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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Calculating Your Body Mass Index; Is Your Health At Risk?

Title:
Calculating Your Body Mass Index; Is Your Health At Risk?

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459

Summary:
Body Mass Index is an indicator of surplus body fat and has since replaced the height-weight charts. It is used to assess a person’s level of health risk.


Keywords:
health, overweight, body fat


Article Body:
Physical health can be measured (with certain exceptions) through the appropriateness of a person’s weight to his height; where the body weight refers to the measure of one’s heaviness and the height is the measure of his tallness. For instance, a woman measuring 5 ft high (1.52 m), with a medium body frame should weigh between 103 lbs to 115 lbs (46.72 kg to 52.16 kg) to be considered healthy.

Another example: a man standing 5 ft 8 in (1.72 m) tall, with a large body frame is healthy if he is weighing between 144 lbs to 163 lbs (65.32 kg to 73.94 kg). Otherwise, if their weight is lower than the desired body weight for their height, they are considered underweight. And if, in turn, their weight is higher than the desired body weight for their height, they are said to be overweight.

Body Mass Index is an indicator of surplus body fat and has since replaced the height-weight charts as mentioned in the above examples. It is a mathematical ratio of height to weight that is used to determine body composition (or body fat percentage) to assess a person’s level of health risk. Calculating BMI is as follows:

BMI = Weight (in kg) or BMI = Weight (in lbs) x 700
Height (in m)2     Height (in inches)2
For example, the calculation for someone weighing 80 kg (176 lbs) and 1.60 m (63 in) tall is:
BMI =   80    =  31.2 or BMI = 176 x 700 = 31.1
1602      632

People with a BMI of 25.1 to 29.9 are considered overweight, and people with a BMI of 30 or above are considered obese. Thus, from the example above, a person weighing 80 kg and is 1.60 m tall is obese. A high BMI assumes a higher percentage of body fat, which places a person at greater risk for developing chronic diseases and other serious illnesses.

BMI Weight Category
           19 and under Underweight
              20-25 Normal (Healthy)
              26-29 Overweight
          30 and above Obese
                                 Body weight categories according to BMI

However, for some people, the BMI is not a reliable indication of health. A highly muscled individual who is very fit and healthy may have a somewhat heavy body weight because muscles pack on a lot of pounds. This person may have a high BMI that improperly puts him or her in the overweight or obese categories. Likewise, thin individuals who have a low body weight with very little muscle and a higher percentage of fat may have a normal BMI, which would be an incorrect indication of healthiness.
If you are overweight or obese according to the calculations shown here it is imperative that you undertake a weight loss and fitness program and start bringing that weight down. Remember that for every 10 pounds that you are over your ideal weight, the risks to your health increase and for every 10 pounds that you lose bringing you closer to your ideal weight, the risks to your health decrease.


title:Calculating Your Calorie Needs
author:Beverley Brooke
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1271.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

In order to eat fewer calories than you need, you have to determine how many calories you actually need. Adults can calculate their approximate energy needs using the following formula:

Body weight multiplied by 12 (for men) or 11 (for women) e.g., 150 lbs. x 12 = 1800
Activity One third body weight multiplied by the number of hours you don't sleep, typically 16 hours 150 lbs. x 1/3 = 50 x 16 = 800
Required Calories A + B 1800 + 800 = 2600

Thus, we determine that a 150-pound man requires approximately 2600 calories per day. The "Basal Metabolic Rate" is the number of calories a man of that weight would burn just to keep the heart beating, the lungs pumping, etc. You would just burn your basal metabolic rate worth of calories if you slept all day. Thus the "Activity" calculation is approximately the amount of calories a person would expend by spending his or her whole day sitting around. If you are engaging in activities other than sitting all day, you can increase your activity hours by the number of hours you are actually active.
Adult females can calculate their approximate energy needs using the same formula, except that the "Basal Metabolic Rate" is determined by multiplying body weight times 11 instead of 12. Children and teenagers require more calories by body weight, but the amount varies by age and by individual child. It is best to consult a physician before altering a child’s diet, however activity and exercise increases won’t hurt the average youth of today.
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Title:
Call center and answering services for the medical & home health care industry

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444

Summary:
Now discover a whole new perspective to health care.\edical and home health care services provider, which offers a host of cost effective solutions – doctor answering service, physician answering service, doctor on call and call center services. With consulting health care services, home health care services and advanced medical answering services from Call4Health.


Keywords:
hospital call centers,family health call centers,health and safety call centers,health call centers,medical call center


Article Body:
When someone you love is severely unwell, you face one of the most difficult and delicate situations in life. You would love to be beside them to take care and make them feel secure and safe, but at the same time, you can't let your work routine come to a standstill, as that can cause major financial havoc. At such times, hospital call centers can be extremely helpful. Wherever you are, you can call to find out about the patient's well being. Of late, medial services such as medical call center and medical response answering service have become extremely popular due to the fast and accurate solutions they provide.

Many websites these days, cater to various health care services, which include health and safety call centers, family health call centers, hospital call centers and medical answering services. It becomes easy to find out information about the patient on the phone, from anywhere. Additionally some of them have medical answering services such as physician answering services and doctor answering service, which helps the doctors and patients to interact without a physical visit. You can also discuss symptoms and treatment.

Although there are many companies that cater to medical call center services, there are hardly any that come close to the high standards as provided by Call4Health. Hospital call centers at Call4Health are attended with utmost concern, compassion and efficiency, every hour of the day, every day of the year. Unlike health call centers, where the executives use a business-like tone, there is a humane angle at Call4health that can make you feel relaxed in tense moments. National and local family health call centers, medical call center, hospital call centers and medical answering services make life easier for both patients and anxious relatives. Patients are assisted in scheduling and keeping appointments and clients are given information on the necessity of office visits, billing inquiries, test results, and scheduled appointments.

Call4Health is a leading home and medical health care provider with health and safety call centers for various medical establishments and home care. Apart from health call centers, you can also find information on the Internet and with the messaging services. With valuable experience in medical call center services, Call4Health provides you high quality, accurate and timely care. Call center executives are always at your service and are competent and empathetic. Health and safety call centers is a technological advancement that can now give you a sigh of relief. While your loved ones are in the able care of the medical staff, you can be with them too - by being in touch with the call center and learning about their every development!


title:Call to Wellness
author:Judy Goring
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4903.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
category:health
article:

!! IMPORTANT!!
Before you continue, please call this toll-free number for a free 15-minute message that will help you to understand this information better. This call is absolutely free and is not a sales message.
Call Toll Free Anytime: 888-363-9480
EVERY Sickness & Disease Begins On a CELLULAR Level
The human body contains around 80 to 100 TRILLION CELLS! It is an incredibly complex system of resources that is necessary to keep this machine called a human body working. If we are to address any issue in the body or help keep the body functioning, we must learn how to provide our bodies with the necessary resources it needs in the correct form. This all occurs on a cellular level.
Around 60 million of body cells die and rebuild EVERY MINUTE OF EVERY DAY! To keep this fantastic process going 24 hours a day, we must provide each and every living cell in our bodies 5 specific resources:
Minerals Vitamins Oxygen Water Proteins  The Bloodstream Is the "River Of Life"
Our blood circulates through our body for very important reasons, to carry oxygen and other key elements INTO every cell in our body and to carry dead cells, wastes and contaminants OUT OF our body through natural biological processes.
Because this must occur to keep our trillions of cells alive, the bloodstream is literally the "River of Life". It is the messenger which transports the RESOURCES in the form of NUTRIENTS throughout the body. The level of cellular health within the body can be directly traced to the types of resources we consume through food and drink everyday. If we were to look at our cells under a microscope, we could identify many, many "inferior" dying or mutated cells in people who consume low nutrient or poorly prepared foods. Conversely, we could identify many, many "superior" health cells in people who consume well-prepared or raw foods high in nutrient value.
The key is simple; everything you put into your mouth has consequences. What you eat and drink everyday has a direct result reflected in your current health and energy levels. When cellular resources deplete, the aging process begins to accelerate.
The 4 Stages of "Degenerative Health
As we grow older, we often find that we have less energy, we are sick more; issues, re-occurring symptoms, conditions, and often diseases begin to occur more often. Fundamentally, this is a direct result of depleting cell health. We call this condition "Degenerative health -or- the Aging Process.
The 4 Stages of "Degenerative Health (The Aging Process)
Stage 1 -Cell Health Depletes
No symptoms are visible. You feel fine regardless of what you are eating. Your body is responding to nutritional deficiencies without any symptoms.
Stage 2 -Organ and Gland Reserves Are Drained
Still, no outward symptoms are visible. Internally, your body is working hard to balance cellular resources. Your internal organ cellular health is changing and beginning to mutate. Gland and organ are no longer functioning at a normal level.
Stage 3 -Microscopic Changes in Living Tissue
Sub-clinical symptoms begin to surface You begin to feel different or worse. Your energy is down. Occasional internal or external pain is occasionally noticed. Gland and organ are now functioning at nominal levels. Worry begins to creep into your conscious thoughts and habits.
Stage 4 -Macroscopic Changes in Living Tissue
Clinical symptoms appear. Disease often sets in and is diagnosed. Many physical and mental challenges begin to surface. Often physical exhaustion and difficulty sleeping occur. Glands and organs are now functioning at low levels. Real fear sets in and people often don't know where to turn.                Although the above information is accurate and somewhat disturbing, there is always hope.
Your body CAN regenerate cellular health from Stage 4 (or any other stage) and return to optimal health with RESOURCES and a PLAN.
Sincerely,
Judy Goring 360-568-0976 retainyourhealth@msn.com
Copyright 2006 Judy Goring

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title:Calming The Inner Voice
author:Chris Green
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1562.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

Stress. Depression. Anxiety. They’re powerful words that conjure up all kinds of images and prejudices in our minds. People who suffer from these illnesses find it hard to cope with life. They can feel deeply unhappy, they can find no joy in anything life has to offer, and of course, their levels of self-esteem, confidence and self-respect plummet.
But how can this happen to someone?
Let’s concentrate on how these illnesses affect the way we value the self. Of all of the destructive patterns of behavior these illnesses cause, the way a sufferer talks to the self is the fuel that maintains their illness.
I have experienced depression from two sides. For 5 years, a series of traumatic events triggered a personal nightmare I believed would never end. One of these events came when my lover was diagnosed with depression. At this time, I too had entered into the spiral of anxiety-induced depression. Both of these experiences have given me an insight into how sufferers destroy any value of the self.
Let me give a couple of examples. With my partner, if I’d arranged an evening out with friends, she’d say:
“No, I won’t come, you go without me. I never have anything interesting to say. I just bore people. They’ll find me an effort to be with. I’ll stay here.”
If I made a mistake, I’d say to myself:
“I’m useless. I’m no good at anything. Everything I do I get wrong.”
This self-deprecation then spreads into other areas of life. You begin to criticize the way you look, the decisions you make or don’t make, and you focus solely on the downside of life. Each time a little bit of self-worth, a little bit of self-respect and a little bit of self-confidence are eroded. Eventually, they are lost completely. When I reached my lowest point, having lost everything and everyone I loved, I’d say to myself:
“If I died tomorrow, no one would know and no one would care.”
So, what helped me to come out of the fog?
Well, the reason I thought I’d become depressed was because of a series of traumatic events occurring at the same time. I was wrong. The root cause of my depression lay in the ways I reacted to them. One of the ways I’d reacted was to blame myself for events I couldn’t control. The more I blamed myself, the more I beat myself up. The more I beat myself up, the more my self-esteem decreased.
The phrases I have used to briefly illustrate self-deprecating phrases we continually use against the self are mild. I’m sure you realize that many people use much stronger phrases than I’ve given here. The point is that these phrases would be totally unacceptable to say to others. You wouldn’t tell a person that they were boring, an effort to be with and that everyone found their company dull and it would be better for everyone else if they kept away from people.
Agreed?
Yet, if I say to people:
“Pay yourself compliments. Accentuate your good in all areas of your life. Write down your good points, your triumphs, your achievements. Remind yourself as often as possible about all the good you have done.”
They look at me like I’m an alien and say they’d feel stupid. Or uncomfortable. Or even embarrassed.
Yet they don’t feel any of these emotions when they talk to themselves using emotionally charged, self-deprecating phrases! And like rust upon metal, these phrases gradually erode our self-esteem and our confidence.
OK, here’s the bottom-line. I’d like you to inscribe what you are about to read into your mind over and over again until it is permanently etched there:
It is NEVER acceptable to talk to myself in a way I know is inappropriate and even offensive if I spoke in the same way to others.
Time for me to sign off, but before I do, here’s a phrase I say to myself every single day without fail. Please use it, it is very powerful:
“If you put yourself down, down is where you will stay.”

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Title:
Camaraderie: A Key To Coping With Job Stress

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590

Summary:
Everyone knows that work stress can take a heavy toll on health. Studies have revealed that stress at work increases the risk for depression, heart attack and other health worries. Research shows that employees who are friendly with each other are better able to cope with work stress more effectively than those who do not relate well with their co-workers.


Keywords:
stress, anxiety, depression


Article Body:
Elle and Monique are both new in their workplace.  At 26, it is only Elle's second job and first time to work in one of the most progressive call centers in the city. Monique, on the other hand, is turning 37 and though being a web content writer is not totally new to her, having once worked as a copywriter in an advertising agency, she still finds the writing job quite overwhelming. 
Both women started on the same day and after only three days, both have already realized how the work can be so stressful and mentally-draining. While adjusting in a new work environment can already cause stress and anxiety, having a kind of work that requires round-the-clock creativity and demands mental calisthenics could lead to exasperation and burnout.
 It has been almost five months now and both women are still working in the same company.  Just when they thought they wouldn't last another day of coping with the demands of their writing job, time has slipped away that they have adjusted to their new environment and have learned to enjoy their job as well. Their secret? Camaraderie.
Although not all company bosses welcome close relationships at work, research shows that employees who are friendly with each other are better able to cope with work stress more effectively than those who do not relate well with their co-workers.
Everyone knows that work stress can take a heavy toll on health. Studies have revealed that stress at work increases the risk for depression, heart attack, and other health worries. Recent reports, however, shows that the solution to work stress may be found in the adjacent cubicle. According to an article published in the American Journal of Public Health, those who get social support at work are far less likely to suffer serious depression problems.
In 2002, more than 24,000 Canadian workers have been the subject of a research study conducted by the University of Rochester Medical Center and discovered that five percent of the workers suffered from serious bouts of depression. It was noted that men who endured high job strain were two times more likely to succumb to depression than men with minimal job stress. Women who had little decision-making authority had twice the depression risk compared to women with more power.

Earlier research on job stress were consistent with the findings, but the Rochester scientists detected a surprising trend. The study suggested that those who said they felt generally supported by their colleagues and could lean on co-workers in a time of crisis were spared the rigors of job stress. Men and women who felt little social support at work were two to three times more likely to suffer major bouts of depression.
“It’s more than just friendship,’’ said the lead author of the study, Emma Robertson Blackmore, who is also Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester. “Your family and friends give you support, but because they’re not in your work environment they don’t have the level of understanding that your work colleagues do.’’ Work friends, she noted, “get where you’re coming from.’’
The data are especially significant to employers and managers who sometimes view fraternizing by colleagues as a distraction that interferes with productivity. Dr. Blackmore, however, noted that because work friendships lower job stress and risk for major depression, employees who get along and support each other are likely to be more productive. According to the journal report, depression at work reduces employee productivity, increases disability and absences, and may lead to premature retirement.


title:Can Acupuncture Help you Stop, and Eventually Quit Smoking?
author:Peter Vine
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4885.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
category:health
article:

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese healing approach that is almost 3500 years old. It is based on the belief that chi, a vital energy force flows around 12 key channels around the body. Within these channels there are 365 acupuncture points, which can sometimes become ‘blocked’ preventing the smooth flow of the vital energy, resulting in degrading health.
Acupuncture is a highly effective method for treating all manner of addictions including nicotine. The application of acupuncture to help you stop and eventually quit altogether, involves the insertion of very fine needles into special points on the skin. The needles are generally left in the skin for up to 20mins. There is virtually no pain apart from the slight pricking sensation when the needle first goes in. The technique itself results in the release of special chemicals called endorphins which will provide a ‘natural high’ at the end of the treatment.
Following the first treatment, the patient is likely to cough up phlegm during the week after treatment as the body starts to adjust to life without smoking, and the tar and phlegm in the lungs starts to loosen. It is common to schedule a follow up session about 1 week after the first to assess progress, and decide whether further therapy is required. Many heavy smokers have reported success after only 1 or 2 acupuncture sessions.
Acupuncture as a method for quitting smoking is best for those individuals that are heavily addicted to the nicotine, but have clearly made the commitment to quit. This type of therapy will dramatically reduce the side effects of nicotine withdrawal, such as the cravings, depression and anxiety. The body will also start to repair itself, particularly in improving blood circulation and de-congesting the lungs, and the patient will generally feel very positive and optimistic as a result of the release of natural anti-depressants by the brain.
Combining acupuncture with more traditional approaches to quitting smoking can be an effective strategy, especially if you have tried and failed at simply using willpower to quit in the past. If you decide acupuncture to stop smoking is for you, make sure you see a qualified and reputable practitioners.

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Title:
Can Affirmations End Binge Eating Disorder?

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445

Summary:
It is proven that affirmations help to reprogram one’s mind.  When one repeats an affirmation over and over, the subconscious picks up on it as the present reality.  Does this mean that people have the ability to


Keywords:
binge eating, end binge eating, binge eating disorder, binge eating support, binge eating help, compulsive eating, overeating, dieting, weight loss, affirmations, health, stop binge eating


Article Body:
It is proven that affirmations help to reprogram one’s mind.  When one repeats an affirmation over and over, the subconscious picks up on it as the present reality.  Does this mean that people have the ability to completely turn around their life as they know it?  In one word: yes.

You can co-create your world to your own specifications.  You want a better relationship?  Start telling yourself that you deserve it.  Once you have heard this for so long, your mind will not settle for anything else.  You want a better job?  Learn to say affirmations about your passions and watch how many doors open in your direction. 

Now, what if you want to end your binge eating habit?  Although this may sound tricky, there is nothing tricky about it.  Truth is, when you boldly affirm your thoughts to yourself and to the Universe, you will get what you want in time.  For example, you can say “My body is a healthy temple.”  As with any subject that you affirm, your mind is changing and will not accept anything less.  You will start to regard your body as sacred and will not want to damage it in any way.  A newfound respect will start to flourish within you.  You will start to think twice about what food you fill your body with.  Before eating, you will wonder what nourishment will enter your body from eating that food. 

As all binge eaters know, it is not about being hungry and wanting food.  No, you eat because you are numbing your feelings toward a particular subject.  What if you start to affirm that you are capable of handling those difficult situations that cause you to binge?  Your mind might just start to believe what you are saying and this will make the binging slow down.  Of course, it won’t get rid of it overnight, but it will cause you to become more aware of what you say and what you think.  It will cause you to really think about the type of food you are feeding your soul. 

When your thoughts on binging and on yourself start to improve, your life with follow in the same direction.  The new love and respect that you have for your body will guide you away from any binges.  You will learn to supplement your negative feelings with positive ones.  Ultimately, this is the beginning of your end to changing your food habits and getting rid of Binge Eating Disorder.  Start believing in yourself and only wanting the best for yourself and watch how things will start to shift in your life.

By: Kristin Gerstley
http://www.endbingeeating.com


title:Can Antidepressants Ever Cure You?
author:Christopher Green
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4003.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

They’re the plagues of the modern world. Stress, depression and anxiety are on the increase every year and they show no signs of ending their relentless onslaught. Over 40 million people are affected by these illnesses annually, and for the majority, powerful antidepressant drugs offer the only solution.
What’s curious is that over seventy percent of people who stop taking them, for any length of time, will relapse into another stressful or depressive episode
Something’s rotten in Denmark. Because if these drugs are as effective as their manufacturers claim, then sufferers should be cured of their illness. Clearly, this isn’t happening.
If these drugs are so good, why don’t they cure sufferers?
The commonly held belief, both by the medical profession and sufferers is that anti-depressant drugs are the most effective treatment.
This isn’t quite true.
Antidepressant drugs DO help a sufferer. But only TEMPORARILY. They cannot offer a permanent cure because anti-depressants treat ONE of the SYMPTOMS of these illnesses – reduced levels of "happy chemicals" called neurotransmitters.
Neurotransmitters are the chemicals inside our brains that help to regulate our moods. What anti-depressants do is give sufferers a "boost" by raising levels of neurotransmitters. The problem concerns a seventy percent chance of relapse when sufferers stop taking the meds.
This happens because the drugs haven’t tackled the root cause of these illnesses. By boosting levels of “happy chemicals” the drugs simply mask the problem. In the short term, giving our mental well-being a boost by increasing the levels of “happy chemicals” is a helpful step in STARTING the recovery process.
The last sentence is very important. It explains how these drugs should be used. Because when we feel stressed out, burned out, terrified of the future or that life has no point (all symptoms of stressful and depressive illnesses), it’s almost impossible to function. Finding your way “out of the fog” is so hard.
And that’s where antidepressants can help. By providing a boost, you can feel more able to cope. You can START to take the first steps towards recovery.
But they cannot provide a permanent cure because the only way to cure these  illnesses is to address the root cause. The root cause are harmful mental habits and processes we have learned and used for most of our lives – since childhood in most cases.
And there lies the crucial difference. Antidepressants can help us in the short-term by CONTROLLING the illness. Learning the mental habits and processes that crush these illnesses so they cannot even begin to arise help us in the long-term by CURING these illnesses.
I firmly believe that people who are suffering from stress, anxiety, panic, depression and similar illnesses, want to get rid of it from their lives forever. Cure means cured, permanently. I overcame a terrible 5-year period of anxiety-induced depression without taking antidepressants. I did it by learning more effective mental skills and processes and I turned my life around and found happiness again.
What worked for me will work for you and it will provide the one thing you deserve and what antidepressant drugs can never provide: A permanent cure to your suffering.
IMPORTANT: PLEASE CONSULT WITH YOUR HEALTH PROFESSIONAL BEFORE YOU STOP TAKING ANY ANTIDEPRESSANT MEDICATION.
Copyright 2006 Christopher Green
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title:Can Antioxidants Help You Build Muscles? Free Radicals Destroy Your Muscles
author:Chris Chew
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3760.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

Many people these days take antioxidants to counter the detrimental effect of free radicals. Antioxidants mopped up free radicals and convert them into harmless substances. Free radicals are known to cause body cell decomposition and therefore are the main culprit in our aging process. Free radicals are linked to aging diseases such as cancer and heart problems besides making us age more quickly. Since free radicals cause our cells to decompose, then free radicals will also degenerate our muscle cells.
Staying clear of situations that cause a surge of free radicals to surge is one way of prevention and taking antioxidants as a supplementation is another. There are many situations that will increase free radical activities such as sun burn, stress, smoking, alcohol consumption, pollution, exercise workout amongst others. Yes, we get a surge of free radicals when we exercise especially intensive exercises because we are putting our bodies under tremendous stress when we exercise. These muscle destroying activities will continue for hours and even days depending how intensive your exercises are.
This is where antioxidants supplementing comes in. Since antioxidants neutralize free radicals, it helps your muscles to recover faster and stop the ravaging effects of free radicals on your muscle and thus allowing better muscle growth.
So if you want your muscles to recover faster and want to grow bigger muscles after your workouts, supplementation with antioxidants may help. There are many antioxidants supplements in the market. Vitamin A, C and E are perhaps the better known free radical fighters out there. Some other excellent free radical scavengers are Green Tea extract, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Beta Carotene etc
So our mums although may not have known about antioxidants and its effect of free radicals on our body was right when they insisted that we take our vitamins. Do protect your muscles and general health with antioxidants.
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Title:
Can Antioxidants Prevent Cellular Damage?

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370

Summary:
Antioxidants are intimately involved in the prevention of cellular damage, which is the common pathway for cancer, aging, and a variety of diseases. The scientific community has begun to unveil some of the mysteries surrounding this topic, and the media has begun whetting our thirst for knowledge.

Considering Foods High in Powerful Antioxidants?

Grab a Handful of Almonds! The next time you're shopping for antioxidant-rich foods, make sure to add almonds to your cart. No...


Keywords:
antioxidants,free radicals,cancer,aging,heart disease,antioxidant,tobacco smoke,radiation,herbs,papr


Article Body:
Antioxidants are intimately involved in the prevention of cellular damage, which is the common pathway for cancer, aging, and a variety of diseases. The scientific community has begun to unveil some of the mysteries surrounding this topic, and the media has begun whetting our thirst for knowledge.

Considering Foods High in Powerful Antioxidants?

Grab a Handful of Almonds! The next time you're shopping for antioxidant-rich foods, make sure to add almonds to your cart. Not only are almonds rich in vitamin E, fiber and magnesium, but according to a study, almonds contain antioxidants in levels comparable to those of healthy foods such as broccoli and tea. This high antioxidant content makes eating a handful of almonds a day more important than ever for good health.

The researchers are now conducting additional phases of antioxidant research to describe how efficiently the human body extracts and absorbs these compounds from almonds.

AHA Guidelines

The AHA guidelines are the first to put a number on how little trans fat one should eat: just 1 percent or less of total calories. For someone who eats 2,000 calories daily considered the "average" intake, that's about two grams of trans fat per day , or roughly the amount in half a small bag of fast-food fries.

Athletes have a keen interest because of health concerns and the prospect of enhanced performance and/or recovery from exercise.

Great Tips

1. Follow a balanced training program that emphasizes regular exercise and eat 5 servings of fruit or vegetables per day. This will ensure that you are developing your inherent antioxidant systems and that your diet is providing the necessary components.

2. Weekend warriors should strongly consider a more balanced approach to exercise.

3. Failing that, consider supplementation.

4. For extremely demanding races (such as an ultradistance event), or when adapting to high altitude, consider taking a vitamin E supplement (100 to 200 IU, approximately 10 times the RDA) per day for several weeks up to and following the race.

5. Look for upcoming FDA recommendations, but be wary of advertising and media hype.

6. Do not oversupplement.

Antioxidants protect cells from damage caused by unstable molecules known as free radicals. That is a fact, and we urge you to find out more about Antioxidants and how they can benefit you today!


title:Can A Contact Lens Really Get Lost In Your Brain?
author:Steve Cogger
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4456.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
category:health
article:

Did you lose your contact lens under your upper eyelid? HELP!
If you ever get a contact lens misplaced under your upper lid the first step is to stay relaxed. There is never really a reason to panic. Know that it is not at all dangerous to have a lens under your upper lid, usually it does not even hurt. At best it is a nuisance, nothing more.
Also know that your lids are attached to your eye, so the lens can not get lost behind your eye, in your brain, or up in your forehead. Let me repeat that, a contact lens can never get lost behind your eye and go in to your brain. It is impossible and will never happen.
So how do you get a contact lens out from under your upper lid? There are two basic techniques depending on what style of lens you are wearing.
Removing a Soft Contact Lens From Under Your Upper Lid:
1) Look all the way down towards your nose.
2) Close your eyes.
3) Place one finger over your lid at the inside corner of your eye(near your nose)
4) gently rub in one direction, towards your ear, along the globe of your eye under your brow.
5) Open your eye and notice you have pushed out from under your upper lid.
6) remove the lens.
That's it, it's that simple. If the lens did not come out, hold your upper lid out of the way to see if it is still there. If you see it, repeat the previous steps. If you don't see the lens, take a break. It is highly possible the lens isn't even there anymore.
Removing a Gas Permeable Contact Lens From Under Your Upper Lid:
1) First, be over a surface where the lens will not get lost if it falls out.
2) Locate the lens by holding your upper lid out of the way and look downward into a mirror. (or have a friend look)
3) Once the lens is located, lift your upper lid entirely over the lens so the entire lens is exposed.
4) Using the margin of your lid (where the lashes grow) gently push on the upper edge of the contact lens.
5) When the proper connection is made, the lens will slide freely and easily.
6) You can slide the lens back over the cornea, or pop it off.
Usually lenses don't get dislodged unless they are rubbed or very dry. If you find that your lenses consistently move off center, you may consider contacting your eye care provider to verify the fit and type of lens is right for you.
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Title:
Can a Natural Eczema Treatment Help You?

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Summary:
If you’ve done the rounds of skin experts and dermatologists and still found no relief, maybe it’s time you turned to some more natural Eczema remedies? I’ve put together a few tips here that will help you experience some relief from your condition


Keywords:
cure eczema, eczema cure, beat eczema


Article Body:
If you’ve done the rounds of skin experts and dermatologists and still found no relief, maybe it’s time you turned to some more natural Eczema remedies? I’ve put together a few tips here that will help you experience some relief from your condition.

Learn To Like Blueberries.
Ok well maybe that’s not so necessary. Eczema experts have found that there is something in Blueberry leaves called chlorogenic acid, and this acid can have excellent effects on your Eczema. In short, it uses completely natural means to remove the microbes from your skin which cause the itching and discomfort. It’s also an excellent natural anti inflammatory, so when you apply it to the affected area you will really notice the benefit. You should be able to find some kind of blueberry leaf extract in your local wellness store.

Get A Moisturization Habit-
Anyone with Eczema should keep their skin moisturized as often as they can. It’s as simple as that. Your skin is a lot less prone to itching and cracking if it is soft and supple, and moisturization is the key to this. At least twice a day, and if possible after bathing. You want to do it after bathing or a shower so the moisturizer can lock the moisture from the bath into your skin. You may also find that you get by better if you can find an unscented moisturizer.

Get Some Vitamin E-
Vitamin E is a very powerful natural antioxidant. Applied to the affected areas, it can remove all traces of dirt/bacteri/anything else that may otherwise have the effect of worsening your symptoms.

Hopefully, if you’ve been at the end of your tether after getting nowhere with the Doctors and specialists, these tips may bring you some relief. The key is to actually take some action and be consistent with it. If you apply these tip consistently, you can see considerable relief.


title:Can a Natural Health Supplement Help You To Stop Puffing Away?
author:Kaye Bewley
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1890.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
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Smoking was once seen as the cool thing to do.  But not now.  The whole country is about to change its stance on smoking in public places and what are people to do about it?  Well, Stop 7 will go a long way to helping cease the urge!
Since 1586, when Sir Francis Drake returned home from the West Indies with a shipload of tobacco, smoking became the thing to do in Britain. However, it was Sir Walter Raleigh who made it fashionable.  The 'stick between your fingers' was hyped to such an extent that the craze never had a chance of dying out - until the new millennium saw it as the unhealthy thing to do.
Knowing that smoking can kill is one thing, but trying to stop doing it is another.  Once the drug has bitten deep, it's a very hard thing to give up.  What addictive drug is?   Take it this way, if chocolate had 'THIS CAN KILL YOU' stamped all over it, do you think sales would dramatically drop?  Of course they would!  So what is it about ciggies that make people ignore the warnings and continue even though the blatent messages is that their lungs are being damaged?
Those who have tried to stop, have used every method under the sun - patches, gum and even resorting to hypnosis - all painfully resorting back to something they simply can't get out of their system.  Smokers are aware of what the nicotine does (it's a drug that stimulates the brain), and how the lack of it affects them (anxiety, headaches, irritability, lack of concentration).  They also are aware that the tar in cigarettes lingers in the lungs and that the carbon monixide resulting from the smoke is a poisonous chemical that gets into the bloodstream.  But what is less well-known is that cigarette smoke produces hydrogen cyanide which is a toxic by-product that only the old heroes of World War II would recognise, Zyklon B (it was a genocidal agent used during that period - and what all the fuss is all about for passive smoking!). 
Let's face it, it is difficult being a smoker in this day and age.  Even the works' tea-room won't allow anyone to light up for a quick one.  And it's going to get even harder when public places are shutting their doors to those who take a drag.  And when a smoker does succeed and stop their habit, they put on weight because of all the sweeties they eat to put a stop to the craving.
So, what's a smoker to do?  Thankfully now a corner has been turned!  After impressive results witnessed in America there's a new alternative product about the hit the European market.  It has had a 94% success rate.  It's not a drug.  It's not a nicotine patche or even a stick of gum - it doesn't even mean that you have to have someone hypnotise you.  It's a simple seven day course that guarantees you your money back in the pennies (or pounds/dollars) you'll be saving - and your money back anyway, if you resort to smoking after you've followed the instructions on the packet. 
What's different about this method?  The simple fact that once you start to take the two types of supplements in the pack, your body ceases craving for the drug and reverts back to the time before you even started smoking.  Its unique combination of 100% natural herbal supplements quell the cravings and suppress any 'sweet tooth comfort eating'.  Your body resumes back to its normal healthy state - after 20 minutes your blood pressure drops and your pulse returns to normal, after eight hours there's more oxygen in your body, circulation improves after three months - and what was once a painful procedure (exercise!), becomes a hell of a lot easier.  Irritating coughing reduces after nine months when the sinuses also clear up and after one year, the possible risk of smoker's heart attack is halved.
There's an added bonus of a comforting tongue spray included in the pack together with a 14 page book that gives you step-by-step instructions to help you through the stages you'll face.
Everyone starts their life as a non-smoker, this kit just brings you safely back to that state of health.
THE SCIENCE
The first herbal supplement consists of Inulin, Alfalfa, Liquorice, Dandelion Root, Gynmnea Sylvestre, Siberian Ginseng Extract and Atriplex Halimus Powder.  The second's ingredient list is Red Clover Extract, Nettle Leaf Powder, Saw Palmetto, Thyme, Peppermint Leaf Powder, Aniseed Powder and Deodorised Garlic Powder.  Meanwhile, the Spray consists of a blend of Tincture of Gotu Kola, Dandelion Root, Liquorice, Peppermint and Aniseed.
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title:Can A Neurotransmitter Imbalance Be Causing Your Mood Problems?
author:Valerie Balandra
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4213.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
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Neurotransmitters are powerful chemicals that regulate numerous physical and emotional processes such as cognitive and mental performance, emotional states and pain response. Virtually all functions in life are controlled by neurotransmitters.
Interactions between neurotransmitters, hormones, and the brain chemicals have a profound influence on overall health and well-being. When our concentration and focus is good, we feel more directed, motivated, and vibrant. Unfortunately, if neurotransmitter levels are inadequate these energizing and motivating signals are absent and we feel more stressed, sluggish, and out-of-control.
Disrupted communication between the brain and the body can have serious effects to ones health both physically and mentally. Depression, anxiety and other mood disorders are thought to be directly related to imbalances with neurotransmitters. Some of the more common neurotransmitters that regulate mood are Serotonin, Dopamine, and Norepinephrine. Serotonin imbalance is one of the most common contributors to mood problems. Some feel it is a virtual epidemic in the United States.
Serotonin is key to our feelings of happiness and very important for our emotions because it helps defend against both anxiety and depression. You may have a shortage of serotonin if you have a sad depressed mood, anxiety, panic attacks, low energy, migraines, sleeping problems, obsession or compulsions, feel tense and irritable, crave sweets, and have a reduced interest in sex.
Additionally, your hormones and Estrogen levels can affect serotonin levels and this may explain why some women have pre-menstrual and menopausal mood problems. Moreover, stress can greatly reduce your serotonin supplies.
Dopamine and Norepinephrine are responsible for motivation, energy, interest, and drive. They are associated with positive stress states such as being in love, exercising, listening to music, and sex. These neurotransmitters are the one's that make you feel good. When we don't have enough of them we don't feel alive, we have difficulty initiating or completing tasks, poor concentration, no energy, and lack of motivation. Low neurotransmitter levels drive us to use drugs (self medicate) or alcohol, smoke cigarettes, gamble, and overeat. For many years, it has been known in medicine that low levels of these neurotransmitters can cause many diseases and illnesses. A neurotransmitter imbalance can cause Depression, anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, irritable bowel, hormone dysfunction, eating disorders, Fibromyalgia, obsessions, compulsions, adrenal dysfunction, chronic pain, migraine headaches, and even early death.
What causes neurotransmitter dysfunction?
• Prolonged periods of stress can deplete neurotransmitters levels. Our fast paced, fast food society greatly contributes to these imbalances.
• Poor Diet. Neurotransmitters are made in the body from proteins. Also required are certain vitamins and minerals called “cofactors”. These are precurors to neurotransmitters. If your nutrition is poor and you do not take in enough protein, vitamins, or minerals to build the neurotransmitters, a neurotransmitter deficiency develops. We really do think and feel what we eat.
• Genetic factors, faulty metabolism, and digestive issues can impair absorption and breakdown of our food which reduces are ability to build neurotransmitters.
• Toxic substances like heavy metals, pesticides, drug use, and some prescription drugs can cause permanent damage to the nerves that make neurotransmitters.
• Certain drugs and substances deplete neurotransmitters such as caffeine, alcohol, nicotine, NutraSweet, antidepressants, and certain cholesterol lowering medications.
• Hormone Imbalances
Testing is now available to detect Neurotransmitter Imbalances.
Basing a treatment on symptoms alone (traditional medicine) will not provide the information needed to address the underlying imbalance. A visit to a doctor or practitioners office for depression involves telling them how you have been feeling emotionally. The typical depressed person leaves the office with a prescription for an antidepressant without ever having any conclusive laboratory evidence of what is causing their symptoms. New sophisticated equipment and tests are now available to evaluate neurotransmitter imbalances using a urine or blood sample. This provides a neurotransmitter baseline assessment and is useful in determining the root causes for diseases and illnesses such as those mentioned above. Laboratory analysis can now provide precise information on neurotransmitter deficiencies or overloads, as well as detect hormonal and nutrient co-factor imbalances which influence neurotransmitter production. Individuals require individual solutions. Testing helps to determine exactly which neurotransmitters are out of balance and helps to determine which therapies are needed for an individualized treatment plan. It also helps in monitoring the effectiveness of an individual's treatment.
Treatment
Nutrient therapies greatly increase the levels of neurotransmitters that a person has been found to be deficient in. Studies have shown that it is both safe and effective. These nutrients will cross the blood brain barrier into the brain where they will be synthesized into neurotransmitters and this will raise the number of neurotransmitter molecules needed by the brain. They are prescribed according to the results of laboratory testing giving the imbalanced person a more individualized plan of treatment. Prescription drugs such as antidepressants do not increase the overall number of neurotransmitter molecules in your brain, they merely move them around or stop the breakdown. If your levels are too low to start with, medication may work initially, then "poop out" or not work from the beginning. There is also the issue of side-effects and more recently the FDA warning that SSRI antidepressants could cause suicidal thoughts in some children, teens and adults. There are specialized nutrient formulas which help antidepressant medications work more effectively. Under the supervision of a trained practitioner these treatments may be used in addition to the persons existing medication to boost their effectiveness or to target another neurotransmitter that is also causing symptoms. Many antidepressant or anti-anxiety medications just target one neurotransmitter but many mental health disorders involve multiple neurotransmitters.
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title:Can A Respirator/Mask Really Help Against Bird Flu?
author:Sarah Jenkins
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3609.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
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Surgical masks and respirators are forms of personal protective equipment used to guard against the spread of infectious diseases.  With the increased onset of bird flu, many manufacturers and distributors of various protective equipment have touted incredible results from the use of their products.  Do they hold water?  Do these respirators and masks actually protect against bird flu?
For many years, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended the use of various forms personal protective equipment to safeguard against spreading diseases.  Of these are surgical masks.  These masks are manufactured to block the passage of tiny particles such as the influenza virus and keep the particles from reaching the eyes, mouth, and nose of the wearer, therefore preventing infection.
However, all masks are not developed to guard against infection.  Masks for healthcare use are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which ensures certain standards and criteria are met by all personal protective equipment.  Therefore, if a mask is FDA approved, you can be assured the mask protects against the spread of infection.  However, if a mask is not approved by the FDA, you should consider purchasing a different type.
Many manufactures are specifically guaranteeing bird flu protection; it should be understood that the FDA does not test for specific forms of disease, and therefore, companies are not allowed to make such allegations.  If similar claims are made, you should be skeptical of the company’s validity and the quality of their products.  There is a website to search for approved FDA masks, http://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/devicesatfda/index.cfm?st=fxx+or+(surgical+mask).  On the other hand, the CDC determines which type of equipment is appropriate for varying conditions.
You do not need a prescription or any special information to buy these masks and they can be bought at most pharmacies, medical supply stores and on the internet.  However, if you are buying from the internet, be certain you are dealing with a reputable company to be certain you are purchasing quality products.
For the most part, personal protective equipment has proven to be a very effective way to prevent against infection.  However, the CDC does not suggest or imply the use of these masks is appropriate for common use to keep from becoming infected.  They suggest, instead, staying home when you are sick and simply staying away from sick people to prevent the spread of illnesses.  However, with the threat of bird flu, many are seeking any means available to guard against infection.

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title:Can a Yoga Prop Help 'Prop' Up Your Practice?
author:Della Menechella
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1791.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

Some people may wonder if using a yoga prop can help them get more out of their practice. My personal opinion is yes.
B.K.S. Iyengar introduced the yoga prop as a means of supporting proper alignment of the joints and bones during postures. Maintaining proper alignment is key to reducing the possibility of injury and to allowing you to get deeper into the poses. Props are especially useful for beginners, for people who do not have a great deal of flexibility, for those who are recovering from injuries, and for those with special physical needs.
TYPICAL YOGA PROPS
YOGA BLOCK – I use this yoga prop often, especially when I am doing a Forward Bend and my hamstrings are not yet flexible enough to allow me to comfortably touch my hands to the floor. Yoga blocks are a great aid to help you maintain proper alignment in challenging poses. You can stack several blocks to gain height or use them to support you in certain poses.
YOGA STRAP – Another yoga prop that I use often is a strap. Straps can help you reach limbs such as feet and hands during certain postures where you have limited flexibility. They help you maintain proper alignment and help you lengthen your body. I always use a strap for one of my favorite poses – Cow Pose – because I am not yet able to grasp my hands behind my back. The use of the strap allows my arms to be comfortable so I can fully relax forward in the pose.
YOGA BALL - This yoga prop is extremely versatile and it is one that I use several times each week. It is great for developing core strength because you need to recruit significant muscle fibers when doing postures in order to keep the ball from rolling and you from falling. It can be very useful for beginners and those recovering from injuries because it helps with support and alignment. A yoga ball is also great for stretching because you can get an extended range of motion.
BLANKETS - Although I don't often use them, blankets can offer many benefits. They can help support you in poses, they provide padding, and they also provide warmth so you can be very comfortable in restorative poses.
LESS COMMON YOGA PROPS
BACKBEND BENCHES - They help to support you during backbends. They reduce straining and allow your spine to maintain proper alignment while increasing flexibility in your shoulders, chest and the front of your body.
EYE PILLOWS - They are soft cushions that you place on your eyes to help you focus inward and achieve a greater sense of peace and calmness during relaxation poses.
There are times when using a yoga prop can help you deepen your practice, and during those times, you might want to consider using one or all of these props. At other times, you might not feel the need to use them. The important thing is to pay attention to your body and to respond to what it needs each time you practice.
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Title:
Can Bad Breath Remedies Help You?

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520

Summary:
While some of these bad breath remedies that I am going to list in just a moment will help some. There is no magic formula that is going to be all things to all people.


Keywords:
Bad Breath Remedies, herbal remedies for bad breath, bad breath home  remedies,bad breath natural remedies


Article Body:
While some of these bad breath remedies that I am going to list in just a moment will help some. There is no magic formula that is going to be all things to all people.

Just as everyone cannot drive the same car, or stomach the same food, bad breath remedies and solutions may be terrific for some whilst it may not yield the kind of results expected for others.

The one magic formula is...

Talk to your periodontis or your dental hygenist.  Thats the real surefire way to find out exactly what is the source of your bad breath problem. 

However here's a list of known bad breath remedies that you can get hold of that may just do the trick for you

                            NATURAL REMEMDIES

Baking Soda Brushing

Brushing your teeth with baking soda or hydrogen peroxide toothpaste helps create an environment in your mouth that makes it more difficult for the anaerobic bacteria to grow and release those foul odors.

Acidophilus and Bifidus

Helps to control the impurities in your body, stabilizes the digestive system eliminating the many types of problems in your stool, such as constipation and diarrhea.

There are times when bad breath is not from oral hygene, so the next place to naturally look is where our food goes after its been eaten.

Hydrogen Peroxide Rinse

Using hydrogen peroxide as a mouth washing agent, has been helpful to many due to the oxidizing and anti-microbial properties it contains. 

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash in very low concentration.

Cloves

Cloves are a good way to get rid of bad breath naturally.  Cloves also have strong anti-septic that prevents the growth of microorganisms.

Cloves can be chewed, and used as a mouthwash as well. Used daily these little gems prevent alot of the sulfur producing bacteria that can ruin the quality of breath you want.

Anise seeds

Chewing anise can kill many of the bacteria that can cause bad breath.  Making your breath smell fresh all day naturally.

Tea Tree Oil Extract

Tea tree oil, has powerful anit-microbial properties, literally get down to the bacterial, or fungal source and kills it period. Derived from the Austrailian Melaluca, known to have a strong aroma.

Used as a paste to help with daily oral hygene, it can be a very effect ally when getting rid of the bacteria that can cause bad breath

                     THERAPEUTIC BAD BREATH REMEDIES

AktivOxigen Toothpaste

If you are having trouble with a metallic or sour/bitter taste, sprinkle some baking soda on the bristles of your toothbrush, then apply toothpaste and brush. The baking soda helps neutralize any excess acids in your mouth.

Therabreath Oral Rinse

The rinse uses the odor-obliterating power of OXYD-8 to fight bad breath and sour/bitter/metallic tastes.

Profresh Mouth Rinse

Highly Effective at neutalizing sulfur gases that are produced by bacteria, as well being safe and totally non-toxic

As was mentioned earlier before you can be totally effective at eliminating bad breath, it is strongly recommended that you see a dental hygenist, or periodontis.  Heres to your fresh breath!


Title:
Can Being Overweight Be Inherited?

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580

Summary:
Can family genetics play a role in determining if a person will be overweight? This article explains the facts about whether being overweight can be handed down from generation to generation.


Keywords:
overweight, lose weight


Article Body:
How many times do you hear overweight people say things like, “I’m only this way because I’m big boned” or “both of my parents are big so it’s in my genes” or even “all of the women/men in my family are overweight”.

 So now the question is, if other members of your family are overweight and have always been, does it mean that you might have inherited the “fat” gene and are predisposed to being overweight yourself? Is there anything that can be done about it, or are you doomed to be overweight for the rest of your life?

There are some facts that must be considered before you assign blame for your weight problem to your family tree. Genetics do decide what the shape of you body will be as well as determining your height and possible risks to your health. If there is a history of obesity in your family, you may have a higher potential for it, but it does not mean that you are doomed to a life of plumpness.

The fact is, even though you may have inherited a higher concentration of fat cells from your family gene pool, it is the bad habits that you inherit from them that will contribute more to your weight than your genes.

Here are the facts about what makes you overweight that you must know to help you break the family tradition of living with that extra padding.

For openers, the food choices that you make play a very important role in whether or not you will become overweight. Not knowing what a proper portion size is during mealtime will also hurt your weight. If as a kid growing up, your parents always went back for seconds during meals, you probably will have inherited that habit as well. If your parents always ate high calorie snacks at night while watching TV, well, you get the picture.

Another downfall to losing the weight gain battle is physical inactivity. While just being physically inactive does not add extra fat by itself, most overweight people are inactive and that means you will burn less calories throughout the day. When an inactive person eats even a normal amount of food daily which is usually still more than they need, they are more likely to store the extra calories as fat.

Your age plays a part in your weight also. When people age, they typically become less active. Also, after age 30 or so, an inactive person will lose around ½ to 1 pound of muscle tissue per year. This makes your metabolism slow down being that muscle is active tissue and the more you have, the higher your metabolism, the less you have, the lower your metabolism. This will account for weight gain.

Most overweight people are not that way because of the genes they inherited, but because of the bad habits they inherited as well as ones they developed on their own. According to the American Medical Association, less than 2% of all obesity can be directly attributed to any kind of metabolic disorder or hormone imbalance.

The bottom line is all of the excuses in the world for being overweight won’t take one pound of fat off of you. The whole thing comes down to modifying your lifestyle to one that is conducive to proper weight control. That means eating less than you’ve been used to eating and being more physically active than you’re used to being.


Title:
Can Birth Control Patches Kill You?

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612

Summary:
For many years,people have considered the story of a woman dying because of blood clots caused by birth control patches to be a myth.However,recent investigations conducted by doctors,along with anecdotal evidence,suggest that there is more to it than just urban legend.The patches are known to cause non-lethal blood clots,so some consider it possible that it can cause fatal ones as well.


Keywords:
birth control


Article Body:
The availability of birth control has become one of the great revolutions of the 20th century, giving women a concrete way to prevent unwanted pregnancies. They are considered critical components of any reasonable attempt at birth control, even if they have possible side effects. Being products that rely on the manipulation and alteration of baseline hormone levels in the female body, birth control pills and patches can cause side effects that are unpleasant. However, there have been a multitude of supposedly anecdotal reports, all of which are known to be unconfirmed, that birth control patches can be lethal.

This idea stems from a chain message being spread via e-mail. The message speaks of a certain              Dr. Nicole Dishuk McKeon, who apparently died because of blood clots that were caused by her birth control patches. The story goes on to say that the hormones introduced or altered by the patches caused the lethal blood clots. The story does not directly specify which patch does this, but from the description, it was one that prevented a woman from having more than three menstrual periods within a year. Supposedly, there were multiple clots that were causing undue pressure on her brain, eventually killing her. The story explains that while surgery was used to remove the initial clots, the hormone tampering done by the patch kept the clots coming.

The story, for all the detail it contains, subtly lacks the most important details. Aside from claims in the message that birth control was involved, there are actually no indications that this is the case. In fact, the story itself is fairly neutral, providing no evidence on whether or not she was using patches. The story also conveniently omits her family's medical history and her own, so there is no indication of whether or not she was at any increased risk for strokes and blood clots. Even if she was using a patch, there is no evidence to suggest that it was an actual factor in her death beyond the speculation presented at the end of the message. For the most part, the people that did the investigating found that a Dr. Nicole McKeon did die, but medical history confidentiality laws prevented them from finding out more.

There may be some truth to the story, however. Just recently, a woman named Katherine Thoren was reported to have died due to blood clots that caused agonizing headaches. According to doctors, the blood clots were aggravated by the hormones in her body introduced by a birth control patch. They did not mention whether or not the clots were caused by the path themselves, but some experts have noted that this is likely not the case. Doctors, however, have admitted that Thoren is just another in a number of women who face an increased risk of death because of the hormones found in the patches. The blood clot should have been survivable under normal circumstances, doctors argue, but the hormones had effectively tripled the risk.

While the Food and Drug Administration proclaims the patches to be as safe as the pills, medical evidence and statistics show that the pills have not been known to increase fatality risks for blood clots. According to the most recent findings, only the patches have managed to have this effect. The pharmaceutical companies behind the patch, along with the FDA, believe that there is no evidence pointing to increased risk, but some doctors are shocked that the patches were ever approved. Nonfatal blood clots were reported to have increased because of the patches, with a risk of them becoming fatal if they occurred in the wrong part of the body, or at the wrong time.


Title:
Can Body Ph Balance Be An Early Detection For Cancer?

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367

Summary:
Water (H2O) ionizes into hydrogen (H+) and hydroxyl (OH-) ions. When these ions are in equal proportions, the pH is a neutral 7. When there are more H+ ions than OH- ions then the water is said to be "acid". If OH- ions outnumber the H+ ions then the water is said to be "alkaline". The pH scale goes from 0 to 14 and is logarithmic, which means that each step is ten times the previous. In other words, a pH of 4.5 is 10 times more acid than 5.5, 100 times more acid than 6.5 and...


Keywords:
balance ph,balance body,health,acid,acidic,acid food,alkaline,alkaline food,balance,


Article Body:
Water (H2O) ionizes into hydrogen (H+) and hydroxyl (OH-) ions. When these ions are in equal proportions, the pH is a neutral 7. When there are more H+ ions than OH- ions then the water is said to be "acid". If OH- ions outnumber the H+ ions then the water is said to be "alkaline". The pH scale goes from 0 to 14 and is logarithmic, which means that each step is ten times the previous. In other words, a pH of 4.5 is 10 times more acid than 5.5, 100 times more acid than 6.5 and 1,000 times more acid than 7.5.

When healthy, the pH of blood is 7.4, the pH of spinal fluid is 7.4, and the pH of saliva is 7.4. Thus the pH of saliva parallels the extra cellular fluid...pH test of saliva represents the most consistent and most definitive physical sign of the ionic calcium deficiency syndrome...The pH of the non-deficient and healthy person is in the 7.5 (dark blue) to 7.1 (blue) slightly alkaline range.

The range from 6.5 (blue-green) which is weakly acidic to 4.5 (light yellow) which is strongly acidic represents states from mildly deficient to strongly deficient, respectively.

Most children are dark blue, a pH of 7.5. Over half of adults are green-yellow, a pH of 6.5 or lower, reflecting the calcium deficiency of aging and lifestyle defects. Cancer patients are usually a bright yellow, a pH of 4.5, especially when terminal.
Virtually all degenerative diseases, including cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, kidney and gall stones, and tooth decay are associated with excess acidity in the body. While the body does have a homeostatic mechanism which maintains a constant pH 7.4 in the blood, this mechanism works by depositing and withdrawing acid and alkaline minerals from other locations including the bones, soft tissues, body fluids and saliva. Therefore, the pH of these other tissues can fluctuate greatly. The pH of saliva offers us a window through which we can see the overall pH balance in our bodies.

Cancer cannot exist in an alkaline environment. All forms of arthritis are associated with excess acidity. Acid in the body dissolves both teeth and bones. Whatever health situation you are faced with, you can monitor your progress toward a proper acid/alkaline balance by testing your saliva pH.


title:Can calcium aid in boosting you health?
author:Mike Yeager
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A popular mineral today, coral calcium, is mainly calcium, but is also abundant in many trace sea minerals. Some people consider coral calcium to be nature's purest calcium supplement. Harvested from sea marine coral in Okinawa, Japan, coral calcium has been consumed by Okinawan’s for many, many years.
As with many mineral products, coral calcium is not without its ardent admirers, who make all kinds of fantastic claims regarding the benefits of taking coral calcium. Keep in mind that calcium is a mineral that our bodies need for muscle movement and to keep the heart and bones healthy. While coral calcium is a good source for mineral calcium, it should not be considered as a panacea for all illnesses.
As with all new diet and exercise plans, it’s always best to consult with your physician regarding a new regime of coral calcium mineral supplement intake.
There are many coral calcium products to choose from as you focus on your physical and health goals. Choose from only the best providers of coral calcium products that offer great prices. That way you’ll be guaranteed quality and they can even be shipped right to your door.
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title:Can Cognitive Fitness Be a Workout for Your Brain?
author:Ken Savage
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There is growing interest to exercise your brain using something called "cognitive fitness."
It’s a known fact that exercise and meditation reduce anxiety, ease depression, and give you a general feeling of wellness. Can ideas about the brain be discovered from these practices to help create an emotional fitness tools?
Can biofeedback games like Wild Divine help beginner brains look more like enlightened brains without a lifetime of dedication?
Numerous articles published by the Mayo Clinic Foundation for Education and Research, the New England Journal of Medicine and other resources, cite the importance of regular “brain work-outs” in helping individuals maintain a vital and healthy lifestyle. Solving crossword puzzles, playing card and board games, and participating in other mentally challenging tasks, are specifically mentioned as activities that can delay the onset of age-related cognitive problems. A great site for this is Acuity Games.
Engaging in mental exercises for the purpose of increasing cognitive fitness is gaining popularity for Baby Boomers and their parents. The research is not definitive regarding the prevention of brain deterioration by rigorous mental exercise, but psychologists, neurologists, and other educators are designing cutting-edge programs for the public’s desire to stay mentally sharp.
Elkhonon Goldberg, Ph.D., a neuropsychologist in Manhattan, has offered programs since 1999 for patients who have been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment. “I have been increasingly impressed by a growing body of relevant research literature, both animal studies on the positive effects of species-appropriate stimulation on the brain and more recently the human literature that demonstrates positive effects of structured cognitive stimulation on mental functions in aging,” said Goldberg, who reviews this work in his new book, The Wisdom Paradox.
A private grant underwrites the foundation of Goldberg’s “mental gym” that offers computer-based cognitive exercises that the client can practice in his center two or more times a week under the direction of a private cognitive fitness trainer. Following a neuropsychological evaluation, the client follows an individualized protocol of brain workout exercises that focuses on verbal and visual memory, divided attention, language, or spatial and verbal problem-solving. In addition Goldberg and his staff hold discussions about cognitive changes to allay anxiety triggered by mental slippage and to increase a sense of empowerment.
“Our program is geared toward patients with mild cognitive impairment because this is where evidence is the strongest, the need is most obvious, and the likelihood of success is the greatest.” He said that in principle, the programs will work for healthy older adults, but “my impetus has been to help those truly in need, rather than to offer the program as an amenity.”
In Hartford, Conn., the non-profit New England Cognitive Center (NECC) offers programs for healthy older adults as well as those with early onset dementia. “People are becoming aware that fitness does not stop at the shoulders and neck,” said the Director of the NECC, Patti Said, M.A., health educator. Their most requested program is a series of a four-, six-, or eight-session “memory tune-up” workshops consisting of psychoeducation and memory strategies provided in senior centers and other community agencies. According to Said, because some older adults feel uncomfortable around computers the NECC offers a series of 24 paper-and-pencil memory exercise sessions in addition to individualized computer based cognitive training.
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title:Can Curry Cure Cancer?
author:Michael Brooks
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Researchers at the University of Texas have found that small doses of curcumin, a common ingredient in curry, not only can stop the growth of melanoma cells but also cause the cells to self destruct.  The research further indicated the more curcumin that was added to melanoma cells, the greater the number of dead cells.  Increasing the amount of curcumin also stopped the melanoma cells from reproducing.  This is exciting news to say the least.
What is Melanoma?
In the simplest terms, melanoma  is the bad kind of skin cancer. The cancer cells develop as odd shaped and colored moles on the surface of the skin and sometimes in the eye. Melanoma can metastasize (spread) to other organs in the body such as the liver, lungs, and brain.   Doctors diagnose about 53,000 people each year with melanoma. Most skin cancer deaths are caused by melanoma.  If there is some good news, it’s that if caught and treated early, melanoma can be cured.
What is Curcumin?
Curcumin is the active ingredient in the herb turmeric. Curcumin is a member of the ginger family and is ground from the root of the curcuma longa plant.   It has been used for thousands of years in India and many Asian countries as a food preservative, coloring agent, folk remedy and a food flavoring.
Curcumin vs. Chemotherapy
According to one of the researchers associated with the UT study, one of the most exciting aspects of curcumin is its low toxicity.  People seam to be able to handle large doses of curcumin with no side effects.  This is in contrast to chemotherapy were most forms of the treatment cause serious adverse reactions.
Where to buy Curcumin
If you want to get started taking curcumin you should be able to find it in supplement form at your favorite natural pharmacy.  Make sure to get the kind that is 95% curcumin.  It is too early to have dosage levels for fighting cancer but most practitioners are recommending a dosage of 400-600 mg 3 times daily. 
Below is a great recipe if you want to start using this powerful spice on some or your food preparations:
 Uncle Mike’s Turmeric Chicken Cha Cha
This recipe will give you a big dose of turmeric.  Remember, the active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. When you go to the store to get your spices look for turmeric, you will not find curcumin.  I use Spice Islands brand but there are usually others available depending on the store.  Be careful with this spice as if you get it on your clothing it is very hard to remove.
Mix equal parts of soy sauce and light olive oil together in a bowl
Pour Soy/Olive oil mixture over chicken breasts and let them marinate for a few hours
Prepare a spice mixture of 3 parts turmeric and 2 parts garlic powder
Cover the marinated chicken with the spice mixture (I just sprinkle it on with a salt shaker)
Bake for one hour at 325 degrees
Remove and cook on grill for 4 minutes on each side over medium heat
The last step is optional but is my favorite step during the summer season.  If you don’t use the grill then bake for about an hour and fifteen minutes
Enjoy!
Copyright 2005 Michael Brooks

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Can Dancing Heal?

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Dance give us plenty of room for self-expression and can be powerful in helping the body and mind to be stimulated. It's all about movement and music and you.

This is one thing everyone agrees about: Dance is beneficial. It's exercising without "feeling" like you're exercising, it increases cardiovascular and mental health, releasing endorphins while you turn, spin, and simply MOVE.

Unfortunately, in our "modernized" society, we have lost touch with its potential. In co...


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Dance give us plenty of room for self-expression and can be powerful in helping the body and mind to be stimulated. It's all about movement and music and you.

This is one thing everyone agrees about: Dance is beneficial. It's exercising without "feeling" like you're exercising, it increases cardiovascular and mental health, releasing endorphins while you turn, spin, and simply MOVE.

Unfortunately, in our "modernized" society, we have lost touch with its potential. In contrast, dance has always been an integral part of many other cultures. You don’t have to dance with an African tribe around a roaring fire to realize the healing benefits of dance; luckily, all you need is yourself.

The other great thing about dance is that it can be done either in the privacy of your own home, in dance classes as a recreational outlet, at a party with friends, or as you do any number of houshold tasks, fitting a little "swing" in your steps.

"Oh, I can't dance," you'll say. Can't, or won't? Dancing is simply moving, like wayward walking. It doesn't have to be funky-crazy or hip; you don't have to go with a style you don't feel comfortable with; and those of you with "dance inhibition" are free, nearly every day, to find time and a private place large enough to move around freely -- again, also knwn as dancing.

Choose music you feel comfortable with. Music preferences naturally vary from person to person -- and even from day to day -- so it just doesn't matter of you decide to dance to Prince, Mozart, Garth Brooks, or Billie Holiday. That's the first rule: Never put any kind of restrictions on yourself, thinking, "I like that music, but how do you dance to "Jingle Bells"?

When you are ready to begin, stand for a moment with your eyes closed. Feel the connection of your feet to the floor and just relax. If you feel completely at a loss for what to do, imagine your breath supplying your entire body with a golden fluid, making your body light and flexible.

Allow this to transition into any movements you wish, moving as the body dictates. Flow, float, stomp, jump up and down. Move fast or in slow motion. The key is to just allow the body to move, so don’t think too much -- just move. Don’t worry about how you look; if you're alone, no one can see you. If you're in a dance class, everyone else is laughing, making the same mistakes you are.

When you really get into it, after a while you'll definitely notice something: You're not worrying as much any more; you are sleeping better; you aren't as irritable at work or at home, with your family; and you feel surprisingly "healed" in some way.

In fact, the natural bodily healing and restoration can last from a couple of minutes to a several hours. People young and old, in all states of fitness, living in all kinds of bodies can benefit from dance. Those with injuries or physical challenges can bene fit as well as any "able-bodied" person; just listen to your body and work with its limitations. Dance can be used for healing major stresses as well as "everyday life," for it is often that these stresses build up, manifesting in extreme tension, anger, and even illness.

Remember, you're not forcing your body to move according to someone else’s steps; to truly dance is to just tune in to your own personal radio station, and move according to the rhythm of your soul. Dance slow, dance fast, dance solo, dance with others, dance with joy, even dance the sorrow out of your heart. There are no rules -- just DANCE!


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