin if you have a bleeding disorder or a history of peptic ulcer disease.

Treatment of stroke initially involves using thrombolytic (clot breaking) medication and measures to prevent further brain damage or another stroke.  It is paramount in getting patients who have had a stroke to reduce their risk factors such as getting them to quit smoking, bringing their blood pressure under control, and treating their lipids (cholesterol) if those are elevated.  Physical therapy and occupational therapy are important and often required in the management and rehabilitation of patients after a stroke in an attempt to improve and restore motor function.  The goal of therapy is to enable the patient to gain enough strength and motor function to be able to carry out their activities of daily living.  Speech therapy may also be important to those patients suffering from speech difficulties.

The most important points to take from this article are to be aware of the seriousness of the problem, the signs and symptoms of a stroke or an impending stroke, and to modify your lifestyle to prevent a stroke from occurring.

A Successful Weight Loss Diet Starts from the Inside

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You've probably bought into the propaganda that says you've failed at dieting; a different - and more accurate - way of looking at it is that the weight loss diet has failed you.

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If you're like most women, you've been on a million weight loss diets, from Weight Watchers and Atkins to South Beach and celeb diets. You voraciously read magazines for their weight loss tips and gravitate toward the headlines that promise you can lose weight fast. The chances are good that you have, indeed, lost weight on many of these diets, but the chances are even better that you've gained it all back - plus some. Your skinny jeans become your tight jeans, and then they get tucked in the back of your closet, along with your fantasies of becoming a size 0.

Weight Loss Diet Failure

You've probably bought into the propaganda that says you've failed at dieting; a different - and more accurate - way of looking at it is that the weight loss diet has failed you. That's because most diets focus on short-term changes that result in temporary weight loss, but never tackle the underlying factors that make you put on the pounds to begin with. In other words, they focus only on the "outside" problem - your body - and neglect everything below the surface - your emotions, your intellect, and your relationships.

A diet for summer might work for swimsuit season, but if you don't strengthen your foundations before you lose weight, those Diesel skinny jeans won't fit when fall rolls around.

Turning Failure into Success

In order to lose weight and keep it off, you need a guide who will lead you on an exploratory journey to discover the power and control that you possess. Then, you need to be taught how to harness those powers to achieve all that you want in life - including fitting into your skinny jeans.

You may have been told - either verbally or through insidious advertisements - that if you don't have power over your eating, you have no power at all. Nothing could be further from the truth. Every woman is magnificent, and every woman has mental powers, emotional powers, social powers and physical powers just waiting to be tapped. When you heal your past wounds, and recognize and reinforce the power within you, you have laid the foundation for permanent weight loss.

Practical and Fun

If a weight loss diet is a drag, you'll never succeed in reaching your goals. On the other hand, if you have an empowering program to follow that is also practical and fun, you hold the keys to success. In fact, you can even drop a whole size in two weeks.

The "secret" - if you want to call it that - is to adopt a well-tested exercise program that can instantly fit into your lifestyle. Remember, the success lies in simplicity, clarity, and practicality. Then, you need to adopt an eating plan that works synergistically with your exercise plan to build on the foundation of the inner work you have done in order to embrace your personal power.

Remember that, with the right guide, you can do more than go on yet another weight loss diet; you can truly win in all areas of your life and achieve an outer beauty than matches your inner beauty.

A Sure Shot in Pregnancy Prevention

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This article provides information about another birth control method that does not require a person to wait in line in a pharmacy to make a purchase, subjecting the buyer to unnecessary embarrassment. Depo-Provera, otherwise known as birth control shot is a birth control made up of a hormone similar to progesterone and is given as a shot by a doctor.

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Some people may feel embarrassed and find it inconvenient to go to the pharmacy to purchase birth control products. But there is another birth control method that will not require anyone to stand in line for a long time at the local pharmacy. It will also free a person from the usual embarrassment of buying  what is considered as a “private” product. The Depo-Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate injectable suspension, USP) Contraceptive Injection lasts for 13 weeks, and is highly effective at preventing pregnancy with a failure rate of less than 1%. There are no daily pills to remember, no IUD strings to check, diaphragms or cervical caps to worry about inserting into the proper position --- all you have to do to achieve effective contraception.
Depo-Provera stops the ovaries from releasing eggs. It causes the cervical mucus to thicken and changes the uterine lining, making it harder for sperm to enter or survive in the uterus. These changes prevent fertilization. Depo Provera is a very private form of birth control because it cannot be seen on the body and requires no home supplies. It does, however, require a clinic appointment every 3 months. Depo-Provera, otherwise known as birth control shot is a birth control method for women. It is made up of a hormone similar to progesterone and is given as a shot by a doctor into the woman's arm or buttocks. Each shot provides protection against pregnancy for up to 14 weeks, but the shot must be received once every 12 weeks to remain fully protected. Protection begins immediately after the first shot if given within the first five days of a woman's menstrual period. After 24 hours, the shot is effective birth control for the next 13 weeks. Many women find it useful to schedule their next shot slightly earlier than necessary. If something prevents them from making their appointment, there will be a window of opportunity to receive their next shot.
Depo-Provera is said to be 99% effective in preventing pregnancy. According to statistics, only about three women out of every 1,000 will get pregnant each year while on this birth control shot. When it is done correctly, Depo-Provera can be a very effective birth control method. It is important to keep in mind that it takes two weeks for the birth control shot to work effectively, so it is advisable to alternate birth control methods, such as using condoms, when receiving the Depo-Provera injection every month.
However, due to the risk of serious health problems, women with unexplained vaginal bleeding or there is a suspected pregnancy, are not recommended to use Depo Provera. It may not also be recommended for women who are planning on becoming pregnant in the near future, are concerned about weight gain, have liver disease, gallbladder disease, or a history of depression. They should study the risks and talk with their health care practitioner as much as possible.
While it is known to be true about any method of birth control, many people who go on Depo-Provera seem to experience a lot of side effects. There are some women who experience irregular or unusual spotting during the first few months that they begin using Depo-Provera, or after long-term use. Although there is not much supporting research, many also believe that the birth control shot can be held accountable for weight gain or fluctuations. There are also reports of hair loss, headaches, abdominal pain and nausea. If a woman experience any of these side effects for longer than two weeks after she had her first birth control shot, it is best to contact a doctor. As always, it is important before making any decision to go on birth control methods to weigh the advantages and disadvantages.

A Time For Woolgathering and Healing

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Whether in times of war or the absence of it, the dire consequence of tragedies to its victims and survivors remains to be the same.  Deadly and traumatic.

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It was a worldwide day of reckoning. On September 11, 2001, the entire world became a witness to the darkest evil as well as the highest good that man was capable of doing.  On that day, it was as if time had stopped and everyting stood at a standstill.  It was a time when most people began to ponder about their lives and how they lived, individually and collectively as human beings. 
Amidst the concrete rubble and stench of death, people from all walks of life came together to lend each other a hand.  Each came to bring their skills to save the trapped and wounded;  all worked together with a heart that wanted to provide comfort in a time of great crisis for the people of New York and the rest of the United States.  Yet the cries of shock and protest against that act of terrorism resounded from different countries around the globe.  It was a defining moment in modern history, a turning point in the on-going war against terror.
Reminiscent of the horrors of the holocaust during World War II, and the devastation wrought by the  atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the events of 9/11 has been recorded as one of the most destructive man-made disasters of the 21st century.
Surely, even relatively smaller scale incidents produce the same kind of gried and sense of loss. Day after day, other tragedies happen to people around the world, around the clock.  Vehicular accidents, kidnappings, robberies, rapes, hurricanes and other natural disasters all bring death and destruction. 
The tragic 9/11 bombings of the World Trade Center  generated extensive media coverage worlwide.  Millions of viewers who are not really closely related to any of the victims felt a great sense of loss, fear, anger, surprise, shock and disbelief. 
Those who escaped and survived the collapse of the World Trade Center bore scars on their body and within themselves.  Many of the survivors, including their families now suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This is a type of anxiety disorder is acquired when an individual's undergoes a life-threatening experience or a very traumatic event.  Those with PTSD have an anxiety attack whenever they remember the traumatic incident.  Some of of the symptoms of PTSD include having a feeling of history repeating itself; sleep problems like insomia;  nightmares;  a feeling of isolation;  agitation or irritability; and even guilt.
Many PTSD sufferers report that they always feel and think that the tragic event is happening all over again.  These painful memories are called flashbacks and may consist of images, sounds, smells, or feelings that can be triggered by even the most ordinary things.  A person having a flashback may lose touch with reality and believe that the traumatic incident is happening all over again.  The anxiety can be very distressing and could lead to another panic attack.  PTSD usually occurs about three weeks after the traumatic incident.  In some cases, signs of PTSD may be delayed and would only start to appear after a couple of years later.
Insomia or having some troubles getting sleep may be caused by worrying or unresolved feelings about the tragic event.  Nightmares may be about the same traumatic experience or it could be anything that is frightening and threatening to the person.  Survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attack may even develop a feeling of isolation characterized by not feeling close to people.  It is similar to socio phobia in the sense that there is fear in being with strangers, and sometimes, even with their own loved ones. People experiencing PTSD are highly irritable and get angry even at the slightest provocation.  Guilt haunts people with PTSD.  They feel guilty about surviving the tragedy while others did not.  They feel irrational guilt that they could have done something for others who were in the same tragedy, or blame themselves for being the cause of the incident or accident.
Anti-anxiety medications may help people with PTSD feel less afraid and tense.  It may take weeks before they experience its full medical benefits. Consulting with health care specialists and counselor for therapy may greatly help. 
It is important that we keep family ties and other relationships tight. We need to surround ourselves with people who will always be there to reassure us, affirm us and comfort us in times of life's great challenges. People suffering from PTSD need a lot of reassurance, comfort, and encouragement. Survivors of 9/11, as well as other people suffering from PTSD, need enough time for “wool gathering” in order to heal from the hurts and pains of their tragic memories.

title:A Tough Love Approach to Health and Fitness
author:Anna Fleet
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

Yesterday at the grocery store, I came across a child, who was about 8-years-old. She was lying on the floor flailing her arms and legs yelling “I want a chocolate bar.” I could have predicted the outcome. The child continued to scream until mom put a chocolate bar in the cart. The crying ceased instantly.
As they passed, I took note of the contents of the grocery cart - Coco Puffs cereal, soda, 3 bulk bags of potato chips, chocolate covered granola bars, macaroni & cheese, hot dogs…you get the drift. Try as I might I couldn’t help but feel scared for that child’s future.
You see, a long time ago I was that obese little girl. I was unhappy with my body, but I dulled the pain by eating – chips, chocolate bars, hotdogs. I threw tantrums because I knew my mother didn’t have the patience and would just give me what I wanted.
By the age of 12 I was 4-foot, 11-inches and 135-pounds. My doctor put me on a restrictive diet. However, I would steal money from my parents to buy candy. It didn’t make sense to me. I was allowed to eat those foods before. Why were punishing me? I hated myself more.
In the early 80’s, being a fat child was rare. However in 2006 one in three North American kids are overweight. Both parents likely have full time jobs, which means less time for healthy meals and exercise. Fast food and activities have taken over the family roost.
I’m sorry I have to lay this responsibility on the parents, but kids only practice what you preach. If they see you eating poorly; they’ll follow suit.
Practice what you preach by adopting and enforcing these family lifestyle changes:
Explain the difference between health food choices and non-healthy food choices.
Sit down and compile a weekly grocery lists with your child.
Let them go with you to the grocery store and shop only for the foods on the list.
Get kids involved in preparing healthy meals, so they adopt healthy habits for life.
It’s normal to shelter our kids from ridicule. However if your child is obese their health is at risk and tough love encouragement is needed, for example: “honey, you are overweight, but I believe in you and I’ll support you because I love you.” 
Never use food as a reward. Instead reward them with mini-golfing or baseball.
Ditch the clean-plate policy. If your child is full, don't force them to finish.
Institute an open policy about food. Kids should be comfortable telling you when they’re hungry and not hungry without fear you’ll get mad.
Don't eliminate snacks. It will lead to lying and binge eating outside the home. Instead plan a cheat meal once a week when they’re allowed any foods they want.
Encourage physical activity. It will get them up and out and encourage them to socialize with other active kids.
Never allow eating in front of the TV. This encourages passive eating, and the child won’t concentrate on how much they’re eating or when they’re full.
Limit TV or video games to 1 hour per day. The rest of the time, keep them busy with outdoor activities.
A to Z of Vitamin C

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The article talks about the importance of vitamin C supplementation.With the proper food consumptions the need for additional vitamin C would not be necessary. Before taking vitamin C supplementation individuals are advised to seek the approval of doctors and other health professionals.

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Vitamin supplements are very important in prevention of unwanted health ailments that is partially caused by vitamin deficiencies.  Many people today use vitamin supplements to make up for lost nutrients or the shortage of vitamins in their system. A shortage in Vitamin C may lead to scurvy, a condition that may causes tooth loss, hemorrhage, bruising, weakening of inability to fight infection, mild anemia, and bleeding. Essential amounts of vitamin C is necessary to promote overall health and well being. In many instances a good diet might be enough, but when it is not, vitamin supplementation necessary to take care of the deficiency.

Ascorbic Acid or Vitamin C is one of the most popular health supplements that is supposed to boost the immune system. It may strengthen the capillaries or the tiny blood vessels that carry oxygen and other necessary nutrients to all parts of the body via the bloodstream. Vitamin C is also a potent antioxidant, which means that it can eliminate free radicals from the body.  It also helps deal with harmful oxygen molecules that could damage the cells.  It is also believed that Vitamin C helps maintain cellular health and prevent cancer and a host of other health problems.

In addition to these health benefits, Vitamin C also plays an important role in promoting the health and beauty of the skin. This vitamin inhibits the production of melanin, the pigment that gives the skin its dark color. Vitamin C is also necessary for collagen synthesis, a process that improves skin elasticity and holds back the aging process. Applying skin-care products which contain Vitamin C may improve collagen production and result to a more youthful and hydrated looking skin.

The current recommended daily allowance (RDA) for Vitamin C is 75 milligrams (mg) a day for women and 90 mg a day for men to get the minimum amount the human body needs. However , medical specialists suggest that an intake of 200 mg is accepted since that amount is the most the human body can absorb at one time. Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruit, and tomatoes. Vegetables like bell pepper and broccoli are also good sources of Vitamin C.

It's easy to get ample amounts of Vitamin C from one's diet as long as it contains adequate amounts of fruits and vegetables. But if one feels there is a deficiency that needs to be taken care off, individuals are advised to take Vitamin C supplementation to take care of that deficiency. If a cold is starting to develop, it may also help to increase one's consumption. Medical studies show that taking 1000 mg of Vitamin C a day may reduce the severity of cold symptoms by about 20 percent.

Individuals who want to Vitamin C supplementation should seek the recommendation of doctors and other health professionals to side effects and drug interaction. Most people may take up to 2000 mg of Vitamin C without ill effects while some can develop diarrhea from as little as 500 milligrams. It is also important to drink plenty of water because Vitamin C needs to be dissolved in order to be metabolized properly. Sufficient water may also ensure that excess Vitamin C is eliminated from the body.

title:A Treadmill Reader Rack - What Is It And What Does It Do?
author:Charlie Cory
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

A treadmill reader rack is a generic term for the basket which holds the varying amounts of instruments that the modern day treadmill offers the consumer as part of accessory pack that comes with your treadmill.
Bearing in mind the cost of a new treadmill, the quality of the machine itself should not surpass the quality needed, and expected, of the read out equipment that will come with it. In addition to the durability that one expects from a treadmill, the reader rack should be easy to use and give you the information that you require to complete your work out with the optimum effect. You really don't want to be worrying about the onboard computers when you are doing a 20k run on your treadmill!
The treadmill reader rack should offer good ergonomic designs, as well as an ease of use. They should supply the information that you require on a wide range of relevant statistics, such as calories used up, speed, miles (or kilometres) run and heart rate amongst other things.
In addition to statistics on your own personal well being during your work out, a treadmill should also offer lots of practical functionality. By that I mean the means to control the type of workout that you are experiencing, by altering the speed at which you can run, or the incline of the slope. In an ideal world, a good treadmill should also let you vary both of these factors during the course of a workout, to give you precisely the type of exercise that you are looking for.
Some treadmills are specially designed for the rehabilitation of either the athlete or the patient, but, in either case, the machine should give you all the information that you require. If you are a sports person or just someone in the recovery room, the right information must be delivered in order to fulfil the criteria of the treadmill that you are using to give you the maximum benefit.
Some machines actually go a stage further and go beyond the functional to what could only be described as luxury. What else could you call magazine racks and space for your MP3?
The onboard computers of some treadmills also allow you to program and save custom routines that you might have entered yourself.
Either way, a treadmill should give you what you need - you should not compromise on quality, nor functionality.
A Tree Root for Your Manly Root

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Sexual impotence is a distressing condition which affects many sexually mature males, more commonly when they reach middle age. It can be caused by different factors that may be rooted in either physical or psychological conditions, or both. It  can be treated by taking medications orally or through injections.

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Sexual impotence, or erectile dysfunction, is a condition characterized by a man's repeated inability to obtain or maintain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse. Erections are managed by two different mechanisms, the reflex and the psychogenic erection. Reflex erections are achieved by directly touching the male shaft. Psychogenic erections are achieved by erotic or emotional stimuli. Sexual impotence can be caused by psychological issues, stress, alcohol abuse, smoking, hormonal deficiency, or diseases like diabetes and  cardiovascular disease. When the underlying medical or psychological condition causing the sexual impotence is determined, the proper course of treatment will then be prescribed. Patients will have the option to take either testosterone injections, oral prescriptions, direct injections to the shaft, vacuum pumps, surgery, or in cases of psychological issues, counseling. Apart from those there are other, more unconventional treatments available, like herbal medicine, acupuncture, or experimental medicine. 

One of the most popular treatments for sexual impotence is the use of oral phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors such as Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil), and Levitra (vardenafil) which are reliable, non-invasive and conveniently packaged in pill form. PDE5 inhibitors work by relaxing smooth muscle tissue in the blood vessels of the penis enabling their dilation and increasing blood supply to the corpus cavernosum, which helps enable men to obtain and retain an erection. But these pills are not without their complications, and may cause a myriad of side effects. These medications are also  hazardous for patients taking nitrate-based drugs or alpha-blockers, because drug interaction with PDE5 inhibitors can be fatal. 

But lately, another drug has been increasingly gaining a following among patients with sexual impotence. Yohimbine hydrochloride is a substance derived from the bark of the yohimbe evergreen tree, which grows in West Africa where it traditionally has been used as an aphrodisiac and sexual enhancer. It works by increasing the amount of blood that is allowed to flow into the penis and prevents blood from flowing out of the penis, thereby resulting in an erection. While the substance is naturally occurring in the tree's bark, the latter contains minimal amounts of yohimbine. In the United States it is sold in a standardized form that is available as a prescription drug for the treatment of male sexual impotence. It may come in capsule, tablet, liquid, or powder form.

Yohimbine hydrochloride has not conclusively been proven to be an effective treatment for sexual impotence. However, some studies suggest that it may be most effective on men with mild erectile problems regardless of whether it was caused by an underlying physical or psychological condition. The drug itself does cause side effects like the other medications for sexual impotence. Among these side effects are dizziness; anxiety, irritability, or nervousness; tremors (shaking); headache; or skin flushing. Other, more dangerous side effects are an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives); a very irregular or fast heartbeat; or confusion or unusual behavior. If any of these symptoms occur after ingesting the drug, medical attention should be sought immediately.

A True Bestfriend

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This article talks about the benefits of having pet dogs to relieve depression, stress and anxiety.

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Most dogs, because of their wonderful characteristics, never fail to attract attention wherever they go. With their soft, fluffy hair, kind round eyes, cute little noses, and joyful strutting, it is not hard to understand why a lot of people easily fall in love with them. What makes them really amazing, though, is their seeming ability to show unconditional love and loyalty to the people they live with. Also, they usually project so much liveliness and playfulness that any person cannot help but feel the same way. On the other hand, their calm disposition when they are lying on their owners' lap or anywhere nearby can also cause a certain feeling of comfort and peacefulness. These are actually the same characteristics that make it so easy for dogs to create strong bonds between them and their keepers.

Dogs are observed to bring out a lot of positive feelings and reactions from people. Because of this, a lot of recent studies had been conducted regarding their effectiveness in being instruments for relieving stress, anxiety, and depression. One study stated that having dogs can actually lessen people's stress and anxiety through improving people's moods, improving their social support, encouraging them to exercise, and eliminating their feeling of loneliness. Another study showed that men with AIDS had a lesser tendency to experience depression by keeping dogs as pets. Also, dogs had been noted to provide a sense of companionship to people and are even said to improve a person's self-esteem. They prevent people from experiencing and thinking about negative feelings and ideas, thus, lessening the possibility of those people to feel stressed, anxious, and depressed.

Among the most stressful and, possibly, depressing professions there are, considering the pressure imposed upon them by other people, are probably those of Hollywood stars. Aside from the load of work that they have to handle, they also have to watch out for possible reasons that people can find and use to criticize them. Hollywood actors and actresses are actually forced to do certain things such as to constantly show happiness, to always dress well, or to lose more weight, especially when they need to appear in public, even if that is not how they really feel or what they really like. This must be the reason why a lot of Hollywood stars keep dogs as pets. They probably need these canines to relieve them from all the stress, anxiety, and depression that comes with celebrity fame and fortune. Famous actors and actresses such as Will Smith and Courtney Cox have been noted to say that their dogs help them to become more happy aside from the companionship and sense of security that these canines provide.  Another article about celebrities and their dogs reported that people in Hollywood choose to have pet dogs because “they need the unconditional love and support man's best friend provides.” Among the Hollywood stars who are known as dog lovers are Paris Hilton, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Aniston, Orlando Bloom, and Jessica Alba.

Aside from Hollywood stars, other famous and powerful people such as politicians, a dictator, and  monarchs, surprisingly, have pet dogs. Among those personalities are George W.  Bush who has a Scottish terrier named Miss Beazley.  Bill Clinton has a cocker spaniel and a Labrador retriever. Adolf Hitler had a dog named Blondi. Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Koningin of the Netherlands are also dog lovers. Dogs must have made so much difference in their owners' lives that some of them are even given large amounts of inheritance after their owners die. Luxury-hotel queen Leona Helmsley and tobacco heiress Doris Duke have been reported to have left their dogs at least 12 million dollars and one hundred thousand dollars, respectively.

A vast array of vital information about generic cialis dosage.

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Sometimes your doctor can explain something to you and, while you may understand it, you really want more information about the topic to really help you become completely familiar with it. When it comes to Generic Cialis dosage there is no such thing as too little information.

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Sometimes your doctor can explain something to you and, while you may understand it, you really want more information about the topic to really help you become completely familiar with it. When it comes to Generic Cialis dosage there is no such thing as too little information. Information on the effects of the Generic Viagra dosage and other erectile dysfunction medications is something that you should take the time to sit down and read because understanding the effects of too much medication can help you better understand why it is so important to follow your doctor's instructions. That is what our site is designed to do. We offer you complete information on the positive and negative effects of the generic Cialis dosage . We let you know what should happen when you take the recommended generic Cialis dosage and what can happen if you take too much.

All medications have negative side effects if you take them incorrectly and it is always a great idea to stay informed as to what those negative side effects would be if you tampered with your generic Cialis dosage . Our staff of experts has compiled very thorough and detailed information on the effects of tampering with your generic Cialis dosage and we want to be the source you trust for information such as this that can be so vital to your health and possibly stop you from making a terrible mistake.

title:A Very Simple Program Anybody Can Follow To Gain MASS
author:Marc David
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

Until I started following a routine to eat, my gains were minimal. Once I set my eating times to a specific time during the day along with a protein boost, I could see the gains immediately. This sample program is a quick way to get your protein WAY up and generally increase your food intake. But it doesn't require the traditional sit down 6+ a day to eat 30 chicken breasts and spend all day cooking. I've got a full-time job at a corporate office. Cooking isn't an option. Nor is eating 6+ times a day involving meals with Tupperware and the likes. I need food and I need it fast.
Try this program on for size and notice the size you just might see.

Meal 1 - 7:00am

• 1 packet of a meal replacement with 16 ounces of skim milk
• 1 serving of whole grain cereal
• 1 cup of non/low-fat yogurt
• 1 piece of fruit

Meal 2 - 9:00am

• 1 serving of whey protein mixed in 10 ounces of water
• 1 large apple

Meal 3 -12:00pm

• 2 grilled chicken breasts
• 1 serving of brown rice
• 1 cup of low-fat yogurt
• 1 serving of whey protein

Meal 4 - 3:00pm

• 1 packet of a meal replacement with 16 ounces of water and 5-10 grams of L-Glutamine
• 1 large banana


• 1 workout bar of your choice (preferably some carbs and 20+ grams of protein)

Meal 5 - 6:00pm (Post-workout)

• 1 serving of whey protein combined with a 5gram serving of Creatine mixed in kool-aid. (This is an important meal and is designed for an insulin spike at just the right time to increase creatine and amino acid uptake by the muscle cells).

Meal 6 -7:00pm

• 8 to 10 ounces of a lean round or flank steak
• 1 serving of rice
• 1 medium baked potato
• 1 large green salad

Meal 7 - 10:00pm

• 1 packet of a meal replacement with 16 ounces of skim milk
• 1 large banana
• 3 to 5 grams of L-Glutamine

And that's about it. Simple? You will be significantly increasing the protein uptake. Which means you should be increasing that water consumption as well. I'm not a fan of waking up at 1:00am to get more protein and therefore, I did not include anything beyond 10:00pm. I've noticed some significant gains from this program. My workouts were hardcore but my nutrition was lacking. By putting my eating times to a set schedule, I felt better during the day and was even more ready to tackle that workout later in the day.
Good luck

A Visit to a Doctor

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A visit to a doctor is a very unpleasant thing to do, no matter what doctor you are going to visit. What has to be done to avoid this? If the situation is familiar to you, read this article and find little clues on how to avoid an appointment.

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“Health is above wealth”, says the saying. Really, what is more valuable than the condition of your body when all the systems function well? It must be our first concern and we have to treat out bodies properly. But today we seem to forget what is the most important. We ignore all the signals of our body until the pain is unbearable. Then you put away your visit to the supermarket, your work on custom research papers, and your plans for the day and get the rest of our strength together to go and consult a doctor. People don’t feel positively about any hospital. The direct association is with pain and illnesses. No matter how friendly staff is, no matter how well the interior is designed, you will not see a lot of smiling faces around. So, you are on your way to the hospital with pains but entering the building you wonder what doctor you need to consult. If you are not familiar with fields of practice of different specialists visit a pediatrician first.

He will advice you where to go next. Still feeling bad not only because of the pain but also because of being in the hospital, you go to see the right specialist. And here you meet with another typical trait at public hospital, extremely long lines. You see at least a dozen people waiting in front of you and think about a custom research paper left at home. You could finish it by the time you get to see the specialist. But you came for purpose and will wait till needed. After an hour and a half of waiting you finally get to consult a specialist, who makes you go through seven circles of hell. You had to do various not quite understandable movements that made you exhausted. Angry on yourself, the doctor and the whole system you run out of the lab with a sheet of paper. This is medication required along with a dozen of so called “useful advice”. Regretting about the whole thing you buy expensive medication and go home, hoping for the pain to disappear under attack of different remedies. After a week you have to go back and show up for the doctor to see the result. Here is one more unpleasant visit and another strain. Finally, you go out of the hospital with assurance that you are fine.

You are cured but what is the price? Numerous strains and worries still sit in your head and you keep thinking that there is still something radically wrong with you. During your life you are to visit a hospital quite a few times. How to lower the frequency? Try to keep fit and there will be no problem. Why do we become concerned only after there is no other way but to go to the hospital? When you hear or feel the first signal that there is something wrong, try to delete the cause immediately and start working on improvement. You don’t necessarily need to stay on medication to be healthy. There are a lot of other ways to avoid an unpleasant visit. If you seek, you’ll find a way, but the first step is to love your body and treat it the right way to prevent trouble from happening. If you don’t agree with proposed advice you can decide what the lesser evil is: To follow it or to prepare for the better world.

title:A Visualization Exercise on Managing Expectations for Adults with ADD
author:Jennifer Koretsky
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11

As adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), we often find ourselves excited by new ideas and plans, but overwhelmed by what it will take to reach the goals.
Many of my coaching clients find themselves in this situation.  They make a decision to make a change - a big change.  Sometimes it's about moving up in the world, like finding a new and better home.  Sometimes the change is about pursing a dream, like taking a passion for art and turning it into a career.  And sometimes the change involves a mental shift to become a better person, like learning to overcome anger. 
No matter what big and exciting change is on the horizon, we can sometimes find that our impulsivity has us not only wanting - but expecting - the change to happen much quicker than is actually possibly.  We have unrealistic expectations of what we are able to accomplish when.  When this happens, disappointment, lack of motivation, and even feelings of failure, are quite common. 
When one of my clients finds them self in a situation like this, I take them through a visualization exercise that I call "The Temple."  The following directions will allow you to use this exercise in your own life.
The Temple: A Visualization Exercise
Step 1: Pick the Goal
Pick a goal that you are excited about - a change you really want to make.
Step 2: Relax
Sit back, relax, and close your eyes.  Focus on your breath going in and out, and allow worries and concerns to be breathed away...just for a little bit.
Step 3: Visualize a Temple
Create - in your mind - the vision of a beautiful, peaceful temple.  It is your temple, and it can be anywhere.  It can look any way you like.  Get a very vivid image of this temple in your mind.
The temple is your goal.  When you reach your goal, you will reach your temple. 
Connect with your goal.  What will it feel like when you reach that goal?  Think of the emotions you will experience.  Think about what it will feel like to be in that temple.
Step 4: Visualize Your Steps
Now imagine that your temple is being raised into the sky.  As your temple rises, stairs appear.  The stairs to your temple are steps to your goal.
Ask yourself, what are the steps that I need to climb in order to reach my goal?  What has to happen in order for me to reach that goal?
Are there any steps on the way to your goal that you have already achieved?  If so, visualize yourself climbing the stairs to your temple.
Step 5: Check-in With Yourself
Do this exercise on a regular basis.  Each time you take a step towards your goal, visualize yourself climbing a stair to your temple. 
Understand that some steps will be easy to climb, and some will be a little harder and will take more time.  Even though it may seem like you've been working a long time and not getting anywhere on your goal, don't lose sight of the fact that if you are climbing the stairs, then you are making progress.
When you get impatient and frustrated about your progress, remember that life in itself is a journey.  Growth and personal progress don't happen in the temple, they happen on the way to the temple.
title:A Walk With Your Dog
author:George Barnett
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12

You have decided to start a fitness routine that involves both you and your dog.  That’s great!  And it’s great for both you and your dog as you will both benefit from the walk, the fresh air, the exercise, and the opportunity to poop in the neighbor’s yard.  Well, okay, maybe that last one should be limited to the dog, but it does bring up an important point when you are walking with your dog.  That is, your dog has a different agenda on the walk than you do.
You want to walk to lose weight, lower your cholesterol, improve your circulation or any number of other reasons that all have to do with your health.  These are all good reasons for getting off the couch and walking.  Your dog will share your enthusiasm for the walk.  When you go though your routine of getting ready for the walk, your dog will become more excited and animated in anticipation of a walk with you.  But for entirely different reasons.
As you leave your home for your walk your dog will be pulling on his leash, anxious to get into the neighborhood.  His tail will be held high, which means something to the dog, and it is very possible that his nose will be scanning the ground as you walk.  The dog’s nose is a very sensitive organ and we humans have learned to put the dog’s nose to work for us.  Humans have yet to build a machine that is half as sensitive as a dog’s nose.  Your dog is just a family pet, not trained to hunt for criminals or lost skiers.  Nevertheless, he still has that nose and he wants to put it to good use.  Your walk is his opportunity to do that.
You may notice that some dogs take their duties, as dogs, more seriously than others.  A dog from a working breed may give some passing attention to the various scents that fill the air near ground level.  For a dog like this it is more in the nature of reading the morning paper.  A dog from a hunting breed, on the other hand, will study a scent in great detail.  For this kind of dog it is more in the nature of a technical journal that must be scrupulously examined and analyzed.  There is far more information in the scent that your dog is sniffing at that we, as humans, will ever know.
What this means to you is that a walk with your dog will not be undertaken at a consistent speed or pace and may involve numerous stops, especially in those areas where other dogs are known to pass.  This is where your agenda will be different from your dog’s.  Using an extending leash can help to reduce the disparity between your pace and your dog’s.
But this is not a bad thing.  Walking your dog is still good exercise.  In fact, studies indicate that even moderate exercise, like you might get by walking with your dog, can significantly reduce a man’s risk of heart attack and the benefit is even greater for a woman.  In addition, your dog will prove to be a great motivator.  Dog’s are creatures of habit and when your dog starts walking with you he will quickly develop that habit.  On those days when you just don’t feel like walking, your dog will, and he will let you know that, no matter how you feel, he still wants to go for that walk. 
So, before you start a new exercise routine go talk to your doctor.  Then talk to your dog.  Everyone will agree that a daily walk will be a good thing to pursue. 
One last thing.  Another habit to build, besides the walk itself, is to take one of those plastic grocery bags with you on your walk.  Your dog will not have any inhibitions about defecating in your neighbor’s lawn.  “When ya gotta go, ya gotta go.”  Should you dog do something indiscreet clean it up using the plastic grocery bag and maybe a garden trowel.  That is what a good neighbor does as well as a responsible dog owner.
Enjoy your walk!  Your heart, and your dog, will thank you.
A Warm Touch, A Beneficial Act

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Touch or massage therapy are beneficial to an infant's well being.  There are innumerable medical facts that support the importance of touch, but more importantly, babies that were massaged early in childhood establish a warm, positive relationship that continues as the child grows.

stress, migraines, well being

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“Babies talk when you touch them.” claimed a certified massage therapist. A mother's touch and stroking hands to her baby's body is an expression of communication for both parties. There are innumerable medical facts that support the importance of touch.

Interest in hands-on therapies has become very popular nowadays that even conventional physicians now embrace these treatments as beneficial not only in reducing stress, but also in speeding post-surgery recovery, managing addictions, and ending chronic pain from migraines, arthritis, and other serious afflictions.

We have come a long way in understanding the importance of touch with human development. To prove the theory that touching boosts the immune system, a host of researchers have undertaken a series of tests and verification procedures.   Based on the results of the study, it was found that there was a decreased level of cortisol and an increased number killer-cell activity in research subjects that were given touch and massage therapy. Natural killer cells are immune-system cells that are important in killing virus-infected cells and cancer cells. For children with chronic diseases, touch can alleviate symptoms and let them live a more normal life. In fact, researchers say that fifteen minutes of massage a day can help a diabetic child's glucose levels remain in the normal range and improve an asthmatic child's pulmonary functions.  In utero, babies are stimulated by pressure from their surroundings. It's something all babies, especially “preemies” or prematurely born infants lack on the outside.
Another recent research has given proof that preemies' systems need to experience controlled stimulation to help them grow and develop.  Other studies show that all babies benefit from touch therapy. According to the University of Miami's Touch Therapy Institute, babies who receive daily massage gain an average of 47 percent more weight and are discharged from hospitals up to one week earlier than babies who are not massaged.
Touch therapy offers a number of benefits for newborn children.  Some of these benefits include;
Promoting wellness of the newborn;

Enhancing the bonding process between baby and parent;

Accelerates recovery from the normal rigors of birth trauma and/or difficult, prolonged labor;

Helps to soothe teething discomfort;

Optimizes growth and development, especially for babies who were critically ill at birth;

Minimizes the complications of prematurity and provides loving comfort for babies who are hospitalized and separated from their parents;

Benefits the baby even from the time of conception; and

Hastens recovery from medical and surgical procedures.

Further studies show a strong link between touch and emotional development. The study showed that infants of the Netsilik Inuit tribe of the Canadian Arctic are very calm and cry very little. This is thought to be because they are constantly carried on their mothers' backs and can communicate with them through touch. In one study done at the Child Development Program at Montreal Children's Hospital, researchers asked volunteer mothers to carry their babies for at least three hours a day. They then compared the babies' crying patterns with those of a group who weren't carried. The babies who were held more cried less. Research on massage in the Philippines has also revealed its positive effects on many functions in infants and children. These findings have led to widespread support of massage therapy in the local pediatric community.

Not only that touch or massage therapy are beneficial to an infant's well being, but more importantly, babies that were massaged early in childhood establish a warm, positive relationship that continues as the child grows.

A Worldful of Germs

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There are many microscopic organisms and particles around us that     can cause serious illness.  But some of these organisms can also be beneficial to the human body.

bacterial infections, over-the-counter-drugs

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Germs are everywhere.  You practically live in a world full of germs.  No matter how often you wash your hands and how many times you take a bath, you cannot totally get rid of them.  But not all germs are harmful.  In fact, some germs can keep you healthy.  That is why it is very important that you should know which ones are beneficial and which ones can pose danger to your health.
In every illness such as colds, fever, and sore throat, you can almost be sure that germs are the ones responsible for it.  Germs are a multitude of microscopic invaders that include bacteria, viruses, parasites, and other infectious organisms that can be found in the air that you breathe, in water that we drink or on unclean surfaces and not some infected animals. It can also be found in the soil, on plants,  on your food, and even inside your own body.  They are practically just on every surface that you could think of.  They range in size from the microscopic virus to single-celled  bacteria to parasitic worms that can grow to more than several feet in length.
Although your immune system can protect you from legions of infectious microbes, there are some bacteria and viruses that prove to be menacing and formidable opponents due to their ability to mutate constantly. which consequently breaks down the immune system. 

Single-celled microorganisms like bacteria have the ability to reproduce through cell-division.  These are minute living organisms that looks like balls, rods, or spirals when seen through the microscope. They can grow on any non-living surface which may not necessarily pose any danger to your health.  Some bacteria are even beneficial to one's health such as Lactobacillus Acidophilus.  This particular bacterium helps in the digestion of food in your stomach and fights some disease-causing organisms.  It can also give some nutrients to the body.  In fact, some bacteria are being used to make health foods like yogurt and cheese.
But there are certain strain of bacteria that when they get inside your body, you will become ill.  This is called bacterial infection.  These infectious bacteria, like Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, and E.coli, can mutate rapidly and produce chemicals called toxins that can destroy the cells and tissues in your body.  Severe gastrointestinal problems from contaminated food is caused by E.coli while gonorrhea is brought about by gonococcus bacterium.  Some bacterial infections are considered contagious such as strep throat and tuberculosis.  However, infections of the heart valves (endocarditis) or bone (osteomyelitis) are not considered transmissible.

Virus, on the other hand, is not a living organism but a capsule that contains genetic materials such as DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) or RNA (ribonucleic acid).  It is not considered a living thing due to its inability to respond to environmental changes which is a characteristic of every living thing.  Compared to bacteria, viruses are much smaller.  They are not self-sufficient and must have a convenient host in order to mutate.  The moment these viruses get to invade your body, they cling to your cells and attack these cells which eventually get damaged during the process.  Examples of viral illnesses are Polio, the dreaded AIDS, and the common cold.

Fungi are singe-celled organisms that are somewhat bigger than bacteria.  They are found in the air, water, soil and on plants and can live in your body and may not cause any harm.  There are fungi that can be helpful in fighting infectious bacteria.  Penicillin is an antibiotic against bacterial infections derived from fungi.  Some types of fungi can be used in bread-making, cheese and yogurt.   Molds, yeast and mushrooms are types of fungi.  Some mushrooms may be multi-celled organisms and can be seen by the naked eye.  Although mushrooms are not infectious, some yeasts and molds do.  Candida is a yeast that can cause thrush, an infection of the mouth and throat among infants and those who are under antibiotics medication or who are suffering from damaged immune system.  Candida is also responsible for diaper rash.

Protozoa are microscopic, single-celled organisms that are very much similar to animals in behavior.  They are parasites living within your body particularly in the intestines, hunting other microbes for food.  Some can be harmless whilers may be harmful to your health.  they contaminate the food that you eat and water you drink.  Aside from eating and drinking, protozoa can enter your body through sexual contact or through mosquitoes, transmitting the deadly parasite plasmodium which causes malaria.

Literally meaning worms, helminths are considered to be among the larger parasites to enter the body through its eggs or larvae stage and dwells in your intestinal tracts, lungs, liver, skin or brain.  Most common example of these are the tapeworms which can grow to as long as 12 inches and roundworms that can grow to be 25 feet or even longer.  Tapeworms have segmented bodies which can break off to develop into new tapeworms.

Safety Advice
Although the common colds can always be treated by over-the-counter drugs, always seek medical advice when you suspect that you have infections and you have been experiencing the following:
Difficulty breathing
A cough lasting longer than a week
A fever of 100.4 F (38.0 C) or more
Periods of rapid heartbeat
A rash, especially if it's accompanied by a fever
Blurred vision or other difficulty seeing
Persistent vomiting
An unusual or severe headache
Animal or human bite
Let your doctor diagnose you to be sure if you're infected and to know the severity of the infection as well the proper treatment for each condition.

title:A Youthful Approach to the Fight Against Diabetes
author:News Canada
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10

(NC)-The desire to be thinner can lead to extreme weight control behaviour in girls and young women. Girls with type I diabetes mellitus (DM) appear to be at risk for disturbed eating. Dr. Gary M. Rodin, and colleagues at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children, will study 120 adolescent girls with DM for 3 years, to assess their eating attitudes and behaviour, family functioning, and medical status. The goal is to learn about eating disturbances in this group and identify risk factors for early warning signs in order to design an intervention to prevent the development of eating disturbances in a younger group.
Dr. Rodin's research is being funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). CIHR is Canada's preeminent health research catalyst and is funded by the government of Canada. An exciting new concept, CIHR is modernizing and transforming the health research enterprise in Canada.
To learn more about CIHR please visit:, e-mail: or write to: CIHR, 410 Laurier Avenue West, Ottawa ON K1A 0W9.


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