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Monday, April 13, 2020

Title:
Backache Is a Disorder That Is Easy to Prevent

Word Count:
801

Summary:
Back-ache, an urban comfort malady, is primarily the result of bad posture and weak muscles. The awareness on the working of lower back will go a long way in its prevention.


Keywords:
backache, lower back


Article Body:
Introduction:

Back-ache, an urban comfort malady, is primarily the result of bad posture and weak muscles. The awareness on the working of lower back will go a long way in its prevention. The five lumbar vertebrae responsible for the erect human form are also the primary culprits for the back ache. These are flexible to permit hundred and eighty degree flexion or strong enough to support the weight of another human. But trying to achieve both simultaneously and you have a recipe for disaster. The weight bearing posture is an erect posture, read on to know the nuances of the dynamics of the lower back.

The more important reason for the publication of this article is the realization on our part that back-care should be directed more at prevention of backache rather than its treatment. Prevention is better than cure. And backache is a disorder that is easy to prevent.

The working of the lower back:

Let us now focus our attention on the five lumbar vertebrae as regards their working. These vertebrae are the trouble¬makers, responsible, directly or indirectly, for most backaches.  You will recall that the thoracic vertebrae are attached to the ribs forming a rigid and strong cage that protects the heart and lungs. On the other hand, the lumbar spine is designed primarily for movement, although it must also bear weight.

However, these two functions, i.e., moving the trunk and bearing weight cannot be easily carried out at the same time. If such an activity is carried out this combines lumbar movements with lifting weight. For example, a ballet dancer or a gymnast moving and holding a partner aloft, the lumbar region becomes susceptible or vulnerable to injury.

Stacked one on top of another, the five lumbar vertebrae work as a unit, in a concerted manner, to permit forward bending, backward bending, etc. This working unit or column sits on a firm foundation or scaffolding called the pelvic platform. Our thigh bones, too, are attached to the sides of the pelvis.  Therefore, the pelvis is the connecting structure between the spine and the hips of legs, i.e., between the top and the bottom halves of the body.  Since the pelvis is the connecting and central point it acts like a pivot.

The position of the pelvis will control the position of the lumbar vertebras above it. If the pelvis is level or, .as we prefer to call it, balanced, the vertebrae above it will also be in a level or balanced position. This is the strongest position for the spine and makes it the least vulnerable to injury. However, if the pelvis is thrust forward, the vertebrae above it will curve out of alignment. Such out-of-alignment vertebrae cause wedging of the discs and potential discomfort to facet joints and make the spine weak and the back vulnerable to injury.

On the other hand, when the lumbar vertebrae are aligned properly because the pelvis is in a balanced position, pressure is taken off the discs, the facet joints are unloaded and maximum space is provided for the exit of nerve roots.  This all-important 'pelvic balance' is a function of four groups of muscles.  We shall learn more about these muscles soon.

The bones are the static, unchangeable part of the body.  The muscles are the dynamic component, giving movement and life to the body. Back muscles play an important role in backache.  They are controllable elements responding to the environment and controlled by our conscious thought processes.  Composed of contractile fibers that are responsive to nerve-impulses, muscles comprise almost 40 per cent of our body weight and a large part of our body-bulk.  There are some 140 muscles attached to the spine alone and they do a prodigious amount of work.

A muscle is basically a contractile tissue, i.e., it functions and tarries out messages by contracting or shortening and relaxing or lengthening.  The more a muscle is used or worked, the more it develops and gains in strength.  If it is not used as much as it should be, it weakens and becomes flabby or loose.  If it is not used at all, it atrophies or wastes away.

Conclusion:

The ignorance about the working of lower back leads to a callous misuse or disuse of our more than 140 back muscles and the lumbar region.  The misuse of the lumbar region, essentially wrong posture, is the major reason for the wedging of the discs and potential injury to the spine.  The continued disuse of our back muscles, a gift of the modern ultra comfort life style, brings about their enfeeblement and more pressure passes on to the spine, increasing the chances of injury manifold.  The back ache can be effectively prevented by adopting the pelvic balance postures as a routine and strengthening the muscles supporting it.


title:Backache: A Common Problem
author:Saurabh Jain
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4813.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
category:health
article:

Backache is largely caused by sitting, standing or stooping for a long time and is prevalent amongst all age groups. Human physiology has undergone a sea change in the recent years with a large proportion of people spending a majority of their work time sitting in front of computers or desks or cars and other vehicles. The sitting posture puts pressure on our back and the constituent muscles thus resulting in backache.
Our spinal column is constituted in such a way that it provides the necessary stability to stand straight and the flexibility to move around. The spine includes a number of muscles that may get pressurized due to bad postures. Everyone of us is bound to face backache at one or the other point in our lifetime, but women in general are more prone to this problem.
A Woman’s body undergoes a lot of changes during pregnancy. During the last two trimesters of pregnancy, the center of gravity of her back changes due to the position of the fetus thus altering the curve of her spine. Bending and lifting are also a regular part of a woman’s daily routine and are the most common reasons of back pain. Menstrual pain can often result in backache amongst women.
Sudden jerks or movements can also result in back pain. Several conditions such as Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis, Viral infection, Bladder or kidney infection, Gynecological problems in women, tumors and trauma can also cause backache.
Excess weight or the wearing of the wrong type of shoes can also result in back pain. Regular exercises that strengthen our abdominal muscles are the best solution to treat backache. Maintaining the right posture and keeping our body weight in check can go a long way in the prevention and cure of backache.
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title:Backache - Cause, Cure & Natural Remedies
author:M.Leonard Alexander
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1736.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

The modern world that's before us, offers us the access to anything
That we would like to, hence we no longer need to walk long distances, nor do we need to spend the same amount of energy that our parents or grand parents would have spent to do a job, for motors and machines have occupied the position and have replaced manual work…
This site is dedicated to some of the common ailments that have started affecting the MANKIND just because of these developments that has happened to the human race…
The first ailment, which I have preferred to discuss, is about BACKACHE. Days are gone when only people above 40 used to have the chances of getting BACKACHE, Now No matter you are young or old, BACKACHE can attack you, that to when you expect it the least…it comes to you without any warning. so Beware…a small act like bending and taking your dropped possession can cause backache. The reason I chose BACKACHE, as the first topic for discussion is that, BACKACHE is the chief reasons for absence from work. Several million man-hours are lost due to BACKACHE.
The reason for this is the sedentary life style that the human race has started to adopt. (Modern developments)
To look at the clinical reasons, as we get older the changes that occur in the spine too can cause BACKACHE.
We get a little shorter, from bone shrinkage, there is a lot of thinning of the discs and spine develops arthritic spurs.
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Title:
Backgammon Rules: Learn How to Play Backgammon

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663

Summary:
Learn how to play backgammon, one of the most popular board games in the world.


Keywords:
board game backgammon, backgammon board, gammon


Article Body:
The board game backgammon is one of the most ancient games known to man. It is believed that early variations of the game were played in Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and Ancient Rome. Since then, the game has evolved, changed several names and spread to different parts of the world. It is currently a popular pastime all over the US, East Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

In order to play backgammon all you need is a partner, two dice and a special backgammon board with checkers. The backgammon board is divided into two sides with each one is the mirror reflection of the other. Each side contains 12 triangles called points numbered from 1 to 24.
Points 1 to 6: Home Board or Inner Board
Points 7 to 12: Outer Board
7 point: Bar Point
13 point: Mid Point

At the starting position of the game, each player has 2 checkers on the 24 point, 3 checkers on the 8 point and 5 on the 13 and 6 point. Each player moves from his home board through the outer board towards the opponent home board.

The object of backgammon, then, is to move your checkers towards your opponent home board and remove them off the board before your opponent moves his checkers towards your home board. The speed of the progress of each move is determined by the outcome of the dice roll.

The backgammon play begins with both players tossing one die. The player whose outcome is the highest, makes the first move using both his and his opponents number. If the outcome of the dice toss is even, the players toss the dice again until an uneven outcome appears. From now on, each player tosses both dice on his turn.

After each toss of dice, you should move your checkers forward the number of steps appears on both dice. You can move either one checker the number of steps summed up by both die or move two checkers. To make it clearer: if the outcome of the dice roll is 5 and 4, you can either move one checker 9 steps forward or move one checker 5 steps forward and then move the other piece 4 steps forward

If the dice rolls a double, which means an even number on both dice, you can move double the number appears on the dice. For example, if you roll double 2, you can move 2 points four times. In that case, you can either move one checker 8 steps forward; move two checkers a total of 4 steps; move two checkers a total of 2 steps each plus a total of 4 steps; move one checker a total of 6 steps plus 2 steps; or move four checkers 2 steps.

You can move a checker to a point where there is another one of your checkers or no more than one checker of your opponent, called blot. When you hit a blot, it is moved to the middle of the board to the part divided between the home board and the outer boards, called the bar.

The checkers placed on the bar are kept out of play until the bar can be entered by a dice roll in the opponent’s home boards. For example, if you roll 2, you can enter a checker to the 23 point and enter the opponents home board and re enter the bar checkers into the game. You cannot move the other checkers unless your entire bar checkers are at your opponents home board.

By the time your checkers are in your home board, you must remove the checkers from the board, to bear off, using a roll of dice. For example, if you roll 1, you can bear off one checker from the 1 point; if you roll 2, you can move a checker form the 2 point, and so on.

If your opponent has not borne off any checkers while you have borne off 15 checkers, you win the gammon. If your opponent has not borne off any checkers and still some of his checkers are placed on the bar, while you have borne off 15 checkers, then you win the backgammon.


title:Backpain And ESI (Epidural Steroid Injection)
author:Saurabh Jain
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4843.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
category:health
article:

Backpain and ESI are related to each other in that the latter is very often used to find out the true cause of the former. Back ache is a common phenomenon and is generally a result of a strain or injury to the muscles and ligaments supporting the human spine. An Epidural Steroid Injection or ESI is the most common type of injection given to patients suffering from back and neck pain. The pain in the back can be constant or intermittent and its intensity may vary from a dull ache to a searing feeling.
In a large number of cases, back pain vanishes or can be cured within a few weeks. However, in cases of chronic pain, medical advice is necessary. Patients having difficulty in passing urine or experiencing numbness in the back or genital area or weakness and pain in the legs or feeling unsteady while standing should see a physician immediately. Spinal injections are often used to find out the true cause of the back pain and than to actually treat the pain. Injections which provide temporary relief are called therapeutic injections. In other cases spinal injections are used to diagnose the cause of the back pain. ESI is generally injection used to treat back pain.
The space between the covering of the spinal cord and the inside of the bony spinal canal is called the epidural space. An injection in this area ensures that the medication moves across the whole of the spine and covers all the nerve routs and joints to relieve the back pain. ESIs are generally very effective in the treatment and the true diagnosis of the back pain.
In most of the cases where spinal injections are used, a local anesthetic called Lidocaine is used. Lidocaine is a fast acting drug and its effects wear off in a couple of hours. So it is generally used as a diagnostic tool. Bupivacaine, another anesthetic is used to provide some relief from the back pain. Another commonly used injection is Cortisone. Cortisone is commonly injected with a local anesthetic to reduce inflammation in the affected areas of the patient suffering from severe back pain.
An epidural steroid injection or ESI can be injected in three different ways. In the first case a caudal block is placed through the sacral gap which is the space below our lumbar spine. Than the injection is placed into the epidural space. This type of block reduces the chances of puncturing the dura.
The most common method of giving an ESI to reduce back pain is the Tran lumbar approach. Under this method the needle is placed between vertebrae from the back. The third method is generally used for diagnostic purposes. The transforaminal approach involves injection of the medication around a specific nerve root to find out the exact problem area. The foraminae are small openings between your vertebrae through which the nerve roots exit the spinal canal and enter the body.
Spinal injections should not be used in the case of patients taking a platelet-inhibiting drug, such as aspirin or NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
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title:Backpain: A Common Phenomenon
author:Saurabh Jain
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4823.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
category:health
article:

Backpain is a common phenomenon in the United States with nearly 80% of the population suffering from it. The overuse of the muscles in the back or a strain/injury to the muscles and ligaments supporting the spine are the most common causes of back pain.
Backpain 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.
A strain in the back muscles due to bending, twisting or lifting some weight generally leads to backpain. An infection, arthritis or ovarian cysts can also be a cause of back pain. In today’s times people often sit in one posture for a long time and thus experience pain in their backs.
Backpain may emerge suddenly but it develops over a longer period of time and is generally a result of a strain in the back muscles. The accumulation of acidic byproducts such as lactic acid and pyruvic acid restricts the normal functioning of muscle tissues and leads to irritation or pain in the muscles. This results in a problem known as delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
The effective treatment of one’s backpain can only be done after a proper diagnosis of the factors causing the pain is done. A severe back pain may often be the result of muscle spasms emanating from a simple back strain. On the other hand a person with a herniated disc may not experience any pain in his back for a long period of time. So it is very important to know about the real cause of the back pain. An injury to the muscle ligament or tendon is less worrisome and easily curable than a bone fracture or tumor in the spine.
The most common symptoms of backpain due to a herniated disc are the numbness in the legs and the back. Degenerative disc disorder and osteoarthritis can result in a situation where the pain aggravates with the movement of the back. A minor pain in the back can also be due to the initiation of arthritis. An orthopedic surgeon or a spine specialist should be consulted in case of chronic pain.
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Title:
Backyard Fun In The Sun. Learn How To Reduce The Chance For Play Set Injuries This Summer

Word Count:
408

Summary:
According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), there were nearly 47,000 injuries to children under age 15 on home playgrounds in the latest year studied. The chance of these injuries occurring--ranging from bumps and bruises to head trauma--can be reduced by following some simple guidelines.


Keywords:
Backyard Fun In The Sun. Learn How To Reduce The Chance For Play Set Injuries This Summer


Article Body:
Now that the weather is warmer and kids are heading outdoors to play, it is important for parents to take some essential precautions to create a safer backyard play environment. According to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC), there were nearly 47,000 injuries to children under age 15 on home playgrounds in the last year studied. The chance of these injuries occurring-ranging from bumps and bruises to head trauma-can be reduced by following some simple guidelines.

"Nothing is more important than active adult supervision to enforce the rules that will help prevent a serious injury on backyard playgrounds," says Meri-K Appy, president of the nonprofit Home Safety Council. "In addition, parents and caregivers should make sure their children's play set is age-appropriate and in good condition-and that the surface underneath and around the equipment provides a soft landing if and when their kids do take a tumble."

Backyard Play Set Safety Tips:

1. Ensure your play set has proper surfacing. Proper surfacing is an important component in reducing injuries due to a play set fall; however, it is often an overlooked backyard playground safety feature. Dirt and grass do not provide the appropriate level of cushioning. Instead, loose fill materials such as wood mulch, wood chips, fine sand or fine gravel is recommended. The material should extend at least six feet in all directions and depth should vary from nine to 12 inches, depending on the surfacing type.

2. Make sure that your backyard play set is sturdy. Lumber sturdiness is also an important element to play set safety. Using four-by-four corner posts will minimize the side-to-side sway motion that less substantial lumber may sometimes cause. Also, make sure that you use A-frame legs to provide a firm footing for the swing beam.

3. Select a backyard play set that meets maximum safety guidelines. Parents also want to choose play sets that meet ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) standards. Although these standards are voluntary, they can help assure parents that the play sets were designed with safety in mind. One manufacturer that complies with these guidelines is Swing-N-Slide. It has introduced an innovative new bracket technology for play set assembly called the Rapid-LOC system. This system features four special brackets combined with self-drilling fasteners, which provide secure anchoring for deck supports, four-by-four uprights and accessory beams. The interlocking nature of the Rapid-LOC brackets keep the play system's supports tightly locked-even if a screw comes loose-producing a stronger backyard play set.


title:Back Pain Treatment: Variety Of Options Available
author:Saurabh Jain
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4811.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
category:health
article:

Back pain is occurred due to various causes and in 90% of the back pain cases, the pain disappears easily by various back pain treatment. However, proper medical advice and treatment is essential in cases where the pain persists for a long time.
Back pain treatment is effective if the exact cause is identified. The severity of back pain may vary from a dull ache to searing feeling. It may be due a strain in the muscles or an injury or problems like Osteoarthritis, arthritis, bone fracture or tumor or some infection. Although back pain may emerge suddenly, it may be caused by a problem, which has plagued us for a long time. It is essential that we identify the true cause of the back pain, if we want to eliminate or treat it fully.
A number of back pain treatment options are available for people suffering from back pain. However, the treatment may vary from person to person depending on the cause or the reason for the back pain. The exact nature of the pain and its severity can be judged by a specialist who will than suggest the most appropriate treatment.
Exercising is the best back pain treatment. It is a general notion that bed rest is the best cure for back pain. But evidence has shown that rest does not aid in the recovery of a person suffering from Back pain. It is much better if one carries on with normal activities while taking some measures for relieving the pain. The most recommended exercises for curing back pain are short walks, stretching exercises and swimming. However, it is advisable that one starts slowly and than gradually builds up the speed at which the various exercises are undertaken.
Application of a cold pack or a bag of ice to the back is also often recommended by the doctors. This form of back pain treatment is generally used within the first 48 hours after the start of the back pain. A cold pack is generally applied for 5-10 minutes. Ice reduces the inflammation and swelling, numbs soft tissues, and slows nerve impulses in the injured area.
A large number of drugs are also used as back pain treatment that reduce the pain and are easily available in the market. However, many of them can have serious side effects and so should be taken only after consulting a physician. Several non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, Naproxen®, Ketoprofen® are capable of reducing pain. These anti-inflammatory medications help in reducing  the swelling and inflammation while healing the injured portion. Acute or chronic back pain may be treated by an anticonvulsant or an oral steroid.
Steroid injections are also effective in reducing the inflammation and the treatment of back pain caused by spinal stenosis, disc herniation, and degenerative disc disease. A steroid is injected directly into the membrane that surrounds the nerve roots (dura).
Other forms of back pain treatment include the massage therapy, the electrotherapy and the adjustment of the spine Chiropractors and osteopaths. Acupuncture may also prove to be effective in some cases. Finally surgery may be recommended in cases where the pain is not curable by any of the other forms of treatment.
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title:Back Stretcher : An Easy Way to Relieve Body Tension
author:Saurabh Jain
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4803.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
category:health
article:

The Back Stretcher is an easy to use arc that strengthens the muscles in one's upper and lower back. It is also an effective way to reduce tension and back compression. The arc, which is padded, uses our body weight to rectify common spinal disc compression or back pain that develops due to long periods of standing or sitting.
The Back Stretcher is scientifically designed to support, stretch and massage the lower back, neck and spine thus realigning the vertebra, relieving nerve pressure, increase blood circulation, improve flexibility and posture, and strengthen the muscles around our spine. It also enables our muscles to stretch without much strain.
The Back Stretcher comes with an instruction manual, which has details of several exercises that can be performed with the stretcher. The Back Stretcher is compact and can be effortlessly folded for easy storage. The arc comes with rolling balls that help in increasing our blood flow and relieve tension in the back and neck.
The use of Back Stretcher goes a long way in the prevention and treatment of back pain. The arc works in two ways: first, it releases muscle tension through massage and second, it improves our body posture through stretching. The Back Stretcher improves one's flexibility and fitness. The arc-shaped stretcher comes with a five-year warranty.
For more information on Back Pain please click http://www.backpain-resources-online.com
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title:Back Support Pillows
author:Saurabh Jain
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4781.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
category:health
article:

Back support pillows can be quite helpful in reducing back pain. Sitting for long periods and that too without any support can create muscle tension and result in pain in the lower portion of our back. The use of a right kind of a pillow, plays an important role in reducing or alleviating back pain or neck pain.
These pillows fill the natural gap between the lower spine and the chair on which one is sitting. Such pillows provide the requisite support to our head, neck and shoulders, besides keeping them in alignment, thus relieving pressure and tension from our body. The back support pillows also provide a comfort feeling and enable one to relax, enabling the person to have a sound sleep
People with spinal disorders can benefit a lot by using support pillows. Pillows filled with firm material are more effective in providing support than feather pillows. People suffering from spinal disorders are likely to benefit more from pillow filled with firm material, such as grain or buckwheat hulls.
These pillows not only provide comfort, but also provide adequate support to a person’s neck and back. However, it is very essential that the pillow be placed at the right height. If you place a pillow at a high height, it can result in muscle strain in the back or the neck. Similarly, if the height of the pillow is too low, the neck tends to get strained. Therefore you must be careful in using back support pillows for back pain relief
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title:Back To Golf
author:News Canada
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_245.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
category:health
article:

(NC)-It's true that many golfers suffer from back pain. If you are one of them but love the game, you can have it both ways. It just takes some practice and patience.
Trunk rotation - at least the lack of it - is the most common problem for golfers who are prone to back pain. The more skilled and flexible you are, the more you can rely on your hips and trunk to rotate when you swing. This is the crux of the matter. A great golf shot requires hip and trunk rotation because that's what gives power to your shots. If you don't rotate well, your arms - and especially your back - will have to do a lot of extra work.
If you're a seasonal golfer it's normal to experience some aches and pains during the first few rounds of play. Here are some basic tips for the beginning of the season in particular... although you should keep them in mind whenever you play.

Walk the course when possible; a golf bag which you can wear backpack style distributes the weight far better than one which you sling over your shoulder. (Bouncing around in a golf cart can make back pain a lot worse. Riding also allows your body to cool down and tighten up between holes.)
Take extra time to stretch and warm up before you begin to play.
Take practice swings throughout the round to keep your muscles warm and limber.
Limit your time on the driving range - some of the most common injuries are caused by overuse of muscles.
Talk to your golf pro. He/she can show you how to make some mechanical adjustments to your swing that will put less stress on your back.
If your back hurts, take a few days off from the course . . . but try to maintain some level of physical activity. Check with your doctor, of course, but these days most health care professionals who deal with back pain do not recommend long term bedrest.
Always bend your knees to tee your ball, replace divots, fix ball marks and lift a heavy golf bag because bending incorrectly dozens of times adds up.
Strength, flexibility and endurance are the three most important things to keep in mind, especially if you are a chronic back pain sufferer.

If you suffer from back pain, a regular exercise program is a must. For more information as well as exercises designed specifically for golfers, visit www.backrelief.com.
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title:Back To School : Chemical Poisoning - A Threat To Everyone
author:News Canada
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_161.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
category:health
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title:Back to School : What is a food allergy? What can you do?
author:News Canada
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_143.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
category:health
article:

(NC)-Food allergies are becoming more prevalent every day. Severe reactions can be life threatening if not treated immediately. In many cases, a dangerous breathing condition called anaphylaxis (an-a-fi-lak-sis) can result when a substance to which the casualty is very sensitive enters the body.
Anaphylaxis can happen within seconds, minutes or even hours of a substance entering the body. As a rule, the sooner the casualty's body reacts, the worse the reaction will be.
St. John Ambulance, Canada's leader in safety-oriented™ first aid training and products, advises that you can detect anaphylaxis and help the casualty, if you know what to do.
Signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis

Itchy, flushed skin, raised skin rash (hives).
Sneezing, running nose and watery eyes.
Swelling of the airway.
A 'lump' or 'tickle' in the throat that won't go away.
Coughing.
Sense of impending doom.
Nausea and vomiting.

As the condition worsens, a casualty may experience:

Pale skin.
Anxiety and/or a severe headache.
Wheezing and breathing difficulties, coughing.
Irregular and rapid pulse.
Swelling of lips, tongue, throat, hands and feet.
Shock.
Unconsciousness followed by stopped breathing and heart.

First aid for a severe allergic reaction
When a casualty experiences a severe allergic reaction, they are in a life-threatening situation.

Assess the individual and immediately call for medical help.
Stop any activity and place the casualty in the most comfortable position for breathing - usually sitting upright.
Some people with known allergies carry medication in the event of an attack. If the individual has prescribed medicine with them, help them take a correct dosage.
Stay with the casualty until medical help takes over. Monitor vital signs and try to calm and reassure the casualty, as fear and anxiety will make the condition worse.

Knowing what to do can mean the difference between life and death in an emergency. St. John Ambulance offers a wide range of programs, customized for all walks of life and skill levels. Learn what you need to know from Canada's leader in first aid for more than 118 years. Contact the St. John Ambulance office nearest you or look us up on the Internet at www.sja.ca.
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Title:
Baclofen: The Dependable Skeletal Muscle Relaxant for MS Patients

Word Count:
779

Summary:
This article is about a disease that is affecting thousands of people in the United States. Multiple Sclerosis or MS is a chronic and potentially incapacitating disorder. This disorder affects the central nervous system in which pain and spasticity are the most common symptoms. However, one medication was identified by numerous researches that can decrease the spasticity of MS patients. Baclofen is a muscle relaxant commonly used to decrease spasticity related to spinal cord injuries, or other neurological diseases such as MS.


Keywords:
muscle relaxant, skeletal muscle relaxants, virus


Article Body:
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) affects approximately 250,000 to 350,000 people in the United States. This estimate suggests that approximately 200 new cases are diagnosed each week with this disease. This degenerative (marked by gradual deterioration of organs and cells along with loss of function) disease affects more women than men, and most people show the first signs between the ages 20 to 40 years old. It is chronic and potentially incapacitating.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) affects the central nervous system or the brain and spinal cord areas in the body. Believed to be an autoimmune disorder, MS is a condition where the patient’s immune system produces antibodies against their own body. These antibodies and WBCs (white blood corpuscles) are then directed against proteins in the “myelin” sheath. The myelin sheath is made up of fatty substances that protect the nerve fibers in the spinal cord and brain. This attack usually results in injury and swelling to the myelin sheath and ultimately to the surrounding nerves. The injury leads to scarring or sclerosis in multiple areas of the central immune system, thus damaging the nerve signals and control muscle coordination. The disease also eventually impairs vision and muscular strength.
The nature of MS is unpredictable and it can vary in severity from person to person. While some patients who suffer from the said disease only experience mild illness, other MS cases can also lead to permanent disability. Treatments for MS can help in modifying the course of this illness while relieving symptoms.
Determining the real cause of MS still remains elusive even if scientists have already learned a great deal about MS in recent years. It is known that MS is a form of autoimmune disease --- one in which the body, through its immune system, launches a defensive attack against its own tissues.  In the case of MS, it is the nerve-insulating myelin that comes under assault. Such assaults may be linked to an unknown environmental trigger such as a virus infection.
Pain and spasticity are two of the most common symptoms from which people with MS suffer. Spasticity is a muscle problem characterized by tight or stiff muscles that may interfere with voluntary muscle movements. Spasticity is a muscle problem characterized by tight or stiff muscles that may interfere with voluntary muscle movements. A recent survey of members by the MS Society found that 54% reported pain as a current symptom, while 74% reported experiencing spasticity. The importance of these symptoms is not simply because of their frequency, but also because of the impact they have on the patient's daily life. As the disease progresses, so does the spasticity, resulting in muscle spasms, immobility, disturbed sleep, and pain. Disability resulting from spasticity often forces patients to need  extensive nursing care.
Pain can be caused by a variety of factors including spasticity itself, in addition to neuronal damage due to the disease process. Not uncommonly, it may be musculoskeletal in origin, arising as a result of abnormal posture following the disability caused by MS.
There are several treatment options for MS.  However, one medication that was commonly cited by different and numerous research is called Baclofen.  This medication can help decrease the spasticity of MS patients. Baclofen is a muscle relaxant commonly used to decrease spasticity related to spinal cord injuries, or other neurological diseases such as MS.
Spasticity is caused by an imbalance of electrical signals coming from the spinal cord through the nerves to the muscle. This imbalance causes the muscle to become hyperactive, resulting in involuntary spasms. Baclofen works by restoring the normal balance and reducing muscle hyperactivity. In this way, it allows for more normal muscle movements.
Baclofen, also known under the brand name Lioresal, can be taken as a pill or delivered directly into the intrathecal space, an area in the spine. The space contains the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) which surrounds the spinal cord and nerve roots. Most often, MS patients receive intrathecal baclofen, since oral Baclofen can cause unpleasant side effects. Since the medication does not circulate throughout the body, only tiny doses are required to be effective, therefore the side effects are minimal. Through intrathecal Baclofen it will deliver the right drug right to the target spot in the spinal cord.
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision the MS patient and the doctor will make. Skeletal muscle relaxants such as Baclofen are used to relax certain muscles in the body and relieve the stiffness, pain, and discomfort for MS patients. However, these medicines do not take the place of rest, exercise or physical therapy, or other treatment that a doctor may recommend.


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Bacterial Infections : More Than Just Skin Deep

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Summary:
The skin is the largest organ of the body and serves as a first line of defense against bacterial infections.  However, it is also one of the most vulnerable organs of the body being on the surface to cover and protect the entire body. Although most skin infections are not fatal and life-threatening, it can be very uncomfortable because it is very visible and may cause psychological stress.


Keywords:
skin infections, bacterial infections, over-the-counter drugs


Article Body:
They say that “beauty is skin deep”.  Yet, the continuous growth in the cosmetic industry proves that an increasing number of people are really taking effort, time and money to invest on having healthy skin.  While it used to be only women who are conscious of their looks, some men nowadays, particularly the younger generation and the so-called metrosexuals, have become advocates of male skin-care.
However, some people who are absorbed in their busy lifestyles have no more time left for indulging in skin care.  Economy also plays a great part in deciding if people would refrain from getting skin care services advertised by media. 
Those who do not give attention to skin care are often surprised to see skin blemishes and other imperfections.  They see that their skin is no longer as supple as that of a baby and has become thinner and wrinkled with age.  The feel of their skin is drier due to less oil production from the sebaceous glands and the decrease in the number of blood vessels has made the skin lackluster and without youthful glow.
Is this just a case of vanity?  Or there is something more to skin-care than meets the eye?
Bacterial Skin Infections
Skin care, to be sure, is not just about beauty.  It is about hygiene and safety.  Unknown to many, all human beings, whether healthy or not, probably have some Staphylococcus aureus bacteria on their skin.  These bacteria, simply called staph, are usually found in your nose or throat and may not really cause much problems except for minor skin infections.  The skin serves as the body's first barrier against these bacterial infections.  This is why it is important to have healthy skin in order to ward off bacterial infections.  Once the skin is broken, cut or wounded, you are at risk for infection.  Once these bacteria gets to burrow deeper into your skin and penetrates your body into the bloodstream, urinary tract, lungs, and heart, these seemingly harmless bacteria can become life-threatening. 
History showed that most cases of fatal staph infections in the past have occurred in people who have been in the hospital or those who are suffering from chronic illness and faltering immune system.  However, recent development proves that an increasing number of otherwise healthy people who have never been in a hospital are also acquiring these lethal staph infections.
Moreover, the usually powerful antibiotics are no longer as highly effective as it used to in fighting against certain strain of these destructive bacteria.  Most staph infections are still manageable and can be successfully treated.  But sooner or later, there will come a time that a new and deadlier strain of these bacterial infections will become resistant to most currently available medications. 
Signs and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of bacterial infections depends on the condition and affected area of the infection as well as the nature of illness if it is a direct infection from staph bacteria or from toxins produced by the bacteria.
They may range from mild skin infections to food poisoning, deadly pneumonia, surgical wound infections, and endocarditis which is a lethal inflammation of the heart valves.  Most skin infections caused by staph infections include the following:
Boils – also called skin abscess, usually begins as a reddened, sore area which hardens over time.  At the center of this abscess is a collection of white-blood cells, bacteria, and proteins known as “pus.”  Boils are usually infected hair follicles and can be seen in areas of bttocks, armpits, neck, inner thighs where small hairs are irritated.
Cellulitis – is an infection involving the tissues below the surface of the skin which makes it inflamed and tender that may cause fever.  It can affect any parts of the body but is commonly on the face and legs.
Impetigo – a superficial skin infection or rash that is most common in young children and infants but may also affect teens and adults.  Affected skin areas are the face, hands and feet.  These pimple-like blisters may not cause fever but is usually very itchy and may be spread to other parts of the body through scratching.
Scalded skin syndrome – is a severe blistering condition that affects newborn infants.
Follicilitis – is an infection of the hair follicles in the form of small white-headed pimples at the base of the hair strands usually occurs when people shave or have irritated skin from rubbing against certain clothing.
Hordeolum – also referred as stye, is a swelling near the edge of the eyelid as the glands at the base of the eyelash become obstructed.  Stye is uncomfortable and can be painful.
Most skin problems would require clinical care by medical professionals but it helps to take note of the following tips:
Make sure to always clean and cover areas of skin that have been injured.
Do not share towels, sheets, clothing until the infection has been fully healed.
Do not touch to avoid spreading it to other parts of your body.
There are several practical ways to prevent infections from happening, thus, staying disease-free.  Simple regular hand washing with soap and water before meals, after coughing and sneezing, after using the toilet can rid you of most germs.  In the absence of soap and water, there are alcohol-based hand-sanitizing gels that are available for protection.  Medicines such as anti-parasitic drugs can protect you from getting malaria while travelling.  Over-the-counter drugs such as antibiotic creams can minimize infections due to minor cuts and injuries.
Always remember that cleanliness and good skin care hygiene is not just a form of vanity but it is a way of keeping your skin healthy and strong to be able to protect you in warding off bacterial infections as well as preventing many skin problems.


BAD BREATH

Causes of bad breath ?

Bad breath is a common health problem which greately affects the daytoday activities of somany people. The offenssive odor from the mouth is unpleasent to those who come in close contact with bad breathers. The problem will be doubled by psychological trauma leading to depression. The sufferers from this problem wil be isolated from the society. This can even lead to marital disharmony.

Literally speaking all humanbeings are badbreathres. Oral cavity contains millions  of  anaerobic bacteria like fusobacterium and actinomyces which acts on the protein of food materials and putrifies them. This process results in the formation of offenssive gases like hydrogen sulphide,methyl mescaptan,cadaverin,skatol,putrescine ect causing bad odor. If oral hygiene is not maintained properly all will suffer from  bad breath. Most of us control this by regular brushing,tongue cleaning and gargling. Even after maintining cleanliness in the mouth some individuals suffer from offenssive smell due to various causes which has to be diagnosed and treated properly.

Some common causes of bad breath.

1) Poor oral hygiene:

If oral hygiene is not maintained properly the mouth becomes the seat for millions of bacteria which produce offenssive gases by degrading the food debris. Bad breath is severe in those who do not brush their teeth regularly and clean their mouth after every food. Snacks taken inbetween meals can also produce bad breath because of improper cleaning.
Badbreath is common in almost all people in the morning on waking. During sleep there is less production of saliva .Saliva  has got some antibacterial properties which help to keep the mouth clean. Saliva conains oxygen molecules which is needed to make oral cavity aerobic. So the reduction in it's quantity during sleep makes a favourable condition for anaerobic bacteria.

2) Food habits:

The main cause of bad smell is due to degradation of protein by the bacteria and hence all food products rich in protein favours bad breath. Meat,fish,milk products, eggs,cakes,nuts,pear and ect can cause bad breath. Some food articles can produce particular type of smell which may be unpleasent. Raw onion can produce typical bad smell. It is said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away,a raw onion a day keeps everybody away. Eating groundnuts can also produce bad smell. However if proper cleaning is done smell can be reduced irrespective of the nature of food.  Irregularity in timing of food can also produce bad breath. Small food articles taken in between the meals can also produce bad smell.

3) Biofilm:

There is formation of a thin sticky coating  called biofilm on the tongue and oral mucosa. This coating is thick on the posterior aspect of the tongue where millions of gram negative bacteriae are seen .The thick coating on the tongue is always associated with badbreath. Even a  thin biofilm can make anaerobic condition favourable for bacterial proliferation.

4) Dental caries:

This is a destructive process causing decalcification with distruction of enamel and dentine resulting in cavitisation of the tooth. These are produced mainly by the lactobacilli . Food particles are deposited inside these cavities and are putrified by the anaerobic bacteria producing bad smell. Normal brushing will not remove the food debris easily and hence they are putrified completely. Caries are common in schoolgoing children and in those who donot maintain proper oral hygiene .Calcium and vitamin deficiency can also predispose caries.

5) Gingivitis:

Gum is a mucus membrane with supporting connective tissue covering the tooth bearing borders of the jaw .The main function of gum is protection .Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gum .Due to various causes gum tissue get infected resulting in swelling,pain and discharge. If the condition become worse the infection spread towards peridontal area leading to continuous discharge called pyorrhoea. Some times the infection goes deep producing alveolar abscess with discharge of pus. Infection can even reach the bone causing osteomyelitis.All these conditions can produce offenssive smell.

6) Gum retraction:

When the gums retract from the teeth a gap is developed which will lodge food particles and cause bad breath.

7) Dental plaques and tartar deposits; Plaques and tartar is deposited mainly in the gaps  between the teeth and gum. This will provide shelter for the food debris and bacteria causing  bad breath.

8) Ulcerative lesions& coatings:

Almost all ulcerative lesions of the mouth are associated with bad breath. These lesions may be caused by bacteria,viruses,food allergies or due to autoimmune disorders. Apthous ulcer is the commonest amoung ulcerative lesions. Others are herpes,fungal infections,vincents angina,infectious mononucleosis,scarlet fever,diphtheria,drug reactions  and ect. Cancerous ulcers produce severe bad breath. All fungal infections produce white coating(candidiasis). Leucoplakia is a white thick patch on the mucus membrane of the mouth & tongue. It is considered as a precancerous condition. Offenssive breath is associated with these conditions.

9) Diseases of the salivary glands:

Saliva is very useful to supply oxygen to all parts of the oral cavity. Even a thin film of coating called biofilm can provide an anaerobic condition in the mouth. Saliva can wet these layers and make an aerobic condition which is unfavourable for the bacteria .Any condition which reduces the production of saliva can increase bacterial activity.  Some times the salivary duct is obstructed by stones or tumors.Cancer of the salivary gland is associated with offenssive odor. In suppurative parotitis purulant dischrge in to the mouth causes bad breath.

10) Tonsillitis:

Tonsils are a pair of lymphoid tissue situated  in the lateral wall of oropharynx. Inflammation of the tonsil is called tonsillitis. Bad breath is seen in both acute and chronic tonsillitis. Quinsy or peritonsillar abscess can also produce bad breath.

11) Tonsillar plaques & tonsillar fluid:

If bad breath persists even after maintaining proper oral hygeine there is possibility of this condition. Serous fluid secreated from the folds of tonsil is very offenssive. Some patients complain that they hawk some cheesy materials from the throat;which are very offenssive in nature. These are formed inside the tonsillar crypts which contain thousands of bacteriae. In such conditions tonsillectomy gives noticiable relief from bad breath.               

12) Pharyngitis& pharyngial abscess:

Pharynx is a fibromuscular tube which forms the upper part of the digestive & respiratory tract. Inflmmation of the pharynx is called pharyngitis, caused mainly by bacteria and viruses. Bad breath is present in pharyngitis along with other signs like cough and throat irritation. Abscesses in the wall of pharynx can also produce offenssive discharge of pus in to the throat.

13) Dentures:

Denture users may complain about bad smell due to lodgement of small food debris in between. Proper brushing may not be possible in denture users especially fixed dentures.

14) Tobacco:

Tobacco chewing is associated with bad breath. The smell of tobacco itself is unpleasent for others. Tobacco can irritate the mucus membrane and cause ulcers and coatings. Gingivitis and pyorrhoea are common in tobacco chewers. Tartar is deposited on the teeth mainly near the gums. Tobacco chewers get gastric acidity with eructations. All these causes offenssive smell.

15) Smoking:

Smokers always have  bad smell. It can also produce lesions in the mouth & lungs causing bad breath.Smoking increases carbon dioxide in the oral cavity & reduces oxygen level,causing a favourable condition for bacteria. Smoking reduses appetite & thirst hence acid peptic disease is common in chain smokers.

16) Lesions in the nose & ear:

Bad breath is occasionally seen in sinusitis(infection of para nasal sinuses). In case of post nasal dripping bad breath is common due to the presence of protein in the discharges. These proteins are degraded by the bacteria. Infection in the middle ear with discharge of pus in to the throat through the eustachian tube(passage from middle ear to the throat)can also cause offenssive odor. Chronic rhinitis(infection of mucus membrane of nose) and forign bodies in the nose can also produce bad smell in the expired air.

17) Diabetes mellitus:

Mostly all diabetic patients suffer from bad breath. Coated tongue,ulcers &coatings in the mouth ,increased sugar level in tissues ect are responsible for bad breath.Bacterial growth in diabetic patient is very faster than non diabetic individuals.

18) Fevers:

Bad breath is common in almost all fevers. Even an acute fever can produce bad breath. Severe bad breath is seen in typhoid .Other infectious diseases like Tuberculosis , AIDS ect produce bad smell.
 
19) Fasting & dehydration:

Dry mouth favours bacterial activity. So any condition which produce dryness in the mouth makes the breath offenssive. Eventhough the food particles are known to produce bad breath, fasting can also produce the same. Production of saliva is also reduced during fasting. Chewing and swallowing also helps to keep the mouth clean.

20) Bedridden patients:

Bedridden patients suffer from offenssive breath due to thick coating on the tongue. water intake is also limited in these patients. Regurgitation of food aggravates the condition. Since they talk less aeration in the oral cavity is reduced which favours anaerobic bacteria to become active.

21) Diseases of stomach & esophagus:

Eructation of gas and food produce unpleasent smell. Abnormality in the function of lower sphincter can allow the food to regurgitate upwards causing bad breath. Bad breath is also common in gastritis,gastric ulcer and cancer of stomach.

22) Intestinal diseases:

Bad breath is common in patients suffering from ulcerative lesions of intestine like ulcerative collitis..Other diseases are malabsorption syndrome intestinal tuberculosis, peritonitis ect.

23) Diseases of lungs:

Lung diseases like pneumonia, lung abscess,chronic bronchitis,bronchiectasis,tuberculosis, lung cancer ect can produce bad odor during expiration.

24) Liver disorders:

Liver diseases like hepatitis, cirrhosis,can  cause bad breath.Gall bladder diseases with vomiting also causes unpleasent odor.   

25) Psychiatric  patients:

Bad breath is common in psychotic patients due to poor hygiene,irregular food habits,less water intake and ect.


26) Somatisation disorder:

This is a psychiatric disorder charecterised by the presence of a physical symptom that suggest a medical illness .These patients come with physical complaints like pain,nausea difficult respiration, bad smell ect. This condition is diagnosed after detailed examination of the patient with all investigations.Since this is a psychiatric disorder it has to be managed with a psychological approach.

[ THE POINTS MENTIONED IN THIS ARTICLE IS FOR GENERAL INFORMATION. ANY PERSON HAVING BAD BREATH SHOULD CONSULT  A QUALIFIED DOCTOR ]


CURE OF BAD BREATH

Bad breath is a common health problem in the society.Offenssive smell from the mouth may be due to various reasons.The main reason is the presence of anaerobic bacteria in the biofilm formed on the tongue .These bacteria degrades the proteins present in the food resulting in the production of some offenssive gases like hydrogen sulphide,skatol ect.

Bad odor from the mouth in the early morning is seen in almost all individuals.This can be controlled by maintaining oral hygiene.Even after cleaning the mouth some individuals may suffer from bad breath due to some problem in the mouth or in the nearby areas.Some general disease condition can also produce bad breath.Exact cause has to be identified and should be treated accordingly.Some common measures to cure or reduce bad breath are discussed here.

1) Oral hygiene:

Mouth should be kept clean every time to reduce the bacterial action.After food gargling with lukewarm water is very essential.Even after small food articles like snacks,sweets,buscuits cleaning with water is needed.Brushing should be done twice daily.It is said that early morning brushing is for beauty and bed time brushing is for good health.

2) Brushing techniques:

Normal brushing technique should be followed for better result.Many people brush vigorously causing damage to the gums.Brushing after every food and drink can damage the enamel .Bristles of the tooth brush should be smooth but hard enough to remove the food particles from the gaps.The direction of brushing is the most important thing.The upper teeth should be brushed in a downward direction and the lower in upward direction.This is applicable to both inner and outer surfaces.Next comes the crown of the teeth;here brushing is done in anterior and posterior direction keeping the brush in same direction.This applicable to both upper and lower set of teeth.

3) Tongue cleaning:

White or yellowish coating on the tongue can cause bad breath.This is more well marked in the morning and should be removed twice daily with the healp of a tongue cleaner.  Tongue cleaner must be used gently without damaging the taste buds on the tongue.

4) Tooth pick:

Tooth pick is a small strip of wood or plastic with a pointed end.This is used to remove food particles lodged between the gaps.Very useful after eating meat and fish.Should be used gently to avoid damage to gums.

5) Gargling:

After every meal gargling with lukewarm water is useful.For better result little common salt is dissolved in the lukewarm water .Different types of mouth wash is available in the market in different trade names.Gargling with mouth wash can also reduce bad breath.

6) Food habits:

Protein containing food articles are known to produce bad breath.  Example; meat, milk, fish, egg etc.  If these food articles are taken proper cleaning is essential.Some food articles are known to produce particular smell which may be unpleasent for others.  Raw onion is the best example.It is said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away and a raw onion a day keep every body away.Small food articles taken in between can also cause bad smell(nuts,fried items etc).Maintaining regularity in food timing is the most important thing.

7) Water intake:

Dryness in the mouth can make a favourable condition for the bacterial activity resulting in bad odor.saliva is needed to keep the mouth moist and to reduce the bacterial proliferation.Production of saliva is closely related with water balance of the body and hence sufficient quantity of water should be taken to maintain the production of saliva.

8) Mouth freshners:

Natural and artificial mouth freshners can reduce the intensity of bad breath to some extent.Spicy articles are commonly used for this purpose.Chewing spices like clove,cumin seed,cardomom,cinnamon,ginger ect are useful. All citrus fruits can reduce bad odor.Mouth freshners and chewing gums are available in the market.these products are also helpful ,but some may cause damage hence should be used with caution.

If the above things doesn't work then what to do ?

Consider the following:-
     
1) Remove the cause:

Bad breath is common in some general and systemic diseases like  diabetes,fevers,gastric disorders,liver diseases and ect.By removing or reducing the primary  cause the bad breath will go automatically.

2) Modern medicine:

If bad breath is due to any infection suitable antibiotics,anti fungal or anti  viral medicines will help.If it is due to any autoimmune or chronic inflamatory conditions steroids   may also be used.Saliva producing tablets can also be used.
                           
3) Dental cleaning:

Dental cleaning done by a dentist can remove the dental plaques and tartar. This can reduce the severity of bad breath.Visit your dentist atleast once in a year.

4) Filling of caries:

Since caries are one of the main cause for bad breath it should be filled by a dentist.Earlier silver amalgam was used ,nowadays it is replaced by synthetic materials.If the pulp cavity is affected by the caries root canal treatment can be done.

5) Tooth extraction:

If caries are deep with destruction of teeth with bad smell extraction is the better choice and a dental implant can be kept in the gap.

6) Tonsillectomy:

Patients with recurrent tonsillitis can have bad breath due to offenssive discharges and release of pasty materials from the crypts of tonsils.Such patients get great relief after tonsillectomy(removal of tonsils).

7) Psychological counselling:

Those who suffer from bad breath may be very much depressed and they be away from the public .This isolation hampers their daytoday activities.Such people should understand the fact that all humanbeings are having bad breath, but with slight differences in intensities.Mostly all people control it by taking personal care.Every human body has got it's own smell,that may or may not be tolerable for others.They should be adviced to do all hygienic meashures to reduce the intensity of smell.Improving the quality of life by all possible means can also help.Moral support from friends and family members are needed for such people.

Some individuals visit the doctor for bad breath without any real problem.It is included under somatisation disorder.They usually complain about pain, breathlessness,abdominal discomfort,bad smell ect.proper diagnosis is needed to rule out any real causes.These patients should be managed with a psychological approach.

8) Homoeopathy:

In Homoeopathy medicines are selected on the basis of physical ,mental,emotional,and social aspects of the diseased person.Considering the whole aspects a constitutional homoeopathic medicine is selected and given in suitable potency and dose.By this all health related problems including bad breath will be solved.On the basis of coating on the tongue,type of smell,cause for bad breath,and other associated complaints a medicine can be given to get relief from bad breath.In the homoeopathic medical repertory by Dr Robin Murphy there are 140 homoeopathic drugs mentioned for bad breath.On the basis of signs and symptoms of the individual a suitable medicine is given.Commonly used drugs are arnica, antim crud, pulsatilla, sulphur, psorinum, nux vomica, ars alb, merc sol, kreosot, hekla lava, silicea, asafoitida, graphites, kali bich, acid nitric etc.

Homoeopathic mother tinctures like cinnamon Q,kreosot Q,zingiber Q,rhus glabra Q,menthol Q  and ect can be used  for gargling after diluting in water.

[POINTS MENTIONED IN THIS ARTICLE IS FOR GENERAL AWARENESS.  ANY BODY SUFFERING FROM BAD BREATH SHOULD CONSULT A DOCTOR.]


               






                                 
Homoeopathy  for bad breath

Offenssive smell from the mouth is a common complaint in the day to day medical practice.It mainly affects those who mingle with others very closely. Bad breath is noticed mainly by the friends & family members or some times person himself feel it and come to the doctor.Many badbreathers develop depression which forces them to be away from the society which in turn hampers their activities.
                               
The protein in the food debris are degraded by the anaerobic bacteria present in the mouth.Offenssive odor is produced due to release of  some gases like hydrogen sulphide,skatol ect due to bacterial activity.Formation of a thin sticky membrane on the tongue favoures bacterial growth.Bactrera are also seen in the crypts of tonsils ,dental caries,dental pockets ect.Bad breath is associated with oral hygiene,caries,gingivitis,tonsillitis,tonsillar plaques,food habits,water intake ,tobacco chewing,stomach and liver diseases and ect.

Homoeopathy is a system of medicine introduced by a german physician Dr Samuel Hahnemann.Homoeopathy treats the diseased individual as a whole rather than treating diseased parts or organs.The physical,mental,emotional,social spheres of a person is considered for a permanent cure.This system believes that the diseases are caused due to the derangement of vital force which is an invisible power in every individual.In a healthy state the vital force maintains the equilibrium of mind body and soul .During this man will have normal sensations and functions.When the vital force gets affected there will be external manifestations in the form of signs and symptoms.The imbalance in the body functions makes a shelter for forign organisms(bacteria,viruses,fungi,protozoa ect) and allow them to proliferate &produce so called diseases.Homoeopathy believes thet the real desease comes before the bacteria & viruses,hence the root cause of the disease has to be treated for a permenent cure.The antibacterial and antiviral agents only remove the secondary causes mentioned above.

Diseases are produced by noxious morbific agents called Miasms which are dynamic influences which affect the vital force.There are mainly three miasms PSORA ,SYPHILIS&SYCOSIS. These three causes are accepted by other schools of medicine but called by different names. Psora causes functional disturbances, syphilis cause structural changes in the form of destructions and sycosis causes changes in the form of overgrowth.These three miasms can act individually or in combined form producing different disease conditions.

To treat bad breath with homoeopathic medicine is easy if correct remedy in suitable dose is given. In the homoeopathic medical repertory by Dr Robin Murphy there are 140 homoeopathic drugs mentioned for bad breath.So just giving one drug for bad breath may not give good result.To come to a correct remedial diagnosis we should have the symptomatology of the person .It is the total symptoms of a person which includes mental generals,physical generals,particular symptoms ect.Bad breath is considered as a physical general symptom .Eventhough it comes only from a part of the body it affects the whole individual.

Symptoms related with appetite,thirst,bowels ect are included in physical generals.
All signs and symptoms (mental&physical)of the person is taken in detail.Knowledge about past illneses,family history of diseases,food & bowel habits,relation to climatic changes and constitution ect are noted down in a systematic order.

Mental symptoms:

example: fear,anxiety,depression,anger,jealousy and ect....

Physical symptoms:

example: Body makeup,appetite,thirst,desires,aversions,bowels,urination,sleep,taste, nature of smell,discharges any abnormal sensations like pain, burning ,climatic changes,thermal relations, and ect....

Peculiar uncommon symptoms:

This is the speciality of homoeopathic system of medicine.For the selection of a suitable remedy these symptoms are very important.common symptoms which are seen almost in all patients are least important.

particular/local signs&symptoms:

This include signs &symptoms related to body parts &organs.

example: Coating on the tongue,nature of mucus membrane of  oral cavity, tonsils, gums, teeth, ulcers, discolourations ect are considered here.

Systemic & general physical examination:-

Bad breath can be due to various systemic and disorders.Hence all systems ( respiratory system ,digestive system,nervous system, cardio vascular system and ect )and parts from head to foot should be examined.

provisional disease diagnosis;  Here probable diseases are diagnosed. In homoeopathy disease diagnosis is not that much important for the selection of a  remedy,but needed for general management and to know the prognosis.

Investigations:

This includes lab investigations and other methods to find  out any other major illnesses.
                                                                                                                         
Final disease diagnosis:

After doing all investigations the disease is diagnosed.

Remedial diagnosis:

This is the most importnant part as far as homoeopathy is concerned. For this the selected symptoms are arranged in a systematic order on the basis of importance.                             
symptoms are analysed to find out the importance of each symptom for the selection of a remedy.Remedies are selected on the basis of similarity.[the basic principle of homoeopathy is 'similia similibus curenter' means like cures like.A medicine which can produce some symptoms in a healthy man can be used as a remedy to trea the similar symptoms in a diseased person.Each homoeopathic drug is proved on healthy human beings and the symptoms collected by this process(drug proving) is written in meteria medica.]

Suitable remedies are diagnosed by a process called repertorisation. Here books called repertories are used. Repertory is the index of symptoms of materia medica(books which  contain the symptoms of drugs).Nowadays computer softwares are used for repertorisalion.By this process we will get the remedies covering  maximum important symptom of the patient.

Amoung this group of remedies  the most suitable remedy is selected by referring various books and history of the patient..The selected medicine is given in suitable potency & dose.

ANTI MIASMATIC TREATMENT:

The root cause of disease is miasms which should be eradicated using suitable anti miasmatic drugs.Every drug can eradicate the miasm if there is symptom similarity.there are anti psoric drugs,anti syphilitic drugs and anti sycotic drugs.After diagnosing the miasm suitable anti miasmatic drug has to be given to complete the cure.

[In homoeopathy medicines are prepared from different sources like minerals, plants, animals, toxins, diseased parts ect. Medicines are prepared from these substances by a special process called potentisation.Here the soluble  substances are potentised by diluting with spirit and insoluble substances by grinding with sugar of milk.The crude drug substance is first mixed with a calculated quantity of spirit and water and kept for few days .From this mixture extract is taken and is called mother tincture(denoted as Q).From this mother tincture dilutions are prepared by potentisation.Potentisation is a mathematical process by which the quantity of original drug substance reduces but medicinal power increases. Depending upon the ratio of quantity of drug substance and vehicle(spirit or sugar of milk)there are different scales for this process.Each scale has got different potencies which indicate power of medicine.Example in decimal scale 3x,6x.12x ect.in centisimal scale there is 30c,200c ect,in LM poteny there are 0/1,0/2,0/3 ect.potency is written after the name of every medicine]

Same medicine is available in different potencies. Suitable potency is selected according to so many facters like sevearity,depth of disease,condition of the patient ,nature of disease ,type of symptoms,age of patient and ect.

Some useful homoeo drugs for bad breath.

Arnica montana, Antim crude, Ars alb, Asafoetida, Aurum met, Baptisia,    Bryonia,Borax,Calc carb, Carbo veg, Cinchona, Chelidonium, Graphites,  Kali bich ,Kreosotum, Lachesis, Lycopodium, Merc sol, Natrum mur,  Nitricum acidum, Nux vomica, Plantago, Pulsatilla, Phos, Pyrogen, Sulphur etc.

1) Arnica montana:

This medicine is useful for fetid breath.Mouth is very dry with thirst for water.Bad breath associated with fever.There is bleeding from the gum,may be after tooth extraction or after injury.Offenssive gas pass upwards and downwards from stomach.Petient is very sensitive to touch with sore and bruised feeling allover the body.

2) Antim crude:

Useful for bad breath with gastric complaints and coated tongue.This medicine act mainly on filthy persons with aversion to bathing.Tongue is coated white like fur.Nostrils and lips are cracked .Eructations are putrid.Very useful for badbreath in children


3) Ars alb:

All discharges are having cadeveric smell.Saliva is bloody with bad odor.Thirst for  warm water is well marked. This medicine act well in debilitated and emaciated persons.Bad  breath associated with gastric disorders.Vomiting from slightest food or drink and intolerance of  vegetables and watery fruits.Mentally these patients are fastidious with an insecurity  feeling.They are having fear of death or serious disease with restlessness and anxiety.

4) Asafoetida:

Useful for bad breath associated with eructations.Great distension of abdomen with sensation of a ball rising in throat.All discharges are offenssive.Reverse peristalsis with loud eructations.This medicine act well on hysterical persons.

5) Aurum met:

Useful for bad breath in girls at puberty. There is ulceration in gums with putrid or bitter taste. Destruction in body tissues like bone is noticed in these patients.This medicine act well on persons who are tired of life with suicidal thoughts.They also have a feeling that they have done an unpardonable crime.


6) Baptisia:

Breath fetid with bitter taste.Gums sore and ulcerated.Yellowish brown coating on centre of tongue with glistening edges.Surface of the tongue is cracked.These patients feel difficult to swallow solid food.Tonsils are enlarged without pain.Useful for painless tonsillitis &   pharyngitis with putrid smell.All discharges are offenssive.This medicine act well on persons having besoted look.There is a tendency for stupor and delirium in these persons.
                                       
7) Borax:

Useful for bad  breath associated with apthous ulcer in the mouth.Also effective for fungal infection of the mouth.Mouth is very hot and tender.Ulcers bleed on touch.Very useful for  bad breath in children with ulcers in the mouth.Child is having fear of doward motion.

8) Bryonia:

Irritable persons who always talk about business.Lips parched dry and   cracked.Tongue coated dark brown with bitter taste in the mouth.Thirst for large quantity of  cold  water is well marked.Heaviness in abdomen after eating.Usually constipated with hard  dry  stools.


9) Calcarea fluor:

Plugs of mucus are continually forming in the crypts of the tonsils.Unnatural looseness of the teeth with or without pain.Prone to get caries with discolouration.Tonsils are    enlarged with recurrent infection.


10) Carbo veg:

These patients are weak and debilitated .All body discharges are profuse with   cadeveric smell.Gums are retracted and bleed easily.Frequent putrid eructations with distention   of  abdomen.Complaints ameliorted by passing flatus.Can't tolerate meat and fat.Involuntary    diarrhoea at night.Wants to be fanned from a close distance.


11) Chelidonium:

Tongue yellow with imprint of teeth.Bad odor with bitter taste in the  mouth.Useful for bad breath with liver complaints.Thirst for hot liquids.Patient feels better by eating.  Constipation with hard round stools.Constipation alternating with diarrhoea.

12) Graphites:

This medicine act well on obese patients with skin troubles.Breath smells like urine.Rotten odor with salivation and blisters in the mouth.Sour eructations with gastric complaints.Skin complaints with sticky discharges.Gastric pain ameliorated by eating .

13) kali bich:

Bad breath with gastric ulcer.There are round ulcers in the mouth.Saliva viscid.  Vomiting with bitter taste.Tongue is smooth .Craves bear.Gastric complaints alternating with rheumatism.

14) kreosotum:

Teeth dark and crumbly.Bitter taste in the mouth with putrid odour.Very rapid decay of teeth.All discharges are very offenssive.Gums spongy and bleed easily.Bad breath associated with caries and gastric complaints.

15) Lachesis:

This medicine act on dark restless patients with jelousy.Tongue is black  coloured.   Complaints are aggravated during sleep.Wants fanning from a long distance.Cannot tolerate tight cloathing around body.Complaints aggravated in hot climate.

16) Lycopodium:

Act well on intelligent people who are physically weak.They have lack of self confidence.Useful for badbreath associated with sour eructations with burning in throat.  Teeth excessively painful to touch.There are blisters on the tongue.Wants warm food and drinks.These   people are usually constipated .Craving for sweets well marked.

17) Merc sol:

Sweetish metallic taste in the mouth with bloody viscid saliva. Gum is spongy and  bleed easily.Mouth is moist with increased thirst.Teeth indented. Crown of the teeth decay.Fetid odor from the mouth can be felt all over the room.Ulcerations in the mouth with bleeding.All body discharges are offenssive.All complaints are aggravated at night.

18) Nux vomica:

This medicine act well on people who lead a sedentery life.They are very short tempered and become angry very easily.They are very busy in their occupation and enjoy modern civilised life with all types of food and drink.Bad breath is more after meals and in the morning. Posterior part of the tongue is coated and anterior part is clean.Sour taste in the mouth with nausea in the morning.They have got frequent urge for stool.Heavy feeling in abdomen after food is noticed.

19) Plantago:

Dental caries with severe toothache.Pain better by eating.Salivation is better by eating.  Toothache with swelling of gums.Gargling plantago Q is useful to get relief from   toothache due to caries.

20) Pulsatilla:

Act well on mild and gentle ladies with a yielding disposition.Patient is very timid with a weeping tendency.Bad breath is noticed mainly in the morning.Mouth is very dry but dosn't want to drink water.  Yellow or white tongue covered with a  tenacious mucus.Taste is altered.Taste of food remains in the mouth for a long  time.Patient wash the mouth frequently.

21) Psorinum:

Act well on unclean patients with bad odor.  Hawking up of cheesy, pea like balls of   disgusting smell and taste is the main cause for bad breath in these patients.Tonsils are swollen with profuse offenssive saliva.Quinsy with tough mucus in throat.All body secretions are filthy.Eructations taste like bad eggs.Very hungry and getup even at midnight for food.Swallowing is painful with pain in ears.

22) Pyrogen:

Bad breath of septic origin is cured with this medicine.Taste terribly fetid with horrible breath,tongue red ,dry ,smooth asif varnished.Bad breath associated with high fever and   coffeground vomiting. In general patients body is very sensitive to touch,can't rest on bed because of bruinsed pain.All discharges are offenssive.   

23) Sulphur:

This medicine act best on dirty & filthy people with offenssive odor and a tendecy for skin diseases.Lips dry bright red with burning sensation..Tongue white with red tip & borders.Bitter taste in the morning. Eructations are putrid.Burning in all parts of the body. Aversion to bathing  is well marked.Not bothered about hygiene ,still they believe that they are having superhuman powers.  These individuals are very selfish.

Some homoeo mother tinctures (Q) useful for bad breath.

[mother tincture should not be taken directly because it can produce burning sensation,hence 10 drops should be mixed in half glass of water and taken internally or used for gargling]


1) Cinnamon  Q : This mother tincture can be used for gragling after diluting with  water.Also useful for bleeding from gums.

2) Eucalyptus  Q : This tincture can be used as a mouth wash after mixing with water.Internal use of this medicine can remove mucus from the respiratory tract.Also useful for cold and coryza.
 
3) Zingiber  Q : Useful for bad breath associated with gastric complaints.  This medicine can improve digestion.Also used for gargling.

4) Rhus glabra Q : Gargling of this tincture is very useful for ulcerative lesions in the mouth like aphthous ulcer.Internal use of this tincture can reduce the bad smell of stool & flatus.

5) Oleum caryophyllum Q : Gargling of this tincture can reduce toothache.Due to it's fregrant quality very useful to reduce bad breath.

6) Balsamum peru Q : This medicine can remove the mucus from respiratory tract hence very useful in chronic bronchitis and lung abscess.Can heal the ulcers in the mouth by gargling  this tincture,it can also produce pleasent smell from the mouth.

7) Menthol Q  : This is a main ingradient in tonics and syrups.Gargling of this tincture reduces  bad breath.
 
               

Title:
Bad Breath and Cavities

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Bad breath comes with bacteria and bacteria brings infection, to eliminate this problem, it is important that you brush your teeth and tongue after every meal. Not doing this can cause sensitive points to appear on the teeth surface resulting in cavities.


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Bad breath comes with bacteria and bacteria brings infection, to eliminate this problem, it is important that you brush your teeth and tongue after every meal. Not doing this can cause sensitive points to appear on the teeth surface resulting in cavities.

Cavities lead to serious problems, but how do they actually form? The teeth exterior is covered with firm enamel made of mineralized fascicles. This surface is coated by an acid substance that infiltrates between the fascicles while eating. Bacteria are now settled in your mouth and unfortunately so too is the bad breath.

Fluoride toothpastes, mouthwash or drinkable water that contain flour are a great source for solving dental problems. You should test the water you usually consume and find out its flour concentration. If the amount of flour found is not adequate, doctors can prescribe a medical treatment, which mimics the same effects, otherwise, the problem of tooth decay and cavities may become serious. Mouthwash, special medicine drops or even tablets can end the teeth damage process.

If you think you are developing cavities, see your dentist as soon as possible. Superficial cavities will eventually deepen, reaching into the root of the tooth and causing the pulp to become infected. A dental abscess may then appear causing you to suffer great pain and bad breath due to the tooth being surrounded by a smelly pus bag.

Pus appears because the body starts producing antibodies to fight the infection. Bacteria will spread infection in the tissue surrounding the tooth and consequently spread an annoying bad smell in your mouth.

Your breath will become unbearable because the gums affected can deviate from the tooth and the space between them can collect particles of the food that you eat which can later form bacteria. A dental abscess can also seriously affect the bone tissue surrounding the teeth.

Some of the symptoms to look out for are throbbing toothaches, especially during eating, red or swollen gums, fever or a bad taste in your mouth. You may also notice a tooth color change to grey or pink.

A bulge on the gum near the tooth can form and a considerable amount of yellow pus or blood may ooze from the red, bulging zone.

As the infection spreads the ache may decrease and this is the effect of bone tissue dissolution. When losing this tissue the tooth is poorly fixed and may be dislodged. A medical exam is mandatory in this situation.

A dentist may inspect the oral cavity to identify the swollen gums or other infection signs that suggest a dental abscess. A dental radiography may also be necessary. The dentist will make an informed decision on what antibiotics should be used to eliminate the infection. They may also need to make an incision on the upper or backside of the tooth to drain the infection. If necessary, they can also make an incision on the bulging zone to drain the infection.

I think we will all agree after reading the above that regular dental checkups are necessary to save us from the embarrassment of bad breath and the excruciating pain of an infected tooth.


title:Bad Breath and Halitosis Remedies
author:John Sneed
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Introduction.
Ok, bad breath, it’s something that we don’t want. You might  know that you have it. Possibly you suspect that you have  it. Or maybe you don’t have a clue if you have bad breath.  If you’re like me you don’t really want to ask a friend or  colleague. Can you imagine, “Hello George, here’s that  report you need, oh by the way, can you tell me if I have  bad breath?” 
What we’ve got to do is identify if we are doing any of the  things that could lead to bad breath and also implement  treatment techniques. We don’t actually need to know that we  have bad breath before we start on a course of action to  eliminate it. 
There is a little self test that you can do, but I wouldn’t  rely on it 100%. Just lick the back of your hand, (not  whilst you’re in public!) wait 5 seconds, then smell the  area that you licked. That may provide you with an  indication if you have bad breath. 
Generally, bad breath, also known as halitosis is caused by  bacteria somewhere in your mouth. It only takes a small  amount of food or plaque on your teeth for these little  bacteria to have a banquet. The intention of this article is  to help you get rid of bad breath. 
Causes of bad breath.
Here’s a list of things that might be causing bad breath.  Work though the list and see if there are several things  that you might be doing that obviously contribute to bad  breath. It’s unlikely that you can eliminate all of these  items, but if you are regularly having a cheese and garlic  sandwich at lunch time with some alcohol you might like to  consider stopping it! 
The following foods and drinks can contribute to halitosis.

Soda.
Dairy products.
Cheese.
High protein foods.
Garlic.
Meat products.
Onions.
Orange juice.
Spicy foods.

If you have any of the following health conditions then you might also have bad breath.
Sinusitis
Gingivitis
Diabetes

If you smoke then you will most likely have bad breath as  well. 
Unclean dentures and braces would also make those bacteria  produce more smells than your friends could possibly cope  with. 
What can we do to treat and prevent bad breath?
I know that it’s obvious, but learn how to brush you teeth  properly. Go to your dentist and get one of those leaflets  that have got diagrams. I also keep a toothbrush and  toothpaste at my office so that I can freshen up after lunch  time or just before I go into a meeting. 
The bacteria are so tiny, they actually get in between your  teeth so learn how to floss. 
Brushing tongue and cheeks, a bit uncomfortable at first,  but it’s time to boot out those smelly bacteria that have  been having a party on your tongue and laughing at you each  time you brush your teeth. 
Brush your gums
Use a mouthwash. But check the ingredients, you want one  without alcohol. (Alcohol dries out the mouth and this gives  the bacteria a chance to multiply) 
Disclaimer
I am not a dentist and not qualified to give you advice. Thus the above article is for informational purposes only. Please visit your dentist if you require any specific treatment.
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Title:
Bad Breath Cause

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Find out exactly where your bad breath comes from, its probably not where you thought.


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Although you may want to consult your physician if you have a particular problem with bad breath, the following general advice will give you insight into the likeliest cause of a bad breath problem.

The principal bad breath cause is associated with bacteria in the mouth.  This can flourish when the saliva flow in the mouth is reduced.  Lack of saliva means that old food is not washed away, and saliva also helps in neutralizing acids.  Saliva also performs the very necessary task of flushing out the mouth, and removing food particles, so any reduction in saliva flow inhibits this action.

Saliva can be reduced for a number of reasons.  There are natural causes of this reduction, and other causes related to disease or choices.  The flow of saliva reduces naturally as we get older, making us more prone to bad breath.  Also when we are dehydrated, the moisture in the mouth reduces naturally.  Often when asleep, people will have their mouths open, maybe even snoring, and this will dry out the mouth.  This contributes to the “morning breath” syndrome.

Certain diseases and illnesses can similarly contribute to bad breath.  Any infection that affects the respiratory tract can be a cause of bad breath, as well as many other diseases.

Dry mouth can also be caused by medications for various problems.  The most common is probably the antihistamine, taken to relieve allergies.  Some others include high blood pressure and depression medicines.  Other things that can be ingested that affect the dryness of the mouth include alcohol and mouthwashes that contain alcohol.

One of the many problems associated with cigarette smoking is dry mouth.  For many reasons unrelated to bad breath, it is wise to avoid smoking, as has been documented extensively elsewhere.  With a predisposition to bad breath, however, the habit of smoking virtually guarantees that you will suffer from bad breath.

It is no good to think that the bacteria causing bad breath may be generally eliminated, as they are naturally occurring and required for bodily function.  They are anaerobic, which means “without oxygen”.  As saliva provides oxygen the lack of saliva with a dry mouth makes a more favorable environment for the bacteria to increase, aggravating the bad breath.

The bacteria create sulfurous compounds, such as hydrogen sulfide (the bad egg smell) which are the cause of the smelly breath.  The bacteria assist in the digestive process by starting the breakdown of proteins.  Thus another cause of bad breath would be a high protein diet, which feeds the bacteria.


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Bad Breath Cures

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There are many common and easy to find cures for bad breath. We reveal some of the most common bad breath cures.


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So you know that you have bad breath, and want to find a way to relieve it simply and quickly?  The following bad breath cures work in the majority of cases, though if you have a really bad case or these cures make no difference, you should consult your physician.

Bad breath is associated with a dry mouth, so taking steps to not have such a dry mouth can reduce the smell. 
- Make sure that you drink sufficient quantities of water so that you're not generally dehydrated.
 - Dieting or missing can reduce saliva and dry the mouth, so be sure to eat at regular intervals.
 - Chew on special sugar-free gum, to cause salivation.
 - Don't drink excessive alcohol as that dries the mouth.
 - Smoking dries the mouth, and is also bad for a number of other well known reasons. 

Bad breath also has a component that comes from lack of hygiene.
 - Teeth should be brushed after every meal  Be sure to be thorough and remove all the food particles.
 - While you're brushing your teeth, brush also the roof of your mouth and your tongue, using regular toothpaste, as this will help to clean adverse compounds.
 - You should also floss between the teeth at least once a day, to dislodge any entrapped particles.

What you eat can cause troubles for various reasons.
 - Eat a low-fat diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
 - Avoid too much meat and protein, as the protein is fuel for the bacteria which cause bad breath.
 - Avoid particular smelly foods, such as garlic and onions.  When these get to the stomach, the smell transfers to the bloodstream, and the air you breath out picks up the smell from the lungs.

Visit your dentist to discuss the matter.  Bad breath may be caused by dental problems, including gum disease (periodontal disease), and your dentist will be able to advise, and may save you more pain and expense in the long run.  You should visit your dentist regularly, at least once every six months, for a regular checkup and cleaning.  This will dig out the stubborn food particles that your brushing and flossing have missed.

You can use a mouthwash for temporary relief of the bad breath smell.  Be aware, however, that many mouthwashes have alcohol content, which is detrimental.  If you seek temporary relief by sucking a breath mint, like Altoids, you should also note that the high sugar content is a disadvantage.


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Bad Breath In Children

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Although we adults are quite aware of bad breath, it can be a problem for children too. Bad breath in children can be dealt with, using a few easy steps.


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There are specific reasons that there may be problem of bad breath in children.  There are several factors which may influence the production of bad breath, and some of these are particularly likely to be found in children.

Depending on their age, children can have a habit of putting things up their noses, which may become lodged and lead to bad breath.  It's not unusual for children to poke small objects into their mouths and noses.  If there is a suspicion of this, it is probably best to allow a doctor to probe and remove the foreign object.  There may be an indicator of this activity if there is a discharge from the nose.  It's also been reported that small swallowed objects can become lodged in the passages and cause bad breath.

The habit of oral hygiene needs to be instilled in children while they are growing up.  It's fairly well established that children are not necessarily fastidious in keeping their teeth and mouths clean, and the presence of old food may provide a good breeding ground for the bacteria that cause decomposition and smelly breath.  Children should always be encouraged and taught to maintain the highest standards of oral hygiene, as this is a habit that they will carry with them through their lives.

When considering a case of chronic bad breath in children, the usual factors that create the problem in adults should not be ignored.  These would include dry mouth, which creates an environment conducive to the bacteria flourishing.  While it should be expected that children would not be so prone to bad breath from chewing tobacco, or from drinking alcohol, they are more prone to diseases that affect the saliva glands, and to getting respiratory or throat and mouth infections.  These in themselves may cause direct odor, and they will also aggravate the problem by causing mouth breathing and drying out.

Post nasal drip is a particular problem found in young children which can cause bad breath.  The bacteria causing the smelly breath tend to be at home on the back of the tongue, and this is exactly where the nasal drip concentrates.  The nasal drip itself is a chemical compound that is reported from research to act as a fuel to the bacteria.  It contains protein made up of amino acids that are broken down to hydrogen sulfide and other smells.

If it appears that your child has a persistent bad breath problem, it would be wise to consult your physician for assistance in diagnosing and curing the issue.


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Bad Breath Remedies to use at Home

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Summary:
Having bad breath will create many problems for anybody in life. If you have bad breath, there are various things in life that you will probably not enjoy, like close contact with a loved one and even the taste of your food.


Keywords:
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Bad Breath Remedies to use at Home

Having bad breath will create many problems for anybody in life. If you have bad breath, there are various things in life that you will probably not enjoy, like close contact with a loved one and even the taste of your food. Bad breath remedies are obtainable for those who would like to cure their chronic bad breath, and if you are one of those people who either cannot afford to see a physician or reject to visit a doctor about some bad breath, here are some bad breath remedies that you may want to use at home to assist you cure your bad breath.


Brushing and Flossing Apparently, the major of the bad breath remedies is to take good care of your teeth. If you are not able to take good care of your teeth, subsequently you most likely will not really wish to heal your bad breath since that is the number one reason of bad breath anyplace. When you fancy trying out some bad breath remedies please ensure that you begin with the apparent thing and taking good care of your teeth.
                           

Avocado

Avocado is probably not known much of the bad breath remedies. Having avocado will facilitate most people to relieve the chronic bad breath that ails them and everyone around them, but not eating too much avocado. It is not hard to get rid of bad breath with avocado and it is easily found in the produce aisle of any grocery store in your local community.

Cut Protein Intake

Proteins are one of the problems if chronic bad breath is in question. Consume less steak and chicken and fresher fruits and vegetables and you will certainly notice an increase in the number of people that are coming close to you. This is one of the most accepted bad breath home remedies out there, and if you eat suitably then you will make sure that you reduce your bad breath.


Drink Enough Water

When you drink enough water, you will simply cure your bad breath if it is not some more complex health problem. Having a dry mouth will escort to bad breath and of the more common bad breath remedies water is one of the biggest ones.  You should drink water out of a glass or eat fruits and vegetables, as they are packed with the water and that is a good one of the many bad breath remedies.


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Bad Breath Remedy

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Get rid of the steak and go for  a salad. It is a bad breath remedy, and one that works. Just try it and see. Bad breath is easier to cure than you think.


Keywords:
bad breath,halitosis,norvasc bad breath,cure bad breath with zantac,bad breath in dogs,causes of bad breath,british columbia bad breath


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Discovering the Right Bad Breath Remedy

There are not many embarrassing moments in life than having bad breath. People are the entire time alert for the one bad breath remedy that can cure them and sort things instantly out for them, however bad breath remedies are not simple to discover. 

If you are on guard for the bad breath remedy that will work out for you, the best location to begin is absolutely the medical physician. Your physician will give you more information on what sort of bad breath remedy is good for you, and provide much more solid advice than anyone else out there as they recognize the details of your body better than anybody else. As backup, here is a bad breath remedy or two for your own private use. Whether or not they work for you is up to you, however it is essential to check that you are doing everything you can to locate the right bad breath remedy for yourself, to ensure that you are able to have close encounters with people in a relaxed way.

Have More Water!

The favorite cause of bad breath, apart from ignoring properly to brush and floss teeth is a dry mouth. When you do not drink enough water, it is possible that your bad breath is due to the lack of moisture in your mouth, so make sure to check that out. It is essential to drink enough water for many reasons but bad breath is just one of them.

If drinking more water is not something you can achieve, you will need to try eating more fruit. Fruit is a good source of water and an excellent way to acquire extra water in the body. This is also a fine way of changing your diet to cure your bad breath as well, which leads to another bad breath remedy.


Alter the Way You Eat

If you consume a lot of animal protein and not much fresh fruits and vegetables, that is to blame for your bad breath. Having more fresh food and less protein is a good bad breath remedy that actually works for many, particularly those who already brush and floss on a standard basis and do not appear to have a problem drinking enough water or getting sufficient moisture into the body.


Get rid of the steak and go for  a salad. It is a bad breath remedy, and one that works. Just try it and see. Bad breath is easier to cure than you think.


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Bad Breath Treatment

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How many embarrassing situations have you experienced in your life because of having bad breathe?
When one have bad breath, there are a lot of things in life that he/she are unable to enjoy, like close contact with a loved one and even the taste of their food. Many of us know that Bad Breath is a common condition that affects one in four people but the good news is that there is a cure and bad breath can be treated effectively.

There are many causes of bad breath including oral bacteria, foods, smoking, dentures, and dry mouth.  Each of these different causes of bad breath will be related to either chronic or short-term bad breath and can be treated by any of the following remedies:


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Article Body:
How many embarrassing situations have you experienced in your life because of having bad breathe?
When one have bad breath, there are a lot of things in life that he/she are unable to enjoy, like close contact with a loved one and even the taste of their food. Many of us know that Bad Breath is a common condition that affects one in four people but the good news is that there is a cure and bad breath can be treated effectively.

There are many causes of bad breath including oral bacteria, foods, smoking, dentures, and dry mouth.  Each of these different causes of bad breath will be related to either chronic or short-term bad breath and can be treated by any of the following remedies:

The first thing you should do when you realize that foul odor is emanating from your mouth is to make an appointment with the dentist to have a complete and thorough cleaning.  Once this is done, you can speak to the oral hygienist that is doing the cleaning for tips and advice to help to cure bad breath and keep your mouth as clean as when it is professionally done.

To eliminate Oral bacterial the number one cause of chronic bad breath, which lives in your mouth and seems to favor the tongue as one of its favorite hiding spots, you should keep in mind the regular brushing and flossing of your teeth and regular brushing or scraping of your tongue. . If you cannot take good care of your teeth, then you probably do not really want to cure your bad breath.

Foods such as onions and garlic can cause short-term bad breath and it is recommended that you eat a sprig of parsley, cloves, fennel seeds or peppermint to mask the odor. Eating avocado can help many people to ease the chronic bad breath that ails them and everybody around them, but not eating too much avocado. If you eat a lot of meat and very little fresh fruits and vegetables, that could be to blame for your bad breathe. Eating more fresh food and less protein is a great bad breath remedy that really works for many people

Having a dry mouth leads to bad breath and if you do not drink enough water, chances are that your bad breath is due to the lack of moisture in your mouth, so be sure to check that out. It is important to drink enough water for many reasons but bad breath is only one of them

In order to prevent the risk of mouth and gum disease and bad breath caused by smoking, which causes chronic bad breathe from the smell of the tobacco and because it leaves your gums and teeth prone to gum disease, it is recommended that you quit smoking.

Finally, finding an effective cure for bad breath can be liberating for you.  When you have eliminated bacteria from your mouth, you will be able to exude confidence when talking to people because you know that you have found a cure for bad breath that works.


Title:
Bad Breath (Halitosis).

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667

Summary:
Bad breath(Halitosis)is widespread and quite common. You have probably discretely stepped away from friends or colleagues with bad breath. But it can also be a shock to realize that others, for the same reason, may be edging (discretely) away from you!

How can you know if your breath is offensive?

Try this simple bad breath(Halitosis)test:
Lick the inside of your wrist and wait 4 seconds. Now smell your wrist. If you don't like what smell, your breath does not smell go...


Keywords:
Bad Breath, Halitosis, test, breath, remedies, GERD, Acid reflex disease, Oil of Oregano


Article Body:
Bad breath(Halitosis)is widespread and quite common. You have probably discretely stepped away from friends or colleagues with bad breath. But it can also be a shock to realize that others, for the same reason, may be edging (discretely) away from you!

How can you know if your breath is offensive?

Try this simple bad breath(Halitosis)test:
Lick the inside of your wrist and wait 4 seconds. Now smell your wrist. If you don't like what smell, your breath does not smell good either. Easy, no? An accurate and portable diagnosis!

What causes bad breath?

· Not enough water in your body, dehydration.
· Gum or tooth problems/ disease
· Intestinal/ stomach disorders, yeast infection
· Use of medications
· Stress

Remedies for Bad Breath (Halitosis)

1. Water - yes, water! Many people suffer from chronic dehydration because they don't drink drink the 8-12 glasses of water a day that the body needs. This common form of dehydration causes much common bad breath. You can improve your breath - and give a big lift to your health - simply by drinking enough water.

2. Recently eaten food that hasn't been brushed out can quickly smell bad. The "cure" then is to simply brush or floss. For gum disease and decay you must visit your dentist. And for improved oral hygiene, put a few drops of Oil of Oregano on your toothbrush or to swish it in your mouth as a mouthwash. Did you know that Oil of Oregano is antibacterial/ anti viral/ anti fungus and anti parasite? It seeks out these health impediments everywhere in the body. At the first signs of infection, Oil of Oregano is your great first line of defense.

3. For disturbed digestion you should see your doctor. But for mild problems such as GERD and acid reflux, take probiotics in the form acidophilus or kefir. For worse stomach problems try ¼ cup of Aloe vera before breakfast. Do this for at least 3 weeks. For my friend Peter this completely healed his stomach ulcer! Most GERD are related to the H pylori, which is a bacteria found in meats that haven't been thoroughly cooked. If you like your meat rare, take Oil of Oregano on a regular basis as a preventive measure.

3. When you are under too much stress your digestive system doesn't circulate enough oxygen (the energy goes into a fight or flight mode). This makes your digestive tract a breeding ground for the wrong bacteria - and for bad breath as well. Be sure to introduce deep, relaxed breathing throughout your busy day.

4. Eat raw parsley, chew on anise seed or cardamom, nutmeg or fennel - they're natural breath fresheners that don't just mask odors, but actually freshen the breath.

5. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruit and whole grains; avoid white flour products like white bread and pastas, as well as sugared juices and sodas.

5. You may have an undetected yeast infection. Find out for yourself by performing a simple self-test for yeast/candida overgrowth.

6. Chew your food well and do not drink fluids with your food. Take no food two hours before bedtime and try to not take food for 12 hours after dinner.

7. Eliminate as often as you can. Try to have three bowel movements a day. If you need some help, try 4 ounces of prune juice with 4 ounces of magnesium citrate. (My R.N. friend Marie calls this "The Bomb".) For more help try 2000 mg. of vitamin C with electrolytes every hour. Do this for 4 hours or more, until you start to have loose stools. (This also works well for headaches and boosts your immune system.

8. Drink at least 2 cups of kefir a day. This helps your intestinal flora regain its natural balance of bacteria.

Remember - fresh, clean breath is a reflection of good health, and health is an ongoing process. Stick with it! Follow my suggestions, and keep a log of what you do and the effects you see. This simple tracking process can help you pinpoint what is truly effective. You will be inspired by your own success!

Warmly, Pieternel van Giersbergen.


title:Bad Breath (Halitosis)
author:Pieternel Van Giersbergen
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3431.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
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Bad breath (Halitosis) is widespread and quite common. You have probably discretely stepped away from friends or colleagues with bad breath. But it can also be a shock to realize that others, for the same reason, may be edging (discretely) away from you!
How can you know if your breath is offensive?
Try this simple bad breath(Halitosis)test:
Lick the inside of your wrist and wait 4 seconds. Now smell your wrist. If you don't like what smell, your breath does not smell good either. Easy, no? An accurate and portable diagnosis!
What causes bad breath?
· Not enough water in your body, dehydration.
· Gum or tooth problems/ disease
· Intestinal/ stomach disorders, yeast infection
· Use of medications
· Stress
Remedies for Bad Breath (Halitosis)
1. Water - yes, water! Many people suffer from chronic dehydration because they don't drink drink the 8-12 glasses of water a day that the body needs. This common form of dehydration causes much common bad breath. You can improve your breath - and give a big lift to your health - simply by drinking enough water.
2. Recently eaten food that hasn't been brushed out can quickly smell bad. The "cure" then is to simply brush or floss. For gum disease and decay you must visit your dentist. And for improved oral hygiene, put a few drops of Oil of Oregano on your toothbrush or to swish it in your mouth as a mouthwash. Did you know that Oil of Oregano is antibacterial/ anti viral/ anti fungus and anti parasite? It seeks out these health impediments everywhere in the body. At the first signs of infection, Oil of Oregano is your great first line of defense.
3. For disturbed digestion you should see your doctor. But for mild problems such as GERD and acid reflux, take probiotics in the form acidophilus or kefir. For worse stomach problems try ¼ cup of Aloe vera before breakfast. Do this for at least 3 weeks. For my friend Peter this completely healed his stomach ulcer! Most GERD are related to the H pylori, which is a bacteria found in meats that haven't been thoroughly cooked. If you like your meat rare, take Oil of Oregano on a regular basis as a preventive measure.
3. When you are under too much stress your digestive system doesn't circulate enough oxygen (the energy goes into a fight or flight mode). This makes your digestive tract a breeding ground for the wrong bacteria - and for bad breath as well. Be sure to introduce deep, relaxed breathing throughout your busy day.
4. Eat raw parsley, chew on anise seed or cardamom, nutmeg or fennel - they're natural breath fresheners that don't just mask odors, but actually freshen the breath.
5. Eat plenty of vegetables, fruit and whole grains; avoid white flour products like white bread and pastas, as well as sugared juices and sodas.
5. You may have an undetected yeast infection. Find out for yourself by performing a simple self-test for yeast/candida overgrowth.
6. Chew your food well and do not drink fluids with your food. Take no food two hours before bedtime and try to not take food for 12 hours after dinner.
7. Eliminate as often as you can. Try to have three bowel movements a day. If you need some help, try 4 ounces of prune juice with 4 ounces of magnesium citrate. (My R.N. friend Marie calls this "The Bomb".) For more help try 2000 mg. of vitamin C with electrolytes every hour. Do this for 4 hours or more, until you start to have loose stools. (This also works well for headaches and boosts your immune system.
8. Drink at least 2 cups of kefir a day. This helps your intestinal flora regain its natural balance of bacteria.
Remember - fresh, clean breath is a reflection of good health, and health is an ongoing process. Stick with it! Follow my suggestions, and keep a log of what you do and the effects you see. This simple tracking process can help you pinpoint what is truly effective. You will be inspired by your own success!
Warmly, Pieternel van Giersbergen.
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Title:
Bad Breath? Medicine May Be the Culprit

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410

Summary:
If a thorough brushing and a breath mint are ineffective in your fight against bad breath, you may have a serious condition that, if not looked into, could cause detrimental effects to your teeth, mouth and gums.


Keywords:
Bad Breath? Medicine May Be the Culprit


Article Body:
If a thorough brushing and a breath mint are ineffective in your fight against bad breath, you may have a serious condition that, if not looked into, could cause detrimental effects to your teeth, mouth and gums.

This condition is called xerostomia. More commonly known as dry mouth, medications are one of the most common causes of the disorder.

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, more than 400 prescription medications, including some developed for asthma relief, depression and cholesterol reduction, can cause xerostomia - a condition that is a major cause of halitosis (bad breath). The condition also can cause cracked lips, cavities, bleeding gums and canker sores, leading to the deterioration of oral and dental health. Severe cases of xerostomia can inhibit the ability to speak or swallow.

Other causes of xerostomia include diseases such as diabetes and undergoing radiation therapy or chemotherapy treatment for cancer. However, the disorder is often ignored until serious oral damage occurs.

Dental researchers have discovered that saliva contains natural antibacterial agents, which help to keep your mouth healthy and neutralize bacteria that can cause bad breath. If you don't have enough saliva, you become more susceptible to dental problems, such as an increase in plaque buildup and bleeding gums.

Treatment of dry mouth depends on what's causing the condition, then taking the appropriate steps to minimize the symptoms. Unfortunately for people with dry mouth caused by medication use, little can be done to correct it.

However, if you suffer from xerostomia, many medical and dental professionals agree that you should use products specifically developed for the treatment of the condition, such as Biotene and Oralbalance products by Laclede Inc. These xerostomia treatment products contain a patented enzyme system developed to treat and restore health to a dry mouth and are available over the counter.

Brushing your teeth twice a day with Biotene Dry Mouth Toothpaste will help inhibit harmful bacteria in your mouth and fight the causes and effects of bad breath and gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums. It helps reduce bacteria and oral irritants because it contains salivary enzymes that boost and replenish saliva's own defenses. Biotene Gentle Mouthwash is alcohol-free, which helps freshen and moisten dry, sensitive tissue in your mouth. Due to its antibacterial enzymes, it kills the bacteria that cause oral infections and gingivitis.

Dry mouth sufferers also are advised to avoid starchy foods, floss daily and have a dental checkup at least twice a year.


title:Bad Breath - Is It Destroying Your Confidence?
author:Marc Lindsay
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1739.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

Whilst this may sound like a weird heading to be linking confidence and bad breath together many sufferers of breath problems will know exactly what I mean. 
How often have you turned your head slightly when talking to someone to avoid breathing on them?  Or had someone comment on how bad your breath smells.  It is like being slapped in the face.  No body likes it including me.  But there is a way to control it or even stop it all together.
In the following page you will find out exactly how I overcome bad breath and some of the finer details about breath related problems.
What causes Bad Breath?
In most cases bad breath (halitosis) is caused by or related to oral bacteria.  The wastes of oral bacteria are actually sulfur compounds and it is usually these compounds that will be the cause of your bad breath.
The build up of plaque can also largely contribute to the production of oral bacteria.  It only takes a layer of .1 to .2 of a millimeter of plaque to provide an environment in which this bacteria can flourish.
What about foods, can they be a cause?
Absolutely,  eating foods and drinks such as garlic, onions, cheese, orange juice, soda, meat product, dairy products and high protein foods.
Also when food becomes lodged between your teeth and around the gums it lends a very big part in the production of oral bacteria.
How do I treat bad breath.
In almost all cases bad breath is caused by a problem of some sort in the mouth.  In which case it stands to reason that a visit to the dentist can help determine what is wrong.  In the case that you may need dental treatment this may be the cause of your problems.
However if no oral cause can be found then it is possible that a trip to a clinic or practice that specializes in bad breath is required.
Bad Breath - What you can do to prevent it.
That being said I suffered a rude awakening when my girlfriend started commenting on my breath problems (being a dental nurse I respect her opinion in this regard).  So I consulted my dentist.
I was told to floss regularly, shown how to brush properly and also suggested I use closys II as a mouth wash.
I have not had bad breath since I have started using Closys II and in my opinion is the best mouthwash out.  To read more about Closys II go to http://www.toothwhiteningaustralia.com.au/bad-breath-treatment.php
Here are the steps outlined below that you can use to prevent bad breath

Brush regularly twice a day if possible.
Ensure that you floss each day.
Make sure you drink enough water (This can help flush your mouth of unwanted food particles)
Use a mouthwash after brushing.  For best effect do this at night time.

I have followed these simple steps and no longer worry about bad breath.  Neither will you if you put some of the points in this article to good use.

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Title:
Bad Circulation - Am I A Victim?

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369

Summary:
There are millions of people around the globe taking treatment for bad circulation, and there are many others who suffer from bad circulation, but not aware of that. Most people ignore the symptoms or take it lightly and hence fail to diagnose it in time


Keywords:
bad circulation, victim of bad circulation, Peripheral Vascular Disease


Article Body:
There are millions of people around the globe taking treatment for bad circulation, and there are many others who suffer from bad circulation, but not aware of that. Most people ignore the symptoms or take it lightly and hence fail to diagnose it in time. When the person dies all of a sudden, then only others realize that he/she was suffering from bad circulation. This is why bad circulation is sometimes referred as a silent killer.

Bad circulation, in medical terminology Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD), is a medical condition which is somewhat similar to carotid artery disease and coronary artery disease. Bad circulation is caused when fatty deposits are accumulated in the inner linings of the artery wall. This accumulation results in the blockage of blood circulation. Bad circulation in arteries leads to the kidneys, arms, hand, legs, and feet. Most people who suffer from bad circulation may have fatty deposits in the arteries of brain and heart. This can cause the death of the patient from heart attack and stroke.

Bad circulation is considered as a serious condition and can result in heart attacks, loss of limbs, stroke, and in many cases even death. However if found in the early stages, bad circulation may be prevented or treated in the early stages with meditation, drug treatment, surgery, life style changes, or mostly a combination of all these treatments.

Some of the main symptoms of bad circulation are legs and/or feet falling to sleep; cramping of the buttocks, legs, or feet; pain in the legs; swelling of the legs; tired aching feet; and very low temperature in your hands, arms, legs, or feet. If you feel that you have some or most of the symptoms then you may have been suffering from bad circulation. It is better to visit your family doctor and take a complete check up. Bad circulation can be diagnosed by a physical examination, ultrasound, magnetic resonance imaging angiography (MRA), and X-ray angiography.

Some lifestyle changes which can help you to lower your risk include controlling diabetes, quit smoking, controlling blood pressure, and consuming low cholesterol diet. Bad circulation can be prevented to some extend by taking healthy fat free diet and regular exercises.


title:Balance Is Key To The Optimum Physique
author:Marty Gallagher
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2296.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
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As Purposeful Primitives we understand the need practice two distinct types of training: progressive resistance for the external musculature and cardiovascular training for the internal plumbing. In addition, training need be coordinated with a distinct eating regimen that amplifies instead of retards results. We know and accept these ultra-basic premises but then what?
Physiologically we understand that the optimal time to perform cardiovascular exercise is first thing in the morning while glycogen (emulsified carbs) stores are low in order to force the body to mobilize and oxidize stored body fat. We also understand that early morning cardio is sometimes not possible and cardio during the day is preferable to no cardio at all. Okay, so as Thomas Merton told the Dali Lama in 1965 while discussing the subtleties of purposefully thoughtless contemplation, “So Dali, tell me something I don’t know.” In the world of progressive resistance training it’s important to not continually play to your strengths. After you’ve been weight training for awhile biases for and against certain exercises emerge. “I love to bench press…I hate to squat…I love curls…overhead presses suck.” The problem is that by allowing these prejudices to take root and become institutionalized physical imbalances occur and down the long road this becomes problematic. Muscle imbalances set the stage for conditional injuries. Too much quad strength in relation to hamstring strength eventually results in problems. Muscles that lie on opposite sides of a limb need to be worked in roughly equal proportion and ignoring one or the other makes the individual far more susceptible to injury than if they’d never taken up weight training at all.
We can show you how to develop phenomenal strength and power in any muscle. Increase the strength of a muscle dramatically and a concurrent increase in muscle size occurs as a direct result. This is the undeniable physiological cause-and-effect between increased muscle strength and increased muscle size. We all have our likes and dislikes and there is nothing wrong with preferring bench presses over barbell rowing - as long as you do both and do both equally. The problems occur when you double up on bench pressing and drop lat work altogether, or do so little lat work (with a half-ass attitude) that gigantic strength and size imbalances occur. Okay, so in the interest of time let’s assume you’re convinced by the irrefutable logic of my argument – what constitutes progressive resistance training balance? My advice is to apportion available training time according to body mass. It makes no sense for trainees to spend 70% of their time in the gym training two muscles (pecs and biceps) that account for perhaps 15% of overall body mass. Yet this biased training approach is more common then not: walk into any commercial facility and the young bucks are spending 85% of their time training the infamous ‘beach muscles’ – pecs, shoulders, biceps, triceps and abs. Why train the back when you can’t see it in the mirror? Leg training is a joke – a few sets of leg extensions and lying leg curls. Maybe a few sets of seated calf raises. Back training is sissified to the max: a few sets of wide grip lat pulldowns or sub-maximal seated rows with poundage my 14-year old cheerleader daughter could handle. The back (erectors, traps, rear delts, rhomboids, teres, upper and lower lats) and legs (quads, hams, calves) account for approximately 70% of total body mass
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Title:
Balance Your Life With Stress Relief Techniques

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519

Summary:
Stress is a psychological and physiological response to any event that upsets our personal sense of balance and comfort. So, if your hectic lifestyle seems to take its toll in your physical, emotional and psychological well-being, stress relief techniques can bring you life back into balance.


Keywords:
Stress Relief


Article Body:
Nothing is permanent in this world except change. And since any sort of change causes stress, then, people should just accept that stress is a fact of life that we all have to live with.  But what exactly is stress?  Stress is a psychological and physiological response to events that upset our personal balance in some way. There is good stress and bad stress. Good stress gives you the motivation to do your best when cramming for exams, or preparing for a job presentation. However, when things get out of hand and life's demands exceed your ability to cope, stress becomes bad for your physical, emotional and psychological well-being.
You can feel the tension caused by stress in your shoulders and neck, as well as heart-pounding in the chest. You lose sleep, feel depressed, and get tired. When stress becomes long-term, it increases your risk for heart disease, mental distress, and weight gain.
Having a  regular fitness regimen is a good stress relief practice. Enjoying a walk in the park is one way to reduce stress. Sometimes, just learning to accept what you cannot change can help ease the burden of stress. Meditation and yoga are two stress relief techniques that help train your body to relieve stress.
Meditation is an ancient practice that has gained worldwide acceptance even in modern times. As a stress relief technique, meditation has the ability to produce relaxation response that helps reduce blood pressure, lift depression, and ease stress.
Another ancient practice that reduces stress and tension is yoga. It can lower blood pressure and levels of stress hormone called cortisol. You also boost flexibility, strength, endurance, and balance through yoga. As you work through the various poses, you must focus on inhaling and exhaling. Breath concentration is yoga's key to stress relief management. With this focus, you let go of external thoughts and anxiety.
Most adults go for a full-body massage, not only for pleasure, but for its stress relief benefits. According to the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), 39 million Americans had at least one massage in 2006. That's approximately one in six adults getting the health benefits of massage therapy for stress relief.

Massage therapy can be effective for a variety of conditions, including arthritis, lower back pain, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, circulatory problems, and recovery from a sports injury. Good coping skills were associated with better levels of the so-called “good” cholesterol or high-density lipoprotein (HDL). The better a person copes with stress, the better chances there are of attaining a “good” cholesterol level.  Stress and hostility affect a person's cholesterol levels.
Other research found that “avoidance” coping, such as blaming oneself, is unhealthy and related to hostility and anger. Both are related to blood pressure elevation and lower HDL. Hostility is also associated with higher blood glucose levels in healthy people and in diabetics, which raises the risk of heart disease. Hostile people use emotion-focused coping like anger and avoidance instead of problem solving.
So, if your hectic lifestyle seems to take its toll in your physical, emotional and psychological well-being, stress relief techniques can bring you life back into balance.


title:Balancing Wisdom & Love
author:Eli Galla
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2174.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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One of the light & energy templates, which I work with on the body, connects the head with the heart. Doing this energy work alignment, balances wisdom with love. When this permanent connection into the energy anatomy has been made, and the head and the head are balancing one another; it is so much easier to see and feel negative beliefs pop up. These negative beliefs tend to overtake your body with stuck energy feelings. Through the activation of the head & heart template your own inner wisdom guides you to where this new energy will serve your highest good.
The grace of feeling the vast abundance of universal love is truly a blessing. All too often the mind will run its negative programs of fear and lack. Sometimes it may even be hard to discern what negative beliefs are running our minds.  We just know that something feels tight, as if it is holding us back, and we would rather it not be stuck there.
Recently I bought a book called the, “Path of Empowerment” by Barbara Marciniak. She channels for the Pleiadians. A good segment of the book has to do with how feelings are always connected to beliefs; and how one of the main reasons that all of us are here on Earth, doing our journeys of life and death, has to do with us managing energy. This means taking responsibility for the fact we decided to be here at this time, and that we all create our reality.
It is necessary to be inside of our bodies, consciously breathing, in order to know that what we are feeling isn't serving our best interests. This isn't easy to do sometimes. In the accelerated energy of today, stress is fed by the electromagnetic polluters of the environment, such as microwaves, cell phones, computers etc. These electronic instruments tend to drain our energy. These are only some of the negative influences in our environment, but right now they are a mighty big one.
Negative beliefs are part of the program we are fed by society, from the time of conception. Of course now the energy dynamics have changed since the Harmonic Convergence in 1987. The polarities that we set up in our imprints aren't being carried over into the genetic code of the New Children, (read Indigos, Crystals, Diamonds etc) who are coming onto the earth-plane now.
Those of us who aren't New Children are still cycling the negativity of society's imprints within our subconscious, and unconscious. The other night I was meditating and all of a sudden I felt something wrapped around the right lobe of my brain and tightness in my solar plexus, (stomach) & creative/sexual center (a couple of inches below the waist). It was a very constrictive feeling. I asked spirit for guidance. I traced the feeling back to the beliefs: It's the nature of duality to be against whatever I want to create. There's always something outside of me that will prevent me from manifesting my intent. It's always going to be against me!!!
I released these beliefs via a prayer that Benu (the Arch Angel Gabriel) gave us. As soon as I said the prayer, separated my hands, and acknowledged it was permanently and fully released, I envisioned this fluorescent golden/lime green light turn into a snake and saw it slither out of the right lobe of my brain.
I had never had this happen before. I immediately felt a whole lot more space within my being. A gigantic burden had been lifted, and a new exhilarating lightness had replaced it. I believe that when we concentrate on opening the heart and feeling the divine current of unconditional love that it will continue to pour through us and liberate those parts of the mind that are still running the negative programs.
Praying is the asking for our intents to be heard and acted upon by Prime Source (our Creator). Meditation is the receiving of the answer we have prayed for. My prayer was heard this night.
The type of energy work I do is the EMF Balancing Technique®. Since I have received the first four sessions about a year and a half ago, my process of cycling negative beliefs has accelerated. Polarities, that I had been hanging onto, since early childhood, have come up and cycled through my being, across different time lines. This is interdimensional healing!!!
The first session connects up the head and the heart. This new dynamic is a permanent activation that keeps on working within all four levels of our being: the spiritual, physical, mental, & emotional.
After the template of the head and heart is activated, inner wisdom is always at play. It manifested the other night in my meditation to free me of this really nasty three pronged negative belief system that had embedded itself around my brain, causing the deep feeling of fear-- the fear of failure and unworthiness. It's times like these I can indulge in a hearty laugh over the insidious nature of these deep-seated beliefs and how ludicrous they really are. If we can't consciously feel them and trace them to a belief we don't have the needed insight to cycle them.
Since I’ve released excess electro-magnetic energy, (attachments & traumas) surrounding old events, it’s been so much easier to be fully inside of my body and feel when the energy is being blocked. When we voice intents, pray, and meditate we stimulate the flow of the new energy dynamic; it becomes much easier to stay centered in the Now.
The deeper our connection of being grounded in the Now, the easier it is to be cognizant of when negative beliefs are taking us further away from realizing out intents. It is easier, because now we are more aware of when are bodies are holding onto energy in a certain chakra, or when our bodies are in pain; or when we are feeling depressed or angry; or when we are running around the same thoughts that only lead to more chaos. In other words we become more sensitive in all four bodies of our being: the emotional, mental, physical, & Spiritual.
The game that we have created for ourselves, here on Gaia, has changed. We've empowered ourselves with this new energy dynamic that supports our own inner knowing. Discernment is the key word right now. We only need to ask who the lies benefit? Why is there so much corruption? Why is such a power struggle going on right now? Why is there a war being waged over oil?
Instead of feeling bitter and judging these events, I'm learning to accept it and shine my own inner light to make the reality I desire. We can all do this. When we shine our own individual lights we take away the power of the darkness that is fed by fear, lack, and violence. It is the bedrock of the old energy dynamics.
The new energy dynamic, of being the truth of our own inner being, is just waiting there to be implemented by anyone who wants to use wisdom and love to access the universal energy source, (the Cosmic Lattice).
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Title:
Ballet Can Avoid Common Foot Injuries

Word Count:
495

Summary:
Many of the common foot injuries sustained by ballet dancers can be prevented, and treated, by the application of some basic knowledge about the structure of muscles in the feet. Specific strengthening of the different muscles can make a huge difference to a career in ballet, or any other dance discipline. This article discusses the causes and treatment of common dancers foot injuries.


Keywords:
Ballet


Article Body:
dancers will complain of some foot injury at some stage in their training, and professional ballet will often be plagued with chronic foot injuries, ranging from mild ones that are nursed for years, to severe injuries that may be career ending.
The truth is that many common foot and ankle ‘injuries’ occur as a result of poor “intrinsic” foot muscle strength. The “intrinsic” foot muscles are tiny little muscles that start and end within the foot, that help control the position of a dancer’s arch, and are responsible for the control of her toes within the shoe en pointe. If these small muscles are not working effectively, larger muscles called the “extrinsic” foot muscles that originate further up the leg become overused, as they attempt to perform two roles. This often leads to conditions such as “Anterior Compartment Syndrome”, “Stress Fractures” of the shin bone (tibia), or ‘Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome” , commonly known as “Shin Splints”.

Weakness in the intrinsic foot muscles and overuse of the extrinsic muscles will also result in the toes ‘clawing’ both when rising, and en pointe. This is the biggest cause behind the nasty blisters that are often seen in photos of professional ballet dancers; however this does not have to be the case. Control of the intrinsic allows the middle joint of the toes to remain straight while fully pointing the rest of the foot. This does not affect the look of the line of the foot, but does make dancing much more enjoyable when free of pain!

In many other sports, orthotic devices may be worn in the footwear required that will help stabilize the arch and settle symptoms related to poor intrinsic muscle strength. Unfortunately, in ballet slippers these orthotics cannot be worn (although many have attempted this!) so the dancer is often left to ‘live with’ symptoms, or have repeated extended breaks from dancing. 

With correct strengthening combined with gentle stretching however, many of these ‘chronic’ injuries settle very quickly. “The Perfect Pointe Book” is a comprehensive collection of many exercises designed to specifically strengthen the foot muscles needed in any ballet dancer. While initially designed to help girls strengthen their feet before going onto pointe, this book is essential reading for any dancer, especially if they have had, or currently have any foot injuries. The exercises have been developed after years of working closely with ballet dancers, and seeing first-hand what is most effective in regaining control of these small muscles.

Often ballet teachers find the specifics of training the foot strength needed for pointe work difficult as it came naturally to them. However for many people, the isolated strength needed in the feet must be specifically trained, especially nowadays, as many children who grow up in cities spend little time bare foot on different surfaces, which naturally trains the tiny intrinsic muscles of the feet. Understanding how these muscles should work when dancing is imperative in a long, injury free, career in dance.


title:Baloney And The Fountain Of Youth
author:Tracie Johanson
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2566.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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Lately we've all been receiving a lot of spam emails. It's amazing how many of them are promising quick weight loss without any effort! One of them even promises that their new 'super tonic' is the new Fountain of Youth.....just take their product and watch the years fade away. If you'll excuse the expression, that's all just a bunch of baloney. The radio advertisements promise "weight loss without diet or exercise" and the infomercials brag about the newest and greatest pill that will magically make the fat melt away.....baloney!
We'd like to ask those advertisers just a few questions: If your "magic-weight-loss-potion-miracle-in-a-bottle" is the real deal, then why hasn't the media picked up on the story? If your product is indeed the Fountain of Youth, why didn't our doctor recommend it? Why isn't it being featured on CNN and all the major news networks?
The reason why the media, and the entire world, isn't going ga-ga over these new 'miracle' cures is that they're not real miracle cures.
However, we do have some BIG NEWS for you! Against all odds, after careful research and years of painstaking effort, WE HAVE DISCOVERED THE REAL FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH!!!
The only real Fountain of Youth (at least, the closest thing we've found) is EXERCISE! There, now you're in on the secret too! It turns out that our doctor was right, the Surgeon General was right, the American Medical Association was right, and your old coach was right too.....the best way to help keep the body young and healthy is through regular exercise!
The human body can fail in a staggering number of ways. Yet most problems develop gradually over months, years or decades. That leaves plenty of time for action. Doctors can help, but studies show that at least 70 percent of healthy aging depends on decisions each person makes about diet, exercise, smoking and other lifestyle choices (Source: St. Petersburg physician Timothy Carlson).
Did you catch that? Let's read it again: At least 70 percent of healthy aging depends on decisions each person makes about diet, exercise, smoking and other lifestyle choices! Now that's what we call the Fountain of Youth!
Unfortunately, the vast majority of people make poor decisions. "Only 18% of patients are at goal," meaning that their body weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and so on are normal (Source: St. Petersburg physician Timothy Carlson).
Guess what? Regular exercise improves body weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar and so much more! People who engage in regular exercise are much more likely to be in the 18% group.....the 18% who are at their goal.
So what are we waiting for? Let's go exercise!

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title:Barbell Military Press exercise
author:John Gibb
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2809.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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The barbell military press is a great exercise for working the deltoids. This exercise can be extremely difficult for the new lifter. Back injury can easily occur if the proper form is not used during execution. Because of this, it is recommended that a spotter be present when doing this exercise.
During this exercise, you’ll be lifting over your head. Keep this in your mind as you select the amount of weight you’ll be working with. This exercise can be performed either sitting or standing. If you are lifting alone, you may want perform the exercise sitting so that you can lift the weight off of a bench rack.
To begin the exercise you’ll need to have someone hand you the weight, lift it off the ground, or de-rack it from a rack. Your hands should be positioned a little further then shoulder length apart. Your hands should be about the same distance, as if you were going to do a normal bench-press.
The barbell should be positioned across the front of your chest with the bar about even with your shoulders. From here, keeping your back straight, lengthen the arms up over your head. Continue this extension until your arms can not extend anymore without locking. From the top position, lower the bar back down to the starting position in a controlled manner.
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Title:
Bariatric Scales

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603

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Treating and managing obesity has created a demand for bariatric equipment in recent years and the need for bariatric scales has increased significantly.  Due to the nature of obesity, a bariatric patient may require special assistance from their healthcare providers and the equipment they use.


Keywords:
Bariatric Scales


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Bariatric Scales

Treating and managing obesity has created a demand for bariatric equipment in recent years and the need for bariatric scales has increased significantly.  Due to the nature of obesity, a bariatric patient may require special assistance from their healthcare providers and the equipment they use.  Developers of bariatric scales have made great strides in innovating medical scales to comfortably accommodate the needs of both.

Manufacturers of bariatric scales have incorporated all that modern science and technology can provide in the design and construction of bariatric scales.  Medical Supplies and Equipment Company has been working steadfastly to stay on top of these innovations in medical equipment technology and we now supply state-of-the-art bariatric scales.

The bariatric scales in our inventory have been tailored specifically to the needs of bariatric patients.  The bariatric scales are built with heavy-duty components and extra-wide weighing platforms to conveniently accommodate the bariatric patient as well as provide accurate measurements.  For the wheelchair-bound patient, we carry a number of bariatric wheelchair scales to choose from.  We also carry bed scales for the bed-ridden patient. 

Bariatric scales, as with all bariatric equipment, must be designed to meet the needs of the patient as well as the needs of the caregiver.  Increased weight increases the risk of injury to the caregiver during patient handling and movement tasks.  If a bariatric patient has mobility concerns, it would be in everyone’s best interest to consider options in bariatric mobility products such as bariatric walkers, bariatric rollators, and bariatric wheelchairs.  These items will ensure reliable and safe patient transportation while reducing the risk of potential injury to both patient and caregiver during such actions.  Many of our bariatric scales also feature hand rails for extra support and balance once the mobility aid is removed.

At Medical Supplies and Equipment Company, there is a huge inventory of bariatric equipment to meet all of your needs in the home and healthcare environment.  Below are few profiles of the scales in stock, but it’s advisable to evaluate the entire line of bariatric equipment so all of your needs are met.

The 489SEC Electronic Bed Bariatric Scale features integrated lifts that allow the four measuring platforms to be placed simply and effortlessly under the castors of the bed.  The previously determined weight of the bed is measured using the TARE function and the patient's precise weight accurately determined.  Both subtle and unexpected fluid loss and gain can be noticed immediately and alerted by an alarm.  These changes are vitally important for medical practitioners dealing with intensive care, dialysis, and nutritionally challenged patients.
 
The 466SEC Bariatric Wheelchair Scale is easy for wheelchair-users to mount, due to its extremely flat platform, and the side barriers ensure optimum safety.  The integrated pre-TARE-function determines the patient's net weight in seconds.  Another advantage is its HOLD-function, which continues to display measurements in large, easy-to-read figures even after the scale has been unloaded.  This model can be folded up in just a few moves and its castors make it easy to transport.

The 446SEC Bariatric Scale features a very large, low-profile platform that makes getting on an off very convenient and the curved railing provides a secure hand-hold for extra stability.  It features locking castors and a swiveling control / display panel, providing medical staff a high degree of flexibility.  This model can be transformed into a complete measuring and weighing station.

Whatever your necessities are for bariatric scales other bariatric equipment needs, we aspire to be your primary provider.  After browsing our on-line inventory, don’t hesitate to call our customer service department toll-free at 1-877-706-4480 for any questions or further assistance.


title:Bariatric Surgery: Cosmetic or Necessary?
author:AllMed Healthcare Management
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3808.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States. Thirty states have obesity rates of more than 20 percent. Currently, more than 44 million Americans are considered obese, the result of our fast-food life style and lack of exercise.
As a result, more obese Americans are turning to bariatric surgery. In 1995, just 20,000 weight-loss operations were performed in the United States. Last year, physicians performed 103,000 bariatric surgeries, an increase of more than 500 percent. The projection for 2005 rises to 144,000.
These surgeries are in the range of $30,000 each and if complications arise, even more. Even though some health insurance groups do not include this surgery in their plan language, requests for independent medical reviews regarding bariatric surgery have surged over the past year.
Most of these reviews hinge on what's considered medically necessary or optional when it comes to bariatric surgery. As a claims manager, there are several issues to consider when making a decision about a patient's claim for bariatric surgery:
Is the person suffering from morbid obesity? (The term morbid obesity refers to patients who are 50-100% or 100 pounds above their ideal body weight.)
Has the patient failed one or more non-surgical multi-component weight loss programs? (Was this an evidence-based, integrated weight loss program — such as the one offered by the Ornish Program — that has sustainable, reproducible results?)
Does the patient have a medical illness related to obesity and is he/she willing to participate in a pre-surgery weight loss effort to improve the success of surgery? (Even a somewhat slimmer patient has reduced cardiac risk.)
Can the patient make the lifestyle adjustment necessary to sustain weight loss? (Many of the dietary limitations are more severe than those needed to lose weight in the first place.)
Only by answering these questions, or using the expertise of your IRO, can you make an informed decision as to whether the claim is medically necessary or considered a cosmetic procedure.

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Title:
Bariatric Surgery: The Quick Fix to Obesity

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679

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This article is about bariatric surgery.  This surgery is well used for overweight and obese people who have failed in losing a significant amount of weight by means of dieting and exercise routines.  This article briefly discussed the criteria doctors look at before recommending bariatric treatment.  This article also lists the risks that a patient may have to take upon deciding to undergo the said operation.


Keywords:
overweight and obese, surgery, infection


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Overweight and obese people are constantly on the look out for new gadgets or devices they can use to shed off their unwanted pounds.  Some have success stories, some fail.  Some understand the concept of healthy weight-loss, some are looking for a quick fix.  Some opt to do it the natural way, some choose surgery.  One of the well known weight loss surgery availed by obese people is bariatric surgery.

Bariatric surgery
Bariatric surgery, more commonly referred to as weight loss surgery, is a combination of surgical procedures performed to treat overweight and obese people.  This is best for people who’ve failed to reach their weight loss targets through dieting and exercise routines.  Compared to other surgical procedures for obesity, bariatric surgery may help attain a more healthy body weight.  Like any other available surgical options for obesity, bariatric surgery has it benefits.  Although, of course, do not forget to consider the possible risk and side effects before choosing to undergo such a procedure.

Doctors check the following criteria before endorsing s patient for surgery:
· A body mass index or bmi of 40 and above.  This equates to about a hundred pounds overweight for men, and eighty pounds overweight for women.
· A bmi of 35 to 39.9 along with a serious obesity-related health condition like hypertension, impaired glucose tolerance, diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, and obstructive sleep apnea (this occurs when breathing stops for a few seconds while sleeping).
· A clear understanding of the operation and the lifestyle changes that the operation would require from you after the procedure is performed.

The most common procedure is the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery. Here, a small stomach pouch is created with a stapler device, and connected to the distal small intestine. The upper part of the small intestine is then reattached in a Y-shaped configuration.

In the United States, an estimated 140,000 people have requested to have the said procedure, thus making it the most commonly performed operation for weight loss.  Gastric bypass procedure has already been performed for almost 50 years, that’s why surgeons have become comfortable with the full understanding of the risks and benefits of the procedure.

Risks
Even if bariatric surgery uses a minimally invasive surgery technique, it is still considered a major operation.  And like all other major operations, you will be administered general anaesthetic, and will require a few days at the hospital and a few weeks to recuperate.  And like any other major operations, there will still be risks involved. 

General risks:
· Bleeding
· Infection in the incision
· Potential heart and/or lung problem
· Intestinal obstructions due to adhesions
· Hernia through the incision; rejection of materials used for the suture
· General anaesthesia related risks

Post Operative Early Risks:
· Gastric fluid leakage from the stomach or intestines through the sutures which may result to abdominal infection.  This will require a second operation to drain the infection.
· Spleen injury.  Rare as this side effect may be, spleen removal may be required if the bleeding cannot be controlled.

Post Operative Late Risks:
· Ulcer formation on the stomach or small intestine. 
· Defecating. Patients may produce loose stools and/or abdominal cramps immediately after eating certain foods. 
· Obstruction of the opening of the stoma.  This happens when a piece of food becomes lodged in the stoma. 
· Vitamin and/or iron deficiency.
· Inaccessibility of the lower stomach and upper intestine to certain diagnostic tests.
· Staple disruption may occur at any time.  A second operation may be required for re-stapling.
· Hair loss can be a temporary problem within the first six to twelve months after the operation.  This is mostly attributed to vitamin deficiency. There is no specific remedy other than proper nutrition and multivitamin supplements.

Now that the risks and benefits have been laid to you, think about it carefully before undergoing this treatment.  Consult your physician and have them discuss this matter thoroughly.  After all, this is your body and this is a big change.  Just keep in mind that even if surgery is the fastest way to get over your obesity ordeal, the best way to lose weight is still through the natural process.


Title:
Barry Bond, Steroids and Major League Baseball

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864

Summary:
Recent press indicates that athletes like Barry Bonds that use illegal substances like steroids for performance enhancement are actually ruining their respective sports. This needs to be stopped quickly as it will forever and permenently tarnish the great game of baseball.


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barry bonds, steroids, baseball, hank aaron,ethics,major league baseball, tiger woods, illegal, drugs, heroes


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Copyright 2006 David Maillie

In the last 5 years the growing popularity and use of illegal substances (steroids) in major league baseball has created a public outcry and led to indictments, arrests and congressional hearings.  Some have even put major league baseball on par with professional wrestling as it is now a drugged or ‘juiced’ game and old, lasting records by the greats like Ruth and Hank Aaron can easily be broken by lesser athletes on steroids and have become meaningless.  Just look at Barry Bonds for an example.

Barry Bonds became depressed in the late 90’s as new athletes like McGwire and Jose Conseco were becoming more popular for belting homeruns.  Bonds was a great athlete, but he was aging and just like his father was headed for retirement.  Bonds and everyone else knew that Conseco and the others were taking steroids.  It was inevitable that Bonds would start taking steroids as he was very jealous and had an insatiable appetite for being the leader – he could not stand being in second place to anyone and he saw the great results of McGwire and Conseco.

Barry Bonds started taking numerous types of steroids through his trainer Greg Anderson.  His physique, career and baseball would never be the same.  Bonds was better after the steroids than anytime in his career.  The steroids had elevated his career and possibly made him the best player in baseball history as he has now hit 722 career home runs.  Only a few of the greatest players in Baseball history have ever hit into this range.  It is similar to what Tiger Woods has done in Golf and his chasing Jack Nicklaus with his 18 career major titles.  The difference is that Tiger Woods is a real champion and doesn’t use drugs like steroids or cheat in any way.  Kids can look up to him as a hero.

Tiger Woods worked and trained very hard – he is also human as he went through a lot dealing with the loss of his father.  Tiger woods through his great game and ethics has elevated professional golf and its fan base to all time highs.  Barry Bonds, on the other hand, has devastated major league baseball and its rich history.  Records are not meant to be broken on a daily or monthly basis.  Records are just that records of greatness, by actual heroes like Joe DiMaggio, Ruth, Shoeless Joe Jackson, Hank Aaron, Mickey Mantle and Ty Cobb.  They never used steroids and were great players both on and off the field.

What every professional athlete needs to understand is that our kids see them as idols, heroes and mentors.  Its not about the money, its about the game.  Ninety nine percent of professional athletes never become a great like Rod Carew, Michael Jordan, or Warren Moon, but they are all imprinted in our children.  Everyone remembers the negatives like McEnroe and his emotional outbursts, Rae Caruth and O.J. Simpson whom have abused the legal system and their fame to commit murder, steroids, gambling and the expulsion of baseball legend Pete Rose.  Don’t the leaders of these professional sports realize that they have tainted and in some respects ruined the future of sports like major league baseball.

To see immediate evidence of this all one has to do is look at the dwindling number of visitors to the baseball hall of fame in Cooperstown, NY.  It used to be almost every young boys fantasy to see the outfit worn by Babe Ruth, the Ball that was signed by Reggie Jackson and his Yankee teammates, the stories of greatness and great hurdles and obstacles that were overcome by some of the legends.  Rare baseball cards by players with strict standards like Honus Wagner whom had his cards pulled as he did not want to be associated with cigarettes and tobacco.  The meaning of baseball’s rich history has greatly suffered and will continue until something drastic is done.

Athletes like Barry Bonds that cheat and use illegal performance enhancing drugs should be banned and immediately removed from baseball and other sports.  They should receive punishment worse than Pete Rose and should be stripped of all records, titles, and history in the game.  Let someone who worked hard, overcame adversity and great obstacles, and never cheated and had great ethics, standards and was a true hero be the one to determine their fate – someone like Hank Aaron.  Hank Aaron set records, great records, the hard way and they are being tarnished by the likes of Barry Bonds and others.  Hank Aaron, like Herschel Walker, overcame a very poor upbringing, racism, lack of resources, etc… and through sheer determination became one of the greatest athletes ever.

It is time to stop the commercialism and get back to the basics of these sports.  We have forgotten what the game really means.  There is a reason why in Brooklyn they still remember the Brooklyn Dodgers.  Lets not let the great game of baseball be ruined by people like Barry Bonds – they must be removed from the game, their history completely wiped out and start anew.  This is the only way to retain or rescue the image of professional baseball.


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Baseball Betting: How to Bet Basics

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526

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Here you can learn how to bet on baseball. Learn also why it is the best sports for novice sports bettors and gamblers.


Keywords:
baseball betting,team sports betting,point spreads,money line,basketball betting,sportsbook,total bets,run lines,sportsbooks,sports,baseball,football,nfl,sport


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If you know nothing about sports and you still feel the urge to wager, baseball is the easiest sports to wager on. As opposed to football and basketball, where you are mixed up with the point spreads and other confusing calculations, in baseball betting you simply put your money on the outcome of the game. In addition, the baseball season lasts longer, which means more matches and bigger chances to go home with the winning money. Here is a step to step guide to baseball betting. 

The main difference between baseball betting and other team sports betting such as football and basketball is that while the latter ones use point spreads, the former uses the money line.

What is a Point Spread?
Point spread is the most common betting type offered in football and basketball betting. The sportsbook spreads the odd of a certain match by subtracting points from the favorite team, which is the team most likely to win and adding points to the underdog, which is the team that will raise a lot of eyebrows if wins.

What is a Money Line?
In baseball betting, the sportsbook sets the odds strictly on the outcome of the match. In order to even the action, bettors would have to risk more money on the favorite and risk less on the underdog. This is called the money line.

For example, if the money line is minus 170 on the favorite and plus 150 on the underdog, then you would have to bet 170 dollars on the favorite in order to earn 100 dollars. On the other hand, if you bet 100 dollars on the underdog, you would win 150 dollars if they would eventually win the match.

The difference between the minus 170 on the favorite and the plus 150 on the underdog is known as the twenty cent line. If the money line was minus on the favorite and plus 150 on the underdog, it is called the ten cent line or dime line. The fifteen cent line is also common in baseball betting.

Sportsbooks also offer total bets and run lines in baseball betting.

1) Total Bets:
These wagers are based on the sum of the runs scored by both of the teams. For example, if the sportsbook sets the over under total of a match as 7, the over wins if the sum of the runs scored by both teams exceeds 7 and the under wins if it sums up to less than 7.

2) The Run Line:
This wager is the baseball variation of point spread. When you are betting on the run line, you are betting on whether one of the teams wins by more than one run, which is marked as minus 1.5 or stays within one run, marked as plus 1.5.

Conclusion:
Although the money line makes baseball betting simpler than football and basketball betting, it causes the payoffs calculation to be more complicated:

1) In order to calculate the payoff when wagering on the favorite you should add 1 to the favorite price and divide it with the favorite price.

2) In order to calculate the payoff when wagering on the underdog you should add 1 to the underdog price.


title:Basics of Aromatherapy
author:Lorna Findlay
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2841.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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Increasing numbers of people are attempting to return to a lifestyle that is purely holistic and complete, recognizing the importance of combining the mind, body, and spirit in equal measures to achieve optimum health and well-being. Reputed to be very old, and literally used in almost all civilizations of the world, aromatherapy is one form of holistic healing that is easy to and flexible to be practiced in our daily lives.
Aromatherapy contains organic, natural, unadulterated aromatic extracts, called aromatic essential oils, which come from plant origins.  These natural substances display a broad range of therapeutic effects and actions on the body.  Many of these essential oils play an important role in our daily lives, each and every moment, and in all occasions. At least one daily consumable that is used by us contains one of these essentials, like many tooth pastes and mouth washes.  There are even eatables like some baked goods that are made with essential oils.  Aromatherapy, however, refers strictly to the use of essential oils and hydrosols for health purposes and body healing.
Aromatherapy is the art of using the fragrant essential oils derived from plants to treat ailments of the mind and body. The magnificent scent of these oils evokes a variety of different responses by stimulating the olfactory and other sensory organs, which are linked to the areas of the brain which control emotions. It means that these essential oils have a direct bearing on the human constitution, body and mind. A chain of chemical reactions, initiated by this invisible stimulation then takes place, effecting a physical or emotional change in the body.
Aromatherapy is an innovative way to improve the quality of life that incorporates all principles of body and mind. Aromatherapy has already become a part of our lives, although many of us have not associated the name with the actual experience. Each human being has an emotional response, both pleasant and unpleasant, some happy and others sad, to certain scents. So the idea behind aromatherapy is, initially, to find those scents and oils, unique but different for each individual, those evoke positive sensory feelings and emotions. The next step is to introduce those essentials into our daily life to enhance well-being. Natural scents and oils keep us connected to the earth, sparking memories and emotions. They also bring back forgotten memories, emotions and lost luster in our lives. 
Pure essential oils are extracted from many parts of the plant (flower, leaf, resin, bark, root, twig, seed, berry, rind and rhizome) and the extracted oils are used to relax, replenish, balance and rejuvenate body, mind and spirit. Aromatherapy is both an art and a science that involves the basic constitution of our body. All these objectives are skillfully achieved by blending required parts of different oils and then creating a balmy complex that is used to create a heavenly experience.
How ever, the results of aromatherapy are very individual specific and vary from person to person. While experts display general agreement about the actions of certain oils, aromatherapy texts vary differently in their descriptions of the properties and characteristics of an essential oil. The basic fact is that no two persons in this world are influenced by the same aromatic oil in exactly the same way and manner. What is more, even the same person can be significantly affected differently by the same oil depending on surroundings, time or mood.
If you need to experience the real magic of these essential oils, you will have to use one of those applications in any part of daily life.  Reactions to fragrances are highly individual and specific. Here is small guideline to help you try evaluating some aromas of essential oils:
As you inhale deeply an essential oil for the first time, try and describe the aroma:

Is it sharp and stinging?
Is it subtle and smooth
Is it balanced and tuned?
Is it light or heavy?
Is it warming or cooling?
Is it sweet, spicy, woody, floral, fruity, etc.?

These are some of the basic sensory feeling you can experience on inhaling aromatic oils. Now try and describe how you perceive the aroma:

Do you like or dislike it?
Do you associate the aroma with any of your previous personal experiences?
What emotions do you have that are connected to these experiences? Is it possible to remember them?
Does the aroma produce those emotions now? Is it repetitive?
Does the aroma affect your awareness: does it rejuvenate, energize or relax?

Aromatherapy is a science that can not be comprehended so easily; the whole human race has tried to understand its undying mystery since time immemorial. However, its magical properties have always mesmerized us with a sense of awe and suspense.
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Title:
Basic Anxiety Information: Understanding its Nature and Treatments

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524

Summary:
The article is generally about basic anxiety information. The author explains what anxiety disorder is and its nature. The article also cites some of the symptoms of anxiety, including the emotional and physical indications. The two basic treatments for this type of condition are also cited in the article.


Keywords:
anxiety information


Article Body:
It is normal for a person to be anxious. Anxiety often triggers whenever an individual encounters distressing and aggravating experiences or events in their lives. It is basically a part of a person’s innate response to life problems and worries. Anxiety is also one way of indicating possible dangers that might happen.

However, it is no longer normal if the anxiety condition comes with extreme worrying and fear that prevents a person from living the accustomed life they would want to. When this happens, that person may have developed an anxiety disorder.

Today, having or experiencing anxiety disorders is quite common among stressed individuals. Fortunately for people diagnosed with anxiety disorders, there are already a number of compelling treatments for these types of conditions. As such, knowing the basic anxiety information will aid people in the foremost details of this disorder.

Defining anxiety disorder

Anxiety disorder generally covers different types of aberrant forms of phobias, fears, and worries. One may have sudden worrying attacks for no reason at all. A person may experience consuming panic attacks that often trigger without any warning. Anxiety may also come in the form of compulsions and obsessions, or one may develop a phobia of a situation, event , or object that normally do not bother other people.

Although anxiety disorder comes in many types and forms, it is basically the same in one thing: they are persistent and they trigger quite powerfully. The severity and cycle of these anxiety disorders can be disruptive, immobilizing, and distressing.

Signs of anxiety disorders

One of the most important aspects of basic anxiety information is to know the symptoms and signs of this condition. Anxiety disorders have varied physical and emotional symptoms.

Emotional or psychological signs include:

   1. Dread and uneasiness
   2. Avoidance
   3. Irritability
   4. Strong desire to escape
   5. Confusion
   6. Jumpiness or nervousness
   7. Insecurity

Physical symptoms include:

   1. Chills
   2. Shortness of breath
   3. Fatigue
   4. Insomnia
   5. Headache
   6. Muscle tension and aches
   7. Clammy hands
   8. Heart palpitations

The symptoms enumerated above are only a few of the common emotional and physical indications of having an anxiety disorder. Since there are quite a number of physical symptoms associated to anxiety disorders, some people tend to assume that they have health issues. Hence, it is really best to know the many physiological aspects of anxiety to avoid confusion.

Treating Anxiety

People who are suffering from anxiety disorder have really no excuse for consulting their conditions because there are a lot of acknowledged treatments today that are actually quite effective. Among the top recommended treatments for anxiety are cognitive-behavioral therapy and medication.

   1. Medication
Most doctors prescribed medications like anti-anxiety and anti-depressant drugs as short term treatments for anxiety. Medications are recommended among patients suffering from this condition as they act as supplementary treatments once other types of therapies are taken. However, anxiety drugs and medications may become addictive when abused.

   2. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
One very effective form of anxiety treatment is the Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy or CBT. This treatment aims to change the behavior and cognition patterns of a person suffering from severe case of anxiety. This treatment is generally conducted within 12 to 20 weeks, with the patient undergoing either in an individual or group therapy.


Title:
Basic Crunches For Abs!

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317

Summary:
Doing yoga on the ball can benefit anyone, including strong, limber athletes. Raise the bar on your yoga workout by adding ball work. Poses done on the round surface challenge balance and build core muscles while helping you develop inner focus.

Basic Crunches for Abs
With your feet flat on the floor, place your lower back on the ball, and your upper body and thighs parallel to the floor. Do crunches as usual, lifting only your shoulders and upper back off the ball, using...


Keywords:
balance ball,body balance,balance,ball,gym,gym fitness,fitness,healthy,health,fit,ball game,gym ball


Article Body:
Doing yoga on the ball can benefit anyone, including strong, limber athletes. Raise the bar on your yoga workout by adding ball work. Poses done on the round surface challenge balance and build core muscles while helping you develop inner focus.

Basic Crunches for Abs
With your feet flat on the floor, place your lower back on the ball, and your upper body and thighs parallel to the floor. Do crunches as usual, lifting only your shoulders and upper back off the ball, using your abs.

In normal everyday activity and traditional exercise, larger muscles tend to do most of the work, so the small ones weaken from lack of use, she explains. However, when you do yoga movements on the unstable surface of a ball, you strengthen those tiny, overlooked muscles through the micro-movements you make to stabilize yourself. Just sitting on the ball at your desk engages those smaller muscles effectively!

Caring For your Balance Ball
Before use, check the area for sharp objects that may puncture the ball. If possible, use a carpeted surface or exercise mat when using the ball. The ball is not intended for outdoor use as the risk of puncture is high. The ball should be inspected for gouges and deep scratches prior to use.

Getting the Right Fitness Ball
Fitness balls come in different sizes. The basic rule for choosing the correct size is that when you're sitting on the ball, you should be able to easily balance with your feet on the ground. Your hips and knees should both be at right angles. The following list matches you up with the right size ball, based on your height:

This is a simple, cheap way to get a little more use out of your exercise ball. The ability to add resistance bands (without safety being an issue) adds a whole new dynamic to how you use your exercise ball.


Title:
Basic Facts of Sociophobia

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616

Summary:
This article is about social anxiety disorder.  It is also known as social phobia.  It is a kind of mental disorder where the sufferer experiences a severe or unreasonable fear of social gatherings where there is a possibility that one may get embarrassed or ridiculed. Most of the time, these anxieties arise from an intense fear of being closely watched or scrutinized.


Keywords:
Social Anxiety Disorder, phobia, treatment, counseling


Article Body:
Social Anxiety Disorder
Social anxiety disorder is a kind of mental disorder wherein a person experiences an intense or unreasonable fear of social gatherings where there is a possibility that one may get embarrassed or ridiculed. This mental condition is also known as social phobia.  Most of the time, these anxieties arise from an intense fear of being observed and scrutinized.  This may range from simple things like the way a person walks, talks or acts; to important job functions like performing in front of a crowd, giving presentations, or finishing an interview for a job application.

Symptoms
Social phobia disrupts a person’s normal life because it makes sufferers avoid doing things that require social contact in fear of embarrassment, and situations where they might become the center of attention.  People with social phobia manifest two general symptoms:
1. Emotional symptoms which may include the following:
· An overwhelming fear of being put into situations where one is surrounded by strangers
· Being extremely scared of being in situations where the sufferer may be judged
· Worrying excessively about embarrassing or humiliating one’s self
· An baseless fear that others will notice that you look anxious
· Severe anxiety that can disrupt one’s daily routine, work, school or other activities
2. Physical symptoms include:
· blushing
· profuse sweating
· trembling or shaking
· nausea
· stomach upset
· difficulty talking
· shaky voice
· muscle tension
· confusion
· palpitations
· diarrhea
· cold and clammy hands
· difficulty making eye contact

Mental health professionals say social anxiety disorder is closely related to shyness. However social phobia differs in the sense that this disrupts normal socializing functions. It is true that everyone goes through a stage of shyness in their life, overcoming it is a different thing. When it becomes too much that it interrupts your daily life and relationships to the point where you are sick with worry, it is time to seek counsel. It is good to know the signs and symptoms of social anxiety disorder to be able to determine and treat this said condition before it worsens.

Social anxiety disorder sufferers always think that other people are more confident that they are, that other people are better than them. They feel uncomfortable being around people that it makes it difficult for them to eat, drink, work, asking questions, asking for dates, even going to the toilet, when other people are around.

Treatment
Fortunately for people with social phobia, a combination of treatments and therapies are available to help them get over this kind of anxiety disorder.  Mental health professionals have been using a combination of talk therapy and medications to minimize, if not fully get rid of, the effects of having social anxiety disorder.
Different prescription drugs are being used to help people with social phobia.  Certain anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medications, and beta-blockers help sociophobes to balance certain brain chemicals and reduce instances of having panic attacks during periods of heightened anxiety. 
Counseling, or talk therapy, helps people with social anxiety disorder by teaching them how to react to situations that trigger their anxiety. Therapists help patients confront their negative feelings about social situations and their fear of being judged. This helps patients understand how their thought patterns contribute to the symptoms of social phobia and gives than an idea on how to change the way they think to make the symptoms begin to lessen.
Being diagnosed as a sociophobe doesn’t have to mean you have to stay as one.  It is nothing to be ashamed of and should be tackled head on.  After all, with the presence of advanced medicine and a good counselling session, you’ll slowly be able to outgrow this mental condition and socialize and function normally within a group without being too anxious.


Title:
Basic information about Cholesterol

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363

Summary:
An informative article with basic information on cholesterol, risks associated with high cholesterol and ways to reduce it.


Keywords:
cholesterol, LDL, HDL


Article Body:
Cholesterol is a waxy, fatty substance that is found in every cell of the body. It is involved in the production of cell membranes, some hormones, vitamin D, bile acids, and other tissues in the body. It also insulates nerves. Cholesterol is produced in the liver, but we also get cholesterol from our diet.

The amount of cholesterol in the body depends on factors such as the rate of cholesterol production in the liver, the rate of cholesterol clearance from the body, the amount of dietary fat (particularly saturated fat) and to a lesser extent, cholesterol consumed.

The excess cholesterol in our body circulates in the bloodstream. High levels of cholesterol in the blood can clog blood vessels and increase the risk fro heart disease and stroke.

Different types of Cholesterol

Low-Density Lipoprotein (or LDL) cholesterol is a bad type of cholesterol that is most likely to clog blood vessels, increasing you risk for heart disease. High-Density Lipoprotein (or HDL) cholesterol is a good type of cholesterol. HDL cholesterol helps clear the LDL cholesterol out of the blood and reduces your risk for heart disease.

Cholesterol & Heart Disease

High cholesterol is one of the major contributors to heart disease. Research strongly indicates that lowering of cholesterol leads to a drop in the occurrence of heart disease. The main reason for this is because with less blood cholesterol, there is less plaque formation within the arterial walls. This will reduce the chances or an artery becoming blocked and causing a heart attack or stroke. Also, blood will flow through arteries with greater ease and this can lower blood pressure.

Reasons which lead to a Rise in Cholesterol:

Poor eating habits
Smoking
Excess weight or Obesity
Heredity factor
Daily Stress
Over Alcohol consumption

Ways to control or lessen Cholesterol:

Good eating habits
It is very important to follow good eating habits in order to lower your cholesterol.

Regular exercising
Experts recommend at least 30 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity five days a week for at least 12 weeks for significant cholesterol reduction.

Weight loss and maintaining it
You can lower your LDL (“bad cholesterol”) and elevate your HDL (“good cholesterol”) just by dropping some pounds.


Title:
Basic Information on Pilates rings

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566

Summary:
You’ve probably been hearing about “core” exercises and Pilates for quite a while and are probably doing it once to thrice a week, you’ve probably used different DVD’s, different styles techniques and different equipment just to get that great body that everybody is drooling about.


Keywords:
Pilates, Pilates Certification, Pilates Class, Winsor Pilates, Pilates Equipment, Pilates Mat, Pilates Video


Article Body:
You’ve probably been hearing about “core” exercises and Pilates for quite a while and are probably doing it once to thrice a week, you’ve probably used different DVD’s, different styles techniques and different equipment just to get that great body that everybody is drooling about. Hearing of all this, you’ve probably heard of the Ever present Pilates Ring, the non bulky, and cheaper alternative to all of those bulky machines.

The Pilates ring of course, as its name says, is used in the practice of Pilates, specifically for Winsor Pilates. Winsor Pilates makes use of low intensity workouts that work on the “core” of the body. By core it means the muscles in the abdomen, back and pelvis. As these are low intensity, these can be done even by those who are of weak health status. But just because it is low intensity doesn’t mean it’ll take a long time for results, or won’t have results, in fact Winsor Pilates promise results in a month, when it is used three days a week. Wisnor Pilates is distributed on DVDs.

A Pilates ring however, aside from being used to tone the buttocks and the abdominal and pelvic muscles can also be used to specifically target muscles in the leg, pecs, lats, triceps and biceps. It is an all around exercise accessory that everyone should have. To change position, you can reposition the ring in either your arms or your legs, whatever location it is that you want to tone and improve, and basically and squeezing it. But there is more to a Pilates ring than merely squeezing; anything done wrongly can cause injury, especially when exercising, so before you start, try to consult a certified Pilates instructor.

Pilates rings also have different brand names, and depending on the manufacturer, different resistances. Some manufacturers offer a line of different resistances; some offer just one line with one resistance. It is suggested that you get those that have varied resistances so that you’re your body has been used and toned at a certain level; you can further increase your workout by increasing the resistance of the Pilates ring. Some rings have a stronger resistance for a harder workout; some have lighter resistance for a lighter workout. Just remember, make sure that you can take the resistance before rushing into it. Anything, no matter how foolproof can be dangerous if used incorrectly, in short, you might get injured if you use too much resistance. Again, try to consult a certified Pilates instructor before changing resistances.

Pilates rings, boast of foam padded grips for the comfort of the user, these are the parts that make actual contact with the part of the body, making the exercise more comfortable than if done without one. Pilates rings are made of lightweight material, and may be brought with you anywhere, to the gym or at home or during travel.

The Pilates ring is only one of the few accessories, or if you must, equipment that Winsor Pilates incorporates into its program for a better workout. However, you don’t really need a Pilates program to be able to use a Pilates ring. Although the ring was made especially for this program, the Pilates ring itself can be incorporated into any other type of exercise program that you currently have, providing that you consult with your instructor.


title:Basic Weight Management
author:Richard Rigor
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1052.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
category:health
article:

The perfect diet should be combined with a healthy weight management or activity program. Weight management may conjure up that dreaded "exercise" word. And exercise to some means pushing the body beyond limits, experiencing painful in joints, muscles, bones - everywhere. No pain no gain, right? Wrong. Instead, replace the word "exercise" with "activity" and incorporate this in your daily routine.  And a general rule of thumb for guidelines about "activity" would be to strive for a minimum of 30 minutes for adults or 60 minutes for children of moderate physical activity daily.
Individual activity goals depend upon each person's health and weight goals and issues. Begin by checking with your medical advisor or healthcare physician to get a green light on which activities would be suitable for you, what your target weight range should be and a strategic plan to improve your health.
In a nutshell, during activities, calories are burned, pounds are shed in the long run. And the number of calories burned depends upon the duration and intensity or the activity. Slow and steady is the rule of thumb. And note daily progress. For those who have never been very active at all, it may be advisable to begin slow like with walking 10 minutes each day, gradually building up time and distance with increased "brisk" pacing. Even if you can't get out to walk, bike or swim, take stairs instead of elevators and escalators. Clean your house. Clean your car. Wash windows. Wash your dog. Check out exercise videos, cassettes and workout books from the public library and put some of their ideas into action (Visit http://www.idealbodyfitness.com for more info). Check out your local fitness centers, YMCA, community center, too, for ideas. Partner up with a neighbor to walk or join a community volleyball team. There are unlimited ways to be active and enjoy life at the same time without using painful weight loss strategies.
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Title:
Bathing With Essential Oils From Herbs

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441

Summary:
Imagine your self floating in a gigantic bathtub full of herbs hugging your skin; its magical powers take away your tensions, worries and transforming you to feel complete and new.

Bath is calming way to relax in today’s fast paced stressful life. It is a soothing way to start a new day and blissful send-off to bed. Herbs and its essential oils soothes aching muscles, tense nerves, skin irritations, softens skin and ensures peaches and roses complexion.

Set the stage fo...


Keywords:
Aromatherapy recipes, Essential oils, Herbs


Article Body:
Imagine your self floating in a gigantic bathtub full of herbs hugging your skin; its magical powers take away your tensions, worries and transforming you to feel complete and new.

Bath is calming way to relax in today’s fast paced stressful life. It is a soothing way to start a new day and blissful send-off to bed. Herbs and its essential oils soothes aching muscles, tense nerves, skin irritations, softens skin and ensures peaches and roses complexion.

Set the stage for your bath with a clean fresh bathroom. Keep clean towels, bath gels, herbs, loofah, etc handy. Choose relaxing music, light aromatic candles around you. All in all make sure that everything you need for your luxury is within arms reach.

While filling tub with warm water, create a bag of your favourite herbs to be used in bathing. It is ideal that you give your skin a quick loofah brush head to toe before you start. To create an herb bag, fill muslin cloth or even an old stocking with your favourite herbs. Dip it in your bath, letting the herbs gently soak in the water. Bath salts, citrus leaves, dried rose petals, dried lavender flowers to name a few to create an herb bag. If you don’t have the fondness of creating your own bag of herbs, you can definitely buy ready made herb bags.

Not more than 5 drops of essential oils should be used in a bath. Dilute it with milk or carrier oil. Common herbs and its essential oils used in bath for calming properties.

- Black Pepper – relief for aching muscles
- Clary Sage - as a perk me up and premenstrual tension
- Eucalyptus - for respiratory problems
- Geranium - for very dry or itchy skin, eczema and PMS
- Jasmine - when you wish to feel luxurious
- Lavender - dry skin, eczema, sprains, hot flashes, headaches, over work, insomnia
- Orange - to pep you up
- Rosemary - to get you going in the morning, a quick pick-me-up in the evening. Also good for aches and sore muscles.
- Chamomile, Lavender or roses are good for dry, delicate or irritated skin.
- Rosemary, Calendula and Thyme for oily skin.
- Lemon Balm - good for hyperactive children
- Citrus & Lavender - soothing and therapeutic properties
- Ylang Ylang - exfoliates and moisturizes the skin
- Apricot and Amber - moisturises, restores softness and suppleness to skin.
- Chamomile - aids in relief of aching muscles and nervousness
- Eucalyptus - opens the pores and the vapours from the bath help to clear the breathing passages.

Make sure that your bath time is a time of solitude. Just let yourself luxuriate in the watery haven. And don’t forget to put a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door.


title:Bath Time For Your Alzheimer’s Patient
author:William Hammond, J.D.
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_976.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
category:health
article:

Caring for an Alzheimer’s patient is one of the most difficult things you can do. It involves a lot of energy, time and patience. It can be very frustrating. People with Alzheimer’s may refuse help from caregivers. This is a sign that they are actually trying to communicate with you. Refusal to accept care is a sign that something is missing or not right. It’s up to the caregiver to assess the situation.
If your loved one refuses to take her bath or shower, this might be a clue that something is bothering her. It may be embarrassment. Remember that your loved one used to do all these things alone before she had Alzheimer’s and now she has to depend on another person. It is very frustrating. You may have to limit bath time. Approach the situation one step at a time in a non-threatening manner. While you help your loved one undress, use a smooth calming voice. As you bathe her, you can talk about old memories you used to share. It will make the process more enjoyable and pleasant for both of you.
If this does not work and your loved one still resists your help, then you might need try again later. When people with Alzheimer’s do not like to bathe, it often stems from fear. Make sure the lighting in the bathroom is adequate for your loved one to see. If she cannot see well, her fear will increase. Let the shower or bath run for a while to warm up the room. It will make it more comfortable. No one likes to undress in a cold room. If your loved one is using a shower, you might want to put a chair in it so she can sit down. You can purchase one of those at a medical supply store or drug store. Use a hand held shower head. This will take the water up to her level and will be less threatening.
Music is a good way to help as well. It can be good therapy. Studies have shown that some Alzheimer’s patients react very well to music. They may feel less stress. Music can decrease emotions of agitation or aggressive behavior. You can play soft music; add some fragrance in the bathroom. It will make it more inviting. You can try to use the same rituals your loved one used before when taking a bath or a shower. Routine is extremely important for persons with Alzheimer’s.
If you feel there is still tension and resistance, you can always choose another option. You can hire some professional help just for the bathing time. If you decide to get someone to help you, make sure that person has experience with Alzheimer’s disease and knows how to handle patients with dementia. You can hire someone on your own or go through an agency. They have qualified people and will be able to assist you in this situation. Sometimes, the individual with dementia will respond better to a third party rather than a family member. Put yourself in her shoes, it can be really embarrassing having someone from your family bathe you. A disinterested, but gentle, third party may help greatly.
The main thing is to handle bath time in a loving manner. Your loved one will appreciate it and it will lower her stress level, as well as yours.
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Title:
Battle Against Fatigue

Word Count:
515

Summary:
There is no debate over the fact that life is hard, busy, and often exhausting. Many people I know, mothers especially, live day after day with a feeling of fatigue. While I believe that we may never get to a place where we make it through a day without feeling tired, I in no way believe that our lives should be lived with a looming sense of unconquerable fatique. There are a few simple things that I have done to battle against the fatigue that attacks my days.

Battling ag...


Keywords:
fatigue


Article Body:
There is no debate over the fact that life is hard, busy, and often exhausting. Many people I know, mothers especially, live day after day with a feeling of fatigue. While I believe that we may never get to a place where we make it through a day without feeling tired, I in no way believe that our lives should be lived with a looming sense of unconquerable fatique. There are a few simple things that I have done to battle against the fatigue that attacks my days.

Battling against fatigue began with taking a serious look at the way I was spending my time. Did my schedule each week reflect the things in life that were most important to me? I looked through my weekly calendar for hours of time that I had wasted or spent on unnecessary things. I quickly saw that my fatigue was coming from trying to do too many things with short amounts of time. I learned that I didn't need to be a part of every committee at my children's school and that I didn't need to volunteer to make desserts for each meeting my husband had. It was frustrating but also freeing to learn that much of my fatigue was brought on by none other than myself.

I'd encourage you to keep track of the ways you spend time for the next couple of weeks. You might be surprised by all of the things crowding your time and causing you fatigue. You'll never be able to battle fatigue unless you see what is causing it.

Another huge thing in my battle against fatigue was choices I was making about my health. I took a serious look at the way I was taking care of my mind and body and I realized quickly that I wasn't doing a very good job. Who wouldn't be tired after weeks of fast food, little exercise and a lot of caffeine? I slowly began to make steps to eating healthier, exercising more, and drinking less caffeine. After just a few weeks I was amazed by the increased level of energy I had and by how much better I was sleeping at the end of each busy day.

What are you doing to take care of your body? Fatigue will hinder every area of your life until you make good choices for yourself. Look for ways to eat fresher, more healthy foods and look to incorporate exercise into your days.

The third thing I did to battle my fatigue was to make a little time in my days for special things that I could enjoy alone. I picked up a few books that I had been wanting to read and I took thirty minutes each day just to read for fun. I began enjoying bubble baths again and I even took up knitting after several years of being too busy. Look for small things you can add to your life to keep your mind at peace.

The battle against fatigue isn't easy, but I promise you that it is a battle well worth winning.


Title:
Battling an Eating Disorder: When Bulimia Becomes a True American Idol Sized Problem

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799

Summary:
The most lethal of all the metal health disorders, bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa are extremely hard to recognize. Bulimia is among the most frequently missed diagnoses.  Recovery from it can be a long-term process, requiring input from a diverse team of professionals.


Keywords:
Eating Disorder, Bulimia, Bulimia Nervosa, Anorexia Nervosa, Mental Health Disorders


Article Body:
In a People Magazine article, American Idol contestant, Katherine McPhee disclosed that she has secretly suffered from bulimia for the past five years. It was her success in television’s American Idol competition that inspired her to come forward and get help to recover from her life-threatening eating disorder. Katherine, a vocalist who at her worst point was self-inducing vomiting up to seven times a day, claimed that she realized her bulimic behaviors were “equivalent to taking a sledgehammer to her throat” and brought herself to treatment.

Glamorizing Eating Disorder Illnesses? Or Becoming an Invaluable Role Model?

Some may think when celebrities like Katherine come forward with such problems it only “glamorizes” the illness and encourages dysfunction in impressionable young people. In reality, some impressionable youngsters may respond by engaging in self-destructive experimentation, but for the most part, the responses of people like Katherine McPhee provide invaluable role modeling for fans.

Though statistics show that 1 percent of young females in this country suffer with bulimia, the numbers most likely do not reflect the enormity of the problem, as bulimia is among the most frequently missed diagnoses, and only a minority of people with eating disorders, especially with bulimia nervosa, are treated in mental healthcare. A problem cannot be solved until it is defined. In coming forward as she has, McPhee has displayed the courage and intention to achieve her dreams, to become proactive in making her life as healthy, gratified and fulfilled as it can be. Despite the widely held misconception that “once eating disordered, always eating disordered,” eating disorders are fully curable in 80 percent of cases where recognized early and treated effectively. In her forthright and courageous stand, this American Idol contestant has become a true American idol.

Uncovering the Secrets of Bulimia Nervosa and Anorexia Nervosa: The Most Lethal Mental Health Disorders

The most lethal of all the metal health disorders, bulimia nervosa and anorexia nervosa are extremely hard to recognize. Highly secretive diseases, they rarely show up in doctors’ offices during physical or functional assessments; even laboratory tests do not show evidence of eating disorders until they are in their most advanced stages. By their nature counterintuitive, eating disorders typically give victims a pseudo-sense of power and control, creating the illusion of feeling and becoming “better than ever.” In actual fact, certain stages of recovery feel more precarious and painful than does the disease itself. Making matters even more confusing, many of the symptoms of these lethal disorders lay somewhere along the continuum of normal human behaviors. Who doesn’t overeat, under-eat or engage in emotional or social eating at times?

Eating disorders, which essentially represent an abuse of food in an effort to resolve emotional problems, transcend a dysfunctional relationship with food to represent the tip of a physical, emotional, cognitive, behavioral and social iceberg, with early signs of clinical eating disorders typically evident in diverse life spheres.

8 signs that parents and families may see at home, around the dinner table, in the family bathroom, or the child’s bedroom:

• Erratic eating, eating too much or too little, too frequently or too seldom.

• Dieting and other restrictive eating behaviors (in some instances vegetarianism or skipping meals) that can result in extreme hunger and gorging, irregular menstrual periods.
• Fear of putting on weight, with an all-encompassing preoccupation with food and eating that can account for as much as 80 percent of an individual’s thoughts
• Hiding food, and feeling shame and guilt after eating it. The refusal to eat in the company of others.
• Depressive moods
• Various forms of purging, including self-induced vomiting, excessive exercising, laxative, diuretic, or Ipecac abuse
• Disappearances into the bathroom during or following meals
• Impulsive, immoderate and out of control behaviors beyond the realm of eating, that might include shop lifting, promiscuity, cutting, engaging in chaotic relationships, abuse of substances such as drugs, alcohol, nicotine, diet pills, etc.

There is nothing passive about eating disorders. Always on the move, they are either getting better or you can be certain they are getting worse. Eating disorder recovery can be a long-term process, requiring input from a diverse team of professionals including physicians, psychotherapists, family therapists, nutritionists, psycho pharmacologists and school counselors. The course of recovery will be as variable, must be as comprehensive, and in many ways will feel as convoluted as the course of disease, typically combining outpatient and inpatient treatment milieus and diverse treatment modes. Victims of eating disorders, as young as age 5 or as old as 60, male or female, individuals alone or living within the context of a supportive or not so supportive family system need help to recognize, accept and conquer these diseases…to become capable of reclaiming their lives, proactively, with steadfast commitment… to fight the good fight for life and life quality.


title:Battling Childhood Obesity through Smart Eating
author:Protica Nutritional Research
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1234.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

Finally, a positive solution regarding America’s difficult and costly campaign to stem childhood obesity is emerging.  For the thousands of children and their families who are currently battling with childhood obesity, this good news is long awaited. 
Indeed, the risk factors for childhood obesity read like a checklist of ailments that only a generation ago would never have been linked to children and diet: heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and of course, social ridicule and alienation [i].  This latter consequence of childhood obesity -- ridicule and alienation -- has the dual effect of damaging a child both physically and emotionally far beyond childhood, and possibly for the rest of his or her natural life.
For years, medical experts have called for a multi-faceted strategy to address this epidemic.  It has been clear that any long-term solution must be fought on four major fronts: physical activity, sedentary behavior, socioeconomic status, and eating habits [ii]. 
Yet there is room for another pillar; or, at the very least, the identification of another component that must be a part of any lasting solution.  This fifth pillar, or undiscovered component, is smart nutritional supplements.
Many obese children have been told repeatedly by well-intentioned dieticians that eating smart is the key to overcoming this scarring condition. This is easier said than done; especially when emotional eating or an unobserved food addiction [1] may fuel adverse eating habits.
Yet being told to “eat smart” is oftentimes not enough.  Children must be provided with foods that are nutritionally sound, and foods that they actually enjoy eating.  It is this latter criterion that most well-intentioned experts and caregivers overlook.  This is explained below.
Most obese children are neither unable to learn, nor willfully disobedient.  Some of these children even have remarkable support from their well-adjusted families who dutifully remove the usual suspects of chips, soft drinks, chocolate bars, and other damaging foods from the home.  Yet many of these same children continue to gain weight and march ever closer to the litany of health defects noted above. 
These children are not sadistic, and they are not attempting to kill themselves through eating; though some do because of the stigma associated with their condition.  Indeed, many obese children are cognitively aware of the danger to which they are subjecting their bodies.  Yet they continue to snack away in secret, or binge on foods when they get the chance, thereby undoing whatever minor gains might have been achieved in the previous few days or weeks.
The problem is one of food selection.  Generally speaking, children of all weights and shapes will not eat something that they do not like.  For obese children who have typically had unfettered access to highly stimulating foods such as gravies and sugar-loaded soft drinks, the willpower to eat unpalatable foods is undeveloped.  Indeed, the dietician may snack away on carrots and celery while talking to an obese child about the importance of eating smart.  For the obese child, carrots and celery are foreign foods for which there is no known preference.
This fifth pillar, or new component, is therefore one that provides obese children with nutritional supplements that they will eat.  As stunningly obvious – even axiomatic – as this seems, it has been lost on many experts until recently. 
Thankfully, as noted above, there is a solution emerging. It is one that meets this demand for tasty, healthy foods.  Forward-thinking companies that understand their consumers are creating low-calorie, highly nutritious foods fortified with life-sustaining vitamins and protein.  More importantly: they are tasty, and are often packaged in colorful containers that are “teen-friendly”.  Companies including MetRx™, Experimental and Applied Sciences™, Protica Research™, and others develop products that fit well within these requirements.  Granted, a healthy diet does not start or end with nutritional supplements. A healthy diet employs nutritional supplements to complement and fortify real foods.
Indeed, children and families affected by the obesity epidemic in America are cautiously optimistic at this point; after all, they have been promised solutions in the past.  However, thanks to the next generation of nutritional supplements, there is an expectation that this optimism will steadily grow with every success story, and every child that recovers from the potentially devastating impact of obesity.
REFERENCES

[i] Source: “The Problem of Overweight in Children and Adolescents”.  The US Department of Health and Human Services. 
http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/obesity/calltoaction/fact_adolescents.htm

[ii] Source: “Childhood Obesity”.  American Obesity Association. 
http://www.obesity.org/subs/childhood/causes.shtml

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Title:
Bauch muss weg

Word Count:
570

Summary:
Bald ist der Sommer wieder da, und dann spätestens da muss man seine Bikini und Sommerkleider rausholen, und sich reinzuzwängen. Nun bleibt also nur noch wenig Zeit und der Bauch muss weg!


Keywords:
Während des langen und kalten Winter haben sich hie rund da ein paar Fettschichten abgelagert. Die meisten Frauen nehmen besonders am Bauch zu, der nun laut und rund nach vorne schaut und teilweise hängt. Wo bleibt der sexy flache Bauch, ohne Fettposterchen? Speckröllchen am Bauch sind meisten besonders hartnäckig und schwer zu bekämpfen. Wer diesen Sommer im Schwimmbad eine gute Figur haben will und seinen Bauch nicht zurückziehen muss, sollte sich rechtzeitig auf ein paar Änderungen in seinem Leben einstellen. Hier ein paar einfache Tipps, wie man seinen Bauch weg kriegt, und dass ohne sich unters Messer zu legen!

Um in kurzer Zeit seinen Winterbauch abzuarbeiten muss man einiges tun. Da zählt nicht nur körperliche Anstrengungen, sondern auch die Ernährung einer wichtigen Eigenschaft.

Ernährung
Fangen wir mit dem schwersten an, der Ernährung. Wer einen flachen Bauch haben will muss nicht unbedingt eine Diet machen. Aber wer auf seine Ernährung achtet wird natürlich schneller einen flachen Bauch haben und mehr davon profitieren. Wie wäre es einfach mal auf Alkohol und Zucker zu verzichten. Ohne sich im geringsten zu einschränken sollte man auf Dickmacher, Fast Food und unnötigem Süßen zur Seite legen und dann lieber mit dem flachen Bauch an einem Eis ohne schlechten Gewissen lecken!

Spezial Tipp Ingwer

Ingwer ist gut für die Verdauung. Die Inhaltsstoffe des Ingwers erleichtern den Bauch und lässt in nicht aufgeschwollen aussehen. Besonders nach einer Mahlzeit, spürt man den Bauch angeschwollen und merkt, wie schwer er arbeitet. Ingwer ist ein perfekte "Oma Hausmittel" für den flachen Bauch.
Wer also gleich am Morgen ein Glas stilles Wasser mit ein paar Scheiben Ingwer und Spritzer einer Zitrone trinkt, wird den Unterschied merken.
Diese Mischung entwässert den Bauch und kurbelt gleichzeitig dessen Verdauung an.

Generell viel Trinken
Ein Mensch sollte mindesten zwei Liter Wasser am Tag trinken, doch nur die wenigsten halten sich danach. Wer jedoch einen flachen Bauch haben möchte und generell gerne ein paar Kilos flattern lassen will, sollte anfangen mehr zu trinken. Wer viel am Tag trinkt, reinigt sein Körper und unterdrückt den spontanen Heißhunger. Beim Trinken wird sich der Bauch zu meist voll anfühlen, doch da es sich jegliche ums Wasser handelt, wird dieser schnell abgearbeitet.

Hausrezept Molke
Einer des bewährtesten Bauchs weg Hausrezept ist das Trinken der Molke. Man sollte also ab und zu einen Molketag einlegen! Dabei sollte man über den Tag verteilt, 1 1/2 bis 2 Liter Molke zu sich nehmen, zusätzlich zu einem Liter Wasser. Molke enthält wenig Kalorien, fördert den Stoffwechsel und baut Schlacken ab. Molke hat also die perfekte Bestandteile für ein Bauch weg Abbau!

Bauch weg zupfen
Viele schwören auf der Bauch Zupfmassage, die die Verdauung des Bauches anregt und dazu noch ihn festigt. Mit nur wenigen zupfen und massieren kriegt man gleich ein neues Bauchgefühl. Also, tägliche drei Minuten kleine Hautpartien am Bauch zwischen Daumen und Zeigefinger, zart ziehen und dann loslassen. Die Zupfmassage strafft die Haut und das Bindegewebe

Bauch weg Übungen
Natürlich geht ohne Übungen und Schweiß gar nichts. Wer einen flachen Bauch haben will muss auch dafür was tun!  Wer gezielt Bauchübungen macht, wird ganz schnell die Wirkungen spüren und sehen. Sit-ups und andere Bauchübungen gehen gezielt an die Bauchmuskeln und bewirken einen schönen flachen Bauch





Article Body:
Während des langen und kalten Winter haben sich hie rund da ein paar Fettschichten abgelagert. Die meisten Frauen nehmen besonders am Bauch zu, der nun laut und rund nach vorne schaut und teilweise hängt. Wo bleibt der sexy flache Bauch, ohne Fettposterchen? Speckröllchen am Bauch sind meisten besonders hartnäckig und schwer zu bekämpfen. Wer diesen Sommer im Schwimmbad eine gute Figur haben will und seinen Bauch nicht zurückziehen muss, sollte sich rechtzeitig auf ein paar Änderungen in seinem Leben einstellen. Hier ein paar einfache Tipps, wie man seinen Bauch weg kriegt, und dass ohne sich unters Messer zu legen!

Um in kurzer Zeit seinen Winterbauch abzuarbeiten muss man einiges tun. Da zählt nicht nur körperliche Anstrengungen, sondern auch die Ernährung einer wichtigen Eigenschaft.

Ernährung
Fangen wir mit dem schwersten an, der Ernährung. Wer einen flachen Bauch haben will muss nicht unbedingt eine Diet machen. Aber wer auf seine Ernährung achtet wird natürlich schneller einen flachen Bauch haben und mehr davon profitieren. Wie wäre es einfach mal auf Alkohol und Zucker zu verzichten. Ohne sich im geringsten zu einschränken sollte man auf Dickmacher, Fast Food und unnötigem Süßen zur Seite legen und dann lieber mit dem flachen Bauch an einem Eis ohne schlechten Gewissen lecken!

Spezial Tipp Ingwer

Ingwer ist gut für die Verdauung. Die Inhaltsstoffe des Ingwers erleichtern den Bauch und lässt in nicht aufgeschwollen aussehen. Besonders nach einer Mahlzeit, spürt man den Bauch angeschwollen und merkt, wie schwer er arbeitet. Ingwer ist ein perfekte "Oma Hausmittel" für den flachen Bauch.
Wer also gleich am Morgen ein Glas stilles Wasser mit ein paar Scheiben Ingwer und Spritzer einer Zitrone trinkt, wird den Unterschied merken.
Diese Mischung entwässert den Bauch und kurbelt gleichzeitig dessen Verdauung an.

Generell viel Trinken
Ein Mensch sollte mindesten zwei Liter Wasser am Tag trinken, doch nur die wenigsten halten sich danach. Wer jedoch einen flachen Bauch haben möchte und generell gerne ein paar Kilos flattern lassen will, sollte anfangen mehr zu trinken. Wer viel am Tag trinkt, reinigt sein Körper und unterdrückt den spontanen Heißhunger. Beim Trinken wird sich der Bauch zu meist voll anfühlen, doch da es sich jegliche ums Wasser handelt, wird dieser schnell abgearbeitet.

Hausrezept Molke
Einer des bewährtesten Bauchs weg Hausrezept ist das Trinken der Molke. Man sollte also ab und zu einen Molketag einlegen! Dabei sollte man über den Tag verteilt, 1 1/2 bis 2 Liter Molke zu sich nehmen, zusätzlich zu einem Liter Wasser. Molke enthält wenig Kalorien, fördert den Stoffwechsel und baut Schlacken ab. Molke hat also die perfekte Bestandteile für ein Bauch weg Abbau!

Bauch weg zupfen
Viele schwören auf der Bauch Zupfmassage, die die Verdauung des Bauches anregt und dazu noch ihn festigt. Mit nur wenigen zupfen und massieren kriegt man gleich ein neues Bauchgefühl. Also, tägliche drei Minuten kleine Hautpartien am Bauch zwischen Daumen und Zeigefinger, zart ziehen und dann loslassen. Die Zupfmassage strafft die Haut und das Bindegewebe

Bauch weg Übungen
Natürlich geht ohne Übungen und Schweiß gar nichts. Wer einen flachen Bauch haben will muss auch dafür was tun!  Wer gezielt Bauchübungen macht, wird ganz schnell die Wirkungen spüren und sehen. Sit-ups und andere Bauchübungen gehen gezielt an die Bauchmuskeln und bewirken einen schönen flachen Bauch


Title:
BBC Banned Music: Top Singles Banned By the BBC

Word Count:
585

Summary:
Here you can read about some the top singles that were banned by Auntie Beeb.


Keywords:
BBC banned music, British Broadcasting Corporation, British radio, BBC ban, BBC official singles chart, UK single charts, Auntie Beeb, BBC Radio 1 chart show, music,history, arts,


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The British Broadcasting Corporation also known as the BBC is a public broadcasting corporation. Therefore, it allows itself to ban materials that deviate from certain standards of civility. During the years, many singles that were seen as too explicit, distasteful or bear the potential for offending the British public were banned from BBC airplay. Here you can read about some of them.


In 1977, when England was celebrating the Queens Jubilee, the Sex Pistols had released their second single titled God Save the Queen. The single includes controversial lyrics that rhyme the national anthem title with fascist regime. Moreover, the record cover displayed a picture of the Queen with a safety pin stuck in her nose.

The single was found to offensive to be air played by the BBC, but it did not stop it from reaching number two on the BBC official singles chart. According to the myth, God Save the Queen was the top selling single in the UK at the time, but it was held back of number one to avoid controversies.

Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin scandalous duet Je TAime ... Moi Non Plus, translated: I love you... me neither, was the first ever number one hit to be banned by the BBC. Although at the time of its release, in 1969, the sexual revolution was celebrated, the British radio still was not able to cope with such explicit lyrics, not to mention Birkins moans and groans.

The BBC ban and The Vatican denounce, did not stop Je TAime ... Moi Non Plus from being a top selling single in the UK and worldwide. In October 7, 1969, the single reached number one in the BBC official singles chart. At the same time, it had reached number 69 at the US singles chart.

Je TAime ... Moi Non Plus was a major influence on another BBC banned single, Donna Summers disco pioneer from 1976 titled Love to Love You Baby. After counting 23 faked orgasms performed by Summer in Love to Love You Baby, the British Broadcasting Corporation banned the song. However, it did not stop it from becoming a massive hit. Love to Love You Baby reached number four on the UK single charts but peaked to number two on the Billboard pop chart.

Relax by Frankie Goes to Hollywood is one of the most controversial singles as well as commercially successful singles in history. The BBC did not only ban the song it also did not stop BBC Radio 1 DJ Mike Read to publicly express his feelings of disgust from the single's explicit lyrics. In 1984, Relax stayed in the UK singles charts for 42 weeks. In five of them, it stayed in number one. By the end of 1984, embarrassed Auntie Beeb removed the ban. Relax is still very popular worldwide and it is one of the most recognized symbols of the era. The arguments on whether it gained such a huge success despite the BBC ban or the BBC ban helped promoting it have not been settled yet.

Paul McCartney and the Wings response to the 1972 Bloody Sunday events titled Give Ireland Back to the Irish, was banned by every media resource in the UK. It was forbidden from being broadcast by the BBC, Radio Luxembourg and the Independent Television Authority. In addition, the song title was not allowed to be pronounced on the air, so when it arrived to the BBC Radio 1 chart show it was presented as a record by the group Wings. However, Give Ireland Back to the Irish hit the top of the Irish singles charts.


title:Beach Body Abs
author:Nathan P Boyd
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_530.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
category:health
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With the return of warm weather in the spring, thoughts can never be too far behind of the approaching summer and the many wonderful outdoor activities that we’ll often associate with it and among our top favorite summertime activities will always be the trip to the beach. Warm blue skies, refreshing ocean breezes, hot sand, cool waves and the many attempts at constructing the perfect sand castle; you can swear you’re almost there just thinking of it. But that mental image just wouldn’t be complete without also including images of hard, bronze bodies in attractive swimsuits soaking up the sun. Let’s face it, attractive physiques will always be a top draw at the beach and the abs, or midsection, is the first thing that everyone notices.
But showing off beach body caliber abs certainly don’t come easy. Successful ab training is a combination of a healthy, lean diet, consistent cardio work, and a comprehensive abdominal training plan. While all of that may sound daunting, it is certainly within your ability to attain a chiseled midsection that other beach goers will positively ogle at, and you certainly still have enough time to do so. This article will provide you with the steps you’ll need to take to help you look your beach-body best.
Diet
The first thing you’re going to have to change will be your diet. It goes without saying that even if you had the best abs in the world, it will still look pretty ordinary if a layer of bodyfat covers it. Diet plays a crucial role in defining your midsection so some modifications will be required in order for your body to look it’s best. To begin with, get into the habit of using a diet log to keep track of your meals. Everyone is less likely to cheat when they know they have to write down everything they’ve eaten each day. An elaborate journal isn’t necessary either; a simple notepad can work just fine. Also, begin switching to six small meals a day now instead of three larger ones to help rev up your metabolism as well as prevent the stretching of the stomach and the abdominal walls which occurs when one gorges themselves in food.
Next, you’ll want to start creating a slight caloric deficit each day to help burn away the bodyfat. It is recommended that you work on losing only a pound or two, a week, of bodyfat. The weekly loss of any more weight than this, for the typical person, probably includes substantial amounts of water weight and muscle tissue and can wreck havoc on your metabolism. Remember, it’s the bodyfat that’s covering your abs that you’ll want to lose so a good rule of thumb is to cut back your daily energy requirements by only around 500 calories a day.
Now if you’re not sure what your daily energy requirements are for your current bodyweight (or the amount of calories you will have to consume each day to stay at your current weight), you can use this easy-to-remember formula as a guide. To estimate your daily total caloric needs, multiply 24 times 1.0 (if you’re a man) or 0.9 (if you’re a woman) by each kilogram of bodyweight you weigh. Then multiply that result by 1.7 (for a moderately active man) or 1.6 (for a moderately active woman).
(Men) 1.7 x 24 x 1.0 x bodyweight (in kg)
(Women) 1.6 x 24 x 0.9 x bodyweight (in kg)
To determine how many kilograms you weigh, divide your bodyweight in pounds by 2.2. Remember though that this formula is only a guide. It is highly recommended that you use the formula as a starting point, and then pay close attention to your body in order to fine-tune your calories according to how your body responds to your efforts. Look at your body in a mirror, if it doesn’t appear (or feel) as if your body is losing any weight after a week or two, then reduce the amount of calories you ingest even more.
Cardio
You’ll next want to start including cardio (aerobic exercises) into your weekly routine. There are few short-term options that can burn calories and strip away the bodyfat better than sessions of aerobic activities. It is no coincidence that even top-level bodybuilders will steadily increase their cardio workouts as a contest approaches to help really bring out their muscle definition. Begin by working out 3-4 times per week for 20 to 30 minutes at a time on a treadmill or a stationary exercise bike. Then work your way up to more intense sessions of at least moderate intensity for 45 minutes or longer by weeks 3 and 4. The last few weeks before you hit the beach, you’ll want to include interval training into your routine to really help blast away the last few pounds of bodyfat.
Exercise
Spot-reducing your way to abdominal definition is a myth. It is impossible to localize fat loss over any one specific area of your body and is the reason why it is important for you to also watch your diet and include aerobic training if you truly wish to showcase some beach-body abs. But the inclusion of some solid abdominal training is still important for great abs. Strengthening the abdominal wall will tone and help reduce, if not prevent, any unnecessary sagging of the belly. Also, abdominal workouts will certainly develop the muscles of the ab (particularly the rectus abdominus and the external obliques) and enable them to easily become more visible, sharper and tight.
While there are literally hundreds of abdominal exercises to choose from, it is important that several considerations are first kept in mind before performing any of them. First, it is strongly recommended that you learn how to focus on feeling the contraction of your abs when exercising and really squeeze the muscle at the top of any rep. There are many individuals out there who lay claim to performing several hundred sit-ups per day, but it is the quality that counts here and not necessarily the quantity. Become more efficient when performing your abdominal exercises and allow the muscle do the work and do not use the mechanical involvement of other bodyparts or even momentum to help swing the body in order to complete any reps. Additionally, make sure that you maintain continuous tension while performing your reps and never allow your body to rest at the bottom of a movement. Finally, be sure to breathe in during the relaxation phase of your movements and exhale during the contraction phase of the reps.
Having now prepared yourself, choose three exercises to perform for your abs and complete 2 sets, of 15 – 20 reps on each exercise, three times a week. Once again, focus on squeezing the muscle at the top of the movement and go in a slow, deliberate manner during each repetition. Recommended abdominal exercises for beginners during their first week would be crunches (with legs supported on a bench), seated twists, and knee-ups or lying leg raises. As the next few weeks progresses and your conditioning improves, you will need to increase the intensity factor for the abs to really shine. Begin by increasing the number of sets of each exercise from two to three and then add additional, more advanced, movements to allow for up to five exercises for your abs. Recommended abdominal exercises during this stage could include reverse crunches, crunches on an incline board, vertical leg raises, medicine-ball twists and decline-bench twisting crunches. You literally have from hundreds of movements to choose from. During the last two weeks before you hit the beach, begin cutting back on the rest time between your sets and also start to include supersets of your exercises in which you complete one set of each exercise without stop.
While there are still other factors that could be included for consideration of your ab training, consistently eating a lean diet, performing cardio work and exercising your abs with sufficient intensity will always remain at its core. Put in the work on those three tenets of abdominal development and you’ll be sure to possess a beach-body that will look great in a bathing suit and absolutely turn heads this summer!
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title:Bean Shaped Kidneys
author:Tyler Brooker
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2983.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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The kidneys are bean-shaped organs in our bodies vertebrates, they are part of the urinary system. The kidneys are responsible for filtering wastes like urea from the blood system. Once the Kidney has filtered out the waste it excretes them, along with water, as urine.
A Humans kidneys are two organs which can be found in the posterior part of the abdomen. There is one kidney on each side of the spine located just below the liver. Beside each kidney is what is called an adrenal gland which can also be be called a suprarenal gland. Behind the lining of the abdominal cavity is where kidneys located. This corrolates to  approximately T12 to L3 at the vertebral level. In orderd to accomodate the left liver, the right kidney usually lies just a bit lower than the left.
A average size kidney in a human adult is approximately 11.5 cm in length and about 4.5 cm depth. It isn't unreasonable for a kidney to weigh up to 160 grams. Kidneys have adopted the name, the "bean-shaped" organ, due to their concave sides facing inwards. On these concave sides to each kidney is an opening, which is called the Hilus. The Hilus admits to the renal artery, the renal vein, nerves, and the ureter.
Because of the Kidney's resonsibility for filtering out waste in the human body there are lots of infections and different diseases that can start to take them over. Some of the common diseases include Kidney Stones, Cancer in the Kidney. And often times these different infections can cause the entire kidney to fail.
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Title:
Beating Anxiety as You Climb the Corporate Ladder

Word Count:
1008

Summary:
: Performance anxiety is a modern social problem that many people now suffer from. There are drugs that can deal with the problem, but some of them can develop unwanted side effects.


Keywords:
 performance anxiety, anti anxiety drug


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As they climb up the corporate ladder, modern corporate executives normally experience and try to deal with the modern social problem called anxiety. You might be making that “make or break” project presentation in front of the board, and you know that that is the time where you can make your first --- or maybe your last impression.  You might be preparing to talk to a new, fresh batch of employees who are, by all indications, better trained than you and only lack the experience in the field. You might end up in a situation that is nowhere near similar to the above. And, ultimately, it won't matter because there are a million situations that could trigger performance anxiety.

Now, being nervous and afraid is perfectly natural, but having performance anxiety is not. This distressful condition is not only confined to the problems in the boudoir.  It is experienced by thousands of people every single day who find something to be nervous about. Nervousness is a reaction that can keep you alert and on your toes. Fear can help you focus on the task at hand, as well as providing you with something to take as a challenge. The average human psyche is capable of handling or adapting to both problems. However, performance anxiety is not something that you can deal with on your own, even  under the most normal of circumstances. Performance anxiety takes fear and nervousness to an entirely new level.  Once struck by it, people can even be psychologically crippled and lose their ability to competently operate on a social and professional level.

Performance anxiety is something that can be overcome with the proper combination of prescription drugs and therapy. Anti anxiety drug options come in a wide variety, which provides people dealing with performance anxiety issues a wide range of options. While all  drug variants, as well as most other drugs that a psychiatrist or doctor might prescribe, target the central nervous system, some medications can have therapeutic effects on more than one particular disorder.

Benzodiazepine is one among many key ingredients of drugs concocted to control anxiety, though by no means is it the absolute core component. The relief obtained from drugs based on this particular family of compounds is often short-term.  On a positive note, this family of anti anxiety drug is quick-acting and a good way to stave off an anxiety attack at the last minute.

Certain barbiturates have also been said to act as similar to a benzodiazepine-based drug and have longer effects than your typical benzodiazepine, but most studies show that barbiturates are also habit-forming. In rare cases, a barbiturate is actually more likely to cause a person suffering from performance anxiety to form an addiction. For those interested in alternative medicine, there are a variety of herbal treatments that have been known to be used as an anti anxiety drug. However, more research still needs to be done to determine the balance between folklore and science to determine the real effects of these herbal treatments.








As they climb up the corporate ladder, modern corporate executives normally experience and try to deal with the modern social problem called anxiety. You might be making that “make or break” project presentation in front of the board, and you know that that is the time where you can make your first --- or maybe your last impression.  You might be preparing to talk to a new, fresh batch of employees who are, by all indications, better trained than you and only lack the experience in the field. You might end up in a situation that is nowhere near similar to the above. And, ultimately, it won't matter because there are a million situations that could trigger performance anxiety.

Now, being nervous and afraid is perfectly natural, but having performance anxiety is not. This distressful condition is not only confined to the problems in the boudoir.  It is experienced by thousands of people every single day who find something to be nervous about. Nervousness is a reaction that can keep you alert and on your toes. Fear can help you focus on the task at hand, as well as providing you with something to take as a challenge. The average human psyche is capable of handling or adapting to both problems. However, performance anxiety is not something that you can deal with on your own, even  under the most normal of circumstances. Performance anxiety takes fear and nervousness to an entirely new level.  Once struck by it, people can even be psychologically crippled and lose their ability to competently operate on a social and professional level.

Performance anxiety is something that can be overcome with the proper combination of prescription drugs and therapy. Anti anxiety drug options come in a wide variety, which provides people dealing with performance anxiety issues a wide range of options. While all  drug variants, as well as most other drugs that a psychiatrist or doctor might prescribe, target the central nervous system, some medications can have therapeutic effects on more than one particular disorder.

Benzodiazepine is one among many key ingredients of drugs concocted to control anxiety, though by no means is it the absolute core component. The relief obtained from drugs based on this particular family of compounds is often short-term.  On a positive note, this family of anti anxiety drug is quick-acting and a good way to stave off an anxiety attack at the last minute.

Certain barbiturates have also been said to act as similar to a benzodiazepine-based drug and have longer effects than your typical benzodiazepine, but most studies show that barbiturates are also habit-forming. In rare cases, a barbiturate is actually more likely to cause a person suffering from performance anxiety to form an addiction. For those interested in alternative medicine, there are a variety of herbal treatments that have been known to be used as an anti anxiety drug. However, more research still needs to be done to determine the balance between folklore and science to determine the real effects of these herbal treatments.


title:Beating Obesity In Children
author:David McCarthy
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3880.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
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Obesity in children is the biggest challenge facing parents in these early years of the twenty-first century and this article is designed to take a long hard look at the reasons.
Over the past 30 years children, and population in general, have been heading deeper into an obesity pattern, just as hours spent watching television or sitting in front of a computer have risen proportionately. In fact the graphs for obesity and television/computer sitting rise almost in unison, so there is little doubt that the two are linked. The challenge that faces parents is to tempt their children away from passive activities into action activities. A child gains more from chasing a ball in a local park than they do from TV or the internet so the first question you should ask of yourself is: “Am I doing enough to ensure my child achieves the basic level of sporting activity?” - It is parents that have created this situation by spending too much time at work at the expense of their children and therefore it is parents who must correct the situation.
The next thing that needs looking at is diet. A burger, pizza or some other take-home meal is fine as a once a month treat but not as a basic diet. There is a food pyramid indicating what we should eat to remain healthy and we should all be doing our utmost to follow the recommendations if we are truly interested in maintaining a healthy and long life.
Side note: See http://www.recipesmania.com/article-food-pyramid-1.html for more information.
Parents that I’ve met have made a pyramid of excuses why they can’t get their children into sport and physical activity, why they can’t get them to eat healthy food etc. But they all have one thing in common; they are just excuses that try to convince them that there is no problem. The problem isn’t in the children, it is a parental problem because when a parent states: ‘I’ve tried everything but it doesn’t work.’ They are really saying; ‘My children call the shots and lack respect for me and my judgment.’
Think about it for a moment.
- Isn’t it the role of a parent to give guidance to a child?
- Isn’t diet and activity guidance that will lead to a long healthy life a worthwhile goal for a parent?
- Do you think that a child truly respects a person that constantly gives in to them?
- If your child doesn’t learn to respect advice from people with greater experience what chance do they have at school or work?
There is a whole list of other questions but I think the few above are enough for now. It is not cruel to children to feed them a healthy diet and a healthy, but fun, exercise routine. I leave it to you to answer the alternative question: Is it kind to make your children unhealthy because doing the right thing takes a little effort at times? It is the healthy, well adjusted, children who will show most love to their parents in years to come. The secret is to make life fun and you have to be healthy to enjoy fun.
This article is copyright © David McCarthy 2006.
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title:Beat Bad Circulation
author:David Crowton
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2832.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
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Are you one of the millions of people in the world suffering from bad blood circulation? With out even knowing it, you might be! You might not necessarily have a lot of symptoms if you are suffering with bad circulation (Peripheral Vascular Disease or PVD.) but you should be aware that it can be treated.
It can also be a signal your body is sending, letting you know something more serious is going on. Like clogged arteries or blood clots. For me the symptoms started very slowly and were minor. I just took it as part of my body falling asleep or that I had slept wrong on my arms or my legs. You don’t have to be old to have bad circulation. For me it started in my teens. I was what most people considered over active in sports. Practicing soccer, handball and speed skating about 6 hours a day 7 days a week put a great strain on my body.
After getting injured I was forced to quit all sports which did not go over to well with my body. Veins blew out all over my legs and I noticed that my feet kept going numb quite often. I figured they just went to “sleep” because I was not used to being still so much. Over the years the numbness spread from my feet up my legs. Still I kept ignoring it. Four children later the numbness had spread to my hands and I could no longer ignore it. This was when my husband came across a book online called “Beat Bad Circulation.” After him being on me for a long time to read the book I had to. Believe it or not it has helped me a lot.
This book explains bad circulation and things that can help you beat bad circulation. My hands no longer go numb and my legs and feet are better than they have been in years.
“Beat Bad Circulation” might not be the solution for everybody but if you are suffering from bad blood circulation it is worth reading and it just might help you to. Like I said the name of the book is “Beat Bad Circulation.” Maybe its all you need to get that blood flowing again and feel well again.
Please go to www.BeatBadCirculation.com or visit www.HealthCrow.com Theses sites are members of the www.CrowSites.com network.
Here are a few statistics on bad circulation:
• The body of an adult contains over 60,000 miles of blood vessels!
• An adult's heart pumps nearly 4000 gallons of blood each day!
• Your heart beats some 30 million times a year!
• The average three-year-old has two pints of blood in their body; the average adult at least five times more!
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title:Beat Bad Circulation, Before It Beats You!!
author:Hege Crowton
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2731.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

Are you one of the millions of people in the world suffering from bad blood circulation? With out even knowing it, you might be! You might not necessarily have a lot of symptoms if you are suffering with bad circulation (Peripheral Vascular Disease or PVD.) but you should be aware that it can be treated.
It can also be a signal your body is sending, letting you know something more serious is going on. Like clogged arteries or blood clots. For me the symptoms started very slowly and were minor. I just took it as part of my body falling asleep or that I had slept wrong on my arms or my legs. You don’t have to be old to have bad circulation. For me it started in my teens. I was what most people considered over active in sports. Practicing soccer, handball and speed skating about 6 hours a day 7 days a week put a great strain on my body.
After getting injured I was forced to quit all sports which did not go over to well with my body. Veins blew out all over my legs and I noticed that my feet kept going numb quite often. I figured they just went to “sleep” because I was not used to being still so much. Over the years the numbness spread from my feet up my legs. Still I kept ignoring it. Four children later the numbness had spread to my hands and I could no longer ignore it. This was when my husband came across a book online called “Beat Bad Circulation.” After him being on me for a long time to read the book I had to. Believe it or not it has helped me a lot.
This book explains bad circulation and things that can help you beat bad circulation. My hands no longer go numb and my legs and feet are better than they have been in years.
“Beat Bad Circulation” might not be the solution for everybody but if you are suffering from bad blood circulation it is worth reading and it just might help you to. Like I said the name of the book is “Beat Bad Circulation.” Maybe its all you need to get that blood flowing again and feel well again.
Here are a few statistics on bad circulation:

The body of an adult contains over 60,000 miles of blood vessels!
An adult's heart pumps nearly 4000 gallons of blood each day!
Your heart beats some 30 million times a year!
The average three-year-old has two pints of blood in their body; the average adult at least five times more!

It is must have book for every family.
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Title:
Beat Bad Eating Habits

Word Count:
544

Summary:
Article that gives you information and tips on how to beat that bad eating habbits and stay healthy.


Keywords:
eating,bad habits,holistic,health,alternative,healthy


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The first step is to brace yourself for the challenge; it goes without saying that bad habits are hard go break. When you’re trying to eliminate something that has become a part of your life, you’re bound to encounter resistance, and see your willpower seriously tested. You’re in for a marathon—one in which that old addiction will tempt you at every step, trying to lure you back into that old vicious circle.

Slow down. People who eat faster consume more calories because their brain doesn't have the chance to recognize that the stomach is full. Instead of choosing finger foods that can be eaten quickly, always eat food from a plate with utensils. Salad is an excellent choice since the bulk of it fills you without ramping up the calories or clogging your arteries. Drink water throughout your meal.

Bad eating habits can ruin your life. They can turn you into a wild man at the table, force you to lose control, and influence you to make poor and unhealthy food choices that will eventually make you overweight and obese.

By torturing yourself too much, I just worry that you will eventually give up in all these funny tools and use both of your hands to eat instead! So, whether diet fork, diet spoon, chopsticks or teaspoon, at the end of the day, it is the will power that makes the difference when come to diet control.

Remove temptations. Keep food out of sight and store a minimum amount of food in kitchen cabinets and in the pantry. Never store your favorite foods. Keep on hand only those foods that require preparation before they can be eaten.

Do a little, not a lot. By cutting 500 calories per day for a week, you will have lost 3,500 calories, one pound a week—a nice, natural weight loss that won't freak out your metabolism. A good, brisk walk each day can cut out 250 calories, and skipping dessert (but not breakfast) can do the rest. Go slow and gentle: don't try to lose a lot of weight at once. Experiment with what you're willing to let go of: the Grande latte you usually enjoy at 10 AM; the buttery movie popcorn that's become a nightly habit. Target foods you don't especially love and stop eating them.

Rate your hunger. Ask yourself, "how hungry am I on a scale of 0 to 10?" 0 means you're starving—woe to anyone who gets between you and the fridge! 10 means you're so stuffed you can't eat another bite—you might explode! Eat when your hunger falls somewhere between 4 and 8; but stop eating when you feel you've reached 7 or 8.

Planning your food a day in advance ensures that when that emotion or a challenging time of day hits, you are not tempted by incompatible foods as you try to combat old habits. Plan your meals and ensure you have your trigger times well covered and plenty of food and/ or options all day long so that you no longer have to resist all those choices. When you do this, the old emotions and trigger times of day will still happen, the difference is you made the choice about your food intake yesterday when your emotions did not have a grip on you.


title:Beat Depression With Five Blues Busters
author:Jim Brackin
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3860.shtml
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It’s perfectly natural for everyone has periods when they feel down. Bad moods are simply a part of life and some would say that they help you to appreciate the good times. But depression is something quite different. One sign of depression is that your ‘down time’ goes on for more than a couple of hours per day. The other is if you have two or more of the symptoms on a consistent or regular basis: Low Self-Esteem, Fatigue,  Sleep Problems, Appetite Changes, Weight Swings, Feelings of Guilt, Worthlessness, Suicide or a general loss of interest in your normal activities. Then consider doing something to break the cycle and get out of it, below are five things you can do right now to effect a change in how you feel.
Change your posture. There is a definite body posture that triggers or deepens depression. The signs are, moving slowly or lethargically, shoulders slumped, head down looking at the ground. These postures are known to increase negative thoughts and emotions. When you break out of this posture – even by doing something as simple as looking up towards the sky or jumping up and down – you interrupt this pattern and change your way of thinking.
Reduce the sugar in your diet. Just by reducing your intake of cakes, biscuits, chocolate and processed foods could make you feel better. In a study at the University of South Alabama, Professor Larry Christenden found that reducing the sugar levels in the blood helped to lift the mood of 25% of patients.
Laugh. Laughter is known to increase the levels of endorphins and stimulate the left frontal lobe of the brain where happy thoughts and feelings are created. Simply laughing out loud for no good reason, watching a comedy programme, or being with people who smile will have the right effect.
Share the problem. A problem shared is a problem halved. Talking through a problem with someone will help you gain a fresh perspective. If there’s nobody around then listening to a self-help programme would work in the same way.
Go for a walk. Studies have proven that exercise is just as effective as Prozac in reducing the symptoms of depression. In fact Professor Tylee of Maudsley Hospital, London says “It’s top of the list of things we’re recommending doctors ‘prescribe’ to patients”. Try it and you’ll find that three 45-minute sessions every week will work wonders.
The key here is to take some action to break the pattern. Whilst these techniques may not necessarily treat the root cause of the problem they will certainly help to reduce the effect of depression long enough to help you find a way to beat it long-term.

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title:Beat High Prescription Drug Prices
author:Phyllis Staff, Ph.D.
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_187.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
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Anyone who's been to the pharmacy to fill a prescription lately is well aware that prices on prescription drugs have gone through the stratosphere. But there are steps you can take immediately to reduce your expenses in this area. Moreover, there are long-term actions you can take to create an atmosphere in which such high prices cannot flourish. This week and next, we'll discuss these steps.
1. Stay well. You know the drill.
Diet. Eat more live food. The best kind comes from your own yard. You benefit doubly by the nutrition fresh live food provides and the exercise you get caring for your plantings.
Exercise. Walking is great, but you will also benefit from lifting weights.
Stress reduction. Worry is there to alert you to potential harm, but past a certain point, it is self-defeating. Regular meditation will help you keep a tendency to worry and stress out under control.
Do something to help others. Often, changing your focus from internal to external helps reduce your awareness of discomfort. And it's always helpful to be reminded that many other people have a more difficult life than you.
2. Ask your physician about alternative methods to health:
Lifestyle changes. Lifestyle changes may bring about the good effects you seek. Such changes may include changing to a vegetarian or semi-vegetarian diet, increasing the types and frequency of activities and exercise. Add meditation to your daily routine. Get a dental checkup. Gum disease is associated with heart problems.
Generic substitutes for name-brand prescription drugs. Frequently less expensive generic drugs may be substituted without losing effectiveness.
Alternative medicine. Many Americans, concerned with the high cost of medical care, not just prescriptions drugs, but the medical care industry as a whole, have moved toward a more natural approach, seeking help from acupuncturists, naturopaths, chiropractors, etc. Who knows what might help? Try something new if you're not entirely satisfied with your present treatment. If your physician is totally opposed to alternative medicine, you might consider trying a different physician.
Biomedical Devices. We've had good results with a device called a Plant Growth Stimulator, such good results, in fact, that we have avoided antibiotics for more than ten years. However, we suggest you not use it on your ivy houseplant. Too much of a good thing!
You can learn more about biomedical devices from Wayne Green's website at:
http://www.waynegreen.com/wayne/
Look under the section entitled "Bioelectrifier." And, no, we're not making a joke here. Something similar has been recently tested at Columbia University's Medical Center with very positive results. Be aware, however, that these devices are not approved by the Federal Drug Administration.
3. Reduce your dependence on medication of all types. - If you, your children, or your elders don't absolutely have to take it, don't. Popping a pill to cure a minor ailment can have serious consequences, including:
Bacteria resistance to antibiotics. Tina goes to her physician for antibiotics every time she gets a cold. The fact that antibiotics don't work on colds doesn't keep her from asking for or her physician from prescribing a course of antibiotics, just to be sure. Meanwhile, Americans are experiencing the effects of drug-resistant bacteria.
Over-medication. It's difficult to know exactly the extent to which Americans, particularly the very young and the very old are being over-medicated, but many believe it to be significant. Lethargy, lack of interest in surroundings, slurred speech, unsteady gait - all can be symptomatic of overmedication. So, watch children and senior citizens for signs that they may be over-medicated.
Your pharmacist can be a great resource in this instance. Find one who likes to talk. Ask questions, and listen to her answers.
If you suspect overmedication, act quickly. One of easiest things you can do in this case is to check with your local pharmacist. He or she, if aware of the various medications an individual is taking, can tell you whether or not overmedication is likely. Your pharmacist is an especially good resource in those instances in which a patient is receiving medications by prescribed by different physicians.
A caveat: We are, by no means, advocating refusing needed medications. We do, however, suggest that close attention to the numbers and types of medications taken can not only reduce the high costs associated with prescription medications but may, in many cases, contribute to a greater level of health. The body has its wisdom and its healing mechanisms. Often, we simply need to get out of the way and let them work for us.
Self-medication errors. Especially with easy availability of prescription drugs from foreign pharmacies and so many available over-the-counter medications, it's easy to overdo it. Don't! Just because pills are easily available does not guarantee their safety. And certain combinations of over-the-counter drugs and other substances, such as alcohol, can be deadly.
Drug interactions. Not only do certain drugs create unwanted interactions when combined, others can create unwanted side effects when taken with certain foods. Know what to watch out for by checking out the side effects of all medications.
4. Get prescription drugs free - maybe! Most pharmaceutical companies offer certain expensive drugs free to patients who might not otherwise be able to afford them. The rules for each company vary, so find out which company manufactures the drug you need, then go to their website or call them to see what they require. In general, you may qualify if your income is below a certain level and your physician recommends that you receive drugs from their free drug program. There may be a number of different qualifiers, however, depending on the manufacturer and the specific program, so you must check each drug and each company individually.
The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association of America maintains a list of drug companies and their free drug programs. Check them out at http://www.phrma.org/searchcures/dpdpap/index.phtml. This helpful file may be downloaded in Adobe format.
5. Order by mail from the least expensive American pharmacy. Often PHARMOR has the least expensive pricing; AARP, the most expensive pricing. And watch out for shipping and handling costs that can add up quickly, especially for overnight shipping required on products such as Xalatan (a medication for glaucoma). Sometimes, if you buy in quantity, you can avoid shipping and handling charges altogether, so look for these deals.
The best site we've found for comparing prescription prices is pillbot.com. Find them at:
http://www.pillbot.com
You can search on a specific drug name on this site and find a variety of sizes and quantities from a variety of pharmacies. Try it. We think it's a find!
6. Order from foreign pharmacies - with or without a prescription.
Pharmaceutical companies sell the same prescriptions drugs in foreign countries that they sell in the US. The difference is the price, typically 30 to 50% lower than prices in the US.
On visits to Canada, we frequently stock up on drugs not available or available at much higher prices in the US. But you don't need to go to Canada or Mexico to take advantage of these savings. Pharmacies in these and other countries offer you the option of buying by mail.
You don't necessarily need a prescription to order. Although prescriptions are required in the US, our own government's regulations do not require them for our purchases from foreign pharmacies.
Many foreign pharmacy websites offer price lists for prescription drugs, a handy way to compare prices to those of the US. Among those we have found are:
http://www.mexicanpharmacy.org/
http://www.pharma-international.com/
Don't limit your search to these pharmacy sites; many sites will provide price comparisons.
Things to Keep in Mind
In spite of the fact that US regulations do not require a prescription for drugs, certain foreign pharmacies do require a doctor's recommendation. The fee for that "online consultation" is usually about $75.00 US, so you may eat up any savings if you deal with pharmacies with this requirement.
Also, pay attention to shipping and handling costs. When you add those to the price of the drugs, you may find costs reach or exceed those of American discount pharmacies. However, you can amortize those costs to a certain extent by buying the full three-months supply allowed by US government regulations.
Make sure you compare prices before you place your final order. While many drugs are cheaper from foreign pharmacies, not all are. Keep notes of US discount pharmacy prices for comparison.
Some foreign pharmacies sell counterfeit prescription drugs. You'll want to stay away from them. So which are reputable? A number of Internet companies claim to give you a "heads-up" on which pharmacies are trustworthy and which are not. We have not tried any of them, but an investment of $10-$25 seems worthwhile to ensure that you actually receive the prescriptions you need rather than imitations that could be harmful. Take a look at these sites:
http://www.foreignpharmacies.org/
http://www.iopclub.com/
http://www.prescriptionrx.com/page2.htm
http://www.promotionpartners.com/new-order.htm
Again, don't limit yourself to these sites. There are dozens more we have not listed that may be just as good or better.
7. Go across the border for prescription drugs.
Avoid shipping and handling costs by going across the border to buy your prescription drugs. But, don't form a co-op for buying prescription drugs. This violates US government regulations that state that you can buy prescription medications only for your own use and only for a three-month period of use. Violation of these rules could mean that your cheap prescriptions could be confiscated at the border.
Nothing would stop you, however, from taking a mini-vacation with friends to make prescription drug purchases. And, with many prices considerably lower than those in the US, you could take a fun break and still save money.
Use the same cautionary tactics you would use buying from foreign pharmacies by mail order. Get a recommendation for a reputable pharmacy. Ask around. Your friends may already be going across the border for prescription medications and have a pharmacy they trust.
8. Boycott pharmaceutical companies that advertise heavily.
Recently, certain oil companies announced that they would reduce prices because their oil reserves had been replenished. While this may be true, it is also true that they are aware of and responsive to consumer demands to cut prices or lose revenue. An Internet boycott of Exxon/Mobil may have had the desired effect. Boycotting the products of big pharmaceutical companies can create a similar reduction in prices.
Big pharmaceutical companies claim that US prices remain high in order to cover the costs of the research and development of new drugs. If this is true, how is it that those same companies can afford to sell their goods in foreign markets? Their answer: foreign government price controls set the maximum price to be charged at a level that covers both their production and their research and development costs. Typically, those prices are only a modest fraction of prices extracted from patients in the United States.
Where does the additional money paid by US consumers go? Would it surprise you to learn that typically only half as much money is spent on research and development as is spent on marketing and advertising? Or that pharmaceutical companies yearly spend $8,000 to $13,000 per physician in marketing efforts? And unknown amounts in direct consumer media advertising?
Pharmaceutical companies claim that their stepped-up advertising efforts are in response to consumer demand and that their advertising enhances communications between physicians and their patients. When was the last time you and your physician had a good discussion about the merits of a particular prescription drug?
Such expenditures will stop if, and only if, consumers refuse to support them.
9. Boycott pharmaceutical companies that lobby heavily.
Pharmaceutical companies contribute heavily to campaigns, more to national candidates than state or local, but they do contribute to all candidates that we have researched. So, it's no wonder that the federal government fails to comment on the high prices of prescriptions.
By boycotting the largest offenders, we can send the same message sent to the oil companies: reduce your prices or lose our business. And buying prescription medications from foreign rather than domestic sources is a subtle but effective form of boycott.
Refusing to pay high prices on prescription medications is not the only form that a boycott can take. Pharmaceutical companies or their parent companies manufacture many other products.
For example, Pfizer, the manufacturer of Aricept, Celebrex, and Glucotrol also produces Bubblicious bubble gum, Certs, Chicklets, and Dentyne. BenGay, Lubriderm, Listerine, Rolaids, and Sudafed are also Pfizer products.
Pharmacia, acquired by Monsanto in 2000, produces not only the prescription drugs Celebrex, Xalatan, and Xanax, but also over-the-counter Rogaine and the herbicide "Roundup."
Less expensive generic or house brands are easily available to replace these products. While the same pharmaceutical company may still manufacture the products, the profit margins on house brands are usually quite a bit smaller than those of name-brand products.
10. Become an activist!
Lobby Congress, lobby state legislatures, tell your friends, and involve your local senior centers. Refuse to vote for legislators who accept big lobby gifts and vacation junkets. Writing letters, not emails, to protest the gargantuan sums spent on lobbying may be marginally effective. However, your refusal to vote for legislators who support pharmaceutical interest can be effective, if you let them know why they are losing your vote.
BONUS: Elders in certain nursing homes and assisted living communities pay thousands extra when prescriptions are blister-packed in individual doses. Storing prescriptions in a plastic box with the patient's name prominently displayed can cut these costs dramatically.
Take Back Your Power
So there you have it - ten ways to reduce your costs for prescription medications. You have in it your power to avoid being victimized by high prices for prescription medications, but only if you take action now. Do it today. Take back your power. Vote with your dollars. Vote with your ballots.
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title:Beat the Bloat to look Great at Christmas
author:Janice Elizabeth Small
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3309.shtml
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If you want to look good in your Christmas party dress the last thing you need is a swollen tummy. Plan ahead with these tips so that you look the best you can on the night
1. Avoid salt
Salty food causes you to retain water which often concentrates around your mid-section. If you want your tummy to be as flat as possible avoid salty snacks and meals for a few days before the event. Chinese food is especially heavy in sodium (the key ingredient in salt which causes you to swell) so avoid that if you want to look your best. Look out too for processed foods and ready meals which tend to be high in salt (to make up for the lack of taste). Stay well away from fast food, family restaurants and pizza places too which salt food like it was going out of fashion. Eliminate salt completely on the day of the party for best results.
2. Choose low GI foods with some protein
Starchy foods like bread and pasta tend to puff you up because they cause you to produce excess insulin. Eat only small quantities of carbohydrate foods and choose those which release energy more slowly into the body, the so-called low GI foods. These tend to be whole grains rather than white processed products. Eat some protein with each meal to keep your insulin levels steady.
3. Don't swallow air
Drinking through a straw and chewing gum introduce a lot of air into your system which ends up in your tummy causing you to bloat up. So leave them well alone. And avoid foods which you know cause you to feel "gassy".
4. Drink Water
All fizzy drinks, even diet soda will cause you to swell up due to the amount of sodium and air they contain. Instead, drink lots of water to help flush out your system - about 8 glasses a day.
5. Eat fresh Fruit and Vegetables
Fresh foods (which contain a lot of fibre) will help sweep your system clean ready for your big night out. They tend to be high in potassium too which helps regulate water balance in the body.
6. Keep your digestion healthy
Ensure you are digesting your food properly by eating your food slowly and chewing it well. Don't eat too much at one meal - smaller more regular meals are easier to digest. Also avoid drinking with your meals - drink water half an hour before or an hour afterwards. Peppermint tea may help your digestion if you have problems.
7. Help from your wardrobe
Once you've done everything you can from the inside, get all the help you can from your clothes. You can get great tummy controlling undies these days and they don't have to look like something your granny would wear. Also make sure your clothes fit your properly and skim rather than cling if you have more curves than you would like.
8. It's a wrap
If you want to look your very best, you could try a body wrap treatment at your local spa or beauty salon. They can work magic. Unfortunately these treatments are expensive and the results are only temporary. So save this one for a really special night out.
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title:Beat The Bugs… Use Repellent!
author:Dr. Brian Aw, M.D., and C.C.F.P. (courtesy of News Canada)
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(NC)-With approximately 42,000 mosquitoes for every person in Ontario, most of us spend a great deal of our summers swatting away these pesky insects. Protecting yourself against mosquitoes will not only make your summer more enjoyable, it will help prevent you and your family from getting annoying and sometimes dangerous bug bites.
As a family physician, I recommend that my patients take the following personal protection measures to prevent insect bites.

Stay Scent-Free. Avoid using scented soaps, lotions and shampoos.
Gear Up. Cover your skin as completely as possible. This may be challenging by the beach, but when possible wear long sleeves, pants and socks.
Be Colour Conscious. Mosquitoes are attracted to blue, so avoid this colour and stick to neutral colours.
Use Repellent. Repellents containing DEET are most effective for areas with heavy mosquito or tick infestation.
Alternative Repellents. When applied frequently, citronella-based repellents can provide the same bug protection as products containing low concentrations of DEET. I recommend Natrapel®, which contains 10 percent citronella to ward off bugs for up to two hours.
Meal Time. Be alert to the time of day when certain insects are most active such as dawn and twilight.
Check Point. Upon returning indoors, check your children and yourself for bites.
Treatment. Sunburn and bite treatment products should be included in every outdoor adventurer's travel kit.

Dr. Brian Aw is a general practitioner specializing in travel medicine.
For more tips on bug bite prevention and product information visit: www.tendercorp.com/canada.
Editors: These articles are for use in Ontario only
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Title:
Beat the Clock to Get Fit

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Not enough time is the number one excuse for not exercising. But, when you get fit ... you find that you actually have more time and less stress.


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time, get fit, exercise, stress


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There's not enough time! There are only 24 hours in the day!

Not having enough time ... it's the #1 excuse for not exercising. Deadlines at work, appointments, family obligations ... all clamour for your attention. Exercise gets shunted off to the side ... it's not a priority.

Well ... it should be. Make it one of the important activities of your day ... make it a deadline to get in shape, make it an appointment, make it an obligation. It's that important!

~ Exercise for Success ~

When you're under pressure ... it's easy to make excuses and not exercise. You're tired, you can't afford the time. But, most successful people find the time. And because they find the time ... they are successful.

You see ... when you don't exercise, you get out of shape ... when you're out of shape, you can't work efficiently. In the end, you actually put yourself under more pressure.

Exercise can contribute to your success ... it can help you meet those deadlines ... be ready for those appointments ... have the energy for those family obligations. You see, exercise is a great way to give yourself a break. It gets rid of the pressure ... it frees your mind.

Getting more exercise will help you lose that tired feeling. When you get your body moving ... your heart pumping ... your lungs breathing fresh air in deeply ... you refresh your body. The benefits of getting even a little exercise are many.

~ Wake Up the Little Grey Cells ~

Even if you only go for a brisk walk ... this great exercise will shed some stress and sharpen your thinking. You could waste the whole day trying to solve a problem ... or you could go for a good walk, clear your mind, and have the solution handed to you on a silver platter.

Yes ... exercise pays off. Not just in fitness, but in a mind and body that function better and give you peak performance. And peak performance means you'll get things done in record time.

Still think you don't have enough time to exercise?


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Beat the Dieter's Dilemma: What to Do When Willpower Fails

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954

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Willpower is a most unreliable means of support when you are trying to lose weight and get in shape. Willpower will fail you every time. It is far easier to use simple systems to stay on track and manage the negative circumstances that lie in wait to sabotage your good intentions.


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Weight loss, diet, exercise, health, fitness, willpower


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Copyright 2006 Howard McGarity

Everyone can recall a time when their best intention to stick with a particular task weakened and failed.  I’ll bet it’s happened to you more than once, especially if you have been a player in the diet and exercise game

Being heavy and failing to stay on your diet feels like a personal defeat.  It is demoralizing to imagine people thinking, "He just has no willpower"..."she lacks character"..."he can't control himself".

The worst thing is that you may believe these things yourself.  But you are wrong.  Wrong!  And here is why:

Depending on willpower to sustain you through a diet and fitness program is like jumping out of an airplane with a handkerchief for a parachute.

Evolution is Against You.

The problem is that when you set out to get in shape and lose a significant amount of weight, you are actually forcing your body to do something that it has been designed to resist.

At the most basic level, evolution is against you.  Since the dawn of mankind, our physiology has developed mechanisms to conserve precious energy.  In earlier times, loss of bodyweight was always a potential threat to survival and as a result, our body’s immediate response to a reduced caloric intake (a diet) is to slow its metabolic rate and store fat.

To compound the problem, physical deprivation quickly results in a deep, systemic urge to eat that is impossible to deny.

Next, social and emotional factors come into play to further test your already weakened resolve.  In time, be it three days, three weeks or three months, your diet plan will eventually crash and burn.

It is clear that willpower is no match for nature.  There are, however, strategies you can easily learn that are far more effective and reliable.

Create Systems and Habits.

It is not enough to simply decide to “eat less” or “cut out junk food” or to just pick a new “diet de jour” from the long list available.

What you must understand is…. exactly why you are doing this in the first place…. exactly what the rewards of success will be…. precisely how you will handle every detail of exercise and nutrition…. who will be your supporters…. and finally, how you will manage the internal and external saboteurs that lie in wait to defeat you.

If you are able to use systems that later develop into habits, you command powerful tools that replace and eventually eliminate any dependence on willpower.

Here are some important examples.  You can easily use your imagination to customize these and also design new ones to meet your needs.

1.  Use a structured eating plan.  If you are not completely confident that you understand what constitutes a healthy, balanced diet and that you can design a plan to consume enough calories so that you lose no more than one or two pounds a week, buy a session with a registered dietitian.  This knowledge will last you a lifetime and puts you way ahead of all the other “dieters” out there

2.  Avoid Hunger.  Plan what you are going to eat for the entire day in advance, three small meals and two or three decent snacks.  Don’t get caught short, starving with nothing to eat.  Buy a small, insulated cool-pack, stock it with snacks and always have it with you.  Eat a meal or a snack every two-and-a-half to three hours. Allow yourself one “anything I want meal” each week; enjoy two when you are on track and losing steadily.  Schedule them and write it down.

3.  Always include some exercise.  Walking is best; jog if you are able.  Easy and simple is best; save the tough stuff for when you are in shape and exercise is a habit.  Schedule your exercise in advance and log exactly what you do.  Track your TV viewing for a week.  It is easy to find shows you watch that you can live without.  This is where you will find your exercise time.  If a crisis occurs commit to doing five or ten minutes.  Something is a thousand percent better than nothing.

4.  Get a partner to join you; at the very least, show and explain your plan to someone and ask for their support.  Set daily, weekly and monthly goals in writing and have your supporter hold you accountable.  If you make your goal, they take you out to dinner.  If you fail, you buy them dinner…. twice.

5.  Create a vision.  Sitting in a quiet place, relax and visualize exactly how you will look and feel and enjoy life more when you have reached your goal.  Make a movie in your head; make it in color with sounds, smells and actions.  Look at yourself in the movie and then write a list of ten or twelve adjectives that describe how you look and behave.  Describe yourself physically, mentally, socially and spiritually. Envision and repeat: “I am (your description)”.  Do this at least three times a day and whenever you are feeling stressed, overworked, tired, angry, nervous or afraid.

Strategies like this do three things for you.

They help you avoid circumstances that lead to bad lifestyle choices in the first place.

They help create an environment that is conducive to making healthy lifestyle choices a habit, simply a natural part of your routine.

They build motivation and a correct mental attitude that is the essential first step to achieving weight loss, health and well-being.

When you have systems and habits working for you in place of unreliable willpower, success is much easier.  A fitness plan that does not include this kind of an approach is usually doomed to failure before it begins.

Be Strong…. Be Lean Howard McGarity ”Coach Mac”


title:Beat the Morning Rush
author:ARA Content
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From eating exotic leftovers to brushing their teeth in the shower, Americans get creative when it comes to simplifying morning routines
(ARA) - With today's hectic lifestyles, many Americans say it's all they can do to get out the door in the morning.
According to a recent survey conducted for Chex(R) Morning Mix(TM), a new portable breakfast product, 75 percent of Americans multi-task in order to manage their morning routine, with some people performing up to four tasks at once.
Often the challenge starts with getting out of bed. More than 30 percent claim to oversleep on a typical weekday, and 31 percent say they hit the snooze alarm. To minimize oversleeping, 39 percent of Americans set their alarm to go off earlier than needed.
Once their feet hit the floor, however, the rush is on. When mornings are packed with making lunches, grabbing clothes out of the dryer and squeezing in a few minutes of exercise time, respondents in harried households say multi-tasking is the name of the game. Tasks encompass everything from brushing teeth in the shower to grabbing weird leftovers from the fridge. Rushed breakfast choices include everything from leftover liver paté to rattlesnake stew.
While the "ideal way to start the day" is having breakfast in bed for 20 percent of all respondents, 62 percent say they frequently eat breakfast "on the go." One third say they skip breakfast altogether, with a third of these people citing not enough time as the reason for not eating breakfast.
"Getting the day started right and having a nutritious breakfast can be the most important part of a busy day," says Bibie Wu, General Mills marketing manager. "But with hectic morning routines, the importance of breakfast is often overlooked. Chex Morning Mix is one way for people in busy households to start the day right, no matter where life takes them for breakfast."
For those who feel like they never have enough time, Chex Morning Mix is a one-of-a-kind portable breakfast that's filled with all the right ingredients -- delicious Chex cereal, wholesome fruits and nuts.
Instead of turning breakfast into one more task to complete before heading out the door, busy people can simply grab a bag of Chex Morning Mix and eat it on the run -- walking to work, on the bus or at their desks.
Other survey findings include:
* If given 15 extra minutes every morning, most people would sleep in.
* Laying out clothes the night before was considered the most effective time-saving tip.
* On average, women reported performing up to four tasks at once compared to men performing up to two.
* 32 percent of women claimed their morning routine typically made them feel "always a bit behind the clock," compared with 25 percent of men.
Chex Morning Mix is available in three flavors: Fruit & Nut, Cinnamon, and Honey Nut, and contains Chex cereal, almonds, raisins and cranberries in each single-serve pouch. Part of a balanced diet, Chex Morning Mix is a good source of calcium and provides nine vitamins and minerals. It has 130 calories per serving, 3.5 grams of fat and 2 grams of protein.
Chex Morning Mix comes in 1.15-ounce single serving pouches, with six pouches per box. It can be found in the granola/breakfast bar aisle with an approximate retail price of $2.99 per box.
For more information about Chex Morning Mix, visit the General Mills Web site at www.generalmills.com.
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Title:
Beat Your Eczema Skin Condition Now & Reclaim Your Life

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503

Summary:
Are you a sufferer of Eczema? If so it may surprise you to know that you can gain considerable relief from it just by a few changes to your everyday lifestyle.


Keywords:
cure eczema, eczema cure, beat eczema


Article Body:
Are you a sufferer of Eczema? If so it may surprise you to know that you can gain considerable relief from it just by a few changes to your everyday lifestyle. I’ve laid out some tips below, so put them into place today to start getting ahead!

Moisturize-A lot!
Many people will say the worst part of Eczema is the itching. Well here’s some news, if you keep your skin moisturized enough you can all but eliminate that pesky itch. The key is to moisturize regularly, and at the correct times. Ideally, twice a day after bathing or showering would be perfect. The reason it’s done after bathing is so you can seal some of the moisture from the bath or shower into your skin. To do this, lightly dab yourself with a very soft towel, leaving the skin slightly damp, then apply the moisturizer directly to the damp skin. It’s a little tougher to work it all in, but it’s certainly worth the extra effort.

Improve Your Diet!
Your diet and the food you eat play a huge role in how Eczema is able to attack your body. In short, if you are able to eat more of the foods that aid regeneration of your skin, your skin will be able to regenerate better, and this extra regeneration can really help eliminate your Eczema. As a general rule for this, big salads with lots of greenery are very good. Also, bear in mind that foods with a high acid content have been directly linked to increased Eczema. It’s well worth seeing a dietician to get some tips on how to reduce this, and even taking some supplements to reduce or neutralize this. Kelp supplements can be perfect, as they are very high in alkali and will neutralize the acid very naturally.

Be Smart-
Many people amaze me by complaining about Eczema and then doing all the things they shouldn’t do, all the time making it worse. You can beat Eczema by being smart. Avoid itchy clothing-woolens are definitely out, and try to find clothing only of the softest 100% cotton. Also avoid perfumes and scents of any kind, especially applied directly to the skin. It’s also possible for the scenting agents in your detergents and toiletries to have a negative effect, so you may want to take the time to find some natural products which are not scented.

Take care of your skin!
Keep your skin well hydrated all the time, by drinking plenty of water. If you are going to be in the sun, use plenty of the appropriate strength sunblock. It sounds obvious, but carrying a small bottle of sunblock with you at all time can prevent those “accidental” sunburn occasions, which can obviously have terrible consequences with Eczema.

You really can find some great Eczema relief if you apply the tips above. Eczema is a real curse in anyone’s life, but fighting back and fighting smart can have some real benefits.


Title:
Beat Your Eczema Skin Disease Now

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486

Summary:
Eczema is very common these days, and there are millions of suffers all over the world. It’s worse for some than others, some people don’t even know they have it, while others are living lives that are permanently altered because of it.


Keywords:
cure eczema, eczema cure, beat eczema


Article Body:
Eczema is very common these days, and there are millions of suffers all over the world. It’s worse for some than others, some people don’t even know they have it, while others are living lives that are permanently altered because of it. You’ll find some tips below that will help you get some relief, no matter how badly you have the condition.

Use Coconut Oil-
Many people would have you believe these days that coconut oil is just about the healthiest thing in the whole world. I don’t know if that’s true or not, but there are certainly many benefits being reported by eczema sufferers. Coconut oil contains something called Lauric Acid, which is only found in one other place-human breast milk. The human and soothing qualities of this substance are pretty powerful-apply coconut oil to the areas affected by Eczema, and you will see exactly how powerful it can be.

Bathing-
If you suffer from Eczema, one of the most important things is to keep the area clean and free from bacteria, dust etc. Nothing does this better than bathing or showering regularly, some specialist recommend it as often as twice a day. This can work wonders, but you have to take extra care, as the constant washing away of the skin’s natural oils will result in drier skin, which is in turn prone to increased Eczema intensity. This leads to the next point…

Moisturize-
As we said, drier skin is much more prone to Eczema, and this is because it is less flexible so will often crack and flake, especially areas around our joints. The key to avoiding and preventing this is to moisturize regularly. If you can do it after bathing, all the better. Applying the moisturizer to damp skin is excellent as it will allow some of the moisture to stay sealed into your skin.

Diet-
You are what you eat. Sound familiar? The food we eat is the fuel our body uses for every single process, including healing and fixing skin. You can run your car on coca cola and beef burgers can you? Well your body struggles to run with that kind of fuel just as much. It’s thought that foods with very acidic content can cause an increase in Eczema symptoms, but this can create complications, as many very good foods are high in acid-fish, tomatoes etc. The best way to combat this is to see a dietician and get some meal plans custom made for you. You can also combat the acid by taking kelp supplements-these are very high in alkali, and can neutralize the acids in your system.

Eczema is truly a nightmare for many people, but it really doesn’t need to be. In most cases, if you take some time and apply some intelligence, you can see real benefits. Hopefully these guides will provide you with some benefit.


title:Be Aware Of Your Reasons
author:Greg McPhail
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_654.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
category:health
article:

You have decided that you want to lose weight and improve your health. What is the first step? Start by asking yourself what your reason(s)is for wanting to make this change.
This may sound trivial, but if you do not have a conscience and powerful reason for wanting to lose weight, you will find plenty of reasons not to.
I'm assuming that, like me, a lot of you have tried and failed at some previous attempt to lose weight in the past. For me, the last time was about 2 1/2 years ago. I had lost about 50 pounds, which I had killed myself to do, and had kept it off for about 6 months. Two later, I gained back the 50 pounds plus another 8 pounds.
I had plenty of excuses. My wife and I bought our first house, my second son was born, I took a part-time job in the evening, ect... I kept finding excuses not to work out and my diet soon followed and went down the tubes.
After working so hard why did I let this happen?
I believe now that it came down to the fact that my reason for wanting to stay lean and healthy had changed. When I first began, I kept looking at pictures of myself at nineteen and I wanted to look like that again. There was nothing I could do about the thinning hair, but I could change my body. But somewhere along the way, looking like I did twelve years ago was no longer important.
The point to all of this is that you need to consciously pick a reason and write it down. It will probably be more than one and they should be something that is important to you. Important enough to get you through those rough days ahead when you feel like quiting.
Post you reasons somewhere that you will see them everyday. At your desk, ect... I like to place mine on the refrigerator so when I get that craving for some ice cream I have to stop and ask myself if it is worth it. It feels so good when I reach in and grab a bottle of water instead.
We all are starting from a different place. We all have reasons why we are where we are. We all have reasons why we don't want to be here anymore. Knowing these reasons and being aware when they change will help you greatly in achieving your goals.
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Title:
Be a Man (Issues on male sex abuse)

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549

Summary:
This article features the reality men being sexual abused at work and how preconceived notions of male machismo inhibits a man to act on such issue.


Keywords:
Sexual Health, Male sexual health


Article Body:
No matter how we deny the fact, a growing number of the present male population admit to having been sexually abused in their respective workplace. Defying society's preconceived notions of male chauvinism, with men as the aggressor, isn't necessarily what happens in real life. No matter how strong their portrayal of male power is, they too need some protection from workplace abuse and sexual advances. A growing number of male employees are officially seeking for judicial protection and legal option as they openly profess their predicament – being sexual abused.

Male sexuality, because of society's precepts, is often misconstrued. They think that all males are incapable of being abused just because they are the stronger sex. And it's just but fine for men to be at the receiving end of dirty talk, suggestive actions and indecent proposal --- both male or female proponents.

For its part, the World Health Organization(WHO) defines sexual health as a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Male sexual health, to be properly observed, must be free from discrimination, violence and coercion. Now with this in mind, let us ask ourselves, is male sexual health being observed in an avenue of chronic sexual abuse?

However, according to a recent study, men do have second thoughts in filing a law suit against a female co-worker or supervisors.

There are a lot of male abuses that are being reported nowadays. With this, men are slowly opening up to the fact that they need not to conceal the harsh things that they experienced in the workplace. They are slowly being educated with what they need to know about healthy male sexuality.   

Sexual health, as defined, requires an agreement and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences. Men do need to enjoy these acts of procreation. But how in the world would a man enjoy such things under harsh and uncomfortable circumstance? (Yes, men also can feel awkwardness.)

Observing male sexual health doesn't necessarily only mean the ability to enjoy and engage in sexual activity.  More than that, it is the idea of protecting one's healthy sexuality within his utmost ability. The sad part is, some male, due to the preconceived notions of male abrasiveness, keep mum about the issue and continue to live their lives as if nothing nefarious has transpired.


The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Federal agency in charge of administrative and judicial enforcement of the federal civil rights laws, enjoins all male who have experienced sexual advances and abuse to file complaint following first the company's protocol on such complaints. They also said that if the employer cannot – or will purposely not – act on the complaint, their agency is willing to help you in all means possible.

Men also have the right to seek justice for any sexual abuse that has been done to them. Being open about it doesn't necessarily make you less of a man, but the idea vigilance further stress the mark of being a man. Keeping mum on the issue wouldn't help at all. Being vocal about it, however, could call attention and would secure proper and immediate actions to be dished out to you.


Title:
Be Careful, While You Buy Steroids Online!

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408

Summary:
You must be careful about a few things, while you buy steroids online. It certainly is easy and convenient to buy steroids using the power of internet, but there are a few complications – you often don’t know, whether you’re buying a real stuff or just fake or a nice alternative, and the site, from where you buy steroids is genuine or fraudulent.


Keywords:
buy steroids


Article Body:
You must be careful about a few things, while you buy steroids online. It certainly is easy and convenient to buy steroids using the power of internet, but there are a few complications – you often don’t know, whether you’re buying a real stuff or just fake or a nice alternative, and the site, from where you buy steroids is genuine or fraudulent. Definitely, these are important things that really need to be taken care of.

Generally, you find it pretty difficult to buy steroids from your local drug stores, as these drugs have been included in the category of controlled substances. And, furthermore, anabolic steroids are highly monitored drugs, which are not easily available without prescriptions from your physicians.

Of course, you can buy steroids legally. If you really need steroids for genuine medical use, you can easily get these drugs prescribed by your doctors and buy them without any hassles. Certainly, you can buy steroids any where, any time, if you need them for therapeutic purposes, but you can’t buy steroids easily, if you want to use them as performance enhancing drugs.

Internet however helps you buy steroids easily, conveniently, safely, and illegally. You can find countless number of sites selling oodles of steroids online. You can find sites where you can buy steroids rather easily, conveniently, and safely. You can also find sites where you can buy steroids illegally.   

But then, you can also find the sites that are nothing more than traps of fraudsters. Certainly, there is no dearth of scams on internet. These sites are just looking for easy preys, the people who are pretty ignorant and inexperienced about shopping things online. These sites are sheer treacherous plans of fraudulent minds.

Offering luring prices and enticing discounts, these sites often attract you buy steroids from them. You often get attracted and get into these sites, and buy steroids from these sites. But, these sites either don’t deliver you your steroids at all, or deliver you fake steroids, or deliver you the nice alternatives of your desired steroids. And, thus, oftentimes, you end up losing you hard earned money to these fraudsters.

So, whenever you go online to buy steroids, do check out the online reputation of the website that you have chosen for buying your steroids. You must also check out, whether the site is selling real or fake steroids. So, you must make proper inquiries before you buy steroids.


Title:
Be Emotionally Healthy And Live A Colorful Life!

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521

Summary:
Promoting emotional health is necessary to achieve optimum health. It requires a multi-dimensional approach such as counseling, anger management, meditation and physical exercise. As many people and physicians focus on physical health, emotional health is also of prime importance.


Keywords:
 stress, meditation, depression, counseling, emotional stability, post- traumatic stress disorder


Article Body:
Life without emotions is like an empty canvass. Our life should have some color once in a while, or else life would be completely dull and boring. Emotions are so important in daily life.  For that reason, human emotions have been the object of research and study for thousands of years. What has changed over the years has been the general approach to this investigation. For many years, researchers in  psychology focused on what seemed to be rational and what could be directly observed through physiology. Hence, emotion was neglected as it was seen as more part of mind than body.

All humans have basic emotional needs. These needs can be expressed as feelings, like the need to feel important, accepted, and respected. While all humans share these needs, each differs in the strength of the need, just as some of us need more water, more food, or more sleep. One person may need more freedom and independence, another may need more security and social connections. One may have a greater curiosity and greater need for understanding, while another is content to accept whatever he has been told.

Unlike physical health, many people including physicians have somehow neglected the importance of emotional stability. A person's emotional stability is vital in achieving overall health. Emotional stability contributes to the individual's sense of well-being. Without this, one can be prone to internal chaos, depression, despair, and isolation. In fact, emotional health influences other aspects of health such as physical, mental and social health.

Stress leads to the release of certain chemicals to prepare us for action. When this is not required, these excessive chemical levels can cause damage to our body over time. Emotional issues may manifest themselves as illness. One very difficult form of stress to cope and manage is emotional stress.  It is often self-created, it can come out of nowhere and the stress caused by it only heightens the emotions felt. As the emotional stress increases, the emotions get worse, heightening the emotional stress. Thus, the problem recreates the cause and the problem only gets worse.

Emotional stress is often triggered by a dramatic event that puts a person's nervous system under severe strain. This stress-inducing event could be losing a loved one, seeing someone die, ending a relationship, or being put into a life-threatening situation. These emotionally-charged occurences put a severe strain on a person's mind. The incredible strain can cause changes in the way that the brain works. In fact, a severe emotional strain could even cause someone to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD.

Therefore, maitaining emotional health is necessary to achieve optimum health. It requires a multi-dimensional approach. The various aspects of this approach may include counseling, anger management, meditation, and physical exercise. People should not be haunted by emotional stress. Instead, they should look and try to understand where it is coming from. There are various support groups and solutions that are easily accessible to help someone cope with emotional stress and illnesses. One should not dwell on negative feelings and emotions, which can only hamper the beauty of the different colors of life.


Title:
Be Good To Your Stomach

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448

Summary:
Our stomach is one of the parts of the body that receives the harshest treatment and the least appreciation. Think about it. When is the last time you were really thankful that your stomach was working properly? Perhaps it takes seeing a friend or family member who has a rough stomach for us to really be grateful for our stomach health. But it shouldn't. We should be consistently treating our stomach with care so that it can do it's job well without causing us pain.

Being ...


Keywords:
stomach


Article Body:
Our stomach is one of the parts of the body that receives the harshest treatment and the least appreciation. Think about it. When is the last time you were really thankful that your stomach was working properly? Perhaps it takes seeing a friend or family member who has a rough stomach for us to really be grateful for our stomach health. But it shouldn't. We should be consistently treating our stomach with care so that it can do it's job well without causing us pain.

Being good to your stomach can be simple. Maybe you are already making wise choices for your stomach or perhaps you will have to make some severe lifestyle changes in order to really be good to your stomach. Whatever it requires, you should commit to being good to your stomach from this point forward.

What does it mean to be good to your stomach? Basically, to be good to your stomach means watching the things you put into it and the things you do. Surely everyone has experienced the pain of eating a meal that is too spicy or too greasy or too full of acid. Our stomachs do so much in the process of breaking down our food choices. Many times our stomachs are able to cover up some of our eating "sins," but other times they let us know that we have made a poor choice. I'm convinced that we owe it to our stomachs (not to mention to the rest of our bodies) to make healthy eating choices that are easy on our bodies and good for our health.

Take some time to evaluate the things you are putting into your stomach each day. Are you being kind or harsh? Do you notice any patterns that could perhaps be harmful to your digestive system? If so, consider changing them. You only have one stomach, and therefore it requires your upmost attention and care. Different stomachs have different levels of tolerance for spices, acids, and foods. You may not be able to eat everything your neighbor or even your spouse can eat. It is important that you learn, if you haven't already, what is good for you and stick to it.

The great thing about learning to eat based on the reaction of your stomach is that you will end up making good choices not only for your stomach but also for the rest of your body. The chances are high that what is good for your stomach will also benefit your body and your overall health. So be intentional about what you eat and drink and don't hesitate to pass up things that aren't good for you or your stomach.


Title:
Be Heart Healthy The Plant-Based Way

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794

Summary:
How a vegetarian lifestyle is good for your heart


Keywords:
vegetarian, vegetarian cooking, heart healthy diet, benefits of vegetarian living


Article Body:
All diets designed to promote heart health are low in fat and cholesterol and high in fiber. Vegetarian diets, then, are natural choices for those who want to reduce the risk of heart disease because vegetarian diets are naturally low in fat and cholesterol and high in fiber! Eliminating meat, poultry and fish, which are among the foods highest in fat and cholesterol and lowest in fiber, can be a giant step toward improving heart health. Another step, which comes naturally to vegetarians, is to increase the consumption of plant-based foods that are naturally high in fiber. Plant-based foods, particularly fruits and vegetables, also provide antioxidant protection for the heart.

The following guidelines from www.d-vegetarian.com are recommended for cooking heart-healthy vegetarian meals:

Sauté foods in water or very small amounts of olive or canola oil. Olive and canola oils are considered the healthiest oils because of they help to reduce cholesterol levels in the blood.  Low fat cooking methods are also recommended for heart health. Such methods include broiling, steaming, roasting, baking, poaching, boiling, and stir-frying with little or no oil. You can also try replacing some of the oil, butter or margarine in recipes with water, juice, applesauce, or puréed prunes. Frying foods, particularly deep-frying, is never recommended for those concerned about heart health.

Since egg yolks are high in cholesterol, whole eggs can often be replaced with bananas, tofu, applesauce, or egg replacers in most recipes. You can also replace the yolk with the white of another egg. For example, if a recipes call for one egg, use two egg whites and discard the yolks.

When shopping for ingredients for heart-healthy meals, buy plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and fat free or low fat milk products. Avoid frozen vegetables with cheese, cream or butter sauces. Read the labels on snack foods to find out how much fat and cholesterol they contain. The best snacks are popcorn, fresh fruits and vegetables, rice cakes, and pretzels. There are also lower fat baked versions of many chips that would ordinarily be high in fat. 

Fiber helps to cleanse the blood of cholesterol, which is why high fiber diets are considered beneficial to the heart. To fiber intake, choose whole grain breads and cereals and limit the consumption of refined (white) breads and cereals. Also limit consumption of sugary baked goods like croissants and muffins, which tend to be low in fiber and high in fat.

Eating out can be especially challenging both to vegetarians and to those concerned about heart health. Some simple guidelines can make it easier. For example, choose stir-fried entrees, steamed vegetables, and pasta with tomato sauce. Order baked potatoes without butter or cheese, and choose vegetable-based soups. Avoid mayonnaise-based salad dressings, and always ask for dressings and sauces to be served on the side so you can limit the amount you eat. Saturated fats and trans fats should be avoided, while monounsaturated fats are generally considered good for the heart. The fact that saturated fats are mostly found in animal products is another natural advantage for vegetarians concerned with heart health. But saturated fats are also found in coconut, palm, and palm kernel oil, so these oils should be avoided on a heart healthy diet. Trans fats, which may also contribute to the development of heart disease, are found in margarine and many baked goods. Monounsaturated fats, the kind that are good for the heart, include canola oil, olive oil, flax seed oil, nuts, avocado, soy, and nut butters.

A vegetarian diet that includes soy products may add an extra benefit for heart health.
Many studies suggest a connection between soy, such as tofu, soymilk, and soy yogurt, and lower rates of heart disease. The usual recommendation is 25 grams of soy protein per day.

Since cholesterol is only found in food of animal origin, such as meat, eggs and dairy products, vegans do not need to worry about cholesterol in the foods they eat.. Grains, legumes, nuts, fruits, vegetables and vegetable oil are all naturally cholesterol free. Conversely, only vegetarian foods provide heart healthy fiber. Oats, carrots, fruits, and beans are especially high in the kind of fiber that helps to lower cholesterol levels in the blood.

If you are interested in more specific guidelines for a heart healthy vegetarian diet, the ebook Vegetarian Cooking is a good resource. Available at www.d-vegetarian.com, the book provides listings of heart healthy nutrients as well as which foods contain them and in what amounts. There are also dozens of other topics covering all aspects of the vegetarian lifestyle and its benefits.

Jen Scott is author of the successful new site www.d-vegetarian.com, dedicated to educating people about the benefits of having a more vegetarian like lifestyle.


Title:
Be in the Zone with the Right Food Plan

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529

Summary:
Many dieters are having a hard time with some food plans that have been out in the market because some food groups are eliminated. One diet that have gained the approval of many individuals is the Zone diet. This kind of food plan does not eliminate food groups but merely reduce their consumption.


Keywords:
diet


Article Body:
It is a fact that exercise is an important factor for weight-loss. Exercise combined with proper food regimens may help individuals who want to lose significant amounts of weight. There is no shortage of advice when it comes to this issue. Several books, magazines, and Internet sites suggest different aids for weight-loss. Some may work, some may not. Unfortunately, many diets are hard to sustain because some of these food regimens take away certain foods, making people who want to lose weight feeling deprived and hungry.  Some food regimens are often temporary, something that will be endured for awhile and stopped after some time. Because of this, any lost weight may return quickly. However, there is one way of eating food that is preferred by many individuals who want to lose excess weight. It is called the Zone diet. A kind of eating routine that does not prohibit any foods, but reduce foods that are high in fat and carbohydrates like rice, starches, and pasta. This kind of eating regimen simply consumes all nutrients but in small servings.

The basis of the Zone diet is that if an individual consumes the right amount of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats, they will significantly improve their health. This food regimen includes calories in 40:30:30 proportions that contain carbohydrates, protein, and fat respectively. This means one's food consumption should consists of 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein, and 30% favorable fats on a daily meal. It is said that this food intake plan manages the insulin levels in the body which may lead to clear mind, high, energy levels, and elevated moods. The founder of this eating plan, PhD Barry Sears claims that this food regimen, explains that excess insulin, a hormone helps control the blood levels makes people gain weight. “The American public is overweight due to a high intake of carbohydrates, and that this style of eating causes an overproduction of insulin. The solution is to eat a lower carbohydrate, higher protein, and moderate fat to balance these hormones within the preferred zone.” Sears added. The Zone diet regulates the blood sugar levels by balancing insulin levels therefore burning body fat more efficiently that may promote weight-loss.

Other advantages of the Zone Diet meal:

One does not feel deprived or have the craving for high cholesterol, high fat foods.
Eating all kinds of food is allowed to be consumed moderately.
It encourages consumption of three healthy, freshly prepared gourmet meals throughout the day.
It makes the eating habits simple by providing some tips.
It enables individuals to learn to stay fit without starving oneself.

This food regimen is actually not bad compared to some of the low calorie food plans that are in the market. But like any food intake routines, the Zone diet does have its weaknesses, because some of the recipes are often full of nutritional information. Another problem that can be encountered with this eating plan, is that it suggests unhealthy food combinations like beer and cottage cheese in a single meal. Individuals who want to engage in this kind of food regimen should seek the approval of nutritionists and other health professionals. They may devise an eating program that soothes one's health needs.


title:Be Nutrition Savvy: Seven Simple Ways to Eat Healthy (with Strawberry Orange Sorbet recipe)
author:Monique N. Gilbert, B.Sc.
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1558.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

The key to better health is learning the difference between healthy and unhealthy nutrients.  The choices we make greatly affect our health.  Making a few simple healthy and nutritious changes in our dietary choices can have a profound and positive impact on our health, well-being, energy levels and life span.  For instance . . .

Healthy proteins provide the amino acids our bodies require to build and repair lean body mass (like muscles, skin, hair and nails), and are low in saturated fat, cholesterol and chemicals.  Good sources include wild salmon, beans, legumes, soy products (tofu, tempeh, TVP), seeds (sunflower, pumpkin), nuts (walnuts, almonds, peanuts) and nut-butters (peanut, almond, cashew, etc.).
Unhealthy proteins are loaded with saturated fat, cholesterol, hormones, or antibiotics (like beef, lamb, beacon and sausage).  While they give your body the needed amino acids, they also clog arteries and compromise your immune system.
Healthy fats are unsaturated fats (mono and poly), omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids.  Good sources of these fats include extra virgin olive oil, canola oil, ground flax seeds and walnuts. They help your body absorb fat-soluble antioxidant micronutrients like vitamins A, E, D, and K, and lycopene.
Unhealthy fats are saturated fats and trans fatty acids (trans fats), like butter and margarine.  These fats contribute to heart disease, stroke, high cholesterol and triglyceride levels, hypertension and obesity.
Healthy carbohydrates are high in fiber and are considered complex carbohydrates.  Good sources include rolled oats, brown rice, whole wheat, broccoli, squash, green leafy vegetables, sweet potatoes, beans and whole fruit.  These help lower cholesterol, aide digestion, regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, and reduce caloric intake.
Unhealthy carbohydrates are high in sugar and are called simple carbohydrates, like candy, white bread, sodas, ice cream, cake and cookies.  These spike blood sugar and insulin levels, and increase caloric intake (they are considered empty calories).

Eating nutrient-dense foods that are high in antioxidants, phytochemicals and fiber help the body function optimally, promote overall well-being and improve digestion.  These nutrients also help fight and prevent heart disease, cancer and diabetes, strengthens the immune system, slows the aging process, increases energy and improves cognitive performance.
Additionally, as we age our appetite lessens, making it even more critical to choose foods wisely.  When every bit counts, picking foods with the highest nutritional profile is more important than ever.
An easy way to make your nutritional choices is to look for foods that are bright in color, for they usually contain more beneficial vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals.  For example, red and pink grapefruit have the heart-healthy cancer-fighting antioxidant phytochemical called lycopene while white grapefruit does not.  Here are seven more simple ways to start eating healthier.

Switch from iceberg lettuce to romaine lettuce.  Romaine lettuce has more vitamins and minerals like vitamins A and C, thiamine, riboflavin, calcium and potassium.  It also has more fiber than iceberg lettuce.
Eat brown rice instead of white rice.  Brown rice naturally has more fiber and riboflavin, and less sugars than white rice.  It is digested slower and is more filling.
Switch from white bread to whole-wheat or whole-grain bread.  Whole-wheat and whole-grain breads have more fiber, iron and potassium.  Slice per slice, they are more filling and satisfying than white bread.
Drink iced teas (black, green and herbal) instead of sodas.  Black, green and herbal teas provide antioxidants and phytochemicals that enhance your health.  Unlike sodas, you can control the sugar content when brewing your own iced teas. 
Choose whole-grain or whole-wheat cereals with bran instead of sugar-coated cereals.  Whole-grain cereals and whole-wheat cereals with bran naturally have more protein, fiber, calcium, iron, vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin than sugar frosted cereals.  Besides having less sugar, they are metabolized slower and are more filling.  So you have more energy during the day and you will not get hungry right away.
Switch from cows milk to fortified soymilk.  Soymilk contains no cholesterol or hormones, and is extremely low in saturated fat.  It also provides isoflavones and other beneficial phytochemicals that promote good health.  Fortified soymilks also contain easy to absorb calcium, vitamins D and B6, and some even add extra antioxidants (like vitamins A, C, and E), folate and omega-3.
For dessert, have frozen fruit sorbet instead of ice cream.  Frozen fruit sorbet is fat and cholesterol free and has more fiber.  It is also loaded with antioxidant vitamins A and C, and contains beneficial phytochemicals.

To get you started, try Monique N. Gilbert's deliciously nutritious homemade sorbet recipe. It is cholesterol-free, and high in antioxidants and fiber.
Strawberry Orange Sorbet
1-1/2 cups frozen strawberries
1/3 cup orange juice
1/3 cup fortified soymilk
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup (optional)
Blend in a food processor or blender for 1-2 minutes, until smooth and creamy.  Place in the freezer until ready to serve.
Makes about 2 servings
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