Title:
Cancer Information and Support Can Hasten Healing and Save Lives

Word Count:
530

Summary:
Cancer isn't necessarily a death sentence, and information and support are two of the most potent weapons you can have in your arsenal to battle the disease.


Keywords:
cancer,breast,prostate,lung,colon,kidney,bone,cervical,blood,liver,skin,ovarian


Article Body:
It's the word that no one ever wants to hear: cancer. Although our parents or grandparents might have heard that word and considered it an automatic death sentence, today's focus on prevention, early detection, and treatment means that people who are diagnosed with cancer often have a very good chance of beating the disease.

The Latest Statistics

According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), death rates from cancer have been decreasing since the early 1990s. In a recently published report on cancer from the years 1975 through 2004 (the latest year for which statistics are available), the NCI noted that, "Death rates decreased on average 2.1 percent per year from 2002 through 2004, nearly twice the annual decrease of 1.1 percent per year from 1993 through 2002."

The NCI emphasized that, "Death rates are the best indicator of progress against cancer." This is because the diagnosis rates of cancer can often be viewed in a positive light. For example, an increase in the diagnosis of prostate cancer (a typically non-fatal cancer) may be the result of a greater number of men obtaining PSA tests. Similarly, an increase in mammography may lead to an increase in the diagnosis of breast cancer, but early detection almost always leads to better outcomes. In other words, more women may be diagnosed with early stage breast cancer, but fewer will die from the disease.

According to the NCI report, mortality rates "decreased for 12 of the 15 most common causes of cancer death in men (i.e., cancers of the lung, prostate, colon and rectum, bladder, kidney, stomach, brain, and oral cavity as well as leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and myeloma)." Among women, mortality rates "decreased for 10 of the 15 most common cancers (i.e., breast, colon and rectum, stomach, kidney, cervix, brain and bladder cancers as well as non-Hodgkin lymphoma, leukemia, and myeloma)." Unfortunately, while deaths from blood and cervical cancers decreased, those from liver cancer and lung cancer increased for women.

When the Unthinkable Happens

If you or a loved one are diagnosed with cancer - whether bone cancer, skin cancer, ovarian cancer, or some other form - it's natural to jump to conclusions. That is why it is imperative to gather all of the information possible on the form of cancer and its treatments. Thankfully, the Internet can provide a wealth of information on cancer and cancer treatments. Becoming education about the disease your fighting may well be your best weapon in beating the disease. Information gives you the power to ask the right questions of health care providers, better understand your options, and pave the way to making an informed decision about cancer treatment.

Everyone Needs Support

The Internet is also a critical tool for finding the support you need while battling cancer. If you've received the diagnosis, it's extraordinarily helpful to connect with a network of people who share your experience. If a loved one has received the diagnosis, you need to get a grasp of what lies on the road ahead, and get the support you need in order to support the one you love.

Remember, cancer isn't necessarily a death sentence, and information and support are two of the most potent weapons you can have in your arsenal to battle the disease.


Title:
Cancer in Teens

Word Count:
1315

Summary:
Many people don’t usually relate cancer with teens. Cancer is more common in adults, so it’s likely that you know someone who has had it, such as an older relative or someone in a friend’s family. But teens can get particular types of cancer, too.


Keywords:
cancer, cancer in teens, chemotherapy, headaches, blurred vision,  nausea


Article Body:
Many people don’t usually relate cancer with teens. Cancer is more common in adults, so it’s likely that you know someone who has had it, such as an older relative or someone in a friend’s family. But teens can get particular types of cancer, too.

Cancer

The word cancer actually concerns to many diseases, not one. In fact, there are more than 100 types of diseases known collectively as cancer. What they all have in common is the overgrowth of cells, tiny units that make up all living things. Cancer (also known as malignancy, pronounced: muh-lig-nun-see) takes place when cells begin to grow and multiply in an uncontrolled way.

Normal body cells cultivate and divide over a period of time until they eventually die. But cancer cells continue to grow and divide and grow and divide. Eventually, they gather to form tumors. Tumors (pronounced: too-murz) are lumps that can interfere with the body’s normal processes. Sometimes cells from a tumor break away and travel to a different tissue or organ. This is called metastasis (pronounced: muh-tas-tuh-sus).

As terrifying as all this sounds, most cancers can be treated and controlled and many people with cancer get better and lead normal lives.

Reason to get affected by Cancer
No one really knows why cancer grows in specific people. Scientists and researchers are working to learn why some people get cancer and others do not. This will help them to learn whether cancer can be prevented.

Doctors do have some ideas about why people may get cancer, though. The main reasons are genetics and certain environmental or behavioral triggers.

The disposition to build up some types of cancer is believed to be inherited - that is, the genes you were born with might carry a predisposition for cancer. For example, if a close relative has had cancer of the breast or the colon, you may be more likely to inherit the tendency to develop those cancers, even though you may never actually get them.

Several behavioral and environmental triggers can cause changes in the body’s cells that push them into a cancerous state. For example, cigarettes are known to increase the risk of lung cancer. Too much exposure to the sun can increase the risk of skin cancer. These types of triggers act on the body slowly over time, so the cancers that may result from them don’t show up until a person is an adult. That’s one reason why teens don’t get the same types of cancers as adults do.

Doctors do know for sure that cancer itself is not contagious, so you don’t have to worry about catching it from someone else or spreading it to another person (although people with certain infectious diseases such as AIDS or hepatitis are more vulnerable to certain cancers). Cancer is also never a person’s fault. It’s simply not true that a person may have done something wrong to get the disease.

Sign of Cancer
The first sign of cancer is a symptom - a signal that something is wrong. There are many diverse signs that a person may have cancer, just as there are many different forms of the disease. A few of the more common symptoms of cancer include:

    * extreme exhaustion
    * swelling or lumps in certain parts of the body, such as the abdomen or neck
    * headaches
    * blurred vision
    * nausea
    * problems with walking or balance
    * more infections
    * unusual bleeding

Only you know how your body works and what you feel like when you’re healthy. If you haven’t been feeling well, it’s better to tell an adult who can make sure you see a doctor who will evaluate your symptoms. Cancer, like most illnesses, is easier to treat when it’s found early, so when in doubt, check it out.

If a doctor suspects that a person has cancer, he or she will order various tests. These might include blood tests, in which doctors scrutinize blood cells under a microscope to look for problems, X-rays, or an MRI, a test that can be used to detect tumors. Doctors also often use a biopsy (pronounced: bye-op-see) to diagnose cancer. In this procedure, a doctor removes a small tissue sample to examine it for cancer cells.

 Doctors’ way to Treat Cancer
Most cancers can be treated, especially the types of cancers teens are likely to get. The number of people who overcome cancer goes up every year because of new cancer treatments.

There are three widespread methods for treating cancer: surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Because cancer is different in each patient, each person’s treatment plan will be individually designed for him or her. A person with cancer may undergo any one of these treatments or a combination of them. A doctor who specializes in treating people with cancer is called an oncologist (pronounced: ahn-kah-luh-jist).

Surgery takes away cancerous tissue. Depending on the location of a person’s cancer, surgery can be simple or complex, so the operation may be an outpatient procedure (where a person is in and out of the hospital on the same day) or may require that the person stay in the hospital. Generally, the surgeon removes the cancerous tissue along with a small amount of the healthy tissue surrounding it to make sure that all the cancer is removed and has not spread.

The healing of cancer using medication is called chemotherapy. Specific cancers respond well to chemotherapy, which can often be given on an outpatient basis. A person who is having chemotherapy may experience nausea, fatigue, hair loss, or other side effects. Some of these side effects happen because chemotherapy medicines may destroy some healthy cells in the process of getting rid of the malignant cells. In time, these healthy cells will start to grow again and most of the side effects will disappear.

Radiation, or radiotherapy, is an additional method of treating cancer. A person getting radiation for cancer will probably be treated by a radiation oncologist, someone who specializes in using radiation to kill cancer cells. Radiotherapy machines deliver powerful X-rays or high-energy electrons to the part of a person’s body that’s affected by cancer. After repeated doses of high levels of radiation, many cancerous tumors shrink or disappear.

Radiation therapy is generally painless, but there may be a quantity of side effects. Side effects of radiation therapy may include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Some patients complain that the area of skin that’s irradiated feels sunburned. But most of these side effects are temporary.

Dealing With and Improving From Cancer
Dealing with cancer and cancer treatments can disrupt a person’s life for a while. People with cancer often need to get sustain from lots of different places to take care of the things they have to get done. For example, teens with cancer may need the help of a home tutor to get schoolwork done and adults with cancer may need help with housework or their jobs. And lots of people talk to therapists or professional counselors about the emotional side of dealing with a health problem.

You may hear doctors talk about a prognosis for a person with cancer. A prognosis is an estimate of how well that person’s treatment is working and how likely it is that the cancer will come back.

Subsequent to surgery or treatment with radiation or chemotherapy, a doctor will do tests to see if the cancer is still there. If there are no signs of cancer, then that person is in what’s called remission (pronounced: rih-mih-shun). Remission is the goal when anyone with cancer goes to the hospital for treatment. Sometimes, additional treatment, such as chemotherapy, might be needed for a while to keep a person in remission and to keep cancer cells from coming back.
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title:Cancer Is An Energy
author:Simon Mitchell
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Einstein, a genius scientist of the 20th century, and central to the new energy physics, stated that ‘a problem cannot be solved by the same mind set that created it’. Cancer is a case in point. Cancer is a dis-ease that stems partly from the products of the mechanistic, anthropomorphic and exploitative philosophy at the heart of our culture, which we tend to ignore. Its effective treatment demands that we see ourselves in a different light and act accordingly.
Medicine is extremely slow to move from a mechanistic and physical philosophy to a more energetic model, like the Gaian paradigm that values all life forms as connected. A philosophy of medicine that is over-reliant on logic and limited mainly to drugs and surgery is fundamental flawed. Acts of logic always rely on analysis, that is breaking down a ‘whole’ into its constituent parts, and examining each minutely. Reductionist approaches fail to see the connectivity and relatedness of all things. As a result this philosophy is offering us ‘cures’ to cancer that are often as dangerous and destructive as the disease itself.
Nobel prize-winner Carlo Rubbia maintains that only a billionth of the world is actually made of matter and the rest is made of energy. The new sciences are challenging the way we perceive the world and as a result the way we relate to our bodies. Dr. K. Scott-Mumby is author of Virtual Medicine and an allergy specialist in the UK writes:
Science is proving that we exist as regulated and informed energy. Disease can now be redefined as a disruption, cessation or distortion in the information and energy fields. Its time for medical practitioners to join the party.
Classical science has reached the end of what it can explain in reductionist terms. Issues such as whether light is a particle or a wave, or whether or not water has a memory (an issue central to the ‘proof’ of homeopathy), are moving modern science to a quantum level that deals with fields of energy. Medical science is still stuck in a very physical universe, where the objective is to ‘excise the lump’ almost regardless of where it came from and individual conditions of the patient and their experiences.
New sciences such as the chaos theories point a way forward into handling the complexities of whole systems that work together, in synergy. Unfortunately our medical systems and practises are still too often based on philosophy formulated in medieval times.
Because all interventions in a medical process have to been ‘proven’ as workable (using scientific double-blind testing methods) before doctors will recognise their validity (if they then do the research), medical science mostly marginalises or ignores healing alternatives that can provide only ‘anecdotal evidence’. Multiple simultaneous treatments of different types and ‘levels’ tuned for one patient are un-testable by a reductionist philosophy and therefore ignored by mainstream medicine. In addition to this regulatory pressures force researchers and companies to test their drugs on patients with advanced cancer - when the dis-ease is much more difficult to treat and when the chances of success are modest - this means that potentially useful treatments are discarded as worthless.
Traditional research methodology, or ‘quantitative research’ is central to science and other methodologies are not usually acceptable. ‘Qualitative research’ is equally, if not more important at the present time in reference to cancer. Other medical systems, such as Chinese or Ayurvedic medicine, Homeopathy or Naturopathy use far subtler tools in both diagnosis and treatment. They are based on seeing the patient as a whole being and often use multiple interventions on several levels, simultaneously in the treatment of dis-ease. Because they work at the level of an individual patient, and from a different philosophy of medicine, it is almost impossible to analyse them with the tools of reductionist science.
Our present rash of immune attacking diseases calls for a different kind of response than just drugs and surgery. A new medicine that combines established scientific excellence with traditional, alternative and natural treatments is needed. One that recognises humans as feeling, vibrant, energetic, spiritual beings as well as physical and mental. There are dramatic developments in the treatment of cancer using energy systems, but information on this is actually suppressed. There is a movement towards an integrated medicine as more orthodox practitioners are starting to join in, led mostly by their patients.
>From an energy point of view, when the human body is weak or unbalanced it oscillates at different frequencies than when it is healthy. This less harmonious frequency shows a state of cellular, energetic imbalance in the body. The physical body that is weakened in this way often needs help to shift to the needed frequency, which strengthens the immune system.
Some experienced medical doctors can make an intuitive diagnosis based on experience and can sometimes tell in a second or so what ails their patient. Posture, skin condition, nail, teeth and tongue all give clues, but experienced doctors may also intuitively pick up clues about their patients from energy and vibrational levels in a similar way to a gardener tending plants or a wild animal hunting its prey.
But modern doctors simply do not have the time for the level of attention given in many complementary and alternative therapies. This is one of the reasons alternatives are more popular than ever. Professional detachment is an essential part of the doctors’ repertoire and it protects them in part from the huge amount of need they encounter in day to day work.
Given the track record of orthodox medical science into whole person medicine, it may well be another 200 years or so before it is able to assimilate the new quantum sciences in relation to the human body. For those people with cancer now, there are a deliberately limited range of options available from orthodox medicine.
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Title:
Cancer of the Urinary Bladder

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1627

Summary:
Above all, occupational exposure to chemical compounds (among others from the group of aromatic amines) is considered to be the factor leading to falling ill with cancer of the urinary bladder .


Keywords:
cancer, therapy, urinary


Article Body:
Copyright 2006 Radoslaw Pilarski

Etiology

Above all, occupational exposure to chemical compounds (among others from the group of aromatic amines) is considered to be the factor leading to falling ill with cancer of the urinary bladder. Smoking tobacco is also mentioned (cancerogenic substances found in tobacco smoke such as nitrosamines, as well as tryptophane metabolites excreted in the urine). An additional risk factor, which may contribute to the development of more aggressive forms of cancer of the urinary bladder is a long exposure to foreign bodies and infections (mainly Schistosoma haematobium, it concerns African and Small Asia countries, as well as medicines – cyclofosphamide) and small pelvis irradiation due to another tumors in that area.

Genetic disturbances observed in the case of cancers of the urinary bladder are mainly the mutations within suppressor gene p53, oncogene erbB-2, p21, c-myc.

Symptoms

One of the most frequent symptoms of cancer of the urinary bladder, which forces the patient to visit a doctor is haematuria, sometimes with clots. With the advance of the tumor process disuric symptoms may take place, namely pain, bladder tenesmus, burning sensation during miction, sometimes  temporary retention of urine. Pain in the lumbar area as well as features of urinary tracts infection may appear during a stasis of urine in the upper urinary tracts. The pain in pelvis and around groin as well as swelling of the lower extremities usually accompany further symptoms of the disease. The first ‘signaling’ symptoms are the pains caused by metastatic changes in bones.

Diagnosis

Even one haematuria or earlier mentioned pain symptoms are an absolute indication for a patient to be examined in order to exclude the possibility of cancer of the bladder. Ultrasonography should be the first examination in the diagnosis of cancer of the urinary bladder, when the tumor change may be depicted, provided that it is big enough, the bladder is full and the place on the wall accessible during examination.

In contrast examination unevenness of bladder contour, filling defects and rigidity of infiltrated wall may be observed depending on the value and the degree of infiltration.

When a suspicious change is detected in bladder, the character of the change should be explained as soon as possible by the means of histopathologic examination. Having done bimanual examination (in order to find any out of bladder changes) cystoscopy is done. During the examination, segments are taken for histopathologic examination.

The urine cytology examination seems proper, nonetheless the negative result does not exclude the presence of a tumor process.

Apart from the above-mentioned examination, morphology, general urine examination, urography (the evaluation of urethers and kidneys) as well as small pelvis computer tomography (the evaluation of local infiltration and the invading stage of lymph nodes) are done. In the case of pain disorders, radiological examination and bone system scinigraphy seem advisable. Similarly to other tumors, chest RTG, gynecological examination in women and an evaluation of prostate’s state in men are recommended. From the prognosis perspective, determining the degree of histological tumor malignancy (basic prognostic factor apart from the state of primeval tumor determined according to TNM classification) seems vital. The following degrees of differentiation are distinguished: well-differentiated cancer (G1) – about 45% of detected cancers, moderately differentiated (G2), poorly differentiated (G3) and undifferentiated cancer (G4). The diagnostic value of BTA and NMP-22 markers is being checked and their determination does not constitute a norm as far as diagnostic methods are concerned.

Histological Classification

Epithelial tumors:

- transitional cell papilloma - transitional cell papilloma infiltrating the bladder wall - planoepithelial papilloma - transitional cell carcinoma - kinds of transitional cell carcinoma: " with planoepithelial transformation " with adenous transformation " with planoepithelial and adenous transformation - basal cell carcinoma - adenocarcinoma - anaplastic tumor

Non-epithelial tumors:

- adenoma - fibroma - myxoma - myoma - angioma - lipoma - pheochromocytoma - sarcoma

Classification

In order to estimate the level of progression the TNM classification or modified system by Jewett and Marshall are applied.

TNM Classification

Pathological classification pT, pN corresponds to T, N clinical classification.

T - primary tumor

Tx -  Primary tumour cannot be assessed T0 - No evidence of primary tumour Tis - Carcinoma in situ, preinvasive tumor with focusal anaplasy (G1, G2, G3) within epithelium Ta - Noninvasive papillary carcinoma T1 - Tumor invades subepithelial connective tissue T2 - Tumor invades muscle T3 – Tumor deeply infiltrates a part of muscular coat not exceeding it (T3a) Tumor infiltrates the muscular coat (T3b) Tumor invades perivesical tissue T3a - extracapsular extensions (unilateral) T3b - extracapsular extensions (bilateral) T3c – Seminal vesicles infiltration T4 – Tumor invades other organs T4a - Tumor invades the prostate, uterus, vagina T4b - Tumor invades the pelvic wall, abdominal wall

N – regional lymph nodes

Nx - Regional lymph nodes cannot be assessed N0 - No regional lymph node metastasis N1- Regional lymph node metastasis N2 - Metastasis in a single lymph node, >2 cm but ≤5 cm in greatest dimension; or multiple lymph nodes, ≤5 cm in greatest dimension N3 - Metastasis in a lymph node, >5 cm in greatest dimension

M – distant metastases

MX - Distant metastases cannot be assessed M0 - No distant metastases M1- Distant metastases M1a – lymph nodes other than regional M1b – bone(s) M1c – other organs

In Whitmor-Catalon’s classification A, B, C, D degrees correspond to T1, T2, T3 and T4 respectively in TNM classification.

Classification by Jewett and Marshall

Stage 0: No tumor found in the specimen superficial tumour not invading the submucosa carcinoma in situ Stage A: superficial tumour invading the submucosa Stage B: muscle invasive tumour Stage B1: superficial invasion (less than halfway) Stage B2: deep invasion (more than halfway) Stage C: invasion into the perivesical fat Stage D: Extra vesical disease, further specified in Stage D1: invasion of contiguous organ or regional lymph nodes metastases Stage D2: Extra metastases to distant organs

Treatment

The choice of treatment for patients suffering from urinary bladder cancer depends on the degree of progression according to TNM classification, the level of tumor’s histological malignancy and the general state of the patient.

Surgical treatment

Transurethral resection of tumor (TURT)

This method is used in the case of surface changes (Ta, T1, T2, as well as the multiple ones and when treating preinvasive tumor Tis, if the number of focuses is low and the atypy insignificant). TURT may be done also in the case of T3a tumors if the diameter of the base does not exceed 2 cm. In the case of advanced stages (T3, T4 ) it is sometimes used as paliative treatment.

Partial resection of urinary bladder

It is applied when a 3 cm microscope margin of healthy tissue is possible in big, individual focuses of T2 tumor and in the early period of T3.

Complete resection of urinary bladder (cystectomy)

A two-stage surgery which consists in cutting out a bladder together with lymph nodes and recreating the possibility to drain the urine from the upper urinary tracts.

The operation concerns patients suffering from:

- poorly differentiated cancer (G3) - early recurrence after treatment using other methods - tumors invading the neck of urinary bladder, prostate urethra, bladder triangle when urine flow from kidneys is impeded - extended and multifocal pre-invasive tumors - bleeding from the bladder impossible to control

Cystectomy is also done among patients who underwent unsuccessful partial resection and after recurrences after radiotherapy.

Three ways of urine flow are applicable. One of them, known as the Bricker’s is about creating ileal conduit for the urine to flow to a bag stuck to the skin. The second option is the creation of an intestinal cistern, which when full is emptied by the patient by self catheterization through a skin fistula. The most comfortable way is the creation of a surrogate urinary bladder linked to the urethra (a patient urinates moving his/her stomach muscles).

Radiotherapy

It is applied among patients who do not give their consent to the treatment or when a radical cystectomy is often impossible in their cases. Radiotherapy among patients in T2 to T4 progression stage creates a possibility of attaining a 5-year survival without disease recurrence among 35 to 45% of patients and a 5-year complete survival among 23-40%.

A 45 Gy dose is given for the pelvis and then a boost for bladder tumor is done up to 65 Gy dose. The introduction of conformal radiotherapy which consists in 3-dimensional planning system (3D CRT) into clinical practice in the recent years enables more effective application of radiotherapy in the radical treatment of urinary bladder cancer. Chemotherapy

In the case of urinary bladder cancer it is applied mainly as palliative treatment or together with surgical methods or radiotherapy.

Inductive chemotherapy aims at reducing the size of tumor most often before the radiation.

Most often applied treatment schemes are:

M-VAC

Metotreksat 30 mg/m2 im Doksorubicine 30 mg/m2 iv Cisplatine 70mg/m2 iv Vinblastine 3mg/m2 iv The pause between the cycles 28 days

M-VC

Metotreksat 30 mg/m2 im Cisplatine 70mg/m2 iv Vinblastine 3mg/m2 iv The pause between the cycles 28 days

CISCA

Cyklofosfamide 650 mg/m2 iv Doksorubicine 50 mg/m2 iv Cisplatine 100mg/m2 iv The pause between the cycles 21 - 28 days

Paclitaxel (monotherapy)

Paclitaxel 250 mg/m2 iv 1 day, the cycles repeated every 21 days

Direct bladder treatment

Such a method is recommended in the cases of:

- tumors of T1 degree (multiple) - multifocal changes of Ta type - lesions of Tis character

Most often used drugs are: thipotepa, BCG vaccine, mitomycine, doksorubicine.

BCG therapy of the surface tumor has been more effective so far than direct bladder chemotherapy, as it decreases the risk of regional recurrence and, what is more, decreases probability of undergoing the disease process at invasive cancer stage.

Prognosis

In the case of urinary bladder cancer the prognosis depends on the level of progression as well as the choice of optimal treatment and the internal state of patients. A percentage of 5-year cure most often oscillates around 50-70% as for the I and the II degree, and 20-30% as for the III degree. Longer survival periods are rarely reported in the IV degree.


title:Cancer Preventive Measures
author:Joel Dresse
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4586.shtml
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Cancer is a very deadly disease. This disease is one of the most deadly in terms of numbers killed year in and out. According to statistics one in three people will be affected by cancer. And one in four people will die of cancer. However cancer could be prevented in certain situations. The first step in cancer prevention is learning what causes it and the risk factors involved. Avoiding these risk factors can help a person reduce the likelihood of having cancers.
Here are the following risk factors that a person can avoid to prevent cancer.
1. Tobacco – 30% of all cancer deaths in the United States are caused by smoking. It is also responsible for 87% of all people affected by lung cancer. Aside from the lungs, other organs affected by smoking are pancreas, cervix, kidney, stomach and also cause acute myeloid leukemia. Quit smoking to decrease your chances of having cancer. Also try to avoid secondary smoke, secondary smoke can also be deadlier.
2. Have more physical activity – exercise greatly helps reduce your chances of having cancer. Even if it is only for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week. Exercising will also make you fit against other disease such as heart ailments. Try the exercise activities such as walking, running, aerobics, or yoga. Exercising can also help prevent obesity, which is also one major cause of cancer. Colon, breast, prostrate, endometrial, and lung cancer can have less chances of developing if you are exercising regularly.
3. Genetics – genetics is one of the causes of cancers. When your family has a history of cancer, the best thing to do is just take precaution. If your family has had a history of cancer, the mutated gene which causes cancer may have been passed down. If your family has had a history, you may get a genetic test. Remember that if your family has had a history of cancer it is not certain that you will have it. Your chances of developing it are just greater.
4. Environmental Factors – exposure to certain things within your environment can cause you cancer. Such things like asbestos or benzene can be able to cause cancer.
5. Unsafe Sex – you are suddenly exposed to not only HIV but also HPV. HPV is also known as Human Pappiliona Virus. Having this virus greatly increase a person’s chance of having anal, vulvar, cervical, or vaginal cancer. There are tests that help a person find out if he or she has the HPV virus. You will need to scrape the cervical cells and send them over to a lab.
6. Sun Exposure – greatly exposing yourself to UV rays will cause skin cancer. Be very wise when tanning or being exposed under the sun.

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title:Cancer Survivor Turns Cancer Information Specialist
author:News Canada
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_41.shtml
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(NC)-When callers to the Canadian Cancer Society's information service connect with Isabelle Wilson, they're talking to someone who's been there herself.
The Christmas of 1997 was turned upside down for the Montreal mother of three. Days before the holiday she learned she had a rare tumour on her left lung. The lung was removed on Christmas Eve. Wilson was a 30-year-old non-smoker and had a six-month-old baby at home. Even her doctors were stunned.
"Everything went so fast," she says. "I didn't know what was happening to me."
Worse, Wilson had to recuperate during the infamous ice storm, which knocked out power and heat to her home for days. Eventually she turned to the Canadian Cancer Society's information service for support and help in understanding her condition. It was a life-changing call. Three years later, Wilson joined the service herself.
"Knowing there was a professional there who was with me and researching this disease too meant a lot. I felt a lot less isolated," says Wilson, a biologist and former health services worker. "One morning I woke up and said, 'I have to do this job.'"
The service is Canada's toll-free bilingual source of cancer information. Trained and caring specialists provide information about cancer and community resources. This helps newly diagnosed patients and their families understand their condition and act as informed members of their healthcare team.
When you want to know more about cancer, call the Canadian Cancer Society's information service at 1 888 939-3333 or e-mail info@cis.cancer.ca.
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title:Cancer Treatment
author:AllMed Healthcare Management
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3791.shtml
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According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 1.4 million people were diagnosed with cancer in 2005. The victims are fairly evenly divided, with males having a slight lead at 51 percent. The causes are seemingly too complicated to unravel. The effects are unfortunately too obvious.
The rise in cancer patients, combined with new access to medical research and technology, enable cancer victims to take self-education to new heights. Through their efforts, patients are often confused by the nuances between protocols for scientific experiments and the medically accepted protocols for treatment. While the two sound the same, they serve different ends. Experimental protocols are simply mechanisms for following scientific research that can be replicated and compared against an already standardized treatment to prove validity. This process may require several experiments and studies before treatment is sanctioned as a proven method that can be used on patients. Typically, insurance payers will not begin to pay for treatment until protocols have reached the medically proven stage.
The four major types of cancer treatments available today include surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and biologic therapies. New treatments, such as hormone therapies with Tamoxifen and transplant options involving bone marrow, are being added to these standard procedures on a regular basis.
This widespread availability of cancer experimentation and treatment options causes confusion not only among the lay community, but among physicians and payers as well. Every day, new options appear on the horizon that show promise, but only a few become treatment protocols. As the literature about cancer research and treatment burgeons, it's increasingly difficult for anyone but an Oncology specialist to stay current with which treatments are sanctioned and which are still considered experimental.
Having access to Board-Certified Oncologists and Hematologists as part of the independent review process can help payers ensure patients receive the best medical care possible as approved by their contracts. AllMed Healthcare Management's panel of Oncology and Hematology specialists know the latest cancer treatment options and can help you, the payer, stay abreast of these advancements—now and in the future.

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Title:
Cancer Treatment May Cause Heart Disease

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513

Summary:
Chemotherapy is a systemic therapy that makes use of drugs to treat cancer. However, certain breast cancer treatments such as chest radiation, lack of exercise during treatments and stress, are found to make women more susceptible to heart disease. Researchers are looking at chemotherapy medicines called anthracyclines, known to have a weakening effect on some women's hearts.


Keywords:
cancer treatments, heart disease, stress


Article Body:
Certain breast cancer treatments have been found to make women more susceptible to heart disease.  In the October 9 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, a variety of sources for heart disease risks have been identified, such as chest radiation, lack of exercise during treatments and stress.
Pamela S. Douglas, M.D., chief of cardiology at Duke University and co-author of the JACC paper, said that the greatest damage comes from a breast cancer treatment mainstay: chemotherapy. Douglas always felt that “the benefit of saving lives outweighed the risks and were just part of the accepted cost.” But with the success of treatment and growing survivor numbers, Douglas and her colleagues are urging doctors to take the long view when deciding on a woman's breast cancer treatment. First treat the cancer, but don't forget about cardiovascular health down the road.
 Chemotherapy is a systemic therapy that makes use of drugs to treat cancer. Prior to a surgery, chemotherapy may be used both to reduce the size of the breast tumor and to destroy cancer cells wherever they may be. After the surgery, chemotherapy works throughout your system to kill cancer cells that may have spread throughout your body. Chemotherapy affects the whole body by going through the bloodstream. Just like other systemic treatments, the purpose of chemotherapy is to get rid of any cancer cells that may have spread from where the cancer started to another part of the body.
The body's normal cells grow and divide in a controlled manner. Cancer cells, however, grow and divide in seemingly total chaos --- without any control or logical order. Chemotherapy works by stopping the growth or multiplication of cancer cells, thereby killing them.
Specifically, Douglas and her team of researchers are looking at chemotherapy medicines called anthracyclines. These compounds are used to treat a variety of cancers, which includes leukemia, lymphomas, uterine, ovarian, and breast cancers. Anthracyclines are also known to have a weakening effect on some women's hearts.
According to Douglas, “There are other drugs that are less harmful, and we know a little bit about how to lower the doses”, but added that it's too soon to start completely overhauling breast cancer therapy. Instead, doctors and organizations including the National Breast Cancer Coalition are calling for more research into cancer treatments to see whether other drugs might yield the same result without the added long-term risk.
Douglas also stresses the importance of taking into consideration the different factors surrounding a woman's condition, as patients are “taking hits from multiple places.” While the cancer therapy might be one source of added cardiovascular risk, diet, weight, and family history also play a major role.
Still, she advises patients who learn they have breast cancer to consider treatment. “First get cured!” But she clearly emphasized to seriously take the consequences that dieting and regular exercise can have for your health while taking chemotherapy medications, something that is not necessarily heart healthy. 
No matter how you look at it, cancer treatment remains to be a right combination of medicine and living a healthy lifestyle.


title:Candida Fungus/ Yeast Infection And Cancer.
author:Pieternel Van Giersbergen
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There is a connection between candida and cancer – so asserts Doug Kaufmann, author and expert on nutrition who has studied yeast infections and candida for over 30 years. Kaufman’s studies demonstrate that fungi in foods, as well as the overuse of antibiotics, lead to intestinal overgrowth that can compromise our health in many ways, including cancer. As proof of his research findings, Doug Kaufmann devised a diet based on the widely examined problem of mycotoxin contamination of the grains we eat. Children with documented cases of leukemia saw the disease vanish after some simple changes in their diet. After a cycle of antibiotics use, Doug Kaufmann also says, the candida/yeast/fungus overgrowth that comes in its wake can be lethal. And this drug-induced imbalance in the intestinal flora is a reality, to different degrees, in 90% of the American population. Since cancer and yeast infection have been linked, any effort you make to reduce your yeast overgrowth will not only improve your general health. It will also diminish the real, albeit worst-case cancer threat that this condition represents.
In this area there are specialists who can guide you, as well as simple and effective self-tests and self-treatments. Also… be sure to avoid the foods that actually nourish candida/yeast infection. The biggest villains are sugar and white flour products, refined foods, and commercially processed meats, which are full of hormones. Eat as much non-processed food as possible, with lots of vegetables. Read up on the blood type diet, or any other natural foods diet that attracts you. Be sure to use Oil of Oregano for 6 weeks in combination with the diet. Oil of Oregano will be able to diminish or disappear your candida/ yeast infection. Simple home test by spitting in a glass of water in the morning and see how much spirals and sediment appear can be very useful in checking the progress of your diet/ Oil of Oregano. Natural hormone creams as Prosperine can be supportive too. All the above have to do with taking well care of your self.
Be sure to enjoy your life and radiate love, so love finds its way back to you.
Warmly, Pieternel van Giersbergen.
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title:Candida Overblown
author:Martin Myers
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Candida is normally inoffensive yeast, an organism that lives naturally inside our bodies in small populations within the intestines. Sometimes, however, under certain conditions is can mutate into a fungal infection. The aggressive fungal form invades the body’s systems and causes a great deal of damage.
How does this happen and how is it treated? Well, there are a number of causes, and not too many possible treatments. Before evaluating treatment options, it is necessary to understand the cause of the imbalance. Common causes of environmental imbalances are changes in blood sugar levels because of diabetes, changes in hormone levels as a result of pregnancy, puberty, menopause and menstruation, changes in normal gut flora due to intestinal infections or the intake of antibiotics, or a compromised immune system, such as AIDS.
The fungal form of Candida is a far worse companion than the simple yeast infection. The fungal-form of Candida develops aggressive roots that penetrate the intestinal walls, and create the opportunity for partially digested food particles to penetrate the blood stream, and establish food sensitivities. The fungus also ferments the sugars in our colon. This can cause a problem with gas, excessive bloating of the stomach, and extreme discomfort.
The fungal form of Candida also attacks the nervous system. Sufferers of fungal Candida experience mood swings, depression, fogginess of the brain, and poor concentration. There are several theories as to why this occurs. But they are just that, theories. One such theory holds that when the fungus pierces the wall of the intestine and allows the partially digested food to pass into the bloodstream, exorphins are released. They can affect the neurological reactions by switching them on and off. Thus creating the depression and mood swings.
There are hormonal changes associated with fungal Candida that aren’t too pretty either. Severe menstrual pain, thyroid conditions, and auto-immune deficiencies are known to be a result of fungal Candida. Other symptoms that are hormone related and indicate a Candida overgrowth are pain in the muscles and joints, sugar cravings, athlete’s foot, thrush of the mouth, sinusitis, poor concentration, and intolerance of perfume.
There are diets and treatments available to rid your body of this awful fungus, but they aren’t quick fixes, and sometimes the damage to your body’s organs can be permanent. A couple of the more natural treatments are cranberry extract and garlic. Other items to be addressed once you’ve begun to rid your body of the fungal infection are the leaky gut and a general detox, since Candida can produce up to 100 different toxins.
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title:Candida- It's Not Just a Yeast Infection
author:Dr. Rita Louise
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Candida Albicans or a yeast infection, both digestive and systemic, is a health problem of which answers to its elimination are far and few between. Literally millions of men and women have a potential yeast infection that is causing, directly or indirectly, a significant number of health problems or conditions.
Candida Albicans is a destructive yeast infection that begins in the digestive system and little by little spreads to other parts of the body. Candida is present in all of us not long after birth. Typically, this yeast remain in a healthful balance with the other bacteria and yeasts within the intestinal tract. Under certain conditions, such as excessive stress, lowered immunity or the long-term use of steroids, the candida yeast can multiply, thus disrupting the gastrointestinal "terrain". Candida overgrowth may also be a consequence of antibiotic treatment, as antibiotics not only kill pathogens but also a large number of those bacteria that are part of a healthy gastrointestinal flora. With the depletion of the beneficial protective flora in the intestinal tract and a weakened immune response, this opportunistic yeast can then spread and multiply beyond the intestinal tract affecting every organ in the body.
In babies, an overgrowth of candida appears as diaper rash. It can also be found on the body as jock itch or athlete's foot. It can appear in the mouth as thrush or in the vaginal tract, known by many women as a yeast infection. Systemic yeast is now being associated with a variety of conditions ranging from mental disorders, deranged immune system, food intolerance, gastric upsets, premenstrual tension, infertility, ovarian failure, sexual function difficulties and fatigue. It can manifest with a multitude of symptoms including constipation, diarrhea, colitis, headaches, bad breath, mood swings, canker sores, muscle and joint pain, congestion, severe itching, PMS, fatigue, kidney or bladder infections to name a few. It is estimated that 30% of the population suffer from health issues directly related to yeast. In fact, the majority of people who have Candida do not realize they have it until become seriously ill.
If you think you might have candida, or would like to find out if you do, take this simple self-scoring Candida Questionnaire located at http://www.soulhealer.com/yeast.htm. If you score over 140 points on this test, you might want to follow the Recommendations for Wellness listed below to begin down the road of better health.
Recommendations For Wellness.

Avoid all yeast containing foods: Yeast breads, fermented beverages (beer, wine, brandy, scotch, etc.) moldy cheeses, fermented vinegars, salad dressing, peanuts, biscuits, canned citrus fruit juices, cake mix, ice cream, all dried fruit, oranges, pickles, tomato sauce, sugars, yeast powder, processed and smoked meats, malt products, barbecue sauce, olives, mayonnaise, chili peppers.
Avoid all refined carbohydrates, artificial sweeteners, hidden sugars such as those found in soft drinks, pastries, canned fruits and vegetables.
Rotate between at least 3 different anti-fungal herbs every 4 days to kill the candida yeast in the intestinal tract. These herbs can include Garlic, Caprylic Acid and Pau d' Arco (Taheebo tea).
Supplement with Lactobacillus Acidophilus or Bifidophilus daily. This helps to reintroduce the good bacteria back into the intestinal tract.
Take 1 tablespoon of Flax seed or olive oil daily to improve healing and prevent the fungus from destroying cells.
Incorporate Echinacea to help strengthen the immune system.
Multivitamin & mineral complex with vitamin A to provide all the nutrients needed for proper immune function and for repair of intestinal lining. Try to select a vitamin complex that includes zinc.
Treat any skin yeast or fungal infection with tea tree oil.

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title:Canine Bloat
author:Ron Swerdfiger
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What is Canine Bloat?
Bloat refers to the bloating of the stomach. Essentially it is a build up of gas in the stomach which is unable to be released. Bloat with Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV) occurs when the stomach fills with gas and twists 180 to 360 degrees on it's axis between the esophagus and duodenum or the entrance and exit parts of the stomach. Bloat is a very serious problem in large breed dogs. When combined with the complications of GDV, bloat is a leading cause of death of dogs, second only to cancer.
The exact cause of bloat is still unknown. Generally, it is believed that excessive eating and drinking of water followed by exercise can cause bloat. It is thought that exercise causes food or fluid in the stomach to cause a build up of gas. The severity of the conditions is more serious when the stomach twists upon itself within the abdomen in a clockwise rotation causing the inlet and outlet of the stomach as well as blood vessels which supply the stomach to become constricted at both ends. As a result, the constriction will cause the stomach tissue to die. In a very short time, the stomach becomes restricted of nutrients and oxygen. If not treated, the dog can die.
What Are the Symptoms of Canine Bloat?

Anxious, restless
Distended abdomen
Attempting to vomit
Excessive drooling
Whining
Pale gums
Increase in heart rate.
Difficult breathing

What Causes Bloat?
The stomach becomes filled with gas and because of several possible factors; the dog is unable to relieve the pressure. Bloat, with GDV, is when the stomach goes in to a Atwist.@ This closes both the esophagus and pylorus, preventing the dog from relieving the gas pressure which can quickly build up after a large meal. This condition is extremely fatal, causing shock, coma and eventually death. Like many other conditions which affect our dogs, the actual cause of bloat is still unknown. Several factor seem to contribute to a dogs chances of getting bloat

Stress
Eating or drinking too fast.
Exercise before and immediately after eating
Having a large deep chest
Elevated food bowls
Hereditary
Disposition

Are All Dogs At Risk Cannine Bloat?
Canine bloat and GDV usually only effects large breed dogs, but smaller dogs are still susceptible.. It is thought that some lines of breeds are genetically at a higher risk. Though bloat can occur in puppies, it is a condition which usually occurs in adult dogs. Furthermore, male dogs are more likely to suffer from bloat than female dogs. Here is a list of some breeds that have a higher chance of being effected by bloat and GDV.

German Shepherd
Great Dane
Standard Poodle
Rottweiler
Akita
Bloodhound
Great Pyrenees
Irish Setter
Old English Sheepdog
Boxer
Golden Retriever
Irish Wolfhound
St. Bernards
Labrador Retriever
Newfoundland
Doberman

What Is the Treatment of Dog Bloat?
Canine bloat is a very serious problem. If you suspect your dog of having bloat, contact your vet immediately. Every second counts! If caught and diagnosed quick enough, initial treatment will involve inserting a tube or tochar in to the stomach wall to remove the gas. If necessary, the vet will then operate, attempting to untwist the stomach. Secondary treatment will involve treating shock, dehydration, fatigue, and other complications resulting from the distension of the stomach.
Is There Any Way To Prevent Dog Bloat?
Prevention of bloat can be difficult. Because there are so many possible causes for this condition, prevention must be examined on an individual basis. If you have a dog that is at risk there are a couple of things that you can do to decrease the chances of this fatal condition. Since bloat is believed to be connected with genetics and hereditary, these preventive measures can only decrease the chances of bloat.

Do not overfeed. Feed 2-3 small meals a day.
Do not use elevated food bowls
Do not allow your dog to drink large amounts of water after eating.
Add an enzyme product to your dogs food
Keep emergency veterinary contact handy
Gastropexy surgery

Ths website only provides BASIC information about canine bloat. your veterinarian is always your best source of health information. Consult your veterinarian for more information about Canine Bloat and GDV and its prevention.
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Title:
Canine Companions Cure

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This article talks about how depression can lead to serious mental health conditions, if not treated as soon as possible. A new research suggests that by having pet dogs as companions, they can help the person dealing with depression in overcoming their emotional symptoms, as well as physical symptoms.


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overcoming depression, depression, well being, lifestyle, mental health, recovery, relationship, stress and anxiety


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People normally encounter different situations that may cause more bad than good. Things like financial problems, death of a loved one, dealing with serious medical conditions, the breakup of a relationship, and certain changes in one's life can certainly cause depression. Having a family history of depression (with a pessimistic personality) can run in the genes for generations, and this too can affect one's lifestyle and well being if not treated as soon as possible.
While many people dealing with depression turn to friends and family members for comfort and support, a new research has shown that assigning the help of an unexpected companion--a dog, may also have a positive effect on overall health and well being of a depressed individual. An award winning actress, Linda Dano is leading “Support Partners: Canine Companions,” a new program that offers practical tips on how to expand support networks by incorporating dogs into the recovery process of depression, as part of her commitment to helping people with the health condition. This program is sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company together with the Psychiatric Service Dog Society.
Depression is an illness that is often associated with strong social stigma, causing people to withdraw from their lives, therefore intensifying the emotional symptoms of the illness, such as sadness and feelings of worthlessness. While a doctor, friend, or family member should form the basis of any support network, dogs can play an important role by being a constant companion to the the distressed patient. With daily walks, dogs can help reduce the emotional symptoms while possibly helping other symptoms, such as fatigue or lack of energy.
Research has shown the many potential benefits of having a dog that can correlate to areas which health care professionals believe can help people in overcoming depression. Majority of pet owners feel that their pets are extremely important whenever they are feeling sad, lonely, or depressed. The “man's best friend,” can provide the desirable qualities as human such as listening, physical contact and empathy which helps in dealing with emotional symptoms of a depressed individual. Half of the population with dogs as companions believes that their pet makes a huge difference to their lives, ranking increased exercise and companionship as the two most important differences. Research has also shown that talking to dogs is related to greater life satisfaction and would lead to better physical and mental health.
Joan Esnayra, president of the Psychiatric Service Dog Society, an organization that works with mental health consumers who wish to train their dogs to assist depression management, explains that there are many simple things one can do with their dog if feeling depressed which would make them feel better. By taking the dog for a walk, it would give the person some exercise. Teaching the dogs new tricks can also give the person a sense of accomplishment, which would help them conquer feelings of depression.  Our pet dogs can help with the recovery of a depressed individual by relieving the stress and anxiety that the person may be experiencing. These dogs can really give a sense of comfort, purpose, and companionship that depressed people need in order to overcome their condition.


title:Cannot Lose Those Extra Pounds Of Weight??
author:AyurvedicCure.com
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Intake of fats and carbohydrates in excess results in obesity. Lack of exercise, physical work also helps in accumulation of fat in the body. In Ayurveda this condition is called medoroga. The fat in the body is primarily drawn from the oils, ghees, and other fatty substances consumed through food and drink. Chocolates, wafers, sweets, remember excessive fat may also impair the function of the vital organs like heart, liver, joints and the kidneys. Obesity may also cause diabetes, asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure.
Walking is the best exercise to begin with.
Honey is an excellent home remedy for obesity.
Make a mixture of two teaspoon of lime juice, one teaspoon of honey , in a glass of water, add some pepper to it & have it regularly.
Drink a glass of boiled water daily after every meal.
Spices like ginger, cinnamon, black pepper etc. are good for loosing weight. Drink ginger tea 2-3 times a day.
Shudh Guggulu is very beneficial for curing this ailment. It helps to regulate the lipid metabolism. Take a teaspoon of guggul with ginger and honey, twice a day.
Two teaspoon of lim e juice added to water also helps in loosing weight. Have it frequently.
Mint is very beneficial in losing weight. Have some salads, vegetables with it.
Trifla , a herbal combination of amalaki, bibbitaki, and haritaki is good for loosing weight.
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Title:
Cant Stop Smoking, Start Drinking Tea…

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Let me start off by saying, that this is not an article about how to stop smoking.  In a way, it is quite the opposite.  Whether it is a pipe, cigar, or cigarettes, some of us have found that we are smokers.  Maybe you have attempted to quit, and maybe you haven’t cared enough to try.  Either way, the truth remains, “I am a smoker.”  If this sounds familiar, then you I write this for you.


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stop smoking, smoking, tea,


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Let me start off by saying, that this is not an article about how to stop smoking.  In a way, it is quite the opposite.  Whether it is a pipe, cigar, or cigarettes, some of us have found that we are smokers.  Maybe you have attempted to quit, and maybe you haven’t cared enough to try.  Either way, the truth remains, “I am a smoker.”  If this sounds familiar, then you I write this for you.

It came to me one afternoon, when I was trying to fight off a sore throat, and I held my pipe in my left hand, and searched for my lighter with my right…I shouldn’t be doing this.  I have had this sore throat for a week, and I can’t stop smoking. 

Well, the truth was the truth, and I really didn’t have intentions of stopping…Slowing down, yes; stopping, no.  Though this moment was quick, it was important, as it was then that I accepted my fait.  And more importantly, was now able to balance the scales. 

Smoking makes you look old, smoking causes cancer, smoking smells, smoking makes your teeth yellow, and a million other STOP SMOKING ads rushed through my head…

I accepted them all…

Ok, now what…Well, I began to think.  With a sore throat nagging me at the moment, I decided to attack this enemy first.  Mouth wash, medicine, vitamins; I found these were all good ideas.  But although I was helping the issue, my throat still hurt, and I was beginning to cough. 

Perhaps the coughing was a blessing in disguise as I reached for cup of tea to help stop a fit of coughs.  The steam helped me breathe, and the hot water cleared my throat.  If nothing else, this experience got me thinking. 

I looked further into the matter, as I of course stepped up my tea intake.

I found out that drinking tea, Rooibos Tea and Jasmine Green Tea in particular, will help me to relax (calming down my nerves), contain large amounts of anti oxidants to fight against the increased level of free radicals in my body from smoking (the cause aging skin and of course, Cancer), clean my body of toxins, help me breathe, and help my previously mentioned sore throat.  I looked at this list, and the STOP SMOKING ads returned…

Could it be that a pot of tea was a helpful accessory walking down this smokey path??  From personal experience, I have found that tea helps.  And NO, I do not think drinking tea will protect me from all ailments, or that I will never get sick again, or I will avoid any other ill drawn fait that may await me, but with certain facts that I had to accept, I can only do my best to minimize the damage.  And as I end this article with no promises, I will restate a simply written statement that proves itself time and time again, “Drinking tea is a good idea…”


Title:
Capsaicin: A Pain Relief Cream Straight Out of Your Kitchen

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Capsaicin is a common ingredient in many pain relief creams available on the market. This article describes what capsaicin is, where it comes from, and how it works. Capsaicin is said to help ease the pain felt by patients from various medical conditions including post-surgery pain and osteoarthritis.


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 pain relief cream


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When we think of a chili pepper, we imagine it in adding its distinctive spiciness to food. But how about in a pain relief cream? Strange as it may sound, chili peppers have traditionally been used as a topical painkiller, usually made by crushing the fruit and mixing it with a neutral base or applying the pulp directly to the skin. A modern version of this is the capsaicin pain relief cream available in tubes or jars or as the active ingredient in heating pads for sale at most drugstores.  Among the conditions it is used for are back pain, bursitis, fibromyalgia, joint pain, muscle pain, nerve pain, osteoarthritis, pain due to diabetes, neuropathy, phantom pain after amputation, post-herpetic neuralgia, post-surgical neuropathic pain, and rheumatoid arthritis. It can also relieve itching (pruritis).

But what is it about capsaicin that makes it so effective in relieving pain? The answer lies in its distinctive mouth-burning, eye-watering, and sweat-breaking spiciness. Capsaicin or 8-methyl N-vanillyl 6nonamide is one of the six capsaicinoid compounds in chili peppers. It works by activating the chemical terminals of sensory neurons called transient receptor potential cation channel subfamily V member 1 (TRPV1), which increases membrane permeability to elements like calcium and sodium. This triggers the release of substance P, which is primarily responsible for the sensations of pain we experience inside our mouths when eating a habanero chili pepper. When these chemical terminals are flooded with capsaicin, they open and allow the latter to enter specific pain fibers, letting extra calcium inside the cells until the nerves become overloaded and shut down. When these cells shut down, it temporarily numbs the feeling in that specific area where it was applied. 

The brain responds to the burning sensation by releasing endorphins, the body's natural painkiller.

Endorphins are a class of neurotransmitters produced by the body to respond to any kind of pain, and bonds to some of the same receptors in the brain as the opioid morphine. The term itself is a blend of two words coined by American scientists Rabi Simantov and Solomon H. Snyder, “endogenous” and “morphine" and literally means "morphine produced naturally in the body.” Endorphins are also known to cause a sense of well-being, and is the attributed cause of a phenomenon called “runner's high.”  This is largely because its release is triggered by exercise, which puts a great deal of wear and tear on the body and causing muscle pain. The muscle pain in turn becomes the signal for the body to release endorphins. Similarly, capsaicin has also been known to trigger the release of endorphins.

While some studies suggest that it is only effective in a percentage of actual users, capsaicin pain relief creams give patients an alternative to taking oral medications to manage their pain. Although it is associated with certain side effects, specifically a mild to moderate stinging or burning sensation, these  diminish with frequent use. However, this treatment option is worth a try.


title:Capsulized Food: The Next Step in Food Evolution
author:Protica Nutritional Research
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1136.shtml
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Anyone who has spent a day fasting from food, or who has even skipped a meal, knows just how much time we save when we are not provisioning and consuming meals.  Of course, efficiency is not our only concern when it comes to eating.  If we were to articulate our fundamental requirements for food, we would probably come up with the following: (1) it should give us the nutrition our bodies need; (2) it should support our body transformation goals (e.g. lose fat or gain muscle); (3) it should taste good; (4) it should be convenient.  Foods that meet two or three of these requirements quickly become a mainstay in most diets. 
A new development in nutrition research called ‘capsulized food’ aims to exceed these requirements. Pennsylvania-based Protica Research is the first of what will likely be many companies dabbling in this new food frontier. Among other development initiatives on their roster, Protica Research engineers liquid foods that are ultra-compact, nutrient-dense, and above all else, very palatable. Their first product, Profect®, delivers 25 grams of protein and the complete spectrum of water-soluble vitamins in less than three fluid ounces.  This on-the-go nutrition has some consumers re-thinking their traditional eating habits. An examination of the four fundamental requirements for food will help explain why.
NUTRIENT DENSITY
Nutrition. It is our first priority when it comes to eating. While it is not always on the front of our minds when we reach for food, it is the reason we eat. There are many nutrient-rich and nutrient-poor foods available to us, and we must always consume our fair share of nutrient-rich foods for the sake of our health, well-being and energy level.
The challenge is that nutrient-dense foods—such as milk, eggs, fish, and chicken—are not always within arms reach. Snacks, junk food and fast food generally are.  It often takes too much effort for a busy person to procure the necessary vitamins and protein, and so we end up going without.  This can hurt us in the long run as our immune system and energy levels suffer.  Studies have shown that many of the so-called ‘junk food junkies’ and ‘fast food addicts’ would prefer eating nutritionally sound foods if they were within arm’s reach.
SUPPORTING BODY TRANSFORMATION GOALS
For many of us, we keep a careful eye on the foods we eat. Either we are trying to lose fat, gain muscle, or maintain what we have. Whether we are browsing the supermarket aisles or a restaurant menu, we find ourselves looking for foods that are consistent with these goals.
For some, low-carbohydrate foods are at the top of the shopping list. These consumers have become more aware of the health risks and weight gain associated with eating carbohydrate-rich foods. For others, low-fat foods are the order of the day. Still others seek a balance of proteins, carbohydrates and fats.
The common denominator in all of these diets is protein, along with the supporting micronutrients, such as vitamins and minerals. 
While it is possible to get vitamins and protein without fat or carbohydrates when you are cooking at home, it is a much taller order to do that in a compact transportable meal.  Manufacturers like EAS and Protica Research offer high protein beverages to support any transformation goals. Protica’s Profect provides a full 25 grams of protein and the complete spectrum of water-soluble vitamins.  The important point for the diet conscious, however, is that all of these nutrients come without the cost of fat and carbohydrates.  This allows your body to maintain health and energy without weighing you down with unnecessary carbohydrates or fat. 
TASTE
For most of us, the taste of a product determines whether we make it part of our dietary regimen. No amount of nutrition can make up for a poor taste. Food manufacturers have learned this lesson well in recent years, as many nutritious products have been pulled from supermarket shelves due to lackluster taste. As consumer expectations have continued to rise, a plethora great-tasting and nutritious food products have entered the market. Capitalizing on this fact, Protica Research developed a line of flavors for its capsulized protein beverage that target age groups from adolescents to seniors. Double-blind taste tests have shown that the flavor profile of Profect is indistinguishable from non-carbonated fruit drinks on the market.
CONVENIENCE
Every once in a while, maybe even every evening, we want to sit down to a well-set table and share a meal with family or friends.  Capsulized food is not about taking this important ritual out of our lives, and it is not about replacing fresh foods.  The reality of living in the 21st century is that most people spend their day working, and this means the kitchen or garden is inaccessible.  This is true for stay-at-home moms as well as business executives putting in long days at the office.
This on-the-go lifestyle is not compatible with eating nutritious meals.  The difficulty of finding time for a proper meal has led many people to become dependent upon compact snack or junk foods that they can keep in their purse or briefcase.  These compact foods have become a mainstay of the American diet because they are portable and can be consumed quickly.  However we often find that the portability, and thus the convenience, of these foods is lacking.  The traditional convenience foods that we can find in grocery and convenience stores are not generally packaged with rough transportation in mind.  The packaging of many food and beverage products accidentally break open after they have spent time in a bag or purse.   
Another common complaint surfaces once the packaging is opened. Many convenience foods—meal replacement bars, for example—are sticky or crumbly. You can also find yourself reaching for water to wash them down. Problem is, convenience should mean ‘napkins and water not required’.
While portability and quick consumption are two things that we have come to look for in a convenient food, these traits are often illusive. 
Protica Research offers two innovations when it comes to convenience.  First, their Profect protein beverage is a liquid—and weighs less than three fluid ounces—which means that you can quickly and easily consume it even while on the run.  Second, Profect takes portability to a new level by packaging it in a patent-pending, virtually unbreakable container.  This means that it can be taken absolutely anywhere, and you will not have to worry about your meal ending up all over your purse or briefcase.
HOW TO MEET OUR MODERN NUTRITION NEEDS
The advent of health-consciousness has come at a time when our lifestyles are increasingly hectic. This means that people are looking for a healthy, nutritious, and portable food that is quick to consume.  In order to meet this demand, the food industry must adapt and respond. Companies like Protica Research are developing capsulized foods that will deliver on-the-go nutrition that is more portable, more convenient and more palatable than its predecessors.
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title:Caralluma Fimbriata - A New Natural Weight Loss Aid
author:Bill Herren
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You are likely to be seeing a new ingredient in some weight loss supplements by the name of Caralluma Fimbriata. Caralluma Fimbriata is similar to hoodia in that it is a natural appetite suppressant.
Caralluma Fimbriata is said to be a vegetable that is used daily in tribal India. It is eaten in several different forms and it is said that it is used by tribesman in the same way Hoodia is used in other parts of the world – Tribesman will consume it before a long hunt to curb the appetite.
A company named Gencor Pacific USA has created a brand called Slimaluma ™ which is a standardized extract of Caralluma Fimbriata. Caralluma Fimbriata already has some studies behind it that makes it look very promising in the world of weight loss dietary supplements.
If you have tried Hoodia and did not have any success, you may want to try Caralluma Fimbriata before giving up on an all natural appetite stimulant. Currently there are not many products on the market containing Caralluma Fimbriata but I suspect that will change in the near future. We will probably start seeing combination products which contain other well known weight loss supplements such as green tea, Citrimax, and Chromium.
Remember that weight loss supplements usually target different areas. Some are considered fat burners, some inhibit the absorption of carbs or fat, and some are appetite suppressants. Caralluma Fimbriata is for people who want help in controlling their appetite.
We may see Caralluma Fimbriata combined with ingredients designed to burn fat, absorb carbs, etc. Keep in mind what your goal is before purchasing a weight loss supplement and you will probably not be disappointed with the results. It appears Caralluma Fimbriata will be affordable and the dosages will be reasonable. It appears that dosages are going to be around 1 gram per day. The manufacturers will probably recommend divided doses throughout the day but be sure and follow the directions on the bottle.
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title:Carbohydrates: What You must know
author:Gary Matthews
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This scares me to death, every day you walk down the street it is becoming more and more apparent that the average person is becoming larger and this trend has escalated over recent years. Why are they getting fatter? Here are some reasons...

Less incidental activity
Automated and computerized lifestyle
Longer working hours and less leisure
Increased consumption of processed foods
Our food servings are larger than ever

Being overweight, or obese, has now moved from a social nuisance and domestic embarrassment to an official disease. The American Heart Association has announced obesity is a major risk for heart disease.
Obesity itself has become a major and dangerous epidemic. More than 70% of US adults are overweight and that figure is rapidly increasing.
What do most people do to rid their body of unwanted fat? They diet! Dieting is now a trillion dollar industry and just about every month a new diet is announced.
If you do have weight problems how do you find a diet that is safe, effective and sustainable?
What you do is try to find a diet that includes a variety of foods that you can live with comfortably. You have to take a long-term view and include plenty of exercise.
A good diet is one that supplies all of the essential vitamins and minerals, and is not high in fat or protein.
Research on people, who have successfully lost a lot of weight and kept it off long term, shows that the vast majority succeeded by consuming a low fat diet high in fibre coupled with strength training and cardiovascular activity.
Be wary of diets that

Ban a specific food group
Promise a quick fix
Replace a balanced meal with a drink or a snack bar
Make recommendations based on single studies
Make recommendations to help sell a single product

Excess weight does not appear overnight and nor will it disappear overnight! In fact the faster you lose weight, the more likely you are to pile the pounds back on.
Seek out a program that will help you maintain long-term body fat losses by providing attainable solutions such as a program that promotes lifestyle changes, healthy eating and regular exercise.
Regular exercise is important (i.e. strength training) as it burns fat, boosts your metabolism and also increases your energy levels. Dietary changes can lead to initial weight loss, but this is only for the short term. Exercise is essential for maintaining weight loss for the long term.
Now let’s take a closer look at what food is made up of and then you will have a good idea of what to look for in your daily eating plan. Firstly we need a wide range of nutrients to perform various functions for a healthy life.
These nutrients include carbohydrates, proteins and fat and are all present in the food we eat on a daily basis.
The foods containing these nutrients are cereals, legumes, nuts, vegetables, fruits, milk products and flesh foods (fish, meat and poultry).
We need all these nutrients to live and thrive and since we receive them through the food we eat, our food must be well balanced and in the proper proportions.
Food is a fuel; the body requires this fuel for energy, which is measured in fats, carbohydrate and protein.
Each of these nutrients provides different amounts of energy and these are measured in calories.
Nutrient Calories per Gram
Carbohydrate 4
Protein 4
Fat 9
Let’s look at carbohydrates first, carbohydrates supply energy for our body, they provide fibre for the prevention of disease and taste and texture to food. They are found in cereals, potatoes, fruits and vegetables.
They come in two basic forms, simple and complex. Simple carbs are easily identified by their taste and are sweet. Complex carbs, such as potatoes are pleasant to the taste buds, but are not sweet.
They are then divided into two groups, high fibre and low fibre.
High-fibre foods are the healthiest choices for nutrition and the intake of these foods is associated with a lower incidence of cancer and diabetes. Carbohydrates supply the sort of calories easily burned during cardiovascular exercise.
They are often wrongly feared and considered fattening, but the most important factor in weight control is balancing the energy (calories) consumed.
Please remember:

Energy In is more than    Energy Out =  Weight gain
Energy In is equal to     Energy Out =  Weight maintenance
Energy In is less than    Energy Out =  Weight loss

Different foods affect the ability to exercise at different levels. High levels of exercise (cardio and strength training) require carbohydrate as a fuel source; at lower levels it is fat.
A lack of carbohydrate in the diet will lead to fatigue, the inability to exercise effectively, and excess fat consumption. When our food is digested, carbohydrates are broken down into simple sugars.
These sugars are absorbed by the body and used by the muscles or stored as glycogen in the muscles and liver. As our glycogen storage capacity is limited, carbohydrate needs to be continually topped up by the foods we eat.
But the body has an unlimited storage capacity for fat!
The average person is extremely vulnerable to fad diets and extreme dieting behaviours. The low carbohydrate diet is one of the latest eating plans to hit the streets.
This current diet craze is very popular but there are safer and more effective methods based on scientific research, to reduce body fat levels.
Low carbohydrate dieting is simply wrong.
Why is this? Just as a car runs better on a certain fuel, so does the human body. Unfortunately the latest low-carbohydrate fad diets are not the fuel mix the human body was designed to run on.
Carbohydrates contain 4 calories per gram, whereas fats contain 9 calories per gram. For weight loss, the priority is to decrease total calorie intake. Reducing the amount of fat in the diet will make the biggest difference in reducing total daily calorie intake and hence weight loss.
Carbohydrate intake is not fattening, excess calorie intake is fattening.
If you aren't having enough carbohydrates in your diet you will experience:

Fatigue due to low blood sugar levels inadequate intake of vitamins and minerals
Low fibre intake, which may affect bowel movements
'Bad’ breath due to the breakdown products of fats (called ketones)

The bottom line for carbohydrates and weight loss is to:

Try to balance carbohydrate intake with activity levels
Maintain energy levels by eating carbohydrate rich foods on a regular basis
Carbohydrate rich foods are normally low in fat and nutrient-rich

A real weight loss program includes all the food groups, strength training, and low-level aerobics, a slight decrease in your daily calorie levels and a program that can be followed for life.
In conclusion try to achieve a balanced diet, eating a balanced variety of foods will help you to feel great every day, ensure better long-term health and improve weight control
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title:Carbohydrates: Why Size Matters
author:Laura Turner
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If I collected a dime for each time I’ve seen or heard the word “carbohydrate” - or picked up a book on the subject, for that matter - I’d be a wealthy woman. And of course we’ve all heard the buzzwords: simple carb; complex carb; high carb; low carb; no carb. But do we really know what a carbohydrate is? And are carbs really as bad and fattening as we’re told they are?
In this article, I’ll make my best attempt to unveil the mystery of the carbohydrate - and why it’s gotten such a bad rap. After all, it’s the molecule both scientists and nutritionists know is the main source of the body’s energy.
BASIC CHEMISTRY:
First the boring stuff. The basic chemistry of a carbohydrate. I’ll keep it brief: Carbohydrates contain a carbon atom attached to water molecules. This is important because it’s the structure and size of a carbohydrate which influences the speed by which it’s converted into glucose (sugar) and then into energy.
WHY ARE CARBS USEFUL?
Before we take a look at the different “sizes” of carbohydrates, let’s look at why they are useful to us. Aside from supplying the body’s energy, carbs are also useful for the proper functioning of internal organs, as well as proper function of the muscles and nervous system.
The most exciting feature of a carbohydrate, in this writer’s opinion, however, is it’s ability to aid in protein and fat metabolism.So as it turns out, when used wisely, carbohydrates are actually useful in burning fat. THE THREE PRINCIPAL CARBS FOUND IN FOODS:
Next let’s take a look at the three basic carbohydrates found in foods (Still boring but stay with me). They are: simple sugars, starches and fiber.
Simple Sugars come in two varieties. The monosaccharide (meaning one sugar) are quickly digested and almost immediately utilized by the body due to their “simple” structure (think fruits, fruit juices and honey). The second, disaccharides, act in almost the same way and are one molecule larger. The disaccharides, however, tend to be more of the refined sugars are very sweet to taste (think white sugar, candy etc.)
The second basic type of carb is the starches or what we would consider complex carbs (the polysaccharides): foods such as potatoes, wheat, rice, corn. These carbs are slow to break down and take some time to be converted into energy. Finally, there’s the fibers (think bran). Fibers don’t have a lot of energetic value, however, they do lend some support to the body. Because they don’t add much sugar to the system, they make it further through the pipeline to help with intestinal function and elimination. Moreover, they reduce cholesterol and slow fat absorption. WHY SIZE MATTERS
The theory behind low carbohydrate diets is, when the body consumes too many carbohydrates the excess will become stored by the body as fat. This is true.
When the body ingests a carbohydrate, it aims to convert it to glucose as soon as it can, so that it can be utilized by the body. If there is some excess, no problem, it will get stored as glycogen in the limited space of the muscles. The trouble arises, when the stores exceeded capacity: the remaining molecules are stored as fat in fat cells that can infinitely expand (horrors!).
Yet, what if there was a way to outsmart this system by using the different “sizes” of carbohydrate molecules to your advantage? What if you could keep the body burning carbs at a steady rate according to the speed of your metabolism and your activity level?
Enter the glycemic index. The glycemic index is a scale which tells you (on a food-by-food basis) the rate at which a carbohydrate is converted into glucose. The scale is calibrated by glucose itself (which is rated at 100). The higher the number the faster the conversion.
First used by diabetics to prevent flux in blood sugar, the glycemic index (GI) has become a popular way to get all the benefits of carbohydrates without the threat of fat storage.
Here’s what the scale looks like:
Low GI = 55 or less
Medium GI = 56 - 69
High GI = 70 or more
To see a chart with samples of some favorite foods visit:
http://thecompounder.com/GlycemicIndex.html
HOW IS THE GI HELPFUL?
If weight loss or weight maintenance is your goal (isn’t it everyone’s?), creating a diet around lower GI foods will decrease peaks in glucose levels. It’s as simple as that.
You can implement this eating pattern by scanning the low glycemic foods and aiming to consume a serving at each meal (Be sure to see the article on food combining in this issue). This will also help you avoid both the “highs and lows” of the refined sugar rush.
Higher glycemic foods can be useful, too, and are considered the “recovery” foods. Medium and high GI foods should be consumed for up to two hours after exercise to recover lost carbohydrates and maintain steady blood-sugar levels.
Because metabolism varies from person to person, it would be well worth your time and effort to continue a personal study of the glycemic index. Enjoy your carbs by checking in on your favorite foods and decide when it’s best to consume them.
Where to get this information: You can get the skinny on the glycemic indexes of all your favorite carbohydrate foods. Check out the searchable data base at: www.glycemicindex.com
In closing, here’s a few guidelines to help you put your carbs to good use:
Aim to eat several small meals during the day. Choose one serving of carbs for each, preferably low GI.
When in doubt choose carbohydrates that are naturally occurring such as vegetables and fruits.
Minimize refined sugars whenever possible.
When consuming breads aim for wheat instead of white.
Try to substitute white potatoes with sweet and substitute brown rice for white.
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title:Carbon Monoxide Can Be Deadly--Early Detection Monitors Make It Easy to Protect Your Family
author:Debra Lynn Dadd
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If you burn gas, kerosene, or wood in your home to produce heat for cooking or warmth, you need to monitor the level of carbon monoxide. Carbon monoxide is odorless and can easily build up to dangerous levels. Ordinary carbon monoxide detectors don't sound an alarm until certain levels of carbon monoxide accumulate in the air. New monitors show the amount of carbon dioxide in the air at any given time, so you can take action well before levels reach the danger zone.
HOW CARBON MONOXIDE GETS INTO THE AIR IN YOUR HOME
Carbon monoxide is the major toxic combustion by-product that is created when gas, kerosene, or wood is burned to produce heat for cooking or warmth. Other combustion by-products include formaldehyde, nitrogen dioxide, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen cyanide, nitric acid, and vapors from various organic chemicals.
Carbon monoxide and other combustion by-products are produced when fuels do not burn completely. All fuel-burning appliances need air for the fuel to burn efficiently. When a generous supply of fresh air is available and the fuel is burning properly, there is little danger of poisoning. But when there is inadequate ventilation or the appliance is not operating properly, carbon monoxide is produced and can gradually overcome and even kill an unsuspecting bystander. Many years before I was born, my grandmother almost died from carbon monoxide seeping from her gas furnace. It was just by chance that someone walked in and saved her.
SYMPTOMS OF CARBON MONOXIDE POISONING
It is possible to identify symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning if you know what to look for. Your body will tell you if there is too much carbon monoxide in your home. Different concentrations of carbon monoxide and different exposure times cause different symptoms.
Mild exposures to carbon monoxide are often confused with the flu. Symptoms include sleepiness, slight headache, dizziness, flushed skin, disorientation, abnormal reflexes, blurred vision, irritablity, slight nausea, fatigue, and an inability to concentrate.
As exposure continues, mild symptoms turn into severe throbbing headache, drowsiness, confusion, shortness of breath, vomiting, and an accelerated heart rate. Unconsciousness and convulsions are signs that cardio respiratory failure and death are near.
If you or anyone in your family experiences flu-like symptoms and you burn gas, kerosene or wood in your home, you should immediately evaluate if it is, in fact, early signs of carbon monoxide exposure.
CARBON MONOXIDE DETECTORS AND ALARMS
There are two types of devices that can warn you about carbon monoxide levels in your home.
Carbon monoxide detectors sound an alarm like a smoke detector when carbon monoxide reaches dangerous levels. These are relatively inexpensive, but, like a smoke detector, only warn you when carbon monoxide in your home has already reached a level that is approaching dangerous.
Carbon monoxide monitors give you an ongoing numerical reading of the current level of carbon monoxide, and sound an alarm when concentrations approach dangerous levels. These cost around $50, but show you what the actual carbon monoxide concentration is at any given time. With a monitor, you can catch carbon monoxide leaks at low levels, and rest assured that your family is safe.
TO ELIMINATE THE THREAT OF CARBON MONOXIDE...
Electric appliances do not emit combustion by-products under normal use.
If you prefer to use gas, propane, or wood, make sure appliances are well-adjusted for a clean burn and provide enough ventilation for combustion by-products to escape.
For online sources of carbon monoxide monitors, visit http://www.debraslist.com/air/index.html#coalarms
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title:Carbon Monoxide Levels - How Much is too Much?
author:Alexandria Haber
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What is carbon monoxide?
Carbon monoxide or CO is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas. Due to this fact, it is very hard to detect the presence of CO in your environment. It is, however, imperative that the CO levels in your home are carefully monitored. Even at relatively low levels, CO is poisonous because it rapidly accumulates in the blood thereby depleting its ability to carry oxygen. Extreme cases of CO poisoning result in death.
Where does carbon monoxide come from?
CO is a common by product of the combustion of fossil fuels. When properly installed and maintained, most fuel burning equipment (natural gas, propane or oil) will produce insignificant amounts of CO.
At what level does carbon monoxide become toxic?
For healthy adults, CO becomes toxic when it reaches a level higher than 50 ppm (parts per million) with continuous exposure over an eight hour period.. When the level of CO becomes higher than that, a person will suffer from symptoms of exposure. Mild exposure over a few hours (a CO level between 70 ppm and 100 ppm) include flu-like symptoms such as headaches, sore eyes and a runny nose. Medium exposure (a CO level between 150 ppm to 300 ppm) will produce dizziness, drowsiness and vomiting. Extreme exposure (a CO level of 400 ppm and higher) will result in unconsciousness, brain damage and death.
How to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning

have a qualified technician install and regularly inspect all fuel burning appliances
regularly inspect fireplaces and chimneys to insure proper ventilation
never use a gas or charcoal barbeque indoors
never start a car or gas run lawnmower or snow blower in a closed garage.
install a carbon monoxide detector in your home.

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title:Carb Blocker, A Solution to Weight Loss?
author:Kristy Haugen
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Low carb diets restrict the consumption of carbohydrates.  The difference between the Atkins and the South Beach diet is within the amount of restriction.  The induction phase of the Atkins diet restricts most carbohydrates while the South Beach diet allows ‘good’ carbohydrate consumption.  These diets can really put one’s will power to the test.  Why?
The human body’s primary source of energy is glucose.  Glucose is derived from the breakdown or hydrolysis of carbohydrates that are consumed.  Limiting carbohydrate consumption forces the body to use fat or protein as an energy source.  Decreased carbohydrate consumption may leave you feeling tired and easily fatigued until the body adjusts to the change.
The word carbohydrate arose because molecular formulas of these compounds can be expressed as hydrates of carbons which yield a basic carbohydrate empiric formula of (CH2O)n.  Carbohydrates consist mainly of the combination of two chemistry functional groups: the carbonyl and the hydroxyl group.  Carbohydrates exist in different forms such as monosaccharides, oligosaccharides, and polysaccharides.
Monosaccharides are usually called simple sugars.  These simple sugars cannot be broken down or hydrolyzed into a simpler form (glucose).  A complex carbohydrate refers to one or more linked simple sugars that require digestion for absorption.
Oligosaccharides contain at least two monosaccharide units.  Oligosaccharides may be referred to as disaccharides or trisaccharides depending on how many units of monosaccharides the compound contains.  Maltose and sucrose (table sugar) are considered disaccharides.
Polysaccharides contain many monosaccharide units.  In order for the body to use polysaccharides, these compounds must be broken down into a simpler monosaccharide form.  Examples of polysaccharides are starch and cellulose (fiber).
Dietary carbohydrate digestion occurs mainly in the mouth and small intestine.  During mastication (chewing) the salivary glands secrete the enzyme alpha-amylase which is referred to as ptyalin.  Alpha-amylase briefly acts on dietary carbohydrates in the mouth to hydrolyze starch into simple sugars such as glucose.  In fact, if you chew on a carbohydrate long enough you may taste sugar.  This is a result of salivary amylase hydrolyzing the carbohydrate into a simpler sugar.
Mastication increases the surface area of the food for alpha-amylase to act upon.  This allows the enzyme alpha-amylase to work more efficiently in carbohydrate digestion.  However, the food does not remain in the mouth for a long time so only a small portion of starch is hydrolyzed there.
Once the chewed food has been swallowed into the stomach, carbohydrate digestion halts temporarily.  This occurs because alpha-amylase is inactivated by the high acidic environment of the stomach.  However, carbohydrate digestion will resume once the chyme (food mass and gastric juices of the stomach) enters the small intestine.
The acidic contents emptied into the small intestine are neutralized by bicarbonate secreted by the pancreas.  The pancreas will then secrete alpha-amylase to continue carbohydrate digestion.  Carbohydrate digestion is finished when the mucosal lining of the upper jejunum and duodenum absorb the bulk of the dietary sugars in the form of monosaccharides.
Now that we have a good understanding of what a carbohydrate is and the importance of the carbohydrate in the body, maybe an extreme low carb diet isn’t the answer for weight loss.  Extreme diets whether they are low carb or high protein can put the body to the test.  Carbohydrates may be a necessary evil, but the body relies heavily on carbohydrates for energy.  Instead of testing one’s will power, using a weight loss supplement called a carb blocker may be a better option.
Carb blockers are a weight loss supplement recently introduced into the weight loss world.  Carb blockers claim to block the enzyme alpha-amylase.  If the enzyme alpha-amylase is blocked, then carbohydrate hydrolysis is affected.  By blocking the enzyme, you block the breakdown of the carbohydrate which affects absorption of the monosaccharide.  How so?  If the carbohydrate is of complex origin, the enzyme must be secreted to break down the carbohydrate into a simpler form for absorption.  In theory, the carb blocker should indeed help to block carbohydrates from being absorbed.
Phaseolus vulgaris is the active ingredient in carb blockers that comes from the white kidney bean.  Phaseolus vulgaris interferes with the pancreas’ ability to secrete the enzyme alpha-amylase.  Subsequent studies do prove that Phaseolus vulgaris does in fact inhibit the enzyme alpha-amylase.
Carb blockers are another option for weight loss.  However, permanent weight loss requires you to make changes to your lifestyle.  If you do not change your lifestyle then no matter what diet or supplement you choose, weight loss is temporary and short lived.  This also means that if you choose a low carb diet, make sure that this diet can be done.  Many people fail the low carb diets because of extreme commitments.
Copyright 2006 Kristy Haugen
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title:Cardiovascular Disease and Women
author:Amanda Baker
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Cardiovascular disease, also known as CVD, is the number one killer of men and women of all ethnic groups in the United States.  Cardiovascular diseases include such ailments as high blood pressure, arrythmia, valve disease, congestive heart failure and stroke.  Though worries of more "high profile" diseases such as breast cancer are on the forefront in many women's minds, the hard truth is that one in four women are affected with some form of cardiovascular disease.
Risk factors for cardiovascular diseases are things such as high blood pressure, obesity, abnormal blood glucose, and even the use of tobacco, among other factors.  When caught at an early age, these risk factors can be muted to help prevent manifesting themselves as cardiovascular disease later on.
Altering your lifestyle can help to lower your chances for cardiovascular diseases.  Such alterations as eating a diet that is low in fat and cholesterol, adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet, drinking enough water daily, and exercising for half an hour a day are all ways that physicians suggest can assist in lowering your chances for cardiovascular disease.
Cardiovascular diseases are known as silent killers, as they often have no symptoms.  If you think you may be having any symptoms of heart disease, you should speak to your doctor about the many tests available.  Doctors often begin with simple tests, the results of which can lead to tests that are more complex.
In connection with cardiovascular disease are "extra" heartbeats, which typically happen when there is an irritation in the lower part of the heart's pumping chambers.  They interrupt the normal heart rhythm, which can feel like a missed beat.  This can actually be a harmless "quirk" of your body's functions, or can lead to problems that are far more serious.
If a woman has these palpitations or any other symptoms such as dizziness, blurred vision, or shortness of breath, she should contact her doctor right away.  A complete medical history, physical exam, and other tests will be run to determine the cause of these behaviors, which can be anything from stress-related behavior to something far more dangerous.  The advice and consultation of a physician where heart disease is concerned is the only way to go.
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title:Cardio Enthusiasts: Discover a More Effective Training Method for Fat Loss and Heart Health!
author:Michael Geary
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It is common to hear fitness professionals and medical doctors prescribe low to moderate intensity aerobic training (cardio) to people who are trying to prevent heart disease or lose weight. Most often, the recommendations constitute something along the lines of "perform 30-60 minutes of steady pace cardio 3-5 times per week maintaining your heart rate at a moderate level". Before you just give in to this popular belief and become the "hamster on the wheel" doing endless hours of boring cardio, I'd like you to consider some recent scientific research that indicates that steady pace endurance cardio work may not be all it's cracked up to be.
First, realize that our bodies are designed to perform physical activity in bursts of exertion followed by recovery, or stop-and-go movement instead of steady state movement. Recent research is suggesting that physical variability is one of the most important aspects to consider in your training. This tendency can be seen throughout nature as all animals demonstrate stop-and-go motion instead of steady state motion. In fact, humans are the only creatures in nature that attempt to do "endurance" type physical activities. Most competitive sports (with the exception of endurance running or cycling) are also based on stop-and-go movement or short bursts of exertion followed by recovery. To examine an example of the different effects of endurance or steady state training versus stop-and-go training, consider the physiques of marathoners versus sprinters. Most sprinters carry a physique that is very lean, muscular, and powerful looking, while the typical dedicated marathoner is more often emaciated and sickly looking. Now which would you rather resemble?
Another factor to keep in mind regarding the benefits of physical variability is the internal effect of various forms of exercise on our body. Scientists have known that excessive steady state endurance exercise (different for everyone, but sometimes defined as greater than 60 minutes per session most days of the week) increases free radical production in the body, can degenerate joints, reduces immune function, causes muscle wasting, and can cause a pro-inflammatory response in the body that can potentially lead to chronic diseases. On the other hand, highly variable cyclic training has been linked to increased anti-oxidant production in the body and an anti-inflammatory response, a more efficient nitric oxide response (which can encourage a healthy cardiovascular system), and an increased metabolic rate response (which can assist with weight loss). Furthermore, steady state endurance training only trains the heart at one specific heart rate range and doesn't train it to respond to various every day stressors. On the other hand, highly variable cyclic training teaches the heart to respond to and recover from a variety of demands making it less likely to fail when you need it. Think about it this way -- Exercise that trains your heart to rapidly increase and rapidly decrease will make your heart more capable of handling everyday stress. Stress can cause your blood pressure and heart rate to increase rapidly. Steady state jogging and other endurance training does not train your heart to be able to handle rapid changes in heart rate or blood pressure.
The important aspect of variable cyclic training that makes it superior over steady state cardio is the recovery period in between bursts of exertion. That recovery period is crucially important for the body to elicit a healthy response to an exercise stimulus. Another benefit of variable cyclic training is that it is much more interesting and has lower drop-out rates than long boring steady state cardio programs.
To summarize, some of the potential benefits of variable cyclic training compared to steady state endurance training are as follows: improved cardiovascular health, increased anti-oxidant protection, improved immune function, reduced risk for joint wear and tear, reduced muscle wasting, increased residual metabolic rate following exercise, and an increased capacity for the heart to handle life's every day stressors. There are many ways you can reap the benefits of stop-and-go or variable intensity physical training. One of the absolute most effective forms of variable intensity training to really reduce body fat and bring out serious muscular definition is performing wind sprints. Most competitive sports such as football, basketball, racquetball, tennis, hockey, etc. are naturally comprised of highly variable stop-and-go motion. In addition, weight training naturally incorporates short bursts of exertion followed by recovery periods. High intensity interval training (varying between high and low intensity intervals on any piece of cardio equipment) is yet another training method that utilizes exertion and recovery periods. For example, an interval training session on the treadmill could look something like this:
Warm-up for 3-4 minutes at a fast walk or light jog;
Interval 1 - run at 8.0 mi/hr for 1 minute;
Interval 2 - walk at 4.0 mi/hr for 1.5 minutes;
Interval 3 - run at 10.0 mi/hr for 1 minute;
Interval 4 - walk at 4.0 mi/hr for 1.5 minutes;
Repeat those 4 intervals 4 times for a very intense 20-minute workout.
The take-away message from this article is to try to train your body at highly variable intensity rates for the majority of your workouts to get the most beneficial response in terms of heart health, fat loss, and muscle maintenance.
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Title:
Caregivers--Don't Become Control Freaks

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When we become primary caregivers, there is a tendency to over-manage our loved ones’ lives until we are veritable control freaks. While it’s important to get the details right, it may be more important to relax and let things go at times. Your companionship may be worth more than anything else you have to offer.


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caregiving, caretakers, caregivers, Alzheimer's, dementia, assisted-living, aging, primary caregiver, disability


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Copyright 2006 Lynne Taetzsch

When you’re a primary caregiver responsible for the well-being of your father, mother or another loved one, it’s easy to become obsessed with the details.  You want to make sure your Dad isn’t eating rotten food, so you smell everything in his refrigerator.  You note that your Mom’s hair is oily and stringy, so you insist she let you wash it.  “And take off that blouse you’ve been wearing all week and put on a clean one,” you add.

I’m not sure if it’s a trait of all caregivers, but I was some kind of control freak when I was responsible for my Dad’s care when he lived in an assisted-living facility nearby.  I kept a sharp eye out for his special needs—like making sure there were facial tissues and toilet paper in the bathroom.  With his severe short-term memory loss, he certainly wouldn’t remember to restock those items, and I didn’t want him reaching for a hand towel to wipe with—or worse yet, not wipe at all!

So perhaps the controlling started with the best of intentions to make things better for Dad, but I think it escalated to excess.  Not only was I obsessed with perfection, but I expected everyone else in the family to take care of Dad exactly the way I would.  When my husband and I went away for a month, leaving two of my brothers in charge, I sent them a three-page letter of detailed instructions they were to follow.

Yet, what Dad really loved about visits from his sons was playing with them—going to a bar for a beer, playing shuffleboard, pool or cards.  That’s what meant something to Dad when his sons visited, not the fact that they made sure his laundry was done.  Dad loved to play cards with me, too, and sometimes I’m afraid I was so obsessed with the housekeeping that I neglected his simple need for my companionship.

I was so good at managing Dad’s life that I sometimes overstepped and did things for Dad that he could have done for himself.  One time my sister sent him a tin of cookies wrapped tightly in tape, and as I saw Dad struggle to get it off, I was about to grab the tin out of his hands—something my husband complains I often do to him.  Fortunately, I held back that time, and Dad had the satisfaction of opening it himself.  It may take longer for our loved ones to do things for themselves, but whenever possible, we should let them.

The times that I remember best now that Dad has passed away are not the hours I spent taking him to doctors or dealing with housekeeping issues.  The times I remember best are the ones that made Dad happy in a special way, the days we shared doing fun things.

One day we took a walk in Treman Park along one of Ithaca’s famous gorges. Dad was so impressed with the views of nature, as well as the views of young girls walking by in shorts.  After that we had lunch at Friendlies with his granddaughter and great grandchildren.  Later, as I walked Dad to his room he said, “You’re a wonderful young lady to have as a daughter.”

Now, I’m not saying that housekeeping, grooming, and doctor’s visits aren’t important.   Of course I helped the quality of Dad’s life by paying attention to these details.  As a primary caregiver, you have to pay attention to those things, and I guess that’s what contributes to our becoming control freaks.

But it’s also important to relax and let go at times.  If you are tense, in a hurry, always focused on managing your loved ones’ lives, you will miss out on the opportunity to share more meaningful experiences with them.  You don’t know how many of those opportunities you’ll have, and you won’t want to look back and regret missing them.  So stop.  Sit down.  Have a cup of tea and just be together.


Title:
Care For Your Eczema Better With These Skin Care Tips

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474

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Many Eczema sufferers are unaware that sometimes good skin care regimes are all that stands between endless suffering and an improved quality of life. The simplest of changes and techniques can make all the difference, so I have put together a few tips to hopefully help you out.


Keywords:
cure eczema, eczema cure, beat eczema


Article Body:
Many Eczema sufferers are unaware that sometimes good skin care regimes are all that stands between endless suffering and an improved quality of life. The simplest of changes and techniques can make all the difference, so I have put together a few tips to hopefully help you out.

Fix Your Diet-
There’s a whole lot more to skincare than just fancy creams and lotions. Real skin care starts on the inside-if you give your body the tools it needs to fix the Eczema damaged skin, you will have a definite advantage. Continuing to eat the wrong foods while trying to clear up your Eczema is like trying to run your car without gasoline! It just can’t get going! Scientists have found that foods with high acidity are linked to increased Eczema symptoms. For some reason high acid content makes the skin more prone to irritation, which of course brings on the Eczema. You can avoid this by obviously steering clear of acidy foods, which is easier than it sounds. A dietician should be able to steer you the right way though. Fear not though, there is a much simpler way to improve this too-kelp supplements. Kelp is very high in alkali, which will neutralize the acid it finds in your system, so you may find relief there.

Moisturize Regularly-
You need to get into a habit of moisturizing your skin at least twice a day, preferably after taking a bath or shower. This is great for your skin because the more moisture there is inside it, the suppler it will be, and obviously soft supple skin is far less likely to crack and itch than dry flaky skin. The reason you need to apply the moisturizer after bathing or showering is because this will help lock in the moisture from the bath. You should pat yourself almost dry with a very soft towel, and then apply the moisturizer to damp skin. It’s a little harder to rub in, but it’s worth it in the long run!

Protect Yourself-
Be aware of all the things than can trigger your Eczema, and do your best to avoid them. As a general rule, avoid wearing any kind of perfume or scent, as well as all scented soaps or toiletries. You will also probably find a little relief if you can get rid of all the perfumed detergents in your home. If you can wash your clothing in unscented natural detergents you will probably find that your clothing is suddenly not so itchy!

As I’ve tried to illustrate here, you don’t have to go to huge lengths to get some control in the battle against your eczema. In most cases all you need is common sense and some consistency. I hope these tips bring you some relief, but remember to be consistent!


Title:
Care To Listen: Proper Ear Cleaning

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632

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This article is about the ears.  It discusses about the different parts of the ear and their functions.  The ears not only help us with hearing, it also gives us a sense of balance and body position.  A lot of factors may give people ear infection, like: dirty water getting inside the ear, having small objects stuck in the ear canal, or even too much manipulation of the ears.


Keywords:
 infection, medical complications


Article Body:
The Ears
The ear is one of the body's many sensory organs.  Its main purpose is to detect sounds.  But aside from hearing, it plays a big role in a person's sense of balance and body position. The ear, along with the brain, makes up the auditory system.

The ear is made up of the following:
l The outer ear.  It is composed of:
* Pinna.  This is the cartilagenous external ear outside the ear canal.  It reflects and attenuates sound waves into the ear canal.  The change it makes on the sound provides more information in helping the brain locate the source of the sound.
* Auditory canal.  This is the tube connecting the pinna to the middle ear. 
l The middle ear. 
* Eardrum.  This is a thin membrane that seperates the external and the middle ear.  It transmits sound from the air to the ossicles within the middle ear.
* Ossicles.  These are the three smallest bones in the body.  They are the hammer (malleus), anvil (incus) and stirrups (stapes).  They transmit the sounds towards the fluid-filled cochlea.  They convert lower-pressure eardrum sound vibrations into higher pressure sound vibrations at the elliptical window. 
l The inner ear.
* Cochlea.  This portion of the ear is filled with watery fluid that moves in response to vibrations from the middle ear.  The fluid reacts to the movement, causing thousands of “hair cells” to start moving.  It then converts the movement into electrical signals communicated through neurotransmitters to different nerve cells.
* Vestibules.  This is the central part of the inner ear.  It houses sensitive accoustic nerves that goes from the semi-circular canal to the cochlea.
* Semi-circular canals.  It is composed of three, interconnected, half-circular tubes.  They detect hea movement on a vertical, rostral-caudal, and sagittal planes.

Medical Complications
Improper care of the ears may cause one to develop ear infections and medical complications.  The most common of ear infections is otitis.  Otitis is a generic term used for inflammation or infection of the ear.  It is subdivide into three different classes:
1. Otitis Externa.  This infection involves the pinna and the auditory canal.  Sufferers feel pain when their ears are touched or pulled.  This condition is also called “swimmer's ear”.
2. Otitis Media.  This affects the middle ear.  In this condition, the ear is infected or clogged with fluid at the back of the ear drum, in the normally air-filled tympani cavity.
3. Otitis Interna.  This condition is also called Labyrinthitis.  It affects the inner ear that houses the major sensory organs for balance and hearing.  Vertigo is often a symptom for this condition.

Ear infections may be caused by dirty water, having things stuck in the ear canal, too much ear manipulation, diseases (colds), and certain lifestyle factors (smoking).

Proper Ear Care
Here are useful tips for taking better care of your ears to prevent infections:
l Take extra care in cleaning your ears.  Use a washcloth or tissue to wipe the pinna dry.  Do not use sharp, pointed objects to clear the middle and inner ears, these objects may injure the ear canal.
l Protect yourself from illnesses.  Have upper respiratory tract infections treated as these may affect your hearing.  If you notice a weird discharge from your ears, consult a physician immediately.
l Avoid exposing yourself to noise.  Wear ear protection when you're required to perform a task that exposes you to excessively loud noises.  Avoid playing music at a very high volume.  Wear ear plugs when attending loud concerts, especially if you're seated near the stage speakers.
l Protect yourself from physical trauma.  Wear a helmet when engaging in any activities that may injure the head.  Wear filtered ear plugs when going on air travel, this helps equalize the pressure inside and outside the ears.
l Attend regular ear check ups with your trusted ear physician.


Title:
Caribbean Stud Poker: How to Play

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544

Summary:
Here you can learn how to play Caribbean stud poker, one of the most popular table games in land and online casinos.


Keywords:
Caribbean stud poker,poker,casino,casinos,gambling,table games,table game,games,stud poker,recreation,sports


Article Body:
Caribbean Stud Poker is gradually gaining in popularity as compared to its stud twin: Texas Holdem mainly because it is an easier game to learn and you can play it face to face and still enjoy.

Originating in the Caribbean and based loosely on five card stud poker rules, this game offers a fan alternative to traditional table games with an opportunity to place a side bet and hit a big jackpot too. Some of these jackpots are progressive and you can win millions of dollars if you break those machines or tables..

What is Caribbean Stud?
It is not a traditional poker game in the sense that you play against the other players and the best player wins the pot. Caribbean stud belongs to the family of games including Pai Gow poker, Let it Ride and Three Card poker for example, where your opponent is the dealer and your goal is to form a better poker hand than the dealers hand. However, basic knowledge of traditional poker hand ranking is required.

The Rules of Playing Caribbean Stud:
1) The game begins with the players placing an ante bet at the same amount as the table minimum on the ante circle on the table.
2) At the same time, you should decide whether to place an additional side bet for the progressive jackpot.
3) Then, the dealer deals each player five face down cards plus four face down cards and one up to himself.
4) After looking at your cards, you should decide whether to fold or to call. If you decide to call, you should place an additional bet double the amount of your former ante bet.
5) After all the players have made their decisions, the dealer shows his hand. In order to qualify in a Caribbean stud poker game, the dealer must have an ace and a king or better. If he does not qualify, you will be paid back your ante bet but the call bet is a push.
6) If the dealers hand qualifies, he compares hands against each of the players individually. If his hand is better than yours is, you lose both your ante and your call bets.
7) If your hand is better than the dealers hand, you would be paid even money for your ante while for your call you would be paid according to a paytable. The paytable can vary from one casino to another. Generally, US casinos pay out 50:1 on a straight flush; 20:1 on four of a kind; 7:1 on full house; 5:1 on a flush; 4:1 on a straight; 3:1 on three of a kind; 2:1 on two pairs and even money on one pair or less.
In case your hand and the dealers hand are even, both ante and raise will push.

One of the reasons that Caribbean stud poker is so popular is the option of placing a one dollar side bet and winning a large progressive jackpot prize. In order to qualify for the bonus payout you should have a flush or better. For a flush, you would be paid a 50 dollars bonus and in order to win the jackpot that usually resets from 10,000 dollars, you must have a royal flush. However, your chances to hit a royal flush are estimated as about 650,000 to 1, therefore I would recommend skipping it.


Title:
Carpal Tunnel Relief - Is Exercise The Solution?

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856

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Carpal tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is one of many musculoskeletal injuries listed under the broader terms of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) or Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD). A number of other injuries listed under these terms, but that are not exclusively caused by a repetitive strain injury or cumulative trauma disorder include Guyon's Syndrome, Tendonitis, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, Medial and Lateral Epicondylitis and Trigger Finger.

Carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetiti...


Keywords:
carpal tunnel syndrome,carpal tunnel,repetitive strain injury,tunnel syndrome,repetitive strain,


Article Body:
Carpal tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is one of many musculoskeletal injuries listed under the broader terms of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) or Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD). A number of other injuries listed under these terms, but that are not exclusively caused by a repetitive strain injury or cumulative trauma disorder include Guyon's Syndrome, Tendonitis, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, Medial and Lateral Epicondylitis and Trigger Finger.

Carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive strain injuries are caused by excessive overuse of a muscle or group of muscles in a unidirectional movement pattern. Examples would include typing, wringing a washcloth and using a computer mouse. All of the movement patterns involve motion against resistance in one direction – flexion. This one-way motion does not actually have to involve “repetitive” movements as the term “repetitive strain injury” implies, as it is just as common for an individual to become afflicted with a repetitive strain injury while performing activities that involve no movement of the hands at all. Examples of this would include holding onto a steering wheel, gripping a pen or a tool such as a hammer all day. With these types of activities, no repetitive type motion is involved at all, but instead, “static flexion” is utilized, which involves the overuse of these muscles, but in a manner that is stationary.

Since Repetitive strain injuries are most often caused by unidirectional patterns, the best way to counteract each specific overused motion is the implementation of an exercise program that involves the implementation of resistance exercises to the opposing muscle or group of muscles that is being overused. An example training program for carpal tunnel syndrome would include resistance exercises for the muscles that open (extension) the hands in order to counteract the overuse of the muscles that close the hands (flexion). This principal of “balancing” muscles groups so that there is a more natural equality of strength between muscles that surround a specific joint, whether it is the wrist, elbow, shoulder or neck, is basic common sense and integrated into training programs by the top practitioners and therapists in the industry today. Here are a few examples of practitioner responses regarding the implementation of restoring balance between muscle groups in order to prevent and rehabilitate repetitive strain injuries including Carpal tunnel syndrome.

"Muscle balance must be restored with specific exercises. Otherwise, the already strong and overused muscles get stronger, and the weak and underused muscles remain weak. Individuals get good at using the overused muscles and must be trained specifically to recruit and strengthen the weak underused muscles." Philip E. Higgs, M.D. and Susan E. Mackinnon, M.D. Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. Annu. Rev. Med. 1995. 46:1-16

"If certain muscle groups are underused, opposing muscle groups will be overused. Muscles in either a lengthened or shortened position will be at a mechanical disadvantage and weak. The overused group will hypertrophy, and the underused group will continue to be weak. This combination produces a self perpetuating condition that maintains the abnormal posture and muscle imbalance." Philip E. Higgs, M.D. and Susan E. Mackinnon, M.D. Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. Annu. Rev. Med. 1995. 46:1-16

A strong example of how important it is to properly balance muscle groups is seen in the following statement regarding the balancing of the in the hands and forearms.

"All of the extrinsic hand muscles become involved in a power grip, in proportion to the strength of the grip."........ "Strong agonist-antagonist interactions are needed between the flexors and extensors of the hand and fingers to produce forceful hand-grip. Powerful flexion of the distal phalanges requires strong activity also of the finger extensors." Janet G. Travell, M.D. and David G. Simons, M.D. Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction-The Trigger Point Manual. Volume1 Upper Extremities, Ch:35, pg. 501. Copyright 1983.

Performing corrective exercises in order to prevent and rehabilitate carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive strain injuries is of the utmost importance. In 95% of most cases, there is no need for invasive techniques like cortisone injections or surgery in order to eliminate carpal tunnel or other repetitive strain injuries. It is one thing if you have an actual structural anomaly that needs to be corrected, but since most cases of carpal tunnel and repetitive strain injury occur in later years, it is quite obvious that a physical anomaly does not exist as this would be experienced by the individual in their younger years. Instead a structural or joint imbalance exists that has developed due to long-term overuse, or sudden trauma due to overuse, and is a result of overly strong muscles pulling one direction while the opposing weak muscles try unsuccessfully to counteract and pull the other direction.

Muscle imbalances can be corrected with simple exercises. By performing a sensible, active stretch / exercise program that focuses on keeping muscles balanced, individuals can stay healthy and symptom-free!

NOTE: Be sure to be aware of any pain that is experienced 'while' performing stretches or exercises. If pain is experienced while performing any particular motion, stop immediately. Post exercise soreness is normal. Always be sure to consult a physician before beginning any stretch / exercise program.


title:Carpal Tunnel Relief - Is Exercise The Solution?
author:Jeff P. Anliker, LMT
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Carpal tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is one of many musculoskeletal injuries listed under the broader terms of Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) or Cumulative Trauma Disorder (CTD). A number of other injuries listed under these terms, but that are not exclusively caused by a repetitive strain injury or cumulative trauma disorder include Guyon's Syndrome, Tendonitis, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, Medial and Lateral Epicondylitis and Trigger Finger.
Carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive strain injuries are caused by excessive overuse of a muscle or group of muscles in a unidirectional movement pattern. Examples would include typing, wringing a washcloth and using a computer mouse. All of the movement patterns involve motion against resistance in one direction – flexion. This one-way motion does not actually have to involve “repetitive” movements as the term “repetitive strain injury” implies, as it is just as common for an individual to become afflicted with a repetitive strain injury while performing activities that involve no movement of the hands at all. Examples of this would include holding onto a steering wheel, gripping a pen or a tool such as a hammer all day. With these types of activities, no repetitive type motion is involved at all, but instead, “static flexion” is utilized, which involves the overuse of these muscles, but in a manner that is stationary.
Since Repetitive strain injuries are most often caused by unidirectional patterns, the best way to counteract each specific overused motion is the implementation of an exercise program that involves the implementation of resistance exercises to the opposing muscle or group of muscles that is being overused. An example training program for carpal tunnel syndrome would include resistance exercises for the muscles that open (extension) the hands in order to counteract the overuse of the muscles that close the hands (flexion). This principal of “balancing” muscles groups so that there is a more natural equality of strength between muscles that surround a specific joint, whether it is the wrist, elbow, shoulder or neck, is basic common sense and integrated into training programs by the top practitioners and therapists in the industry today. Here are a few examples of practitioner responses regarding the implementation of restoring balance between muscle groups in order to prevent and rehabilitate repetitive strain injuries including Carpal tunnel syndrome.
"Muscle balance must be restored with specific exercises. Otherwise, the already strong and overused muscles get stronger, and the weak and underused muscles remain weak. Individuals get good at using the overused muscles and must be trained specifically to recruit and strengthen the weak underused muscles." Philip E. Higgs, M.D. and Susan E. Mackinnon, M.D. Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. Annu. Rev. Med. 1995. 46:1-16
"If certain muscle groups are underused, opposing muscle groups will be overused. Muscles in either a lengthened or shortened position will be at a mechanical disadvantage and weak. The overused group will hypertrophy, and the underused group will continue to be weak. This combination produces a self perpetuating condition that maintains the abnormal posture and muscle imbalance." Philip E. Higgs, M.D. and Susan E. Mackinnon, M.D. Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. Annu. Rev. Med. 1995. 46:1-16
A strong example of how important it is to properly balance muscle groups is seen in the following statement regarding the balancing of the in the hands and forearms.
"All of the extrinsic hand muscles become involved in a power grip, in proportion to the strength of the grip."........ "Strong agonist-antagonist interactions are needed between the flexors and extensors of the hand and fingers to produce forceful hand-grip. Powerful flexion of the distal phalanges requires strong activity also of the finger extensors." Janet G. Travell, M.D. and David G. Simons, M.D. Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction-The Trigger Point Manual. Volume1 Upper Extremities, Ch:35, pg. 501. Copyright 1983.
Performing corrective exercises in order to prevent and rehabilitate carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive strain injuries is of the utmost importance. In 95% of most cases, there is no need for invasive techniques like cortisone injections or surgery in order to eliminate carpal tunnel or other repetitive strain injuries. It is one thing if you have an actual structural anomaly that needs to be corrected, but since most cases of carpal tunnel and repetitive strain injury occur in later years, it is quite obvious that a physical anomaly does not exist as this would be experienced by the individual in their younger years. Instead a structural or joint imbalance exists that has developed due to long-term overuse, or sudden trauma due to overuse, and is a result of overly strong muscles pulling one direction while the opposing weak muscles try unsuccessfully to counteract and pull the other direction.
Muscle imbalances can be corrected with simple exercises. By performing a sensible, active stretch / exercise program that focuses on keeping muscles balanced, individuals can stay healthy and symptom-free!
NOTE: Be sure to be aware of any pain that is experienced 'while' performing stretches or exercises. If pain is experienced while performing any particular motion, stop immediately. Post exercise soreness is normal. Always be sure to consult a physician before beginning any stretch / exercise program.
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Title:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Do You Have It?

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595

Summary:
Carpal tunnel syndrome reached epidemic proportions in the 90’s and has now achieved a status equaling pandemic proportions in the 21st century. With carpal tunnel syndrome having such devastating effects on millions of people each year, how do you know if you or someone you know has it?

With so much attention and hype the past 10-years concerning carpal tunnel syndrome in the workplace, you would think that a clear-cut picture would exist regarding the “how’s” “why’s” and...


Keywords:
carpal tunnel syndrome,repetitive strain injury,muscle imbalance,health,medicine,therapy,ergonomics


Article Body:
Carpal tunnel syndrome reached epidemic proportions in the 90’s and has now achieved a status equaling pandemic proportions in the 21st century. With carpal tunnel syndrome having such devastating effects on millions of people each year, how do you know if you or someone you know has it?

With so much attention and hype the past 10-years concerning carpal tunnel syndrome in the workplace, you would think that a clear-cut picture would exist regarding the “how’s” “why’s” and “what is it’s” of carpal tunnel. Although carpal tunnel syndrome should be easily recognizable with such extensive media exposure, you would be amazed at how many people, including a lot of doctors, who do not recognize the symptoms or misdiagnose it as something other than carpal tunnel syndrome.

In order to provide a more clear picture of what carpal tunnel is, why and how it develops and what can be done to eliminate it, I have provided information below to explain the process so that you can better identify and therefore prevent carpal tunnel syndrome from taking over your life.

What is the Carpal Tunnel?

The carpal tunnel is a passageway in which the nine flexor tendons, median nerve, arteries, blood and lymphatic vessels pass through in order to supply function and movement to the fingers and wrist.

The carpal bones line the carpal tunnel on the posterior surface (backside) of the wrist with the transverse carpal ligament positioned on the anterior (front side) of the wrist. The size of the carpal tunnel is about the size of the index finger in diameter, and the flexor tendons, arteries and nerves glide past one another with ease in a carpal tunnel that has not decreased in size.

How Does Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Develop?

Because the finger and wrist muscles are constantly overused in one-way movement patterns, (Gripping, squeezing, typing, etc.) a "muscle imbalance" develops, causing the carpal bones to shift, in turn, making the carpal tunnel smaller and impinging the structures within, resulting in painful and debilitating symptoms.

What are the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

· Tingling

· Numbness

· Paresthesia (Pins & needles)

· Loss of grip-strength / coordination

Sensations involving tightness, discomfort, stiffness and pain on the front side of the hand and wrist may be present in carpal tunnel, but may also be symptoms of a general repetitive strain injury.

The only true telltale signs of carpal tunnel syndrome that you need to be aware of affect the thumb, index, middle and sometimes one-half of the ring finger. (All of the fingers and symptoms listed do not have to be experienced simultaneously for you to have carpal tunnel syndrome.)

If you have symptoms in your entire ring and/or little finger and your doctor tells you that you have carpal tunnel syndrome, you don’t! The ULNAR nerve supplies function to the ring and little finger and has nothing to so with carpal tunnel syndrome. (If the ring and/or little fingers are affected, it may either be Cubital Tunnel Syndrome or Guyon’s Syndrome)

How Are the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Eliminated?

Carpal tunnel syndrome can quickly and easily be eliminated by performing a good stretch and exercise program that addresses the existing muscle imbalance that is the cause of carpal tunnel in most cases.

Staying Symptom-Free:

Knowing why carpal tunnel syndrome develops and what to look for is the key to keeping your hands healthy. With the information provided above you should now be able to recognize the disabling symptoms and take the steps necessary in order to stop it before it stops you!


Title:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Symptoms, Tests & Treatments

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892

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Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a devastating injury that affects more than 8 million people in the United States and continues to increase each and every year.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of many repetitive strain injuries (RSI’s) that are everywhere; homes, offices, assembly lines, grocery stores, book clubs, construction sites, dental offices, everywhere! Because carpal tunnel syndrome is so commonplace, and its effects so devastating, it is important to be knowledgea...


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carpal tunnel syndrome,repetitive strain injury, medical,health,medicine,therapy,ergonomics,cts,rsi,


Article Body:
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a devastating injury that affects more than 8 million people in the United States and continues to increase each and every year.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of many repetitive strain injuries (RSI’s) that are everywhere; homes, offices, assembly lines, grocery stores, book clubs, construction sites, dental offices, everywhere! Because carpal tunnel syndrome is so commonplace, and its effects so devastating, it is important to be knowledgeable of how it occurs, what its symptoms are, the testing methods used and what treatment options are available, as the prevention of any injury, especially carpal tunnel, begins with education.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a disorder affecting the median nerve, which supplies function to the thumb, index, middle and one half of the ring finger. Usually the symptoms are most prevalent in the thumb, index and middle fingers (Sometimes one-half of the ring finger) and include numbness, tingling, paresthesia (pins and needles), pain and tightness in the front of the hand, wrist and forearm. These symptoms do not have to occur simultaneously, and may only affect one finger one day and then three fingers a few days later.

If a doctor provides a carpal tunnel diagnoses and the symptoms are in the ring and little fingers, it is NOT carpal tunnel syndrome! The ulnar nerve, not the median nerve, supplies function to the ring and little finger. Repetitive strain disorders affecting these two fingers are usually either Guyon’s syndrome, entrapment of the ulnar nerve in the guyon’s canal at the wrist junction, or cubital tunnel syndrome, entrapment of the ulnar nerve at the elbow junction. This is a common mistake made by many, many physicians and is completely inexcusable as they often recommend surgery for the patient, causing the patient to undergo an unnecessary procedure, and what makes it worse, for the wrong disorder!

If symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome do arise, doctors will recommend that a nerve conduction velocity (NCV) test or an Electromoyogram (EMG) be performed to see if carpal tunnel syndrome truly exists. These tests are often painful to the individual being tested, very expensive, and often give false positives and false negatives. This is why it is recommended that manual carpal tunnel tests be performed in order to obtain a more accurate (and much cheaper) diagnosis. Manual carpal tunnel tests take no longer than 10 minutes, have a high accuracy rate, are painless and are very cheap in comparison to the NCV and EMG tests.

The recommended manual carpal tunnel tests consist of the following:

· Phalen’s Test: The wrist is flexed for 30 to 60 seconds in order to compress the median nerve and duplicate/increase the symptoms.

· Reverse Phalen’s Test: The wrist is extended for 30 to 60 seconds in order to stretch the median nerve and duplicate/increase the symptoms. Stretching the median nerve if it is already impinged will duplicate/increase the symptoms if a patient has carpal tunnel syndrome.

· Tinnel Sign: Tapping directly over the median nerve at the wrist junction will cause carpal tunnel symptoms to exhibit themselves.

· Compression Test: Direct pressure is applied over the location of the median nerve for 30-60 seconds to see if carpal tunnel symptoms are exhibited.

If a positive diagnosis comes back, most doctors will push for surgery, a procedure that has a terrible success rate and is to only be performed as a last resort once all other conservative treatment methods have been utilized. Conservative therapy is the key to successfully recovering from carpal tunnel syndrome and obtaining not only short-term but long-term relief as well. The following is a list of conservative treatments that should be utilized in order to help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome from developing, but also rehabilitating carpal tunnel syndrome after it is already present.

· Ergonomics: Utilize proper ergonomic tools and equipment when working.

· Breaks: Take short breaks every 30 minutes when working in order to help reduce excessive strain on the hands.

· Stretches: Stretch the muscles that ‘close’ the hands as these are the muscles that are exercised all day long in activities such as typing, writing, gripping a steering wheel, using a computer mouse, carrying groceries and everything else that is done day in and day out. When a muscle is involved in exercise, it becomes shorter, therefore it needs to be stretched and lengthened both during and after the exercises are completed. (End of day)

· Exercises: Exercise and strengthen the muscles that are used to ‘open’ the hands, as these muscles do not receive much direct stimuli / exercise. (i.e. People do not turn doorknobs, hold things, type, use a computer mouse or lift things with the backs of their hands.)

The information provided above reveals how carpal tunnel syndrome occurs, what its symptoms are, the testing methods most commonly used and the best conservative treatment options that are used to thwart its existence.

It is very important for individuals to become well acquainted with the proper information and tools in order to maintain and increase their level of health and productivity. It is also important for people to speak to their doctors regarding their health concerns, and if someone is involved in an occupation that is considered high-risk for carpal tunnel, they should discuss this with their physician, but is even more critical that people become self educated as no one can take care of you better than “YOU”!


title:Carpal Tunnel Syndrome And How To Avoid It
author:Mila Sidman
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Carpal tunnel syndrome is a nerve disorder of the wrist and hand.  It can cause pain, numbness and tingling.  It’s caused by doing repetitive hand motions, such as typing.
Medical transcriptionists are especially at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome due to the amount of typing they do.
Although, there is no way of avoiding typing if you’re a transcriptionist there are a few things you can do to alleviate or avoid carpal tunnel altogether.
1.  Set up a comfortable work area. Make sure you have plenty of room to use the mouse comfortably and position your keyboard to elbow level. 
2.  Keep your wrists and hands parallel to the floor as you type.  Do not rest your wrists on the keyboard unless it has a specifically designed wrist rest on it (these let you rest your wrist while keeping them straight).
3.  Stretch your hands and arms before and after typing.  Make a tight fist with your hand, hold for a few seconds then slowly release.  This will help alleviate any tension in the hands and wrists.
4.  Take breaks while working.  Ideally, you should get up every hour to stretch and relax your body.  Shake your hands and open and close your wrist to help relieve tension.
5.  Sit up straight in your chair when working.  Overall good posture will give you good hand position.
6.  Wear a wrist band to help avoid the problem.  This will give your wrists and hands extra support.
If you follow these tips early you may avoid carpal tunnel syndrome altogether since there may be damage being done before you actually feel any symptoms. And If you already suffer from carpal tunnel, following these tips should help alleviate the problem.
Symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome include tingling/numbness in the hands, a burning sensation in the fingers, and/or sharp pains from the wrist shooting up the arm.
If you do have any symptoms of carpal tunnel, you should see your physician right away.
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title:Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: An Overview
author:Michael Jason
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What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
There are 8 bones in our wrists called carpals. They form a tunnel like structure. That is how carpal tunnel got its name. Finger movements are controlled by flexor tendons, which are found within this tunnel. The median nerve reaches sensory cells in the hand, through this pathway of tunnel.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful and progressive condition that occurs in the wrist. It is caused by the compression of the median nerve in the wrist. The median nerve runs into the hand starting from the forearm. When it becomes squeezed or pressed at the wrist, its message carrying and receiving ability from the brain gets inhibited. It is not necessary that the whole median nerve be pressed to cause carpal tunnel syndrome. The syndrome is caused when a point on the nerve is pressed. As a result of this compression the nerve does not function properly and causes carpal tunnel syndrome.
1 out of every 100 people is affected by carpal tunnel syndrome at some point in their life. It is commonly caused in the women of the age group of 30-50 years. Carpal tunnel syndrome is also known as Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). Carpal tunnel syndrome is inclusive of the (RSI) related soft tissue injuries.
What Causes Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Though there are various possibilities behind the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome, the basic cause is the compression of tunnel walls. As the tunnel walls compress, they put pressure on the median nerve. As the median nerve gets stressed, it causes carpal tunnel syndrome.
Congenital predisposition is also a cause of carpal tunnel disorder. In a majority of cases the carpal tunnel is smaller than the normal, which causes the median nerve to stress.
The syndrome can develop quickly, if the wrist has been fractured or injured. Rheumatoid Arthritis is also a cause of carpal tunnel syndrome.
In some cases repetitive stress induced carpal tunnel strain causes this syndrome. If a person’s occupation involves, gripping, typing or digging, the hand gets strained and it directly strains the median nerve.
Repetitive wrist and hand action results in the injury and swelling of the subcutaneous tissues. These tissues include muscle, ligament, fascia, sheaths, tendon, blood vessels and peripheral and retinaculum nerve. Due to the small and restricted passage of the tunnel, these swollen tissues can compress together and create concentrated pressure.
Carpal tunnel syndrome can also be caused due to some trauma based incidents. These causes include fracture or injury of the wrist or one of the arm bones. Internal hemorrhaging in the wrist leads to formation of hematoma which causes the syndrome. If any one of the carpal bones of the wrist gets dislocated, it leads to carpal syndrome. Obesity is another common cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. Women who take contraceptive pills can also go on to develop this condition.
Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
The early symptoms include tingling, numbness and burning in the thumb and the index and middle fingers. People suffering from this syndrome, find it hard to grip things, or make a fist. The symptom grows to a severe pain in the hand and restricts the movement of the hand at all. A person gradually loses his ability to squeeze things. They may even find it very hard to tie their shoe laces and picking things up becomes a challenge.
In the worst cases of carpal tunnel syndrome, the patients are unable to differentiate between hot and cold things by touch.
Who is at Risk?
People who are involved in assembly line work are at the maximum risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. However it can also develop in the people who are constantly related to any of the following activities or professions:
Video games
Computer keyboard typing or typewriter typing
Musical instruments
Driving a vehicle
Surgeons and Dentists
People involved in exhaustive activity of hands like drilling, digging.
Treatment Available.
Avoiding repetitive and exhaustive activities related to hand movement, is the first instruction for someone suffering with carpal tunnel syndrome. The patient must abstain from such activities in order to give relief to their hand and free the median nerve of pressure.
Stretching exercises also helps in treating the syndrome as exercising helps in maintaining blood flow normal in the nerves.
Medicines like corticosteroid and prescription based NSAID’s can help in relieving the syndrome. If the condition gets worse, there is the option of surgery.
You should consult your doctor immediately if you feel you may be suffering with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
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Title:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Life After The Internet

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This article is about carpal tunnel syndrome.With the recent boom in technology, people have been computer dependent.Almost all work that needs to be done is on the computer.This article discusses the main causes of carpal tunnel syndrome.It includes work, trauma, physical conditions and idiopathic or unknown reasons.  People are too swayed by the comfort of just staying in front of the computer for everything that they take for granted this will bring to their hands.


Keywords:
chronic pain, surgery


Article Body:
Now that we’re in the information technology age, everything we need is within reach. And this is all thanks to the Internet.  Work is mostly done through the Internet, facing the computer for long stretches of hours.  Even kids’ homework is done and submitted using a computer connected to the Internet.  Gone are the days when people would have to go and manually search for files in big folders stacked in shelves full of records.  Gone are the days when researching meant going to the library to research using gargantuan encyclopaedias.  People just aren’t as active as they used to be.  And it’s because of this inactivity, and the long hours of slaving away in front of computers, that a lot of people have been complaining of certain chronic pain on their wrists.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

      Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) has been present even before computers were created, contrary to popular belief that CTS was brought about by the increasing use of technology.

      The carpal tunnel is a hollow tunnel formed by the carpal bones and the surrounding tissues of the wrist.  This tunnel protects the median nerve that makes your thumb, index, middle and ring fingers its feelings. And it is said that carpal tunnel syndrome starts when the median nerve gets compressed, this causes pain, a tingling sensation, and/or weakness in the forearm and hand.

      Carpal tunnel syndrome is said to be caused by a lot of factors: work, health conditions, trauma, and idiopathic reasons.

          o Work. Although still unproven, a lot of CTS cases were provoked by repetitive grasping and manipulating activities.  This  is commonly related to extensive labor that requires the repetitive use of the hand and wrist in industrial occupations
          o Health conditions.  Physical health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, and certain hormonal disorders like diabetes may cause CTS.
          o Trauma.  Accidents such as fractures of one of the arm bones, or dislocation of one of the carpal bones, blunt force trauma on the wrist or lower forearm., blood clot formation inside the wrist, or deformities due to abnormal healing of old fractures may cause compression of the median nerve.
          o Idiopathic reasons.  The compression is of an unknown source.

Treatment

      Of course, consulting a physician should always be the first step to take when dealing with any kind of pain in the body.  They need to find out if the CTS is caused by any underlying physical condition that needs to be addressed right away.

      Some people with mild symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome are able to relieve themselves of the pain by simply taking frequent breaks to rest their hands and arms.  Some people apply cold packs to reduce occasional swelling of the wrists.  If these quick fixes do not work, you might need to consider wrist splinting, medications and/or surgery.

          o Wrist splint.  This holds your wrist still while you sleep.  This relieves the night time symptoms of tingling and numbness.  This is most effective if you’ve only experienced mild symptoms of CTS for less than a year.
          o Medications.  Doctors usually prescribe either non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or corticosteroids.  One to relieve the swelling, the other to relieve the pain.
          o Surgery.  This is advised only when the nerve impairment persists after using non-surgical methods of treatment.

It is understandable that now that we’re in the computer age where everything is accessible through the internet, we don’t need to move much.  But even if technology offers us the convenience of just typing everything into the computer, we need to understand that it will affect our wrists sooner or later.  So stand up, stretch, and give your hands a rest.


Title:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: Pinched Median Nerve at the Wrist

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Summary:
Carpal tunnel syndrome, a source of annoying symptoms in the wrist and hand, can be reliably diagnosed with the help of nerve conduction studies. Surgical and non-surgical treatments of proven effectiveness are available for this pinched-nerve condition.


Keywords:
carpal tunnel,pinched,median,nerve,overuse,arthritis,diabetes,hypothyroid,pregnancy,splint,surgery,steroid injection


Article Body:
Carpal tunnel syndrome is by far the most common and widely known of the "pinched nerve" conditions. This article addresses: What is it? Who is at risk for this condition? How is it diagnosed? What kinds of treatments work best?

Carpal tunnel syndrome refers to symptoms caused by entrapment of the median nerve in the carpal tunnel. "Carpal" itself means "wrist," so a carpal tunnel is nothing more than a wrist tunnel. This particular tunnel can be a crowded place, as it contains not just the median nerve, but nine tendons as well. The "syndrome" consists of some combination of pain, numbness and weakness.

Pain, numbness, or both, are the usual earliest symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Pain can affect the fingers, hand, wrist and forearm, but not usually the upper arm or shoulder. Numbness affects the palm side of the thumb and fingers, but usually spares the little finger because it's connected to a different nerve.

When weakness is present, it usually indicates that the condition is already severe, and when muscles atrophy (wither) it means the condition is even worse. The affected muscles are those downstream from where the nerve is pinched, and can include those controlling any of three motions of the thumb. In addition, bending of the first knuckles of the index and middle fingers can be affected, as can straightening of the second knuckles of the same fingers. When muscle atrophy is present, it is most evident in the muscular ball at the base of the thumb.

Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs more frequently in women than in men. People who work with their hands a lot - for example to sew, operate hand-tools or perform assembly-line work - are at increased risk for developing this condition. Various medical conditions can also increase the risk of carpal tunnel syndrome, including injuries, arthritis, diabetes, low levels of thyroid hormone and pregnancy. In the case of pregnancy, carpal tunnel syndrome often appears in the third trimester and resolves after the woman delivers.

Optimum diagnosis of this condition combines the time-honored methods of a doctor's history-taking and physical examination with tests of nerve function called nerve conduction studies. Nerve conduction studies are exquisitely sensitive in detecting impairment of the median nerve at the wrist, particularly when the median nerve is compared with a nearby healthy nerve in the same patient.

In nerve conduction studies, the nerve on one side of the carpal tunnel is activated by a small shock to the skin. An oscilloscope measures how long it takes for the resulting nerve-impulse to arrive on the other side of the carpal tunnel. When the median nerve is pinched, the nerve-impulse is delayed or blocked. Nerve conduction studies are so sensitive that sometimes they show problems that aren't even causing symptoms. That's why nerve conduction studies don't stand alone in diagnosing carpal tunnel syndrome. The examining physician needs to decide if the results make sense for the particular patient in question.

Nerve conduction studies not only show whether or not the median nerve is impaired at the wrist, but also provide precise data concerning how bad the impairment is. In addition, these studies survey the function of other nerves in the arm and hand. Occasionally, a nerve in an adjacent tunnel (the ulnar nerve in Guyon's canal) can also be pinched. In other cases, nerve conduction studies show that the problem is not one of single nerve-pinches, but rather a more diffuse pattern of nerve-impairment called polyneuropathy. Of course, sometimes the studies are completely normal and suggest that the symptoms are due to something else.

To treat carpal tunnel syndrome, starting with "conservative" treatment makes sense in most cases, especially when the symptoms are still in the mild-to-moderate range. Conservative treatment usually includes a wrist-splint that holds the wrist in a neutral position. In a study published in 2005 researchers at the University of Michigan investigated the effectiveness of wrist-splinting for carpal tunnel syndrome in workers at a Midwestern auto plant. In a randomized, controlled trial -  the gold standard method for judging treatments - about half the workers received customized wrist-splints that they wore at night for six weeks. The remaining workers received education about safe workplace procedures, but no splints. After treatment the workers with splints had less pain than those without, and the difference in outcome was still evident after one year.

Conservative treatment might additionally include use of anti-inflammatory medications like aspirin or naproxen, or even steroid drugs. A more intrusive, though still non-surgical, treatment consists of injecting steroid medication into the carpal tunnel itself. This might benefit selected patients, but in a 2005 randomized, controlled study of patients with mild-to-moderate symptoms, researchers at Mersin University in Turkey showed that patients receiving splints did better than those who received steroid injections.

Surgeons can relieve pressure on a pinched median nerve by cutting a constricting, overlying band of tissue. A 2002 study at Vrije University in Amsterdam compared surgical treatment to six weeks of wrist-splinting. After 18 months 90% of the operated patients had a successful outcome compared with 75% in the splinted group.

In some cases it can be reasonable to try conservative treatments without first confirming the diagnosis with nerve conduction studies. However, in the author's opinion, this risk-free form of testing should be performed prior to any carpal tunnel surgery. (Full disclosure: The author performs nerve conduction studies!)

(C) 2005 by Gary Cordingley


Title:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – A Pinching Pain For Your Wrists

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440

Summary:
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is a very common problem affecting your hands and wrists. Many believe that computers are a major cause for such kind of a problem. But Before this problem was already in existence due to the kind of work we used to do. Computers do add to the risk of the syndrome but, is not termed as a main culprit. There are other reasons for suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome such like knitting, wood carving, minute work or detailed work, excessive use of vibrati...


Keywords:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome home remedies, wrists problems, Steps to cure Carpal Tunnel Syndrome


Article Body:
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome is a very common problem affecting your hands and wrists. Many believe that computers are a major cause for such kind of a problem. But Before this problem was already in existence due to the kind of work we used to do. Computers do add to the risk of the syndrome but, is not termed as a main culprit. There are other reasons for suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome such like knitting, wood carving, minute work or detailed work, excessive use of vibrating machines and driving for a long time.

Carpal tunnel lies in the wrist and the very important nerve called the median nerve is also present there. This nerve helps in controlling some of the muscles which help in movement of the thumb. Problem occurs when too much pressure is applied on the median nerve. This pressure leads to the swelling of the tendons which squeezes the carpal tunnel leading to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Anyone can be affected by this syndrome. Age is not a barrier. It is being noted that women are affected more by this syndrome, in comparison to men. The worst affected areas are the thumb, middle finger and index finger. You can experience continuous pain, tingling sensation or numbness. The pain can be very severe as it might wake you up in the middle of the night. Do not ignore the symptoms as it may be one of the most serious things which could always cause problems to your hands, arms, shoulders and wrists.
Reasons for Carpel Tunnel Syndrome

-Rheumatoid Arthritis
-Pregnancy
-Osteoarthritis
-Diabetes
-Amyloidosis
-Hypothyroidism
-Tumors and similar conditions
-Fluid retention
-Swelling or inflammation of the tendons

Some of the things which you can do to avoid carpal tunnel syndrome

-Regular exercise for your wrists and hand
-Avoiding too much stress on your hands and wrists
-Follow a proper posture while sitting on your computer
-Usage of acupuncture or osteopathy
-Get your arms, wrists massaged
-Avoid pressures on your wrists. Use your elbows and shoulders instead
-Take short breaks during work
-Warm up before you start your work
-Avoid sleeping on your hands
-If you are a regular user of the computer you can set your keyboard in a flat position rather than a slanting position
-Do not rest your wrists on the keyboard
-Try using a mouse pad and avoid resting it on the desk
-Type softly
-Sleep in an upright position to avoid pressure on your nerves
-Don't tie the hand bandage very tightly

Some simple remedies for Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
-You can apply ice pack for relieve
-Usage of acupuncture or osteopathy
-Get your arms, wrists massaged


title:Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Do You Have It?
author:Jeff P. Anliker, LMT
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4156.shtml
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Carpal tunnel syndrome reached epidemic proportions in the 90’s and has now achieved a status equaling pandemic proportions in the 21st century. With carpal tunnel syndrome having such devastating effects on millions of people each year, how do you know if you or someone you know has it?
With so much attention and hype the past 10-years concerning carpal tunnel syndrome in the workplace, you would think that a clear-cut picture would exist regarding the “how’s” “why’s” and “what is it’s” of carpal tunnel. Although carpal tunnel syndrome should be easily recognizable with such extensive media exposure, you would be amazed at how many people, including a lot of doctors, who do not recognize the symptoms or misdiagnose it as something other than carpal tunnel syndrome.
In order to provide a more clear picture of what carpal tunnel is, why and how it develops and what can be done to eliminate it, I have provided information below to explain the process so that you can better identify and therefore prevent carpal tunnel syndrome from taking over your life.
What is the Carpal Tunnel?
The carpal tunnel is a passageway in which the nine flexor tendons, median nerve, arteries, blood and lymphatic vessels pass through in order to supply function and movement to the fingers and wrist.
The carpal bones line the carpal tunnel on the posterior surface (backside) of the wrist with the transverse carpal ligament positioned on the anterior (front side) of the wrist. The size of the carpal tunnel is about the size of the index finger in diameter, and the flexor tendons, arteries and nerves glide past one another with ease in a carpal tunnel that has not decreased in size.
How Does Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Develop?
Because the finger and wrist muscles are constantly overused in one-way movement patterns, (Gripping, squeezing, typing, etc.) a "muscle imbalance" develops, causing the carpal bones to shift, in turn, making the carpal tunnel smaller and impinging the structures within, resulting in painful and debilitating symptoms.
What are the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
· Tingling
· Numbness
· Paresthesia (Pins & needles)
· Loss of grip-strength / coordination
Sensations involving tightness, discomfort, stiffness and pain on the front side of the hand and wrist may be present in carpal tunnel, but may also be symptoms of a general repetitive strain injury.
The only true telltale signs of carpal tunnel syndrome that you need to be aware of affect the thumb, index, middle and sometimes one-half of the ring finger. (All of the fingers and symptoms listed do not have to be experienced simultaneously for you to have carpal tunnel syndrome.)
If you have symptoms in your entire ring and/or little finger and your doctor tells you that you have carpal tunnel syndrome, you don’t! The ULNAR nerve supplies function to the ring and little finger and has nothing to so with carpal tunnel syndrome. (If the ring and/or little fingers are affected, it may either be Cubital Tunnel Syndrome or Guyon’s Syndrome)
How Are the Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Eliminated?
Carpal tunnel syndrome can quickly and easily be eliminated by performing a good stretch and exercise program that addresses the existing muscle imbalance that is the cause of carpal tunnel in most cases.
Staying Symptom-Free:
Knowing why carpal tunnel syndrome develops and what to look for is the key to keeping your hands healthy. With the information provided above you should now be able to recognize the disabling symptoms and take the steps necessary in order to stop it before it stops you!
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title:Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Symptoms, Tests & Treatments
author:Jeff P. Anliker, LMT
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4159.shtml
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Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a devastating injury that affects more than 8 million people in the United States and continues to increase each and every year.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of many repetitive strain injuries (RSI’s) that are everywhere; homes, offices, assembly lines, grocery stores, book clubs, construction sites, dental offices, everywhere! Because carpal tunnel syndrome is so commonplace, and its effects so devastating, it is important to be knowledgeable of how it occurs, what its symptoms are, the testing methods used and what treatment options are available, as the prevention of any injury, especially carpal tunnel, begins with education.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a disorder affecting the median nerve, which supplies function to the thumb, index, middle and one half of the ring finger. Usually the symptoms are most prevalent in the thumb, index and middle fingers (Sometimes one-half of the ring finger) and include numbness, tingling, paresthesia (pins and needles), pain and tightness in the front of the hand, wrist and forearm. These symptoms do not have to occur simultaneously, and may only affect one finger one day and then three fingers a few days later.
If a doctor provides a carpal tunnel diagnoses and the symptoms are in the ring and little fingers, it is NOT carpal tunnel syndrome! The ulnar nerve, not the median nerve, supplies function to the ring and little finger. Repetitive strain disorders affecting these two fingers are usually either Guyon’s syndrome, entrapment of the ulnar nerve in the guyon’s canal at the wrist junction, or cubital tunnel syndrome, entrapment of the ulnar nerve at the elbow junction. This is a common mistake made by many, many physicians and is completely inexcusable as they often recommend surgery for the patient, causing the patient to undergo an unnecessary procedure, and what makes it worse, for the wrong disorder!
If symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome do arise, doctors will recommend that a nerve conduction velocity (NCV) test or an Electromoyogram (EMG) be performed to see if carpal tunnel syndrome truly exists. These tests are often painful to the individual being tested, very expensive, and often give false positives and false negatives. This is why it is recommended that manual carpal tunnel tests be performed in order to obtain a more accurate (and much cheaper) diagnosis. Manual carpal tunnel tests take no longer than 10 minutes, have a high accuracy rate, are painless and are very cheap in comparison to the NCV and EMG tests.
The recommended manual carpal tunnel tests consist of the following:
· Phalen’s Test: The wrist is flexed for 30 to 60 seconds in order to compress the median nerve and duplicate/increase the symptoms.
· Reverse Phalen’s Test: The wrist is extended for 30 to 60 seconds in order to stretch the median nerve and duplicate/increase the symptoms. Stretching the median nerve if it is already impinged will duplicate/increase the symptoms if a patient has carpal tunnel syndrome.
· Tinnel Sign: Tapping directly over the median nerve at the wrist junction will cause carpal tunnel symptoms to exhibit themselves.
· Compression Test: Direct pressure is applied over the location of the median nerve for 30-60 seconds to see if carpal tunnel symptoms are exhibited.
If a positive diagnosis comes back, most doctors will push for surgery, a procedure that has a terrible success rate and is to only be performed as a last resort once all other conservative treatment methods have been utilized. Conservative therapy is the key to successfully recovering from carpal tunnel syndrome and obtaining not only short-term but long-term relief as well. The following is a list of conservative treatments that should be utilized in order to help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome from developing, but also rehabilitating carpal tunnel syndrome after it is already present.
· Ergonomics: Utilize proper ergonomic tools and equipment when working.
· Breaks: Take short breaks every 30 minutes when working in order to help reduce excessive strain on the hands.
· Stretches: Stretch the muscles that ‘close’ the hands as these are the muscles that are exercised all day long in activities such as typing, writing, gripping a steering wheel, using a computer mouse, carrying groceries and everything else that is done day in and day out. When a muscle is involved in exercise, it becomes shorter, therefore it needs to be stretched and lengthened both during and after the exercises are completed. (End of day)
· Exercises: Exercise and strengthen the muscles that are used to ‘open’ the hands, as these muscles do not receive much direct stimuli / exercise. (i.e. People do not turn doorknobs, hold things, type, use a computer mouse or lift things with the backs of their hands.)
The information provided above reveals how carpal tunnel syndrome occurs, what its symptoms are, the testing methods most commonly used and the best conservative treatment options that are used to thwart its existence.
It is very important for individuals to become well acquainted with the proper information and tools in order to maintain and increase their level of health and productivity. It is also important for people to speak to their doctors regarding their health concerns, and if someone is involved in an occupation that is considered high-risk for carpal tunnel, they should discuss this with their physician, but is even more critical that people become self educated as no one can take care of you better than “YOU”!
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title:Carrots : The Master Key For Healthy Living!
author:Jasdeep Singh
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1472.shtml
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It slows ageing, promotes healthy vision, has anti-cancer properties, increases immunity towards various chronic diseases. Yes, carrot does it all for you. This natural health booster enhances your health on various grounds and fills in the essential vitamins to your body like pro-vitamin A, B3, C and E. Other important advantages of carrot besides those mentioned above includes preventing various gastrointestinal complaints like colic and ulcers and it also prevents heart attacks and cancer by reduces cholestrol levels as it has high soluble fibre levels.
. Tip: Carrots are more nutritous when eaten cooked. The valuable nutrients lie either in or just beneath the skin.
See how Carrot works?
Beta-carotene, the main content of carrots, is maily responsible for improving your vision. The vitamin A forms a purple pigment called rhodopsin the eye needs to see in dim light. Hence, if we dont get adequate vitamin A, it can lead to night blindedness.
Beta-carotene also acts as an anti-oxidant which prevents free radicals responsible for cancer and heart attacks. A study at Texas and Chicago states that men with higher content of Beta-carotene are 37% less prone to heart related diseases. Carrot has one more anti-oxidant called alpha-carotene which reduces the risk of lung cancer.
. Tip: Cut off the leafy tops of the carrot before storing them. The leafy tops suck the vitamins from the main body robbing its nutritions. You can make best use of carrots by adding it to your favourite juices.
Wow, see the magic of carrot which is so easily available and cheap too. So start having atleast 50 gm of Carrot daily to fill in the required amount.
Get More Diet Tips at http://www.weightloss-health.com/Diet%20Tips.htm
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Title:
Carving the Flesh With the Scalpel of Philosophy

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Summary:
According to some recent studies, it would appear that one's outlook, attitude, and philosophy towards life holds a greater influence on physical well-being and longevity than initially believed. The main theory to explain this is that a positive outlook has a strong influence on mental health and subconscious actions, theoretically leading people away from self-destructive lifestyles. Another is that positive thought has a direct influence on a person's physical being, likely through chemical responses.


Keywords:
mental health, depression, relationship, self-destruction, side effects


Article Body:
Does your attitude have a connection to your physical and mental health? Up until recently, the answer to that was a strong 'No' from a strictly scientific standpoint. However, according to some recent studies, there may be more to it than the obvious. More or less, mental health and personal outlook and philosophy are connected. There isn't much scientific data to explain how the two are connected, but there is ample proof of the link. However, what about the body? Will people who perceive themselves as being healthier and more lively actually be in a better physical state than others? Unlike the mental health link, there is no definite connection made just yet, but there have been some findings that point to a possibility.

According to a large-scale study conducted by Duke University, there is a link between attitudes and physical well-being. The reports state that the research team did their best to eliminate external factors, such as mental health issues, vices, and hereditary diseases from the final results. The end result of the report makes the claim that, if two people with similar states of physical well-being are taken, the one with a more positive outlook is more likely to have better health in the long-term. The one that has more fear and anxiety about his physical condition is more likely to suffer from some sort of illness or have poorer overall health than his counterpart.

Of course, before taking this into account, people should also eliminate possible factors affecting longevity and health. For example, people who have depression or Thanatos complex may perform acts that can permanently compromise their immune system, possibly cutting their life expectancy. The relationship between diet and vices to physical and mental health also plays a larger role than outlook and attitude theoretically do. Further study is under way, but Dr. Ellen Idler has studied the research data and the implications extensively. She believes that the link is less of a “mystical” one and more deeply rooted in the principles of cause and effect. According to her theory, the relationship between attitude and longevity is one that is connected to mental health.

In her theory, people who have a more negative outlook are more likely to slip into unhealthy lifestyles. Whether this is subconscious or not would likely vary from case to case, but she believes that negative attitudes tend to eventually lead to negative states of mind. It is known that mental health is connected closely to physical health, with a number of mental disorders either having physical symptoms or side effects. While a negative outlook in life may not necessarily be an act of self-destruction on the person's part, it may help push the person into an increasingly degenerate lifestyle.

Further study is likely to be needed before any concrete connections are made. There are currently two major areas where the studies are liable to concentrate. First is the theory that a positive outlook is linked to mental health and that is how it affects the physical well-being and longevity of a person. Another, far less accepted theory, is that a positive outlook actually can influence the body in the same way that some people manifest physical symptoms simply by believing that they are ill.


Title:
Casinos Most Guarded Secrets

Word Count:
653

Summary:
Many people think that the casinos have secrets that if they get out everyone would be winning fortunes in the casinos, and the truth is there are things the casinos do not want you to know. In this article we will spill the beans and tell you all their darkest secrets.


Keywords:
Casino, casinos, gambling, entertainment, sports and leisure, games, hobbies,


Article Body:
The secrets of the casinos are not the kind of secrets that you may think. They are not secrets like the third slot machine in every row pays out on the hour, they are more like things they do to distract you from the obvious.

One of the biggest secret the casinos do not want you to know is that if you use your head and not act irrationally you can go home with some money in your pockets, unfortunately most people enter a casino and all logic flies right out of their heads. They start seeing the bells and whistles of the casinos, and people with stacks of chips and all they can think of is what they are going to do with all the money they are going to win from the casino.

Using your head is the key to winning money in the casino. The first think you need to remember is that the odds of you winning the big jackpot are so outrageously against you, that it is not worth losing your hard earned money on. So by being smart and not trying to get rich on one spin of the roulette wheel, one toss of the dice at the Craps table or one go on the slot machine you can consistently win smaller amounts that at the end of the day can a large sum of money.

Next time you are in the casino try going to the 10 dollar Roulette table and only play red or black. Each win you will double your bet, and at 10 dollars a spin you can make 100 dollars in less then 30 minutes. I usually walk up to a table and wait for the wheel to land on the same color 3 times in a row then bet on the other color. Then after I have made some money I will start to play some other bets, but I only stay on the outside of the board. The odds are much better at 3 to 1 or 4 to 1 instead of 40 to 1. Using this method I have managed to turn $20 into $900 in just over 3 hrs. It may not sound like a fortune, but as I said before walking in poor and walking out a millionaire is not realistic.

Next time you are at a casino look for a clock or window. Ok do not waste your time, there are none. Another secret of the casinos is that they want you to have no concept of time. When you are gambling time seems to go faster, and if there were clocks or a window in the casino you would have some idea of how long you have been gambling and would then start to think about leaving the casino instead if losing all track of time and spending all day and night in the casino. They do this because at some point you will start to get tired but be kept awake from the adrenalin from gambling, and at this point you can't think straight, and you will start to spend money faster. Always remember the casinos are not there to make you dreams come true they are there to take you for all your money. Any time you leave the casino with some of the casinos money it was accidental.

Some of the tricks the casinos use to keep you gambling are:
No Windows
No Clocks
Ugly colors in the rugs and walls around the exits, and nice colors around the gamming areas will subliminally make you not want to go to those areas. The worse the odds of you winning the nicer the colors of that area will be.

By keeping this information in mind you will not be going home from the casinos and quitting your job but you will have more money in your pocket and you will have had a good time making that money.


Title:
Casinos ou Culture, Singapour Attire les Touristes

Word Count:
599

Summary:
Qu'est ce qui fait de Singapour une destination touristique attractive? Les Casinos ou la culture locale


Keywords:
Voyage,aventure,recits de voyages,singapour,chine, lieux exotiques,voyages,Travel,adventure,exotic locations,travel tips,bollywood,Singapore,


Article Body:
Depuis que Singapour a réduit ses exportations de composants électroniques, cette dernière cherche aujourd'hui a développer son activité touristique pour compenser. Pour cela Singapour mise sur ses casinos et jeux vidéo importés.
Selon le co-fondateur de Lonely Planet Guides, si Disneyland a réussi  travers le monde à s'imposer et à réunir chaque jour des millions de touristes, la Chine peut espérer alors prospérer grâce à ses casinos.

Toutefois, Singapour dispose d'un important handicape: elle n'a pas de Angkor Wat ou de Taj Mahal comme investisseur. Depuis longtemps, cette ville est surtout réputée pour ses innombrables centre commerciaux et ses promotions annuelles "Singapore sales".

Vis-à-vis des étrangers, Singapour dispose d'une image peu flatteuse en matière politique. En effet, elle est surtout connue pour ses passeurs de drogue, son taux important de vandalisme, ses coups d'état politiques et son interdiction de vendre des chewing gum.  Culturellement parlant, son développement a surtout été refreiner par les multiples restrictions dont notamment la liberté d'expression et la censure de films et pièces de théâtre.

Toutefois, avec la nouvelle génération de chinois et l'influence des indiens et autres asiatiques qui commencent à voyager partout à travers le monde, Singapour a commencé à travailler sur le projet de nouvelles attractions, incluant deux nouveaux casinos ou encore un parc sur le thème du Studio Universal, et un équivalent des bateaux mouches français, même si aucun de ces projets n'est particulièrement singapourien.

Ainsi, Singapour se "démocratise" et se modernise avec l'ouverture de clubs et de ciné-clubs où l'on peut voir le film new zélandais Lord of the Rings. De plus, la fameuse société de location de films Blockbuster a ouvert ses portes et l'on y trouve à Singapour nombre de films indiens de Bollywood, afin d'attirer d'avantage de touristes indiens.

Ce même mois, quelques jours auparavant,  Singapour a autorisé les courses automobiles équivalentes aux célèbres Formule 1, espérant ainsi attirer les touristes de l'autre continent. Citigroup, le groupe en charge de ce projet, espère générer un bénéfice compris entre $150 et $200 million par an, et montrer par là même que Singapour a changé.

Mettre un circuit de Formule 1 est une idée brillante mais reste encore loin d'être une idée typiquement nationale, ce qui, au final, risquerait d'enclencher une réaction inverse à l'objectif tant attendu.

Quant aux casinos, ces derniers devraient ressembler à ceux déjà présents à Macau afin d'obtenir un bénéfice de près de $37 milliards de dollars par an.

Face à ce changement radical, la population locale reste sceptique, voir pessimiste.
Pour eux, la mise en place d'un circuit de Formule 1 n'est qu'un moyen d'obtenir une publicité gratuite. Concernant les casinos qui devraient voir le jour d'ici quatre ans, ces derniers se sont réunis pour signer une pétition allant a l'encontre de ce projet, justifiant les méfaits des jeux sur les familles et les joueurs compulsifs, en ajoutant par ailleurs que ce concept attirerait d'avantage la population locale que les touristes.

Des intellectuels et représentants de communautés tels Paul Théroux , romancier et écrivain pour l'équivalent du Guide du Routard, déplorent cet engouement de la part de la ville. Pour eux, Singapour cherche à devenir une ville moderne et effacer toute son histoire et culture, pour faire place à une ville "que l'on trouve partout" , ce qui représenterait également la fin du quartier de Chinatown, célèbre pour ses magasins .


Title:
Casino Amigo: Pourquoi Organiser une Soiree casino entre Amis A Domicile.

Word Count:
365

Summary:
Une fois en possession de tout votre matériel acheté sur Internet ou en magasin, quel prétexte pourriez vous bien trouver pour ne plus voir vos amis?


Keywords:
sport,recreation,gambling,casino,hobbies,games


Article Body:
Le week-end arrive, envie de voir du monde tout en restant dans votre cocon ou idée pour passer un excellent anniversaire? Alors pourquoi ne pas utilisez vos jeux de casino a domicile? Rien de tel pour passez des heures de fous rires et renouer des liens avec vos plus vieux camarades.

Contacter tout le monde pour vous fixer rendez-vous... chez vous.

Installez dans un coin de votre salon  votre table de roulette et une table de craps a l'autre bout. Dans une autre pièce que vous aurez réaménagée pour l'occasion, installez vos tables de Blackjack dans votre chambre par exemple et de poker dans une autre.

Votre cuisine, faites en donc un bar à volonté que vous pourrez toujours redécorer, sans coûts excessifs, façon Casino Enghien ou autre, selon vos goûts.

L'avantage de ces jeux?? Faire régner une ambiance incomparable.

Pourquoi la roulette et le craps dans le salon? Parce que vous constaterez par vous même que le jeu de du craps attire toujours plus de monde autour de la table et que la roulette inspire les éclats de voix. On ne peut clairement expliquer d'ou vient cette fascination pour les jeux de des et de bille tournant dans un cylindre, mais ce qui est sur, même au sein d'un casino réel, c'est que ces purs jeux de hasard laissent les gens toujours aussi dubitatifs devant les stratégies de mises et les pronostics émis a voix haute aussi bien par les joueurs eux-mêmes que ceux les assistants.

Rien de mieux pour mettre de l'ambiance, et le salon est la pièce idéale puisque pièce d'accueil de toute la communauté, située en général près de l'entrée.

Si votre chambre le permet, installer y les jeux de poker et / ou de blackjack. En effet, ces jeux, tout aussi attrayants que la roulette et le craps, demande cependant plus de concentration et un endroit plus confine serait le bien venu. De plus, cela donnerait la sensation aux invites de pouvoir se balader d'une table a une autre en toute liberté, comme en salle de casino véritable.


Title:
Casino Aquatique: Bienvenue Dans le Monde des Croisieres

Word Count:
514

Summary:
Vous souvenez vous de ce generique "Love Boat" ou si vous prefrez la serie La Croisiere s'amuse?


Keywords:
gambling,casino,cruise,travel,travel tips,family,hobbies,boats,roulette,american roulette


Article Body:
Retrouvez tout le prestige de votre serie favorite combinant Las Vegas a la Croisiere s'amuse, pour quelques jours ou quelques semaines, en couple ou en famille!

Pour les amoureux des Caraibes, montez sur l'un de ces navires:

Empress of the Sea, l'un des plus prestigieux. Vous offre pour de bons petits plats le Restaurant Carmen et Windjammer Café, puis digestion au sein des salons Pub Caroussel, Pool Bar, Salon High Society, Salon Viking Crown. A Bord, divertissez vous:Centre de remise en forme, Ping pong, Piste de jogging, Mur d'escalade,2 Piscines extérieures, 4 Jacuzzis dont un intérieur, Casino et decouvrez ses nombreux jeux tels la Roulette Americaine sans oublier sa Discothèque, Salle de spectacles, Salle de cartes, Café internet.
Ce navire vous propose une croisiere inegalabe depuis San Juan:Caraïbes - Antilles, pendant 11 jours. Faites une escale a San Juan, Saint Martin, Saint Johns, Basse-Terre, Castries, Bridgetown, en mer, Isla Margarita, Willemstad, Oranjestad, en mer, pour revenir a San Juan.


Explorer of the Seas: Decouvrez pendant 7 jours le Mexique,Miami en mer,Belize City,Costa Maya. Services similaires a l'Empress. Pur votre bien etre: Salon de beauté, Complexe thermal complet, Sauna, Spa, Solarium.. Alors faites vous chouchouter.Au niveau des loisirs, profitez donc de la diversite, osez melanger culture a farniente grace aux :3 Piscines, 5 Jacuzzis, Casino, Discothèque, Salle de spectacles, Salle de cartes, Café internet, Le théâtre sur 3 ponts qui propose des productions dans le style de Broadway.


Majesty of the Seas: en partance de Miami, profitez d'une croisiere de 4 jours pour vous echapper aux Bahamas , Cocoay, Nassau, Key West et Miami.


Adventure of the Seas: en partance de SAn Juan, profitez d'une croisiere de 7 jours pour une escapade a Oranjestad, Oranjestad, Willemstad, en mer, Philippsburg, Charlotte Amalie, San Juan.


Sovereign of the Seas: plus riche que les precedants en matieres de loisirs pour enfants: au club Adventure Ocean, les enfants beneficieront des activités à la fois éducatives et récréatives (de 3 à 17 ans)
Le FantaSeas Teen centre propose quant a lui une large variété d'activités pour les ados telles que les chasses aus trésors ou repas pizzas.Au niveau de votre detente personnelle, vous retrouverez egalement le Shipshape center avec sauna, bains turcs, massages et salon de beaué
centre médical à bord.


Grandeur of the Sea. Presente les memes services que ses compatriotes. Laissez-vous charmer par la musique du pianiste au Schooner Bar, ou tentez votre chance au Blackjack dans leur casino. Allez voir un show façon Broadway dans une salle impressionnante sans vous déplacer 


Enchantement of the Seas:dispose de 2 restaurants principaux qui sont le My Fair Lady Dining room et le Windjammer Café. Les services presentes ci-dessus se retrouve egalement sur ce navire, casino inclus.
Pour une croisiere de 4 jours, decouvrez le Mexique au travers des escales suivantes:Fort Lauderdale, Key West, Cozumel, en mer, Fort Lauderdale. A ne pas en croire ses yeux. A moins que le comfort et le charme de ce navire vous eblouisse au point de ne vouloir debarquer...


Title:
Casino en Ligne en Toute Securite

Word Count:
543

Summary:
Comment jouer en ligne en toute sécurité? Pas de problèmes suivez ces quelques petits conseils qui n'ont pas leurs pareil.


Keywords:
gambling;casino,sport,recreation,video game,games


Article Body:
Tout le monde souhaite être rassuré lorsqu'il commence à jouer sur un site de < a href="http://www.casino-en-ligne-3.com">casino en ligne
pour le fun ou pour de l'argent. En effet, qui ne s'est jamais posé les questions suivantes: " en ouvrant un compte sur ce casino, que va-t-il m'arriver? Les systèmes de paiements et les transactions via ma carte de crédit sont ils fiables? Comment m'en assurer?"
La sécurité reste donc l'élément essentiel à prendre en compte par le joueur avant d'effectuer quelque pari que ce soit.

Comment donc pouvoir jouer en toute tranquillité? Les casinos virtuels ont donc mis en place des logiciels de cryptage afin de préserver la confidentialité de vos données bancaires personnelles. Les numéros de cartes de crédit

Les casinos en ligne sécurisés prennent des mesures pour protéger leurs joueurs. Certains sites Web utilisent des logiciels de cryptage pour protéger vos informations financières et ont pour éthique de préserver vos données personnelles.
Assurez vous donc de la fiabilité du site!
Pour cela, vérifiez que le site dispose d'une charte de présentation, généralement connue sous la dénomination " Qui sommes nous?" et contrôlez son évaluation par des sites professionnels.

Prenez le temps de lire chaque page du site concernant les moyens de paiement mis en place, les logiciels utilisés mais aussi la disponibilité de leur service client, que vous pouvez également testez au préalable en les contactant pour un problème fictif et déterminer ainsi leur temps de réaction  sur le casino dans lequel vous voulez vous inscrire.


Les casinos en ligne les plus sécurisés sont les sites les mieux établis et reconnus par une instance officielle. Consultez la fréquentation d'un site donné et vérifiez les affiliations du site. Les sites réputés sont plus populaires et plus sûrs.


Après ce premier contrôle, vérifiez que le site dispose de services non proposés par des casinos en ligne de mauvaise réputation. Assurez-vous que le casino propose une assistance client par chat, email ou téléphone non facturé. Dans le cas contraire, rendez vous sur un autre site.
Vérifiez aussi que ce casino dispose d'un contrôle et d'une politique à l'encontre de joueurs frauduleux. Certains sites dispose d'un système évaluant le nombre de fois où deux joueurs jouent au même jeu. En cas de suspicion de tricherie,  le site interdit la présence de ces derniers  à vie. Si vous suspectez une tricherie, contactez le site web immédiatement.


Dans le cas où un site ne vous indique pas clairement quel logiciel est utilisé pour préserver vos informations personnelles ou n'offre pas d'assistance, sortez immédiatement. Inutile de prendre des risques inutiles. En cas de problèmes de déconnexion répétées ou vous semblant suspectes, renseignez vous d'avantage. Inutile de se presser, beaucoup d'informations sont à votre disposition mais prenez surtout le temps de les lire toutes. Pour cela, commencer en simultané de votre lecture à jouer en parties gratuites, le temps pour vous d'effectuer tous les contrôles nécessaires et de vous familiariser avec le site en question.


Title:
Casino En Ligne Non Stop: Quels Jeux Jouer

Word Count:
557

Summary:
Avec l'apparation d'Internet, les jeux de casino en ligne n'ont cessé de se multiplier à une vitesse phénoménale.. Mais quelle différence pour les novices?


Keywords:
Casino Royale,casino,gambling,sports,recreation,hobbies,loisirs,games,jeux en ligne,casino online,


Article Body:
Pour un bref rappel, ces derniers peuvent être répartis en trois catégories. On y distingue les jeux flash, à télécharger ou en direct .
Les jeux de casinos sont les jeux de paris en ligne les plus populaires en raison des gains que l'on peut y remporter. Mais quels sont les plus rentables?

Casinos directement sur server:

Il s'agit de plusieurs sites surlesquels les joueurs et les utilisateurs peuvent jouer aux jeux de casinos tels le Bingo, Black Jack, Baccarat, Poker et bien d'autres encore, ne nécéssitant pas de téléchargement préalable d'un logiciel particulier, puisque ces derniers vous sont proposes sur  Macromedia Flash, Macromedia Shockwave, ou Java, déjà intégrés sur votre browser. Ces derniers sont les plus populaires.

Casinos en Ligne A Télécharger :

 Même principe que le précédent. Toutefois, pour avoir accès aux différents jeux, l'utilisateur doit télécharger le logiciel du casino sur son ordinateur. Bien que la qualité soit généralement meilleure au niveau des graphismes, le téléchargement a pour inconvénient de prendre énormément de place sur le disque dur.
Le logiciel est directement relié au service du casino sans avoir besoin de recourir browser. Ainsi, l'image et le son fonctionnent beaucoup plus rapidement que sur le support relié au server de l'ordinateur. Toutefois, le temps de téléchargement initial peut être très long.

Les casinos "en Direct":

Représentent le top  de casinos en ligne. Ces derniers permettent aux joueurs d'être face à une interface mondiale et directement avec le casino, comme si vous y étiez! Le joueur peut intervenir à tout moment et se confronter n'importe quand à d'autres joueurs et ce sur plusieurs de poker, blackjack et autres  tables grâce à la présence de fenêtres windows.  C qui le différencie des autres? Le joueur a la possibilité de choisir les meilleurs tables, de varier ses plaisirs en cours de parties et de joueur sans se lasser toute la nuit.

On distingue donc les jeux populaires suivants:

Les jeux de cartes:
Asian stud, Baccarat , Blackjack, Casino war, Caribbean Stud Poker, Chinese poker, Faro, Four card poker, Let It Ride, Mambo stud, Pai gow poker, Red Dog, Spanish 21, Texas Hold'em Bonus Poker, Three card poker,  Two-up.
Ces jeux sont généralement considérés comme des jeux de Tables et se jouent sur un tapis feutré. Un croupier est toujours présents pour ces jeux puisque ce dernier est en charge de la distribution des cartes.

Dés:
Craps, Pai Gow,  Sic bo, Chuck-a-luck

Nombres Aléatoires:
Big Six wheel, Roulette,Bingo, Keno et bien d'autres encore.
Ces jeux sont basés sur le fruit du pur hasard.


Sans oublier les fameuses Machines A Sous, les Loteries et les Vidéo Poker. Ces dernières ne peuvent être jouées que par un joueur à la fois et ne demande aucune exigence particulière ni aucune stratégie. C'est pourquoi il est l'un des jeux les plus prisés aussi bien en ligne qu'en cercle virtuel.

Les jeux en ligne cependant offrent aux joueurs des avantages à long terme supérieurs à ceux offerts par des casinos réels et leur donnent la sensation de toujours garder le contrôle sur leurs jeux et d'être responsable de leurs choix.


Title:
Casino En Ligne: Decouvrez l'Histoire des Jeux Video de Casino

Word Count:
488

Summary:
Découvrez l'histoire des jeux video en ligne et les jeux d'arcades présents en salles réelles et virtuelles des casinos.


Keywords:
casinos,gambling,gaming,games,sports,recreation,keno,video games,video,pc games


Article Body:
Compte tenu de l'imprécision de la définition même du jeu vidéo, sa date d'apparition n'est pas claire. Ce loisir aurait débuté, après divergences et débats de spécialistes, dès 1962 avec Spacewar.  Pong reste cependant le premier jeu dont le concept fut le déclencheur de la vidéo mania.

Jusqu'en 1983, celle-ci connaît une effervescence puis un déclin incontestable. Avec le développement des technologies au Japon, celle-ci revient sous les feux de la rampe en 1985 avec ses premières consoles NINTENDO et les fameux jeux de la série Super Mario ou Mario Bros.

Mais cette technologie de jeux vidéo s'applique également dans le domaine des jeux de casinos en ligne ou en cercle reel.

En effet, on y retrouve les fameuses bornes d'arcades.En cercle réel, une salle leur est tout particulierement consacrée.

Un jeu d'arcade se trouve  dans une machine munie d'un monnayeur, d'un écran et d'un dispositif de contrôle. Ils ont la particularité d'être payants, on achète un ou plusieurs crédits en glissant une ou plusieurs pièces dans le monnayeur. Selon les jeux et les réglages, chaque crédit permet de démarrer une partie, la continuer après avoir perdu, acheter des bonus dans le jeu, le joueur doit apprécier au maximum un jeu d'arcade dès le début car une partie ne dure généralement que 5 ou 6 minutes au contraire des jeux virtuels où une partie peut durer plusieurs heures d'affilées.

Les jeux d'arcades au sein des casinos sont: Le Bonus Bowling, Jour de Derby, Dés Tourbillon, Pile ou face, Fléchettes Jackpot, Keno, Jackpot Génie Haut Bas, Mégaball, Tir de pénalité, Pop Bingo, Dés et Montagne russe, roue gagnante,Video Poker, Quilles payantes, Poker slots, Génie Haut Bas, Tour du Monde,  Roche papier Ciseaux, Kéno Expérience.

On trouve ces  jeu vidéo en ligne généralement sous une version 3D, avec bruitage et effets sonores et couleurs flash.

Après plusieurs crises principalement dues à une baisse de la qualité des productions, le jeu vidéo s'est rapidement hissé à un rang d'activité majeure. L'économie créée autour de cette pratique a eu des conséquences notables sur notre société. La montée en puissance des ordinateurs et la rentabilité de la loi de Moore peut être en grande partie expliquée par le fait que les personnes qui sont le plus enclin à acheter un matériel informatique neuf et souvent rénové sont principalement des joueurs ; la bureautique et la navigation sur internet étant des activités requérant de faibles ressources matérielles. Pour cette raison, les fabriquants de matériel informatique (cartes graphiques, cartes audio…) ont très tôt sponsorisé les compétitions de jeu vidéo.


Title:
Casino et Football font ils Bon Menage

Word Count:
398

Summary:
Au mois d'Aout, les casinos en ligne avaient le vent en poupe au sein des Clubs de Foot. On assistait alors à une ère des nouveaux pris! L'euphorie des Casinos en ligne comme sponsor de clubs!


Keywords:
football,sponsoring,sports,soccer,games,recreation


Article Body:
En effet, Casino 888.com sponsorisait le FC Toulouse et PartyGaming le FNCA de Nantes! Oui mais voila, c'était sans compter sur la Ligue Professionnelle de Football.

Dimanche dernier, sur les maillots du FC Toulouse, on retrouvait bien les couleurs du casino mais les signes ???.com. Qu'est ce donc ???.com me direz-vous. Il s'agit tout simplement de son sponsor Casino 888.com.

Pourquoi?
Alors que les joueurs ont pour obligation de porter les couleurs et le nom du casino, la Ligue professionnelle a, quant à elle, décidée d'exclure les casinos de la publicité et du sponsoring. D'où l'omission. Or, tout le monde l'aura compris le sigle - faisait bien référence au casino sponsor de l'équipe.

La Ligue explique son refus. Du fait de l'arrestation de certains géants de casinos en ligne depuis le mois de septembre, dont le derneir en date de Bwin arreté en France, la ligue se voit le droit d'interdire la publicité, le sponsoring pour les paris en ligne.

Samedi, une autre équipe, la FC Monaco a rencontré le même problème que le FC Toulouse lors de son match face au Mans. Un représentant de l'équipe explique que, sans cette alternative, le coup d'envoi du match n'aurait pu être donné.

On se souvient encore des paroles de Jean-Luc Gripond, vice-président du club nantais, "le FCNA a décidé de s'associer à un nouveau sponsor disposant: "premièrement une dimension internationale, et notre football a besoin de partenaires de cette dimension, deuxièmement un lien avec les nouvelles technologies, ce qui représente pour nous le futur".

Qu'en est il aujourd'hui?
Un enquête a été menée ( voir notre article Bonnes Nouvelles pour les Casinos en Ligne).

Les paris sont monopole d'état en France et on pourrait penser que l'arrestation des cadres de BWin s'est opérée au bénéfice de la Française des jeux. Aussi, peu de temps après, la Commission européenne a décidé de s'intéresser de plus près à la question du monopole d'État pour les paris et les jeux. La volonté de la commission est clairement affichée, soit les États membres les considèrent néfastes pour leurs ressortissants et interdisent totalement les jeux en ligne, soit ils les autorisent et permettent aux sociétés comme 888.com d'offrir leurs services sur le marché.


Title:
Casino et Football Fsont ils Bon Ménage

Word Count:
397

Summary:
Au mois d'Aout, les Casinos en ligne avaient le vent en poupe au sein des Clubs de Foot. On assistait alors à une ère des nouveaux pris! L'euphorie des Casinos en ligne comme sponsor de clubs!


Keywords:
football,sponsoring,actualites,sports,affaires,casino en ligne,france,games,recreation,888


Article Body:
En effet, Casino 888.com sponsorisait le FC Toulouse et PartyGaming le FNCA de Nantes! Oui mais voila, c'était sans compter sur la Ligue Professionnelle de Football.

Dimanche dernier, sur les maillots du FC Toulouse, on retrouvait bien les couleurs du casino mais les signes ???.com. Qu'est ce donc ???.com me direz-vous. Il s'agit tout simplement de son sponsor Casino 888.com.

Pourquoi?

Alors que les joueurs ont pour obligation de porter les couleurs et le nom du casino, la Ligue professionnelle a, quant à elle, décidée d'exclure les casinos de la publicité et du sponsoring. D'où l'omission. Or, tout le monde l'aura compris le sigle ??? faisait bien référence au casino sponsor de l'équipe.

La Ligue explique son refus. Du fait de l'arrestation de certains géants de casinos en ligne depuis le mois de septembre, dont le derneir en date de Bwin arreté en France, la ligue se voit le droit d'interdire la publicité, le sponsoring pour les paris en ligne.

Samedi, une autre équipe, la FC Monaco a rencontré le même problème que le FC Toulouse lors de son match face au Mans. Un représentant de l'équipe explique que, sans cette alternative, le coup d'envoi du match n'aurait pu être donné.

On se souvient encore des paroles de Jean-Luc Gripond, vice-président du club nantais, "le FCNA a décidé de s'associer à un nouveau sponsor disposant: "premièrement une dimension internationale, et notre football a besoin de partenaires de cette dimension, deuxièmement un lien avec les nouvelles technologies, ce qui représente pour nous le futur".

Qu'en est il aujourd'hui?

Un enquête a été menée ( voir notre article Bonnes Nouvelles pour les Casinos en Ligne).
Les paris sont monopole d'état en France et on pourrait penser que l'arrestation des cadres de BWin s'est opérée au bénéfice de la Française des jeux. Aussi, peu de temps après, la Commission européenne a décidé de s'intéresser de plus près à la question du monopole d'État pour les paris et les jeux. La volonté de la commission est clairement affichée, soit les États membres les considèrent néfastes pour leurs ressortissants et interdisent totalement les jeux en ligne, soit ils les autorisent et permettent aux sociétés comme 888.com d'offrir leurs services sur le marché.


Title:
Casino Prive et Programmes d'affiliation: Comment Ca Marche!

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383

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N'avez vous jamais rêvé de posséder votre propre casino sous votre dénomination? Surtout lorsque l'industrie du jeu a atteint un chiffre d'affaires de près de$400 milliard de dollars et ne cesse de se développer?


Keywords:
casino online,online casino,gambling,leasure,poker online,blackjack online,internet business, entertainment, gambling, casino


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Le secteur le plus porteur de cette décennie reste le casino en ligne. Pour faire face à ce phénomène, les casinos mettent en place une stratégie marketing vous proposant des programmes d'affiliation, de plus en plus répandu dans le monde des casinos virtuels.

Si vous faite partie de la catégorie des affiliés audacieux des plateformes de gambling, vous serez accueillis tel un VIP lors de votre inscription et des outils marketing des plus performants vous seront alors mis librement à disposition. Sans oubliez bien évidemment les célèbres bannières, du matériel créatif afin de promouvoir le casino que vous aurez préalablement choisi parmi la gamme proposée. Attention toutefois de choisir avec attention, car cette activité est un vrai business comportant ses propres règles que voici.

Avantage du programme d'Affiliation:

1. Vous pouvez toucher une commission s'élevant de 30 à 35% sur les casinos en ligne sérieux.

2. Vous pouvez remporter des  gains illimités. La seule chose que vous devrez faire est d'insérer un logo que vous désirez affilié sur votre site de gambling. Si l'espace venait à vous manquer, contactez les fournisseurs de jeux afin de trouver une solution intermédiaire. Toute personne cliquant sur la bannière sera dès lors votre client.

3. L'inscription est simple. Remplissez simplement un formulaire en ligne et votre enregistrement sera complet.


4. Insérez dans votre site une alette des jeux de casinos incontournables tels les jeux de cartes, les roulettes et les machines à sous, sans oubliez les jeux populaires tels le Keno,le Craps etc, et les jeux de grattage.


5. Prenez conseil et laissez vous assister dans le management du program d'affiliation par des professionnels, afin de pouvoir connaître et  bénéficier des meilleurs outils. Connectez vous également sur les sites offrant les dernieres versions des produits existants. 


6. Obtenez les meilleurs résulats.Convertissez votre traffic en argent.

7. Profitez des bonus, remises et autres promotions, sans oubliez les avantages attribués aux nouveaux inscrits.

8. Motivez vos clients par des promotions courantes.

L'innovation et le professionnalisme sont les clefs de la réussite des casinos en ligne et du gambling en général. Face aux fluctuations d'Internet et des dernières tendances, les programmes d'affiliation des casinos restent le meilleur investissement.


Title:
Casino: Ou Vous Rendre pour Votre Lune de Miel.

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558

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Felicitations! Vous voila jeunes maries! Oui mais avez vous vraiment pensez a votre lune de miel? Quel lieu choisir parmi les sept merveilles du mondes? Dur de Choisir, alors pourquoi ne pas vous rendre a Las Vegas pour retrouver tout ces joyaux mondiaux?


Keywords:
LAs Veags,Casino Vegas,Hooney Moon, wedding,marriage,family,marriage anniversary,dating,wedding


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Encore en pleins préparatifs ou tout juste maries, vous vous rendez soudain compte qu'il faut aussi pensez au voyages de noces.... Dur, Dur ... Que choisir? Paris et sa splendide Tour Eiffel, l'Egypte et ses pyramides ou encore le romantisme de Venise et ses célèbres gondoles ou encore les Caraïbes?

Et chéri qui n'est pas d'accord sur votre choix? Alors pourquoi ne pas partir a Las Vegas!

Las Vegas, autre ses casinos, vous permet en effet de découvrir les sept merveilles du monde en un clin d'oeil. Vous voulez Paris et le charme de ses cafés? Pas de problème, rendez-vous au Paris Las Vegas! Ici, des votre arrivée, la Tour Eiffel, l'Arc de triomphe sans oublier le célèbre opéra Garnier vous accueillent a bras ouverts!Dans une architecture très Franchie style Haussmannien, vous retrouvez toutes les spécialités françaises et européennes au sein de ses fameux restaurants, sans oublier son casino.

Envie subite de vous dépayser. Rendez-vous Venetian! A Venise et ses gondoles... Quelle femme digne de ce nom ne souhaiterait pas passez sa lune de miel dans ce décor pittoresque, et rêvasser comme une jeune fille a l'aube de ses 20 ans, en attendant Casanova... Venez vous détendre au Venetian. Cet hôtel recrée pour vous les fameux canaux, les gondoles, les palais vénitiens et la réplique de la Piazza San Marco. Elégance et raffinement caractérisent le Venetian et ses 3000 chambres. Le Venetian abrite également une superbe galerie d'art avec le Guggenheim Hermitage Museum. Et pour découvrir encore plus de l'Italie, direction le Tuscany Suites Casino

Pour les nostalgiques d'Astérix et Obelix et du fameux Ave César, précipitez vous vite au Caesar's Palace! Conçue sur le modèle de la Rome antique, le Caesar's Palace accueille également des championnats du monde de boxe et des grands spectacles de vedette.

Envie de vous retrouvez sur une île paradisiaque? Essayer le Tahiti! Ses bananiers, les tropiques et les plages de sable fin... Pourquoi trop attendre..


Mais me direz vous, cela ne remplace en rien le paysage réel du pays désiré. VRAI! Mais voyez tous les avantages: en un clin d'oeil, vous pourrez bénéficiez des meilleures expériences de chacun des pays, vous laissant une trace de nostalgie au point de vous dire "l'année prochaine, sur, on part a ...". L'autre bon cote de la chose: vous et chéri n'étiez pas d'accord sur la destination, au moins chacun aura eu le droit de goûter à son plaisir et , pour les vacances à venir, pas de problèmes de qui préfère quoi, puisque vous aurez auparavant, grâce à Las Vegas, chacun pu évaluer la qualité de telle ou telle place et vous en faire une grande idée qui facilitera vos choix a venir.

En effet, les chefs d'oeuvres comme la Tour Eiffel de Paris sont reproduites au millimètre près dans les moindres détails, grandeur nature. Donc pas de mauvaises surprises. De plus,après des heures de promenade d'un "pays" a un autre, rien de mieux que de se détendre en jouant aux jeux de casino tel le poker et ses variantes.


title:Catching a Killer - New Steps Taken in Treating Mesothelioma
author:Maggie Kay
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1124.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
category:health
article:

There’s a silent killer out there. It creeps up on its victims, attacks them quietly and unsuspectingly, and initiates a wound that develops over many years before it eventually causes pain. This unstoppable murderer is known as mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma is a malignant tumor that develops on the mesothelial cells of either the lungs, heart or abdominal organs, and plagues those who have been exposed to asbestos for a prolonged period of time. Many who fall victim to this disease are people who have worked in specific trades or fields prior to the 1970s, such as blacksmiths, electricians, millwrights, and oil refinery workers.
Since it can take up to forty years for symptoms to surface, mesothelioma-related deaths are higher than ever in the 21st century. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention state that 1,493 people died from asbestos in 2000, compared to 77 people in 1968.
Mesothelioma treatment methods differ depending on the stage of the cancer upon detection, as well as the patient’s age and personal choice of treatment. The four distinct stages of the disease are a factor in determining the type of mesothelioma treatment that can be carried out. The first stage is when the tumor has had limited growth on the pleural lining (the lining of the lungs). At this stage, an attempt can be made to surgically remove the entire tumor. However, if the tumor is detected at a later stage when it has invaded surrounding areas, it is considered incurable.
Traditionally, the later stages of mesothelioma have been treated with either chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill cancer cells while radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to kill cancer cells and shrink tumors.
Although mesothelioma treatment methods have been proven to prolong patients’ lives, they cannot cure the disease. Ongoing clinical trials are dedicated to overcoming this debilitating illness. Current experimental treatments include the following:
Drug Therapy: A drug called Alimta, developed by Eli Lilly, has been shown to significantly increase the life expectancy of patients and decrease symptoms of the disease. It is the only chemotherapy drug to be approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma.
Gene Therapy: This mesothelioma treatment is currently in the experimental stages. The process involves inserting a "suicide gene" directly into the tumor. This gene makes the cells sensitive to a normally ineffective drug called glanciclovir which destroys all the cancer cells and leaves the healthy cells unharmed.
Photodynamic Therapy: Still in its experimental stage, photodynamic therapy uses light to kill cancerous cells. The patient first receives a photosensitizer that only collects in cancerous cells. Fiberoptic cables are then placed in the body in order to focus the right frequency of light on the tumor. The photosensitizer is then caused to produce a toxic oxygen molecule that kills the cancer cell.
Immunotherapy: Also referred to as biological therapy, this mesothelioma treatment uses the body's personal immune system to defend itself against mesothelioma. It has been discovered that the immune system is capable of deciphering healthy cells from cancerous cells, and can thus eradicate those cells that cause cancer.
While treatment methods are still in the developmental or experimental stages, there is hope that one day all mesothelioma victims will be freed from the murderous hands of this fearsome disease.
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Title:
Causes and Cures for Premature Ejaculation

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397

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The notion “premature ejaculation” can be interpreted in many ways, because it’s relative. Taking place within minutes does not cause anything tie-up in a relationship as long as the partner herself had orgasm too, but an ejaculation can be premature even after a long lasting sex, if her orgasm occurs later.


Keywords:
last longer in bed, premature ejaculation


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The notion “premature ejaculation” can be interpreted in many ways, because it’s relative. Taking place within minutes does not cause anything tie-up in a relationship as long as the partner herself had orgasm too, but an ejaculation can be premature even after a long lasting sex, if her orgasm occurs later.

A friend of mine said so rightly once: expectations concerning a men’s performance in bed, can be compared to a dinner of a couple, which becomes perfect if they finish their meat simultaneously, they digest it together and also they use toilet in the same time.

Putting the joke away, premature ejaculation is being indeed around. The unpleasant form of it is the ejaculation “ante portas” (ejaculation before the gate), when ejaculation occurs before penetration.

Premature ejaculation, when the ejaculation comes quickly (within seconds or minutes) can be categorized in two types: the originally existing and the subsequently formed one.

To understand the process we have to know that ejaculation can happen as a result of stimulation of the glans (penis head), either without erection or with semi-erection, if sexual excitement becomes too strong.

The subsequently formed premature ejaculation is frequently associated with evolving erectile dysfunction.
In this case the patient concentrates to maintain it’s erection, sexual excitement becomes stronger, the body becomes "over stimulated" and all these leads to premature ejaculation.


Possible causes:
- Psychic causes
- Innervation disorder (increased state of excitement)
- Inflammations (prostate, genitals)

How to cure premature ejaculation?

If we oppose inflammatory symptoms, the ejaculation will return to normal after proper medical treatment.

If the cause is the above-mentioned evolving impotence, we have to treat the erectile dysfunction, which nowadays is perfectly remediable.

More difficult is to cure the originally existing premature ejaculation because in this case the nervous system is need to be adjusted; fortunately more opportunities are arising this time too.

One of these is the reduction of the stimulus using condoms, anesthetic gels or sprays. The last two options are contraindicated, because using these kinds of products both male and female sex organs, after contact becomes insensitive as well, leading to an un-enjoyable bed exercise.

There are medicines used in minor depression for rising the patient’s moral, which has few side effects, and usually one of these is the delayed ejaculation.

Onto lengthening sexual intercourse and curing premature ejaculation Last Longer sex pills were proved well suitable.


title:Causes and Effects Of Acne – Understand Your Acne Treatment
author:Michael Rad
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2143.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
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There are several acne care treatment methods that work well and are not very time consuming or expensive. Such techniques would be the treatment with alpha hydroxy acid or several forms of chemical peels that can do wonders for zit treatments. These methods of getting rid of acne are proven and effective and many cases of patients suffering from aggravated pimple irritation found these to be the perfect acne treatment. In the following article we will look closely at the above-mentioned acne care treatment methods and help you decide which technique will work best for your pimple problems.
Acne Care Treatment
The causes of acne are tied to the changes that happen when a child passes from infancy to puberty. Many persons still believe that acne is caused by dirty skin. The truth is, instead, is that to only wash the skin does not make acne disappear, nor does it prevent it. Adult acne treatment methods works just like those addressed to other age groups. To wash the skin, however, helps to remove the excess of sebum and the dead cells of the skin, and adults should be aware of this as well. Many persons use every type of product, including alcoholic detergents and exfoliant creams, often irritating the skin more than clearing it! Adult acne treatment approaches should also consider the social and psychological effects of adult acne. To wash the face two times a day, in a delicate way with water and a delicate detergent, is the best choice. However, acne is caused from a complex array of biological factors that cannot be eliminated just by washing. For this reason, it is necessary to begin a serious adult acne treatment focused on the problem of acne.
Adult acne treatment – myths and facts
In some cases, acne also persists in the adult age. This type of acne, generally, hits the skin of the face, but also the one of the body, and men are more exposed then women. Adult acne treatment for women takes into account the fact that the appearance of this type of acne is parallel to the menstrual cycle. In other cases, the acne is introduced randomly in the adult age: this type of acne plagues men and women alike. Acne is not caused by food, but some food items do have the potential to irritate the skin. To follow a tight diet will not recover your skin. While some think that their problem of acne is aggravated from the foods they consume (like the chocolate, drinks, fat oysters and foods), there are no scientific tests that demonstrate this being true. However it is not a mistake to avoid the fatter foods, but a focused and well-applied adult acne treatment is also necessary in order to get rid of this annoying condition. There are several ways to eliminate zits in adulthood. The most successful acne treatment methods may include acne blemish laser treatment, acne rosacea treatment, laser acne treatment. Consult with your dermatologist in order to determine which adult acne removal treatment will work best for you.
Treatment – Alpha hydroxy acid
Also known in the medical community as ascorbic acid, this technique mainly focuses on improving the levels of oil in the skin. It actually reduces the oil amount produced by the skin, thus diminishing the chances of acne eruptions. Alpha hydroxy acid also reduces the number of dead cells in the skin so your face looks healthier and with less irritation. This particular acne care treatment is effective when used in the early or mid stages of the problem, but it also used in severe acne treatment. The acid is found in several acne treatment drugs and ointments
Chemical peels acne treatment
In most cases, chemical peel treatments are used to remove lines under the eyes and around the mouth, as well as, sun-damaged skin, mild scarring, age spots and other skin problems. Acne treatments may include this method in which the dermatologist applies a certain chemical substance to the skin. The targeted spot blisters and can be peeled off. This method of acne care treatment is effective mostly for removing scars, especially in the facial area. The treatment is accompanies by some heat and stinging sensation, a fact that most patients found acceptable given the efficiency of the acne treatment.
Acne care treatment final remarks
There are several other methods for curing acne, such as home remedies or laser treatment. In order to select the best treatment for your pimple and zits you should consult with your doctor or dermatologist. For more acne information please visit: www.acnexpert.com.
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Title:
Causes And Solution  For Obesity!

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348

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Exercise for Obesity

Personal training is an excellent option for anyone, but especially someone who's obese and looking to lose weight and get healthy. However, because of the gym-intimidation factor, there are plenty of obese people who miss out on the opportunity to work one-on-one with an expert. One option, if you want to avoid the masses, is to work privately with a personal trainer. You can opt for hiring a trainer to come to your home or work with a trainer at a pe...


Keywords:
obese,obesity,weight loss,gastric,gastric bypass,bypass,obese weight loss,Laparoscopic,Laparoscopic


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Exercise for Obesity

Personal training is an excellent option for anyone, but especially someone who's obese and looking to lose weight and get healthy. However, because of the gym-intimidation factor, there are plenty of obese people who miss out on the opportunity to work one-on-one with an expert. One option, if you want to avoid the masses, is to work privately with a personal trainer. You can opt for hiring a trainer to come to your home or work with a trainer at a personal training studio.

Causes for Obesity

Too much Calories! Consumption of more calories than are burned through work, exercise, and other activities will lead to overweight and obesity. In the late 1990s, Americans ate about 340 more calories per day than they did in the mid-1980s, and about 500 more calories per day than in the 1950s. The extra food was often some kind of refined carbohydrate combined with fat, saturated fat in the unhealthiest cases.

Medical problems. Some individuals are obese because of biological problems such as malfunctioning thyroid or pituitary glands. Others may have physical problems or disabilities that severely limit or prohibit exercise, strenuous work, and other physical activity.

Too much stress. New research suggests that there is a biological link between stress and the drive to eat. Comfort foods high in sugar, fat, and calories, seem to calm the body's response to chronic stress. In addition, hormones produced when one is under stress encourage the formation of fat cells. In developed countries, life tends to be competitive, fast paced, demanding, and stressful. There may be a link between so-called modern life and increasing rates of overeating, overweight, and obesity.

Is there a Permanent Solution to Obesity?

Lucky for us all, Yes, there is a permanent solution to obesity! This permanent solution is known as the Gastric Bypass Surgery. This surgery must be performed by a certified doctor. Thousands of obese people has permanently lost tens of kilos with this fool proof method. We urge you to find out more about Gastric Bypass Surgery as the permanent solution to obesity! It works.


title:Causes and Symptoms of Low Back Pain
author:Saurabh Jain
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_4820.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:12
category:health
article:

Low back pain is a quite common phenomenon in the humans and is generally experienced by all at some or the other point in their lives. The severity of the pain is often unrelated to the injury that has caused it. While a simple strain in the back can cause unbearable pain, a displaced disk may turn out to be quite painless.
Low back pain is often a result of a wrong posture or displaced or strained back muscle. Irritation of the large nerve roots that go to our legs and our arms, a strain in the smaller nerves or an injury in any of the bones, ligaments or joints may also result in pain in the lower portion of our back.
Many a times, one can experience low back pain without any injury or known anatomical cause. However, back pain can be largely linked to a strain in any of the muscles or a specific condition such as degenerative disc disease or a herniated disc.
Most of the times, one can get rid of the low back pain by using conservative treatments, such as the application of ointments, physical therapy or oral medications. However, cure of certain back low pains may require surgery. One should seek proper medical treatment if the back pain continues for a long time, and is severe and accompanied by sudden bladder or bowel incontinence or progressive weakness in legs. Persons, who have suffered from fever, cold, trauma or undergone sudden weight loss, should seek proper medical attention for the cure of their low back pain.
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Title:
Causes and Types of Gall Bladder Disease

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526

Summary:
The gall bladder is a small organ that is situated in the vicinity of the liver. The liver produces


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gall bladder, gall bladder symptoms, gall bladder diet


Article Body:
The gall bladder is a small organ that is situated in the vicinity of the liver. The liver produces bile, a substance that has a very important role in the digestion of fat. The gall bladder stores the bile produced by the liver and expels it inside the small intestine when the substance is required in the digestion of foods containing fat.

Many people suffer from gall bladder disease these days. The disease has a high incidence in elderly people and statistics indicate that around 15 percent of people with gall bladder disease have ages over 50. Gall bladder disease mostly occurs in women, as estrogen facilitates the development of the illness. Children and teenagers rarely develop gall bladder disease and young patients usually suffer from milder forms of the disorder. Gall bladder disease has a high incidence in overweight people, people with internal disorders (gastro-intestinal problems) and people with high blood cholesterol levels.

In the majority of cases, gall bladder disease is caused by gallstones. Gallstones are formed due to the excess of cholesterol in the bile or incomplete emptying of the gall bladder. Sometimes, gallstones are formed when the gall bladder removes too much water from the stored bile. Gallstones are solid formations that accumulate inside the gall bladder, blocking the access of the bile. The diseased gall bladder can’t sustain its normal activity and the process of digestion is perturbed.

Gall bladder disease can usually be overcome through diet and medical treatments. However, in serious forms of the disease, doctors recommend the removal of the diseased gall bladder through the means of surgical intervention. Gall bladder disease can be either chronic (chronic cholecystitis or billary colic) or acute (acute cholecystitis). Chronic cholecystitis is less serious and generates milder symptoms, while acute cholecystitis may in some cases require surgery.

The gall bladder is not considered to be a vital organ and if it is removed, the body can still sustain its normal activity. However, in the absence of the gall bladder, the liver has to produce more quantities of bile whenever food that contains fat enters the small intestine. Without a gall bladder, food digestion and absorption can sometimes be affected. People who had their gall bladder surgically removed need to respect a low-fat diet and limit the amount of food consumed during their meals. With appropriate medical treatment and good diet, the body will begin to cope with the absence of the gall bladder.

There are two common medical procedures used in gall bladder surgery: open surgery (cholecystectomy) and laparoscopic surgery (laparoscopic cholecystectomy). Laparoscopic cholecystectomy is usually preferred by both patients and surgeons, as the surgical intervention involves less risk and leaves less pronounced scars. This form of surgery is performed with the aid of a laparoscope, a tube-shaped medical instrument that has a camera attached to it. By using a laparoscope, the surgery requires smaller incisions and patients who suffer such surgical interventions recover rapidly. There are many effective means of dealing with gall bladder disease and it is important to see a doctor if you suffer from gall bladder inappropriate activity. Left untreated, gall bladder disease can aggravate and lead to complications.


title:Causes of Bad Breath: New Research Reveals True Cause
author:Whozylee Aris
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1247.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

What Causes Bad Breath:
Three Leading Factors Did you know:
1. Medications (including allergy medications) cause bad breath
2. Alcoholic beverages cause bad breath
3. Mouthwash with alcohol causes bad breath
4. Smoking causes bad breath
5. Dry mouth causes bad breath
The fact is that everyday common over-the-counter hygiene products, beverages an medications can be the "mysterious" cause of your bad breath! Medications and alcohol dry out the mouth, creating less saliva which leads to less oxygen in the mouth. This combination creates the perfect breeding ground for the Anaerobic Sulfur-Producing Bacteria that cause bad breath. In short simple terms, oral bacteria cause bad breath. Think of your breath in the morning, probably not top-notch. At night your mouth is at rest and drier than in waking hours, so bacteria grow. Upon waking you’re greeted with “morning breath.” Likewise, when you are sick and congested, possibly breathing out of your mouth, you probably noticed your breath smells. This is caused by dry mouth which creates bacteria which causes bad breath.
How do I Avoid the Bacteria That Causes Bad Breath?
Bad breath is caused by excessive bacteria in the mouth. Scientific study and clinical research on bacteria has helped experts discover why bacteria causes bad breath and how to best eliminate it. Surprisingly, those commercials and ads that tell us to pop a mint or use a mouth wash to deal with bad breath are always accurate. In fact many of the mints and washes people use to combat bad breath, actually cause bad breath or make it worse. How so? The bacteria that cause bad breath live and breed beneath the tongue’s surface, on the tonsils and in the throat, not on the surface where it can be scraped or brushed off or dissolved with a wash or mint. Instead of getting rid of bad breath, many of these products contain alcohol which dries out the mouth creating a more favorable environment for these odorous bacteria to grow.
Does Food Cause Bad Breath?
You bet your garlic breadsticks they do. Certain foods like garlic and onions can cause bad breath because they contain the same compounds, previously discussed, that create bad breath. If you regularly consume these foods, it can create higher amounts of bacteria and lead to halitosis. The catch is that the Anaerobic Sulfur-Producing Bacteria that can cause bad breath are in everyone’s mouth, because they are needed to assist in breaking down proteins in certain foods. Researchers are still searching for a reason why some people are prone to develop more of the beneficial bacteria, which in bulk are no longer beneficial because they cause bad breath.
The Secret to Getting Rid of Bad Breath (halitosis) is...
To truly eliminate the cause of bad breath you must eliminate the odorous bacteria by converting them to non-odorous volatile sulfur compounds. Okay, sounds complicated, right? In other words, make sure you are using the right type of bad breath eliminator to do the job for you. This cannot be done with mouthwashes or mints. These give your mouth a strong taste, which then leads you to believe if your mouth tastes "medicated" or minty, then your breath must smell good.
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Title:
Causes of Bad Breath: What Are They?

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466

Summary:
There are so many causes of bad breath. We uncover what some of those causes of bad breath are and how to stop them in their tracks.


Keywords:
cause of bad breath


Article Body:
There are many factors that could be the causes of bad breath, and many of the factors that could be causes of bad breath can be dealt with quickly and easily using simple techniques. In fact the causes of bad breath are so well documented that it is easy to find the factors which are the cause of bad breath for you.

So what are the causes of bad breath exactly?

Bad breath, which is usually halitosis, is caused by VSCs (Volatile Sulphur Compounds) in the mouth, these are the most common of the causes of bad breath. But what are they, anyway?

Bacteria in your throat and mouth help to break down certain proteins. When some Amino acids which have a lot of Sulphur inside, start to get broken down and then produce various foul smelling compounds from the back of the mouth and throat.

There is a common misconception that bad breath can come from your stomach, and although it may feel like that sometimes, the smeel comes from the compounds produced your throat and mouth. Some foods however after they have been consumed encourage the production of certain chemicals that are then discharged via the lungs. So that extra helping of deep-fried onion rings is actually making a smell through your lungs.

So how can we avoid these great causes of bad breath?

Well many of the causes of bad breath are things that we take for granted and use everyday. Most toothpastes can be a cause of bad breath because the stuff that makes the foam actually promotes production of VSCs.

A dry tongue can also be a cause of bad breath. The bacteria that produce those nasty SVCs actually don't like oxygen, so a dry mouth is perfect and hence becomes a cause of bad breath.

The nasty stuff from the bacteria comes from the breakdown of Amino acids, which are found in protein. So high protein foods can be a cause of bad breath, even a generally high protein diet could be one of the causes of bad breath.

Once you have elevated levels of the bacteria in your throat, it becomes very difficult to fight off the bad breath as those bacteria can use anything to be the next trigger for your bad breath. By successfully reducing the amount of bacteria in your throat you can make sure that it becomes that much more difficult to get the bad breath in the first place.

You literally zap the cause of bad breath at its source.

So one of the causes of bad breath are those things that allow the bacteria to produce more SVCs, so avoid or treat these and you will rid yourself of your cause of bad breath. Otherwise hit at the source and reduce those bacteria.


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Causes of Fibromyalgia

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Although there is no exact treatment for fibromyalgia, but some preventive measures can be taken to get rid of it. Presently doctors are concentrating on managing pain, relaxing muscles and reduced depression.


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Fibromyalgia, causes of fibromyalgia, Epstein Barr Virus, Immune Disorders, Sleep trouble, lupus, chronic pain,aching tender points


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Although there is no exact treatment for fibromyalgia, but some preventive measures can be taken to get rid of it. Presently doctors are concentrating on managing pain, relaxing muscles and reduced depression. Doctors prescribe patients, low-stress exercises such as walking, swimming, water aerobics, and biking rather than muscle-straining exercises such as weight training. Some other measures are heat applied to sore muscles, stretching exercises (Pilates is one form.) and massage.

    As there is no specific medicine for fibromyalgia, doctors try to reduce the pain and increase the sleep. In order to achieve that following types of medicines are prescribed:

    Analgesics: Acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) may reduce the pain and stiffness caused by fibromyalgia. However, its effectiveness varies with individuals. Tramadol (Ultram) is a pain reliever medicine that may be taken with or without acetaminophen. Doctors often recommend nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others) or naproxen sodium (Anaprox, Aleve) — in combination with other medications, but NSAIDs haven't proven to be useful in control the pain in fibromyalgia when taken by themselves.

    Antidepressants: Doctors advise antidepressant medications, such as amitriptyline, nortriptyline (Aventyl, Pamelor) or doxepin (Sinequan) to help deep and uninterrupted sleep. Fluoxetine (Prozac) in mixture with amitriptyline has also been found efficient. Sertraline (Zoloft) and paroxetine (Paxil) are also effective for the patients suffering from depression. These medications may be beneficial by affecting serotonin levels in the brain.

    Muscle relaxants: Taking the medication cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) at bedtime may help to take care of muscle pain and spasms.

    Doctors strictly oppose consumption of sleeping pills and pain killers. Patients sometimes take them for quick relief, but the effect is very short term while the side-effect lasts for a long term. These medicines are type of narcotic, so these are very harmful for the patients.

    Some self made measures can also be effective to prevent fibromyalgia. These procedures can be exercised in home. The measures are:

        * Proper workout include walking, swimming, biking and water aerobics. A physical therapist may help you develop a home exercise program.

        * Stretching, Free-hands, Good posture and relaxation workouts are also helpful.

        * Develop a plan to avoid or limit over-exertion and poignant stress. Give yourself time each day to rest.

        * Exercise stress lessening techniques, such as deep-breathing exercises, meditation and Yoga.

        * Leading a very healthy and simple lifestyle can also help to prevent fibromyalgia.


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Causes Of Hemorrhoids

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People with hemorrhoids have been stereotyped by the comics or comedians to be laughing stocks. That’s why fewer people with hemorrhoids tend to go to a doctor and have back irritations and pain sensations consulted by a specialist. Instead they just wait for the pain to subside and just worry about it some other time; especially if the pain becomes chronic. If you are really worried about having hemorrhoids, a careful lifestyle will help a lot. Here are some causes of hemorr...


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hemorrhoids, hemroids, hemorrhoids treatment


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People with hemorrhoids have been stereotyped by the comics or comedians to be laughing stocks. That’s why fewer people with hemorrhoids tend to go to a doctor and have back irritations and pain sensations consulted by a specialist. Instead they just wait for the pain to subside and just worry about it some other time; especially if the pain becomes chronic. If you are really worried about having hemorrhoids, a careful lifestyle will help a lot. Here are some causes of hemorrhoids that you may have been practicing.

Pregnancy:

Being pregnant causes a woman to increase chances of having hemorrhoids. This is because the rectal veins will be pressured more because of the added weight in the uterus. For women who are already experiencing hemorrhoids, pregnancy can worsen the situation.

Women who are pregnant who do not experience hemorrhoids during pregnancy may still get hemorrhoids during the labor period. This is due to the long and arduous delivery. Another reason is the constipation that a woman experiences after childbirth. Because of the tenderness in the anus and perianal area, women will prolong bowel movements.

Postponing Bowel Movements:

There are some people who are afraid to crap at other places because the toilet might be dirty. Another reason is that there is just no toilet nearby. So people will just try to force the crap back inside for a couple more hours. Doing this occasionally can do no harm, however if it becomes habitual it might lead to hemorrhoids.

When the crap stays longer in the fecal colon, it becomes harder and drier. This makes it tougher to pass. You will then need to force its way out. The rectal muscles that signal a person its time to crap may also become weaker. Just imagine a situation that you suddenly crap in your pants because you didn’t feel anything.

Diseases:

There are lots of diseases that cause hemorrhoids. One disease that can seriously cause hemorrhoids is rectal cancer. This is because rectal cancer will make the person have “false” calls of nature. It will then cause the person to go the bathroom regularly and will strain longer.

People who abuse alcohol will make their livers larger. This will then create extra pressure on the rectal veins. Other diseases that may also cause hemorrhoids are irritable bowel syndrome and intestinal tumor. These diseases causes constipation or interfere with normal elimination.


title:Causes of variations from normal sperm count
author:Marc Deschamps
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The factors that may affect the normal sperm count and quality could actually be summarized in six main points namely: sperm mobility, concentration, morphology, speed, count and last but not the least, sub-fertility. Drawbacks in any of these areas can vastly affect the chances of conception.
Sperm mobility refers to the sperm's ability to move in a rather dynamic and active fashion. When it comes to healthy sperm, more than 50% of them may be considered as active if over 25% of them moving vehemently in one direction. Its significance can be understood by the fact that it enables the sperm to travel through the cervical canal, into the uterus and the fallopian tubes and finally, to break through the egg.
Normal sperm count is a function of concentration that refers to the measure of the number of sperm cells in a milliliter of semen. The average or normal concentration measures around 22 million sperm cells per milliliter of semen.
The third point is morphology. A healthy sperm cell bears a resemblance to a tadpole in shape. The oval head of the sperm holds the genetic material, while the center provides energy and the tail thrusts the sperm forward. In addition, experts believe that oddly shaped sperm are not capable of fertilizing an egg.
Speed is another factor that affects sperm quality. Based on the study made by the World Health Organization in a healthy male, beyond 25% of sperm will exhibit progressive mobility. These are the sperm with the best chance of successfully infiltrating and fertilizing an egg.
Normal sperm count is also a vital factor in sperm production. Count refers to the number of sperms in the fluid that is ejaculated. There are over 50 million sperms in a normal ejaculate, and a total count below 40 million may indicate decreased fertility.
The sixth and last factor is sub-fertility. The term refers to the couples that are unable to reach conception even after a year’s period of unprotected intercourse. However, this is different from infertility. The typical causes of male sub-fertility include sperm production problems, blockage in the sperm’s delivery system, injuries to the testicles, low or high hormone production, anatomical problems, varicocele, past illnesses, side effects of medications, and sperm quality.
Increasing the volume of ejaculation and the normal sperm count has become a common obsession among men. During the past few years, the medical community had been committed to developing a safe and effective alternative treatment than the run of the mill advice that has been handed down from one generation to the next. Recent studies show that increasing sperm volume could actually be accomplished in two ways. First is by taking herbal supplements that contain amino acids and zinc. Amino acids, if taken regularly, are generally believed to increase ejaculate fluid. On the other hand, zinc seems to improve both the amount of sperm produced as well as the sperm's ability to move spontaneously and independently. Together with amino acids, this will increase normal sperm count and volume significantly.
The second way is doing PC exercises. Although Kegel exercises can help you last longer, they can also aid in increasing sperm volume. Several exercises can help to keep your penis in great shape and shoot like a champion.
Copyright 2006 Marc Deschamps

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Title:
Causes Of Vertigo - Vertigo Symptoms

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This article is written from a layman’s' perspective. Always check with your doctor with any vertigo symptoms (dizziness).

The first time I experienced Vertigo symptoms was right after I had a nasty bout with bronchitis. I had already missed one week of work because of it. On the day I planned on returning to work; I got up when my alarm went off and promptly hit the floor.

I didn't fall to the floor because my legs were weak. I didn't even feel "bad". But I was as dizz...


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health, vertigo symptoms,dizziness


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This article is written from a layman’s' perspective. Always check with your doctor with any vertigo symptoms (dizziness).

The first time I experienced Vertigo symptoms was right after I had a nasty bout with bronchitis. I had already missed one week of work because of it. On the day I planned on returning to work; I got up when my alarm went off and promptly hit the floor.

I didn't fall to the floor because my legs were weak. I didn't even feel "bad". But I was as dizzy as you could get. Scared out of my wits - I'd never experienced any thing like this before in my life - I crawled my way to the living room and climbed into a chair. The dizziness remained. I made coffee, thinking the Vertigo symptoms would go away. They didn't and I decided to go to the emergency room.

At the emergency room, (as visions of brain tumors and the like presented themselves in my mind) the doctor seemed quite confident as to what my problem was. He asked me a series of questions, ran some tests, did some blood work and gave me some Antivert. He concluded that because of the Bronchitis, I had gotten the Vertigo, and that this was common. Vertigo is also common in the elderly - and it's usually chronic.

He sent me home with my prescription of Antivert. I was out of work for another week, basically chained to my couch or bed. I couldn't do anything else. I could not sit in front of my computer, or watch TV - everything had a tendency to bounce around. I was miserable. The Antivert that was prescribed to me made me incredibly drowsy and I slept a lot. After 3 days, I felt better and not quite so dizzy, but I still was unable to drive at this point, and it took another few days to feel normal.

The best way for me to describe my Vertigo symptoms is this. Don't laugh. It's exactly how I felt.

Have you ever gotten so drunk to the point to where you got the spins? The room starts spinning and twirling taking you for the ride. It only goes away when you lay down and lay completely still. Only with Vertigo symptoms, it doesn't go away.

My mother is prone to Vertigo, she usually gets the Transderm Scop motion sickness patch. She says it doesn't make her drowsy and vertigo symptoms go away within 24 hours. I've never tried the patch, I've always taken Antivert, prescribed by a doctor or you can also buy generic Antivert over the counter at any drugstore. Look for Meclizine on the box, or the brand Bonine.

My understanding of one of the causes of Vertigo is an imbalance of the crystals in the ear, which make sense, at least for me since I only get Vertigo after I've been sick with Bronchitis.

If you are experiencing vertigo symptoms, contact your doctor immediately.


Title:
Causes Scalp Eczema

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775

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I am often asked what is the best remedy for dry scaly scalp - or another question is what are scaly bumps on scalp?  If you too ask this question, you are likely suffering from Eczema of the scalp.Eczema is an itchy, prickly irritation of the skin that can be extremely annoying to those who are unfortunate enough to be affected with this malady. People can be affected with eczema all over the entire body, but one of the most common types of eczema is that which affects the scalp.


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scaly scalp, scalp eczema, dry scaly scalp, eczema scalp


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Scalp Eczema

I am often asked what is the best remedy for dry scaly scalp - or another question is what are scaly bumps on scalp?  If you too ask this question, you are likely suffering from Eczema of the scalp.Eczema is an itchy, prickly irritation of the skin that can be extremely annoying to those who are unfortunate enough to be affected with this malady. People can be affected with eczema all over the entire body, but one of the most common types of eczema is that which affects the scalp. 

Where and When Does Scalp Eczema Begin?
When you have eczema of the scalp, the oil glands contained in the skin of your scalp are involved. These oil glands are connected to the follicles of the hair, and their job is to produce enough oil to keep the skin of the scalp smooth and supple as well as to keep the hair from being dry and rough to the touch. This involvement of the oil glands is why scalp eczema also goes by the name of either Seborrhoeic dermatitis, or Seborrhoeic eczema. This type of eczema affects the parts of the body that produce more skin oil than other areas are known to, such as the scalp, eyebrows, and sides of the nose.  You may have first noticed scaly scalp or bumps.Many times, scalp eczema starts at puberty, when the oil glands in the scalp began to produce more oil than usual because of the influx of hormones that have begun to flood the body. But, this disorder can appear on a person of any age. It seems to be a bit more common in men than in women, although females certainly suffer from it as well. Scalp eczema is known to be a chronic condition in that it can flare up seemingly for no reason at all, and then retreat, not to be seen again for months or years. Or, it can be an ongoing condition where the time without any symptoms is quite rare.

What Causes Scalp Eczema?
No one is exactly sure what the cause of scalp eczema is, but there are several theories as to why it occurs, such as – Hormones, no matter what your age group A skin fungusToxins in the body which seem to overwhelm the immune system Stress, which in turn can further aggravate the condition.


Symptoms of Scalp Eczema
Scalp eczema can start out with very mild symptoms. In fact, many people are totally unaware that they have this skin condition until it has gotten out of hand. The first telltale sign is a slight case of dandruff which can quickly escalate to an unusually oily scalp with extremely itchy, red and irritated skin. Scaly patches of skin with a yellowish crust from the excess oil are also quite common.  Itching of the scalp of course causes scratching, which eventually breaks the skin and can create open sores.

Treatment of Scalp Eczema
There are a number of topical creams and ointments on the market which are manufactured to treat scalp eczema and help the itching, excess oiliness and flaky skin. Medicated shampoos are also helpful, and may be used on a regular basis to help control symptoms. Many times, doctors will prescribe hydrocortisone (also known as steroids) to treat scalp eczema, but studies have shown that this only masks the symptoms. The steroid treatment does nothing to get to the actual cause of the disorder, but merely helps to relieve the itching, which can allow the skin to begin to heal.
Scalp on the scalp eczema has the maddening habit of recurring once you think you have it conquered and cease treatment. But beginning a treatment routine at the first sign of a flare up is the only way to keep a bout with scalp eczema from getting out of hand.  I am often asked what is the best remedy for dry scaly scalp?

You can use a variety of natural treatment including slight diet adjustments for a while and also by using natural oils such as hemp or neem and lavender to soothe and heal. You can also do a lot to help your scalp by using products that are gentle on your skin instead of harsh cleansing ingredients found in most shampoos.  To find a good shampoo for scalp eczema look for one that doesn’t contain sulphates (a harsh foaming agent called a surfactant) and instead contains natural surfactants like yukka or coconut.Scalp eczema and other scaly scalp conditions can be eliminated by understanding what to avoid and what you can use at home to nourish and heal your scalp.


Title:
Cause Of Childhood Obesity Explained

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373

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Many people believe that the cause of childhood obesity is due to over eating and laziness and to an extent they are right but the main cause of childhood obesity are two reasons. The child’s DNA and their parents. If people in the child's family have been struggling with weight gain for most of their life then the genes in that child will make them more susceptible to follow the same pattern, but that can be prevented by healthy eating and exercise which is where the parents...


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Many people believe that the cause of childhood obesity is due to over eating and laziness and to an extent they are right but the main cause of childhood obesity are two reasons. The child’s DNA and their parents. If people in the child's family have been struggling with weight gain for most of their life then the genes in that child will make them more susceptible to follow the same pattern, but that can be prevented by healthy eating and exercise which is where the parents come in. Children imitate their parents behaviour so if the parents were to eat healthily and live active lifestyles the child is sure to follow but in this day and age that is not the case and because more adults are going down the road of obesity more children are following them and ultimately suffering at the same hand of fate as their parents although it could easily be prevented!

Parents have the most influence on their child's life, they have the power to show the child that over eating and that lack of exercise is not acceptable in a young person’s life and this is the cause of obesity problems later on in life. Obesity has some dreadful side affects and day to day life can be very unpleasant and simple tasks such as climbing stairs, taking a shower and other general things take more time and more effort because of the extra weight. This is even worse for a child, they need to be active and have fun!

The causes of childhood obesity are not so severe that obesity can be avoided! If you we teach oour children how to live an active and healthy lifestyle there is no reason why they should become obese even if they’re family are full of obese people! Obesity is a cause and effect disease it is caused by several things over eating being the man one and the effects are horrible which complicated medical problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure and coronary heart disease! Childhood obesity can be avoided so lets try and do that, lets avoid it and help our children lead happy healthy lives with no health problems or emotional setbacks!


Title:
Cause Of Obesity In The World Today

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Why are people obese? What causes it? Is it due to laziness and unhealthy living? On the other hand, is it due to genetic make up? Medical researcher shave investigated into the causes of obesity and their findings support all of these theories. They have come up with the fact that it is not only one thing that makes you obese it is several factors.

Genetic make up plays a large part when it comes to obesity and the cause of it. If you family members before hand have strug...


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Why are people obese? What causes it? Is it due to laziness and unhealthy living? On the other hand, is it due to genetic make up? Medical researcher shave investigated into the causes of obesity and their findings support all of these theories. They have come up with the fact that it is not only one thing that makes you obese it is several factors.

Genetic make up plays a large part when it comes to obesity and the cause of it. If you family members before hand have struggled to control their weight then you will ultimately suffer the same fate. I am not saying that you cannot stop it, of course you can. It takes a lot of time and hard work to prevent it but following a proper diet plan with exercise is a great way to prevent obesity falling upon you. So yes, the cause of obesity does sometimes boil down to your DNA.

Laziness and unhealthy living plays major part to the cause of obesity also. When you eat and you do not exercise, the energy from food is not used and is then stored as fat, the more fat your store the bigger you get and the more obese you become! Steps can be taken to prevent obesity by following a healthy living plan. The government have invested a lot of money into showing people how to live a healthy lifestyle, there are books, adverts and leaflets available to the public for information on how to live a healthy life. There are also slimming clubs and diets that can be joined to help you shed the weight.

The cause of obesity is due to a variety of factors that all need to be addressed and sorted out. If you are struggling with obesity then you need to seek out help, although you do not have to look very far! Doctors and friends are always there to offer support advice and help when it comes to struggling with obesity. The cause of obesity can also be medical related but that is not always the case, people are just sometimes to lazy!


Title:
Cause Of Primary Pulmonary Hypertension

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It is strange but true that the exact Cause of Primary Pulmonary Hypertension is yet to be ascertained. However, researchers in this regard suggest that certain diet drugs (appetite suppressants) can make a person more prone to developing this fatal condition.


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primary pulmonary hypertension, cause of primary pulmonary hypertension , primary pulmonary hypertension attorney, primary pulmonary hypertension complication


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It is strange but true that the exact Cause of Primary Pulmonary Hypertension is yet to be ascertained. However, researchers in this regard suggest that certain diet drugs (appetite suppressants) can make a person more prone to developing this fatal condition.

Primary Pulmonary Hypertension is basically a disorder of the blood vessels wherein the pressure in the pulmonary artery rises above normal levels, thereby posing a life-threatening risk. Several diseases or causative factors, largely unknown, may lead to the malfunctioning denoted by the term Primary Pulmonary Hypertension.

Research done in recent times point out that A mutation in the gene denoted BMPR2 Causes Primary Pulmonary Hypertension. Researchers have sensed that other genes may also possibly lead to causing Primary Pulmonary Hypertension. It is also probable that other genes can contribute to the development of the disease in people, together with the known mutation of the BMPR2 gene. The disease is thereby inheritable via genes.

Most cases of Primary Pulmonary Hypertension are, however, found to be not inherited as a result of traits in genes. Cirrhosis of THE liver, stimulant abuse and H.I.V. infection are often closely associated with Primary Pulmonary Hypertension, though no cause of the disease has been specifically delineated. Conclusive evidence has, however, been found regarding a direct correlation between the usage of appetite suppressants (diet drugs) and the risk of Primary Pulmonary Hypertension. The names of Pondimin and Redux, commonly known as Fen Phen, are important in this regard. These drugs were recommended by hospitals and health centers from the 1970s to late 1990s. The manufacturers and the people prescribing it (doctors and the like) did not have the necessary diligence to discover the severe risk involved in using the drugs. Their ignorance has, thus, been the cause of thousands of people either suffering from the disease or potentially at risk to fall prey to the deadly condition.


Title:
Cause Of Stuttering

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When a person has a stutter or a parent realises that their child is developing a stutter they often want to find out the cause. So what causes a stutter?


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stutter, stuttering, speech therapy, stuttering cure, stuttering course, stuttering treatment


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When a person has a stutter or a parent realises that their child is developing a stutter they often want to find out the cause. So what causes a stutter?

The answer is many things can trigger someone starting to stutter. These are some of them:
It can be a traumatic event
It can run in the family
People may copy a friend at school who has a stutter and then it sticks An over aggressive relative

Last year I had a female client who told me how she had developed a stutter. She was fluent until the age of twenty four. At this age she became pregnant for the first time, she was very happy and excited about the prospects about becoming a mother.

She was apprehensive about the birth and her friends had been winding her up telling her how painful the experience is. She knew that they were only teasing and tried to keep relaxed.

The day of the birth arrived and unfortunately the delivery was particulary hard and she was extremely shocked about how bad it actually was. After the birth of the baby, who was a healthy boy she developed the stutter.

Not all people who stutter have it from an early age, another one of my clients was fluent until the age of nineteen. At this age he had a car crash and this was the trigger to him starting to stutter.

Stephen Hill


Title:
Caution Is Advised Before Undergoing Chelation Therapy

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Chelation therapy is the use of chelating agents to remove heavy metal ions from the body. Chelation (pronounced Kee la shun) therapy started during World War I when poison gas (Lewisite) affected soldiers were treated with a chelating agent Dimercapol also known as British Anti Lewisite (BAL). BAL had severe and painful side effects but was the only known antidote for the arsenic based poison gas at that time.

With the advancement in medicines many chelating agents were d...


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Chelation therapy is the use of chelating agents to remove heavy metal ions from the body. Chelation (pronounced Kee la shun) therapy started during World War I when poison gas (Lewisite) affected soldiers were treated with a chelating agent Dimercapol also known as British Anti Lewisite (BAL). BAL had severe and painful side effects but was the only known antidote for the arsenic based poison gas at that time.

With the advancement in medicines many chelating agents were developed in the US, USSR and England which do not have as severe side effects as BAL. There are other chelating agents which have been developed to nullify the effects of harmful metallic ions. Some of them are:

BAL  : British Anti Lewisite
EDTA : Dietheylene triamine pentaacetic acid
DMSA : Dimercaptosuccinic acid
DMPS : Dimercapto-propane sulfonate
ALA  : Alpha lipoic acid
Ca Na2 –EDTA : Calcuium disodium versante
D-Penicillamine
Deferosamine
Deferoxamine

Chelation therapy is conventionally used for treatment of heavy metal poisoning like mercury, arsenic, plutonium, lead and iron, (as in thalassemia). It is only used in acute cases where the poisoning is so high as to justify chelation therapy. The chelating agents are treated orally or intravenously or intramuscularly depending on the type of poisoning. Chelation therapy is also used for treatment of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), autism caused by mercury by alternative medicine practitioners but the efficacy of chelation therapy is not proven for these ailments. Chelation therapy involves undergoing 20 to 50 infusions depending on the type of patient.

Chelating agents work by forming a water soluble compound with the harmful metal ions in the blood. This water soluble compound flows through the blood stream and is cleaned by kidneys and the liver.

It has been claimed widely that Chelation therapy is efficacious in treatment of people with fatty buildups of plaque in their arteries (atherosclerosis). Atherosclerosis is the main cause of heart attack and stroke where in fatty deposits in the arteries constrict the arteries. Calcium is a constituent of this fatty deposit. Chelation therapists claim that the chelating agents remove the calcium from the deposit and thus the artery gets cleared. However the problem with this theory is that the chelating agent cannot penetrate the cell wall and get to the calcium deposit. Further the chelating agent has more affinity for other ions than for calcium.

The proponents of chelation therapy like American College for Advancement of Medicine ACAM (a private organization) and few parent organizations have widely supported Chelation therapy. One example of successful use of chelation therapy is of Mr.Harold Mc Cluskey a nuclear worker who had been poisoned by americium and was later treated successfully by chelation therapy. Further high sulfur foods like onions, garlics, seaweeds etc,. are being used as “chelating agents” due to folklore. MSM and NAC have also been used as sulfur supplements. However they are not chelating agents as the double bond with the metal ion is not involved and these compounds have mono thiols whereas chelating agents have di-thiols.

The opponents of chelation therapy have pointed to the dangers of chelation therapy like hypocalcaemia and mainstream medicine has rejected the claims of chelation therapists. Caution is advised before undergoing chelation therapy.


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Caution: Hidden Sodium Inside Common Processed Foods

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Salt is not just to perk up the flavor of dishes but is also essential to maintaining a good health.  While sodium deficiency can be problematic, excessive salt intakes have been associated with diseases and other conditions, such as hypertension and stomach cancer.


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metabolism, vomiting, muscle cramps, nausea, heart disease, obesity


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When food tastes quite bland, a sprinkling of table salt usually does the trick. Instantly, it perks up the flavor of the dish.  But salt is not just for seasoning.  It is also essential to maintaining good health. The human body needs a good balance of salt and water for metabolism. This careful balance between salt and water regulates the electrolytes inside and outside of the body's cells. Salt is a chemical compound that combines sodium and chloride. It also maintains the correct volume of circulating blood and tissue fluids of the body. Our source of salt comes from food and water, while our body loses salt through urine, perspiration, vomiting and diarrhea. Loss of body salt may cause the level of fluid in the blood to drop. Losing too much salt in the body can lead to muscle cramps, nausea, dizziness, and vomiting. Eventually lack of salt can lead to shock, coma, and death.

While sodium deficiency can be problematic, excessive salt intakes have been associated with diseases and other conditions, such as hypertension and stomach cancer.  Studies revealed that Americans eat nearly two teaspoons of salt daily, considered to be more than double the amount they need for good health. The culprit is not the table salt-shaker. Neither is the cook.  Most of the sodium is hidden inside common processed foods like stuffing mix, gravy, and all those ingredients for your holiday goodies. Public health specialists filed a petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as part of their clamor for government intervention to require food manufacturers to cut down on sodium content in the products they bring to the market. Their campaign is part of their fight heart disease. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), a consumer advocacy group, and food makers held an unprecedented, closed-door meeting on how to reduce sodium.

The American Medical Association (AMA) says that reducing sodium content in processed and restaurant foods by fifty percent within 10 years could wind up saving 150,000 lives annually.  However, food manufacturers argue that it would take a tremendous investment on the part of the government and the industry to come up with sodium alternatives that works well with food. On the other hand, studies show that people who get used to eating less salt even in just a few months usually find their old foods too salty.
High blood pressure is experienced by at least one in three U.S. adults and almost 1 billion people worldwide. On the other hand, hypertension is a leading cause of heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure. Aside from obesity and inactivity, too much salt also raises blood pressure. While the average American consumes between 3,300 and 4,000 milligrams of sodium a day, the recommended daily requirement set by the government is 2,300 mg a day as the safe upper limit. But the Institute of Medicine says that 1,500 mg a day, a little less for older adults, is enough to regulate the body's fluid balance.
Freezing technology can help bring down the sodium level of some frozen vegetables, though other foods may get saltier.  Now that the holidays are fast approaching, Thanksgiving dinner alone can easily reach those limits. Think of the stuffing, gravy, salt-injected turkey, biscuit, dinner roll and the pumpkin pie. Homemade cooking, however, can help you regulate the sodium content of the ingredients and recipes.


title:Celedrin - The Natural way to be Free from Pain
author:Keith Woolley
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Celedrin - The Natural way to be Free from Pain
When most people think of Celadrin, what comes to mind is usually basic information that's not particularly interesting or beneficial. But there's a lot more to Celadrin than just the basics.
Celadrin – or cetyl myristoleate - is one of a number of supplements taken by arthritis sufferers, but it really came into its own recently when the government withdrew popular painkillers like Vioxx from the market due to health concerns. This left many arthritis suffers with no option but to consider an operation to relieve their pain. An operation – or a supplement like Celadrin? Many decided to try the less invasive option first.
Traditionally, doctors have not been keen to offer supplements to their patients, but many are increasingly coming to see that products like Celadrin may be a suitable alternative for those people who for some reason cannot - or choose not to - have an operation.
A scientist who was trying to understand why he couldn’t induce arthritis into mice discovered Celadrin about a decade ago. It contains a blend of eight stable fatty acids that can easily penetrate cell membranes and by providing lubrication to the cell membranes and decreasing inflammation it supports joint health. In fact, research has shown that it definitely improves not only the range of motion in a joint affected by arthritis, but balance, strength and endurance were also improved.
Placebo-controlled studies in 2002 showed that the subjects were able to perform several day-to-day functions like climbing stairs and even simply walking that had been painfully difficult before. Some subjects were even able to return to jogging, an exercise that had been impossible for some time due to the pain and stiffness experienced from arthritis. 
Is everything making sense so far? If not, I'm sure that with just a little more reading, all the facts will fall into place.
University bio-chemist Dr. Daniel Gallaher PhD, prescribes Celadrin for many of his patients and has had no side-effects reported. The pills may need be taken for at least two months before improvement is noticed, though in some cases this time is considerably shorter. Some patients have noted a dramatic improvement within a few days of applying the lotion.
Daniel Hoeffal MD, advises his patients to take the product scientifically. That is, no more than one supplement at a time and stick to the instructions on the bottle. If several supplements are taken at once, there is no way of determining which was the one responsible for giving relief.
Celadrin comes in pill form and topical lotion and is quite affordable compared to some other supplements, with the pills costing about $12.00 a bottle and the lotion half that. It is available as a stand-alone product, or combined with other products such as Glucosamine
Always consult your health care professional before taking supplements, as some can interfere with the absorption of other medications, while others may change how internal organs function, cause blood pressure or clotting.
This article's coverage of the information is as complete as it can be today. But you should always leave open the possibility that future research could uncover new facts.
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Title:
Celexa And Cymbalta As Anxiety Treatments

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There are several drugs to help alleviate anxiety problems. Celexa is designed to target anxiety specifically, while cymbalta can also be used as an anti-depressant.


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There are several drugs to help alleviate anxiety problems. Celexa is designed to target anxiety specifically, while cymbalta can also be used as an anti-depressant.


Article Body:
Stress and anxiety have become such an integral part of modern urban life, and it is no wonder that the market now is riddled with numerous drugs designed to lower these all-too-common human problems. It is not exaggeration to say that most people living and working in the city, particularly those climbing up the government bureaucracy or the corporate ladder, have had to take a “chill pill” or two. The fact is, with the modern world's focus on success and the “bottom line,”  the average Joe always lacks the time to unwind and vent.  Some,with utter resignation, would just point to the mysterious signs on the back of the US dollar and understand why they have to be “slaves” even in the 21st century.

Of course, this particular situation is a veritable goldmine for folks who make the aforementioned “chill pills.” Stress, fear, anxiety, and whatever else might fit into their category all have a drug or two that is designed to help deal with the effects. These drugs, which often tackle certain chemical transmitters in the central nervous system, can sometimes be made to target a number of conditions at once. However, it is generally more common to see drugs that target either specific or related conditions.

A prime example of this would be Cymbalta, an anti-anxiety and anti-depression drug. While by no means an obvious choice, Cymbalta for anxiety is gaining ground for being an effective medication for dealing with anxiety problems. Recent studies have shown that using Cymbalta for anxiety disorders is on the increase, though it is not quite as obvious a choice as cymbalta use for depression. This is likely due to the availability of more prominent medications that are on the forefront, whereas cymbalta for anxiety treatment is relatively new.

Celexa anxiety medication is also gaining ground in terms of commercial use and doctor-preference.  Celexa anxiety treatment also works by targeting the central nervous system but the set of neurotransmitters and receptors in the brain are different.  Celexa anxiety drugs have not been found to have any noticeable or significant effects on other psychological disorders, though research is still being conducted in this regard. Celexa anxiety prescriptions are really no more frequent than other potential anxiety treatments, though there are several patient testimonials that attest to the efficacy of celexa anxiety pills.

Of course, celexa anxiety and cymbalta for anxiety are not the only anti-anxiety medications on the market. There are still several other drugs out there, with similarities and differences from the examples mentioned above. A vast majority of them affect the chemical component of the central nervous system, which is believed to be the non-mental root of most anxiety-related disorders.


title:Celiac Disease
author:Andy Casasanta
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2374.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
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Celiac Disease is a digestive disorder found in patients who are genetically susceptible, with the resulting damage to the small intestine by an interference with the absorption of nutrients. The main culprit with Celiac Disease is a protein called Gluten. These proteins are found in all forms of main stream and non-mainstream wheat products. Such as durum semolina, spelt, einkorn, kamut and related grains such as rye, barley, and oats. Damage to the mucus on the surface of the small intestine is caused by a toxic reaction to the ingestion of gluten.
Effects Of:
With Celiac Disease the villi,which are the tiny hair-like projections in the small intestine, shrink and eventually disappear. This is the destructive reaction to Celiac Disease. Damaged villi interferes with the body's ability to absorb nutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, and even possibly water and bile salts. If left untreated, damage to the small bowel can be life threatening, posing an increased risk of many disorders.
If Left Untreated:
Iron deficiency, Anemia, Vitamin K deficiency, Vitamin deficiencies such as folate, B12, B6, or an iron deficiency, and other mineral deficiencies, Other food sensitivities.
Symptoms May Include:
Abdominal cramping,gas,and bloating.Diarrhea or constipation. Fluctuation of weight(loss or gain), fatigue, weakness, lack of energy, and all thats associated with with lack of energy.
Possible Treatment:
There is no treatment or cure for Celiac Disease. Except for a lifelong adherence to a strict gluten-free diet. When gluten is removed from the diet, the small intestine will begin to heal and general health will be improved. You may want to consider supplementation for any deficiencies. Consult your doctor about this. Lifestyle changes are in order for the Celiac sufferer. Become a label reader. If you are unsure about a certian food or ingredient, stay away and learn to identify ingredients that may contain that hidden gluten. Be very diligent. Be aware that hidden gluten can be hiding in some unlikely foods such as low or non-fat products, deli meats, soups, hard candies, soy sauce, even salad dressings. If there is no label to read such as candy in a dish, stay away, again be very diligent.
Gluten may also be used as a binder in prescription medicines. Again ask youre doctor about Gluten in medications.
Alcohol that's properly distilled shouldn't contain any harmful gluten. Research indicates that the peptide is too large to carry over in the distillation process. Beer is a definite no-no. You might want to consider staying away from alcohol altogether (like the author of this site). This might seem drastic to some but our health is at stake. Wine from the Liquor store might bother youre stomach, like it does mine possibly because of Sulfites as a preserative to give it a longer shelf life. Home made Wine wthout any added ingredients in moderation seems to be O.K.
Sometimes Gluten products are added to alcohols and Vinegars after the distilling process and should be avoided intirely. Malt vinegars are not distilled and therefore are not gluten-free. This in a nutshell is what Celiac Disease is. I might have left out some details, I'm not a doctor. But, I am a Celiac sufferer and I know what Celiac's go through.
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Title:
Celiac Disease and Diabetes

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309

Summary:
Managing one health problem can be difficult, particularly when it involves sticking rigidly to a restricted diet.  Having celiac disease and diabetes is unfortunate but not impossible.

This article offers strategies to ccombine both diets with the minimum of fuss.


Keywords:
celiac disease. gluten free, coeliac, gluten intolerance, diabetes, multiple health problems, positive thinking, celiac disease and diabetes, gluten-free, celiac sprue, special diet


Article Body:
Living with multiple health problems can complicate things.  As a diabetic balancing the levels of carbohydrates, (starches and sugars) with the level of insulin requires thought and discipline.  You should always consult your doctor and dietician for specific advice.

People with type 1 diabetes are at greater risk of developing celiac disease.  It follows that they will need to manage a diet which controls both conditions.  The diets do sit perfectly well together, but it needs careful planning.

In principle the same rules apply to your diet, whatever the problem.  As a diabetic you need to eat a well-balanced diet. The one area of difficulty is managing your carbohydrate intake with gluten-free versions.  You can find gluten-free carbohydrates in potatoes, rice, wild rice, buckwheat, maize, millet, sago, tapioca, corn flour, soya, polenta, flax, sorghum, linseed, gram flour, cargeenan, urd, channa (chickpea flour), quinoa, arrowroot, codex wheat starch, corn pasta, pure rice noodles, gluten-free pastas are available, as are gluten-free versions of bread.

Here are 5 rules to ennsure you get the most out of your life:

Become well informed about both conditions.  Be clear what you can and cannot eat, what alternatives there are and where you can get them.

Plan ahead-always take a supply of suitable gluten-free carbohydrates and insulin with you.  Planing ahead includes involving school, friends and other organizations of your needs.

Take control of your life, you are a person who happens to have celiac disease and diabetes.  You are not defined by these conditions.

Confidence grows out of knowing what you can and cannot eat.  Instead of tackling the conditions as two sets of restrictions, combine the needs of both.  Having both diabetes and celiac disease is unfortunate but it is important to be positive and take control.


Live life to the full.  Try new things, push out the boundaries and the sky is the limit!


Title:
Celiac Sprue? You Need To Go Gluten Free!

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If you are suffering from severe and chronic abdominal pain and bloating after meals, have excessive gas, or have large bulky stools that may have blood in them, you need to go to a doctor. While there are many causes for this set of symptoms including dysentery and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (which can only be treated with medications), it may be something called celiac sprue which is treated simply with a change in diet to a gluten free diet.

Celiac sprue is an allergic ...


Keywords:
gluten free


Article Body:
If you are suffering from severe and chronic abdominal pain and bloating after meals, have excessive gas, or have large bulky stools that may have blood in them, you need to go to a doctor. While there are many causes for this set of symptoms including dysentery and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (which can only be treated with medications), it may be something called celiac sprue which is treated simply with a change in diet to a gluten free diet.

Celiac sprue is an allergic condition of the small bowel that causes inflammation and damage to the lining hindering absorption of nutrients. This is why you get the symptoms of malabsorption and intestinal damage (bleeding) described above. You may also have weight loss and suffer from dietary deficiencies like iron deficiency anemia and B12 deficiency neuropathies for example.

The substance that your body is allergic to turns out to be something called gluten that is a protein found in many of the grain products in a typical diet including wheat, rye, barley, etc. The bad thing is that this food product is found in so many things, the good thing is that the treatment for this condition is simple, change your diet. No meds with nasty side effects, no surgeries, no changes in activity, or other limitations. Don't get me wrong I am not saying that changing your diet and avoiding a common ingredient is just a walk in the park. But I am saying that this could be much worse than it is and that you can live a "normal" life despite this condition and the gluten free diet that you have to have.

So what about this diet? How much work is it? How much does it cost? What kind of affect will it have on my life? Well another positive thing to focus on is that you have a public health system that has made it easier on you if you have Celiac Sprue. They have made it mandatory for food producers to put labels on their food that show the ingredients and they have also made it a legitimate selling point to be gluten free. The other positive is that there are many similar products that will make staying gluten free easier in terms of acceptable substitute foods. There are helpful lists and recipe books and other resources that can make this process as close to a walk in the park as possible.

The other nice thing about the new diet is that it will have an almost immediate effect on the symptoms, for sure within one week of new diet initiation. The lining of your intestine takes a bit longer but will also return completely to normal. No more embarrassing bodily malfunctions, no more pain, and being able to enjoy meals again! Sounds nice doesn't it?


title:Cellulite Solutions
author:Gavin Walsh
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3188.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
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Cellulite...a womans worse nightmare, but what the hell is it? Well you might know it as orange peel, lumpy mattress, golf ball, dimples or even craters!
Currently Cellulite is said to be caused by connective tissue weakening between the skin and underlying fat. Therefore, fat beneath pushes out slighlty causing the orange peel look.
It's not just you that Cellulite affects. Models, athletes, office workers, mothers are all at risk. There are many factors which contribute and aggravate Cellulite some of which are stress, weight gain, a sedentary lifestyle, hormonal contraceptives and inflamation. While Cellulite affects all shapes and sizes, body fat levels play a large role in worsening the appearance of it.
Have you entered grade 2?! Grade 2 Cellulite is the first stage where the condition is visible. It usually starts on the glutes or on the back of the thighs. What can you do about it? The best form of treatment is to reduce the factors that contribute such as those mentioned above. However the main foundation for any treatment rests with diet and exercise...eat healthy and be active!
Are you overweight? If so the appearance of cellulite can look even worse. There are many pills, creams and oitments offering magical cures. However, most of these products either produce short term or disappointing results.
It is widely accepted that by lowering your body fat and toning your muscles cellulite can be lessened or even correct the appearance. Therefore, its time to begin exercising and start eating that little bit healthier.
Well done, you've decided to make the commitment to exercise but what do you do now? Which exercises, how long for?
The plan...you want to lose weight and tone up. The most important cause of fat gain and losses is your resting metabolic rate, this is the rate at which you burn calories while resting. Its all very well going to the gym and burning calories when you are there but what happens when you're at home? You need to rev up your resting metabolic rate so that you burn more calories when you are sitting at home watching TV. After all, to lose weights all you have to do is burn more calories than you are taking in.
The exercises that you need to know! First off cardio, idealy 5 times a week for 60 mins. Good forms of cardio include, fast walking, running, cycling, elliptical, etc. However, if you really want to rev your metabolism up you need to do some interval training as this willenable you to burn a faster rate of calories after the exercise is finished. Interval training is repeated bouts of high intensity exercise interupted by short rest periods. Once again, any of the exercises above can be used. An example would be to run for 1 minute at 90-100% of maximum effort, followed by 2-3 mins rest. Repeating this 10-15 times. You should try to interval train twice a week.
Weight Training...you will not get bulky! No! Never! Women simply don't have enough testosterone in their body to get big like men do. Weight training is the core of your cellulite management program. Why i hear you ask. Muscle is the most metabolically active tissue in the body. Weight training helps people lose fat because it burns calories, increases muscle mass which consequently helps increase the amount of calories you burn over a 24 hour period. 2-3 weight training sessions per week is sufficient enough to add muscle mass.
Finally, remember there are many treatments out there offering fantastic results but the true cure lies with eating healthily and exercising. This way you can eliminate excess fat and the appearance of cellulite, even to a point where the cellulite is no longer visible.
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Title:
Central Sleep Apnea

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Central sleep apnea is a rare condition characterized by a cessation or decrease in breathing during sleep due to problem with signals from the brain that control breathing.


Keywords:
Sleep Apnea, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Central Sleep Apnea, Sleep Apnea Machines


Article Body:
Central sleep apnea is a rare condition characterized by a cessation or decrease in breathing during sleep due to problem with signals from the brain that control breathing.

The symptoms of central sleep apnea are loud snoring, hypersomnolence (excessive daytime sleepiness), and restless sleep. The problem of excessive daytime sleepiness (especially while driving, working or talking) develops slowly over years and is noticeable by friends and colleagues. Hypersomnolence and neurocognitive disturbances stand as a cause for automobile or work-related accidents in sleep apnea patients. 

Other symptoms of central sleep apnea include choking or gasping during sleep, unrefreshing sleep, morning headaches, daytime fatigue, personality changes, memory impairment, impaired concentration, poor judgment, mood disturbances, recent weight gain, polyurea, and impotence. 

The hypoxic and hypercapnic drives can be impaired by brain stem lesions or by exposure to recurrent hypoxia and hypercapnia and result in central sleep apnea. The stimulus to breathe instead from the cortex and reticular activating system is lost during sleep and the patient stops breathing, the so-called “Ondine’s curse”. Central sleep apnea can also be caused by another rare condition of bilateral diaphragm paralysis which usually occurs as part of a general neuromuscular condition but in some cases can lead to respiratory failure before general weakness is apparent. 

The most common and effective treatment option for patients of central sleep apnea is assisted overnight ventilation with external devices such as a rocking bed, or cuirasse. A rocking bed prevents cessation of breathing during sleep by pushing the diaphragm up and down by gravity. Another ventilator device of importance is cuirasse. Cuirasse consists of a small shell that fits around the patient and is connected to an intermittent vacuum pump that draws out the chest wall.


Title:
Centuries old beverage contains super antioxidant more powerful than Vitamins C & E

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683

Summary:
Green tea is the new wonder compound containing a super antioxidant more powerful than Vitamin  C & E providing a large array of health benefits  in improving overall health as well as in aiding with weight loss.


Keywords:
green tea benefits, greentea, polyphenols, free radicals, antioxidants, anti oxidant


Article Body:
"If we do not find time to take care of our health, we will reluctantly have to find time for our illness"
-Hippocrates

Lately there's a lot of buzz in the news and online about green tea and its' health benefits, particularly the role of polyphenols in green tea.
Polyphenols are chemical compounds found in fruits, vegetables and green tea and further divided into sub groups called catechins. There are 4 major catechins in green tea of which EGCG ((-)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is the most potent and found in abundance in green tea.


This compound is dubbed the "super antioxidant" because it's more powerful than the popular antioxidants Vitamin E & Vitamin C. This super antioxidant eliminates free radicals, the unstable molecules in the body that are the major cause of both aging and disease, which continually attack the body and leave the body vulnerable to disease.

Free radicals disrupt the biochemical processes within cells, and our body's natural defenses become compromised leading to illness. Free radicals indiscriminately kill cells, destroy enzymes and produce toxic chemicals which cause damage to cellular functions. They are highly reactive molecules; their activities cause damage to critical structures such as DNA, lipids and proteins. All of which are vital for normal cellular function.
Free radicals in the body are toxic forms of reactive oxygen metabolites (ROM). It's ironic that on one hand oxygen sustains us and on the other hand oxygen can be responsible for much of the destruction and aging of our cells. Free radicals are responsible for many ailments including but not limited to aging, cancer, heart disease, stroke and arthritis.

Without an antioxidant line of defense, your cells oxidize or breakdown faster thus speeding up the aging process, it's the free radicals oxidative damage that makes us age.

Since EGCG contained in green tea is a potent antioxidant it neutralizes free radicals and hence is responsible for the health promoting benefits listed below.

 Lower total cholesterol and LDL (bad)-cholesterol levels
 Increase HDL (good)-cholesterol levels
 Reduce the risk of cancer 
 Reduce the risk of heart attack
 Decrease the risk of stroke
 Decrease the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis
 Enhance immune function
 Act as an antibacterial and antiviral agent 
 Help in weight loss
 Boost longevity due to potent antioxidant properties

One cup of green tea usually provides 100-300 mg of polyphenols and contains EGCG in high concentrations. As mentioned above EGCG is believed to possess 100 times more potency as an antioxidant than Vitamin C and at least 25 times more potency than Vitamin E and protects cells and DNA from damage believed to be linked to cancer, heart disease and other potentially fatal illnesses.

Green tea has been used for centuries in China for the health benefits it provides. We're just now scratching the surface of what green tea has to offer, new studies come out constantly that provide data on the effectiveness of green tea against various ailments.

The latest research indicates that green tea may help in Alzheimer's disease by decreasing the production of a protein which in large amounts causes nerve damage and memory loss. All of the benefits of green tea can be attributed to polyphenols, particularly EGCG.

Green tea comes in various dosage forms but the more popular versions are the liquid forms and the patch. The patch seems to be gaining in popularity due to the convenience factor and delivery of the same amount of the active ingredient of green tea at a constant rate. Place the patch on the skin and wear it for 48 hours and replace it every other day. It can't get any simpler than that :-)

As you can see EGCG is an important component of green tea responsible for all of the health benefits listed above. Recent studies also indicate green tea as being effective in promoting weight loss.
Green tea is truly a 'wonder compound' with a large array of benefits for improving health. It's been around for thousands of years and now it has finally been re-discovered for our benefit.


CEREBRAL PALSY

It is a non progressive neuromuscular disorder causing mild to severe disabilities throughout life.This condition is manifested as a group of persisting qualitative motor disorders which appear in young children due to damage to the brain during delivery or due to some pathological conditions in the intrauterine life.The neuroligical problems are multiple but non progressive in nature.Approximately 2 per 100 live birth is having this problem.This disease is having no hereditary tendency.

Causes of cerebral palsy:

1) Injury to the brain during delivery.

2) As a complication of forceps delivery.

3) Lack of oxygen supply to the baby during delivery.

4) Infections during delivery.

Signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy:--

The signs and symptoms may not be similar in all babies affected.Depending upon the damage to the brain there may be mild to severe lesions.

Mild cases:- 20% children will have mild disability.

Moderate cases:-50% cases are having moderate disability.The affected children require self help for assisting their impaired ambulation capacity.

Severe cases:-About 30% of the affected children are totally incapacited and bedridden and they allways need care from others.

Abnormal findings in cerebral palsy:-

1,Abnormal neonatal reflexes.

2,Stiffness of all muscles with awkward motion.
3,Extention of extremities on vertical suspension of the infant.

4,Scissoring of the lower limbs due to spasm of the adductor muscles of the thigh.

5,In severe cases the back bend backwards like and arch.

6,May have total or partial paralysis.

7,Arrest of neurological and behavioral developement.

8,Swallowing may be difficult in some cases.

9,Drooling of saliva.

10,Mild to severe mental retardations.

11,Abnormal movements are seen in some cases.

12,Tremors with typical movements.

13,If cerebellum is affected there will be loss of muscle tone with difficulty in walking.

14,Complete or partial loss of hearing.

15,Speech may be affected.

16,Squint and other visual problems may be associated.

17,Convulsions may be seen in some children.

Cerebral palsy is diagnosed by detailed clinical examination and by eliminating other similar diseases like brain tumour, progressive atrophy ect.All investigations like CT scan,MRI and routine investigations are needed to ruleout other diseases.

Management of carebral palsy:--

General management:

This includes proper nutrition and personal care.  Symptomatic medicines are needed to reduce convulsions and muscle stiffness.  Diazepam can reduce spasticity and athetosis.
Dantrolene sodium helps to relax skeletal muscles.

Physiotherapy:

Here massage,exercise, hydrotherapy and ect are needed.Special training is given to train walking,swallowing and talking.The affected children are also trained to hold articles for routine activities.

Rehabilitation:

Moral and social support should be given to these children.They should be send to special schools where special training can be given by trained staff.Mentally retarded children need special training.Depending up on the disabitity special instruments and machines are given for locomotion and to assist their daytoday activities.

Occupational therapy:

This is given by occupational therapists.They train the disabled people to do some suitable works so that these people can have their own income.

Title:
Cervical Cancer HPV Vaccine

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517

Summary:
Gardasil is a recently released vaccine aimed at protecting women against cervical cancer and the human papilloma virus (HPV) that causes it.


Keywords:
gardisal, hpv, vaccine, cervical cancer, skin, dermatology


Article Body:
Gardasil:
Cervical cancer is caused by a virus many people get in their teens and 20s.  Now there is a vaccine available to protect women from the most common cause of cervical cancer: a virus called HPV.
What is HPV?
HPV (human papillomavirus) is a common virus that affects both females and males.  There are actually more than 100 types of HPV. Most of them are relatively harmless, like the ones that cause common warts on the hands and feet. For most people, the body’s own defense system will clear the virus. However, there are a few types of HPV you should really know about.
Genital HPV:
About 30 types of HPV affect the genital area.
- Some are “high-risk” types (such as HPV Types 16 and 18) that can cause abnormal cervical cells and cervical cancer
 - Others are “low-risk” types (such as HPV Types 6 and 11) that can cause genital warts.
Genital Warts:
Genital warts are usually flesh-colored growths that are most often caused by certain “low-risk” types of HPV.  Anyone who has any kind of sexual activity involving genital contact can get HPV and genital warts – intercourse isn’t necessary.  And many people with HPV do not have genital warts or any other symptoms, so they can pass the virus without even knowing it. The warts may appear within weeks, months – or sometimes not at all.
More common than you might think:
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that 80% of women will have had genital HPV by age 50. It’s estimated that most people get HPV within their first 2 to 3 years of becoming sexually active.
A cancer vaccine?
Gardasil is a vaccine that helps protect against the following diseases (these are diseases caused by the HPV Types in the vaccine (6, 11, 16, and 18)):
- Cervical cancer
- Abnormal and precancerous cervical lesions
- Abnormal and precancerous vaginal lesions
- Genital warts
Gardasil is indicated for girls and women ages 9 through 26. The vaccine is given as a series of three injections at 0, 2, and 6 months. Gardasil is intended to prevent, not treat, the above mentioned diseases.  However, you may benefit from Gardasil if you already have HPV. This is because most people are not infected with all four types of HPV contained in the vaccine. In clinical trials, individuals with one or more vaccine-related HPV types prior to vaccination were protected from disease caused by the remaining vaccine HPV types.
What about women of other ages and men?
The main purpose Gardasil is to protect women against the HPV types that cause cervical cancer.  Men are obviously not at risk for cervical cancer so, at this time, there are no efforts to vaccinate men.  Some men may choose, however, to get the vaccine simply for the partial protection it will give them against contracting genital warts. How effective the vaccine is at protecting men from genital warts has not yet been sufficiently studied. 
The age range for women is based on the fact that HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that most women encounter within the first 2 to 3 years of being sexually active.


Title:
Cervical Radiculopathy: Diagnosing a Pinched Nerve in the Neck

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973

Summary:
A pinched nerve in the cervical spine can be a pain in the neck. It can also cause pain in the shoulder and arm, as well as numbness and weakness.


Keywords:
cervical,radiculopathy,root,pinch,disk,herniated,slipped,emg,mri,myelogram,electromyogram,nerve conduction,diagnosis,weakness,numbness


Article Body:
When a nerve is pinched in the neck’s spinal column, pain can be such a prominent symptom that more subtle, but diagnostic, aspects are overlooked.

By way of background, the spinal cord in the neck is connected to the nerves of the arms through pairs of spinal nerves. These spinal nerves, also known as roots or “radicles,” transmit incoming messages (electrical impulses) from the arms’ nerves concerning sensations of touch, pain, heat and cold on various patches of skin. Additionally, the cervical roots convey outgoing messages (also electrical impulses) through the arms’ nerves to their muscles, causing them to contract.

So when a cervical root is pinched, the pinch can cause not just pain, but--by blocking incoming and outgoing nerve impulses--it can also produce numbness of patches of skin, weakness of muscles, or both. The syndrome caused by the pinch in the neck is called cervical radiculopathy. The suffix “-pathy” means damage or impairment, so radiculopathy means damage or impairment of a radicle (root).

There are four pairs of cervical roots connecting the spinal cord to the arms’ nerves and they are named for the segment of spinal cord to which they are attached--C5, C6, C7 and C8, with the “C” designating cervical. While a pinch of any of these roots typically produces searing, deep pain in the shoulder which preoccupies the unfortunate person who has it, the shoulder pain is the least identifying or diagnostic component of the person’s symptoms.

The pain often shoots into the arm on the affected side, and certain movements of head and neck can worsen or reproduce this pain. While the arm component of the pain is less intense than that felt in the shoulder, its location is often the key to figuring out which root is pinched. Moreover, the pattern of numbness or weakness also varies according to which root is pinched. These patterns are almost identical from person to person and are as follows:

C5 impairment can send pain over the top of the shoulder in the first fourth of the arm which is also where numbness occurs, when present. When there is weakness, it involves the ability to elevate the arm sideways to the level of the shoulder or above. There are no good (rubber-hammer-type) reflexes the doctor can use to test this root.

C6 impairment can send pain as far as the thumb which is also where numbness occurs, when present. When there is weakness, it involves the ability to bend the elbow. The doctor can additionally test for C6 impairment with the biceps-reflex which involves striking a tendon in the crook of the elbow.

C7 impairment can send pain as far as the middle fingers which is also where numbness occurs, when present. When there is weakness, it involves the ability to straighten the elbow. The doctor can additionally test for C7 impairment with the triceps-reflex which involves striking a tendon on the back of the elbow.

C8 impairment can send pain as far as the little finger which is also where numbness occurs, when present. When there is weakness, it involves certain hand-movements, including the ability to join the tips of the thumb and the little finger and also to spread the fingers sideways. There are no good reflexes the doctor can use to test this root.

Having identified the typical syndromes, the next step is to understand what caused the pinch in the first place. It is typically one of two things--a herniated (“slipped”) disk or a bony spur. Younger adults are more likely to have a herniated disk and older adults are more likely to have a bony spur. Disks are soft structures sandwiched between each pair of spinal column bones (vertebral bodies). Their ordinarily tough outer membranes can weaken and allow extrusion of inner disk material--somewhat like toothpaste squeezed out of a tube--into the side-canals through which the spinal roots must pass. This traps and compresses them. Bony spurs, in contrast, are not soft at all. Instead, they are hard ridges of excess bone located on the edges of the back-bones. They are produced by arthritic degeneration. They, too, can trap and compress the spinal roots where they exit the spine.

How is cervical radiculopathy diagnosed? As described, the patient’s history and examination are often very informative and specific. When the pattern of nerve-impairment is ambiguous, tests of nerve and muscle electricity--called nerve conduction studies and electromyography--can help localize the impairment. These electrical tests can also detect impairments in the nerves of the arms which might mimic cervical radiculopathy, but require different medical management.

Until the 1980s myelograms made the best pictures of the pinches occurring in the spine. To perform a myelogram a doctor started with a lumbar puncture (also known as a spinal tap) in the patient’s lower back and injected x-ray dye into the watery space within the membrane covering the spinal cord and its roots. The patient was then tilted so that the dye ran into the corresponding space in the neck. Standard x-ray pictures showed the column of dye together with any indentations of the column caused by a herniated disk or bony spur.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was developed in the 1980s and created similar pictures but without having to do a spinal tap or dye infusion. Computed tomographic (CT) scans, developed in the 1970s, are generally the least useful of the spinal imaging techniques, except when an immediately preceding myelogram has been performed, in which case they can be strikingly helpful. Each of these these imaging tests has its strengths and weaknesses--none of them is always the best--so testing must be tailored to each case.

And how about treatment of this condition? Well, that’s a story deserving its own essay. Stay tuned.

(C) 2005 by Gary Cordingley


Title:
Cervical Radiculopathy: Treating a Pinched Nerve in the Neck

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840

Summary:
There are numerous treatments for a pinched spinal nerve in the neck. However, rigorous evidence of their benefit is scant.


Keywords:
cervical spine,spinal nerve,radiculopathy,cervical spondylosis,herniated disc,spinal surgery,Cloward,collar,physical therapy,physiotherapy,traction,spinal injection


Article Body:
Let's suppose that you have been diagnosed as having a pinched nerve in your neck, also known as cervical radiculopathy. If so, you probably have pain in the neck and one shoulder. The pain might radiate into your arm and you might have weakness or numbness in the arm as well. Moving your neck in certain positions probably worsens the pain.

If you're a younger adult, the pinch could be due to a herniated (slipped) disc. Discs are the soft spacers that separate each pair of stacked neck-bones (vertebrae). If you're an older adult, the pinch is more likely due to a bony spur (spondylosis). In either case, you're in good company. A survey in Sicily showed 3.5 active cases at any one time of cervical radiculopathy per population of 100,000. In Rochester, Minnesota, another survey showed 85 new cases each year of cervical radiculopathy per population of 100,000.

Let's say that your doctor has evaluated you thoroughly by taking a history of your symptoms and performing a physical examination. Perhaps with the additional help of an MRI of your cervical spine (neck) and electrical tests of nerve and muscle function (nerve conduction studies and electromyography) the diagnosis of cervical radiculopathy is deemed definite. Furthermore, there is no sign that the spinal cord itself is pinched. Now what?

Now what, indeed. Choosing a treatment for this condition is far from straightforward. Out of hundreds of published medical reports concerning treatment of cervical radiculopathy, most are case reports or case series. A "case series" translates roughly as: "We gave six patients in a row the same treatment and five of them got better." What can be concluded from a study of this kind? Did the treatment make the patients better or would they have improved anyway? We don't know.

The missing ingredient here is a comparison group of untreated or differently treated individuals known as a control group. The other mark of a quality study is that the chosen treatment is randomized, meaning that the research subjects agreed in advance to be assigned to one treatment group or another based on the equivalent of a coin-toss. So out of the hundreds of published studies involving treatment of this common condition, how many were randomized controlled trials? Unfortunately, the answer is just one.

Liselott Persson, Carl-Axel Carlsson and Jane Carlsson at the University Hospital of Lund, Sweden, randomly allocated 81 patients who had symptoms of cervical radiculopathy present for at least three months to any of three treatments -- surgery, physical therapy or a cervical collar. The patients ranged from 28 to 64 years old and 54% of them were male. The surgeons used the so-called Cloward procedure, removing fragments of protruding discs and spurs through an incision in the front of the neck, and then fusing two neck-bones together by means of a bone-graft. Physical therapy involved 15 sessions over a span of three months and consisted of whatever the physical therapist considered appropriate, variously including any of the following: heat application, cold application, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, massage, manipulation, exercise and education. In the cervical collar group, patients wore rigid, shoulder-resting collars every day for three months. Additionally, some of the subjects wore soft collars overnight.

How did the study turn out? Three of the subjects who were assigned to surgery refused the procedure because they had already improved on their own. For statistical purposes their outcomes were included with those who actually received the operation. After three months the surgery and physical therapy groups reported, on average, less pain. After an additional 12 months patients in all three groups had less pain than at the beginning of the study and the outcomes of each treatment were statistically alike. Measurements of mood and overall function following treatment were likewise equal among the groups.

So, over the long haul, no treatment was better than the others. Of course, within each group some patients did better or worse than others and this spread of outcomes was not reflected in the overall averages. In fact, five patients in the collar group and one patient in the physical therapy group went on to receive surgery owing to lack of satisfactory improvement. In addition, eight patients in the surgery group underwent a second operation that in one case was due to a complication of the first operation.

With this Swedish study representing the only rigorous investigation of treatment outcomes in cervical radiculopathy, there are a number of unanswered questions. For example, what are the effects on cervical radiculopathy of painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, local injections, systematic traction or other forms of surgery? We don't know. What happens if there is no treatment whatsoever? We don't know the answer to that question either.

Thus, in the care of individual patients there is a yin-yang balancing act between the medical edict of "Above all, do no harm" and the practical dictum of "Do what you have to do." This balancing act usually means starting with less intrusive treatments like drugs and physical therapy. If symptoms fail to improve or become unbearable, an operation may be helpful.

(C) 2006 by Gary Cordingley


title:Cetyl Myristoleate for Arthrtis: Science or Speculation
author:Rusty Ford
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_282.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
category:health
article:

There are a lot of fabulous stories about Cetyl Myristoleate (also known as CMO or CM) floating across the Internet. Mine is one of them. There have been a number of articles published in little known journals or magazines. There have been four small booklets published.  One making fantastic claims, all four filled with anecdotal evidence but offering no real research to back up the claims. There are a number of Doctors sharing the results they are having with their patients but so does every other wonder-working product.  The question is, are there any scientific studies to back up any of these claims?  The answer is yes.  To date there are several patient studies and two double blind studies completed.  I will mention the three most prominent below.
Dr Len Sands of the San Diego Clinic completed the first human study on the effectiveness on Cetyl Myristoleate in 1995. There were 48 arthritis patients in this study.  All but two showed significant improvement in articular mobility (80% or better) and reduction of pain (70% or better). Obviously the study had its flaws. One doctor conducted the study, there was no control group and the number of participants was small. Even so, it suggested to many that maybe there was some hope here and that more scientific studies should follow.
The first double blind study followed two years later. Dr. H. Siemandi conducted a double blind study under the auspices of the Joint European Hospital Studies Program.  There were 431 patients in the study, 106 who received cetyl myristoleate, 99 who received cetyl myristoleate, and glucosamine, sea cucumber, and hydrolyzed cartilage and 226 who received a placebo. Clinical assessment included radiological test and other studies. Results were 63% improvement for the cetyl myristoleate group, 87% for the cetyl myristoleate plus glucosamine group and 15% for the placebo group.
In August of 2002, a double blind study was published in the Journal or Rheumatology.  The study included sixty-four patients with chronic knee OA. Half of the patients received a cetyl myristoleate complex and half a placebo. Evaluations included physician assessment, knee range of motion with goniometry, and the Lequesne Algofunctional Index (LAI). The conclusion was that the CM group saw significant improvement while the placebo group saw little to none. In fact in their conclusion the state that CM “may be an alternative to the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for the treatment of OA”.
Advanced Medical Systems & Design, Ltd completed the last study I would like to mention in Oct 2001.  It was not a double blind study but the study included 1814 arthritis patients. The results showed that over 87% of the subjects had greater than 50% recovery and over 65% of those showed from 75% - 100% recovery following a sixteen day regimen. I know that this is not the most scientific study but a study this large does suggest that there could be a positive benefit to the use of CM in the treatment of arthritis.
Conclusion:  There is mounting evidence that CM can be effective in the treatment of many forms of arthritis. While it is true that the evidence from these three studies can not be considered conclusive, it is a beginning. It should challenge you to think out side the box and consider that just because it did not come from a drug company does not mean that it will not work.  With over 10,000 people a year dying from Nsaids would it not be great to find a safer and more effective product. Especially with the cost of prescription treatments for arthritis costing into the hundreds and good Cetyl Myristoleate products can be found for between $20 and $40.
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title:Cetyl Myristoleate Seperating Fact From Fiction
author:Rusty Ford
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_283.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
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I am a strong believer in Cetyl Myristoleate for the treatment of arthritis. For the last three years I have been researching and writing about Cetyl Myristoleate. I am constantly searching for new research and contact and interview every doctor I can find that works with it.  The purpose of the article is to evaluate the claims made about Cetyl Myristoleate on the myriad of web sites that sell it. It you want more information on the research that documents the effectiveness of Cetyl Myristoleate then do a search for my article, “Cetyl Myristoleate: Science or Speculation”.
Cetyl Myristoleate is an Immune Modulator.  This is a tough question.  We do not have any medical research yet that documents that it is an immune modulator. Many doctors believe that it is based on observations of their patients. Some people respond so well it appears that the benefits go beyond joint lubrication and a decreases in inflammation. Base on these results some doctors theorize that it is helping to correct some peoples immune systems.  While this sounds wonderful it is a bold statement to make. I am not ready to call it an immune modulator.
Cetyl Myristoleate is a cure for arthritis. This is not only a bogus claim it is a lie. Not only is it a lie it is illegal to make that claim. If you are at a web site that makes this claim, leave, this person is not the kind of person you want to do business with. They need to be reported to the Federal Trade Commission.
All you need is one 15 or 20 day protocol. There are several companies that make this type of claim. You will notice that the companies that make this claim are among the most expensive.  I believe that they use this to justify their high prices. Who would pay this price on a regular bases. While the double blind studies show that many people start finding relief in this amount of time, they were all short term studies and did not evaluate how long the results lasted.  Every doctor I have talked to has disagreed with this statement. The people who find relief from Cetyl Myristoleate usually start seeing good results by the two week mark. But they continue to improve for the next two to four weeks. Almost everyone who discontinues use finds that with in a couple of weeks their symptoms begin to return. But they also find that once they max out their benefit they need much less to maintain that level of relief.
Cetyl Myristoleate helps 97% if the people who use it. I have seen this claim several times. It is simply not true. The research does not back it up and neither do those doctors who use it in practice. The percentage is closer to 70%. Of course the percentage changes depending on the type of arthritis you have.  With nearly 100 types of arthritis nothing is going to work well on every type.
Cetyl Myristoleate is an anti aging agent. This is a powerful marketing tool. Every one wants to look and stay young. There is no research to back up this claim. Some of the doctors I have talked to believe it base on their observations. I have over a dozen family members and friends who take CM faithfully and none of us look younger. Yet almost all of us feel younger because we can now do things again that we had to give up because of our arthritis. If this is what they are talking about I concur. But if they are claiming it will make you younger or keep you from aging I think they are stretching it.
It is necessary to take digestive enzymes with Cetyl Myristoleate. This is a hard one. I personally do not think everyone does. Some people have a hard time digesting fats. If taking CM causes you stomach upset then you need to take a digestive enzyme. Make sure it has lipase because it is the enzyme that digests fat.
Cetyl Myristoleate will help you grow new cartilage. This is another unfounded claim. There is nothing in CM to help you grow cartilage. Once the inflammation is down then your body may find it easier to replace the cartilage damaged by the inflammation.
Will Cetyl Myristoleate help me with my arthritis? I would like to end the article with the question most ask of me. The answer is I do not know. All I can say is the research and my experience and the experience of the doctors I have talked to says that there is a 60% to 70% chance. Be reasonable about your expectations. CM is not going to repair bone damage, remove calcium deposits or repair other types of damage created by your arthritis. If you decide to try it do not pay too much. There is no need to pay $50, $80, $100 dollars or more. There are several good products in the $20 to $50 range. If the first bottle does not work for you do not waste your money on a second.
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title:Chakras 101
author:Sam Stevens
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_1787.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
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The chakras are different coloured energy centres that originate from seven different points in our body. Chakra is a Sanskrit (East Indian) word that means "Wheel". For millennia the chakras have been visualized as round balls, blossoms or spheres of light that can open, close, darken, brighten and spin! The location of each of the seven chakras represents a different aspect of human experience. Our emotions, ability to connect with others and physical health are thought to be reflected in the condition of each chakra.
Seeing your own chakras requires mental focus and powers of meditation. Remember these are imaginary entities that were invented by great mystics thousands of years before medical technology. The manipulation of these spheres or wheels of light, particularly the brightening and opening of them is thought, by many, to relieve a variety of ailments.
There are seven main chakra centres in the human body and the correspond with the seven colours of the rainbow or light spectrum:
The Red Chakra, also often referred to as the Root, First or Base chakra is at the base of the trunk of the body and is thought to correspond to the sex drive and to primal drives such as the desire to procreate, survive and destroy. This is the chakra to work on if you are having troubles with your health.
The Orange Chakra, sometimes called the Second, Sexual or Spleen chakra is in the abdomen and relates to the lower digestive organs. It corresponds to our ability to physically digest and eliminate food, emotionally digest events and process them in a healthy way and emotions such as joy or affection. This is the chakra to work on if you are having trouble letting go.
The Yellow Chakra, sometimes called the Third, Stomach or Solar plexus chakra is located in the upper stomach area just below the rib cage. It is the centre where we connect to others on an astral level and it relates to our abilities to transform or manifest events.
The Green Chakra is located in the chest and is related to the lungs and heart. It is sometimes called the Fourth or Heart chakra. It represents the flow of energy and flow of love in our lives as well as our ability to connect to others.
The Blue Chakra, sometimes called the Fifth, Thyroid or Throat chakra relates to the immune system, the regulation of hormones. It represents our ability to communicate effectively with others as well as creative and personal expression.
The Indigo Chakra, sometimes known as the Sixth chakra or the Third Eye, is located just slightly above and between the eyebrows on the forehead. It is related to the pituitary gland and mental and spiritual processes, as well as intuition, second sight.
The Violet Chakra, also sometimes known as the Crown chakra, the Seventh chakra, the White chakra or the lotus chakra is located at the top of the head. It is thought to be the gateway or connection to the spirit world, ascended masters and the higher self. It is the receptor of divine wisdom and divine inspiration.
When functioning well, the chakras are thought to be a conduit for the constant flow of energy through out our bodies. If these chakras are blocked, slowed in their spinning, darkened or not working, then you can correct this imbalance by imagining them being cleared from negative energies such as resentment, fear or trauma. Tuning up your chakras can make an enormous difference to your sense of well-being in general as they conduct the natural flow of energy through our bodies. Chakras that are blocked are thought to cause physical disease and emotional and spiritual dis-ease. Common blockages are negative emotions, the desire to hurt, being emotionally hurt, and the holding on to of fears and resentment and sometimes past life issues. The chakras interact with each other in a constant dancing of the spheres that extends outside our bodies. They exist in a constant state of renewal that can be enhanced by meditation, creative visualization, light working and breath work.
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Title:
Chamomile - A Natural Sleeping Aid

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528

Summary:
This article tackles the area of chamomile wherein it helps depress the hectic    and stressful feeling of the body, therefore making the person feel good, calm,    relaxed, and ready to sleep. It not only induces sleep, but also helps in settling    upset stomachs.


Keywords:
natural sleeping aid


Article Body:
There is no better feeling like ending a long hard day's work by lying down and crawling under the cool sheets of a soft bed, closing one's eyes, away from the harsh and stressful scenes of reality. For many people, the only time that they can be at peace with themselves and be truly alone is during the blissful time of sleep.

There can be a number of things that might interfere with one's sleep.  Stress due to financial or relationship problems, sickness, and even other unknown causes could make a person suffer from sleeplessness.   For people who suffer from sleeplessness or even insomnia, the immediate source of relief is often sought in sleeping aids.  Still, these people remain reluctant about using such medications due to known side effects.  For them, the only thing that matters is to have normal sleep, and wake up in the morning feeling good and refreshed, ready for another day of work --- hopefully, without the need to use any chemicals or medicines the night before. 

So what are the alternatives to sleep aid medications? 

One such alternative is trying an all-natural option called Chamomile Tea. This kind of tea is recognized as one of the best all natural sleeping aid beverages in the market.  The typical day at work comes with a big serving of stress.  Millions of busy career men and women try to get through the day with a huge cup of coffee.  The caffeine is supposed to keep them awake, alert, and ready for the challenges of the workplace.  But after office hours, they can try to unwind by sipping the natural sleeping aid that can be found in a serving of chamomile tea.  This tea is the perfect counterbalance for settling down the nerves before going to bed. Chamomile tea has been shown to work as a mild depressant, thus bringing the nerves down to a manageable level before trying to sleep. Adding to the depressant effects on the nervous system, this natural sleeping aid can help for those who are having a bad experience with caffeine which can wreak havoc on one's digestive system, leading to an upset stomach at night, particularly when lying down. Chamomile tea has properties that are known to settle the stomach, as well as the nerves.

There is a little disagreement within the scientific community as to whether chamomile provides the effects that have long been attributed to it.  Either way, while they are all out to know more on the exact effects and properties, it woudn't hurt to give chamomile a try. There are few if any reports of adverse effects about this natural sleeping aid, so perhaps sitting with a warm cup of chamomile and finding time to relax would help. 

The best timing for a cup of chamomile would usually be a half-hour to an hour before one intends to go to bed. In addition to chamomile, try avoiding distractions and stimuli. Turn off the television, minimize interactions with other family members,  and avoid other things distractive or those that are not conducive to sleep. Reading a book can also be an excellent way to stir up the sleeping hormones.


Title:
CHAMOMILE: A Reliable Herbal Muscle Relaxant

Word Count:
665

Summary:
Inspite of modern advances in medicine, some herbal treatment remains to be popular in the treatment of various ailments.


Keywords:
herbal muscle relaxant,natural muscle relaxant,over the counter muscle relaxant,sleeping pill


Article Body:
Herbal medicine is a traditional practice of treating ailments with the use of plants and its extracts.  We all know that long before the advent of medical science and technology, people in ancient times would rely on the efficacy of certain plants and its extracts in curing various ailments such as stomach pain, head ache, skin infections as well as in the treatment of wounds.  The use of herbs as remedy to treat many types of diseases remains to be popular even in this new millenium where significant advances in medicine have been made alongside increased sophistication in medical technology and pharmacology.

Nowadays, herbal medicines are no longer limited to the traditional fresh or dried plants.  They come in the form of tablets, capsules, powders or teas.  The scent and flavors of these herbs have therapeutic benefits such as the chamomile plant which can be an effective natural muscle relaxant.

Medicinal Chamomile

Chamomile is very popular in Europe and has been widely used as for thousands of years as treatment for a number of ailments, such as sleep disorders, stress, anxiety, depression, digestion problems, intestinal conditions, skin infections or inflammation (including eczema), wound healing, infantile colic, teething pains, and diaper rash.

There are several varieties of the chamomile herbs. Chamomile varieties with medicinal properties include the German Chamomile (Matricaria Recutita) and Roman Chamomile (Chamaemelum Nobile)). Both varieties are known to have the same medicinal properties but the German Chamomile has a less bitter taste quality while the Roman Chamomile is known for its sweet and unique scent especially when warmed up by the sun. A special blue oil component, called azulenes, is responsible for its sweet, distinctive aroma.  Other active compositions include bisabol, flavonoids, apiginine, luteoline, chamazulene, matricine and flavonoids.  But regardless of variety or type, the chamomile's main characteristic is its sedative properties or effects.

Sedative Properties     

Though there are a number of over-the-counter muscle relaxants and sleeping pills that are readily available, some people still prefer the soothing and relaxing effects that a chamomile treatment brings. 
In the United States, chamomile is popularly known as an ingredient in herbal tea preparations usually advertised for its mild sedating effects.  The sedative properties of chamomile are used in sleep disorders and as a muscle relaxant in the treatment of such illnesses as menstrual pain, neuralgia, tooth ache and tension headaches. Taking Chamomile Tea before going to bed has long been used to induce sleep in children as well as in adults and promotes a very deep, relaxed, and restful sleep. Aside from aiding in the treatment of insomia, the flower essence of Chamomile is known to relieve stress, tension, anxiety, and depression among others.

Aside from its sedative properties, chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties that is useful in reducing the inflammation caused by gout and arthritis when taken internally.  Moreover, it can also have external application such as adding chamomile essence in your bath to relieve hemorrhoid problems; as a chamomile wash for inflamed eyes; or as an anti-inflammatory agent for inflamed gums, inflamed skin conditions, and sore throat.

The third effect of chamomile is its carminative properties which brings about a calming action on the stomach and eases digestive problems, minimizing heartburn cases, reducing hyper acidity conditions and inhibits the formation of ulcers. 
Aside from being used as a healing remedy for hysteria and other nervous afflictions, Chamomile has been known for other benefits such as reviving a withered plant in a vase or when planted in a garden, it can heal the ailing plants and prevent disease in other plants that is why it is aptly called a “plant's physician.”

However, although chamomile has a reputation as a gentle medicinal plant and has been widely use especially in Europe,  there is not enough reliable research in humans and  there are many reports of allergic reactions in people after eating or coming into contact with chamomile preparations.  It is best to still seek medical to avoid possible drug interaction which may lead to life-threatening situations.


Title:
Chamomile: The Sacred Herbal Muscle Relaxer

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532

Summary:
The article is about Chamomile, a so-called sacred herb that

has been in use since the ancient times because of its many

curative and healing powers. This article features the many

benefits of the herb which is also best known as the best

herbal muscle relaxer. Chamomile is the safest and confident

choice.


Keywords:
herbal muscle relaxer


Article Body:
It is probably the most widely consumed herbal tea in the

world. Prove to the fact that over one million cups of this

kind of herb tea are ingested worldwide each day. Chamomile is

the name for various related plants of the family Asteraceae,

the aster family. The word chamomile is derived from the Greek

word “chamos” meaning ground and “melos” which means apple,

which refers to the plant's low growing habit and the fact

that the fresh blooms are somewhat apple-scented. Chamomile

has been used for centuries in teas as a mild, relaxing sleep

aid, treatment for fevers, colds, stomach ailments, and as an

anti-inflammatory, to name only a few of its therapeutic uses.

The plant according to extensive scientific research over the

past 20 years has confirmed many of the traditional uses and

established pharmacological mechanisms for the plant's

therapeutic activities, including anti-peptic, antispasmodic,

antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-allergenic activity. The

Chamomile flower  has also been hailed as a sacred herb from

early on.  The nervous system benefits from Chamomile tea

through its calming effects. Muscles in the body contract and

relax in response to chemical signals delivered through the

bloodstream. Muscles that are having difficulty relaxing have

a chemical in them that is signaling the muscle to contract.

This herbal muscle relaxer soothes muscles by increasing

certain amino acids.  With the way humans depend on their

muscle function, it is no wonder muscle pain can be a very

uncomfortable situation. Some muscle pain sufferers experience

manageable pain only causing stiffness and soreness. For

others, the pain may be debilitating and cause tenderness and

inflamed areas. Doctors often first recommend applying heat or

cold as well as rest and basic stretching. However if that

fails to work, an herbal muscle relaxer such as Chamomile is

the safest and confident choice.

Although best known as a herbal muscle relaxer, chamomile is

also believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory

capabilities. The plant's healing properties come from its

daisy-like flowers, which contain volatile oils including

bisabolol, bisabolol oxides A and B, and matricin, as well as

flavonoids and other therapeutic substances. Chamomile may be

used internally or externally. As a popular remedy, it may be

thought of as the European counterpart of ginseng. Chamomile

tea benefits the muscles along the digestive tract, allowing

digestion to take place more efficiently. It helps muscles

relax in other parts of the body, which helps people who

suffer from insomnia fall asleep naturally. Chamomile tea even

has the benefit of reducing gas.  Chamomile flowers have also

been proven to have anti-inflammatory properties. Cosmetic

products such as lotions that are infused with chamomile are

used to reduce skin diseases such as eczema and other skin

inflammation. It also greatly help repair skin on over-worked

and over-exposed hands. The chamomile flower extracts help

tone and strengthen delicate ski tissue. Drinking chamomile

tea before bedtime has been followed for centuries on account

of its ability to calm the nervous system and soothe

gastrointestinal disorders. It's mild flavor makes chamomile

tea a favorite beverage with many. From the time of the early

Egyptians and Greeks until today, Chamomile is still

considered as a sacred herb because of its many curative and

healing properties.


Title:
Change is Vital to End Binge Eating Disorder

Word Count:
569

Summary:
So, you are at the point where you realize that you have Binge Eating Disorder and you want to make a change in your life for the better…  But what do you do next?  If you are like how I was, a mixture of emotions used to begin to fill my head about ...


Keywords:
end binge eating, binge eating, binge eating disorder, emotional eating, overeating, binge eating help, binge eating support, health, dieting, weight loss, kristin gerstley


Article Body:
So, you are at the point where you realize that you have Binge Eating Disorder and you want to make a change in your life for the better…  But what do you do next?  If you are like how I was, a mixture of emotions used to begin to fill my head about what my new self would be like.  I was excited about getting on with my life and making Binge Eating Disorder a thing of the past.  But I was also a little nervous about letting Binge Eating Disorder go.  Why?  Not because I wanted to eat myself to death, but because I didn’t know any other way.  I had turned to food for about nine years of my life and that was all I knew.  I didn’t know how to deal with anything that was going on in my life.  I didn’t know what I would do without bingeing to make myself feel better.  What would I now do when I was happy, sad, bored, excited, or scared?  It was definitely a scary time for me to wonder what my new life would be like.

The most important thing that I did was to first transform my feelings toward change.  When most people think of change, they are scared because they are chartering along unknown territory.  They are not sure of what the future has in store for them.  They start questioning whether or not they are truly ready to take on this risk. 

I knew that I had to erase everything negative in my mind about change and focus on what good would come from it.  There were so many things that I was able to think of.  For example, I would be a healthier person.  I would feel better about myself.  I would start to like myself.  I wouldn’t feel like I was leading a double or secret life.  I would not worry about when or how I would binge next.  I would finally have a normal relationship with food.  Most importantly, I would finally be happy. 

When your negative thoughts of change start to turn into good thoughts, change doesn’t seem like such a bad thing.  It certainly doesn’t seem like something to be scared of.  I found myself starting to get excited about changing my life.  I couldn’t wait to see what was going to unravel and become my life. 

After the decision has been made to make changes in your life, next will come motivation.  Motivation is the driving force inside us all that push us to better ourselves.  Motivation is what keeps on refueling us and reminding us what it is that we truly desire.  Positive change is what produces positive motivation within each and every one of us.  When you feel inspired to change the bingeing in your life, motivation will kick it up a notch to push you in the right direction.  You will begin to do whatever it takes to achieve your desire result: no more bingeing!

Once positive changes in your life start to happen, you will want more.  You will feel motivated to keep on pushing forward, no matter how hard the obstacle may seem.  It is motivation, along with hard work and dedication that is going to create the new path for your new life of no more binge eating.

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


Title:
Change Your Look - Get Contact Lenses Today!

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647

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You can now say goodbye to your old glasses and wear contact lens. Many people feel that contact lenses are very inconvenient to wear, and that they might not be as effective as the glasses. But that is not so. Contact lenses serve the same purpose as that of conventional glasses.


Keywords:
contact lens, contacts, contact lenses, colored contact lenses, color contact lenses, novelty contact lenses, eye color


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You can now say goodbye to your old glasses and wear contact lens. Many people feel that contact lenses are very inconvenient to wear, and that they might not be as effective as the glasses. But that is not so. Contact lenses serve the same purpose as that of conventional glasses. They should be placed in the cornea of your eye. Once you get the hang of it, they are very easy to wear, and unlike glasses, they can be worn anywhere and everywhere. You can even swim wearing them.

Before you get your contact lenses, you should first see an ophthalmologist. Your eyesight may be good, and you may not be wearing glasses, but it is still advisable that you get your eyes examined before going for it, to see if it's fine for you to wear contacts. Contact lenses need to be fitted properly by an optician first before you do it yourself.

There are various types of contact lenses available, and the most popular ones are the colored contact lenses. Many people go for them to change their eye color. Contact lenses are basically divided into two types:

• Soft contact lenses: These lenses contain from 25% to 79% water. They are easy to adapt and are very comfortable. They need to be replaced every few months.
• Rigid Gas Permeable (RGP) contact lenses: These lenses are more durable, but they take longer to adapt compared to soft contacts. They are cheaper, and are said to offer better vision than soft lenses and can be replaced in a couple of years.

Colored contacts:

Colored contact lenses are used by many to change the color of the eyes, as they can change the appearance of your face to some extent. Wearing the right color can do magic. Some people wear them instead of their usual glasses when going to parties or on special occasions. There are 4 types of colored contacts:

1. Visibility tints: This is the light blue or green tint added to the lenses so you can find them easily if you drop them, and also to help you see them better during insertion and removal. This color tint does not affect eye color.
2. Enhancement tints: It is a solid, translucent tint added to the lens to enhance the existing color of your eyes.
3. Opaque color tints: These are solid color tints added to completely change the color of eyes.
4. Light-filtering tints: These lenses are so designed that they enhance only some particular colors like optic yellow, the color of golf balls, tennis balls etc. They are made especially for sports players so that the ball stands out against the background making it easier for the player to focus.

Novelty Contact Lenses

These contact lenses are perfect for any dramatic effect and are very popular during Halloween, so they are called Halloween Lenses. They are special effects contacts, which would go perfectly with your Halloween costume. Novelty contacts are often used in movies, be it the werewolf you saw or the Dracula, or the black witch; all of them would be wearing these lenses. However; they should be worn with caution. Buy them only from a reputable distributor. As they are readily available anywhere, you should be careful, as chances are that these cheap, duplicate lenses may cause severe eye injury.

Safety Tips:

Always follow the manufacturer's advice about when to discard contact lenses, or else you may be inviting trouble, causing serious eye infection. Never exchange lenses with anybody, as this can transmit harmful bacteria causing infection in the eyes. Never wear contacts unless they are prescribed and monitored by an optician. Follow a good hygiene routine to prevent eye irritation or infection, and always store the lenses in proper commercially prepared sterile solutions.

Keep in mind that because of the way the eye reacts, you could require more frequent replacement of contact lenses than what is recommended.


Title:
Change: Major Source of Stress and Anxiety

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595

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While change is inevitable, anxiety and stress are the natural response to any
changes in our environment. Anxiety is defined as a feeling of uneasiness and apprehension over something that is unrecognized or unknown, or to a situation or event that one does not have control over. That is why change is a major source of stress that causes bodily and mental tension which leads to anxiety.


Keywords:
stress and anxiety


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Almost everyday, new discoveries and inventions take the headlines. Modern day living has caused our lifestyles to adapt to the radical changes brought about by advancement in science and technology. And along with these changes come stress and anxiety.
While change is inevitable, stress is our natural response to any changes in our environment. Normally, people develop anxiety whenever they encounter a situation that they have no control over; or a person or object that causes feelings of uneasiness and apprehension.  People are often afraid, worried, or anxious over something that is unrecognized or unknown. That is why change is a major source of stress that causes bodily and mental tension --- which eventually leads to anxiety.
Change poses a challenge let go of the past, especially the comfortable, old ways of doing things. Stress and anxiety are normal parts of everyday life. Both can motivate an individual to be productive and rise to the challenge of tough situations. However, too much stress and too much anxiety can be harmful and may cause physical, emotional, and psychological problems like infections, heart disease, and depression. However, it is important to realize that what can be stressful to one person may not necessarily cause an adverse effect on another person.
There is such a thing as a positive, good, and even beneficial form of stress.  Good stress is something that helps a person prepare mentally, physically, and emotionally to confront a certain situation, person, or object. Stress can actually motivate a person to think, develop a strategy, and decide on an appropriate response or course of action. However, when this persists on a long-term basis, it will still cause emotional, physical, and health problems.
There is a difference between anxiety as a feeling or experience, and an anxiety disorder as a psychiatric diagnosis. A person may be anxious without having an anxiety disorder. In the same way, a person facing a clear and present danger or a realistic fear is not usually considered to be in a state of anxiety. In addition, anxiety frequently occurs as a symptom in other categories of psychiatric disturbance.
Anxiety may somehow be related to fear, but they are not the same thing. Fear is described as a direct, focused response to a specific event or object, and the person is consciously aware of it. When someone points a loaded gun at you, it is expected to feel fear. There is a recognition of fear when you are at the beach and you see a tsunami approaching. Anxiety, however, is usually vague and not focused. It is something that's difficult to explain or find a specific cause. Anxiety may be experienced in the present but stem from an event or person that produced pain and fear in the past. The anxious person may not be consciously aware of the original source of the feeling.
To manage stress and anxiety, one must look at the world through new lenses. While there seems to be an illusion that you can manage change by controlling the world around you, on the contrary, change is most effective if it is managed from within.
As the cliché goes, “...the only constant in life is change.” Accept changes with an open mind and a plan. Look at problems in a different perspective. When you think of it as a situation that needs attention, you will be able to set up goals to improve it. Be flexible in the face of life's everyday challenges. Have inner peace and live life one day at a time. Everyone needs time for woolgathering.


Title:
Changing your life-style can lower blood pressure

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Summary:
When treating high blood pressure it helps a lot if it is detected in an early phase, because it appears long time before its symptoms and complications do.If it's detected early, much of the damage it does to the organs in the body can be prevented, and lowering blood pressure can be done easier. This is the first step that should be taken in high blood pressure treatment.


Keywords:
natural lower blood pressure


Article Body:
When treating high blood pressure it helps a lot if it is detected in an early phase, because it appears long time before its symptoms and complications do.If it's detected early, much of the damage it does to the organs in the body can be prevented, and lowering blood pressure can be done easier. This is the first step that should be taken in high blood pressure treatment.

Afterwards, when what is called "pre-hypertension" is discovered, several other things should be done in order to lower the blood pressure.For example, patients should change their lifestyle quite often. The doctors recommend this for pre-hypertensive people. They are stating that life-style changes helps lowering blood pressure a lot for them. If your blood pressure reading starts exceeding 140/90 mm Hg, you can treat yourself by changing your lifestyle and taking the prescribed medicines. This, together with quitting smoking and drinking significantly helps lowering blood pressure. People must be made aware of these facts in order to help preventing and/or lowering blood pressure, and to reduce the risks of heart attacks and kidney failures.

As said before the blood pressure reading is very important when trying to prevent hypertension. For example, if you discover that the diastolic pressure is situated somewhere between 85 and 90 mm Hg you must consult a doctor and follow a different treatment, because there have been cases where people with blood pressure of these values suffered from end organ damage, and for some patients aged around 65 years-old the risk of cadiovascular damage increased when their diastolic blood pressure increased.These patients were suffering from diabetes and were smoking. Therefore it is recommended to immediately visit a doctor and lower your blood pressure if the readings indicate such levels.

Besides lifestyle changes of course, proper medication has an important role in lowering blood pressure.Medication should be administered right when high blood pressure is discovered in order for it to have its best effects in lowering blood pressure.If you suffer from high blood pressure and also diabetes there are special drugs that help treating both in the same time. Therefore, the conclusion is that in order to successfully and quickly lower blood pressure it must be discovered and treated while it is still in an early stage.


title:Changing Your Looks With Cosmetic Dentistry
author:Charles Preston
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3241.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

Cosmetic dentistry is very popular right now because people are starting to realize that a cosmetic dentist isn't anything you should be afraid of. A cosmetic dentist can actually help you feel better about yourself in a variety of ways. Because a lot of who we are is how we feel about ourselves, we can't afford to have a smile that we aren't comfortable with. Your smile is the easiest way to show people what a warm person you are, but when you aren't feeling good about your smile it's hard to let that warm side show through the way you want to. A cosmetic can easily turn your aging or unattractive smile into something beautiful.
A cosmetic dentist is still a dentist; it's just a dentist who has special training in more than the general removal of cavities, braces, and the like. A cosmetic dentist is someone who has been given training to help you feel better about your smile, while keeping the integrity of your teeth in tact. A cosmetic can perform very simple acts such as teeth whitening to make you feel better about your smile, or something more complicated such as porcelain veneers or tooth shaping. A cosmetic dentist can work with you to formulate a plan that will give you what you are looking for, while still keeping your teeth and your gums healthy.
While the idea of going to a cosmetic dentist may be quite exciting despite the dental procedures, you should really do your research about any dentist that you choose to go to. Before you let your cosmetic dentist do anything to you, it's wise to ask for pictures and references of people who have had the same procedure done by the same dentist. There is a lot that can make you feel great where cosmetic dentistry is concerned, but if you aren't careful you can end up with a dentist who doesn't really know what they are doing which can leave you, your teeth, and your self image suffering as a result. So, before you get started ask your cosmetic dentist for pictures and referrals and don't worry, the good ones won't take offense to this request!
If you are self-conscious about your dull teeth and you think they could be whiter, a cosmetic dentist can help you out by whitening your teeth. Tooth whitening is very popular and minimally invasive. There are several techniques for tooth whitening, the most popular using whitening gel, and lights to whiten teeth. With just a couple whitening appointments your teeth can be as white as they were when you were a kid, or even whiter! It's amazing how much whitening your teeth can change the way you look and feel, so if you think you might like to have whiter teeth get with your cosmetic dentist today to discuss the options available to you.
If you think your teeth are white and straight but they just don't look all that great, you might want to talk to a dentist about tooth shaping or even gum shaping. These two procedures actually can change the shape of your teeth and your gums, changing your smile completely. It's amazing how much a little tooth or gum shaping will change your smile, and this may be an option for you.
One of the more invasive techniques is porcelain veneers, which require the actual tooth to be ground down to fit a veneer over it. Porcelain veneers are great for people with poor teeth, awkward shape, and just in need of some help. Porcelain veneers aren't something you can change your mind about later, so you need to be sure that your cosmetic dentist really believes that it is necessary to perform this procedure.
Remember that a new smile will make you feel great, but your new smile will only be as good as your cosmetic dentist. So, do your research and then look forward to your new healthy and beautiful smile.
Copyright 2005 Charles Preston

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title:Changing Your Salt Habit Starts at the Grocery Store
author:ARA Content
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_12.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:10
category:health
article:

(ARA) - Many medical experts would agree that being worth your weight in salt in today's society is not quite as valuable as it may have been at one time. In fact, researchers and doctors across the world have found that a diet high in sodium contributes to a number of health risks, including high blood pressure.
This is not breaking news to many Americans, especially those already at a high risk of heart disease, stroke and certain kinds of cancers. The number of Americans at a high risk for high blood pressure alone has grown to nearly 50 million. It also may not come as a surprise to the many people whose doctors have continuously recommended a low-sodium diet in an attempt to decrease these and other health conditions. But this may be harder than simply removing the salt shaker from the dinner table.
Over 70 percent of a person's salt intake is derived from processed foods, so skipping that sprinkling of salt at dinner is not a sufficient way to cut the salt in your diet. Using salt substitutes or alternatives like NoSalt is an easy way to add flavor to your food without the sodium. Another way to prevent sodium from entering your kitchen and your body is to keep your eyes open at the food source itself, the grocery store.
Following these grocery shopping tips can help reduce the salt in you and your family's diet:
Always Read the Label
Salt is a substance with many different names. So even if you make the extra effort to read food labels and search for the amount of salt in the product, it can be difficult to determine. The following list contains a few of salt's aliases: sodium chloride, sodium bicarbonate, sodium benzoate, monosodium glutamate (MSG), sodium nitrate and disodium. Other products with a large sodium content include hydrolyzed vegetable protein, soy sauce, miso and brine.
Interpreting the Labels
The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) is making an effort to create public awareness of the amount of salt in store products. "By appropriately labeling, we are attempting to inform the public and those who want to keep their sodium intake down as to the amount of sodium they are consuming," says Ida Yoder, a chemist with the FDA's over-the-counter drug products division.
But some salt descriptors are not so cut and dry. Use the flowing list as a guideline to help determine the approximate number of milligrams of salt in a product:
Sodium free - Contains less than 5 mg of sodium per serving
Very low sodium - 35 mg or less per serving
Low Sodium - 140 mg or less per serving
Reduced Sodium - Contains at least 25 percent less sodium than the original product
Without added salt - No salt is added during processing to a product which would normally have salt added
No salt added - Unsalted
Fresh is Best
Avoid processed foods in the grocery store and head directly to the fresh fruit and vegetable aisle instead. Rather than adding salt to these fresh food items while cooking, use unsalted butter or salt alternatives. Many salt substitutes, such as NoSalt, are sodium-free but taste like the real thing. "By incorporating salt substitutes and other spices into your cooking, you can still add flavor to food while skipping the sodium," says Janet Andreas, a Home Economist with Reckitt Benckiser. She also recommends using a variety of spice substitutes as salt alternatives like Seasoned NoSalt.
If you do buy canned vegetables, rinsing them in water for one minute can reduce their sodium content by 40 percent. Also, it is important to resist the temptation of fast food, which also usually has a high salt content.
While making these tips habits on your trips to the grocery store can help reduce your sodium intake, health professionals recommend an even larger, overall change in diet. One diet that specifically addresses the issue of hypertension is the Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension (DASH), a diet formulated by clinicians and researchers at Harvard University.
The DASH diet is based on increased servings of fruits and vegetables and the inclusion of low fat dairy products, lean meats, poultry and fish. The diet provides the right amount of fiber, adequate vitamins and antioxidants while limiting sodium and fat intake.
Consulting with your physician is the best and safest ways to address high blood pressure and the treatment of other health concerns. But by taking the initiative to start eating a healthier diet, you begin taking responsibility for your own health and well-being.
Reckitt Benckiser, the makers of NoSalt, has published a brochure on how to manage sodium intake and live an overall healthier lifestyle. To receive a free booklet entitled "Changing for Life," call toll free at 1-800-841-1256.
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Title:
Characteristics Of Enzymes

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The word enzyme comes from the Greek ‘ensymo’. Here ‘en’ means ‘at’ or ‘in’ and ‘simo’ means ‘leaven’ or ‘yeast’. The enzymes are biological catalysts. These are by and large proteins. There are also some RNAs that have catalytic activity. These are referred to as RNA enzymes or ribozymes. The enzymes bind temporarily to one or more of the reactants in a reaction and lower the amount of activation energy needed. In this way they speed up the reaction. The enzymes may speed up...


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enzymes


Article Body:
The word enzyme comes from the Greek ‘ensymo’. Here ‘en’ means ‘at’ or ‘in’ and ‘simo’ means ‘leaven’ or ‘yeast’. The enzymes are biological catalysts. These are by and large proteins. There are also some RNAs that have catalytic activity. These are referred to as RNA enzymes or ribozymes. The enzymes bind temporarily to one or more of the reactants in a reaction and lower the amount of activation energy needed. In this way they speed up the reaction. The enzymes may speed up reactions by a factor of many millions.

If it were not for the enzymes then most of the chemical reactions in biological cells would occur too slowly. The products obtained from such reaction would also have been different. In this respect the enzymes are essential for sustenance of life. Again, a malfunctioning of a single enzyme can lead to a severe disease. Such malfunctioning may stem from mutation, overproduction, underproduction or deletion of the enzyme.

Changes in pH and temperature affect the activity of enzymes to a large extent. Every enzyme works at its optimum level at a certain temperature and pH. At temperature and pH levels above and below that point the activity of the enzyme decreases.

Other molecules can affect the activity of enzymes. There are certain naturally occurring or synthetically prepared molecules that decrease or even completely abolishing enzyme activity. These are called inhibitors. There are also activators, which increase activities of enzymes.

Apart from the use of enzymes for their biological role they are also commercially used for other purposes. There are many cleaners used in the household, which use enzymes to speed up chemical reactions. Breakings down of proteins or removing starch stains in clothes are facilitated by the use of enzymes. There are more than 5,000 known enzymes. The names of the enzymes characteristically include the suffix ‘ase’ added to the name of the substrate.

The enzymes are found in all tissues and fluids of the body. The intracellular enzymes catalyze the reactions of metabolic pathways, the plasma membrane enzymes regulates catalysis within cells in response to extra cellular signals while the enzymes of the circulatory system regulate the clotting of blood.


Title:
Characteristics of Fibromyalgia Treatments

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564

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Fibromyalgia is a serious neurological condition that causes pain in the musculoskeletal system. People who suffer from fibromyalgia also feel pain in the tendons, ligaments and the areas of the joints. Another characteristic of fibromyalgia is a pronounced state of fatigue that takes over the entire body. The symptoms of fibromyalgia resemble those of rheumatoid arthritis and due to this fact, fibromyalgia may be misdiagnosed. However, unlike people with physical illnesses, the people with fibromyalgia seem to be in perfect health. Although the pain reported by people with fibromyalgia is present, it occurs on the premises of abnormal brain activity. People who suffer from fibromyalgia have a very sensitive nervous system and a low tolerance to external stimuli. Increased nervous excitability is considered to be the cause of the intense, recidivating pain experienced by people with fibromyalgia.


Keywords:
fibromyalgia treatment, fibromyalgia


Article Body:
Fibromyalgia is a serious neurological condition that causes pain in the musculoskeletal system. People who suffer from fibromyalgia also feel pain in the tendons, ligaments and the areas of the joints. Another characteristic of fibromyalgia is a pronounced state of fatigue that takes over the entire body. The symptoms of fibromyalgia resemble those of rheumatoid arthritis and due to this fact, fibromyalgia may be misdiagnosed. However, unlike people with physical illnesses, the people with fibromyalgia seem to be in perfect health. Although the pain reported by people with fibromyalgia is present, it occurs on the premises of abnormal brain activity. People who suffer from fibromyalgia have a very sensitive nervous system and a low tolerance to external stimuli. Increased nervous excitability is considered to be the cause of the intense, recidivating pain experienced by people with fibromyalgia.

Statistics indicate that more than 3.7 million Americans are diagnosed with fibromyalgia. This is a disturbing fact, as modern medicine hasn’t yet discovered a specific cure for this type of neurological disorder. In fact, although scientists have established a connection between abnormal brain activity and the symptoms of fibromyalgia, the exact causes responsible for the development of the disorder remain unknown. In present, fibromyalgia treatments are solely focused on ameliorating its symptoms, instead of overcoming its causes. Although most fibromyalgia treatments can ease the muscular pain and discomfort characteristic to all people with the disorder, these symptoms seem to reoccur on a regular time bases. This is due to the fact that fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder and therefore it needs ongoing treatment.

Fibromyalgia treatments mostly consist of painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs (used solely for their analgesic properties). However, apart from intense pain, many people with fibromyalgia complain about having trouble sleeping and feel a pronounced state of fatigue throughout the whole body. Therefore, in some particular cases, fibromyalgia treatments may include sedatives in order to correct the patients’ sleeping problems.

As a consequence of the fact that modern medicine is unable to trace the actual causes of the disorder, the symptoms of fibromyalgia can only be corrected by prescribing a certain treatment for each individual symptom. Therefore, the majority of fibromyalgia treatments consist of many types of medicines that target different aspects of the disorder.

Other physical symptoms of fibromyalgia are: migraines, lack of concentration, body weakness, decrease of the short-term memory, accelerated heart rate, nausea, abdominal pain and bloating, vomiting and diarrhea. When patients are confronted with these symptoms, the fibromyalgia treatment includes medicines appropriate for each particular problem. Fibromyalgia can even cause depression and in this case the fibromyalgia treatment will include anti-depressives.

The multitude of fibromyalgia symptoms requires a multitude of fibromyalgia treatments. Due to this fact, many people who follow ongoing medication either develop increased tolerance to drugs and need higher doses (especially in the case of analgesics and sedatives), or they start feeling even worse than before due to the side-effects of the fibromyalgia treatment.

However, there are other forms of fibromyalgia treatments that can relief the symptoms of the condition without relying on drugs. These fibromyalgia treatments involve kineto-therapy and massage therapy. By stimulating the trigger points on the body (the places where the pain is the most intense) and through the means of therapeutic massages, the muscular pain and fatigue can be diminished. Medical experts strongly recommend these forms of therapy instead of ongoing fibromyalgia treatments that involve drugs.


Title:
Cheaper Alternatives to Memory Foam Mattresses

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426

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Do you need help to sleep but don't want to spend out on a new mattress?  Is your new mattress harder than your old one therefore not as comfortable as you hoped it would be?  Although memory foam mattresses, especially the Tempur Pedic ® brand, are the ultimate in providing that help to sleep you are looking for, there are other products available that can make life more comfortable without spending a lot of money.


Keywords:
Memory foam mattress,Memory foam topper,Foam pillow


Article Body:
Do you need help to sleep but don't want to spend out on a new mattress?  Is your new mattress harder than your old one therefore not as comfortable as you hoped it would be?  Although memory foam mattresses, especially the Tempur Pedic ® brand, are great at providing the help to sleep you are looking for, there are other products available that can make life more comfortable without spending a lot of money.

You can lay a memory foam topper on top of your existing mattress to make your bed softer. This is particularly useful if your existing mattress is too firm.  However, if your mattress is too soft for you already, a topper or memory foam pad will only make it softer.

The problem might be your pillows. If your mattress is okay, but your shoulders and neck ache when you wake up in the morning, it could be that your pillows are not as supportive as you would like them to be.  There are two types of memory foam pillow available. One is a pre-formed shape that is used on its own. The shape is such that it fits into the curve or your neck and supports your head.  It comes with a fitted cover but will also fit into standard pillowcases.  My mother suffers from cervical spondilitis that causes her a lot of pain in the base of her neck and shoulder.  My sister bought her a shaped memory foam pillow and once she got used to it, found it helped her to sleep comfortably. She now sleeps with nothing else.  You only need the one pillow for the correct amount of support.  Pillows are available in the normal pillow shape but they are slightly more expensive because they use more foam and are not likely to be as supportive.

Memory foam pillows and toppers are made from the same high density visco-elastic foam that the tops of the mattresses are made from.  Density makes a difference to how soft the foam is - 4lbs per cubic inch is softer than 5lbs (Tempur Pedic ® use 5.34lbs density foam). The toppers come in varying depths but the standard is 2" to 3", the same amount as would be found in full mattress construction, over a harder supportive layer of foam.  Memory foam is too soft to be used on its own in a mattress.  As for cost, the less dense the foam, the cheaper it is, but to get the best benefit, it is recommended to not use a density of less than 4lbs per cubic inch.


title:Cheap And Healthy Nutrition Plans
author:John Gibb
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2639.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

These days, with fast food being such a cheap and quick option, many people are neglecting the nutritional needs that their body’s are crying out for. Without the proper nutrients and minerals, our bodies simply cannot function to their full capabilities. To this end, there have been many cheap and healthy nutrition plans developed to maximize your body’s health while keeping to a tight budget.
Once per day supplements can combine many of the nutrients your body needs on a daily basis into a simple pill form. These can be relatively inexpensive and work wonders for your health, giving you your daily required vitamins and minerals.
Eating vegetables is a key step in most cheap and healthy nutrition plans. Costing much less than purchased food at a restaurant, your body reacts well when given uncooked vegetables. Containing phytochemicals, powerful natural agents that promote health, fresh vegetables also help to alkalinize your system and reduce the harmful effects of the acidic content our bodies most often possess.
Limiting sugar is also a critical step in many of these plans, as eating refined sugar has been known to weaken your immune system and promote yeast overgrowth.
Another key step in cheap and healthy nutrition plans has to be recognizing the difference between a physical need for food and an emotional desire for it. Many of us overeat due to the fact that we can not differentiate between the two desires, resulting in paying more to get more food than we need.
These are merely a few suggestions to help you on your cheap and healthy nutritional plans. Remember to get enough protein to allow your body to rebuild and generate new tissues, enough carbohydrates to keep energy throughout the day, and enough fat to maintain a decent body-fat level while not overindulging upon it.
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Title:
Cheap Contact Lenses - Buy Online and Save

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1105

Summary:
The FTC reports that access to online contact lens retailers provides consumers with greater choice and greater savings on contact lenses. With over 36 million Americans now wearing contact lenses, the FTC continues to fight for the rights of consumers in accessing cheap contact lenses offered by online contact lens distributors.


Keywords:
cheap contact lenses,cheap contacts,cheap lenses,contact lenses,cheapest contact lenses,buy cheap contact lenses,buy cheap contacts,cheapest contact,cheapest lenses,buy contact lenses online


Article Body:
The FTC reports that access to online contact lens retailers provides consumers with greater choice and greater savings on contact lenses. With over 36 million Americans now wearing contact lenses, the FTC continues to fight for the rights of consumers in accessing cheap contact lenses offered by online contact lens distributors.
In the United States, sales of contact lenses are over $1 billion dollars annually. The past few years have witnessed an explosive growth of online contact lens retailers, and other channels of distribution, offering consumers greater selection and lower prices when purchasing contact lenses. The FTC has played a central role in breaking down anti-competitive barriers in the sale of contact lenses that serve to restrict consumer choice and raise lens prices.
Online contact lens retailers are in a unique position to bring consumers cheaper contact lenses. With the entire globe as their marketplace, thanks to the worldwide reach of the Internet, they are able to purchase massive quantities of brand name replacement contact lenses. The sheer volume of lenses purchased provides them with an excellent price advantage from brand name contact lens manufacturers. Couple this fact with their ability to operate very low priced Internet storefronts, they benefit from low operating expenses, while being able to buy huge volume. The end result, in simple terms, is that their ability to pass on savings to their consumers is limited only by their desire to make profits.
Over the past few years, the FTC has been active in promoting the ability of non-traditional contact lens sellers to operate in an open, competitive market. A March 2004 FTC report points out that "non-traditional contact lens sellers, such as Internet providers, represent a unique alternative distribution channel and offer some consumers a combination of price and convenience that they value highly". Thanks to recent legislation brought into effect with the help of the FTC and other consumer groups, the ability of consumers to purchase cheap contact lenses online is becoming easier.
Important among these legislative changes is the Ophthalmic Practices Rule and the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act (The Contact Lens Rule).
The Ophthalmic Practices Rule requires ophthalmologists and optometrists to provide their patients with a copy of their eyeglass prescription at no added cost after the completion of an eye examination. This was a very important development that helped pave the way for the Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act.
The Fairness to Contact Lens Consumers Act, enacted by Congress in 2003, requires that eye care practitioners provide their patients with a copy of their contact lens prescription at no added charge upon the completion of a lens fitting. In the past, contact lenses were replaced infrequently and the lenses were typically purchased from eye care providers. These lenses were far more expensive than the soft, disposable lenses now favored by most lens
wearers.
In today's world, the vast majority of Americans wearing contact lenses choose to wear soft contact lenses that require more frequent replacement schedules. These lenses are far less expensive than the old, hard lenses of the past. As a result, price, choice, and convenience have become extremely important to consumers. The ability of consumers to obtain a copy of their contact lens prescription then allows them to shop around for the best prices
available. The result is increased competition and choice, and this only benefits consumers in terms of lower prices and greater selection.
The Contact Lens Rule (2004) has opened up a huge online contact lens replacement industry. Many of these online replacement lens companies offer exceptional pricing discounts compared to traditional lens sellers, not to mention choice and convenience when purchasing lenses.
Buying Cheap Contact Lenses Online
How does a consumer know if the prices available from one online retailer are better than those offered by another? There is one simple answer. Consumers must take the time comparison shopping on the Internet, just like they do from traditional sellers. In addition, some other variables beyond price should be considered by online shoppers prior to placing a contact lens order online. The steps outlined below will help any consumer interested in buying the cheapest brand name contact lenses online do so safely.
Step 1 - Compare Prices
Your contact lens prescription outlines the individual features required to meet your vision needs. There are many brands of contact lenses available. Find the lens type that meets your needs, and compare prices between the leading online lens sellers to find out what online store gives you the best price.
Step 2 - Find out the Real Price
Learning what online store offers the best price on the lenses themselves is only one step. The real price of your lenses also includes shipping. Many online stores offer excellent deals in terms of shipping. Find out if you can get free shipping by, for example, buying two pairs of lenses instead of one.
Step 3 - Assess the Online Storefront
Buying contact lenses online is no different than buying any other consumer good, whether online or from a traditional brick and mortar business. Assess the return policies, as well as customer service access. Any online retailer you buy lenses from should provide an operational toll free telephone number and address, along with clearly delineated customer service hours.
Step 4 - Website Security
Before placing an order for contact lenses or any other product online, ensure that the webpage you are on is secure. A secure website encrypts all the information you input before sending it across the Internet, thereby preventing others from accessing it. Consumers can easily check if they are on a secure website by viewing the small lock icon at the bottom right hand corner of their computer screen, or by viewing the website address itself. A
secure webpage address starts with https:// as opposed to a regular webpage that doesn't include the s (http://). Only buy lenses from a secure website.
Step 5 - Check your Lenses
When your contact arrive at your door, make sure that they are the exact brand name you ordered. Every pair of contact lenses must be shipped with the manufacturer's patient information pamphlet. Accept no substitutes.
By following a few simple steps, consumers can be confident that they are buying brand name replacement contact lenses over the Internet at the cheapest prices available. Buying contact lenses online can save consumers hundreds of dollars a year, with the benefit of increased convenience and choice of lenses. Be a wise contact lens consumer - buy online and reap the savings!


title:Cheap Contact Lenses for Halloween - Tips for Success
author:James Perez
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_3101.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

Everybody is always trying to top their Halloween costume
from last year with something even wilder and crazier. You
may have noticed costume contact lenses that are available
with all kinds of different scary effects for Halloween.
They’re really great if you want to scare your friends, but
when you get ready to buy some cheap contact lenses for
Halloween, just make sure you follow some important tips
to avoid any problems.

Tip 1 – Getting The Right Fit

When you are about to order some cheap contact lenses for
Halloween, you’ll notice that they can appear to be one-
size-fits-all. Be careful! Some suppliers sell them this way,
but you may want to avoid those companies because a one-
size-fits-all attitude towards contacts can be dangerous to
your eye health. You can probably buy crazy colored
contacts without any problem. But before you do, get a
prescription first, and order only from places that can
provide your prescription. Your doctor’s prescription is
basically a description of the shape and size of your eye,
which is necessary to make sure that the lenses you order
will fit your eye, and not cause any rubbing, injury or
infection to your eyes.

Tip 2 – Making The Right Choice

Once you have your prescription and you’ve found a
company that can provide it, you’ll want to pick the right
lenses to coordinate with whatever costume or theme
you’ve selected for Halloween this year. If you wear a
clown outfit, you don’t want eyes that look like a zombie or
vampire (unless, of course, you want to be a scary clown).
Keep your costume in mind when you select the style of
contact lenses you want to order. There are all kinds of
crazy, colored lenses to choose from for this. If you’re
going to be a ghost or something else scary, you can order
zombie lenses, pitch black contact lenses, fire, bloodshot
eyes, or something similar. If your theme is fun, like Mardi
Gras or patriotism, try red spirals or red-white-and-blue,
among other possibilities.

Tip 3 – Following The Right Instructions

When you order your cheap contact lenses for Halloween,
you may have the false impression that you don’t have to
take care of them like you do with regular prescription
contact lenses that someone might wear for vision
correction. This is a false assumption that many people
make. If you don’t exercise normal care and caution with
your cheap special effects lenses, you may regret it because
you can end up with eye infections or injury as a result. To
avoid these unfortunate consequences, never share your
lenses with anyone else. Don’t wear them for lengths of
time that are beyond the time periods they are designed for;
for example, if they are daily lenses, don’t try to keep them
in 24-hours-a-day like extended wear lenses. Also, if you
plan to re-use them more than once, take care to clean them
properly and store them overnight in a good contact lens
solution.

Cheap contact lenses for Halloween are great for having
fun and saving money. Just remember the above tips and
you’ll be able to enjoy a safe and happy Halloween. Your
eyes are one of the most important assets you have. Don’t
risk them by getting cheap lenses without a prescription, or
being careless in how you wear or clean them. A little
effort is all it takes to be safe and healthy, and to have a
great Halloween, listening to the blood-curdling screams
when your friends see your bloodshot eyes, pitch black
mirrored eyes, or whatever ghastly delight you decide to
choose for your costume.
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Title:
Cheap Generic Drugs Or Expensive Branded Ones?

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549

Summary:
In the modern world, there are generally two types of medication that a person has to choose from when sick: the cheap generic drugs, or the expensive branded medications. There are numerous misconceptions and myths about both, usually taking a pro-brand name bias. However, the reality is that one is just as effective as the other.


Keywords:
cheap generic drugs


Article Body:
When someone is sick, the basic response in today's world is to medicate. However, in today's world, whenever a consumer is out to get something (even something that's badly needed), the first  inclination is to go with what's the most economical option. A person's health can therefore be a touchy subject in this regard, with both the well-being and the financial situation of the patient being thrown into the pot for consideration. Granted, there are cheap generic drugs available on the market that are lower in cost than their branded, trademarked counterparts. There is, however, the lingering question of whether or not price dictates quality. As with most other things, there are both positive and negative points to both sides, with the decision usually falling squarely on the shoulders of the person deciding.

Cheap generic drugs, provided they're made by reputable pharmaceutical companies, have the same exact ingredients as their branded counterparts. The core ingredients, the compounds in the medication that make it work and fix problems in the body, are the same both both cheap generic drugs and the more expensive, brand-named ones. There are typically very few differences between the two. For example, in a number of skin care treatments, the active ingredients are of a lower concentration in the generic ones than their prescription or branded counterparts. In most cases, however, the only real difference between the two would be the packaging. A number of cheap generic drugs are made by the same pharmaceutical companies that sell the trademarked medications.

The appearance of generics differs from branded ones primarily due to trademark laws. In some cases, any non-essential ingredients in the medication can also differ, but these do not have any impact on the effectiveness of the drugs. Local regulations and marketing needs may also affect how a generic drug is produced, with a certain medication being sold as a pill in one country, but as a tablet in another. However, in most cases, a trademarked or branded drug will retain its form regardless of what country it is marketed in. The appearance is also retained, mainly because this aspect of it is trademarked, with most customers being familiar with both name and design.

Cheap generic drugs are not designed to be any less effective than their branded counterparts. There are some cases where the active ingredient is in a lower concentration, but this usually occurs if the generic version is over-the-counter, while the branded one is available only by prescription. They aren't less effective and they don't take longer to work than the branded ones.

However, one thing that must be kept in mind is that not all branded medications have a generic counterpart. Some medications only come in the branded form, and these tend to be very expensive. Of course, in situations where this is the case, the expense usually comes from the fact that the patient is likely to have no other choice. A medical professional like a doctor or pharmacist is likely to have a better idea of which medications have a generic counterpart, if the patient's finances aren't up to purchasing a branded drug. In reality, the differences between the two tend to be superficial and, for the purposes of fixing a problem, one is just as good as the other.


Title:
Cheap Or Discounted Hearing Aids

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817

Summary:
Hearing aids are the boon to the hearing impaired patients. New technology and system has provided the best to the patients. But earlier it was such that only the one who was rich was able to get reach of these hearing aids. But with the new era and lessen of difference between the rich and the poor, things are in the reach of the people. Discount hearing aids also provide hearing aids at a discount to the people who are not able to get the expensive hearing aids for themselves. It also provides free hearing tests to the patient and their family members.


Keywords:
hearing aids, cheap hearing aids , discounted hearing aids


Article Body:
Discount hearing aids

Hearing aids are the boon to the hearing impaired patients. New technology and system has provided the best to the patients. But earlier it was such that only the one who was rich was able to get reach of these hearing aids. But with the new era and lessen of difference between the rich and the poor, things are in the reach of the people. Discount hearing aids also provide hearing aids at a discount to the people who are not able to get the expensive hearing aids for themselves. It also provides free hearing tests to the patient and their family members.

Suitability of the hearing aids

Hearing aids should be such that it fulfills every needs of the customer, right from the hearing and durability purposes to the price of the hearing aid. There come in market a lot of hearing aids, which are of good quality and also of high price. But is not required that only these products of high rate are good enough and durable. There also comes quality in a cheaper price. For your health price should not be a concern. There are various products which are cheap and of good quality and keeps you in a safer side. They are Waterproof hearing aids, Ear mold tubing, Wraps, Headbands and Dehumidifiers. There are many a companies who provide the patients with the hearing aids with a discount.

Necessity of hearing aids

Although one can survive with just one ear, life is ever so much easier and pleasant when we have both the ears functioning properly. Getting a hearing aid is required and is advantageous. While wearing two hearing aids one can better locate the sources of the sounds. This ability to locate the sources of sounds in three-dimensional space is called localization. Our brain uses three auditory factors namely, the slight difference in time it takes for a given sound to reach each ear; the difference in the loudness of a given sound as heard in each ear, and; the slight difference in the pitch of a given sound as heard in each ear. This helps in locating where the sounds are coming from. It works because the head is an obstacle to sound waves. The extra time sound needs to cross the head and reach the ear, which results in a slight delay in time.

Cheap hearing aids

Cheap Hearing Aids has behind the ear hearing aids. It provides canal hearing aids also at wholesale prices for children, adults, and seniors. Cheap hearing aids provides with a scheme of save hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars while buying hearing aid devices direct, and receive a full warranty and free lifetime batteries with the most complete hazard warranty in the hearing aid industry. Hearing aids are used for mild to moderate to severe hearing loss by millions of people worldwide. Children, adults, and seniors have benefited thanks to hearing aid technology. Anyone who is hearing impaired will benefit from the huge discounts provided on behind the ear and in the canal hearing devices. Hearing health is very important. Cheap hearing aids provide the products of the same quality in the cheaper or wholesale rate of what you get in the expensive market.

Other products by cheap hearing aids

Hearing aids should be such that it fulfills every needs of the customer, right from the hearing and durability purposes to the price of the hearing aid. There come in market a lot of hearing aids, which are of good quality and also of high price. But is not required that only these products of high rate are good enough and durable. There also comes quality in a cheaper price. For your health price should not be a concern. There are various products which are cheap and of good quality and keeps you in a safer side. They are Waterproof hearing aids, Ear mold tubing, Wraps, Headbands and Dehumidifiers.

Reason to wear a hearing aid

Although one can survive with just one ear, life is ever so much easier and pleasant when we have both the ears functioning properly. Getting a hearing aid is required and is advantageous. While wearing two hearing aids one can better locate the sources of the sounds. This ability to locate the sources of sounds in three-dimensional space is called localization. Our brain uses three auditory factors namely, the slight difference in time it takes for a given sound to reach each ear; the difference in the loudness of a given sound as heard in each ear, and; the slight difference in the pitch of a given sound as heard in each ear. This helps in locating where the sounds are coming from. It works because the head is an obstacle to sound waves. The extra time sound needs to cross the head and reach the ear, which results in a slight delay in time.


title:Cheap Teeth Whitening
author:Jeff Lakie
source_url:http://www.articlecity.com/articles/health/article_2776.shtml
date_saved:2007-07-25 12:30:11
category:health
article:

Your smile is one of the things that makes you unforgettable. You can go into a room and frown your way around or you can brighten it up with a beautiful white smile.
Having the whitest, brightest teeth possible should be part of your daily dental regimen. Using teeth whitening products, combined with proper dental care, will result in wonderful smile. Here is a recommended routine to keep your smile as beautiful and light as possible.
On a daily basis, you should floss your teeth, brush them with a teeth whitening toothpaste, and rinse your mouth out with an antiseptic mouthwash. Once you've done this, you can use the whitening strips, which should be placed over your teeth and left there for about half an hour.
These whitening strips can be purchased online or at your local pharmacy and can effectively raise the whiteness in your teeth by several shades. Using these twice a day for a period of time as part of your regular dental hygiene regimen, you should have no problem achieving a much lighter, brighter smile.
But why stop there? If you came so far, and attained the brighter, whiter smile you've been longing for, why stop with the whitening strips once you've achieved your success?
You can maintain your white smile with lightning gel which raises the whiteness of your teeth by a couple shades, so it is an excellent way to maintain your beautiful smile. The way it works is: you paint the gel onto your teeth and leave it on overnight. Easy!
On top of a daily dental hygiene regimen, you will probably also want to consider cutting out tea, coffee, or cigarettes, as these luxuries in life have a tendency to darken and stain your teeth.
Having white teeth is affordable and easy to do and should be part of your daily dental regimen. In fact, once you've achieved a whiteness you're happy with, you'll find it even easier because the get whitens your teeth while you sleep. What could be easier than that? Next time you have a party or special occasion to attend, make a great entrance and leave a fantastic impression with a gorgeous smile that will draw people's eyes to you!

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Title:
Check Out Some Useful Steroid Terms!

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373

Summary:
You must know Steroid terms, if you are often dealing in steroids. Sometimes, you come upon Steroid terms that utterly new thing for you, which make things rather difficult for you. There are a number of “slang terms” associated with steroids. Here are some of the useful steroid terms for you.


Keywords:
steroids


Article Body:
You must know Steroid terms, if you are often dealing in steroids. Sometimes, you come upon Steroid terms that utterly new thing for you, which make things rather difficult for you. There are a number of “slang terms” associated with steroids. Here are some of the useful steroid terms for you.
Anabolic Steroid – any of testosterone derivates or synthetically prepared compounds to promote general body growth, to oppose the effects of endogenous estrogen, or to promote masculinization effects is anabolic steroid. Its chemical structure is similar to cholesterol.
Androgen – any steroid hormone that promotes male characteristics is androgen.
Aromatize – the on take of feminine characteristics or feminization.
Atrophy – refers to a state of deterioration usually within the muscle or bodily organ due to a lack of use or health.
Bitch Tits – a slang term for gynecomastia.
Gynecomastia – an abnormal enlargement of one or both breasts in men is termed as gynecomastia. This condition is usually temporary due to a hormonal imbalance brought on by the use of steroids, however, can occur naturally as well.
Freaky – a bodybuilding term used to describe a person who is huge and obviously on steroids
Fakes or Basement Drug – Counterfeit or Fake Steroid
Virilization – the process in which a person takes on the characteristics of a mature male; also known as masculinization
Gear – slang term for steroids, syringes, anything associated with the use of steroids
Juice – slang term for injectable steroids
Dart, Poke, Ned – slang terms for syringes.
Libido – a person’s sex drive
Steroid – any of a large number of hormonal substances with the same basic chemical structure produced mainly in the adrenal cortex and gonads.
Steroid Cycle – the time in which a certain Steroid is taken
Lean Mass – the amount of muscle on a person’s body
Testosterone – an androgenic hormone which is used to produce anabolic steroids
Estrogen – a natural hormone that promotes the growth and development of female characteristics
Creatine – a nitrogenous compound that when combined with phosphate produces ATP
ATP – adenosine triphosphate is a molecule used to store and release energy in the muscle.
Diuretic – a substance that increases the amount of urine which is released by the kidneys


Title:
Check Out Steroid Pictures!

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327

Summary:
Steroids are the synthetic drugs or steroid hormones that help advancing body growth or the development of the reproductive organs and the secondary sex traits. These are one of the highly abused and controversial drugs of modern times.


Keywords:
steroid pictures


Article Body:
Steroids are the synthetic drugs or steroid hormones that help advancing body growth or the development of the reproductive organs and the secondary sex traits. These are one of the highly abused and controversial drugs of modern times. There are lots of anabolic steroids available on the market.

Some of popular steroids include Methandriol Dipropionate, Oxymetholone, Testosterone undecanoate, Arimidex, Cytomel, Boldenone Undeclynate, Clomid, Clenbuterol, Dianabol, Nandrolone Phenylpropionate, Gonadotropin, Testosterone Cypionate, Masteron, Parabolan, Primobolan, Nandrolone Decanoate, Turanabol, Trenabol, Proviron, Somatotropin, Oxandrolone, Steroids Cycles, Sustanon, Tamoxifen, Testosterone Eenanthate, and Testosterone Propionate.

There are stacks of steroids selling at land based drug stores as well as online drug stores. There are numerous sites selling steroids online, and there are also sites that sell fake steroids and alternatives. It has really become very difficult for you to differentiate fake steroids from real steroids.

Steroid profiles with steroid pictures really help you a great deal to pick out real steroids. Steroid profiles are abstracts of significant steroid information, such as smell, taste, outcomes, fallouts, harms, precautions, dose directions, along with steroid pictures. You can check steroid profiles and steroid pictures online. There are a number of sites that offer genuine steroid profiles and steroid pictures.

The steroid pictures are the pictures of real steroids. Steroid pictures help you know and recognize real steroids; they help you know about the containers of real steroids of specific brands and also help you know the real shape and color of real steroid pills.

Offering pictorial representation of real steroids, the steroid pictures help in understanding the exact description of a particular drug, its size, potency level, color, shape, and different salts contained by it. Steroid pictures help you to choose the best and real drugs. Steroid pictures help saving you from fraudulent steroid sites selling fake steroids or steroid alternatives. So, whenever you buy steroids online, you must check steroid profiles and steroid pictures. This will really help you in buying real and genuine steroids.


Title:
Check Out The Types Of Steroids

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382

Summary:
Steroid or sex hormones are produced naturally in the human body by the adrenal glands. Steroids can also be formed as a medication or drug. Steroids are available lawfully only by proper recommendation. Small steroid doses are taken to deal with a handful of critical medical conditions like AIDS, Cancer, liver tumor etc. Different types of steroids do have legitimate medical uses


Keywords:
types of steroids


Article Body:
Steroid or sex hormones are produced naturally in the human body by the adrenal glands. Steroids can also be formed as a medication or drug. Steroids are available lawfully only by proper recommendation. Small steroid doses are taken to deal with a handful of critical medical conditions like AIDS, Cancer, liver tumor etc. Different types of steroids do have legitimate medical uses
.

The different types of steroids have different function to play. There are basically three types of steroids that include corticosteroids, estrogens and progestogens, and androgens. The types of steroids are explained below:

Corticosteroids – Corticosteroids are formed in the adrenal cortex that are involved in a range of physiological arrangements such as blood electrolyte levels and behavior, immune and stress response and regulation of inflammation, carbohydrate and protein catabolism.

Estrogens and Progestogens – Such types of steroids are the female steroid hormone responsible for the development of secondary sexual features in them. These types of steroids can also maintain the female reproductive system.

Androgens – The male sex hormone produced in the testes, which is responsible for typical male sexual traits. Testosterone is the important androgenic hormone that looks after the male reproductive system. Testosterone is normally given to treat female breast cancer, androgen deficiency, and for growth stimulation, weight increase, and RBC production. 

Some types of steroids are harmful to human body, and they are banned or banished by governmental authorities. Sometimes physicians recommend different types of steroids to treat certain kinds of anemia and men who don’t produce enough testosterone on their own. Doctors also prescribe a special kind of steroid, known as ‘corticosteroids’, to reduce swelling.

People use various types of steroids for a number of purposes. Some people use steroids to enhance their muscle mass and overall strength, others make use of steroids to treat their illness. Some types of steroids help annihilating some types of cancer cells and can make chemotherapy more in effect. Dexamethasone, hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone and prednisolone are the common types of steroids that are used in treating cancer.

Steroids abuse is common among athletes engaged in power sports such as power-lifting, muscle building, baseball, football and rugby. The various types of steroids available in the market include Testosterone, Dianabol, Danocrine, Anadur, Anavar, Andriol, AndroGel, Anadrol, Cheque Drops, Oxandrin, Winstrol, Deca-Durabolin, Durabolin, Equipoise, and Depo-testosterone.


Title:
Check Steroid Graphs!

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328

Summary:
Steroids are synthetic hormone drugs derived from testosterone. There are wonderful drugs, if they are used rightly for right purpose, but these drugs are more often abused. According to surveys and steroid graphs, steroids are oftentimes used by young sportsmen, jocks, wrestlers and athletes. Such, without prescriptions steroid use for non medical purposes is steroid abuse, which has serious side effects and dangerous consequences.


Keywords:
steroid graphs


Article Body:
Steroids are synthetic hormone drugs derived from testosterone. There are wonderful drugs, if they are used rightly for right purpose, but these drugs are more often abused. According to surveys and steroid graphs, steroids are oftentimes used by young sportsmen, jocks, wrestlers and athletes. Such, without prescriptions steroid use for non medical purposes is steroid abuse, which has serious side effects and dangerous consequences.
The steroid graphs on steroid abuse reveal the clear surge in the steroid use among youngsters. The recent steroid graphs show the rise in the trend of steroid use among eighth, tenth, and twelfth graders since the mid-1990s. 

The recent steroid graphs on steroid abuse are titling towards rise of the steroid abuse among the high school students and players. It has been noticed that steroids are often abused by young athletes and non athletes to enhance their power, performance and stamina, and for various cosmetic reasons.

The steroid graphs on steroid abuse also show that steroid abuse is higher among males than females. The graphs show that the steroids’ use is fast on rise among 12-17 year old males, with average youngsters start using steroids at age 15. The proportion of male high school athletes using steroids is 6.6 percent and out of the 6.6 percent, 40 percent are hard-core users.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Household conducted drug abuse survey on 1,084,000 Americans, or 0.5% of the adult population, and revealed that they had used anabolic steroids. In the 18-34 age groups, about 1% had ever used steroids.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducts the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Study, a survey of high school students across the United States. A survey conducted in 2001 depicted that 5% of all high school students described lifetime use of steroid tablets/injections without a doctor’s prescription. The steroid graphs based on the study also showed that 5.8% of ninth graders, 4.9% of tenth graders, 4.3% of eleventh graders, and 4.3% of twelfth graders reported lifetime illegal use of steroids.


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