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Monday, April 6, 2020

Title:
Arteriosclerosis

Word Count:
1064

Summary:
Arteriosclerosis  is one of the most common diseases of the blood vessels.


Keywords:
arteriosclerosis,arteries,blood pression,blood vessels


Article Body:
Arteriosclerosis  is one of the most common diseases of the blood vessels. It refers to a
thickening  of the walls of the arteries due to the presence of calcium or lime. It has  become a
common  ailment in modern times, accounting for much of the disability and high death  rate
among  older people.
Arteriosclerosis  is usually preceded by artherosclerosis, a kind of degeneration or softening of
the inner  lining of the blood vessels walls. The most risky places for such degeneration  are the
coronary  vessels of the heart and the arteries leading to the brain. Arteriosclerosis  results in the
loss of  elasticity of the blood vessels, with a narrowing of the smaller arteries,  which interferes
with the  free circulation of the blood. These changes may gradually extend to  capillaries and
veins.
Arteriosclerosis  is more frequent in men than women, especially in the younger age-group. It has
been  estimated that 40 per cent of all men over 40 years have a significant degree  of obstruction
of their  coronary arteries and this can lead to heart attack at any time.
Symptoms
The  symptoms of arteriosclerosis vary with arteries involved. Signs of inadequate  blood supply
generally  appear first in the legs. There may be numbness and coldness in the feet and  cramps
and pains  in the legs even after light exercise. If the coronary arteries are involved,  the patient
may have  sharp pains, characteristic of angina pectoris. When arteries leading to the  brain are
involved,  the vessel may burst,causing haemorrhage in the brain tissues. A cerebral  vascular
stroke,  with partial or complete paralysis of one side of the body may result, if there  is blockage
with a  blood clot. It may also lead to loss of memory and a confused state of mind in  elderly
people.  If arteries leading to the kidneys are involved, the patient may suffer from  high blood
pressure  and kidney disorders.
Causes
The most  important cause of arteriosclerosis is excessive intake of white sugar, refined  foods
and high  fat diet, rich in cholesterol. A sedentary life and excesses of all kinds are  the major
contributing  causes. Hardening of the arteries may also be caused by other diseases such as
high  blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, rheumatism, Bright's disease, malaria,  syphillis.
Emotional  stress also plays an important part, and heart attacks are more common during  the
periods  of mental and emotional disturbances, particularly in those engaged in  sedentary
occupations.  Heredity also plays its role and this disease runs in families.
Treatment
If the  causes of arteriosclerosis are known, remedial action should be taken promptly  to remove
them. To  begin with the patient should resort to a short juice fast for five to seven  days. All
available  fresh, raw vegetables and fruit juices in season may be taken. Grape-fruit  juice,
pineapple  juice, lemon juice and juices of green vegetables are especially beneficial. A  warm
water  enema should be used daily to cleanse the bowels during the period of fasting.
After the  juice fast, the patient should take optimum diet made up from three basic food  groups,
namely  (i) seeds, nuts and grains, (ii) vegetables and, (iii) fruits, with emphasis on  raw foods.
Plenty of  raw and sprouted seeds and nuts should be used. Cold pressed vegetable oils,
particularly  safflower oil, flax seed oil and olive oil should be used regularly.
Further,  shorter fasts on juices may be undertaken at intervals of three months or so,  depending
on the  progress being made.
The  patient should take several small meals instead of a few large ones. He should  avoid all
hydrogenated  fats and an excess of saturated fats, such as butter, cream, ghee and animal  fat.
He should  also avoid meat, salt and all refined and processed foods, condiments, sauces,
pickles ,  strong tea, coffee, white sugar, white flour and all products made from them.  Foods
cooked in  aluminum and copper utensils should not be taken as toxic metals entering the  body
are known  to be deposited on the walls of the aorta and the arteries. Smoking, if  habitual, should
be given up  as smoking constricts the arteries and aggravates the condition.
Recent  investigations have shown that garlic and onions have a preventive effect on  the
development  of arteriosclerosis. Vitamin C has also proved beneficial as it helps in the
conversion  of cholesterol into bile acids.
One of  the most effective home remedies for arteriosclerosis is the lemon peel. It is  believed to
be one of  the richest known sources of vitamin P. It strengthens the entire arterial  system.
Shredded  lemon peel may be added to soups and stews, or sprinkled over salads. To make a
medicine,  the peel of one or two lemons may be cut up finely, covered with warm water and
allowed  to stand for about 12 hours. A teaspoonful may be taken every three hours, or
immediately  before or after a meal.
Parsley  is another effective home remedy for arteriosclerosis. It contains elements  which help to
maintain  the blood vessels, particularly the capillaries and arterial system in a  healthy condition.
It may be  taken as a beverage by stimmering it gently in the water for a few minutes and
partaking  several times daily.
The beet  juice has also proved valuable in arteriosclerosis. It is an excellent solvent  for inorganic
calcium  deposit. Juices of carrot and spinach are also beneficial. These juices can be  taken
individually  or in combination. Formula proportions found helpful when used in combination  are
carrot  300 m.l. and spinach 200 m.l. to prepare 500 m.l. of juice.
The  patient should undertake plenty of outdoor exercise and eliminate all mental  stress and
worries.  Prolonged neutral immersion baths at bed time on alternate days is beneficial.  This bath
is  administered in a bath tub which should be properly fitted with hot and cold  water connection.
The  bath-tub should be fitted with water at a temperature ranging from 92 o to 98 o F and the
patient  should lie in it for an hour or so. The head should be kept cold with a cold  compress.


Title:
Arthritic Diets

Word Count:
1262

Summary:
There is a great deal of debate in the medical world about the effects of overall diet on arthritis and using diet toward alleviating the condition.


Keywords:
arthritis, treatment of arthritis, cure of arthritis, prevention of arthritis


Article Body:
Doctors have known for a long time that diet affects gout, a specific type of arthritic condition, however the jury remained out for a long time on other common types of arthritis such as rheumatoid and osteoarthritis. However, overall dietary health is important and does come into play.

Being overweight can affect certain arthritic conditions, forcing some joints to carry more of a load. This added weight stresses the joints, causing overuse or more wear to components, and pain, especially in the knees. So making sure arthritic sufferers eat god foods and get help from healthcare providers to create and follow a well-balanced dietary plan is advised.

To begin, here is a look at some vitamins, minerals, nutrients / foods and some herbal applications to consider.

VITAMINS

Vitamin B5 – When grouped and tanked together, B vitamins work at their peak. They, and B5 specifically, are good for reducing swelling.

Vitamin B3 – This vitamin reduces tissue swelling and dilates small arteries, increasing blood flow. Note that Vitamin B3 is NOT advised for persons with high blood pressure, gout or sliver disorders.

Vitamin B6 – Another B that reduces tissue swelling.

Vitamin B12 – This vitamin aids in multiple functions. It helps with cell formation, digestion, myelin production, nerve protection.

Vitamin C - This vitamin acts as an anti-inflammatory, relieving pain, and rids the body of free radicals.

Vitamin E – This is a strong antioxidant that protects joints from free radicals while increases joint flexibility.

Vitamin K – This vitamin assists with mineral deposit into the bone matrix.

MINERALS

Boron – This trace mineral aids in bone health.

Calcium – This is a much-needed mineral for bone health.

Magnesium – Magnesium helps keep calcium in balance within the system.

Zinc – This mineral is necessary for bone growth, but is often lacking in arthritic patients.

Manganese – Manganese is also necessary for bone growth. However, do not ingest manganese with calcium because they can work against each other.

Copper – Copper helps to strengthen connective tissue.

Germanium – This antioxidant helps with pain relief.

Sulfur – A lack of sulfur can result in deterioration of ligaments, cartilage, collagen and tendons.

NUTRIENT COMBOS

Chondroitin Sulfate – This lubrication in joints, joint fluid and connective tissue, can be found in the sea cucumber.

Gelatin – Help with raw cartilage replenishing with this cheap source.

Glucosamine Sulfate – This combo is necessary for tendon, ligament, bone, cartilage, and synovial (joint) fluid formation.

Quercetin – This helps with inflammation reduction.

Type II Collagen – Use this for growth and repair of joints, articular cartilage and connective tissue.

Arthritic Diets And Nutritional Healing

There are many factors to consider with regards to arthritic diets and nutritional healing, and each factor may not apply to each individual. For example, certain people are allergic to specific foods, and these allergies can indeed worsen arthritic conditions. Ingesting foods that contain sodium nitrate or tartrazine can inflame rheumatoid arthritis, while ingesting foods containing a substance called hydrazine can contribute to systemic lupus erythematosus, an arthritic condition connected to lupus.

There is a rare type of arthritis called Behcet's Disease, and eating black walnuts can cause flare-ups in people with this rare condition. So as you see, there is a variety of arthritic conditions and along with them a variety of foods that may trigger them. The best way to approach the situation is to examine each arthritic condition and tailor one’s approach based upon the specifics.

The term arthritis covers over 100 different diseases and conditions. Since it would be impossible to cover all of them in a work such as this, we will look at the most common conditions: rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, and gout. There is a prevalence of rheumatoid arthritis sufferers that have an abnormally low blood zinc level. Several independent studies have been conducted where rheumatoid arthritis patients have been given increased doses of zinc and showed marginal improvement, yet the tests were not extensive enough to be conclusive.

The effects of copper on rheumatoid arthritis have been studied for a long time, and although results vary there seems to be some case for using copper to improve the condition, although this therapy has been dismissed by most of the medical profession as relatively ineffective. Copper therapy is not discouraged however when approached from food sources, and may work on some individuals. It is suggested that if you do attempt copper therapy, that copper-rich foods are utilized instead of copper supplements, because copper supplements can cause side effects which include change in sense of taste and smell, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, abnormal blood clots, increased joint pain, chills, anemia and kidney problems, and excess copper can cause cirrhosis of the liver in patients prone to Wilson’s Disease.

Check with your doctor to be sure you are not prone to storing excess copper in your body. There is an extensive choice of foods you can enjoy in order to increase your copper intake: lamb; pork; pheasant quail; duck; goose; squid; salmon; organ meats including liver, heart, kidney, brain; shellfish including oysters, scallops, shrimp, lobster, clams, and crab; meat gelatin; soy protein meat substitutes; tofu; nuts and seeds; chocolate milk; soy milk; cocoa are just a few of the foods that are rich in copper.

As for foods to avoid when suffering with rheumatoid arthritis, many nutritionists and naturopaths suggest avoiding dairy products all together, as they seem to exacerbate rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups. Because of the risk in overdosing, one should be discouraged from taking doses of vitamins that are higher than recommended without a physician’s direction. Some vitamins and minerals can actually worsen certain conditions, and the concentration that can be attained through vitamins can be dangerous. It is much better to approach any desired increase in vitamin or mineral intake through food therapy.

There has been some success with the food supplements glucosamine and chondroitin in relieving symptoms of pain and stiffness for some persons with osteoarthritis. These supplements can be found in pharmacies and health food stores, however the purity of the products or the dose of the active ingredients cannot be specified because the FDA does not monitor these supplements. The National Institutes of Health is studying glucosamine and chondroitin, so more should be known about the effectiveness of these products for osteoarthritis in the near future. Patients with osteoarthritis taking blood-thinners should be careful taking chondroitin as it can increase the blood-thinning and cause excessive bleeding.

Fish oil supplements have been shown to have some anti-inflammation properties and increasing the dietary fish intake and/or fish oil capsules (omega 3 capsules) can sometimes reduce inflammation of arthritis. With osteoarthritis there is also the concern with deterioration of cartilage; therefore those with osteoarthritis should avoid large doses of Vitamin-A, since there is some evidence that it contributes to cartilage deterioration.

In the case of fibromyalgia, although clinical proof is once again sparse, there is a great deal of personal experiences of improvement of this condition when certain dietary practices are followed. Eliminating wheat, dairy, citrus, sugar, Aspertame, alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco seem to be universal in those that have had success with treating the illness through dietary means. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola, author of “The Total Health Program,” nine of ten sufferers of fibromyalgia are female, and 76% of those who followed suggested dietary rules experienced a significant reduction in pain.

The thing to keep in mind with fibromyalgia is that, unlike the other common arthritis ailments, it is more of a syndrome than a disease, and much of it can be reversed. Making corrections to diet as well as reducing stress and getting plenty of rest can lead to a full recovery.


title:Arthritis and Aromatherapy
author:Mireille Gautschi
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1089.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
category:health
article:

Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints and is characterized by pain, stiffness, swelling, decreased range of movement and at a more serious stage deformity.
Aromatherapy is a holistic approach to health and wellness by means of aromatic, plant derived scents. It is very much a traditonal method as well as a science that encompasses the intuitive and creative aspects of preparing special purpose blends.
Aromatherapy blends for the treatment of arthritis are usually made from pure essential oils, but also from hydrosols and -- more recently -- phytols. For application to the skin they have to be mixed with vegetable oil, a cream base or a carrier lotion. Essential Oils must always be used diluted when applied to the skin. A dilution of 3% essential oils in 97% base is generally regarded as very effective and safe.
Since the reasons for the occurance of arthritis are still not completely established, it is difficult to find a cure for the disease. Arthritis could be genetic, it could have to do with bone density loss, it could also be a type of infection caused by toxins released in the body. Even more likely it is a combination of several factors. It is -- at this stage -- only possible to treat the pain and symptoms caused by arthritis but not it's underlying cause.
Aromatherapy is one form of arthritis treatment, using a variety of essential oils. They can be added to the bath, massaged into the skin, inhaled or applied as compresses. The right mixture of essential oils will help to relax, promote pain relief and alleviate fatigue. Essential oils can also provide psychological benefits like improving the mood and reducing anxiety.
Some of the more suitable arthritis oils are Lavender, Juniper, Thyme, Rosemary, Benzoe, Eucalyptus, Camomile, Pine Scotch, Camphor, Angelica Root, Ginger, Origanum, Black Pepper and Lemon.
One of the most effective ways to use aromatherapy for relieving pain and reducing inflammation are hot compresses:

Fill a medium size bowl with hot, but not scalding water.
Add 3 to 6 drops of essential oil.
Fold a piece of sterile cotton cloth and dip it into the bowl.
Squeeze out excess water, but not too much.
Place the wet, hot cloth onto the affected area until it has cooled down to body temperature.
Repeat steps 3 through 5 at least two to three times.
Wrap the treated area in a dry and warm towel or blanket and leave the patient to rest for a while.

Another good way to use aromatherapy for arthritis relieve is to rub diluted essential oils (see above for dilution) onto pulse points and affected areas during the day. Applying essential oils throughout the day can help to alleviate pain and tension. The essential oils on the skin are quickly absorbed and enter the bloodstream. This is an excellent form of arthritis relief and works also well as a preventative measure.
Aromatherapy is a natural, safe and economical option to deal with the pain and symptoms of arthritis. And above all, it has no negative side effects as so many of the conventional treatments do. In mild cases of arthritis, aromatherapy is often all that is needed to make a person comfortable.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is presented for information purposes only. The material is in no way intended to replace professional medical care or attention by a qualified practitioner. It cannot and should not be used as a basis for diagnosis or choice of treatment.
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Title:
Arthritis and pain tolerance

Word Count:
561

Summary:
Some arthritis patients no longer use pain relief drugs. They claim that they have developed pain tolerance. There are several factors that must be considered when thinking of developing pain tolerance.


Keywords:
arthritis pain relief


Article Body:
Pain is something that everyone needs to deal with since it is a fact of life.

But for many people, pain takes on a very dramatic meaning, especially when the pain comes from a condition called arthritis.  This condition affects the entire body and inflicts pain on the bones, tendons, and muscles. To alleviate the pain, some people have resorted to the use of arthritis pain relief medications.  Some have a higher pain tolerance or pain threshold and do not need to take medication to stop arthritic pain. 

Medically speaking, pain tolerance refers to just how much pain a person can withstand before breaking down emotionally or psychologically. In some cases, it may also refer to how much pain a person can endure before passing out. However, some people afflicted with arthritis claim that pain tolerance may also refer to the body and mind's ability to incorporate or endure pain on a daily basis and, thereby negating pain as a  hindrance.  It is very interesting that pain tolerance can be actually developed by training the mind and the body to “ignore” pain. However, the use of the term “ignore” might be a misnomer in this case.  Patients who refuse to take arthritis pain relief medications attest that those who have pain tolerance don't so much as ignore pain as they do simply “live with it.”  The idea is that people with a high level of pain tolerance have developed a threshold that can be similar to people with alcohol tolerance.  Other people can drink a lot without getting drunk. Some people can take pain more frequently and at higher levels compared to most people. 

Pain tolerance is still the subject of much debate in scientific circles. There are many patients who claim that it is real and that they can actually demonstrate their ability to withstand pain. On the other hand,  people who have taken arthritis pain relief medications claim that the said drugs can dull the mind's ability to drown out the sensation of pain. They further claim that the dulling sensation also prevents them from performing other daily tasks. 

However, despite reported side effects, most prefer to stick to using arthritis pain relief medication. For one thing, most people would rather not have to spend the time needed to grow accustomed to the pain. Another obvious reason is that not everyone can develop a high tolerance for pain. In some ways, pain tolerance is affected by a person's psychology and outlook.

Deciding who needs to take drugs to control arthritis is an important task for a pain control specialist or doctor. Since a person's state of mind determines how much a person can mentally handle before breaking down, a doctor cannot simply decide if medication is needed without a thorough consultation. In addition, there is also the possibility of developing drug dependence due to long-term use of arthritis pain relief.

Whether patients can develop pain tolerance when taken off arthritis pain relief treatments is arguable, at best. Not everyone has the same threshold of pain as those who don't take the medication, and others may simply be capable of enduring more pain. The choice to take medication or not is not the only factor to be considered. Other determinants such as physical conditioning, psychological state, and other physiological factors also have an effect on the development of pain tolerance.


title:Arthritis Basics
author:Adam Waxler
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4536.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
category:health
article:

Arthritis affects people in a variety of ways. Joints may be stiff and creak.  For others who suffer from arthritis, joints might crack suddenly, like knees upon standing. For many arthritis sufferers, pain occurs, like when trying to open a jar.
What’s it all about? Let’s take a look at the basics of arthritis and learn more.
Arthritis actually means “joint inflammation” and has over 100 related conditions or forms of the disease. If arthritis is left untreated, it can advance, resulting in joint damage that cannot be reversed. Therefore, early detection of arthritis and arthritis treatment are important.
The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Although both type of arthritis have similar symptoms, both happen for different reasons. When joints are overused and misused, the results can be osteoarthritis (OA). What happens is that the cushioning cartilage that protects the joint breaks down, resulting in the bones rubbing together. This generally happens in the knees, but can be found in the hips, spine and hands as well. And, only in the later stages of osteoarthritis will a person most often feel pain, after quite a bit of cartilage is lost.
The second type, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), refers to the body’s immune system attacking joint tissue.  Still not fully understood in the medical community, rheumatoid arthritis most often starts in a person’s hands, wrists and feet. Then rheumatoid arthritis advances to shoulders, elbows and hips.
Similar symptoms include pain, stiffness, fatigue, weakness, slight fever, and inflamed tissue lumps under the skin. And both osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis generally develop symmetrically, i.e. affecting the same joints on both the left and right sides of the body.
A difference in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis to note is with swelling. With rheumatoid arthritis, people report “soft and squishy” swelling. While with osteoarthritis, people report “hard and bony” swelling.
Another difference between the two types of arthritis is that a person is more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis if a sibling or parent had it. While a person with a history of joint damage, either an injury or chronic strain, runs a higher risk for developing osteoarthritis.
Arthritis can affect any age group.  However, while there is no specific age for arthritis sufferers, arthritis seems to focus on those over 45 years of age.
And, while neither gender is immune, a reported 74 percent of osteoarthritis cases (or just over 15 million) occur with women and a slightly lower percentage of rheumatoid arthritis cases occur with women.
Furthermore, your health, particularly your weight, plays a role in the development of arthritis.  People with excess weight tend to develop osteoarthritis, especially in the knees when reaching over 45 years of age. However, losing weight can turn the odds around almost by half. Regular activity combined with exercise also reduces risk of arthritis, strengthening joint muscles and reducing joint wear.
Although there are no cure-alls for arthritis, there are a variety of pain relief treatment strategies.  Aside from medications, remedies, replacement alternatives and other helpful treatment options, the four main arthritis relief aids are gentle exercise, good nutrition, a positive attitude, and rest.  Education also plays a huge role to dispel “old wives tales” and myths that “nothing can be done about arthritis.”
If you suspect you may have arthritis, it is advisable to seek medical advice. The sooner you detect the arthritis and the type of arthritis the better off you’ll be.  Furthermore, your symptoms may not be caused by arthritis, but may be caused by something else like a virus or tendonitis or other similar problem that could potentially worsen if left untreated.
Copyright 2006 Adam Waxler

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Title:
Arthritis Diet - Relieve Your Pain

Word Count:
649

Summary:
People who suffer from arthritis are always looking for ways to relieve their pain.  One way to ease or even prevent it is through an arthritis diet.  There are some arthritis diets that some people will swear by, but have never been proven to make a difference.  There are some diets that make a definite difference according to health experts.


Keywords:
arthritis, diet, pain


Article Body:
People who suffer from arthritis are always looking for ways to relieve their pain.  One way to ease or even prevent it is through an arthritis diet.  There are some arthritis diets that some people will swear by, but have never been proven to make a difference.  There are some diets that make a definite difference according to health experts.

First we’ll take a look at some arthritis diets where there’s little or no evidence that they actually make a difference.  One of the most common arthritis diets is to eliminate potatoes, tomatoes, eggplants, and most peppers.  While the diet won’t do any harm, it hasn’t been proven to affect arthritis at all.  Another arthritis diet seeks to reduce the acids in one’s body eliminating sugar, coffee, red meat, most grains, nuts, and citrus fruits.  It’s intended to be followed for just one month.  People may feel better because they lose weight which reduces the stress on their joints, but again there is no evidence to support this.  It also excludes many sources of vitamin C which is essential in fighting arthritis.  Drinking green tea has been shown to reduce the effects of rheumatoid arthritis in mice, but there are no conclusive results on human studies yet.  Shark cartilage is supposed to relieve arthritis.  Animal and lab studies show promise, but there are no human studies to support this yet. 

Not let’s take a look at some arthritis diets that have been shown to work.  Switching fats can reduce inflammation.  Eating fats found in red meat and poultry have actually been shown to increase inflammation.  Switching to cold water fish can help reduce the inflammation.  Using corn, safflower, and sunflower oils also helps.  Another arthritis diet is the ASU (avocado-soybean unsaponifiable).  It has been shown to relieve osteoarthritis, stimulate cartilage repair, and lessen a patient’s need to NSAIDs to control pain.  Ginger has been shown to ease pain and inflammation as well as protect the stomach from gastrointestinal effects from taking NSAIDs.  Glucosamine is a supplement that relieves pain in some patients with osteoarthritis.  It helps the body rebuild cartilage, but can take up to two months to see the effects.  If you are allergic to shellfish, check with your doctor before taking this as it is derived from crab, lobster, or shrimp shells.  Before taking any supplements talk with your doctor as some can interfere with or worsen side effects from your medications.     

Of course the best arthritis diet is a good old-fashioned well balanced diet.  Eat 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables, and go easy on fats and cholesterol.  A heart healthy diet is especially important to patients with rheumatoid arthritis as studies have shown a link between this disease and heart failure.  Vitamin C is good for repairing body tissue.  Vitamin D helps absorb calcium, build bone mass, and prevents bone loss.  Calcium helps strengthen your bones.  If you are on medication, ask your doctor if he/she recommends taking vitamins.  Some medications can create vitamin or mineral deficiencies.  When choosing your arthritis diet, be sure to talk with your physician as different types of arthritis have different needs.

DISCLAIMER: This information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read.
Since natural and/or dietary supplements are not FDA approved they must be accompanied by a two-part disclaimer on the product label: that the statement has not been evaluated by FDA and that the product is not intended to “diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”


title:Arthritis Drugs - Is the Cure Worse Than the Disease?
author:Wendy Owen
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3556.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

Research is always ongoing into new and better medications for arthritis which is a very good thing. But where is all this leading us?
Of course we need effective pain medication for arthritis to enable sufferers to live normal lives. But are all these expensive medications controlling the disease or simply masking the symptoms?
Here’s a “quick and dirty” lowdown on what’s currently available both “over the counter” (OTC) and on prescription only.
For mild cases of  arthritis -
Some milder cases of arthritis never make it into the doctor’s surgery. Indeed the sufferer might not even be aware that they are suffering from arthritis at all. They may be feeling a few “aches and pains” which they put down to old age or even the cold damp weather.
That may be all well and good, but even OTC medications can be dangerous if taken over a long period of time. The concept of “more is better” can also happen if the pain gradually becomes worse. This can lead to serious side effects.
OTC medications include aspirin and ibuprofen. These medications can cause intestinal bleeding and kidney damage in large doses. Aspirin also destroys vitamin C in the body leading to lower immunity.
For More Advanced Arthritis-
By this stage most people have consulted their doctor. Prescription medication at this stage normally consists of the Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or NSAIDS. These do target the pain and inflammation of arthritis symptoms but have a range of side effects including stomach upset, abdominal pain, and ulcers.
People with high blood pressure, those with kidney problems and especially people who have heart problems are especially at risk with NSAIDS.
Enter the COX-2 inhibitors. These have been designed for people whose stomach problems cannot tolerate the above. Unfortunately the risks remain for chest pain, heart attack and stroke victims.
For Advanced Arthritis-
For those suffering extreme pain and swelling the medical profession brings out the heavy artillery - Corticosteroids. These drugs contain man made cortisone and can be injected directly into the affected joints or taken orally.
Long term use of these can produce sleep problems, weight gain, osteoporosis and loss of immunity. Also available to those for whom nothing else seems to work are Biologic Response Modifiers (Biologics). Biologics are derived from live sources, plants and animals and are not manufactured chemically. They are mainly used for sufferers of Rheumatoid Arthritis and are given intravenously or by injection. They can’t be taken in tablet form.
Biologics suppress the immune system which leaves people prone to infections. They are also very expensive and can’t be stored without freezing.
Also available mainly to Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferers are Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDS) These work by stopping the immune system from attacking the joints. DMARDS may take up to three months to reduce symptoms but they do help to stop joint damage even though they can’t repair any previous damage.
Although these drugs are a boon to many, they work mainly at masking the symptoms of arthritis and can’t reverse the damage already caused. Most people thinks this is impossible, it isn‘t!
Natural treatments for arthritis do exist and can significantly stop some cases of arthritis, relieve pain and inflammation and in some cases, reverse joint damage.
Definitely worth a try!
Copyright 2005 Wendy Owen
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Title:
Arthritis for old age

Word Count:
562

Summary:
Old people being vulnerable to a special kind of arthritis; osteoarthritis and its symptoms; other factors leading to osteoarthritis; arthritis pain relief with osteoarthritis.


Keywords:
Arthritis pain relief, Symptoms of arthritis


Article Body:
When a person grows old, the body eventually gets weaker, since it has been alive and functioning for the past, let's say, seventy years. The body is strong enough to stand the test of time, at least for a hundred years or so. Of course, it depends on the person if he/ she maintains their health and body to last them through their golden years. But not all people endure being old. A lot of cases concerning health conditions are showing through old age. Since the body gets weaker, it is more prone to illnesses and diseases that may harm or hurt the person more, hence, they have become more vulnerable to such conditions.
A common type of arthritis that affects people over the age of 60, is osteoarthritis. Since symptoms of arthritis are mainly regarded as joint inflammation, or the feeling of pain or stiffness, this type of arthritis also has the same conditions, but is occurring mostly when of old age. Aches and swelling with weakened motion in the joints, particularly hands, hips, knees or spine are the common symptoms of arthritis, specifically osteoarthritis. According to the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), osteoarthritis is described as the deterioration of cartilage and its underlying bone within a joint; also bony overgrowth. Basically, this illness is breaking down a person's cartilage. Since the cartilage is the tissue that is wrapped around the ends of the joint, having this joint disease will make the bones rub together, causing joint damage over time.
This condition can be very painful if not treated immediately. Due to this illness being parallel to old age, it is very crucial to know the patient's condition as often times as needed. But old age is not necessarily the cause for such disease. Being overweight can be a factor in getting osteoarthritis. It can alter your movements in a number of ways. It will limit your movements up to the point where you cannot reach for that certain object because your fats are way heavier than you think. By not moving that well, or without proper exercise, this may cause to reduction of motion in your joints. Another factor in considering osteoarthritis is by simply injuring a joint. A person who has injured his joint can also lead to this disease, if not medicated promptly or properly.
In dealing with osteoarthritis, it is important to know different kinds of arthritis pain relief. Since most of the people with this illnesses are old, it is crucial for them to be able to function more properly and without pain. Arthritis pain relief comes in the form of simple painkillers, topical pain relief or pain killer creams, pain relief gadgets, exercise, weight control, and surgery. The most suggested method for arthritis pain relief is therapy. There are certain types of therapy that are much considered in dealing with osteoarthritis. Therapies such as massage, pet, warm water, music and hypnotherapy are among them. Moreover, relaxation and meditation are just an overview of possible arthritis pain relief.
With this in mind, it is substantial to know this certain type of arthritis, its causes, and how to relieve the person of it. To our grandparents, or those who are overweight, be sure to ask advice and help from your physician in order to lessen, if not stop, this disease from getting worse.


title:Arthritis-Hypnosis Connection
author:Paul Gustafson RN, BSN, CH
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Did you know that we all have the ability to enhance self-healing, increase comfort and improve nutrition, exercise, communication and flexibility? This article explains clinical hypnosis and how it can bring relief to clients suffering from arthritis. Hypnosis is easy to learn, you can do it on your own and it empowers you to take an active role in your healthy well-being.
The subconscious mind has many jobs. It quietly and effectively regulates our bodily functions and stores all of our values, beliefs and memories. It also balances our blood pressure, heart rate and co-ordinates each step we take everyday of our life. The negative effects of arthritis extend into many areas of a client’s life, as does the positive resolve and relief of hypnosis. Hypnotherapy is the simple process of accessing and directing the subconscious mind to support certain positive changes. It is the language of the mind, it access the most powerful level of awareness and down loads new applications of freedom and relief.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It causes a deterioration of the protective lining of cartilage in our joints. This deterioration occurs due to a breakdown of the chondrocytes that form cartilage. Osteoarthritis affects men and women equally. Most people over 30 years of age have some features of early osteoarthritis. The degree of limitation depends on the location of the inflammation. The major areas of concern are hips, knees and spine. The development of osteoarthritis may be related to trauma, aging or heredity.
The symptoms of stress play a big role in exacerbating the situation. Communication with family and friends plays a key role in managing stress and hypnosis makes this a lot easier.  Suggestions offered to a client during a hypnosis session encourage them to share what’s on their mind enabling them to offload concern and frustration, giving them more time doing things they enjoy.
It takes energy to deal with any physical or emotional burden. Hypnosis creates ideal sedation allowing for sound sleep. We all follow the path of our most dominant thoughts and if the last thoughts a client has at bedtime involve deep restful sleep, they are in a much better position to recharge their body and mind for tomorrow’s challenges.
For those suffering with arthritis it’s often difficult just keeping up with the fast pace of day-to-day life. Hypnosis helps individuals adjust to a more appropriate pace and also to release the frustrations and anxiety associated with any limitation. Clients who routinely relax with hypnosis are more centered, balanced and less affected by things they can not control. 
Increasing muscle tone reduces stress to affected joints, which increases mobility and comfort. Low impact activities like swimming; walking and range of motion exercises are commonly recommended to clients with arthritis.  With hypnosis it’s easier to integrate new regimes and to establish positive subconscious connections between healthy activity and improved mobility, comfort and freedom.
The more protection in your joints, the more comfort and mobility you create. Since the subconscious controls the multitude of our bodily function, hypnosis can direct it to increase the production of chondrocytes, which increases the growth of healthy new cartilage. Pain is often the biggest issue with arthritis. Some pain, however, is necessary; it acts as a warning system telling us that something isn’t right. The responsible approach with hypnosis is to only reduce unnecessary pain, leaving intact the body’s ability to signal us and protect us from further complications.
Hypnosis can also be used to regulate the flow and distribution of endorphins, which are the ‘feel good’ chemicals the body uses to create comfort and relaxation. Using hypnosis to regulate endorphin production plays a big role in putting the client in control. Hypnosis can also alter the perception of where the pain is located. By redirecting sensitivity away from key areas such as hips, knees and vertebrae to a less critical part of the anatomy like a finger tip, the client has much more control.
The same approach can be used to attach a different quality to pain. A sharp pain can be perceived as dull; burning pain can be perceived as cool. Involving other senses is one of the distinct advantages hypnosis offers in managing the symptoms of arthritis. Another technique involves using one color to represent pain and another to represent comfort, and then blending the two offering instant relief.
Lastly, by attaching a number value to pain creates the option of change. By imagining a yardstick during hypnosis a client can pick the number that best reflects their current level of pain, and then they are directed to different numbers which changes their perceived level of discomfort.
With hypnosis arthritis sufferers gain a distinct advantage in managing and even reversing the limitations of arthritis. Hypnosis is simple, empowering and extremely effective. A few sessions with a hypnotherapist gets you started and with a little practice you begin to effect healthy positive changes in your life. We all have remarkable self-healing abilities and hypnosis is an excellent way to jumpstart a return to a healthier more active life.
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Arthritis Information And Help Is Only A Click Away

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Keeping up to date with the latest arthritis information is vital for anyone that lives daily with the pain and suffering arthritis can cause. Research continues to make progress mainly in finding the basic causes for the key types of arthritis, as arthritis at his moment in time cannot be cured. However you must stay alert and watchful, as an arthritis cure will certainly be found before long.

There are a variety of Internet sites you can visit that will keep you updated...


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arthritis,osteoarthritis,rheumatoid arthritis


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Keeping up to date with the latest arthritis information is vital for anyone that lives daily with the pain and suffering arthritis can cause. Research continues to make progress mainly in finding the basic causes for the key types of arthritis, as arthritis at his moment in time cannot be cured. However you must stay alert and watchful, as an arthritis cure will certainly be found before long.

There are a variety of Internet sites you can visit that will keep you updated on all of the most up-to-date news and arthritis information. A great place for arthritis information is the Arthritis Foundation which you can go to at: arthritis.org. Here you can learn about osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and all various forms of arthritis. You can also take a quiz to see what kind of health your joints are in. The Arthritis Foundation is full of arthritis information, including drug treatments, alternative therapies, how to understand your lab tests, and more.

Another great Internet site to visit is UW Medicine/Orthopaedics’ and Sports Medicine. This site can be accessed by going to: orthop.washington.org. You can read many articles at this site which were written by medical professionals. These articles will give you information on aspirin and related drugs, fatigue and lots of other articles on arthritis information.

One website you should check out is the Arthritis National Research Foundation. This website will give you much arthritis information at: curearthritis.org. If you are interested in supporting arthritis research, this is a great place to start.

If you are newly diagnosed with arthritis, nothing beats going to the library. The library is full of arthritis information. You can read stories of other osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis patients and learn about various alternative treatments and medication. You should also contact your local hospital to see what services they offer your community in way of arthritis information and support.

Only a doctor knows how to identify whether or not you have Arthritis. Therefore your best resource of arthritis information should always be your doctor. Your doctor has the knowledge and experience to answer your questions, so don’t hesitate to ask. That is what he or she is there for. Many patients do not want to take up their doctor’s time and avoid asking questions for fear of sounding foolish or naive. Any good doctor will encourage you to ask questions and he or she will do everything they can to keep you abreast of all the latest arthritis information.


title:Arthritis Its Debilitating and Detrimental Effects
author:John Robben
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Did you know that Arthritis is one of the most disabling diseases?  It’s true!  Arthritis currently affects more than 40 million Americans and that figure is expected to rise to 60 million by the year 2,020.  It is imperative that you read this article and find out what this devastating disease is truly about.
Arthritis: What it Is
Basically, Arthritis is inflammation of the joints.  There are currently over 100 forms of Arthritis and remarkably, that number continues to rise.  The most common forms of Arthritis include: Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Gout (see our next article, “Symptoms of Arthritis” for more information). Osteoarthritis is the result of degenerative joint disease, or simply “wear and tear” on the joints.  Rheumatoid Arthritis is the result of an over active Immune System that results in inflammation.  Gout is the oldest form of Arthritis and is the result of too much Uric Acid.  The Uric Acid deposits crystals in the joints, leading to “Gouty Arthritis”.   The joint pain, inherent to all Arthritis sufferers, is referred to as “Arthralgia”.  Not only are the joints susceptible to attack, but the surrounding muscles, tissues, and organs are vulnerable to the effects of Arthritis as well.  In fact, Arthritis has been known to attack the heart, kidneys, lungs, and liver. 
Many people mistakenly believe that Arthritis is a disease that only affects the elderly.  This simply isn’t the case.  Yes it’s true that seniors, especially senior women, are effected the greatest by Osteoarthritis, yet the average age for onset of Arthritis is 47 years old, and sufferers are generally afflicted between the ages of 20-50.  Sadly, even infants have been diagnosed with forms of Arthritis. 
One of the most devastating effects of Arthritis has to be that it is a chronic condition.   Arthritis is so weakening that it only grows worse with time.  In fact, Arthritis is so detrimental that of the diseases that instill chronic physical disabilities, Arthritis is second only to Heart Disease. 
The cost of Arthritis is not only measured in the loss of quality of life, but it is also measured by dollars and cents as well.  It is estimated that over $150,000 is lost by an individual over the course of a lifetime due to the debilitating effects of Arthritis.  This is totaled by lost wages, medical treatments, and the cost of medically based needs and care.
The overall conclusion is that Arthritis is a seriously unbearable condition that causes chronic pain and weakness.  It does not only affect seniors, but forms of Arthritis also plagues children.   There are over 100 forms of Arthritis and all Arthritis sufferers share one thing in common, chronic joint pain.  The top three common forms of Arthritis include Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Gout.  We have seen that Arthritis isn’t cured, but managed.
Some steps and treatment plans used by Arthritis sufferers include: 
· Losing Weight (thereby reducing stress and strain on the joints)
· Increasing their Nutritional Intake
· Reducing Stress (both physical and emotional)
· Participating in Gentle Stress Free Exercises such as Stretching
· Using both Hot and Cold Therapies
· Protecting Joints by use of Splints and Braces
· Drug Therapies
· Surgery
If you suffer from Arthritis, don’t give up.  There are many people who are discovering that with the proper management and health care provisions, they can live better, healthier, and pain free lives.
· Stay tuned for the next article in our series on Arthritis, “Symptoms of Arthritis”.
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title:Arthritis Pain Relief
author:Ken Kay
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Recently, Many Arthritis Patients Are Choosing Glucosamine for Arthritis Pain Relief
While science has yet to bring us a cure for arthritis, there are many different forms of alternative medicine which can bring arthritis pain relief. While one individual may benefit from magnet therapy and another may see relief through acupuncture, glucosamine dietary supplements are proving themselves to be the leader of the pack when it comes to arthritis pain relief.
Much research is being undertaken on how glucosamine can benefit patients with arthritis. Glucosamine has been shown to reduce inflammation and to retard the progression of joint deterioration in arthritis patients. Many arthritis patients have added a dietary supplement of glucosamine to their diets and are reporting it has the ability to bring about arthritis pain relief.
Glucosamine is a natural substance which is found in the body. The supplemental form of glucosamine usually originates from sea creatures, such as the shrimp, shark, or lobster.  The great thing about glucosamine is that you can use it in conjunction with your prescription medication. You should always tell your doctor when you add a supplement (or use another form of alternative medicine) to find arthritis pain relief. Glucosamine is not a fad. In fact, there are many reputable hospitals which are currently researching glucosamine and how it can aid in arthritis pain relief. So, you should not feel you need hide your intake of glucosamine supplements from your doctor.
Glucosamine supplements come in liquid, powder and capsule form. Most individuals take the capsule form of glucosamine for arthritis pain relief. Capsules are convenient and tasteless. They are also fairly inexpensive. Glucosamine comes in different forms, but most individuals take glucosamine sulfate.  Glucosamine supplements are available in extended relief or time release form. This is perfect for the individual who is looking to have glucosamine inside their system throughout the day for arthritis pain relief.
Everyone who has arthritis is encouraged to be proactive and find the arthritis pain relief treatment which works for them. Your best bet is to start with glucosamine supplements. You will know within a few weeks if they are working for you. If they do not, you are no worse off than when you started. If they do provide arthritis pain relief for you, you will be joining the list of countless other arthritis patients who are benefitting daily from glucosamine supplements.
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Arthritis Pain Relief and Prevention

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Arthritis is a big issue. Look at some introductory facts.


Keywords:
arthritis, treatment of arthritis, cure of arthritis, prevention of arthritis


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Referred to as the nation’s number one crippling disease and the most common chronic disease in people over 40, arthritis affects more than 40 million Americans. And this figure is expected to rise to 60 million by 2020, according to the Center for Disease Control.

Arthritis generally afflicts people between the ages of 20 and 50, but can affect all ages, even infants. The average age of onset is 47 and about three out of every five people with arthritis are under 65 years of age.


Arthritic expenditures for just one person due to lost wages, medical treatment and other related expenses can come to more than $150,000 in his or her lifetime. And doctors believe there are over 100 different forms of arthritis, all sharing one main characteristic: all forms cause joint inflammation.

What can be done for arthritis pain relief? Many things. For example, weight and nutrition are only a couple of factors that play a role in arthritic pain. And yet shedding even 10 pounds to relieve weight from knees and finding the right nutritional strategy can help relieve pain a lot.

There are many ways to effectively manage arthritic pain today to find relief. Available are arthritic diets, exercise programs, over-the-counter and prescription medications, relaxation and positive emotion coping techniques. Also available are surgeries, supplements, home remedies, natural and other alternative therapies. When arthritis is first suspected, it would be wise to seek a medical opinion first. Then as time and resources allow, check out the other options.

 Herbal Remedies

For people who suffer from arthritis, dependable pain relief is a vital concern. The agonizing sensations of simply walking up the stairs are discouraging and can drive patients into depression. When someone cannot function properly, their body is not in balance and often; they will become victims of their pain, forcing them to seek alternatives. These people have often tried traditional medications without success, they are often no eligible for surgery and as a result, they will see relieve through natural remedies.


Many people are also seeking natural remedies because of the increasing cost of prescription medication. Before discontinuing a prescription medication, consult a physician. However, with a doctor’s approval, there are many natural solutions, which may aid in managing arthritis. A popular alternative to medication for pain relief is acupuncture. Although the pain-relieving effects may be temporary, these sessions can be very beneficial for those who find that drugs or supplements are insufficient or have unacceptable side effects:

Cayenne Cream - apply the cayenne cream to painful areas. Cayenne peppers contain an substance called capsaicin which is responsible for their spicy effect. This also causes a burning sensation when it comes in contact with skin, and inhibits the body’s production of substance P which is heavily involved the relaying signals of pain to the brain. Apply the cream two to three times per day for at least one week before making a decision as to whether or not the cream is helping to reduce arthritis pain.

It's understandable that many people experiencing pain and aching in a joint because of osteoarthritis reach for the aspirin or another conventional pain reliever. The problem is, these medications can be rough on your stomach, and they do nothing to slow the progress of your arthritis. Even the new COX-2 inhibitor drugs do not act to preserve the joint. [From the doctors of WholeHealthMD].

On the contrary, many natural remedies and supplements have been found to actually reduce cartilage deterioration and even rebuild a patient’s lost cartilage. However, before adding any to your daily routine, check with your healthcare advisor, as supplements can cause adverse reactions and may not be right for your situation. Note that dietary supplements are not regulated by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration); i.e. do not need to be approved by them, and can include any of the following: plants, fats, proteins and animal organs and tissues as well as herbs, minerals and vitamins.

So some supplements may be fine for arthritic patients; however some may not be. Note also that manufacturers may very well promote that their products work great, but they do not have to use standardized ingredients or recipes, disclose side effects that have been reported, nor prove that the products are indeed effective. So use caution.

The most popular dietary supplements for arthritis sufferers are chondroitin, fish oil and glucosamine. Chondroitin can draw fluid into the cartilage, improving shock-absorbing ability and weight control, as more weight equals more joint pressure. Fish oils help with controlling inflammation in the body. And recent studies have shown that the cartilage-building substance called glucosamine is effective for the long-term relief of osteoarthritis pain.

In some people, glucosamine appears to even slow the deterioration of joints over time and reinforce joint cartilage. Whether or not it can actually reverse the disease is still unclear. In some instances, glucosamine can be used in conjunction with MSM, a substance that appears to slow down the degeneration but is not yet proven and approved.

In a nutshell:

· Chondroitin - Helps draw fluid into cartilage, improving shock-absorbing ability.

· Ginger – Ginger is an antioxidant that acts as an inflammatory with no major side effects.

· Glucosamine sulfate – This builds cartilage with very few side effects.

· Magnets – Although magnets that are worn as jewelry or placed on bed linens have been reported by some to be effective pain relievers, results are still preliminary; doctors claim that these magnets are not strong enough.

· MSM - This organic sulfur is used in the reduction of inflammation.

· Nettle leaf - Nettles can reduce a patient’s need for NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) by up to 70 percent.

· Vitamin E – This antioxidant is used primarily for osteoarthritis.

· Vitamin B is also an effective pain reliever. It works best on the knee and can help stop degeneration that is caused by free-radical molecules, not only in the joints but in other areas of the body as well

These are merely a few examples of what an arthritis sufferer can use when seeking pain relief from natural remedies. However, due to the lack of scientific study and testing on many of these alternate treatments, there is no proof of their effectiveness.

Nothing can cure osteoarthritis, but nutritional supplements, the application of heat or cold to affected joints, exercise, and weight loss can improve the function and flexibility of your joints, and perhaps even slow the progress of the disease. Conventional over-the-counter pain relievers, such as acetaminophen and ibuprofen, can be very helpful in decreasing joint pain, but they do produce side effects and can cause problems in long-term users.

Unfortunately, there is no way to cure arthritis. However, you can delay the onset by maintaining a healthy weight. Exercise regularly and eat a healthy and avoid repetitious movements that cause you pain.


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Arthritis Proper Medication

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Natural arthritis treatments continue to come under the scrutiny of doctors and medical health professionals that claim there is little diet can do to positively effect this disease or manage pain caused by joint inflammation.


Keywords:
arthritis, treatment of arthritis, cure of arthritis, prevention of arthritis


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But, believers tell quite a different story. There are hundreds of remedies and products that are consumed yearly by those suffering from one or more of the 100 different varieties today. Books and recipes with natural cures for arthritis sell well and are making the industry a profitable one. But, when the facts are investigated and the bottom dollar of profit set aside, there truly are benefits to developing this disease, or any other disease, from a natural perspective.

Perhaps the fuss surrounding this and other medical conditions has something to do with the fact that alternative medical treatments continue to gain in popularity as more and more side effects or long term damage is done by potent prescription drugs or foreign chemicals that are put into the body. More people than ever seek alternative procedures or natural arthritis treatments for their aches and pains, trying to find the least invasive treatment plan possible.

This can range from vitamin supplements to hypnosis. Also included in the natural cures for this arena are: acupuncture, biofeedback, and massage therapies. This article will discuss diet and supplements that have helped those who have one or more forms with pain and stiffness. It should be noted, however, that some supplements can interfere with prescription drug therapies and some ingredients can cause additional problems when taken with certain prescription drugs. Before embarking on any arthritic regimen, speak with a doctor about any risks involved and be clear about any supplements taken. Organic or natural products are supposed to help the body, but never hurt it. As with anything, guidelines are good to know and imperative to follow when using any new product.

It should also be said that dietary supplements are not overseen or approved by the National Food and Drug Administration, here in the U.S. The manufacturers are responsible for ensuring that their products meet safety standards expected by their customers and consumers. Dietary supplements are made to add vitamins or healthy sources of nutrients to diets lacking the variety that naturally gives the body the nutrients it needs to perform to maximum possibilities. New and exciting natural arthritis treatments include vitamin C in the form of oranges or orange juice and greet teas. There has been research with each that proves some improvement for sufferers. In other countries such as China, India, and Japan, green tea is thought to be a health agent with the power to prevent or cure certain illnesses. Seemingly, rheumatoid arthritis in these countries exists at a much lower rate than in the United States or other countries in the world. Countries that consumer more green tea, have less diagnosis. There are also studies in mice that show improvement in swelling and inflammation, when given green teas.

Drinking at least one glass of freshly squeezed orange juice every day can help with some symptoms. Natural cures for arthritis, or at least a pain management system seems to be in certain forms of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables that contain Beta-cryptoxanthin are not only contributors to healthy bones and skin, but are thought to help with the immune system which is directly involved with Rheumatoid arthritis. Apricots, Cantaloupe, Grapefruit, Butternut squash, carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes are among the yellow or orange fruits and vegetables that are rich in -Vitamin A and Beta-cryptoxanthin, some of the natural arthritis treatments.

Getting a healthy diet and plenty of exercise will help the body fight against illness and various diseases. A healthy diet and exercise are not harmful, unless a doctor specifically warns against certain exercises and foods. Certain types of this disease are not curable, and other forms can be life-long challenges as well. But, when we give the body the nutrients it needs to perform at its best, we are doing ourselves a great favor! Taking care of the bodies God graciously gave each person is a way to glorify what He has done for us and creates a better self-image that will enable most people to perform as better Christians.

Studies have also showed that those who carry extra weight are more at risk. Extra weight can wear and tear on the joints and surrounding ligaments. Weight loss can be considered one of the natural cures for arthritis, as the joints effected get relief when there is less weight and stress placed upon them daily. There might be natural cures for arthritis that meets with the body's needs for healing. Again, be sure and check with a doctor before taking large doses of any supplement, or when using a program with prescription arthritic drugs.


Title:
Arthritis Relief

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Surprisingly, a lot of people are interested in arthritis relief. You will find here the best arthritis relief related information I have been able to offer.


Keywords:
arthritis, treatment of arthritis, cure of arthritis, prevention of arthritis


Article Body:
If it is not confined to arthritis relief specifically, it is definitely relevant, and it will help because it gives us good and relevant complementary info on the subject. I hope very much that it's interesting to you and all the others looking for information concerning arthritis relief.

Spine arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, infectious arthritis, and/or juvenile arthritis may be caused by years of harmful movements. Harmful movements lead to abnormal joint pressure and cause painful gout arthritis, arthritis in hands, neck arthritis, and/or foot arthritis for example. Fortunately, arthritis diets, arthritis exercise, and/or arthritis medication have been effective in arthritis relief. Arthritis research, arthritis societies, and arthritis doctors have contributed scores of arthritis information to support this claim.

Retrained arthritis movements, natural diets for arthritis, arthritis information, and/or exercises for arthritis allow arthritis sufferers to monitor arthritis pain. Monitoring arthritis pain is recommended by arthritis associations as a way to learn more about arthritis, and provide some sort of arthritis help, arthritis pain relief, and/or arthritis treatment.

Arthritis Cure

There Is Much You Can Do While Waiting on an Arthritis Cure

Unfortunately, there is no known arthritis cure. However, there is much you can do to manage your arthritis. Research has shown that patients of any disease have less pain and are able to cope better when they take an active role in fighting off the ravages of their illness.

The most important thing you can do is to try and keep a positive outlook. You should never give up hope that an arthritis cure will be found. You should always stay educated on the latest research and reports. You can subscribe to many newsletters which will give you the newest updates on the search for an arthritis cure. It is easy to get down emotionally when you have arthritis. When you do not feel well, it can affect every aspect of your life. It is important you recognize when you are having a bad day and you do things which lift your spirits.

Kick your ego to the curb and pick up an assistive device if you need one. There is nothing wrong with having a cane around when you need one. Canes can help take the pressure and stress off of an inflamed knee or foot.

Try to maintain good posture when you can. While good posture may be the last thing on your mind when you have arthritis, it can go far in keeping your ligaments and muscles healthy. Who wants to have a pulled back when they are coping with arthritis?

You may want to explore alternative therapy and/or natural dietary supplements. While these should never be looked upon as an arthritis cure, they can do much to help you maintain your health. You can do them in conjunction with your prescription medication. You should also tell your doctor when you are trying new methods for arthritis treatment.

One of the most important things you can do is to rest when you need to. You know when you have reached your limit. There is nothing wrong with sitting down and relaxing. Do not push yourself beyond your limits. If you do, it will only aggravate your joints.

While you wait for an arthritis cure try to keep a positive outlook, kick your ego to the curb and stay educated. You can explore other treatment options for arthritis and incorporate them into the health regimen your doctor has dictated. If you do these things, you will be surprised at how much better you feel, both physically and mentally.


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Arthritis Remedy

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Arthritis is often referred to as a chronic disease. This means that it can affect the person afflicted with arthritis over a long period of time, perhaps for the rest of a person's life. It cannot be cured, but it can be treated through a variety of products, both prescription and over-the-counter, as well as natural and medical-related methods. Learning how to manage your pain over the long term is an important factor in controlling the disease and maintaining a good quality of life.


Keywords:
 Arthritis, Arthritis Pain, Arthritis Remedy, Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Joint Pain, Synotrex


Article Body:
Arthritis is often referred to as a chronic disease. This means that it can affect the person afflicted with arthritis over a long period of time, perhaps for the rest of a person's life. It cannot be cured, but it can be treated through a variety of products, both prescription and over-the-counter, as well as natural and medical-related methods. Learning how to manage your pain over the long term is an important factor in controlling the disease and maintaining a good quality of life. This is a brief overview of some of the methods and products that arthritis sufferers can use to alleviate many of the symptoms associated with arthritis, especially joint pain.


Detailed information on joints and joint pain products:

Over-The-Counter Products

Acetaminophen

People afflicted with osteoarthritis often times have very little inflammation. As such, pain relievers such as acetaminophen, the most well know of which is Tylenol, may be effective. Acetaminophen is a pain reliever but does not reduce swelling. Acetaminophen does not cause stomach irritation and is less likely than nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), described later, to cause long-term side effects. Research has shown that acetaminophen relieves pain as effectively as NSAIDs for many patients with osteoarthritis. People with liver disease, people who drink alcohol heavily, and those taking blood- thinning medicines or NSAIDs should use acetaminophen with caution.

Ibuprofen

On the other hand, people afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis generally have pain caused by inflammation and often benefit from aspirin or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Motrin or Advil). Ibuprofen combines anti-inflammatory with pain relief, but does typically cause some stomach discomfort if not taken with food and have been linked to ulcers with long-term use.

Glucosamine and Chondroitin

Glucosamine and Chondroitin are components of natural joint cartilage. Studies indicate that glucosamine and chondroitin can help alleviate joint pain related to osteoarthritis and improves general joint function including greater joint flexibility. It appears that together they help offset joint space narrowing, the loss of cartilage within the joint, seen with osteoarthritis by stimulating production of new cartilage. Both glucosamine and chondroitin are synthesized by the body and are naturally found in cartilage. Researchers theorize that glucosamine assists in the creation of new cartilage, while chondroitin slows cartilage destruction. Some studies indicate that glucosamine may help as much as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and tolmetin in relieving symptoms of osteoarthritis, particularly in the knee, with fewer side effects.

Prescription Products

Prescription Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

This class of drugs includes aspirin and ibuprofen that are used to reduce pain and inflammation, as noted above, and may be used for both short-term and long-term relief in people with osteoarthritis and, more commonly, rheumatoid arthritis. NSAIDs also include Vioxx (rofecoxib), Celebrex (celecoxib), and Bextra (valdecoxib), all of which are classified as COX-2 inhibitors. COX-2 inhibitors work by blocking an enzyme known to cause an inflammatory response. COX-2 inhibitors had been approved for short-term use in the treatment of pain, and for longer-term use to treat the signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Biological Response Modifiers

These drugs include Enbrel and Remicade and are used for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis through reducing the inflammation in the joints. It is theorized that they block the reaction of a substance called tumor necrosis factor, an immune system protein involved in immune system response.

Disease-Modifying Antirheumatic Drugs (DMARDs)

These drugs include Arava, methotrexate, hydroxychloroquine, penicillamine, and gold injections. Typically, these are drugs used to treat people with rheumatoid arthritis who have not responded to NSAIDs or are no longer taking NSAIDs because of the FDA recall of Vioxx, Celebrex, and Bextra (COX-2 inhibitors). It is theorized that these drugs influence and correct abnormalities of the immune system responsible for a disease like rheumatoid arthritis and other rheumatic diseases. Due to the likelihood of adverse side effects, treatment with these medications requires careful monitoring by the physician.

Corticosteroids

Corticosteroids can be taken by mouth or given by injection directly into the affected joint. Prednisone is the corticosteroid most often given by mouth to reduce the inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis. In both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, the doctor also may inject a corticosteroid into the affected joint to stop pain. These hormones are very effective in treating arthritis but cause many side effects, including damage to the cartilage. In fact, frequent injections may cause damage to the cartilage, and as such, they should only be done once or twice a year.Hyaluronic Acid Products.

These drugs include Hyalgan and Synvisc. It is theorized that these drugs mimic a naturally occurring body substance that lubricates the knee joint and permits flexible joint movement without pain.

Natural Methods

Heat and Cold

Since heat and/or cold is not recommended to alleviate symptoms associated with all types of arthritis, the decision whether to use it or not should be discussed with your doctor or physical therapist. If appropriate for use on your arthritis pain, it must be determined which kind of temperature treatment should be used. Moist heat, such as a warm bath or shower, or dry heat, such as a heating pad, placed on affected joint for about 15 minutes may relieve the pain. An ice pack wrapped in a towel and placed on the sore area for about 15 minutes may help to reduce swelling and stop the pain. If you have poor circulation, do not use cold packs.

Joint Protection

A splint or brace can be used to allow joints to rest and keep them from being used, which can exacerbate the condition and may lead to additional injury. As with many other treatments, your physician or physical therapist can make recommendations and possibly provide you with the brace.

Massage

This method is associated with temporarily relieving one of the major symptoms associated with arthritis, joint pain, rather than treating the underlying cause, loss of cartilage. A massage therapist will lightly stroke and/or knead the painful muscle, which increases blood flow to the stressed area. It is important to realize that arthritic joints are very sensitive, so the massage therapist must be familiar with the disease and problems associated with the affected joints.

Exercise/Weight Reduction

Stretching exercises, swimming, walking, low-impact aerobic exercise, and range-of-motion exercises may reduce joint pain and stiffness while increasing joint mobility. In addition to alleviating some symptoms, the weight loss associated with an exercise program is beneficial in relieving the stress of extra weight on weight-bearing joints, especially the hips and knees. Studies have shown that overweight women who lost an average of 11 pounds substantially reduced the development of osteoarthritis in their knees. In addition, if osteoarthritis has already affected one knee, weight reduction will reduce the chance of it occurring in the other knee. A physical therapist or gym trainer can help plan an exercise program that will give you the most benefit with the least stress on the arthritis-stressed joints.

Medical-Related Methods

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a small device that is placed over the area afflicted with arthritis and directs mild electric pulses to nerve endings in and around the arthritic joint. TENS seems to work by blocking pain messages to the brain and by modifying the body's perception of pain. It may relieve some joint pain associated with arthritis but doesn't seem to offset the inflammation that is associated with arthritis.

Surgery

In advanced cases of patients with arthritis, surgery may be necessary. The surgeon may perform an operation to remove the synovium (synovectomy), realign the joint (osteotomy), or in extreme cases, replace the damaged joint with an artificial one (arthroplasty). Total joint replacement has provided not only dramatic relief from pain but also improvement in motion for many people with arthritis.


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Arthritis: Incurable Pain and Swelling

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This article talks about the signs, symptoms, and possible treatments of arthritis, a condition that affects millions of people around the world. There is no cure for arthritis but only medications that may alleviate the pain that it brings. Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle is essential in preventing the development of arthritis.


Keywords:
diet, fatigue, arthritis


Article Body:
Pain and stiffness in the joints may mean one thing—arthritis. This disease may cause painful swelling and inflammation of the joints and are experienced my millions of people around the world. In the United States alone, it is estimated that by 2030 there will be nearly 70 million affected by this disease. This health ailment may be caused by pain and swelling in the joints. Cases of arthritis may be mild or severe, short-term or permanent. Medical researches suggest that there are more than 100 forms of arthritis but the most familiar form is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis takes place when the cartilage that supports the joints ear out, a process that occurs over a long period. Individuals who workout too much or over-train have increased risk of developing this ailment.

Other types of this joint ailment may include the following:


Rheumatoid—The body's immune system does not work properly. This condition affects the joints, bones, and various organs of the body. Individuals who suffer from this ailment may feel tired and have fever.
Gout—This is caused by build-up of needle-like uric acid crystals in the joints. The big toe is often affected by this ailment.
Systematic lupus erthematosus or lupus—This is caused by an overly aggressive immune system. This disease is about nine times more common in men than in women.
Ankylosing spondhlitis—This condition affects the joints in the spine. In severe cases, the one infected may experience stooped posture.
Bursitis—The major joints of the body are protected by small cushions called bursae. Bursitis takes place when these cushions are overused, they become sore and swollen.
Tendonitis—The tendons that connect the muscle becomes inflamed. This kind of arthritis is common on individuals who spend too much on computers.
Septic arthritis—This ailment is caused by bacterial infection that leads to pain and swelling


Inflamed joints that tend to hurt when in motion are some of the familiar signs and symptoms of arthritis. These joints may be stiff and can be aggravated by movements or activities like walking, writing, typing, and many more. Stiffness is most noticeable after extended periods of rest or after waking up in the morning. In addition to these symptoms, individuals with arthritis encounter extreme fatigue, lack of energy, or weakness.

Presently, there is no cure for arthritis. There are only different medication out in the market that are designed to give relief from the pain this condition brings. Individuals with arthritis usually consume large doses of over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin, naproxen, and ibuprofen. Some prescription drugs like celecoxib, rofecoxib, and valdecoxib are shown to give effective pain relief. However, these drugs may bring minimal or serious side effects to individuals who use them. Cardiovascular bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, and skin reactions are some of the usual side effects that might be encountered in using pain relievers. Recent medical studies show that consumption of food rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a group of polyunsaturated fat, is essential in alleviating joint pains caused by arthritis. The best sources of these fats are fish, flaxseeds, and walnuts.

Engaging in healthy diets may prevent the development of arthritis or give arthritic pain relief. With daily consumptions of essential vitamins and minerals, individuals who experience arthritis are supplying the body the components it needs to fight the pain and swelling that causes joint pain. Maintaining healthy food consumptions and having a physically active lifestyle is essential not only in the prevention of arthritis but also improvements in one's overall health.


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Arthritis: Joint Pain Without Cure

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The article is about the health risks, pain, and discomfort that arthritis may bring. This disease can be painful and have adverse effects on one's life. Presently, there is no cure for arthritis, but only medications that may alleviate the pain that it brings.


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arthritis pain relief


Article Body:
Arthritis, even mild cases can be painful and uncomfortable. It may hinder the mobility of a person and have adverse effects to one's health and well-being. The causes of this ailment is not clear but aging, joint injury, and genetics are partly blamed for the development of this condition. In addition to these factors, anything that can damage a joint in any way may cause arthritis. Injuries, infections, overactive immune systems, and wear and tear are common causes of arthritis. Individuals who workout too much or over-train have increased risk of developing this ailment. Certain occupations involving repetitive bending and squatting may increase the risks of developing arthritis.

Arthritis is a disease may cause painful swelling and inflammation of the joints and are experienced my millions of people around the world. In the United States alone, it is estimated that by 2030 there will be nearly 70 million affected by this disease. Cases of arthritis may be mild or severe, short-term or permanent. Medical researches suggest that there are more than 100 forms of arthritis but the most familiar form is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis takes place when the cartilage that supports the joints ear out, a process that occurs over a long period and is common among older people. Most people affected by this condition may experience pain, swelling, and stiffness, in the hip, knee, or hand.

Inflamed joints that hurt when in motion are some of the familiar signs and symptoms of arthritis. These joints may be stiff and can be aggravated by movements or activities like walking, writing, typing, and many more. Stiffness is most noticeable after extended periods of rest or after waking up in the morning. Individuals with arthritis may also encounter extreme fatigue, lack of energy, or weakness.



Other symptoms may include:

Stiffness—People with arthritis may feel stiff and creaky for a short time until the joints get moving again. These individuals may also experience stiffness from sitting.
Muscle weakness—The muscle around the joint, especially the knees may become weaker.
Deformed joints—Joints may look enlarged and deformed.
Cracking and creaking of the joints—The joints may make cracking and creaking sounds.

Presently, there are no available cure for arthritis but there are medications that may provide arthritis pain relief. Doctors often prescribe individuals with osteoarthritis, large doses of over-the counter pain relievers like aspirin and ibuprofen. Some prescription drugs like celecoxib, rofecoxib, and valdecoxib are shown to give effective pain relief. However, these drugs may bring minimal or serious side effects to individuals who use them. That is why arthritic individuals should seek the approval of doctors before taking medications for arthritis  pain relief. 

Many health experts believe that regular exercise and a healthy diet are powerful tools for arthritis. They recommend a combination of stretching, range-of-motion exercises, strength training, and aerobic exercises. Individuals who engage in these activities may develop joints that are stronger, more flexible, and more stable. As these things take place, arthritis pain may disappear and medications for arthritis pain relief can be lessened.


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Arthritis: Not Just for the Senior Citizens

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While arthritis usually affects aging men and women, most people are not aware that there are other types of arthritis that may occur in both sexes of all ages.Eliminating the underlying cause of the arthritis is one of the goals for treating arthritis.


Keywords:
arthritis pain relief


Article Body:
There is a general misconception that arthritis is an age-related medical condition that afflicts only the senior citizens or the elderly. It may be true with osteoarthritis, the most common type of joint disorder that usually affects adults of both sexes in their middle age. But what most people don't understand is that there are other types or causes of arthritis. 
Arthritis, also known as joint inflammation, is defined as an inflammation of one or more joints and  involves the breakdown of cartilage resulting in pain, swelling, and limited movement.
Cartilage is responsible for protecting the joints and serves as a shock absorber when pressure is placed on the joint during walking or running. It allows for the smooth movement of our limbs. Without cartilage, the bones will rub together and can cause pain, swelling (inflammation), and stiffness.  Doctors usually prescribe arthritis pain relief and anti-inflammatory drugs to help alleviate the pain.
Arthritis, or joint inflammation, can be due to the following causes:
· Broken Bones;
· Infections that are usually caused by bacteria or viruses;
· An autoimmune disease (the body attacks itself because the immune system believes a body part is foreign); and
· General “wear and tear” on joints.
Generally, as soon as the injury heals, the inflammation disappears. The infection is treated and the disease is cured. However, there are some injuries and diseases wherein the inflammation remains stubbornly and continuously causing pain that may lead to deformity. This condition is known as chronic arthritis. 
People suffering from arthritis experience the following symptoms:
· Joint pain
· Joint swelling
· Stiffness, especially in the morning
· Warmth around a joint
· Redness of the skin around a joint
· Reduced ability to move the joint
Arthritis is a condition that can occur in men and women of all ages.  Other types of arthritis include:
· Rheumatoid arthritis (in adults)
· Osteoarthritis ( middle age and above )
· Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (in children)
· Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
· Gout
· Scleroderma
· Psoriatic arthritis
· Ankylosing spondylitis
· Reiter's syndrome (reactive arthritis)
· Adult Still's disease
· Viral arthritis
· Gonococcal arthritis
· Other bacterial infections (non-gonococcal bacterial arthritis)
· Tertiary Lyme disease (the late stage)
· Tuberculouus arthritis
· Fungal infections such as blastomycosis
Osteoarthritis, being the most common type, is a chronic disease which causes the cartilage between the bone joints to deteriorate and may cause painful sensation and/or stiffness. New pieces of bones, called bone spurs, may grow around the joints as a result of osteoarthritis. Until now, there is no known reason yet as to the cause of osteoarthritis but it is generally being associated with aging. However, factors such as metabolism and genes can play a role in its development.
There are many factors to consider before your doctor can prescribe arthritis pain relief treatment plan such as the particular cause of arthritis, affected joints, severity of arthritis, and how the condition affects your daily activities. Age and occupation will also be taken into consideration.
Eliminating the underlying cause of the arthritis is one of the goals for treating arthritis. However, not all cause are curable like in the cases of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Relieving pain and  discomfort as well as prevention from further damage becomes the focus.
Lifestyle changes and exercise can greatly help in improving the condition of those suffering from arthritis.  Medications such as arthritis pain relief and anti-inflammatory drugs can be taken in addition to exercise and lifestyle changes.


title:Arthritis - The Inflammatory Disease
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One of the most common conditions in the United States today is a debilitating inflammatory disease that affects our joints.  It is estimated that there are over 100 different forms of this disease and over 40 million people suffer from one form or another. 
Though typically thought to be an affliction of the aging, arthritis can affect anyone at any time, and with all of the different forms, each with their own symptoms, it could be hard to determine just what type of arthritis an individual is suffering from.
The signs and symptoms of arthritis are varied, though some of the first symptoms are familiar and easy to recognize.  Symptoms such as general pain or swelling around the joints, an increased stiffness in the joints in the morning, a cracking sound in the knees when standing, and joints with a red appearance that feel warm to the touch are all signs of arthritis.
However, before you rush to purchase an over-the-counter arthritis treatment, you should talk to your doctor. Your doctor is the only one who will be able to tell you what form of arthritis you may have and how to treat it.
Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common forms of arthritis that plagues sufferers.  It affects the joints and is a systemic disease that can affect other organs.  Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms tend to disappear after sometime, but the problem is still there.  The true cause of rheumatoid arthritis is presently unknown, though many suggest that things such as infections, fungi, or bacteria are the culprits.  However, there are also those that believe that rheumatoid arthritis is hereditary.  Painful and swollen joints are a common warning sign of rheumatoid arthritis, followed by muscle pain, extreme fatigue, redness and warmth at the joints, even a low grade fever and appetite loss.
Next to rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis is a common affliction, caused by breaking down of joint cartilage.  Osteoarthritis commonly begins in one joint and typically only affects the one joint.  It does not move to internal organs.  Osteoarthritis commonly affects the knees, hips, hands, and spine.  By the time the pain starts setting in for an osteoarthritis sufferer, the damage to the affected joint cartilage could be considerable.
Relieving pain from a form of arthritis can be as simple as over-the-counter or prescription medication.  However, in the most severe cases, surgery may be necessary.  Being overweight can also play a role in arthritis.  Some physicians believe that a change in diet can also ease the pain of arthritis, though there is a lot of debate on the topic.  Regardless, you should speak to your doctor who can tell you just what form of arthritis you may have, and what treatment options may work best for you.
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Title:
Arthritis : When Things Are Swell

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About arthritis, its types, symptoms, how debilitating it can get, and how to relieve simple arthritic pain.


Keywords:
arthritis pain relief, symptoms of arthritis


Article Body:
Arthritis is one of the most debilitating conditions affecting mostly people over the age of 55.  It doesn't only affect that specific age group, but also a percentage of young adults.  It's not just a simple disease but a group of conditions that may cause damage not only to your bones but also to other organs in the body.

Different forms of arthritis manifest different symptoms.  Common symptoms of arthritis include: persistent joint pain; tenderness in a joint which is aggravated by movement; inflammation indicated by joint swelling, stiffness, redness, and/or warmth; pain and stiffness in the body, especially around the joints; joint deformity; loss of range of motion or flexibility in a joint; unexplained weight loss; non-specific fever; and crepitus (weird crackling sound in the joints.) 

There are over 100 different types of arthritis affect approximately 46 million Americans today.  The three most common types are: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout.

Osteoarthritis is more commonly called as degenerative arthritis.  This develops from a simple breakdown to an eventual loss of cartilages of one or joints.  Cartilages are protein-based mass that serve as cushions in between joints.  This type of arthritis usually attacks weight-bearing joints such as the hands, feet, and spine.  It is mostly related to aging and it progresses further as the years pass.  It usually occurs at the age range of 45-60.  Men are at higher risk for osteoarthritis before age 45.  Women, however, are more prone to it around age 55 specifically around the hand, foot and knee joints.  Severe cases of degenerative arthritis require total joint replacement, mostly of the hip and knee joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis may also affect different joints, and as previously mentioned, it may affect some body organs and even our blood.  It mainly affects the synovial lining of the joint.  The synovium is a soft tissue that lines the non-cartilaginous surfaces within joints.  This issue comes as a secondary effect of infections.  In this case, the body's autoimmune system malfunctions and attacks healthy joint tissue, causing inflammation and joint damage.  Although it is not as degenerative as osteoarthritis, it may cause joint deformity in a mild level.

Gout is caused by displacement of uric acid crystal to the joints. Also known as hyperuricemia, which literally translates high uric acid content in the blood, it is a metabolic ailment wherein uric acid builds up in the blood and crystallize in the joints of other parts of the body.  Chronic gout attacks may lead to hard lumps of uric acid deposits around the joints, and in the process decrease kidney functions and form kidney stones.


There are different kinds of treatment for the different forms of arthritis.   There are medications available that aid in arthritis pain relief.  Antibiotics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are used as relieve pain and decrease inflammation on affected areas.  It has to be paired with constant visits to a physical or occupational therapist to ensure that mobility and range of motion is maintained.

Arthritis isn't just a simple joint pain that we can disregard.  The pain alone is difficult to ignore, let alone the complications it will bring if it remains untreated.  Nobody is safe from getting arthritis as there are forms that have causes yet to be defined.  Bottom line is, take care of your body - be mindful of your diet and exercise constantly.  You'll never know when this sneaky disease will catch up with you.


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Arthrits Relief with Simple Dietary Changes

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Around 85% of adults can expect to suffer from some form of Arthritis.  The following article can help those who are proactive to take steps to prevent it - or lessen the pain


Keywords:
arthritis, the arthritis professional, boots herbal stores, arthritis cure, osteoarthritis, pain, diet, exercise


Article Body:
The best course of action to take sometimes isn't clear until you've listed and considered ALL of your alternatives. The following paragraphs should help clue you in to what changes the experts think are significant when trying to control the pain of Arthritis..

Arthritis is one of the most prevalent health problems facing today's aging population.

The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which usually strikes weight-bearing joints such as the ankles, knees and hips. Pain is caused by the gradual breakdown of cartilage, the soft "padding" material that cushions the joints.

About 85% of adults who reach the age of 85 will have osteoarthritis--unless they take a proactive approach to prevent it.

Exercise is very important. But what about diet?

For a long time, doctors doubted there could be any link between diet and osteoarthritis. They saw the disease as a natural result of wear and tear on the joints, something inevitable as we age.

But new research is making them reconsider that idea.

It now appears that nutrition plays a vital role in helping to prevent or ease the effects of osteoarthritis. One key element is vitamin C.

Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, and may protect the joints from the damaging effects of free radicals (unstable molecules that can cause joint inflammation).

Recent research is showing that vitamin C can help prevent bone loss and cartilage inadequacies associated with aging. Specifically, when your joint has cartilage that needs to be repaired, vitamin C is needed for such repairs. It helps to keep your cartilage "young". 

The information about Arthritis presented here will do one of two things: either it will reinforce what you know about Arthritis or it will teach you something new. Both are good outcomes.

According to Dr. Timothy McAlindon of the Boston University School of Medicine, "Vitamin C may also help generate collagen, which enhances the body's ability to repair damage to the cartilage."

When scientists at the Boston University School of Medicine studied the eating habits of people with osteoarthritis of the knee, they found that those getting the most vitamin C--more than 200 milligrams a day--were three times less likely to have the disease get worse than those who got the least vitamin C (less than 120 milligrams a day).

Dr. McAlindon recommends that people get a least 120 milligrams of vitamin C every day. "That's the amount in a couple of oranges," he says.

Dr. Michael F. Roizen and Dr. Mehmet C. Oz, co-authors of "You: The Owner's Manual", recommend even more. "Shoot for 1200 milligrams of vitamin C a day--spread between your diet and supplements throughout the day."

Be careful not to overdo it. Some data suggest that more than 2,500 milligrams a day can have the opposite effect and actually increase the risk of osteoarthritis.

Dr. Eve Campanelli, a holistic family practitioner in Beverly Hills, CA, recommends black cherry juice. She advises her patients to drink two glasses, twice a day, of four ounces of the juice diluted with four ounces of water.

Other fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C include oranges, cantaloupe, broccoli, strawberries, peppers and cranberry juice.

A healthy diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, has been recommended by nutritionists for years. Now there's another reason to pay attention--it can help your joints to stay young!



Hopefully the sections above have contributed to your understanding of Arthritis. Share your new understanding about Arthritis with others. They'll thank you for it.


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The most common mistake made by people who attempt to put together their first resume is that they put in too much information. They want to describe everything that they have ever done from the moment of conception to the present. The resume ends up being too long, and nobody will read it.



Keywords:
diabetes, diabetic


Article Body:
The most common mistake made by people who attempt to put together their first resume is that they put in too much information. They want to describe everything that they have ever done from the moment of conception to the present. The resume ends up being too long, and nobody will read it.

The most important piece of information that you should retain is that your resume, no matter how well it is put together, will only get a 15 to 30 second review by the person who does the initial screening.

That person is normally someone in Human Resources whose job is to look at hundreds of resumes per day. You must create your resume in such a way that it gives all the information they need in a maximum of 30 seconds.

There is information that, under most circumstances, should not be in a resume. This includes:
• Your age or date of birth
• Religious or political affiliations
• Reasons why you left your last job
• Your Social Security Number
• Health restrictions or physical limitations
• Any sentence that has "do not," "cannot," or "unable"

Age or Date of Birth

I repeat, you should not put your age or date of birth in a resume. In the US, an employer has no legal right to know your age. An employer can ask you only if you are over the age of 18 for insurance liability reasons or if local, state, or federal law requires that employees be over a certain age.

Therefore, if you’re concerned that your age will be a factor, don't list the date you graduated from high school or the years that you received any of your degrees. I received my undergraduate degree in 1962. Can any of you guess my age?

Religious Affiliations or Political Affiliations

It’s generally recommended that you stay away from listing a particular type of religion or political party affiliation. However, being active in your community or church can sometimes be a positive factor in many large companies, so you should make general statements about your participation in activities that support the community. Volunteer work for a charity group would be a positive example but active support for an environmental group could raise some eyebrows.

Reasons for Leaving Previous Jobs

We’ve become a mobile society and longevity in a position is now considered two years. People accept new jobs for many reasons. If you left your last job because of differences with your supervisor or company philosophy, I don't recommend that you put that information in your resume. The reader will probably get a negative impression of you. If you couldn't get along with your last company, you probably won't get along here.

If the job application asks you to give reasons for leaving your last job, a safe and truthful answer could be that you were offered a better position. “Better” could mean a pay raise, better working hours, better office environment, or newer equipment.

Your Social Security Number (SSN)

The exceptions to this are federal resumes sent for civil service positions. A prospective employer can ask for your Social Security Number in an application - that is normally a requirement for employment. However, putting your SSN on a resume could lead to disaster.

You’ll be sending out many resumes; you won’t know who’ll be reading them. It doesn't cost much money to put a small want ad in the newspaper or on an Internet employment site, and a dishonest person can run a fraudulent ad.

If someone knows your SSN, he can apply for credit cards or other important documents, such as duplicate SSN cards, with the information you normally provide on a resume. Be alert if someone other than in the civil service asks for your SSN.

Information about Health and Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act has changed the way businesses in the US recruit and hire an employee. Generally, an employer has no legal right to know your health status. The only health-related questions that an employer can ask are job related.

If the job description requires that you lift 50 lbs, the employer has the legal and legitimate right to ask in the interview if you can do this. He can also state the requirement in his ad. He cannot ask you if you have back problems, diabetes, or have had a heart attack unless the job, such as airline pilot, requires perfect health.

Find out your legal rights if you live outside the US.

Marital Status

I’ve added marital status because this is another issue that can work against you, particularly if you’re a single parent. I know some people will disagree, but single parents have the highest absentee rate in the work force.

Companies will try to avoid hiring a single parent if at all possible. However, in the US they cannot ask you your marital status or if you have children. Don't volunteer this information on the resume.

If asked this question in an interview, the proper response could be, "Can you tell me what this has to do with the position I’m applying for?" That should end the questioning on this issue if the interviewer does not want to face a lawsuit.





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Article 7  This Is A Matter Of Life Or Death

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Can-cer n. A malignant tumor that invades healthy tissue and spreads to other areas; the disease marked by such tumors.

INVADES? DISEASE? Where and when did all this invasion and disease begin?

FOLKS, you can’t consume 3 gallons of soft drinks and eat fast food all week long and expect not to get a disease.

FOLKS, you can’t smoke 2 packs a day, stay out late at night drinking, or snorting stuff up your nose and not expect to get a disease.

FOLKS, you can’t eat fru...


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health, sickness, cancer,opportunities,healthy,advice,life


Article Body:
Can-cer n. A malignant tumor that invades healthy tissue and spreads to other areas; the disease marked by such tumors.

INVADES? DISEASE? Where and when did all this invasion and disease begin?

FOLKS, you can’t consume 3 gallons of soft drinks and eat fast food all week long and expect not to get a disease.

FOLKS, you can’t smoke 2 packs a day, stay out late at night drinking, or snorting stuff up your nose and not expect to get a disease.

FOLKS, you can’t eat fruits and vegetables and all the foods in the USDA Food Pyramid and expect not to get a disease.

Whoa! Hold on. Hey - wait just a minute – I do try and eat right and live right – what do you mean I may still get a disease.

Back in the days of Adam and Eve that was correct. The food chain and water and air were pure. But today our fruits, vegetables, meats, water and air is so contaminated – Come on, don’t act so surprised, you have heard this all before from many sources.

OK, you are right, but what are we to do? What is the Solution???

The Facts are clear and the Proof is there!! Mostly all disease is preventable. Again I repeat, mostly all disease is preventable.

Nutrition is a very recent science; however, the study of food and its effects on the body is as old as the study of Medicine. Prior to the 20th century, man’s food was also his medicine—herbs and plant life.

Hippocrates, called ”the father of medicine”, believed that the least medicine was the best medicine. His motto was “Do no harm”

Thomas Edison, remember this guy? He wasn’t a dummy; he was as brilliant as a light bulb. He stated, “The doctors of the future will give no drugs, but will practice nutrition”.

Wow!! Double WoW !! Have we Americans, the richest country on this planet gone so far in the opposite direction of this way of thinking!

It’s all in the thought process; we as a society don’t want any restrictions placed on what we eat and how we choose to live. Today when we get a disease, just give me a pill to make it go away. If that doesn’t work then cut or burn it out of me, just don’t ask me change the way I like to live. Wow, this was me also not so long ago.

Folks, the way to an abundant healthy life is not rocket science. The answers have been in front of us all along. Find someone you can trust who specializes in nutrition that can teach you how to read your body symptoms (what your body may be lacking nutritionally) and will help you put life back into your body. This is a matter of Life or Death.

Ted Salonica
www.abundanthealthyliving.com


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Circumcision is actually a cheap, safe and an early but lifelong protection for your newborn boy against AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Circumcision can also help prevent penile cancer and various bacterial infections.


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There’s more to circumcision than just a religious ritual. It is actually a cheap, safe and lifelong protection for your newborn boy against AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Circumcision can also help prevent penile cancer and various bacterial infections.
Based on studies, the removal of foreskin in circumcision provided a fifty percent reduction in HIV transmission, a threefold reduction in human papilloma virus (HPV) infections in female partners of uncircumcised men, and lower rates of syphilis and Chlamydia.  These diseases are among the leading causes of sterility among male teenagers.
Circumcision among infants is roughly 10 times more likely to prevent urinary tract infections and the high fevers associated with them. Circumcision’s potential role in AIDS prevention is evident in Africa and encouraged the New York City Health Department to consider outreach programs among gay adult men and drug addicts.
Historically, the ancient Egyptians practiced circumcision to prevent itch and infections in the foreskin. Jews incorporated the practice as part of their religious rituals. Some fundamentalists even thought that circumcision would be effective in preventing masturbation --- an act which is considered a sin in many churches and congregations.
However, over the years, circumcision in the U.S. has gained more acceptance as a scientifically proven health procedure.  Although it is still perceived by some quarters to be a form of mutilation, the said procedure has come a long way in terms of its acceptability as a form of disease prevention.
It’s impossible to prove that circumcision diminishes sexual pleasure since a clipped boy will never know what it would have felt like to have a foreskin. However, those who were circumcised as adults found no difference in their sex lives.
Still, many parents in the United States still doubt the need to have their male children circumcised. Even Medicaid won’t pay for circumcision in 16 states. Statistics show a decline in the number of boys circumcised at birth from 65 to 55 percent between 1993 and 2003.  The Medicaid coverage and other challenges to circumcision can be attributed at least in part to the American Academy of Pediatrics’ (AAP) stance in a 1999 position paper that says despite “potential medical benefits” the data were not sufficient to recommend routine neonatal circumcision.
According to Dr. Edgar Schoen, a leading proponent of circumcision and chief of pediatrics at Kaiser-Permanente Healthcare for 24 years, the evidence that circumcision prevents HIV transmission has been solid since the late 1980s. Even Harvard medical anthropologist Daniel Halperin, Ph.D., agreed with Schoen.
While the medical community continues to be skeptical, the most convincing studies emerged after the AAP statement. Three trials in which Kenyan and Ugandan men were randomly selected to receive circumcision were halted when it became clear that circumcision helped prevent transmission of HIV. This prompted the United Nations World Health Organization to announce that male circumcision should be added to the list of interventions that can help prevent HIV.
Based on the study, the foreskin is susceptible to attack by HIV and often develops cracks or tears that may lead to bacterial infection such as syphilis and chancroid. These bacterial infections are very common in uncircumcised men, providing a gateway for HIV.


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Artists Biographies on Film: Top Movies about Visual Artists

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Here is a guide to the best movies that describes the life of visual artists.


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Visual artists biographies is a popular theme in the movie world. Moviemakers have always been fascinated by visual artists biographies, especially if it includes struggle with insanity, drug addiction or social conventions. In addition, it gives them an opportunity to depict original or resurrected artworks on the big screen.
Here you can read about some of the most interesting movies about visual artists biographies.
Lust for Life directed by Vincente Minnelli in 1952 

Vincent Van Gogh biography had gained several cinematic adaptations. Lust for Life with Kirk Douglas as the struggling artist is one of the most notable. The movie is based on a best selling book by Irving Stone, who also authored The Agony and the Ecstasy about Michelangelo, which also had appeared on the silver screen.

If you are a fan of Van Gogh artwork, you would enjoy watching Last for Life, which features almost 200 of Van Goghs original paintings. However, if you are familiar with Kirk Douglas previous filmographic, seeing him as a tortured Dutch painter might take a little adjustment. Another recommended film about Van Gogh is Robert Altmans Vincent and Theo from 1990.

Surviving Picasso directed by James Ivory in 1996

Like Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso image made him an iconic figure outside the artistic circles. While Van Gogh symbolizes the self destructive, manic depressive artist who achieves success only after his death, Picasso represents the misanthropic and womanizer artist. Picasso infamous relationship with women is the focus of this Merchant and Ivory film. The story is told from the eyes of Picasso mistress Francoise Gilot and features only reproductions of Picasso works. With Anthony Hopkins talent and his physical resemblance to Picasso, Surviving Picasso manages to create an unflattering portrait of an artist as a cruel, self centered genius.

Girl with Pearl Earring directed by Peter Webber in 2003


Comparing to Van Gogh and Picasso, Vermeers biography is less known and less controversial. Therefore Girl with Pearl Earring is much more restrained and delicate. The movie focuses on a short period in Vermeers life in which he was painting the portrait of his young low class maid. Although Girl with Pearl Earring does not avoid filmic conventions by over dramatizing Vermeers painting process, the movie is worth watching if only for its artistic design, which success in evoking Vermeers perception of light and color.

Basquiat directed by Julian Schnabel in 1996

The most common critique against movies that deals with visual arts is the way they depict the creation process. Therefore, there were big expectations from Basquiat, which was directed by the celebrated painter Julian Schnabel. Schnabel did well in depicting Jean Michelle Basquiat rise and fall story in less the predictable manner we have seen millions time before. However, the only reason to watch Basquiat is David Bowie plays the role of Andy Warhol.

Frida directed by Julie Taymor in 2002

Like most of the visual artists who had their life story appear on the silver screen, Frida Kahlo carried an unusual biography, which includes bus accident, problematic marriage, and an affair with Leon Trotsky. Like Van Gogh, Picasso and Jackson Pollock, who was the subject of a biopic from 2000, Frida Kahlo was an icon long before Frida was released, but the 123 minutes film did help to strength her position as a feminist idol and probably the most famous woman painter of the 20 century. Frida tries its best to integrate Frida Kahlo life story with her painting and the result is very colorful and pleasant, but still does not stay far enough from the conventions of depicting artists on film.


title:Asbestosis' true
author:Hector Milla
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Asbestosis is an asbetos-related disease and may be considered as an occupational disease too since the most cases occur among people who worked with asbestos or their families, but there are cases of people who developed it, without have been in contact with this mineral at any period of their lives.
Asbestosis may be defined as a chronic inflammatory medical condition that affects the parenchymal tissue of the lungs. Experts consider asbestosis as an irreversible lung scarring that can be fatal. It occurs after a long-term and a heavy exposure to asbestos.
Asbestos are six fibrous minerals that have been used in commercial products, such as roofing products, gaskets, and friction products, due to various properties that make asbestos have high tensile strength, chemical and thermal stability, high flexibility and low electrical conductivity.
These six types of asbestos are chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite, anthophyllite asbestos, tremolite asbestos, and actinolite asbestos. Nearly all of the asbestos produced worldwide is chrysotile.
When the person has inhaled or swallowed asbestos fibers, his body will try to remove them by the cough but the lungs will scar and get thick, what makes hard for lungs the breathing movements of expansion and contraction.
Therefore, people with Asbestosis suffer severe dyspnea or shortness of breath and have an increased risk for developing different types of lung cancer and mesothelioma. There is no cure for this pathology and either a good way to treat it. The only thing that physician can do is to reduce some of the worst symptoms of the disease.
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Asbestos Abatement In Oklahoma

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Asbestos Abatement - Lowering the risk:

Asbestos abatement relates to the testing and removal of asbestos containing material on OSU property. This section of environmental health and safety regulations has provisions for use of with a team of ten members for asbestos abatement process. They are responsible, for removal and abatement of all asbestos suspected material according to the rules set by Oklahoma state department of labor.

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Asbestos Abatement - Lowering the risk:

Asbestos abatement relates to the testing and removal of asbestos containing material on OSU property. This section of environmental health and safety regulations has provisions for use of with a team of ten members for asbestos abatement process. They are responsible, for removal and abatement of all asbestos suspected material according to the rules set by Oklahoma state department of labor.

A certified worker accredited by appropriate governmental agency for this purpose can only undertake asbestos abatement. Asbestos abatement is required only for renovation, remodeling and maintenance works in OSU property. Sometimes emergency drills are also conducted in case of accidents pertaining to water leaks and contaminated ceiling tiles.

Asbestos abatement is done in a closed area. All air units are turned off until the work is complete. This is necessary to avoid the spreading of asbestos fibers. Workers wear respirators and disposable clothing that are disposed off after the procedure is over. Samples collected in the asbestos abatement are analyzed using polarized light microscopy in the EHS laboratory.

The area of asbestos abatement is also analyzed and then given a green signal or re-cleaned or re-sampled. The surrounding air is checked for any contamination using phase contrast microscope. If the area is clear then it is declared fit for occupancy.

Asbestos Abatement – Necessary Because of Health Issues:

Asbestos once named the "miracle mineral" is fibrous mineral. Asbestos was used for many years in construction of boilers, railroads, shipyards, buildings, insulation, fireproofing, and floor tiles. Asbestos fibers are very minute and invisible to the naked eye and could lead to serious of health implications when inhaled. Asbestos cannot be broken down in the body and leads to various respiratory disorders and fatal diseases such as asbestosis and Mesothelioma cancers. Moreover, the symptoms of these diseases are usually dormant many years, which makes it a difficult to diagnose at an earlier stage.


title:Asbestos and Cancer
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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or another asbestos related cancer, you may want to seek legal advice. Typical legal settelements can reach five million dollars.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer in which malignant (cancerous) cells are found in the mesothelium, a protective sac that covers most of the body's internal organs. Most people who develop mesothelioma have worked on jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles.
What is the mesothelium?
The mesothelium is a membrane that covers and protects most of the internal organs of the body. It is composed of two layers of cells: One layer immediately surrounds the organ; the other forms a sac around it. The mesothelium produces a lubricating fluid that is released between these layers, allowing moving organs (such as the beating heart and the expanding and contracting lungs) to glide easily against adjacent structures.
The mesothelium has different names, depending on its location in the body. The peritoneum is the mesothelial tissue that covers most of the organs in the abdominal cavity. The pleura is the membrane that surrounds the lungs and lines the wall of the chest cavity. The pericardium covers and protects the heart. The mesothelial tissue surrounding the male internal reproductive organs is called the tunica vaginalis testis. The tunica serosa uteri covers the internal reproductive organs in women.
What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma (cancer of the mesothelium) is a disease in which cells of the mesothelium become abnormal and divide without control or order. They can invade and damage nearby tissues and organs. Cancer cells can also metastasize (spread) from their original site to other parts of the body. Most cases of mesothelioma begin in the pleura or peritoneum.
How common is mesothelioma?
Although reported incidence rates have increased in the past 20 years, mesothelioma is still a relatively rare cancer. About 2,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed in the United States each year. Mesothelioma occurs more often in men than in women and risk increases with age, but this disease can appear in either men or women at any age.
What are the risk factors for mesothelioma?
Working with asbestos is the major risk factor for mesothelioma. A history of asbestos exposure at work is reported in about 70 percent to 80 percent of all cases. However, mesothelioma has been reported in some individuals without any known exposure to asbestos.
Asbestos is the name of a group of minerals that occur naturally as masses of strong, flexible fibers that can be separated into thin threads and woven. Asbestos has been widely used in many industrial products, including cement, brake linings, roof shingles, flooring products, textiles, and insulation. If tiny asbestos particles float in the air, especially during the manufacturing process, they may be inhaled or swallowed, and can cause serious health problems. In addition to mesothelioma, exposure to asbestos increases the risk of lung cancer, asbestosis (a noncancerous, chronic lung ailment), and other cancers, such as those of the larynx and kidney.
Smoking does not appear to increase the risk of mesothelioma. However, the combination of smoking and asbestos exposure significantly increases a person's risk of developing cancer of the air passageways in the lung.
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Asbestos Disposal: Make It A Safe Procedure

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Asbestos disposal refers to the process of getting rid of asbestos or other asbestos containing items in a safe way. Asbestos is natural fibrous mineral. Many corporations used it for building and insulation materials. Asbestos was also used widely in fireproofing, pipe covering, cement, refractory materials, gaskets, floor tiles and joint compounds between 1890 and 1970. Exposure to asbestos particles is the reason behind many diseases including life-threatening cancer calle...


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Asbestos disposal refers to the process of getting rid of asbestos or other asbestos containing items in a safe way. Asbestos is natural fibrous mineral. Many corporations used it for building and insulation materials. Asbestos was also used widely in fireproofing, pipe covering, cement, refractory materials, gaskets, floor tiles and joint compounds between 1890 and 1970. Exposure to asbestos particles is the reason behind many diseases including life-threatening cancer called mesothelioma. Looking at the harmful effects of asbestos exposure, no one can underestimate the importance of safe removal and disposal of asbestos.

It is better to dispose off some asbestos containing appliances such as oven rather than trying to separate the asbestos from it for disposal because separation of asbestos may prove to be very expensive and it can be hazardous. In some cases instead of complete removal of asbestos, we can seal the exposed insulation. Sealing minimizes the further risk of formation of airborne particles. Experts believe that Inhalation of asbestos fibers is much more likely when the asbestos is fragmented and airborne. Therefore, only a specialist should handle the process of asbestos disposal.

If you are planning the asbestos disposal process, then you should read the detailed instructions called Asbestos Removal Procedures for Home Owners of Utah State Department of Environmental Quality. Following are some recommendations to make asbestos disposal safe.

1. You must wet the friable asbestos containing material and place it in properly labeled leak-tight containers before shipping.

2. Only certified asbestos personnel must handle the regulated asbestos containing material.

3. You should not carry on the process of asbestos disposal during the periods of high wind.

4. Entry of unauthorized personnel must be strictly prohibited during the asbestos disposal process.

5. Friable asbestos and Category II non- friable asbestos-containing material should be covered by the end of each operating day with at least six inches of non- asbestos containing material such as soil. Category 1 non- friable asbestos containing material may be spread prior to being covered, but shall be covered by the end of each operating day with at least six inches of compacted non-asbestos containing material such as soil

6. You must maintain the records and file them to notify future landowners or interested parties, the locations and quantities of the asbestos waste buried at the site. A notice on the deed to the property must state that the site is subject to regulation and should include precautions against any attempt to disturb that area.


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Asbestos Health Concerns

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Asbestos was once used widely in commercial and residential building projects. It is a strong substance that is even stronger than steel. It also is unaffected by heat, chemicals and does not conduct electricity. This all combined made asbestos a great building material. However, throughout the years many health problems have been associated with asbestos. Health problems first showed up in people that worked closely with asbestos, but it was soon realized that even those who...


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Asbestos was once used widely in commercial and residential building projects. It is a strong substance that is even stronger than steel. It also is unaffected by heat, chemicals and does not conduct electricity. This all combined made asbestos a great building material. However, throughout the years many health problems have been associated with asbestos. Health problems first showed up in people that worked closely with asbestos, but it was soon realized that even those who did not work closely with it, but were exposed to it may also suffer health problems.

There are a few different types of asbestos. Chrysotile, called white asbestos is the most common form of asbestos used in the United States. Amosite or brown asbestos is made from light gray or brown fibers. Crocidolite or blue asbestos is made of blue fibers. Chrysotile, Amosite and Crocidolite are forms of asbestos that were most commonly used to make products. Such products include building materials, sewage piping, roofing, siding, electrical wire casing, tiles, paints and other construction materials. Asbestos was also used in automobiles for clutch and brake parts. In industrial settings asbestos was used for filters in beverage machines, flooring and cigarette filters. Asbestos was used on a great level for a variety of products thus making the discovery of its health risks important for everyone.

Asbestos is dangerous when breathed in. It is very hard to determine if asbestos is present in the air as it does not cause immediate problems like coughing or itchiness. Symptoms may not appear for 10 to 40 years after being exposed. Diseases caused by asbestos are hard to treat and most often impossible to cure. Asbestosis is one common asbestos related disease. It causes an inflammation in the lungs. Mesothelioma is a rare asbestos disease that is a cancer of the outside lining of the lungs and abdomen. Asbestos has also been associated with other forms of lung cancer. Asbestos related diseases are very painful.

Asbestos is no longer used due to the health concerns surrounding it. Asbestos is most dangerous when a product made from it is bothered and the dust is released into the air. The only way to safely handle and detect asbestos is through a professional trained to work with asbestos.


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Asbestos Symptoms: Late Indicators

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Asbestos symptoms refer to the changes in the body that indicate some type of serious diseases caused by exposure to asbestos particles.

Awareness about asbestos symptoms is important because danger of asbestos exposure affects about 1.3 million people every year. Individuals employed in the railroad, factory, shipyard, automobile, construction and building industries in last six decades are at the risk of developing asbestos symptoms.

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Asbestos symptoms refer to the changes in the body that indicate some type of serious diseases caused by exposure to asbestos particles.

Awareness about asbestos symptoms is important because danger of asbestos exposure affects about 1.3 million people every year. Individuals employed in the railroad, factory, shipyard, automobile, construction and building industries in last six decades are at the risk of developing asbestos symptoms.

Most unfortunate aspect of the asbestos related diseases is that the asbestos symptoms may lie dormant in the body for decades. This long latency period does not let the victim or his family knows about the existence of the disease. Asbestos symptoms might appear after 20-50 years of exposure.

No study so far has come out with convincing evidence to show the effects of different amount and different duration of exposure to asbestos particles. Although individuals who have been exposed to asbestos for a longer time are more susceptible to asbestos related diseases, yet there are instances when patients developed serious disease with only a few months exposure.

When exposed to asbestos, individuals either inhale or ingest the asbestos fibers. Natural destination of these fibers after inhalation is lungs while the ingested asbestos fibers take the route of digestive system. Therefore, asbestos symptoms start appearing in either lungs or digestive system. However, in some cases asbestos symptoms may appear in other organs also.

Asbestos symptoms may be the indicators of cancerous and non- cancerous type of asbestos diseases. Asbestosis is a non-cancerous type of asbestos disease. This disease has asbestos symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest pain and persistent cough. Ignorance of these symptoms may lead to serious disability or even death.

Mesothelioma is cancerous type of asbestos disease. Pleural mesothelioma affects the lining of lungs known as pleural membrane. Peritoneal mesothelioma shows its affect on the lining of organs of abdomen known as peritoneal membrane. Shortness of breath, persistent cough, chest pain and building up of fluids in the lungs are some symptoms of pleural mesothelioma. Asbestos symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma are weight loss, nausea, difficulty in bowel movements, foot swelling, anemia and building up of fluid in abdomen. In rare cases, fever and night sweating may also appear as asbestos symptoms.

People suffering from asbestos symptoms can file lawsuits against the persons and organizations for causing asbestos exposure. These Asbestos lawsuits can help the victims of asbestos symptoms to recover the damages for medical expenses, loss of income, lost earning capacity, pain and psychological sufferings.


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Asbestos Testing- Necessary Protection Against Killer Diseases

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Asbestos testing is the method to determine the presence of asbestos in the industrial processes, residential buildings and objects. Asbestos had been commonly used as construction materials in buildings till few years back. A mineral compound, asbestos is the common name for a group of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals found in certain rock formations. During mining and processing, asbestos produces very thin and light fibers that are easily released into the air.


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Asbestos testing is the method to determine the presence of asbestos in the industrial processes, residential buildings and objects. Asbestos had been commonly used as construction materials in buildings till few years back. A mineral compound, asbestos is the common name for a group of six naturally occurring fibrous minerals found in certain rock formations. During mining and processing, asbestos produces very thin and light fibers that are easily released into the air.

Once released into the air, the asbestos particles can remain suspended for a long time. These fibers are invisible to human eyes and when inhaled can cause serious health problems including lung cancer. This is the reason why asbestos testing is a necessary safeguard for people handling and working with asbestos materials. People who are handling asbestos or products containing asbestos, including those involved in mining, producing or processing asbestos are at a great health risk. Natural resources containing asbestos and pipes made of cement can contaminate even drinking water.

Asbestos testing is must and strongly suggested for the areas where asbestos related industries were functional or asbestos was used as a material.

Establishing the presence of Asbestos

We can safely assume that a material is asbestos or contains asbestos unless it is clearly otherwise on the label or is verified by the manufacturer. Alternatively, it has to undergo a process of asbestos testing to verify the absence or presence of asbestos materials. Asbestos testing is especially necessary if such material was on the EPA's Sample List of Suspect Asbestos-Containing Materials Exit Ecology and was manufactured with asbestos in the past.

Asbestos Sampling

Asbestos sampling is the precursor for asbestos testing. Asbestos sampling and analyzing should be undertaken in a laboratory by a qualified personnel. It is dangerous to attempt this yourself, without acquiring sufficient information on the process and without proper precautions. If access to a laboratory is not possible and you wish to take the sample yourself, you must be very careful not to release asbestos fibers into the air or onto yourself.

Method of Asbestos Testing

Polarized Light Microscopy (PLM) analysis of suspect material by specialized microscopes is a requirement of the EPA for asbestos testing. The results of asbestos testing establish the percentage and type of asbestos present in the sample material.


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Asbestos Testing- Search For The Devil

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Asbestos Testing – Why?

Asbestos testing seeks to detect the presence of asbestos in any given material. When any asbestos containing material is disturbed, it releases very thin invisible fibers that may remain suspended in the air for many hours, and have a causative association with a plethora of disease manifestations involving the epithelial lining of human visceral cavities, including the deadly mesothelioma. Much asbestos containing material is being unearthed nowa...


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Asbestos Testing – Why?

Asbestos testing seeks to detect the presence of asbestos in any given material. When any asbestos containing material is disturbed, it releases very thin invisible fibers that may remain suspended in the air for many hours, and have a causative association with a plethora of disease manifestations involving the epithelial lining of human visceral cavities, including the deadly mesothelioma. Much asbestos containing material is being unearthed nowadays due to intense remodeling and renovation of old structures, dating back to days when asbestos was extensively used in construction.

Asbestos Testing- When?

EPA's Sample List of Suspect Asbestos-Containing Materials Exit Ecology lists the possible candidates for asbestos testing. When in doubt, err on the side of caution. Any surfacing agent or thermal insulation material used in buildings constructed earlier than 1980 is presumed as containing asbestos (WISHA Interim Interpretive Memorandum #99-1-C, January 19, 1999), until proved otherwise by laboratory analysis.

Asbestos Sampling

Precautions

Before collection:

- By either specialized laboratory personnel or under guidance.

During collection:

- Minimize dispersal of fibers
- Avoid heating/cooling draughts
- Minimize the handling time and amount
- Spray the sample with fine water and/or detergent droplets
- Use a sharp knife to cut neatly through the whole depth
- Place a plastic spread below the collection area
- Minimize exposure to self/those in the vicinity
- Handle the sample alone
- Wear gloves and mask
- Drop neatly into an appropriate container

After collection:

- Minimize dispersal
- Proper sealing of the container
- Patching of the sampled area
- Proper disposal of the plastic spread
- Cleaning of the area
- Label the sample meticulously

Asbestos Testing

Asbestos testing is carried out by a certified laboratory using polarized light microscopy (PLM) as per the EPA recommendations.

Asbestos Testing- Results and Interpretation

This form of asbestos testing is qualitative as well as quantitative .The results are given as the percentage (1 to 100) and type of asbestos (chrysotile or white asbestos, Amosite or brown asbestos, and Crocidolite or blue asbestos).


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Asbestos: A Deadly Environmental & Health Hazard

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Asbestos is a term used for some naturally occurring minerals that form long thin fibers and fiber bundles on crystallization. Most commonly found group is the serpentine group that includes Chrysotile (white asbestos). It is also the most frequently mined form of Asbestos. Another very important asbestos group is known as the amphiboles, which includes Crocidolite (blue asbestos) and Amosite (brown asbestos). The asbestos fibers have high tensile strength, and chemical, elec...


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Asbestos is a term used for some naturally occurring minerals that form long thin fibers and fiber bundles on crystallization. Most commonly found group is the serpentine group that includes Chrysotile (white asbestos). It is also the most frequently mined form of Asbestos. Another very important asbestos group is known as the amphiboles, which includes Crocidolite (blue asbestos) and Amosite (brown asbestos). The asbestos fibers have high tensile strength, and chemical, electrical and heat resistance properties and so are extremely useful as a building/insulation material. Asbestos has been used extensively all over the world.

Asbestos: General Information

Although Asbestos is a hazardous material, it poses a health risk only if the Asbestos fibers become airborne and subsequently inhaled. Therefore, most Asbestos materials pose little health risk unless they are disturbed in a way that allows the fibers to be released into the atmosphere. Inhalation of asbestos fibers can lead to serious diseases such as lung cancer, Mesothelioma (a cancer of the lining of the lungs or lower digestive tract) and asbestosis (a chronic fibrosis of the lungs).

Many industries used Asbestos extensively in the past, exposing their workers to this deadly materials. As a result, many new cases of Asbestos caused ailments are occurring now. However, the fact that Asbestos was also installed in many buildings means that a wider range of people still have the potential to be exposed – particularly building and maintenance workers. For this reason, the latest revision of the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations introduces (from May 2004) a new responsibility on those responsible for non-domestic premises to manage the asbestos contained in them.

Asbestos Caused Diseases

Mesothelioma is a cancer of the pleural and peritoneal lining. It exclusively related to asbestos exposure. By the time it is diagnosed, it is usually fatal. Mesothelioma has a long latency period (time between exposure and onset of disease) of at least 15 years and sometimes as long as 60 years.

Asbestosis is a scarring of the lung tissue. This scarring impairs the elasticity of the lung and hampers its ability to exchange gases. This leads to inadequate oxygen intake to the blood. Asbestosis restricts breathing leading to decreased lung volume and increased resistance in the airways. It is a slowly progressive disease with a latency period of 15 to 30 years.

Lung Cancer is a malignant tumor of the bronchi covering. The tumor grows through surrounding tissue, invading and often obstructing air passages. Again, the disease has a long latency period of at least 20 years.

The victims of all these asbestos related diseases are eligible to file lawsuits for compensation against the persons and organizations responsible for causing asbestos exposure. They can take the help of mesothelioma and asbestos attorneys to fight their compensation claims.


title:Asbestos – From Miracle Mineral To Mesothelioma Menace
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During World War II Asbestos was hailed by many as a miracle mineral.  Almost anything could be built or manufactured from this mineral.  The building and construction industries used it as an additive to strengthen cement and plastics.  Asbestos fibers can be separated into thin threads which do not conduct electricity and are not affected by heat or chemicals.
The four main types of asbestos are: Amosite with brown fibers, Anthophyllite with gray fibers, white Christie, and blue Crocidolite.  Chrysotile has curly fibers while the other three have rod like fibers.  These fibers break into dust quite easily and drift in the air.  They can stick on skin, clothing, and can easily be swallowed or inhaled.
Use of asbestos skyrocketed during World War II.  Shipbuilding used asbestos extensively in freighters and support vessels to insulate boilers, steam pipes and hot water pipes.  Asbestos became the miracle construction material as it was easily obtained, processed, and transported.
After WWII cars used asbestos in break shoes and clutch pads.  Asbestos found its way into residential and industrial building materials, water supply, sewage materials, ceiling and floor tiles, and vermiculite garden materials to name a few products.
In the 1970’s the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission banned the use of asbestos in several products that could release asbestos fibers into the environment during use, following the discoveries of the health dangers of asbestos dust inhalation.  Regulations governing the use of asbestos and concern of public opinion since 1970 have created a significant drop in the use of asbestos in the United States.
In 1989 all new uses of asbestos were banned by the Environmental Protection Agency while any old uses before that year were still permitted.  The EPA suggested that schools inspect for damaged asbestos and eliminate any exposure or enclose it in protective barriers.  Vermiculite, widely used in horticulture, became a concern of the EPA that recommended outdoor use, limiting the amount of dust used, and keeping vermiculite damp.
Asbestos may create serious health hazards such as coughing, lung damage, shortness of breath, and lung cancer.  Most people do not become sick in the early stages of development, but usually need continued exposure, often on jobs such as mining, milling, manufacturing asbestos products, and building construction.   Firemen, demolition workers, drywall removers, and any other workers in trades that involve destruction of buildings, ships, and automobiles are also exposed to the hazards and risks of asbestos.
Over a period of years continual exposure to asbestos can cause very serious health problems, such as mesothelioma.  Mesothelioma is a rare type of carcinoma of the membrane that lines numerous cavities of the body, including the lungs, abdomen and heart, and has been associated with exposure to asbestos dust.  In mesothelioma, the cells of the mesothelioma metastasize and damage adjacent organs and tissues.
Risk of developing mesothelioma takes a long period of time, often as long as twenty-five or thirty-five years before full blown symptoms appear.  Not all workers who have been exposed will develop diseases caused by asbestos, but workers who have been exposed to it may bring fibers on their clothing, hair, shoes, and skin home to their families.  To circumvent this risk, most industries require workers to bathe and change their clothing before they leave work.
Many studies have been conducted involving the risks of diseases caused by exposure to asbestos.  The results of one such study involving the risks of smoking and exposure to asbestos proved extremely hazardous.
For further information on asbestos, such as risks, research, lawsuits and disease support groups visit:
http://www.asbestos-headquarters.com
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title:Asian Massage Therapy
author:Caroline Colby
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3721.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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There are several forms of ancient Asian massage still being practiced in the world today. Asian massage techniques are ancient healing rituals developed over the centuries in India and the Far East. Thai massage, shiatsu and asian massage are becoming more and more popular in the west as more people become interested in pilates, yoga and other more holistic forms of exercise and relaxation.
Thai massage actually started in India. It is a form of massage using guided stretching and Meridian pressure point therapy in combination with an ancient breathing method called “Pranayama.” This technique uses breathing techniques to relax and cleanse the body while strengthening the nervous system. Sessions usually end with a ritualized final relaxation that most customers find intensely restful.
Chinese acupressure or “tui na” was developed over 5000 years ago. By applying pressure to the body at certain key points, the acupressure therapist helps the body to activate its own self-healing abilities. Acupressure has been used for centuries to treat back pain, headaches and migraines, stress and anxiety. It is deeply relaxing and can have the added benefit of assisting the patient with weight management.
Japanese Shiatsu is another type of massage developed in the Far East. It concentrates on energy rebalance and physical well-being using the thumbs, palms and fingers to apply pressure to certain areas of the body. Benefits of this type of massage include rebalancing of the bone system, enhanced circulatory function, maintaining balance of the nervous system and greater skin and muscle flexibility.
Indonesian Javanese massage is a system of massage that uses all parts of the hand, including the knuckles, to knead and massage the muscles. Usually a massage oil is used to facilitate the therapy. This massage works on the muscles and nerves to relieve tension, back pain and aid in the healing of fractures. Of all of the Asian massages, this is the most robust, and the massage is often painful, although greatly beneficial in the long run.
Whatever your preferences, there are many ancient Asian massage treatments to choose from. Explore your massage options by adding one of these interesting and beneficial massages to your health regimen.
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Title:
Ask the Doctor

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If you lead an active lifestyle and are ofen outdoors, it's important that you protect your eyes from the environment, not just the sun.


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Ask the Doctor


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Dear Dr. Hansen: I lead a very active lifestyle and am constantly outdoors. How do I best take care of my eyes during outdoor activities?

Protect your eyes from the environment, not just the sun. There's a high risk for injury with many outdoor sporting activities. It's paramount that you have effective sunglasses to protect eyes from flying objects and from ultraviolet (UV) rays. Brand names and high price tags do not indicate the quality of the lens. You should go to your eye care practitioner for recommendations for a pair that protects the entire eye.

Babies and infants in strollers should wear eye protection as well. People who start protecting their eyes at a young age are less likely to have problems later in life.

Keep rewetting products with you at all times. Keeping your eyes lubricated helps keep them free of certain pathogens. You should never rinse your contact lenses with water. Use eyedrops to lubricate and rewet contact lenses. The Complete Revitalize Active Pack for soft lenses contains all you need to keep eyes comfortable and protected while you're on the go-it contains a travel-size Complete MoisturePlus Multi-Purpose Solution and Blink-N-Clean Lens rewetting drops.

Dear Dr. Hansen: Can I swim while wearing contact lenses?

No. All water (tap water, pools, lakes, the ocean, etc.) contains all sorts of contamination. Hot tubs are the worst. It doesn't matter if you open your eyes briefly-you could get an infection in a matter of a few seconds. The best way to protect your eyes while swimming is to remove your contact lenses and wear good athletic goggles.

Dear Dr. Hansen: What should I look for in a good pair of sunglasses?

Sunglasses provide protection from UV rays in sunlight. Exposed UV light may damage the cornea and retina; however, good sun lenses can reduce the harmful UV rays. You can see on the sunglasses' label its level of protection from UVA and UVB rays. Poorly made sunglasses may also cause visual distortion. Unfortunately, distortion-free lenses cannot be checked over the counter. This distortion results in a reduction of optical clarity and may cause headaches. Buying the right pair of sunglasses gives you maximum protection, so visit your eye care practitioner for recommendations of a good pair.

Dear Dr. Hansen: How can I prevent dry eye?

Dry eye syndrome is very common. It causes a variety of symptoms, from irritation, burning and itching, to blurred vision. Though dry eyes cannot be cured, there are a number of steps that can be taken to treat them. Eat a proper, healthy diet with lots of fruits and vegetables and get good exercise. Take breaks from staring at your computer screen every 30 minutes. Blink at intervals of three to five seconds to move tears and lubricate the eye. If you wear contact lenses, use a moisturizing lens solution for optimum comfort such as Complete MoisturePlus Multi-Purpose Solution for soft lenses that soothes with artificial tear ingredients, which can make a difference in how your eyes feel.

David W. Hansen, OD, FAAO, was in clinical practice, a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry and is currently Director, Professional Services at Advanced Medical Optics, Inc. in Santa Ana, Calif.

The best way to protect your eyes while swimming is to remove your contact lenses and wear good athletic goggles.

Dr. Dave Hansen


title:Ask the Expert: Allergy Q & A with Dr. Harold Kim
author:News Canada
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_75.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
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(NC)- What is an allergy?
An allergy is a super-sensitivity to a substance that is not harmful to most other people. These substances are called allergens. The common allergens include pollen, mould, dust mites, cockroaches and pet dander. Some people also have food allergies. Some people have symptoms with strong chemical fumes, odours (including perfumes, fragrances in household cleaners and detergents), smoke and air pollution. These compounds are chemical irritants and not true allergens. The common symptoms of allergy include hay fever, asthma, eczema or food reactions.
How do I know if I have allergies?
Hay fever is the most common allergy problem in Canada. The typical symptoms of hay fever are sneezing, a stuffy or runny nose, watery eyes, a dry cough and itching. Asthma is a lung condition which can lead to shortness of breath, wheezing or coughing. Eczema is a skin condition which often involves a dry itchy rash. True food allergy reactions can include hives, itchiness, shortness of breath, throat tightness, lightheadedness or stomach pain after eating the food allergen. Allergies can be a serious medical condition and you should consult your doctor if you suspect you have them. A doctor may recommend allergy scratch tests (a type of skin testing in which suspected allergens are applied to the skin, scratched and observed for a reaction in 15 minutes). Skin tests should always be done under the supervision of a qualified physician with an expertise in allergy.
How are allergies treated?
The first step in an effective allergy treatment plan is to make some simple lifestyle changes that will limit your exposure to allergens. I would suggest having allergy scratch tests done before any major lifestyle changes are made. After the allergy scratch tests you will know the likely causes of the allergy symptoms. One can avoid pollen by keeping windows closed and air conditioning on during the high-pollen seasons. Most of the mould that causes allergies is from the outdoors. Therefore, keeping the windows closed is helpful. If you notice mould in the house it should be cleaned with diluted bleach. The best ways of avoiding dust mites are to purchase proper dust mite proof pillows and mattress covers, remove carpet from the bedroom, wash the bedding in hot water and to keep the humidity around 40 percent. Vacuuming and duct cleaning are actually not very effective at removing dust mites. The only way to remove pet allergens completely from the home is to keep the pet outdoors or to give the pet away. By keeping pets out of the bedroom, washing pets weekly and removing carpets from the bedroom, you can decrease your total pet allergen exposure. If you have a true food allergy, that food should be completely avoided.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist about which medications would help you manage your allergy symptoms. Antihistamines are the most common medications used to treat hay fever. Antihistamines block the action of histamine released by the immune system and are effective at reducing sneezing, runny nose and itchy, watery eyes. They are particularly effective at relieving the symptoms of seasonal hay fever and should be taken as soon as an allergy attack develops. You may also need a decongestant to reduce nasal congestion. Some antihistamines can cause side effects such as drowsiness and they should be avoided if you have to drive, work or perform tasks that require you to be alert. There are several websites offering good information on allergies, for example, visit www.claritin.ca.
Dr. Harold Kim is an allergy specialist based in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.
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Title:
Ask Your Doctor to 'Knock Your Socks Off'

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Reflexes, blood pressure, eyesight and respiration -all are commonly checked during an annual physical exam. But often overlooked during checkups is what many call "the mirror of your health" - the feet.


Keywords:
Ask Your Doctor to 'Knock Your Socks Off'


Article Body:
Reflexes, blood pressure, eyesight and respiration -all are commonly checked during an annual physical exam. But often overlooked during checkups is what many call "the mirror of your health" - the feet.

The human foot often is the first to show initial signs of severe medical conditions, such as diabetes. That's why the American Podiatric Medical Association is urging those at risk for diabetes to ask for foot exams during their regular checkups.

Diabetes affects 18 million Americans by keeping their bodies from producing or properly using insulin, which is needed to convert sugars, starches and other food into energy.

Unfortunately, many Americans - nearly 5.2 million, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - are unaware they're diabetic and don't recognize the disease's early warning signs, which usually occur in the feet.

When it's too late, the consequences often are severe: heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, blindness, kidney disease and even amputation. In fact, diabetes is the leading cause of nontraumatic foot amputations each year.

The good news is there are ways to detect diabetes at its onset, before it does further damage.

"Early detection is paramount and something as simple as taking your shoes and socks off for a foot screening could assist in diagnosis of diabetes earlier," said APMA President Dr. Lloyd Smith.

In fact, annual foot screenings could reduce diabetic foot amputations by as much as 85 percent, according to APMA.

Knowing foot-related diabetes warning signs also is vital in early detection. Alert a family physician or podiatrist to these signs:

* Redness.

* Numbness.

* Swelling.

* Feet feel cold to the touch from decreased blood circulation.

* Inflammation.

* Noticeable changes to the feet.


title:Aspartame Causes Cancer in Rats
author:Rita Jenkins
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3404.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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Rats given varying doses of aspartame -- the second most widely used artificial sweetener in the world -- experienced a statistically significant increase in the incidence of malignant tumors, lymphomas and leukemias in a study slated for publication in Environmental Health Perspectives.
The study's authors are calling for an "urgent re-evaluation" of the current guidelines for consumption of this compound.
"Our study has shown that aspartame is a multipotential carcinogenic compound whose carcinogenic effects are also evident at a daily dose of 20 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) of body weight," the authors write, "notably less than the current acceptable daily intake for humans." Currently, the acceptable daily intake for humans is set at 50 mg/kg in the United States and 40 mg/kg in Europe.
More Than 200 Million People
Aspartame is found in more than 6,000 products, including carbonated and powdered soft drinks, hot chocolate, chewing gum, candy, desserts, yogurt and tabletop sweeteners, as well as some pharmaceutical products like vitamins and sugar-free cough drops.
More than 200 million people worldwide consume the sweetener. It has been used for more than 30 years, having first been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1974.
Earlier research on the carcinogenicity of aspartame performed by its producers has been negative.
In the latest study, investigators administered aspartame to rats by adding it to a standard diet. They began studying the rats at eight weeks of age and continued until the spontaneous death of each rat. This study followed more animals over a longer period than did earlier research.
Treatment groups received feed that contained concentrations of aspartame at dosages simulating human daily intakes of 5,000, 2,500, 500, 100, 20 and 4 mg/kg body weight. Groups consisted of 100 males and 100 females at each of the three highest dosages, and 150 males and 150 females at all lower dosages, as well as controls.
The experiment ended after the death of the last animal at 159 weeks. At spontaneous death, each animal underwent examination for microscopic changes in all organs and tissues, a process different from the aspartame studies conducted 30 years ago and one that was designed to allow aspartame to fully express any carcinogenic potential.
Extensive Evidence of Malignancies
The treated animals showed extensive evidence of malignant cancers, including lymphomas, leukemias and tumors at multiple organ sites in both males and females.
The increase in lymphomas and leukemias may be related to one of the metabolites in aspartame -- namely methanol -- which is metabolized in both rats and humans to formaldehyde, the authors speculate. Both methanol and formaldehyde have shown links to lymphomas and leukemias in other long-term experiments.
"In our opinion, previous studies did not comply with today's basic requirements for testing the carcinogenic potential of a physical or chemical agent, in particular concerning the number of rodents for each experimental group (40-86, compared to 100-150 in the current study) and the termination of previous studies at only 110 weeks of age of the animals," the authors conclude.
Copyright 2005 Daily News Central
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title:Asperger's Syndrome Children and Sensory Sensitivity
author:Nelle Frances
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3237.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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Children with Asperger’s Syndrome suffer from sensory sensitivity or are “sensory defensive”. This sensitivity can encompass any or all of the senses: sound, touch, taste, sight, and smell.
These sensitivities are real, and cause the sufferer much discomfort, some describing it as ‘painful’. Sensory overload can trigger a meltdown, often being the ‘straw that broke the camel’s
back’.  Some sensitivity’s will diminish with exposure and the passage of time.  Others will remain as severe for life.
Does your child insist on wearing the same clothes, hat or shoes all the time?  Does your child ask for the same foods for every meal?  Does he/she shy away from outdoor activities or not like the flashing lights at a school disco? Do they become distracted by strong smells, or notice smells before anyone else? Do they get intensely frightened by balloons popping, fireworks or crowds applauding?  Then they may have sensory issues.
Some stimuli your child may be sensitive to:-
Auditory -mower; vacuum; fire alarm; clock ticking
Visual -sunshine; fluorescent lights; fans; ‘trigger’ colours
Olfactory (smell) -perfume; deodorant; scented washing powder; toothpaste; insecticides
Tactile -Shirt; shorts; shoes; socks; static in clothes; feel of wind on skin
A lot can be done in managing these sensitivities, such as Sensory Integration, Auditory Integration Training and Occupational Therapy. For light sensitivity there’s Irlen Lenses.
At home you may consider a “sensory diet” of activities including:
Whole body actions e.g. swimming; hanging by the arms; push-ups
Proprioceptive activities e.g. pushing hands together in prayer position; pushing against a wall with legs
Vestibular-proprioceptive activities e.g. swinging; trampoline; bike riding; dance
Tactile activities e.g. body brushing; rolling on an exercise ball
For sound sensitivities consider using ear plugs, headphones or even blue-tac in the ears to muffle the sounds.  Having your child listen to music they enjoy (of a soothing nature rather than heavy metal) can benefit, and monitor the lighting in your home – natural is best.
There are many other factors that can contribute to sensory overload.
Many Asperger children are extremely sensitive to the moods of other people, especially when they are in close proximity. The effects of other people’s moods seem to wash over ASD children, and it evokes a differing response in each child.  This is called referred mood. E.g. For the referred emotion of ANGER, the Asperger child may become angry themselves, or they may withdraw within themselves, and internalise the anger, or feel the anger is directed at them – and think it must be their fault. 
Whichever way they experience referred moods, it’s a totalling confusing and exhausting experience for an Asperger child. Referred moods happen with most emotions such as agitation, anxiety, excitement.
Asperger children are also overloaded from too many people (crowds), and some scenarios are shopping centres, school assembly/parade, public libraries, movie theatres, concerts, fairs, playgrounds in the park etc.  They seem to soak in all the energy around them. Too much to smell, too much to listen to, too much to see, too much movement!
Another source of overload for the Asperger child is voice, particularly tone of voice. Long before the words or message is decoded, the tone is instantly analysed by the ASD child. Any hint of criticism or sarcasm is detected and taken personally.  A critical tone is destructive, particularly when the Asperger child is not aware of the ‘why’.  The ‘loop’ effect can result in the Asperger child going over the statement long after the event took place.  They try to analyse the scenario, and this causes an increase in anxiety, agitation and fear.
Most Asperger children find it traumatic to be looked at or stared at. Asperger children feel vulnerable; unable to protect themselves from prying eyes. Staring intrudes on their own private world, and these children feel powerless to deal with it. When Asperger children become over sensitised from staring they often think they are being stared at when they’re not. Their obsessiveness takes over and “being stared at” can become a major source of bother.
These are all common areas of upset for an Asperger child. They can all contribute to the cumulative overload effect of Sensory Stimuli. And yes, they can often lead to meltdown! Your child’s Psychologist/Therapist should be working on strategies to effectively help your child in these areas, but being aware of these sources of distress means you will be able to better understand your Asperger child’s behaviour, and perhaps take preventative action when appropriate.
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Title:
Association Of Steroids And Sports

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The association of steroids and sports is old, but it is one of the highly knotted and intricate issues of the modern times. The drive to compete-and to win is mainly responsible for tying the knot of steroids and sports. The connection of steroids and sports is referred to as doping in sports terms.


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steroids and sports


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The association of steroids and sports is old, but it is one of the highly knotted and intricate issues of the modern times. The drive to compete-and to win is mainly responsible for tying the knot of steroids and sports. The connection of steroids and sports is referred to as doping in sports terms. Doping is practice of using performance-enhancing drugs such as anabolic steroids to get an edge in competitive sports.

The history of steroids and sports is believed to have begun in 1930s. It was the decade when “testosterone” was first synthesized. Testosterone was introduced into the sporting arena in the 1940's and 1950's. Since then, steroids are often used by weightlifters, bodybuilders, athletes, and other sports persons to amplify their performance levels, power, and stamina. Steroids and sports created kicked up a great row in the first half of the twentieth century.

The first reaction against steroids and sports came from the International Amateur Athletic Federation, now the International Association of Athletics Federations, which became the first international governing body of sport to ban doping or the use of steroids in sports in 1928. Aiming to disassociate steroids and sports, FIFA (soccer) and Union Cycliste Internationale (cycling) banned the use of steroids in 1966, and the International Olympic Committee joined them in 1967. The first tests for athletes were at the 1966 European Championships and two years later the IOC implemented their first drug tests at both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

Anabolic steroids became highly prevalent during the 1970s, which further complicated the problem of steroids and sports. This knotty link of steroids and sports led to the creation of the World Anti-Doping Agency in 1999. The agency works to test and detect steroids used in sports, and the detected steroids are added to the IOC's list of prohibited substances. There is long list of sports persons who have been tested positive for using steroids or prohibited substances.


title:Asthma
author:John Smith
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2597.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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Asthma is considered to be a respiratory system disease. This condition causes the person with Asthma to have difficulty breathing in the form of shortness of breath, coughing, the feeling of chest tightness, and sometimes feeling winded.
Asthma attacks the narrowing of the bronchial tubes that can leave the person without enough air to receive the oxygen they need. When these “attacks” occur the person can be left breathless, dizzy, and can cause them to faint.
Many things can bring on an asthma attack such as a burst of cold air, running, odors, mold, and other allergens.  These attacks or asthmatic episodes can include breathless, fast breathing, delayed expiration of breath, and a faster heart rate. With severe asthma attacks the person experiences lack of oxygen which can bring on chest pain, fainting, and unconsciousness. In some rare cases with severe attacks their have been incidences of respiratory arrest and even death. Other that during these asthma attacks the person shows no signs of asthma.
The major symptoms of Asthma include shortness of breath, a “wheezing” sound and coughing. During the coughing the mucous will be clear with no sign of green or yellow. Green or yellow mucous shows signs of an infection. Asthma is not an infection, so the mucous will be clear.
In allergic asthma the attacks are brought on by allergens. This type of attack is always brought on by inhaling something like pet dander, mold, dust, or even the pollen from plants and flowers. These allergens bring on a reaction of the airways to the lungs to become swollen and the oxygen that you breathe in can not go through the airways. This can cause coughing, a wheezing sound, and shortness of breath.
In non-allergic asthma is usually brought on by nervousness, tension, a burst of cold air or hot dry air, exercising, smoking, or other inhaled irritants. The symptoms are the same but it is not caused from an allergy.
Asthma is a hereditary condition, but just because one or both of your parents have asthma does not necessarily mean you will also have asthma. Many with no history of asthma also can have this condition. It can be triggered by a cold, exercise, allergies, etc...
Asthma can be treated in two different forms one with and inhaler and one in pill form. Inhalers are considered to be the quick cure. This will relieve the symptoms and the person will be able to breathe normally in just a few minutes. The long term controllers are of course pills. The pills are normally anti-inflammatory medications that can keep control of the inflammation in the airways to the lungs.
There is no way to prevent asthma but you can lead a very normal life by doing as your physician suggests.

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title:Asthmatics – Don't Suffer At Altitude!
author:David Drinkall
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4642.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
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Some kinds of exercise cause problems for asthmatics. Activities like climbing and skiing have an additional problem. Not only are there the exercise problems, but the altitude itself can cause an additional challenge of its own.
It is possible that people with asthma are more likely to be affected by altitude sickness. But what is altitude sickness? And why should asthma sufferers be more likely to suffer from it?
Simply put, people who live at lower altitudes can become ill when they visit high areas. They can feel light-headed, suffer from headache, suffer from fatigue, insomnia and palpitations, or experience lack of appetite, diarrhoea and abdominal pain.
One of the most acute collections of symptoms is around breathing difficulties; liquid accumulates in the lungs.
Will altitude affect your asthma?
The conditions are high altitudes are often dry and cold, and these conditions tend to worsen or trigger asthma.  If your asthma is triggered by cold conditions, you might find that high altitudes are a problem, as the air temperature usually decreases at higher altitudes.
Bear in mid, though, that fit, healthy people with well-controlled asthma should have no problems coping with high altitudes, provided that they go up slowly. Recognise and accept your limitations. Make sure you have all your medicines with you. You may need to adjust your dose, and to plan your intake before, through and after your activity.
But be careful. In freezing conditions, pressurized inhalers may not work properly.  They should be warmed (e.g. in the hands) before use.
Take it easy
Climbing and skiing can be very strenuous exercise and  may trigger exercise-induced asthma in some people.
Some kinds of asthma may be eased
If your asthma is triggered by house-dust mites, you may even find that your asthma improves. Surprised? Why should this be? Simply because the house-dust mite cannot survive at altitudes higher than 'the snow line'.
Take time to acclimatize
People with asthma who fly directly into a place that is at high altitude will not have time to acclimatize and may experience problems.  So talk to your doctor so that the altitude if you're flying to a high-altitude destination several weeks before you leave. This will allow you time to work out a personal asthma action plan for the trip.
Your plan might involve increasing your preventer treatment for several weeks before the trip to give the airways extra protection. Or measuring peak flow while away to determine how altitude is affecting your lung function. Or even simple things like ensuring that you have enough medication and backup medication.
Take care when exercising
Make sure you feel right at any particular altitude before going higher. If you start feeling breathless, slow down. Drink plenty of water, and eat small snacks often to prevent altitude sickness. And, do tell your fellow climbers and skiers that you're asthmatic.
Remember to take everything in stages, talk to your doctor and keep your medicines to hand, and you should have a better time this winter.
Copyright 2006 David Drinkall
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Title:
Asthma - Types, Causes, and Treatment

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Asthma can strike at any age, half of all cases first occur in children under age 10; in this age group, asthma affects twice as many boys as girls.  It is one of the leading causes of respiratory illness among children and young adults, however, this condition may progress a lifetime.  It's estimated  17-million Americans suffer from asthma.


Keywords:
asthma, extrinsic asthma, intrinsic asthma, allergic condition, antigen, cough, wheezing, chest tightness


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Asthma can strike at any age, half of all cases first occur in children under age 10; in this age group, asthma affects twice as many boys as girls.  It is one of the leading causes of respiratory illness among children and young adults, however, this condition may progress a lifetime.   It's estimated  17-million Americans suffer from asthma.

Asthma is a reversible lung disease characterized by obstruction or narrowing of the airways, the lining of the airways .  It may resolve spontaneously or with treatment.  Its symptoms range from mild wheezing and shortness of breathe (dyspnea) to life-threatening respiratory failure.  Symptoms may persist between acute episodes.

People with asthma do not have a problem inhaling, but rather, a problem exhaling.  Airways open up during inhalation with the lowering of the diaphragm as the ribs move out making the lungs bigger allowing air to move around any obstruction. However, when the person exhales, as the rib cage relaxes the diaphragm slides up, preventing the air from getting around the obstruction.

TYPES AND CAUSES

Extrinsic asthma results from sensitivity to specific external allergens.  In cases in which the allergen isn't obvious, it's referred to as intrinsic asthma. 

Extrinsic asthma usually begins in childhood and is accompanied by other manifestations of atopy  --  A hereditary disorder marked by the tendency to develop immediate allergic reactions to substances such as pollen, food, dander, insect venoms, house dust or mold, kapok or feather pillows, food additives containing sulfites,  or similar allergic conditions.
 
In intrinsic asthma, no external allergen can be identified.  Most cases are preceded by a severe respiratory infection.  Irritants, emotional stress, fatigue, exposure to noxious fumes, changes in temperature, and changes in humidity, may aggravate intrinsic asthma attacks.  In many asthmatics, intrinsic and extrinsic asthma coexist.

Several drugs and chemicals may provoke an asthma attack.   Examples of these substances include aspirin, various nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and yellow food dye (tartrazine).  Exercise may also provoke an asthma attack.  In exercise-induced asthma, bronchospasm may follow heat and moisture loss in the upper airways.

An asthma attack may begin dramatically, with simultaneous onset of many severe symptoms, or insidiously, with gradually increasing respiratory distress.  It typically includes the following signs or symptoms or some conbination of them:

- progressively worsening shortness of breath
- cough
- wheezing
- chest tightness.

During an acute attack, the cough sounds tight and dry.  As the attack subsides,  thick mucus is produced (except in young children, who don't expectorate).  Between acute attacks, breath sounds may be normal.

The intensity of breath sounds in symptomatic asthma is typically reduced.  A prolonged phase of forced expiration is typical of airflow obstruction.  Evidence of lung hyperinflation (use of accessory muscles, for example) is particularly common in children.  Acute attacks may be accompanied by tachycardia, tachypnea, and diaphoresis.  In severe attacks, the patient may be unable to speak more than a few words without pausing for breath.  Cyanosis (a bluish or purplish tinge to the skin and mucous membranes), confusion, and lethargy indicate the onset of respiratory failure.

TREATMENT

Treatment of acute asthma aims to decrease inflammation, coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath, bronchial airway swelling, and increase pulmonary ventilation.  After an acute episode, treatment focuses on avoiding or removing precipitating factors, such as environmental allergens or irritants.

If asthma is caused by a particular virus, bacterium, toxin, or other foreign substance, it may be treated by desensitizing the patient through a series of injections of limited amounts of the antigen causing the attack.  The aim is to curb the patient's immune response to the antigen.


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Copyright 2006 -- HealthClamour.com
Larry Champlin
Health Clamour
Senior Editor
http://www.healthclamour.com


Title:
Asthma and Its Symptoms

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574

Summary:
If you're wondering if you have asthma or your child has it, here is a list of asthma symptoms.  Just having a few of these symptoms is not a sure sign you have asthma.  Look them over and if you think you do have asthma, see your doctor for confirmation.


Keywords:
asthma, asthma attacks, asthma symptoms


Article Body:
In his book, Essential Allergy, Niels Mygind defines asthma as,

"A lung disease characterised by: 1, variable and reversible airway obstruction; 2, airway inflammation; and 3, bronchial hyper-responsiveness."

Asthma is a disease where bronchial tubes are sensitive to irritants, which cause them to inflame and produce difficult breathing.  The inflammation can cause,

  *   contraction of muscles around the air passages,
  *   swelling of the airway lining due to airway inflammation, and,
  *   excessive mucus in the airways.

Asthma occurs in most western countries and is the leading chronic illness of children. 

Asthma, in some cases, cannot be cured, but for most patients it can be controlled so that they have only minimal and infrequent symptoms and they can live an active life.

If you have asthma, managing it is an important part of your life.  Controlling your asthma means staying away from things that bother your airways and taking medicines or natural remedies as directed by your doctor.

When a person experiences a worsening of their asthma symptoms, it is called an asthma episode or, in severe cases, an asthma attack.  During an asthma attack, smooth muscles around the bronchial tubes contract, making the airway openings narrower so less air can flow through.  Inflammation increases and the airways become more swollen and narrow.  Cells in the airways also make more mucus than usual, which narrows the airways further.  The changes to the airways cause the symptoms of asthma.

Asthma attacks are not all the same-some are worse than others. In a severe asthma attack, the airways can close so much that not enough oxygen gets to vital organs.  This condition is a medical emergency.  People can die from severe asthma attacks.  A person suffering from an asthma attack has a sensation similar to drowning.

Learning the warning signs or asthma symptoms can often alert a sufferer in time to take preventive action, such as medication or natural remedies.

Asthma attacks can occur over a long period of time.  Although there are times when acute episodes strike asthmatics, most asthma sufferers say that there are long periods during which they suffer few, if any, asthma symptoms.

Here are some asthma symptoms:

  *   Coughing.  Coughing in people with asthma is often worse at night or early in the morning, making it hard for them to sleep.  This may be the only symptom a child with asthma has.
  *   Wheezing.  Wheezing is a whistling or squeaky sound when you breathe.
  *   A tight feeling in the chest.  This can feel like someone is squeezing or sitting on your chest.
  *   Shortness of breath.  Asthma sufferers often say they can't catch their breath, or they feel breathless or out of breath. 
  *   Narrowing of the air passages in the lungs and hence increased resistance to airflow.
  *   Significant reversibility with steroid drugs 
  *   Symptom-free periods
  *   Frequent occurrence of allergy
  *   Inflammation of the air passages
  *   Bronchial hyper-responsiveness to non-specific stimuli such as cold air, air pollution, pollen, dust, or other irritants
  *   Asthma symptoms brought on by exercises
  *   Coughing or wheezing brought on by prolonged crying or laughing

Not all people have these symptoms, and symptoms may vary from one asthma attack to another.  Some symptoms are mild and some are life threatening.

Symptoms also differ in how often they occur.  Some people with asthma only have symptoms once every few months, others have symptoms every week, and still other people have symptoms every day.

Learn how to use natural remedies to reduce asthma attacks and to eliminate many of the asthma symptoms


Title:
Asthma and Sinusitis Awareness

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Sinusitis can worsen asthma. However, many patients who have successful treatment of their sinus infection find that their asthma also improves.


Keywords:
sinusitis, health, problems, treatment


Article Body:
Today, asthma and sinusitis are increasing in frequency and morbidity. When a person has asthma, the patients and his family‘s cooperation are very important. Parents must keep an eye on the complex treatment that includes pills, inhalers and exercises. If there is poor medical service, asthma and sinusitis are likely to get worse.

Asthmatic children have higher risk of getting sinusitis from exposure to second hand smoke. On the other hand, people with chronic sinusitis are sometimes at higher risk of developing asthma. 

When asthma comes with sinus infection, simple treatment will not do. Since the nose is blocked, the individual is forced to breath through their mouth which can likely hasten an asthma attack. Likewise, air breathed through the mouth is colder than the air breathed through the nose. And cold air is known to trigger asthma attacks. Overuse of antibiotics, environmental factors, bacteria and fungi among others often increases the occurrence of asthma and sinusitis despite the advances made in treating these conditions.

If both asthma and sinusitis are considered as inflammatory diseases, then their treatment is likely similar. Patients should drink enough fluids and bacterial infection should be reduced by means of breathing and coughing exercise, various enzymes, exercise, iodides, guaifenesin and irrigation. However, if the sinus infection does not improve with antibiotics, a CT scan may be necessary. Asthma and sinusitis are often treated at the same time as what affects the sinus affects the entire upper respiratory system.     

You are likely to identify asthma if you are aware of its causes and symptoms. Symptoms can generally range from mild shortness of breath to chest pain, coughing and tightness in the chest. Common asthma triggers include indoor and outdoor allergens, infections, tobacco smoke, wood smoke, air pollution, certain medication, weather and even strong emotions. Some episodes of asthma attacks can be very severe and even life threatening. For this reason, education of patients is very important. Also, prompt diagnosis and treatment of sinusitis is important in the long-term management of asthma. And in order to effectively control the symptoms, it is important to know what triggered the attack and then avoid those causes. 

Understand that sinusitis can worsen asthma. However, many patients who have successful treatment of their sinus infection find that their asthma also improves. Controlling the inflammatory process in the nose can help to control asthma symptoms. And along with prevention and treatment, maintaining a healthy well-balanced lifestyle and diet is also very important. After all, a healthy body is likely to get sick.


Title:
Asthma Cure - Breathe Deeply and Naturally

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Summary:
Many of us try to be free of asthma symptoms and reduced side effects. Been able to breathe deeply and naturally filling the lungs with pure, fresh air


Keywords:
Asthma Cure, Asthma help


Article Body:
Many of us try to be free of asthma symptoms and reduced side effects. Been able to breathe deeply and naturally filling the lungs with pure, fresh air. Be free of asthma drugs and strengthen your entire respiratory system helping to enhance natural immunity and to support proper functioning. When you can enjoy an active healthy lifestyle is very important for the maintenance of health.

Some people get severe asthma attacks requiring admission to an intensive care unit. Looking for asthma treatment information is the key to eliminating asthma and allergy symptoms effectively and safely. To truly have a significant, lasting change in your health and quality of your life is bought about by the quality of your thinking. So what are the facts and information you need to help you take the right steps to reduce your asthma attacks and improve your quality of life.

To become healed of your asthma and asthma illness,  to breathe well, calmly and in a natural and relaxed way.

Become as free of the dependency on your asthma medication and its side effects.
 
Sleep all night and wake up feeling great and  zest for living.
 
Have the power to make these positive changes in your health and body.
 
Not having to watch your child struggling for breath , which has escalated 72 percent in the last 12 years .

This is you aim go and locate the data you need and get moving. There are many website out there that may give advice and information on asthma, go get you research done and help yourself or loved one.


Title:
Asthma Discussed

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• 1 out of every 7 children is affected by asthma.
• It is the second major reason for the hospitalization of the children up to age 9.
• Asthma has affected 1 out of every 12 adults.
• The death rate due to it is constantly rising in America, Africa and Latin countries.
• It has become one of the major reasons of absenteeism from school in the US.
• It leads to 2 million emergency room visits and amounts up to 5,000 deaths every year in the USA alone.

Asthma is...


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Article Body:
• 1 out of every 7 children is affected by asthma.
• It is the second major reason for the hospitalization of the children up to age 9.
• Asthma has affected 1 out of every 12 adults.
• The death rate due to it is constantly rising in America, Africa and Latin countries.
• It has become one of the major reasons of absenteeism from school in the US.
• It leads to 2 million emergency room visits and amounts up to 5,000 deaths every year in the USA alone.

Asthma is a chronic disease, which directly affects your airways. The airways are the tubes carrying air in and out of your lungs. Asthma is caused by inflammation and subsequent constriction of your airway. The condition is characterized by an instantaneous reaction by the airways in response to various triggers or allergens and substances.

During an asthma attack, the airway gets inflamed and restricts the airflow to the lungs. It directly effects your breathing and leaves you short of breath. It makes you wheeze and you can experience chest tightness. During an asthma attack the production of mucus by airway cells increases and it further causes obstruction in the air flow through tubes. You can die due to the lack of oxygen, if the attack is severe and prolonged.

Asthma, if not treated and controlled, can cost you your life.

It is widely known disease, effecting millions of people, still there is no concrete evidence towards its cause. Studies have revealed that it is caused due to allergic reactions caused by the presence of certain antibodies or certain conditions. Some studies also reveal that it is caused due to obesity and weight related problems. Various triggers or allergic reactions are known to cause asthma in people. It might not be necessary that the same trigger causes an asthma attack in all people. There are numerous triggers, which can cause asthmatic attacks. Triggers can be categorized as allergens, irritants and other triggers. Among the common triggers which initiate asthma attacks are as follows:

Allergens
Dust
Pollen
Mold
Cockroaches
Dust mites
Animal dander
Irritants
Tobacco smoke
Air pollution
Strong odor
Laughing
Crying
Others
Workplace chemicals
Common cold
Infections
Exertion
Respiratory infection
Flu

It is important for you to identify what triggers an asthma attack for you. It would help you greatly if, once recognized, you in stayed away from any known causes.

Like other diseases, asthma also presents symptoms that characterize its early, advancing and later stages. Some of the common symptoms include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness.

The first stage -- Early warning signs of Asthma

If you are in the early stages of an asthmatic event, you might experience some common symptoms. These common symptoms are characterized during the inception periods of the asthma episode. The symptoms include:-

*Frequent coughing during sleep in the night.
*Experiencing wheezing or coughing after exercising.
*Shortness of breath.
*Extreme exhaustion following exercise.
*Feeling tired and upset all the time.
*Experiencing a running nose, sore throat, headaches and sneezing frequently.

If you experience any of the above symptoms, you should immediately get yourself checked for asthma. The swifter you act, the more you will be able to control it.

The second stage - Advancement and worsening of Asthma

If you are not able to identify the initial symptoms of asthma, or if you ignore those symptoms, asthma could get even worse. The advancement of asthma starts affecting your daily activities and sleep. Some of the symptoms of worsening asthma include.

*Regular and undying cough.
*Frequent wheezing.
*Declined response to medications.
*Shortness of breath.
*Experiencing regular tightness in the chest.
Asthma should be diagnosed immediately upon countering these symptoms or it could further advance into a severe stage causing damage to your body.

The final stage and its symptoms

When asthma enters into its last stage it starts affecting you severely. It makes life difficult for you and can even cause the death. You would need immediate medical attention if you experience any of the symptoms listed below:

*Rapid breathing.
*Undying chest pain and pressure.
*Non-stop coughing.
*Sweaty and dull face.
*Blue fingernails and lips.
*Hampered talking.
*Retraction of neck and chest muscles.
*Frequent gasping for breath.
*Severe wheezing.

Asthma can only be controlled, not cured. So you must abide by proper medication and medical instructions. It is also important to stay free of any known triggers, which can cause an asthma attack.

You should visit your doctor immediately if you are concerned you may be suffering with asthma.


Title:
Asthma Education is Critical for Community Health

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One of the keys to effective asthma treatment is asthma education – not just for the patient but for everyone involved in his or her life.


Keywords:
asthma. allergy, allergies


Article Body:
Rather than treating asthma like a string of isolated asthma attacks, doctors are now treating asthma as a chronic condition that is affected by nearly every aspect of the patient’s life. Instead of focusing on acute care intervention, doctors now focus on daily management, medication and monitoring to help minimize symptoms of asthma and lessen the severity of asthma attacks when they do happen.

Asthma education is a key part of that management. By teaching the patient and his family how to monitor his own condition, what causes flare-ups of symptoms and how to avoid them, doctors can reduce the number of hospitalizations and emergency room visits due to asthma. Using a peak flow meter, an asthmatic can keep track of his lung capacity – and seek appropriate treatment if it wanders into the danger zone. Education about asthma can impress upon him the importance of measuring every day – and keeping careful records.

Extending that education into the community can literally save your child’s life. Something as simple as spending an hour with a third grade class to show them how to help someone having an asthma attack can pay back unexpected dividends. After all, wouldn’t you rather know that all of your child’s classmates will recognize an asthma attack – and do the right thing when they see one?

The administration of your child’s school is another place where asthma education can pay off big dividends. Many schools still don’t understand how vital it is that a child with asthma has his inhaler with him at all times. When schools deny an asthmatic child his right to carry his inhaler for fear that other children will find a way to abuse it, the results can be disastrous. Making the effort to do a bit of advocacy and asthma education can literally make the difference between life and death.

Community asthma education can also make a big difference in whether or not children with asthma are properly diagnosed. Many people still don’t recognize the symptoms of asthma unless they see an acute attack – but mild asthma, and the symptoms of chronic asthma can be devastating to a child’s life. Chronic respiratory illnesses, bronchitis, pneumonia and chest pain can keep children out of school and in the emergency room. By educating the community through public service announcements, school outreach programs, clinic visits and physician incentives, many children with hidden asthma can be reached and treated, reducing the overall costs of health care as well as improving the individual child’s health.

Like diabetes education ten years ago, asthma education today can help alert parents, identify those who suffer from asthma and make sure that appropriate treatment is available to everyone who needs it. This is especially important in the case of childhood asthma, where the diagnoses and treatments and standards of care so often seem to be inequitable. Asthma education can help ensure that all parents are aware of the standard of treatment that their children SHOULD be getting – which is the first step to ensuring that the children get the care that they require.


Title:
Asthma Treatment

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261

Summary:
Many of us try to be free of asthma symptoms nearly all the time, provided we follow medical advice. Been able to breathe deeply and naturally filling the lungs with pure, fresh air.


Keywords:
Asthma Treatment, Asthma Treatment Information


Article Body:
Many of us try to be free of asthma symptoms nearly all the time, provided we follow medical advice. Been able to breathe deeply and naturally filling the lungs with pure, fresh air. Be free of asthma drugs and strengthen your entire respiratory system helping to enhance natural immunity and to support proper functioning. When you can enjoy an active healthy lifestyle is a key to success.

Some people get severe asthma attacks may lead to respiratory arrest and death. Looking for asthma treatment information is the key to eliminating asthma and allergy symptoms effectively and safely. To truly have a significant, lasting change in the health and quality of your life what would that give you?. So what are the facts and information you need to help you take the right steps to reduce your asthma attacks hospital stays, and chronic illness.

To Be healed of your asthma and asthma illness,  to breathe easily, calmly and in a natural and relaxed way.

Become as free of the dependance on your asthma medicine and its side effects.
 
Enjoy your night time rest and wake up feeling great and  zest for living.
 
Have the power to make these positive changes in your health and in your life.
 
Be relieved of the agony of watching your child struggling for breath at times .

This is you aim go and locate the information you need and do something about it. There are numerous internet websites out there that may give advice and information on asthma, go get you research done and help yourself or wife.


Title:
Asthma Treatment -- How To Help Someone Having An Attack

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602

Summary:
Our existence depends on breath -- and an acute asthma attack can make it almost impossible to breathe. Here’s what you must know to help someone having an attack.


Keywords:
asthma treatment, asthma attack, care for asthmatics, asthma inhalers, asthma info, asthma emergency aid


Article Body:
Our existence depends on breath -- and an acute asthma attack can make it almost impossible to breathe. No wonder these attacks are so scary for both the affected person and for onlookers.

Knowing the basics of asthma treatment is essential when trying to help someone experiencing an attack.

Maybe you are having dinner with a friend and all of a sudden, she looks panic stricken and gasps for breath. Or perhaps your children’s friends have come over to your house and your daughter screams that her best friend can’t breathe.

Do you know how to deal with these situations? If you are able to provide the right asthma treatment, it might possibly save someone’s life.

Here are key facts you should know.

* During a bout of asthma, patients find it easier to breathe while sitting up than lying down. So help them get into a comfortable sitting position.

* Most asthma patients know what they need to do to deal with an attack. So it is best to ask them. Ask if they have an inhaler and where it is. If they don’t have one, ask them if you should call for help.

Many asthma patients carry not only an inhaler, but a written instruction card as well. An asthma attack can temporarily rob the patient of his ability to speak.

In such situations, an instruction card explaining what needs to be done can be invaluable. If there is such a card, just do as it says.

* Help them use the inhaler. An inhaler is designed to deliver a specific dose of asthma medication. The medication relaxes the patient’s airways and helps restore normal breathing.

Medication is so important that in case the patient doesn’t have his or her inhaler available, most doctors say that it is ok to use someone else’s. Nothing else you can do has nearly the same effect as taking the right medication.

In general, you should give two to four puffs of the inhaler and then wait for about five minutes for the next dose.

Position the mouthpiece of the inhaler between the patient’s lips. Let him know when you are about to give a puff so that he can breathe in at the same time.

Wait for several seconds before you deliver another puff. Or until he lets you know he is ready for the next one.

You can use a spacer to help the person inhale the medicine over the course of several breaths, instead of one breath. This device sits between the inhaler and the person’s mouth and can hold the medicine in place between breaths.

If a spacer is not available, you can make one by rolling up some paper to create a tube.

* Once you’ve given medication, observe the patient for several minutes. Is it getting easier for him to breathe?

* If it appears that they are not responding to the medication within ten minutes, call an ambulance. And continue to deliver about four puffs of medication every five minutes while waiting for the ambulance.

The medication will help prevent the asthma attack from getting worse even if it doesn’t seem to provide immediate relief.

* Stay calm throughout the episode. This will help the patient remain calm as well. If he panics, it will worsen the asthma attack and make it far more difficult for him to breathe.

So talk to him calmly, to reinforce the feeling that everything is under control. This is vitally important.

Being aware of these asthma treatment basics will help you deal effectively with many emergency situations.


Title:
Asthma Treatment Reliefs : did you know there are other ways of help?

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298

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This article is about asthma treatment reliefs. Are you there any other help around?


Keywords:
asthma treatment reliefs, asthma treatment control, asthma treatment, asthma treatment secrets, asthma treatment tip, asthma control, asthma, asthmatic, asthmatics, drug free, sinus, allergies, allerg


Article Body:
This article is about finding other ways for help asthma treatment or relief?

Has asthma changed your lifestyle completely for many years? Suffering from asthma is obviously no fun and can have quite a negative affect on the daily lives of sufferers, especially to children.

Conventional treatments and remedies almost always help to a certain degree, but one must ask, are there any other effective methods to supplement my existing treatment?

Some "alternative" methods for asthma treatment reliefs include chiropractic manipulation of the spine and rib cage which is thought to improve lung function.

Another alternative non-conventional method for asthma treatment involves acupuncture which is thought to somehow improve breathing process, however there is no conclusive evidence on this method.

Though not right for everyone, many sufferers of asthma have found relief through the use of alternative herbal medicines in addition to their current asthma treatment. Herbal medicines can help treat a wide spectrum of conditions and can act as anything from a natural weight loss, to the treatment of insomnia.

Natural asthma formulas usually contain a range of ingredients including blood root, St. John's Wort, mullein, saw palmetto, wild cherry bark, amongst others. These natural ingredients work together to effectively aid the process of breathing. Besides the above, using traditional chinese medicine magnolia flower bud (essential oil) can really relieve asthma attacks on adults and children.

So now you're aware that there are other methods to help treat asthma. Keep in mind that you should never add to, or alter any component of your current asthma treatment without first consulting your physician. Ask your doctor about "alternative" treatments and become educated on all possible avenues of asthma treatment relief.

Eddy's website is about Asthma Treatment Reliefs.


Title:
Asthma Triggers and How to Control Them

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Summary:
Do you enjoy the outdoors? Do you love pets? What if you had to choose between these things and your ability to breathe?

Unfortunately, for many asthma sufferers, that choice is one they make every day. Asthma affects millions of Americans, many of them children. Asthma is a serious condition that restricts airways and causes breathing difficulties which result in approximately 5,000 deaths annually.


Keywords:
Asthma Triggers and How to Control Them


Article Body:
Do you enjoy the outdoors? Do you love pets? What if you had to choose between these things and your ability to breathe?

Unfortunately, for many asthma sufferers, that choice is one they make every day. Asthma affects millions of Americans, many of them children. Asthma is a serious condition that restricts airways and causes breathing difficulties which result in approximately 5,000 deaths annually.

So, how can asthma sufferers do the things they love without suffering? Knowing asthma triggers and how to manage them are the first steps to a fuller, happier life.

Here are a few asthma triggers and ways to manage them, as recommended by the Consumer Federation of America:

* Secondhand smoke. Tobacco smoke, whether exhaled by a smoker or emitted from the end of a burning tobacco product, irritates air passageways.

To keep secondhand smoke from triggering an asthma attack, asthmatics should politely ask friends and guests in their home to refrain from smoking.

Parents with asthmatic children should prohibit smoking in their homes and automobiles.

* Dust mites. These microscopic animals are in every home. They survive on skin flakes and usually live in mattresses, pillows, carpets, upholstered furniture, bedcovers, clothes, stuffed toys and other fabric-covered items.

To keep dust mites at bay, wash sheets, bedcovers and blankets at least once a week in hot water; cover mattresses and pillows in dust-proof covers and maintain low indoor humidity.

* Pets. To keep pets around and avoid asthma problems, pets should be kept out of bedrooms and any other areas where people sleep. They should also be kept away from fabric-covered surfaces, which can collect hair.

* Mold. Mold can grow on wood, paper, carpet and foods. Mold can best be controlled by controlling moisture in your home. To do so, fix leaks in pipes and make sure moisture-filled areas, like kitchens and bathrooms, are well ventilated.

* Cockroaches. Droppings or body parts of cockroaches can be asthma triggers. To manage them, free your home of places for them to hide and be sure not to leave out food or garbage.


Title:
Asthma Triggers And How to Control Them?

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This article is about how asthma trigger started and how to control them. Read on.


Keywords:
asthma trigger, asthma treatment, asthma cure, asthma tip, asthma control, drug free


Article Body:
Do you enjoy the outdoors? Do you love pets? What if you had to choose between these things and your ability to breathe?

Unfortunately, for many asthma sufferers, that choice is one they make every day. Asthma affects millions of Americans, many of them children. Asthma is a serious condition that restricts airways and causes breathing difficulties which result in approximately 5,000 deaths annually.

So, how can asthma sufferers do the things they love without suffering? Knowing asthma triggers and how to manage them are the first steps to a fuller, happier life.

Here are a few asthma triggers and ways to manage them, as recommended by the Consumer Federation of America:

* Secondhand smoke. Tobacco smoke, whether exhaled by a smoker or emitted from the end of a burning tobacco product, irritates air passageways.

To keep secondhand smoke from triggering an asthma attack, asthmatics should politely ask friends and guests in their home to refrain from smoking.

Parents with asthmatic children should prohibit smoking in their homes and automobiles.

* Dust mites. These microscopic animals are in every home. They survive on skin flakes and usually live in mattresses, pillows, carpets, upholstered furniture, bedcovers, clothes, stuffed toys and other fabric-covered items.

To keep dust mites at bay, wash sheets, bedcovers and blankets at least once a week in hot water; cover mattresses and pillows in dust-proof covers and maintain low indoor humidity.

* Pets. To keep pets around and avoid asthma problems, pets should be kept out of bedrooms and any other areas where people sleep. They should also be kept away from fabric-covered surfaces, which can collect hair.

* Mold. Mold can grow on wood, paper, carpet and foods. Mold can best be controlled by controlling moisture in your home. To do so, fix leaks in pipes and make sure moisture-filled areas, like kitchens and bathrooms, are well ventilated.

* Cockroaches. Droppings or body parts of cockroaches can be asthma triggers. To manage them, free your home of places for them to hide and be sure not to leave out food or garbage.

Eddy's website is about Asthma Trigger. Click here for more FREE reports.


title:Asthma: Exercise for Life!
author:Scott Larson
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1402.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
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It is estimated that 17 million people in America have asthma, with 5 million being under the age of 18. Asthma, which is Greek for “to pant”, is a chronic lung disease that triggers episodes of coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath which is caused by an inflammation of the lungs that result in the airways to narrow.  It can take place at any age, and appears to have a genetic link. Although its symptoms are controllable, it is not thought to be curable.
Triggers for asthma can vary from one person to the other and may include allergens (dust, smoke, molds, pollens, and animal dander), chemical agents (cleaning products, perfumes, etc.), emotional stress and exercise. The best way to halt asthma attacks is to prevent them in the first place. Simple steps include controlling and managing house dust mites, animal related allergens, tobacco smoke, cockroach allergen, mold and other fungal spores and pollens, smoke from wood burning stoves, colds and viral respiratory infection, and physical activity or exercise induced asthma (EIA).
It was once thought that physical activity should be discouraged if you had asthma, but today this is not the case. With the appropriate precautions, exercise is not only considered safe, but it is frequently promoted as part of a sound respiratory therapeutic program. There are many ways to help avoid exercise induced asthma.  If you have asthma, check with your doctor before you begin an exercise program and get a complete physical with a review of your current medicine therapy.
Some guidelines:

Warm up with 10 minutes or so of low intensity walking and gentle stretching and before your workout.
Avoid exercising in cold, dry air or in areas where air pollution or allergens are high. If you must exercise in a cold environment use a scarf or face mask to trap the warm moist air and prevent cold dry air from penetrating deep into your lungs.
After exercise, be sure to include a 10 to 15 minute cool down period.
Asthma attacks place significant stress on the body. Fatigue is common, making it even more difficult to breath. This is why a gradual progression with exercise is important. Developing cardiorespiratory fitness will make you feel less fatigued and will help lung function.
Different types of exercise may effect symptoms of asthma. For example, outdoor running is often worse than indoor running on a treadmill. To improve cardiorespiratory fitness, begin with 20 (or less) of low intensity aerobic activity 3 times per week, eventually building to five. Exercise in 10 minute intervals with a short rest in between. Use a cross training method applying different exercise modalities (i.e. treadmill, bike, rower). Swimming rarely causes EIA due to the warm moist air (however swimming in chlorinated pools may be a trigger for some).
Exercise intensity is also related to EIA and should be kept at a moderate level. You should be able to talk in short sentences throughout your workout.
Long duration exercise causes more exercise induced asthma then shorter bouts. Sports that promote stop and go activities such as tennis, volleyball & resistance training may cause less EIA in some individuals. 
Keep your exercise up beat by making the most of your workouts, and avoid becoming bored or stressed, pick activities that you enjoy and can do.
If a medication is prescribed you can use it before exercise and monitor peak air flow with a peak flow meter. Your inhaler can be used during exercise also if symptoms arise. Talk to your doctor about how to use your inhaler with exercise. If notwithstanding your efforts, symptoms develop and persist, stop the activity and inform your doctor. Your doctor may recommend simple changes in medication that make the difference.
Drink plenty of fluids before, during and after exercise. Dehydration causes airways in the lungs to constrict, and makes breathing more difficult. Studies have shown that this is true even if the individual is not exercising. Thirst is a poor indicator of when to rehydrate, by the time you sense thirst your body is already lacking essential fluids.
Avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages such as coffee, tea or sodas; these are diuretics, which dehydrate you even further.
Exercise-related breathing problems also occur in individuals who have not been diagnosed with asthma. People with allergies may experience many of the same symptoms, as exercise causes increased oxygen demand, breathing rate, and cooling and drying of the airways.

Although right now there is no cure for asthma, it can be managed with proper treatment and lifestyle management. Controlling symptoms may include using an inhaler or other medicine, as well as identifying and avoiding factors that may trigger an episode. Educating yourself as much as you can about asthma and your response to exercise gives you improved control and a greater chance of living an active life.

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Title:
Asthma – A Respiratory Disorder

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Asthma is a respiratory disorder characterized by frequent wheezing, labored breathing, sense of chest congestion and frequent attacks of coughing and gasping. It is a disease of the respiratory system in which the airways narrow down often in response to a “trigger” meaning exposure to cold air, exercise, allergen or emotional stress. These symptoms of asthma can range from mild to life threatening and can be controlled by drugs and separate lifestyle changes.

This disord...


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asthma,allergies


Article Body:
Asthma is a respiratory disorder characterized by frequent wheezing, labored breathing, sense of chest congestion and frequent attacks of coughing and gasping. It is a disease of the respiratory system in which the airways narrow down often in response to a “trigger” meaning exposure to cold air, exercise, allergen or emotional stress. These symptoms of asthma can range from mild to life threatening and can be controlled by drugs and separate lifestyle changes.

This disorder is a chronic inflammatory condition in which the airways develop increased responsiveness to various stimuli and are characterized typically by bronchial hyper-responsiveness, increased mucus production, intermittent airway obstruction and frequent inflammation.

Diagnosis of asthma

If you are suffering from any of these symptoms you should visit the physician for proper diagnosis. Asthma is strongly suspected if a patient suffers from eczema or several other allergic conditions and already has a family history of asthma.

However diagnosis of asthma involves the following factors:

§In children it begins with developed breathing problems, history of nasal stiffness [rhinitis], itchy eyes [allergic conjunctivitis] and eczema.
§For adults it involves listening to the lungs with stethoscope and examination of nasal passages.
§Blood tests and sputum studies are also great ways to diagnosis for asthma.
§Spirometry is breathing test, which measures the amount, and rate at which air can pass through airways.
§Exercise challenge tests and metacholine inhalation tests are also great procedures to evaluate airway responsiveness.

Asthma and pregnancy

Asthmatic women can face serious problem during pregnancy. If they do not take proper care, asthma can attack both the mother as well as the fetus inside the mother. Therefore uncontrolled asthma in pregnant women often lead to complications like premature birth, low birth weight and maternal blood pressure changes.

Following are brief ways pregnant women can take care of their asthma:

§The expectant mother should remain active and sleeping throughout the night.
§Pregnant women with asthma should do some regular exercises under the supervision of their physicians.
§The pregnant mother should avoid medications like iodides, aspirin or ASA products, tetracycline, sulfonamides and antihistamines.

Treatments for asthma

Asthma can be treated with two types of medicines that include quick-relief medicines and long-term control medicines. While quick relief medicines should be taken during the first signs of asthma, the long-term medicines are taken every day usually over long periods of time to prevent symptoms and asthma attacks.

Following are the various treatments for asthma:

§Children with moderate or severe asthma should know to use a peak flow meter to help keep asthma under control.
§Medicines are the best treatments along with inhalers. However, medicines like beta-blockers used for treating high blood pressure and glaucoma, nonsteroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin should be avoided.
§Regular physical activity is important to reduce asthma.

You should manage your asthma to remain fit and healthy in life.


title:Asthma... *cough*
author:Tyler Brooker
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2977.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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Asthma, a disease of the human respiratory system, which narrows the airways, commonly in response to a "trigger" such as an exposure to an allergen, exercise, cold air, or emotional stress. This narrowing can cause symptoms like shortness of breath, wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing. Between asthmatic episodes, most people with the condition feel fine.
This disease is a chronic inflammatory condition wherin the airways develop an increased responsiveness to certain stimuli, shown by bronchial hyper-responsiveness, increased mucus production, inflammation, and intermittent airway obstruction. asthma can be anywhere from mild to life threatening, but can generally be controlled with a combination of drugs, inhalers and changes in lifestyle. People have focused on asthma recently because of its rapidly increasing number of patients, affecting up to one in four urban children. Genetic factors can contribute to cases of asthma, but there is no clear pattern of inheritance found. It is a very complex disease which is influenced by many various developmental, genetic, and environmental factors, which work togetherto create the widespread condition.
Breast-fed babies have proved to be less susceptible to asthma. Current research indicates that the prevalence of asthma in children has been increasing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Health Interview Surveys, around 9.2% of US children under 18 years old had asthma in 2001, in comparison with just 4% in 1980. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that  8% of the population of Switzerland suffer from asthma today, compared to 1.9% in 1983. Asthma is more common in countries outside North America, but is by no means a problem restricted to location. "WHO" estimates that there are between 15.3 and 20.1 million asthmatics in India. In the U.S., urban residents, African Americans and Hispanics are affected moreso than the population as a whole.
Around the globe, asthma is the cause of approximately 175,000 deaths per year. Asthma and AthleticsAsthma appear to be more common in athletes than in the general population. One particular survey of participants in the 1996 Summer Olympic Games revealed that 16% had asthma, and 10% were on medication for asthma. There seems to be a high number of asthmatics in sports like mountain biking, cycling, and long-distance running, and a somewhat low percentage in weightlifting. It is not clear how much of these cases are results of the effects of training in the sport.
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title:As The Primary Caregiver, Should I Journal My Feelings About Alzheimer’s Disease?
author:William Hammond, J.D.
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_975.shtml
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Being a caregiver is stressful and difficult. It involves contradictory feelings, thoughts and frustrations. When you have to care for a loved one who has Alzheimer’s, you have to be patient, talk with a calm voice and never “talk down” to your loved one.
Journaling your thoughts and feelings will definitely help you cope with the situation. Write in your journal all that comes through your mind and your heart; nobody but you will read it. It is between you and your journal. Let your pen guide you through the pages. You may want to do some extra research on Alzheimer’s disease to better understand the process and stages your loved one will pass through. If you are a little bit knowledgeable about the disease, the process of caring will be easier on both you and your loved one.
You can keep daily notes on your loved one, such as bathing or eating changes, whether she becomes agitated, and so on. It can also help you remember things to discuss with the doctor.
The good thing about a journal is that it is handy and you can write whenever you feel like it, day or night. It will never contradict you. On the contrary, it will aid you in dealing with your internal emotions; it will relieve your mind and your soul. If you are uncomfortable about writing, then it may be easier for you to express your feelings by recording them on a tape recorder. If you like, you can recall some family gathering you all had together, a camping trip or fishing trip where your loved one caught a BIGGGGG fish! You can read this part to him and it might trigger some memory in your loved one…a memory that was lost to Alzheimer’s.
Journaling will also help you release the burden of care giving you may have. Releasing the burden through the pen will definitely ease the pain. But journaling should not be the only way out for these strong feelings you have. You may want to enroll in a support group. You can check through the Alzheimer’s Association if there is such a group in you area. Speaking to other people will help in getting all these negative emotions out. And most of the participants are dealing with exactly the same emotions because they have to care for a loved one who has dementia. Sometimes, speaking out loud and getting out these feelings will do you a lot of good and you will feel much better after. You may even make friends through these groups, friends that will be able to support you as time goes on.
Remember, you are not alone. You have friends and family to talk to. Maybe you can ask a family member to help with your loved one. It will ease the burden and give you more time to yourself, to journal and to recharge your batteries.
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title:As The Primary Care Giver for an Alzheimer’s Patient, How Can I Get a Break?
author:William Hammond, J.D.
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Taking care of a loved one who has Alzheimer’s is a huge responsibility and very time consuming. It can bring a lot of stress, frustration and more. You devote all your time to your loved one and not have time for yourself anymore. You always wonder: when can I take a break from her? It is not an easy decision, but sometimes it has to be made for your own well being.
There are different options to consider. If your loved one is in early/mid stages of Alzheimer’s you can consider private duty home care. Many agencies throughout the nation and in your community provide this service. A list of providers can be obtained in the phone book, from the local Alzheimer’s Association, Area Agency on Aging, or any case management and referral source. The private duty home care can include services like bathing, sitting, taking to appointments, shopping, meal preparation and other day-to-day essentials. This assistance will definitely help you in getting more free time.
You might also try adult day care.  The centers usually operate from 8.00 am to 5.00 pm. It is a good environment for socialization. Your loved one will be able to interact with others, but she knows she will be back home for the night. If you decide to look for an adult day care, you will want to make sure the staff is experienced in caring for Alzheimer’s patients.
Another solution is hiring an independent in-home care giver yourself. This person will take care of your loved one while you are away. You may be able to obtain names and information about experienced caregivers from places such as your church, Alzheimer’s Association, Area Agency on Aging.
Make sure you check the references. Meet and talk with the prospective caregiver and see how the person interacts with your loved one. Touching is very important. It could be a pat on the back or gently rubbing the hand. You can even ask your loved one for input about the person. People with dementia are often perceptive and intuitive.
And don’t forget! You have family members as well that can help you.  A loved one who has Alzheimer’s affects all family members. So if family members offer to help, take advantage of it.
Remember, help is available. Do not feel guilty because you want to take a break. You deserve it.
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Title:
Así Funciona el Suicidio con Sobredosis de Pastillas

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642

Summary:
Muchas personas deciden suicidarse con sobredosis de pastillas para dormir porque así no sienten dolor pero cuando no lo logran quedan con problemas.


Keywords:
Información acerca de las partillas para dormir que también pueden ser las causantes de las muertes.

Estadísticamente hablando, la sobredosis de pastillas para dormir es uno de los métodos mas usados por las mujeres para atentar contra la vida o para cometer suicidio.

Las pastillas actúan disminuyendo la velocidad de las funciones del cuero, relajando los músculos y químicamente adormeciendo a la persona. Teóricamente, una sobredosis de pastillas para dormir puede desactivar completamente las actividades del cuerpo incluyendo el sistema nervioso, sistema respiratorio y el sistema cardiovascular que al dejar de funcionar estos 3 sistemas eventualmente causa la muerte de la persona.

Gracias a las cualidades anestésicas y tranquilizantes de las pastillas para dormir, en una sobredosis, pueden matar a una persona sin ningún dolor o agonía, es por esta razón que las personas deciden atentar de esta manera contra sus vida y no hacerlo de otra ya que temen al dolor que les pueda causar otro tipo de atentados. Se sabe que Marilyn Monroe se suicido con pastillas para dormir.

Investigadores y aquellos que sobrevivieron a esta clase de atentados contra la vida pueden testifican que no siempre la sobredosis de pastillas funciona para quitarse la vida. Algunas veces es bueno sacar el estrés, jugar en  Casinos en Linea  y sacar los malos pensamientos de la cabeza.

Ahora las pastillas para dormir que son fuertes, que antes eran prescritas por los doctores ya no lo son. La mayoría de pastillas para dormir que contienen un alto nivel anestésico solo son utilizadas en hospitales para dormir a los pacientes antes de una cirugía. Las pastillas para dormir que son vendidas en el mercado contienen menos anestésicos y ya no son potencialmente letales como las que se vendían anteriormente en las farmacias. En otras palabras, la generación de pastillas ahora son químicamente determinadas y diseñadas parara estar a salvo.

Uno de los propósitos es hacer que las pastillas sean menos potentes y que las sobredosis pierdan su significado. Sin embargo eso no significa que la sobredosis de pastillas para dormir no cause un importante daño a nivel del cuerpo y de la mente, esos factores están aun presentes a pesar del bajo riesgo de las pastillas modernas.

Otro factor a considerar son los detalles específicos que envuelven la sobredosis. Algunas personas pueden tener alergia a algunos de los componentes de las pastillas para dormir lo que puede causar daños a otros niveles causando parálisis total del cuerpo y quedando como un vegetal es por eso que la administración de esta clase de medicamentos se debe hacer bajo prescripción y habiendo hablado con anterioridad con un doctor.

Algunas personas que intentan quitarse la vida con esta clase de pastillas para dormir suelen tomar alcohol para acelerar el proceso.

La sobredosis con las pastillas para dormir modernas también pueden causar mucho daño, especialmente en el sistema nervioso. Las dosis normales de esta clase de pastillas también producen efectos secundarios leves. 

Las sobredosis de pastillas para dormir también considerada como un problema psicológico, ya que si una persona considera terminar su vida por medio de la sobredosis de pastillas para dormir es porque en realidad tiene un problema y  necesita ayuda. En la mayoría de los casos, el estrés físico o enfermedades mentales pueden estar asociados a los suicidios.

Las personas que trataron de suicidarse de esta manera pero no lo lograron, suelen sufrir de perdida de memoria, que se debe a la ausencia de oxigeno en el cerebro. Otras personas que han tratado de morir de esta forma han sufrido de paranoia desilusional o han sido encontrados con serios problemas psicológicos después del atentado contra su vida.




Article Body:
Información acerca de las partillas para dormir que también pueden ser las causantes de las muertes.

Estadísticamente hablando, la sobredosis de pastillas para dormir es uno de los métodos mas usados por las mujeres para atentar contra la vida o para cometer suicidio.

Las pastillas actúan disminuyendo la velocidad de las funciones del cuero, relajando los músculos y químicamente adormeciendo a la persona. Teóricamente, una sobredosis de pastillas para dormir puede desactivar completamente las actividades del cuerpo incluyendo el sistema nervioso, sistema respiratorio y el sistema cardiovascular que al dejar de funcionar estos 3 sistemas eventualmente causa la muerte de la persona.

Gracias a las cualidades anestésicas y tranquilizantes de las pastillas para dormir, en una sobredosis, pueden matar a una persona sin ningún dolor o agonía, es por esta razón que las personas deciden atentar de esta manera contra sus vida y no hacerlo de otra ya que temen al dolor que les pueda causar otro tipo de atentados. Se sabe que Marilyn Monroe se suicido con pastillas para dormir.

Investigadores y aquellos que sobrevivieron a esta clase de atentados contra la vida pueden testifican que no siempre la sobredosis de pastillas funciona para quitarse la vida. Algunas veces es bueno sacar el estrés, jugar en  Casinos en Linea  y sacar los malos pensamientos de la cabeza.

Ahora las pastillas para dormir que son fuertes, que antes eran prescritas por los doctores ya no lo son. La mayoría de pastillas para dormir que contienen un alto nivel anestésico solo son utilizadas en hospitales para dormir a los pacientes antes de una cirugía. Las pastillas para dormir que son vendidas en el mercado contienen menos anestésicos y ya no son potencialmente letales como las que se vendían anteriormente en las farmacias. En otras palabras, la generación de pastillas ahora son químicamente determinadas y diseñadas parara estar a salvo.

Uno de los propósitos es hacer que las pastillas sean menos potentes y que las sobredosis pierdan su significado. Sin embargo eso no significa que la sobredosis de pastillas para dormir no cause un importante daño a nivel del cuerpo y de la mente, esos factores están aun presentes a pesar del bajo riesgo de las pastillas modernas.

Otro factor a considerar son los detalles específicos que envuelven la sobredosis. Algunas personas pueden tener alergia a algunos de los componentes de las pastillas para dormir lo que puede causar daños a otros niveles causando parálisis total del cuerpo y quedando como un vegetal es por eso que la administración de esta clase de medicamentos se debe hacer bajo prescripción y habiendo hablado con anterioridad con un doctor.

Algunas personas que intentan quitarse la vida con esta clase de pastillas para dormir suelen tomar alcohol para acelerar el proceso.

La sobredosis con las pastillas para dormir modernas también pueden causar mucho daño, especialmente en el sistema nervioso. Las dosis normales de esta clase de pastillas también producen efectos secundarios leves. 

Las sobredosis de pastillas para dormir también considerada como un problema psicológico, ya que si una persona considera terminar su vida por medio de la sobredosis de pastillas para dormir es porque en realidad tiene un problema y  necesita ayuda. En la mayoría de los casos, el estrés físico o enfermedades mentales pueden estar asociados a los suicidios.

Las personas que trataron de suicidarse de esta manera pero no lo lograron, suelen sufrir de perdida de memoria, que se debe a la ausencia de oxigeno en el cerebro. Otras personas que han tratado de morir de esta forma han sufrido de paranoia desilusional o han sido encontrados con serios problemas psicológicos después del atentado contra su vida.


Title:
Athletes At Greater Risk For Foot Problems

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609

Summary:
Approximately one-quarter of all the bones in the human body are located in the feet. When these bones are out of alignment, so is the rest of the body.


Keywords:
Athletes At Greater Risk For Foot Problems


Article Body:
Approximately one-quarter of all the bones in the human body are located in the feet. When these bones are out of alignment, so is the rest of the body. While 75 percent of the population may experience serious foot problems, it's usually not a genetic matter. Most foot problems are brought on by neglect and a lack of awareness of proper care-including ill-fitting shoes.

Your feet mirror your general health. Conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can show their initial symptoms in the feet-so foot ailments can be the first sign of more serious medical problems.

The best exercise for your feet? Walking. It also contributes to your general health by improving circulation, contributing to weight control and promoting all-around well-being.

A number of general foot problems can be caused by strenuous physical activity, including:

• Arch strain/pain-Frequently the result of a common condition called plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a broad band of fibrous tissue located along the bottom surface of the foot that runs from the heel to the forefoot. Excessive stretching of the plantar fascia away from the heel-usually the result of flat feet-can lead to pain in the heel and arch areas. Recommended treatments include shock-absorbing soles in your workout shoes and removable foot insoles.

• Athlete's foot-A fungal infection that causes red, dry, flaking skin, sometimes accompanied by pain or itching. Athlete's foot is often contracted in showers, gyms, dressing rooms, swimming pool locker rooms or other warm, damp areas where fungus can thrive. Preventive measures include daily washing of the feet followed by thorough drying, and wearing dry, airy shoes and socks. Treatments include prescription medications, either topical or oral.

• Toenail fungus-Known as onychomycosis, it can be picked up in damp areas such as public gyms, shower stalls or swimming pools. Athletes and people who wear tight-fitting shoes or hosiery that cause trauma to the toes or keep the feet from drying out are at higher risk. It is difficult to treat, so the best course is to prevent it by wearing protective shoes or sandals in public showers or pool areas, and by not borrowing other people's shoes, socks or towels.

Foot Health Is Important

When it comes to painful feet, what appears to be minor may grow into a serious issue if left untreated. Seek out a podiatrist if you notice:

• Blisters, calluses or thickening skin on the foot

• Bumps on the toes

• Peeling skin on heels, sides of feet or between the toes

• Any wound or sore that resists healing

• Thick, brittle, discolored or flaking toenails

• Warts.

Feet are susceptible to fungal infections that can result in itching and burning. Fungal infections under toenails can make walking, standing and wearing shoes miserably painful. Contact a podiatrist if you suffer from brittle nails or dry skin and want your feet to look and feel better.

10 Steps To Healthy Feet

To keep your feet healthy and comfortable, follow these easy foot tips:

• See your podiatrist and follow his or her directions.

• Wear properly fitting shoes.

• Keep feet cool and dry.

• Wash and thoroughly dry feet daily, even between toes.

• Avoid wearing the same shoes two days in a row.

• Always wear shoes in public areas, including hotel rooms and health clubs, to avoid contracting an infection.

• Disinfect shoes regularly with a disinfectant spray.

• Clip toenails straight across.

• Use sterile pedicure instruments.

• Foot pain, itching or ugly toenails should never be ignored.

Your feet are feeling the impact of tremendous pressure with each step. If this is causing you discomfort, do not assume it's unimportant-visit a podiatrist.

Wearing protective shoes or sandals in public areas can help prevent certain foot problems.


Title:
Athletes Using Steroids Are At Double Risk

Word Count:
328

Summary:
It’s unethical and illegal to use steroids in sports. The athletes using steroids are at double risk; the risk of steroid side effects and the risk of sports ban. Anabolic steroids are performance enhancing drugs, and the athletes using steroids are often using anabolic steroids to amplify their performance levels, strength, and stamina.


Keywords:
athletes using steroids


Article Body:
However, such use of anabolic steroids is steroid abuse, which may serious side effects and dangerous consequences. The athletes using steroids are likely to experience steroid side effects, which may include wooziness, early loss of hair, sleeping troubles, nausea, depression, mood changes, joint pain, hallucinations, paranoia, urination problems, yellow fever, stroke, increased risk of heart disease, trembling, high levels of blood pressure, and increased chance of injuring muscles and tendons. The athletes using steroids may also experience to several serious consequences that may include aggressiveness, depression, anxiety and uncontrolled bouts of anger.

The athletes using steroids may also experience serious side effects affecting their reproductive systems. These side effects may include testicular shrinkage, powerlessness, hair loss, sterility, development of breasts or nipples, urinary problems, increased size of prostate gland and reduced sperm count in males, and development of male features, increased facial hair growth, breast shrinkage and increased size of the clitoris in females.

The athletes using steroids are always at risk of getting tested positive for using anabolic steroids, which are legally prohibited for sports use. These athletes can get life ban or some other penalties slapped on them. There are a number of instances when athletes using steroids, getting tested positive for doping, are made to quit sports for life. The Canadian sprinter, Ben Johnson has to lose his gold when he failed doping test. Johnson's urine samples were found containing Stanozolol. He was banned for two year, in 1993 again, he was found guilty of doping at a race in Montreal and was subsequently banned from the sport for life.

The American Olympic and world 100-meter champion Justin Gatlin failed a drug test on 29 July, 2006, and consequently an eight year ban from track and field was slapped on him.

“We need to show good faith for the young kids, the next generation coming up. Today, I tell the kids don't use drugs, because it's bad for you, says Ben Johnson to the next generation of athletes.


Title:
Athlete Steroid Use Is Banned

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367

Summary:
The best known natural anabolic steroid is testosterone, which is also the best known androgen. Anabolic steroids are the synthetic steroid hormone drugs derived from testosterone. These steroids promote cell growth and division, which results in growth of muscle tissue, bone size and strength. These are also known as Juice, Sauce, Gear and Chemicals.


Keywords:
athlete steroid use


Article Body:
The two common and popular steroid uses nowadays include athlete steroid use and non-athlete steroid use. The use of anabolic steroids in competitive sports or athletic purposes is athlete steroid use. The use of anabolic steroids for non athletic or cosmetic reasons is non athlete steroid use. 

Athlete steroid use is common among bodybuilders, weightlifters, wrestlers, athletes, and other sports persons. Jocks often use steroids to enhance their performance, power, and stamina. The non-athlete steroid use is common among vanity users, who are taking steroids to impress their classmates and potential girlfriends.

Despite the harmful effects associated with the use of anabolic androgenic steroids, athlete steroid use is pretty common in Amateur athletes widely. There are a number of anabolic steroids that falls in athlete steroid use. Some of the well-known steroids in athlete steroid use include Methandriol Dipropionate, Oxymetholone, Testosterone undecanoate, Arimidex, Cytomel, Boldenone Undeclynate, Clomid, Clenbuterol, Dianabol, Nandrolone Phenylpropionate, Gonadotropin, Testosterone Cypionate, Masteron, Parabolan, Primobolan, Nandrolone Decanoate, Turanabol, Trenabol, Proviron, Somatotropin, Oxandrolone, Steroids Cycles, Sustanon, Tamoxifen, Testosterone Eenanthate, and Testosterone Propionate.

In athlete steroid use, steroids can be taken orally or can be injected intramuscularly, or applied as gels or creams on muscles. However, athlete steroid use is often considered as unscrupulous and illegal in sports. The use of steroids in any form is banned in sports. 

Athlete steroid use is highly risky for the users. Athlete steroid use may serious side effects and dangerous consequences. Some of the common side effects of athlete steroid use may include wooziness, early loss of hair, sleeping troubles, nausea, depression, mood changes, joint pain, hallucinations, paranoia, urination problems, yellow fever, stroke, increased risk of heart disease, trembling, high levels of blood pressure, and increased chance of injuring muscles and tendons. Athletes may experience aggressiveness, depression, anxiety and uncontrolled bouts of anger.

Athlete steroid use may also cause serious affects on reproductive systems of athletes. The side effects of male athletes may include testicular shrinkage, powerlessness, hair loss, sterility, development of breasts or nipples, urinary problems, increased size of prostate gland and reduced sperm count. The side effects of female athletes may include development of male features, increased facial hair growth, breast shrinkage and increased size of the clitoris.


Title:
Athletic Running Shoes - What To Buy

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719

Summary:
If you are going running, you need running shoes, right? If you want to walk, then you’ll find what you need in the walking sneaker category. Most sports have their own shoe, which makes it a little easier for beginners to understand what is expected of them. If you’re playing your first game of golf with the boss, golf shoes are the way to go. Almost nobody buys bowling shoes unless they are planning on bowling all the time. Recreational bowlers need not go quite that far. It’s dizzying. It’s especially dizzying for a parent who is trying to support all of their child’s sporting interests. Showing up with the proper pair of shoes is equally as critical as remembering to pack them clean underwear before they go off for a sleep over.


Keywords:
Footwear, Athletic Footwear, Shoes, Clothing


Article Body:
If you are going running, you need running shoes, right? If you want to walk, then you’ll find what you need in the walking sneaker category. Most sports have their own shoe, which makes it a little easier for beginners to understand what is expected of them. If you’re playing your first game of golf with the boss, golf shoes are the way to go. Almost nobody buys bowling shoes unless they are planning on bowling all the time. Recreational bowlers need not go quite that far. It’s dizzying. It’s especially dizzying for a parent who is trying to support all of their child’s sporting interests. Showing up with the proper pair of shoes is equally as critical as remembering to pack them clean underwear before they go off for a sleep over.

Here’s the kicker, for the already hustled parent of today, these shoes become a little more complicated as outdoor sports are now also becoming indoor sports. Soccer can be played in either arena, and require two different pair of shoes. Football and baseball are spreading, granted slowly, into the indoor arenas of the world, also requiring new shoes.

Track is not quite the same thing as running and a cross country shoe is needed for those long distance runners. Remember when we were kids? We had a play pair and a dress pair. Ode to the simple life. It’s rather long gone. School leagues make all these shoes a requirement, which is fine for those who can afford it. Those who can’t are forced to deny their child the joy of playing sports, which can not only teach them a great deal but can also become a healthy lifestyle over some of the options available to idle children. Most of the time, the shoes, the uniform, the dues, and the tournament costs are enough to drive a parent into a second job. Swimming would be a good sport, but talk about pool fees. Swimming can be done for free at your local water’s edge!

Athletic footwear has, in the past twenty years or so, taken a huge leap forward. There is a valid reason for requiring all these shoes for all these sports. Through technological advancement, science, and interest, these shoes have each been designed for the optimum fit for the expected performance. Some sports require a lot of short burst of speed followed by on—a—dime—precision footwork. Others require more extensive bursts of speed. Some require a combination of both. Proper footwear helps to prevent injury. These new advancements in athletic footwear have only put a marginal nick in the number of emergency room trips for sprained ankles and torn ligaments, but they have shown extensive improvements in the large scale, long term injuries that can develop. The breaking down of cartilage, bone spurs, wear and tear on joints, and foot development problems have decreased significantly for both major athletes and those who participate in school sports.

What does this mean for the future of athletic footwear? Nothing outstanding. There will be more developed choices, the better than average brands, the chronic competition to be the best, and the increase in price as the quality matures. After all, the expense of knees and ankles is definitely worth the cost of an excellent pair of athletic shoes.

So this raises the question—when is it necessary to start plunking down large chunks of change for the correct athletic shoe, the best athletic shoe, and the eternal “latest and greatest” athletic shoe? I mean, should I run to the store and blow $150 because my kid says he wants to play basketball, only to find out a month later that basketball made us aware of his vertical challenges? Now he thinks soccer might be his game. My personal belief, and I have many that are highly unpopular, is that you get the best you possibly can for the level of play. Yes, I believe that a fourth grader should have the proper equipment, even if he is just dabbling in the sport to figure out whether or not it’s his game. Having the right shoes with the right fit can go a long way against injury, which is why most sporting organizations and schools require them.


title:Atkins and South Beach Diets Compared
author:David Teeth
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2749.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

Low-carb diets have been in the market for quite some time now. Two of the most common these days are the Atkins and South Beach Diet.
Beginnings
Both were developed by medical doctors (cardiologists) who -- according to reports -- were trying to help Americans lose weight given their high carb diets.
Atkins Diet was the first to be developed and is thus, the more popular. It was developed by the late Dr. Robert C. Atkins as early as the 1972 but became more widely popular -- despite the oppositions -- in the 1990s.
Dr. Arthur Agatston, also a cardiologist but from Mount Sinai Cardiac Prevention Center in Miami Beach, Fla., is known as the father of the South Beach diet. His work came a lot later through his book: "The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss" published in 2003.
Similarities
Both popular diet plans advise dieters to avoid carbohydrates and follow stringent steps to ensure that the significant weight lost during the program does not come back.
Both start with the so-called induction phase where the body of the dieter is "trained" for the routine.
Both diet plans come with suggested food lists where dieters can mix and match foods to suit their tastes. Of course, like other diet plans, both plans advise dieters to stay away from food not included in the lists.
Among the "dont's" in Dr. Atkins' list are fruit, bread, pasta, grains, starchy vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and some dairy products except cheese, cream, and butter.
Aside from fruit, bread, pasta and vegetables, South Beach dieters are also advised to stay away from potatoes, cereal, rice, and corn, especially for the first two weeks of the induction or introductory period. After this period, these can be slowly re-introduced into the body, albeit in smaller amounts.
Both diet plans have a lifetime "maintenance" phase where hopefully dieters will be so accustomed to either plan that they hardly recognize that they are dieting at all.
Differences
While both diet plans restrict carbohydrate intake, the South Beach diet is said to be more forgiving by not totally eliminating carbs. It distinguishes between "good" and "bad" carbs and even "good" and "bad" fats. South Beach encourages intake of "good" carbs and fats.
Low-sugar carbs with low glycemic index are "good" carbs under the South Beach plan. Food rich in fiber are also recommended.
Atkins's diet routine helps the body to burn fat instead of carb.  The goal is to help the dieter achieve good health.
Atkins's diet plan involves four phases while the South Beach plan has three phases.
In both plans, the introductory stage aims to condition the body for some changes to prepare for the program.
In Atkins diet, the body is trained to burn fat instead of sugar to help curb the cravings for sugar and break addiction to some foods.
In South Beach diet, the initial phase involves cutting on high-carb foods, which can be gradually re-introduced in small amounts in the next phase. In this case, South Beach debunks myths that this approach prevents dieters from getting healthy mix from all food groups.
Atkins dieters go through the next following phases: ongoing weight loss, pre-maintenance and lifetime maintenance.
The last two phases of South Beach diet are called re-introduce the carb and diet for life.
What's key in the maintenance phase in Atkins is to keep portions of food at small amounts.
Atkins diet guarantees no hunger deprivation because its long-term goal is healthy diet.
South Beach's promise is a "change in the way of eating," with the dieter not recognizing at all that he is on a diet.
Summarizing the Diets
Atkins Diet
Developed by cardiologist Dr. Robert C. Atkins in 1972, with his “Diet Revolution”, a high-protein, high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet.
The program focuses on a low-carbohydrate diet.
The Program has 4 phases:
1. induction phase (train the body to burn fats instead of carb)
2. ongoing weight loss
3. pre-maintenance
4. lifetime maintenance
South Beach Diet
Developed by cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston of Miami, Florida, who in 2003, published the book “The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss".
The program distinguishes between “good” and “bad” carbohydrates, and “good” and “bad” fats.
Take in “good” carbs and fats.
The program has 3 phases:
1. 2-week introductory or induction phase (strictly no carbs)
2. re-introduce the carbs
3. diet for life
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title:Atkins Declares Bankruptcy....is Low Carb Dead?
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As many of you have already heard, Atkins Nutritionals Inc. the company that turned low carb eating into a worldwide diet craze has filed for bankruptcy court protection.
Does this mean that people did not lose weight on the Atkins diet?
Of course not, carbohydrate restriction has been proven to accelerate weight loss in the short term. Notice the last two words...short term. There is a simple reason why Atkins filed bankruptcy, people love to jump on the latest diet craze and then jump off just as quickly as they jumped on. When buyer demand slows, so do revenues.
People did lose weight, and lot's of it on the Atkins diet. The problem is that diets like the Atkins diet are hard to stick with long term. In fact, there has been little solid evidence to show that carbohydrate restriction can lead to permanent weight loss. What then is the key to permanent weight loss?
The key to permanent weight loss is to change your lifestyle. Your lifestyle is made up of the habits and routines that you have made a part of your life.You can achieve permanent weight loss by simply acquiring new "Positive Habits" that provide weight loss as a benefit.
What is a positive habit? A positive habit is simply a habit that produces positive benefits, actions and attitudes you want to acquire and make a part of your lifestyle. Why are positive habits so powerful. Because habits, by their very nature, are automatic. After a period of time they can become permanent.
So how do we go about adding new positive habits to our life? It’s really quite easy. You simply begin repeating an action, attitude or thought process every day for at least 21 days. Research has shown that an action that is repeated for a minimum of 21 days is likely to become a permanent habit.
Remember that positive habits have positive benefits and you will reap those benefits for as long as you maintain that habit. So now that we know what positive habits are, and how to acquire them, let’s look at some simple positive habits that will help you achieve permanent weight loss.
Habit #1 - When Dining Out, Control Food Preparation and Lose Weight
When you eat out, make it a habit to request how your food is prepared. You should never feel like you have to accept food items exactly as they are described on the menu. Most restaurants will happily prepare your meal in different ways if you just request it. You can ask that they bake or broil items which are usually fried.
Always remember to ask for salad dressing on the side. Salad dressing can be one of the biggest sources of fat in a person’s diet. Studies have shown that females gets most of their fat from dairy products, margarine, mayonnaise, and salad dressing. By making it a habit to order salad dressing on the side, you can control the amount and type of dressing your put on your salads and reduce the amount of fat and calories that you consume. Try substituting olive oil or a low fat alternative like balsamic vinegar for bottled dressings. Olive oil contains healthy monosaturated fat and is a key ingredient in the healthy heart Mediterranean diet.
Remember that sometimes, small changes in your lifestyle can result in big changes to your life. According to the Encyclopedia of Foods: A Guide To Healthy Nutrition, simple changes to your food order as described above you can save 10 to 30 grams of fat and 100 to 300 calories per entree!
Think about how this positive habit can help you achieve a trim and fit body automatically! Remember, your new positive habits will result in a change in your lifestyle. The cumulative effects of these lifestyle changes are considerable, they hold the keys to achieving a permanent weight loss and a trim and fit body.
Habit #2 - Drink Green Tea ...Burn Fat! Boost Your Metabolism!
If you want some help achieving that trim and fit body, make it a positive habit to drink green tea daily. Here are just of few of the benefits you will receive from this positive habit: The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition recently published research demonstrating that a substance found in green tea called catechin polyphenols increases your metabolism and also increases the rate at which your body burns calories. Burning more calories is your ticket to a leaner body.
Green tea is also loaded with antioxidants, which have been shown to protect you from cancer and many other diseases. Other studies have shown that green tea may help you control your appetite. Green tea is available in many restaurants and most grocery stores.
Copyright 2005 Dan Robey

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Advantages: lose weight fast, eat a lot of meat
Disadvantages: possible stomach/kidney problems, lack of energy
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There are so many diet regimens offered in the market today. Each one has its own unique characteristics. Some of them work and others do not. The Atkins Diet is not actually new. In fact, it has been around for many years now and you can say it is not the “in” thing anymore.

The idea behind this diet is that you reduce your carbohydrate int...


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Advantages: lose weight fast, eat a lot of meat
Disadvantages: possible stomach/kidney problems, lack of energy
Recommended: yes

There are so many diet regimens offered in the market today. Each one has its own unique characteristics. Some of them work and others do not. The Atkins Diet is not actually new. In fact, it has been around for many years now and you can say it is not the “in” thing anymore.

The idea behind this diet is that you reduce your carbohydrate intake to the barest minimum. There are various stages in the diet. The first one is called the induction stage. This stage is where you practically starve yourself of any carbohydrate-containing food. The first day that I tried this, I felt myself shaking all over and I couldn’t do much anything else but sit down on the sofa! You get used to it though. Gradually, your body gets used to the decreased carbohydrate intake. After a couple of weeks, you can gradually increase your carbohydrate intake.

You must be very patient and disciplined in order for this diet to work for you. I had to learn the carbohydrate content of almost all food items while I was on this diet. You might also need to come up with a journal wherein you can list down everything that goes into your mouth – everything. That way you can keep track of your carbohydrate consumption for the day.

It is not as bad as it sounds because this diet focuses on high protein intake. That means you get to eat a lot of meat, eggs, and other such food. If you are a meat lover, then this diet might work out for you.

You might end up spending a lot more on your food though, as meat products and other high protein foods are more expensive than carbohydrate-rich foods such as rice and bread. Another disadvantage is that you might experience stomach and kidney problems. From my experience, I lost weight continuously and quickly as long as I stuck to my diet. However, after several months of being on it, I easily got sick and my stomach gave me problems. The doctor said that this is due to the lack of vitamins and minerals. So if you are going to try this out, make sure you have enough supplements to give you nutrients.

Another very important thing – Atkins works while you are on it. If you suddenly revert to your old eating habits, then expect to gain all the weight you lost back. As our doctors always say, a balanced diet, exercise, and a healthy lifestyle is the best way to keep a sensible weight.


title:Atkins Diet Plan – What’s it All About?
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A typical breakfast consists of 3 or 4 strips of bacon, two or more eggs and coffee. A snack would maybe be chunks of cheese and a cup of coffee with cream. Dinner might be a huge steak fried in butter. Sounds really good right? It sounds so tempting but there is a trade-off. You will have to give up carbs such as breads, potatoes, pasta, rice, and other things like chocolate, cake, some fruits, veggies, and milk at least in the beginning.
The theory is that when you cut out carbs your body are forced into burning fat that your body has stored to give it energy. Your body burns more calories when burning fat than when it is burning carbohydrates and you will lose weight more quickly. Your blood sugars stabilize which prevents overeating.
The first phase of the Atkins Diet Plan is the Introduction Phase and must be followed for at least two weeks. You are only allowed to consume 20 grams of carbs a day. You can load up on as much red meat, chicken, fish, cheese, eggs, mayo, cream, and butter. It is during this phase that your body switches from the burning fat to burning carbs.
The second phase is the ongoing weight loss phase. During this phase you increase your carb intake by about 5 grams daily until you find your critical carbohydrate level for losing weight. The most carbs that you can eat and still lose between 1 and 3 pounds a week. Breads, pasta, potatoes, and rice are still off limits.
The third phase is the pre-maintenance phase that you enter when you have only five to ten pounds to go to meet your goal weight. Your carb intake increases by ten grams each day for a week in order to help your body adjust to the addition of carbs and the final phase of maintenance.
The fourth phase is called lifetime maintenance and intended to help you keep your motivation. Carbs are limited to less than 90 grams a day. Get used to it though because you will be on a low carb diet for the rest of your life.
There are some concerns about the long-term effects of the Atkins Diet Plan and other low carb plans. There is such a high consumption of fat, particularly saturated fats and this can cause an increase risk of heart disease.
The Atkins diet eliminates some nutrients and this could cause deficiencies and other health problems in the future. Since there is a limited intake of bone building calcium you could be at increased risk of Osteoporosis. A very limited intake of antioxidant nutrients could cause problems such as heart disease, cancer, and premature aging.
One drawback of the Atkins Diet is that it can become boring. Vegetarians have difficulty with this diet because veggies, seeds, and nuts are off limits in the first stages. The diet does present a view of healthy eater, which keeps us healthy and free from disease.
Other concerns are that the initial weight loss comes back quickly when you go off the Atkins plan and a lot of people drop out in the induction phase. The carbs are very low and ketosis can result which is dangerous for a diabetic or anyone else for that matter.
This diet is high in cholesterol and you can develop constipation and/or heart disease because of the high fat content. Since the diet is low in fruits and vegetables, it also lacks cancer-fighting antioxidants. The most serious drawbacks to the Atkins plan are that it is not intended for long term use and there are unsafe if not downright dangerous side effects.
A few positive notes about the Atkins Plan are that it works! You lose a lot of weight quickly and you can eat as much as you want of certain foods especially protein and fat.
The Atkins Diet eliminates to a great degree carbs from rice, pasta, potatoes, breads, some fruits and veggies. It also eliminates cancer-fighting antioxidants. It is a high fat and high protein diet that can increase the risk for certain diseases like high cholesterol and heart disease.
On the upside, this is one diet that actually works but it is not a diet that you can be on for an indefinite period of time. Once you go off the program and resume more ‘normal’ eating the initial weight loss will come back. Also, as with any diet plan check with your doctor to be sure you can safely do it.
To conclude let me give you a reminder. The Atkins diet is not for long term use and it has inherent health risks. If you need to lose weight you may already be at risk for heart disease and high cholesterol, the Atkins plan has the potential of actually increasing those risks.
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title:Atkins Diet Yes or No
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As of now, January 2005, more than half of all north Americans are struggling with obesity. The “quick fix” for “fat” for the last 40+ years, becoming ever more popular, has become the Atkins Diet. The Atkins Diet was first popularized in the U. S. Air Force during the 1960’s.
The Atkins Diet is very simple --- restrict your carbohydrate intake. And guess what? It actually works. But Dr. Atkins, after the initial few years of his popularized diet, began to make modifications and refinements to the original basic diet. And several other people have taken the basic Atkins Diet, modified it just a little, and come up with a new and very workable diet.
The first thing you must understand is that, across the entire human spectrum, each of us is very different from one another in the chemical makeup of our body. Thus, each of us, individually, should have our own highly personalized, custom built diet, created by a dietician using a chemical makeup assessment, usually a $200 hair analysis, of our particular body type and individual nutritional needs. So far as I know, this technology and this type dietary assessment is still available only through certain holistic health practitioners and it is becoming more and more expensive. As an example, it typically costs now between $200 and $300, whereas in the mid-1970’s it cost between $100 and $150.
There are three major misconceptions to the Atkins diet. The first common myth is many people believe this means don’t worry about the amount of calories or fat you eat so long as its not carbs. The second common myth is many people believe all carbohydrates are equally bad. The third common myth is that the Atkins “Lo-Carb” diet is actually a “Hi-Protein” diet. All of these, however, are enormous misconceptions.
The first myth: many dieters who use this program believe that calories and fat do not matter when eating low carb food, but in some cases this has proven to be fatal. Depending upon your particular body chemistry, when eating high fat food your cholesterol could climb and climb, leading to a heart attack or stroke. Also, it has now been proven that the older we become the less our body is able to metabolize the “high fat” portion of the Atkins “lo carb” diet, leading to additional dietary and health problems.
The second myth: The Atkins Diet is actually a “Lo-Carb” diet, not a “No-Carb” diet. What should be cut out are breads, rice and potatoes. Fresh fruits and vegetables should not be cut back and many  should be somewhat increased. Finally, after the first month you can “safely” add breads and potatos --- in limited quantities. One friend of mine eats 1 bite of breads/toasts, etc., served with his meals, such as garlic breads. One bite and not a morsel more.
The third myth: Mention the Atkins Diet and most people’s reaction is “Oh, yes, the ‘high protein’ diet.” Not true at all --- it’s a “Low Carb” diet – protein intake remains unchanged. Some carbs only, not all, are restricted (versus eliminated completely); fats, particularly in older people, need to be restricted; protein should be kept to 4-6 ounce portions per meal, the lower values for breakfast and lunch. What you need to increase is your intake of high-fiber foods such as celery, etc.
The reason why the Atkins Diet works is because your body metabolizes its stored fat (carbohydrates) in order to burn --- digest --- the protein, fiber and fat you are eating. The Atkins Dieters tend to leave out several food groups, including fruit and vegetables, since they are “high carb food”, and then tend to grab a steak instead, which has very low carbohydrates.
This is ridiculous. Why? Because the elimination of carbohydrates and the reduction of the fresh fruits and vegetables actually throws your health into a major imbalance. Overloading your unbalanced diet by an excess of protein intake (adding that steak, above) to “increase the volume” to a satisfying level merely exacerbates this imbalance.
The true danger of the Atkins Diet, however, lies in the fact that, for people who already have health challenges, the Atkins Diet actually worsens some conditions and creates other health challenges that did not exist before the Atkins Diet. The worst of these is Gout. If you have a tendency to suffer gout, no matter how well controlled you have it, a strict Atkins Diet will create a severe gout condition and gout attack for you. If you merely had the tendency for gout with no active gout, the Atkins Diet will precipitate an actual condition of gout in your body. A severe case of gout requires medical intervention to correct as well as long-term dietary control and change. The long-term danger of gout is an increased tendency for heart attack and stroke. See Native’s Gift for one proven help for gout.
If your body type and chemical makeup is suitable for the Atkins Diet then by all means use it. Remember that there are several similar alternatives out there which may be more suitable than a strict Atkins, to include some of Dr. Atkins own later work and recommendations. If you have health challenges, to include a tendency for gout or actually suffer from gout, or have diabetes or any of several other disorders, the Atkins diet is definitely something you need to avoid.
And not just the Atkins Diet. Any and all diets which highly restrict or eliminate one of the essential food groups we all need to maintain optimal health is equally bad. Stop the insanity and use a REAL diet --- the only proven diet which will work for virtually everyone.
What is it? Its actually two things: A food diet and exercise – yes, simple exercise, like walking a mile a day. A completely balanced, restricted calorie, diet containing a little bit of everything. Eat three meals a day, get your sweets, carbs, veggies, fruits, juices, protein and keep it to 1200 calories a day. Eat your breakfast and go out and walk the dog – if you don’t have one, take your neighbor’s. Give this diet a year of your life, weigh yourself every Monday and keep track of your weight, see where you are with it…..and make the change for the rest of your life. When you get to your target weight you may increase the diet to 1600 calories a day.
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Just like any other diet, the Atkins diet can become boring and for some very dangerous. Before you get into the plan make sure you get a physical and talk to your doctor. We already know that the diet works but how do you work the diet? There is plenty of advice and information available online and in the library.
The Atkins Diet is an attempt to trick your body into burning stored fat rather than the carbohydrates you consume for energy. In the process you might have some physical reactions that are important to know about. The good news is that there are things you can do to combat some of the side effects.
Some people experience dizziness or cramps or other physical effects from the changes you are making in your diet. There are things you can do to prevent or alleviate these things. Be aware that you could experience dizziness, leg cramps, or brain fog. Remember that the mineral potassium is washed out of your system fairly quickly. Do not eat a banana instead take 90 milligrams of a potassium supplement. It should start working to relieve your symptoms in about an hour.
Below are some suggestions that will help keep you healthy while on the Atkins Diet Plan. These are suggestions to help you combat the symptoms while your body adjusts to the changes.

Eat enough calories. For most people eight to ten calories for every pound of current weight. Too few calories will cause your body to go into starvation mode and weight loss will either slowdown or stop completely.
Drink enough water. You must drink at least 68 ounces of water a day. Some believe that you should drink half of your weight in water daily. Water helps lipolysis and in getting rid of keytones.
Weigh and measure yourself once a week only while on the Atkins plan. You should see a decrease in inches and even if you don’t, you will see it in weight.
Eat the amount of carbs that make you feel your best.
Eat only natural, unprocessed, nutrient dense carbohydrates. Stay away from sugar.
Exercise regularly. If you are told you can lose weight without exercise, run don’t walk in the opposite direction. Physical exercise helps your body to use the food you consume appropriately. Too little exercise can do as much damage as too much exercise. Your doctor can help you determine what your activity level should be. Start off really slow and build up so that you will gain more benefit from your food plan and exercise.
Continue to take nutrient supplements according to your needs and under a doctor’s supervision.
Keep a weight loss and food journal. If a significant event happens like the death of someone close, the loss of a job, or too many bills you might want to note that. These events could affect how you eat. Actually anything significant that happens should be noted because good stuff can also affect you. In this journal you should also note exactly what you eat at each meal, and if you are a diabetic you will be able to understand how certain foods affect your blood sugar levels negatively or positively. Obviously you will be noting your daily testing results. By doing this you will be able to recognize patterns. When are your levels the highest or the lowest? Be sure to share these things with your physician, as he or she will be able to help you determine what to do.
Read the labels on everything. Look for any hidden sugars like syrups and look for anything that ends in “...ose”, such as lactose, fructose, sucrose, maltose and dextrose.
Lose weight faster. In order to accomplish this try reducing your caffeine intake.
Set realistic goals. A healthy weight loss typically is not much more than one to three pounds a week. Any more than that could be unsafe. Losing weight too quickly can trick your body into thinking that it is starving and rather than losing weight your body will stop losing weight and try to hang on to what it can to survive. Aside from all of that, note that any large initial weight loss will likely return if you return to normal eating habits.

If a diet seems too good to be true, It probably is. The best kind of diet is one that encourages balanced meals, moderate activity, and supplements as needed. Before taking any kind of supplement make sure that it is appropriate for you. Although they may be all natural, they are not necessarily safe. They can still negatively interact with any medications and you could still develop allergic reactions to it. Bear in mind that nothing should be take with out your doctor’s input.
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title:Atkins & Low-Carb - Part 1
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Unless you've been living in a cave for the last year, you've probably noticed that low-carb mania is sweeping the nation. Food manufacturers are in a heated race to see who can get the most low-carb fare into the grocery stores, and every advertiser worth their salt is emphasizing the low-carb message. Popularized by the late Dr. Atkins, the low-carb diet has taken the nation by storm and promises to be the biggest trend of 2005.
So, does the low-carb diet work? Anecdotal evidence and recent studies both conclude that following a strict low-carb diet will in fact help you lose weight. Serious questions remain, however, and must be addressed before fully embracing the low-carb lifestyle. SOME of these questions include:

What are the long-term effects (10-20 years) of low-carb eating?
Can you stick with the low-carb diet, or will your love for carbohydrates keep you cheating and frustrated?
How does a low-carb diet mix with exercise? In particular, what impact does it have on your muscle?
Have you read the materials on the low-carb diet, or are you just following the second-hand information you heard from a co-worker?

In this series of articles we will attempt to address these issues.
First of all, you should make changes to your diet that you can STICK WITH FOR THE LONG TERM. All too often, people start on a new "diet" and willpower their way to weight loss. They don't enjoy it, mainly because their "diet" is telling them they can't eat the foods they love. BOOM They're off the diet. Perhaps a few months later they try another diet, just to find that it is also too restrictive and BOOM they're off again. This yo-yo dieting takes a toll on the body, often leading to lost muscle mass and even worse a feeling of failure.
For ANY "diet" to work, it has to be created in such a way THAT YOU CAN LIVE WITH IT. Life is simply too short to be absolutely miserable, and trying to willpower yourself into a "diet" that you can't stick with is a sure path to misery.
So, should you start a low-carb diet? That's the million-pound question! And the answer is.....drum roll please.....MAYBE! If you think you can stick with it, AND if you take the time to read about it and get the facts, AND if you discuss it with your doctor, AND if you know what you are getting into, AND if you have the support of your family, then MAYBE the low-carb diet is right for you.
Why not just a simple 'yes' or 'no'? Because EVERYBODY IS DIFFERENT AND NO SINGLE PLAN IS GOING TO WORK FOR EVERYONE. Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Slim-Fast, the Atkins Diet, the South Beach Diet, and hundreds of other plans have all helped people, but not one of them has helped EVERYONE.
What's important to realize is that you must discover your own nutritional plan: one that works for YOU.
And finally, a reminder to EXERCISE must be shouted from the gym floor! No matter what nutritional approach you take, ALL of the experts recommend that you exercise on a regular basis. Think about it: there are hundreds of diet plans out there in the world today, and many of them offer conflicting information, BUT THE ONE THING THAT THEY ALL HAVE IN COMMON IS THAT THEY STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO EXERCISE. So although the experts may disagree on what you should eat, they do agree on what you should do: exercise!

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In our last article we talked about the low-carb diet, and whether or not we can stick with it for life. In this installment we're still going to talk about carb control, but from a slightly different perspective. Let's take a look at WHO is endorsing which diet plan, and what is their motivation?
Without a doubt, the most popular low-carb plan is the Atkins diet. Atkins is the fuel in the rocket, so to speak, that has put the low-carb phenomenon into orbit. Prior to Atkins, few (if any) of us had considered low-carbing as a weight loss plan. Of course, carb control as a concept existed long before Atkins; we called it the glycemic index!
Since the birth of the Atkins plan, many have followed. The South Beach Diet is probably the most successful derivative of Atkins. South Beach teaches a more balanced approach to carb-control eating, pointing out the difference between "good" carbs and "bad" carbs. Yes, there is a difference! South Beach doesn't advocate eliminating ALL carbohydrates from your diet, just some.
Along with these two low-carb heavy-hitters, there are hundreds (even thousands?) of companies out there making a living off the low-carb mania. There's even a new magazine dedicated to low-carb living. Should we believe what THEY say? Why or why not?
What do all of these people and/or organizations have in common? Well, most of them are trying to sell us something. Atkins, of course, has books and a growing line of food products. The South Beach folks are following that retail receipe for success as quickly as they can. Just because they're making money off the low-carb diet, does that automatically discredit what they're saying? Of course not! But, it should be enough to make us dig a little deeper, to seek out more facts.
How about the federal government.....one of the reasons we have a government is to protect us from fraudulent claims and give us the TRUTH. Right? Well, hold on a minute: for decades the government has told us that a high-carbohydrate diet is the sure road to weight management (remember the food pyramid?). Now, all of a sudden, we're not so sure about that.
So in whom do we place our trust? On the one hand, most of us DO trust the FDA to give us the straight-scoop about health and nutrition, so we should have 6-11 servings of carbohydrates per day. On the other hand, most of us know someone who has lost 25-50 pounds on a low-carb diet. Who's right? Who do we trust?
Your best bet is to trust the most unbiased source available: YOUR DOCTOR. Not only will your doctor have the most knowledge to answer your questions, but perhaps more importantly your doctor HAS NO VESTED INTEREST IN PUSHING ANY PARTICULAR DIETARY PLAN.
Think about it. If you're planning to buy a new car, who's word are you going to trust more: the car salesman or the automotive expert at Consumer Reports? The car salesman has a vested interest in what you hear, while the Consumer Reports expert (probably) doesn't care what kind of car you buy!
Many of us seek out fair, impartial resources when we're making a major purchase (car, boat, house, etc.). SHOULDN'T WE DO THE SAME WHEN WE'RE INVESTING IN OUR OWN BODY?!?!?!
Please understand that we're NOT saying you should ignore everything from low-carb promoters. We're not saying that at all. Companies and corporations play an important role in educating the public. What we are saying, however, is that it's critical to consult with your physician before starting on the low-carb diet.....or on ANY diet for that matter. As we discussed in the last article in this series, low-carb plans are not right for everyone. Your doctor is in the best position to tell if it's right for you.
Once again, we must include a reminder to EXERCISE! No matter what nutritional approach you take, ALL of the experts recommend that you exercise on a regular basis. Think about it: there are hundreds of diet plans out there in the world today, and many of them offer conflicting information, BUT THE ONE THING THAT THEY ALL HAVE IN COMMON IS THAT THEY STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO EXERCISE. So although the experts may disagree on what you should eat, they do agree on what you should do: exercise!

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Papa Murphy's has a new low-carb pizza. Burger King has a low-carb hamburger. Applebee's has rolled out a new low-carb menu, as have dozens of other national restaurant chains. There are low-carb tortillas, breakfast cereals, breads, and just about anything else you'd care to eat! No doubt about it.....low-carb dieting is the biggest trend since deep-fryed turkeys!
But as we've discussed in the last few articles, low-carbing may not be right for everyone. While the evidence does support the claim that a reduction in carbohydrates will help you lose weight, conclusive evidence on the long-term impact of low-carbing remains elusive.
In this article we're going to take a look at some professional bodybuilders. With single-digit bodyfat and loads of muscle, bodybuilders are arguably among the most fit people on the planet. After all, professional bodybuilders are paid to exercise!
Jay Cutler, the IFFB 2002 and 2003 Arnold Classic Champion, includes brown rice in his diet when preparing for a contest. The sample menu shown on his website, www.jaycutler.com, states that Jay eats brown rice at least twice per day. With 32 grams of carbs per serving, brown rice certainly would not make the grade with some low-carb diets.
Garry Holmen, who among other things gives nutritional advice to bodybuilders, advises his clients to 'carb cycle' when preparing for a competition. Without going into a long explanation, carb cycling is simply reducing carbohydrate intake for 3 days and then replenishing carbohydrates stores on day 4. On carb depletion days, Garry recommends that bodybuilders still get 20% of their calories from carbohydrates.
Female competitor Debbie Patton (www.debbiepatton.com), on her FAQ page, says: "I eat a diet high in protein, with moderate carbs. Lots of chicken breasts, egg whites, tuna, protein shakes, brown rice and potatoes." Debbie is the November, 2002 NPC Mid States Muscle Classic 1st Place Women’s Middleweight Overall Title & Best Abs Champion.
While there are literally HUNDREDS of other examples of bodybuilding diets, these three are sufficient for our purposes: how do bodybuilders eat to get them so lean?
The consistent theme you'll find when examining the diets of all bodybuilders is that THEY DO NOT EVER COMPLETELY ELIMINATE CARBS. That's because not all carbs are bad. On the contrary, some carbohydrate in your diet helps you maintain a balanced diet.
Although most bodybuilders do not COMPLETELY eliminate carbs from their diet, it is important to note that they DO restrict carbohydrate intake. Rarely, if ever, will you see a professional bodybuilder eating the 'garbage carbs' that are so popular today: french fries, cake, cookies, crackers, white bread, etc.
Bodybuilders are also very careful to get their carbohydrates from QUALITY SOURCES like brown rice, vegetables, and whole grains. So although they are not eliminating carbs altogether, they are eliminating 'garbage carbs'.
So what's the bottom line? Can we learn more about low-carbing from bodybuilders? After all, they're paid to be healthy! Most of them employ a personal doctor, trainer and nutrition expert!
Here are the low-carb lessons from professional bodybuilders:
1) Most people should not remove ALL carbs from their diet.
2) Get your carbs from high-quality sources.
3) Don't consume 'garbage carbs' which are those high in fat and/or have no other nutritional value.
4) If you do follow a restricted-carb diet, consider cycling in some moderate-carb days.
5) TALK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE STARTING A LOW-CARB DIET.
6) Don't forget to EXERCISE!!!
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title:Atkins & Low-Carb - Part 4
author:Tracie Johanson
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Since so many people in the United States are currently in the middle of a "carb-frenzy", this series of articles has focused on the pros and cons of the low-carb diet. Topics of discussion have been 1) Can you stick with a low-carb diet for the long term, 2) Conflicting messages about carbs and 3) bodybuilders and low-carb dieting.
This article will define and describe carbohydrates and what role they play in the human body.
Carbohydrate - Chemical compound of carbon, oxygen and hydrogen, usually with the hydrogen and oxygen in the right proportions to form water. Common forms are starches, sugars, cellulose, and gums. Carbohydrates are more readily used for energy production than are fats and proteins. One of the three basic foodstuffs (proteins and fats are the others), carbohydrates are a group of chemical substances including sugars, glycogen, starches, dextrins, and cellulose. They comprise the body's main source of raw material for energy. Carbohydrates can be classified as either a simple carbohydrate or a complex carbohydrate.
Digested carbohydrate enters the circulatory system in the form of monosaccharides, primarily glucose. Lesser amounts of fructose and galactose are also absorbed, but these are eventually converted into glucose in the liver. Before they can be absorbed into the bloodstream, polysaccharides and disaccharides must be broken down into monosaccharides by specific enzymes during the digestive process.
When you comsume carbohydrates, your digestive system converts them to blood sugar (glucose). This glucose is stored in your muscle cells and in your liver. Your brain operates with the help of glucose in your blood as energy. When training is intense, glycogen stored within your muscles provides most of the energy for contractions. When training with low intensity, your blood-borne sugar acts as an energy source. A PROBLEM OCCURS WHEN THERE IS LEFTOVER GLUCOSE IN YOUR BLOOD FOLLOWING A REFILL OF CARBOHYDRATE STORES. THE REMAINING CARBOHYDRATES ARE STORED AS FAT.
There are several types of carbohydrates, some better than others. Starch, sugar and dextrose are all types of carbohydrates. The three main types of carbohydrates are:

Monosaccharides (one-sugar molecule)
Disaccharides (two-sugar molecule)
Polysaccharides (three or more sugar molecules)

Monosaccharides and disaccharides are commonly called sugars, while polysaccharides are called complex carbohydrates or glucose polymers. Some of the more commonly encountered carbohydrates in these three categories include the following:

Monosaccharides: glucose, fructose, sorbitol, galactose, mannitol, mannose
Disaccharides: sucrose = glucose + fructose; maltose = glucose + glucose; lactose = glucose + galactose
Polysaccharides: Starch, dextrin, cellulose and glycogen, all of which are made of chains of glucose. Found in whole grains, vegetables, nuts, some fruits and legumes. Fibers are mainly the indigestible complex carbohydrates (polysaccharides) that make up plant cell walls.

The Glycemic Index is a handy rating system that tells you what carbohydrates provide the best energy for prolonged training periods. By consuming a food with a low glycemic rating, you will experience a more stabilized blood sugar level.
Remember, carbohydrates are your body's preferred energy fuel source, although fats work well too., particularly during aerobic training. Remember that protein and carbohydrates both have 4 calories per gram, while fat has 9 calories per gram.
SOURCE: (International Sports Sciences Association; Frederick C. Hatfield, Ph.D.; 2001)

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title:Atkins & Low-Carb - Part 5
author:Tracie Johanson
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With the popularity of low-carb diets today, most of us have at one time or another considered cutting carbs. In this series of articles we have discussed 'low-carbing' and whether or not it's right for everyone.
In this article we're going to talk about carbohydrates and how they are stored in the body. Does a large supply of excess carbs make us fat?
Many people believe that only dietary fat will lead to body fat. FALSE! Actually, eating more calories than your body needs to perform daily activities and daily metabolism is what causes body fat. It is as simple as putting 20 gallons of gas in a 15 gallon gas tank.....the excess must go somewhere. In the case of human nutrition, the excess is stored as fat.
Just as excess protein can be stored as body fat, excess carbohydrate can be stored as body fat. Unfortunately for the American public, our consumption of simple carbohydrates has skyrocketed over the last ten years! Too many of us took the popularity of the low-fat and fat-free diets as an excuse to fill up on empty carbo-calories. After all, it's okay to eat the entire package of licorice since it's all fat free....right? Again, FALSE!
Carbohydrates that the body cannot use are stored as body fat, plain and simple. Carbohydrates usually are ingested in the forms of polysaccharides (starches), disaccharides (sucrose and lactose) and monosaccharides (glucose and fructose). Essentially what occurs in the digestive process is a breakdown of the polysaccharides and disaccharides to the monosaccharides. The primary site of digestion is the small intestine, where the monosaccharides are then absorbed into the blood. Of the three monosaccharides, glucose is of most importance to human physiology. This is called blood sugar. Fructose and galactose are converted to blood glucose either in the intestinal wall or the liver.
A high-carbohydrate meal will lead to a rapid increase in the blood sugar level, usually within an hour. Naturally, the higher the food is on the glycemic index (refined sugars), the higher the blood sugar level will rise. THE MAINTENANCE OF A NORMAL BLOOD SUGAR LEVEL IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR PROPER METABOLISM. The human body regulates blood sugar levels by a hormone called insulin. The rises in blood sugar levels stimulate the pancreas to secrete the hormone insulin into the blood. Insulin then facilitates the uptake and utilization of blood sugar by various tissues in the body, most notably the muscles and adipose tissue.
THE FATE OF BLOOD SUGAR IS DEPENDENT UPON MANY FACTORS, WITH EXERCISE BEING ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT.
1) Blood sugar may be used for energy, particularly by the brain and other parts of the nervous system.
2) Blood sugar may be converted to either liver or muscle glycogen. Liver glycogen may then be later converted to blood sugar. Muscle glycogen is, for the most part, locked into the muscle cell once it enters, where it is converted to energy.
3) Blood sugar may be converted to and stored as fat in the adipose tissue. This situation occurs when the dietary carbohydrate, in combination with caloric intake of other nutrients, exceeds the energy demands of the body, and the storage capacity of the liver and muscles for glycogen.
4) Some blood sugar also may be excreted in the urine if excessive amounts occur in the blood, because of rapid ingestion of simple sugars.
So, what happens if we don't consume enough carbohydrates? Because the carbohydrate stores in the body are rather limited, and because blood sugar is normally essential for optimal functioning of the central nervous system, it is important to be able to produce blood sugar or glucose internally if the stores are depleted by starvation or a zero-carbohydrate diet. This process is called gluconeogenesis, meaning the formation of glucose. In this process, protein is converted to glucose, and fat is converted to glucose by breaking down glycerol in the liver. The by-products of carbohydrate metabolism, lactate and pyruvate, may also be converted back to glucose in the liver.
With this understanding of how carbohydrate is metabolized in the body, it is clear that low-carb or no-carb diets may lead to decreased levels of energy.
Low-carb diets, however, HAVE been proven to take off the weight. In some cases, weight loss has been dramatic when the subjects abruptly switched to a no-carb diet. Such rapid weight loss is attributed to water loss. Low carbohydrate intake depletes liver and muscle glycogen (stored sugars) and water molecules linked to these sugars. This depletion triggers a drop in body weight.
Especially during the introduction phase of a low-carb diet (2 weeks), the dieter is encouraged to eliminate virtually all carbohydrates from the diet. Even a slight intake of high glycemic foods during this phase would cause immediate weight gain by rebuilding glycogen stores.
Because carbohydrate is the body's preferred fuel source, this first phase of the diet would most certainly challenge exercise enthusiasts.
So, is the low-carb lifestyle right for you? MAYBE. We hope that this series of articles has helped you understand low-carb diets and their potential impact on the body.
SOURCE: (International Sports Sciences Association; Frederick C. Hatfield, Ph.D.; 2001)
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title:Atkins & Low-Carb - Part 6
author:Tracie Johanson
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In this series of articles we have focused on low-carb dieting. Is it right for YOU? We have looked at some of the concerns with low-carbing, we've examined the diets of bodybuilders, and we've explained exactly how carbohydrates react in the body. In this final article on the topic of carbs, we will attempt to answer the million dollar question: should YOU start a low-carb diet?
* THE EXPERTS
First and foremost, please understand that the majority of physicians in the United States will not recommend a no-carb diet. By and large, doctors are going to follow the generally accepted health practices, and those practices require us to partake of all four food groups. Citing the fact that there are no long-term studies available on the effects of carbohydrate deprivation, the American Heart Association does not recommend a no-carb approach.
On the other hand, there are some doctors who look at the results achieved on low-carb or no-carb diets and say (like some of us have): you can't argue with results!
* THE RESEARCH
Both sides in the low-carb debate have doctors and studies to back up their claims.
The Atkins group has well-done studies proving that their diet results in weight loss and lower cholesterol. The South Beach folks can quote even more studies. Both groups also do a very good job of trotting out some very convincing before-and-after pictures of people (just like us!) who have seen results on the low-carb diets.
On the other hand, there is no shortage of research proving that low-carb diets are unsafe and ineffective. A study by Linda van Horn of Northwestern University in Chicago assessed more than 4,000 people in the United States, Britain, Japan and China, asking them to write down everything they had eaten over two 24-hour periods. "Lo and behold, what we did find is that without exception, a high complex-carbohydrate, high-fiber, high vegetable-protein diet was associated with low body-mass index (the standard measure of healthy weight)," Van Horn said. The more animal protein a person ate, the higher his or her weight, she said.
It's easy to see that the research conflicts on this issue, as it does on many topics.
* THE ROLE MODELS
In a previous article we examined the diets of professional bodybuilders and (female) fitness models. Almost without exception, we found that these EXTREMELY healthy people did NOT eliminate all carbohydrates from their diet. Again, almost without exception, these folks DID strictly limit the intake of 'garbage' carbs (donuts, cake, cookies, etc.).
Bodybuilders and fitness models get their carbs from QUALITY sources including brown rice, vegetables, fruit and yams.
* PHONE A FRIEND!
Yikes! The experts don't agree and the research doesn't agree! What to do? Let's phone a friend.....
Most of us have a friend or family member that has lost weight on a low-carb plan. Sometimes they've even lost a SIGNIFICANT amount of weight. All that anecdotal evidence can't be wrong, can it?
As we learned in a previous article on this topic, low-carb diets will help you lose weight! There's enough research and evidence out there now to fully support that claim. But is it the 'right' weight, and is it 'safe' weight?
Especially during the first two weeks on a low-carb diet, much of the weight loss is attributable to water loss. Falling off the diet, or introducing carbohydrates back into the body, will result in faster-than-normal weight gain from replenished glycogen stores.
Another HUGE concern with low-carb weight loss success is whether or not it is 'safe' weight loss. We're not talking about heart health or cholesterol levels, but right now we're discussing fat loss vs. muscle loss. After all, nobody wants to lose muscle, do they? When we talk about wanting to lose weight, it's just understood that we want to lose FAT! On a low-carb diet, it is very possible to lose far too much weight from muscle and not enough weight from fat.
So although our friends and family may have experienced weight loss on a low-carb diet, that fact alone is not enough to convince US to try it too.
* CAN WE STICK WITH IT?
As we've said time and time again, NO DIET IS GOING TO WORK FOR YOU IF YOU CAN'T STICK WITH IT. The Idaho Press Tribune ran and interesting article in defense of low-carbing (3-25-04, LeAnn Coffelt, Your Health section), where some of the challenges of low-carbing were disclosed: carb withdrawal (compared to nicotine withdrawal), hair loss, etc. Perhaps the most intriguing quote of the story was "One of the silliest things I've ever heard is that you will put the weight back on after you stop the diet. Well, of course you will."
Before attempting to lose weight on a low-carb (or ANY) diet, you simply must ask yourself 'Can I stick with it?'. If you love pasta and pizza, then the answer is probably no.
* THE MILLION DOLLAR QUESTION
Okay, okay, enough talk about the pros and cons of low-carb life! Should you or shouldn't you 'go low carb'?
Sorry to disappoint you, but NOBODY can answer that question for you. You, and only you, know if a low-carb diet is something you can stick with for life. There is, however, a list of questions you can (and should!) ask yourself before taking the plunge into low-carb mania:
1) HAVE I DISCUSSED THIS WITH MY DOCTOR?
2) Do I have a family history of heart disease and/or high blood pressure?
3) Do I have a family history of cholesterol problems?
4) Do I have a family history of cancer?
5) Do I think I can stick with it, even through the 'carb withdrawal' phase?
6) Have I scheduled regular bodyfat tests to make sure I am losing fat and not muscle?
7) Do I have a support system in place to help me stick to my new lifestyle?
8) Have I taken the time to EDUCATE myself on the specific diet, or am I simply following the advice of friends?
9) HAVE I DISCUSSED THIS WITH MY DOCTOR?
10) HAVE I DISCUSSED THIS WITH MY DOCTOR?
Low-carb (or even no-carb) dieting MAY be safe and effective for you. Only your doctor can help you answer that question. In addition, Low-carb (or even no-carb) dieting MAY be something you can stick with for life. Only you can answer that question.
* OUR FINAL ANSWER
You didn't really think that we'd conclude this article without a reminder to EXERCISE, did you? After all, EXERCISE IS THE ONLY THING THAT ALL THE DOCTORS AND EXPERTS DO AGREE ON!
Melanie Polk, RD, is the Director of Nutrition Education at the American Institute for Cancer Research. "We already know how to lose weight and keep it off," said Polk. "It's not a secret: eat less, EXERCISE MORE. Instead of eliminating all carbohydrates, choose whole-grain options and beans with the fiber to fill you up and provide energy throughout the day. Add vegetables and fruits while cutting back on animal protein and fat."
Doctors agree that exercise is critical to achieving a healthy fitness level for life. Not just a healthy weight, but a healthy fitness level!!
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ATLAS Aims To Lower Athlete Steroid Use

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The two most common types of steroid abuses are – athlete steroid use and non athlete steroid use. Athlete steroid use means the use of anabolic steroids by athletes in competitive sports. Non athlete steroid use is the use of anabolic steroids for non athletic or cosmetic reasons.


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athlete steroid use


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The two most common types of steroid abuses are – athlete steroid use and non athlete steroid use. Athlete steroid use means the use of anabolic steroids by athletes in competitive sports. Non athlete steroid use is the use of anabolic steroids for non athletic or cosmetic reasons.

Steroids are widely abused by athletes nowadays. The NIDA-supported Monitoring the Future studies have revealed the number of young athletes, students, and teens has always been on surge. According to Dr. Ro Nemeth-Coslett of NIDA's Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research, the athlete steroid use is more often among young people who are involved in physical training, because anabolic steroids can increase muscle mass, strength, and stamina.

The majority of adolescent boys in athlete steroid use include high school students, particularly those involved in athletics such as football or body building. National surveys have revealed that adolescent girls are also widely involved in athlete and non athlete steroid use.

According to Dr. Linn Goldberg of Oregon Health Sciences University, the adolescent girls involved in non athlete steroid use are the girls who seek to stay thin. The adolescent girls in non athlete steroid use include the girls engaged in athletic activities ranging from track and field, soccer, basketball, and volleyball to school dance and drill teams.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) funded “ADOLESCENTS TRAINING AND LEARNING TO AVOID STEROIDS (ATLAS) PROGRAM” was designed to combat athlete steroid use among young athletes. The ATLAS was aimed to lower the use of anabolic steroids among high school athletes and encourage healthy nutrition and exercise behavior. The program included classroom and weight-training sessions to educate student athletes the risk factors of athlete steroid use.

According to Dr. Linn Goldberg, who led the research team that developed and tested the program, The Adolescents Training and Learning to Avoid Steroids (ATLAS) program uses a team-oriented educational approach that motivates and empowers student athletes to stay away from athlete steroid use.

Dr. Goldberg articulates that the athlete steroid use prevention program – ATLAS is comprised of highly interactive classes and sessions to explore the effects of steroids, the elements of sports nutrition, and strength-training alternatives to athlete steroid use. The classes teach decision-making and drug-refusal skills to athletes. The coaches, who have a great influence on student athletes, play an important role in the athlete steroid use prevention program; the coaches introduce topics and wrap up each session.


title:Atrial Fibrillation
author:John Smith
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What is Atrial Fibrillation?
The heart is a muscle divided into four chambers: two atria at the top, and two ventricles at the bottom. Electrical impulses from the sino-atrial node in the right atrium cause the sequential contraction of atria then ventricles in order to squeeze blood through the heart and out to the body. This is known as sinus rhythm.
In Atrial Fibrillation (AF), faulty signals are generated from other areas in the heart, causing rapid, inefficient 'quivering' contractions of the atria at a rate of 300-600 beats per minute. These fibrillating contractions do not cause the ventricles to contract at the same rate, but the ventricles do pick up on more impulses than normal, causing an increased rate of contraction in order to try to pump blood to the body.  This leads to a high heart rate – sometimes up to 180-200 beats per minute. A rate this high leads to inefficient emptying of the blood through the heart, causing it to pool in the chambers and increasing the risk of stroke. With a lower volume of blood circulating around the body, patients can feel lethargic, breathless and dizzy.
Signs and Symptoms
Atrial Fibrillation can be acute and life-threatening, paroxysmal (intermittent), or chronic, and its symptoms can range in severity from mild lethargy to stroke. Recent studies in the US have estimated a rate of 70,000 strokes per year as a result of AF. There are no known causes for Atrial Fibrillation, but incidence tends to increase with age, and affects more men than women. Symptoms can often go unnoticed, and some patients are only diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation when under investigation for some other medical reason; conversely, some patients are acutely aware of changes in their heart rhythm.
Symptoms can include:

Rapid, weak pulse
Shortness of breath
Dizziness
Fainting
Feeling of an uncomfortable, 'flopping' heartbeat (this results from
Chest pain
Fatigue

Treatment
Treatment focuses on two main areas:

Restoring normal rhythm either by using particular drugs, or through a process called cardioversion, where an electrical impulse is shocked through the heart in order to override the fibrillation of the atria and restore normal rhythm.
Reduction and control of rate by use of specific medications such as digoxin, beta blockers and calcium antagonists.

If these methods do not work, doctors may consider inserting a mechanical pacemaker to regulate rhythm.

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Attacking the Deadly Herpes Virus with Acyclovir

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This article is about a virus that has spread worldwide and causes a wide variety of illnesses. The herpes virus has infected thousands if not millions of people. Fortunately, there is a medication that can control the infection from the herpes virus. Acyclovir is used to treat several conditions but it is now more commonly used to treat genital herpes.


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acyclovir, acyclovir medication zovirax


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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are thousands of  Americans who are infected with one of the most active virus known to man --- the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV).  Scientists have been studying how the virus works because it is among the most difficult to control. The virus has spread to different countries around the world.  It causes a variety of illnesses, including mucocutaneous infections. or herpes simplex virus (HSV), is one of the most common agents infecting humans of all ages.
There are two types of Herpes virus, namely:  Type 1 Herpes which is carried by over 80 per cent of the population and is the culprit behind recurrent cold sores; and Type 2 Herpes which affects five to 20 per cent of the population. This type is often associated with genital herpes.
Studies show that genital herpes simplex virus infects more than 1 of 5 adolescents and adults. It is more common in blacks than in whites, and more likely to infect women than men. Most people with genital herpes don't know they have it, and are unaware that they are spreading it to others. Many have no symptoms or mistake their symptoms for something else such as jock itch, insect bites, hemorrhoids, yeast infections, razor burn, or allergies to laundry detergent.
Infection in the genital region initially produces a painful, red, ulcerating crop of lesions that can spread over a wide area and may involve the perinuem and anus. Genital infection can also be associated with temporary numbness in the affected area, swelling glands in the groin, difficulty passing urine, and fever. Occasionally, primary infections such as these can also trigger viral meningitis.
Some years ago, genital herpes was diagnosed solely by visual inspection and laboratory culture of an active sore. Today, herpes may be diagnosed with a blood test, even when no symptoms are apparent or after sores have healed. Antiviral drugs have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for use in reducing the infection.
There is no cure for any herpes viruses. Once a person caught a herpes virus it stays in the body for life although it is latent most of the time. However, a medication that can treat the outbreaks and symptoms of herpes as well as reduce future outbreaks is available.
Acyclovir is a drug used for the treatment of several conditions including herpes infections. Acyclovir medication is available over the counter and commonly known under the brand name Zovirax. Acyclovir medication Zovirax is usually used for the treatment of facial cold sores.
Acyclovir ointment is used topically to treat initial genital herpes where it has been shown to decrease pain, reduce healing time, and limit the spread of the infection. Acyclovir is also available as a prescription tablet used to treat genital herpes infections and to treat patients with recurrent severe genital herpes. The dosage will be determined by the doctor. It is very common to prescribe a 5-day course of 3 tablets a day taken with 4 hour intervals, but this may vary. It is very important not to miss any doses because the patient needs to keep the level of Acyclovir up in their body. This episodic treatment will reduce the severity, frequency and duration of the outbreak as well as reduce future outbreaks and reduce the risk of spreading. Acyclovir can also be used to treat chicken pox and acts to reduce the healing time, limit the number of lesions, and reduce fever if used within the first 24 hours after the onset of the disease.
However, before starting to take this medicine, it is vital for a person with herpes to consult a doctor. Most anti-viral medications should not be used without medical advice or doctor's prescription.


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Attacks Of Random Pain

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Muscle cramps are among the many minor little annoyances or problems that a person has to deal with on a daily basis. While not debilitating or entirely disruptive, they can sometimes come at critical moments, such as in the middle of an intense physical activity. There are multiple ways to alleviate the problem, with almost all of them being relatively simple tasks that can be done without the need of a doctor or anyone else.


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cramps, muscle spasms, side effects


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There are very few unpleasant physical sensations that can occur with such unpredictability as cramps. This painful sensation is caused by several internal body conditions and external factors. Possible causes include overexertion of the muscle in question, prolonged exposure to cold temperatures, side effects of muscle spasms, and certain illnesses.  Cramps usually come suddenly without warning or other symptoms.

The most common treatment for cramps would be stretching the afflicted muscle, though soft massage has also been known to help. Since some cramps are caused by poor circulation, heat is often applied. The heat has the effect of improving circulation in the given area, which can help alleviate the problem in most cases. Heat can also help alleviate the problem if it was caused by prolonged exposure to lower temperatures, but this is not always the case. A lack of oxygenation is also listed among the possible causes, though it is generally accepted that this is among the rarer ones. Certain minerals, or the absence thereof, have been tied to the problem as well, with potassium being the most notable. Potassium has been known to help prevent cramps, so nutritionists often advise foods such as bananas, prunes, and potatoes to people who regularly have this sort of problem. According to findings, potassium aids in preventing all forms of cramps.

There are several types of cramps, one of them affecting smooth muscles in the internal systems of the body. Among the potential areas of this are the uterus, the heart, and the intestine. Several other internal organs may experience sensations of this sort. This type is sometimes considered to be closely related to menstrual cramps, but the two are not necessarily caused by the same factors despite the similar physical sensations caused. This variety occurs in muscles that the person does not have direct control over. Predominantly, this occurs to internal organs, but involuntary muscle tissue may also be affected, depending on the circumstances.

Perhaps the most common form would be the nocturnal leg cramps. These occur with random frequency in people and are often best alleviated by stretching the muscle in question until the pain subsides. The duration can vary, with some lasting a few minutes while others only register in the brain for a few seconds before disappearing, though the muscles tend to be sore for some time afterwards. The cause of this has yet to be determined, though some have suggested that a lack of certain minerals, prolonged sitting, and dehydration to be potential causes.

Due to the apparently random nature of the problem, cramps can often be used as a plot device in murder-mystery story or a convenient excuse to get out of doing something. It is worth nothing that using it as an excuse is often ill-advised because as random as the nature of the problem can be, the duration is about as fickle. Most of the time, attacks of this problem last for no longer than a few minutes and, thus, can only prove to be a minor reprieve.


title:Attack of the Cancer Fighting Tomatoes
author:Michael Brooks
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That’s right, the colorful little fruit (yes, it’s a fruit) has been shown to pack a powerful punch against several forms of cancer. A variety of studies indicate that a diet rich in tomato based products (tomato paste, sauce, juice, soup and ketchup) can significantly reduce the risk of prostate, lung and colon cancer.  Not bad for a fruit that was considered by many to be poisonous and inedible until the 19th century.
What is the Active Ingredient?
The active ingredient that makes tomatoes such a formidable opponent against cancer cells is the carotenoid called Lycopene.  Lycopene is the natural red pigment found in tomatoes and tomato based products.  The redder the tomato, the more lycopene is present.
How does Lycopene Fight Cancer?
In the body, lycopene is deposited in the liver, lungs, prostate gland, colon and skin. Its concentration in body tissues tends to be higher than all other carotenoids. Some organs, such as the testes and adrenal glands, store higher levels of lycopene than do other organs or tissues.  Lycopene acts as a super antioxidant by picking up free radicals in the body.  Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms with an odd number of electrons and can be formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules. Once formed these highly reactive radicals can start a chain reaction. Their primary danger comes from the damage they can do when they react with important cellular components such as DNA, or the cell membrane. Cells may function poorly or die if this occurs.
Is there any Research on the Cancer fighting power of Lycopene?
Although more large-scale studies are needed before any definitive conclusions can be made, current research does suggest that lycopene from various tomato products is indeed associated with the lowered risk of several types of cancers.  Several published reports are listed below.
Gann et al. 1999 -  Cancer Research
The study examined initial plasma caroteniods (including lycopene) of 1872 men in 1982, and then followed them for 13 years.  These men were randomly assigned to a placebo group or a group to receive beta-carotene and aspirin supplementation.  Of the men studied, 578 developed prostate cancer versus 1294 control subjects.  Lycopene was the only antioxidant with a significantly lower average blood level in those men with cancer as compared to those without cancer.  In those men not receiving the aspirin and beta carotene, plasma lycopene levels were very strongly related to a lower risk of developing prostate cancer.  This study concluded that increased consumption of tomato products and other lycopene-containing foods may reduce the onset of prostate cancer.
Giovannucci 1999 - Journal of the National Cancer Institute
This journal is a review of research studies available regarding cancer risk (not just prostate cancer) and intake of tomato based foods as well as blood lycopene levels.  After identifying 72 studies that fit these criteria, it was found that an inverse relationship between tomato intake or blood lycopene levels and cancer risk was reported in 57 of them.  Of these 57, it was found that 35 of these inverse relationships were statistically significant.  It was also found that cancer protection from lycopene was strongest for prostate, colon and stomach cancers, but also appeared to have some benefit in the treatment of other cancers.
Rao et al.  1999 - Nutrition and Cancer 
This study examined plasma and prostate lycopene levels in cancer patients and a control group free of cancer.  Though only 12 patients were in each group, significantly lower serum and prostate lycopene levels were found in those with cancer.  Levels of other carotenoid substances did not vary between the groups. 
Additional Benefits   
In addition to fighting cancer, the lycopene found in tomatoes has been associated with better mental activity in old age and a reduced risk of heart disease.  A University of Maryland study found that tomatoes might protect the eyes by hampering macular degeneration, a cause of vision loss in older adults. 
How do I get Lycopene into my body?
The best source of lycopene intake is through eating tomato-based products.  This is more effective than supplementation.  You will get the most lycopene through concentrates and processed products such as tomato paste, sauce, soup and canned tomatoes.  Heating helps to release lycopene and adding a little light olive oil will increase absorption.  Start packing your diet with more tomato based recipes and begin enjoying the cancer fighting power of the mighty tomato. 
Copyright 2005 Michael Brooks
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title:Attaining Healthy Nutrition Habits: How You Can Do It
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Question: What nutrients does my body need to maintain healthy nutrition habits?
Answer:  There are plenty of nutrients that can help your body become the picture of health. Vitamin A is a key nutrient that can be found in fruits and vegetables. Aiding cell reproduction, Vitamin A helps vision, promotes bone and tooth development, and helps to maintain healthy skin, hair, and mucous membranes. A lack of this vitamin can cause such woes as night blindness, poor bone growth, dry skin, and weak tooth enamel.
Doctors recommend 10,000 IU a day for an adult male, and 8,000 per day for adult females to maintain healthy nutrition habits.
Vitamin C is another one of the most important vitamins for maintaining your health. 60 milligrams per day are recommended for adults of both sexes. This vitamin works as an antioxidant, protecting your body’s tissues from the damage of oxidation. Vitamin C also has been found to be an effective antiviral agent, protecting your body from various sicknesses.
A key factor in attaining healthy nutrition habits is to keep your mineral consumption at its proper levels. The word “mineral” describes any non-carbon based compound that serves a function in the body. Some build bones and teeth, while others perform such tasks as regulating muscle contraction. Minerals are classified into two groups based on the human body’s need for them.
Major minerals are minerals that our bodies require in amounts greater than 100 milligrams per day. Major minerals include calcium, phosphorous and magnesium.
Minor minerals are minerals our body needs less then 100 milligrams per day of. Iron, zinc, and iodine all fall under the minor minerals category.
Proper usage of these minerals combined with a diet that fits your life style can lead you well on your way to attaining healthy nutrition habits.
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title:Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
author:Arthur Buchanan
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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), is a condition that becomes apparent in some children in the preschool and early school years. It is hard for these children to control their behavior and/or pay attention.
It is estimated that between 3 and 5 percent of children have ADHD, or approximately 2 million children in the United States. This means that in a classroom of 25 to 30 children, it is likely that at least one will have ADHD.
ADHD was first described by Dr. Heinrich Hoffman in 1845. A physician who wrote books on medicine and psychiatry, Dr. Hoffman was also a poet who became interested in writing for children when he couldn't find suitable materials to read to his 3-year-old son.
The result was a book of poems, complete with illustrations, about children and their characteristics. "The Story of Fidgety Philip" was an accurate description of a little boy who had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Yet it was not until 1902 that Sir George F. Still published a series of lectures to the Royal College of Physicians in England in which he described a group of impulsive children with significant behavioral problems, caused by a genetic dysfunction and not by poor child rearing—children who today would be easily recognized as having ADHD. Since then, several thousand scientific papers on the disorder have been published, providing information on its nature, course, causes, impairments, and treatments.
A child with ADHD faces a difficult but not insurmountable task ahead. In order to achieve his or her full potential, he or she should receive help, guidance, and understanding from parents, guidance counselors, and the public education system. This document offers information on ADHD and its management, including research on medications and behavioral interventions, as well as helpful resources on educational options.
Because ADHD often continues into adulthood, this document contains a section on the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD in adults.
Symptoms
The principal characteristics of ADHD are inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. These symptoms appear early in a child's life. Because many normal children may have these symptoms, but at a low level, or the symptoms may be caused by another disorder. It is important that the child receive a thorough examination and appropriate diagnosis by a well-qualified professional.
Symptoms of ADHD will appear over the course of many months, often with the symptoms of impulsiveness and hyperactivity preceding those of inattention. Which may not emerge for a year or more. Different symptoms may appear in different settings, depending on the demands the situation may pose for the child's self-control. A child who "can't sit still" or is otherwise disruptive will be noticeable in school, but the inattentive daydreamer may be overlooked.
The impulsive child who acts before thinking may be considered just a "discipline problem," while the child who is passive or sluggish may be viewed as merely unmotivated. Yet both may have different types of ADHD.
All children are sometimes restless, sometimes act without thinking, sometimes daydream the time away. When the child's hyperactivity, distractibility, poor concentration, or impulsivity begin to affect performance in school, social relationships with other children, or behavior at home, ADHD may be suspected. But because the symptoms vary so much across settings, ADHD is not easy to diagnose. This is especially true when inattentiveness is the primary symptom.
According to the most recent version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders2 (DSM-IV-TR), there are three patterns of behavior that indicate ADHD. People with ADHD may show several signs of being consistently inattentive. They may have a pattern of being hyperactive and impulsive far more than others of their age. Or they may show all three types of behavior.
This means that there are three subtypes of ADHD recognized by professionals. These are the predominantly hyperactive-impulsive type (that does not show significant inattention); the predominantly inattentive type (that does not show significant hyperactive-impulsive behavior) sometimes called ADD—an outdated term for this entire disorder; and the combined type (that displays both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive symptoms).
Hyperactivity-Impulsivity
Hyperactive children always seem to be "on the go" or constantly in motion. They dash around touching or playing with whatever is in sight, or talk incessantly. Sitting still at dinner or during a school lesson or story can be a difficult task. They squirm and fidget in their seats or roam around the room. Or they may wiggle their feet, touch everything, or noisily tap their pencil. Hyperactive teenagers or adults may feel internally restless. They often report needing to stay busy and may try to do several things at once.
Impulsive children seem unable to curb their immediate reactions or think before they act. They will often blurt out inappropriate comments, display their emotions without restraint, and act without regard for the later consequences of their conduct.
Their impulsivity may make it hard for them to wait for things they want or to take their turn in games. They may grab a toy from another child or hit when they're upset. Even as teenagers or adults, they may impulsively choose to do things that have an immediate but small payoff rather than engage in activities that may take more effort yet provide much greater but delayed rewards.
Some signs of hyperactivity-impulsivity are:
Feeling restless, often fidgeting with hands or feet, or squirming while seated Running, climbing, or leaving a seat in situations where sitting or quiet behavior is expected Blurting out answers before hearing the whole question Having difficulty waiting in line or taking turns.
Inattention Children who are inattentive have a hard time keeping their minds on any one thing and may get bored with a task after only a few minutes. If they are doing something they really enjoy, they have no trouble paying attention. But focusing deliberate, conscious attention to organizing and completing a task or learning something new is difficult.
Homework is particularly hard for these children. They will forget to write down an assignment, or leave it at school. They will forget to bring a book home, or bring the wrong one. The homework, if finally finished, is full of errors and erasures. Homework is often accompanied by frustration for both parent and child.
The DSM-IV-TR gives these signs of inattention:
Often becoming easily distracted by irrelevant sights and sounds.
Often failing to pay attention to details and making careless mistakes.
Rarely following instructions carefully and completely losing or forgetting things like toys, or pencils, books, and tools needed for a task.
Often skipping from one uncompleted activity to another. Children diagnosed with the Predominantly Inattentive Type of ADHD are seldom impulsive or hyperactive, yet they have significant problems paying attention. They appear to be daydreaming, "spacey," easily confused, slow moving, and lethargic.
They may have difficulty processing information as quickly and accurately as other children. When the teacher gives oral or even written instructions, this child has a hard time understanding what he or she is supposed to do and makes frequent mistakes. Yet the child may sit quietly, unobtrusively, and even appear to be working but not fully attending to or understanding the task and the instructions.
These children don't show significant problems with impulsivity and overactivity in the classroom, on the school ground, or at home. They may get along better with other children than the more impulsive and hyperactive types of ADHD. They may not have the same sorts of social problems so common with the combined type of ADHD. So often their problems with inattention are overlooked. But they need help just as much as children with other types of ADHD, who cause more obvious problems in the classroom.
Is It Really ADHD?
Not everyone who is overly hyperactive, inattentive, or impulsive has ADHD. Since most people sometimes blurt out things they didn't mean to say, or jump from one task to another, or become disorganized and forgetful, how can specialists tell if the problem is ADHD?
Because everyone shows some of these behaviors at times, the diagnosis requires that such behavior be demonstrated to a degree that is inappropriate for the person's age. The diagnostic guidelines also contain specific requirements for determining when the symptoms indicate ADHD.
The behaviors must appear early in life, before age 7, and continue for at least 6 months. Above all, the behaviors must create a real handicap in at least two areas of a person's life such as in the schoolroom, on the playground, at home, in the community, or in social settings. So someone who shows some symptoms but whose schoolwork or friendships are not impaired by these behaviors would not be diagnosed with ADHD. Nor would a child who seems overly active on the playground but functions well elsewhere receive an ADHD diagnosis.
To assess whether a child has ADHD, specialists consider several critical questions: Are these behaviors excessive, long-term, and pervasive? That is, do they occur more often than in other children the same age?
Are they a continuous problem, not just a response to a temporary situation? Do the behaviors occur in several settings or only in one specific place like the playground or in the schoolroom? The person's pattern of behavior is compared against a set of criteria and characteristics of the disorder as listed in the DSM-IV-TR.
Diagnosis
Some parents see signs of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity in their toddler long before the child enters school. The child may lose interest in playing a game or watching a TV show, or may run around completely out of control.
But because children mature at different rates and are very different in personality, temperament, and energy levels, it's useful to get an expert's opinion of whether the behavior is appropriate for the child's age. Parents can ask their child's pediatrician, or a child psychologist or psychiatrist, to assess whether their toddler has an attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or is, more likely at this age, just immature or unusually exuberant.
ADHD may be suspected by a parent or caretaker or may go unnoticed until the child runs into problems at school. Given that ADHD tends to affect functioning most strongly in school, sometimes the teacher is the first to recognize that a child is hyperactive or inattentive and may point it out to the parents and/or consult with the school psychologist.
Because teachers work with many children, they come to know how "average" children behave in learning situations that require attention and self-control. However, teachers sometimes fail to notice the needs of children who may be more inattentive and passive yet who are quiet and cooperative, such as those with the predominantly inattentive form of ADHD.
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title:Autism and ADHD Linked to Vaccines
author:Scott D Saunders
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In a study review conducted by David A. Geier, B.A. President, MedCon, Inc., and Mark R. Geier, M.D., Ph.D. President, The Genetic Centers of America, the authors present a clear correlation between Thimerosal (a mercury based preservative used in vaccines) and spectral autism and possibly ADHD.
Thimerosal is an organic mercury compound that is metabolized to ethylmercury and thiosalicylate and has been present since the 1930s as a preservative in some vaccines and pharmaceutical products to prevent bacterial and fungal contamination.
One cited study showed that there are distinct similarities between autism and mercury exposure in their effects upon biochemistry, the immune system, the central nervous system structure, neuro-chemistry and neurophysiology
The National Toxicology Program (NTP), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Statement on Thimerosal states that symptoms of Thimerosal exposure include mental retardation in children, loss of coordination in speech, writing, gait, stupor, irritability, and bad temper progressing to mania.
The FDA in 1999, under the recommended childhood immunization schedule, determined infants might be exposed to cumulative doses of ethylmercury that exceed some federal safety guidelines established for exposure to methylmercury, another form of organic mercury. Additionally it was noted that routine administration of childhood vaccines expose children to more than 100 times the Federal Safety Guidelines for orally ingested methylmercury.
In another study, mice were injected with ethylmercuri-S-cysteine (EMC) and found that the extent and distribution of cell damage was highly predictable, and selective necrosis of the small granular neurons was a constant finding. Thimerosal crosses the blood-brain and placental barriers and results in appreciable mercury content in brain tissue.
In another report the authors concluded that the elimination of methyl- and ethylmercury is very slow, especially in man and primates, and consequently there is a considerable risk of mercury accumulation.
The authors also found that the glutathione system is involved in the metabolism of Thimerosal or its decomposition products. And that certain individuals are genetically more sensitive to Thimerosal due to genetic factors in their glutathione system.
Brain scans of children with autistic spectrum disorders show damage in areas similar to areas damaged by mercury. These areas tend to be areas that have minimal glutathione levels. In addition, these areas typically have higher testosterone concentrations. Testosterone has been shown to increase Thimerosal neuronal toxicity whereas estrogen has been shown to reduce Thimerosal neuronal toxicity.
According to John Hopkins University the increased incidence of ADHD could represent an alternative manifestation of vaccine-associated neuro-developmental toxicity as ADHD.
In a closed meeting where the findings of the Vaccine Safety Datalink analysis were discussed a participant, Dr. Johnston, stated: "This association leads me to favor a recommendation that infants up to two years old not be immunized with Thimerosal containing vaccines if suitable alternative preparations are available." "Forgive this personal comment, but I got called out at eight o'clock on an emergency call and my daughter-in-law delivered a son by C-Section. Our first male in the line of the next generation, and I do not want that grandson to get a Thimerosal containing vaccine until we know better what is going on."
Recent other studies report no correlation between vaccines containing mercury and autism. At least one of these studies was lead by Thomas Verstraeten, who failed to disclose to "Pediatrics" as per the journal’s requirements that he is employed by GlaxoSmithKline a vaccine manufacturer that produced Thimerosal containing vaccines.
In conclusion parents taking their child for immunization should insist on vaccines that do not contain mercury preservatives, such as Thimerosal.  In addition chelation and other natural detoxification programs are known to remove heavy metals from the body.  Once heavy metals are removed from a child’s body it may be possible for them to recover from the affects of the poisoning. For more information on heavy metal poisoning and detoxification visit the author’s website at Whole Earth Health.
Copyright Scott D Saunders, Whole Earth Health LLC
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title:Autism and Communication
author:Ben Sidman
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It was the great American Financer, Bernard Baruch that said “Feelings are 55% body language, 38% tone and 7% words” in other words, its not just what you say but the way that you say it. On the other hand, only the words are required for actual communication and the body language and tone are the social aspects that help people to understand a great deal more about what the words mean.
One of the issues with Autism or Asperger Syndrome is that there are distinct difficulties in communication that can occur on all three of these levels. It is well known that people have described communicating with autistic people as difficult thinking that they are ‘nerdy’ or ‘weird’. 
If you look at communication as purely words and that the body language and tone are social aspects then quite often it is not the communication that is a problem. 
Autistic people often have difficulties with social understanding and as children become older the shift towards the social part of communication becomes greater.  When communication does becomes 93% social then if they are not understood they often feel more comfortable to avoid communication all together because it becomes too difficult.  Hans Asperger himself was described by others as 'remote' in that he distanced himself away from others.
For autistic people that cannot produce the words there are a number of therapies or treatments such as music therapy or the controversial facilitated communication. These treatments (not cures) help people to communicate through a different medium.
Other autistic children may communicate with words but lack understanding or the ability to recognise the social side of communication (body language and tone).  But also they themselves may not be communicating with their body and tone. Their body language can be awkward or uncomfortable, with eye gaze and an apparent lack of engagement.
The speech can be monotone or non-emotional and the volume may be loud or not fitting to the situation. But also the word structure may not be clear, the language can be literal, there may be interruptions and the subject may become confused which is likely to be a reflection of how confusing certain things are to them.
There are other therapies that help them understand concepts such as recognising emotions. Picture or art therapy is useful to help give visual guides to things they will see in communications.  Music therapy is sometimes used to help understand the back and forth of conversation. 
And speech therapy is a commonly used therapy to help develop the muscles in the mouth to help with pronunciation and articulation.
So while communication may conventionally be on these three levels of body language, tone and words, there are many other ways to communicate and many people will tell you that communicating with autistic children on their level is very rewarding because they are all geniuses in their own right that have a lot to talk about.
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Autism and its Generated Behavioral and Mental Impairments

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Autism is a complex neurological disorder that dramatically affects people’s behaviors and social interactions. The disorder can be revealed in early childhood, by the age of 3. Although the first signs of autism can sometimes be identified in infants, the disorder is usually discovered at a later stage of life. Autistic children present a wide range of behavioral abnormalities, and they can be easily identified among normal children. While normal young children long for the presence of their parents and love to play in the company of other kids, autistic children are very indifferent, showing no interest to the people around them.


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Autism is a complex neurological disorder that dramatically affects people’s behaviors and social interactions. The disorder can be revealed in early childhood, by the age of 3. Although the first signs of autism can sometimes be identified in infants, the disorder is usually discovered at a later stage of life. Autistic children present a wide range of behavioral abnormalities, and they can be easily identified among normal children. While normal young children long for the presence of their parents and love to play in the company of other kids, autistic children are very indifferent, showing no interest to the people around them.

Egocentrism is a major behavioral characteristic of children with autism, who may even ignore the presence of their mothers or caretakers, avoiding any form of interaction with them. In early childhood, autistics develop repetitive, stereotype behaviors and become very upset if their routine is perturbed. In many cases, autistic children may also engage in self-harm activities such as head-banging.

The communication skills of autistic children are also impaired. While some children with autism may refuse to speak at all, others experience pronounced difficulties in expressing themselves. Autistics are generally withdrawn, passive, and low-responsive. In many cases, they even avoid making eye contact with other people.

Autism can be anywhere from mild to very pronounced. Children who suffer from milder forms of autism are usually very intelligent. For this category of children, the disorder only affects their emotional intelligence and their social interaction skills, leaving their judgment intact. Hence, while these children may have poor adaptation and social interaction skills, they may have a very good logic, excelling at math or in other similar areas. In many cases, autistics may even have remarkable talent for visual arts or music. At the opposite pole, children with severe autism also suffer from mental retardation. The development of mentally retarded autistic children is very slow and these children rarely make any progress.

Although the exact causes of autism haven’t yet been identified by medical science, it is believed that genetic factors have a very important role in the occurrence of the disorder. Autism involves abnormalities at the level of the central nervous system which are suspected to occur on the premises of genetic dysfunctions.

Considering the fact that there is no cure for autism, medical treatments available today can’t reverse the neurological damage caused by the disorder. However, what medical treatments can do is to minimize the undesirable effects of autism. If children with autism are prescribed an appropriate medical treatment, their development can be supported and their symptoms can be kept under control.

With the aid of medical treatments and the support of their families, autistic children can eventually be integrated into the society.


title:Autism and Nutritional Supplements
author:Ray Smith
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Unfortunately, it has been proved beyond doubt that a large percentage of the United States population suffers from nutritional deficiency. Studies show, 30% of the general population has a marginal level of Vitamin C and 15% are Vitamin C deficient. Low level of vitamins and minerals like, calcium, iron, folic acid, magnesium, and chromium continue to be a significant but common problem in the United States. It is also being noticed that children suffering from Autism are the most common patients for vitamin and mineral deficiency. Generally children suffering from Autism have much lower level of vitamins A, C, D, and E, and all B vitamins (except choline) and some minerals (zinc, magnesium, selenium).
The most common problems that are detected in children suffering from nutritional deficiency can be listed as follows:

High Copper: Zinc ratio
B12 deficiency
Calcium deficiency
Sulfate deficiency
Vitamin A

Why children with Autism suffer the most?
Chronic diarrhea/constipation: Malabsorption is a common problem related to Autism. A recent study by the Southwest Autism Research Center of over 400 people with autism has found that 48% reported chronic diarrhea or chronic constipation
Gastrointestinal inflammation: Many patients suffering from Autism experience chronic gastrointestinal inflammation and structural compromise in the digestive tract. This intestinal inflammation likely reduces nutrient absorption.
Dietary restrictions: One of the classic symptoms of autism is restricted interests and behaviors and this often extends to choices of food. Restricted, self-limited diets are highly likely to be deficient in one or more essential nutrients.
The Brighter Side
When we are all concerned with the increasing rate of autistic children and problems due to lack of necessary vitamins and minerals it has also been proved that multivitamin/mineral nutrient supplement goes a long way in helping these children. These nutritional supplements significantly contribute towards their improvement of IQ, scholastic test scores, and early neurological development. Children with learning disabilities experience substantial behavioral, cognitive, and academic gains by use of these multivitamin nutritional supplements.
Studies and feedback from parents of children with Autism has shown that calcium, vitamin C, folic acid, and vitamin B6 with magnesium, zinc, niacin, niacinamide, and dimethylglycine resulted in improvement in 41–58% of cases.
The Liquid Vitamin Formula and the Liquid Mineral Formula (available at http://www.awakennutrition.com ) developed with the advice of James Adams. Ph.D. Arizona State University is an ideal solution to meet the nutritional needs of Autism and ADHD. James B. Adams is a father of a young girl with autism, diagnosed in 1994, and that is what led him to eventually shift much of his research emphasis to autism, focusing on biological causes and treatments.
It was found in research that a combination of Vitamin B6 and Magnesium is highly effective in reducing many of the deficits and symptoms of autism. Vitamin C has also been shown in a clinical trial to facilitate a reduction in symptom severity in children with autism. Vitamin B6 is significantly elevated in children with autism, probably due to defective pyridoxal kinase, implying a functional need for more. This may explain why very high doses of vitamin B6 have been shown in numerous studies to benefit children with autism. However, further study is required to measure pyridoxal, pyridoxamine, PMP, and PLP simultaneously to validate this interpretation. Alpha lipoic acid levels should also be higher and preferably at par with those found in typical adults.
These are some of the basic requirements that must be kept in mind while developing any nutritional supplements to be effective and contribute towards proper treatment and growth of children with autism and people suffering from lack of minerals and vitamins. James Adams research ahs gifted us with two such multivitamin nutritional supplements however we should put in continuous effort to develop even better solutions and products that would be effective to cure autism.
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Autism Research and  Education

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Autism can be defined as an abnormal absorption with the self, which is marked by communication disorders and short attention span and inability to treat others as people. It drastically affects a person’s behavior with others as well as with self. The person suffering from autism is unable to relate to the world or comprehend it. An autistic often suffers from learning disabilities. A research shows that autism has increases as much as ten times over the last decade. Many researches have been


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Autism Research-

Autism can be defined as an abnormal absorption with the self, which is marked by communication disorders and short attention span and inability to treat others as people. It drastically affects a person’s behavior with others as well as with self. The person suffering from autism is unable to relate to the world or comprehend it. An autistic often suffers from learning disabilities. A research shows that autism has increases as much as ten times over the last decade. Many researches have been carried out by psychologists and researchers to understand how an autistic’s mind functions and what is the wiring in the brain like.

Causes an symptoms of autism:

Most researchers believe that there are no definite reasons for autism to develop. It is more often than not genetically inherited. Also this disorder can be caused due to inappropriate before and after birth conditions. Any kind of damage caused to the brain can lead to autism.

The symptoms of autism are complex; hence diagnosis cannot be done very easily. During the early stages of autism, it becomes difficult to spot it, however as it goes on the becoming more and more severe, clear behavior differences can be noted. The person’s social interaction becomes greatly affected. An autistic shows an array of symptoms, including problems interacting with other people and repetitive behaviors. There are many autism research centers.


What does autism research aim at?

These researchers try to determine causes and treatments and prevention for autism. Researchers at the new center will seek to develop ways to identify different subcategories of autism. These researches are essential as allow clinicians to tailor interventions and make predictions about a child's future functioning. Some researches believe that autistic children can be cured and these children can grow up and lead lives as normal adults.

The researchers have also differentiated between 2 categories of autism, complex and essential. These categories are studied and separate treatments are drawn. The children require quiet atmosphere to concentrate and learn social skill. Given a chance to have specialized education and structured support these children can be completely treated of the disorder.


Autism Education:


Autism is a brain disorder that begins in early childhood and persists throughout adulthood which affects three crucial areas of development that are communication and language, social interaction, and creative or imaginative play.

Education for autism:
Past two decades, many effective strategies have been developed to teach children and teenagers who have been diagnosed with autism but however not everyone involved in education or even special education is knowledgeable about all these methods.  Few teachers work in an autism-specific classroom and most are responsible for classes where a variety of disabilities is represented.  Now a days overworked and stressed teachers may not have the time or the resources to implement an effective program for every child hence it is important for parents to develop a sense of their child's learning style, and to educate themselves about what strategies will best help their child to succeed in school. At last parents are said to be the best teacher of their child. Some education centers or organization listed below:
* The Autism Education Network’s mission is to improve public special education programs and to influence public policy that affects individuals with autism and this mission uses new technology and the Internet to connect in order to empower people that affect to change.
* The TEACCH (treatment and education of autistic and related communication handicapped children) mission helps to enable individuals with autism to function as meaningfully and as independently as possible in the community and they also provide exemplary services throughout North Carolina to individuals with autism and their families and those who serve and support them.

* NECC - 30 Years of Autism Education in New England
 The New England Center for Children (NECC), a school for autism located 20 miles west of Boston in Southborough, Massachusetts is a private, nonprofit autism education center dedicated to bringing out human potential and creating productive lives for children with autism. Since 1975, this school provides state-of-the-art autism education and individualized treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder, pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), and Asperger’s Syndrome.
* RAE(resource in autism education ) is an organization committed to providing the highest quality behavioral intervention services to children diagnosed with autism and related Pervasive Development Disorders and also empowers people with autism.

Hence these organizations help autistic people to improve them.


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Autism: Educating the Child and the Parents

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Autism is actually a condition that involves nerve development. The discrepancy of the development manifests in the behavior of the kid: communication, social skills and repetitive mannerisms. Autistic children often fail to respond to the world around them. As such, they are regarded for having a w


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Have you ever felt difficulty in expressing yourself? Have you ever come across a point in your life when words are not enough to give justice to what you feel?

Education

They say that knowledge is power. This is one power that cannot be divested or taken away from you. It is also only through proper education and training that a person can get hold of knowledge.

A person equipped with the knowledge and enough drive to pursue a field or goal can easily fulfill his or her potential. You can climb the corporate ladder. You can influence people. You can gain enough respect and reputation.

If knowledge is really the key, what about the others whose conditions would not allow it? Take autism for example. Its cause up to now is still not definite but it has been perceived by many people as disabling.

Autism

Autism is actually a condition that involves nerve development. The discrepancy of the development manifests in the behavior of the kid: communication, social skills and repetitive mannerisms. Autistic children often fail to respond to the world around them. As such, they are regarded for having a world of their own.

However, this is not to be regarded as a disease or ailment that will render the person entirely incapable. Some families that have a child diagnosed with autism undergo depression, withdrawal or despair. Parents get too engrossed with the problem that they overlook the alternatives. The special conditions or the limitations of a child with the autistic syndrome may be addressed properly.

The worry over providing the proper care and education to an autistic child is one of the many obstacles that will have to be confronted. As such for any family dealing with the condition, it is important to provide early interventions so as to facilitate a faster progress.

Providing Education to Autistic Children

There are many teaching methods that have been developed to address the situation of autistic children. The method would of course depend on the needs and capabilities of the child, whether the autism is mild or not.

Primarily, the parents think it is best to send the child to a special education institution if the local school does not have a special program. Institutions focusing on autism will also help in providing autism-specific classrooms. In such instances, the teacher will focus to the needs of the autistic child. There would be no other disorders to be addressed. It is also best to keep the teacher from being stressed or overworked. The teacher must be emotionally and physically up and about.

Also, there are cases of autism that will still make it helpful to attend regular schools. Some school districts have provided support to make the teachers and student body more aware of such situations. Some parents of autistic kids also work together to ensure that the needs of the kids will be met within the school boundaries.

Finally, we should constantly remind ourselves that education starts at home. The parents must properly comprehend and grasp the situation of the child. They should also consider the aspects and effects of the autistic condition and how they can properly address the development of the child. These are some of the few things that must be aimed for: understanding the behavior, knowing the proper response, encouraging new ones, dealing with the social problems, working and playing together.

There should also be considerable cooperation between the parents and the teachers or professionals to ensure that the problems of the child will be addressed. Parents should know the learning styles of the child and keep themselves informed of the various strategies that would help the child succeed.

Getting the kid in the appropriate educational institution would be very helpful. Still it is the family that will reinforce and support the child to progress.

We are living in a very fast world. The world keeps getting smaller and smaller as technologies are improved and knowledge is progressed. It is very easy to amuse ourselves, to fulfill our needs and even get what we want. However, in this fast-paced life not everyone will be able to catch up. Some may be left behind, not because they choose to be, but because their conditions limit them.

We should not limit this world only to the able. We should also learn to embrace and enable those who are limited by their existence.


Title:
Autoclaves and Sterilizers - Operational Steps In Using And Maintaining An Autoclave

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A proper care and maintenance procedure will keep an autoclave in good condition and allow it to provide the highest standard of sterilization. The simple basic steps of running the autoclave and the understanding of how it sterilizes using the steam can go a long way to ensuring an autoclave functions to its optimum.  These steps are discussed in this article.


Keywords:
autoclaves, sterilizers, autoclave care and maintenance, how to sterilize properly,loading and unloading an autoclave,steam sterilization


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In order to provide the highest standards in infection control, a perfectly maintained autoclave or sterilizer is of utmost improtance.

While most surgical instruments nowadays are manufactured from stainless steel, care and attention is still required to enable the instruments to provide better services and to ensure that they remain in the best condition even after a prolonged period of use.

Here are some simple but important operational steps to be followed to ensure your steam autoclave works to the desired purpose and to ensure they would be well maintained.

Instruments to be autoclaved are to be done so in distilled water, tap water or soft ware as hard water have the tendency to leave behind deposits on the instruments, and affect the joints of the instruments, often making them stiff.

After the instruments are used, clean and decontaminate all instruments in cold or lukewarm water. The primary purpose of doing so is to ensure that the instruments do not become stained and so that the joints do not become stiff.

Generally, put the instruments that are  to be sterilized into the dressing drum of the autoclave, making sure that the holes of the dressing drum are opened to allow the steam to enter the dressing drum and reach the instruments to be sterilized, and place the drum into the autoclave.

After placing the lid on the container, tighten the lid by opposite locking nuts.

As soon as the pressure gauge shows a pressure of 2lbs, allow the enclosed air to escape by opening the air exhaust valve.

As the pressure reaches to about 15 lbs or the equivalent of 1.05 kgf per square cm, the main safety valve will automatically come into operation and start blowing off excess steam maintaining pressure of 15 lbs inside the autoclave.

To open the container, apply some firm force by holding the lid handle and turn it towards the right, till both the arrow marks on the lid and container co-incide. Then lift and remove the lid using the lifting handle.

When unloading an autoclave, it is a good idea to open the door and wait 10 minutes in order to assure proper evaporation and drying before removing the cart.

The most frequent reason for sterilization failure is lack of contact between the steam and the germs that you are trying to kill.

Air usually moves to the bottom of the autoclave because it is heavier than steam and is then forced out through the drain.

It is essential that packs are placed on their sides to make sure that the air is not trapped and cannot escape.

It is also easier for the air to be forced downwards between the packs than to go through the many layers of packs that have been placed flat.

By operating the autoclave using an operational checklist, and by maintaining an operational log, it is possible to reduce human errors of operation and to troubleshoot difficulties that arise during operation. 

Where it is a health service such as a hospital that requires sterilization service, a Central Supplies And Stores Department or CSSD manned by qualified and experienced CSSD technicians and nurses will be necessary to enable the highest standard of health care and to ensure the surgical instruments and supplies are well sterilized, enabling the autoclaves to have the optimum lifespan of service as they are well taken care of and maintained.


title:Automated Defibrillator and Cost-Effectiveness
author:Jacqueline S. Darby
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1403.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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There had been several studies relating to the automated defibrillator and cost-effectiveness of it. The Multi-center Automated Defibrillator Implantation Trial (MADIT) took up a study to decide the same. The study showed improved survival in selected asymptomatic patients with coronary disease and un-sustained ventricular tachycardia.
To decide the cost-effectiveness of the automated defibrillator the patients were regularly followed up and their use of healthcare services was taken in to account. These included visits to hospitals or physicians, laboratory tests procedures, medications etc. To decide the cost-effectiveness the study was randomized against the use of defibrillators and other conventional medical treatments.
The incremental cost-effectiveness ratios were calculated by relating these costs to the increased survival associated with the use of the defibrillator. The average survival for the defibrillator group over a 4-year period was 3.66 years compared with 2.80 years for conventionally treated patients.
Sensitivity analyses showed that the incremental cost-effectiveness ratio would be reduced to equivalent to twenty three thousand dollars per life-year saved if transvenous defibrillators were used instead of the older devices, which required thoracic surgery for implantation. The study came to the conclusion that an implanted cardiac defibrillator is cost-effective in selected individuals at high risk for ventricular arrhythmias.
These implantable cardioverter defibrillators also demonstrated improvement in survival of post-myocardial-infractions patients with low ejection fractions. Known variation in effectiveness and cost-effectiveness among different populations raises the question of how to identify patients for whom ICD therapy is appropriate.
Investigators have evaluated the usefulness of a variety of diagnostic tests or clinical markers to identify patients at high risk of sudden cardiac death, but to date none has proven highly predictive. These indicators include ejection fraction, signal-averaged electrocardiography, T-wave alternans, heart rate variability, baroreceptor responsiveness, un-sustained ventricular tachycardia, and electrophysiologic testing.
Although the ICD should be more effective for patients at a higher risk of sudden cardiac death; if patients at high risk of sudden cardiac death are also at high risk of non-sudden cardiac death, the benefit of an ICD may be attenuated.
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title:Automatic Weight Loss
author:Janice Elizabeth Small
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3310.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
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Losing weight can seem like an uphill struggle at times. You battle with foods you can eat and foods you can't. You resist your cravings for chocolate and cake and cookies all day only to give in while you watch TV in the evening. You huff and puff at the gym for two weeks or two months until finally you just can't drag yourself there any more.
Sometimes you lose a load of weight with a lot of hard effort only to hit a plateau. And then you can't seem to shift any more.
Finally you give up on whatever plan you're on, relax for a bit and all the weight comes straight back on. All that effort for nothing.
Life should be easier than this. Why does losing weight have to be so hard?
The answer is that we make it hard on ourselves!
We want to lose weight and we want it now and we think we're willing to do whatever it takes.
But we quickly change our minds when the rubber meets the road and we actually have to follow that diet regime we signed up for.
You could make the whole process much easier by taking the automatic route.
The secret to losing weight automatically is not by making big changes to your diet or exercise routines. These routines never stick in the long run because they are way out of your comfort zone.
Yes, you may very well suffer them for a week or two while your motivation to lose weight is high but it takes iron willpower to stick with them until you lose all the weight you want.
And let's face it unless you stick with them forever that weight all comes straight back on doesn't it?
Because you go right back to the habits you had before you went on your weight loss program. The ones that caused you to put all that weight on in the first place.
No, the secret to losing weight automatically is to make small changes to your routines. Ones which will be barely detectable to others - only you will really know the difference. You make changes like taking time to enjoy your food more, moving a little bit more as you go about your day, learning how to deal with pressures from others to eat, stopping eating whenever you're satisfied. And before you know it you are losing weight. Not only that but you have habits which you can stick to for life and which you'll never need  (or want) to change.
What small changes could you make today which would mean that you eat a little bit less and move a little bit more? Could you live with those changes for life? Then start right now to make them a habit. 
Habits are built by repetition and like having a shower or brushing your teeth become an automatic part of you without having to think about it. To be slimmer forever you simply need slimmer habits -  habits which keep your metabolism high enough to deal with the amount you eat over a period of time. That doesn't mean that you can never over-indulge - it just means that in your normal day to day life you are using your slim habits and as a result the odd huge meal or chocolate bar really doesn't make any difference.
Why make it hard on yourself when this can be so much easier?

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title:Au Naturel, Au Contraire
author:Alisha Burke
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3595.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
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With all the skin care products on the market today, it can be difficult to determine which one is right for your skin.  As consumers tend to be increasingly interested in the ingredients of the products they are using, it is only natural for companies to promote products based upon those ingredients.  The problem with this is that not all companies are completely honest about the ingredients they use.  There are many companies that claim to use all-natural ingredients, when they are not.  The same can be said for so-called organic ingredients. 
There are many benefits to using truly natural skin care products.  For instance, the skin care benefits of almonds have been well researched and documented.  Almonds have a high concentration of vitamin E, which is absolutely wonderful for treating dry or sensitive skin.  You can create your own facial mask using almonds and honey.  Simply mix two tablespoons of crushed almonds with a single tablespoon of honey.  Apply the mixture to your face, and wash it off with cold water after five minutes.
The benefits of Avocado on the skin are plentiful.  It is regularly used in high quality spa products, as it is rich in vitamin A, B, D and E.  Unbeknownst to most, an Avocado actually has more potassium in it that a Banana.  Avocado is an excellent remedy for eczema, red skin, aging skin, and skin sensitivity.  You can also use Avocado as a facial mask.  Whenever I use Avocado, I just mash it in a bowl and spear it all over my face.  Sometimes, I will put in my hair and on my hands and feet.  It is so good for your skin.
The best way to include all natural ingredients in your skin care regimen is to stop relying on consumer goods.  In my humble opinion, the best skin care products can be found in your kitchen.  Oatmeal, apricots, egg whites, and many other everyday products are better for your skin than most consumer skin care products.  I am not saying you should stop using the products you use, but to consider supplementing them with some of the truly natural elements noted above.  Your body will thank you for it!

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title:Avian Bird Flu Preparation
author:Jan Dunlop
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3507.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
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What you need to know to survive an avian bird flu pandemic
Avian Bird Flu has the potential to cause a major pandemic around the world, estimates are that up to 150 million people would die. The Spanish flu of 1918 killed 50 million. Most scientists now say that the question is not if but when this will occur. If Avian Bird Flu mutates so that it can be transmitted from human to human, it will probably spread rapidly. This will trigger a massive rush to secure flu vaccines, protective masks and other essential supplies.
Now is the time to act. If you get prepared ahead of time you can avoid most of the panic that will occur. Here are some simple steps you can take to ensure you are prepared:
Stock up on Flu Antiviral Drugs
According to the Center for Disease Control CDC, there are four different influenza antiviral drugs that are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of influenza: Oseltamivir (Tamiflu), Zanamivir (Relenza), Amantadine and Rimantadine. All four have activity against influenza A viruses. However, sometimes influenza strains can become resistant to these drugs, and therefore the drugs may not always be effective. For example, analyses of some of the 2004 H5N1 viruses isolated from poultry and humans in Asia have shown that the viruses are resistant to two of the medications (Amantadine and Rimantadine).
Purchase N95 Masks
Masks serve two purposes. First, they reduce the risk of infection from an infected person and two, they also stop the spread of infection from someone who is infected.
N95 masks are used to protect against highly transmissible respiratory infections. “N” stands for NIOSH – The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the USA, and “95” reflects the filter efficiency of the mask. So “N95” indicates the mask is 95% efficient at filtering out particles of a size of approximately 0.3 microns and above. A N100 mask has a 99.7% efficiency of filtering out these small particles. Other paper or surgical masks are not suitable.
Get your Emergency Supplies in Order
Planning ahead of time will allow you to reduce your risk of exposure to the bird flu and to take better measures at protecting yourself and your family.
* Always have at least $100.00 of ready cash on hand.
* Ensure you have an alternative source of heat in case power is disrupted. Small portable propane heaters are a good option. Make sure you include a supply of fuel as well. Keep extra blankets and warm clothing available.
* Store enough bottled water for five days. If you need to disinfect use bleach, a few drops followed by aeration or boiling for at least five minutes.
* Stock up on basic food items. You should have at least a month's supply.
* Make sure you have plenty of tissues, toilet paper, diapers, bleach and paper towels on hand.
* Make sure you have enough over the counter flu medications to last a few weeks of illness.
* Fill any gas cans you have and keep your vehicles as full as possible.
* Make sure you have a first aid kit and it is up to date.
* If you take any prescription medicines, make sure you have a good supply.
* A hand-cranked radio is a good idea.
* Gas bbq's or camp stoves with full propane tanks are always useful as well as lanterns.
* Make sure you have plenty of batteries.
Build up your Immune System
Even if you do get flu antiviral such as Tamiflu, there is no guarantee that this will be effective against the strain of bird flu that finally crosses over to humans. So your only real defense is to minimize your risk of exposure and to maximize your natural resistance by building your immune system. You can do this in a number of ways:
* Get healthy - eat health food and get plenty of exercise.
* There are a number of herbs which have known anti-viral qualities. The these include: Echinacea, Olive Leaves, Garlic, Astragalus, Licoric, Shiitake Mushrooms, Cat’s Claw, Ginger, Onion, St. John’s Wort, Lemon Balm and Green Tea. You can either buy this from Jenny Lee Naturals "A-V Tincture" or you can make your own. All you need to do is buy the bulk herbs and soak them in a strong vodka for several weeks (longer, is better), then strain out the liquid. If you can’t get all twelve herbs, make do with what you can get.
Personal Finances
Last of all but very important - make sure you can sustain yourself and your family during and after a pandemic.
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title:Avoiding High Cholesterol Foods
author:Dave Saunders
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1796.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

Cholesterol finds its way into our bodies in two main ways. The first is  through our liver, which produces differing amounts of cholesterol in  different people, and the second is through our diet.
A certain amount of cholesterol is needed by our bodies, but the liver  makes all that is required for us. Any cholesterol that we intake through  our food, is all extra cholesterol, and should be avoided as far as possible.  Thus, what to eat and what not to eat becomes a major concern for people  who are trying to become healthier and lower their cholesterol levels.
Many foods contain cholesterol and many don’t. Food stuffs such as oils,  fats, and animal products including meat, eggs etc are cholesterol containing  foods. Plant foods do not contain cholesterol.
Within the category of cholesterol containing foods, there are those that are  cholesterol high foods, while some may contain lesser amounts of cholesterol.  Egg yolks as opposed to egg whites contain a very high amount of cholesterol.  But of late, research has lead doctors to believe that egg yolks increase the HDL  cholesterol, which is good for your heart and not the LDL cholesterol that is bad for you.
If you are in a quandary as to what to eat to lower your cholesterol levels, you  should minimize your intake of meat, fats, and dairy products. Increasing your  intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains can be very good for your heart as  they are not cholesterol high foods.
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title:Avoiding Violent Crimes
author:Robert Young
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4779.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
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Sexual Assault
1.  Use initials instead of first names on mailboxes and phone listings.
2.  Avoid remaining alone in an apartment laundry room or parking garage.
3.  Never admit on the telephone or at the door that you are alone.
4.  It is risky to accept a ride home from someone you have just met.
5.  If you decide to physically resist assault, remember that your goal is to incapacitate the attacker long enough to run to safety and get help.
6.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault, call police immediately.  Do not bathe or change clothes or you may destroy evidence.
Robbery
1.  Avoid carrying valuable items or large amounts of money.
2.  Always think ahead.  For example, when traveling at night, have your keys ready to enter the house or to start the car.
3.  If you are confronted by a robber, the best advice is to cooperate.
4.  If you resist, there is a greater chance that you may be hurt.
Bank Machines
1.  When using an automatic bank teller (ATM), always be watchful of any suspicious people around you.
2.  The chances of being robbed at night are much greater, especially if you are alone.
3.  If you find someone waiting and watching outside in the area of an ATM machine, do not use it.  Leave the area and report the incident to the police immediately.  You could save someone else from being a victim of crime.
Street Safety - Use Common Sense
1.  Stay in well-lighted, busy areas.  Avoid walking alone and avoid known trouble spots.
2.  When you carry a purse, hold it close to your body rather than by the handles.  Do not wrap purse straps around your wrist, because you can get hurt in a struggle.
3.  Carry only what you need in a purse or wallet, not everything you have. 
4.  Avoid using shortcuts through dark alleys, fields, or vacant lots.
5.  If you think you're being followed, cross the street and change directions a few times.  Go quickly to a well-lighted place with lots of people.  Do no go home.  You don't want an attacker to know where you live.

Stay safe!  Visit www.UrbanSafetySupplies.com and www.HiTechHiddenCameras.com for all of your self defense and security item needs.

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Title:
Avoid Bad Breath

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207

Summary:
Bad breath can be a serious issue.  No one wants to be known as having bad breath.  However, brushing regularly and mouthwash may not always be effective.  Here are some tips about avoiding bad breath..


Keywords:
hygiene, health


Article Body:
Bad breath can be a serious issue.  No one wants to be known as having bad breath.  However, brushing regularly and mouthwash may not always be effective.  Here are some tips about avoiding bad breath.

If you are suffering from bad breath, brushing and rinsing your mouth  may not be an effective remedy.  There are many reasons why people have bad breath.

Besides eating potent foods such as onions and garlic, most dentists have found that the top bad breath contributors are a dry mouth or sinus infection.  Even if you are following an oral hygiene regiment, these two contributors can still cause bad breath.

 If you have dry mouth you can easily counter by constantly keeping your mouth moist by a lozenge or drinking water regularly  However, if you have a sinus infection, you will need to see a doctor for a prescription to rid yourself of it..  Most people don’t even realize that they have a sinus infection, but bad breath can be an indicator of one.

So if you are trying to avoid embarrassment look into these tips or see your dentist or doctor to avoid bad breath


title:Avoid Commont Fitness Pitfalls
author:Lynn Bode
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_783.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
category:health
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While exercising isn’t complicated, it’s very easy to make mistakes. Often times the mistakes are made because of lack of proper technique training or simply due to rushing to get the workout completed. Regardless of the reason for the mistakes, they can lead to injuries or at the very least be counter-productive to your fitness goals.
Of course it’s important to know specifically what to do to be successful at meeting your health and fitness goals but it is also crucial to understand what not to do. So take note of the following common mistakes and how to avoid them. These tips will help ensure your workout time is effective and help prevent injuries.
Too Much, Too Soon
Many new exercisers try to lose weight or tone up too quickly, by exercising too frequently or trying exercise programs that are too difficult for their fitness level. Be sure to start with an exercise plan that takes your current fitness regimen (or lack of) into account.
Pie In The Sky Goals
Despite what many advertisers would like you to believe, it’s unrealistic to think you can lose 30 pounds in 30 days or that you can have Hollywood abs simply by doing 10 minutes of crunches a day. It’s good to set goals but be sure they aren’t too aggressive and realize it’s okay to periodically re-define them.
Ignoring Expert Advice
It’s always advisable to consult your physician before starting an exercise program. Working with a fitness professional is also a good idea so you can learn proper technique, the latest fitness information and learn how to avoid injuries.
Over-Exercising
If you start to feel overwhelmed, neglect important daily activities in order to workout or repeatedly get injured, then it might be due to exercising too frequently. Realize the importance of balance and that more is not always better. Consider reducing the frequency of your workouts or the intensity of some of them and periodically resting for a few days or a week.
Improper Breathing
Sure, breathing is an involuntary bodily function; something that most individuals tend to ignore. But, breathing correctly during fitness sessions is very important. Incorrect breathing can lead to lack of oxygen and even faintness. When working out ensure that you don’t breathe too shallowly and try to breathe through the nose and out the mouth.
Selecting The Wrong Size
Choosing the proper weight size when strength training is trickier then it sounds. Lifting weights that are too heavy for you can lead to improper form and ultimately to injuries. Use weights that are too light and the exercise session can be ineffective. If possible consult a fitness trainer to determine the correct amount of weight for your size, strength and goals. A trainer can also help you develop a plan for safely progressing forward on weight sizes.
Not Staying Hydrated
Drinking enough water on a daily basis is important. When you exercise you need to consume even more water. You should drink 16 ounces for every hour of exercise you complete. Plus you should try to consume 1-2 cups of water about 30 minutes before you begin working out.
Eating Too Little
No, that’s not a typo. Not eating enough can be as detrimental as eating too much. When the body is not fed consistently, it goes into a starvation mode. Five to six smaller meals evenly spaced throughout the day helps keep the metabolism running smoothly. Just be sure to control portion size. 
Hanging Out Instead Of Working Out
Just showing up at the gym is not going to help you get more fit. Socializing while leaning on a weight machine won’t build muscles. It’s important to enjoy your exercise time but make sure that the focus remains on physical activity.
Fixating On The Scale
If you think the scale doesn’t lie, consider this. Many professional athletes would be considered obese based on their weight alone. Look at the bigger and more relevant picture. Monitor your body fat percentage, if possible. Otherwise track measurements. Also don’t underestimate the importance of improved physical and mental well-being.
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Title:
Avoid Common Bodybuilding|Weightlifting Injuries-Common Mistakes In Gym

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614

Summary:
Bodybuilding by weightlifting if done wrongly is a sure recipe for injuries. Sometimes even painful and permanent injuries that will derail your bodybuilding program. This article will address the common injury prone mistakes bodybuilders make in their quest to build a fit and muscular body and how to avoid those weightlifting injuries.

Many people who workout in gyms complain about backaches and they blamed it on their desk bound jobs sitting in front of the computer at l...


Keywords:
bodybuilding injuries, weight lifting injuries, barbell curls, build muscles


Article Body:
Bodybuilding by weightlifting if done wrongly is a sure recipe for injuries. Sometimes even painful and permanent injuries that will derail your bodybuilding program. This article will address the common injury prone mistakes bodybuilders make in their quest to build a fit and muscular body and how to avoid those weightlifting injuries.

Many people who workout in gyms complain about backaches and they blamed it on their desk bound jobs sitting in front of the computer at long stretches of time. Perhaps they are right. Then why is it that more bodybuilders have backaches when compared to their non gym going colleagues?

Aren’t those people who lift weights are supposed to have stronger back muscles to support their musculature and should be less prone to backaches? I think you are getting the drift. Many bodybuilders suffer from common weightlifting injuries that they don’t even know it.

Many people actually think that if they do not suffer any pain when they are lifting weights, they are not injured. I want to debunk this bodybuilding myth right now. You see, many weight lifting injuries are very often sustained over a period of time.

It is because of the wrong weightlifting form being repeated over and over through many training sessions that cause the wear and tear of joints, tendons, cartilages and muscles. Many injuries do not just occur immediately or overnight like the weights dropping on your toes or painful muscle tear during your lifts.

Therefore executing your weightlifting movements in the correct form and techniques not only help your muscles to grow big and fast, it is also crucial to prevent bodybuilding injuries.

Common causes of injuries can also be attributed to lifting weights that are too heavy or that the bodybuilder who may be sick, and yet headed for the gym when his condition is not optimum for handling the weight he usually lift as he is in a physically weakened state.

So when the weights are too heavy or you are too weak to lift the weights you usually do, you are forced to cheat by swinging the weights up using momentum and lowering the weights by using gravity.

These movements not only waste your time in the gym as they are definitely not helpful in helping you build muscles. They will cause injuries.

An example of a common exercise done in the wrong form and a recipe for injuries is the common bar bell curl.

• Barbell Biceps Curl – This exercise is perhaps the most commonly executed in the wrong form and causing injuries that people don’t even know why they are injured. In every gym, you will see people swinging their barbells with their body rocking thru and fro in the movements.

The rocking movement places tremendous stress on the shoulder joint which is the most unstable joint in the human body and the lower back. Over time, the shoulder joints and lower back will pay a heavy price for the wrong form and technique used during the lift.

Other common bodybuilding exercises which are often wrongly executed are the lat pull down, bench press, leg extension, military press and list goes on.

So the next time when you have backache or joint pain, don’t blame it on other causes if you are a bodybuilder and that you lift weights often. Just reflect on the weightlifting exercises you are doing and examined them as to whether they are the cause of your injuries.

Better yet, hire a personal trainer or a bodybuilding book with picture illustration and description to learn how to lift weights in the correct form and technique to prevent common and serious weight lifting injuries.


title:Avoid Holiday Weight Gain - 5 Easy Tips
author:Vienna Miller
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3695.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
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If you're worried about gaining weight over the holidays you're not alone. 
The average North American gains 7 to 12 pounds over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.  But it doesn't have to be that way. 
Follow these simple holiday diet tips and tricks and you'll avoid the holiday weight gain that afflicts so many other people:
#1 Drink Water - and Lots of It.
Boring I know - but the reason this tip stays around year after year is because it works.  Adequate water intake keeps your metabolism humming along at a maximum rate and staves off hunger cravings as well.
In fact many people mistake thirst for hunger and end up eating to quench their thirst.  This results in more calories than you body needs and - you guessed it - excess pounds.
Models and celebrities all know about the powerful slimming effects of drinking water which is why you often see them holding a bottle of water in their hands as they dash through airports or stand around at fashion shows.
#2 Increase Your Exercise A Little Bit Every Day
Everyone deserves to indulge in holiday treats.  Part of the fun of the holiday season is the amazing treats that are only around at Christmas and/or Thanksgiving. 
Accept the fact that you're going to indulge a bit - and then enjoy it!  But make sure you make up for it elsewhere by increasing your exercise. 
You don't have to double your exercise time or sweat till you fall off your treadmill.  Just increase your exercise time a bit every day, maybe ten minutes here, fifteen minutes there.  It all adds up. 
You'll burn off those holiday treats and easily avoid extra weight gain.  I have several girlfriends who have been doing this trick for years and they never gain a pound over the holidays (in fact they often lose a few!).
#3  Cut Back Where You Can At Other Meals
Did you know that the average number of calories consumed by one person during a typical Thanksgiving dinner is 7,100!  That's about 2 pounds strictly in terms of calories alone. 
But not to worry.  All you have to do is make small calorie cutbacks at other meals the week before and you'll easily make up for the extra calories. 
For example, instead a huge slice of pecan pie (which normally will run you about 500 calories) for desert, why not try some blueberries mixed with low fat yogurt?  Instead of the bag of potato chips you usually indulge in for the big game, why not munch on air-popped, low fat popcorn?
You can save as much as 500 calories and you're still having a salty, satisfying snack. 
Bottom line: cut back where you can in little ways.  You won't miss the little sacrifices and you can then enjoy your holiday meals - guilt free!
#4 Eat What You Like - But Only A Few Bites
If you absolutely cannot imagine giving up any of your favorite treats this holiday season, give yourself permission to have a bite of everything - but only a bite! 
I read somewhere that Jessica Simpson never denies herself any of her favorite foods - but she only allows herself one or two bites.  And let's face it the first couple of bites are the best tasting anyways! 
#5  Don't Eat After 7:00 pm
Experts tell us that the earlier in the day food is eaten, the more likely it is to be burned off.  However when you eat late at night, this food is more likely to be stored as fat. 
Celebrities like Oprah use this knowledge to their advantage and refuse to eat after a certain time like 7:00 p.m. 
So if you know you absolutely must have a sweet indulgence during the day, try to have it before noon. Then towards the end of the day, snack on healthy, lower carb foods like salads, vegetable broth, fruits or lean protein. 
This keeps your metabolism elevated but won't pack on the pounds.  I've personally used this trick before every holiday Christmas party for 5 years running and it certainly helps for getting into those slinky Christmas party dresses!
So those are 5 diet tips to avoid holiday weight gain this year. Follow them and you're guaranteed to save yourself the stress of unwanted weight gain. Heck, you'll probably even lose a few pounds, all in time for New Year's Eve!
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Title:
Avoid Stress To Secure Energy And Vitality

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542

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After a long day's work, it is natural to feel drained and tired. Working on any task for about five hours or more can really lessen a person's energy and vitality. Stress is the most common factor for loss of energy and vitality especially among people who work everyday. Stress is also the most known factor contributing to a person's risk of getting sick.

Stress is inevitable, and it's even omnipresent. In clinical language, it is any physical or psychological stimulus re...


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After a long day's work, it is natural to feel drained and tired. Working on any task for about five hours or more can really lessen a person's energy and vitality. Stress is the most common factor for loss of energy and vitality especially among people who work everyday. Stress is also the most known factor contributing to a person's risk of getting sick.

Stress is inevitable, and it's even omnipresent. In clinical language, it is any physical or psychological stimulus resulting in the production of mental tension or physiological reactions. If understood and handled well, stress can lead a person to regaining his/her energy and vitality and to living a healthier life. But if not, illnesses and even fatal diseases can arise.

Deadlines, finances, relationship or marital problems, work or profession, school, existing ailment, and other emotional or psychological disturbances are the most common causes of mental or emotional stress. Lack of sleep, poor nutrition, sedentary lifestyle, and very tiring activities are on the other hand leading roots of physical stress. Doctors, however, claim that mental stress reduces a person's energy and vitality more than the physical stressors do.

When the body detects stress, it naturally responds to it. When the mind is stressed, the brain releases chemicals that cause headache, prompting us to do something about it. The same happens when your leg or arm muscles are already tired and weary. But these bodily responses do not automatically result to regaining energy and vitality. The way we respond to these natural body responses are the determinants of stress reduction.

Different individuals respond to stress in many varying ways. Most resort to smoking cigarettes because of its calming effect, others drink alcohol, some go to the gym and work out, others rest and meditate. These responses are responsible to successful and unsuccessful regaining of lost energy and vitality.

The primary step to avoid or mitigate the effects of stress is to know where it is coming from. Once the source is identified, you can then think of a way on how to deal with it. But don't just deal with it, but deal with it properly. Overdoing your response to stress can yield to more damaging results. Excessive alcohol intake and even exercise can result to further negative implications. Your response should be something sustainable (can be regularly done and in right frequency) and basically safe and beneficial. Evaluating your lifestyle (eating habits, physical activities, etc.), having a positive outlook in life, excellent time management, and balancing your priorities are what most doctors would say some of the best ways to avoid stress and prevent surmountable loss of energy and vitality.

Having enough energy and vitality is crucial for our survival throughout our life. The amount of energy and vitality we acquire, lose, and regain will determine our body's longevity in this stress-filled world. There's no way we can get rid of stress, it's as constant as change. But we can do ways to avoid or lessen its effects. Stress is embedded in our nature and just like everything that is, it exists for a purpose. It's up to us to know how to optimize the possible good effects it can give by knowing how to properly deal with it.


title:Avoid These Five Common Weight Loss Mistakes
author:Hristo Hristov
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_384.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
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Mistake #1: Not changing your calorie plan as you lose weight. The fallacy of the "1200 calorie diet" plans and the like.
Most people fix their calorie intake to a given number and expect to lose weight at the same constant rate over a period of weeks. Hence, dieters look for 1000 calorie or 1800 calorie diet plans on the internet. The fixed calorie diet plans don't work. If you burn 3000 calories a day at the start of a diet, after a week or two of losing some weight, you are no longer burning 3000 calories. Now you might be burning 2800 calories. If you fix your calorie intake in the face of a decreasing calorie expenditure, your weight loss will slow down more and more as you lose weight.
If you want to lose weight at a constant rate, you must repeatedly:

decrease your calorie intake to accommodate the calorie expenditure drop
increase your calorie output by exercising more
do both
I would like to note that you must set realistic slow weight loss goals. If you go for fast weight loss you would not be able to sustain it for a long period unless you go extreme in the calorie reduction and exercise a lot. For people who have to lose more than 20 pounds (10kgs), the goal should be a loss of no more than 2 pounds or 1 kg per week. People who need to lose just a bit of weight should go for weight loss of 1 pound or half a kilogram per week.

Why does my calorie expenditure drop as I lose weight? The most important factors are:

You weight less. A smaller body burns less calories both at rest and while active
You may involuntarily burn fewer calories. Dieters often lack energy and move less
Calorie restriction suppresses the metabolic rate
You have less body fat, which may further suppress your metabolic rate
These major factors contribute to an ever-decreasing energy expenditure as one loses weight. The more a dieter cuts calories, the bigger the calorie expenditure drop. The leaner the dieter, the greater the calorie expenditure drop.

Now you must understand that if you want to succeed in losing weight, you have to make changes in your nutrition plan. I recommend burning more calories, because being more active facilitates smaller calorie restriction and milder calorie expenditure drop.
It is very difficult to estimate the rate of the metabolic drop. Here is the general rule: the bigger you are, the smaller the rate of the metabolic drop. The more weight you lose, the more you have to cut calories or increase exercise. If you are overweight you might need to cut just 10 more calories for every lost pound, while if you are lean you might have to cut 60 calories for every pound lost. I picked these numbers just as an example.
Mistake #2: Overreporting the "extra" calorie expenditure of exercise
Most people count the calories they spend exercising as "extra" calories. There is a difference between calories burned while exercising and "extra" calories burned exercising. Here is an example: you burn 300 calories on the treadmill instead of your usual activity (watching TV at home); in reality, you have to subtract the calories you would have spent watching TV from these 300 calories to calculate how many additional calories you burned. Let's say that watching TV, you would have burned 80 calories. In this specific case, you have expended 300 calories while exercising, and 220 "extra" calories.
Calorie counters mindlessly add the calories burned exercising as "extra" and in some cases, this practice can significantly influence the calorie calculations. Hence, calorie software counts the part of your usual activities that overlaps with the extra activities twice.
How to estimate the "extra" calories burned exercising?
In order to make the calculations more accurate, I shall first introduce the concept of MET values. MET values are a convenient way to calculate the calorie cost of activities. MET values are multiples of the resting energy expenditure per time. In plain English, a MET = 3 means burning 3 times more calories than resting. A MET = 1 signifies how many calories you burn at rest (your Resting Metabolic Rate or Basal Metabolic Rate). Whatever you do, you burn calories at a rate of at least MET = 1 with the only exception being sleeping which has MET = 0.9. During the day, most activities include sitting and walking which have MET values between 1.2 and 3. Your total daily energy expenditure is calculated by multiplying your Resting Metabolic Rate by the average MET of all your activities. Is your head spinning?
Let's use a real world example. Consider a female person with a Resting Metabolic Rate of 1200 calories a day. One day has 1440 minutes. Our example lady is burning 1200/1440 = 0.84 calories per minute at rest, which signifies a MET = 1. Let's say our example woman just returned from an aerobics class, where she exercised for 30 minutes. General aerobic class training has a MET = 6. Our example lady has just burned 30 (minutes) x 6 (MET) * 0.84 (calories per minute) = 151 calories while exercising. Suppose our lady would have chatted on the internet instead of exercising (MET = 1.5). In this example, the woman substituted chatting on the internet with aerobic exercising. Remember, that every time you do something you substitute one activity for another. In order to get the extra calories, we have to subtract 1.5 (chatting) from 6 (exercising). Now let's calculate the extra calories: 30 (minutes) * (6 - 1.5) (MET value) * 0.84 = 113 calories.
Let's consider what a standard calorie counter would have done. First, it will assume an average calorie burn rate of 1 calorie per minute. Then the counter will find that exercising for 30 minutes will yield 30 (minutes) * 6 (MET) * 1 (calories per minute) = 180 calories. The calorie counter will add these 180 calories to your daily expenditure without considering that a part of these 180 calories is already accounted by your usual activities.
Do you now see the difference between 113 calories and 180 calories? If that woman spends 5 hours a week in that aerobics class, the standard calorie counters will overreport her calorie output by: (180-113) * 10 = 670 calories a week. The woman will be fooled that her metabolic rate has dropped while she just overestimated her calorie expenditure. Enter weight loss plateau, wasted time and efforts. Do you have the time for trial and error calorie estimations?
Remember these two rules:

Report only extra activities to your calorie counter. If your walk to your office every day, do not log "walking to office for 30 minutes" as an extra activity. Consider only unusual activities that contribute to extra expended calories!
Always subtract the calories you would have burned instead of exercising. A general rule is to subtract from 1.2 to 1.5 from the MET values. In some cases, you need to subtract a greater MET. If you substitute 30 minutes of bodybuilding (MET = 6) for 30 minutes of slow jump rope (MET = 8) then the additional MET would be 8 - 6 = 2.
How to find the MET values of activities based on standard tables?

In order to make the above calculations, you need to know the MET values of activities. Standard tables give: name of activity, duration and calories. Standard tables assume an average calorie expenditure of one calorie per minute. To find the MET you just need to divide the calories by the duration.
Example: "Bicycling, stationary, general", "20 minutes", "140 calories"
MET of "Bicycling, stationary, general" = 140 / 20 = 7
I know these calculations are somewhat tedious and in many cases the standard calorie calculations are close to correct. However, in some cases they can significantly over or under-calculate the calorie expenditure of activities and compromise your weight loss plan with daily miscalculations.
Mistake #3: Training with light weights and lots of reps
I have seen countless number of ladies come to the gym, get the lightest possible dumbbells, crank out some hundreds of reps and go home. Most often, these women do not get the results they want. The problem with this type of training is that it does not burn many "extra" calories unless you spend a considerable amount of time in the gym. Hefting Ken and Barbie weights in the gym has a MET value of 3, which means that it burns 3 times more calories than resting in bed. Almost anything you do during the day has a MET value of 1.2 to 2. Browsing the internet on your computer has a MET value of 1.5. Realize that almost anything you do during the day (average MET = 1.5) has about 50% overlap in calorie expenditure with training with very light weights (MET = 3). If you pump super light dumbbells in the gym, only about half of the calories burned are "additional".
Of course, you can burn a considerable amount of extra calories training with light weights but you have to really extend the duration of this type of training. Curling 5 pound dumbbells for 4 sets of 20 reps and chit-chatting for 20 minutes in the gym is not going to burn many extra calories.
Remember the rule: the less intensive the activity (smaller MET), the greater the calorie expenditure overlap with casual activities; the less intensive the activity, the more time you have to spend doing it to expend a good deal of extra calories. Always subtract a MET of 1 to 1.5 to arrive at the additional expended calories.
Mistake #4: Using "average person" calorie estimations
You can find all kinds of tables showing the calorie cost of different physical activities on the internet. These tables don't show your calorie expenditure. They actually tell you the calorie expenditure of an "average person". These tables assume you are an average person that burns one calorie per minute at rest. Yes, we covered this in the first part of the article and it needs repeating. Most men burn more than one calorie per minute and most smaller women burn less than one calorie per minute at rest. In reality, these standard tables overestimate the calorie expenditure of smaller people and underestimate the calorie expenditure of bigger than average people. Combine this with the common mistake of counting all burned calories as "additional calories" and you have a wide range of possible miscalculations.
Mistake #5: Going on very low calorie diets (VLCD)
Research has shown little to no difference in the weight loss rate of 1200 calorie diets and 800 calorie diets. The 1200 calorie threshold is the point where further calorie restriction does not yield faster results. Diets in the range of 800 to 1200 calories a day suppress the resting metabolic rate from the very first day and after some weeks on these diets, the metabolic rate has dropped by up to 20%. This metabolic drop is just a consequence of the calorie restriction factor; other factors such as the level of leanness may further depress the calorie expenditure.
A big percentage of the quick initial weight loss on a VLCD is water. VLCDs create an illusion of fast fat loss, while in reality most of the weight loss is water. It is hard to continue a very low calorie diet for a prolonged time because the harsh calorie restriction makes you hungrier than ever. People on VLCDs often lack energy and move very little. When you stop the diet, you are prone to instant overeating. Eating a very low calorie diet is the ticket to yo-yo dieting.
Instead of using very low calorie diets, I recommend diets with a mild calorie restriction and an emphasis on exercise. Overweight people who know what they are doing can employ VLCDs for a limited time. It is important to get enough vitamins and minerals from supplements, because such low calorie diets are woefully inadequate in nutrients. Water intake should be high.
Bodybuilders, powerlifters and athletes must stay away from very low calorie diets because the large calorie restriction causes a greater proportion of the weight loss to be muscle loss.
If you want to automate these complicated calorie calculations, try our training and nutrition software Fitness Assistant FREE for 30 days. Get your trial copy at www.x3msoftware.com
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title:Avoid These Top 5 Workout Myths
author:Jim O'Connor
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4920.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
category:health
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Do you know the health and fitness industry is plagued by an over abundance of workout myths? A myth is a fiction or half truth, especially one that forms part of an ideology. Rob tells Jen about a new fitness program that is suppose to deliver amazing results; Jen tells Ted, and Ted then tells Pam, but only half of what Rob said. Confused? Just image how confusing Rob's "cutting edge" theory has become. And the funny thing is, Rob made this up by telling people they will lose 3 inches from their bellies, and hips by holding their breath for 30 seconds. Rob, without any scientific backing, dreamed this all up.
The sad thing is most people believe what they hear from so-called uninformed myth spreaders. After consulting with thousands of people, I have heard every possible workout myth known to man, and continue to de-bunk myths daily. Listed below are my all time 5 favorite workout myths. Always look for the science and logic behind what people claim. Don't automatically assume it is true unless studies back it, or specific quantitative results are shown.
After reading my 5 workout myths, you will be able to finally protect your own workout results, and share the fitness truth with others.
Myth 1 - Doing crunches, or abdominal work will decrease fat in the stomach area (If you do thousands of crunches, then you will have a flat stomach.)
This is what some infomercials preach. They state you can obtain a flat, beautiful, stomach by using their simple ab machine. All you need to do is exercise 2 minutes per day, and voila!
Please note, dear reader, you can't SPOT REDUCE! By doing a specific exercise for a certain muscle does not make fat suddenly vanish. Fat is lost over time by burning more calories than the body consumes on a regular basis. Fat will then disappear throughout your entire body, and you don't have control of where it comes off. Doing a certain exercise for a specific muscle will only guarantee a stronger, more fit muscle.
The SECRET keys to fat loss are decreasing caloric intake, increasing activity for an extended period of time, and incorporating a workout of strength, cardio, and flexibility.
Myth 2 - Lifting heavy weight for 8-12 reps will build big muscles (especially women.) You should lift very light weights and do a lot of reps, 20 +.
This is one that NEVER seems to go away. It keeps coming back to haunt me again, and again, and again. Ladies, doing heavier weights WILL NOT suddenly turn you into the Incredible Hulk. Your objective should be to maintain, or slightly increase your fat burning lean tissue. In order to do this you must increase the intensity of the exercise by elevating weight, number of reps, or decreasing rest time between sets.
If you increase intensity regularly, you will see good results. If you do not, you will get the same results you have been getting. Increase the intensity until you are happy with the progress you have made, and then maintain the same intensity level.
Women, generally, don't have the physiological make-up to develop big muscles unless they use steroids, and train with gut busting intensity. Most men workout a lifetime, and won't build big muscles. Ladies, please don't worry; challenge yourself in the gym.
Here is a valuable free resource to help you stay informed of the health, and fitness trends by letting you know what works, and what doesn't.
Visit Wellness WORD Newsletter in Multimedia at http://www.WellnessWord.com
Myth 3 - For resistance training, you need to do 3 sets of 10-15 reps, 3 exercises per body part, and a frequency of 3 days per week.
Where the heck did 3 come from? 3 X 3 X 3? I think someone, many years ago, decided 3 was a good number to use, and people started to believe in this myth.
How many sets are really needed? According to scientific studies, the exact number of sets needed to stimulate lean tissue development is one, if preformed at 100% momentary muscle failure. A single all out set is the ideal stimulus to trigger lean tissue development. All other sets only hinder the recovery process when lean tissue develops.
Rest- people generally don't get enough rest between workouts. Please be aware that the higher the intensity, the more rest is required between workouts to allow lean tissue development. If you workout (strength train) too soon, before you are fully recovered, you will short circuit your results.
It is better to wait longer between workouts, then to workout not fully recovered.You WON'T lose your muscle tissue if you don't workout for 2 weeks.
Ideal rest times (depending upon intensity) are anywhere from 3 - 10 + days between strength training workouts.
You will need to track your progress to determine when your gains cease. When progress stops, increase your rest time even further.
If your strength keeps increasing during each workout, you are assured of getting optimal rest between sessions.
Myth 4 - All I need to do is cardiovascular training to be in shape.
Wrong! Please don't make this mistake! Cardiovascular exercise is only one piece of the workout puzzle. To design an optimal fitness program, incorporate cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and flexibility into an efficient, results producing program.
Cardiovascular exercise will do very little to increase your flexibility, and maintain or increase your lean tissue. If you avoid any of these three components, you are decreasing your results by one third.
As a result of the aging process, on average, 5-7 pounds of muscle is lost each decade, that is, if you don't strength train.
Myth 5 - All fitness equipment is good if you use it.
All fitness equipment is not created equal, especially home fitness equipment advertised in infomercials. Some pieces of fitness equipment are not well built, and can cause injury to specific individuals resulting from medical limitations.
My advice is to clear your exercise program with a physician prior to exercising or buying home gym equipment.
Home Gym Shopping Secrets is a great consumer awareness guide to rely on prior to purchasing home gym equipment. This guide will take you by the hand and show you what to buy, what to avoid, and why.
Home Gym Shopping Secrets http://www.HomeGymShoppingSecrets.com
Another tip I recommend is never plan an exercise program without input from an Exercise Physiologist, Certified Personal Trainer, or Physical Therapist.
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Title:
Avoid The Causes Of Eczema and Beat It For Good

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506

Summary:
Eczema is caused more by several different factors, each one increasing the discomfort level until the threshold is reached and you are in a full blown itching attack, ripping your poor skin to shreds.


Keywords:
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Eczema is caused more by several different factors, each one increasing the discomfort level until the threshold is reached and you are in a full blown itching attack, ripping your poor skin to shreds. Fear not though, if you take the time to learn how to understand and recognize these factors, you can significantly reduce the impact that the condition can have on your life. Check out my tips below to get the better of Eczema today.

The #1 Cause of Increased Eczema Discomfort-
Dry Skin. A lot of people will argue this point, stating that that the dry skin is a simple symptom of the Eczema. This may be true, but think about it for a second-what’s the most irritating thing about Eczema, the thing that causes most discomfort? The itching right? Well if you can combat that dry skin, you can go a long way to beating the itch too. The key is to keep it moisturized. Moisturize at least twice a day, preferably after bathing or showering. Dab yourself down with the towel, and apply the moisturizer to damp skin. This will help lock the moisture from the bath into your skin.

The #2 Cause of Increased Eczema Discomfort-
Ignorance toward diet. Most people have no idea how much your diet can affect your skin and the condition of it. To put it plainly, if you aren’t giving your skin the right nutrients, it can’t heal itself, so your Eczema will only get worse.
Foods that are high in acidity are often blamed for exacerbating the Eczema condition, there is something in the acid in some foods which reacts very badly. The ideal way to cure this is visit a dietician, and they can prepare an ideal diet for you. Obviously not everyone has the resources or inclination to do this though, so thankfully you can also combat it by taking kelp supplements. Kelp is very high in alkali, which can neutralize the acid in most foods once it’s in your body.

The #3 Cause of Increased Eczema Discomfort-
Scents. Silly as it sounds, the perfuming agents in many detergents/soaps etc has awful effects on your eczema. Have you noticed that sometimes nothing can irritate your skin more than having it brush up against your clothing all day? This is most often due to the scenting agents in the clothing. If you can change over to unscented soaps, detergents, shampoos etc, you will most likely find your clothing is suddenly more comfortable for you.


The #4 Cause of Increased Eczema Discomfort-
Clothing itself. We already mentioned the damaged that scented clothing can have, but did you know that just your clothing alone can prove to be pretty formidable? Most Eczema patients have no idea that sometimes when they experience a worsening of the condition, it can be down to the very clothing they are wearing. Certain fabrics can be a real curse. As a general guide, avoid anything woolen or obviously itchy, and try to wear 100% cotton clothing as often as possible.


title:Avoid the Thirties Fat Traps
author:Janice Elizabeth Small
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2878.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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It's amazing how excess weight creeps up on you in your thirties without you becoming aware of it. Suddenly you catch sight of yourself in a shop window or you see a picture taken at your friends wedding and you can't believe how much larger you've become. How did that happen? It feels like pounds of fat appeared overnight.
The bad news is that your metabolism (the rate at which you burn calories) does drop quite naturally from your thirties onwards. So you will start to put on weight more easily. But before you get too depressed be aware that the effect is so marginal that piling on the pounds does not have to be inevitable. It's more likely that you have been getting into bad habits and eating more or moving less than you were before.
If you want to avoid the extra 10lb that the average woman gains in weight between thirty and forty take care not to fall into the following lifestyle traps.
Lifestyle Trap 1 : Too much going on
With partner, kids and/or career all taking your attention, life in your thirties suddenly becomes much more complex than it was before and the time you have for yourself seems to disappear somewhere between school runs, getting the report finished and keeping the house one step above chaos. Almost inevitably you end up taking less exercise and eating out more or using take-aways to cope with getting meals on the table. Try and give yourself and your health a higher priority by asking for help, reducing your commitments and letting less important things slide.
Lifestyle Trap 2 : Matching portions
There's a time of danger when you move in with a partner, which often takes place in your thirties. You start cooking for him and eating the same meals and often the same portion sizes.  Whereas you might have made do with something on toast or soup some evenings it's now full dinners with dessert. While your man can probably take the calories - all that excess lands just where you don't want it - on your tummy and thighs. Take care to eat only what YOU need and don't try and match your partner meal for meal.
Lifestyle Trap 3 : Eating for two
For many thirty-year-olds weight problems coincide with having children. Although you need just 300 calories more a day after the first 3 months of pregnancy, it's easy to use having a baby as an excuse to eat and eat. And that excess weight can be hard to lose afterwards. Often the problem is compounded by a second pregnancy before you've lost the weight from the first. To avoid excess weight gain keep exercising as long as it's safe to do so throughout your pregnancy and continue to walk the weight off afterwards - something you can do with kids in tow! And keep eating sensibly and healthily throughout. Pregnancy is a great time to get in the habit of eating well.
Lifestyle Trap 4 : Losing Muscle
If we don't do anything about it, we start losing some strength and muscle each year from our thirties onwards. As each pound of muscle burns about 50 calories a day even when you are at rest, it's important to gain that strength back through resistance or weight training.  You should also avoid any diet which advises losing more than a pound or two of weight a week. More than that and you are likely to lose muscle as well as fat. And if you end up putting weight back on, as many people do, it's all fat. This is a major reason for avoiding the yo-yo diet syndrome - you end up fatter (literally) than ever.
Lifestyle Trap 5 : Complacency
In your thirties you're unlikely to see the symptoms of the poor health choices you're making. It's probable that heart disease, diabetes and other nasties have yet to show their face but these silent killers are loitering in the background. Don't take your health for granted. You'll regret it very quickly in the years to come which will be here soon enough. Give your health a top priority and do something about your health and your weight while you still have plenty of time.
Of course you can still look great in your thirties, forties and beyond. There's no real danger in hitting the big-30 (or any other birthday for that matter). The danger always comes with a change in lifestyle. And that's something that you choose - so it's all up to you whether you want to be fat or fabulous by the time you reach 40.

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title:Avoid Weight Gain During The Holidays - 5 Easy Tips
author:Vienna Miller
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3569.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
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If you're worried about gaining weight over the holidays you're not alone.
The average North American gains 7 to 12 pounds over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. But it doesn't have to be that way.
Follow these simple holiday diet tips and tricks and you'll avoid the holiday weight gain that afflicts so many other people:
#1 Drink Water - and Lots of It.
Boring I know - but the reason this tip stays around year after year is because it works. Adequate water intake keeps your metabolism humming along at a maximum rate and staves off hunger cravings as well.
In fact many people mistake thirst for hunger and end up eating to quench their thirst. This results in more calories than you body needs and - you guessed it - excess pounds.
Models and celebrities all know about the powerful slimming effects of drinking water which is why you often see them holding a bottle of water in their hands as they dash through airports or stand around at fashion shows.
#2 Increase Your Exercise A Little Bit Every Day
Everyone deserves to indulge in holiday treats. Part of the fun of the holiday season is the amazing treats that are only around at Christmas and/or Thanksgiving.
Accept the fact that you're going to indulge a bit - and then enjoy it! But make sure you make up for it elsewhere by increasing your exercise.
You don't have to double your exercise time or sweat till you fall off your treadmill. Just increase your exercise time a bit every day, maybe ten minutes here, fifteen minutes there. It all adds up.
You'll burn off those holiday treats and easily avoid extra weight gain. I have several girlfriends who have been doing this trick for years and they never gain a pound over the holidays (in fact they often lose a few!).
#3 Cut Back Where You Can At Other Meals
Did you know that the average number of calories consumed by one person during a typical Thanksgiving dinner is 7,100! That's about 2 pounds strictly in terms of calories alone.
But not to worry. All you have to do is make small calorie cutbacks at other meals the week before and you'll easily make up for the extra calories.
For example, instead a huge slice of pecan pie (which normally will run you about 500 calories) for desert, why not try some blueberries mixed with low fat yogurt? Instead of the bag of potato chips you usually indulge in for the big game, why not munch on air-popped, low fat popcorn?
You can save as much as 500 calories and you're still having a salty, satisfying snack.
Bottom line: cut back where you can in little ways. You won't miss the little sacrifices and you can then enjoy your holiday meals - guilt free!
#4 Eat What You Like - But Only A Few Bites
If you absolutely cannot imagine giving up any of your favorite treats this holiday season, give yourself permission to have a bite of everything - but only a bite!
I read somewhere that Jessica Simpson never denies herself any of her favorite foods - but she only allows herself one or two bites. And let's face it the first couple of bites are the best tasting anyways!
#5 Don't Eat After 7:00 pm
Experts tell us that the earlier in the day food is eaten, the more likely it is to be burned off. However when you eat late at night, this food is more likely to be stored as fat.
Celebrities like Oprah use this knowledge to their advantage and refuse to eat after a certain time like 7:00 p.m.
So if you know you absolutely must have a sweet indulgence during the day, try to have it before noon. Then towards the end of the day, snack on healthy, lower carb foods like salads, vegetable broth, fruits or lean protein.
This keeps your metabolism elevated but won't pack on the pounds. I've personally used this trick before every holiday Christmas party for 5 years running and it certainly helps for getting into those slinky Christmas party dresses!
So those are 5 diet tips to avoid holiday weight gain this year. Follow them and you're guaranteed to save yourself the stress of unwanted weight gain. Heck, you'll probably even lose a few pounds, all in time for New Year's Eve!
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Awakening Facts About Insomnia

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574

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This article is about the nature of the most common sleep disorder: insomnia.The article also tackles the reasons and effects on people who are affected by the said sleeping disorder. Several treatments options are also discussed in the article.


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insomnia, sleeping pills, sleeping aids


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Not getting enough sleep is fast becoming a common problem among people who lead fast, busy lives. Sleeplessness is also a typical condition among the elderly.  However, being young is no guarantee that one would be free from the suffering brought about by sleeping disorders.

Almost all people have experience occasional sleepless nights. But not too many people realize the seriousness of not getting enough quality sleep. Based on research, as many as 25% of Americans report occasional sleeping problems.

The latest surveys indicate that insomnia is already a chronic problem for at 10% of the entire U.S. population. The cumulative impact of sleeplessness on a population has a bearing on personal health as well as productivity in the workplace. Lack of restful sleep impairs the person's ability to carry out daily tasks and responsibilities.  Aside from feeling tired, people who lack sleep have trouble concentrating and tend to get very irritable.  Imagine having those feelings or low level of physical strength while driving on a busy highway or being in the middle of an important business meeting.  The results could be outright disastrous for one's career or even life-threatening. Conversely, people who get enough continuous and quality sleep are more able to perform at work or in other activities the following day. 

But how much sleep do we really need?

Sleep requirements vary over the life cycle. Newborns and infants need a lot of sleep and require several periods of sleep throughout a 24-hour time period. Naps are important to them as well as to toddlers who may have need for naps up to the age of 5. As children enter adolescence, their sleep patterns shift to a later sleep-wake cycle, but they still need around 9 hours of sleep. Throughout adulthood, even as a person gets older, they still need 7-9 hours of sleep. Sleep patterns may change, but the need for sleep remains the same. Most adults do best with about 8 hours of sleep each night until age 60, after which 6 hours may be adequate. Even though the elderly need less sleep, almost one half of people over 60 experience some degree of insomnia.

Insomnia is not a disorder, it is a symptom and not a stand-alone diagnosis. In simple terms, insomnia is  difficulty in initiating or maintaining sleep, or both. It is a term that is used to indicate any and all stages and types of sleep loss.
Although most of us know what insomnia is all about, very few people actually get to seek medical advice and treatment. Many people are actually unaware of the behavioral and medical options available for treating insomnia.

However, there are various medications that supposedly effective for dealing with insomnia. Over-the-counter sleeping pills and long-acting or high-dose sedatives can be purchased easily, but it may make the problem worse. Many of these sleeping aids contain antihistamines as the main ingredient. Antihistamines are known to cause sluggishness and, if used for long periods, could possibly cause memory impairment.

Strong, prescription sedatives do not produce a natural, restful sleep. If used for extensive periods, a patient may even develop tolerance or dependence on these drugs. However, suddenly stopping the use of the medication may cause rebound insomnia and withdrawal. If insomnia has been interfering with one's daily routine or quality of life for a month or longer, it is already time to see a doctor to determine what might be the cause of the sleep problem and how it might be treated.


title:Awareness on Varicose Veins
author:David Chandler
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Varicose veins are those irregular shaped veins that are most commonly found in the legs particularly in the calf muscle area.  Varicose veins are found mostly on older women and recent survey and research indicate that it is found in largely in men than women.
Known cause of varicose veins
Varicose veins are found mostly in humans and not in any animals.  This is because we walk upright than the animals.  You should know that veins are responsible for pumping the blood back to the heart and arteries are responsible to pump blood to the different parts of the body.  Gravity plays an important role in pumping the blood back to the heart through the veins.  Sometimes the pressure in the veins is not sufficient to pump the blood back to the heart and some blood may collect in the veins.  If you stand for a longer period this would appear clearly.  Constipation, overweight, and pregnancy may also cause this condition.  This leads to varicose veins.
Symptoms of varicose veins
Varicose veins are the first to appear before you see any other problem from them.  Zigzag lines on the surface of the skin are the first appearance of the varicose veins.  As days progress, you will feel the pain on these areas when you see these zigzag lines of veins.  For some people swelling of the ankles and feet is possible.  The skin on this surface may be sore and red.
Factors that affect varicose veins
Some factors influence the varicose veins.  Some of the factors are age, sex, genetics, obesity, and the position of your legs for longer periods.  Ageing causes wear and tear of the veins and this causes improper functioning of the valves of the veins.  It is known that women are the most affected by varicose veins.  It is so since women are subjected to frequent hormonal changes.  Pregnancy, pre menstruation, and menopause are some of the factors in women that influence varicose veins.  Varicose veins could be inherited from your parents.  People who are overweight might get varicose veins since they impart more pressure on the veins due to their weight.  People who are working while standing for a longer time may experience varicose veins.
Medical advice on varicose veins
Self-help would help you to prevent and complicate the varicose veins in you.  Many self-help measures can be adopted to prevent varicose veins from getting worse.  Most of the people would be very concerned about the varicose veins since it spoils their look.  If the self-care measures that you take are not effective then you can consult your doctor for some other medications or therapies that might help you recover from varicose veins.


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title:Axillary Hyperhidrosis Treatment
author:Michael Rad
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Excessive underarm sweating can become an annoying problem for those suffering from this condition. Axillary hyperhidrosis manifests itself through an increased underarm sweat production and this is triggered by the sympathetic nervous system. A malfunction in the nerves controlling underarm sweat glands leads to excessive sweat production, resulting in constantly moist armpits. Often associated with the negative effects of palmar hyperhidrosis, axillary hyperhidrosis is sometimes triggered by exterior factors such as anxiety, psychological stress and tiredness. This is not a rule, however, and there may be no clearly identified stimuli that trigger excessive underarm sweat.
Treatment for Sweaty Underarms
There are several methods of reducing the effects of axillary hyperhidrosis. Antiperspirants are among the most commonly used treatments for sweaty underarms, and they work well for reducing milder cases of this condition. Deodorants are succesfuly used to relieve patients of some of the worries caused by excessive sweat. When the effects of antiperspirants are not strong enough, some consider surgical procedures to eliminate the problem. The underarm sweat glands can be surgically cut so that their production doesn’t exceed regular limits, but this si a complicated and costly procedure. However, sinc antiperspirants are the most common choice for patients, we will have a detailed look at their effects.
The Efficiency of Antiperspirants in Combating Hyperhidrosis
Antiperspirants are useful for treating milder cases of hyperhidrosis, as they can diminsih the negative effects of excessive sweating. By targeting specific sweat glands, antiperspirants significantly reduce the sweat production and increase the dryness of the skin in the areas where they are applied. Various products come in different forms, such as deodorants and medication. Deodorants are the most widespread form of antiperspirants, as they are easy to use and producce very little or no discomfort.
Axillary hyperhidrosis
One of the most effective chemical compounds used for hyperhidrosis treatment is Aluminum Chloride. Used in higher concentrations, Aluminum Chloride has a faster impact on the sweat glands, reducing their excessive production. Aluminum Chloride  products work best at night time, when the sweat glands show a reduced activity, and long term results may show some improvement concerning excessive sweating of the armpits.
Axillary Hyperhidrosis and Its Social Implications
While from a medical point of view, sweaty underarms do not represent a health risk, they are hard to deal with in society. The discomfort of constantly having damp underams is increased by the fear that clothing accessories will become sweaty. Axillary hyperhidrosis treatment is seen as a necessary thing by many who suffer from this condition, as they feel this problem is affecting their social interactions. People who suffer from any form of excessive sweat are faced with some difficult social and psychological issues. Many are overwhelmed by these problems and become somewhat anti social and have difficulties integrating in groups. Career plans are also placed under the negative shadow of axillary hyperhidrosis, as self confidence and self esteem levels tend to drop.
Anyone suffering from hyperhidrosis should accept the condition, rather than deny it, and try to find a positive solution to solving the problem. There is no easy way to get rid of excessive sweat, but there are medical drugs and methods that can help you reduce its negative effects. For more info please visit http://www.hidrosiscure.com/index.htm or go stright to the following page for efficient sweat treament methods:
http://www.hidrosiscure.com/medication.htm
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Title:
Ayurveda

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Ayurveda is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning science of life, and actually is a branch of traditional Indian medicine. Using Ayurveda means actually changing not only the way you eat, but also the way that you see yourself and your body. In Ayurveda, you donÕt objectivize your body as a ÒthingÓ, but realize your body as a system of energy that is constantly changing. Realizing that 98% of the atoms in your body are replaced completely within less than one year helps you to un...


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Ayurveda is an ancient Sanskrit word meaning science of life, and actually is a branch of traditional Indian medicine. Using Ayurveda means actually changing not only the way you eat, but also the way that you see yourself and your body. In Ayurveda, you donÕt objectivize your body as a ÒthingÓ, but realize your body as a system of energy that is constantly changing. Realizing that 98% of the atoms in your body are replaced completely within less than one year helps you to understand that nothing about your body is static, and if you wish it to change, then change is actually easy. What needs to be done is to retrain the body and its cells to think differently, and to stop responding randomly to external stimuli. This is putting an end to what is called self-referral.

The first step is very simple; when you are hungry then eat, but when you are not donÕt eat. Although this seems over simplistic, in this practice is the key to conquering most cases of obesity. Americans eat impulsively more so than any other culture in the world, and that means we eat often when we are not hungry. We tend to eat because we see food we like, or when we sit down to watch a movie, or perhaps when we are sad or feeling depressed. We have learned to use food as a pacifier, a stimulant, and a hobby. The key is unlearning this behavior.

Increasing your awareness of actual hunger, including the time you are actually eating, will help you limit your diet. You should eat only when you feel your tank on empty so to speak. Eat to satisfaction, the point where the sensation of hunger has left, not to the point where you are uncomfortable and cannot eat another bite. Start a log, preferably in a small pocket notepad that you can carry with you to work and use at home, and record each time you feel hungry and when you ate just to satisfaction. Within two weeks time, your body will begin to significantly be retrained to eat only when hungry, and only for nourishment. Once this two week time period has passed, begin to set definite times when you eat your meals: a set time for breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday, without fail. When doing this, make lunch your largest meal, with very small breakfasts and dinners.

The next step would be to eat right for your body type. In Ayurveda there are three basic body types: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. The Vata body is one that belongs to a person that is very active and quick, has a very thin build, gets cold easily, tends to speak very quickly and be very talkative, usually has dry skin, and is a very light sleeper. Pitta characteristics include being very orderly, forceful, very intolerant of hot weather, easy to perspire, having reddish, sandy, or blond hair, stubborn, intolerant of spicy foods, very self-critical and critical of others, determined, and impatient. The Kapha body is a person that naturally moves slow, gains weight easily and loses it slowly if at all, tends to be thick-built, is ironically good at skipping meals without discomfort, has a tendency to develop phlegm, needs a full eight hours of sleep to feel rested, sleeps very deeply, tends to have dark thick hair, tends to be very affectionate and understanding, usually walks slowly, and generally enjoys a steady level of energy. Each type of person has different dietary needs. Some people of course share several of these factors equally, and therefore have combination bodies. The descriptions given are only a general guide; for a detailed test, visit online at http://www.ayurvedahc.com/aytest.htm and take the free test to determine your type.

Generally, one who has a Kapha body type has the hardest time with losing weight, so we will concentrate on foods that reduce the Kapha influence. If you consume milk, switch to low-fat milk instead of whole milk, and boiling the milk before drinking it makes it easier to digest. It is best to drink the milk warm, because cold milk increases your Kapha. If you decide you cannot tolerate warm milk, you should give up milk all together. Eat plenty of foods that are spicy or bitter, yet avoid salt. Avoid red meat if you eat meat, and eat white meat chicken or turkey, or opt for fish. Beans are also an excellent source of protein when avoiding or cutting back on meat consumption. Eat plenty of light fruits, such as pears, apples, cranberries, and pomegranates.

Sweeten your foods when necessary with honey instead of sugar, as honey reduces Kapha very well. When choosing grains, barley, corn, buckwheat, rye, and millet are very light grains that are good for your consumption. All vegetables are good to eat, however vegetables that are especially beneficial to reduce Kapha include eggplant, radishes, beets, all green leafy vegetables, asparagus, broccoli, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, pumpkin, and celery. In Ayurveda, food is preferably prepared by cooking, since it makes for easier digestion than eating raw foods, however an occasional salad is not harmful. Avoid caffeine and alcohol, fried foods, packaged foods, soft drinks, and deep-fried foods.


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Ayurveda As Alternative Anxiety Treatment

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564

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There are a few experts in the medical community that are starting to recognize the potential use of Ayurveda treatments as alternatives to anxiety medication. The Indian medicinal system has had centuries of experience and results to supportit, but there are some doubts on whether or not it has any concrete provisions for mental illnesses. It is true, though, that Ayurveda philosophy can find an explanation for anxiety, as well as some ideas on how it can be treated.


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anxiety medication


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Whenever someone speaks of something like an alternative system of medicine, such as Ayurveda, most people think of the physical aspects of health. Most people don't associate things like emotional development, psychology, and anxiety medication to a system like Ayurveda. This is a reasonable assumption to make, mainly because systems like Ayurveda have always focused more on a combination of the physical and spiritual. Matters of the mind were viewed as outside the physical realm and, in a Western context, were seen as affairs to be handled by religious authorities. Other problems, such as anxiety and depression, may not have been recognized and, thus, were not studied under the purview of medicinal systems. Some doctors, most notably neurologist Dr. David Simon of the Chopra Center, believes that Ayurveda might be a legitimate alternative to anxiety medication and treatment.

Anxiety, in the context of Ayurveda, is rooted in movements of things within a person's perception of what he is and what is in his domain. In theory, things that enter into a person's sphere of influence by force, such as a critical comment or pressures from work, can cause an imbalance in the mind and body. In a similar manner, a person would also need anxiety medication if something that was within their sphere of influence was forcibly taken from it, such as their sense of security or ability to perform certain tasks. These unwanted gains and losses can create imbalances in the harmony of the body that will persist until properly treated. Ultimately, the pain caused by this violation of one's sphere of influence causes pain that people must deal with. However, by ignoring it, bottling it up inside, denying it, or not dealing with it, that pain can cause further imbalance. Such imbalances, in the context of Ayurveda, can cause problems like depression, mood disorders, and anxiety.

How, then, would Ayurveda propose to fix this problem? Like Traditional Chinese Medicine, Ayurveda is about restoring balance to the body. Problems that create the need for medical intervention, whether it come in the form of antihistamines or anxiety medication, are caused by imbalances of certain factors in the body. These imbalances can be corrected using a variety of means, which include herbal tinctures, special massage techniques, meditation, and even the appropriate dietary adjustments. However, anxiety is a problem firmly rooted in things like emotions and thoughts, factors that Western medicine views as being controlled by the chemical balance of the brain. To the average patient, who likely does not have too much knowledge of Ayurveda or how it works, there is very little that any alternative medical system can do to alleviate psychological or psychiatric conditions.

Ayurveda's philosophy with dealing with something like anxiety reflects a staple of psychiatric therapy: release. Practitioners, as stated above, believe that pain caused by violations of a person's sphere of self can cause anxiety – among other mental and mood conditions. This build-up of pain and emotions causes more than just cognitive effects; it also touches upon a person's physical well-being. Ayurveda practitioners help their patients locate this physical manifestation and proceed to attempt to correct it. They also promote finding ways to physically release that pain, but are not specific on how. It could be taking a walk or hitting a pillow, so long as it allows the patient to acknowledge, accept, and release the emotional build-up inside them.


title:Ayurveda Can Help Stop Hair Loss
author:Richard Mitchell
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Most hair loss sufferers seek solutions from Western medicine or turn to remedies derived from local traditions. Some experts however argue that the ayurvedic system of medicine has much to offer in dealing with hair loss conditions.
Ayurveda is the traditional system of medicine practiced in India and Sri Lanka. It is a complete approach to health care designed to promote a way of life rather than an occasional treatment. As a holistic system of medicine ayurveda focuses on our uniqueness and takes into account our mental attitude, lifestyle and spirit which should not be treated in isolation from each other.
According to ayurveda, the following principles are beneficial to healthy and plentiful hair:

The scalp must be kept cool, so protection from sun and washing in cold or lukewarm water are paramount.
Sound nutrition is key, so a hair-friendly diet should emphasize proteins, iron, zinc, sulfur, Vitamin C, Vitamin B-Complex and essential fatty acids.
Use should be made of hair analysis to ascertain toxicity levels and nutritional deficiencies.
Oils, for example sesame and coconut, should be applied to the scalp to nourish, lubricate and strengthen the roots. This will also improve circulation to the head.

You can find out more about alternative hair loss treatments by visiting the site listed below.
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title:Ayurveda Regimen For Winter Depression
author:Dr.Savitha Suri
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Long nights, short days, sweaters, warm clothes and chilly weather make many of us sick and depressed. This depression which surfaces especially in winter is a Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and is often called as winter Time Blues or Winter depression. The exact cause for this depression is as of yet unclear. But yet few scientists believe lack of exposure to sunlight as the reason for this disorder.
The symptoms of winter depression are tendency to over eat, craving for carbohydrates and sweets and weight gain.
Had our ancestors observed this change in humans? The answer is yes. Have they recommended any remedies? Yes, they have recommended simple and effective natural remedies to overcome Seasonal Affective Disorder. They have laid down explicit guidelines about diet and lifestyles which have to be followed according to seasons.
The winter season is marked as Hemanta ritu and Sisira ritu in ayurveda. Hemanta ritu starts from mid November and ends in mid January. This falls in southern solstice which is called as visarga kala or dakshinayana in ayurveda. Sisira ritu starts from mid January and lasts till middle of march. Sisira ritu falls in Northern solstice which is called as Aadana kaala or uttaraayana.
The response of human body to this season is very well explained in ayurveda. People will have increased strength and their digestion capacity is increased .This is marked by increased hunger. These symptoms are caused by increased body fire which is supported by vata. Vata inside  body increases in winter because of cold and dryness which is prevalent in outer atmosphere.
The winter time depression is noticed mostly in persons who have vata as major constituent in their prakriti or body constitution. The cause for this type of change is longer nights of winter.
Light therapy is recommended by doctors for winter time blues. Exposure to artificial light may cause headache , Irritability ,Eye strain , Inability to sleep and fatigue. Exposure to sunlight and if sunlight is not available sitting near fireplace is the remedy suggested in Ayurveda.
Keeping the home well lit with lights help to reduce the intensity of depression.
Moderate exercise like yoga is another remedy for winter depression. Ayurveda recommends oil massage (abhyanga)  to body and head (moordha taila.). Indulging in sexual act to keep the moods elevated and to keep the body warm is another strongly suggested ayurvedic remedy.
Meeting friends who are kind and understanding boosts morale and brightens up the day. Spending time with friends on the beach helps to expose your body to sunlight and keeps your spirits high.
Relaxing with meditation, massage , light music and laughter helps to great extent.
The following ayurvedic tips help to prevent and reduce the intensity of seasonal disorder of winter, the winter time blues.
1. Expose yourself to sunlight as much as you can. In absence of sun light sitting near fire place is very helpful.
2. Massage your body with vata balancing herbal oil (abhyanga). Never forget to apply oil on your head (moordha taila.).
3. Then remove the oil by taking hot water bath. A mixture of  flours of yellow gram (channa), green gram (moong) , fenu greek seeds (methi)  in equal proportion is the best herbal scrub which can be used to remove the oil. This mixture prevents the washing of natural oil from skin.
4. Consume hot soups.
5. Use vata balancing foods like wheat, oil, corn, black gram and jaggery.
6. Tickle your taste buds with sweet, sour and salt tastes
7. Always use hot water for all daily routine activity.
8. Use thick blankets and sheets made of cotton, silk and wool.
9. Always wear foot wear.
10. Indulge in sexual act.
11. Spend your leisure time with friends and relatives whom you like.
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Title:
Ayurveda: Alternative Medicine From India

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Aside from traditional Chinese medicine, some people are also discovering the alternative medical philosophy of Ayurveda. There are some similarities with Chinese medicine and Ayurveda but the latter has its own healing philosophy and methodology in diagnosis, treatment, and management of emotional and physical illness.


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infection, mental health, stress and anxiety, sinusitis


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For the past few decades, the field of medicine has been largely influenced by the medical philosophy of the Western world.  The emphasis of Western medicine has been predominately curative, relying on chemical preparations and invasive surgery as means of treatment. 

In contrast, Eastern medical and therapeutic philosophy focuses on the more metaphysical side of human illness and treatment.  Its practice is hinged on the use of a variety of methods ranging from the use of medicinal plants and herb, massage, acupuncture, aromatherapy, pulse reading, and other alternative healing methods.  These methods are now gaining acceptance even in modern societies, in a large measure, due to the increased awareness about the healing arts of China and India. There are volumes of literature on traditional Chinese medicine.  But what also deserves wide recognition is the folk remedies and traditional practices in India which are also ancient and effective, at least, according to those who have tried them.   

Ayurveda, a healing system native to India, is a centuries-old practice that has recently been given attention by Western science. Like traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda practitioners adhere to a particular medical philosophy that regards illness as an imbalance in the body and influenced by internal and external factors, similar to the Chinese principles of yin and yang. Ayurveda also takes into consideration a patient's emotions and state of mind alongside the study of infections that make the body sick.  It places a high importance on the patient’s sense of taste and diet. 

In Ayurveda, it is believed that the healing of a person must take into consideration three elements found in nature:  air, water, and fire. Each of these elements has a deep philosophical background.  These elements also govern the major functions of the body. Ayurvedic theory rests on the belief that the balance of the three elements is the basis of health.  Any imbalance, blockage, or weakening in these elements causes illness. It is the task of the Ayurveda practitioner to determine and restore the patient’s elemental harmony. In other words, an infection or ailment is the result of an imbalance in the patient's natural internal or elemental harmony. These imbalances can be caused by internal or external factors, and may be aggravated or alleviated by the patient's emotional state and, in some cases, mental health.

The primary concept of Ayurveda is that the restoration of imbalances in the body requires a very personalized concept. Treatment can involve the use of natural oils, minerals, herbs, metals, and even animal ingredients. Similar to how herbal medications are administered in traditional Chinese medicine, Ayurveda medications are given base formulas that are modified by the physician according to the patient's needs. This process makes getting a treatment for an infection different from Western medicine, where the formulas are constant and only the dose is altered based on the patient's metabolism and constitution. As mentioned earlier, diet and taste play a central role in Ayurveda. However, unlike Chinese medicinal doctrine, the taste and quality of the food plays a much larger role in traditional Indian healing arts. Different tastes correspond to different conditions in the body. These tastes are taken into account by an Ayurveda physician before prescribing an appropriate treatment. For example, food with a bitter taste is generally considered to cool the body, dry out moisture, and work to remove toxins. This concept also extends to the herbal and animal ingredients that are used in Ayurveda medication.

Ayurveda also prescribes a particular form of massage known as “Panchakarma” for the treatment of emotional distress. This practice is highly similar to acupuncture except that no needles are used.  The strokes, presses, and body manipulations used in Panchakarma supposedly stimulates energy flow throughout the body, a process that is necessary to ensure good health. Problems arise when the energy flow is disrupted, clogged, or stalled.  Massage is often prescribed in conjunction with a diet plan and herbal remedies to relieve problems such as sinusitis, conditions associated with stress and anxiety, and other problems that Ayurveda practitioners see as symptoms of emotional disharmony rather than just purely physical ailments.


title:Ayurveda - Principles & Practice
author:Jayachandran.R
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Ayurveda - Principles & Practice
Ayurveda which has been evolved around 600 BC, apart from treating ailments concentrated more in its prevention. This was followed by the Aryans & Dravidians who were  inhabiting India and has been practiced ever since. In the 21st century, Ayurveda has become an indispensable branch of medicine due to its naturalistic approach, that depends on the diagnosis of ones physical  base ie Vata, pitta and kabha, and to maintain a right balance.
One of the important principle of Ayurveda treatment is that , treatment is  given not only to the ailments or the affected part, but to the person as a whole. This creates an enviornment for purifying your body naturally, which eliminates all toxic imbalances from your body, enabling you to regain natural resistance from diseases and attain good health. 
Kerala's equable climate, natural abundance of forests, which caters to the demand for herbs and medicinal plants,  and the cool monsoon season (June-November) are best suited for Ayurveda's curative and restorative packages. In fact, today, Kerala is the only State in India which practices this system of medicine with absolute dedication.
Every object-plant, animal or human - according to the Panchabhootha Philosophy (5 elements of philosophy), is constituted of Vata, Pitta, Kapha.
The concentration of these elements vary in each individual and therefore the time, place, duration and kind of treatment required to restore the balance also needs to change. This is why Ayurveda have a separate system of diagnosis and treatment for each patient. And a season for undergoing Ayurvedic programmes - the monsoon. The atmosphere remains dust-free and cool, opening the pores of the body to the maximum, making it most receptive to herbal oils and therapy.
Rejuvenative Programmes
The following are the major rejuvenational therapies practacied in Ayurveda.
Rasayana chikitsa
Tones up the skin and rejuvenates and strengthens all the tissues so as to achieve ideal health and longevity. Increases Ojas (primary vitality) and improves Sattva (mental clarity) and thereby increases the resistance of the body. Includes head and face creams, body massage with herbal oil or powder by hand and foot intake of rejuvenative medicines and medicated steam bath. Herbal baths are also used.
Kayakalpa Chikitsa
Prime treatment for retarding the ageing process, arresting the degeneration of body cells and immunization of the system. Includes intake of Rasayana (special Ayurvedic medicines and diet) and comprehensive body care programmes. Most effective for either sex if undertaken before the age of 50.
Sweda Karma
Medicine steam baths eliminate impurities from the body, improve the tone and complexion of the skin, reduce fat and are recommended for certain rheumatic diseases, particularly for pain. Precious herbs and herbal leaves are boiled and the steam is passed over the entire body for 10 to 20 minutes daily.
Hand massage with herbal oils or herbal powder improves blood circulation and tones up the muscles.
Meditation and Yoga
Mental and physical exercises meant to isolate the ego from the body and mind-designed to home your concentration, improve health and help attain peace of mind through 8 stages of training.
Disciplined behaviour yama Self purification niyama Bodily postures such as the lotus position asana.
Control of breathing Pranayama Control of the senses Pratyahara, fixing of the mind on a chosen object dharsana. Meditation dhyana and Samadhi - a state of being where you experience absolute tranquility and well being.
Beauty care
Herbal face pack, herbal oil massage, intake of herbal tea etc. improves complexion and beautifulness of the body.
Body Slimming
Medicated herbal powder and medicated herbal oil massages, and Ayurvedic diet of herbal juices etc. are part of the programme.
Overal Fitness 
Panchakarma Treatment 
A five fold treatment for mental and physical well being tunes the body, organs, mind, breath, nerves and purifies the blood.
Therapeutic Programmes
Treatment for chronic head-aches, insomnia, mental tension and cases of hysteria, hallucination and insanity.
Dhara:  Herbal oils, medicated milk or buttermilk and decoctions are poured on the forehead/whole body in a special manner.
Variations include Oorhwanga Dhara (good for diseases of the eyes, ears and skin). Takra Dhara (for those suffering from memory loss, severe headache or insanity) and Sarvanga Dhara (for both head and body).
Treatment to alleviate osteoarthritis, leukemia etc.
Snehapanam: Medicated ghee is given internally in a gradually increased quality of specific periods.
Treatment for spondilosis, rheumatic diseases like arthritis, paralysis, hemiplegia, nervous weakness and nervous disorders.   
Pizhichil: Lukewarm herbal oil is applied with fresh linen all over the body by trained masseurs in a rhythmic manner for a period of 1 to 11/2 hours daily for 7 to 21 days.
Treatment for diseases like hemiplegia, paralysis, obsety and certain rheumatic ailments.
Udvarthanam: Therapeutic massage with herbal powders.
Treatment for musculoskeletal ailments due to trauma or accidents.
Marma Chiksta: Treatment that works on the extremely sensitive vital points of the body (the 107 marmas).
Treatment for nasal ailments:
Nasyam: Inhalation of medicated herbal preparations, decoction oils, ghee etx. to eliminate the morbid factors from the head and neck area.
Treatment for ear ailments
Karnapooranam: Medicated oils are applied to the ear for 5 to 10 minutes daily to clean as well as treat specific ailments.
Preventing cataract and strengthening vision:
Tharpanam: A treatment for the eyes effective in preventing cataract and strengthening the optic nerve.
Treatment for wasting of muscles, all types or rheumatism, sports injuries, pain in the joints, emaciation of the body or parts of the body and certain kinds of skin diseases.
Navarakizhi: The whole body is made to perspire by the external application of medicated rice packs in the form of blouses tied in muslin bags.
Treatment for dryness of nostrils, mouth and throat, severe headaches, facial paralysis and burning sensation in the head.
Sirovasti: Lukewarm herbal oils are poured into a leather cap fitted on the head for specific durations as per physician's recommendation.
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title:B6 Important Among the B Vitamins
author:Bob Benson
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4757.shtml
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When most people hear the word “anemia,” they immediately think of iron. But a shortage of Vitamin B6 can also cause a type of anemia because this vitamin is vital to the healthy generation of hemoglobin in the blood of a normal, healthy person. You may also associate Vitamin B6 with sugar diabetes, and that’s because one of the important functions of this vitamin is to regulate the amount of sugar in the blood.
Vitamin B6 is also known as pyridoxine. You may not have heard of many people who were found to have a serious Vitamin B6 deficiency, and there’s a good reason for that. B6 is so readily available in so many foods that it’s a fairly simple matter to get your daily recommended allowances of this vitamin.
Some of the common sources of B6 include tuna, roast beef, tomato juice, trout, pork loin and peanut butter. Naturally, cereals that are fortified with vitamins are excellent sources and many provide 100 percent of the body’s need for cereal. Three raw bananas also provide a full day’s supply of the necessary Vitamin B6. A medium baked potato (including the potato skin) provides about one-third of the daily requirement. Evaluating the foods rich in this vitamin reveals that many people are already meeting the daily requirements for B6.
So what are the dangers of having too little Vitamin B6 in your daily diet? Recent studies suggest that a lack of this vitamin is a factor for determining the risk of stroke and some types of heart disease. That means that people with deficiencies are more likely to suffer from these health issues than their counterparts who are getting sufficient amounts of Vitamin B6.
Depression is another problem potentially impacted by a Vitamin B6 deficiency. Though there may be some difference of opinion as to the role and the importance of B6 and depression, there appears to be a link that can’t be denied. In fact, depression is listed by some as one of the symptoms of insufficient Vitamin B6 in the diet.
There are some risks of taking too much B6. Nerves – especially in the outer extremities – are sometimes damaged by overdosing the body on vitamin B6. In the majority of cases, simply eliminating any vitamin supplements appears to eliminate the nerve problems as well. It’s unlikely that a normal person can take in enough Vitamin B6 from a normal diet to cause toxicity at this level, and more likely that these severe effects of too much B6 are caused by taking too many vitamin supplements containing B6.

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title:Baby Acne
author:Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, Ph.D, ND, DACBN
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1853.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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Much to many parents dismay, baby acne is very common.  The hormones that are transferred from mother to baby at birth and with breastfeeding can sometimes cause this annoying but painless condition. Baby acne usually appears as small whiteheads on the infant's cheeks, chin and forehead.  It may be present at birth, or it may show up after the baby is a few weeks old.  If you think your baby has acne, read on to learn more about this condition and what you can do about it.
What Is Acne?
Acne is usually associated with teenagers, as it is often caused by the sex hormones that are released with puberty. But it can affect babies as well. 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. It occurs when an oil gland becomes blocked. 
As excess oil is not allowed to exit, the gland swells and may even become infected.
Does My Baby Have Acne?
If your baby’s skin is irritated, it could be due to a number of conditions.  Baby acne usually occurs on the baby's cheeks, forehead, chin, and even the back.  The pimples are actually small whiteheads that are surrounded by red, irritated and maybe even inflamed skin.  Baby acne may become more pronounced when your baby is hot or fussy, or if his skin is irritated.  Common irritants include saliva, spit-up milk, soap, and clothing that has been washed in strong chemical detergent.
If your baby has tiny bumps on his face at birth this may also be milia.  These little bumps are unrelated to acne and they will disappear on their own within a few weeks. Cradle cap is another condition that may be irritating your baby's skin.  However, this condition looks scalier than acne and it usually occurs at other points on the body like the top of the head and behind the ears.  If your baby's breakout looks more like a rash, it may be eczema.
What Causes Baby Acne?
There are a number of factors that may cause baby acne.  As with adolescent acne, the condition can be caused by a skin irritation, certain medications, or by a hormonal change.  Contact with an oil substances such as petroleum oil or mineral oil can cause baby acne. And if you are taking certain medications while nursing, or if your baby is taking some medications, this may cause a breakout.  The maternal hormones that are passed from you to the baby at the end of the pregnancy could also be the cause of your baby's acne.
Does Baby Acne Hurt?
More often than not, you will be more affected by your baby's acne than she is.  Baby acne does not itch, sting, or hurt in any way.  And she is too young to notice her unsightly appearance.  So it is more likely that baby acne will bother you, than your baby.  However, with severe cases of baby acne, the blemishes may become so swollen and inflamed that they cause or add to your baby's fussiness.  See your health care provider if you think your baby's acne is causing her aggravation.
How long  Does Baby Acne Last?
Baby acne usually clears up within a few weeks. But it may come and go until your baby is six months old.  See your health care professional if your baby's acne is particularly severe, or if it persists into your child's toddler years.
How Can I Treat My Baby's Acne?
Treating baby acne is more about what you should not do rather than what you should do.  Do not scrub or vigorously wash your baby's skin.  This will only cause further irritation to the sensitive skin.  Wash your baby's face with water and some mild baby soap once a day.  If she has particularly sensitive skin, wash with warm water only.
Avoid putting any creams, lotions or oils on your baby's skin.  These products can also irritate acne.  Use a natural  fabric detergent that is made for sensitive skin to wash your baby's clothes. 
Can I Cover My Baby's Acne With Make Up?
While it is possible to reduce the appearance of baby acne with make up, it is not advisable.  Your baby's skin is very sensitive and make up only adds irritation to this sensitive area.  However, there may be special occasions when you choose to use make up to conceal your baby's acne.  A photo shoot or special family event may warrant such treatment.  Be sure to purchase a organic, chemical free concealer that is made for sensitive skin and use a product that matches your baby's delicate skin tone. 

For more information on acne remedies go to http://www.acne-answers.org.
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Title:
Baby Blues: The Challenges of Postpartum Depression

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This article provides information regarding “baby blues” --- a mental and emotional state that occurs right after pregnancy. Women who experience post-partum depression can feel a shift in their mood and attitude towards their own baby. Postpartum depression symptoms, risk factors, and preventive measures are also discussed at length.


Keywords:
postpartum depression, pregnancy, depression


Article Body:
Being pregnant can be one of the most happiest moments in life that a woman could ever have. It is a time for new beginnings, a time of change, a season of growth for her and the entire family. Pregnancy and the sweet anticipation of having a baby can really help improve the family's relationship. The wait for the arrival of the new baby puts the entire family in a good mood of expectation. In the process, the family members feel closer to one another.

During this trying stage of a woman, she constantly feels and experiences different thoughts and feelings about her pregnancy and her baby. Sometimes, she can feel good and bright about life. On some days, she can be so depressed and irritable. This sudden shift of feelings can be considered normal for other women, but it can be disturbing not only on the part of the new mothe but also to the rest of the family if these episodes of sadness go on for long periods of time.

After giving birth, a woman can experience a thousand thoughts about the baby, whether good or bad. This is what others call the “baby blues” --- a point in a woman's life, usually right after childbirth, when she feels heightened emotions concerning their baby. This state can be felt by the woman three to five days after delivery and can last for up to two more weeks, or perhaps even longer. At this point, the woman experiencing “baby blues” may cry more easily than usual, may have trouble falling asleep or can feel irritable, or she can be so sad and always “on the edge” emotionally. Since “baby blues” are experienced is very common and is almost always expected of every first-time mother, it is generally not considered to be an illness.  In most cases, the depression does not interfere with the woman's ability to care for her baby.

However, some women may experience these heightened state of emotions by having postpartum depression, a type of depression that also occurs after childbirth. Also called postpartum non-psychotic depression, this condition affects about ten to twenty percent of women, mostly within a few months of delivery. If a woman is experiencing  postpartum depression, she may exhibit any of the following symptoms:
l depressed mood
l easily provoked to tears
l have trouble falling asleep
l poor appetite
l failure to enjoy pleasurable activities
l feelings of inadequacy as a parent
l impaired concentration
l suicidal thoughts.

These symptoms can be seen in a woman if she acts differently towards herself and her baby as well. Having this type of depression includes risk factors such as previous major depression, psychosocial stress, previous premenstrual dysphoric disorder, and inadequate social support.

If a woman has postpartum depression, they may worry a lot when it comes to their baby, particularly regarding the baby's health and well-being. On very rare cases, women with this form of severe depression may harbor negative and harmful thoughts about their baby. This type of depression can interfere with the woman's ability to take care of the baby, and it can even come to a point where suicidal thoughts occur.

A big part of preventive care for postpartum depression entails becoming fully informed about the risk factors and effects of pregnancy and childbirth. Regular consultation with the obstetrician-gynecologist would also allow the new mother to get information about the numerous physical, chemical or hormonal changes that will come as a result of pregnancy and childbirth.

Doctors will always play a key role in identifying and treating this type of depression. Women should be screened by their physician to determine if they are at risk for acquiring postpartum depression, since this can give them a chance to prepare themselves for their childbirth at the physical, emotional, and mental levels.


title:Baby Boomers Are Turning 60!
author:Cynthia Rowland
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3549.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
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The 60’s – flower children, hippies, tie dyed shirts, bandanas and free love.  The Rolling Stones, Elvis, the Beatles and the notion they would never grow old began to permeate their thinking.  Their new way of thinking made their parents shake their heads at a generation who embraced peace and declared to the world that they would stay young forever.
Baby Boomers begin turning 60!  These bold, daring trailblazers have given “60” a new “look.”  Clothing, hair dye and vitamins have given the baby boomers an edge - Being 60 today is nothing like when their parents were 60.
This generation of new thinkers began an odyssey to dispel aging. 
“Down with the establishment” is still their mantra today.  An overwhelming percentage of Baby Boomers are turning to alternative methods to maintain and improve their health and well-being.  Rather than medication, they’ve turned to meditation, acupuncture and exercise to keep them in better health. 
Keeping Father Time at bay is truly a life-long commitment to a healthy lifestyle.  We are bombarded daily with fumes, smog, and other air contaminants; lots of food causes gastronomical upsets and adds pounds to our physiques and our get-up and go has gotten up and left as our energy level plummets.
There are many components to consider for better health:
One of the healthiest things you can do to easily help your body feel more alive is begin drinking at least 6-10 glasses of filtered water per day.  Water helps flush the toxins from your body, relieves most back pains and enhances cognitive abilities.  Avoid drinking water with your meals so the digestive process can work more efficiently; try drinking a glass of water before each meal and then after an hour or so, drink another glass or two. 
Exercise can prolong your life, aid in preserving your sanity and help you lose unwanted pounds.  Resistance type exercise will sculpt your body and contour your muscles so it is a good idea to add weight training several times a week.  Walking is a form of aerobic exercise that burns calories, improves your heart function and adds a boost to your attitude.  There are many modalities of exercise from which to choose, find several that appeal to you and do them regularly.  Just move!
Food is our fuel for our bodies.  Consuming pure food in its raw, uncooked state– without preservatives or pre-packaging means better nutrition levels for the body.  Eating raw or lightly steamed vegetables rather nuked or cooked, maintains the vitamin and nutritional content of food, adds fiber to our diet and helps the body alleviate disease.  What about meat and fish?  Animal based protein in the diet can be worrisome.  Colin Campbell, a Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University and the senior science advisor to the American Institute for Cancer Research, says there is "a strong correlation between dietary protein intake and cancer of the breast, prostate, pancreas and colon."  Many nutritionists believe that 20-25 grams of protein a day is sufficient intake.  Did you know that fruits and vegetables can provide protein?  Yes, broccoli, spinach, carrots, cauliflower, certain lettuce, cucumbers, celery, along with bananas, peaches, cantaloupe and strawberries contain protein.  We can completely satisfy our protein needs with fruits and vegetables.  There are eight essential amino acids we need from food and we can get all of them just by eating nature’s organic gifts.
Getting your zzzzzz’s without sleep aids is a desire for millions of people.  Many people feel they live in a pressure cooker and stress can takes its toll by disrupting sleep.  A few nights of tossing and turning can affect our lives adversely.  Over time the lack of good sleep could lead to health challenges.  Sleep is the body’s mechanism for restoration and strengthening the immune system.  The goal of sleeping is to awake refreshed and revitalized.  If you want better sleep you might want to take a warm bath before retiring, limit your exercise routine to the morning, avoid adult beverages and stop watching television from your bed.  There are four natural supplements that can help induce sleep:  l-tryptophan, melatonin, valerian or kava. These are recommended by HSI Panelist Allan Spreen, M.D.   Dr. Spreen: "If I really needed sleep (and couldn't get it) I'd never do any of the Rx drugs, period, but I would have no problem with proper use of any of those four (my favorite being l-tryptophan for younger ages, tryptophan or melatonin for the older folks)."  Dr. Spreen also recommends Celestial Seasonings Sleepy Time Tea.
Anti-aging alternative avenues are becoming main stream.  Certain “Rx drugs” have become suspect as many health practitioners claim that most drugs do not heal but rather mask the symptoms and even the FDA has come under scrutiny as drugs are approved, then disapproved when certain information comes to light.
Vitamins and supplements have long been touted as beneficial and their healing powers are legend.  Supplementing your diet now with life-saving anti-oxidants will stave off premature aging, boost your immune system and limit free radical damage.  What to take?  Go to a reputable health food store and speak with their professionals; they will discuss your lifestyle, your needs and help you choose a beginning regimen.  Take time to research trusted internet sites that offer information regarding your specific questions.
Life matters. 

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Title:
Baby Boomers Ultimate Anti- Aging Concepts:  5 Radical Tips

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908

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We’ve all heard the “fountain of youth” programs.  There must be dozens of them:  pills, creams, Bo-tox injections, etc.  As aging baby boomers we’re in search of quick, perfect  and easy “fountains”  for ourselves.  Let’s face it, we each want to slow  the ticking of our own aging clock.

At the tender young age of 30 I decided I wanted to stop growing older.   Why would I want to get any older?  Thirty seemed the perfect age to be -- forever.   As a New Age explorer,  during the late 70’s  I  roamed the Redwood hills of Northern California seeking truth.  This is how my quest to have more control over how I age, which is  called anti-aging, began.  At this time I am pleased to report that indeed my quest for youth is paying off.  Now at the “calendar” age of 55, except for a few silver hairs I both look and feel not much over 35 years old.


Keywords:
anti aging, health, women, baby boomers,fitness


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By  Ray Page


Many of us “Baby Boomers” are each beginning to feel our age, and we’re starting to live it too.  Every morning, clock radios everywhere announce the start of another day.  As a typical boomer rolls out of bed, an old ache, pain, and/or little worry makes its presence known, just like the day before.  The same beverage -- coffee, tea, or maybe even caffeinated soda --  is ingested in an attempt to energize the same tired face reflected in the morning mirror.
 
By the time we hit our 50’s, we may have feelings that our lives are not as they could be.  Yes, there are pills, and  many varieties of the “quick fix”’ (also called the “Life Makeover”) -- everything from creams to diets and Bo-tox injections, perfect-sounding and easy “fountains of youth,”  for ourselves.  Let’s face it , most of us are looking for ways to slow the ticking of our biological clocks.

I’m here to tell you that in order to really slow that clock down, we must get “radical” in our approach to controlling our processes; getting radical means that we can, in the words of Star Trek character Jean Luc Picard, “make it so”.  We can literally make our own clocks tick more slowly.

Getting radical is a process that occurs within ourselves.  First of all, it’s the power of our intentions and the measure of our wills.  It’s saying to ourselves -- with conviction -- “I want this to be!”  Next, it’s believing, strongly, that we can!  When we commit ourselves to these beliefs, we are then capable of achieving many remarkable accomplishments of mind and body. All we have to do is to challenge ourselves and our perceptions of who we are.  The five radical tips follow:

1.  Firewalking:  How does walking on fire relate to youthing?  An art that’s been practiced in many cultures for thousands of years, firewalking is about mind/body transformation.   Its goal is to” question”  the laws of nature.  The experience becomes a powerful metaphor for anti-aging -- which I refer to as youthing -- and it’s a very radical way of challenging ourselves to stretch beyond what we think is possible.  I have participated in dozens of firewalks, and the experiences taught me more about myself, and about questioning nature’s laws as they applied to me, than I’d ever thought possible.  Oh -- and I walked on fire.

2.  Breathwork.  This is a simple yet profound yogic breathing technique that has a cleansing and healing effect at all levels of our awareness -- physical, spiritual, emotional, and mental.  It’s the quickest method available that can aid us in healing from previous traumas, negative belief systems, and unwanted “baggage” that many of us unconsciously carry around with us.

3.  Fasting.   As I write this, I have just completed a four-day fast.  (How could I talk my talk without walking it?)  Fasting is perhaps the most powerful tip for youthing.  Many of us, especially in the U.S., literally eat ourselves to death.  Note: there are many types of fasts and many reasons for fasting.  It’s wise to check with your health care practitioner before fasting.

4.  Physical Immortality.  Now here is an idea whose time has arrived.  Let’s imagine this concept:  “Life without death is pure life.”  When we do this, we’re unraveling our personal death urge, which dwells somewhere inside us in that place where pain, aging, and negativity also dwell.  While I realize this is a radical idea, relax.  We really don’t have to buy into this idea; in order to let the concept work its magic, we just need to be open to it.

5.  Hypnosis.  As Deepak Chopra has written in AGELESS BODY TIMELESS MIND: ”Aging seems to be something that’s happening to you, when in fact it is something your body has largely learned to do.  It has learned to carry out the programming fed into it by you, the programmer” (Harmony Books, 1993).  Hypnotherapy is simple, very effective, and can be fun, depending on its purpose; and whether a hypnotherapy session is done in person or by phone, it sets the stage for stretching beyond set limitations.  Hypnosis is the art of placing the conscious self in a state of heightened suggestibility.  During this time the unconscious self is very open to change and can literally set aside any limiting beliefs that may have been interfering with one’s ability to change.

It’s a proven fact that our bodies are constantly creating new and healthy cells to replace old and damaged ones, and every new cell gets its “replacing” instructions from the DNA contained in the old cell.  So, it stands to reason that if our DNA programs our new cells with the healthiest and youngest information possible as a blueprint for development, the body’s cell memories will change.  This process is called “Cell Transformation”.  The question arises:  Can hypnosis really be a powerful tool to us in order to literally tell our bodies cells to be younger?  From my experience,  I believe the answer is yes.
 
My conclusion is that over 14 million hits on Google for  “mind/body connection” can’t be wrong.  From my own personal experience I am pleased to report that indeed my quest for youth is paying off.  Now at the “calendar” age of 55, except for a few silver hairs I both look and feel not much over 35 years young.


Title:
Baby Boomers: Get a Boost with an Anti-Aging Supplement

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491

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The linchpin to all of our dreams and aspirations is our ability to stay healthy and fit. That's why an anti-aging supplement is high on the "must have" list of most Baby Boomers.


Keywords:
Anti-Aging Supplement, Vitamins, Enzymes, Amino Acids, Herbs, Minerals, antioxidants, Supplements, Anti-Aging Products,


Article Body:
There's little doubt that we Baby Boomers are in a bit of a quandary. We may not feel like we're getting older, but the mirror tells us otherwise. Some of us have retired, while others of us are looking forward to the day when we close our office door and walk out of the building for the last time. All of the evidence suggests that we'll live at least another quarter of a century after retirement, and most of us have plans for living life to the fullest. We'll be traveling, volunteering, and enjoying our grandchildren. We'll also follow our passions, which may lead us down a path of exploring new hobbies, starting a new business, or taking on a part-time job on our own terms. The linchpin to all of our dreams and aspirations, though, is our ability to stay healthy and fit. That's why an anti-aging supplement is high on the "must have" list of most Baby Boomers.

When it comes to stopping and reversing the signs of aging, an antioxidant formula is key. Anti-aging products that neglect antioxidants simply aren't worth our time or money. Why antioxidants products? To appreciate the importance of antioxidants, it's crucial to understand the underlying factors of the aging process. The primary component of aging is cell damage. As we get older, cell division gets off-track. Cells stop dividing because they have a certain lifespan, and can only divide for a certain number of times. After a cell stops dividing, it eventually dies. While cells sometimes die to make room for new cells, other times the dead cells are not replaced. So, for example, certain organs - the kidneys and liver, for example - simply lose cells over time.

But cell damage doesn't only occur because cells "wear out" over time. Indeed, damage is often the result of environmental factors, like excessive exposure to sunlight, smoking, air pollution, and so forth. When cells are damaged, oxygen molecules get off-kilter, creating what are called "free radicals." These free radicals careen around the body, damaging the cells in their path.

The challenge in combating free radical damage - a primary cause of cell damage and aging - is to provide your body with the soldiers it needs to battle free radicals and emerge victorious. These soldiers are antioxidants. While we can consume foods with antioxidant properties, we often need an anti-aging natural supplement to provide us with enough antioxidants to combat the effects of free radical damage.

When you're shopping for supplements, look for one that contains vitamins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and herbs that have antioxidant properties. Because the aging process also involves a decline in human growth hormone and an increase in inflammation, make sure that the anti-aging supplement you choose has ingredients that will stimulate the body's growth hormones and that neutralizes inflammation.

With the right anti-aging natural supplement, Baby Boomers can help nature along to ensure that we enjoy all that retirement has to offer.


Title:
Baby Hemorrhoids

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292

Summary:
Baby Hemorrhoids


Keywords:
hemorrhoids baby child care health fitness


Article Body:
Baby hemorrhoids are a common thing and one of the many uncomfortable symptoms of pregnancy. These are not hemorrhoids on the baby, but hemorrhoids that the mother to be gets during the 10 months of pregnancy. Even the woman who has never gotten hemorrhoids in the past can experience them during pregnancy, so it's best to be forewarned.

Why do hemorrhoids occur so frequently in pregnant women? Hemorrhoids are caused by undue pressure on the veins in your rectum and intestines below the level of your uterus. When you are pregnant, the growing baby increases the pressure on those veins and arteries. This can cause hemorrhoids and clotting as well as varicose vein and other pressure related problems.

Constipation is another problem common to pregnancy and also a leading cause of hemorrhoids. Should hemorrhoids be caused by the pressure of the baby in the uterus, then constipation can aggravate the situation, inflaming hemorrhoids and possibly causing them to rupture and bleed. It is the straining during constipation that causes the anal canal to push out hemorrhoids instead of the bowel movement – or both.

Another reason why pregnant women often end up with hemorrhoids is the same reason why they exhibit wild mood swings and nausea – hormones. The increased progesterone during pregnancy causes a breakdown in the protection mechanism in veins that usually slow or stop swelling. The walls relax and there's nothing to stop the swelling. Progesterone also contributes to constipation, which as shown above, causes hemorrhoids and makes existing hemorrhoids even worse.

Hemorrhoids during pregnancy are par for the course. There is no need to call your doctor unless you are bleeding. Do check in before using steroid treatments and over the counter medications. Try a sitz bath instead or a poultice.


Title:
Baby in the Boardroom : How to Juggle the Demands of Pregnancy and Your Job

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697

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As long as a woman is healthy and regularly sees her doctor, there is no reason why she should not continue to work while she is pregnant. This poses little or no risk to the child. But if the health of the mother and the unborn child is threatened, certain changes must be made to accommodate their needs.


Keywords:
pregnancy


Article Body:
Largely because of the huge financial impact of bringing a child into the world, more women are now choosing to work well into the last trimester of their pregnancy. But financial reasons aside, many women place equal importance to their careers as they do their families, believing that they can fulfill the roles of  mother, wife and career woman all at the same time. In fact, some women continue working until they actually deliver their baby. This is a departure from the old practice of women resigning immediately after finding out that she is pregnant, which for many years is believed to be one of the reasons why women should not advance as high as their male counterparts do in the workplace hierarchy.

The truth is, its not impossible for a woman to continue working during pregnancy, as long as she remains healthy during this period. However. this can present some challenges especially since pregnancy has its share of aches and pains. Take morning sickness, for example. Its name may be misleading some women into thinking that it only strikes at a particular time of day, but the feeling of nausea may actually threaten to overwhelm a pregnant woman at any given time of the day especially during the first trimester, but it may continue throughout the pregnancy. Women are also more easily tired and uncomfortable as their bodies cope with the increasing demands of carrying the baby, and the stress of being pregnant is often aggravated by job stress. Certain work conditions may also aggravate job stress or be dangerous for both mother and unborn child such as frequent shift changes, strenuous physical tasks, hot or cold working environments, long commutes, prolonged standing, repetitive lifting of heavy objects, heavy vibrations such as from large machines and exposure to harmful substances.

Even if the job doesn't present any obvious threat, there will still be a need to make some changes to a pregnant woman's working conditions. These changes must be made to ensure the continuing good health of both mother and child. Here are some ideas that the pregnant woman may want to follow for a trouble-free pregnancy at work:

l Avoid anything that may trigger an attack of nausea, and drink plenty of fluids. Keep a supply of crackers, bottled water, hard candy, lemon drops, ginger ale, ginger tea and other bland foods handy in the office to help ease the nausea in case it attacks.
l Pregnant women tire easily, with their energy level fluctuating throughout the day. During this time it is extremely important that a woman gets an adequate amount of sleep at night and opportunity to take short, frequent breaks during the day to recharge. This may mean rethinking your work schedule and scaling back on activities both inside and outside the home such as doing chores. It may also help if you have a comfortable chair and enough pillows to support your back, and a place to put your feet up.
l Exercise does wonders during pregnancy, because it greatly improves your overall health and wellbeing.  It boosts mood, enhances the quality of sleep, reduces pregnancy aches and pains, and prepares you for childbirth by strengthening muscles and building endurance. This is especially important because during pregnancy and childbirth, a woman's body is subjected to a great deal of stress. Exercise also makes it much easier to get back in shape after your baby's born, and helps ease constipation, backache, fatigue,  varicose veins, circulation problems and other health issues related to pregnancy. The most recommended exercises for pregnant women are walking, swimming, yoga, stretching, and low-impact aerobics. Pelvic exercises called Kegel exercises are also beneficial to the expectant mother, helping to strengthen the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor muscles support the uterus, bowel, and bladder; these body parts are put under pressure during pregnancy and childbirth.
l Bending and lifting. Proper form can spare your back, even if you're lifting something light. Bend at your knees, not your waist. Keep the load close to your body, lifting with your legs — not your back. Avoid twisting your body while lifting. If a load is too heavy to handle easily, ask for help.


title:Baby Steps to Weight Loss, Part 1
author:Kristy Haugen
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4576.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
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Many believe that eliminating fat and cholesterol from the diet is the answer to weight loss.  The key to weight loss is in the moderation of healthy fats.  The only thing you should eliminate from your diet is the unhealthy fats.  Unhealthy fats such as saturated and trans fats are associated with heart disease, obesity, and in short, a very unhealthy lifestyle. Cholesterol is found in every cell.  Cholesterol regulates the cell membranes fluidity.  This prevents the cell from becoming too rigid or too fluid.  Basically, cholesterol helps keep the cell membranes intact.  Cholesterol is the precursor to all steroid hormones produced in the body which includes mineralcorticoids, glucocorticoids, and the sex hormones.  Cholesterol helps to build strong bones and muscles, and maintains libido and fertility.  Cholesterol assists in regulating the blood sugar.  Cholesterol helps to protect against infectious disease and repairs damaged tissue.  Cholesterol is required to form vitamin D.  With this in mind, should cholesterol be eliminated from a diet?   There is a difference in blood cholesterol and dietary cholesterol.  You can find dietary cholesterol in foods such as eggs, seafood, and meat.  The liver also makes about two grams of cholesterol daily.  However, under stressful conditions the production of cholesterol increases.  Many studies cannot correlate eating foods containing cholesterol with an increase in blood cholesterol.  Eliminating cholesterol from the diet can cause the body to make more, since this compound is of great importance for a healthy body.  This in turn can cause unhealthy ratios of low density lipoproteins (LDL’s) to high density lipoproteins (HDL’s). Lipoproteins are cholesterol carriers.  The structure of the lipoprotein is part fat (lipids) and part protein.  Proteins are soluble in water whereas fats are insoluble in water, hence the reason for the lipoprotein structure.  The protein portion is used to transport the lipids through the blood.  Since blood is comprised mostly of water, the lipid portion would not travel without the protein portion.   High density lipoproteins or HDL’s consist of about half protein and half lipid; whereas low density lipoproteins or LDL’s are about a quarter protein and three quarters lipid.  The function of the HDL is to bring cholesterol to the liver for recycling or elimination.  HDL’s prevent less cholesterol from being deposited in the arteries.  Low density lipoproteins transport cholesterol to the rest of the body for building tissues.  High levels of LDL’s can cause cholesterol to be deposited in the arteries.  An abnormally high level of LDL’s to low levels of HDL’s in the body is believed to be a cause of heart disease.
The levels of lipoproteins (HDL and LDL) are affected by the types of fats we consume.  Saturated fats or animal fats are commonly found in meat, egg yolks, coconut oil, palm oil, and whole milk products.  Trans fatty acids are chemically unsaturated fats.  However, in the body trans fats behave much like saturated fats.  Trans fats also lower HDL levels and raise LDL levels, increasing the risk of heart disease.
Trans fats are usually introduced into the diet in ways most consumers are unaware of.  During hydrogenation, polyunsaturated oils become exposed to hydrogen at high temperatures.  The nature of the polyunsaturated fat becomes transformed into a trans fat.  Most margarines and baked goods contain the hydrogenated polyunsaturated oils.  Now the FDA requires that trans fats be listed on nutrition labels making the trans fat easier for the consumer to avoid.
The right type of fat can actually help you burn fat and is extremely healthy for the body.  Polyunsaturated fats are oils at room temperature such as sunflower, corn, and soybean oil.  Polyunsaturated oils contain essential fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.  These fatty acids are also associated with a lowered risk of heart disease.
The omega-3 fatty acid is primarily linolenic acid.  These fatty acids are found primarily in plants and in fish oils that contain DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid).  The omega-3 fatty acid can actually counteract some of the negative effects of insulin resistance.  Therefore, a diet plan incorporating significant amounts of omega-3 fats helps to promote weight loss.
The omega-6 fatty acid, primarily linoleic acid obtained from vegetable oils helps to protect against heart disease.  Good sources of omega-6 fats are nuts, avocados, olives, soybeans, along with sesame, cottonseed, and corn oil.
Monounsaturated fats are the cornerstone to the Mediterranean diet.  The Mediterranean cultures show that a diet rich in olive oil is correlated with a low incidence of heart disease.  Monounsaturated fats can be found in canola, peanut, and olive oil.  This type of fat has the ability to favorably modify lipoprotein levels.
Weight loss is a combination of diet and exercise planning.  Problems most encounter are lack of long term commitment.  This weight loss commitment issue has made the quick fix weight loss plan the most popular.  Look past the popular weight loss trends.  Remember, achieving long term weight loss resides in a lifestyle change you can adapt to.
Copyright 2006 Kristy Haugen
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Title:
Bacara el Preferido del Agente 007

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556

Summary:
El Bacará tiene el estilo elegante y sensual que acompaño al legendario James Bond desde los años 50 hasta su último estreno.


Keywords:
movies,film,movie,entertainment,James Bond,casinos,baccarat


Article Body:
El Agente 007 y su audacia con el juego continúan deslumbrando año tras año a sus sensuales compañeras en escena y derrotando a sus astutos enemigos.

El Bacara: El Juego preferido del clásico James Bond: Bacará y el Agente 007

El Bacará es el clásico juego de apuestas originado en Italia en el siglo 15 y es también característico del famoso espía 007. En cada escena lo identifican una elegancia y excelencia, que junto con su impecable  Martini en mano y las apuestas en otra James Bond ha mantenido una leyenda desde su origen desde los años 50 hasta el presente. Es así como el espía ingles domina la versión francesa del juego Bacará llamada Chemin de Fer con gran talento y admiración.

Bacara siempre fue popular entre la alta sociedad, especialmente en el siglo 15, cuando surgió en Italia. Bacara significa cero en italiano y a lo largo de su expansión en diferentes países nuevas reglas y variaciones fueron inventadas y adaptadas como en Estados Unidos o en Francia el Chemin de Fer, o el denominado Juego de James Bond.

El juego consiste en el "Jugador" y la "Banca"  el nombre que se la a las opciones de apuestas, estos son repartidos dos o tres cartas cada uno con el objetivo simple de llegar a 9 sin pasarse de el. Mientras tanto la banca decide según las reglas del juego cuando detener la jugada y los jugadores ya han debido apostar a cual de las dos Jugador o Banca ganara la mano. Los jugadores o el jugador apuesta y el que apuesta a la mano que gano el puntaje mas correcto, gana la mano. En la adaptación americana, el juego funciona en contra a la banca, mientras que en Chemin de Fer, los jugadores compiten el uno con el otro. Uno representa al jugador y el otro a la Banca.

En compañía del Chemin de Fer los libros de Ian Fleming junto a las adaptaciones en escena de James Bond, han deslumbrado por décadas las diferentes aventuras del espía, con ayuda de su impecable poder del juego y su atractivo estilo. Hasta su último estreno en el 2006 James Bond sigue disfrutando de la lujuria de las mesas verdes de los casinos junto a su cigarro y el su sensual compañera en acción. En el anio 1964, las novelas y capítulos de James Bond, fueron escritas por Kingsley Amis, John Pearson, John Gardner, Raymond Benson, y Charlie Higson. Tambien sus actores variaron comenzando con el conocido Sean Connery, siguiendo con Geroge Lazenby, Roger Moore, Tomothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan y Daniel Craig.

Si observas, es muy interesante ver la manera en que el Agente apuesta al juego y a su vez actúa y descubre los secretos que lo rodean con la misma rapidez, seguridad y astucia. Enlas películas de James Bond el juego Chemin de Fer transcurre en elegantes salas llenas de mujeres elegantes y hombres adinerados que detrás del juego tienen otros intereses por revelar. En la realidad el enlace entre el Bacará y El Agente 007 es de un acompañante fiel de aventuras secretas y emocionantes de mas de cinco décadas que hicieron de el una leyenda inolvidable que resurge de generación en generación.


Title:
Baccarat History and American Baccarat Rules

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690

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Here you can learn how to play the American version of baccarat and learn about the history of the game.


Keywords:
baccarat, casino games, baccarat history, Chemin de Fer, baccara, Nevada casinos, American casinos, mini baccarat,  European casinos, table games, games, entertainment


Article Body:
If we put aside the black ties, the velvet curtains and the overall exclusive atmosphere, baccarat is one of the simplest casino games around. In addition, baccarat is a beatable game with a low house edge, which makes it one of the best bets you can make! Here you can read about baccarat history and learn how to play the game.

Both the American and European versions of baccarat and the French Chemin de Fer are late developments of the Italian game called baccara, which means zero in Italian. The origins of baccara go back to an old Etruscan myth. According to the myth, a blonde virgin had to toss a nine sided die to decide on her destiny. If the die landed on eight or nine, she would have to fulfill her destiny and become a priest. If the die landed on six or seven, she would be forbidden to participate in any religious activity. If the die landed on any other number, the virgin had to walk into the sea.

The Italian game baccara was popular among French aristocracy during the end of the 15th century. Baccara had evolved to the European version of baccarat, which is still played in European casinos today as well as the French variation of baccarat known as Chemin de Fer, which is mainly played in casinos in France. The American version of the game was introduced to Nevada casinos in the 1950s by Francis Tommy Renzoni, who imported the game from Havana.

Baccarat still carries an aroma of aristocracy and exclusivity. In American casinos, baccarat is played in a separated area of the casino, hidden behind velvet curtains. Baccarat players are usually dressed up and the betting limits are higher comparing to other table games. In order to attract the medium budget players, a lower limit version of baccarat, called mini baccarat, was invented. Mini baccarat is played on a smaller table, inside the casino gambling area with lower betting limits than baccarat.

How to Play Baccarat

Baccarat is played with 3 dealers and up to 12 or 14 players. Baccarat is usually played with 8 standard card decks. Aces valued as one, face cards and ten cards valued as zero, and the rest of the number cards worth their face value. The suit has no meaning. The object of the game is to get as close to 9 as possible.

The play begins by all players, including the dealer, placing their bets either on the player, the banker, or on a tie. Traditionally, the dealer bets on the banker. The dealer can be the house dealer or one of the players. After everyone has placed their bets, the dealer gives two cards to each player and to the banker.

The score of each hand is calculated as the sum of the two cards minus the left digit. For example, if the sum of the two cards is 15, the score would be 5. The decision whether to deal a third card is determined by a set or rules and it is not up to the player or the dealers decision. 
If the score of the players hand is 9 or 8, he wins
If the score of the dealers hand is 9 or 8, it is a tie
If a players score is 7 or 6, he can be dealt a third card
If a players score is 5 or less, he has to receive a third card
If a player gets a third card and the score of the dealers hand is 2, 1 or 0, he must draw a third card
If the score of the dealers hand is 3 and the players third card is any value but 8, he must draw a third card
If the score of the dealers hand is 4 and the players third card value is between 2 and 7, he must draw a third card
If the score of the dealers hand is 5 and the players third card value is between 4 and seven, he must draw a third card
If the score of the dealers hand is 6 and the players third card is 6 or 7, he must draw a third card.
If the score of the dealers hand is 7, he cannot draw a third card.


CAUSES OF LOW BACK PAIN.

 
Low back pain is a usual symptom amoung the modern civilised people.It affects mainly the middle aged and young adults of both sexes.People who work on the chair with out exercise and those who carry heavy loads regularly are prone to get this complaint.We can hardly find a person who has not suffered from back pain atleast once in life.The causes of  low backpain ranges from simple reasons like muscular strain to cancer of spine and hence backache should not be ignored.The pain is felt in lumbar and sacral region and may radiate to nearby sites.

The following are some causes for backache.

1) Backache due to diseases in the back.

2) Backache due to gynaecological problems.

3) Backache due to problems in other parts of the body.


1) Backache due to diseases in the back:--
                           
a) Injuries :-

     1) Compression fracture of the vertebral column.
     2) Rupture of intervertebral discs.
     3) Injuries to ligaments and muscles of back.
     4) Lumbosacral strain.
     5) Intervertebral joint injuries. 
     6) Fracture of processes of vertebra.

b) Functional backache due to imbalance:-

     1) During pregnancy.
     2) Pot belly.
     3) Diseases of the hip joint.
     4) Curvature in the spine due to congenital defect.
     5) Short leg in one side.
 
c) Backache due to inflammatory conditions:-

     1) Infection of the bone due to bacteria.
     2) Tuberculosis of the spine.
     3) Arthritis.
     4) Brucellosis.
     5) Lumbago or fibrositis.
     6) Inflamation of the muscles.
     7) Anchylosing spondylitis.

d) Backache due to degenerative diseases in the back.

     1) Osteoarthritis.
     2) Osteoporosis in old people.
     3) Degenaration of the intervertebral disc.

e) Tumour in the spine:--

     1) Primory tumour of the bones in the spine.
     2) Metastatic tumours from other sites like prostate,lungs,kidneys,intestine ect.

2) Backache due to gynaecological problems:-

     a) After childbirth.
     b) After gynaecological operations.
     c) Prolapse of the uterus.
     d) Pelvic inflammatory diseases.
     e) Cancerous lesions of the pelvic organs.
     f) Endometriosis.

3) Backache due to problems in other parts of the body.

     a) Renal stones.
     b) Ureteric stone.
     c) Cancer of prostate.
     d) Pancreatitis.
     e) Biliary stones.
     f) Peptic ulcer.
     g) Inflammations of pelvic organs.
     h) Occlusion of aorta and illiac arteries.


Investigation of a case of backache:-

1) Complete blood count.

2) Routine urine examination.

3) Ultrasonography of the abdomen and pelvis.

4) X-ray of the lumbar and sacral region.

5) MRI of the spine.

5) CT scan of abdomen and pelvic region.

6) Examination of rectum,prostate,genito urinary organs.


Treatment of back ache:-

1) Removing the cause for backache.

2) Symptomatic treatement.

2) Back exercises.

3) Traction.

3) Yoga.

5) Surgery.

7) Homoeopathy.

title:Back Extensions Exercise
author:John Gibb
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2814.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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If you’re looking for a way to strengthen your lower back, back extensions may be the exercise for you. If you’ve recently injured your back you’ll want to consult your physician before attempting such an exercise. If you find this exercise is a bit too challenging for you at first, you can start out in an incline positioned until you are more comfortable with the exercise. Or, if you find this exercise too easy for you, you can do it in a declined position or use platted weights in front of the chest or behind the neck.
For this exercise you will either need a back extension machine, or a bench that allows you to securely position your feet so that the rest of your body won’t move during the exercise. You will be lying on your front side and everything about an inch below your hips should be on the bench or back extension machine.
From this position fold your arms across your chest. Now, begin the movement by bending at the waist. You should continue this movement until you feel you’ve reached the full motion of your range. This will be different for everyone, so it’s up to you to determine. From here, raise your body back up slowly and hold your body at this position for a second. Repeat this movement to meet your specifications.
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title:Back In The Garden
author:News Canada
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_244.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
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(NC)-For many Canadians, gardening is the most joyful activity of summer. But if you love to garden and you also suffer from back pain, you know that you can cause yourself a lot of grief unless you follow some basic ergonomic principles.
Gardening, of course, is a seasonal activity here in Canada. During the winter, few of us make much use of the muscle groups we employ for typical gardening activities. The one exception is washing floors, but, truthfully, how often do you do that?
But even if you linger over the linoleum daily from October to March, it's still important to warm up and stretch your muscles before you dig. Here's a tip - the easiest way to warm up your muscles is to take a hot shower BEFORE you garden. This is called a passive warm-up. You'll still need to stretch, but you can do this in the garden. Use the same motions you use when weeding, raking, digging, etc. - whatever your planned tasks - but do them slowly, holding each stretch for about 10 seconds.
It's also important to do some gentle stretching after you garden, especially if you've overdone it and your muscles feel tight. Another hot shower can help as well.
Another rule: Go slow! When the weather breaks, it's tempting to turn over ALL the earth on the first afternoon. Trouble is, by the time your back aches, you've already done too much. By pacing yourself, you can ensure that your back will be fit enough to garden again next weekend!
A third principle to keep in mind is that a change is as good as a rest. Vary your activities rather than doing all your weeding, for instance, at once. In other words, shovel for a few minutes, dump, rake, weed. Rest for a while, then repeat.
Avoid staying in any one position for too long. Gardening involves bending, kneeling, standing, walking, and reaching; don't spend more than 15 minutes in any one of these positions before changing to something else.
Also, don't mix and match activities with positions. If you're crouching down to weed, don't suddenly reach up and stretch to snip at a stray vine. Don't bend forward with your knees straight. And as in any activity, try not to lift and twist at the same time.
Remember to hold heavy objects close to your body. So what if they're muddy - getting dirty is part and parcel of gardening's charm.
Finally, organize your tool shed so that heavy supplies are stored at waist level. Invest in some back-friendly tools like a kneeling bench with handles, shears, shovels and weeders with long handles to minimize bending, an angled rake, and a swan-necked watering can.
If you keep this advice in mind, there's no reason for back pain to keep you out of your garden.
For more information visit www.backrelief.com.
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Title:
Back Massage–A Proven Way to Relieve Back Pain

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300

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Back pain is a common ailment; however, people may get better within a few weeks through massages. Massage is known to improve blood flow and eases tension, thus providing relaxation to muscles. While gentle massages are pleasurable, it does not necessarily offer relief to sufferers of acute low back pain. Combining massage with other treatments, such as physical therapy and chiropractic, is likely to produce best results.


Keywords:
Back massage, back pain


Article Body:
Back pain is a common ailment; however, people may get better within a few weeks through massages. Massage is known to improve blood flow and eases tension, thus providing relaxation to muscles. While gentle massages are pleasurable, it does not necessarily offer relief to sufferers of acute low back pain. Combining massage with other treatments, such as physical therapy and chiropractic, is likely to produce best results. In addition, back massages, in combination with non-medical treatments, back exercises and good diet, ensures gradual pain relief.

Benefits of Back Massage Therapy

According to the American Massage Therapy Association, research proves that massage therapy provides many important health benefits, including:

Improvement in blood circulation in the body, which aids in the recovery of muscle soreness due to physical activity.

Relaxation of muscles for an improved range of motion. Muscle relaxation also helps in the treatment of insomnia.

Increased endorphin levels. The increase in endorphin levels is actually one of the greatest benefits of the massage therapy. Endorphins are body chemicals that lend a feel-good feeling, which is very effective in managing chronic pain.

It is important to ensure that precautions are exercised while receiving massage therapy. Your muscle should relax in response to the pressure applied by a massage therapist, in the absence of which, it is possible that muscles are inflamed. In such cases, you should not opt for back massages as a treatment option and consult his/her doctor for the treatment. Most muscle spasms require four massage treatments, usually spread over a six weeks period, to achieve best results. If muscle spasms do not respond to the neuromuscular therapy within two massages, try using another therapy.

If you have severe lower back pain, it is advisable that you undergo thorough medical checkup before commencing the massage therapy.


title:Back Massage: A Proven Way to Relieve Back Pain
author:Saurabh Jain
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4841.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
category:health
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Back pain is a common ailment; however, people may get better within a few weeks through massages. Massage is known to improve blood flow and eases tension, thus providing relaxation to muscles. While gentle massages are pleasurable, it does not necessarily offer relief to sufferers of acute low back pain. Combining massage with other treatments, such as physical therapy and chiropractic, is likely to produce best results. In addition, back massages, in combination with non-medical treatments, back exercises and good diet, ensures gradual pain relief.
Benefits of Back Massage Therapy
According to the American Massage Therapy Association, research proves that massage therapy provides many important health benefits, including:
Improvement in blood circulation in the body, which aids in the recovery of muscle soreness due to physical activity.
Relaxation of muscles for an improved range of motion. Muscle relaxation also helps in the treatment of insomnia.
Increased endorphin levels. The increase in endorphin levels is actually one of the greatest benefits of the massage therapy. Endorphins are body chemicals that lend a feel-good feeling, which is very effective in managing chronic pain.
It is important to ensure that precautions are exercised while receiving massage therapy. Your muscle should relax in response to the pressure applied by a massage therapist, in the absence of which, it is possible that muscles are inflamed. In such cases, you should not opt for back massages as a treatment option and consult his/her doctor for the treatment. Most muscle spasms require four massage treatments, usually spread over a six weeks period, to achieve best results. If muscle spasms do not respond to the neuromuscular therapy within two massages, try using another therapy.
If you have severe lower back pain, it is advisable that you undergo thorough medical checkup before commencing the massage therapy.
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title:Back Pain
author:Lucy Nicholas
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4343.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
category:health
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Back pain is one thing most likely to elicit a twinge of sympathy from the hardest of hearts. It is estimated that every person in the world will suffer from it in his/her lifetime - mild to serious, chronic or temporary.
You could get an attack at any point along the spine, especially the lower back area which takes on the maximum weight and stress. Most common causes: strain or bruising of muscles; sprain or injury to ligaments; and spasms when the injured muscle knots up as part of the body’s attempt to immobilize it to prevent further injury. Other causes include osteoporosis, arthritis, a slipped disc, or even excessive gas, besides more serious causes like tumors, diabetes or kidney malfunctions that emerge in a doctor’s clinic.
Blame it on your Lifestyle
An important factor and one that is entirely in you hands, is lifestyle. For instance, improper postures while sitting and sleeping, and carelessness during walking, stretching or playing, especially when you are overweight, are few common causes. Grand illusions of being a Hercules incarnate and lifting heavy weights or improperly hefting them around are other frequent errors.
Bad posture is the biggest culprit. Desk jobs mean sitting for hours before computers where we unconsciously slump into odd positions. Or twist our backs frequently while trying to reach for something behind or beside us, or stretch forward too far; too fast. We also unconsciously slip into awkward positions while reading or watching TV sprawled on the bed or sofa.
Sit up
Chairs with gaps at the lower back level are deadly - avoid them. And if you think you are invulnerable because you have that perfectly ‘ergonomically’ designed chair; know this - most people unconsciously lean forward in such a way that their lower back moves away from the chair base and thus remains unsupported.
Get up and Walk around
Sitting anywhere, anyhow, for long periods means that dangerous pressure points develop along the back. The load on you back is the highest when you are sitting, less while standing and least when you are sleeping.
The golden rule is to get up and walk around every 15-20 minutes. When on a long drive, get out of the car, walk around, stretch you limbs after every two hours. While driving, the back of the car seat should not recline beyond 30 degrees and ideally the seat bottom should be tilted up slightly in front.
It’s not a high
Avoid regular use of high heels - they hamper good posture, ruin you body’s alignment and hurt the back, feet and neck. Our feet are designed to bear the entire weight of the body evenly across their surface. However, the feet and legs are placed in and unnatural position when you wear heels. Most of the pressure is transferred to the front of the foot.
Stressed Out
The modern-day stress epidemic is another factor since back pain can be psychosomatic. Stress/emotional problems both cause back pain and aggravate any existing pain. Yoga and meditation sessions are effective in such cases.
Weak stomach muscles heighten back strain and cause you pelvis to twist abnormally. Regular and proper exercise help tremendously since it keeps joints mobile, muscles conditioned and, more importantly, raises your pain threshold.
Don’t over Exercise
Doctors receive many back-pain patients who are victims of improperly-trained gym instructors or half-baked yoga teachers. Suddenly launching into heavy, unaccustomed activity is a sure recipe for disaster.

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Title:
Back Pain and Blue Collar Jobs

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496

Summary:
Having low back pain is now prevalent among people in blue collar jobs.  A variety of back pain relief options are now available depending on the severity of the pain and the financial capabilities of people seeking the treatment.


Keywords:
Muscle Relaxant


Article Body:
Low back pain is one of the oldest occupational health problems in history and one of the most common causes of work-related complaints among adults.  Approximately 15 million people visit the doctors each year because of lower back pain.  It is estimated that a total of $25 billion is spent every year to treat this form of body ache.   For this reason, the back pain relief and muscle relaxant industries are growing by leaps and bounds. 

Low back pain is a muscular and skeletal ailment that afflicts millions of people around the world.  People with blue-collar jobs or those who are required to do heavy manual work are more prone to lumbar aches.  No wonder, construction workers are often diagnosed with low back pain.  If left untreated, this ailment can result to absenteeism and decreased productivity. Worse, it could even be the cause of more serious health problems.

To determine the severity of low back pain, you may use the following parameters to see how “bad” your back is:

l Acute Low back pain last less than 6 weeks
l Sub-Acute Low back pain between 6 and 12 weeks
l Chronic Low back pain persists for more than 12 weeks

The good news is that there are a variety of treatments for back pain.  One of the easiest ways to ease the aches is to use a muscle relaxant.  Back pain relief is as easy as popping a pill.  However, it is important to get your doctor's advice since medications for back pain are often doctor-prescribed and cannot be bought over the counter. 

These are other helpful tips, procedures and strategies on back pain relief that you may want to consider:

l Apply a cold pack to the painful area for 5-10 minutes at time
l Use an heating pad on the painful area if the pain is still there within a few days
l Protect your back. Avoid sudden turning or bending. Go on with your usual activities and try to
avoid bed rest
l Get expert professional treatments
l Nonprescription Pain Medications
l Spinal Manipulation
l Get a massage
l Try acupuncture
l Traction treatments
l Biofeedback
l Back Belts and Corsets
l Injections into the back

Certainly, back pain relief goes beyond office furniture and medication.  The cause of back pain can also be stress at work, family problems, and other distressing situations that may not necessarily due to work or physical exertion.  The build-up of everyday stress can make your muscles tighten up and contribute to the slow but painful tension of the back or lumbar muscles.  Self-hypnosis, meditation and guided imagery are also being promoted as tools or techniques to reduce the discomforts association with lumbar ailments.  Back pain relief options can be expensive, depending on the specific technique prescribed by the therapist.

But surely, regardless of the severity or degree of back pain, it is always best to consult a doctor or healthcare professional.  The back pain may be a symptom of other illnesses or health problems.


title:Back Pain and Its Remedies
author:Saurabh Jain
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4797.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
category:health
article:

Back pain is quite a common phenomenon and generally occurs due to wrong posture or sudden movements. Each one of us is prone to back pain since the lower portion of our back supports a large portion of our body weight. The stability and the fitness of the lower back is dependant on the strength and the position of our vertebral bodies and the inter-vertebral disks.
Back pain is often a short-term phenomenon and can be rectified by exercises or painkillers. However, back pains can also become chronic and recur by even a small movement.
Back Pain is generally not associated with an injury or illness and may even go away without any medication. Painkillers, such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen and acetaminophen, can prove to be quite useful in relieving back pain in initial stages. The application of a cold pack on the affected area in the first 24-48 hours is also effective in reducing the pain. Other most commonly available remedies for back pain include a mixture made from Comfrey Root and special massage oils.
People suffering from back pain should avoid sudden turning or bending movements. Bed rest is not recommended for people suffering from back pain. Instead, one should continue with his/her normal activities, while taking precaution of avoiding sudden movements. Exercises, such as short walks, stretching and swimming, are recommended in case of moderate pain. Since back pain is generally not related to an injury, limited medical treatment is available.
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Title:
Back Pain Exercises: The Best Remedy For Back Pain

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Back pain exercises are much sought after these days because back pain is a common phenomenon amongst people under the age of 45 and can be rectified effectively only if the true cause behind the pain is identified. Barring a few exceptions, exercises for back pain are effective for all types of back pain, be it the pain in the lower back ore pain in the upper back.


Keywords:
Back Pain Exercises, Back Pain


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Back pain exercises are much sought after these days because back pain is a common phenomenon amongst people under the age of 45 and can be rectified effectively only if the true cause behind the pain is identified. Barring a few exceptions, exercises for back pain are effective for all types of back pain, be it the pain in the lower back ore pain in the upper back. Exercises also provide a solution for back pain related to genetically or trauma related deformities and subsequent pain.     



Before we understand about the exercises to relieve back pain, we should have an understanding of human spine and possible causes of back pain.  Human body depends on the spinal column for structural stability and mobility. It is the spine which provides us the necessary support to bend, twist or move around. The spinal column is made up of 24 vertebrae which are placed one on another from the skull to the pelvis. The spinal column is tightly wrapped by muscles and ligaments. Now any type of injury in these muscles or ligaments can result in pain. You can rectify or reduce such back pains by carrying out proper back pain exercises.

Exercises- The Safest Cure For Back Pain

Backache usually is a result of the spasm of muscles supporting our spine. This occurs due to improper posture, or sudden movements or jerks or repetitive actions. Diseases such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, viral infection, and bladder or kidney infection, gynecological problems in women, tumors and trauma can also cause back pain. Excess body weight, wearing of improper shoes and carrying heavy weights can also result in back pain. The best remedy for backache occurring from these reasons is back pain exercises. This is mainly because exercises to relieve back pain are safe and free from any possible side effects that is a possibility with other treatments for back pain.

However, back pain exercises may not prove to be effective in cases where the pain is not caused by an improper posture or sudden movements, jerks or is accompanied by bowel or bladder control problems. In such cases, it is advisable that the person suffering from backache consults a physician and gets a proper treatment.

The best way to avoid back ache is to maintain a proper posture and keep your muscles well conditioned by undertaking proper back pain exercises. One should never bend at the waist or stoop to pick up an object. Instead, we should lower our body to the level of the object by bending our knees.

The most common back pain exercise is to stand straight or sit on a comfortable chair that provides adequate support to your back. You should avoid sitting or standing in a single posture for a long time. Even while sleeping, you should be careful as to the type of mattress being used. Slouching or leaning forward should be avoided at all times. Yoga and mediation go a long way in relieving back pain and are very good exercises.

Prevention, it is said is the best cure for back pain. You can avoid backache by undertaking back pain exercises on a regular basis. These exercises strengthen the muscles in the abdomen and the spinal area and ensure that there is adequate support to the spine. Wall slides, leg raises and leg swings are the best exercises and abdominal strengthening exercises prove to be effective in toning up our back muscles.

Read our related articles for Back pain massage, and other back pain exercises  to have detailed information about exercises to cure back pain.


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Back Pain Management and Relief

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Well now, I've done a lot of research on back pain management and I'm as confused as you are. As if it's not enough that one has to endure back pain, one must also, all the experts agree, manage it. Odd. They never talk about managing toothache.


Keywords:
back pain,backpain,back pain relief,back pain managment


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Well now, I've done a lot of research on back pain management and I'm as confused as you are. As if it's not enough that one has to endure back pain, one must also, all the experts agree, manage it. Odd. They never talk about managing toothache.


So, why back pain management? Although it's never said in so many words, I suspect that back pain is one of those rather nasty disorders that, while not socially unacceptably nasty, doesn't ever really go away. We're not talking here about your wife's pregnancy back pains or back pain caused by a tumour; we're talking your average Joe's back pain that just ... won't go away.


The bad news is that this sort of general back pain is usually caused by bad posture and incorrect back health. The good news is that essentially general back pain is a consequence of bad back pain management and can be managed by good back pain management. Make sense?


When back pain treatment doesn't work, it's time to start managing the pain. Back pain management, like back pain, varies for different individuals. For some, back pain management means learning to put up with it and maybe taking a pain killer when it becomes really unbearable. But that's not good back pain management.


Good back pain management starts with changing your lifestyle and your attitude towards your body, particularly your back and spine.


--Your spine supports you; without it, you'd be a a floppy toy. Your spine is supported by the muscles of your back. When they're weak and / or inflexible, your spine strains to perform even the most simple movements, including bending and carrying. So, the first step in managing back pain is to develope a gentle exercise program to keep your muscles fit, supple and healthy.


--There are many types of exercise that are good for your back muscles, including yoga, walking and swimming. Water aerobics, for instance, is fun, inexpensive and recommended by most doctors and experts in the field of back pain management.


--Adopt a healthy lifestyle. This includes eating correctly, exercising and substituting cigarettes and punishing exercise routines with homeopathic herbal and vitamin supplements.


--Learn about good posture, particularly if you have a job that has you always sitting at a desk or if you are on your feet all day. Always bend the knees when bending or lifting; always hollow the back when kneeling; when carrying, distribute weight evenly; when standing for long periods stand with your feet slightly apart; when pushing or pulling try to keep your back straight and take the strain on your arms.

Back pain management should be seen as a long-term investment in good health.

A long soak in a hot tub, the steam delicately scented with the fragrance of oil of lavendar. Candles throw thin shadows on the damp walls. Music plays softly in the background. You're content, relaxed, following a delicious meal including oysters and just a few wicked drops of champagne. Your partner has promised you a sensuous back massage when you get out of the tub ... and then, who knows?


An erotic fantasy? No, just sure-fire back pain relief.


Back pain relief doesn't have to be only about traction or exercise routines thought out by a particularly sadistic ex-marine (probably on the run) or vile-tasting herbal back pain relief remedies created by Hyde's evil twin - the chemist from hell.


Back pain relief should be pleasant, relaxing, relieving, simple, enjoyable and effective.


Visualization techniques, massage, hot or cold therapy treatments, good posture training programs, light exercise routines, a sensible diet, yoga for back pain relief, hynotherapy, acupuncture and the purchase of a good bed will all contribute to relieving your back pain.


Unless, of course, your back pain is caused by a seemingly unrelated disease; but most Americans suffer some form of backache at some stage in their life and the reality of back pain is that it is most often caused by poor posture, too little exercise, work-related back strains and stresses, sports injuries or a touch of arthritis.


For these conditions, back pain relief involves a variety of sensible treatments that include stopping smoking, learning new posture habits, taking the dog for a walk every night and pampering your back with regular massage.


I suffer with severe upper back pain, caused by sitting over a typewriter most of the day, even when I'm not working. I relief it by massaging my shoulders when I take a break; I swim every day and then lie on the firm grass and do some gentle yoga; I make a conscious effort to sit with my legs comfortably and firmly on the ground when I'm at my desk; I treat myself to a hot bath once a week that includes an infusion of garden herbs; I take vitamins daily and I make sure I walk around every half hour to relieve muscle tension.


My oldest friend (in both senses of the word) suffers with what she calls her 'bad knees'. She can hardly climb a flight of stairs. And so she avoids exercise. Fatal mistake. Back pain relief is a matter of practicing good back health; just as you shower or bath every day to keep your skin healthy. Exercise is vital to keep the muscles of your spine supple and strong to enable them to perform their job - keeping you upright.


title:Back Pain On Lower Right Side: Easily Curable
author:Saurabh Jain
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4791.shtml
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Back pain on lower right side is quite a common phenomenon and can be cured in six weeks or less, but only if the exact cause is found and eliminated. Most of the doctors aim to treat the back pain without trying to find out the exact cause of that pain.
In majority of the cases back pain on lower right side is the result of a poor posture, an injury in the back, muscle imbalances, improper lifting or bending or extra body weight. Poor posture is the most common cause of back pain on lower right side. An appropriate posture lends stability and strength to the spine. A large number of people can alleviate their back pain by taking efforts to improve their posture.
An injury can often result in back pain on lower right side. Although we can take steps to avoid any form of injury, it may still happen. Back pain resulting from any kind of injury can generally be rectified or its intensity can be reduced by undertaking proper stretching exercises. It is important that we take proper steps to keep the muscles in our body in a proper balance. An imbalance in our muscles can often lead to back pain on lower right side. Proper exercise is essential to maintain the balance amongst the various muscles in our body.
Improper lifting refers to an incorrect way to lift the things from the floor or anywhere and generally results in back pain on lower right side. It is essential that one follows the correct way to lift things. One should bend from the knees and not from the waist to pick up things from the floor, irrespective of the weight of the thing to be lifted. Back pain on the lower right side can also occur when a person tries to lift excessive weight. Obese people also tend to suffer from back pain. The solution thus lies in shedding the extra weight on your body.
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Back Pain Relief

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Many of us experience pain in the lower back without knowing its cause. Back pain can sometimes be tolerable or it may be unbearably painful to the point of interfering with our daily functions.  Treatment varies depending on the severity of the condition.  But the good news is, back pain rarely will result to paralysis.


Keywords:
muscle relaxant medication,natural pain relief,back pain relief,anti inflammatory drugs


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A common problem with many adults is back pain.  Many of us experience back pain caused by our daily routines such as when we spend too much time sitting while at work, or when we drive for a long period of time.  Lifting heavy furnitures while cleaning up at home, working in the garden, or lifting weights in the gym can also cause back pain.  These activities can sometimes put so much pressure and weight on your back causing low back injuries such as muscle strain or spasm, sprain of ligaments, joint problems, or slipped disk.  When we have back pain, it affects our daily functions.  The feeling of pain can be from slightly tolerable to unbearably painful. Knowing what caused your back pain is something you need to discuss with your doctor.

Slipped Disk or Herniated Disk

When a disk between the bones of the spine swells or bulges and starts pressing on nerves, a slipped disk or herniated disk occurs. This is often caused by twisting while lifting. When you have a slipped disk, you may experience difficulty in doing regular tasks or activities like sitting and bending.  When the injury is severe, you will have the tendency to avoid movement due to intense pain.  A lot of people don't realize what caused their slipped disk but it is worthy to know that the injury will not lead to paralysis, and treatment is readily available.

Natural Pain Relief

Treatment options for Herniated disk or Slipped disk can fall into Non-surgical or Surgical methods. Both treatments have risk and benefit factors.  It is important that you discuss it with your doctor. However, most back pain can be relieved by a few simple methods that doctors would suggest to try non-surgical means first to reduce irritation of the nerve. Natural pain relief such as enough bed rest, proper posture when sitting, walking, and lying, as well as regular exercise can do the tricks. 

When sleeping, the best position is to sleep on your side with your knees bent.  A pillow under your head is recommended to support your neck and may use a pillow in between your knees.  You can also lie on your back on a firm mattress with pillows under your knees.  Or you can lie on the floor with your hips and knees bent and your feet on a chair. This takes the pressure and weight off your back.  You may only need about two days of this sort of rest for a hurt back. Too much bed rest can cause your muscles to weaken and slows down your recovery. Try to walk around, even when it sometimes hurt, for a few minutes every hour.  Such regular movement can help maintain muscle tone but limit activities such as prolonged sitting, lifting, and bending which can aggravate the symptoms.

Proper sitting position can help provide back pain relief.  Choose chairs with straight backs or low-back support. See to it that you keep your knees a little higher than your hips. Make adjustments with your seat or use a low stool to prop your feet on. When you turn, move your whole body rather than by just twisting at your waist.

Driving for long hours can strain your back.  Try to sit straight by moving the seat forward to keep you from leaning forward when you reach for the controls. It may help to use a small pillow or rolled towel behind your lower back if you must drive or sit for a long time.

People whose work requires them to stand for a long period of time must find a way to rest one foot on a low stool from time to time, and try to switch with the other foot every 5 to 15 minutes.  Maintaining a good posture is necessary in order to avoid back pain.  Always try to keep your ears, shoulders, and hips in a straight line with your head up and your stomach pulled in.

To relax painful muscle spasms, try using heating pads for 20 to 30 minutes at a time.  Likewise, ice packs and massages may also give the same back pain relief benefits.

Pain Medication

Muscle relaxant medications and anti-inflammatory drugs may be used to relieve pain and discomfort until the body heals itself. However, some non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as naproxen sodium, may increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.  Always consult with your doctor any medication to determine whether the potential benefits outweigh the risks for you.

Surgical Method

When nonsurgical therapy does not ease your discomfort or the pain is getting worse and becoming unbearable, your doctor may recommend surgical procedure as option.  There are various surgeries available that range from the minimally invasive methods to a more serious procedure such as spinal fusion.  The complexity of the surgery will depend on the severity of your condition. 

Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation program may vary depending on the procedure the patient went through and the doctor's preference. Exercise regimen may include:

    * Exercises to strengthen your lower back and abdominal muscles
    * Exercises to improve your posture
    * Stretches to increase the flexibility of your spine and legs
    * Exercises to maintain your cardiovascular conditioning while you recover

Prolonged bed rest is not advised as it can lead to a decrease in your overall physical condition.  Get up and move with caution following your doctor's recommendations regarding specific activities you should participate in.

indeed, back pain relief and the alleviation of other body aches is not impossible. Various drugs and therapies are now available to people who need to reclaim their health and resume their normal lives --- free from pain and discomfort.


title:Back Pain Remedies
author:Saurabh Jain
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4796.shtml
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Back pain Remedies are required as back pain is quite a common phenomenon and generally occurs due to wrong posture or sudden movements. Each one of us is prone to back pain since the lower portion of our back supports a large portion of our body weight. The stability and the fitness of the lower back is dependant on the strength and the position of our vertebral bodies and the inter-vertebral disks.
Back pain is often a short-term phenomenon and can be rectified by exercises or painkillers. However, back pain can also become chronic and recur by even a small movement.
Back pain is generally not associated with an injury or illness and may even go away without any medication. Painkillers, such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen and acetaminophen, can prove to be quite useful in relieving back pain in initial stages. The application of a cold pack on the affected area in the first 24-48 hours is also effective in reducing the pain. Other most commonly available back pain remedies for back pain include a mixture made from Comfrey Root and special massage oils.
People suffering from back pain should avoid sudden turning or bending movements. Bed rest is not recommended for people suffering from back pain. Instead, one should continue with his/her normal activities, while taking precaution of avoiding sudden movements. Exercises, such as short walks, stretching and swimming, are recommended in case of moderate pain. Since back pain is generally not related to an injury, limited medical treatment is available.
For more information on Back Pain visit http://www.backpain-resources-online.com

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title:Back Pain: A Result Of Poor Posture Or Muscle Strain
author:Saurabh Jain
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4817.shtml
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Back pain is a common phenomenon and most of the people are suffering from it. However, a large portion of them are unaware of the reasons or the causes of this problem. A strain in the muscles is a major cause of the pain the back. Although back related pain may emerge suddenly, it may be caused by a problem which has plagued us for a long time.
Back related pain is generally not a serious problem and disappears quickly in most of the cases. However, medical advice is essential in cases where the pain persists for a long time. It is a general notion that bed rest is the best cure for this pain. But evidence has shown that rest does not aid in the recovery of a person suffering from backache. It is much better if one carries on with normal activities while taking some measures for relieving the pain.
It is one of the most common ailments with 8 out of 10 people experiencing it at one or the other point of time in their life. Pain can be acute, recurrent or chronic. Most of the people suffering from back pain fall in the first category wherein the pain vanishes in about six weeks and home remedies prove to be very effective. In the case of the recurrent category, the pain reappears after some time while chronic pain lasts for a longer period of time.
The intensity of back pain varies from person to person. It can vary from a dull ache to a searing pain and its onset may be sudden, without any reason. Severe and recurrent pain should not be ignored and proper medical advice should be sought. People experiencing difficulty in passing urine or having numbness in the back or the genital area, weakness and a shooting pain in the leg or feeling unstable while standing should consult a physician immediately.
Back Pain Remedies
Massage is an effective way of reducing back pain. The incidence or the severity of the pain can be reduced by finding out the exact reason for the pain, eliminating or modifying the factors/situations causing pain and trying to find the best possible remedy. A poor posture or manual activities such as lifting, bending and twisting can result in back related pain.
Early recognition of symptoms, proper treatment and appropriate rehabilitation measures are very important and help in minimizing the problems caused by back pain. A person suffering from back pain may need to get the following tests done to find out the exact cause:
(a) Blood test
(b) Urine examination
(c) Ultrasonography of abdomen and pelvis
(d) An X-ray of the lumbar or sacral region
(e) MRI of the spine
(f) Examination of rectum, prostate, genito urinary organs.
Several over the counter medicines are available for the treatment of various back pains. Acetaminophen and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are the two commonly recommended drugs that for people suffering from low back pain. In case of acute pain, the doctors may recommend narcotic pain medications or muscle relaxants.
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title:Back Pain: Its Types And Treatments
author:Hege Crowton
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2718.shtml
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Are you fed up with taking all the treatments for your back pain which you feel do not work? Are you a constant patient of physical therapists, chiropractors? Is your back pain causing you distress and trouble because you can not do the activities you wish you could do? Have you been advised surgery to correct your back's structural abnormalities?
Back pain may be classified into two types: acute or short term, and chronic. It the low back pain is short-term, it is most probably due to lower back trauma. Certain disorders such as arthritis may also cause acute back pain. Trauma such as sports injury, vehicular injury, and injuries incurred around the house may also result to back pain.
Back pain may range from simple muscle ache to stabbing pain which results to limit in a person's flexibility and range of motion. The person suffering from back pain may also be unable to stand straight. If the back pain persists for over three months, the back pain is classified as chronic. It is usually progressive and the cause is normally difficult to pinpoint.
Surgery is not usually the mode of treatment for back pain. Over-the-counter pain relievers helps in the reduction of discomfort along with the intake of anti-inflammatory medications which helps reduce inflammation. Restoration of function is the main goal of treatment as well as restoration of the strength to the patient's back.  The treatment also aims to stop recurrence of the back pain.
Back pain may be caused by various low back injuries. These injuries include muscle strain, muscle spasm, ligament sprain, problems with joint or slipped disk, and using your back muscles in doing new activities such as lifting heavy furniture or working on your garden. Slipped disk is caused by the nerves bulging or pressing between the bones, which usually occurs when lifting. Back pain is fairly common when caused by such activities.
Some people opt for the application of cold and hot compresses to relieve patients of back injury. These compresses are done because they may help reduce inflammation and relieve the patient of pain. Mobility is also significantly increased  by certain exercises, and strengthen the muscles of the back and abdomen. These exercises can be found online, or may be recommended by your doctors and chiropractors. In extreme cases, surgery is recommended to help stop back pain and prevent serious muscle injuries. But surgery is done usually as a last resort, and if the cause of the back pain is anatomical. Some physicians say that back pain can also be merely psychological with some patients. It means that the patient perceives the back pain only when there is no structural abnormality present in the patient's body.
Individuals suffering from back pain should seek the help of a physician to evaluate the back pain if the pain persists for ore than 72 hours. The physician will also prescribe the appropriate medications to relieve the patient of the symptom, or may also advise the patient to undergo surgical procedures if need be. He may also recommend exercises that would be less straining to the back, and will help maintain proper posture while lifting objects. Heavy lifting, repetitive motion and improper posture may also cause back pain. A person's work might also predispose an individual to developing back pain. Furniture and tools that are designed to provide protection to the body against injury and help maintain a healthy back are available for use at home or at work.
It would be necessary to consult the help of a qualified physician promptly when you feel the pain extends to your leg on your knee area. Numbness of the leg, groin, rectal area, and foot is also a cause of concern and should be told to a doctor as well as development of nausea, vomiting, fever, and stomach pain. Loss of bladder/bowel control occurring with back pain is also warning problem that necessitates expert evaluation. Back pain that occurs right after injury or trauma should also be evaluated through physical examination as well as imaging and other diagnostic procedures, more so when the patient suffers from such intense pain that movement is severely hampered.
There are other risks as you sit in front of that computer but it would be to much to write about in this article, so if you would like to learn more about other risks such as:


Eye strain
RSI (Repetitive Stress Syndrome)
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Constant Head Aches
Dizziness
Breathing Problems
Difficulty Concentrating

You can learn all about this in the book: “The Painless PC”, which can be found at:
www.HealthCrow.com 
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title:Back pain, joint pain, knee pain, arthritis and a host of other pain ailments you never have to suffer again
author:Jaynne Nichols
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"The smallest pain in our little finger gives us more concern than the destruction of millions of our fellow beings."  William Hazlitt [1778-1830. British Essayist]
If "The smallest pain in our little finger gives us more concern..." then what happens when we have back, knee or joint pain?
Did you know that

80% of Americans will battle with back pain at some point in their lives?
7 million people are treated for back pain every year?
2 million new cases of back pain are opened every year?
$100 billion is being spent annually in medical bills, disability and lost productivity at work?

Pain and Pain Relief is of utmost concern for most of us that are in constant pain.
Why are we in Pain?
Before we can answer this question, we need to understand how the body interprets and handles pain.  The pain impulse begins at the point of an injury for example a cut, burn, pinched nerve, bruised muscle etc.
Once the impulse starts, it triggers a number of bio-chemicals to be released at the site of the injury. Some of these bio-chemicals are histamine, bradykinin, prostaglandin, and Substance P. Each of these has one or more effects on the body. And many of these bio-chemicals are inflammatory -- that is they cause the injury site to swell up.
Inflammation is actually a defense mechanism for the body. Inflammation serves to bathe the injury in healing fluids and acts as a cushion to protect against further injury. However. if the inflammation is prolonged or out of control, it can cause destruction. This is what occurs in arthritis where the inflammation actually destroys the joints. Also, inflammation can serve to compound problems by actually causing pain itself.
This explains how an injury causes the body to release a number of biochemicals that can cause inflammation. Another action of these biochemicals, though, is to stimulate the nerve fibers of pain, the C fibers. (The body actually has three types of nerve fibers: A fibers. B fibers and C fibers. The main fibers which transmit the pain impulse are the C fibers.) Histamine, bradykinin, prostaglandins and the other bio-chemicals are actually the stimuli that cause the pain impulse to begin.
Types of Pain Relief
At the site of an injury, whether the problem is pain or inflammation, the pain impulse can be interrupted by:

Decreasing the levels of the "pain" bio-chemicals or
by blocking the nerves of pain - the C fibers.

With that in mind, it would make sense to use a painkiller that can do both of these. Aspirin and NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), such as ibuprofen and Motrin decrease the prostaglandins. This can result in decreased pain and inflammation, especially if the prostaglandins are the main causes.
However, aspirin and NSAIDS do not directly affect the other pain chemicals and do not affect the pain nerve, the C fiber.
Narcotics, such as Darvon or codeine, have no known effect on either the "pain" bio-chemicals or the pain nerves. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) also has no significant effect on these at usual doses. And in fact, the way acetaminophen works is not actually known.
But we also know we can interrupt the pain impulse away from the injury site, at the spinal cord. If our pain killer could also decrease the release of (or deplete the C fiber of) Substance P, the pain impulse would be blocked at the spinal cord level. Aspirin and NSAIDS have no known effect at this site. Narcotics and tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptylene or Elavil, on the other hand, actually can block the release of Substance P and stop transmission at the spinal cord level, but once again have no value in decreasing the levels of the bio-chemicals of pain.
This new totally natural remedy does it all by providing the relief you need without using drugs and other traditional methods of pain relief:

Decreases the levels of the "pain" bio-chemicals.
Blocks the release of Substance P, thus slowing down the transmission of the pain impulse along the nerves of pain, the C fibers.
And slows down transmission of pain along the spinal cord.

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fights muscle fatigue
works against sciatica and neuralgia
Makes cuts and scrapes feel better instantly
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title:B-Vitamins Help Promote Healthy Arteries and Heart
author:Jeremy Maddock
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A 2002 study reported, funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation reported that a six-month regiment of taking folic acid, vitamin b12, and vitamin b6 can be instrumental in the prevention of recurring blocked arteries in coronary angioplasty patients.
The findings, which were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association are an extension of a clinical trial that examined the effects of combining vitamins on the treatment of heart disease. The treatment apparently works by reducing levels of homocysteine, and amino acid which has long been associated with heart attacks.
The original study involved 205 patients who were given either a vitamin combination of vitamin b6, vitamin b12, and folic acid or a placebo for six months. Over that time period, the patients who took the combination of vitamins showed a 48% reduction in the development of restenosis, or re-narrowing of the vessel, compared with patients who received the placebo.
The new study added 348 new patients, and extended the follow-up observation period from six months to one year. The head researcher, Dr. Guido Schnyder, says that this time extension is important, since six months to one year is the time frame in which restenosis typically recurs. Out of all the patients monitored, the need for additional bypass operations was reduced by 38% over the entire year. This shows that the vitamin actually prevents the development of restenosis, rather than just preventing it.
Dr. Robert Bonow, the chief of cardiology at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and president of the American Heart Association said that the results of the study are very encouraging, offering more evidence that B vitamins are very important in maintaining healthy blood vessels.
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title:B Vitamin Hype: With Ambitions of Fighting Acne, Rosacea and Tumors, What Can This Vitamin Really Do For You?
author:Naweko San-Joyz
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Vitamin B is no small time player in the high stakes game of the beauty. Just take the case of pellagra for example. Pellagra is a life threatening skin disease characterized by dementia, diarrhea, and dermatitis that results from a niacin (B vitamin) deficiency. In the early 20th century in the United States pellagra plagued thousands of people in the South and Midwest. The condition was thought to be contagious until investigators discovered the underlying nutritional deficiency. 
Even today, the importance of vitamin B is cultivating new roles in the world of beauty. Dermatologist Leslie Baumann, MD forecasts topical vitamin B and its multiple derivatives as key ingredients in future anti-aging products. For example, one derivative of the B vitamin niacin, nicotinamide, has been shown to improve the ability of the epidermis, the upper-most layer of the skin, to retain moisture. One study reports that topical nicotinamide, when applied to the skin for six days reveals softer, smoother skin with less dryness and flakiness, and a reduction of fine lines. Even more promising is its anti-cancer influences. For instance, when applied to mouse skin, topical nicotinamide produced a 70 percent decrease in ultraviolet-induced skin cancer.
Niacinamide, another byproduct of vitamin B, serves as an effective skin-lightening agent. In one clinical investigation, patients with hyperpigmentation applied a moisturizer containing five percent niacinamide.  Four weeks later, computer analysis of the hyperpigmentation and skin color revealed a decrease in hyperpigmentation along with an increase in skin lightness. Topical niacinamide also exhibits anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it a potential treatment for acne, rosacea and any blistering-type disease.
Dermatologist Zoe Diana Draelos, MD, clinical associate professor of dermatology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, N.C. is confident that praise for the therapeutic effects of niacinamide will continue to rise. Dr. Draelos hails, "Already, topical 4% niacinamide has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of papular and pustular acne in a 4% gel, as well as the improvement of skin cancer and its anti-tumor characteristics".
Dr. Baumann cautions that the many versions of one vitamin can be confusing and recommends speaking with your dermatologist to ensure you are selecting the right vitamin product for your skin care needs.
While it’s comforting to place a host of cosmetic aspirations in the latest beauty craze, Mother Nature’s wisdom will never lead you astray. If you can’t wait to get the benefits of B vitamins in your beauty cream, just go to your local market and help yourself to some chicken, tuna, potatoes, spinach, asparagus, black beans and watermelon. These are just of few of the foods providing bountiful servings of vitamin B. Remember, these scores of medical insights and promises started with a nutritional deficiency.
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